Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dense Fog in the "Mists of Avalon"

I bought this book at The Bodi Tree, which was a magical bookstore on Melrose in West Hollywood. A cozy shop where you could sip on chai tea and browse through every metaphysical title out there. The Mists of Avalon sat on my shelf for twenty-two years before I blew off the dust and opened it. Eight-hundred and seventy six pages later, I can now claim, I've read this high fantasy novel. For those who are unfamiliar, it's a retelling of The Tales of King Arthur from a feminine perspective.
High fantasy is not my normal read, so it took me awhile, sorting the names. When you have a Morgaine and a Morgause in the first chapter and a Balin and a Balan who are step brothers, etc. I found myself re-reading parts to remember who's who.
Things I found Interesting: Emphasis on the Goddess and the importance of birthing a female heir as opposed to a male. The oppression of the Christianity during this time. How Christianity adopted many Pagan ways.Teachings of  Avalon on having more than one lifetime. Various expressions of sexuality.
Disappointment: The female characters. They all ended up being self-serving, jealous, scheming, greedy, power hungry and murderous. It would have been nice if  just one became enlightened on her journey. Morgaine at the end was far from it, claiming she was not a failure by justifying her deplorable actions by saying, "it was the work of the Goddess." Which is as good as "The Devil Made me Do It." Take responsibility for Goddess sake!! ; )
Loved/Hated:  Loved Kevin the Harper who became the Merlin, who embraced change and foresaw a way to integrate the new and the old. Wise and humble, he was the only enlightened one. I hated that he wasn't a female character. Loved  how conflicted Gwenhwfar was. Hated that she bailed on Lancelot. Loved the Lancelot character-multi-faceted, but hated that he became a priest.
Favorite Moments: Morgaine passing the Holy Grail (was unexpected)

I did enjoy reading this book, though I felt a hundred pages could have been cut out. I loved the descriptions of the various settings from Tintagel to Avalon to Camelot, and I have high regard for the language she used and all the research she did.
Unfortunately the dense fog surrounded her feminine perspective. Now is the time of the human perspective. Know thy self. The balance of the the male/female, Yin/Yang, God/Goddess within us all. If you decide to read this book, I highly recommend you finish it before googling the author, Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Been A Long Time, Been A Long Time, Been A Long...

I hope I'm not infringing on Led Zeppelin's song, LOL! I found out this morning that the court ruled in favor of  one of my Fav 70's rock bands that the lick in Stairway to Heaven was a Led Zeppelin original and not an infringement of  the song "Taurus" by the band, Spirit.
It has been a long time since I blogged and the magnolias are in bloom, again-not calla lilies ;). I upgraded to Iphone 6+ from the Iphone 4. It's way cool reading the newspaper on it, especially today. Along with Led's story there was the "Brexit", David Cameron's resignation speech, and...
Barnes and Noble Bookstores will be serving dinner in a cozy atmosphere with seating throughout the store. A place for bookworm dates and singles who want to read and people watch wilst sipping a glass of wine from a cushy chair. Nice, huh?

I've read some books from my list: Diviners and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. Appropriate subject matter for a fellow Pisces. I felt like I went through a time machine that dropped me in NY,1920's. Loved the characters and relationships; the graphically violent scenes-not so much, though well done. "We Looked Up" by Tommy Wallach was checked off my list. I wasn't hooked right away, maybe it was my PMS, but it ended up being a great read, but once again, the violence was a little much. What can I say? I rather read about romantic, steamy sex, than violence.

I've sailed on with revising my PB and making a book dummy. I'm going to play around with illustrating it. My YA and MG have been afloat, the tide will bring them in this weekend.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Waves in Motion

So, I did dive in, but not into my YA. Instead, I found myself revising my picture book about a sea lion pup. PB is so different from MG and YA that it felt like a wave out of nowhere-the perfect ride. This was a big reminder for me when I get blocked, to go to another manuscript and don't hesitate!
Note: the sea lion above was a patient at PMMC, and she was released. To identify her at the facility, animal care volunteers shaved her fur in the shape of letters.
Write On!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dead in the Water

Dead in the water, in other words, Writers Block.  I haven't been motivated and I'm sure many of you can relate. So, I'm creating some movement by blogging. And I'm sorry to say, I've had to block all comments from being posted due to advertising. Comments made are merely to advertise their site and most have nothing to do with writing! I would never advertise my business on someone's blog unless asked to do so. There are so many ways to advertise, why infiltrate someone's blog?? Beyond annoying! Time to dive into my YA and may the luck of the leprechauns be with me.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Emerging into the New Year

I was lost at Cea for the past couple of months. So much was going on as the sun began to set on 2015. Training new volunteers for the gift shop I manage at Pacific Marine Mammal Center. I had a lot of ordering and merchandising to do along with marketing the gift shop for holiday shopping. Who can resist helping this little guy through a purchase?
I also was busy with my own business, Laguna Beach Massage, not to mention the writing. Highlights: Michelle Knudsen critiquing my middle grade novel, and going to La Jolla to see Brian Selznick's presentation and book signing of The Marvels. Michelle gave me a lot to work with, and Brian inspired me.
I emerge into the new year with an incredible week behind me that has set the course. Yoga, meditation, writing/revising, dancing, working and enjoying the people I love. Here's to sailing across uncharted waters in 2016!