Windmaster Behind the Scenes – Carved Doors

Carved in the panels of a pair of ancient wooden doors, the mottos of the trading guild, House of Cszabo, were introduced in Windmaster. Fair Trade – Fair Profit triggered Ellspeth’s childhood memories of when she took trips with her grandmother Rima. Voyages which set the stage for Ellspeth’s own destiny as the bearer of golden bracelets of command. And imbued in her the proper way to treat others. I used gold bracelets to mirror the way her guild implemented the golden rule.

The second guild motto, Kin Above All – But Honor, did more than illustrate Ellspeth’s sense of duty. It sent her on the vengeance path with the Archmage. To her kin meant more than just by blood, it also pertained to any member of her trading house. So the death of her cabin boy and the attempted murder of her entire crew by a kinsman broke the vow both ways.

There were several inspirations for the second motto. Bushido, a Samurai code that places honor above all else. The actual wording of the inspiration for the motto was “Loyalty before all else except honor.” Lt. Vincent Hardy, Striking Distance.

Hope you enjoyed this insight into the Windmaster Novels. Visit the page for more information and buy links. 

~Till next time, Helen

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You Made a Resolution, Now to Keep It

Last week, the post was about resolutions. Following the focus of beginning the new year on a positive note, I thought I’d pass along an article by Fae Rowan which contains advice on how to keep your resolutions–especially if you resolved to write more, write better, or set certain goals for your writing career.

Rowan lists seven key words. While they may or may not be familiar to you as a writer, you can say they are battle-tested.

Read the rest of my thoughts here.

To learn the answer how seven words will help you meet your resolution, you have to go read Morgan’s article at seven-tips-to-level-up-your-writing-career/. Fae explains how they fit into her writing life, and it sounded a lot like mine. And probably yours too.

~till next time, Helen

Tuesday’s Title – Creating a Joyful Life

Although I don’t usually showcase non-fiction books, at least ones not related to historical research or writing, the reviews (and title) of Creating a Joyful Life by Jennifer Williams-Fields pulled me in.

Powerful words, a great motivator for getting on track spiritually, mentally and physically
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Behind the Scene:

As a single mom of six kids, with an alcoholic ex-husband, everyone always asks me “how do you do it, how do you manage it all and not fall apart?” This book is my attempt to answer that question. Most days  I do it one day at a time, one breath at a time. In the book I lay out the practical ways women can take care of themselves, take back control of their life, and do it all with a sense of joy and happiness.

Read the rest of the post on the blog, Journey to the Stars and Worlds of Imagination.

To learn more about Jennifer, visit her online at jenniferwilliamsfields.com