Royalty Checks…..

"The Zar Tales"

I  want to thank all  who have bought “A Seasoning of Lust” and the new “The Zar Tales”.  I just got a first quarter royalty check and was pleasantly surprised.

Wow!  Baby’s got new shoes!

Last year was a  challenge.  I was growing as a writer and had to pick carefully what influences came into my life.   I had to learn to ignore the bad, tempting though it could be.   Especially the dangerous.  There usually is more than a touch of madness  in this last category.

It was difficult but I learned discernment.  It was not an easy battle.  Some people exist  as human potholes.  They need to be avoided but sometimes you see the hole too late.  You can fall in, but the point is to climb out of the muck.  Shake yourself off and go on.

I had to readjust my sites and purpose as a writer.  I moved away from erotica in the main. There is good erotica….and then there is the horrendous.  Mostly fanciful literature of the bdsm nature.  But too inhuman by far.  At least for my nature.

Writing isn’t something I started out to do, but over the past 5 years it has taken a big part of my life.  I have met some absolutely marvelous people who helped me in too many ways to count.

I think being a writer is in  part about influences.  I have had the great guidance and friendship of really good writers. Bill Penrose, Nick Nicholson, Steve Isaaks and others have helped and encouraged in ways I didn’t foresee.  I had the support of people who were dedicated READERS and that made all the difference to me.  I could chart what worked and what didn’t through their eyes and opinions.  It all went into the mix of becoming a writer.

Readers of this blog know  I have been writing a novel about feudal Japan.   “The Kimono” is also a time- warp story and the research for the 16th century parts (which is 90% of the novel) has been all consuming.  It’s thrown my life, and my husband’s…into new territory. With a novel like this, it should.  We are planning a trip to northern Japan for next year and to do some observations of the Yamabushi cult somewhere around Gassan (Moon) Mountain.  Yamabushi figures in strongly in this book.

Recently I exchanged correspondence with Lucia St. Clair Robson, the author of “The Tokaido Road”.  She published this novel in 1991.  It is a heavily-detailed and researched book.  Having some of the same issues in writing, research, we have a lot to talk about.  Lucia has been very open and encouraging on “The Kimono”.  We find that we also have a lot of opinions in common about writing.  That really helps because sometimes writing historical fiction seems like the most lonely thing one can attempt in life.  Research, the foundation for these kind of books….is never ending.  You just settle in and hope  what you read doesn’t contradict what you read before- but it usually does.  You learn about different cultures, and you learn  there are no “Chinese Walls” between people or cultures.

This is a really exciting period for me.  I’ve shaken the restricting and ridiculous influences of the past and feel  I have grown in my potential: as a writer but more as a woman, a human being.  I expect more of myself, and forgiving folly and fools is on the list.  I am also on that list.  And like “Earl”….I have a list.

I have received so many emails and phone calls of encouragement and congrats on the publication of the first two books.  That people are buying them and LIKING them! is a source of amazement to me.

“The Kimono” will take time to finish and rewrite.  There is always the necessary rewrite of things.  But “White Cranes of Heaven” is piecing together nicely and hopefully by this fall it will be published.  Though “A Seasoning of Lust” was an ‘adult’ book, and I learned a hard way it wasn’t suited to rabbis/nuns/and 90/92/97 year old readers,…. I am toying with the idea of a section in “Cranes” called “Bad Cranes of Heaven” for those poems which are mostly erotica.  Perhaps a ‘tear-away’ section that could cover it’s tracks???

Lady Nyo

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4 Responses to “Royalty Checks…..”

  1. Malcolm Says:

    What a satisfying account of personal growth and development! I was delighted to read your words about how you’ve been helped along the way by friends – real friends – who suggested new approaches and directions. The real work was done by you, with a goal in clear sight and a determination to move on towards it. I’m proud of you and look forward to the completion and publication of ‘The Kimono’.

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Malcolm. And we both know what a stubborn donkey I can be.

    I don’t know that my goals were in clear sight….sometimes it seemed like I was working blind, but I think things all work out for the best.

    Friends were vitally important. I never felt left alone. I think we don’t know the value of friends until we are sorely tested by ‘unfriends’. LOL!

    Please don’t hold your breath about “Kimono”….it’s proving to be a difficult birth. That we both live through it!

    L’chaim!

    Jane

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  3. Margie Says:

    I’m really looking forward to “The Kimono” – from what you’ve already hinted the plot sounds interesting. I can only imagine the nightmare that research is! But knowing how thorough and detail-oriented you are, I’m sure you will craft it all into an amazing story!

    The only thing I didn’t love about “The Zar Tales” was that it was too short!

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    Ajhhhhhhh! ROTF! On Zar Tales being too short. And it hardly at 14000 words was novella length! But!! There is supposed to be a sequel! Or so sez Steve Isaaks!

    (I should live so long….)

    I’m looking forward to “The Kimono” too…Wanna write some?? I’m thinking about farming it out…..to readers….let them hit it for a spell.

    The research IS a nightmare. It’s all consuming and I wake up at 6am…am at the computer by 7am and doing more damn research.

    Today I got my Japanese Language study tapes….because I really felt that as a non-Japanese speaker…I was losing too much. So..it’s an intensive course in the language…writing, reading and speaking. We will see.

    I have been struggling with this issue about detail. There can be a problem with detail: you have to strike the right balance. Sometimes detail interests the writer, but is lost on the reader and the plot. Sometimes detail is an excuse to pad out a chapter, etc. I think this happens in some books written by non-whatever-culture the writer is.

    Right now “Kimono” is at a place where it’s a bit of a ‘road trip’. I have had to create maps, and maps with roads, and all that jazz…because for some reason…this seems necessary. Don’t know why because “Tin Hinan” (Algerian mountains and desert) and “The Zar Tale” (Turkish mountains) had roads and travel. But I think that those roads were more….vague…sand….mountain paths…etc. LOL!

    Japan from the 8th century had a very strong internal ‘highway’ system. The Tokaido, the Tosando, the Yamashiro, the Higashi no yamamichi, (Eastern Mountain Road) (Michi means road). A total of 5 (or 7) main roads crisscrossing Japan from the south to the north, Straits of Tsugaru.

    By Emperor decree from the 8th century, the roads were to be planted with fruit trees on both sides…and cedars towards the mountains. Roads were maintained by the families that lives beside them.

    BUT MY POINT IS! (did I have a point???) I am so afraid of making it up here….that I am depending upon what I THINK people know about the road system in Japan. LOL!…I know this is totally ridiculous…who cares??? But for some reason, it’s something to go by…in writing this damn novel. At least for this part.

    I have to get back to the ‘love storyyyyyy’ because that is what people want to read.

    LOL!…but this Daimyo is like all the other Doms out there~! Rude, crude and hasn’t a clue!

    Hugs.

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