Indie Authors and Controversial Posts – Should You? Should You Not?

If you are uncertain able whether you should write ‘it’, whatever that might be, please read this.

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I think it boils down to why you write in the first place.

I understand why people propose you don’t post about super controversial topics but at the same time, I don’t.

I don’t because I think about what it means to be a writer. For me, this is not a job. It’s much more.

I know most people don’t take blogs and bloggers seriously. But when it comes to writing, it’s not like the 9-5 you go to every day where there are rules, regulations, and guidelines you must live by. Let me put this into perspective.

I am a part-time teacher as well as an author. I know what it means to go into a place that already has a set standard and to clock in and out.

I blog and I write books but when I am not doing this, I am teaching.

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Child of Woe, Child of Wonder

This is excellent poem which grabs the heart.

~Burning Woman~

(a poem by   ~burning woman~   )

I don’t do love (she said)
He looked at her dismayed
not knowing what to add;
not knowing which new bait
he could put on his hook.

But I’m OK with friendship
(she added with a smile)
I’m also OK with closeness
I can do togetherness
at night when the moon is cold.

I’m also OK with silent tears
when there’s no more wood
and the hearth is only ashes
when there’s but crumbs
left on the kitchen table.

I’m not great with good times
(she added looking serious)
I know they cannot last
and how long can it hold
when so many fall through?

I really dislike promises
(she said pointing to her heart)
for I know my weaknesses
being the bane of humanity
No hero, no angel, am I.

Stay close to me then
let my body warm yours
Let’s blend smiles…

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The Nativity by Gari Melchers

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The Nativity by Gari Melchers

You know how it goes, a piece of music or art takes hold of you and just will not let you go. Maybe it is the time, the place, or perhaps just the accumulation of knowledge and imagination in life which impacts on you. Personally, I am very receptive to music and pictures (painted or photographed), they are the vast treasury of inspirations in my writings, outlooks or simply witness. So here is an unashamed eulogy to a painting I feel is one of the hidden masterpieces.

Melchers was born August 1860 in Chicago and described as native of Detroit. One of Naturalism School of American painters he spent many years in Europe and earned a degree of fame receiving such awards as the French Legion of Honour and in 1932 (the year of his death) a gold medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Nativity was produced in the 1890s when it is said Melcher was at the height of his ability.

The painting records the traditional period after the birth of The Christ Child, although in keeping with the Naturalism (also Realism) approach this is devoid of the mystical and romantic images we are familiar with. The colours are muted, while the outlines of both Mary and Joseph reflect two quite normal and believable individuals.

Consider first the setting. There is no rural manger, with benign animals and reverent shepherds or celestial hosts. Joseph and Mary have found refuge in some stark, spare storeroom and thence left to their own devices. The only acknowledgment to outside assistance being a jug, bowl of water and one piece of cloth.

Mary has just given birth; maybe suckled her babe who is at rest. Her exhaustion highlighted by her tired youthful face and stray hair; she is lying flat out and yet tenderly leaning against Joseph. There is no composed and classically attired woman of indeterminate years. We are witness to a young girl starting out upon a great journey, understandably too tired to now hold her child, much less sit up and dangle him on her lap but still gazing upon him. Witness those feet splayed. Wouldn’t you just wish you could give the poor girl a bed? Is this not an image many women who have given birth can relate to?

Also sharing central place is Joseph. Not the elderly fellow of the early traditions, nor the equivalent age of Mary. He is an older man, full beard, strong features, thoughtfully gazing upon the babe. His expression leaves us to muse on the thoughts going through his head at the sudden physical evidence that here now lies his responsibility both wife and child, chosen by God. And was he Mary’s only companion to the birth? Was he there to carry out acts that no man of his time would even think about doing?  Here is the guy with the ‘right stuff’ to get his family out of one danger and trek out across the Sinai (always a difficult journey).

And the Babe. We can barely see the features so wreathed in celestial light, reminding us none can truly see the features of God. The body we only know by evidence of blankets and crib; the latter being so perfectly constructed we have to concluded Joseph had been working his craft in readiness for the birth. Jesus is almost incidental as we are drawn to focus upon the arresting images of his parents.

Thus, shorn apparently of all the traditional colour and imagery we are left to observe the true majesty of the Nativity. One weary, small young woman, one man lost in thought and a small child wreathed in light. The miracle of two humble and poor adults entrusted with birth and safekeeping of the Son of God, sent in that most vulnerable of state and new born babe.

Melchers’ work is not commonly known these days although you can find a wealth of images on the Internet and galleries selling reproductions. I have one postcard size image which comes out every Christmas and sometimes stays long after all the decorations have been put away. For here is a timeless portrayal. You may not believe in The Nativity. But you can witness two people and a child starting out on a whole episode of Life.

Seasons greetings folk.

Ani’s Advent archives – A Visit

Be fair folks, isn’t this just pure beauty?

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Reblogged from Ani’s Advent last year…

Dear Santa…

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‘Twas a fortnight till Christmas
And all through the flat
Not a creature was stirring
She’s glad about that…

She’d had quite enough
Throwing balls for the day
And had told me concisely
To put them away.

The birds in the garden
All slept for the night,
(I’d sorted the pigeons…
They’d put up a fight)

The fish had been fed
And now hid in the weed,
I snored on the sofa,
She curled up to read.

Then all of a sudden
A knock on the door
Made me jump up to see,
And the book hit the floor…

“Now who could be calling
At this time of night?”
She picked up her keys
And turned on the hall light…

So I’m back on duty,
You never can tell…
And if monsters are out there,
I’ll chase them to Hell.

She slipped…

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A True History of The Isles Vol II Chapter 15- The Wars of the Roses as advertised by Shakespeare, William.

Overview

Because the Wars of The Roses are very interesting, long and confusing they had the historical effect of making kings’ reigns part of them and not as was usual the other way around.

As it is important that the wars are addressed as the main topic we should therefore bear in mind that although they started (sort of) in 1455 and sorted ended almost in August 1485 at Bosworth Field, Battle Of; the whole business didn’t really stop there and slopped over even until Henry The VIII.

Causes for Origins

The build up to the actual wars was a long and complex business and is best consider from Edward III who in addition to invading many places also had lots of sons.

Sons of

Edward, Black Prince,- eldest and easily the most famous who would have been king but he died in France of not washing his hands. Thus kingship eventually passed to Richard II, who though not very successful did have a play written about him.

Lionel Duke of Clarence- he was born on 29th November 1338. He was 7 feet tall and had a daughter Philipa whose height was not recorded. She married on of many Edmund Mortimers. From this union was descended a Richard, a Duke of York who in the 1450s used to sit in Westminster saying he was or at least should be in charge.

John Duke of Lancaster– Born on the 6th March in the very neat years of 1340. He was serious, intelligent, gifted and so very Gaunt. For a while he aided Richard IIand also tried to be Spanish.,

Edmund Duke of York Born 5th June 1341. Richard II said after he had died, but not before Edmund was to be king; others didn’t agree, including Edmund.

Thomas Duke of Gloucester The youngest being born in 1355. He was one of the lords who forced Richard II to say for a while he was doing a bad job. Eventually Thomas was murdered by or for Richard II, who, therefore, can be seen as a wicked nephew

Events Prior To The Wars (Roses of)

When Richard (the II) died of Henry (the IV) he had not left a son (well not one that anyone noticed). This allowed everyone who was a male relative to say they had a ‘claim’ to the throne.

Amongst these was Henry IV (both Part 1 & 2) son of John of Gaunt by his wife Blanche who was a Bowfort, a careless family who had lost their name until it was found by Richard II who had generously said they could keep it.

Although Henry IV (Part I) had been crowned others said as he had only usurped the throne this didn’t count even if he did have two parts (and anyway he’d had lice). After Henry IV died of rebellions (and lice) there came Henry V. Now whereas some had tried to argue with Henry V they had ended up beheaded etc so the matter was dropped, however when he died of campaigning in France he only left a baby son who was was in a minority. The country was therefore run by a council of barons under the following rules and conventions:

They had to officially claim they acted in everyone’s best interests.

They acted in their own best interests.

They had to hate at least two other members of the council.

They either had to support war with France or peace with France.

They tried to avoid the king getting involved in government.

This never worked out well.

Things became so chaotic that two grand families who had their house in York or Lancaster tried to be kings.

Kings

During this era there were three and a bit kings these were:

Henry VI- (31st August 1422- 4th March 1461 & 3rd October 1470 -11th April 1471) who was possibly a kindly fellow (most of the time) and very pious, but was a weak king who kept on being captured and rescued and eventually recorded as being in Three Parts.

Edward IV- (4th March 1461 – 3rd October 1470 & 11th April 1471 – 9th April 1483) who was brave, bold and enjoyed his food so much that his brother Richard once playfully called him This Glorious Bun of York. Unfortunately, he had lots of other appetites and died of them.

Edward V– (9 April 1483- 25 June 1483). Son of IV. Who as he was only 12 didn’t get much of a chance and was either replaced or misplaced

Richard III- (26 June 1483- 22 August 1485) who took the whole business of kingship very seriously. He was the last King of England to fight a serious battle in England while famously and seriously being killed doing so. He may have seriously murdered his nephews (See Edward V) which makes him naturally far more interesting than his predecessors. He had a play written about him.

Personalities

Other folk who were as interesting if not more so were:

Edward IV’s father Richard The Duke of York who was not grand and old but stern, austere and told everyone he was king when he wasn’t.

Warwick Earl of; who was loyal to Henry, then Edward, then got fed up with them both and was loyal to himself.

The Earl of Gloucester who believed the answer to everything was to fight the French.

Queen Margaret wife of Henry VI who was French but preferred to be considered Of Anjou

And was easily the toughest of the lot.

Edmund Bowdiddly- A Duke of Somerset who believed the answer was not to fight the French but get very rich instead.

A proliferation of Edmund Mortimers

Naturally, the Scots.

Louis XI King of France, who won the Hundred Years War by cunning, deceit, plots and thus displayed more intelligence than the whole English lot put together.

The Tudors who were welsh who came in several types and sizes and eventually won the whole thing

Naturally there were also grasping rapacious families.

In subsequent chapters all of these will be dealt with in more details

A True History of The Isles Vol. II Chapter 13. Henry IV a king of II parts.

A True History of The Isles Vol II Chapter 8 – The End of the 14th Century and Richard II (well also his beginning too)

 

 

 

 

 

No Whining Wednesday – Don’t Drown Your Own Voice

Now here are some words which are certainly valuable reading.

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Welcome back to another No Whining Wednesday! If this is your first time visiting this blog or if you are new to this segment, please visit the original No Whining Wednesday post HEREto learn more OR the No Whining Wednesday Pageto access all previous episodes.

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“Don’t be so hard on yourself. Those who screw up and keep going have failed so many times that they are equipped to handle disappointment and therefore have the maturity and resilience to get back up and try again. You got this.”

– Yecheilyah

This was an inspirational word I posted to my social media early this week. I love quotes, inspirational, motivational and overall uplifting. There is something about the power of a positive word that can make you feel like you can conquer the world. When someone compliments you or gives you that good advice, something…

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