#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 Author Spotlight Guest Posts, “Myths of the Mirror,” by Author, D. Wallace Peach

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Hello, and welcome to my Spotlight Author Guest posts where you can meet independently published authors and sample some of their work. My inspiration was to give independent authors another place where they could connect with readers.

I asked for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where authors could show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be. I also wanted them to tell you about their books and to share the magic it took to create them.

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This week, I am pleased to introduce you to author, D. Wallace Peach. I’ve just recently started reading The Rose Shield series also written by Diana. I’ve reviewed the first book, “Catling’s Bane,” and you can read that review HERE. If you LOVE fantasy, this is an author whose writing will speak to you in ways you didn’t think possible. I am enthralled by her writing, her world-building, and the magical stories she weaves.

So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a few minutes to meet and read the magic behind D. Wallace Peach’s first book, Myths of the Mirror.

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Author, D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

In the distant mountains of the Mirror, exiled skyriders fly dragons in the old Way, merged in flesh, blood, and bone. Twenty years past, they fought for the freedom of the valley’s dragons … and lost.

 

Imprisoned in the stone lair, the captive dragons beat their webbed wings and thrash serpentine tails. They tear their flesh and batter their bodies against the black bars of their cells, iron grating against iron. The once peaceful creatures howl, tormented by spine and spur, their fury matched only by their despair.

 

Treasa, the daughter of exiles, seeks the secrets of a hidden past and a father she never knew. Gifted with visions, she glimpses pieces of years long lost and a veiled future that only raises more questions. The dragons visit her dreams, laden with contradictions that tear at her heart—for one day she sails in unfettered flight, her arms thrown wide, and the next she writhes in tortured darkness, desperate to be free.

 

The lair’s black-garbed riders sense the dragons’ growing savagery. Yet Conall longs to grasp their power, to subdue them and soar. He will endure the reek, filth, and terror of the lair to earn his right to fly. With a heart encased in steel, he masters the weapons of compliance to see his will done. At the cost of the woman he loves.

 

Then, a curved talon rends flesh and dragon scale, rattling against white ribs. Blood falls like rain and the world shifts. Treasa and Conall must decide who they are and what they stand for. Thus the battle for the dragon soul begins again. Alliances form, old myths are revealed, and new myths are born.

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Myths of the Mirror may be read as a stand-alone coming of age fantasy novel appropriate for young adult readers or as the first book in an epic adventure that stretches from the small village of Taran Leigh and the mountains of the Mirror to the Anghard Archipelago in the western sea.

 

Conall and Treasa face a world where wealth and power rule. Fear is the weapon of choice, and cruelty is tolerated for a pocket of gold. It’s a world that forces a choice—indifference, complicity, or defiance—each choice defining the core of who they are and who they will become.

 

The dragons of Taran Leigh, souls of grace and beauty, hang in the balance. Will they descend into the howling violence of terror and pain inflicted upon them by their tormentors? Or will they fly free, the creatures they were born to be? With each book, the stakes rise and far more than the dragons’ souls lie at risk.

 

“The nervousness he felt upon mounting the dragon had ebbed, and he stroked its back, almost affectionately. He sensed a growing bond between them, a grace in their flight as natural as breathing. There were times when he glided over green fields, gazed into the weave and texture of leaves, that he released the reins and simply let the dragon fly. In those rare moments, he felt a profound sense of peace and deeply free.” –Myths of the Mirror.

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I used magic to write my first book.

In a way, I suppose all first books are magical. Characters barge into our heads. They start yapping and running off on adventures, falling in love, and making choices regardless of our opinions and plots. It’s surprising the first time it happens. I thought I was channeling spirits. Honestly, I did.

I pantsered that book with only the barest inkling of a plan, and I let those characters run amok. Who was I to argue with magical beings pouring their stories from the ethosphere? I followed wherever they wandered, on tangents and around in circles.

It wasn’t until I dotted the last sentence that I learned all writers feel their characters’ tugging on their stories this way. So maybe it wasn’t magic, or maybe we all have a little magic in us.

But that’s not the only way that magic had a role in writing that book. Each morning, I meditated and the next chapter played in my head like a movie. All I had to do was write it down – describe what I saw and transcribe the conversations. I wrote 189K words in 30 days without breaking a sweat. (Then it took a year to carve 70K words out! That part wasn’t magic at all – it was pure unadulterated torture!)

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And that wasn’t all! At intervals in the writing process, I chose runes from a blue velvet bag.

Runes are small stones with ancient symbols, a means of divination, of receiving guidance, or perhaps more accurately, they guide us to ponder and find our answers within. I’ve had my bag of runes for 30 years, and their wisdom has always felt pertinent.

The runes I chose determined the story’s direction, and I never wavered from their guidance. I never groaned and shuffled through the bag for a different one that fit my preconceived ideas of where I wanted the story to go. I bequeathed the rune’s messages to the Droom, the book’s cryptic healer, so when she chose a rune (an “eye”), it was the one I chose in real life.

At one point, halfway through my first draft, I had a severely injured character I intended to kill off. The Droom (me) picked a rune, and suddenly, not only was the guy destined to live, but he became THE main character of the book!

Well, well, well. I had to backtrack and rewrite huge chunks of the story to accommodate that rune!

Here’s the message that saved his life, as spoken by the Droom:

“Ahhh. The shift come into hisself, open to blessings, joy here.

Now crossed through the gap by the will of the World.

Draw light down to the Mirror,

Light up from deep hisself.

All is changed, nothing the same.

New knowing, now hisself here Belonging.

Eye of rebirth.”

The Droom picked many runes, all but that one puzzling into the story with uncanny precision. And despite the hours of toil it demanded, the wisdom of that rune proved sound.

Funny thing… like my character, I was also experiencing a significant shift. I’d begun my writing journey, one of joy, lightness, and belonging, and coming into my own – a rebirth.

The book, Myths of the Mirror, continued its magical journey and was my first book picked up by a publisher.

Now you know its secret.

©D. Wallace Peach, 2018

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Ready for an adventure? Click HERE to visit D. Wallace Peach’s Amazon Author Page to find all of her books.

The Sorcerer’s Garden
Sunwielder
The Bone Wall
The Melding of Aeris

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:
Catling’s Bane, Book I
Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II
Farlanders’ Law, Book III
Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV

The Dragon Soul Saga:
Myths of the Mirror, Book I
Eye of Fire, Book II
Eye of Blind, Book III
Eye of Fire, Book IV

Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale

How to Connect with the Author

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit:  http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

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witchey kissesThanks for stopping by to hear about Myths of the Mirror and to meet D. Wallace Peach. By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 69, “BOND & SEEK” #SnynomnsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Cafe on ST

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Hello and Welcome. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


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“Authors of poetry, flash writing, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and reviews may submit work of any length to ELJ. They accept submissions via email, but not online or by post.” Click the link above to learn more.


 

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Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

The reason why I sponsor this challenge is to help budding poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular. 

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

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Cinquain instructions

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.

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For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post. 

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday. 

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

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As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

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HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 68th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: MYTH &WRITE

Messenger (#TankaTuesday) | ShiftnShake

Writer’s Block – Reena Saxena

Unearthly – #Tanks #Haibun | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Tanka Tuesday: Flood – Jane Dougherty Writes

Fell for her – Playing with words

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Myth & Write | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 68 – The Bag Lady

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Haiku #Cinquain #Tanka #68: Myth & Write | But I Smile Anyway…

Colleen’s Weekly-Tanka-Tuesday-Poetry-Challenge.No 68. Myth-Write. | willowdot21

Legend – Bilocalalia

haiku #33 – Stories

Fire and Ice | like mercury colliding…

Cauldron | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Write it Down – Smell The Coffee

Colleens Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – No-Madder Nomadder

A Katana’s Lament: a #Tankaprose…#tanka #haibun #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

The Pleiades: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Winter Blues | Stuff and what if…

“Magical Sigils,” A Double #Tanka – colleenchesebro.com

Myths & Write – Synonyms | thoughts and entanglements

Rememberings – Calm and Chaos

Fantasy – A Tanka – In Emma World

#Senryu: Legend | Charmed Chaos

Scribing Legends (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka) | The Wolfe’s (Writing) Den

Weekly #Tanka challenge | Katja Rammer

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 68, “Myth & Write,” #SynonymsOnly | M J Mallon Author

a paradox – Word Florilegium

 

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Our POET OF THE WEEK is Annette, from her blog, Annette Rochelle Aben, and her poem dedicated to the theme words of “myth and write.” Annette is a prolific poet and I always enjoy her work. The one thing that always sticks out to me in her poetry is how she expresses her emotions. If your poetry touches another person you know you’ve done your job as a writer and a poet.

Annette’s Tanka (below) really slammed me in the gut this week. Maybe it was the news swirling around the scandals involving the #MeToo movement or the trial of the Michigan State University doctor that molested young girls, but I believe Annette’s poem is so powerful. Her words should speak to all of us.

Notice how Annette weaves a story with her first three lines. She’s setting the reader up for the climax.The third line is the “pivot” which magnifies the meaning of the first two lines and the last two lines.

The ending lines really made this poem explode with emotion. Her words also bring the reader back to the idea of “myth,” when she brings in the magical aspects of a dragon. Yet, it’s more than that. As far as I can tell, this is a perfect Tanka.

 

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They doubted her tales

As though she created them

Just for attention

And the dragons dry her tears

Because she knows they’re real

©2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

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If you need a brush up on writing a Tanka poem click here.

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: “BOND & SEEK”

#SynonymsOnly

 

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New Adventures – The Sisters of the Fey

If you followed my personal blog called A Mindful Journey, please be aware that the blog no longer exists. I deleted the blog today.

In its place, a group of eight authors and friends have bonded and created a group blog called, The Sisters of the Fey. I hope you will follow our journey.

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The Sisters of the Fey is a blogging collaboration between authors D. G. Kaye, Wendy Anne Darling, Marjorie Mallon, Belinda Miller, Annette Rochelle Aben, Colleen Chesebro, Adele Marie Park, and Tina Frisco.

Our intentions are pure with the desire to share all things magical which are filled with only goodness and light. Our magic is inspired by a secret order of fairies that existed hundreds of years ago which has been reborn in our spirits.

Come, join us on our journey of discovery.

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Hugs from: Debby, Wendy, Marjorie, Belinda, Annette, Colleen, Adele, and Tina.

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witchey kissesMake sure to stop by. You’re going to love it! 😀 ❤

 

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews, “Oathbreakers’ Guild, The Rose Shield, Book 2,” by D. Wallace Peach

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Title: Oathbreakers’ Guild, The Rose Shield, Book II

Amazon Author Page: D. Wallace Peach

Publication Date: March 31, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Colonization, First Contact

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Catling, an aspirant of the Influencers’ Guild, learns to wield the power of the garden carved into her skin. Friends are fewer than enemies, and those who wished her dead now plot her failure. Sworn to the young queen, she enters the world of Elan-Sia where the powerful maneuver for control of the throne.

Amidst rising unrest in the south and increasing pressure from the seafaring Cull Tarr, the high wards of the tiers plot rebellion. Gannon stirs the warrens, and Whitt marches with the warriors of Guardian. Propelled by revenge, Catling journeys to Mur-Vallis. Her mission—to assassinate the man who stole her past, a task that will define her future.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

The Oathbreakers’ Guild begins with the doyen examination of Catling, a new aspirant of the Influencers’ Guild, a secretive, closed society within Ellegean, who control the people of the tiers by flexing their power to manipulate emotions. Catling has an additional energy, the rose birthmark encircling her eye which also gives her the power to sever the influence that controls the people of the kingdom.

Now in her late teens, Catling wields this mysterious ability to invoke emotions between pleasure and pain, and life between healing and death. She remains a pawn in the hands of the Guild, told what to do at every step. As far as she can tell, she will never escape her destiny.

Her mentor, Vianne, sees a path of protection for Caitling where she can serve the young queen, Lelaine and shield her from the influence of the High Wardens. War is brewing and Caitling and her skills will be more in demand than ever before.

The characters from the first book return in this novel. As Caitling and Kaden’s skills grow they become more powerful, which creates another set of issues for the Guild. Whitt finds himself a soldier, still yearning for Caitling. Gannon reappears and becomes an asset to the Queen and Ellegeance. The lives of these characters continue to intertwine and intersect in the most magical ways.

There are numerous themes that thread their way through the novel. The use of the influence, like all magic, has consequences which Catling pushes to extreme limits as she breaks her oath to the Guild that controls her life. Revenge forces her to react which results in circumstances that will change her life forever.

And throughout the series, the mysterious luminescence which flows through the planet like it’s lifeblood swirls around the characters as if giving a vibrancy to their personalities. It’s pure magic!

D. Wallace Peach has once again created and added to a magical world that will enchant the reader. Her writing and descriptions are rich with the pureness of her imagination. Epic fantasy fans will rejoice in the impeccable world building filled with rich characters who deliver a few surprises of their own.

I can’t rave enough about this tetralogy. You will have to experience the magic yourself. It is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite book series. I dream about Ellegeance and these characters who have found their way into my heart. ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, D. Wallace Peach

About the Author:

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

Ready for an adventure?

The Sorcerer’s Garden
Sunwielder
The Bone Wall
The Melding of Aeris

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:
Catling’s Bane, Book I
Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II
Farlanders’ Law, Book III
Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV

The Dragon Soul Saga:
Myths of the Mirror, Book I
Eye of Fire, Book II
Eye of Blind, Book III
Eye of Fire, Book IV

Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale

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How to Connect with the Author:

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

TWITTER@Dwallacepeach

FACEBOOK: Myths of the Mirror: @DWPeachbooks

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Witchey ReadsThanks for stopping by to meet D. Wallace Peach. This series is one of the best I’ve read in the epic fantasy genre. ❤

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►Tarot: “Most Relevant Generalities / Major Arcana”🗝.- | La Audacia de Aquiles

 

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Valuable author marketing information from C. S. Boyack. He shares his recent book marketing efforts for his new novella, The Hat. ❤

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Hey there. Remember me? It’s been a while since I wrote something specifically for the blog. I’ve wanted to, but the blog tour demanded my attention.

The tour is over now. This one involved a pile of pre-written posts, plus a few custom requests from various bloggers. Overall, the tour was a success. We moved multiple copies every day, and it’s still selling. My experience lately is a book will flatline shortly after a book tour ends. This poses the question of what to do next. No, seriously, what should I do next?

So much of the stuff from even eighteen months ago doesn’t seem to work any longer. Facebook ads are getting horrible performance now according to some of my friends. The Amazon ads were never really much good. I tried a few email lists a couple of books ago. They cost money, but delivered nothing.

It’s a shame…

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Weekly #Tanka challenge

Katja has written a splendid triple Tanka that breathes magic. Lovely! ❤

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It’s time for this week’s installment of Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. You can see last week’s Tanka here. The prompt words for this week are: myth and write.

I had started on a little something about death and sorrow and loss, but then I went on an early hike with my husband yesterday.  The lovely morning in the woods inspired the following triple Tanka instead. I’ve no idea if the concept of a triple Tanka even exists, but I found I was not done with the poem after one stanza, so I just added two more. Hope you enjoy it—and the picture my husband took, too. The picture was taken on the morning of January, 27th on our way to the ruins of Castle Wegelnburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany on the border to France.

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~Slopes, Immersed in White Mist~

Enchanted forest,
I savor your…

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Welcome to Our NEW Group Blog – The Sisters of the Fey

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The Sisters of the Fey is a blogging collaboration between authors D. G. Kaye, Wendy Anne Darling, Marjorie Mallon, Belinda Miller, Annette Rochelle Aben, Colleen Chesebro, Adele Marie Park, and Tina Frisco.

We are The Sisters of the Fey

Our intentions are pure with the desire to share all things magical which are filled with only goodness and light. Our magic is inspired by a secret order of fairies that existed hundreds of years ago which has been reborn in our spirits.

Come, join us on our journey of discovery.

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Debby, Wendy, Marjorie, Belinda, Annette, Colleen, Adele, and Tina.

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Image credit: Wild Woman Sisterhood on Facebook

P.S. I’ve set up a Twitter account for the Sister of the Fey. I’ve had problems separating my tweets from @sistersofthefey and @colleenchesebro. It looks like many of my poetry challenge tweets went to the Sisters of the Fey account. Sorry, but I hope you will follow both accounts. Hugs. ❤

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2018 #Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic Author Spotlight Guest Posts: “The Hat,” by Author, C. S. Boyack

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Hello, and welcome to my Spotlight Author Guest posts where you can meet independently published authors by sampling their work. The whole idea was to give independent authors another place where they could connect with readers.

I asked for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where authors could show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be.

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This week, I am pleased to introduce you to author, C. S. Boyack. Craig is a paranormal fantasy author. I have read and reviewed quite a few of his books. His stories always deliver a few chills and thrills!

Craig has a new novella out called, The Hat. And, here’s Craig doing his other favorite thing when he’s not writing… Take it away, Craig!

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“I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

 

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

 

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.”

“Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

 

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

 

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

 

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

 

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.”

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Thanks for inviting me over today, Colleen. I have a new book out that I want to talk about. It’s kind of a paranormal superhero story with my own brand of craziness included. It’s a novella, so it’s only going to take an afternoon to read. Or, you can stretch it out if you’d like. It’s called “THE HAT,” and I’ll provide a cover and blurb so you can check it out.

I’ve had loose threads of something like this floating around in my mind for a long time. It never came together until Christmas time of 2016. I must have heard the song, Frosty the Snowman, a billion times in my life.

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Then one day the line about magic in that old silk hat kind of brought everything together.

Lizzie St. Laurent meets up with the hat, and the two of them have to form a symbiotic relationship to rescue some missing babies. It’s the sum of the two that makes everything work here. They both bring skills to the table, but cannot completely function alone.

I mention that so I can walk you through a bit of “hat” backstory. Dating back to the Greek city-states, one of the warriors noticed his friends were all disappearing over time. As one of the older soldiers, he wanted to give himself an edge. He visited a witch and paid her to whammy his helmet so he could have eyes in the back of his head.

Things worked out the way he wanted, with a little something extra.

The hat is a creature from another dimension.

He’s been magically bound into the shape of a hat in our world for what seems like all time. His fate is tied to Lizzie’s bloodline, but not her family name. The bloodline can jump across family names, making his sentence pretty much forever.

This leads to some untold stories that I think give depth to the one I’m telling. There is a historical line of superheroes dating back thousands of years. There must be some good tales in that history somewhere. I’m not telling those stories, but it gives a nice feeling of depth to the tale. It also leaves the door open to Lizzie learning about her family via the hat.

I pepper tiny bits of that history into the story, but as a novella, it’s doubly important to stick with Lizzie’s tale. It might be a fascinating backstory, but it’s still backstory.

They start out on kind of a bad foot, and that’s part of the fun here. These two aren’t likely to forge much of a relationship. This is when I circled back to Frosty. Music helps the two create a kind of mentor and student relationship.

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Antique upright bass – Image credit: lemurmusic.com

The hat owns an old upright bass. He can only play it if Lizzie lends him her arms and fingers.

The bass gave me an opportunity to add a training sequence, which is part of most speculative fiction, and yet keep it fresh in many ways too. Lizzie also appears to have a musician’s future ahead of her, even if nobody knows the hat has all the talent.

I’m really happy with the way a larger world revealed itself in this book without bogging down the story. Lizzie isn’t a witch, but witchcraft exists. There are genuine monsters in our world, but I only glanced upon them. Magical artifacts are rare, but Lizzie can use them if she finds any. Lizzie’s grandfather was a monster hunter, and nobody knew about it.

I’d kind of like to revisit Lizzie and the hat one day. I’m known for writing stand-alone stories, but these two may have more stories in them.

I’d really appreciate it if the readers today would check it out. Getting a book off the ground these days is a tough gig. I’m only asking 99¢, and as a novella, it tells a decent story without requiring a bunch of your time. Purchase Link:  http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B078YYCNSF

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witchey kissesThe Hat sounds like an excellent read. I’ve already gotten my copy! And you know, I’m all about my hat! Hey, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

 

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 68, “Myth & Write,” #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Cafe on ST

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

The main idea of why I sponsored this challenge was to help budding poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

***** Authors Publish shares:

“Most traditional poetry manuscript publishers charge their readers a fee to submit. You can read about why that is the case here. This article focuses on a number of poetry manuscript publishers who do not charge submission fees to writers, which is good news for poets.”

Click HERE to read this post to find possible publishers for your poetry. ❤

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For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

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Cinquain instructions

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

I got your back

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

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You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 67th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: PLAY & GUESS

neelwrites/poem/tanka/love&guess/16/01/2018 | neelwritesblog

Second guessing her – Playing with words

To for Tanka #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Play & Guess | Annette Rochelle Aben

two tanka for tanka tuesday – Word Florilegium

Tanka Tuesday: Oak earth – Jane Dougherty Writes

Phobia – Bilocalalia

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday, #Poetry Challenge No. 67, Play &Guess, #SynonymsOnly, | willowdot21

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Senryu #Cinquain #Tanka #67: Play & Guess | But I Smile Anyway…

Light Bearing: a #Tanka Tuesday (1/16/18) #tankaprose #haibun …#poetry #haiku #dversepoets – Frank J. Tassone

The Tower | like mercury colliding…

Genuineness / Reena Saxeena

Micro Poetry -Play & Guess | radhikasreflection

Suspicion – A Haiku – In Emma World

Healing | thoughts and entanglements

Guesswork | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Music of Winter | Stuff and what if…

ShiftNShake * her poem is in the comments of the prompt post. ❤

Let Sleeping Cats Lie: Haibun Quadrille | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Little Women Tribute | K-popawheely

#Tanka: Sea Nymphs | Charmed Chaos

Amusing Hunch (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka) | The Wolfe’s (Writing) Den

“My Little Bit of Heaven,” A #Tanka – colleenchesebro.com

Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge; a #Tanka | Katja Rammer

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Our POET OF THE WEEK is Katja, from her blog, Katja Rammer and her poem called “Uplifted.”

Katja said this is the first Tanka poem she’s ever written. I’m impressed! She expresses her idea and has great follow through to the end of her poem.

Tanka poetry should be written in the first person from the point of view of the poet. Read the first two lines of Katja’s poem. Those two lines set up the poem so that she can express her feelings about love. Her use of the prompt words also fit perfectly into the picture she paints. The poem also has great rhythm.

“Uplifted”

If love’s a riddle,
Don’t ever tell me the clue.
My captured heart soars,
Airborne with sweet elation,
And I escape into bliss.

© 2018 Katja Rammer

If you need a brush up on writing a Tanka poem click here.

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: MYTH & WRITE

#SynonymsOnly

 

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