About the end of “Nostalgia”

I’ve been thinking a lot/ dangerous!/ since I posted part 3 of “Nostalgia” and in my attempts to write down the end, I’ve decided that some things are better left alone, in the past, where they belong. To tell you the truth, my major discovery writing “Nostalgia” was that writing non-fiction is really hard and emotionally consuming, beyond repair. I thought since I don’t have to use my imagination to come up with the actions and the words, because they already exist, it would be easy. All I needed was a creative presentation. Wrong! It takes more than creativity …

To those who wanted a happy end of the story, unfortunately, I can’t offer you one. But know, if there was a happy end in this particular story, I wouldn’t be in Greece right now, I wouldn’t have discovered the charm in learning languages. I probably wouldn’t speak English or write poetry and I wouldn’t know any of you that I’ve met through my poetry blog, so this is the only good outcome I can offer you right now.

Someone asked me years ago, how do I still have faith in love and romance, when the right question should’ve been- How many times love can take the life out of your heart before it stops beating? The answers is – as long as you have faith, your heart will always survive …

Few months ago I started a fictional story, which has the capacity to grow into a novel/ this is to answer Victoria’s question about turning one of my stories into a novel/. The winter blues and the cold had a bad effect on my inspiration and I stopped the research for the story. Since I’ve discovered that I’m a much better writer/ if I can call myself a writer at all!/ when it comes to fiction, I will continue with what I’ve started last summer. And who knows, one day there might be a book with my name on it?!?

The events in the story take part in India, so, to all readers and visitors, Indian or not, if there is anything that you would like to share about the country, interesting facts, places or traditions worth exploring, maybe books that could help me learn more about it, anything connected to India, please, feel free to share with me. There will be a page on the top right side of my blog called “Sparkles of India”, it will be a place open for suggestions, discussions, facts about India.

And to end this post, I would like to say “Thank you” to everyone that have been and will continue to be part of my blog. I sometimes don’t get the chance to return visits or find good enough words to express my gratitude or appreciation of your talents, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t notice every act of kindness and every word you create …

Love & Peace …

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“Hold my hand forever” by Sonam Mandal

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© 2012  Broken Sparkles

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Winter is past

A very dear friend of mine and an incredibly talented writer, Victoria C. Slotto, has her first book published. It is an honor to introduce you today “Winter is Past” by Victoria C. Slotto and to share her success even on a little post at Broken Sparkles. When you hear about people close to you and their steps ahead, you gain hope that one day the same might happen to you, Victoria’s book gives me encouragement and a feeling that I should continue writing, no matter what!

“Winter is Past” is the story of a woman who has dealt with a subtle fear throughout her life. She’s unaware of the reason behind her anxiety but when she’s faced with her best friend and kidney donor’s health crisis–cancer in her remaining kidney–she must uncover and deal with her fear of loss.

I haven’t read the book yet and I will, once I have it, but Victoria says, in one of her blog posts at liv2write2day , “the book will appeal, for the most part, to women and to those who read authors such as Jodi Picoult or Nicolas Sparks, to health care providers and those dealing with issues related to organ transplantation. It is written with an eye to stimulating discussion in book clubs and similar formats. While it is not Christian fiction, it will speak to those who read that genre. It has a message of hope and survival.”

Cover image by David Slotto

I asked Victoria about the process of writing and here is what she shared with me:

“I began writing “Winter is Past” in 2003. I inintially wrote by hand and had absolutely no idea where the characters would lead me but they did. I had no outline. With the help of workshops and writing critique groups I began the grueling process of revision, hundreds of them/I was using the computer by then/.

I like to begin my writing sessions by reviewing the work I did the previous days, it works best for me to revise as I go along. Beginning in 2007, I sent out a huge amount of query letters before the novel was really ready and, of course, received plenty of rejections, before putting it aside. In 2009 I knew what I needed to do to make it better and did another revision. I signed with the first agent who wanted it after only 3 queries, which turned out to be a mistake as she wanted to sell it in the Christian fiction market and it’s really general/women’s fiction. I do believe readers of Christian fiction will enjoy it, though. I met my publisher (Lucky Bat Books) soon after I “broke up” with that agent at a friend’s book-signing.

My second novel came to me in my sleep. I got up and scribbled a rough outline and this time spent a week creating a detailed outline of where it would go. It was a faster process but I’ve let it gestate now for over a year and hope to begin revision soon. This was an entirely different experience, although, even with the outline, the characters dictated the story and led me in different directions.”

For anyone who is interested in purchasing the book, the link HERE will take you to Victoria’s site and Buy Winter is Past page. And if you like to learn more about Victoria and her book press HERE or visit her blog liv2write2day.

Victoria, all the best with your first book and I hope there will be others to come!