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My Research into Symbolism and a Personal Epiphany on Divine Symbology

Published March 29, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

symbolism and me

It’s been brought to my attention that the symbol of the pentacle could also be the symbol of the goddess Venus.  I’m not sure but it just proves my point that different symbols mean different things to different people at different times.   Symbols also seem to evolve over time.  I may well add to this post as I discover more, when I have time.  I thought I would add this following picture to illustrate both of these points.

I can see this post just growing and growing as I add more info relating to symbolism.  I just found this and thought it was quite incredible so I am adding it here.  Crop circles (another fascination of mine) may also make an appearance later on.  I will not stop my investigations that appear as if they are usually fueled by coincidence and chance – I don’t want to miss anything that could be a divine message.

Here is why crop circles and symbolism fascinate me

Update – 30/03/2015

my take on divine symbology

 

My take on Divine Symbology encompasses science and mathematics and perhaps when we look at the divine nature of God through the eyes of infinity through these symbols we may come to an understanding of other parts of reality such as time and space and alternate dimensions.

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I think I can hear the angels singing

And at the centre of it all I can still see the cross, the heart of the whole, the om, heart chakra, love energy that leads back to Jesus – so Love is the centre of everything!

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LOL Look what I just found:

In response to this thread on another site, someone just posted simply “Fairy tales”.  This is my response to that – What are Fairy Tales? They are humanity making sense of the world through the narrative structure of stories – language – that most symbolic structure of all in humanity that helps us to transmit ideas – ideas that come from our imagination – what is imagination but the creative thought process that brings into creation that what once did not exist – WE create our reality and imagination is the most powerful tool humanity has.  Might I just add to that that it is said that God has given us ‘Free Will’ – what is free will?  To me it is the gift of imagination.

Update – my dream of last night 30th March 2015

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OK so now I have established that all this symbolism points to God and God reaching out to us in love through Jesus Christ, who is the bridge, that point at which dimensions of time, space and the reality we find ourselves existing in interact.  Jesus (everything that he represents which is basically LOVE – of God and God’s creation – us – loving ourselves and each other) is literally the Rainbow Bridge, the tunnel of light, the concept of the wormhole – he is the way, the truth, the life – the only way – to come to God, to live free, to live eternally, to escape sin and Satan.  Who is Satan? Satan is the power that is dominating and enslaving humanity.  The power behind everything that keeps humanity blind and stumbling around in chains of servitude – separated from each other and separated from the truth – and that power is a dark, hidden, deceitful entity that controls humanity through money, deception and fear – controlling us even as we don’t realize we are being controlled, like puppets, dancing to every step we are taught.  We are born into an illusion that is fed through the media and through the very societal systems that we live in.  How can we jump onto that bridge and cross over to freedom?  By waking ourselves up to the truth, and the truth is we have to learn how to perceive reality as it truly is, we have to stop looking at the world through the rose tinted glasses of Satan’s illusion and focus in to a new reality, the reality that we can be free if we break the chains that bind us.  But we cannot do that in the reality we are currently living in.  We cannot be free whilst living in this reality and we need to come together and effect the change we want BEFORE Satan fully forms his NEW WORLD ORDER because then I fear it will be too late!  The only way is to see that we are all connected from the very moment of creation.  Every cell, every fiber of our being is linked to each other, to the Earth, to the cosmos and to God and that we are in fact from one original source.  We are one body, one entity and by giving in to sin and to Satan it is only ourselves, that one body that we are hurting, killing actually.  I don’t want to die I want to live and live in freedom – don’t you?  So we need to become consciously awake as ONE consciousness not as individuals separately trying to stumble around and make a difference, we need to think together, act together and Love together.  By acting and thinking as one entity, Satan will have nobody left to control. This is how that one sacrifice can make the difference – through Jesus we become that ONE body of love that CAN create a new reality.

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Bookish Banter – Featured Author – Laurel Bill

Published April 26, 2014 by Laura Crean Author

Saturday 26th April 2014

This week’s Bookish Banter is a little different.  My Featured Author, Laurel Bill is such an inspiring person I really wanted to get your attention and let her tell her amazing story, which is a story of her family’s love of history – specifically the history of their home – Alaska!  This truly is a generational story and I just hope that lots of you will see this post and be inspired as I have been.  Please share her story but most of all – enjoy it…

Bookish Banter

Feel free to introduce yourself…
Hi, I’m Laurel Downing Bill.

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Please can you tell us where you are from?
I’m a third-generation Alaskan, on both sides of my family. Great-grandfather John Couch Downing was a sea captain who piloted steamships from the West Coast up to Alaska all through the 1890, early 1900s. Great-grandfather Robert Burns Mathison arrived in 1896 and helped settle the little gold mining community of Hope, about 90 miles south of Anchorage.

I was born in Fairbanks in 1951 when Alaska was a territory of the United States. We moved to the state capital, Juneau, when Alaska became a state in 1959. I married a fisheries biologist in 1973, and he moved me to King Salmon (there were only about 350 people in the settlement and it was only accessible by air). We lived there for 23 years. I raised three children and worked as assistant general manger for the local telephone cooperative. My husband and I retired into Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, in 1997.

 How long have you been a writer?
I became a writer late in life. When my husband and I moved to Anchorage, my sister gave me my Alaska historian aunt’s body of work. Phyllis Downing Carlson, my father’s older sister, died in 1993 and had spent her life researching and writing about Alaska’s colourful past. Her articles appeared in national publications and she won many national awards for her stories. When I saw what she had compiled, I knew I had to do something with her life’s work.

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So I went to collect to get the tools I knew I needed to do the job right. I earned my degree in journalism, with a minor in history, in 2003 at the age of 52. Then I began organizing my aunt’s work chronologically. When I spotted holes in the history she had covered, I then researched and wrote stories to fill in those blanks. For instance, she had never written about Juneau and I thought the people of Southeast Alaska might be a bit miffed if their story was not included in Alaska’s history!

As I put the first book together, which features the history from early arrival of the indigenous people up to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, I thought that photographs would really enhance the storytelling. I searched through the archives of universities, libraries and museums to find just the right historical photos to go with the stories in that book. I ended up with more than 300 photographs that really help make the history pop!

I continued with the entertaining, short story, narrative style storytelling in my subsequent volumes in the series and each book now features close to 350 historical photographs. So far, the Aunt Phil’s Trunk Alaska history series takes readers up to 1960.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book?
I currently am writing the fifth, and final, book in the history series. I hope to have it finished by summer 2015.

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
I could have ended the series with Alaska becoming a state. But then people wouldn’t get “the rest of the story.” For instance, in 1964 the largest earthquake in North American history struck Alaska. I felt the stories of those who went through that disaster really needed to be told – as well as the stories of those who went through discovering the massive oil field in Prudhoe Bay in 1968, building the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline during the 1970s (through 800 miles of wilderness) and the devastating oil spill of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound in1989.

Did you have to do a lot of research for your latest work or is this a field that you are already working in?
Each of my books has taken enormous amounts of time in research. Volume 5 in the series is no exception. In fact, it is taking me much more time because so many people still are alive who lived through this period in Alaska’s history. Each person has a different memory of the same event. And while their recollections help fill in some of the blanks, the actual facts of the various events must be accurate. So I spend a lot of time verifying.

Do you think your writing is improving the more you write?
Absolutely. The more one writes, the better one becomes. Practice, practice, practice!

Did you have any problems during the writing process of your latest work?
My biggest problem is finding time to write. Life just keeps intervening with family medical issues, new grandchildren being born and other life events that take me away from my research and writing. But that’s life. Remember when you were young and thought time seemed to stand still? Remember how your mother told you time would fly when you got older? She was right. Time does fly by faster as we age. And when we hit the 60s, time begins racing past at warp speed. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all I want to do!

 Why do you feel the need to put your books out there and who do you think will benefit most from them?
I began writing the Aunt Phil’s Trunk Alaska history series as a tribute to my aunt. But as each book builds on the next, I am realizing that I am writing for the people of Alaska. This series, which has been wildly successful with ages 9 to 99, shares our common past and highlights the ups and downs of the people who made/make the Last Frontier their home. But anyone interested in Alaska enjoys these books, as well.

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How much planning goes into a book? Do you spend a long time planning or do you just start writing and see where it leads you?
Ha, ha, ha! I thought I was planning out my work when I began this project back in 2003. But I just kept coming across the most incredible stories and felt compelled to share them. My one book has turned into four, with a fifth on the way. So I guess I’ll have to say that I now just write and see where it takes me!

Do you get ideas from personal experience or from people or events around you?
Well, with the Alaska history series my ideas come from what others have done/experienced and the events of the past. I did write another book, a sourdough cookbook, in which I relied on my own experiences and experiments. Remember that gold-mining great-grandfather I told you about earlier? He may have lost his gold, but he kept his sourdough starter alive and I have it.

After my husband’s triple bypass heart surgery a couple years ago, I began baking with less sodium, sugar and fat and created incredibly tasty sourdough recipes from that starter. Sourdough itself is so healthy for our bodies. I tested my concoctions on about two-dozen folks who lived around us and tweaked the recipes until they were perfect.

The end result was a selection of recipes that include treats like cranberry chocolate cake, white chocolate cherry muffins, breads, pancakes, pizza dough and even dog biscuits. My Sourdough Cookery cookbook debuted in 2012 and comes with a dried starter that began with great-grandfather Mathison in the gold fields of Alaska in 1896.

Once Volume 5 in my series is published, I would like to write a humorous account of my life in rural Alaska based on my experiences. I had a humour column titled A Slice of Life that appeared in some Alaska newspapers a few years ago and people said I was a cross between humourists Erma Bombeck and Tom Bodett. I’m looking forward to developing that idea.

What is your experience of the Publishing industry?
I did a lot of research into publishing when I started down this path. What I found was that if a mainstream publisher decided to take on your book, which is highly unlikely, it would take years before your book went to print. I also learned that writers, in general, don’t get the big cash advances as in the past; only get a few cents off each book sold; and have to market their books themselves (unless you are a famous star or political figure).

So I decided, if I was going to spend a ton of time writing a book and have to market it myself, then I wanted to be the one to benefit financially from that effort. I began my publishing journey with an on-demand publisher. When I got the proof of the first book in December 2005, I hand carried it to all the bookstores and gift shops in Anchorage. When almost each shop pre-ordered several copies, I knew I had done something special.

But I had a problem. My cost for the on-demand book was close to $12 per book. My books would have to retail for close to $30 each to make the project profitable. Authors need to remember that bookstores take a 40- to 50-percent discount and distributors take from 50 to 60% off the retail price to sell the author’s book.

That means a book, which retails for $30, that is sold to a distributor and discounted by 60 percent, earns $12 for the author. If the author paid $12 to make the book, he/she receives nothing as a profit.

As I was driving back home with my head spinning from doing the math and relishing the shopkeepers’ compliments, I passed by a print broker and pulled in to see what that company was all about. I learned they sent out bids to printers to get good deals so authors could publish their own books.

I had the company manager send out bid requests for my book, with the only stipulation that my books had to be printed in America. I didn’t want to be responsible for another American loosing a job. And since my books are all black and white text and photos, the bids between American printers and overseas printers are quite competitive. It’s when books are full colour that there is a substantial savings with using printers from overseas.

The bids came back at such a low cost for a couple thousand, that I jumped in with both feet. I ordered 2,000 copies and was able to lower the retail cost to $19.95, which was in the ballpark for other books in its category in the stores, and I could make a little money as well.

Volume 1 in the series was such a hit, that my initial order sold out within three months. I had to order several thousand more. To date, that volume now is in its fourth printing and has sold more than 20,000 copies.

The drawbacks to becoming my own publisher and ordering large quantities of books is the initial large output of capital and having to find storage space for that many books. I rented a storage unit for a couple years, but recently moved to a house that has a big double garage.

But I have never regretted my decision to become a self-published author. With four Alaska history books, a historical puzzle book and a cookbook published so far, I am happy I chose the self-publishing route and became a publishing company. I have complete control from start to finish, the books are selling like the proverbial hotcakes and I don’t have to share my revenues with another publishing house.

Is this book a part of a series? Where is it going?
Yes, my books are in a series. Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume 1 goes up to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898; Volume 2 features stories from 1898 to 1912, including tales of early law and order (or lack thereof), building the Iditarod Trail and the great eruption of Novarupta that created the Valley of 10,000 Smokes; Volume 3, which covers 1912 to 1935, showcases the Alaska Railroad, Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley (where giant vegetables grow) and the fatal airplane crash of famous aviator Wiley Post and humourist Will Rogers near Barrow; and Volume 4, from 1935 to 1960, is filled with stories from World War II, the Cold War and Alaska’s struggle for statehood.

Have you had some good reviews for your book?
The reviews for my series have been amazing. Our local NBC station in Anchorage interviewed me for five hours! The resulting 7-1/2-minute news story was aired in three different time slots. Several newspapers across the state also have interviewed me and many have reviewed the books over the years – they all gave 5-star reviews.

Also, last year, Midwest Review gave my books a thumbs up and Volume 4 received finalist status in the Eric Hoffer Excellence in Independent Publishing contest. That’s a huge honour.

But for me, the best reviews come from my readers. They absolutely love the series. I have a list of several thousand who are patiently awaiting the arrival of Volume 5!

Your favourite Author is…
This is going to date me … my favourite author is Agatha Christie. I love murder mysteries.

What do you do to wind down?

I like to swim, golf and play with my grandchildren.

Do you belong to a friendly writers group and does it help?
Yes, I do belong to a local writers’ group in Anchorage. It’s always a good idea to surround yourself with other authors and bounce ideas off each other.

 What is you experience of editing and polishing your manuscripts?
During my last two years of college (2002-2003), I accepted a position as a copy editor with a newspaper company that printed seven weekly newspapers for villages across Alaska. I got quite good over the five years I spent editing news, feature, business and human-interest stories. I learned what bad and good writing was at that job. However, just like physicians should not treat themselves, a writer should not be his/her own copy editor.

I hire a professional copy editor to go over my manuscripts. It is money well spent.

 Any tips for all our budding authors out there wondering how to get started?
First, I would advise any budding authors to dig deep and discover their motives. If they want fame and fortune, then the writing world is probably not the path to take. If you just can’t help yourself and find you must write to feel whole, then you are on the right path.

It’s been said that there is a book inside each and every person. But while many folks say they want to write a book, few actually do. The prospect of filling a book with thousands of words is daunting.

However if you write a few words a day, pretty soon you will have many pages filled. Start with an idea and flush it out with an outline. Be flexible. Revise and rewrite often. Then share your work. Find a writer’s group. Many bookstores are the meeting place for writing groups. By sharing your work with others you will see how your creation is received – like a test group. And please hire a copy editor – not your mother, spouse or friend. A good copy editor is worth his/her weight in literature gold.

When your manuscript is close to finished, check out forums online to see what others are doing for publishing. There are several groups of published authors out there who are happy to share tricks of the trade and help up-and-coming authors avoid publishing pitfalls. LinkedIn has several groups, including book marketing, book review sharing and more.

Link city – as many as you need to guide us round your historical internet trail…
To learn more about my Aunt Phil’s Trunk Alaska history series, go to http://www.AuntPhilsTrunk.com

To read my Alaska history blog, check http://www.AuntPhilsTrunk/Alaska-history-blog/

To join my fan page on Facebook, where I share cool historical photographs and tidbits about the 49th state, go to http://www.Facebook.com/LaurelBillAuthor and “Like” my page

To follow me on Twitter, my handle is http://www.Twitter.com/LaurelBill

To follow my Pinterest boards, head to http://www.Pinterest.com/LaurelBill

Other connections: http://www.LinkedIn.com/LaurelBill, http://www.plus.google.com/+LaurelBill and you can always email me at auntphilstrunk@gmail.com

Thank you so much  for joining us here on the ‘Bookish Banter’ Laurel and taking time out to give us such an interesting insight into your writing world.  It’s been an absolute pleasure having you guide us around the historical trail of your family’s  and of course Alaska’s very colourful history.  Please come back and keep us updated on your wonderful series of history books.
Xx Laura Crean xX

Dreaming in Purple – A Daydreamer’s Guide to the Messages and Symbolism of Dreams.

Published February 25, 2014 by Laura Crean Author
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picture courtesy of Gale Titus at publicdomainpictures.net

 

Hello everyone.  I am planning to write a book about dreams and would love to include some of your dreams.  And between us I hope we can come to understand the images and symbols in the dreams and therefore the hidden messages within them. I am open to others’ views and interpretations also, as different cultures and disciplines use different ways to interpret and understand dreams. If you post your dreams here please be aware they will be open for public dissection in this blog – if you want a private interpretation I would be happy to give you my personal view via email at laura.crean@yahoo.co.uk – please put ‘Dreams’ in the title.

 

If there is one thing I can say about humanity that sets us apart from all other life on this planet (that we know about), it is our unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  Perhaps even before we had any form of a complicated spoken language that would be recognised by modern humans, our early ancestors would have been searching for meaning in their lives.  Language as we understand it may not have been the beginnings of this.  Because after all, what is language but a series of spoken symbols that represent the ‘things’ around us in our lives.

I believe that dreams are a language all of their own.  they take the ‘things’ and the ‘happenings’ of our daily life and weave them into a complex ‘story’ that our subconscious mind uses to tell us things about ourselves.  What it is – this story – this dream imagery is still a subject for debate in our modern, scientific, computer dominated world.  Are these dream images just our own subconscious using the symbols humanity has learnt through language in a random firing of the brain’s neurons while we sleep – just a consequence of the knowledge language has given us?  Or maybe there are other elements to our dreams that we still do not fully understand today.

People have always been fascinated with dreams and the way dream images appear to tell some sort of a story.  However, understanding the stories being told, why we are having them and the mechanism behind them is still something people are trying to discover.  There are almost as many different explanations for the reason we dream as the types of dreams people have.

The symbolism of language and therefore dreams is something that has always fascinated me, and I have found myself wondering if we were dreaming ‘before’ we could speak.  Were primitive humans using cave art to represent their primitive worlds?  In other words, were they just drawing what they could see in nature and the world around them or were they also drawing their dreams? And if they were drawing their dreams, were they already speaking and communicating with each other or did that happen as a consequence of trying to communicate to others what they were dreaming?  So basically I wonder what came first – language or dreams?  Or did it all just happen together?  Now I’m not a scholar.  I don’t have any degrees, so I may sound like a complete rambling nut job – but – by exploring dreams in my own way with the help of you, I hope to at least feed some of my hunger on the subject of dreams and dream imagery.

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Bookish Banter – Featured Author – Diana Rozevskis

Published October 12, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

Saturday 12th October 2013 

Bookish Banter is proud to present today’s Featured Author.

Introducing…

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Diana Rozevskis

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Diana Rozevskis and her abiding love of mythology, fantasy and reading children’s books to her two daughter’s inspired her to begin writing The Crystal Waters Seriessix years ago.

Her multifaceted career includes graphic design, child minding and working in top salons in London; Selfridges and Harvey Nichols as a Beauty Therapist. She also studied the ancient art of Crystal Healing and her passion and fascination for Crystals soon developed.

Canadian born, she lived in Toronto until she was five years old, along with her older brother Mark, until her British parents, yearning to be closer to their family, made the decision to move back to their hometown; Middlesbrough in the north east of England. This is where she lives today with her husband David and two daughters Emma and Grace.

. . . Oh and her favourite colour is indeed purple.

 

Laura says: Yippee!  Purple Power!!!  So Lovely to have you here on the Bookish Banter Diana So without further ado we will proceed with our interview:-

Where do you hail from?

 Ooo, how exciting! It feels like I’m being interviewed by a medieval Queen or something. My answer to your question, fair maiden, lies over the pond, in a land far, far away in the ancient city of Toronto, Canada. There I was born into this world, and at the ripe ol’ age of five I ventured to the shores we now know as Britain.

 

🙂 What an adventure!  How exciting to have had the vast spaces of the amazing Canada fuelling your baby imagination and then to be brought to the shores of Britannia.  It is fascinating to have learnt this about you, having read ‘Crystal Waters’ and absolutely loving it, it gives a whole new dimension to the book and you as its Mother.  

 

Do you write full time or do you have to fit it in with working to pay the bills?

I must admit, I’m lucky enough to work only part-time, which leaves me plenty of time to work on my books. My children will vouch that I always have my nose stuck in my laptop, either doing research, for my books, or actually writing them.

😉 He-he I can relate to that Diana – I think my children will too!  

 

Why on Earth have you chosen to be a writer – in this digitally obsessed age?

It is totally madness, I say!! But, with that said, I think it helps to be slightly mad and quirky in this kind of business. It brings the creativity out to its utmost best.

 

😉 Agreed and the world is crazy already so we might as well add to it and make it even more interesting wouldn’t you say? 😉

 

What’s in the pipeline?  Give me the low-down – I need plot, characters and dare I ask – is there a twist in your tale?

 At present I’m working on book three in the Crystal Waters Series (Crystal Waters Next Stop Antarctica).

Without giving too much away; the story is basically about one of the main children’s characters, Robert. His father, who lives in ancient Antarctica and originally comes from Venus, is rather evil and is trying to kidnap his son to freeze him into the ice caves, deep in the underwater city of Atlantis. This domed land, under the ice of Antarctica, is a beautiful place but is slowly dying… So stay tuned folks to find out more.

 

🙂 Ooo!!!  Sounds intriguing – can’t wait!  I need to get on and read book 2 first!  

 

Where did the idea spring from for your latest masterpiece?

My starting point, like the two books I have already written in this series, is ancient myths and legends of that particular continent. I then draw on the countries’ traditions, history and surroundings to create a story. Of course, a writer can never really know where ideas come from. The inner depths of the creative mind, I expect. But come they do. Sometimes at awkward moments too. My friends know me well enough that if I ever get that glazed expression on my face, there’s usually a million plot-lines running around in my head.

 

😀 Haha – Oh the crazed expressions of writers deep in thought!!!  

 

Which genre do you prefer to scribble in? 

I love to write children’s fantasy fiction books. It has so much scope to be free and spread out your wings, so-to-speak. Anything could happen in these magical worlds, and that’s what I truly love about it.

 

😉  And dare I add that as a Child-minder (as I have been) you’re probably just a big kid at heart!!??  

 

Do you spend months buried in books, article cuttings and pages and pages of interesting internet stuff on your chosen subject to research – or does just a quick google search suffice?  (Sometimes google does the job my friends – don’t judge!)

I definitely get totally buried in all my research, whether it be Google  books or news clippings or drawings, it’s all in the process of story creating and making the writing more rounded and more real. To me, this is an essential part of writing. If I can visualise, in my mind’s eye, how the story should be told, and with clever description, along with creative dialogue, the reader will be able to picture the scene too. Voilà! Exactly what I intended to achieve.

 

❤ Ah! An artist at work!  ❤

 

How do you think you are getting better at this writing lark? 

I’ve always said my grammar and spelling must definitely improve if I want to be taken seriously as a writer. I remember my writing teacher telling me that she can easily teach me grammar, but to have the talent of a creative mind, as she said I have, is something that cannot be taught. Let’s just say I am working hard on my weakness and finding out, as I go, what works and what doesn’t.  Reading my stories to my two girls, of course, is a great way to find this out.

 

❤  ❤ I agree totally Diana – you certainly are a very creative person and sharing your imagination with your children has got to be one of the best ways to get it right!  Spellings and grammar can always be edited – the world inside your head cannot!  ❤  ❤

 

Any stumbling blocks in your writing process for your latest book? 

No not at the moment, (touch wood). I seem to have the whole story either written down in various notebooks or running around in the vast void I call my mind. Echo…ooo…oo!!

 

Was that a mermaid I just saw flying out of your ear? 😉

 

Come on tell me – why do you love this craft so much?

 

It is the best feeling in the world when someone approaches you to tell you how much they enjoyed your book and they have been inspired enough to start writing themselves. I think getting lost in the creative writings of a book, whether reading or writing it, really is such a wondrous feeling. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone.

 

Challenge set!   You listening out there wannabee writers…don’t think – just pick up a pen and do!  Where’s my notebook gone?

 

Are you a plotter / planner or do you just jump in head first with nothing but a torch and a lot of coffee to keep you going?

 I must say all three! I usually do a lot of planning before writing, but sometimes an idea takes over and I put pen to paper and plunge in there; scribbling away all my ideas that have just sprung to mind. A lot of the time these spur-of-the-moment writings pan out to be great story-lines  and sometimes they are screwed up in a ball and thrown in the bin. I remember a wise person telling me that is best to write every single day if you can. Whether it is rubbish or not, these writing spats blow out cobwebs you never knew you had, and I must admit I’ve had some of my best ideas brought on in this way. Of course, thirdly, lashing of coffee is always a must with me too.

😉 Might I add – some quality munchies also do the trick! 😉

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not that I’m hinting or anything!  Eh!  My tummy’s rumbling now – ANYWAY back to the interview…

 

Do your fans help you out with ideas?

 I would definitely say yes. I am a real people watcher. I observe people’s mannerisms, how they behave and treat others around them and if they have any little quirks, all the better. This enhances my character development within my stories, which in turn gets my creative mind going off on a frenzied tangent. So yes, even if a person/fan is unaware of giving me ideas, in the scheme of things, it all adds to my story in the end.

 

😀 I’m sure your fans will love the idea that they could inadvertently turn up in one of your books!  

 

Indie or old school publishing? 

I think both have their pros and cons in all honesty. With old school publishing it has to be said that most agents know the writing business better than anyone. They are more likely to get your books promoted to the right people and you tend to climb the ladder a lot quicker than most indie writers. Having said that, the freedom of Indie writers is great, and they really are taken a lot more seriously these days. There are some great writers who have self-published their own books. Being an indie writer however is time-consuming, especially seeing as you have to do all the promotion yourself. But, I must say it’s a great feeling to tell people that you did it all yourself and you only have got to where you are today by pure hard work and research into your craft.

 

🙂 Yes I agree hard work and determination seem to be the main traits of the self-published  🙂

 

Is this book just one in an amazing series?

 As I mentioned earlier I’m working on book three in the Crystal Waters Series. There will be seven books in total, as each book/adventure covers a new continent of the world.

 

Awesome – I can’t wait to read them all and pass them on to the kids!

 

Can you give us an overview of your series? (if you have one that is – if not – move along now kiddies, nothing to see here…) 

I most certainly have the bare-bones of the entire series in my head and scrawled down on scatty bits of paper in my office. I have even written the very last chapter of the very last book in this series, so I know how it all ends.

In a nutshell; the main characters are children (Emma, Grace and Robert) and along with their strange-coloured lilac dog, and a few adults, they travel back to ancient times using Gran’s secret doorway (in her cellar), magic crystals and the waterways of the world. Each book, as I said earlier, travel to a different continent and a new quest begins for them. Just as a guide where the series will lead us, here is the list of the books I have written/intend to write:

    Crystal Waters It Began in Europe (book One),

    Crystal Waters And on to North America (Book Two),

   Crystal Waters Next Stop Antarctica (Book Three),

   Crystal Waters And Onward Bound to Africa (Book Four),

  Crystal Waters Then off to Australia/Oceania (Book Five),

 Crystal Waters Not Forgetting Asia (Book Six),

  Crystal Waters And Finally Ending in South America (Book Seven).

I should point out to our readers at this point also that Diana designs her wonderful covers herself also and I can’t wait to see how they all look together on the shelf 😉

 

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?  If you do can you clue me in – cos ~I’m lost! 

As every writer knows, getting a good review for a book they have written is a fabulous thing in this industry. Before buying a book, I always look at the reviews (good and bad), and then I make up my own mind whether to buy the book or not.

Reviews, however helpful, are a quick insight to a book and must be taken quite lightly in my humble opinion. I have read books that haven’t had great reviews and they have been a wonderful read, whereas some books get brilliant reviews, and when I’ve read them I’ve thought to myself, what is all the fuss about?  And so, the moral of all this is; because the readers can be so different in tastes (likes and dislikes), expectations and genre favourites, I have come to the conclusion that it is inevitable, with all books, that some will love your books while others will loathe them. It is the beauty of people’s choice I suppose.

Having said that, I would love more reviews, but trying to collar people in giving up their spare time to write one is proving quite difficult.

 

I hear that! – Please people – when you read a book – pop over to Amazon or Goodreads and post a review, you never know – it might be the one review that brightens that author’s day and encourages someone else to buy the book!  Got to be worth 5 minutes of your time – surely!

 

Would you do it all over again or become a fireman or something?

 I have such a passion for writing and storytelling I wouldn’t give it up for the world. My only regret is I didn’t recognise it sooner in life. But as they say: ‘It’s never too late’.

 

Absolutely – my Mum took to it like a duck to water in her 60s

 

Which iconic author got you fired up for reading – and/or writing?

 A have quite a list. JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Enid Blyton, Jane Austen, Phillip Pullman, Christopher Paolini and George RR Martin to name just a few. All these authors have inspired me greatly.

 Looks like my reading list… 😉           Think we need to add a few links here for our readers…

JK Rowling – http://www.amazon.co.uk/J.K.-Rowling/e/B000AP9A6K/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1381568880&sr=1-2-ent

JRR Tolkien – http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_6?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=j+r+r+tolkien+books&sprefix=J+R+R+%2Cstripbooks%2C358

Enid Blyton – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Enid-Blyton/e/B004MWZ1UG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1381569137&sr=1-2-ent

Philip Pullman – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philip-Pullman/e/B000AQ74C6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1381569251&sr=1-2-ent

Jane Austen – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Austen/e/B000APWOKO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1381569449&sr=1-2-ent

Christopher Paolini – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christopher-Paolini/e/B001IGLLNK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1381569328&sr=1-2-ent

George RR Martin – http://www.amazon.co.uk/George-R.-R.-Martin/e/B000APIGH4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1381569407&sr=1-2-ent

 

Book trailers – to do or not to do? 

I must admit I am still quite a novice in this area. However I did give it a go and put my book promotion (for book one) on YouTube  Of course, people can make up their own mind whether they like the short or long version. Here’s the links to have a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58btEw-VrxE&feature=share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JxLv_LHhEg

 

Do you relax between caffeine fuelled and feverish writing episodes?  Please tell me how you do it – please, please?

 

Relax?? I have never heard of this word before  🙂 

When you have, as you know yourself, jobs to do, kids to look after and cherish, and books to write there simply is no time. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Phew!  I’m not the only one then! 😉

 

Do you have a friendly bunch of peers in a writers’ circle to motivate you?

 Yes, I have some lovely writer friends on Facebook and the writer groups I have joined on there. They have, not only, been so helpful along my writing journey, with me picking their brains madly along the way, but the thought of not being alone in the whole writing experience is a real comforting thought and must be said has kept my sanity intact in a lot of cases. Having said that, I am a slight hermit and don’t get involved as much as I should. Whether it be not enough time or not having the confidence to air my opinion, I couldn’t tell you which is the stronger of the two.

 

Thank goodness for the internet and social networking I say – although – it can be a tad distracting!  (rolls eyes) 😉

  

Editor?  No!  I don’t mean your significant other – unless they really are an editor of course… 

I have a friend (who I pay) to proof-read my work. She was my creative writing teacher, so she is very experienced in her field and knows my writing very well. So much so that when I have gone off on my writing tangents (like I do many times) she will calmly point out to me the right direction to go and tell me what works and what doesn’t. I really could not be without her.

 

🙂 Cherish her! 🙂 

 

Tips / secrets / covert plans? – wait!  I’ve turned into a spy!  Tell me everything and I’ll give you the antidote for the poison I just put in your tea!  Ahhh I gave you the wrong cup!

 Tee-hee, I know, I swapped it back when you weren’t looking! A precaution that must be done, however, for your own safety, for if I let you into all my secrets, I would have to kill you off like a character in my books, mmwahahaha (laughs evilly).

All I can say is; planning and research is essential in all my writings 🙂

 

Foiled again!

 

Give us all your links – everyone in your carefully constructed chain…

   My Webpage – http://dianarozevskis.webs.com/

   My Blog – http://diana-rozevskis.blogspot.co.uk/?spref=fb

   Amazon (book one) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crystal-Waters-Diana-Rozevskis/dp/1781768927/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361101331&sr=1-2

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   Amazon (book two) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crystal-Waters-North-America-Rozevskis/dp/1782998519/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378713378&sr=1-2&keywords=Crystal+Waters+And+on+to+North+America

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     Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16292673-crystal-waters-it-began-in-europe

     Barnes And Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crystal-waters-diana-rozevskis/1113795487?ean=9781781768921

     Waterstones – http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/diana+rozevskis/crystal+waters/9521532/

     Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/324584

     Feed A Read – http://www.feedaread.com/search/books.aspx?phrase=Diana%20Rozevskis

     Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/diana.rozevskis

❤ Fantastic!  Well all that’s left to say is Thank you so much Diana for joining us here on the Bookish Banter – I’m sure we will be hearing more from you in the future and I can’t wait to read more of your work and pass it on to my kiddies  ❤

❤  Xx  ❤ If you are an Author and you would like to be considered to join us here on the Bookish Banter, just send me an email at laura.crean@yahoo.co.uk with ‘Author Interview’ in the title and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can ❤  Xx  ❤

BACK IN THE BAD OLD DAYS

Published July 18, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

My Mum having a memory moment about living in a home for jewish children in norwood in the 1950s – BACK IN THE BAD OLD DAYS.

Click on the link and have a look at a few old photos – such a different world!  It must have been very strange for her when she left Norwood to live out in the big wide world, but she go on and look at her now, bless her…

The Haunting image of a tornado ghost

Published May 22, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

The Haunting image of a tornado ghost

A haunting image, an historic image – of a tornado captured back in 1965. A ghost of another time but a poignant reminder of the devastation such an event represents. The raw power of nature that is ruthless in its short life-span, showing no mercy as it brutally mows down everything in its path.

I have been, like many I’m sure, glued to the news reports covering the recent Oklahoma Tornado that has left such a raw wound for the people who now have to try and re-build their lives as well as their homes, schools – in fact their whole communities. Many have lost family members, children buried in the rubble of a school – so, so sad! I think events such as these, which are sadly becoming almost common place, serve as a reminder to us all of just how fragile life is but also how resilient. Like a wild flower that has pushed its way through the cracks in a brick wall to find the sun – humanity turns its face to the light and laughs at the dark clouds of the storm that tries again and again to bend and break its will. Life goes on – it has to, and I hope that the survivors of this awful and most tragic of events will be able to one day look back at photographs in an archive of the Oklahoma tornado, and see just a ghost – nothing more! A shadow that blotted out the light for a short time and then passed on by…yes it was a dark moment and took lives but it didn’t take the light of hope – hope is the promise of another day without the storm!

Image ID: wea00217, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Collection
Location: Indiana, Elkhart
Photo Date: 1965 April 11
Photographer: Mr. Paul Huffman

Category: Monsters/Tornadoes/

http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/htmls/wea00217.htm

Atlantis, The Aquatic Ape Theory and Science Versus Pseudo-Science

Published May 7, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

Many years ago I watched a documentary on television.  It must have been in the 1990s, before I had the internet or SKY TV and when we didn’t record everything digitally or look things up on You Tube.  It was about a rather unusual hypothesis written about by a Housewife who was unconvinced by the Male driven Scientific ideas on the evolution of ‘Man – the Hunter and provider’.  Her name was Elaine Morgan and the idea she was so excited by was ‘The Aquatic Ape Theory’.

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The Aquatic Ape Theory by Elaine Morgan

The Descent of Woman by Elaine Morgan

I remember how excited I was by the evidence she pointed to in the documentary that I was watching.  I had just gotten out of the bath and was laying on my bed with my little portable TV on, I didn’t have a video recorder attached to the TV so I couldn’t just shove a tape in and start recording and I knew it would take me too long to go downstairs, get the right channel and hunt for a tape I would be willing to tape over, so I just grabbed a notepad and pen and just lay on my bed in the ‘altogether’ and completely got lost in the documentary, making little scribbled notes on how she had been interested in the similarities between humans and aquatic mammals, why we were hairless, why babies can swim from birth – oh!  Just so many interesting things she was saying about humanity and linking a lost past where we could have survived in a watery environment.  I was hooked and my imagination from that day on just started to blossom with an idea – an idea about what ifs…

The following link is to a documentary about Elaine Morgan and the Aquatic Ape Theory –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTe9qVEAcXk

(I don’t think this is the documentary I saw, I’m sure it had a younger Elaine Morgan going through her theory, but this is still a cool documentary.)

The following link is to Elaine Morgan’s Amazon page where you can purchase her books about the aquatic Ape Theory –

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elaine-Morgan/e/B001HCW170/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

…On my 18th birthday I remember going on a fabulous day trip to Covent Garden in London with my Mum and my sister.  We had the best day exploring the stalls of arts and crafts and little antique shops and watching the street entertainers.  That day my Mum and my sister spoiled me rotten, I was bought a lovely hat that I had fallen in love with and my sister paid for me to have my portrait sketched by an amazing street artist who just took 15 minutes to draw the most amazing likeness in charcoal that I still have to this day (with me wearing my new hat!) and I  also bought a bracelet, 2 dolphins coming together in a circle.  I loved it from the moment I saw it and somehow I just knew there was a story in there somewhere, a story of adventure and mystery,  waiting to be told –  by little old me.  That was the very beginnings of what would become my novel “Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge”…

..I had always wanted to write a book.  Since I was a little girl I had loved writing stories and poetry and in High school I just tore through the school library reading so many wonderful fantasies, getting lost in strange new worlds and my imagination would run away with me – I was there, not just reading a story, actually there in my mind and I wanted to be able to create like that, I wanted to be able to take someone else on a journey, my journey, a journey I had dreamed and could share with others.

My portrait from Covent Garden

My portrait from Covent Garden

My dolphin bracelet from Covent Garden

My dolphin bracelet from Covent Garden

I started writing stories with the intention of them becoming great novel masterpieces, but I found it really hard to keep the story going.  All too soon they would peter out and I would lose interest when another great idea came along.  I began to wonder if I just didn’t have it in me to write a book and went back to just reading them.

And then this idea started to form in my mind, around my bracelet, and I remembered the Aquatic Ape theory and thought – what if – what if …the flood myths were true and at some time in our pre-history there was some major event that really did wipe out a lost civilization like Atlantis!  So then I put down the Sci-fi and fantasy books that I was reading at the time and started getting books out of the library on myths and legends and I began reading the pseudo-science books that talked about alternative histories or just theories that mainstream archaeologists didn’t agree with, like Erich Von Daniken, Graham Hancock, Colin Wilson and Robert Bauval.

I began to really enjoy what I was reading, it was a whole different type of reading than I had been used to, people actually talking about evidence and real places not just made up places.  I began to imagine myself in ancient Greece and Mesopotamia now, not just in science-fiction settings but somewhere lost in the past where real people had lived and worked and had strange ideas about gods and magic.  And I remember thinking how real magic and spirituality was starting to feel to me, because these people really did believe in these myths, these stories that the ancients told.

Erich Von Daniken’s books to me were just so amazing, they weren’t science-fiction novels but they weren’t academic, scientific or archaeology either they were better than both, they were exciting, showing cave art and strange geoglyphs from around the world like the Nazca lines in Peru and strange carvings like the sarcophagus cover at Palenque in Mexico (according to him depicting an ancient astronaut in a flying machine or space ship) and giant monuments and temple complexes like  Teotihuacan and other strange Pyramids (I had thought up to then that there were only the Egyptian pyramids), and when I read about Easter Island I got so excited I thought I would explode!

chariots-of-the-gods by Erich Von Daniken (I must have read this book a hundred times - no lie LOL)

chariots-of-the-gods by Erich Von Daniken (I must have read this book a hundred times – no lie LOL)

Then I started reading Graham Hancock’s, Colin Wilson’s and Robert Bauval’s books and got caught up in the idea of these amazing megalithic structures and ancient temples mirroring the stars and there being some long lost knowledge from our pre-history about why these places were built, how they were built and most importantly when, because Graham Hancock was saying, hang on a minute, the time-line we have inherited from the mainstream historians and archaeologists is wrong!  Humanity has had civilizations on the Earth for thousands of years longer, perhaps even tens of thousands of years longer than what we are led to believe!  I would just gobble up the books and all the while a little story was starting  to grow in the back of my mind, so I started to write my ideas down and soon my brainstorming became a plan – a plan for a novel!  I didn’t care if the scientists and academia didn’t always agree with these people, what did that matter to me?  I didn’t want the boring old history that we had been force-fed at school, that just led to more questions than answers,  I wanted these new theories like ‘the aquatic ape theory’ and ‘the ancient astronaut theory’ – to me it all added up, it was how history should look, exciting, mysterious, magical, with questions being asked by every-day people that scientists felt threatened by!

Heaven's Mirror by Graham Hancock and Santha Falla

Heaven’s Mirror by Graham Hancock and Santha Falla

Talisman - Sacred Cities, Secret Faiths by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval

Talisman – Sacred Cities, Secret Faiths by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval

Of course the inevitable happened – I became enchanted by the myth of Atlantis.  First I looked at the Atlantis myth as told by Plato in his works Timaeus and Critias, about an ancient land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that had been prosperous and full of wonder in its day but had disappeared in a single day and night 9000 years before his own time in some disastrous deluge, that sunk the Wondrous Atlantis and it was never to be seen again.  Then I began to think of the story of Noah and wondered if Atlantis and the story of the  ill-fated peoples of the bible were based in the same period in history.  I started to research and discovered so many flood myths from all around the world, that it was ridiculous to think there wasn’t a connection – and it appeared many other people had come to the same conclusion.

And that is when my story really began to take on a life of its own, it really did almost write itself but it took a long time in my up and down life to finish the story and there it sat in its raw form for many years in one single paper manuscript  form waiting to be put onto a computer and edited – in the trunk awaiting to be brought to life.  I have tried a couple of times to get it out and put it onto a computer over the years, unfortunately when I dug out the old floppy disc and tried to re-load it onto my modern laptop it was not compatible and  so I am now trying to re-write from the original manuscript, editing as I go and adding lots of new life as well.  I am becoming once more reacquainted to the characters I lovingly created all those years ago and their world begins once more to take shape and I can’t wait to get to the point where I can finally take you all on a tour of my own beloved Atlantis.

This is a link to Graham Hancock’s Amazon page –

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Hancock/e/B004561L0S/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

This is a link to Robert Bauval’s Amazon page –

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Bauval/e/B000AP96I2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1367929496&sr=1-2-ent

This is a link to erich Von Daniken’s Amazon page –

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Erich-von-D%C3%A4niken/e/B001HMLE7I/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1367965054&sr=1-2-ent

I have watched so many really good documentaries on Atlantis but I have to say this is one of the best.  Take some time to watch this video, it covers everything you could possibly want to know about the history of the myth of Atlantis.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1Sg0labHKg

Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge  Front Cover idea

Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge Front Cover idea

Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge by Laura Crean (Coming Soon)

Pearl is a young priestess initiate – one of The Chosen few born to the Temples of Atlantis with a destiny that is bound up with the dolphins who protect their great city. Her journey soon becomes a race against time as she becomes aware of a great secret hidden from her people for thousands of years. A secret that will unlock a great power – a power that could destroy her people forever or set them free, which will it be?

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