Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Remember When . . . The War Was Over?

I am writing, in the other window up on my computer, the last scene of the war. Whew! It's about time, right? I mean, this thing has been going on for ages, and I've been carefully sifting through all the facts jammed in my little head, searching for those key items that have to be included and skipping the rest.

I covered Thermopylae last week. I wrote about Xerxes burning Athens to the ground yesterday. Today he's about to lose a sea battle at Salamis, a little island near Athens. And then the war is over.

Glory hallelujah, amen!

Okay, so I've enjoyed writing about the Greco-Persian War, actually. For starters, it's one of those things that most people sorta-kinda know happened . . . that was one of the prophecies in Daniel, right? And, er . . . we've heard of that Xerxes fella, and, well, Thermopylae--300 was a cool movie, so sure. Thermopylae. (FYI, I've yet to see all of 300.) But it's all very obscure, and I seriously doubt most of my readers are going to already know what happens at each big event before I tell them.

That's pretty cool.

I get to take a look at historical events through new eyes--which is fun for a nerd like me. Most challenging and interesting is figuring out how to write about it in a way that's still approachable to a love story.

Y'all will have to let me know how I do on that once you rush out to buy it and read it next year. ;-)

But now that the war's over, I'm looking forward to bridging events with a ridiculously scandalous scandal Herodotus recorded and using it to segue brilliantly (ahem) into the book of Esther.

Have I mentioned I'm already up to 104,000 words, and I haven't hit the book of Esther yet? As in, the book that inspired this whole thing?? Sheesh, I see some slicing and dicing in my future. But for now, writing and growing.

And peace--sort of--at last!


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