Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Glimpse of Dusty-Robin Hood part 3

While Always in Shadow is with my amazing editor I've been working on Dusty-Robin Hood part 3.

I've been longing to tell this story ever since I first wrote Lucy's Legend in 2013. How Dusty learned to heal, how she met Robin Hood, the life she led in Palestine...everything about her intrigued me and I wanted to know her history.

Along with Lucy and Friar Tuck, Dusty is among the wisest of the gang, and before Friar Tuck comes to Nottingham she's the spiritual head as well. So far I have greatly enjoyed watching Dusty grow and mature in her youth, because she certainly didn't start out all wonderful and wise!

Now, this excerpt I'm about to share does give something away from the story. Dusty was not the name given to this book's heroine when she was born. Her name was Andaleeb.

“Andaleeb, I need your help. We must prepare dinner for your father before he arrives.”
Andaleeb frowned and stood slowly. She did not want to make dinner. She wanted to build her sand house.
“Andaleeb, are you coming?”
In her frustration, Andaleeb stomped on her little sand house, crushing it.
“I am coming, mother.”
“In such a huff. Why did you stomp on your house?”

“I don’t like it.”

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ethos, Logos, Pathos

We have begun writing our argument paper in English 2. That has been an interesting experience. I think I am definitely growing and being stretched in my writing which is a very good thing.

For the record, learning to keep Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in perfect symmetry is hard. I prefer to write all Pathos...just me and my emotions, guys. Take it or leave it.

Yet it's been very good, learning to stabilize the three elements and use them together to make a better and more complete whole.

For those of you who don't know, Ethos, Logos, and Pathos are the three pillars of persuasive writing. In order to write effectively, persuasively and credibly, you need a good balance of all three.

Ethos is your credibility as an author. Are you knowledgeable on your subject? Do you write with precise and correct grammar/spelling etc.? Are you thoughtful and fair when addressing those opinions opposite of your own?

Logos is the logic of your argument. Without Logos every argument will fall. Logos includes the reason and logic behind your argument, as well as how clear it is and the evidence you use to support your claim.

Pathos is the emotional side of things. The emotions, the values, the passion. This is the heart of your paper. Too much and it will be emotionally charged and scare people away or offend them easily.

Also, for the record, I am not an expert on Ethos, Logos and Pathos so if anyone has better definitions or more to add, I am all ears!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two Month Mark

The two months mark has passed, my friends! We've been published for over two months. Craziness. :)

This is very random, but I found it amusing so I'm going to share...I sold the exact same amount of books in December and in January. The exact same number of copies sold! How weird is that? I'm now eagerly watching the February sales to see if it will happen a third time. Not likely, but it would be entertaining! :)

If you haven't bought your copy of Lucy's Legend- A Robin Hood story yet, you totally should. :) You can do that at Amazon or at CreateSpace

Happy reading!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Robin Hood Quiz :)

Hello, my lovely readers! I have gone over a week without blogging, and this is my first post this month...this is tragic! We shall have to fix this.

I have been insanely busy with college classes/homework, which is my only real excuse for not blogging, and trust me, it's a legitimate excuse.

Along the lines of college....for AEC (Academic Excellence Challenge) I am required once a week to write questions on either my strengths or my weaknesses. Last week I decided to write my questions over not only a strength, but something I know as well as my own name and is just as dear to my heart. I wrote questions about Robin Hood! And I've decided I want to share them with you, so that is what I am going to do. I'll post the answers soon enough. You should be able to figure these out, they aren't too hard. If you don't get the first one, I will either die of laughter or I will cry. If you think you know, be sure and comment with your answers! :)

1. This legendary figure is dear to both American and English hearts, though his actual existence is debatable. The first clear reference to this legend is in the late fourteenth century poem, Piers Plowman. Renowned with the bow, and in the modern day renowned as a hero of national scale, name this man who has recently become known for 'robbing from the rich to feed the poor'

2. Name this friend of Robin Hood and member of the 'merry men' who is known for beating Robin in a quarter staff fight on a bridge.

3. Although in the original ballads Robin Hood's lover was the shepherdess Clorinda, name Robin Hood's more well-known love interest.

4. Maid Marian and THIS MEMBER of the 'merry men' were two of the last characters to join the tale, entering the legend through the 16th century May Day Games.