- My name is Hayley, although I respond to “Hayley,” “HK,” “hmslusitania” and “omgez” fairly interchangeably.
- Technically I am an adult who pays all my own expenses and has a full time job and a college degree (in medieval European history focusing on the crusades with minors in the ancient Greek language and classical studies focusing on mythology and mythological themes in renaissance art). As you might expect from that list of degree elements, I work in a bookstore and am good at crosswords.
- In addition to writing a lot of Check, Please! fanfic (which is normally how I spend all my spare time - November got weird, sorry), I am writing a serialised YA fantasy novel about some kids with inherited superpowers trying to figure out how to navigate life in their ancestral homeland. It is more or less the bastard child of Downton Abbey and X-Men but with more gays. More, even, than X-Men. (it’s here if you’re curious)
- Outside of Check, Please! I am very invested in a few other fan cultures although I do not directly participate, and they are Harry Potter, Dragon Age, Lord of the Rings, and to lesser extents, the MCU, the Raven Cycle, and now as of the past week, Mass Effect. Anything about those can be found at my main @hmslusitania
Some other random facts
- I’ve lived in three countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Ukraine
- I have a Deathly Hallows tattoo on my left ankle and a compass rose on my right. I want more.
- I am Not Straight
- I also intern for a literary agent and read her query box (and then swear at whoever’s actively responding to my texts)
- All of my friends who are not co-workers live in other states and/or countries.
- I am, all at once, an only child but also the youngest of four (my family is weird).
So we always have modern-day Greek gods but come on, imagine them in other periods of history please like there is so much potential
Apollo as a renaissance artist in Venice, painting watercolors of the sun, crafting songs and harmonies, visiting the sick with his work that always seems to help them recover, sketching women more beautiful than a summer’s day.
Artemis as a huntress in Celtic Ireland, war paint and bow, axes and spears, running through glens and marshes, hiding in the undergrowth dressed in animal pelts.
Ares as a medieval knight in England, seeking glory in jousts and tourneys, mastering pike and sword and lance and flail, clothed in steel and blood.
Athena as a World War Two commander in Bletchley, calling the shots as she scours maps, planning out blitz raids and spy operations, typing at machines and decoding foreign enigmas.
Hephaestus as a factory worker in the British industrial revolution, face lined with ash, stinking of iron and smoke, watching chimneys pump the skies grey.
Hermes as a Colonial settler in the Americas, atop the ship’s mast with spyglass and pistol, bartering with natives, swindling and travelling, scouting out the New World and bringing communication to the old one.
Hestia as a World War One housewife in Britain, growing vegetables and making her own clothes to keep up the war effort, sending telegrams to shellshocked soldiers in the trenches, keeping children safe in her house by the fireside.
I mean, come on. Historically diverse Greek mythology. Let’s make it happen.
Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Phenomenal Photoshop where the latest discovery is Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov, who removes the subjects of classical paintings and flawlessly inserts them into photos of the streets and public transit of Kiev. Nymphs, satyrs, angels, gods and mortals alike ride buses and trains and wait for the subway. They muse in solitude over cups of coffee, dance on train station staircases and in the backs of buses, and snatch kisses before their train reaches its stop. Whole Bacchanals take place behind buildings while gods make out on city benches.
It might sound like an odd juxtaposition, but the combination works uncannily well. Kondakov was inspired to start the project during a museum visit when he noticed how the subjects of classical paintings behaved no differently than modern folk. And sure enough, as we can see from these altered photos, the drunken revelry of classical characters isn’t all that different from modern partygoers. And love and heartache haven’t changed much over the centuries either.