Narrative Point Of View

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This is a re-blog of a guest post I did with Helen Lowe. I’m offering some practical thoughts on the topic of narrative POV.

POV is short for point of view, or literally, “the position from which something is perceived.” The primary options in literature are: 1st person: I am telling this story, 2nd person: You are telling this story, 3rd person: She is telling this story.

It seems simple, but any POV you choose comes with certain constraints. Like naming a character, making a choice involves commitment. For example, if your protagonist’s name is Sally, you can’t suddenly start calling her Adele, at least, not without good reason. The same thing goes for POV.

If you’re using the first person point of view – “I hear voices,” (present tense), or “I heard voices,” (past tense) – and suddenly move to another POV –“The officer wonders what the voices mean,” (present tense) or, “The officer wondered what the voices meant,” (past tense) – you’ll need a good reason, and skill, to pull it off. It’s not generally done, or done well, unless you’re Charles Dickens or perhaps Stephen King.

Any perspective is easy to stay in, once you commit. Think of it as the angle of the camera, and keep asking,“Can they see this? Can they know this?” Sticking to an established POV is a skill gained with practice; realising how the POV shapes the story can be illusive.

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Why does that matter? POV influences everything, from the world building to the characters, and even the hidden, or not so hidden, connection between reader and author. The choice of POV, often made unconsciously, without a second thought, carries more weight than most writers care to believe. At least, that’s how it was for me, until I saw the light.

When I wrote The Blood in the Beginning I started out with the same POV I’d always used, 3rd person limited, past tense, the she heard voices POV. Why? It was familiar. I knew how to do it, and it would allow for a wide scope of character perspectives, resulting in a larger scale story-world. It was a logical choice, because I didn’t know where the story was going yet. It gave me room to explore. I also chose it because the genre, Urban Fantasy, allows it.

MMA_PosterThat last point should probably be first. Genre fiction carries with it a level of reader expectation. Yes, you can break the rules, but no, you don’t really want to, unless you’re Gabriel García Márquez, or King, or Dickens, in which case you can do whatever you want. But publishers might be cautious about acquiring an epic fantasy written in the second person, or a smorgasbord of 1st and 3rd, so it pays to know your genre as you set out. There are exceptions to everything, like those 2nd person choose your own adventure books, but in general, I don’t recommend it.

With plenty of UF written in the 3rd person, like Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghost series, Magic Street by Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, and Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, I wasn’t exactly going out on a limb, doing the same. But … it didn’t work! Five chapters in and the story wasn’t developing the way I’d imagined. I struggled with why, and eventually it occurred to me.

The story didn’t need crazy amounts of scope that covered fifteen generations with thirty plus characters spanning every continent. The Blood in the Beginning tells the story of a lone gal in a tough town, a streetwise woman with strengths, fears, high hopes and the penchant of attracting supernatural trouble. I wanted the reader to be inside her head, feel what she felt, while it was happening. So, I started over, in the 1st person, and the story broke like a barracuda—fast, dangerous and hungry.

Is Ava Sykes reliable enough to tell her own story? In the end, I think she is, and I’m glad I took the risk. For the emerging and seasoned writers out there, I encourage you to experiment with POV and see how changing it allows your story to grow in new ways.

KimFalconer_sm copyI’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, perhaps on your favorite POV to read and write, or on how many POVs I’ve used in this short article. I’d really like to know if anyone has read a novel in the 2nd person recently.

 

Align with the Stars August

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GVA Align with the Stars Call on TalkShoe

Jeannette Maw and I will be talking about the August – September 2016 Astro weather including Jupiter into Libra. Exciting events!

Our monthly “Align with the Stars” calls are a chance for everyone to learn how to put Astro-LOA to practice. All welcome to the live gathering. Come check out our community!

Feel free to listen and/or join in, ask questions or simply stream online.

If you want to use you chart as an example, have a link to it ready either from the Gallery or your own upload link. To put your chart up in the gallery just follow this simple tutorial.

Call Date and Time

August 22/23 Tuesday/Wednesday

LA – Tuesday – 4pm
NY – Tuesday – 7pm
Lon- Wednesday – 12 am
Syd- Wednesday – 9am

See you there!

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New Moon’s Sweet Brood

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Cheetah-Family1 (1)Astro-Flash: New Moon in Cancer on the 4th of July, trine to dreamy Neptune and opposite power-house Pluto, is going to bring out the Mother in us all. It could be literal, with intense conversations/revelations with your own mother or mothering figure, or it might be metaphorical. You don’t have to have a biological brood for this to apply. Think of offspring as animal, vegetable or mineral – a creative project, an idea or innovation will work just fine to stir up these gut level instincts.

Consider this a powerful lunation for the USA whose birthday is the 4th of July.

Hint: Be aware of your desire to control a situation and/or others involved.

Tip: Plant seeds that nurture you home and inner peace.

NEW MOON @12 CANCER
LA – Monday – 4:02
NY – Monday – 7:02
LON – Monday – 12:02
SYD – Monday – 21:02

AriesARIES: This new moon supports planned action, after contemplation. There are some questions to ask. Are you in the career of your dreams? Do you have the home life you desire? If not, why not? Take time out to discover what connections mean to you.

TaurusTAURUS: Your point of focus is towards an idea that has you all lit up. The issue is with execution, but you need to stop worrying about that. Allow your beliefs to guide you, throwing out what doesn’t fit and nurturing what does. Travel/change is amazing!

GeminiGEMINI: Don’t pretend that money doesn’t matter this month. You’re all about the flow of income streams. Opportunity to ‘make it big on your own’ never looked better, as long as you are living your heart, not somebody else’s. Amp the positive self-talk.

CancerCANCER: This is your personal New Moon, a time to assess your basic goals around the four pillars – self, others, career, home. Have these aspects of your life grown and changed with your personal evolution? If not, the time has come. Own your power and POV.

LeoLEO: Your dreams have never been so full of promise as they are now, nor as SLOW to leave the mark. To avert frustration, focus on the outcome you desire. Do what it takes to relax, allow and get out of the way of your next big thing. Cat naps bring epiphanies.

VirgoVIRGO: This New Moon asks that you reevaluate your goals for the future. It all begins in the present moment. Hung out there lately? Take some quiet time with a close friend/partner and script your desires. Have a 1, 3and 5 year plan. Make ’em BIG!

LibraLIBRA: This is a breakthrough, or break-up, time for your career/calling. Think social identity on the rise, if you are headed in the direction you really want to go. What you’re after now and what you perused a year ago are two different things. Get a move on.

ScorpioSCORPIO: This New Moon is going to take you places you’ve never been before. All you have to do is open your mind to fresh vistas, new perceptions and surprising landscapes. The fun thing is, you won’t be traveling along. Partnership is powerful now, if you want it.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: The New Moon in your solar 8th house intensifies experiences of intimacy, trust or lack of trust and risk. Don’t panic. This can be a revitalizing time where you discover new aspects of yourself. Previous experience not required. Go all in.

CapricornCAPRICORN: Relationships are going through major metamorphosis. Think of it as an opportunity for creative change that gets your connected life more in alignment with your authentic self. You’ve already done the hard work. Now you relax, open and enjoy.

AquariusAQUARIUS: Pesky health issues or daily routine snags, trips to the vet or dentist are about to resolve beautifully, all on their own. This means you don’t have to micro-manage a thing. Your only task is to keep making choices that ring true, for you. Change heals.

piscesPISCES: The three C’s – children, creativity and connection – influence your next lunar month. You are thinking a lot about clan, and how you nurture your own. Use this time to appreciate those in your life, no matter what the capacity. Companionship rocks!

Happy New Moon everyone!

xxKimmy

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Giveaway of the Day

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Hi Everyone,

While you wait for reflect before Mars turns direct on the 30th, why not be in it to win a copy of The Blood in the Beginning – An Ava Sykes Novel? Or just add her to your Goodreads list. We’re friends there, right? Let me know if not!

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The Blood in the Beginning by Kim Falconer

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Giddy Up With Mars Direct

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Warrior and Spirit by Rance Hood

Hi everyone! You may have caught my recent post on Facebook:

Astro-LOA Flash: Mars (action/drive) is at a standstill. It’s a time of patience, deep breaths and ‘not yet’ which can be freaking frustrating! (especially if you have a book release or project to launch, or date to make). Can you hold your horses? Just a little longer?

The post generated a stream of questions, most of them a version of, “HOW MUCH LONGER?’

If you’re asking that question right now, the answer is below, but first, please let me make this super clear:

If you don’t take the time to reconsider your actions and increase your self awareness WHILE MARS IS RX you miss a beautiful opportunity.

A gift from the universe. Take it and say thank you.

That doesn’t mean that you’ll not be able to tune into greater awareness and authenticity with your motivations at other times, but it’s EASIER to do now, especially in these last few days of Mars retrograde. Please take advantage of the energy that surrounds you now!

If you’re not sure what I mean by “take advantage of this energy now” you can listen to a talk I delivered at GoodVibeAstrolgy.com with Jeannette Maw on Mars Rx. Here is the PDF of the chat with links to chart examples if you really want to give this your all.

In a nutshell, you note what feels stuck. What habits, rituals, set points, beliefs and stories are you telling that are keeping you from moving forward? You don’t wallow in this. You observe and with the insights gained, you ready yourself to get a move on. Set clear intentions.

When?

The turn around date is June 29, 2016. 7pm Eastern (USA).

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Mars Rx from Cafe Astrology

Do you want to set your clock by this date? No, and here’s why.

The turn around point might be felt as RELIEF but you still need some time to rev your engine (Mars) and put your foot on the pedal. A logical point is when Mars is out of the RETROGRADE ZONE (the degree of the zodiac that he stopped on in the first place. (Of course Mars didn’t actually stop in the sky. Check this 5 minute tutorial to show you what’s really going on.

So what’s that ‘out of the shadow’ degree?

August 22, 2016.

Do you have to ‘wait’ that long.

No! But it may not be until late August that you really start to feel the results of your inspired actions and newly gained self awareness.

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Best Online Ephemeris!

There and even better key time that could pack a punch:

July 14th. Please pay attention to this day. Here’s why:

On the 19/20th of June, Mars was ‘iinconjunct’ or 150 degrees from Uranus (sudden events, innovations and actions) and it might have been the MOST stuck you have felt in a long while.

If you use this time between to do your inner work, bumping up self awareness and then boost your self esteem, enthusiasm and nous, on July 14/15 the flood gates open! You feel the wind on your face. The horse is ready to gallop.

Because that’s the day Mars returns to the inconjunct with Uranus only now he’s direct. All systems go. Look for some amazing insights at this time and run with them.

It’s happening!

And if you can’t quite believe it, ACTIVATE the vibration of ‘it’s happening’ to give yourself the best shot.

Make sense?

Now do the inner work and be ready to rock and roll!

I’ll see you in the comments if you have any questions or insights.

Bonus: For all my Aussie friends that want an ARC (advanced reader copy) of my latest Urban Fantasy, Harlequin is giving away 20 of them.

Jump in to win!

xxxKimmy

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June Round Table Call

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Jeannette and I will be tabling your Astrology and Law of Attraction questions tomorrow over at GVA. It’s a chance for everyone to learn how to put Astro-LOA to practice.

Feel free to listen and/or join in, ask your questions or stream online.

If you want to use you chart as an example, please have a link to it ready either from the Gallery or your own upload. We can only discuss charts we can see (we’re not that good!)

June 21/22 GVA Roundtable

LA – 3 pm
NY – 6 pm
LON – 11 pm
SYD – 8 am

To stream online, (or download after the call) visit Good Vibe Astrology on TalkShoe.

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If you can’t make the call live, post your question here along with a link to your chart.

Open to everyone.

See you there!

xKim

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Let the Bodies do the Talking

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Shadows of the Past by Lubomir Bukov

Inspired for revision by my Voyager post in 2011.

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when writing fiction — world building, action, suspense, characterization. Another key component is dialog and I am always looking for ways to ‘show not tell’ when it comes to my characters’ conversations. It’s tricky because they are actually telling when they speak. One way to ease back on the exposition in dialog is to use body language along with the words. Here is an example of what I mean.

This is a short excerpt from The Blood in the Beginning, my soon to be released Urban Fantasy. It’s a conversation between Ava Sykes and her mentor Detective Rourke. First consider it with the tags/body language and actions removed. Do we really know what’s going on?

‘You look like hell, Ava.’

‘So do you …  tell me you haven’t lit up.’

‘Haven’t.’

‘Liar.’

We have an idea, but there’s no subtext. It has to be taken flat, at face value.

Here is the same conversation, with tags, body language and actions. The subtext and relationship becomes clearer.

Rourke paused for a moment before taking the single lounge chair opposite me. ‘You look like hell, Ava.’

I leaned in to focus on his face. ‘So do you.’ He smelled of cigarettes and exhaustion. ‘Tell me you haven’t lit up.’

‘Haven’t.’

I took a long, exaggerated sniff. ‘Liar.’

Now look at the same dialog with different body language. What’s the subtext showing you, without words?

Rourke sat in the single lounge chair opposite me and tried not to smile. ‘You look like hell, Ava.’

I scooted forward until our knees touched. ‘So do you.’ My nose twitched. ‘Tell me you haven’t lit up.’

‘Haven’t.’ His gaze didn’t waver.

I leaned in close to his neck and took a long, lingering sniff. ‘Liar,’ I whispered.

Suddenly we have a romantic moment! (which is NOT how they relate in the book).

There are plenty of actions that show readers what’s going on without having to literally spell it out: Rub the back of your neck and look down? Lying! Point a finger and shout? Threatening! Cross arms and take a step back? Defensive! Fiddling with small objects and avoiding eye contact? Nervous as hell!

But keep in mind not all body language is universal. For example holding hands or looping arms with a person of the same sex in public in our culture is likely to be interpreted as a gay/lesbian relationship. In Japan, it’s a common behavior between friends (two women or two men). I’m guessing that when books are translated for foreign publication, the body language has to be assessed for meaning as much as the words themselves.

How about you? Is there a particular kind of body language you spot a mile away and think, I know what’s really going on? Share it if you do.

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New Twin Moon

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With the New Moon in Gemini igniting the Mutable Cross, think mental and physical stimulation through the contrast of mind, body, spirit and desire. Meaning …

You want to expand, but do your feel worthy? You want to connect, but do you trust other people? You want to shine in your chosen calling, but do you really have it right?  This month is a puzzle only you can solve. And you will!

It’s perfectly natural, with this Grand Cross in the sky, to feel a little underwhelmed, a little meh. Don’t fight it. Sun/Moon square Jupiter, square Saturn, square Neptune, square Sun/Moon  …. aka the Mutable Grand Cross, will guide you into old, stagnant places that are ready to be released. Then, BLING! You’re on your way! Treat yourself to loads of kindness and self-care, and focus on something you know will light you up. Plenty of time later in the month to get the mojo working again.

New Moon @14 Gemini ’53
Saturday/Sunday June 4/5th

LA  – Sat –  8:00 pm
NY  – Sat – 11:00 pm
Lon – Sun – 4:00 am
SYD – Sun – 1:00 pm

Until then, it’s the dark moon Taurus, time to sound the retreat. Release any burning desire to MAKE things happen and rest, restore, rejuvenate. Give yourself some down time, foot off the throttle.  When the New Moon in Gemini rises, you’ll be all systems refreshed and ready to go. Set inspired new intentions then!

To amp this process up even more, look to where 15 degrees of Gemini is in your natal chart and immerse yourself in the environment of that house. Not sure how to find the transit? Here is a tutorial. If all efforts still have you scratching your head, ask for help in the comments. I, or another Astro savvy member of the 11th House will be happy to help.

Happy Dark Moon/New Moon, Everyone. I’d love to hear about the conversations, brainstorms and new intentions that brew for you this week.

AriesARIES/Moon in the 3rd house: Opportunities for travel could come up, but first they seem more laden with responsibilities than fun. Don’t be to quick to dismiss. If you’re feeling stressed, bored or restless, explore ways to make your world bigger. A course of study? Quality time with a sibling? Writing, speaking and learning are all favored this month. Set intentions there.

TaurusTAURUS/Moon in the 2nd house: Money, security and finances are on your mind, even more than usual this month. If you are equating personal freedom with dollars in the bank, try not to make that quite so literal. Freedom is a state of mind, not a fat bank statement. Ask any millionaire. Your core values are mutable right now. Tun in to where preferences have changed.

GeminiGEMINI/Moon in the 1st house: The restless urge to change inwardly may appear to be solved by changing outward circumstances like relationships, home, daily routine, career. But no… The outside situation is only a reflection of your inner state of being. For a new shop window, redress the display, not the foot traffic. There’s a lot of energy to fuel your next big desire. Set the intention now.

CancerCANCER/Moon in the 12th house: This is a bridge building time where communications with your higher guidance, that BIG you inside the YOU you, is potentially golden. There is one of two choices: Focus on how wrong things are going, or focus on how right things are going. The first choice leads to gloomsvile. The second to Yahoo-it’s-happening-ville.  You decide.

LeoLEO/Moon in the 11th house: Your social life is under the spotlight. Perhaps the initial feeling is, ‘This sucks …’ but don’t worry. Attention on what you want with friends, collaborations, joint projects and socially significant leadership all points you in the direction you want to go. Creativity begins this month in isolation then expands out to involve others in powerful ways. Don’t hold back.

VirgoVIRGO/Moon in the 10th house: Social identity, mission, profession gets a thorough makeover as the career takes a turn for the better (in the long run). Think more responsibility, more attention, more critical review, more pressure, and all for greater rewards. You may change career paths very suddenly, but if it feels good, you’ll be so glad you did. Set new intentions for a successful future.

LibraLIBRA/Moon in the 9th house: New horizons are going to bring fresh insights with opportunities for travel, adventure, higher edu, and the expansion of dreams and aspirations. You gain inner perspective by going off the beaten path, especially in the areas of academia, publishing, foreign connections, and spiritual awakenings. Don’t back down on what you believe is right for you.

ScorpioSCORPIO/Moon in the 8th house: Revelations and ah-ha moments arise when it comes to shared resources, hidden truths and co-creations. You are making big changes in this area of life, starting with how well you can let go of the past. Meaning REALLY let go. Intimacy and intensity will sling-shot you forward, and that requires taking emotional risks. Be willing to embrace the unknown.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS/Moon in the 7th house: The New Moon in Gemini is all about re-visioning your relationships so they are an authentic match to the NOW you, not the you of five years ago, or the you they would like you to be. As you understand yourSELF and project that identity with awareness and integrity, your relationships will bloom or wither. Get to a place where you feel at peace, either way.

CapricornCAPRICORN/Moon in the 6th house: There are two major areas activate by this New Moon: your health and your daily routine/job. There could be physical changes, where an old complaint or diagnosis resolves, freeing you up to put your energy into project  you haven’t been able start. Or you might change jobs, tasks/routines. The key is to focus on what you want to experience in the mind-body-spirit, and allow!

AquariusAQUARIUS/Moon in the 5th house: This is the most romantic energy of the year for you–not the only chance to access a red hot date night or creative ideal, but it’s definitely one of them. The focus is on heartfelt joy and connection, be that through art, children, intimacy or playing with the inner child. What starts out as #bahhumbug transforms into YES! Yes! Yes! … oh yeah …

piscesPISCES/Moon in the 4th house: This is the perfect time to sort out any kinks between career goals/aspirations AND your home life/sanctuary. Remember, you can honor both by setting intentions for security AND abundance, comfort AND creative risk, sanctuary AND adventure. You decide, but make sure home and mission in life are both part of your journey, not some distant, vague destination.

Have a wonderful Gemini New Moon, all!

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xxxKimmy

Venusian Hoodoo

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Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 10.11.15 AMHi Everyone,

There’s a spectacular alignment in the sky right now. It’s not visible to the naked eye, since the nodes are hypothetical points and Pluto is too far away to see, but it’s there, and like homeopathic remedies, the more distant/dilute, the more potent.

Think of this as a little antidote to the Mercury and Mars Rx that might be holding up the show, causing some kinks or frustrations.

Astro-LOA Flash: Venus, planet of love, connections, fine arts and core values, is trine the North Lunar Node, our pathway to expansion, which is trine Pluto, the inner transformation processes that lead to creative change, which is trine Venus. Think of it as a strange and wonderful loop of harmony, adventure and new found super power. All you have to do is tune in.

Tips for tuning in your dial to this frequency

Take a moment to appreciate what you love

Check your chart for where you find 19 degrees of Taurus and have some fun there.

Activate the vibration of your desire

Do something wonderful for yourself

Do something wonderful for someone else

Say YES!

Say NO!

Allow and relax into where you are right now

Be a freind

If you have planets between 10 and 29 of the EARTH signs, revel in them!

Practice gratitude

Enjoy

Love

Be

Let me know any other ideas that come up! This is an energy we don’t want to miss.

Ishtar New Moon

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Blushing with light, thy votary shroud
And on those wings that sparkling dance
Waft, oh waft me hence away!
Love, my soul is full of thee
Alive to all thy sumptuousness.
–Sappho

Taurus is the symbol of sensuality, values and possessions. It’s the money sign, the sex sign, the often gentle, peaceful, enduring sign of the earth! It can also rage with a passionate force unrivaled!

But, what is it about Taurus and possessions?

The possibility to own what one needs in order to further actualize oneself is symbolized by Taurus…ownership gives stability and substance to the Aries drive for action.-Dane Rudhyar

NOTES for Astro-geeks: With the New Moon trine abundant Jupiter in Virgo and transforming Pluto in Capricorn, you can bet that finances will enter into the picture. Also asteroid Ishtar is conjunct Neptune, opposite Jupiter, both square Mars Rx. Use the ’empty leg’ of the T-Square to channel this powerful energy. (Comments welcome)

Taurus represents the principal of EARTH—grounded, stable and tenacious. It is not a fast conductor of energy yet it is capable of solid grounding and tangible results. The natural seat of this sign is the SECOND HOUSE, ruling possessions, values, talents and resources.

But there’s more. In esoteric astrology there are four ‘serpent’ signs of transformation, will and power. Taurus is the first of them, the coiled up serpent energy that appears to be sleeping . . . until it awakens!

The Decan:

10 to 19 59’ Taurus: This decan combines Mercury’s power of discrimination and flexibility to the stick-to-it nature of the Bull. Sensuality is still strong, yet now it needs a more social, flirty and intellectual expression. The affinity for change and flexibility augments. Less likely to lounge around ‘chewing things over’ and more likely to take action.

Be ready for a potent month, starting with the New Moon May 6th:

NEW MOON @16 TAURUS 41
LOS ANGELES – Friday – 12:30
NEW YORK – Friday – 3:30
LONDON – Friday – 8:30
SYDNEY – Saturday – 5:30

Motivation for New Moon in Taurus:

Some have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. -Martha Graham, dancer.

AriesARIES: The new moon highlights your second house of core values and sense of ‘wealth’. What is it, inner and outer, that makes your feel secure? Your ruler Mars moving retrograde says, pause. Consider. Don’t rush. The only action you want to take is inspired.

TaurusTAURUS: This is your new moon, the one that lights up all four corners of your life, Self-expression, home, career and partnership. It’s the perfect time to set new intentions, putting energy into YOU and what you want to create. With your birthday energy, you can easily vision new possibilities. Do so!

GeminiGEMINI: Taurus is your natural house of dreams and immersion in the collective. It’s a time of synchronicity, meaning and serendipitous connections. You will be generating new enthusiasm for a breakout solar year ahead. Muse, meditate, commune with nature. Pre-pave a new way of living.

CancerCANCER: Time to indulge in connections, friendships and links with like minded others. This energy wants tangible results so remember the ancient motto – to have a friend, be a friend. It’s your turn to bask in the cradle of collective love. Find your tribe!

LeoLEO: A month of public appearances, spotlight attention and new developments when it comes to your career, mission or profession. The key question is, are you doing what you love? The answer will define the rest of the year! Be honest, and activate the vibration of fulfillment.

VirgoVIRGO: Time to get out of the house, away from the computer and out into the world. You are primed to taste, touch, hear and smell, see the sunrise, take in the sights and listen to every new sound. Travel, explore, expand. Point your feet in a new direction.

LibraLIBRA: Joint partnerships, especially where finances are concerned, get a revamp. With Mars Rx, it’s a perfect time to resolve and ongoing conflict or disagreement. It’s time to get practical and stop relying on outmoded models for your shared resources. Intend for them to match your desires, and they will.

ScorpioSCORPIO: One of your most amorous new moons, Taurus puts the spotlight on relationship, especially sex and intimacy. No matter what is, or is not, happening in your love life now, you take a moment to imagine it the way you want it to be. And so it begins . . .

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: All the taken-for-granted things of the household, studio, office, your pets, plants and plans, include gym and dietary well-being, are ready for new energy and attention. You put your mind to the ‘little things’ to make sweeping changes, but don’t rush it. Mars Rx says take considered action.

CapricornCAPRICORN: A childlike creative impulse washes over you, infusing all you touch with smiles and laughter, fun and games. Don’t be shy! It’s natural for you to play right now. Set aside some time for carefree expenditure of energy, and maybe activate the vibration of a hot date!

AquariusAQUARIUS: This new moon is your cue to put attention inward, into the home, family and sense of emotional ground and stability. Evaluate, appreciate and make repairs where necessary. This sets the stage for fabulous results. De-clutter a drawer or closet. Trust the process.

piscesPISCES: The new moon in your communications sector has you pulling in the ethereal meanings and honing them down to practical expression. i.e. cut to the chase. Your words are powerful creators of your future. Say what you mean; mean what you say. Activate the vibration of It’s Happening!

Happy Taurus New Moon!

xxxKimmy

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Join us for more discussion on our Align with the Stars call, open to all on May 17/18. We’re talking about the Astro-LOA of others. What do we see when we look at their charts. Meet you there!

Book Trailers 101

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The Blood in the beginning – An Ava Sykes Novel #booktrailer

Book trailers are relatively new on the marketing scene. They’ve been around since 2006, and present an interesting dichotomy of semiotics: Using audio/visual to promote the textual. The jury is still out on whether it can work.

You may have seen my latest trailer for the New Ava Sykes Novel – The Blood in the Beginning. Do you feel a sense of the story watching it? Yes/No? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Why book trailers?

The variables are many, including the inescapable fact that information is now transmitted in speedy, cinematic and downloadable bites. It’s almost like going back to the picture book mentality, that stage of reading where we relied on the visual to trigger understanding of the textual. Only this is so much more controversial.

puts it like this:

 A trailer, in a way, violates a book’s very construction.

But on the other hand, for a reader who doesn’t have time to “spend leisurely afternoons in bookstores or reading extensive book reviews,’ as Najafi puts it, a two minute book trailer can give them a feel for the author and their newest release.

Or can it? Again, I’d love to hear your take on this.

Running on low budgets and using cheap stock footage and sound tracks can create a result that could do the novel a disservice. Going first class and spending thousands on the clip can result in a trailer that gives away too much story or worse, amps the reader for something the book is not going to deliver.

Cathy Yardley‘s crit on book trailers include:

  • They don’t get a lot of views
  • Low return on investment
  • They can’t up your SEO

Hmmm. Not too inspiring, but there are some trailers that really rock it. I don’t know if they sell books, but as a medium on their own, they are rich in value. And it’s value that will encourage people to view and share. Catherine Ryan Howard puts it like this:

People aren’t using social media because they love being sold stuff. They’re using it … to find entertainment, information and connection.

If you want your book trailer to promo your book, or bring attention to a new series/author, it might pay to keep this in mind. Is it entertaining? Informative? Creating connections?

Book trailers that work for me:

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The Blood in the Beginning – An Ava Sykes Novel

I am fortunate to have Shawn Wilder at MonkeyMe Films as my beautiful Pisces sister AND a fan of Ava Sykes. She’s read multiple early copies and knows the story inside out. When it came time to play with trailer ideas, she had them, buy the truck load.

The combination of voice and text in the Miriam Black trailer is utterly engaging, but more like an audio book than a trailer, perhaps. What do you think?

 

 

With Harry Potter trailers, Scholatic’s budget probably wouldn’t have been an issue. And there were the films to pull from. It has a Disney feel. Probably why my inner child likes it so much.

 

There are many great book trailers out there, but in an article that pulls no punches: Aliza Weinberger explains why book trailers often make readers cringe:

Because most are terrible.

Ouch!

Is this true, do you think?

I’m not going to show any examples of trailers in that category, mainly because I have so much respect for authors who are out there writing books and promoting them in every way they can.

And, trailers, for better or worse, are art forms. What sparks me might get the brush from another, and vise versa. So . . . do no harm.🙂 I won’t start a rotten tomato contest here, but if you think we can LEARN something from one that doesn’t work (for you) please feel free to link to it in the comments.

I also want to see what you do love, and of course, what you think of Ava Sykes.

So what’s it to be? Book trailer or non?

Share your thoughts. There are emerging writers and published authors out there that want to hear them!

Thanks, and happy dark moon.

xxxKimmy

Cover Reveal, Mars Rx and Cats

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Hi Everyone!

I have three big reveals today. A new series, a celestial body turning Rx and Ra!

#1

Over at AvaSykes.com the cover and pre-order is up for the first in the Ava Sykes novels, The Blood in the Beginning. Coming out through Harlequin Books Australia, the launch is scheduled for July 1, 2016, but you can pre-order now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Knock down, kickass nightclub bouncer Ava Sykes takes us deep into a dystopian world and out the other side in this dark and gritty,high-action urban fantasy.

Undergraduate by day, bouncer by night, Ava Sykes is just trying to make her way in
New LA, a city recovering in the ‘Aftermath’ the time after an earthquake tore the country apart. Ava studies hard, trains at the local dojo, and teaches kids self-defence. Sure, she has a rare blood disorder and a stolen identity, but who doesn’t keep a few secrets these days?

Life is tough, but when Ava takes a job at the trendy new club, Poseidon, her financial worries seem to be over.Then the evil wakes up.After stumbling into the VIP area of the club, where humans are on the menu, Ava is attacked in the street, and finds herself in the hospital, trying to put the pieces together. The bizarre hallucinations
aren’t helping, and neither is Dr. Miguel Rossi, the man who claims to know more about her origins than she does.

Shocked at the discovery, Ava begins a search for her birth mother — and the truth
—  but with a copycat killer on her tail, the attractive and powerful Daniel Bane offering to protect her and a doctor bent on unravelling her mysterious ‘condition’, the facts are hard to pin down. Meanwhile, the ‘otherness’ in her blood makes her increasingly irresistible to all the wrong people.

Ava used to dream of knowing where she came from but faced with the truth, she’d give anything to forget.

Here’s what best selling fantasy author Traci Harding has to say:

Rich in atmosphere, intrigue and action, and a heroine who just will not quit. Long live Ava Sykes!

#2

And reveal number two?

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Ra & Kim

I want you to meet my newest muse, a demon cat from a Bengali dimension far beyond our familiar world. His name is Ra, and he means it!

#3

Mars Rx and a one month free trial at GVA

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_mdmI’ve been talking about Mars turning retrograde this month, what it means, where it falls in your chart, how to utilize this energy to your highest growth and expansion.

If you are keen to know more, email me with Free GVA Trial in the subject bar, and I’ll set you up with a one month free trial over at GoodVibeAstrology.com

Once in, you can listen to recordings and talks, participate in the forum,  ask questions, learn, study and share all things astro and law of attraciton.

Even if you’ve been a member in the past, this offer still stands. It’s the Mars Rx vibe!

Thanks everyone for helping me celebrate this exciting time!

xxxKimmy

If you want to know more about the new Ava Sykes series, Mars Rx trial offer or the new Bengal feline, tweet, email or FB. I am about most mornings. Or pop over to AvaSykes.com too!

Happy Mars Rx!

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