Legends of the Unicorn Fact or Fiction?

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After the frenzy about Starbucks’ Unicorn Drink, I decided to look into why the never-ending popularity of this mythical creature continues.

We have all read about the mythical beast represented by a horse with a single straight-horn projected from its forehead The Unicorn is usually represented in glorious white, with a flowing snow-white mane, and angel-like wings that flew with swift speed and power that no creature could ever overtake it.
If they did not exist, then where did the legend of this magical creature come from? Maybe it was North Korea that, on November 30, 2012, the central News Agency of that country stated that scientists re-confirmed the existence and location of the final resting place of the unicorn once ridden by King Dongmyeong. Or, maybe because there are those who believe that it is mentioned in the King James Version of the Bible nine times.
The first written account of a unicorn in western literature comes from the Greek doctor Ctesias in the 4th century BCE. While travelling through Persia, he heard tales of a single-horned “wild horse” roaming that part of the world. In the ancient Lascaux Caves in France a drawing dating back to 15,000 BC depicted a one-or two-horned creature. The original discoverers were confused due to the closeness of the horns. It could have been one. Did you know even Marco Polo reported a unicorn sighting? (He thought them ugly) Genghis Khan claimed to see the creature.
According to scientists what these people saw could have been a rhinoceros.

I like to believe that Unicorns did exist as did Handsome Princes, Princesses, Wizards, Elves, Fairies, and Snow Queens in the magical world of the minds of children.

Information taken from an Article from: “TODAY I FOUND OUT” (Feed Your Brain) in 2014.)

A Lesson Learned

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A LESSON LEARNED

My husband was an “I can do it” person and tackled many home repairs–resulting in unforeseen difficulties.  I believed that he should have had a working knowledge before starting any task.

In writing my first novel, I prided myself on using proper grammar, sentence structure and choice of words.  I reviewed every chapter, carefully checking grammar and punctuation.  It took almost one year to complete.  Then, I sent it for publication, and ordered a few books for my family and friends at the same time.

A proof was sent, and I approved it, confident I had done a good job of editing. The books arrived.  It was exciting to see my name printed in bold on the glossy cover, and to know my story unfolded within the pages. I opened the book, and was shocked when I found misspellings, commas where they did not belong, and incorrect hyphenated words, on many of the pages.

Sometime later, recalling the errors in my first novel, I diligently used the features in Word to check spelling and grammar in editing my second book. Again, I was satisfied with the corrections. But I wanted to be certain it was ready for publication, so I asked a friend to proofread the manuscript, and was perplexed when she discovered more mistakes.

Difficult as it is, I was forced to admit that I was not capable of writing without errors. I realized the fault did not lie in the program from Word.  And it did not lie in the friend who read my draft.   The fault is mine and mine alone.  Why? Because I believed all that could be done, was done, and never re-read the proof before publication.

I, who believed, I was proficient, needed professional help! I found it in the following Websites.

  1. MASTER WRITER. For Songwriting and Creative Writing. Need a collection of words for every occasion, happy, sad, triumphant, weak, strong, phrases, rhymes, sayings, and much more. No matter whether you are writing a song, poem, novel or screenplay, this will help you. This was the first software I downloaded. Master Writer offers a free Trial.  Try it!
  2. AUTO-CRIT: Editing software for Writers. It takes the guesswork out of the editing process.  Their or There, lie, or Lie,–it’s all there to help you become a better writer. Sentences too long or too short–words repeated too often?  Auto-Crit is the only software that customizes your work to a specific genre, whether it is Sci-Fi, Mystery, Young Adult, or Movie.
  3. PRO-WRITING AID: An Editing tool for Academic, Business, Content, Technical, Web, and Fiction Writers. Upload your document, and the summary report denotes overused words, readability, grammar errors, clichés, diction, and improvements to your style of writing. Tell Pro-Writing Aid whether it is for Technical, Creative, Business or General, writing, and this software advises how to improve your style such as use of passive and hidden verbs.

 

Happy Writing,

Paula

KAELYN AND SANTA, DEC . 2016

After two years, my granddaughter asked to see Santa again.  We were happy to learn that she no longer felt uneasy around him, and wanted to advise him of her wish list for Christmas.  She enjoyed a long conversation with him and left feeling happy and the hope he shared with her for the best Christmas ever.

This is the time of year when families come together to enjoy the peace and harmony of the holidays. The cookies are baked; the tables are set and all is festive.The decorated tree is proudly standing in the living room, covered by bright lights and  shiny ornaments . The fireplace is lit and creating the warmth of Winter.  All the gifts are opened and we are all happy and content.

It is now the time to enjoy those who share this holiday with you, and remember those who have gone.

So, I and my family  are taking this opportunity to wish you a wonderful holiday filled with cheer, love and happiness, and hope  that all good things are waiting for you in the New Year.

Paula and family

Speaking In Another Language

 

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CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD:   
 As Authors, we know that words define our character’s personality,  and traits that define their uniqueness.

When our characters speak, we recognize them by either the dialect, their dress, or the construction of their words or sentences.  Figures of speech create vivid images in your readers’ minds, and determine where the characters originated, the period of time, whether it is a period in European history, American history, or the 21st Century.  I refer to “Outlander” where all the characters speak either in the Scottish or English dialect.

To compose a path from our native English tongue into a target language, we must pay attention to the meaning of the original expression, the style of the target language, and the accuracy when written.

Every language has sources considered good in the target language. Seek out these in order to get the feel for the language.  Search for articles in the target language, or authors who write in the target language– or follow the philosophy of the target language by seeking similar websites. Notice the cultural references, and expressions that you would never find in a textbook, and make notes.  There are Grammar textbooks in most languages which will aid you, in writing the target language with the style and flow necessary to relay the substance of the story, and make your characters believable.  I find the Public Library the perfect place to begin.  With its vast selection of books and educational materials, you are sure to find such books, Dvd’s or Videos to help you learn the proper style of writing your target language.

Copying is not to be confused with style. Good translation is important.  Improper clauses that do not connect to the main sentence is a No! No!  Sentences must be balanced and well connected.  Remember, proper dialect will create vivid images in your readers’ minds, and if we do not use the proper terminology, your characters will not be believable, nor will your story move smoothly.

One other important fact:   Do not rely on your computer to correct your spelling and grammar when writing in your target language.

Happy writing!

Paula

 

IS BEING ALONE GOOD OR BAD?

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character” James Russell Lowell 1844

 BEING ALONE IS NOT LONELY

I often ask myself why there are those who think being alone seems to always mean Lonely, without companionship. They claim the physical fact of being isolated sometimes carries a suggestion of desolation or dejection, which can cause the feeling of emptiness, of being disconnected, or alienated from others. Lonely people often feel empty or hollow inside. And feeling like that can cause panic attacks, and keep you apart from loved ones, and often leads to anxiety, and depression.

Being lonely is one thing. Being alone is another.

Nowhere in the definition of alone does it suggest dejection, desolation, or depression. Being alone, and enjoying the solitude can give birth to originality, to beauty, to poetry, to freedom. It is the ability to entertain one’s self– to reflect–to live our own life.   It can be the door to creativity, an echo of our imagination.   Alone is where we learn about ourselves and can dream in silence, without talk or interruption of our most private thoughts. Try closing your eyes in a dark room. You will enjoy the silence. Alone means you can think about your life and the future direction you want to take. Should you be considered lonely, when it’s finally time to settle into your comfy chair, alone, with your favorite book—or the feeling you get when the children are all asleep and you can relax in peaceful solitude. Many people who are alone are happy? Choosing to be in alone allows your inner voice to talk aloud and discuss the things you can do for yourself.

I love my solitude.  I can think when I am alone.

First, I sit down at my computer, close the blinds, and open my desk lamp. Second, I put a CD in my player, which sends soft music to my ears, and my mind, free of interruptions and distractions, can roam in the realm of my characters, motivating me.