Archive for the ‘Polyxena Book’ Category

From the Amazon Queen

February 25, 2016

“You all know I do not like the Greeks. My dealings with them have never been to my satisfaction. They flaunt their alleged superiority over us, declaring us to be barbarians and thinking it beneath their dignity to conduct proper relations with us. I say to you, it is time to put them in their place. Let them feel the stings of the arrows we barbarians will inflict upon them.”   -Penthesileia

 

On Paris, Prince of Troy

January 25, 2016

Until I met Achilles , I believed no man was more handsome than Paris, and I was immensely proud of being around him just for his looks alone. He and Helen definitely made an attractive couple, turning people’s heads wherever they went and maybe even arousing envy among the onlookers. But he lacked the strength of Hector, as well as the courage -some even claimed he was somewhat cowardly- which detracted from his person and may explain why Aeneas rather than he was selected Troy’s supreme commander after Hector’s death. He made up for his deficiencies by constantly practicing with the bow and arrow and was an accomplished archer, perhaps even the best one in our army. In summation, he was not as attractive as Achilles to me, another consequence resulting from having undergone my journey.    -Polyxena

Menelaus Reclaims Helen as Troy Falls

December 28, 2015

As Polyxena describes the scene: Menelaus strode up to Helen bent on avenging the injury and humiliation she caused him. He raised his sword -did I misjudge him?- and for an instant there I thought he might indeed kill her. But then she looked at him, tears streaming from her face, and if ever there was a sight to melt a man’s heart, it was that of Helen in grief, peering into his eyes, her lovely face it its pitiful best, amplifying her suffering. He paused in his observation and then sheathed his sword. Helen’s future was secure.

Zephyrus

August 31, 2015

Zephyrus -named for the West Wind- was the horse given to Polyxena by Antiope, the Amazon commander. She rode him throughout her stay with the Amazons and on her return trip to Troy and often relates her joy over this..

At one time:  I was on Zephyrus -what a horse! He so easily responded to my commands that I could have led him without uttering a single word, just by small motions of my hand or body.

Another time:  I was never more happy to see Zephyrus than when Antiope brought him to me, and I felt absolutely certain the stallion regarded me in the same way, for he truly responded wonderfully to my control of his reins, its familiarity being received with utmost contentment.

On Antiope, the Amazon Commander

August 3, 2015

Antiope is one of the more fascinating characters in my novel. She is a true blue Amazon in her absolute loathing of the male gender. Yet I made her into a stunningly beautiful woman. Even Helen would have found serious competition in her, Polyxena tells us. I did this so the men reading the book would deplore their loss -while still being drawn to this intriguing individual. I had fun with her.

A Censure of Polyxena

July 27, 2015

  “Do not try to lecture me, foolish woman….I asked you to accompany us because I believed you had what it takes to be one of us. I was wrong. You will never be an Amazon.”      -Penthesilea

The Reader is Aphrodite

July 6, 2015

        To you, Immortal Goddess, I reveal my thoughts. ..Even as I recollect the events shaping my present condition, I am struck by the strangeness of it all, for rarely can it be said that happenstances so beyond my control were to affect my personal being in such a detrimental way. -Polyxena

Initial Impressions

June 24, 2015

        He had flaming red hair, such as rarely seen.  -Polyxena on first seeing her nemesis, Neoptolemus, son of Achilles. 

More Worries About Achilles

June 7, 2015

…….Was I fraternizing with the enemy? Did my conduct pose a threat to Troy’s survival? How could it? Whether I was with Achilles or not, nothing we did here changes what is happening at Troy at this moment. And if we are separated once we get back, what we have done has no more relevance and cannot influence what will then occur.       -Polyxena

 

To Resist Achilles or Not?

June 1, 2015

We shared an affinity for each other, while knowing this could only result in unhappiness and heartbreak for us both if we succumbed to our basic instincts. So we resisted our impulses, the strain of our exertions very much evidenced in our glances. I wished at times that he would just seize me, take his pleasures with me, ending all my hesitations over this, and through this release me from my obsessive cravings. The question paramount in my mind, and I think also in his, was whether to submit to our impellent inclinations or continue resisting these, thereby depriving us of what we most desired.  – Polyxena