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Maria Elena

Like everything and everyone else in the story, we see Maria Elena through the eyes of Luther or Georgie.

From Georgie’s perspective, Maria Elena is Josefina’s mom and a most excellent cook. She is keeper of the greenhouse and plant life at Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, and works with Luther and their other coworker, Carl Nelson.

Later, Georgie learns that Maria Elena is a teacher and lover of plants, including their spirits. Her interest in the natural world is inherited, passed down through the generations, including from her great-grandmother, Florencia. One of Maria Elena’s favorite gardens is in Findhorn, Scotland.

What else is Maria Elena to Luther? Georgie speculates there is more, while Josefina sticks to her story that Luther and her mom have always been best friends. Georgie resolves to keep an eye on things, just in case.

Meanwhile, through Luther we see Maria Elena as a long time friend, helpmate, and teacher in her own right. We also come to understand his deep respect for her abilities, including wisdom, intelligence and intuition, and her beauty.

 

Author’s note: Check out Maria Elena’s namesake, the song Maria Elena (Spanish words and music by Lorenzo Barcelata, English lyrics by Bob Russell) and its beautiful instrumental version by Los Indios Tabajaras.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rQheOglFos

Lyrics in both English and Spanish can be found at http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/m/mariaelena.shtml

 

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel [working title], brightens the sometimes dark world of YA and delivers the angst and the weird in this inspiring becoming-who-you-are adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Manuscript and Book Proposal Pit Crew

The manuscript and book proposal are completed, thanks to the last minute push by the pit crew. Both manuscript and proposal are on their way in the next step of their journey. Yay! Finally! Can you believe it?

Feeding you pizza hardly seems thanks enough for your rallying behind me in this final’ish lap. Thank you, Ken Warner, Jane Ray, Brad Bergland, Nancy Walczak, Pam Hett (and Rebecca Lotenero via email and phone)! What a gift. Pizza bribes aside, you rocked it!

Happy holidays, everyone!

Lessons Learning—Treading into the Somehow Process

Lessons Learning—Treading into the Somehow Process

First time writers who know diddly about the book process, like me, receive a powerful shock-a-rooni jolt of reality. Like, we believe we’ll write the book and somehow, as if by magic, it will get “out there”.

I still believe that—my grip on faith for courage is my creative life line—but there’s more to the somehow. Now that I am treading into the somehow I can tell you it is more hard work than magic, takes loads of research and question asking, posting stuff on social media, and a bunch of other things I won’t put you through here.

My current somehow continues to be the book proposal. I am writing the chapter abstracts now, chapter 17 out of 36. Next week I hope to report I have completed the chapter abstract section and am sailing through another.

I suspect we’re supposed to complain about this so people know we’re really working and not lying on the couch watching Acorn TV and eating chips and salsa. The truth is, even though I’m not certain of what I’m doing and wonder if the ice here is too thin, this work is worth getting Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, Georgie, Luther and the rest of the gang “out there” for you to meet. I love my work.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

 

Fictional Andersen Light, Part One

Fictional Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, Part One

Not the Real Fictional AL

Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is the fictitious lighthouse near the fictional town of Mystic Creek. It’s been in the Andersen family since its inception—before the Light House Establishment or its successor, the Lighthouse Service. Andersen lightkeeping goes way back to the old country, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Robert Stevenson companies, if the Andersens were real people.

Generations of our Andersens have renovated Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel to make it what it is today, an extra-wide and tall lighthouse, with each level a pleasantly functional space.

Light shines through the Fresnel lens many miles into the distance at night while natural light floods into substantial vertical hurricane windows in daytime. A nighttime view of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel reveals the tower’s rotating light reaching out into the world and Luther’s reading lamps from his rooms on level two or his office/library/classroom located on level four, the gallery.

Balconies surround the upper levels, including, of course, the gallery which also has a half-moon shaped kitchenette built around one side of the spiral staircase.

A new remodeling begins on the second and third levels toward the end of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, the novel.

Learn more about the estate and grounds of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel in Part Two of this blog.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Andersen Light (Working Title) Manuscript Update

Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel (Working Title) Manuscript Update

This post includes a link to my first video (https://youtu.be/4SuJVtowg4g) with the latest update on the Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel manuscript. In the video you’ll see me ready for a New Mexico morning of errands, including the U.S. Post Office.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Lessons Learning — Knowing Now What We Now Know is Okay (Distractions)

Lessons Learning — Knowing Now What We Now Know is Okay (Distractions)

I know we don’t know what we don’t know. Still, sometimes I wish I had known some of what I’ve learned over the past few years a long time ago, don’t you? I allow wistfulness its brief moment but move on to appreciate my lessons—not fully learned, but learning.

For example, did you know distractions are addictive? I heard that from another writer and it sent me spinning to take inventory of my own distracted behavior.

Say I’m teetering on what a character will say. Can she stay PG-13 while she blurts out what she is truly feeling?

Hmm. Must be time to put the whites in to soak. While I’m out and about, I might as well put the dishes away. I’m feeling peckish. What’s in the fridge? I haven’t texted Mom this morning. Should I have another cup of tea?

I am learning that some distractions can be used to mentally process writing, especially those distractions that take more than thirty seconds. Sweeping is a good one, as is mopping. Why can’t my character say what she wants? Blurt away, girl! As the writer, I can always edit the paragraph later if necessary. Let it rip!

I must also confess to allowing distraction to become its own subject. These telling, free flowing thoughts from last year could have just as easily been yesterday’s:

“I can’t stand dirty floors. A clean floor is good to have. Mopping can distract me from feeling unworthy. Sweeping is sometimes good enough.”

Dust and digital devices are my greatest distractions. I am learning to manage the devices, but the dust? Let’s just say I’d like to turn that from an obsession to a distraction. Lol.

See what I mean about lessons learning?

Enough now. Back to editing the novel.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Georgie and Josefina ask, "What Would Luther Say?"

Georgie and Josefina ask, “What Would Luther Say?”

When baffled by a new subject or problem, Georgie and Josefina respond with, “Let’s ask Luther,” or “What would Luther say?” Whether unexpected or truth the girls hadn’t yet faced, Luther’s guidance and instruction are kind, wise and likely seeded with humor.

Like the time something happened before P.E. class and Georgie reacted—really, really reacted. At least that’s how it seemed to her.

Luther had said, “You are experiencing a perfectly normal reaction,” and handed her cold lemon water. “Who would not be shocked?”

“Exactly.” She uncurled an arm out of the tight ball she had wound herself into and accepted the glass.

He pretended not to see her dab at the corner of one eye with the back of her wrist as he took the facing chair. He patted her shoulder as he passed. “But you’re not normal, Georgie.”

“Excuse me?”

Meanwhile, the more the girls learn from Luther the more they want to know. Their minds are always whirring like spinning tops and sometimes hit a wall before they can figure out a thing on their own. This author suspects Josefina keeps a running list of questions in her phone.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

BFF Who's a Boy

BFF Who’s a Boy

Shawn Green is Georgie and Josefina’s best-friend-who’s-a-boy and a true cyber geek. He lives with his dad, Derrick, brother Earl, and Aunt Darlene. We often find Shawn hunched over the phone his dad uses to communicate with him when he and Earl are away testing special comms for the government. Shawn is not a fan of dodgeball.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Professor William S. Jones Dad & Professor

Dad & Professor

William Samuel Jones, Georgie’s dad, is professor of music at the local college as well as weeknight and weekend musician. And, the man can cook. He whips up delectable tasties for Georgie and himself, and later at Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, humbly learning from master cook, Maria Elena Garcia.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.