Sunday, September 12, 2021

Great writing advice

Want some great writing advice that is most of the time free and or for very little?
No, I don't get a commission from Jerry Jenkin, nor have paid for classes, etc. but I go to his site for great information and advice. So, I am sharing his site because it has helped me a lot without ripping me off.

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

On Wings Of Immortals aka Elementals - The Series


Book one synopsis and brief summaries for the rest of the series


Book One: AYEKAH THE DAMNED, historical/fantasy narrated by Ayekah, the fallen angel and protagonist, seven Celestials, Haya the virgin Ayekah fell for, and by a mysterious female spirit. 

In the beginning, the Almightys assign Celestials to witness Earth's evolution and human creation and orders them not to interfere. However, after the Almightys grant humans an eternal soul to avert jealousy, they grant some Celestials dominion over Earth and designate one to be Archangel of Light, highest of all Celestials

Eons later, Celestials get more involved in the lives of humans, and the Archangel, captivated by a Maya colony marooned on an island, is damned for Eternity to be Ayekah, a being without a soul, after falling from grace with the Almightys for having sex with a virgin female he names Haya. 

From Ayekah and Haya are born generations of Angel/Humans, and as she changes the culture of her people, other Celestials also go astray. After Haya's death, in body only, for she remains alive in spirit, Ayekah and other Celestials traverse the world. Some become captivated by humans.

 To destroy all Celestial/human brethren, the Almightys send waters of destruction, but the dragon of Eternity rises and saves Ayekah and most of his and Haya's brethren along with a few of the other Celestial/humans.


Book Two: VIRGINS, historical/paranormal, is narrated by Ayekah, seven Celestials, four descendants from the last generations of female matriarchs, Sigrud Liera a malevolent scientist, and a mysterious shape shifter. 

Haya's descendants continue to procreate even after Haya's death.  In modern times the last are all female twins, one gives birth the other remains barren and is the watcher. Generations later, the last twin sisters are Ary a parapsychologist, and Ray, a scientist. 

 While Ray goes on an expedition to discover a new species of Salamanders she intends to use for cloning humans Ary, guided by the Pastoras, a divine entity, is besieged by dreams and apparitions. 


Book Three: ROLO paranormal/sci-fi is narrated by Ayekah, seven Celestials, Ray and Ary, two descendants from the last generations of female matriarchs - some only in spirit, Sigrud Liera a malevolent scientist, and a mysterious shape-shifter. 

The tale unfolds amid love, romance, and powerful forces of good and evil that battle for control over a new species of humans. 

Ray finds, in the jungle the perfect Salamander species for her cloning research, and begins to conduct cloning experiments. Meantime Ary, seeks help from Alex, Ray's lover, to help save Ray when hurricane Mitch hits and all seems to be lost including Ray.


Book Four: MACULATUM, dystopian fiction, is narrated by Ayekah, seven Celestials, Ray and Ary, one descendant from the last generations of female matriarchs, some only in spirit, Sigrud Liera a malevolent scientist, and a mysterious shape shifter. 

Wars and natural disasters wipe out almost everything leaving Earth virtually uninhabitable. Hell takes over as the battle between greed and magical powers intensifies, and humankind almost becomes extinct. 

To save a semblance of the human species, scientists use Salamander/human clones developed by Ray and other scientists. Most humans still living in cities are uncivilized, the wealthy and powerful are living in massive towers and ocean liners.




Ayekah: In Genesis 3:9. After Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, God asked Adam, "ayekah," a Hebrew word that means "Where are you?" In the Torah, also referred to as "watcher" and "holy one."   

In Maya mythology, Ayekah is akin to Itzamna, a god and creator thought to live in the sky. 

Haya: in Hebrew, mythology means "life." In Genesis 3:9. Holy writs say angels "fell" after becoming "enamored" of human women. 

Haya is akin to Samael's counterpart, Lilith. She seduces angels and can mean; "to live" or "have life," or "to give" or "restore life" (Genesis 25:6, Joshua 3:10), "lively" (2 Samuel 23:20), and "reviving" (Genesis 18:10, 2 Kings 4:16). As in Nashiym, the Lilim, who seduced the watchers.

In Maya mythology, Haya is akin to Ix Chel, the divine goddess believed to have helped create the world. Her powers include:

·                Healing.

·                Intuitive knowledge.

·                The ability to control earthly forces.

·                Choosing the sex of a human fetus. 




As per ancient Greeks, the word Mythology is two parts, Ethos and Logo. Ethos develops from history, religion, nature, language, art, symbolisms, order, and chaos. Logo is the investigation of science and elements that makes us who we are. 

Myths about beings without a soul evolved the belief in spirits, one from each element: Mermaids from water, Sylphs from the air, Gnomes from the Earth, Salamanders from spirits. Since ancient times, scientists have spoken about humans as having an elemental spirit. Scientists now know it is normal Earth movements identified as "natural tectonics," or forces cracking the planet's crust with earthquakes and volcanoes. 

In the "Paracelsian concept," Elementals are supernatural "humanoid beings" that live longer than humans and are not immortal, but when a mortal weds an immortal, the humanoid spirit becomes immortal. 

In The Old Testament, Elementals are also known as Nephilim or "giants" or "the fallen ones" from the Hebrew word naphal or "to fall." 

The ancient Maya left evidence of their contact with miraculous visitors or elemental beings. 



(Listed alphabetically, with their chosen genre, and domain)

CAMAEL: Male. Archangel of strength, courage, and war

CASSIEL: Female. Archangel of Solitude and tears 

CHALKYDRI: Male/Female Group of three. Carriers of the Sun's heat.

RAGUEL: Male Archangel of Justice

SARIEL: Female Leader of angels and a great healer.

TENNIN: Female Lives in the Buddhist heaven. A solitary creature.

ZADKIEL: Male Archangel of freedom, benevolence, and mercy.




Holiness Defiled

One night when alone, I dozed off rosary in hand. I was delicately aroused by the rustle of sheers that lapped between drape folds mimicking tongues out of a dark gaping mouth.

The clock on the bedside chest read midnight, its red-light brightly pulsating as if from a beam that I traced from clock to wall where there looked to me to be a shadow within a shadow. I thought it was a deceased beloved, but the face was unfamiliar, the grin unfriendly. The cat, lazing on top of the bedspread by my feet, hissed, jumped, and ran out of the bedroom. No one heard my scream or my heart pounding into my head.

"Evil begone," I shouted when its voice, soft as the breeze, thundered into my mind: "I am not a vision, spirit, or magic, fear me not, let me confess how I came to be and what I do."

Every night I was alone, it came. My only choice became to face it and listen or go insane. 

It told me stories of a new world unfolding not from Sanctity, but from the pews of religion and technology. It said, "God, man, one of the same. Names and places changed to protect innocents even though there are none."

It displayed carriages of flesh weaving sins into blessings as people rode to destruction on good intentions and holiness defile in time and blood. "There are no mistakes, the day is one sphere, and the night is another. I am he who will guide you on this journey; my life’s story from alpha to omega.”


The Mardi's Song

For we are Eternal,

as fog rises, ending a fun-filled day

and the moon lights a star-filled night

to life, we come in innocence.

Until Eternity calls us, we must live on Earth.

In death, nothing is lost, for we rise again.

So spread your wings, creatures of light

stretch your spirit against blue skies

with the power and might of delicate beings.

Oh, daughters return to us in the wonderment.

Oh, sons who wait, witness, and claim.

You come from an eternal place

that humans cannot have nor sense.

Oh, flutter Divine.


A Mockingbird's Song

An angel falls, a woman dies

from her virginity, a new world unfolds.

Poetry was my first love

Now I fancy myself a writer

not just a lover of filling my mind with words

I dream and crunch into stories.

Recently, I watched green leaves turn

into shades of reds and yellows

in their adieu branches left naked

like lichens in the arms of a tree trunk.

Now, as I write about him, buds appear

and as I read out loud, how a celestial fell

in love, and how after she dies, he falls more

recreating her for generations until at last,

from one, he must be born before the world ends.

Branches again crowd to touch, and a Mockingbird

taunts my mind as words leave me barren

To flourish again.

@Marta C. Weeks 2018

Thursday, May 06, 2021

I need your help!

Ayekah the Damned, first book of Elementals (my four book series) is currently over 69k words, it will be at least 80k words. The next three books are at present over 30K and all are historical/ fantasy/ paranormal:

However, I am told the synopsis is too long so I am trying a revised one, please let me know what you think. Than you!

Book one, Ayekah the Damned, starts when Celestials are sent to Earth to witness Creation and the Archagel of Light is Damned after falling for a virgin escaping the First Virgin Survival Rites in a Maya culture marooned in an island. 

After the fall, the Archangel’s name becomes Ayekah; meaning, “what have you done”. The virgin’s name becomes Haya, meaning “life”. From Ayekah and Haya and other virgins, are born generations of angel humans.

The book ends after the Almighties try to destroy all Angel/ Humans. Most of Ayekah and Haya’s descendants are saved by the two headed dragon of eternity that forms the two peaks of Mount Ararat.

The next books start in early modern times and go into the future.
Again thank you, I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards, Marta

Your comments and suggestions are very welcomed! 

Sunday, April 04, 2021

My Easter Poem


Man on the cross on this Easter

Help us recognize that buckled 

Under pompous vulgar leaders

We excused immorality and disdain.

Man on the cross hidden by sashes 

To keep pious signing in praise

Not offended by blood from nails 

Or a crown of thorns.

Help us recall how You

Buckled under lashes of greed

Hung for us to stand strong 

Against borders to build nations.

Not for wigged powdered classes

But for freedom and equality

As You, Moses, Mohamed, Buddha

Rose to give strength and purpose.

For the time has come to end

Rules that topple our nation

And Liberty’s Flame

Under mire and stench.

By @MartaCWeeks 4/17/21

Your comments and suggestions are very welcomed!
When and how to put your  characters in peri!

The emotional peril a character faces is just as important as the physical peril.



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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In the world of struggling writers everything costs $ that most of us don't have, but there's hope. Famous authors such as Jerry Jenkins share, for free, a lot of valuable information. Thank you JJ! Here’s is one of his latest posts, more sign up for his email!

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Beware of scammers; if it sounds too good to be true, it's false.

If you are an author, podcaster or both and someone makes a too-good-to-turn down offer to be famous and make tons of money, they are the only one making the tons.

I get stuff from many writing, publishing and marketing sites. Have learned to delete the ones who bait me by profiting from making me famous. Why? Isn't that what I want? Not necessarily by dishing out $$$ to scammers.

The genuine ways to publish and or get income in your field and mine is via learning and hard work. For me, that means using ”real sites” and licensed agents. They don't ask for up front fees to teach the ins-and-outs of how they did it and how ”they” can teach me to do it. Don't have elaborate sites with long speeches and glowing lures: they don't need that! They make tons from representing real authors, promoting real sites, etc.

Also, avail yourself to Youtube videos where you can find lots of great advice without dishing out your cash. I was looking at publishing and podcasting and amongst the TONS of offer to teach me how to do it by making them money I found lots of free advice.

So you might ask, but ”how am I going to get known and sell my books, my product, etc.?” Certainly not by paying for said services. In this article from a site I trust are some ideas and useful advice:

Your comments and suggestions are very welcomed!

Sunday, January 03, 2021

About “10 Publishing Predictions”

About  Agent Laurie McLean Gives 10 Publishing Predictions for 2021

Thanks for the not-stiff-upper-lip buy the store and you’ll be famous very refreshing article. I do believe that my series will rock and that old gizzards like me who came up from the wild 60/70s and are now retired and writing will rock the publishing industry. We have been there, done that and survived. Amen!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Is the plot different than the subplot?

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Writers beware of ongoing publishing frauds

Writer Beware®: The Blog

Spooky Phishing Scam Targets Traditionally-Published Writers

Posted: 22 Dec 2020 10:49 AM PST

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®

The New York Times has published the story of a strange international phishing scam: unknown actors targeting traditionally-published writers, posing as their agents or editors to obtain copies of their unpublished manuscripts.
Earlier this month, the book industry website Publishers Marketplace announced that Little, Brown would be publishing “Re-Entry,” a novel by James Hannaham about a transgender woman paroled from a men’s prison. The book would be edited by Ben George.

Two days later, Mr. Hannaham got an email from Mr. George, asking him to send the latest draft of his manuscript. The email came to an address on Mr. Hannaham’s website that he rarely uses, so he opened up his usual account, attached the document, typed in Mr. George’s email address and a little note, and hit send.

“Then Ben called me,” Mr. Hannaham said, “to say, ‘That wasn’t me.’”

Mr. Hannaham was just one of countless targets in a mysterious international phishing scam that has been tricking writers, editors, agents and anyone in their orbit into sharing unpublished book manuscripts. It isn’t clear who the thief or thieves are, or even how they might profit from the scheme. High-profile authors like Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan have been targeted, along with celebrities like Ethan Hawke. But short story collections and works by little-known debut writers have been attacked as well, even though they would have no obvious value on the black market.
The phisher, or phishers, employ clever tactics like transposing letters in official-looking email addresses (like "" instead of "") and masking the addresses so they only show when the recipient hits "Reply". They know how publishing works and appear to have access to inside information, utilizing not just public sources like acquisition announcements in trade publications, but details that are harder to uncover: writers' email addresses, their relationships with agents and editors, delivery and deadline dates, even details of the manuscripts themselves. 

And they are ramping up their operations. According to the Times, the scam began appearing "at least" three years ago, but in the past year "the volume of these emails has exploded in the United States."

So what's the endgame? Publishing people are stumped. Manuscripts by high-profile authors have been targeted, but also less obviously commercial works: debut novels by unknowns, short story collections, experimental fiction. The manuscripts don't wind up on the black market, as far as anyone can tell, and don't seem to be published online. There have been no ransom demands or other attempts at monetization. 
One of the leading theories in the publishing world, which is rife with speculation over the thefts, is that they are the work of someone in the literary scouting community. Scouts arrange for the sale of book rights to international publishers as well as to film and television producers, and what their clients pay for is early access to information — so an unedited manuscript, for example, would have value to them.
I heard about the scam a couple of months ago, from an author who was targeted after their forthcoming book was announced on Publishers Marketplace. What they reported to me tracks with the information above, including the credible approach by the writer's own editor or agent (complete with authentic-looking email signature), a credible excuse for why they wanted the writer to send the manuscript again, and the altered sending address. The writer did send the ms., and didn't discover until they talked to their agent that they'd been tricked.

Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster have sent out warnings, as have agents, one of whom offers this helpful advice:
If you receive an email requesting sensitive information or items (manuscripts, contracts, etc.) to be sent via email, or to follow a link to sign a document, please consider the following steps:

1. Carefully inspect the sender’s email address. Ensure the person’s name is spelled correctly and, most importantly, that the company’s domain name (which is located after the @ symbol in an email address) is spelled correctly.

2. Call the supposed sender to verify that the items/information requested in the email are legitimate.

3. Do not reply to the email. Message headers can look real but have hidden text triggered when “reply” is hit. Instead, start a separate email chain with the sender asking if they did, in fact, request that item/information from you.

4. Carefully look at the email header, which contains detailed information about the email – where it came from, who it was sent to, date, time, subject, etc.
To be clear, there's no connection here with the crude agent and publisherimpersonation scams I've been writing about for the last year or so. This is a sophisticated scheme by a person or persons familiar with the publishing industry (including its lingo) who understands the ins and outs of acquisition and production and has access to inside information. There's also no obvious monetary angle--unlike the impersonation scams I've previously reported, where the whole point is to screw as many thousands of dollars out of unsuspecting writers as possible.

More reporting at Jezebel.

Your comments and suggestions are very welcomed!