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!!!