I’m leaving for Greece in a few weeks. I can’t wait. Finally, I’ll be in a place where I’m not inundated with tales of what’s happening there. I’ll actually be there. Instead of hearing what’s wrong, what’s right, what’s uplifting, what’s depressing, I’ll see it, experience it, feel it.
Sadly, I’m leaving just as the Greatest Show on Earth is getting underway…the US Presidential Election Campaign, filled with sideshow acts that would challenge Federico Fellini’s La Stratda troupe. With Kaldis #7 done and my looking for inspiration for #8, imagine the character inspirations I’ll be missing so far away from that menagerie extraordinaire.
But alas, all is not lost. There is an upside. All I need do is look at a map and I realize how many of the great issues confronting our modern world can be found in Greece’s Mediterranean neighborhood. I’d venture to say no western country is closer to what seriously challenges our planet than Greece. And many of the players directly involved in all of that somehow find their way to Greece, onto Mykonos, and—if I have any luck at making truth sound as believable as fiction—into my books.
That’s not to say the US isn’t in the midst of horrendous messes, both domestic and international, but America’s electorate no longer holds out great expectations from those who make them promises to get elected.
Greece, on the other hand, has new names running the government and though the honeymoon isn’t quite yet over, the people are getting restless, and events could turn this Grecian summer into something quite unexpected.
I’ll be there hoping for the best…but likely writing a story contemplating the worst. Or, maybe not. Perhaps I’ll write something different. A comedy filled with fairy tale concepts like love, understanding, and world peace. I’ll call it Round Trip, and feature a character always ending up in the same place no matter where he thinks he’s headed. But no groundhogs. I think ostriches—with their heads buried comfortably in the sand—are a far more symbolic expression of the times.
Kalo Paska to my Greek friends, and Good Luck to all.