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.

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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.
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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).

Friday, February 10, 2017

My Hobbies #MFRW #MFRWAuthor

Welcome to week 6 of MFRW 52-week blog hop. This is my first post. 



What other things do I like to do when I’m not writing? I love science fiction shows so my favorite to watch is the Star Trek franchise—all of them: the original series, the next generation, deep space nine, voyager, enterprise. Plus, I like watching the movies. I plan to write science fiction romance one day.

Next, I love genealogy. Searching for family, the known and the lost,  and researching the period of time they lived in and hopefully finding that some played a small part in the happenings in their area like a couple of two times great grandfathers involved in a battle involving their town just after the Civil War ended. A two times great grandfather of mine,  a minister, was a founding member of ministers’ conference in an area of the state where he lived. Also a three times great grandfather who was a founding member a city in my state.

I love curling up with a book in my favorite chair with a hot cup of tea and read. Rainy days are best for getting comfortable and reading.

Thanks for reading about my hobbies.  Please be sure to check out the list of blogs below to find out what other authors do when not writing.


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