What if witches really existed during the Burning Times?
Forced to attend the Regent's celebration at Wolgast Castle, 1560 Germany, Sidonia von Bork, fears her magical abilities will be discovered and she'll be burned alive as a witch. When she discovers she is actually a member of an ancient shape-shifting race and the prophesied Golden One, she must face her destiny: to save the multiverse from the daemons determined to destroy all humans, and stay alive in the process.
Linda Bell Brighton’s Bio:
Linda Bell Brighton fell in love with myths, magic, and monsters at an early age. On a thunder-storming day in the Keys, her father—in his bass reading voice—brought The Hound of the Baskerville to too-vivid-life. From that day forward, Greek and Roman myths merged with Wonder Woman and Super girl. After studying medieval and Renaissance literature in college, she now combines her loves by writing an alternate history of the Witch Burning Times that she calls magpunk: real history with myths, magic, monsters—and daemons, too.
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Why Plot With Tarot Cards? By Linda Bell Brighton
Yep. Me, too.
Then someone clued me into Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner. [Thank you!] I won't pretend I knew nothing about Tarot. I’d played and read about it, but didn’t (and still don’t) know all the meanings of all the cards. Not knowing is even part of the fun.
The first thing you do is to find a deck that you like. (Just Google “Tarot Decks.” Amazon has a lot. There are many other sites dedicated to tarot.)
When you get your deck, make it your own. There as many ways to do this as there are people. Maybe spread the cards out on a clean piece of cloth preferably bought for this. Wave your hands over the deck. Touch them. Mix them up. (Google “ cleansing new Tarot deck” for more ideas.) Then sit and ask a question while you shuffle. Maybe ask, “What is the main impression X character gives?”
Personally, I use what I call the “pop” method. I wait until a card pops from the deck.
Sometimes, right away the card gives you the answer. The answer to that for my protagonist, Sidonia, for the first book was the Fool card. Oh, that’s what Muse was telling me for the longest time. I, a newbie writer, kept rejecting that idea. I wanted a strong protagonist, a Warrior Woman!
So I read about the Fool's meaning. My insight into the plot and character arc grew. I wasn't exactly racing to write the book, but on my way.
Try it next time you’re stuck, or right now for fun. After years of plotting with tarot cards, I’m still amazed how many ideas they give me.
Linda is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of her book at each blog stop on her tour AND three Grand Prize Giveaway of one Travel Mug, one T-Shirt and one Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with your choice of fan art, chosen from here: http://www.zazzle.com/sidonia_the_sorceres, shipped to anywhere in the world!
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