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This is primarily a companion blog to my e-book, the shadow of xeno’s eye. Xeno, the protagonist, speaks directly to us, the readers, and we “see” things through the darkness in his eyes. Sometimes he refers to things that may not be familiar to us. At other times, he sees things that he, and perhaps we as well, might not, at first, understand. This blog is organized into conventional posts, numbered in chronological order, and four pages, listed to your right under PAGES (this introductory page being the first of four). The next page, people, places, & things- INDEX, explains the things that Xeno refers to or sees, listing them in alphabetical order, in an index. The page beneath that, people, places, & things- SEQUENCE, lists the same references in the order in which they appear in the book. Readers can use either one, or both, according to their preference. Our story is set in the Trojan War, emphasizing geo-political reality over the mythologized saga. However, the fourth page, The Backstory, summarizes the mythical origins of the mythologized Trojan War.
In the shadow of Xeno’s eye, the things Xeno sees, the words on the page, are only part of the story. We meet Xeno as a Greek soldier inside the Trojan Horse, as the sack of Troy is about to begin. Through his haunted eye, we see the war and its aftermath, and we learn the truth about the war as he learns it. It was the result of competition over resources, foreign policy failures, and the misdirected egos of leaders. It’s real purpose was to make Troy a Greek power base on the Dardanelles and control access to the Black Sea. “Helen of Troy” was a fraudulent pretext for the war, an emotionally wrenching excuse, but not in any way the cause. Through Xeno’s first hand experiences, the contemporary reader comes to realize what Xeno, living in 1200 B.C. can’t: The origins, conduct, and entropic end of the Trojan War closely mirror the origins, conduct, and entropic end of the American invasion of Iraq. Western coalitions invade Asia with shock and awe, bog down due to inadequate planning, and ultimately find themselves unable to maintain their presence.
The parallels between the mythical Trojan War and our all too real debacle in modern Iraq led me to wonder about broader questions. Do myths, fairy tales, and folklore reveal things about the basic structure of the human psyche, things that are common across cultures and temporal eras? I suspect that they do, and exploring how the shadows of our unconscious or subconscious minds percolate up into recurring themes in our stories and images will be a secondary issue in this blog. I’m not, by any means, an expert in this area, but it’s a fascinating question, and I’d like to posit ideas that the story suggests, or as they come to me.
As I think it through, I’d suggest reading the posts in sequential order, at least for the first dozen or so. In that way, we’ll have a common basis for our explorations of ancient, modern, and mythical worlds.