Moonday’s Heroic Hunk: The Phantom Hunk & the Countdown

Since we’re on the countdown to the Silken Sands Conference, Moonday’s Heroic Hunks in History blog will be short—or I should have said condensed because the statue of David is over 17 feet tall. The block of Carrara marble had lain incomplete in the Cathedral workshop in Florence for more than 25 years before Michelangelo Buonaroti was hired to finish the project in 1501. Originally intended as one of a series of biblical figures to adorn the pediments of the Cathedral, it was instead placed in the Piazza della Signori. In 1873, when the marble started to deteriorate, the statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery. David’s intense expression portrays the scene just before he joins battle with Goliath. There was no single male model for David. Michelangelo, who had a photographic memory, was notorious for using bits and pieces of models for different projects. David’s face—and a beautiful Italian face it is—is found, in reverse, on Michelangelo’s statue of Hercules. Since David is tall and stands on a pediment, the visitor’s eye-level view is not of the face but of other body parts.
       Now, for the conference chatter. Saturday (Mar 13th) was the final “pull everything together for the conference” meeting day. Cynthia Eden, our conference chair, had it all well-organized and the work went quickly. Everyone visited, while we worked or munched on pizza, veggies, fruit, and Fran’s deliciously fluffy dessert.
        I was relieved to discover that I was not the only one frantically working to pull all my personal stuff together for the conference. My website went up today for the first time (a virgin, no less). Check it out at Since I’m not published, it focuses on shopping the stories. When you click on a title, the link takes you to a page with a blurb, length and status statement and an excerpt or two. Network Solutions has a really nice web page development tool that allows you to edit whatever, whenever. I also made two-sided business cards to match the webpage.
       ANYWAY, I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference or at the booksigning Saturday afternoon. The booksigning will be a real budget-buster with more than 30 authors participating. (For more info, check out the Silken Sands page on the GCCRWA website.) SEE YOU THERE!!     RitaVF


2 Responses

  1. Another hunky man! Good job, Rita.

    Can’t wait to ceck out the website

  2. And just why does Michelangelo get to do the ‘bits and pieces’ thingy, yet we women have to accept things ‘as is’? LOL

    Just kidding!

    Wonderful hunk, this particular David, even if he was parts’ed together! Most individuals don’t realize just how stimulating a museum or art gallery can be. ..

    And to think the real David actually collected seven smooth stones for his sling–because Goliath had six brothers, and he had to be prepared for them in case they challenged him too!

    Your website is wonderful, by the way!

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