I posted this on that Facebook/SMtP page my publicists set up for that book, but I’m contained by space there. Not here.
I’m futzing around with these poems-about-the-Greek gods. All the Olympians and a few of their cronies or girlfriends or pets (Cerberus, for example). The poems (and they are poems vs. straight-up prose) sound like me — smarty-pants and fast with dollops of what they call in TV writing “”moments.”
But I can’t come up with a title that’s both attractive and true. I did like “A Hipster’s Guide to Olympus” but I think ‘hipster” is almost archaic by now and I don’t much want to use now-slang. Still, the angle of that title is right.
The subjects are the true Olympians — Zeus, Hades, Persephone, Demeter, Aphrodite, etc. Both their Greek and roman names apply: Ares/Mars, Dionysus/Bacchus, etc.
'Zeus' Many Lovers?' May not be the most appropriate, but it was the first thing to come to mind. All I can think of is really bad puns like 'You Are Hera' and 'Achilles Just Didn't Cut It' or 'Job Hazards of the Gods'.
Zeus uses a toilet just like everyone else, only his is gold with wings
I'm thinking toiletstorming instead of brainstorming
Ron, what a perfect project for you. I always think how there is that mafiosa-like element to the Greek Gods. Or for a popular t.v. reference The Sopranos. Perhaps you can find an angle somewhere there. They are quite thugish. "Gangland in Ancient Greece"
IN May I'm beginning a project at the school I used to teach in where we're taking the myths and turning them into plays (standard fun fifth grade stuff). Is there a chance they will be ready for viewing by then? There is something so alluring about those Greek Gods. They cross all ages. I remember these stories from when I was really little 4 or so, and I pass that tradition on to my little kids too. Good luck