Shiva: meaning “auspicious, kind, gracious”…

This is a photo of a statue of Shiva in meditation.  I wasn’t sure whether the description referred to the God or the statue (perhaps both), but the caption said its abode was on Mount Kailash in Tibet.  Breathtaking, don’t you think?

The Sanskrit word Shiva (Devanagari: शिव, śiva) is an adjective meaning “auspicious, kind, gracious”… In simple English transliteration it is written either as Shiva or Siva. Shiva is a complex deity, part of a Hindu Trinity. He is destroyer, transformer, and yogi, considered by some to be the supreme God in the Hindu pantheon of Gods/Goddesses.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva

Buy my Books:

Unexpected Journey (www.roguephoenixpress.com): historical coming of age novel about a shaman, a rich girl and a street girl who end up in colonial Philadelphia.

Kindle edition: $5.99

Emily’s Shadow (www.bloodmoonpublishing.com): supernatural fantasy set in Cornwall, where Merlin made magic.

  Kindle edition:   $4.79

FREE: Misty, the London Pony,  is based on a true story. An illustrated children’s story is available as a free PDF download.

 

Champion, the Dream Horse, about Mara Sue, who lives in Kentucky, is poor, but determined to own the horse of her dreams.

Kindle edition: $2.99 

E-Publisher and Indie-Publishers

I have never been able to give up on my book projects. Never! Every so often I dust off my old manuscripts, revise them, and submit them to publishers.

Recently, I sent two of my older rewritten novels to e-publishers.  To my astonishment, both were accepted. I dutifully signed the contracts, glad to have such a validation.

One problem I encountered was I didn’t remember the storyline all that well, and when a reader asked me about the symbolic meaning I had in mind for my fantasy novel, Emily’s Shadow, I couldn’t remember. Ha ha. She did get me to thinking about what I’d written though, and why. I have since completed a sequel to this novel, but because I have matured as a writer, this story is quite different from what I’d originally planned. I haven’t looked at the draft yet, but hopefully it is better. Also, having a legitimate publisher, www.bloodmoonpublishing.com , gave me energy to work on this new project because they had already accepted it for their 2012 list.

My second book, Unexpected Journey, published by www.roguephoenixpress.com  has been an exciting project because the editor, Christine Young, helped me turn this historical fiction novel into something far stronger. They also had an excellent copy-editor. If the novel is successful, and by this, I mean it gets some readers, then I may write a sequel.

I self-published a children’s novel, Champion, the Dream Horse, on Amazon. This was a fun thing to do and also empowering, but the question of whether or not it deserved to be published will always remain. I’d like to think I am an accomplished writer and my work is strong. While that may be true, I remember how often I have been blindly in love with my stories, and only after input from experts, have I seen the errors, and the ways to improve the work.

Whether you are an Indie or have an e-publisher, you will still have to find ways to market and promote your books. I like e-marketing but it is difficult, with so much competition from other Indies and e-book publishers, to establish a readership . For my children’s novel, Champion, I am going to try advertising to a targeted audience through Blaze Magazine.

Ultimately, writing is hard work, and I think it is better to go with a legitimate established publisher who will help shape and edit your novel as well as give you professional validation.

Buy my Books:

Unexpected Journey (www.roguephoenixpress.com): historical coming of age novel about a shaman, a rich girl and a street girl who end up in colonial Philadelphia.

Kindle edition: $5.99

Emily’s Shadow (www.bloodmoonpublishing.com): supernatural fantasy set in Cornwall, where Merlin made magic.

  Kindle edition:   $4.79

FREE: Misty, the London Pony,  is based on a true story. An illustrated children’s story is available as a free PDF download.

 

Champion, the Dream Horse, about Mara Sue, who lives in Kentucky, is poor, but determined to own the horse of her dreams.

Kindle edition: $2.99 

Holy Mountain

Arunachala is a holy mountain in India, said to be the embodiment of Shiva, who is a significant Indian deity. A ritual is performed by many people who walk barefooted around the mountain three times. It takes about three hours. Some walk silently, some meditate, and some repeat a mantra.

Roger Housden once made a pilgrimage to Arunachala, where Ramani Maharshi, a great Indian saint of the twentieth century, lived for sixteen years in silence and solitude. When Roger first saw the mountain he knew nothing of its history and sacredness. He explored the hill and went into the cave where Ramani Maharshi lived. Roger sat silently in the darkness glad to be out of the hot sun. After an hour, a voice in his mind said, “Just rest.” Roger says, “I let the dark cave take me then, hold me, and in that moment it was as if the mountain moved through me. It was then that I felt Arunachala to be truly alive. It was as if the life of the mountain, the cave, and my own innermost being, were one and the same thing.”

Sri Ramani Maharshi wrote:

When I came to realize who I am,

What else is this identity of mine?

But thee

Oh thou who standest  as the towering Aruna Hill? 

(Jennifer Westwood. On Pilgrimage. Mahwah, New Jersey: Hidden Spring. 2003. 208-209).