Speaking of the underworld…Elysium
The Underworld has its nasty corners with the whole gnashing of teeth and crows eating out livers and, well, you get the idea. But if you play your cards right, you could end up on the right side of the tracks. Or, the right side of the river Lethe. It is a blessed land without cold or snow or rain, with golden flowers, ocean breezes and shade trees to shelter the happy souls. The days are filled with music, dance, games and poetry. I’d like to think Persephone does a reading there once in awhile, sharing bits of the dark romance she’s been working on. (Although I’m not sure Homer would agree with my vision.)
The golden entry ticket is given by the gods to the heroic, demigods and the righteous. But there’s a catch, (according some some authors) that you had to do the whole life/death cycle three times to get permanent residency. I’m thinking it would be worth the whole three times do-over––no doubt it is a better option than that of Tartarus.
The more books I write, the more I realize how little of the research I do ends up in my finished novel. My work in progress is a current telling of the lives of goddess Persephone and her husband Hades. Instead of leaving most of my research on the cutting room floor, I thought I’d share some of it with you. It also works as a bit of a teaser for the finished book…