RE-THINKING GENRES, THEMES, STYLES, AND PURPOSE

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A (RAMBLING) CRITIQUE…DARE I SAY IT?

Wordy stuff. Now that I have been keeping this “experimental blog” for several months, I feel nudged to re-think just what I am attempting to do here. What was my purpose in setting up (yet another) social media site to play on and thus procrastinate from any “real writing”?

Initially I began this Blog with the purpose of promoting my novel and showcasing some other pieces of writing I’ve generated in the past 30 years, as well as some new material I am currently constructing. But so far only a very small portion of that writing has made its way onto these pages. Even my novel, THE RAVEN WATCHED, has only a TAB at the top of the main HOME page, which sort of side-lines that central material, making it less likely that people will take time to look at it.

As I assembled the various components of my new Blog, I began to see that I really wanted to push it beyond its initially modest and rather narrow format since I have many other interests I like to share as well as my writing. Although I have a website and galleries on several other internet venues, I soon saw that the Blog is an ideal venue in which to collect them all together.

But there is no GENRE for such an odd construction!

My plan grew, like my weedy garden, into a hodge-podge of Pages, Sub-Pages, Posts, and Galleries. Now I have added Pictures from various times, areas, and subjects that clutter through my personal history and current life. There is a separate Page for my Art Quilts and Paintings. Yet another Page deals with the Mystical subjects of Astrology and Tarot. And there is yet another Page about my Cats!

There seems to be little evidence of any central Topic, Theme, Style, or Genre in this house of cards! In other words, my Blog has become a vagrant__ a nomadic circus of roaming, roving, wandering Stuff. For this, I feel somewhat apologetic in the presence of more sophisticated bloggers.

But I have to say I like it. It is ME. And the Blog is indeed, as promised by its subtitle, “A Ramble Through the Transcendental

Which brings me meandering back to the subject of my novel. (That very appropriate motto comes from one good friend’s feedback for the book on Amazon.)
Now I have encountered my first negative rating on Amazon feedback! It hit me as a shock to see a “one-star” among the mostly five-stars I’ve been getting. But when I read it, I was surprised to find I felt very GOOD about it!

This reader was generally complementary of my story and writing, but they disliked the inclusion of the “historical ancestor tales” shown in dreams and other sidetracks from the main story. They were rather incensed that I would present such a mesh-mash of ancient historical legends and mythical tales as representing a “heritage” for the Stregheria. This is clearly a reader who seems to know the subject, and I understand their objection quite well. It was a question for me too, as I struggled to knit this story together.

One editor I showed it to also felt the side-stories distracted from the main one. But others understood that I was attempting to create a richer panorama to show the traditions and evolution of matriarchal spirituality and the practices of Wicca, Stregheria, and Witchcraft. Although I can relate to the reader’s objection, I nevertheless feel compelled to “justify” my decision to include this material in the book, integrated with the main body of the story, rather than in an “appendix” at the end, as one editor suggested.

While I deliberately took considerable liberty in my telling of the history tales, I define what I did as “Fictionalized History”…  These are stories rooted in actual history, legend, myth, and historical writing (including the Bible).   I have told them as I “re-imagined” them, and did not try to present factual absolute literal truth, for none such exists in History as we have received it.

The events and individual lives recorded, or remembered in any historical documentation can ever only be guesswork made a long time after their actuality. The tales we have were passed through many tellings and scribblings, from different perspectives through time, and in many variant voices.

In my book I chose to include these often seemingly disparate and unrelated tales as a “woven tapestry” of multi-colored antiquity… all meeting at a central idea. All telling of how women may have held and lost and fought for and regained their power and spiritual purpose in a world dominated by the cruelty of powerful men.

Whoop! That felt like a belly-punch! I didn’t expect to come to such a vehement conclusion in this post which started with my wool-gathering about themes and genres. Seems I have just demonstrated a fine example of how my writer’s mind works. One thing leads to another, until finally I arrive at what I was needing to say in the first place! It is always a trip!

Hope you were able to follow me on this one. Do let me know through some Comments where offered at the bottom of this page.  Criticism welcomed too!  (I am learning to take it)  Thanks for staying with me and please do come by again!

About Manywoman

I am an eclectic artist and writer, retired from a 35-year career as a PhD sex therapist and counselor at the University of MN Medical School, Program in Human Sexuality. Since retiring in 2005, I have devoted myself to hobbies and pursuits in various art forms and in writing. My art and writing both tend to focus on subjects of women's spirituality and occult mysteries, I read voraciously in most genres, but mainly Occult and urban fantasy, historical fiction, and non-fiction alternative history and religions from female perspective. In addition I am a lover of cats, with five at home with me; an avid collector of fashion dolls; a sewer and creator of art quilts and other fiber arts; a hap-hazard flower gardener; and a retired professional astrologer.
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