|Athena mourning or meditating|
RETURNA few more questions for you to choose from:
Ann ~ Palianis Nunnery ~ Crete
Sue ~ Palianis Convent ~ Crete
Ann ~ Restaurant ~ Delphi
The Acropolis, Plaka, Electra Palace Hotel ~ Athens
Sue ~ Sanctuary of Demeter ~ Eleusis
13. Sue reflected on "the hive of darkness" she had written into her novel and began to associate it with the world. She sometimes felt overwhelmed by negative television images (p. 250). Do you think her response is helpful?
"Cut off the TV," I would say to Sandy. Maybe there is wisdom in limiting one's daily intake of bad news, but out of sight did not entirely prove out of mind for me. Was the hive actually growing darker, or did seeing so much ceaseless news just make it seem so?14. Ann and Sue are at a point of thinking differently about their writing, as Sue muses here about Ann (p. 251). What do you think?
She read in one of her writing books that a writer's job is to serve his or her work15. If a Greek dancer held out his hand to you, would you dance? Someone did (p. 258): not the ego, but the writing itself. She took this to heart. As I sit here with twenty-two years of writing behind me, thinking of Ann and the way she has plunged into her apprenticeship, which is what she calls it, I mull over the idea that a writer's job is to serve her work. This notion consumed me for most of my writing life for nearly the first two decades. But now it flips over in my mind and I find myself wondering what the work ought to serve.
On the next pass by the table, I see my video camera still rolling, its red light glowing, capturing me from the waist down as I dance at the center of the world.