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.

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.

April 4, 2021

I am a risk-taker when writing stories.

I am a risk-taker when writing. I have a radically different style and add a controversial personal topic to my storytelling and writings. I want to present a more charted presentation - words are overused especially details of a picture. The reader, listener or the viewer has their set of images, they bring to the story. Let them participate. In my writing the transitions from story to story are by the titles and subtitles. At the end of each story, I give my interpersonal opinion about the landscape to lead into the next window. The character walks or jumps into a frame of a related story then into the window of the tale. 

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The storytelling method is to connect story to story, chapter to chapter.

My driving force is a character: damsels and their powers, or tiger slipping through history, dragons shaping China, fire gaining freedom, and Sita's point of view. Several stories connected to another to create a continuous adventure, saga, history.

 A novelist uses words, a film director uses images, a storyteller frames verbal story to verbal story, so the audience provide their images - hooked into the telling.

March 2, 2021

What motivates my reading choice?

My reading is widely within the genre FANTASY or  MAGICAL REALISM while I create stories for the genre Bildungsroman. Quoted from David Mamet teacher at MasterClass in Dramatic Literature at Master Writing, "Bildungsroman is a literary genre of stories about a character growing psychologically and morally from their youth into adulthood. Generally, they experience a profound emotional loss, set out on a journey, encounter conflict, and grow into a mature person by the end of the story. Literally translated, a bildungsroman is "a novel of education” or "a novel of formation."
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As a storyteller, I found story has a narrative calling for causation of this person or that animal and the reasons why. Or, the story is a problem to solve revolving around magical good or bad that happened or will happen as Joseph Cambell's the Hero's Journey. So, I read stories where the character grows in the best way for themselves as well as helping others. The myth Durga Saves the Gods from the Indian culture during their revolt against England in1947 is the best example, a Goddess created by the Gods to help defeat a Buffalo Deamon, who wanted control of Gods.

February 5, 2021

Special Friendships Made through Blogging



Friends through the blogosphere are friends I met in the physical sphere as professional the storytellers and writers, and we carried the friendship to their blogs.  WE never really discussed in the physical sphere what they said on their blogs. 

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The best place for blogging and friends is Wattpad.com. These friends have followed me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and my Instagram blogs. I will post their blogs in here; need to do a bit of research.

Artists are into the real world and how to interpret, not words. The YouTubers interest in their productions of movies and putting them or us together in the pictorials. 

Might be my age!  Following everyone takes time and distracts from producing my stories or writing. I need my time, my space and my words -- old age and death close causing me to be selfish. I do need the followers, READERS, and BUYERS!                                                                                                             

January 21, 2021

Damsels Overcome soon in bookstores

 

Both males and females are important in social norms. I'm making a case about the male narratives that dominate - take the fable Turtle and the Hare; all characters males. Masculine pronouns lock us into male narratives and male norms. 


DAMSELS OVERCOME has 21 folktales from different times and many countries. Included are blurbs about my identity and dispute with the narratives about the damsels who appeared in these traditional male-dominated dialogues written in literature and folklore from the 6th to 18th centuries.

Launch date is May 30, 2021.

January 4, 2021

Why I don't finish reading a book!


Being a writer, when am I reading someone else's work, I stop reading because these frustrate my reading; too much backstory, long descriptions that are not necessary for the story, and the dialogue much too long like a  lecture, or too short, or not with the character's personality.

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These stop me because I had too many writing classes and told too many stories. One might say this also stops most of my writing.

I have also noticed people listen to books on audio, or read short novels of 15 to 30 thousand words. I think because of our films and television we are more illiterate than the past generations and more images to read with movies and computers and television

However, what do I know? - This is just a bobbieism!