Friday, January 26, 2018

ABOUT MOLESTATION OR RAPE AND SUICIDE

After reading Loren Kleinman's article: Virginia Woolf and the Language of Trauma, I explored the possibility of opening the door to my monsters.

File:Virginia Woolf 1927.jpgKleinman writes "Once I went on this journey with Woolf I could not return. I was her companion; bringing forth the notion that no one should have to go through such pain alone. She spoke. I listened." Adds, "Woolf's recording; I explored my own trauma memory. It is often hard for me to separate myself from the research, and even harder to write about personal trauma." After disclosing her rape incident, she continues, "Like many survivors of sexual violence, including rape, molestation, and assault, the silence was a way of life. How could I get someone to listen? And if I did, who would believe me if I spoke? Would my rape be real?"

I relate so is it possible for me to do as Kleinman and to even ride the current wave of public disclosure? Do I envy the freedom of those voicing traumas who come out and explore dark times with unknown eyes and voices? Not that my story is worse, just don't feel grounded, I come from a time when whatever happens we brought upon ourselves and if girls/women are in the wrong place or dress provocatively and get raped, it's their fault, etc. Who is to blame? My first monster happened when I was a child, and because the perpetrator was an upstanding professional, it was said I made it up. That set my life pattern so how can I wash my memories in words?

I have written about my darkness and shared in private; someday I might put it out there for anyone to read.

When Virginia Wolf committed suicide as recorded on Virginia Woolf's Suicide letter to Leonard Woolf, YouTube  Depression and mental illness were not treated as are today, still, as per statistics, "suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US' and can be higher. "Stigma surrounding suicide leads to underreporting, and data collection methods critical to suicide prevention need to be improved." Learn how you can become an advocate. Looked at the current statistics and found that rape and sexual aggression in the USA are on the rise. Most victims are 12-34, and this happens every 98 seconds! About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline 

Note: Parents tell YOUR children.
 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Comment on: The great American novel is nothing without marketing




I can attest that this article is right, not just from my very recent experience but also from many who share their woes in writing groups and online. Beware grasshopper, even if you publish via a known publisher you do all the marketing. Some authors I trust told me that for the small of amount of books the first book of my series, The Sylph's Tale, sold they are amazed at the comments on Amazon, only one is by an honest author who read the book. Don't rely on family nor friends; they will not be your fans. Social media is the king of sales.
Note: The Sylph's Tale, available at Draft
2Digital: https://www.books2read.com/u/mBM76N
Book Two, VIRGINS to be published May 2018

Thursday, December 21, 2017

At 87, Deer Isle author reflects on publishing and his latest novel | Island Ad-Vantages | Penobscot Bay Press

At 87, Deer Isle author reflects on publishing and his latest novel | Island Ad-Vantages | Penobscot Bay Press: With a view of Eggemoggin Reach stretching out to the horizon and winter chickadees flitting to and from a bird feeder, 87-year-old author Paul Newlin traces the cover of his latest book, The Adventures of Jack Armstron: The Not-Quite All-American Boy, with one finger. He describes himself as a writer of realism but said the “one thing I think is the hallmark of my writing is the humor in it.”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Do Adam and Eve Fit into the Evolutionary Story?

“It is obvious that modern humans did not interbreed with hominins living over 500,000 years ago. It is also clear that there was no single 'Adam' and 'Eve' but rather groups of 'Adams and Eves' living side by side and wandering together in our world.”


Do Adam and Eve Fit into the Evolutionary Story?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thank you for the reviews!


For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a good and safe time. I'm very grateful to have gone to our son's, were most of us gathered, and then we stopped to see another son. Came home late last night very tired and have had a peaceful day communicating with readers and writing to others while my husband was busy doing stuff outside.

I am delighted that reviews on Amazon are few but good, haven't seen the other sites yet, The Sylph's Tale is moving along, would love some questions and also more reviews; please and thank you! 
I understand from the reviews that some sites have it for free and that's great. Here is an excerpt from Google: https://www.amazon.com/Sylphs-Tale-Immortals-Book-ebook/dp/B0773VJ23Z/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509822005&sr=8-1&keywords=marta+c+week

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Has social media become our altar and pew?

Are we linked from the gut to the soul to digital marketing?

https://www.ted.com/talks/scott_galloway_how_amazon_apple_facebook_and_google_manipulate_our_emotions?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=image__2017-11-21

Your author-self dragging?

Need some pick-me-up from the floor of pessimism or doubts of worth as a novelist? Need to pull back to your computer or pad, or whatever tool you prefer for creating your masterpieces - because my friend, someday we might be recognized.
I know about crawling under the rock of fear. I just published the first book of my series, expected a slice of praise, maybe not a bang but a touch of hoopla, well I am feeling discouraged. Waited until I finished the next two novels and although the first one is a short tale, it is necessary to introduce the main protagonists before moving onto what evolves, however, even those who stated they loved it have not given me a review!
So here I am telling you that if you are in a down place, keep the faith, read up on many experts, including writers, who crashed when alive, were considered mediocre, or peculiar but are raved on after death. What good is that for us now? But if we could do other than write would we? Most of us have had different achievements and tried other roads more traveled to no avail and returned to the pen or keyboard, even with bruised egos.
Here are few inspirational quotes to trash or hang onto as we paddle back to the bank of hope. We might also read about authors who published great books and still hassle with publishers.

30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors

Marta C Weeks author of The Sylph's Tale:  http://www.martacweeks.com

Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

Sunday, November 19, 2017



Hi!

I'm excited this week! The Sylph's Tale has been released in digital in all the major retailers! If you grabbed your copy, a review would be amazing :) 

If you haven't bought it yet, you can buy now by choosing what retailer you prefer: Amazon, iBooks, Nook, GooglePlay. 

I really appreciate everybody who has been following my publishing endeavors and my writing. Therefore, I want to thank my mom Carmen, who asked me to include her in my author's name. The letter C stands for you, Mom. I also want to remember my late husband, Victor, whom I rode a rollercoaster life that inspired my creativity. 
My husband Charles has a special place in my heart for all that he does for me. He not only reads my prose, poetry, and media but also judiciously revises and makes creative contributions. 
I also want to thank my friends and neighbors who like my work and volunteer to read, question, and suggest changes. In particular, author Gwendolyn Kristie, but also the members of the Sierra Writers and the dismantled Elk Grove Writing groups. 
Lastly, my heart goes to my family who supported my creativity after my retirement, yet loses me into my own worlds and events that crowd my mind. You are all in my heart and I might seem disconnected from reality from time to time, but I love you all. 


Thank you to all my readers for their support,

Marta.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Authors! 87-year-old proves you’re never too old to write your first book


Image result for free baby boomer photosNot saying that young authors have nothing to write about nor that they lack talent. Just saying, does it surprise you that boomer authors are on the rise? It seems to me that the older a person the more read, movies watched movies and experienced life. According to Pew Research Center
Millennials overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation.
Jus think what former hippies, flower-children, war protestors and innovators can write about!

Authors! 87-year-old proves you’re never too old to write your first book