Shattered Isles Origins

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For those hoping for specific updates like word count or estimated time of completion, please see my response to Chloe.  In the meantime, a reader asked me a backstory question: where did the gender swap spell used to turn Serren into a girl originate?

Here is the story as recorded in the History Hekatania, housed in the secret library of Gaunefer:

It came to pass during the reign of the third King, Erenia, that she did have three sons and no daughters.  When she passed the age of child bearing,  The Coven First grew concerned.  It was known that men, with their anger and their selfishness, were not fit to govern, and it had been passed down by the goddess, herself, the blessed Progenita, that a woman always should guide the kingdom.  Indeed, the King was called in those days also by the title of “Loving Mother,” and it was her duty to care for all her children, that including every person who lived under the sky.

Some blamed Erenia, herself, for her failure to bare a daughter.  They said she must have sinned against the goddess to be so punished.  Others blamed her husband, Juntus.  Talk began to spread among the Council that they should name a new heir to the throne, a worthy girl from one of the other families.

The goddess, though, works in mysterious ways.  Erenia’s eldest son, Devin, had always surprised and delighted his mother.  Even as a child, he had shown great care for his younger siblings, and throughout his young life he’d shown many of the fine qualities of of a girl: he was caring and selfless, brave and courageous.  More, and in this he was not different from other boys, he longed for a girl’s life, and often Erenia had caught him sneaking into her library, reading books of magic meant only for the eyes of young ladies.    Boys, of course, sensing the superiority of the greater sex, often went through such a phase, but with Devin, Erenia saw something different.  He was a boy, but he had all the talents and mental acuity to be a girl– and a king.

Erenia went to the high witch of the hekatin, Neveria, and she asked if there were some way to give her son the gift of girlhood.  Neveria and the greatest witches of the realm, after prayer and consultation, concluded this was the will of the goddess, and they devised a spell, called simply, The Blessing.

Erenia went to her son, Devin, and explained that he was to be honored with a new sex, elevated to female and made the heir to the throne.  Devin resisted.  He wanted the life of a girl, but not to be a girl.  He had fallen in love, in truth, with a young woman, the loveliest girl in all the lands, Allania, and she had even asked for his hand in marriage.  He wept and suffered, but to his mother’s pride, he did what a good girl must, and he accepted that he must place the needs of others before his own.  Devin consented to his mother’s wishes and the wishes of all the kingdom, and on what became known as “Blessing Day” he was transformed into a young woman before the whole kingdom.  No one knew whether the tears the young Devinia shed were those of sorrow or joy.  More than a few noted that his new name meant, “Blessed of the Goddess.”

Devinia threw herself into her new life and duties with the passion and devotion expected of a woman, and as further proof of the will of the goddess, she in her turn bore three strong, brave daughters, as well as two lovely sons.  During her reign, the lands prospered and knew peace.  She was and is known as one of our great Mothers.

Devinia had a happy life, was a good king and loving mother.  It would all have seemed to be a joyous story. Yet, when she died, she asked to be laid to rest next to Allania, her first and true love, the one she had denied herself in order to fulfill her obligations to the kingdom.  Even this, most said, was only proof of her woman’s heart.

Since that time, whenever a young man showed unusual promise and proved himself worthy, or when called upon by the goddess, ‘The Blessing” was used to elevate him to stand among the women, as his merit had shown he deserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Free Copies!!!

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People!  There are still three free copies of my book, Manistique, out there to be claimed!  It has ghosts, spiders, demons and even bad dads and worse moms!  It’s Shameless meets The Conjuring!  I am serious!  It is those two things mixed together!

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20 Free Copies of My New Book!

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The house is haunted, his parents are crazy and Kevin has his first crush.  It’s The Conjuring meets Shameless in a book that will have your skin crawling one minute and your sides aching from laughter the next!

Speaking of crazy, I am celebrating the release of my new book by giving away 20 copies, and all you have to do for a chance to win is Follow my Amazon Author Page!  The odds of winning this funny, scary and moving novel are 1-15!

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Unlike works like Brain Biters and The Shattered Isles series, this book does not focus primarily on gender, though gender issues arise as they do in modern life.  This is a book about a 13 year old kid with a dysfunctional family who just really does not want to have to deal with ghosts right now on top of everything else.

One last note.  I am only charging .99 cents for this 196 page novel.  Please do not think that price reflects a lesser commitment to quality on my part (other books I have charged 2.99 or 3.99).  Rather, I am hoping to get more readers by making the price lower.  I put just as much work into this book as any of the others!  In fact, look for a mark down on Brother Bewitched soon, if you haven’t bought that one yet.

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Regrooving the Dream

So, obviously to anyone who has been paying attention, this blog has not been flooded with content, high-quality or otherwise.  Why not?

Well, I lost sight of my goals.  When I started out with this blog and my first gender fluid YA Novel, Brother Bewitched, I had set a goal to bring gender bender fiction to a mass audience.  It was a slightly crazy ambition, as more than one person told me, but I felt like it was something important and worth pursuing, and I was determined to go after my goal.

Well, I am going to admit something embarrassing:  I gave up too easily.  Brother Bewitched found a small and awesome audience, but it did not break out in the way I hoped.  Ditto Brain Biters.  So, I let myself get discouraged and decided, hey, you tried.  So, just be happy with the readers you have and enjoy the success you did achieve.

I did do that, but, ya know what?  It just didn’t quite feel right, and after a great deal of soul searching I realized something:  I had created an artificial and limiting choice for myself.  In fact, I could be happy with the readers I had and enjoy that level of success, and I could ALSO keep pursuing that dream of bringing TG fiction to a mass audience.  So, that’s what I am recommitting to right now and in this public form.

I am going to work tirelessly to pursue my dream, and that means good things for YOU!  Because I believe one of the keys to that dream coming true is for me to give, and I am going to be sponsoring more giveaways, putting out free fiction and spreading total love all with the aim of selling, I can’t believe I am even saying this out loud in public, One Million Books! 

Yes.  That is my goal.  To see one million books in the next year.  Come join me!  And I will be keeping you posted as I progress toward this goal, sharing the lessons I learn along the way.

Keep on rocking, people!

Taylor OUT!

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Check out my promo video for The Shattered Isles Books, Brother Bewitched and Brother Bewildered!  It’s groovy!  And thanks to everyone who has been buying Brother Bewildered!  It was a blast to write, and I am so happy to see sooooo many people snapping up copies!!!  Rock on, people, and Stay Weird!!!!

Starting Over.

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Brother Bewitched

So, I had over 20,000 words hacked out on Brother Bewildered, and although I sort of liked some of the scenes, overall I felt that what I had was just wrong.  I didn’t like the opening, and since everything was flowing from that opening, it felt like I had set course for Wrong and unless I went back and started over, I would have no chance to get to Right.

That maybe makes no sense.  One thing about me is that I usually just write, write and write some more.  Then, for the passion projects like Brother Bewitched, I go back and rework things.  The initial draft of Brother Bewitched, for example, was 60,000 words.  After getting feedback from some beta readers, I cut 10,000 words and then added 40,000 words, creating a final manuscript I felt good about.

So, part of me said– just keep writing.  But I couldn’t.  It was all wrong, and I did not feel it could be fixed.  So, I started over.  I created a new document and stared at a new blank page, and I began to write again, putting aside me regret at those lost 20,000 words, at all that work.  I just started at zero, because I felt I had to do so.

It’s hard not to feel those 20,000 words amount to a tremendous waste of time.  But, they really weren’t.  I write mainly because I love writing, and the publishing side is almost a second hobby.   But I was immersed in my story, and feeling good about it and about life as I was writing, and those hours of enjoyment were real, and they happened, and that’s all great.  In addition, I learned a bit from those 20,000 words, and the new version is better because I spent that time and found a wrong way.  I say a wrong way because there isn’t just one.

Now, I am writing away, enjoying the experiencing, and my characters are surprising me as they decide to go different directions than what I had planned, to pursue different dreams, and the whole thing is unfolding and it’s like I am reading it as I am writing it– or maybe watching a movie version which I am transcribing.  I am very lucky to have a wild imagination, and especially at my age where I feel many of my peers have calcified minds.  My imagination is not only vibrant but out of control, and I have to reign it in sometimes just to stay in touch with reality.

Anyway, just wanted to post an update. Now, I need to get back to The Shattered Isles, where Serren finds himself attending yet another baby shower while Pattenia marches off to war.

If you haven’t read it yet, check out Brother Bewitched to find out how Prince Serren found himself trapped in dresses while his sister seized the crown!

I will make your dreams come true!

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Sort of.  What I mean is that for a limited time, I will take commissions, writing up a story to your specifications!  This would need to be a YA story, and include no illegal content.

Why am I open to commissions?  Because I just finished a massive revision of the book formerly released as Brain Biters.  This is one of those cases where I put the book out too fast.  I was so excited by the characters and the story that I just launched it into the world and said–  this is done enough!

But it wasn’t done enough.  The middle of the cake was still raw, and the more I thought about it the more I realized that I had betrayed the characters and not fully told their story, especially that of my main character, Dylan, who finds his world turned upside down thanks to an casual wish upon a star.

So, I began cutting and adding, finessing and developing until I turned what had been a sleek 45,000 words story into a still sleep 60,000 word story, and now i feel my characters really get to speak and truly reveal themselves to the world.

It will be out soon, and then in a few weeks I begin to write the sequel to Brother Bewitched.  In the meantime, if you ever wanted a story written, I charge 5 cents per word, plus I sell the story on Amazon.   If you are interested, contact me at tgkadee@gmail.com!

Turtles All The Way Down

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Oh, my, this book did make me cry.   A good cry, and so that alone earns it five stars.  I know.  Big surprise. A John Green book is good.  Not news.

But still.  I want to talk about it, and promise no spoilers.   Here are some things I loved about this book:

A great first person narrator.  Aza is smart, too smart, and her intelligence causes her to ask a lot of questions about life, identity, self, relationships.  She also has issues, and ones that make her very difficult to friend.   I identified with this character, and reading her story reminded me of so much I had forgotten about myself that it was like finding an old box of pictures and seeing images of me from the past and thinking– wow, that used to be me, and then, that still kind of is me.

I went to a holiday party just a day ago as of this writing, and I sat down at a table with a group of people, and I couldn’t have felt more like an alien.  They were all having fun, talking about nothing, just babbling, and I couldn’t enter the conversation.  I have no small talk game at all.  It’s not something good or bad, but my mind was full of the books I was reading, books I was writing, and I wanted to ask people about them, about their work and their dreams and their lives, and when I did they just looked at me like I was the biggest weirdo in the world.

So, yeah, I get Ava.

As in many of these books, we have missing adults.  Aza and her romantic interest have both lost parents.  And it has a mystery in the form of another parent who had vanished.  But those are all just McGuffins.   What this book really explores and what hooked me is a very earnest and well bred human being searching for answers, trying to understand who she is and why and how to get through the day without freaking out.

It’s a glorious, messy and inspiring.  I’ll leave others to complain about this or that or the other.  I fell in love with the characters and their struggles to just find a way to be people, and I recommend this book to anyone who has ever stopped to wonder.