August 30, 2021

Released --> Damsels Overcome

 
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Hardcover - 987-942070-08-5
Paperback - 987-947020-05-4



Damsels have values, more than known and that we hear and read in folktales, legends, fairytales and news today.


August 22, 2021

Success as a writer is having the book in hand.

 

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I define success as a writer as holding the book in my hands after years of writing, cover design, all the edits, all the formatting corrections, and the distribution settled: hardcover paperback, modi and ePub for the many bookstores online and walk-ins. One long time to birth a book, almost like birthing a child;

 

--> then all the care and worries of growth and welfare afterwards.

July 6, 2021

Why would I quit writing?


The writing is fun; a book is not.

 Really, the cover design is fun.

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Then there is formatting and all the corrections of spelling, grammar of design and of the format for the different bookstores.  ONE BIG JOB lasting longer than ever imagined and taking more time than the writing of the manuscript.

Finally, is the marketing, where the writing is repeating over and over in different ways. I quit writing books, not fun!

Blogging on Facebook and other social media has immediate feedback, maybe limited, only much more fun and instant.

June 4, 2021

Incubation of a story

 

How long do I shelve my first draft, before reading the manuscript and re-drafting? 

Sometimes 10 years, the elves have waited since 2005, I did do a bit in 2012 then got busy with my fairytale of 25 years and much beyond start in 1986 and finish 2014 - many adventures inbetween; gardening, computer death and all saved files, storytelling, then the door open for self-publishing and so the fairytale finish and on the web. Rhyonna is flying from here to there on the vast web. She is waiting for marketing.

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Then I wrote about 6 storytelling books which are now waiting - one is finish and almost published, which took about 10 years. The premise change several times: humble heroes, able women to damsels and their value.

So the elves are shelved and waiting, impatiently.  They have many tales to tell and now a village, which is a colony of 36+ individually.

 

May 5, 2021

Understanding of males as Knights in Shining Armor

One of my e-mail readers commented on a statement about my attitude in a book I'm writing in a way that I did not expect. The male's response was about my understanding of males, and who they were, and why they do what they do, which did surprise me? I was not commenting what a male thinks, not exactly.

I am commenting about my attitude about the 'Knight in Shining Armor' assuming they are all males, which is not true.

Anyway here is my take of the knight or prince charming.

From the legends about the Knights who roamed Europe commissioned by the Kings of England; the Knight has ravished dragons of one sort or another (for treasure) to saved a damsel or is this slaying really give fame to himself. My comment came from my attitude, 'The Knight slays the dragon to secure the jewels for himself.'  (jewels = skills)

 

Sure, some damsel want 'saved'; although most damsels desire to do their own work. To be saved by a Knight is servitude because the maiden or matron becomes the victim in a triangle -- saved, victim, indebted.  The tale Spider Weaver in my book Damsels Overcome; if she does not do her saving another danger comes along.


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Also, as a woman, female, I am balanced and part of the man, male; I have my knight. As man has all his jewels, and does not need to slay dragons guarding 'jewels', which I view as using another person's skills as your own. The King uses the Knight.

As a damsel: she can do her bidding, to be saved or not to be saved.