Tuesday, May 14, 2019

How much writing and editing is enough?


The topic of how much editing and re-writing, how many words to a good novel is enough and sticking to a solid writing schedule are topics that haunt me into practical not-writing at all paralysis.

I listen to Youtube by authors about writing however, I must remember that we are all different and sometimes their advice is not possible for me to follow. 
I posted on my author Facebook page: A writer I know personally said, "I write every day in order to be a good novelist." Asked, "how is it that nothing ever interrupts your writing schedule?" His wife was sitting next to him as we spoke. Looking at her he said, "no matter what, even if we have company, I go into my office and write form 6-9 pm." Well.... maybe if I had a wife.... not putting anyone down but a lot of times things come up that I have to take care off and how about when we travel or are with family?

Then I came to this article that had flagged "must read" Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' and got some more feedback. The comments are worth reading but my question is: The thing is how much, when and where do you write?
https://mythicscribes.com/community/threads/when-is-enough-rewriting-and-editing-enough.21135/


Monday, April 22, 2019

Hi and welcome! : ON THE WINGS OF IMMORTALS - THE SERIES

UPDATED!!!

Hi and welcome! : ON THE WINGS OF IMMORTALS - THE SERIES: ON THE WINGS OF IMMORTALS - A SERIES Book One THE SYLPH’S TALE aka AYEKAH THE DAMNED Fantasy/Mythology- approx...

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hi and welcome! : ON THE WINGS OF IMMORTALS - A SERIES

Hi and welcome! : ON THE WINGS OF IMMORTALS - A SERIES: BOOK ONE THE SYLPH’S TALE aka   AYEKAH THE DAMNED Fantasy/Mythology- approx. 30thousand  words Warning: This...

ON THE WINGS OF IMMORTALS - A SERIES



Book One


THE SYLPH’S TALE aka AYEKAH THE DAMNED

Fantasy/Mythology- approx. 30thousand  words

Warning: This story contains sexual elements that might offend some readers. 
Copyright√£2017 by Marta C. Weeks

Foreword
The Sylph’s Tale is a story of passion, discovery, and magic based on ancient history, anthropology, mythology, and science.

Logline/Synopsis
A young girl escaping a barbarian ritual encounters an angel who rescues her. This mystical being falls in love with her and, together, they modify the culture and habits of her rudimentary society.
Comments
Note to returning readers: Thanks for your great reviews on Amazon and Draft2Digital even though The Sylph's Tale was published missing four chapters. Author and publishers will offer free copies to those who bought the incomplete book.
The screenplay: From ISA 2017 contest - "This has imagination and touches on the mythic and spiritual in ways that are not typical.”
On TableReadMyScreenplay.com (first paragraph of six-pages) The Sylph's Tale made for a most unusual read. It's very rare for a script to try something quite as experimental as this. The choice to format the story more as a series of vignettes from a creation myth than as a linear narrative made for an attention-grabbing opening. There is a certain charm to the way much of its dialogue and description is handled, as well as a lot of potential in the underlying themes of the story. Fallen angels appear in many stories, but it's far less common to see through the angels' own eyes. For source and all comments see: From Paper to Screen

References
Ayekah and Hayaare not evil but might have been taken over by dark powers similar to Mesoamerican myths about beings of the underworld. Stone tablets in Utah. Rites can be found in: rites and caves as sacred space in Mesoamerica.amazon.comlilith the mother of all dark creatures: e. r. vernor: 9781511701877: amazon.com: books,
Ayekah’s story:  The name Ayekah is found in Genesis 3:9. After Adam and Eve eat from the forbidden tree God asked Adam “where are you” which is ayeka in Hebrew. Ayekah could be like Samael’s fallen angel myth, often referenced as the "watchers, holy ones" or the “holy ones.” Also, watchers that "fell" after they became "enamored" with human women.” and in “the Greek transcription as Grigori.[17] including Enoch (10.4),[18] link the angel's transgression with the great deluge.[19] 
Haya’s story: In mythology, strong women can be depicted as horned creatures as a way to portray their power as evil. Haya, the innocent, is akin to Lilith who is Samael’s counterpart and can seduce angels. Haya 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). Also, Nashiym, the Lilim who seduced the watchers. Samael's counterpart and a mother of demons seen seducing the fallen angels as Naamah; after the fall, they had daughters: Nashiym, the Lilim who seduced the watchers. “Wholly new in the Kabbalistic concept of Lilith is her appearance as the permanent partner of Samael, queen of the realm of the forces of evil (the Sitra Ahra).” And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Revelations 12:16.

Book II

  

VIRGINS

Paranormal/base on ancient history. Approx. 50,000 words

Logline/Synopsis
The saga of mystery and otherworldly power continues when in 1958 the first generation of female twins from Haya’s fetus are born. One is fertile and gives birth to twins. The infertile one is the watcher and guide.
As in Holy Writs, Naamah after the fall had daughters; the twins are as moss on a stone of destiny in what at times are terrifying ordeals. Beautiful and haunting, endowed with a sixth sense they rebel wanting but cannot deny that their otherworldly encounters are beyond their control.
Ayekah forms The Retais to control and influence his angel/humans but they are fearless, even when confounded by ancestral writs, voices, and apparitions. There comes a time when not even Ayekah can alter events and the last born are not twins. But two women driven to learn what they suspect is their exact origin and to transform their destiny.

Book III

 ROLO
Paranormal/ Science-fiction.Approx. 50,000 words

Logline/Synopsis
Powerful forces - disguised in different forms -  influence generations of Haya and Ayekah’s brethren.  The last born Rayena (Ray) Gentray and Aryana (Ary) Delmars are not twins but born to each of the last set of twins.
Ray becomes a Geneticist and Ary a Parapsychologist. Ayekah tries to protect them while Sigrud Liera (Sig), a scientist of unknown origin, uses Tardell, his powerful organization,  to control them as he underhandedly infiltrates The Retais.
Ray builds a research site near Rio San Juan as head of a cloning project and battles with good and evil besieged by apparitions when she captures a unique species of Salamander; she names ROLO. Her aim is to heal illnesses, but Sig wants ROLO for birthing human mutants.
Ary, compelled to stop Ray, enlists the help of Alex, a movie producer and Ray’s lover. But days before the 1992 Nicaragua hurricane Mitch, ”Sig makes Ray, Ary and himself a living part of the first human/android, ROLO. Not even Ayekah is able to save Ray and ROLO as they disappear in waters of destruction.

Possible Book IV

MACULATUM


Logline/Synopsis
In a battle for eternal life between greed and magical powers, humankind almost becomes extinct. Ray and Ary join forces to infiltrate Tardell and destroy ancestral shackles that keep them bound to a destiny they come to refute.

Author bio
After three decades in public service - last two as Research Analyst – Marta C. Weeks is now dedicated to her dream of being an author. Before her career, during college, she hosted a local nonprofit TV, show did extensive social work and was a dance instructor.  
Debilitated by poliomyelitis, unable to play like other children, Marta read by a small window under the light of a bulb hanging from the ceiling in the attic of her grandparents’ store where books waited to go on shelves or those no one wanted gathered dust.  
She started her writing career by freelancing  for a few online periodicals, joined author groups, attended conferences, workshops and classes she has published some poetry and now, still dedicated to honing her craft,  she writes riveting stories based on historical facts, myths and prophecies, with characters and settings that arouse a desire to read more. 
Marta lives in Northern California with her spouse/editor. Her social media sites include Facebook: Marta C. Weeks http://www.martacweeks.com/p/auhtors-bio.html





Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Looking for readers

So...I’m busier than a one arm paperhanger. Getting ready to republish The Sylph’s Tale. If you are interested in giving me ruthless feedback (critiques) before publication I will love you forever!!! And ever

...

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A site that delivers what it promises


Hi, I don't get paid for sharing I just like Sandra Beckwith of BuildBookBuzz.com not just because she doesn't gauge authors but because she delivers what she promises, such as The 365 emails!

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Hi and welcome!: What's going in with my series?

Hi and welcome!: What's going in with my series?: Hi, final edits in book one of the series, The Sylph’s Tale, are going great.  I am very gratefull for reader comments directly to me ...

What's going in with my series?

Hi, final edits in book one of the series, The Sylph’s Tale, are going great. 

I am very gratefull for reader comments directly to me and on Amazon. Delighted that so many loved the story even though it got published incomplete and immensely grateful to those who want to comment on chapters before republication. 

Inerested  in reading chapters before republication? Please let me know.

 I will send readers one chapter at a time. With the first chapter, I will include character mythology, genealogy, and history that will include what to expect in the first three books.


YouTube videos on Spilberg’s viewpoint

”Spielberg's Point of Thought
This video breaks down one the best secret pro tip from director Steven Spielberg. Through scene analyses and examples, we share how you can show the point of view inside a character's mind.”




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Monday, March 11, 2019

Hi and welcome!: Small steps, big changes

Hi and welcome!: Small steps, big changes: Spring is almost here, tomorrow we change our clocks, it's also a good time to take a small inventory about how we can make more time f...

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Small steps, big changes

Spring is almost here, tomorrow we change our clocks, it's also a good time to take a small inventory about how we can make more time for ourselves on earth or just improve our health with steps.

My daily horoscope said, but I think it's good for everyone: "take a long look today at what you can do to improve your health. Developing a positive routine is an excellent gift to give yourself, even if you’re already hale and hearty. The good news is that science has proven it only takes three weeks to replace one pattern of behavior with another. Whether it’s altering your exercise regime, changing your diet, or ending a bad habit, starting now increases your chances for long-term success. Every day is a fresh start." 

I don't buy into all the other readings, have not found them necessary but I enjoy the Daily Horoscope reading. I get nothing for anyone signing up but here is the link  -- Signup now!



Thursday, March 07, 2019

Used To Bee


All that was, and we were 
Being there done that

What went 
Leaving in memories how it was
When my faith was holier than yours

My church blessed by the ”real” god
As my priest or preacher assured
As he or she put robes on
And blessed all, 
With the hand of god
Given to him/ger by whom?

Told us who we were
Learned us on how to be
Where to go and do
Matter, or not 
For that's how we know
Not how to fly
But when to sidestep ditches

Lookout for the danger of feelings
Learn  how not to dig old land mines
And expect won't explode
Leaving us shattered
Lost and not found 

Marta
3/72019
Reflections for Lent

Hi and welcome!: Grant me Ashes

Hi and welcome!: Grant me Ashes: My Lent Meditations Grant me Ashes God, as I understand you grant me the valor to see truth not what I fear,  want to se...

Grant me Ashes

My Lent Meditations


Grant me Ashes
God, as I understand you
grant me the valor to see truth
not what I fear, 
want to see, or want it to be.

An eye for reality
and another for day dreaming 
a mouth to speak truth but not 
push it on others. 

A mind to remember my messy tracks, 
mistakes and faults,
what I need to accept or change 
but please
don't bother me too much because 
it's my time 
to kick back, breakout and do 
my thing.

Compassion to accept
that reality can be hard or healing 
and good or rough at times,
can build esteem with mistakes
despite screams and frowns, 
from others.

Help me live this day not counting 
blessings nor messes
not taking everyone’s inventory 
and standing up for myself and others 
even when on my butt.

Marta 

3/7/2019

Friday, March 01, 2019

Great information and giveaways for authors!




Hi,

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 As a struggling author and get bombarded with promises of help in writing and publishing but usually get rehashed stuff.

I am not paid to write this, just sharing because someone shared it with me and it has delivered as promised. I am talking about Sandra Beckwith.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On The Wings Of Immortals - a series: Free self publishing advice

On The Wings Of Immortals - a series: Free self publishing advice: Self-publishing advice can be very expensive so when I find a site or author that truly helps for FREE with excellent information I am tha...

Free self publishing advice

Self-publishing advice can be very expensive so when I find a site or author that truly helps for FREE with excellent information I am thankful and share it. Some of those who provide free, and GOOD, advice include:

Am actual publishing site: Draft2Digital: https://www.draft2digital.com/mcw
And authors: 

K.M. Weiland,  https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/?s=publishing
 Joanna Penn, Industry Insider: How to self-publish your novel (with Joanna Penn)

Monday, January 28, 2019

On The Wings Of Immortals - a series: Hi, I am looking into publishing The Sylph’s Tale ...


      On The Wings Of Immortals - a series: Hi, I am looking into publishing The Sylph’s Tale ...: Hi, I am looking into publishing The Sylph’s Tale as a Comic & Graphic Novel. Approximately 20k words/ fantasy-paranormal/ mythology...
  • Hi, I am looking into publishing The Sylph’s Tale as a Comic & Graphic Novel. Approximately 20k words/ fantasy-paranormal/ mythology. 
  • Based on Virgin/Angel love and their angel humans journey. Great reviews on Amazon - even though published incomplete.
  • Screenplay adaptation, Ayekah the Damned, won a third-place award, got a great six-page review. 
  • Ready to re-publish. It's part of a three book series that I will publish this year. 
  • For more information please Message me or contact me on on Facebook, Marta C Weeks, Twitter mmaw, or contact me on my webpage martacweeks.com Can provide all my details. Thank you! 


Monday, January 21, 2019

On The Wings Of Immortals - a series: I love K.M. Weiland!

On The Wings Of Immortals - a series: I love K.M. Weiland!: I love K.M. Weiland! You want some real and excellent advice on writing; in my opinion, she is one of the gurus. I relate to: "For...

I love K.M. Weiland!

I love K.M. Weiland! You want some real and excellent advice on writing; in my opinion, she is one of the gurus.

I relate to: "For example, I hate revisions. Let me say that again: I hate, hate, hate revisions."


A MUST read: 



https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-create-the-perfect-writing-process-for-you/ Player



A MUST listen to audio:

 Got to the site of the article and Click the “Play” button to Listen to Audio Version (or subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast in iTunes).




On The Wings Of Immortals - a series: NOVEL TO SCRIPT REVIEWERS COMMENTS

On The Wings Of Immortals - a series: NOVEL TO SCRIPT REVIEWERS COMMENTS: I submitted my screenplay adaptation to TableReadMyScreenplay.com   and received a six (6) page evaluation with detailed information on wha...

NOVEL TO SCRIPT REVIEWERS COMMENTS

I submitted my screenplay adaptation to TableReadMyScreenplay.com  and received a six (6) page evaluation with detailed information on what is good or needs to change and improve.

For the screenplay, I had in mind a movie like AVATAR. 

Was going to publish the entire evaluation however it is six pages (6) long but decided it would be a bit much. So, to give those interested a sample of what reviewers provided I am posting the first paragraph, two middle ones, and final comments.

I am willing to share the entire document but for that please put a request on comments.  

Title: The Sylph's Tale AKA Ayekah the Damned Writer: Marta Weeks Genre: Fantasy

(First paragraph)

The Sylph's Tale made for a most unusual read. It's very rare for a script to try something quite as experimental as this. The choice to format the story more as a series of vignettes from a creation myth than as a linear narrative made for an attention-grabbing opening. There is a certain charm to the way much of its dialogue and description is handled, as well as a lot of potential in the underlying themes of the story. Fallen angels appear in many stories, but it's far less common to see through the angels' own eyes.

(Two middle paragraphs)

The script rarely seems aware of the potential advantages offered by a film script, and so it also loses many of the opportunities for efficiency afforded by a script. Unlike conventional prose writing, the script never makes it to the audience in a direct sense. Description, for example, insists on referring to real-world locations in abstract terms when it could simply describe them as what they are. Since the audience won't ever see any of the material in the descriptions anyway, "ancient Egypt" can be referred to as such. This would free up more space for The Sylph's Tale to pick one of these locations, in particular, to ground key moments-- Ayekah's heartbroken flight around the world while carrying Haya's forever-preserved corpse, for example.

This compounds worse issues, such as the Salamander sequence. The idea in itself is a strong one, but it's repeated so many times that it loses all semblance of impact. And while it does provide some background on Ayekah's initiation into human lusts and desires, it's impossible to justify this when so many of the script's components are underdeveloped. The ideas of the salamander and the river are present nowhere in the later script. Thematic abstract imagery can work without directly fueling the plot's later events, but this is usually done in much more focused, personal stories. Ayekah and Haya's story should ideally convey this, but it doesn't. Aside from the many stylistic concerns mentioned above, much of this comes down to characterization.


(Final comments)


There's plenty to love in The Sylph's Tale. It's marvelously inventive with small touches, has strong ideas to work with, and strives to present a little-used humanizing take on the old idea of the Nephilim. This script has the potential to go to fascinating places, but it needs a lot of fine-tuning, refocusing and careful adjustment for film industry conventions before it's ready to take wing.


Here's the information for Table Read My Screenplay

I can also be contacted on my Facebook author page: martacweeks.com

Friday, January 18, 2019

I truly appreciate your support!!!

I am so grateful for the support of each one of you who have signed up for my website and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all other SM!  


To be an aging emerging author in a world where most my age have published tons of books can be discouraging. So I like reading about "late starters." Those whose plates were so full they couldn't add a crumb unless it added to the support of their family. Not saying most authors don't have it rough just accepting that the road is crowded for slow walkers.

In 2017 I published The Sylph's Tale, first book of my fantasy/ paranormal - based on mythology and history series. I wanted to do a screenplay rendition and did; it won a third-place ISSA award and just in the last few days I got the comments from Table Read My Screenplay and they are so good I will post the entire six (6) pages on my website by next week.

I am still working on editing and revising The Sylph's Tale, so please don't buy it until I re-publish it most likely under the name Ayekah The Damned.

Friday, January 11, 2019

In Memory

Time To Let Time    


It's the seventh day
Of your passing 
And the third day of your interment
In my heart and mind
I see your smile
For in our tears and fears
We feel the God of our understanding
Not just on a cross 
Or memorialized in pages 
In churches, temples or synagogues
For human greed and need 
But the spirit surrounding us
Welcoming you
As you and we cannot; yet must
Let ourselves be in the light 
Tethered by love
Not strung by regrets 
Around what’s left on earth 
In the turmoil of tears
Flooding into and out of us
An ocean of love and pain
You can’t feel anymore
And we
Feel so much more 
For soon it will be time to let go 
As memories keep all 
Let good remember to forget bad
Beyond this earth 
Find meaning to warm feelings 
In the words of embraces
From someone no longer here 
But is always there
Where we are one.




Thursday, January 10, 2019

Table Read screenplay comments

While I was away at the funeral services for a beloved family member I received an email with feedback regarding my screenplay submission from Table Read my screenplay. 

Wanted to read it right away but decided to wait, just got home last night. 

The "analysis" of my screenplay is amazing and 6 pages long! It will help me with the novel and screenplay re-writes. I would love to share it with those who let me know they are interested. The email says:

Dear Marta,
"Attached is your script analysis for Ayekah the Damned aka The Sylph's Tale. We thank you for your patience on delivery. Please remember this insight is the professional perspective of one person and is written with the best intentions for moving your script forward. We hope you find the attached assessment useful, and thank you again for requesting it!
Sincerely,
Table Read My Screenplay


I will post actual comments from Table Read soon!



Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Considering Smashwords for next publication

On "Welcome to my annual publishing predictions" by Mark Coker.  The article is very informative and it "feels' sincere. Main points I liked: 

“The world is full of kings and queens who blind your eyes and steal your dreams.”
~ Black Sabbath


Coker goes on "The answer is complicated.  I think at the root of the challenge, as I’ve discussed here on the blog for several years now, is that the supply of ebooks is growing faster than the supply of readers." 


I recommend reading all of it. Here is the site and my comment to Smashwords on this "2019 Book Industry Predictions: The Butterflies Wi...": article

Thank you for a thorough and truthful article.


I am an emerging author. One of those who, after working at times two jobs to support my family, is now putting works on paper. In 2017 published the first book of my fantasy/ paranormal - based on mythology and history series - as a novella because I wanted to do a screenplay rendition and did; it won a third place award and from it, I got some good comments that I will implement.


The novella was published as an ebook on Amazon and D2D missing 4 chapters, yes, incomplete. I engaged the services of a publishing assistant that states it was submitted complete. No sense in blaming and arguing. The book got great reviews even though incomplete. 


Now, as I make lemonade out of lemons I am including three chapters from the beginning of the sequel and getting ready to republish. Your article is very appropriate for me and I will look into Smashwords.



Note: Wish you all a HAPPY 2019!!!