There are these two concrete maidens who greet passersby in my town. Their aspect has some parallels with those classical Greek statues (Aphrodite perhaps) only it’s as though Walt Disney gave them a makeover to appeal to our modern tastes (was he thinking Snow White?), and then Hugh Hefner strolled by and persuaded them to expose their breasts. I wonder if their owner tips his hat to them every morning when he collects his paper. “Guten Morgen, meine schöne Damen!”
It is from these two statues that the beginnings of a story has emerged. It might be called The Wonder Tree (Der Wunderbaum). It is a story set where I live–in Purkersdorf: a small town in the Vienna Woods. I’ve often read it is a good idea to write what you know. Stephen King for example often sets his stories in Maine because this is where he lives. Of course he has also grown up there and has some sense of its history and has an intimate awareness of the culture. I’m a new kid on the block in this town, and I’m not an Austrian, still I have the benefit of a fresh perspective, and this I hope, the reader (even if it is just my wife or a few of my fellow writers at Vienna Writers) might enjoy.
How about you–are you setting your stories in your hometown or someplace you know?
Well, that’s enough waffle from me this week. I’ll try and post one last blog before taking an extended leave.