Thank you to Meg McNulty, a multitalented writer, photographer and fellow Myth lover for tagging me to answer 8 questions about myself.
- What is your favourite Christmas/festive movie?
I’m an absolute tragic romantic and was also born in the wrong era I think. I absolutely adore all those vintage Hollywood classics like Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, especially if there were some beautiful song and dance numbers. I love all the modern comical animated ones too like Elf, Grinch, Scrooged and Nightmare before Xmas. But the one that has it all for me: the old and the new, the irreverant and sacred, the tragic and comic, the pathos and the passion, tenderness and bittersweet heartbreak would have to be LOVE ACTUALLY.
- What is your favourite flower?
It’s a draw between Gardenias and Tuberose for their creamy white petals redolent with the seductively heady scents of passion and sweet, earthy delights. White Roses and Jasmine come next for their ability to soothe sweetly and evoke memories of first love and summers by the beach.
- What is your favourite non-alcoholic beverage?
I’m a real high tea Queen who enjoys many different blends ranging from chocolate flavoured black tea, gorgeous Geisha Green tea, exotically spiced chai but my all time favourite is French Earl Grey a fruity floral black tea blend with hints of peaches, apricots and a sprinkling of rose petals, cornflower and hibiscus that is so deliciously uplifting. It’s a really lovely ritual.
- What is your passion?
Mythology for the passionate stories full of tragedy, pathos, love, lust, greed, ego, adventure, war, etc. Myths encompass every facet of human desire and psyche, reveal universal truths; entertain, inform and inspire! I’m passionate about storytelling, writing, teaching, learning and books of course-both the reading and writing of them.
- What is your favourite time of year?
Autumn is everyone’s favourite with those gloriously golden and rich, red leaves but Persephone’s return really brings me back to life too. Spring, bursting with deep pink cherry blossoms, softly yielding mornings, fresh, jasmine-scented evenings, re-birth, renewal, regeneration, birds and bees doing their thing, the return to the garden of Eden, the promise of summer….ahhhhh I love it!
- What is your favourite time of day?
I’m definitely not a morning person. I’m at my most creative late at night, way after midnight when all are dreaming. Only I’m doing it with my eyes open, pen in hand, writing poetry, plans, dreams, plotting fiction.
However the most magical time of the day for me has always been without a doubt twilight time: that transient, transformative moment when day slides into night as the sun slips into the earth, the light turns golden yellow then fades into an indigo velvet sky sprinkled with stardust; candles are lit, wine is poured, jazz is playing, bodies start swaying. It’s the most sensual time of the day.
- What is your favourite physical activity
I’ve done everything from gym, aerobics, running, rock climbing, abseiling, white water rafting, snorkelling, diving and surfing but the thing I love the most is dancing! Greek, Belly Dance, Flamenco, Tango, Salsa, modern…Nothing fires me up as much although swimming frees me and calms me like nothing else does, not even meditation. Floating, suspended in salt water, embraced by the waves and protected by Poseidon is very special and sacred too.
- What is your favourite vacation?
My spiritual home, my Ithaca, the one that has called me to return for 14 years now since I first visited, is Santorini. It’s the one place on earth that thrills me and calms me at the same time. It’s literally breathtaking in its beauty and resonates deeply within my psyche. The light is the brightest, whitest light, the air is so thin, way up close to the Gods that you are left literally gasping. The sunsets in Oia are legendary and the deep electric, cobalt blue Aegean sea filling the caldera holds history and covers the fabled mystical, mythical Atlantis…perhaps? It’s where my story began. It’s where it will end. That’s why I have to return. To complete my novel set there. That’s why it’s so special for me.
Read more from fellow myth lover Christopher Ledbetter on his blog.