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Real Magic

Past lives. Parallel universes. Psychic phenomena. To some, these are beliefs of the deluded and misguided. To others, they are inadequate descriptors of unseen forces at play on our planet and in the universe.

Reading is one of my favorite ways of expanding my awareness of what is, and what might be. While every book offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to learn, when I am yearning for a more intense awareness-expanding read, I seek books where the extraordinary and ordinary merge, weave, and intersect. That is also what I aim to write.meditation_by_randomgirl1298-da2ctdt.png

Fantasy, while a delightful escape, is described as being not scientifically feasible. There are many phenomena I am not prepared to discard as unfeasible. Science is a perpetual work in progress. New discoveries are made daily, and scientists build upon their understanding of physics, chemistry, and biology constantly.

In Visionary Fiction, growth in consciousness is the central theme of the story and drives the protagonist, and/or other important characters. The story often uses reincarnation, dreams, visions, paranormal events, psychic abilities, and other metaphysical plot devices. The emphasis is on our limitless human potential, where transformation and evolution are entirely possible.

Defining Magical Realism is trickier. According to Bruce Holland Rogers, Magical Realism is always serious and never escapist, because it is trying to convey the reality of one or several world-views that actually exist, or have existed. Yet more lighthearted books, such as those by Menna van Praag and Alice Hoffman also appear on magical realism lists. And the magnificent books of Elizabeth Cunningham also have elements that I consider magical realism.

As I search for real magic in the world, I continue to read in the genre of Magical Realism.

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What have you read that opened your mind to ideas that seem impossible? Please share in the comments box below.

I am also compliling a list of scientific sources that validate metaphysical phenomenon, including past lives, parallel universes, and psychic abilities. If these topics interest you, please stop by and contribute.


The wish not to believe
can influence as strongly as
the wish to believe.
~ Ian Stevenson, M.D.


This post is part of the Magic Realism Blog Hop. Over twenty blogs are taking part in the hop. Over three days (29th – 31st July 2016) these blogs will be posting about Magical Realism. Please take the time to click on the links below to visit them and remember that links to new posts will be added over the three days, so do come back to read more.

Introduction to the Blog Hop – Magic Realism Books Blog 

My Imaginary Autobiography by Leslie Tate

Storytelling, Dreams and Magic by Malcolm Campbell — Highly Recommended

Czech Magic Realism on Adventures in the Czech Republic

From Magic to Angels by Katerina West

Kathy Bryson’s Blog

A Magic-Realist Poem onZoe Brooks Books

Magic is the World and It is Ordinary by Leigh Podgorski

Magical Realism – why do we love magic so much by Rachel Dacus

A Survey of Reasonable Ghosts by Robin Gregory — Highly Recommended

The Magic in Magic Realism by Lily Iona MacLenzie

We Wizards Who Write Magic by Joel Hirst — Highly Recommended

Magic Realism & the Holocaust by Helen Maryless Shankman  — Highly Recommended

On Magical Realism by Justin Meckes

Dance Between Worlds by Bianca Gubalke

Mortality and Eternity in Writing by Evie Woolmore

Northern Exposure – all things mystical in the 49th state by Cadell Blackstock

Magic Realism Writers From Around The World by Zoe Brooks

Magic at the Time of Conventions by Stephen Weinstock

El Funcionario Fantasma: a Montage by Joel Seath

Notes from the Field and a Prompt by Heather Fowler

Magic Realism in Russia by Zoe Brooks

Agent 54


Sources

Fantasy from Book Country

What Is Visionary Fiction?

What is Magical Realism, Really? Bruce Holland Rogers

Related Pages and Posts on this site

Past Lives, Parallel Universes, Psychic Phenomena

Discovering Magic through Fiction

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Beta-Read

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from Divine Inspiration.
Tidbits gathered
with painstaking research.
Sentences strung together
rearranged, rewritten,
reconsidered a hundred times.
Questioned. Criticized. Corrected.
Changes suggested.
“Give me more!” — when I think
I’ve given all I have to give.

New awareness!
Scope expansion.
Inspiration.
Reaching farther back.
Writing deeper in.
Again.

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Shelfies are the new Selfies

I recently discovered that shelfies are a thing. Some definitions say that a shelfie is a picture of your bookshelf. A recent Mashable article described them as a photo of yourself with your bookshelf — book spines legible.

Shelfies must be the best trend ever. Tweet me your shelfie? @weavinggold Or, share a link to your Goodreads favorites page in the comments. I’d love to take a peak at your bookshelf. #RevealYourself

Some of my favorites live on my Kindle.
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Discovering Magic through Fiction

Why do you read? I read for entertainment and education, to validate my views — with the option to shift or change or invalidate them, to discover new worlds and viewpoints, and for delight and pleasure. In a nutshell:

I read to expand my awareness. I write for the same reason.

Books and stories open worlds. I love discovering new ideas through biographies, factual and scientific reading, and through fiction. Recently, I’ve been particularly enjoying books categorized as magical realism — serious magic, presented as real. I love contemplating, What if . . . 

In celebration a favorite author‘s book release this week (The Witches of Cambridge), I am sharing quotes from Menna van Praag’s previous book, Dress Shop of Dreams, the story of a woman whose gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

Walt loves Etta’s granddaughter, and owns the bookshop next to Etta’s dress shop. He also, secretly, reads stories on the radio. He doesn’t realize the impact his voice has on his listeners.

Etta said, “Most people think the world we live in is mundane, but you remind us that it’s magical. You wrap reality in the wonder and joy of fiction, until it infuses us and becomes true.”

“Well, I . . .” Walt falters.

Etta smiles. “You’re one of life’s magicians. You simply haven’t realized it yet.”

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Though Walt respects Etta, he can’t quite believe her, so Etta continues:

Unfortunately most magicians are immune to their own magic. We see behind the veil, we live inside the nuts and bolts, the element of surprise is lost on us. But we can help each other.

Do you read magical books or blogs? Encounter magical people? I’d love to hear about them. We can help each other.


 

010516_2129_writersquot1This post is inspired by

Silver Threading #WQW Writer’s Quote Wednesday

Ronowan Writes #BeWoW Be Wonderful on Wednesday; Be Writing on Wednesday

 

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What is truth?

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Image: Mary Magdalene by Luca Signorelli, 1500

I love Maeve — and her incredible  voice — in Elizabeth Cunningham’s four-book series, The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring the feisty Celtic Magdalen who is no one’s disciple.

EliznMaeve inspire me as I sift through layers of truth, always searching, and allowing my story to take on a life of its own.

Inspired by #BeWow and Writer’s Quote Wednesday

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Creation in Six Words

Alla blew multi-hued sparkles into materiality.

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I stumbled onto Ronowan’s Haiku Challenge and dipped my toe into the WordPress writers’ community. Clicking and reading, I discovered great writers and fun challenges. The above is in response to the magnificently named Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six-Word Story Challenge. It is inspired by a scene in the second volume of The Weaving Gold Chronicles (my WIP), wherein Talitha is learning to create creatures, plants, and crystals.

Reading the replies is illuminating. As I learn how other writers transmit emotion in three lines or tell a story in a few words, my writing improves.

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Determined to Do 2016 Differently

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Sun rising over the Old Bahia Honda Bridge January 1, 2016

I could have started my blogging year on January 1, listing resolutions, describing dreams, or selecting word for the year. Except, I’ve already done that, over and over, and I want 2016 to be different. I want BIGGER, brighter, and bolder. Even with clear awareness that life is about the journey, not a destination, I want to get where I’ve been going, be who I’ve been becoming, revel in achievement. When I’ve enjoyed enough revelry, I’ll move on.

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Old 7 Mile Bridge, Florida Keys

A few times a year, I see one of my favorite trees on the planet. It sprouted on a far-from-land stretch of the Old 7 Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. I suspect that thousands of seeds have been deposited on that bridge by winds and birds, but this one grew. This one, is my teacher.

A Different Year

Yesterday, I discovered, and today, I joined, the Twitter Monthly Writing Challenge to write 500 words per day. It’s time to finish writing my books.

In the fall of 2015, I began noticing the miracles of the natural world. Haikus flowed and I liked writing them. More #iSeeBeauty coming in 2016, maybe with new inspiration from ronovan writes.

In October 2015, I started indoor rock climbing with my son, and was thrilled to discover that I love it. Climbing on.

In years past, I would have written a dozen more “I wants” and “I wills,” but 2016 is different, so I’m letting the above be enough.

What are your plans for 2016? What will you do, differently?

 

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Daybreak Rainbows

  
Strange island weather
drenches morning bay paddlers
blesses with rainbows.

  

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Mangrove Mysteries

Wind whirs through green leaves.
Secret mangrove cathedral
sings blessings for me.  

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Abandoning a Book

You are a Wild Thing, Natalia. You have strength and courage. You have a natural propensity to survive, grow, and bloom. But you must choose, Natalia. You must choose.
~ White Tiger’s message to me, one year ago

Menna van Praag‘s novels, House at the End of Hope Street and Dress Shop of Dreams, are similar in their magical, wish-granting themes to my WIP. Since Menna offers coaching, I scheduled a consultation. I sent her the first chapter of Zirka’s Zany Zenanigan’s, which I intended to finish during NaNo.

Professional Opinion

When Menna and I talked by Skype, she said that she liked my story, but that I would not be able to get an agent for the story as it is written. My main characters are happy and the book is structured as a series of short stories that are linked in the conclusion. She told me, quite clearly, how I would need to change the manuscript to sell it.

Some of the suggested changes were acceptable to me, but others were not. Minutes into our consult, I knew I would be putting the manuscript in a drawer. My decision was confirmed when Menna told me that if I did change the story and sell it, if the book were successful, the publisher would want me to write more of the same — which would be hugely problematic since my major WIP is completely different, and I don’t want to write anything else like Zirka.

Ultimately, I was RELIEVED after our consultation. The story had not been flowing. I had been feeling that it was not quite right. I want to get back to the Weaving Gold Chronicles.

Goodbye Zirka’s Zany Zennanigans. It was fun for a while, but now it is not, so you’re going in the drawer.

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