Chimera: A Collection Of Short Stories
The Scorekeeper: A Novelette
Haiku By the Hourglass
I’ve actually decided to combine these works into one piece, so that my e-book release will read, Chimera: Four Short Stories and One Novelette.
Wondering about the philology behind the term “chimera”? Let’s consult the esteemed Argentenian writer Jorge Luis Borges from his encyclopedic work, The Book Of Imaginary Beings:
“The first mention we have of the Chimera is in Book VI of The Iliad. There Homer writes that it came of divine stock and was a lion in its foreparts, a goat in the middle, and a serpent in its hindparts, and that from its mouth it vomited flames, and finally was killed by the handsome Bellerophon, the son of Glaucus, following the signs of the gods…
Hesiod’s Theogeny describes the Chimera as having three heads…Springing from the middle of the animal’s back is the head of a goat, while at one end it has a snake’s head and at the other a lion’s…Plutarch suggested that Chimera was the name of a pirate captain who adorned his ship with the images of a lion, a goat, and a snake.
These absurd hypotheses are proof that the Chimera was beginning to bore people. Easier than imagining it was to translate it into something else. As a beast it was too heterogenous; the lion, goat, and snake do not readily make up a single animal. With time the Chimera tended to become ‘chimerical’, a celebrated joke of Rabelais’ (‘Can a chimera, swinging in the void, swallow second intentions?’) clearly markes the transition.
The patchwork image disappeared but the word remained, signifying the impossible. A vain or foolish fancy is the definition of Chimera that we now find in dictionaries.”