Next Year is almost upon Us

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Amy Brown

It seems like if you look at a number of authors on Youtube, they are either talking about their last-minute writing goals for this year, they are looking back at the year that has been, or they are looking forward to all the things that they want to accomplish in the next year, I am no exception to this.

This year has been a number of things for me in terms of writing as well as personal. But I would rather not go through the long list of those things, because some of them are still hard to understand what happened. But in terms of writing, it has been a year of that for me. Granted, I did not publish as much as I had hoped to do. However, on the other hand, I did work on foundations in some of my stories, this included The Raven Prophecy, The Zodiac Tower, and Ravages of Time.

Therefore, I am going to take the time to reflect that this year, in terms of my writing was a year of growth. I focused on building images upon the page with words. I also learned a great deal about how to take my writing up a notch, which I have in turn paid it forward by sharing it will all of you. Sharing with all you has been a goal of mine from the start of this site, and that always makes me happy that I am able to share with all of you something new about the craft of writing.

While I have been sharing goodness about the world of writing, there are others out there that tried to strike a nerve within the community by trying to bring down their fellow authors down. This has left a dark mark on your community as a whole, and I hope that we in the new year can see that this trend or behavior make its way down a really dark hole, just let’s watch out for Alice as she makes her way down that same hole. But let’s also leave this darkness in the past shall we and make 2019 a year of rebuilding our community by supporting each other and trying to ruin others by copyrighting words, titles and other just items that are used to make our writings and our projects matter.

In other words, let us all get along and get back our job of writing without the added stress that comes from our community. We all have a common gift and we want to share our gift with readers. That should be our main focus and not coming after others within our treasured community.

Speaking of community, the community of Faerie Rose Press has grown, for this site now has over 125 followers. Let me put this on the record, that I appreciate all of you that continue to tune in for new content that I post, and this goes without saying it does not matter if this is the first time that you are visiting my site or the hundredth, it is appreciated. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you and I hope that you will come back next year for new content.

On that note, let me get into what I want to accomplish next year. There are a number of things I would like to make a reality next year. The first of which is telling more stories, whether they be short or novel size. I really want to get more written, edited and published. I also want to share more stories about things will all of you on here as well, such as the stories behind some of my writings. This has been a real struggle for me since sometimes writing can be personal, but on the other hand, how can I inspire others, if I do not share. This is a real matter that has come to pass for me from time to time. But never fear, I will give it a try as I accept the challenge. This is what I have in mind so far in the back of my mind, as items that I want to accomplish next year.

That goes without saying that the first project that I have in mind to get to a second draft at the very least is Ravages of Time. Ravages of Time, like so many of my projects, as somewhat taken a back seat to others, but I’m going to try and work on one project at a time. This means for me starting one project and seeing it through until it is done or rather completed in its published form. Ravages of Time is the first of these beauties on the list, so look forward to many posts as I talk about my progress on Ravages of Time.

Lastly, my other goal for next year is to read a lot more than I did this past year. Yes, I did not do a good job of following up on my reading list and I have plenty to read. Therefore, I plan to read a bit more than this year and so look forward to seeing posts on what I am reading and I hope to stay on task on that as well. But we shall see.

However, will all of this in mind, I am hoping that next year is a better year all the way around. I will close this post by saying, I hope that all of you are enjoying this holiday season and I wish all of you a Happy New Year. But just to let you know, this year has not come to a close and either has Faerie Rose Press, for there is still much to post throughout the rest of this year.

I hope all of you have a happy writing day as you create worlds with your words. Have a great day!blog header 4-page-001

Girl Meets a World of Chaos

As writers, we tend to look at the bigger picture of things such as the world that we live in and where we have come from and where we want to go in life. Generally, speaking the phrase we must know where we have come from to know where we want to go comes to mind. But so does another phrase, such as we must know our history to know what we want of our future. Does that purely mean that we must give up our dreams or expectations if they do match with our past? The answer is now, it means that what we want and seek is greater than the past that we are learning from. But as the same time we must also keep in mind another phrase, if we don’t learn from our past then we are doom to repeat it.

When we look at us as people, we know what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom is that we have the ability to tell stories. We are able to tell stories that come from the past, present, and the ideas that we have about the future. But we also have the ability to communicate our findings to one another as well. Seeing our selves as writers, we have the greatest way to pass on our findings and that is to write about them whether they are fiction or nonfiction. This is not take away from the painters or the other artists that can communicate how they see the world through art or music.

We all know at a certain age that we live in a world that is made up different people, different backgrounds, and different lifestyles. We also live in a world that is made up of those that want to do harm to others and do to good. Recently I’ve been revisiting a few episodes of Girl Meets World, the spin-off from Boy Meets World, and there are certain things that come to mind.

These things include, we live in a world where we are taught what is wrong and what is right. But we are also taught that there are many good people in the world that out weigh the bad. While this may be true, we have to uncover our own stories and take ownership of those stories that include our past, our present and what we want of our future.

The reason why this is all coming to find is look at the political landscape that we live in currently. In the United States, its all about the two party system and which is right for this country and which one needs to be diminished or squished currently in the eyes of many. While at the same time there are threats that in other parts of the world that we are currently told about such as in South Africa right now, the Constitution is changing to where white farmers can lose their land for no other reason than they are white. There is the fear of nuclear war that could from countries such as North Korea, Iran, and Russia to name a few. To say that the world is in chaos is understatement. But it is what we face on a daily basis from what we are told on the news, television broadcasts, radio and other sources that we get our information from.

The chaos is sometimes too much to take, and at times it can suck the life out of us for it can be too much to see or hear. But as writers and artists, we look for the escapism that is our art form to help us during these troubling if not difficult times that may lay ahead. We need to brace our art like an old friend and work to see the changes that we want in our futures. Granted, we can see that the chaos or the climate is not going to change anytime soon and that doesn’t matter if you are a conservative or a liberal. We all have to face the challenges that come toward us.

Further more, we may not get the answers right away that we may seek but we can try to find the puzzle pieces that we know and put them together so that we can get some clarity or answers that we might deem possible, for instance, I heard a couple of people talking about a case that has gone for over 20 years and since I overheard them I added some more pieces to their puzzle that they did not have. This is something else that we do as writers, readers, and observers we share what we know to help guide others on their quest for answers.

We all do it, for we have even done it in school, while helping another with their homework such as with math. Not every one understands math, while others do and when we help others it is us doing our part to spread good in the world. There is an ethical representation that we must take as writers and we agree to the basic law of ethics and that is that we will not lie to our readers. Granted, there are authors/writers in the world that have broken this ethical law, but they pay the price for lying and are never heard from again. But getting back to helping others, when we do so we are not lying to them, for we are guiding them down the line of truth so that we can protect them in a way from the lies that come from chaos.

Many of us have voices, but some voices are louder than others. However, in the end we live in a world of chaos, and right now we as writers need to help guide not only ourselves but readers into a world of escapism. This is what I can understand now is why there are so many souls that cannot stand to stay in this world, because it is harsh to them. Does this mean that they want it to end? Probably. Does this mean that we should end it for them? No, but it does mean that we should find away to help so that others can find a way to cope with the situations that are facing others in the world.

I have written on here before, what our job as writers should be. My answer was to create an escape for our readers. Now, I’m going to take it one step further and say create the escape that suites them, while not taking what we want to write for granted. We have a gift and we should share it and do good with it. I’m proud to say that I live in a world of chaos, but I also live in this world so that I can see change, and do create an escape for them when ever I finish my manuscript.

I hope that you have found this post to be helpful and to help navigate the world that you know. I hope that you also have a great writing day and that you take time to create something to help someone escape from the world for a few minutes, hours, days, or even a month.

The Confidence that comes with the Job

Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more posts on social media platforms, such as Facebook about how writers are not feeling confident in their writing. I know last week that I talked a bit about this; however, I feel that having the confidence also goes hand in hand with as our job as writers.

The one thing that I did not mention in the post last week is about questions that we should be asking ourselves. The questions that I have in mind go something like this, “If I don’t tell this story who will?” The answer should be no one will. “If I don’t tell my story who is going to know about it?” The answer again should be no one. The final question should be “Should I tell this story?” The answer should be yes. If you answer no then maybe you need to work on another project for a while or think about what you could be doing other than your passion. Furthermore, the other question that you can ask yourself is “Who should know my story?” The answer should be everyone.

Granted, not everyone will know our story, but that should be the goal in the back of our mind that everyone including their mother should know the story that we are telling. This should be the case if you are writing fiction or creative nonfiction such as memoir, or even nonfiction. If you can tell a story then you are doing your job. In the case of nonfiction, especially with history there are so many cases and stories that not everyone knows about, and that is okay but if you have the information to tell the story or even add to the story then others will take notice of that. Let me give you the best example that I can think of is all the different documentaries and specials that have been released about the Titanic. If you watch a series of them, each one will tell a different side of the sinking or what took place on the Titanic. I must admit that I am a huge fan of the story, not just what was put in the movie of the same name. The Titanic itself has a mass array of information out there. Another example from a literary standpoint is either the Holy Grail or the legend of King Arthur, which I am a fan of both.

There have been numerous takes on all these stories but the beauty of it is that you have more information to add to that little cabinet that you store all that information into, and you can go back to it at a later date. The reason why I bring this up is that when you have that information, you gain the confidence that you need to tell the story or you have another piece to the overall puzzle. Yes, you will doubt on whether you should be the one to tell the story, but the confidence should overpower the doubt and you will work with the ease and confidence to write or even tell that story.

Look at this way, if you were at a party and you heard someone talking about the Titanic and they were hitting on points that you know but they were not hitting or saying it the right way, you can say to them, “May I add something to your discussion?” They will usually say “yes” you add what you need to, and let them ask you questions and you will answer them with confidence for you have the information. They may ask where you got your information and you will tell them that you got it from this documentary or book or wherever you came across the information and they will want to write it down and that is fine, for you added to their cabinet of information. When you walk away at the end of the night you have more confidence then you did going to the party.

That is how we should be feeling as writers when we are telling our stories. I’m going to leave you with one more piece of advice: eat some chocolate for it can help with that confidence. Or find something that will let your mind and what you are feeling melt away and let you find the joy in your writing.

I hope that you have another fantastic writing day!

Aspects about writing

As writers, we tend to think in terms of stories, characters, plots, twists, and words. Yes, the power of words are what we as writers take into careful consideration when we write. We feed on words like they are food. We need them to surive and to thrive in our daily lives. However, we need stories more than words. Although, that can be debated quite a bit about what we need more of, either its words, stories or both.

The interesting thing about being a writer, much like being a reader, is that you can explore new worlds and create images with the use of words. This is where word choice comes into our arsenal, and when we start to grow in terms of how we can express ourselves, as well as for our characters. One way that we can do this with our use of words.

Using words and how we use them is one of the greatest gifts that we as writers have. We also have been blessed with the gift of telling stories. So what drives us? The use of words? Or the gift of story telling?

I think that it is both, for without words we wouldn’t be able to tell stories. Sure, we could draw them out but it wouldn’t be the same without the use of words. Words gives us power and power gives us the drive to succeed and once we feel that we succeed then we have the feeling that we can take on the world.

Take on the world with your words and feel great doing it. Until next time, good night!