Monday, January 31, 2011

Interview with Encrypted author Lindsay Buroker - Decoding the writer's mind

Encrypted by Lindsay Buroker
Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble Nook
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Lindsay Buroker, Seattle-area author of the new science fantasy romance novel Encrypted, is on tour! I managed to overcome the noise of screaming groupies and interview Buroker, who is on the fast track to becoming another popular indie author.

About Encrypted:

Professor Tikaya Komitopis isn’t a great beauty, a fearless warrior, or even someone who can walk and chew chicle at the same time, but her cryptography skills earn her wartime notoriety. When enemy marines show up at her family’s plantation, she expects the worst. But they’re not there to kill her. They need her to decode mysterious runes before their secrets destroy the world...

1. You've stated the rising popularity of Kindle inspired you to start publishing your fiction. When did you first realize any writer could publish directly to the Amazon Kindle platform?

I have to admit it’s been pretty recent! I got my first e-reader (a kindle) in October, and that’s when I first grew more aware of the whole ebook scene. I was one of those slow-to-adopt folks who didn’t want to give up her dead-tree novels. I finally caved because it seemed like a convenient way to travel with a lot of books. Now I’m reading almost everything on there.

Shortly after I got my Kindle, I found JA Konrath’s infamous blog and learned how well some indie authors were doing. Almost immediately I decided to give it a try.

I’ve been making a living as a blogger for several years, so I wasn’t intimidated by the idea of promoting my work online (that seems a lot less scary than showing up at a bookstore and having a signing!). I’m not an extrovert, so it’s always a challenge to make myself get out there and “network,” but I love working on articles and sharing what I’ve learned over at my epublishing blog.

2. Readers seem eager to give you 5 star ratings. What do you think you are doing right that is connecting with readers so well?

Well, naturally the folks who read my books are among the wisest and most intelligent people on the planet, and they recognize a good story when they read one.... :)

Okay, seriously, I haven’t been at this very long, and I’m sure the one-star-this-sucks people will find me eventually. I try to write interesting characters and fun dialogue, because that’s what I enjoy. As a reader, I know I’ll forgive an author a lot in the way of other weaknesses if I love the heroes.

3. You've published 2 novels and 2 short story collections since December 2010. You're either the world's fastest writer or you've had some projects piling up for a while. When did you start writing the works that you currently have published?

Hah, I had a stockpile. The Emperor’s Edge was sitting on an agent’s desk for about seven months (I got an offer on it the night I was uploading the cover art and everything to Smashwords, no kidding. If it had been unconditional, I might have taken it), and I was about to start agent hunting for Encrypted. I’d never been excited about that whole (slow!) process, though, so it didn’t take much to sway me to the idea of being an indie ebook author.

Everything I have finished is out there now, but I’m hard at work on the next book in what will become The Emperor’s Edge series.

4. In your marketing, you mention that you live with two rescue vizslas. What do you enjoy about this dog breed?

Beats me... They’re hogging the couch right now, and I’m sitting on the floor with my laptop. Something wrong there!

Okay, sometimes they’re fun. They’re active dogs (which mean they drag me away from the computer to walk them) with a friendly personality. They have short fur, and they’re easy to keep clean too.

5. I've seen you mention that you write "geeky heroines". How do you define such a character?

Hah, well, Amaranthe (Emperor’s Edge) isn’t too geeky, though she’s definitely a thinker (schemer).

Tikaya (Encrypted) is my true geek. She’s a philology professor who speaks dozens of languages, and her “hobby” is cryptography. She becomes an unsung hero when she decodes all the enemy communications during a war where her people are the underdogs. Her skills attract the bad guys, though, because they need someone to decode some troublesome (deadly) artifacts. Adventure ensues! That one’s a romance, too, and I thought it’d be fun to do a geeky leading man as well (he’s a math nerd).

I guess I’d just define a geeky heroine as an educated lady who’s passionate about her interests and doesn’t always rely on a sword to get out of trouble. There are a lot of sorceresses and warrior women in the annals of fantasy. I wanted to do something different.

6. Any additional comments?

Just to say that people can find out more about my novels and read excerpts on my blog:

http://www.lindsayburoker.com/fantasy-novels/

Thanks for sending these questions and blogging about my books!



Encrypted by Lindsay Buroker
Download samples or just engage in some retail therapy and buy Encrypted at your preferred ebook retailer.
Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble Nook
Smashwords

Other novels and short story collections by Lindsay Buroker:

The Emperor's Edge - A high fantasy mystery in an era of steam

Goblin Brothers Adventures Volume 1

Ice Cracker II (and other short stories)

Access all these works and links to Lindsay Buroker's web activity at her Smashwords page.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Musical Saturday - Beethoven's 6th Symphony



Last night my husband and I watched a documentary about Beethoven. With Beethoven on my mind I have selected a video featuring the music of his famous 6th Symphony with Nature pictures.

Thank you to http://worldunitedmusic.blogspot.com/ for producing the video.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Upcoming blog tours at Her Ladyship's Quest

Encrypted by Lindsay Buroker
On January 31st I'll present an interview with budding independent author Lindsay Buroker. She's been charming people with her Goblin Brothers short stories and now wants readers to meet her "geeky heroine" in her new sci fi fantasy novel Encrypted.

Luminous & Ominous by Noah Mullette-Gillman
Visit Her Ladyship's Quest on February 7th to read an excerpt from Luminous & Ominous by Noah Mullette-Gillman. It's a horror end-of-the-world an alien plant is taking over the planet novel. Noah's writing is filled with vivid imagery and every sentence gives another detail that draws you into the drama.

Berserker by William Meikle
Previous guest blogger William Meikle is still accepting entrants for his Kindle giveaway through the end of February. Enter his drawing by commenting on his article about being inspired by Vikings.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blog Carnival of Book Reviews

Philosophy, horror, mysteries, biographies, humor, patriotism, culture clash, and more...

Today's book review blog carnival presents readers with an eclectic mix of books. Scroll down and find 17 reviews plus two Best of 2010 lists from distinguished book reviewers throughout the blogosphere. Even if you don't find a new book to read today, you will surely find a new book blog to start following.

David Gross of The Picket Line reviews:

The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

How do such magnificent moral revolutions as the abolition of slavery happen? Kwame Anthony Appiah thinks it has to do with changing definitions of honor, and he’s written a book, "The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen" to present this idea.

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Kerrie S of Mysteries in Paradise presents:

Best crime fiction reads of 2010 This is a compilation of suggestions by 23 contributors of the best crime fiction they read in 2010.

Plus a review of The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby



If historical crime fiction beckons you, then try this, an Australian author's debut novel set in ancient Athens at the beginning of democracy.

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Yevgeny of The Book Roster reviews:



A review of a book which spans the life of an artist who propelled the Woman's Movement.  

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Clark Bjorke of I'll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book! reviews:

Einstein's God by Krista Tippett


Einstein's God is based on a series of radio interviews of scientists on the spiritual implications of modern science.

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Jim Murdoch of The Truth About Lies reviews:

The Houses of Belgrade by Borislav Pekić


Arsénie Negovan is self-centred, obsessed and cantankerous, but there is something appealing about him too: he’s eccentric; he loves his houses as if they were woman. Through his eyes we get a unique take on Yugoslavian history and through the metaphor of the gradual decline of a builder's mind, Pekić allows us to examine the nature of identity, alienation and the fear of loss.

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Natalie Joan of One Book Per Week reviews:

Come Thou, Tortoise by Jessica Grant


A fabulous and fun read. You've never read anything like it.

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Zohar of Man of la Book reviews:

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli



Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff



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Fred Tracy of Personal Development with Fred Tracy reviews:

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

In this review I show how Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now changed my life forever.

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Colleen Oakes of The Ranunculus Adventures lists her top 10 reads of 2010 plus musical picks. Fascinating selection of books here with reviewer's insightful comments.

Top Ten Books and Songs That Rocked My World in 2010

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Jeanne of Necromancy Never Pays reviews:

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman



A book about culture clash and the foibles of modern medicine.

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Rebecca Glenn of The Book Frog reviews:

Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart


Absurdistan--the story of 325 pound Misha Vainberg's sojourn in the titular country--is brilliantly written and frequently hilarious--often uncomfortably so.

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Jessica of The Dusty Bookshelf reviews:



Is he simply paranoid, bordering on delusional, or is evil really slipping in with the intention of ruining his life and claiming the one victim that got away all those years ago?

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Maggie at Free Market Mommy reviews:



It's a go-to book for American history buffs.

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Anna of Anna's Life and Mistakes reviews:



My thoughts on Eric Weiner's elegantly written book "The Geography of Bliss"

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The Philosopher's Beard reviews:




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LifetimeReader of Lifetime Reading Plan reviews:



 A wickedly funny little book that shows us the high price of artificiality.

Participate in the next blog carnival. See details below:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fantasy Fiction Writing - Believable World Building

Wishful Thinking by K. Crumley, fantasy novella available in Kindle or print
I welcome today a guest post from fantasy author K. Crumley. Her enthusiasm for writing reminds me of myself. Like her, I chose to pursue my writing seriously in my twenties and even changed my major at college to support that goal. Find out more about K. Crumley's publication credits after her detailed article about fantasy world buidling. She is currently promoting her novella Wishful Thinking (Daughters of Oberia Book 1).


Guide to Fantasy World Building by K. Crumley
One of the biggest challenges in writing fiction—particularly fantasy fiction—is creating a believable, plausible realm that is different from our own. Even if we write urban fantasy or modern fantasy we need to create a world in which our fantasy character came from before they were magically (or otherwise) transported into our “real world.”

This world could be small, like a typical medieval kingdom. Or it could be large—like an entire galaxy.

There are several key elements to consider when creating your world:

Map it out: It is helpful to draw a map; not necessarily a map to put on the front page of your book. It’s a useful tool to help you in the writing process. You don’t have to be a skilled artist—just a series of squares or circles in a set pattern, all labeled with the appropriate named place can help you in your storytelling process and avoid inconsistencies. I did this for the upcoming fantasy series The Corithian Trilogy, which is one of my current works in progress.

Races and species: I found it helpful to draw up a “cheat sheet” for the different races/species in each story. I detailed each element from whether or not it is sentient, natural habitat, what each creature/race eats, languages spoken, etc.

Try not to “clutter” your story with too many varieties of races and/or species. Keep it well-proportioned to the realm and to the story itself.

Languages: Different languages for the characters in your realm can come into play—but do this with caution. If you use a lot of overly-complicated words that are consonant-heavy, you run the risk of turning readers off. Keep it simple, and use it sparingly. If necessary, you can include a mini-glossary of words used on the last page.

It helps to say the names of places, people, and spells aloud to yourself (even read aloud those sections of your story in which you include these) to make sure everything sounds all right. Keep these words all in the same “family” for unity, clarity, and believability. For example: I used the words “Trelijah” and “Treshana” in my Wishful Thinking (Daughters of Oberia Book I). Both words are overpowering spells, which might accompany another spell. Two varieties of flora with magical properties found in Oberia are Yasminea and Sharana.

If you have a fantasy realm with many kingdoms, and each kingdom/city has its own language…you should keep each language in its own “family.” If one continent’s language is vowel-heavy, then maybe another continent could be consonant-heavy. Maybe each country in your own realm is different, but has similarities in language. Something at it’s core—but varies slightly from nation to nation.

Profanity, slang, and jargon: A common pet peeve amongst fantasy readers (and as I’ve discovered, movie fans) is “over-modernization” in medieval fantasy. For example, an elfin archer uttering words like “dude” or “whatevs.” A medieval knight should not sound like a 14 year-old skateboarder (However, if you want to transport said skateboarding teen into a medieval world, go for it!)

Sometimes the modernization of jargon is appropriate (like for urban fantasy, and even PNR) but other times, it comes across…well, like that scene in Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers where Legolas used a shield to “skateboard” down the stairs while he shot arrows at Orcs. It’s prone to throw the readers off, and pull them out of the story.

You can, however create your own appropriate jargon within your realm; invent your own series of expressions—maybe even used by the youth in your culture. You can even create, within your languages, it’s very own profanity. Not only does this function to keep your world very separate and distinct, but you can do this tastefully and tactfully without worrying about offending your readership. For example, the characters in the Farscape series using the word “Frell.”

Cultures and sub-cultures: Think about culture—how your characters act, dress, what form of transportation they use (if any). Maybe each location or city in your realm (or Kingdom if you prefer) has its own subculture, its own dress code their manner of talking and acting. Perhaps they each have their own government. Maybe their governments are at war with each other. Maybe each culture worships a different god; each sub-culture worships the same God with very different rituals. I really admire China Meiville's world building technique in The City & The City. And, the way his two cities each had their own culture and manner of dress. The way they behaved…it really fit in well with the plot and theme of the story, as a whole.

Ecology and geology: Keep everything possible, and within the laws of nature. A tundra cannot exist on either side of a desert plane (unless there is some magic within your story making that possible, if so it should be explained well in your story—or maybe that is part of your plot?).

Magic and the use of spells: Keep in mind what I said about language, and keeping it simple. Create “rules” for your magic, as well as “obstacles.” I think the most believable stories contain spells that just don’t work—or realms where certain magic does not work in (as I did with Wishful Thinking). Counter-spells and antidotes to magic exist in just about every believable fantasy story; as well as non-magical sentient creatures. The “muggles” in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, for instance. Is there dark magic and light magic? Flesh out your magic and spells as much as you do for your protagonist.

Consistency: Keep all of the details about your fantasy world consistent. Take a lot of notes, draw up charts and “cheat sheets” and follow them throughout your storytelling process. Refer to them often. It may even become necessary to tweak them from time to time, as your story unfolds.

Dare to be different: Don’t worry about taking risks by doing something different than what everybody else is doing. Not all fantasy worlds have to be carbon copies of Tolkien’s Middle Earth (nor should they). Create your own realm with your own ideas.

During the early stages of writing Wishful Thinking, I was told that my faerie characters were “too large.” That they should be tiny, Barbie-sized beings that flit around and land on people’s shoulders and they should “glow.” Well, my faeries were not Tinkerbell—and I was not going for the Peter Pan style of Faerie. I wrote an urban fantasy in which faeries blend in with real people, keeping their fae nature and homeworld of Oberia a secret from those in the Outer Realm (aka the “real world”).

Oberia is part of my fantasy world, and I created it the way I saw fit. I have fleshed it out and developed to suit my own needs, and the story telling of the trilogy.

I think that within the mind's eye of each fantasy writer, there are beautiful and mysterious new worlds to explore. Each book is a journey into each realm.

About K. Crumley


I have been an avid reader and writer of fantasy fiction since I was a child. I started pursuing it seriously, and with passion in my early twenties, when I had changed my college majors from dance to Psychology and English Writing. I also completed Writers Digest’s short fiction writing course.

My earliest stories were children’s picture books (which I wrote with my sister, who is an artist), short stories and spiritual poems. I have had poetry and short stories published in small press periodicals and ezines, as I started to branch out in my writing career and work on a variety of projects—including my long-time epic fantasy project The Corithian Saga.

I’m a member and former moderator of the Elfwood.com website, and publisher and editor of the fledgling periodical Full Armor Magazine.

My short stories:

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Black Widow & Other Tales

My Novella:
Wishful Thinking (Daughters of Oberia book 1)
Available in kindle and in print.

Fantasy readers can find out more about K. Crumley at her many web pages.

Amazon author page  

Imprint website  

Author website 

Author blog

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Alien shape-shifters, martial law, and Alaska grabbing readers of The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder

The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder
Earning strong ratings and lavish praise from readers at Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder works with powerful themes of prejudice, conservation, and conflicts among intelligent species. Combining science fiction and paranormal romance, Blackwelder crafts a novel that genre readers can appreciate. Blackwelder describes herself as a born writer. She has been creating stories since her grade school years, and her talents started earning greater recognition during her college years as she began to receive awards and was a 1997 semi finalist in the Laurel Hemingway contest.

She is the author of numerous short stories and novels. The Shifters of 2040 is another installment in her The Shifter Evolutions Saga.

Glimpse the startling forces of genetic manipulation, military greed for power, and the quest for survival, justice, and love in this video about The Shifters of 2040:



About the novel:

Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original ancestors, dubbed shifters, still living on earth, humans are in the midst of a fifteen year old war. As the eldest hybrids, Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging.

With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.

Blackwelder's efforts to build a compelling saga are obviously a labor of love. A writer with this much passion for her craft deserves a look from readers.

The Shifters of 2040 is widely available:

Smashwords

Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble Nook

Paperbacks also available.

I discovered Ami Blackwelder and her Shifters Saga through Author AdvenTours, where you can continue to follow Blackwelder's blog tour.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Musical Saturday - O Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff



I'm not sure where this spectacular video of a performance of Carl Orff's music was produced. The notes on the video do not provide that information, but the concert presented here is so wondrous that it makes me dream of attending such an event someday.

I really am roused by powerful music like this. This music is used splendidly in that old King Arthur film Excalibur. Orff was inspired by Medieval poems written in Latin and German, and his creations summon the epic struggles of that distant age. He really makes music you can swing a sword to.

The broad appeal of Carl Orff's compositions emphasize his talent. According to Wikipedia, Orff was a self taught composer. The passion he had for music is astoundingly obvious in his work.

Enjoy the video.

Monday, January 10, 2011

William Meikle recalls the joys of writing his Viking fantasy novel Berserker

Berserker by William Meikle - A Viking versus Yeti adventure - What more needs to be said to get you reading?
Prolific and acclaimed genre writer William Meikle of Scotland visits Her Ladyship's Quest today to describe the writing of Berserker. The saga of Meikle's successes makes a long song, and I am honored to accept his guest post. He has ten published novels, 130 published short stories, and two movies in production from his scripts. For tons of quality genre entertainment, bookmark his website http://www.williammeikle.com/

And be sure to comment on Meikle's post so you can enter his Kindle giveaway drawing.

Vikings are Fun by William Meikle

Writing Berserker was the most fun I've had in ages. THE VIKINGS, THE LONG SHIPS, THE 13TH WARRIOR, PATHFINDER, OUTLANDER, my book of the Norse Myths, along with a love of big hairy beasties and sword and sorcery in general, all got mangled together in this one. Oh yes, and Led Zeppelin got in there too.


Walking side by side with death

The devil mocks their every step

The snow drives back the foot that's slow

The dogs of doom are howling more

They carry news that must get through

To build a dream for me and you

They choose the path that no one goes

They hold no quarter

They ask no quarter

(c) Led Zeppelin

Working on it made me smile with every line. I realised I'd always wanted to write a pulpy, bloodthirsty romp in the old style, and that's exactly what this turned out to be. There was no thought of the market in this one, just joy in doing something I love, something I can see running in my head like a movie.

I'm down the front row with the popcorn, revelling in the bloody slaughter and screaming along.

It's winter somewhere in Russia, and there's a bunch of p*ssed off Yeti looking for a fight. And I know just the guys for the job.

I got waylaid a bit during the writing of Berserker. It often happens when I get too interested in research, and I end up collecting huge reams of facts some of which might make their way into the finished book, but most of which will end up getting thrown away later.

But I have learned some fascinating things about Vikings that I never knew. Some of them may even be true :)

Ragnar Hairy Breeks led a raid upon Paris in 845 AD, which was spared from burning only by the payment of 7,000 lbs of silver as Danegeld by Charles the Fat. Ernest Borgnine played Ragnar in "The Vikings"

One of Ragnar's sons, Ivar the Boneless died in England. He ordered that his body be buried in a mound on the English Shore, saying that so long as his bones guarded that section of the coast, no enemy could invade there successfully. This prophecy held true, says one of the Norse sagas, until "when Vilhjalm bastard (William the Conqueror) came ashore, he went to the burial site and broke Ivar's mound and saw that Ivar's body had not decayed. Then Vilhjalm had a large pyre made upon which Ivar's body was burned.... Thereupon, Vilhjalm proceeded with the landing invasion and achieved the victory."

That last story is going to play a part in my next Viking novel that is currently gestating.

Get Berserker here:

Amazon.com
Amazon UK
Nookbook
Smashwords

If you post a comment on this post between now and the end of February you'll be entered in a draw to win a free Kindle loaded with all the books I have published with Generation Next Publications

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Book Reviewers: Join the Book Review Blog Carnival



On Sunday January 23rd, the Book Review Blog Carnival will be stopping at Her Ladyship's Quest.

What is a blog carnival?

It is basically a collection of links to related topics, in this case book reviews, that are presented by a blogger in a single post. This helps book bloggers spread the word about their reviews and build links to their blogs. Every edition of the carnival is placed at new blog and exposes the carnival to more readers.

Readers benefit from the book review blog carnival because it creates a big list of book reviews in one place.

To see an example of this blog carnival, see the current one at Atticus Books which hosted the carnival today.

Reviews of either fiction or nonfiction are acceptable. To provide a link and a brief description of one of your favorite book reviews, please fill out this form for the blog carnival. Or click on "submit an article"on the blog carnival widget above. It only takes a couple minutes. Then return to Her Ladyship's Quest on January 23rd so you can link to the post, make a comment, or mention it on a social networking site.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Joseph Campbell on tapping into your creative unconscious

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The late scholar Joseph Campbell was a world renowned writer and lecturer on the mythologies of the world during his life. He did not simply describe the multitude of myths developed by all peoples throughout history. He also identified the broad similarities and meanings that wove common threads through the myths and folk beliefs of every culture that has ever been. Campbell explained further how the common themes found throughout the mythologies of the world acted as spiritual guide posts to help people cope with life, discover their spiritual place in their societies, and advance through the journey of life from birth to death.

Likely Joseph Campbell's most famous book is The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In this work he reveals how the vast variety of hero stories created by many cultures possesses common structures and meanings.

As well as being a meticulous researcher, Campbell was an eloquent writer. Every page of his books explode with thought-provoking ideas. For example, in a simple sense the hero's journey recounted by so many stories represents metaphorically the journey and development that any person can experience psychologically. A hero's journey takes one beyond the proper confines of a culture and lets the person develop by gaining new experiences and perspectives. Campbell also notes that people, both real and fictional, sometimes refuse to take the journey and discover the higher meanings of their lives and what they can give to society. Those who "refuse the call" will persist in an immature state of consciousness. They will be trapped by their own limitations and unable to fully contribute to society.

Today I have selected a quote from The Hero with a Thousand Faces that touched me with the encouragement it offered for those seeking a creative life. The good news is that anyone can potentially tap into the free thinking zone of the unconscious and loosen limitations. The bad news is that you might be risking madness if you look too far.

From The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, Chapter 1. The Call to Adventure

"Willed introversion, in fact, is one of the classic implements of creative genius and can be employed as a deliberate device. It drives the psychic energies into depth and activates the lost continent of unconscious infantile and archetypal images. The result, of course, may be a disintegration of consciousness more or less complete (neurosis, psychosis: the plight of the spellbound Daphne); but on the other hand, if the personality is able to absorb and integrate the new forces, there will be experienced an almost super-human degree of self-consciousness and masterful control. This is a basic principle of the Indian disciplines of yoga. It has been the way, also, of many creative spirits in the West. It cannot be described, quite, as an answer to any specific call. Rather, it is a deliberate, terrific refusal to respond to anything but the deepest, highest, richest answer to the as yet unknown demand of some waiting void within: a kind of total strike, or rejection of the offered terms of life, as a result of which some power of transformation carries the problem to a plane of new magnitudes, where it is suddenly and finally resolved."

I have been studying the writings of Joseph Campbell for about four years. My hope is that consideration of his many wise teachings will make be a better fantasy writer. So far I can say with certainty that Joseph Campbell has taught me why I write fantasy epics with heroic adventure. Many people before have crafted tales of heroes. Many people after me will do so. And people will always read them because the hero's journey beckons us all.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year and what's happening at the Fantasy Tavern

Welcome 2011!

Last night all I could think was "When did it get to be the future?"

Two thousand and eleven seems ridiculously futuristic. Why don't I have an electric car in the garage? Why is there so much paper in my office? Oh, that's right I'm a novelist. Although the majority of my readers enjoy my work as ebooks, I do a lot of printing and reading on paper during the creation phases.

Because I'm getting older and have small children, the closest I got to drinking last night was updating the Fantasy Tavern.



The new home page fortnight feature is Aaron Miller a fantasy illustrator from Chicago. He's talented, has worked for some big name clients, and is available for commissions.

In the free fantasy ebooks directory I added a new link to Call of the Herald: Book One of the Dawning of Power trilogy by Brian Rathbone.

Genre creators may contact me anytime about being listed or featured at the Fantasy Tavern.

And because it's the first of the month, I did my monthly drawing for an ebook giveawaywinner. The prize for people who joined my readers' list in December was A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish.

The new prize for the January drawing is Quest for Atlantis an anthology from Pill Hill Press. Join my readers' list to enter the drawing and download a free ebook of my novel Union of Renegades.

Followers