Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Titles: How I Choose #MFRW

Welcome to week eight of the MFRW 52-Week Blog Challenge. Any author can join in at any point in the challenge. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE.

Dozens and dozens of story ideas are all around and I usually record them in a handy notebook in my purse or in a notepad on my nightstand. I have no problems meeting characters who introduce themselves to me asking that I tell their story. But titles for their stories--not so much. There's where my difficulties start.

Sometimes family and friends will make suggestions if they've  read an excerpt or my plot notes. It's like I have some sort of block when it comes to naming the book. As a result, I usually give tentative titles like Mariah's story or write a short sentence for the title until I can think of one which I'm embarrassed to say takes months.


Do you have trouble coming up with titles? What is your process for naming your books? Tell me in the comments.





Friday, February 17, 2017

Me, Music And Writing, Oh My!--#MFRWauthor

It's week 7 of the 52-week writing prompt challenge. Today's topic: Music to write by.

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO LEARN MORE AND JOIN THE CHALLENGE.

Music. The great ice breaker. There are no words to describe how much I love it. It plays a huge part in my daily existence. A chilled glass of wine and music are a great stress reliever, a way to soothe anger, slow a galloping pulse when something monumental happens, and calm frayed nerves after a long day at the evil day job or when stuck in  5 o'clock p.m. traffic.

Depending on the song, music helps me to write scenes, sometimes whole chapters. At times a particular song may be the music theme for the entire story. I listen to the chosen song a few times to get a bead on my character's emotions and then proceed to write. For example, the song Hello by Adele (click here to watch the video) was perfect for creating a scene in my WIP where my female character meets the man she never stopped loving years later after a painful break-up.
(College.USAToday.com)
As for listening to music while I write... it has to be classical played softly. My favorite is Fur Elise (click here to listen) by Beethoven. If it's classical, I don't run the risk of singing and dancing and then no writing is done.

What about you? Can you write and listen to music at the same time?







Tuesday, February 14, 2017

3 Romantic Couples of the Ages #ValentinesDay #Romancefortheages

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today let's talk about love. Boy meets girl. Love at first sight. Enemies to lovers. Broken-heartedness and devastation at love lost.  Celebrate with me the giddy highs and pulse pumping excitement of love found, the joy and gladness of enduring love,  and the ravaged, depressing lows of love lost of three couples of the ages.

Cleopatra and Marc Antony 
(photo: 20th-century fox /rex features)

The true love story of Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra and Roman general Marc Antony is one of the most intriguing and memorable of all times.

Cleopatra began her reign of Egypt when Julius Caesar put her in power over her husband (and brother) Ptolemy. She charmed him and their affair continued until his death three years later. Caesar's death caused a civil war in Rome between Octavian, his grandnephew, and Antony, his cousin.

Antony suspected Cleopatra was involved in his Caesar's murder and demanded she appear before him to explain herself. They fell in love at first sight. He spent the winter with her instead of fighting and ruling his empire.  Their affair outraged the Romans who were wary of the growing power of Egypt.

The couple was defeated in battle by Octavian (named later changed to Augustus) and they each committed suicide, Antony, by falling on his sword and Cleopatra, by putting an asp to her chest. Theirs was a tragedy immortalized by William Shakespeare.


Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal  (photo: museyon.com)

Shah Jahan, 15-year-old ruler of the Mughal Empire married Arjumand Banu, a teenage girl in 1612.  She was renamed Mumtaz Mahal and became Shah Jahan's favorite wife.

She died in 1629 while giving birth to their 14th child. He was devastated. His grief affected him both emotionally and physically but inspired him to create a fitting final resting place for the love of his life - Taj Mahal (photo: Wikipedia).

Shah Jahan became ill and was overthrown by his eldest son. He lived the rest of his life under house arrest in the Red Fort of Agra.

Legend has it he planned to build a replica of the Taj Mahal in black marble for himself on the opposite bank of the river Yamuna but construction never commence. He was laid to rest beside his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.








King Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari (Photo: martingracephotography.com)

King Ramesses II, also known as "Ramesses the Great," was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the 19th dynasty. He reigned from 1279 B.C. to 1213 B.C. At age 14, he was appointed prince regent by his father Seti I. Ramesses ruled Egypt for 66 years and 2 months. He was reported to have lived to 99 years old.

He led military expeditions into the Levant, reasserting control over Canaan and also led expeditions into Nubia. Inscriptions commemorate these deeds at the temples at Beit el-Wali and Gerf Hussein.

One of many great Nubian queens, Nefertari reigned from 1292 B.C. to 1225 B.C.  She is heralded as the queen who married for peace. Her marriage to Ramesses II began as a political move, a sharing of power between two powerful leaders. No only did it grow into one of the greatest royal love affairs in history but it brought the hundred year war between Nubia and Egypt to an end.


Their story was an armistice that lasted over a hundred years. Even today, a monument stands in Queen Nefertari’s honor. If fact, the temple which Ramesses built for her at Abu Simbel (photo: Delange.org) is one of the largest and most beautiful structures ever built to honor a wife.





Please check out my other Valentine's Day posts. Great gift ideas (here) and romantic destinations (here).

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Total Pageviews