Friday, August 28, 2015

The Cross




This past week has been incredibly challenging.  Having round two of a root canal on Monday started it off with the expected swelling and jaw pain, and I was advised it could last up to a week.  Along with the root canal pain, I also was plagued by a horrific headache.  Being a recovering alcoholic, I try to avoid taking narcotic pain medication, but I did take some the first few days.  They zoned me out and concentration was out of the question.  I didn’t like the feeling either (thank goodness!).  The family has been wonderful helping out around the house, but I still needed to prepare for a healing retreat that I’m facilitating tomorrow.  Knowing the pain medication made me loopy (more than usual), I stopped taking it so I could get the materials organized.   

Once everything was put together, I felt compelled to make a wooden cross and decorate it for the AGAPE ceremony we plan to use during the program.  We have a cross at our other retreat facility I could have borrowed, but as I said, I felt compelled.  I am not “artsy-craftsy” by any means, in fact, my art teacher in college asked me to drop his class.  But ... I had an image in my mind and wasn’t going to let that memory dissuade me.  After dad and I had found some wood in the garage, we took turns sawing and made the cross, then I took to the road to find the perfect flowers and other supplies needed.  

After the project was completed (it took two days), I realized focusing on the cross brought me so much joy I forgot about the pain.  

Only in the Cross of Christ will we receive power when we are powerless. 
We will find strength when we are weak. 
We will experience hope when our situation is hopeless. 
Only in the Cross is there peace for our troubled hearts. 
~Michael Youssef

 This is just a portion.  It
stands about 5'. It might not be a masterpiece,
but with my limited talent...

 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Welcome Eve Human to "An Author Speaks"!





I'm a woman, a mother, a wife
I have done many jobs in my life.
Best myself to describe then I can
by being one of the race of man.
I'm made so in the image of God
just a thing to be used I am not,
Of no higher value I can be
than being a part of humanity.
It's a secret I always have known
even long before up I had grown.
To be human is all that I need
and this recognition would lead 
to the knowledge how precious must be
every soul in the human family.
For my God there's no class and no caste
not one person for Him is a waste.
Nor is anyone more precious more high,
although some to themselves might lie.
And on this principle I do feel
we must build for the world to heal
from the plagues of all hate and of war
so that violent oppression no more
to the painful destruction can
lead them all those children of man.


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What five words describe you?

Catholic, woman, mother, wife, care-giver
  
What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?

Well, at the moment I'm still trying to make a few edits on my novel "When Hope Came",
I´m also blogging -mainly about my ideas on peace and non-violence and why I have written the time-travel novel in the first place and about my ideas on peace and non-violence. 
I'm also adding some more poems to my anti-war poems collection.
And I'm starting to write a story about the worst year of my life (after I left Iceland for a while). In that year I had to struggle to survive with 3 small children, being temporarily homeless, and without a job or with jobs where wages weren't paid and so we were running out of food.
Sounds depressing, doesn't it?  But I think I found something in that year, I wouldn't want to miss. God gave me an understanding I would never have gotten without that particular time in my life.
  
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your  most recent book? 

Now, that's a purely theoretical question, I've never considered before. "When Hope Came" will most certainly not make it to Hollywood. One of it's main premise is, that non-violence is the answer even to the most dangerous and most violent challenges. And how do you think, that would play out on the Hollywood big screen, addicted to shoot-outs, sword-fights and explosions. But if I play with the thought of a movie I would like to have Elijah Wood playing the lead. I liked him best in the role of Frodo in the Lord of Rings Trilogy.

Frodo didn't do any of the fighting, his task was to destroy the "ring of power" by first going through hell, including a personal hell, where in the end he had to be carried by humble Sam.
That's how I see my protagonist David and his way in life, going through hell, because he has done something decent and courageous and needing to be carried for a wile, when hell becomes overwhelming and in his case, it is a little girl from the future.
  
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

There are quite a few books I admire, but I don't think in the least that I would have made a better job of them than the original author. These books are for instance "1984" by George Orwell and "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. What I really would have liked to have written instead of Ayn Rand is "Atlas Shrugged". Then I could have changed the whole story line and the premises of the book, the idea that altruism is bad and selfishness and greed the pinnacle of virtue.  I would have allowed John Galt and his selfish gang of financial greed-mongers depart happily to their isolated exclusive utopia, while the rest of the world would make three crosses for the blessed providence of having gotten rid of them.
I would have allowed them to build a big wall to surround that place, allowing the rest of the world to go on to a peaceful and generous society, decentralizing power structures, creating direct democracies and a non-speculative monetary system, improving on all the useful technologies, allowing small towns and communities to become self-sufficient  in food- and energy production, doing peaceful commerce in a spirit of generosity with one another, realizing that if you want peace you need to consider the interest and well-being of others just as much as your own.  Oh wait, I actually did write that book, and John Galt did get caught behind a big wall, but that wasn't such a good idea for the people of his time either, for John Galt is a dangerous man. Just as I see Ayn Rand's philosophy of ruthless greed and the denial of loving any one, who isn't just as ruthless and greedy, as very dangerous indeed. It's a denial of the value and dignity of human life. It's also catastrophic in the political realm having caused one economic collapse already.  

What is the hardest thing about writing?

For me, it's to find the right words, phrases and images to allow me to express what I would like to say to the world, without getting pathetically preaching and boring. 

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writers block?
  
 Just take a rest (maybe days or weeks) and then try again, but keep your story in your dreams.

Where would your dream location be for writing?

  Just here at home.

When creating characters, are they based on people in your life?

They are based on my dreams and a bit on myself asking what I would feel or say and do in a certain situation.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Sure I read them. I haven't gotten too many of any of them so far. I have no idea how I will deal with the bad ones. I guess time will tell.

If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?

 I am working as a nurse assistant in a nursing home. I rather doubt I will ever be able to make a living by my writing. 

What would you tell your younger self that would have helped you in your writing career?

 Start earlier!

Where can we buy your work?

At the moment the book is available on Kindle for 0.99$ here: http://www.amazon.com/When-Hope-Came-Time-Travel-Story-ebook/dp/B00WNWGO8K/
As soon as my Kindle Unlimited contract runs out at the end of July. I will publish the book on Smashwords, where it will become totally free. I promised the Lord that I would not profit from this book financially ... I thought I'd give any proceeds to charities, but then I thought it might be much easier to keep my promise if the book is totally free in the first place. Whoever likes the book and has money to spare, can give the money to his or her most trusted charity themselves. 

How can we keep up with you?

The book's website is here: https://whenhopecame.wordpress.com/
My own blog is here: https://evehuman.wordpress.com/
My Goodreads author page is here: Eve Human