Finally, I’m getting a chance to write up this post!! I came back from Greece a little while back…and it was amazing. I knew, of course, that I’d like it—but it was truly an amazing experience. So much of what I’m currently writing is inspired by Greek mythology and seeing things that I’ve dreamt of seeing for literally YEARS was beyond words. From ancient monuments that’ve stood for thousands of years to the bright-blue of the sea, I loved every moment of it. (And, of course, I had to have baklava while I was over there—I mean, how do you go to Greece and not eat that deliciously sweet and nutty dessert?!) In saying that, we only saw a portion of Greece, and I hope I get to go back one day because there’s just so much left to explore, both in natural beauty and the amazing history that lies there.
So, if you’ve been following my Instagram (link here), I chronicled my journey around Greece, along with some of my thoughts and feelings.
We went during the springtime—which was an amazing time to go. The countryside was in full bloom, which gave me some major Persephone vibes (…more on that later.) Fun fact: one of my goals while I was over there was to find a statue of Persephone to bring back, and I finally found the perfect one in Crete.
For most of the time, the weather was spectacular. Some of the sunsets I saw were absolutely gorgeous too, especially the world-famous sunset of Oia, Santorini. And don’t even get me started on the gorgeous architecture. I’m a huge fan of ancient architecture, especially from Greece and Rome. The details are absolutely outstanding, and I remember briefly studying it in high school & thinking just how damned detailed it was. Details that would’ve taken an eternity to cave out: the folds of a dress in a statue, the elaborate designs of Corinthian columns, flowers and other motifs etched into buildings and pottery. In pictures, it’s stunning. But to see it in real life? WOW. Nothing compares to the feeling of walking up the Acropolis’s stairs for the first time, surrounded by vast columns. And, of course, those blue-domed church-buildings in Santorini, and the white-washed cave-houses clustered on the side of the mountain that looks over the Caldera.
It was very surreal, too: in Athens, ancient monuments like Hadrian’s Arch or the Temple of Zeus could be seen from the road as you passed by, and it’s that kind of blend of the old and the new that makes Greece such a wildly unique place.
So, if you recall my last post, I wanted to have TEOS (short for THE EMPIRE OF STARS) done by the time I left for Greece…which never actually happened. But I did manage to finish revising whilst I was over there, because there was just something so incredibly inspiring about those Caldera views. ❤ Ever since I’ve gotten back, I’ve been working solidly on MIDNIGHT QUEEN. If you remember, this is the WIP inspired by Hades & Persephone (with elements of Beauty and the Beast, the Russian legend of the Firebird, and Celtic mythology). One of the amazing things about revision is remembering why you love the novel in the first place. Remembering why you chose to tell this story in particular. I’m about 3/4 of the way through, and although parts of these revisions have been super, super frustrating, I know the novel is better now than it was before.
Going to Greece gave me a HUGE boost with pretty much all of my current WIPs—I’m a writer who’s very much inspired by things around me, especially the small details of things—but especially MIDNIGHT QUEEN. It’s such a personal story to me, not only because I’ve been working on it for a couple of years now, but because it twines so much of my culture with one of my all-time favorite myths: Hades & Persephone. One of the major things that surprised me about Greece was the gorgeous flowers/flora that were everywhere: fields of poppies, roses, and of course the groves of olive trees that were a little magical. ❤ As luck would have it, we were in Greece on May 1st—AKA protomagia, which was actually a day dedicated to Persephone and her mother, Demeter. It’s usually celebrated with wildflower picking & picnics. It’s also commemorated with placing garlands of flowers in front of houses (like this utterly beautiful one here!)
So, I’m back into the groove of things with my writing, almost finished with revisions for MQ (…I will soon have to begin the arduous task of deciding which WIP to focus on next, because I
am utterly incapable of taking a break from writing), and I know I’ve said this before… but I SO hope I get to share MIDNIGHT QUEEN with you all one day. 🌌 👑 🌺 🔥 (You have NO idea how badly I want a pomegranate emoji, guys.)
P.S speaking of ancient Greece, do any of you guys game? The next Assassin’s Creed will be set in ancient Greece & I am over the MOON about this!! Not only because of the setting but for the first time, you can actually play as a female character. ❤
Currently reading: HIGH VOLTAGE by Karen Marie Moning (so good to be back in this world!!)
Currently listening to: La Belle Époque by Audiomachine (album.)