Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Calling Series: Jetta and Creations

I'm half way there with finishing up the 2nd and 3rd novels of The Calling series--Jetta and Creations.

Woot! Woot!

I've done my last review of Jetta and I'm now finishing up looking over Creations, then both will be ready for the editor, and I'll be contacting my Book Cover Designer as well.

This is soooooo exciting!

Now for a little History on The Calling Series: I started the first book of the series in 1998 and completed it in 2000. The Made was self-published in 2009. I then started Jetta in 2000 and completed it a year later, but didn't self-publish it along with The Made because I needed it while I worked on the 3rd book. Creations was started in 2010 and completed this year 2012. I don't plan to have the 4th and final book, Nostrum, take that much longer. I already have an outline ready to go and the characters names and adventures are in the noggin.

Well, I digress, who knows how much longer it might take for the 4th book. Uh...I don't know. Life gets to you and you just don't know what might happen. That's why it's taking so long to get these 4 books out and ready to go.

I can't believe it's been that long, though, since I wrote down the first sentences of my stories. Wow. And they're just NOW going to be in print? And they're just NOW being read.

Man, time does fly when working life. I tell ya.

But anyway, for those who've read The Made, be looking for the next two books in the series to be available in a few months. The specific month they will be available, I'll make sure to post. Or rather, I'll probably just post when they're ready to buy. In either case, two more books will be done and complete and ready for reading.

A wonderful place to be.

Until Next Time :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm Not Bad. I'm Just Drawn That Way.

Sometimes, what something looks like, or what something sounds like, can be misconstrued.

There's a cartoon character in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), who's been quoted by many who have seen the film.

"I'm Not Bad. I'm Just Drawn That Way."

When Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner) made this statement to the classic detective, even though the words were saying that she was innocent, the way she said them still made her look...deliciously bad.

Yet, in the end, we learn she was doing what she felt she had to do for her beloved husband, Roger Rabbit, in order to protect him. Even to the point of taking "dirty pictures" of patty-cake with a man that was not her husband, and hitting Roger Rabbit over the head with a frying pan and stuffing him into a trunk of a car. All of this gave the appearance of a deceitful vixen, but Roger Rabbit was the love her of life.

We have heard, and even know, that on the surface of anything, there's always something more.

"Don't judge a book by it's cover"
"More than you bargained for"
"The grass isn't always greener"
"And that's just the tip of the iceberg"
"You've barely scratched the surface"
"Looks too good to be true"
"More than meets the eye"

On any decision where you question something, you should face your fear and investigate what lies beneath.
If you go looking for something, you just might find it. People use that saying to invoke fear. Maybe you need to find the truth. Sometimes people regret finding the truth. In either case, if it wasn't meant to be known, you wouldn't know about it. Anything that's hidden in the dark, soon comes to light.

You learn about things for a reason. You investigate for "more" for a reason. Rather the knowledge is good or bad, too much or an eye opener, it's all something to grow from.

And growing up, means growing strong, means growing free.

Until Next Time!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Kiss

Source: via Lady on Pinterest
True Love's Kiss
The Perfect Kiss
It's In His Kiss

Hmmm. Yeah, Baby!

Truthfully, in real life, I find that The Kiss is a powerful thing. I make it an important piece of my stories, because with it seals a union of the hearts, or reveals the lack of it.

And what's so powerful about a kiss? It's just kissing?

Well, it might be "just kissing" to some, but for many of those of the romantic nature, The Kiss is very important. It's what ends the vows of a wedding; reveals the tides of a budding relationship rather casual or permanent. It's a loving or friendly statement of goodbye and hello. It's what keeps a know...during that horizontal dance; and it's usually what happens after the end of the climax.

It defines the human bond.

I find that The Kiss is more intimate and explosive than actual sex. It's like going backwards, eating the icing and then the cake.

I suppose you can say that it's all in your mind on what it actually is, but I find that in human connections of love and romance, it is the revealing of The Kiss that tells all to the voyeur who witnesses it or those involved in it what its meaning is.

Your name and My name, sitting in the tree.
First comes love....

Hmmm. Yeah, Baby!

SIDE NOTE: Characters in Picture

Snow White
Sleeping Beauty
Beauty and the Beast
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Little Mermaid
The Lion King
Lady and the Tramp

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Once Upon A Time

The timeline beginning with Once Upon A Time and ending with Happily Ever After is a story filled with: wishes and regrets; love and hate; and strength and weaknesses.

The new Once Upon A Time TV series has really reflected upon how a fairy tale can be viewed in
the real world if the characters where transport here. In the episodes, life isn't filled with much contentment, at all, for the characters. They are angry, lonely, bitter, scared, or pretending that life is well. Yet, in their fairy tale lives, it is still mirrored, a reflection, of their real life.

Turning your life into a fairy tale can be done following one of the two paths: The Bad or The Good.

The Bad Path is long and treacherous...
Life Filled With...
Manipulation where bridges are burned to the point you have no one to turn to.
Lies which is a avalanche of being buried alive with a stamp of "Distrust" to every one you meet.
Cheating which has small, trinkets of being happy, that never stay and thus become addicting.
Stealing which has a boomerang effect where eventually things are being stolen from you, and if they aren't stolen, you're paranoid that they will be.

The Good Path is long and hurtful...
Life Filled With...
Being the giver which opens you up to being stepped on and used.
Doing the right thing which is the discipline and hard road of life..with "no fun" as they say; given the stigma of "you're too good for us" projected attitude upon you.
Being protected where you don't experience any part of life and remain stagnant.
Truth which can isolate you because no one really wants to know, or hear, the truth about themselves.

Both paths to your heart's desire doesn't sound too appealing, does it? Yet they both ARE fairy tale lives.

We tend to forget the hardship that happens in a fairy tale, the path taken from Once Upon A Time to Happily Ever After. The Beast was abusive; Cinderella was a slave; Snow White and Red Riding Hood were hunted to be murdered; Little Mermaid and the Swan Princess committed suicide; Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel where kept in seclusion; Hansel and Gretel, as well as Goldilocks, were thieves; and the Frog Prince was emotionally abused.

Fairy Tales, as with any fiction story, are a reflection of "real" life. The only difference between the real and the unreal is that the unreal has a savior. Following the Bad Path usually ends with someone saving you. Following the Good Path usually ends with you saving yourself. Thus, in both cases, a fairy tale has a hero.

For your life to end, or be lived, as a Fairy Tale, you must save yourself, or receive that miracle of someone saving you. You must have in your life...

A Hero.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chained To Weakness

Whatever or whoever we choose to surround ourselves with does define who we are. Sometimes we forget our goals, our dreams, our path when link-by-link we deal with situations and/or people that make us do an action that we think is only...temporary.

We accept that this person did or say something that makes our heart wrench with pain, because we do this for life isn't perfect and we must endure this person or situation so that things do not unravel into chaos, or we loose what we feel is of value: a job, friends, family, money, love...connection.

But what tends to happen as we keep ourselves chained to this mentality that not everything, and no one, is perfect, this connection, slowly, link-by-link, begins to weakened you. We loose faith in enjoying: job, friends, family, money, love...what we are connected to. And as the years go by, we slowly accept that this is what life is about and that dreams and fantasies are just that...dreams and fantasies.

It is easier to accept the negatives that happen in our lives because we hear it everyday that you can't have your cake and eat it too; that life is hard and we can only handle what we are dealt with. It is easy to "be like everyone else" and take and harden our hearts and perceive that what we take, despite the pain we cause to others, we do because--that's life.

It is harder to fight for the positives, to take the challenging path of hardship, which always begins with being alone, lowering ones ego to accept our weaknesses, of what we can not do, what we must accept about ourselves, what we can not see in others, and situations, around us. Yet, when you begin down this solitary road to accept who you are, to accept what you can not change, to fight off the negative things and remember your dream, remember the positives about yourself...a different change begins to happen, link-by-link.

Fighting in the darkness by doing what is right for yourself, by doing what is right for others, by disengaging from the negatives around you, and fighting for the right to live in, and be in, your dream, strengthens you beyond your imagination, and brings you closer to that brilliant dream of golden light.

It is never too late to crush those links of weaknesses, no matter how long the chain which has grown through the years. For as the saying goes: it is only has strong as its weakest link. And though the path may seem like 10 steps back, and nothing is going as it should, and we should just go back to doing what we were doing before because it was what we knew and what was "easier", you must keep your eye on the links of positives for change for the better is eminent.

Break the bonds to freedom, and create a chain, link-by-link, into a whip that would slice the negatives from your life, the weaknesses, to the strength of your dream. For life can be what you make of it, only when you build that chain of strength.