I have had the great fortune to be critiqued by some amazing writers.
A critique partner is the best friend who tells you that you smell – or your writing is absolute crap.
My writing and real life C.P’s became really good friends and mentors to me. They made me laugh. They made me cry. They MADE me learn.
I used to belong to a critique forum….many moons ago and I went word by word, line by line through someone else’s work and critiqued it. She was fine about everything but I got thrown off the forum for being too Critical and not a smoke-up-the-arse-blower (?!?!)
My BEST ADVICE to anyone is WRITE A BOOK. And get it critiqued. Your entire world/ego will collapse. Fact!
Many years ago whilst researching the early 15th century, I came across the Black Madonna phenomenon. It has always intrigued and I promised my self back then that, when the time was right, I’d investigate deeper.
Seeing differently now, learning so many new things, I think the time is very right.
Black Madonnas, whether picture or statues are found WORLDWIDE. Yet nobody knows how, where, when, why.
The image above is the Black Madonna of Russia.
This one above is in Dublin, Ireland.
This is from Poland.
They are all beautiful and they always depict the Virgin Mary and Christ child.
Let’s see where we end up going :o)
I’m still not 100% sure of the history of these many but rarely talked about icons. The links are numerous and often spurious. But I have the formation of article coming together.
This was the first of a five part series, indie published in 2014 and a total bomb blast for me. It’s made me a fortune of about £40 in 8 years.
George Villiers was brilliant character to write. To me he was Marie de Rohan’s counterpart. Two sides of one coin. Friends and cohorts but never lovers. She saw right through him….and vice versa.
After Marie (the protagonist) Wat Montagu was my all time favourite person to write. He was Villiers’ spy, friend, punching bag and a man who fell in love at first sight of Marie de Rohan. He’d’ve died for her and almost did (more than once.)
Wat was in France when the Siege of La Rochelle happened. He watched Richelieu commanding the French army and felt torn.
Whilst Marie (French) was nominally Catholic, her uncles were Huguenots or Protestant, like Wat. And she did whatever she had to do when in France or England. No worries either way.
Eventually Wat left England and became a Catholic priest in France. Richelieu’s influence, brilliance, razor-sharp mind had obliterated all of his younger self. England, Marie, his family, Protestantism – none of that mattered to him anymore. Although he still supported and tried to help Henriette Marie after the execution of Charles I Stuart and her exile from England under Cromwell.
Annie and Dave are fabby famous. So this song is Known by many.
Kelvin Kyte? And why bring him into it?
PAY ATTENTION to the music video. Read the below. And work IT OUT yo’self. FFS.
Thttps://www.bookseries.org/series/the-cold-calling/he characters are real people with real issues and the mysteries are dissected and solved in ways that make sense for a crime fiction story. However, the books are also heavily steeped in the supernatural.
Rickman, the author, understands religions and lore and folktales, and whatever he doesn’t know he researches thoroughly. This shows in The Cold Calling.
The series revolves around the experiences of Bobby Maiden, Marcus Bacton, Sister Anderson, and Cindy.
Cindy is a cross-dressing Shaman. When readers encounter him in the first novel (The Cold Calling), Cindy is certain that a landlady’s daughter was killed by the same person who took the life of William Rufus a long time ago.
Because of a lack of concrete evidence, no one gives Cindy’s ramblings any consideration and that, in turn, drives Cindy to undertake his own investigation.
Bobby Maiden is one of the police officers that choose to ignore Cindy’s claims, and for good reason. Bobby’s life is unraveling. Not only did his marriage implode but he discovered evidence pinning his boss to a corruption case.
When the boss in question retaliates, Bobby actually dies, only to revive a little while later. For Sister Anderson, death is nothing new. And as far as she knows, most people that return to the world of the living typically report visions of a bright light.
But for Bobby, the afterlife was a nightmare, and even after he revives, he cannot find peace. Terrible dreams torment him. If that wasn’t enough, Bobby knows that his boss will orchestrate another accident the first chance he gets.
So when Sister Anderson, a nurse that was miraculously healed and whose own healing powers brought him back to life, offers him sanctuary, Bobby accepts.
It is through Anderson that Bobby meets Marcus, a student of the supernatural, and Grayle Underhill, an American journalist who writes a New Age column in the New Yorker.
Grayle, Cindy, Bobby, Anderson, and Marcus must band together to overcome the mystical source of their respective challenges.
The Cold Calling series tells their story. Each novel follows the distinct journeys of the individual characters as they pull away from one another and then snap back together, forced to reconnect by unexpected circumstances.
BEST THE COLD CALLING BOOKS
These novels are most commonly commended for their magnetic characters and grounded exploration of incredible paranormal occurrences, with some of the best books in the series including:
The Cold Calling: Marcus lives in the ruin of an ancient castle. His life is hardly ordinary. After all, his housekeeper saw the Virgin Mary at a prehistoric burial mound.
When a television archaeologist buys the burial mound and then attempts to acquire the ancient castle, Marcus wants to fight back.
However, distractions keep pushing their way into his life. Chief amongst them is Bobby Maiden. The DI was killed by his corrupt boss. But then sister Anderson, a nurse, and alternative healer brought him back.
Now he is plagued by frightening dreams. Anderson brings Bobby to Marcus because she thinks he can help the police officer.
Meanwhile, Cindy, a ventriloquist, is certain that a serial killer is on the loose. However, he has no proof and no one will listen to him.
SIDE NOTE :
I have not counted the number of times that Phil/Will has had a pop at Richard Dawkins in his many novels.
But enough to tell us what he thinks of this #famous person/darwinian/atheist.
Back to Annie and Dave AND Stranger Danger. Gotta love past insults :o)
Ravens of Dinefwr- my W.I.P. – followed the lives of some REAL historical (?!) people. The Kings and Princes and families of Wales in the early 1100’s. But they were joined by purely fictional characters. Who helped fill in the academic historical lacunae. When you have over a decade missing from the sources/ records, you have to get imaginative.
The Main Character was a “fictional” cousin of Gruffydd ap Rhys. I had trouble picturing a face to fit this fierce, flawed, flighty man.
Then I saw the image above. Bingo!
Don’t know the actor’s name but he appeared in The Last Kingdom TV series. Which was based on Bernard Cornwell’s book. Mr Cornwell has been a decade long FB “friend” of mine. He used to contact me. Sometimes. Which made my brother very jealous because he likes Cornwell’s books!
Once Upon a Time….Sigh.
So who was Uhtred?
Dunno. But BFF lives a hop and a spit away from Bamburgh Castle and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Deep mid-winter is not a good time to visit both. We looked from afar.
This is the basis of my next novel – that’ll have to wait. As long as I have to battle fake history.
1093. Rhys ap Tewdwr and his son, Gruffydd ap Rhys who married Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd. She’s the one who was beheaded. Gruffydd died less than a year later. In unknown circs. Both of them were OUTLAWED and spent their lives moving from pillar to post.
There’s a thread that runs through all these stories.
I’ve been brought to this story by circuitous routes.
I have MR James in book and audio form…a long-term project. This is one story that totally sticks with me.
“Quis est iste qui venit?”
Parkins, the protagonist, is a young Cambridge University professor on holiday in the town of Burnstow (a fictionalized version of Felixstowe, Suffolk), on the southeast coast of England. He resides at The Globe Inn for the duration of his stay, and has promised to investigate the grounds of a nearby preceptory for a colleague during his stay, with view to his colleague further exploring the site the following summer.
While investigating a cavity within what he believes to be the base of a ruined Templar platform or altar for his colleague, Parkins finds an ancient bronze whistle. Parkins pockets his find and returns to the inn, noting as he walks along the desolate beach that a “shape of indistinct personage” appears to be making great efforts to catch up with him in the distance, to no avail.
Everything has a link in this infinite chain :o)
AND – Bonus View.
The incomparable Mark Gatiss aka Mycroft (Horror Fan just like me) tells us a story about Monty James.
BTW : I’ll be taking this Ghostly (Banquo) vibe even further today. YAY
The Ravens of Dinefwr is the first in a series of novels-in-progress set in the early 12th century. It follows the dispossessed members of the South Wales House of Dinefwr from their origins in Deheubarth to the centre of the known world, Jerusalem. Come and be my fellow Far-Farer. Come travelling and unravelling with me through Wales, Norway, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Russia, Constantinople, Italy, the Balkans, the Holy Land. Come and Far-Fare through every degree on my 12th century compass.
It contained my thoughts and research into the writing of said “Chronicles” which began with the story of Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd almost 20 years ago.
The whole was going to contain a new chronology and become a story of the 12th century Comnenus family reflected via Gwenllian over 36 years.
Gwenllian was the daughter of Gruffydd ap Cynan, King of Gwynedd, North Wales and the wife of Gruffydd ap Rhys Tewdwr, King of Deheubarth, South Wales.
Her death in 1136 was to be the climax of the books.
But as they will never be written now – a fact that I’m sadly aware of, here is what happened to Gwenllian.
Her everlasting fame comes from being the only woman in British (maybe ALL) history to have EVER been executed this way. On the battlefield. Or so they say!!!
Her place of death is called Maes Gwenllian. Gwenllian’s Field. A very touristy place.
In 1934, the dying composer Sir Edward Elgar feebly whistled to a friend the theme from his Cello Concerto and said, “If you’re walking on the Malvern Hills and hear that, don’t be frightened. It’s only me.” Seventy years later, Merrily Watkins—parish priest and Deliverance Consultant to the Diocese of Hereford—is called in to investigate an alleged paranormal dimension in a spate of road accidents in the Malvern village of Wychehill. There, Merrily discovers new tensions in Elgar’s countryside. The proposed takeover of a local pub by a nightclub owner with a criminal reputation has become the battleground between the defenders of Olde Englande and the hard men of the drug world—with extreme and sinister elements on both sides. And as the choral society prepares to stage an open-air performance of Elgar’s Caractacus at a prehistoric hill fort, the deaths begin…Another spellbinding thriller in Phil Rickman’s lauded occult mystery series.
Who the fluff is Mr. Phoebus?
He’s more down-to-earth than you’d imagine.
As for Caractacus Hill – been there done that. Caradog…betrayed by Cartimandua to the Romans. His son, Linus, was supposedly the Very First Bishop of Rome.
Let’s get Hysterically Historical here with a magical, musical, mystery tour :o)
Oh. And sorry for the vernacular but – when a pig-shit-ignorant ytber stands on an altar stone smoking a spliff and pontificating about how wonderful he is……I exit stage left.
…I came across the Cours des Miracles and got side-tracked for as long as it took to write a synopsis, character profiles and an outline for another – purely fictional book – about a murder in 17th century Paris that had the Theatre and the Cour des Miracles as major characters.
From day 1 on ytoob I presented my work with the New Chronology narrative to Martin Liedtke. He very kindly shared this with his subs and other friends.
This was 3 years and 5 days ago.
To this date (10/1/2020) Fomenko and his team’s work has been at the very core of The Hidden History Project. I applied every single element of my former Police Investigative training to my studies of this – as if I was interrogating a suspect or questioning a witness…again.
Sadly : 3 years and 5 days ago, I was seen as a crazy crank who had thrown something new into the arena that titillated a few, for a minute or two. And then they rejected me and my work.
Life has moved on and suddenly many are asking about New Chronology. Not from me. From those who rejected the premise back then.
Here is the only place open to me now. Here is where I had to start again after a total totalling of everything.
I’m so grateful to those who follow me and like some of my posts. As YOU know – it’s not just crazy crank history here. There is so much more.
Bless you all for making my uncomfortable worth every second of my pain xxx
I have had this novel on my shelves for more years than I am willing to admit.
I know more about Umberto Eco than this book. I’ve read several of his non-fiction works.
OK. I may be old enough now to handle this :o)
The name of the central character, William of Baskerville, alludes both to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes (compare The Hound of the Baskervilles – also, Adso’s description of William in the beginning of the book resembles, almost word for word, Dr. Watson’s description of Sherlock Holmes when he first makes his acquaintance in A Study in Scarlet) and to William of Ockham (see the next section). The name of the narrator, his apprentice Adso of Melk is among other things a pun on Simplicio from Galileo Galilei‘s Dialogue; Adso deriving from “ad Simplicio” (“to Simplicio”). Adso’s putative place of origin, Melk, is the site of a famous medieval library, at Melk Abbey. And his name echoes the narrator of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Watson (omitting the first and last letters, with “t” and “d” being phonetically similar).
The ending also owes a debt to Borges’ short story “Death and the Compass“, in which a detective proposes a theory for the behaviour of a murderer. The murderer learns of the theory and uses it to trap the detective. In The Name of the Rose, the librarian Jorge uses William’s belief that the murders are based on the Revelation to John to misdirect William, though in Eco’s tale, the detective succeeds in solving the crime.
Eco seems also to have been aware of Rudyard Kipling‘s short story “The Eye of Allah“, which touches on many of the same themes, like optics, manuscript illumination, music, medicine, priestly authority and the Church’s attitude to scientific discovery and independent thought, and which also includes a character named John of Burgos.
Eco was also inspired by the 19th century Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni, citing The Betrothed as an example of the specific type of historical novel he purposed to create, in which some of the characters may be made up, but their motivations and actions remain authentic to the period and render history more comprehensible.
Throughout the book, there are Latin quotes, authentic and apocryphal. There are also discussions of the philosophy of Aristotle and of a variety of millenarist heresies, especially those associated with the fraticelli. Numerous other philosophers are referenced throughout the book, often anachronistically, including Wittgenstein.
I’ve also chosen not to watch the film until I’d read the book.
I discovered The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail over 20 years ago too. Just after I’d really begun to deeply research the Cathars. Henry Lincoln brought us (the public) to Rennes-le-Chateau and all that. But it was always the Cathars who intrigued me most.
I’ve written about them several times and still research them today, despite outside objections by yt!
Coming from a New Chronology angle, I see this subject in a different light to many (most) others but there IS an undeniable link between the New Testament and the South of France. Everything goes back to the same source.
In MY research, the Mary who travelled to the South of France was Marie, the daughter of Andronicus I Comnenus. She first married the Lord of Montpellier and then the prince, later King of Aragon. Catalonia too is very connected here. The language, Occitan – the Langue d’Oc is of great importance.
This, in my opinion, is a subject well worth the time spent on looking into – PROPERLY. With an open mind and a willingness to see.
Did they teach you about this immense Empire at school?
Do you know where it was?
I’ve known about Tartaria/Tartary for quite a while now but it stayed on the outskirts of my research until about 6 months ago. Then all of a sudden, everywhere I look, I’m finding mentions of this Empire. It is being deeply investigated right now by many amazing researchers, from multiple angles.
So – where do I come in?
For any of this information here to be understood, you HAVE to KNOW
that our whole history has been deliberately falsified.
This is a MAHOOSIVE area of study and the subject of future posts.
Well, right now, all I have is many, many questions and many many subjects that I’m linking together. And all that I can give you, at this moment in time is a list of my mixed up knowledge and the way it is slowly (but ever so brightly) linking together.
Not a lot of this will make sense right now. These are just clues. Signposts.
But, PLEASE bear with me over the coming months as I gather in more information.
Right. Let’s take a look at the first Very Rough Guide to —
The Greta Brookes, Hidden History Project, Guide to Grand Tartaria.
Grand Tartaria existed but has been deliberately wiped from our knowledge.
Grand Tartaria was a HUGE, interlinked Empire that covered much of the known and unknown world.
Anything concerning Grand Tartaria is -today- reported by the mainstream ‘know-it-all’ establishment NEGATIVELY.
The structure of this society has been systematically erased over the last few centuries. On the ground as well as on paper.
What are the reasons for all the above?
A LONG LIST OF SEEMINGLY RANDOM THINGS THAT ARE ACTUALLY ALL INTERCONNECTED.
The truth about WHO WE REALLY ARE.
The truth about religion.
The truth about why our history has been put into the washing machine, cleaned, rinsed, spun about and then hung out on the line all shiny new, muddled up, and smelling sweeter (!)
Andronicus I Comnenus (killed in Constantinople)
Magnus Barefoot, King of Norway (killed in Ireland)
Harold Hardradr, King of Norway, Magnus Barefoot’s Grandfather (killed at Stamford Bridge in England)
Anne of Kiev.
Vladimir the Great and his wife.
Yaroslav the Wise
Elisiv, daughter of Yaroslav the Wise
St Magnus of Norway
Yaroslav Osmomysl of Galicia
The Tsar of the Slavs
Margaret of Scotland
White Mummies found in Western China
The Fisher King and his wounded thigh
The Sack of Constantinople 1204
The Turin Shroud
The Haga Sophia/Temple of Solomon
Vlad the Impaler
Red-haired, blue eyed people.
Great Fire of London
Romanov book 1648 “Book about Faith”
The Number of the BEAST 666
Birth by Cesarean Section
Pantera the Roman Soldier
The Comet, Solar Eclipse and Earthquake of 1185
WHY, in Jean de Courcy’s Global Chronicle pictures are the FOUNDERS of TROY wearing WOOL LINED WINTER HATS WITH EAR FLAPS????
More to come…….
Happy New Year to ALL x
In another post I wrote – If what I’m doing turns out to be a complete waste of time, no worries. I’ve had fun :o)
I’m still having fun. With Xenia Borisovna and a Prince of Denmark…but not Hamlet! Shame.
We once lived in a flat, my parents, me, one toddler brother and one baby brother and the grown ups knew exactly how to keep me quiet and occupied for hours. All it took was a scrapbook, some Victorian pictures, scissors and a glue stick. I’d be parked at the dining room table but always found that too confining so ended up on the floor surrounded by “stuff.”
I’ve gone back to this just recently with Sarica as my guide and mentor.
The Traveler’s Notebook is now being used as both a planner and a journal. I’ve thrown away the amazing Ryder Carroll system. Again – far too restrictive.
My journal has two sentences hand written on the cover. The one in the title above because this process is incredibly peaceful and meditative. The other is a quote from Hamlet…
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS.
Simple. Childlike and something that can be done as and when.
I use this phrase all the time after the words…… Mother, have you done xyz ?
I might’ve committed some WOKE Crime against my kids there. LMFAO :o)
P.S. In my limited knowledge of story writing – the first of these scenes is called fore-shadowing. It’s a perfect plot point that will not be revealed until the end. This particular one is fore-shadowing with a twist. One thinks he will die soon. But …
Only when we hear him say the words in the second scene below do we understand.
The dates vary as to when Tolkien started his Legendarium. Anyways – it was way before the film Metropolis but even the novel.
Mary Gentle has written several “steampunk”/”alternative history” novels. Some are collected in the book White Crow.
I have to confess that I’m not a Tolkien – ist. I know his novels from them being read to me at Junior School by Mrs Bagguley, our teacher. The last half hour of the school day we had The Hobbit and another one.
I know he was an Inkling at University.
I know that he was Steeped in myth and legend.
This video here has been a true eye-opener for me.
Yes. I’m back with Phil Rickman/Will Kingdom and Night After Night.
To me – he is a perfect example of how to use local folk-lore and legend inside a work of fiction.
Right at the heart of Night After Night is a Nightmare experienced by one of the characters. She has a recurring dream about the many grotesques on her local church, St. Peter’s, Winchcombe.
I’ve never been there. Part of my extended family live in Tetbury but we parted ways over a decade ago through lies and deceptions that were nothing to do with us and everything to do with our money…and their greed.
There is a huge difference between gargoyles and grotesques if you take the time to research. (?)
OK,SO…Winchcombe is on my list (very long list) of places to visit.
Oh. P.S. Phil also uses the local Long Barrow as a character !!!
This may be a deeper reason why I love Phil Rickman’s books so much. He is steeped in this border and it’s legends/mythology/beauty.
The Wye Valley is stunning.
I’ve deeply researched the Marcher Lords for a novel, Ravens of Dinefwr, about the family of the late Rhys ap Tewdwr, King of Deheubarth.
Roger de Montgomery, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, was a major focus. Not just him but his dead wife and his sons.
Through Mainstream History :Wife, Mabel was killed (beheaded) in her bath because she was slightly cruel and over-bearing.
Hugh, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury was shot in the eye with an arrow by Magnus Barelegs, King of Norway.
Robert (nicknamed Le Diable) was his mother’s son.
Arnulf was a loose cannon. He may (or not) have married the daughter of Muirchertach Ua Briain, King of Ireland. MS Hist calls her Lafracoth but in the sources that I used she was called Affrica. Go figure.
I say Mole-skeen. You say Moles-kine. Moles -kin. Whatever.
Much like the girl in the video below I’ve been such a lover of Moleskine journals for almost 20 years.
The a5 hardback is my own personal favourite but the cahiers are good. Also the a4 soft covers. And the reporters notebook is lovely because you can write over two pages – vertically and not break a thought.
Anyhoo – True Moleskines are out of my price range now but you can buy cheaper versions (always go for the back pocket, the page marker and the elastic closure)
I’ve found a company on amazon uk that do very similar notebooks but with added bonuses. There are a few index pages in the front and each page is numbered. Which helps me not having to save several back pages for my index and number each page by hand. Bonus.
Whichever. Seeing as they share the same latitude.
This place is as far north west as y’all can go on mainland GB/UK.
Having read every single Hamish Macbeth book by Marion Chesney aka M.C. Beaton, from thence comes my only knowledge of the place. Apparently it’s…beautifully harsh. Mountaineers fall from on high onto the roads by the dozen. You can get every weather system ever invented in just one day.
I’d still like to go there. In the summer.
BTW : there are many veiled ways to get revenge for wrongs done. These books were televised and the series became very popular. I enjoyed them, slightly, because I knew that the TV company had totally shafted the writer out of every right.