My dad and I used to watch the old Greek mythology movies, like Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, and I would laugh at the arrogant gods playing with the lives of mere toga-ed mortals on an actual chessboard. Afterward, I would take my shower and in my never ending quest for curlier hair, put it into as many braids as I could, hoping against hope that it would look awesome in the morning. Upon seeing this, my father would call me Medusa for the rest of the night and pretend to turn to stone when I looked at him.
As I drifted off into sleep, I would think of the monsters that I would like to battle. The hydra and Cerberus were always favorites. (Apparently, I had a thing for creatures with too many heads.) Due to my prowess as a detective, I figured I could outthink the sphinx. Same went for the labyrinth. I was a little nervous about the whole Minotaur situation, but I figured I’d cross that bridge when I came to it. Most likely with the help of a valiant steed.
I was fully confident that as soon as I got my own winged horse, I’d be good to go. (Despite having never actually gotten my winged horse, I still feel this way. So, if you happen upon such a creature and want to point him in my direction, I would be much obliged.)
Nowadays, I have a growing interest in the Muses, particularly Thalia, Melpomene and Cleo (specialists in comedy, tragedy and history, respectively). No disrespect to the rest of the group, but, while I greatly enjoy it, I’ve just never been all that inclined to write poetry or music. So, I’m tapping these other three in, if they’re feeling so inclined as to help me out.
I’ll admit, I haven’t heard back from them yet, regarding my invitation to join me in literary creation, but I figure it’s only a matter of time. Right?
Until they contact me, I'll muddle along on my own, and count the days until I’m done with school and can finally get to my non-degree reading list. At the top of which is Gary Corby’s The Pericles Commission. An investigator solving mysteries on “the mean streets of Classical Athens”?? Count me in.
I suddenly have “Zero to Hero,” from Disney’s Hercules stuck in my head. Awesome.
If now you do, too…..you’re welcome.