Welcome to Day 5 of the 2021 RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! @LinneaTanner @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

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Dance of Souls by Linnea Tanner

Universal souls dance together

One takes the lead as another follows

Lifting our hands in unison, we twirl into a cloud

Floating high, the sun warming our faces

Yet we can fall as rain, our souls in free fall

Souls metamorphose into fluttering butterflies

Wrens chasing us, snapping their beaks to devour us

We abruptly shift flight and transmute into foxes

Leaping and snatching songbirds into our jaws

Our souls melding, singing, and clapping in rhythmic dance

Memories twist our fibers into rope

Past voices connect to the depths of our essence

Summoning ancestral souls, we embrace their power

Mortal and divine moving together toward light’s truth

Past, present, future merging as one in the dance of souls

One would think that authors had more opportunities to write in 2020 with social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative processes would enhance in cocoons of isolation. Instead, I struggled as an author to finish my fourth book in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. At times, the significance of events in 2020 overwhelmed me. I found myself grieving the loss of my lifestyle and the ability to interact closely with family and friends. Yet, the unsettling period made me reconsider the theme of my book and replot several scenes. Some would call this a writer’s block. I considered this a sign that the story needed to be transformed into a tale that resonates with readers.

Last year was a time of reflection for me as contrasting forces in juxtapose sometimes maintained balance in our chaotic world. As everything locked down at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, air quality improved globally. With the threat of global warming from carbon emissions, oil demand fell rapidly in 2020 as governments closed businesses and restricted travel due to the pandemic. Automakers, foreseeing a more profitable future, began to develop electric cars in earnest. The revolution of new technology and vaccines provided hope that humans could reverse the ill effects of climate change and virulent disease.

As white supremacy groups inflamed fear and hate through their rhetoric, anger over racial inequities ignited widespread protests demanding change. As an invisible virus took control over our lifestyle, corrupt politicians grasped for the illusion of power. But still, when people learned they had voted in a unifying leader to replace a divisive president, a dance of joy erupted on the streets.

In essence, Charles Dickens summed up the year 2020: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

What resonated most with me last year are universal truths in past civilizations are similar to modern-day times. Disease, warfare, and accidents wantonly take the lives of rich and poor, young and old, and male and female. Without the ability to control what happens in their lives, people often turn to superstition and conspiracy theories to explain what they can’t understand. In the Roman Empire, slaves were treated as property and abused without rights, similar to what the United States experienced before the Civil War. Lust for power corrupts absolutely. Yet, power is nothing but an illusion that one surrenders to another.

As I reflected on the unsettling events in 2020, it became clear to me that I needed to transform my work in progress in the series to capture the theme that opposing forces often provide insight into what we must do to achieve our dreams. Only in the depths of our darkness can we see the light and view the world with a new lens—a revolution that explores new possibilities.

I’m inspired to explore new forms of writing and balance my life by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So that I have the vitality to create, one of my goals is to adjust my diet and exercise three to five days per week. I want to stay connected with family, friends, authors, and the community through phone calls, e-mails, and Zoom for my emotional well-being. Hopefully, by the end of summer, I’ll be able to participate in live events where I can chat face-to-face with readers and other authors. I’ll continue to expand my knowledge by reading various books, researching topics that support my writing, and traveling to locations in my books (stretch goal, whenever it is safe to do so).

My primary goal as an author is to release my latest project at the end of 2021, hoping that the story will resonate with readers. The characters will experience a gamut of emotions of love and hate, compassion and retribution, and corruption and virtue. They must decide from a range of possibilities on how they will move toward their destinies. One of the subplots, based on the impact that Black Lives Matter had on me, is that a warrior grieving the loss of his murdered wife finds redemption and love by aiding a female slave to escape her brutal predicament. Another goal is to draft a novella that will be a prequel to the first book in the series. I want to transcend my writing into other realms and become more focused. One of the beneficial aspects of being in a writer’s support group such as RWISA is that other authors inspire and support each other. As a result, I would like to explore the possibility of composing poetry, short stories, novellas, different genres, and nonfiction. As a member of RWISA, I wrote my first short story in 2020 but plan to write more in 2021. Most of all, I’d like to expand my support for other authors by hosting blog tours and reviewing their books. We all succeed as authors when we support each other in a dance of souls.

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46 thoughts on “Welcome to Day 5 of the 2021 RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! @LinneaTanner @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

  1. Hi Robbie, Thank you for introducing Linnea Tanner to us.

    Nice to meet you, Linnea. Beautiful words, sharing nature and our universal energy and souls. I have heard how the creative process has been challenging this past year. As you describe well, sadness and feeling overwhelmed. Wise words from Charles Dickens apply to 2020. I agree about the feeling of support and inspiration in the writing community. 🙂 Erica

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    1. Hi Erika, the Charles Dickens quote also resonated with me. Those are my all time favourite opening words. I was also working on a book which now requires a lot of re-writing because of the changes the world is experiencing. I’m glad I decided to focus on A Ghost and His Gold last year which is largely historical in nature. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      1. The Classics withstand the test of time, especially this quote. I looked for “A Ghost and His Gold” on Amazon.ca and I could not find it? Another site or still a publication date for this year?

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      2. Hi Erika It is only available on Lulu.com and from my publisher TSL Publications at the moment. Amazon will follow in April. There is a lag for Amazon when you publish through a UK publisher.

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    2. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Erica. Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments regarding my post. As authors mostly write in isolation, it’s so important to have a family of other authors who support and inspire you. We are all universally connected with each other. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you, Susan, for your comment regarding the post. Charles Dickens’ quote rung true during the last tumultuous year. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  2. Hi Robbie–Thank you for sharing my post as part of the RWISA blog tour. It’s been such a pleasure to interact with authors such as yourself and be inspired by their experiences. Writing is somewhat like meditation in which you can find a place where you can heal. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hi Miriam, you are correct in saying that every life has been impacted by Covid-19. If you have a home and financial stability, how you manage the impact of the circumstances resulting from the virus is largely within your own domain. It is a choice to wallow in misery or accept the situation and make the best of it. Most of us have now arrived at the later because it is really the only way forward.

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      1. Yes, Robbie. We have a lot of conflicts in the US. The government sent out stimulus checkd the households with annual income lower than$150,000 a year. $600 per person and $200 per child. Three checks water sent out twice and the third one will be on the way. This helps people out of work with no income. But this doesn’t help people like the hispanic and others who get cash pay and never file tax return. I have no idea how they hold up on this year long going into second year of pandemic. Such as gardener, the head gardener gets pay by checks, they hire people to do the work and pay them cash. These people may still get some work.

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      2. It is the same here, Miriam. We have millions of people who earn below the minimum level for paying tax. They were receiving a small amount from the government on a monthly basis until the end of October last year. I believe there is still a tiny sum being paid but it is not enough to live on. It is a huge tragedy and it is causing a massive increase in crime.

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  3. Robbie, thanks for hosting Linnea, an author whom I’ve met on RRBC. I hope the weather is better in South Africa than it is in many of the States.

    Linnea, I sense that you are a flexible writer, publishing during these stressful times and then adjusting plot and characters to what will resonate with readers.

    I agree that writing is a form of meditation. Stay well . . . and happy writing to both you and Robbie!

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    1. Hi Marian, a friend of mine told me that she thought writing was a form of meditation for me, so when I read this, it resonated with me. Thank you for visiting and supporting Linnea. Our weather is better than yours, but unseasonably cool and wet. It’s been like this the whole summer.

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  4. I hadn’t thought about the opening of A Tale of Two Cities as articulating where we are today, but the description is as apt today as it was when Dickens wrote it. The other thing that struck me in Linnea’s post is how I’m starting to see writers and artists who were blocked by the despair of the pandemic starting to emerge from it with renewed energy and purpose. It’s a good sign.

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    1. Hi Toni, I was able to focus my mind and still continue to write last year, but my life didn’t change as much as others as I continued to work albeit a lot more than I would have liked. The work pile is crushing and I’ve had to put my foot down rather firmly which is hard for me. Thanks for visiting, Toni.

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    1. Hi Kerfe, I think that people who were already receptive to togetherness and connectivity will see the value, and those that have never seen this value, will continue not too. I think that is how humans are, but maybe I’m pessimistic.

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    1. Hi Kamal, it is true that for some of us our writing did not stop. I think maybe we coped differently from some other people. I think in the USA where this virus has been so bad, people have been really anxious and scared. A lot of my American friends have struggled to write and even blog over this period.

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  5. Robbie, what a lovely surprise to see Linnea spotlighted here! I have had the pleasure of knowing her online for many years now and enjoy her series of books so much. Great to hear about the new project that hopefully will launch by the year’s end! I also like these words from Linnea: “Only in the depths of our darkness can we see the light” ❤ All the best to you two ladies!

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    1. Hi Christy How lovely that you know Linnea and have read her books. I haven’t managed to read one yet. We’ve all been impacted by Covid-19 in one way or another, but hopefully things will improve going forward with the vaccine being available now in the USA and other first world countries.

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