Friday, June 01, 2012

The Silence of Lir RDB

Getting Off the Couch

My favorite pair of shoes are my Adidas Sambas. They’ve come out with countless variations, but the perfection of the classic footwear can’t be stressed enough. Each pair that I purchase is worn for years until the rubber is so eroded that there are literally holes in the bottom of my shoes (yes, I drag my feet occasionally when I walk).
Much of life is about comfort. It’s a bumpy ride, so why shouldn’t we make every effort to be relaxed? Wait until rush hour is over, buy the cake instead of making it, forego exercise for television, watch the movie instead of reading the book. Before we know it, we’re in a cozy little rut, and we have no idea how we got there.
Some things are good to go easy on. Others present a problem that may take some real effort to solve. My fear is that we get too cozy on our couches. Perhaps we wait too long to stand up and go after what’s truly important to us. Worry and the long list of things that could go wrong build up until we lose sight of our dreams. We turn in the runner’s baton for the remote, the race for the bed.
Saga of the Spheres was my way to challenge myself. Almost anyone can start a book, but am I a finisher? And when I complete a project, my habit is to downplay it, even hide it from others, for fear of criticism. Could I open my mouth and announce to the world that I completed something I enjoyed – dare I say, am proud of?
Then, it dawned on me – people criticize Shakespeare. Shakespeare! I don’t know who these people are, but they exist. And I’ve yet to meet one that I’ve left standing, but there are those who are not fans of J.K. Rowling! Can you believe the state of the world?
Upon the completion of yet another round of editing out the kinks in the Saga, I began to think of the fears I would have to face in order to do justice to the hard work I put in to the series. I would have to (gasp) tell people that I wrote four books. Yep. Sometimes the first step is the hardest.
Next, I would have to (gulp) ask for help. Actually, the second step is the hardest. I pride myself on having a long history of not asking for much help. That pride kept me nice and warm for years until, surprisingly, I found one of my toes dead from frostbite. I’ve learned to ask for blankets instead of clinging to my wholly blanket called self-sufficiency. And, it turns out, it won’t kill you. I never realized such a miracle could happen. I could ask for marketing advice, help building a website, a book trailer, people to pass out flyers, happy retweeters, and more, and no one died. Fantastic.
Another lesser known fear I have is one of public speaking. For anyone who has met me, they will no doubt think this is a joke. I have a decent acting resume, and am in general a fairly talkative person. Being a character onstage is entirely different from being yourself. Having a conversation is not the same as delivering a monologue in which people stare at you, daring you to say something interesting. But, this is the new Mary, and she will not be afraid any longer. So I called up my old favorite English teacher, who shockingly, remembered me, and booked two speaking engagements to talk to his students about writing. Again, I did not faint, throw up, accidentally curse or besmirch the good name of writers.
Saga of the Spheres was the vehicle that brought me to a new appreciation of really putting yourself out there. I learned to write a mythology, market my behind off, ask for help, and engage in public speaking. I can only hope that when your vehicle comes along, you have the courage to throw on your Adidas and fling yourself onto the wagon, no matter how rough the terrain ahead might be. Remember, your friends and family will be there to catch you if you should fall. And if anyone points out the mud on your shoe, give them a friendly little kick to the curb and get back on the wagon. He’ll be in your rearview soon enough.
People will cheer and boo – such is the state of things. However, if you spend your life not moving for fear of making too awkward a splash, you’ll find yourself drowning just so you are not thought a fool. Don’t be that fool.

Mary E. Twomey

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The Silence of Lir
By Mary Twomey

Book 1
Genre: young adult fantasy fiction

Available as a free download on Amazon June 1-5

Behind the scenes of our spinning earth are keepers of the elements who make sure that tornados don’t destroy cities, fires don’t ravage forests, earthquakes don’t decimate towns, and floods don’t take out humanity. They wrestle with the natural elements to ensure that the world keeps spinning smoothly on its axis. 

Since the beginning of time, the Sun has been fading, and the light that shines on the earth is dimming, causing the elements to be more volatile and impossible for the keepers to control. 

Now they must enlist the help of one man, Finn, to help them bring the light back to the Sun. The keepers war, the North Star steals light from the Sun, and the Moon is in disrepute. The end of existence is coming, and all the while the king, the Moon, Lir, remains silent.

About the Author:

Mary E. Twomey lives in Michigan with her husband and two adorable children. She enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and telling her children fantastic stories about wombats.!/SagaOfTheSpheres 

Twitter @shesleepssoftly