Interview With One Of My Characters IV

In preparation for the book release of the third book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, I invited one of my characters for an interview. Siana worked with Zepheira in a tracking team, before Zye was hired by the Big 7. Let’s see what Siana can tell us about Zye.


Welcome, Siana. 

Hello, AJ.

Siana, I know you have been working together with Zepheira when you both were in Evaan’s team. Zye told me you are an exceptional archeress and she loved working with you. How was working with her?

Oh, Zepheira is a nice woman, maybe a bit smug about her abilities, but I figure, she is all right.

Is there anything more you can tell us about her?

Well, she… she was always nice to me. But even though we were in the same team and worked well together, outside of work there was no interaction between us. She’s an excellent demon tracker, probably the best there is currently. But, well… that’s about it.

When you heard she would leave the team for a limited time, what did you think?

Thank God… oh – I mean… I thought, I hope, she’ll be fine and successful in her work for the big seven. I wished her only the best.

You know, Siana. I think, you’re a beautiful woman, and apparently, as an archeress exceptional. But looking at your answers one could think you actually don’t want to talk about your friend.

Zepheira was never a friend of mine.

How come?

Just because…

Does that mean I’m right when I think you don’t like her?

That’s not it!

What is it then? Weren’t you relieved when she left?

No

Didn’t you actually hope she would never return?

No!

Didn’t you hope that she will never cross your path anymore?

Of course not!

Aren’t you scared of her because of her unusual look?

(positively crying now) – Fine – FINE! I am scared of her. These cursed horns! She looks like she works for the other side! She’s always been smarter, better, faster, more talented than everyone else in all the teams, even though she looks horrible with these horns – these godforsaken horns! I can’t sleep sometimes because I’m scared!!

And when you heard what her future will be – weren’ t you jealous?

Of course! How dare she? How can she look that dreadful and still get one of the most desirable bachelor’s in the universe? She has always been so nice to me! But then my fear got the better of me – I cannot profit from her connections.

I think we all know what we want to know… Thanks for your time, Siana.

Good Bye.

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FEAR—Is the Mind-Killer in Control of Your Life?

Is fear controlling our life? Kristen Lamb has published a phenomenal blog post on this subject. Thank you so much Kristen.

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The single greatest challenge you will face in trying to accomplish anything great is FEAR. FEAR is nothing to be underestimated and we need to learn to manage it if we want to succeed. I remember being a kid and Dune was one of my favorite movies. At the age of ten I memorized Paul Atreides’ mantra:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

At the time I just thought it was a seriously cool movie line. It was only when I grew older that I began…

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Fear Of The Unknown – A Riddle

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It’s an animal, a predator, hidden and smart

It’s scary, strange and to catch it is hard.

It has legs, but no feelers, no fur and no wings

It envelops prey, it bites and sometimes stings.

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It has no tongue and doesn’t have teeth

But it has pincers and poison underneath.

You find it in forests, in basements in corners around

It does scare you sometimes, but not with sound.

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Superstition says seeing it in the morning makes the day bad

But meeting it at night should make you feel glad.

Some of them are useful, and some are dangerous to see

depending where you live, you better flee.

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Some are as tiny as dust you don’t know they are there.

But some others are huge, these are the ones that scare.

Some live in holes and await there their prey

Some others build webs, where they lurk and sway.

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But no matter what kind you meet, just please take care

You can see them all over, no matter where!

As for me, seeing one means holding my breath

No matter how small each one scares me to death!

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I am pretty strong, I’m as well quite tough

But seeing one of these to me is enormously rough.

My heart pumps fast, sweat drops and my eyes get wider

Seeing me like this tells you clearly: I’ve seen a spider…

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(Copyright: June 2016, Aurora Jean Alexander)

 

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All about reviews

If there’s something I, as a new and hopefully soon published author, are scared of, it is a low or bad book review. Here we got support how to handle Mean Book Reviews.

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There is a good reason why any writer should never read the reviews of any book they write. It’s the quickest way of becoming completely disheartened and utterly depressed that I know of…

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Fear of the Big Bad Wolf

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Thinking about my childhood means to remember Fairy Tales. My Mom loved reading us the Tales of Brothers Grimm, like so many other parents did to their children; without realizing how cruel those myths were.

The ones I heard when I was a child. How many Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm were written where a big bad wolf is eating the Grandmother as well as seven baby goats? We are talking about Red Riding hood and the wolf and the fox. There are several others as well. One thing I remember was that my sister was in never ending terrible fear of the bad wolf. I played the tough one, but I can now admit I wasn’t always happy to walk over to my bedroom all by myself as a kid.

Brothers Grimm History

History and research teach us that the Brothers Grimm studied law at the University in Marburg. After their University time they focused on their secret obsession of exploring the historical development of German literature (legends, documents and poetry). Within their studies they defined the scientific basics of this work field. They did not limit their studies to German documents but included English, Scottish and Irish sources. But Brothers Grimm as well extended their work area to Scandinavia, Finland, The Netherlands, Spain and Serbia.

Mainly it was Wilhelm Grimm who we have to thank for collecting the mutual delivered stories, sagas, legends and myths. He was the one setting the basics for the so called ‘Fairy Tale literature’. He wrote them down, polished the edges and removed or re-described the lore hinting to erotic contents.

Many of the Fairy Tales weren’t for the fainthearted and created for adults to read.

Between 1815 and 1819 Brothers Grimm published a “cleaned up” version of the German Fairy Tales for children. In 1823 they published an English version of ‘Fairy Tales for children’.

At this place I don’t want to continue with the life of Brothers Grimm, except to clear up one historical misbelief. Brothers Grimm never traveled through the world collecting their Fairy Tales. Wealthy and well-traveled people within their circle of acquaintances carried the greatest part of their myths and Tales to the Brothers.

Getting rid of the wolf trauma:

As an adult I did research on the ‘bad wolf’ to lose my fear. I was surprised to find out that my Native American Totem symbol is supposed to be the wolf.

Wolves have a high sense of loyalty and are social creatures. They are known to be incredible communicators by using touch, body movement, eye contact and many vocal expressions. People with the wolf as their Totem animal are often natural talents in speech as well as creative writing.

The meanings of the wolf as a Totem symbol means: loyalty, cunning, generosity, intelligence, friendliness, compassion and communication. The Totem wolf symbols are amongst the ones who understand that the wolf is a representative of deep faith, deep emotion and high intellect.

(Thank you very much W. J. Barnett who told me what my Native American Totem is, and I never thought it is a wolf. And thank you, Jackie Barnett-Wilder for explaining me what the symbol means. You both are amazing)

 

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This post was published first time July 21, 2015 on Val Rainey’s blog.

I was invited to guest post over at Val Rainey’s blog, where I wrote about the fear of wolves children may develop while hearing the old fairy tales of Brothers Grimm.

I hope you will like White-wolf-A-Jthe post and I’d be honored if you will leave a comment.

 

Thank you very much Val Rainey for the chance to guest post!

AJ Alexander