Tea and Conversation 21: Italy

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Today I’m sharing a picture of “biscottea” by stephsus I posted on my tea pin board.

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Today in my meditation I’m thinking about Full Moon and I’m writing about: Why Italy?

I have never been to Italy, but I’d love to visit one day. I have friends and family who’ve been, even my husband has been at least twice before we started dating. The main reason, however, that I write about Italy in It’s Like the Full Moon, is because of the movies that helped inspire the story. Two of the three movies that inspired the plot of It’s Like the Full Moon are connected to Italy in some capacity.

There are many places that are known for romance if you go at the right time. Paris, New York, Las Vegas, The British Isles, and more, but it seems the whole country of Italy is connected to romance. Of course, I’m exaggerating and embellishing a bit, but you get the idea. You don’t typically have to mention a specific city or town in Italy for people feel romantic at the mention of a trip there. Some places you go to for adventure, some places are for site seeing, and some places are for good food, but Italy is all that and more all wrapped up in romance…At least it is in my head.

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Posts from the Past: EC:GA – The Angels of Eternal Curse

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These are previous posts that have been dusted off, updated, and freshly presented to an audience that’s never seen them. These limited posts originate from the companion blogs I’ve written for books in my Eternal Curse Series as well as others down the road. Some information may be omitted.

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From 40 Days and Night of Eternal Curse : The Angels of Eternal Curse

There are several different types of Angels that will make an appearance in this series, but there are only three that are actually described in the first book. A Seraph and an Arch are two types of angels that are depicted in this first book. While the Seraph is unnamed in the first book, it will be more closely viewed in the books to come. There is a very brief description of another angel in the first book, but to describe it now would just cause confusion.

The seraph of Giovanni’s Angel is described as being twice the size of an Archangel, with four sets of wings, and the head of an Ox. The significance of this angel is not explained in the first book, but is meant to entice the reader into wanting to know about the background story that is slowly unraveled throughout Giovanni’s dream struggle.

The Archangel that is depicted in the story is a more traditional take on an angelic hero. The Arch is tall, lean, and muscular with golden glowing skin and powder white wings.  Each of the Angels is depicted as warriors carrying very distinctive weapons.  The significance of this particular Arch is also not explained in the first book, though followers of angelic history may be able to figure it out which one it is. Never the less, the whole story and all the players will be explained in full, later in the series.

The Angels of EC: GA carry weapons made of precious metals and gems, and while their weapons do make impact with their foe, the real battle occurs internally, mentally, and spiritually. Yes, I know, I said spiritually…Remember we’ve already determined that spiritual conflict can make for a good story and be really cool. I promise.

40 Days and Nights of Eternal Curse Copyright © 2012 Toinette Thomas

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Tea and Conversation 20: The Race Thing

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Today I’m sharing a picture of “make tea not war” with a bird that I posted on my tea pin board.

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Today in my meditation I’m thinking about Eternal Curse and Full Moon, and I’m writing about: Why the race thing?

My work isn’t that culturally diverse in comparison to works that aim for cultural diversity, but I do mix races and cultures a tiny bit sometimes. I can still remember one reviewer being shocked to learn that Mira, from Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel, was black. Apparently I revealed her race in a very dramatic kind of way. In actuality, I just think most people have preconceived ideas about how black/ethnic characters should be written.

In my mind, I was simply providing a reveal between characters who’d gotten to know each other online without ever wasting time talking about the color of their skin because so many other matters were much more important. In any case, I’ve made some changes to the chapter structure of that book, which should tone down the “race reveal”, since that’s not the point of that scene.

Now in my first attempt at a contemporary romance, I’ve included one black character who plays a supporting role to my white main character. Some people have asked why am I writing about white people. The truth is that race is never brought up as an issue in this story. I wrote the story based on the way the inspiration came to me. The story is not about race. It’s about all the crazy things that happen in the pursuit of love, but I’m sure someone will be fixated on the one black character for whatever reason because that’s how it always goes.

I’m still fairly new to this whole writing thing and even though I have so many other stories to share and so many other characters to create, some people will complain that I’m not culturally diverse enough, that I’m not black enough, that I’m too edgy, that I’m too PC, that I’m not PC enough, and so on. So, since I know it’s coming, I’m already prepared to simply ignore it all and keep on writing.

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Posts from the Past: EC:GA – The mythology behind the story

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These are previous posts that have been dusted off, updated, and freshly presented to an audience that’s never seen them. These limited posts originate from the companion blogs I’ve written for books in my Eternal Curse Series as well as others down the road. Some information may be omitted.

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From 40 Days and Night of Eternal Curse : The mythology behind the story

The mythology behind this story is slated to be told in greater detail, in the third installment of the series. I will however provide some insight to it now, as it is introduced in this first book. Understanding where, how, and when everything started is part of the struggle Giovanni faces, and the reader must struggle through this understanding to see how it all ties in together at the end. I hope that this makes for an enjoyable and unpredictable reading experience.

The mythology I used for my story comes from what I know and have learned just from living my life, but I have added my own twist to it. As I am depicting images, figures, and scenes of biblical accounts, I want to assure any and all my readers, that though it is greatly influenced by traditional Judeo Christian philosophy, what I have written is completely made up. It is meant to make for a good story and is in no way my opinion of the truth or “what really happened.” It’s just a story and should in no way be taken as theological doctrine.

Now that that’s all cleared away…this is how it goes…During the Fall, as many know it, or the descent of Satan, there were two angels who were the best of friends. They each became caught on opposing sides of the celestial war. Everything that happens in Giovanni’s Angel, is a direct result of the conflict between these two estranged friends, Seth and Marcos. The extent to which their disagreement affects the current story can only be determined by reading the book.

In this first installment, the reader receives a glimpse of Heaven that will be visited later, along with a look into Hell. The reader is provided with a preview of what is to unfold later in the series. A unique, though maybe not completely original, depiction of Angels and Demons is provided that should open up the reader’s mind to accept what is to come later in the series.

40 Days and Nights of Eternal Curse Copyright © 2012 Toinette Thomas

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Tea and Conversation 19: Love Triangles

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Today I’m sharing a picture a Rose Chintz Cottage tea cup I posted on my tea pin board.

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Today in my meditation I’m thinking about Full Moon and I’m writing about: Why love triangles?

This is a question I often ask myself. Why did I write a love triangle? I hate love triangles. For the most part, they are filled with unnecessary drama and people behaving selfishly. I always figured that the person at the center of the triangle was just a mean person, probably, undeserving of the affections of the other two.

Then I got the idea to put myself in a scenario where I’d ever be caught up in that kind of situation, just to see if I could be compassionate about the predicament. I thought about three movies that I actually like that contain love triangles, to some degree, to use for inspiration. In the end, I decided that the characters of these movies were just as I had originally thought- selfish, but not so undeserving of affection. In truth we are all selfish to some degree.

So after considering all that, I decided to write a love triangle that made sense to me. I came up with characters and situations that seemed plausible to me while also being fairly entertaining. I don’t see many more love triangles in my future. This one has been more of a challenge than I ever imagined, but I’m glad I did it. It forced me to point my judgmental finger at myself and see that not all drama is bad and or superficial. While this is a work of fiction, people really do go through this kind of stuff. Just because it was easy for me to find the love of my life, it doesn’t mean that everyone else has to have the same story.

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