Let’s Get Stuck Together

By Barbara Ann Wright

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As I get older, I’ve discovered that ruts are more frequent than they used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I loved a good routine when I was a kid. I adored schedules. I like to plan ahead, and I shudder a bit when plans change at the last minute, but as I’ve gotten older and acquired some long-term illnesses, the ruts have a tendency to pile up.

Medication tapering off? Let’s wait a little while to change it, give the old one a chance to work again. (Like that makes sense!) Want to go out for a special dinner? Maybe next week. Tonight I have laundry to do. Routines are comfortable, even if that comfort turns into boring. It’s easy and safe.

Lately, though, I’ve been trying to break out of my ruts, to try new paths. After all, there will always be more work to do. My fresh perspective prompted me to write Coils. Well, that and my love of all things mythology. (My favorite classes in college.) Cressida is a mortal girl who has little in her life but study. Her aunt June is a world traveler, an adventurer, and her disappearance shakes Cressida out of her routine and leads her to the mystical Underworld. In the Underworld, Medusa has also been stuck in a cycle, a millennia long slog of revenge and hatred. Together, they can make each other’s dreams come true, just probably not in the way they think.Coils 300 DPI

I’ve long wanted to tackle the Medusa myth. She and her two sisters, the infamous Gorgons, were demigoddesses long before the story that had Medusa cursed by Athena. They were fearsome, snake-haired, winged women, and their faces still adorn some ruins as protective symbols, a threat for anyone who entered with ill intent. Then, when later religions took over—like those that favored the Olympians—Medusa was demoted to a monster, a prize for the hero Perseus to slay. I wanted to take her back to that earlier form, still slain by Perseus, but a powerful figure in her own right.

Cressida is my everywoman. We’ve all been her, so stuck in our ruts that we don’t see how unhappy they’re making us. And what better way to shake her up than a sexy, snake-haired demigoddess? I think she would give all of us a wake-up call.

Even though my illnesses will be with me the rest of my life, I’m grateful I’ll always have my books to help me out of my ruts. They take me new places, from fantasy cities to the depths of space to the magic and mystery of the Greek Underworld. And I’m always happy to have company. Anytime you need a lift out of your routine, we’ll go together. You never know what monsters and magic await you. There could be a goddess in your future. Or something you least expect.


Th Pyramid Waltz 300 DPI 1Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not ranting on her blog. The Pyramid Waltz was one of Tor.com’s Reviewer’s Choice books of 2012, was a Foreword Review BOTYA Finalist, a Goldie finalist, and won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy. It also made Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors. A Kingdom Lost was a Goldie finalist and won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy Romance.A Kingdom Lost 300 DPI


24 Responses to “Let’s Get Stuck Together”

  1. 2 Sarah August 30, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    I can’t wait to read Coils. I have always been fascinated by ancient history and mythology. and hey, what better way to be swept up than by a Goddess, demi or not 🙂


  2. 4 Lindsay August 30, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    This sounds very interesting! I love Greek Mythology and am very excited to read your take on Medusa!


  3. 6 Fiona Riley August 30, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    i LOVE THIS. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. 8 Dorinda Depp August 30, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Sorry you’re having health problems hope you improve. Have enjoyed all your books so far. Dorinda


  5. 10 Cris perez August 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Love your books and love speaking with you about them. I can’t wait to read this one.


  6. 12 Shei Darksbane August 30, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    I really wanna win this. But I’ll be reading it one way or another! You betcha! Really looking forward to seeing your Urban fantasy! 😀 It’s my genre, girl!


  7. 14 Devlyn August 30, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Sorry to hear about your long-term illnesses, but I’m glad you have your writing to help you out. I’m on the other side of the coin, I don’t write but I’m an avid reader and this helps me day-to-day. I look forward to reading.


  8. 16 Star Newman, Acts of Beauty Photography August 31, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    I have always been captivated by the gorgons- they are such powerful, provacative figures. I can’t wait to see what you’ve done with them.


  9. 18 S.A. August 31, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    I love the up-beat tenor of this blog, especially given that you’re suffering from chronic illness. Having several family members and friends doing the same, I know how difficult and taxing that can be. I recently discovered and enjoyed your Fiend series. i was intrigued by the teaser to this new novel in a BSB newletter, and am looking forward to it all the more having read this blog. Take care, and thanks for sharing another adventure!


  10. 20 codersavant August 31, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Looks like a interesting premise. I’ll add it to my ever growing to read list.


  11. 22 Linda September 1, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    I immensely enjoyed reading all your books thus far and am truly looking forward to reading Coils. Have to say: Absolutely lovely cover! ☺


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