Spiritual Testimony of the Soul

There has been a personal awakening that has spilled over into my current WIP.

If I hadn’t mentioned it I’m halfway finished with the first draft of Lady Agape & The New Dimension. I completed 90% of that while on my working vacation. There were no distractions. When I returned home I had to go back and read what I had written since I was not able to stick to my outline and the few days off from writing broke momentum. Now I’m back at it, the summarization of what’s been written will be due Friday and I pick up where I left off on Saturday.

There will be a different me when I return to this project though since like most productive vacations, my mind has been rejuvenated and I have a new respect and love for what I do. I’d realize that being a fiction/fantasy writer, creating new worlds and new people, is hard a long time ago. I’ve always known that being a storyteller require stories from one’s experience, what one is taught by an elder, mentor, or book, or what one has bared witness to. But what I didn’t know or hadn’t realized is I am both. It may appear that I create people and events but I don’t I remember these things, I don’t pull them out of the air. They’re not original materials being downloaded as I initially believed. They’re memories; which is why I, like other storytellers, must live, learn, or bear witness to the things which I write. I share all that I’m able to remember in written form, not because I like to but because I need to hence the title Storytelling-Writer.

These are tales of how to live a spiritual existence while having this human experience. These are tales of my past as well as the past of others that may or may not walk the Earth. Because what I write is spiritual fiction, it’s not for everyone. And as much as I wish that I could entertain everyone, I know that only those who are ready to catch a spiritual catnap will share in my enjoyment.

Like anything that is divine, I’m starting out with an easy one- going within in order to change without. With time, I’m going to be trusted with more in depth memories which will allow me to tell stories that really heal on the scale that I wish to. Not that Lady Agape doesn’t heal, how could it not when the subject is about a young woman being transported to a new dimension which happens to be within her mind?

You may ask, how do I know that this is something that is coming from the memories of my soul? I know because I know my life and what I’ve learned and from who as well as knowing what I’m capable of creating. This isn’t coming through me it’s coming to me. There’s not much more I can say other than trust me. With my surrendering to the fact that I’m an Elder Soul who is here to learn about true, loving, unconditional relationships and how to help others, I will be able to manifest written stories unique to anything that has come before. I promise. Your trust will not be in vain.

Until the next spiritual and professional motion is submitted.

Thanks for Listening!
Sabrina-Louise

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Some Thoughts Behind Lady Agape

I’ve come to realize that the installment The New Dimension is nothing like the original idea I was struck with seven months ago. Well, almost nothing like it. I still have a young prince that has won control of his empire but he has a twin sister and she’s the antagonist. Whereas I was going to make the prince, Connor Stone, the protagonist, I decided that I would go with another outside voice. One who had skin in the game but was older and more prepared than Connor or his sister. That is where Lady Agape comes in. But because Agape didn’t want to fit in with Connor or his sister, Nancy, I made Agape a member of the APPL (Astral Projection Protection League) but even that needed time and space to grow in order for it to be done right. Then I added the fact that Agape’s advising and protecting Connor wouldn’t add much resistance or conflict to the story so I made her be from earth and made it where she can only be seen by those with eyes to see or those on the Astral Plane. The story question changed from what if a young prince gained control of a global empire to how did a high-school teacher become one of the greatest agents of the APPL and more?

This turned my singular idea, my stand alone story, into a series. Lady Agape.

With most books having complex storylines, morals, and themes, I had to come up with something for Agape. I thought about her and I realized that as a black woman in American during the year 2019, Agape hasn’t had the chance to realize her true qualities of compassion, forgiveness, unconditional love, leadership, thoughtfulness, and warrior kick-butt attitude. These qualities are pushed to the side by her job as a high-school religion teacher instead of her dream as a college professor of the subject. At least they are until she enters the Astral Plane- the plane of emotions- and she has to save Connor, who is one of many fragments of consciousness known as Agape, who lives in a different dimension than Earth. Putting Connor against Nancy and telling Agape that both these people are you now you have to figure out how to save Connor from Nancy, allow death to come to one part of you in order to save the whole.

The issues I deal with are schizophrenia, incest, love of power, and divine purpose. I tackle some questions about those issues and present a new way for women to exist in the world or at least I support this new way of the female warrior.

I just wanted to share a little of what I’ve been working on and give you the reasoning behind the choices I made in designing Lady Agape & The New Dimension. I know that it’s not much and you still don’t have the whole story but I will continue to share my thinking behind my writing so the answers will come.

-Thanks for Listening
Sabrina-Louise
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Plot Outline: Project 2017-2018- Revision of the storyline

As a creative soul, I’m being tested. I want to write something set in the year 1952. Nothing much happened during that year. We, America, was the power force to beat with our military and economics. We didn’t have to rebuild after the war and our great internal and/or covert threat was the whisper of the word communism. The American Dream was born with the invention of credit, bank loans, and quick, swift completion of tasks. We were beginning the path which now has us tackling debt, looking at war, and lacking the basic morals and common sense that we once had.

So why do I want to write about 1952? Why the 1950s period? I tell you . . . the calm of the 50s is calling out to me- I want to upset it. But there is so much that I must overcome as a writer of fiction/fantasy. First, I love the idea of having modern warriors and the 1950s had not defined itself as the face of today’s fighter by 1952 yet, it had outgrown the innocent hand-to-hand combat. So, I need to create. I also must deal with the reality of a lack of diversity of in the 1950s, since I want to include all kinds of things like an international boarding school for boys. That’s just two ideas that I need to toss. I want a powerful woman like Rowling’s main girl, but most women of the 1950s were in the house using the new quick appliances that were fresh on the market.

Is there anything to tell that will make good fiction? I believe that it’s like being in the fool position. At this point, there are no rules and everything is dependent on my actions. Therefore, I will put to heart the seven (or nine depending on who you ask) plotlines of a story and build me something from scratch. I will keep what I have, just adjust characters’ goals so that things are plausible. I will think what could have happened during this cooling down period in America’s history. I know that all stories need a lull and the 50s were one of young lady America’s.

The 18-year-old prince should be 20 or 21 and he must be running away from the tranquility of the 50s and be looking for adventure. Have him be ahead of his time. Place him in the Navy with the desire to be one of the special forces that helped to make the Navy SEALS. Then just as he is about to get a spot have his family murdered. Of course, I will keep him as royalty but make him the ninth child. Nine is a lucky number and the only one that survived is his sister Nancy. Yes, Nancy is in on the assassinations and had plans of taking the throne herself. Nancy and Ret. Fleet Admiral of the navy, the older, married man that Nancy is having an affair with, was hoping that the Main Character would have died while on an assignment. But he is in all sense of the word special forces.

The main Character calls on a friend that is stationed in another country (India/Hindi) and this friend, also a prince tells the main character to come to his small mahal. There the two begin to piece the facts together, or do they? They end up engaging the Prime Minister, Mimiya, who is working her (yes HER!) angle. This woman wants to have the monarchy to herself so that she can turn it into a republic; with her at the emperor. Mimiya is working Nancy, older woman who has been where the young woman is, angle. Together they send for the main character and tell him that he’s needed back home. Amit decides to travel with his friend and when they arrive there is the threat of war.

The MC must deal with a military uprising by the natives of one of the few remaining colonies/commonwealths that the Empire that the MC is now King of. The soldiers that were there were brutally murdered, men, women, and child, all of them natives of the Empire. The natives of the colony want their freedom and they are now in the 50s ready to fight for it. I may have a nonviolent character in there but I don’t know. This uprising takes place in a South African like place.

Recap: MC, Amit, Nancy, Ret. Fleet General, Prime Minister, military leader (warlord). That’s who we got so far. Then Amit’s homeland is attacked- civil war. Another Raaja (King in Hindi) has attacked the Raanee (Queen in Hindi) Andielle. Andielle is Amit’s grandmother and not only is she requiring that Amit return home but she wants the MC to send troops and weapons. The MC makes the decision to join in Andielle’s war and while he has troops there he also must send troop to deal with the military warlord, Hedeon. MC sends troops to deal with Hedeon and re-establish the Empire.

Now that is outside dealings. The MC is still trying to figure out who murdered his whole family. He decides to investigate on his own until he meets Nikol a Rear Admiral of a democratic country looking for allies. Nikol promises to help MC, in exchange he wants the MC empire loyalty against the Federation. The federation is a dictatorship that is attempting to push their beliefs on the rest of the world. Cadman is the Dictator and where he was engaging in conflict with Nikol and his people now Cadman sees young MC and decide to shift focus. An ending is still be worked out; all these characters are tied together by war, ambition, lust, and a little friendship. Lines are being drawn.

I want this to be character driven but if it’s not I can live with that. I’m pulling this from the air and only with the setting of the pieces will I see if I got it right.

Thanks for Listening,

Sabrina-Louise

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My Brainstorming the Vital Questions for the Manuscript.

When I set out to tell another story, I wondered could a newly crowned, teenage king truly handle the responsibilities of defending his monarchy from overt challenges as well as those lurking in the background? I mean if his parents are murdered just hours ago as well as the friendly uncle(s) who would have guided his decisions, how would he handle himself? Who would he listen to? Just how far would he go to keep the crown and stabilize the dying monarchy? What if, as the sixth child and fourth son, he has been irresponsible in a lot of ways, but is well trained as a warrior? (As trained as an 18-year-old can be.) What if he has never been instructed in how to use true sovereign authority since he was less powerful than his sisters and was headed for a life in the military? Could this teenager pull off this salvage mission? How? Oh, and the setting is based on life during the 1940s in Europe and America but located in a country I named Magoon.

Personally, I believe that with the right help he could do it.

I believe that he would have total success at saving his own neck (especially in hand-to-hand combat) but initial failure at getting justice and order for the monarchy. He can’t trust anyone, so except for the Prime Minister he must quickly fire his parents’ entire support team. Why keep the Prime Minister? Well, she has convinced him that the people need her, that the government needs her, and someone attempted to take her life during the same time the assassins killed the monarchy. Then I thought, what if he called in a few of his military school buddies to fill in the positions of council and staff? What a mess that would be as these boys lack the wisdom of the true art of politics, war, and negotiations. I can see them attempting to foresee the Federation’s moves. The same Federation which has declared that all empires must die and exile for its rulers is not an option.

Then there is the 40-year-old resistance leader that the empire was dealing with. This man knows the truth behind the power that simultaneously assassinated the royals in one day. Not any loss to him, but he is curious as to what does the assassins want with his beloved country. With the royal family pretty much dead, the king’s attempts to squash the resistance has become more of a repulsive fly than a harmful wasp.

I figured, after the one adult they trusted is killed, the king would call on democratic allies and the remaining empires for help. With this support team the king can eliminate the leaders of the resistance and assassins; then, with the combined strength of the allies behind him, deal with the Federation.

So, with all that the question is what’s on the line for this teenage king?

His life! You have the assassins, the Federation, and the resistance all wanting his head. And his home. The crown is all he has left of his family. This is the beginning of the king’s legacy.

What is this the story of?

The story of how an 18-year-old got justice for his family and revived his crown.

Sabrina-Louise

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Female Lead, A Girl for my Protagonist

I’ve been building/brainstorming my current WIP for a month now, but until an hour ago, I didn’t have a love interest for my protagonist. Let me just get it straight now, I’m personally not against love and affection. I haven’t told love to pack his bags and hit the road. And I understand fully that the fiction audience has come to expect a good romance storyline during any coming of age novel. With that said I couldn’t for the life of me come up with someone who would properly fit. I didn’t want to just have a place holder, you know, a cardboard cut-out of a girl that would sit and wait for my main character while he had fun saving the crown and land. I wanted someone that would be an equal to my protagonist, if not better. She had to be strong enough, wise enough, that she would know when to speak, what to say, and how to say it. So, I put the task of a girlfriend for my 18-year-old main character on the back burner.

As I carried on with brainstorming this manuscript, from the creation of a completed premise to the early drafts of a plot skeleton, I hit a wall. What was the protagonist motivation now that I’ve taken everyone he cared for away? I mean I killed everyone and the death that hit the hardest was committed right before his eyes. What would get my protagonist to get out of bed and even try now that he knows he can’t trust those who were charged with keeping him and his family safe? Would the love of the crown motivate him to put his life on the line? Would someone so self-centered care about his people and the legacy that is now his by birthright? Probably not to all these questions. I needed someone he would hope to save from the assassins that killed his family. I needed someone whose words could convince him to step up and be a man, be a king for his people. I needed someone who didn’t have all the answers but was willing to stick their neck out for the very reason they were pushing my protagonist to think and act outside of self. Ah, the girlfriend.

A girlfriend could see my protagonist cry and not feel the need to stop his grieving. A girlfriend who was trained to be a warrior could help him fight. Hell, I made her hobby studying war history so that she could advise him in the war he’s in; because after all, he is facing a native warlord, a militarized federation, and a group of assassins. I describe her as a lovely girl, beautiful in her own right. So, he’ll want to kiss her. They have a history together as he was there for her when her sister committed suicide over flunking out of the His Majesty Royal Academy for Girls. She knows his friends and except for two get along with them pretty well.

So there, I have a love interest that isn’t a curly sue. She is not perfect but she won’t back down from this situation knowing that if they hang in there just long enough allies will come in and help revenge the Turner family. But that’s a paper for another day. Until then know that I’m pleased with finding both more forward-moving plot and a kick-ass female lead.

Thanks for listening,

Sabrina-Louise

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Premise to Untitled Project 3/18/17

Premise to Untitled Project

When: Newly crown, irresponsible, 18-year-old king independently declare war on all contestants for his home country and Empire

Character Acts: King appoints former classmates as both staff and advisors together they use classroom strategy to fight

Until: Their only trusted advisor’s head is delivered in a bag

Leading to: Connor accepting responsibility and assistance from older, wiser advisors thereby removing known threats to title and person.

Final Premise Line: When a newly crowned, irresponsible, 18-year-old declares war on all contestants for his home and empire, he fires everyone and appoints former classmates as both staff and advisors, together they use classroom strategy to fight, until their only trusted, adult advisor’s head is delivered in a bag then he accepts responsibility and assistance from older, wiser advisors thereby removing known threats to his title and person.

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A Sharing: Emmett’s first meeting with the animal-people

The following is an except from my manuscript Beings of SEU. This is the opening of the chapter when the wolf god Emmett agrees to help the animal-people get the freedom that many of them desire. As of now I still don’t have a name for the animal-people hence the word animal-people but they are evolved animals with awareness and understanding of free will and many of them want it. I will share a post about the novel in the coming days but the story really boils down to individual freedom and empowerment for a race of beings that were created as one entity.

Oh. I plan to do something like this with each chapter– a few posts of about 600-700 words each. Hopefully I will be able to show how the essay posts on this blog tie in with the excepts of the manuscript.

No matter what, Emmett did not feel as prepared as he had last night. There was something about knowing that in a few hours he would be before a group of beings that wanted more than what had been given to them by birth. Sabrina said that they wanted empowerment but he questioned what power was there for them to have. Rabbit told him that it was all about being able to experience the manifestations of your choices. But that was the thing, as animal-people they didn’t have power of creation and the Spiritual Law of cause and effect didn’t apply. They were asking for him to go against the design of the Creator of All That Is and All That Isn’t. He was only a god and couldn’t be responsible for these people or could he. His father felt that it was the job of all the gods to give the animal-people the same thing that the human-people had since they too had consciousness within self. It was that belief which caused his father to lose his life as well as the lives of the other animal gods.

As Emmett sat on the edge of the bed with his bare feet on the cold floor, he felt the energy of the sacred ground which he called home. Not that he didn’t normally feel the pulse of all those who watched after him but today was special. He tried to immerse himself in his morning prayers but his thoughts continue to drift off to the memory of a weasel-woman named Sarah who squatted on her hind hunches while crying and begging that he grant her the chance to use free will the way that Sabrina and Rabbit did. Emmett’s lip curled upon remembering the image. He opened his eyes and sighed. The weight of this decision was heavy and so consuming that he was having a hard time keeping his humanoid form. “Why do they want to go against the will of the Creator of All That Is and All That Isn’t?” He asked of no one.

Emmett couldn’t understand it. He couldn’t properly digest the requests for help which came from his father, the gods who died trying to free the animal-people, Sabrina, Rabbit, and he especially couldn’t understand the cries from the animal-people challenging the natural order of things. Why did all of them feel that he was the one to do something that hadn’t been done in nearly eight hundred years? He stood and pulled off his night shirt while making his way to the shower. Each step required concentration that he did not have and by the time he was in the bathroom he was in wolf form. “Well, this is great. I can’t even keep it together enough to take a shower. How am I supposed to be able to grant freedom that my father couldn’t even do while in his prime? I bet he never let his appearance slip beyond his control.” And with that statement he laid on the floor waiting for his thoughts to become aligned with the vibrational pulse of the human-people.

Time went by slowly but eventually he was able to change back into human form and take a shower. But before that happen Sabrina called him at least a dozen times before finally coming into his room to see what the hold-up was. Upon seeing him in his canine form she knelt down and rubbed him behind the ears. She was kind and compassionate about it all telling him that she would keep his breakfast warm in the microwave. But Rabbit, well Rabbit was Rabbit about the situation and told him that he was worrying about something which time had come a long time ago. As Rabbit explained it, this was just the beginning. Rabbit told him that it wasn’t a failure of the gods who went before them but instead a failure of the true desire of the animal-people who stood beside them. This time would be different, Rabbit guaranteed it. And before he left, Rabbit reminded Emmett that there would be about one-hundred and seventy animal-people at the den of the wolf god waiting for instructions and a beacon of hope. One-hundred and seventy of them who wanted Emmett’s final answer as to whether he would pick up where his father and the others left off.

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