Ukraine Fantasy Travel Philosophy Parody Comedy

The next episode of the XaW Files to be serialised dates from mid-January, and mixes a little philosophy, comedy and greenYgrey self-analysis literary nonsense.

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, fiction writing correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by Harry Potter wizard writer J.K. Rowling.

Blogging, Sharing, Writing, Editing and Selling

Sorry if the posts are getting a little less often, but with a lot of my fantasy colleagues having entered the XaW Files parody comedy world, and trying to complete that story taking precedence, we’ve got less time to post.

With limited time to write, posting blogs takes up time that could be spent writing the next episodes, but it does inspire us to edit them more, with the benefit of time spent in absentia, so it’s not all for your benefit… greenYgrey style… not to mention trying to sell our previous books at the end of the post!

XaW Files Chapter 3 Episode 16

It Is Just, It Just Is.

I awoke with the above words in my head, as if receiving a message from somewhere, perhaps even from the greenYgrey world.

A Deeper Form of Love

I asked Love the mixed-up Vole about it when it arose. Love said it sounded like French existentialism to it, but it didn’t know for sure. Love suggested we go to the Vernadsky National Library to check it out.

Love seemed to be delving deeper in thought since losing its sight. Plato said the highest form of love is wisdom, so they kind of connected in my thinking in a greenYgrey kind of way, so I took Love’s advice.

Visiting the Library

After arriving at the library we must have looked a little lost looking for the French literature section, because a gentleman kindly asked if he could help.

I told him about our journey, and that day’s thoughts and search.

He introduced himself as Volodymyr Popyk, the library’s director.

I thought how interesting, in a totally introspective greenYgrey way: his first name nearly has the same form as greenygrey, except there are only nine letters to my ten, with one letter less after the first y than in mine, and the second y in his name is the second letter after the first y, rather than the fourth like in mine; of course, it couldn’t be the fourth letter after the second y anyway, because there are only three letters in total after the first y in Volodymyr.

Strangely enough, but perhaps not as strange as most X Files episodes, there is a third letter y in the fourth position of his Popyk surname.

The Art of Adaptation

Volodymyr said they didn’t have a big French literature section, but he could show us around the Ukraine and Kiev history sections if we liked.

I said, ‘Well, when in Ukraine’; thinking about that old When in Rome chestnut; ‘it would certainly seem more relevant to learn something about the country we are in, rather than one we are not.’

‘That’s great,’ Volodymyr said, ‘and looking at your colours, I think I have something you’ll be very interested in.’

Three Elements of Ukraine History

Volodymyr took us to a map of Ukraine during the Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia or Kingdom of Halych-Volynia, which peaked in the 13th century.

I could see what he meant without him saying another word, because the western half of the map was green and grey, while the east was occupied by the ‘Golden Horde’, creating a great greenYgrey image.

Volodymyr took the time to give us a detailed description of Ukraine at that time, and although I didn’t have the knowledge to know if he was entirely accurate, it certainly sounded authoritative, and I would go so far as to say… entertaining.

Although the map was my colours, the Orange Revolution of 2004 section Volodymyr took us to next seemed even more significant to me than the map; and I felt a similar surge of interest while being shown a Femen exhibition.

Morning first day of Orange Revolution.jpg

Did the Orange Revolution and Femen demonstrations achieve anything? I cannot answer those questions from the interesting information supplied by Volodymyr Popyk before he popped off to do something else, because I’m not a Ukrainian resident, and don’t even know if the greenYgreyvolution really exists!


The greenYgrey’s evolutionary theme, rather than revolution, was inspired by the eastern European colour revolutions in the mid-2000s.

Volodymyr Popov is the director of the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. (

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