RamblingsPosted by Katrina Sisowath Thu, October 23, 2014 10:48:06
In my library and on my kindle I have stacks of books (literally and figuratively). On my computer there are endless files stuffed to the gills with maps, photos, downloaded documents and notes. I also have a file that lists all the websites and links to articles I have looked at that contains information I may need in the future. That doesn't include the pages and pages of notes I have made myself on pertinent topics and information.
I also spend time watching documentaries and have a substantial video library to complement my books. All of this time spent reading and watching these shows look like leisure but, while it's fun, it's also work. I will sit there, reading or watching the TV, and the entire time my brain is running a monologue, comparing what is being said to what other sources claim, thinking how the information presented ties into my story script and should I disregard it or amend my story to include it, and my hands are jotting down notes.
All of this is so that before I sit down to write, I have a fairly clear idea of what historical/mythological places, people and items would be included in the book. It's not possible to include all and I also have to sift through all the legends, some of which are conflicting, in order to write a book that makes sense. And that's only possible if I have a clear idea of the personalities of the characters involved--it's how they inhabit their environment and respond to events that will determine their fate and the course of the novel.
With that in mind--before I sit down to write my 'thousand words a day' I will have spent many more hours studying. So, for every book I write I estimate one to three months research (six to seven hours a day, six days a week) so from 140 to 430 hours before writing the first paragraph. Then, as I'm writing, I also must continuously cross check facts and go back to articles and books I've read before to make sure I haven't gotten something horribly wrong.
Then, once the book is finished, it must go through the editing process over and over again, until it's as near perfect as it can get and everyone is satisfied that it is ready to be printed. What is included in the editing? Research---just to be really damn sure. The story and the characters are mine, but if I'm including an ancient monument I'd better make sure it's in the right country.
All in all, the hours spent writing take perhaps a fourth of the time spent creating a novel, with another fourth spent on editing. The remaining half is spent on research.
RamblingsPosted by Katrina Sisowath Thu, October 23, 2014 10:44:38
Having finished the first draft of my second book, I am now stepping away from it for a little while before embarking on the task of editing it. I find myself thinking though, that while I may need to add to it, there's not much (I think) that will need deleting. For one thing: I've taken my time with it, sometimes to the point I found it progressing excruciatingly slow. But, because I did not sit down and write it out in three months, forcing myself to write 1,000 words per day until it was finished, I find that there is little in the form of extraneous characters or plot holes.
Of course, my editor and advanced readers may think otherwise. I probably will find things in the manuscript when I edit that I cannot believe found their way onto paper, but I do not feel quite the same euphoria I felt when Serpent Priestess was finished. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this book, but with the first one I felt ridiculously happy with it, feeling I'd never top it. This time around I'm not quite as emotionally invested as I didn't have some 'Grand Message', just what I thought to be a really good story and have been writing it with a critical eye to plot and character development, utilizing what I learned penning Serpent Priestess.
So, my question is: what's other writers feelings towards their first draft? Is it SH*T or almost there with just a few tweaks? And does the speed with which the book is written affect the quality of the draft?
RamblingsPosted by Katrina Sisowath Thu, October 23, 2014 10:43:32
That is how I feel with my current manuscript. Where is the excitement? The Pizzazz? With Serpent Priestess it all came rushing out and I could barely keep up. I finished the first draft in under two months, easily. Yet with that book the idea had been percolating in my brain for a good three years before I decided to sit down, open a new document and write the first lines.
This book is different. I had no structured outline in my head, only a rough idea of the characters and places and about four chapters in the book t took a drastic turn and is completely different to what I had originally envisioned. Is it better than what I had planned? Yes, but I've had to wing it more than I thought, going back to my trusty old notes and well thumbed books to make sure the manuscript isn't running away from me. The result is brief episodes where I get through three or more chapters rapidly, knowing what's going to come next, followed by long periods of stagnation, where I have to carefully consider what is the most feasible progression of events.
Hence the current dance I am undertaking with my manuscript. Slow, Slow, Quick Quick.
Book ReviewsPosted by Katrina Sisowath Thu, October 23, 2014 10:42:42
The Witch Within
Set in medieval Bohemia, a young peasant girl is accused of witchcraft when she attempts to save her brother. Talitha is not the first in her matriarchal line to be suspected of it and the fear of being accused is ever present in her family.
Of interest is her grandmother who keeps true to the Old Ways, and does not seek to suppress her nature, juxtaposed with her mother, who so effectively subsumes all in order to appease her husband and society. There is a strong element of fear in her mother’s relationship with her father, not entirely unfounded as he fails to protect either Talitha’s grandmother or Talitha herself.
Talitha is given no choice: she must flee into the forest seeking out others like herself if she is to evade torture and death.
What follows is a mesmerizing tale of awakening, courage, acceptance of who one is and using what gifts have been granted to you, if you so choose.
It is beautifully written and evocative. One wishes one could read it on a balmy spring day under a canopy of trees in a forest listening to the sound of a brook. It would be easy to believe oneself under a spell of enchantment in such a setting and might even induce one to go in search of the flora and fauna mentioned.
The author has brought to life the humble witchcraft lore of Bohemia—that is, the practices of the village women instead of the grand Lords and Ladies that are usually written about. As someone who is an ardent supporter of reinstating the lost feminine principle, learning the lives of ‘ordinary’ women is fascinating.
Is a remarkable debut novel and I have no doubt the sequel will be just as good, if not phenomenal. It is one of the rare books I have read and thought, “That will make a good movie”
ArticlesPosted by Katrina Sisowath Wed, October 22, 2014 16:35:18
Lord Anu: in Sumerian mythology Anu was known as the 'king of gods', head of a triad with Enlil, god of the air, and Enki, god of water who were his sons. There was a disagreement over who should take his place due to birth order and their mothers’ (who were in fact sisters) ages.
In Saxon lore he was known as Wotan, or Saturn, the midnight sun who was said to have ruled the Nine Worlds of the Rings – having the ninth Ring (the One Ring) to govern eight others. Kronos, and the God-kings who followed him, were known by the title "Lord of the Four Corners of the World."
Lady Barat An-na: wife of Lord Anu. Mother of Enki, Her lore was brought to the British Islands and she was portrayed seated by the seashore with a flaming torch and at her side is placed a round shield bearing the Rosi-crucis. In this book Ninkha is credited with venerating her mother-in-law by propagating this image of her so that she'd never be forgotten.
Lady Tiamat: one of the most important deities in Sumerian times. Chosen here as the second wife of Lord Anu and mother of Enlil. Symbolised often by a water-dragon or serpent.
Enlil: in Sumerian mythology he was the God of wind and air and also the God of warfare. His disdain for his female counterparts and humans is shown time and time again. He was responsible for the flood documented in Genesis and reportedly went on to be known as 'the One True God' or Jehovah (though that is contested as a lesser God, by the name Kurambi, had many of the negative characteristics and committed the deeds attributed to Jehovah)
Insignia: Two Eagles looking forward and backwards, claimed by Enlil as his birthright from House Samael
Enki: in Sumerian mythology he was the younger of Lord Anu sons, but had precedence due to his mother being the elder of Lord Anu's wives.
He was not only the God of water, but also the God of wisdom and all magic. He along with his wife (Nin-kharsag--called Ninkha in this book) is accredited with creating humans and then giving them knowledge, against the wishes of the other Annunaki. He or his wife is the serpent in the Garden of Eden. His youngest son was known as Thoth in Egypt and found the mystery school dedicated to keeping alive the true story of creation.
Insignia: two serpents entwined, found in the heliotrope or symbol of medicine the world over (also said to represent a strand of DNA)
Ninkha (Nin-Khursag) : The wife of Enki who helped manufacture humans was called Nin-kharsag also known as Ninti or Mam-mu (progenitor of MAMA) or Nin-ana.
Known as the snake goddess since Palaeolithic times, her cult has been found worldwide: from Crete to Mesopotamia, Greece and Egypt to ancient Semite and Hindu mythology. She was represented by a serpent shedding its own skin and was often pictured wearing a sacral knot: a looped cord between her breasts which, combined with the double edged axe can be compared with the Ankh symbolising eternal life and resurrection. She is linked to the planet Venus and can also be symbolised as the eight-point star or rosette.
Insignia: the serpent eating its own tail
Eris (known as Ereshkigal, but shortened for ease): Goddess of the Underworld, Death, Seasonal Rites and Magic, also can be termed Witchcraft. Chosen here as a counterpart to Ninkha's role as 'Creator'. In Greek mythology she is known as Hekate, In Celtic lore she is Cailleach Bear, in India she is Kali where there is a temple at Madayi Kavu. In Roman times she was known by Lara and in Egypt she was Nephthys
Insignia: the black handled sword known as 'Athame'
Belial: The head of mages and sorcerers, in Jewish tradition he was one of the heads of the rebellion against God (Jehovah) along with Lucifer. Not much else is known about him.
Insignia: the wand of destiny forged for him by Eris, also can be used as a spear
Dagon: found in Assyria, Babylon, Phoenicia and in the Bible as the god of the Philistines. He was a powerful and warlike protector in Sumerian traditions.
Insignia: the Shuhadaku or flaming sword
Dantalion: a mage who taught all arts and sciences, also declared the secret counsel of anyone, given that he could read the thoughts of all people
Insignia: the All- Seeing Eye
Attar (Canaanite mythological version of Lucifer): accused of trying to supplant the one true God and aiding the serpent in the Garden. He was a cherub or commander of seraphim, charged with protecting the throne. He was also known for his wisdom and beauty and was considered ‘the brightest star in the heavens’ who fell to Earth and intermarried with the wives of men. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, "The Lord of the Earth" is a term applied to Satan, or Lucifer, who was the brightest star in Heaven, but was cast down by God.
In this book he is credited with being the military commander and forerunner of the Knights Templars, his men protecting the Priests, Priestesses and Royal Families
Insignia: the wolf
Astorath: depicted with feathered wings, holding a serpent in one hand, and riding a beast with dragon-like wings and a serpent-like tail (a dragon?) He teaches mathematical sciences (perhaps star fire) and handicrafts, can make men invisible and lead them to hidden treasure. He can answer any question formulated to him.
Insignia: the chalice, afterwards combined with the serpent by Belial to signify medicine and science
Ningizzida (known as Ningi in the book): youngest son of Enki, in Egypt he was known as Thoth, charged by his father to become the 'Lord of Truth'. He formed the Mystery School of Thoth in Egypt to pass down the secret knowledge to his initiates. Of the thousands of scrolls of ancient knowledge that were burned in the Great Library of Alexandria, forty books were said to be written by the greatest philosopher, teacher, and ancient monk of all time, Thoth or Ningizzida.
To the Greeks he became Hermes Trismegistus. The Romans called him Mercury. Some believe he became Enoch to the Jews, the “Second Messenger of God.” The Scandinavians worshipped Thoth as Odin, the Teutons as Wotan, the Peruvians as Quetzacoatl, and the Mayans knew him as Kukulkán.
Insignia: a cone of white powder (Anbar, aka the Highward or Philospher's stone)
Innana: progenitor of the Ring Lord female line, associated with fountains, springs and water, her descendant Queens were commonly represented as Mermaids and were called Ladies of the Lake, retaining their Dragon Queen status. One of the most famous of her descendants was Melusine. Inheriting the role of M’hor from her mother, Ninkha, she developed the rituals of the Temple of Youth, becoming the goddess of sexuality and fertility with her worship connected with orgiastic rituals and frenzied dancing.
Insignia: a half woman/half dragon encircled by a serpent
Lillieth: the M’hor or high priestess of the Temple of Youth of the Annunaki. There is none lovelier than her
Insignia: the crescent moon
Marduk: also known as Posiedon. King of all Babylonian Gods, founder of Undal (Atlantis) after he fell in love with a human called Cleito. They had five sets of twins who were given Atlantis to rule, which had been divided into ten sections, one for each to rule.
Insignia: a dragon with a serpent's tail
Saran: second daughter of Enki and Ninkha, becoming a Kispu, or Priestess of Astrology, running the Temples of Magan with her brother Ningi.
Insignia: the serpent eating its own tail, after her mother, with a rose in its centre
Kain: The first of the super humans created by Enki and Ninkha born to another super human. Foremost of the human kings, trained to rule. He sided with them against Enlil and had to be protected from the irate Enlil with an emblem to signify his status.
Insigna: the 'fiery cross' a red cross with forked tongues in a circle, also known as the dragon and serpent or Rosi-crucis, to symbolise his protection under Enki and Ninkha
Ninagal: Master Craftsman, forerunner of Tubal Cain and other craftsmen. Credited with helping to develop Orme—or the highward stone.
Insignia: the 'paten' a plate with the pentagram engraved on it, used to serve the highward stone during the rituals
ArticlesPosted by Katrina Sisowath Wed, October 22, 2014 16:34:01
Most people know of the orders of the angels: the Seraphim, Cherubim, Archangels, etc. But how many know what they really are or what they look like? We envision glorious beings—winged men with amazing physiques, exuding power and beauty. Jehovah certainly employed them as his personal guard and often ordered them to punish those who defied him
But a closer examination of the word reveals the male singular is Seraph, which comes from Sarap—which means burning or fiery serpent. The female Serepa also means burning. The Bible makes it clear they are known as the Burners or Destroyers
As Wikipedia states:
Literally "burning ones", the word seraph is normally a synonym for serpents when used in the Hebrew Bible. A seminal passage in the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-8) used the term to describe fiery six-winged beings that fly around the Throne of God crying "holy, holy, holy".
Seraphs are mentioned as celestial beings in an influential Hellenistic work, the Book of Enoch, and the Book of Revelation.
So, the picture that comes to mind is not a gorgeous human-like figure with wings and a flaming sword, but a fiery serpent with six wings-----or a DRAGON! Enoch himself, considered by some to be Ningizidda or Thoth, called them drakones
Yes, I’m biased, having included dragons in my book Serpent Priestess, operating on the philosophy that if they were found in so many cultures that they may have existed. But, even I, growing up in a christian environment, never realised that the Seraphim were something quite different than the image we were presented.
ArticlesPosted by Katrina Sisowath Wed, October 22, 2014 16:28:59
Dagon: known to us as the god whom Samson pulled down after he was blinded, crushing all who were at the festivities. Yet his image has remained in some surprising alterations.
He was known as the Fisher King, or mer-man with a cloak of scales that resembled a fish. There are tales of a people known as 'The Shining Ones' who wore cloaks of many overlapping colours that shone in the light hence their name. Perhaps Joseph was given one of those cloaks?
So if Dagon was one of those 'Shining Ones', a people garbed in cloaks that glowed from within, a people known to possess great wisdom, beauty and longevity who brought science and culture wherever they landed, it stands to reason that the civilization that accepted him would in time come to raise him to the status of their God.
Dagon was eventually forgotten by history, those cultures that worshiped him erased by time as new cultures arose. But the Shining Ones did not disappear, though they had been hunted through the ages. Instead they had to resort more often to hiding their true nature and their offspring to safeguard their bloodline.
Which is why the tale of the Fisher King is surprising giving Jehovah's hatred of Dagon. In a legend glorifying a Christian king we find that the keeper of the Holy Grail is a Fisher King and that his kinsman Parcival is the only one of Arthur's knights who is worthy of finding the Grail. Why 'Fisher King'? Some surmise it's because after the injury to his groin he could only find peace when fishing, but if we look at the earlier tales of enlightened beings, their outer garments and their bloodline, a suitable explanation is that the Fisher King was one of the Shining Ones (hence his longer than average life even when wounded).
Parcival has to heal the king by asking the question "Whom does the Grail serve?" The answer is the King himself and by asking the right question, the King and the land is healed. Which brings another interesting tale, this of Cronus..................
Cronus, also known as Saturn has not the best of reputations and rightly so. He castrated his father with an adamant scythe and ate his own children. He is a god in Egypt, Greece and Rome but a surprising ancient text claims the ten kings of Atlantis were adopted as the Egyptian pantheon. If that were true, then Cronus was a real flesh and blood being. Perhaps a 'Shining One', with superior strength, wisdom and longevity, but ultimately mortal. So why did he castrate his father?
The legend has it his mother asked him to and he obliged, partly out of loyalty to her and also out of a desire to supplant him. So why not just kill his father outright?
Ancient civilizations believed that the health (in particular reproductive health) of the King was tied to the fertility of the land. In ancient Cambodia the King had to make a nightly climb to the top of the Celestial Palace to pay homage to the Serpent Goddess who would appear in human form. Should he fail in his task, the kingdom would be destroyed. The ancient Celts would sacrifice their king should the crops fail and famine approached, believing he had failed in his duty as king and had displeased the gods. Only his blood shed would restore the fruitfulness of the land.
So if the Atlanteans believed that the health of the King determined the health of the land, then what would happen to a King who became injured or ill? The ancients did not have food storage as we do. If the crops failed one year there would be hardship and many would die. So the King could not be allowed to remain on the throne, either he would be forced to step down or executed. If one wanted to commit regicide, perhaps, like Cronus who had the added incentive of making his father suffer, then one simply had to deal the king a blow, such as to the groin. There could only be one outcome: the King must then be removed.
ArticlesPosted by Katrina Sisowath Wed, October 22, 2014 14:38:25
Philosopher’s Stone---The Penultimate High?
“To make gold—you must take gold”
After a disastrous war, when most of the Annunaki had been killed or fled, the substitute known as Shem-anna, Highward Fire Stone or the Phoenix Stone by the Priestly Kings and Queens in place of the Star Fire harvested from the Annunaki Priestesses. This is the manna fed to the Israelites, the shewbread given to King David and it is found in texts and engravings all over the ancient world, from bas-reliefs on temples showing Egyptian pharaohs holding white ‘cones’ on plates to an Alexandrian text detailing a ‘Paradise Stone’ which gives youth to the elderly.
Indeed, in the late 1890’s a British explorer by the name of Petrie found on Mount Sinai (the sacred mountain of Moses) the remains of an Egyptian temple which appeared to have been used in a mass production of something. He could only find mounds of a white powder, some of which was sent back to England to be analyzed. But, as his excavation contradicted church beliefs and the Egyptian Exploration Fund who financed Petrie had as its stated mission, to discover that which supported the Bible, the results of his findings were with held from the public.
This white ‘flour’ was made from not only gold itself, but the metals that comprise the platinum group i.e. iridium, rhodium and palladium, iridium being a key fire-stone of ancient Sumer. Iridium and Rhodium have anti-aging properties, while ruthenium and platinum compounds interact with our DNA and cellular body. When the gold and platinum metals, activated by the Master Metallurgists servicing the priest-kings, into a monotonic high-spin state, activated the endocrine glandular system in a way that heightened awareness and aptitude to extraordinary levels. The high-spin powder of gold has a distinct effect upon the pineal gland and its increased melatonin production while iridium has a similar effect on the serotonin production of the pituitary gland.
So how was it made? In Genesis of the Grail Kings, the authors explain:
“A normal atom has around it a screening potential—a positive screening produced by the nucleus. The majority of electrons going round the nucleus are within this screening potential, except for the very outer electrons. The nucleus goes to the highward or high-spin state when the positive screening potential expands to bring all of the electrons under the control of the nucleus.
These electrons normally travel around the nucleus in pairs-a spin forward electron and a spin-reverse electron. But when these come under the influence of a high-spin nucleus, all the spin-forward electrons become correlated with the spin-reverse electrons. When perfectly correlated, the electrons turns to pure ‘white light’ and it is impossible for the individual atoms in the high-spin substance to link together so the whole remains as a powder.
In simplistic terms, the white powder is created by striking the metal sample, under strictly controlled conditions for a pre-calculated time with a designated high-heat.” (End of excerpt)
What were the effects of this magical white powder? One can only imagine. But with so many areas of the brain being activated at once with the senses becoming magnified, along with an immediate flush of health, vitality and youth, it’s easy to surmise how the one ingesting it felt ‘Godlike’. If there were side effects they were not recorded. Instead we have accounts of living longer while retaining youthfulness and great strength, a higher plane of awareness and the ability to out-think everyone else. In short, modern drugs such as cocaine and E are only a poor substitute for what once was considered the ‘food of the Gods’ and given to rulers as a sign of divinity and to enable them to rule well.
An interesting point is increased melatonin production means sensitivity to daylight, and so those who partook of the Fire Stone tended to sleep through the day and stay up through the night, becoming known as ‘the Princes of Darkness’