About Athina


- Born in Patras in 1986
- Finished her Bachelor Degree in Greek Philology in 2009 (University of Patras), followed by a Master Degree in Language Studies in 2010 (Lancaster University, U.K.)
- Left her Ph.D. Degree after 5 years of study (University of Athens), for all the reasons of the world, grateful for the broad knowledge she gained throughout the process.
- Worked in the private sector as a creative writer, editor, and proofreader for 4 years (Athens, 2011-2015) but then, again, she changed her mind.

She reads and writes a lot. Really. In fact, that’s the only thing she has never stopped doing since she was a child.
Her personal literary efforts constitute a whole parallel universe where she experiments, transforms and transmutes whatever makes her feel provoked.
She always works in the energetic sphere of her eternal beloved, who accompanies her from life to life, from plane to plane, from one path to another.
But eventually, she had to overcome it and learn to live “without”.
Now she’ s free, she can wholeheartedly continue with her exploration.

“To begin with an A,
To finish with it,
With no circle having being made
But a whirlwind.”

In the beginning was the “hunch”

In the beginning was the “hunch”

“Before anything, in your research project, pay attention to your hunch!”, one of our academic teachers and a field researcher used to advise us, during the methodology course of our M.A at Lancaster.

And although there are many others across the academic sector who “detest” any kind of “introspection” in their research and methodology, I came to realize back then that there is an ultimate truth in this:

You see, before any act of creation, research or spiritual quest, even before the conscious formation of a certain idea, there’s a preliminary urge coming from the inside, usually stemming from our subconscious or preconscious strata of experience. Such a trigger might be an image, a feeling, a dream, an archetype, a person, a sign, a color; nearly everything that has gained a specific role in our world for some reason. And not only that, but our cognitive system craves to incorporate that “particular something” and express it, one way or another.

Coming to the field of creative and/or literary writing, I find that this rule could equally apply. The “hunch” drives us crazy and presents all its possible forms in front of our mind’ s eye and we become aware of its existence. And it is this very moment that we are further asked to answer the “why” and “how go about it” questions.

Bringing “that bloody something” to the surface is not always easy. Besides, it’s not necessarily meaningful to everyone who might come across our creative endeavor. So, the answer to the inner posed questions has to be a persuasive one in order for us to proceed.

Otherwise, we will have to let it aside for a while, until it reaches a certain level of maturity. And if this moment never comes, we may have to bravely abandon it, till a stronger “hunch” motivates us to start all over again.

 

(The argument discussed in this paper is, to some extent, inspired from the seminar lectures “Read & Write” taught by author Aris Maragkopoulos. More information may be found here: www.arisgrandmangr.com)

 

 

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