Saturday, May 9, 2020

A2Z 2020 Accomplished


Using the 2Z Blog Challenge and NaNoWriCAMP,  to write twenty-two folktales and legends about maidens and matrons, I framed the stories into a sequence to answer the question,  'Why I like the story?' 

I corrected that question to 'DO I LIKE THIS TALE?'  after realizing my chosen folktales preached a code, a norm --> that 'women are servants', and sadly, she went along - norms, horrors. 

I titled my selection of tales to Damsels in Distress. Revisiting these tales from the 14th to 20th centuries, I recognized the narratives are from the male point of view that upheld the notion that woman, femaleher, she are to act as a server. The male carrying the sword and pen, he owned the norms. And worst, I thought only men were professional authors

 My girl child and youth smothered by this norm; males wrote the narratives.

After twelve years as a storyteller, telling at the Asian Art Museum, and the hundred-plus books of folktales, legends, and myths I studied from across the world ---> I shaped another vision and opinion.

Value, worth, and hope do exist in these tales; women survived by the various powers she possessed. After re-imaged the stories into a female point of view and narrative,  I realized the males did not understand the norms set upon themselves. The freer the female, the freer the male, and powers exist to establish this balance within each.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Reflection about the 2020 A2Z Blog Challenge.

Completion of DAMSELS In DISTRESS, 46,000 words edited during April 2020.

Finished frame during a timed challenge, April 2020.

I won my goal for the NaNoWriCAMP - EDITING.

WHY DID I BOTHER? I need to finish TELLING TOLD TALES before my life ends.

Thirty days of writing, gathering, editing, and posting with formating. WOW!

Now, stories are in order. YES! I did accomplish one-fourth of what I thought possible. Edited stories in Scrivener, yes, wrote the frame for each story 'yes', posted here on TheStoryRealm 'yes'; and corrected half of the stories 'yes' in, still half to do. 

Then reloading into Scrivener to combine the frame with each elaborated, enhanced, re-imaged in a female narrative.  Another month of editing, What is my drive? 

I have beta readers for 'Damsels in Distress'. 
Please, read my composite and give me suggestions or edits. Sign-up. I will contract you.

Or buy to read at the pre-sale offerings on Amazon and Smashword.

My forever goal is to have edited copies from Scrivener downloaded a PDF format for Amazon for a print-on-demand and kindle. An epub format to publish on Smashwords with @s, ISBBs, LCCNs, and maybe audio and a video trailer.  

POWER to Bobbie, she, her, woman, lady, female. GO, GIRL GO!!


Now, editing the frame to make sure it says what I want, 'how I over-came my view that men owned writing', and the impact these folktales left with me as a child I ingested as reality, women adapt to survive.

The folktale's PDFs will be posted on this blog for letters in A2Z blog challenge