Tuesday, May 5, 2009
A mind cleansing weekend...
and new projects and research on the horizon.
Dropped everything this weekend and took to the road with my sister-in-law and my furry daughter-Girls Gone Wild our theme:) A.) I needed a break and B.) I wanted to further aclimate Bea to traveling. The weekend was a success in more ways than one.
We settled in on Friday morning and lounged about just enjoying the beautiful weather and peaceful quiet. No family issues, husband catastrophes, ringing phones, pressure to get on the laptop and write or deal with email. And best of all no day job worries--you get the picture. Bea settled in like she'd been there all her life. She found the loveseat, stretched out and well...She knows how to let go and simply relax *grin*
Sis and I had quiet conversation, went to the grocery store for salad fixings and after a whopping bill of $75 of which we saved $25, came home with fixings for a nice healthy foodfest for the weekend. We traveled to the beach on Saturday, Bea in tow, and once again, Bea greeted each new experience like she'd done it all her life. We shopped in thrift and consignment shops and spent quiet evenings--Sis watching TV, me reading or working small amounts of time on my laptop. But the best part or our retreat were the ideas that slid into our relaxed mindsets.
Which brings me to another subject I'd like talk about today. The art of research. Research is a very important part of writing any story. When I was in the writing phases of Curse of the Marhime, I spent hours researching Romania, history, geographical information, peoples, climate, etc. Research is fun. I love history and learning new things so its not the tedious process that many may think it is. I have a folder three or more inches thick with information stowed within down to common phrase and actual tourbook info on the country. Over the years, I have met people directly from Romania and who have migrated to the USA who are more than happy to guide me in my desire to get facts right. Also, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful writing peer and friend, David Hayes, (author, The Bratwurst Kidnapping) who spent many years working in Romania. He shared so much with me about the daily living experience there. Believe it or not, I actually have a contact in Romania.
On to my point of research.
I am in the process of planning the next book of the Roma Wolf Tales series, untitled as yet but ideas are fresh and plentiful. As many of you know, I have a companion short releasing the end of this month(May 27th) called Bestial Cravings at the Wild Rose Press. This story introduces two new characters and book two will encompass new adventures for Pita, Niko, and Tomas.
If you've read Curse to the Marhime than you know I delved into palm reading and tealeaves. Again, much research went into that. I am now practicing the art of Tarot. So once again, I've locked down to intensive research: got my Tarot card deck and manual to study and understand the cards. I hope to have a reading day on this blog to try out my newfound gift. Wouldn't that be great fun? All you would have to do is post a question and I can do a reading based on your quesiton.
Tarot has a wonderfully colorful history. It is what you and your reader interpret. It isn't going to solve the world problems but it has been proven to work. Once again, the fruits of research can open so many doors to our information hungry minds. I've always been on my Pagan side since a very young girl. I delved and researched many aspects of the arts of witchcraft, seances, Paganism beliefs, palm, tealeaf, and Tarot reading, etc. I find the earlier interest makes further research so much easier. Anyway, I'm off to it.
Hope you all have a wonderful day. Keep an open mind and think of a question when I delve into public reads, LOL