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A peek at my writer’s space and imagination…

Deborah A. Bowman, author, ghostwriter. editor, designer, formatter, proofreader, publishing agent, writing coach, mentor

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Deborah Bowman July 2017

 

 

Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift Review

Many thanks to this unknown reader who praised my research, story, and mission concerning Annie from the mid-1600s Colonial America. The points mentioned in the review are exactly what I was trying to point out … in history, in the treatment between different ethnicities and religions, and the abuse, bullying, and demonic fear of children, mere babies, with birth defects in a land where people came to escape the tyranny of Europe. My hypothesis is that this is still going on in the world today, even in the United States of America.

Many thanks to this reader from the author … Deborah A. Bowman

REVIEW:
on June 25, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Life in America circa 1,600 CE can’t have been easy, not with the English intent on stamping their domination and with the Puritans extolling so called Christian virtues to the extreme. As the saying goes: the more things change, the more it remains the same.
Annie’s Story provides a unique insider’s look into the world of newly emigrated people, the Scots, to a free land where they could safely continue worshipping their faith—Catholicism. For Annie, born into a world where one’s physical differences and abilities were considered the child of the devil, it was life threatening.
Annie was raised by her grandmother, a renowned Scottish healer, after her parents died from the plague. This story highlights the hardships endured by immigrants in a world vastly different to their own, who contend with harshness of the land, weather and hiding their beliefs from their neighbours—the Puritans.
Annie was a dwarf and a healer, born in the mid-17th century in Colonial America. Her family left Scotland to avoid the harsh and imperial rule of the English King Charles II, migrated to Massachusetts Bay area, not far from a Puritan settlement. Her grandmother, taught Annie the art and skills of ‘pagan’ medicine after witnessing her miraculously heal a man who almost died.
Annie’s grandmother, her best friend Janey, her parents and the Scottish community protect and shield Annie from outsiders, who don’t understand her physical and mental disabilities. The young girl heals a boy from the Puritan township, which they later become friends and then fall in love.
One of the subjects I am not overly familiar with is American history. The Civil War was perhaps its greatest exponents, as was Abraham Lincoln, and so when I started reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read historical fiction, but tend to go for books that predate Christianity.
What intrigued and drew me to the story was that it was premised on a past-life regression, in this case, the author’s. Bowman prefaces the book with background information that she underwent an “age” regression, and in follow up sessions, learnt she lived in another time and went by the name of Annie. The book has facts interwoven within the story, about Annie, the period and the way people who were different were treated. It is evident a great deal of research has gone into the story, describing what life was like during Colonial America for migrants, the Indians and how the Puritans lived.
The use of Scottish phrases and terms is great and it remains true to the characters, but I would have preferred a glossary at the end of the book rather than the explanation within the narrative.
For readers who know little about America’s early history, Annie’s Story is a good introduction to life during a period of unrest in Colonial America. For those who know a lot more, you will enjoy the various historical elements that feature in this story.

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My First Experience with a Writer’s Guild…or Subtitle, “Maybe an Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks”

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while or have read my profile or “Who Am I?”page might be surprised that I’ve never been involved in a Writer’s Group, Club, or Guild before. After all, my career and education has all been devoted to varied aspects of the writing industry from nuts-and-bolts document prep and authorization officer to ghost writing, songs/lyrics, journalism, poetry, and now finally at retirement age pursuing my greatest love–fiction author.

I joined a Writer’s Guild through “Meet Up” back in December of last year and attended one meeting. It was a great group of varied characters, including a young woman I already knew from a business networking function I had attended in the past–surprising since this Writer’s Guild meeting is quite some distance from my own neighborhood, about a 45-minute drive one-way. With one thing and another, mostly the cold, snowy winter and my own semi-restricted mobility restraints, I stayed in touch with little quips on Meet Up with a couple of the members, just reasons why I couldn’t attend month after month…I finally attended my second meeting on April 12th. It was so good to see familiar faces and new faces, finding out how everyone was doing on their personal writing projects and talking about issues like finding the time to write, how to get your spouse to be quiet or watch TV in another room, taxes, royalties, plot ideas, and all kinds of unimaginable topics that were so delightful and informative, including how to write a film-script.

I know I could find a group closer to home, but somehow this just seems like my group. Everyone is at a completely different stage of development in their writing craft, but even the most seasoned, the most professional writer can learn tons of new stuff from the beginner, who may have a totally different viewpoint and set of skills, like social media or computer mumbo-jumbo. The second meeting was even more fun than the first. I’m not the oldest and certainly not the wisest, but I do bring a different background than most of the others, even though there is another newspaper copy editor near to retirement who is beginning his first book. So commonality and variety all rolled into one meeting, where you can literally talk about anything or choose not talk at all. But I must say we’re a pretty lively group.

A sounding board is good, and a place to go where you are not judged on your deficiencies, self-inflicted/imagined or not, and can help mentor newer writers in a non-critical fashion–“Beware of the dreaded editor!”–it was really quite refreshing. It was nice to be remembered and welcomed back, but mainly to see forward progress in just about everyone present.

If you want an honest opinion, go to someone who’s not a family member, not a good friend, not your spouse or significant other. I couldn’t help but relate the experience of “my” Writer’s Guild meeting, for indeed this is my group and where I belong, to the support and encouragement we get from total strangers who become dear friends or pen-pals as we share our lives and our stories on our blogs.

So just as I will make time, get dressed, throw on a dab of makeup, and drive 45 minutes a couple times a month, to interact with some incredible writers in the making…so will I express my opinions, offer my support, and ask for honest feedback from this wonderful group of writers, poets, artists, photographers, and just greatly prolific people who have invited me to share their lives and their dreams!

Deborah