You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better. Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
What I Saw.
lilycolnns: hello hi so I read the thing you wrote about helen and honestly it's so good! I'm Greek, so seeing it come up on my dashboard was so amazing but they way you write about her is like you were there, beside her. Love it so much :) xx
thanks : )
i’m more interested in the women of greek mythology than the men but they’re harder to reach. often they exist only silently in the gaps and half-invisible at the darkened edges of stories, overwritten by men. but while you can’t ever excavate a pure “original” of any myth, when you trace backward you find that every major myth is a rough composite of many lesser myths and ideas, and you can smear off some of the centuries of misogyny and get at something—someone—more ambiguous and strange.
every time i blow apart a dandelion i wish for you