This is my final States-based post for six-months. I’m off to Mykonos on Tuesday. I know, you’re all crying for me. Don’t worry, for I shall persevere…in the face of constant challenges of the sort expressed in the photo at the top of this post.
I’ll arrive on Mykonos in the middle of Easter week. This year Eastern and Western Easter fall on the same day, both during Passover. Yippee, we’re closing in on World Peace.
Last Monday I got to say goodbye to Washington & Jefferson College where I’d taught mystery writing during the frozen month of January.
I was invited back for a springtime address to the English Department. What a great bunch of folks. Some of my students even showed up, and others stopped me on the campus to say Hi. I guess it pays to be an easy grader.:)
|It beats a wanted poster.|
One of my students really surprised me. She’s a freshman and unbeknownst to me a rising opera star. She was one of a dozen singers awarded a coveted position this summer in EPCASO (Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera—and you think governments are big on acronyms). In its 32nd year, EPACSO’s website describes itself as a month-long Summer Opera Program with concentrated study and training in voice, repertoire, and language for singers. The program is specifically designed for those singers whose abilities indicate a realistic possibility for a career in opera.
|Ezio Pinza (1892-1957)|
Well done, Jesse! And after that buildup how can I not share with you a sample of her singing. Undoubtedly it was my mysterious teaching that made her the star she is today.
Another of my students received a grant for this summer to study the habits of European-based mystery writers, of which Cara, Yrsa, and I are included as targets. Savvy kids in my class.
And on Wednesday night I said adieux to my Mykonos After Midnight book tour with a MWA-NY panel titled “Mysteries in Translation” at the New York Public Library. Annamaria, Chris Pavone, and I were the panelists, moderated by Shizuka Obate.
Later, Annamaria, Chris and I joined friends in a spontaneous dash over to a nearby Greek restaurant and a great fun time in a warm-up for my coming week.
Now it’s on to finishing up farm work, packing, and writing. Yes, finally, after five months of everything but writing…or so it seemed…the time has come to turn to Andreas Kaldis #7 for 2015. Assuming I can come up with an idea.
But that’s why I return to Greece, folks. For inspiration. And it never fails.
Bye-bye for now. Yiasu!