søndag 30. november 2014

The Dragon Leaves Countdown - 4 days to go - 40 % OFF



4 Days To Go








My collection of vignettes "The Dragon Leaves" will be discounted on Amazon between 5th and 12th of December 2014.

Buy the e-book here

It is possible to give the e-book as a gift by clicking on the "give as a gift" button on the book's page on Amazon.
Remember to register the receiver's e-mail address when prompted and not your own. Then you can schedule when the gift should be sent.

If you don't have a reading device for e-books, or you're not sure if the receiver of your gift has one, you should know that  it is easy to get one for FREE by clicking on "send me the link" button on the book's page on Amazon.


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48 pieces of short prose and poetry from the Norwegian poet Filidh Lochlannach is now available in e-book format. "The Dragon Leaves" is a collection of stand alone texts that tell an entire story if read together. Unpack the flashes of beautiful nature and wonderings of what happened when Christianity suppressed Paganism, all wrapped up in a poet's paper. 
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About "The Dragon Leaves" 
"Your book draws me in. It's like a mystery I know I will not solve, but it keeps me turning the page of my kindle all the same. I love entering your vivid world of poems and vignettes. You are such a confident traveller in this landscape and its shadows. I feel safe as I travel with you through the smoke and fire to learn and to forget so much!" - a reader's review 

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Go for a walk in the woods, find the old pathway up the hills, and follow it up to the old hill forts. By the steep trail, you see the ground all covered with Dragon Leaves. Pause for a while, watch them, kneel and turn them. Read the stories of the people that once lived there, of their world view and their relationships to Nature. Read the poems of how they revered Women and Female properties in the world around them, and learn a lesson of why humans today create their own sorrows. 



This hill of poems and stories features a panoramic view into the past, including history, ecology, philosophy and religion. Throughout, these tales of an ancient culture reveals conflicts, greed, despair, but also a hope of love, harmony and peace as the Dragon is about to return.

lørdag 29. november 2014

The Priestess of the Waterfall - Weekly Update - Never stop plotting!






Yay!

I've started plotting this week. It is really, really fun.

I lost a few mornings due to beginning 7 am at work in the kindergarten. I therefore did'nt have the chance to exploit the mornings this week as much as I wanted to. Anyway, I now soon have two stories plotted, and I am over all very happy about it. Life happens in between the writing, and that is just how it has to be.

Being an obscure, unknown author like me, doesn't really make you rich. I am very happy to have my job beside the writing, otherwise I think I would starve to death. I am happy to work with children. I think being surrounded by children, trying to tap into their world, sometimes actually managing to become a part of it, does good for a grown up's creative flow. Children are creative all the time through their play. They have no limitations, they are amazing small people that influence you to be a bit like them when you can. For instance, while you're writing stories. Stories about mythical themes and philosophical thought forms under the surface. Anything is possible. And your inner critique just disappear. A child wouldn't stop playing because the plot wasn't good enough... Have you ever seen a child do that? A child just plays what comes to mind, and change the plot as it feels right along the way.

Sometimes two or more children can discuss the play, and control beforehand where the play should head, and I like that approach. I do the same in  my plotting. I make an outline and then I start plotting. I plot in at least two rounds. When I make my first draft I just drive the story through with main happenings in the story along the way right through to the end. That is the main goal. Sometimes I know the characters, their names or other details about them.Sometimes it pops up in my head that there should be a conversation inserted at this point in the story. Sometimes I have a line of words or something very specific. Then I write it down so I don't forget about it. I don't correct flaws at this stage, I am not critical to anything. I just let it flow because I know there will be another round of plotting later. If my ideas run dry, I don't stop to think it through, or to find a solution. I just move on with the plotting.

I have decided to make a first draft of plotting for all my themes in my outline, let it germinate some time deep down in the ground, and in my consciousness, before I start at the top, all over again to do the second round.

Never stop playing! Never stop plotting!

Lots of love <3

Ps. Never stop researching! I think the funniest part of writing is the researching, and I just have to put it away at some point otherwise I would never get past the researching. Well, I had to check out a few historical things this week, like where did the Ostrogoths come from, and Theoderik the Bold and The Rök Stone with the runes. Oh, I just <3 it. I got to research just a little bit more, just a little bit :)

A sample from "The Dragon Leaves"



            SAMPLE


The Dragon Leaves
By Filidh Lochlannach


The Dragon Leaves
Copyright: Hege Fossum
Published: 2014
Publisher: Fossum Books

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in retrieval system, copied in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise transmitted without written permission from the publisher. You must not circulate this book in any format.
This book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be resold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.
Cover design: Filidh Lochlannach
Cover photo: Thomas O. Stenberg
Find out about the author and her upcoming books online at http://www.ormegarden.blogspot.no
Send her an e-mail: hege_fossum@hotmail.com
or
like her on facebook: Filidh Lochlannach













This book is respectfully dedicated to the Spirit of Place,
an entity of history, truth and great inspiration.


Table of Contents

The Dragon Saint
The Eternal God
The Land of the Tilted Cross
The Tools of the Dragon
About the Author


The Past meets the Present

It's late at night. It's cold and the stars are shining high above me. I have found myself a hilltop deep in the woods and it is far away from the settlement. There is no light pollution here. I can see into the realms of the Gods. I light up a fire so I can keep myself warm, and hang my coffee pot on a stick above the flames. The smell of the fatwood mixed with the freshly made coffee is spreading around the camp. It always has a relaxing effect on me. I sense the wellbeing all around me. It’s almost as if time stands still. It is so wonderful to slow down after a stressful day at work, and to have left all the house chores behind. The smells make me feel fresh and the sounds make me vigilant. I am so alive here. So unlike how I feel after hours on the couch at home in front of the narcotic television shows.

Great thoughts can take place when I am alone in the great void. Right here is the truth to be found. Above me the night is black, and when the Sun is gone it gives me the opportunity to look far back in time. I see all the stars, and Jupiter reigns over the night sky again. The big and shiny giant is the ruler of darkness. I think about his role to protect us from being crushed by asteroids. I think about how this powerful ball can make me feel so small, yet so safe and so taken care of, as if I were a little baby. The gas giant is like a loving father whose main mission in life is to protect his children. He holds the Universe together with his strong belt of many moons.

Time... Can we humans really comprehend what time is? Milky Way winds like a snake over the night sky. The Earth spins around herself somewhere in the body of the snake. I am a part of that snake, and I meander around its pupil in the center of the Universe. What is the snake keeping? I am never coming back to where I started. And all revolutions the Earth has done have created invisible veils of time, and that seems impossible to penetrate. Yet I know that when I look at the stars far up there - way out there it is not the present moment I see. I look far into the past many light years backwards in time.



  Door bell is ringing
  Two friends are hugging
  We are consuming coffee and chocolate
  Tongues are training
  Lights are changing
  The air is shining
  Contrasting
  Mood is changing

 In seconds, the room is loading as if a thunderstorm is just about to come hammering us. The invisible ions in the space around us are making our hairs rise like alerted dogs, but where is the sultry feeling that is so characteristic for a coming storm? We are light headed like on a sunny day – easy - almost flying.

We are looking up to the ceiling at the same time.
We are glancing at each other and we are noticing that the other is noticing:
The net.
There is a thin and waving net up there.
We understand that what we see is real.
We are two.

A strong wave of heat is striking my back. It is rising up my spine and to the top of my head, and then suddenly - my living room is filled up with knights in shining armours. They are aligning behind me, and one of them is stepping forward and is laying his hand softly on my left shoulder. They are ready for battling, and they are waiting for my command.

On the floor is standing a man and he seems to be a kind of a mighty leader. He is asking me to rise from my chair, and I do. He has placed a sword for me on my living room table. I am picking it up. He is asking me to kneel. I am kneeling.

He is saying: “I am Aidan. I am not the Aidan you think. Don’t mix me up with the other. My ruler symbol is the deer.”

Then all of them are disappearing. Puff.
They are gone.
The lights are normal again.

I am writing.



tirsdag 25. november 2014

NOW!!! - The Dragon Leaves - 40 % OFF - give as a Christmas gift

NOW!!!

My collection of vignettes "The Dragon Leaves" will be discounted on Amazon between 5th and 12th of December 2014.

Buy the e-book here

It is possible to give the e-book as a gift by clicking on the "give as a gift" button on the book's page on Amazon.
Remember to register the receiver's e-mail address when prompted and not your own. Then you can schedule when the gift should be sent.

If you don't have a reading device for e-books, or you're not sure if the receiver of your gift has one, you should know that  it is easy to get one for FREE by clicking on "send me the link" button on the book's page on Amazon.


xxx

48 pieces of short prose and poetry from the Norwegian poet Filidh Lochlannach is now available in e-book format. "The Dragon Leaves" is a collection of stand alone texts that tell an entire story if read together. Unpack the flashes of beautiful nature and wonderings of what happened when Christianity suppressed Paganism, all wrapped up in a poet's paper. 
xxx 

About "The Dragon Leaves" 
"Your book draws me in. It's like a mystery I know I will not solve, but it keeps me turning the page of my kindle all the same. I love entering your vivid world of poems and vignettes. You are such a confident traveller in this landscape and its shadows. I feel safe as I travel with you through the smoke and fire to learn and to forget so much!" - a reader's review 

xxx 

Go for a walk in the woods, find the old pathway up the hills, and follow it up to the old hill forts. By the steep trail, you see the ground all covered with Dragon Leaves. Pause for a while, watch them, kneel and turn them. Read the stories of the people that once lived there, of their world view and their relationships to Nature. Read the poems of how they revered Women and Female properties in the world around them, and learn a lesson of why humans today create their own sorrows. 

This hill of poems and stories features a panoramic view into the past, including history, ecology, philosophy and religion. Throughout, these tales of an ancient culture reveals conflicts, greed, despair, but also a hope of love, harmony and peace as the Dragon is about to return.

lørdag 22. november 2014

The Priestess of the Waterfall - Weekly Update - The Outline is Ready

This week has been a busy week, but that is rather normal, so I guess everything is as it should be.

I have been true to my routines and worked most mornings on my outline. Some interruptions have been inevitable, but I just kept going. One morning my cat offered me a great tit in exchange for some cat food, left my living room full of small feathers and death. Well, as a writer you have to cope with disturbances you didn't plan for, so I just kept unaffectedly writing. My son, Patrik, threw the bird out the door and swept the floors. You know, life must go on!  

Winter is coming with it's sleepy and hibernating death in Nature and when I look out of my window now I see the beautiful white blanket of snow on the ground. I am so happy about it. The grey and cold weather that has been haunting us for weeks now has been so depressing. The snow isolates, and lightens up our lives. I hope we will have the snow for awhile, to make this darkest time of the year a little easier to live with. Yuletide is soon coming up on us, always faster than expected. I guess that is a tradition to be trusted. My brother and his family came to exchange gifts yesterday, and I was like.... Eeeeek... Already??? Didn't we just celebrate Samhain the other day? Well, gifts are bought and exchanged now. I guess the Yule preparations just begun. In between the pondering of what time of year we have ahead of us, and all that should be done before the Solstice,  I managed to focus on my outline and finished it so that I can use it as a starting point from where I can create the plots for my stories. There will be 25 of them, and they have been given a number and a theme, based on the mindmap I worked with last week. Titles will come later, I normally find them after the stories are done, unless there is a line that has jumped into my brain and just has to be used. 

I started working on a draft for the plots as well. I felt the urge to take a break to contemplate the new moon a couple of days, looking back and planning ahead, because I am welling over with great ideas and moments in my plotting, and now I think that I no longer will be able to write the texts as short vignettes. I think the book will be a compilation of short stories instead!! I am very excited about it and it feels very right, At the same time I felt the urge to do some marketing of  "The Dragon Leaves"  as well, and all these ideas had to be organized in my head, very appropriate for the days of the new moon. I am firstly planning on a pre-solstice campaign for "The Dragon Leaves" selling it to a discounted price in December, but more on that later. 

I have for the moment changed the working title of my new book into "The Priestess of the Waterfall" instead of "... Waterfalls". Just a little detail that had to be set straight. 

I wish you all a nice Moon!!

Lots of love <3  

søndag 16. november 2014

The Priestess of the Waterfalls - New Book in the Making

It is early Sunday morning and I have just fed my cat and started to seriously work with my new book. I am scribbling and scrabbling on a creative mindmap trying to tie up some of the loose ends in the strand. The only company I have right now is my huge mug of coffee to possibly sharpen up my brain while I listen to the buzzing sound of the old fridge I borrowed from great-granny, thank you great-granny :-)
My own broke down the other day with lots of food inside.

I am going to a competition in gymastics later this day. My son, Patrik 9 years old, is competing and showing brand new skills today on his floor exercise, we are all so excited to see him, and my job is to pack his bag, see through that he is well fed, dressed properly and ready to do his best.

My new book will be a runner up for The Dragon Leaves, and will as the beforementioned be a collection of short pieces of prose, all linked up to form a whole story for those interested in pondering on that :), or just read each and every one of them as stand alone stories. As The Dragon Leaves contained a lot of poetry as well, I think that The Priestess will do fine with only prose. I think that this collection will be journeying farther into the fantasy genre than The Dragon, but only time will tell, and a lot of changes can happen in the process of writing, so we'll never know.


You can follow this book in the making by checking out the progress in this blog regularly or go visit my facebookpage, I will try to update it on a weekly basis.

Lots of love <3

torsdag 24. april 2014

The Dragon Leaves - Press release

The Dragon Leaves: Now on Amazon
48 pieces of short prose and poetry from the Norwegian poet Filidh Lochlannach is now available on Amazon in e-book format. "The Dragon Leaves" is a collection of stand alone texts that tell an entire story if read together. Unpack the flashes of beautiful nature and wonderings of what happened when Christianity suppressed Paganism, all wrapped up in a poet's paper.

The e-book can be downloaded here: The Dragon Leaves

xxx

About "The Dragon Leaves"
"Your book draws me in. It's like a mystery I know I will not solve, but it keeps me turning the page of my kindle all the same. I love entering your vivid world of poems and vignettes. You are such a confident traveller in this landscape and its shadows. I feel safe as I travel with you through the smoke and fire to learn and to forget so much!" - a reader's review 
xx

Go for a walk in the woods, find the old pathway up the hills, and follow it up to the old hill forts. By the steep trail, you see the ground all covered with Dragon Leaves. Pause for a while, watch them, kneel and turn them. Read the stories of the people that once lived there, of their world view and their relationships to Nature. Read the poems of how they revered Women and Female properties in the world around them, and learn a lesson of why humans today create their own sorrows. This hill of poems and stories features a panoramic view into the past, including history, ecology, philosophy and religion. Throughout, these tales of an ancient culture reveals conflicts, greed, despair, but also a hope of love, harmony and peace as the Dragon is about to return

xx

"Time... Can we humans really comprehend what time is? Milky Way winds like a snake over the night sky. The Earth spins around herself somewhere in the body of the snake. I am a part of that snake, and I meander around its pupil in the centre of the Universe. What is the snake keeping? I am never coming back to where I started. And all revolutions the Earth has done have created invisible veils of time, and that seems impossible to penetrate. Yet I know that when I look at the stars far up there - way out there it is not the present moment I see. I look far into the past many light years backwards in time." - from The Past Meets the Present

xx

"In seconds, the room is loading as if a thunderstorm is just about to come hammering us. The invisible ions in the space around us are making our hairs rise like alerted dogs, but where is the sultry feeling that is so characteristic for a coming storm? We are light headed like on a sunny day – easy - almost flying." - from The King of Harts
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About the author
Filidh Lochlannach is the pen name for the Norwegian author Hege Fossum (1974) when she writes poetry and vignettes. Hege has studied natural philosophy at OBOD, and her works are inspired by her studies.
Find out more on her Amazon blog