The Annunaki

The Annunaki
Aliens, Gods or Demons?

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

My new article

http://www.ancient-origins.net/history/serpent-priestesses-and-ancient-sexual-rites-002491

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Ways of the Stygia- BannerWays of the Stygia- Banner by Donny Swords
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An explosive read that will be sure to antagonize mythological ‘purists’ and those with strong religious sentiments based on the Jehovah faiths, it effectively combines Greek, Nordic and Biblical mythology.
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A powerful description of the horrors of Purgatory and what awaits the damned, not unlike Dante’s work. Not for those who prefer romance-based or light fantasy.

Yet at the base of it is the age old question of nature vs. nurture when reason is added. Can a soul, birthed in darkness and raised where all is horror, feel an antipathy to what is occurring around him, rejecting his ‘father’, or is he doomed to follow a pre-ordained path? Banner does not succumb to the horrors around him, does not become part of the atrocities, but flees it and receives aid from powerful allies, who, unlike the Mad God, perhaps value a being that can think for himself. They are cold, driven and capable of inflicting carnage of an epic scale, yet they also can be fair, though I suppose one in his right mind would trust them as much, say, a warlord one hears about on the news nowadays.

As a novella it worked well in that it left me wanting to read the books in the series to find out more of the characters and the events Banner alludes to, as he skims over a lot, dropping little nuggets of information here and there. Highly recommended (though I would suggest getting the series rather than reading Banner as a standalone piece).

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<Oblivion's ForgeOblivion's Forge by Simon Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can't wait to read on to find out what happens next. Excellent start to a series.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Sale

Pre-Christmas celebration time!!!

If there is a special someone in your life who is a fan of Alternate History, Mythology, Fantasy involving Goddesses, Priestesses, Serpents and Dragons, then 'Serpent Priestess of the Annunaki' is a perfect gift. And, the ebook is only .99c from Dec 9-11.

Monday, 8 December 2014

New Articles

Put together a list of future articles regarding the Serpent Cult and Dragon Court, collating as many sources of information as possible. Yet some of the ideas I'll be presenting are inflammatory/verging on blasphemy to many people so I am tempted to post and then hide under my blanket fort until the storms pass 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Tracing the origins of the Serpent Cult | Ancient Origins

My first article as a guest contributor to Ancient Origins: Tracing the origins of the Serpent Cult | Ancient Origins

Guest post on Ancient Origins

Today my first guest post appeared on Ancient Origins, in which I traced the origins of the Serpent Cult and hypothesized what it may have been and its purpose. I believe its centre of power was in Egypt and it sent out envoys to broker marriages with emerging ruling families in order to solidify its position in a rapidly changing world It is exciting to be able to find examples worldwide to back the theories I base my characters and world on.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Innana and the Apsaras

A couple of weeks ago, a tourist desecrated a Buddhist statue at Bayon Temple, in Cambodia, claiming the Temple belonged to Innana and she was cleaning up rubbish.

A lot of people have remarked that Innana would have no place in Cambodian culture as it was the wrong place, wrong time.

I beg to disagree. If the Sumerian records are true, then Innana waged a war over a vast area against other Annunaki, winning the initial battles with the aid of Sargon, the King she'd appointed. Her Empire would have encompassed most of Asia and the Middle East. We already know that there are a lot of similarities between Sumerian and Indian mythology, and the Temples at Siem Reap were originally Hindu. Indeed, Sanskrit has influenced Khmer language and culture.  Hence the connection between Innana and Cambodia

Another point is Innana began the ritual of choosing Kingly lovers. Her favourite would have to visit her nightly or risk the desolation of his Kingdom (presumably by her waging war on the unfortunate people). This practice was continued in Cambodia in a temple dedicated to the 'Serpent Goddess, as recorded by the Chinese traveler Zhou Daguan, who  told the story of the Khmer king’s nightly visit to Golden Temple Mountain (Baphoun Temple) to make love to a serpent woman in order to keep peace in his land. 

Innana was a member of the Serpent Cult, so it stands to reason this 'serpent woman' would have been her spiritual descendant, one of her priestesses.

And finally: Innana was renowned for her style of dress: bare-chest, flowing skirts, lots of jewellery. A look at the bas-reliefs of the dancing Apsara's suggests they may have originated as her dancing girls, or the Priests liked her choice of adornment so much they had the dancing girls dress the same .

(this is by no means a validation of the tourist's actions)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Annunaki: human or reptilian?

Still confused on that score, even though I'm well into the third book in my series. I can't find any explanation as to why they are depicted like this:

and this: 

whether they were both Annunaki or if the reptilian beings came from elsewhere. As far as I can see, the theory I postulate in Serpent Priestess hinting at genetic manipulation (which they were proficient in, it is how they created the lulu amel) is as plausible as any other, and I'm writing a work of fiction. 



I am looking further into the connection, studying everything I can regarding Shaman accounts of the reptilians, David Icke (yes, even him), Graham Hancock and the Knight Templars--in particular their seal. More to come when I have cemented my own theory

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Things to be grateful for

Flu season has finally hit after a blissfully warm September, and, being the sort of idiot that I am, I missed my flu shot (being an asthmatic, I do know better). Let me just say: I HATE flu shots with a passion borne of endless days suffering after each one. I'm not a wimp when it comes to medical procedures, I can't be as the list of 'reasons I've ended up in hospital' is quite long. Yet flu shots are my Achilles heel. Can't explain why, they just are.

So, little miss smarty pants has gone and gotten her first flu of the year :


Yet, I'm not miserable, not really. As I lie here in my bed with some hot peppermint tea at my side, I find myself feeling ludicrously happy that for the first time in my adult life, being sick does not mean a cessation of work. I love my work and I think if I had chosen something more physical as a career choice, then every time I got sick I would be so depressed that I was unable to do it. But being an author and freelance editor means that I work from home and from my bed, if need be. As someone who gets sick very easily, I'm grateful to the higher powers that I discovered a passion for a career that requires more brains than brawn (except when it comes to getting flu shots)


Monday, 6 October 2014

What is the connection to the Sea?



 

I may not be the most clever bear, but when looking through the myths and religions, I like to find logical explanations for seeming miracles. Sometimes, as in the case of the Reptilian Gods, the theory isn't warm and welcoming and in others there may indeed by a scientific explanation that has been either lost or suppressed.

One such question is regarding the mermaids Atargatis and Melusine. Plus we have the legend of Venus rising out of the sea, or Jonah and the whale. I'm leaning towards the advanced civilizations having submarines and wet suits, but I could be wrong. It may not be as romantic, but perhaps I will be able to put it in my books without ruining the sense of mythical legend that these figures are currently endowed with. :-)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Glossary of Characters in Serpent Priestess

Dramatis Personae in Serpent Priestess

Lord Anu: in Sumerian mythology Anu was known as the 'king of gods', head of a triad with Enlil, god of the air, and Enki, god of water who were his sons. There was a disagreement over who should take his place due to birth order and their mothers’ (who were in fact sisters) ages.
   In Saxon lore he was known as Wotan, or Saturn, the midnight sun who was said to have ruled the Nine Worlds of the Rings – having the ninth Ring (the One Ring) to govern eight others. Kronos, and the God-kings who followed him, were known by the title "Lord of the Four Corners of the World."

Lady Barat An-na: wife of Lord Anu. Mother of Enki, Her lore was brought to the British Islands and she was portrayed seated by the seashore with a flaming torch and at her side is placed a round shield bearing the Rosi-crucis. In this book Ninkha is credited with venerating her mother-in-law by propagating this image of her so that she'd never be forgotten.


Lady Tiamat: one of the most important deities in Sumerian times. Chosen here as the second wife of Lord Anu and mother of Enlil. Symbolised often by a water-dragon or serpent.



Enlil: in Sumerian mythology he was the God of wind and air and also the God of warfare. His disdain for his female counterparts and humans is shown time and time again. He was responsible for the flood documented in Genesis and reportedly went on to be known as 'the One True God' or Jehovah (though that is contested as a lesser God, by the name Kurambi, had many of the negative characteristics and committed the deeds attributed to Jehovah)
Insignia: Two Eagles looking forward and backwards, claimed by Enlil as his birthright from House Samael


Enki: in Sumerian mythology he was the younger of Lord Anu sons, but had precedence due to his mother being the elder of Lord Anu's wives.
   He was not only the God of water, but also the God of wisdom and all magic. He along with his wife (Nin-kharsag--called Ninkha in this book) is accredited with creating humans and then giving them knowledge, against the wishes of the other Annunaki. He or his wife is the serpent in the Garden of Eden.  His youngest son was known as Thoth in Egypt and found the mystery school dedicated to keeping alive the true story of creation.
Insignia: two serpents entwined, found in the heliotrope or symbol of medicine the world over (also said to represent a strand of DNA)


Ninkha (Nin-Khursag) : The wife of Enki who helped manufacture humans was called Nin-kharsag also known as Ninti or Mam-mu (progenitor of MAMA) or Nin-ana.
 Known as the snake goddess since Palaeolithic times, her cult has been found worldwide: from Crete to Mesopotamia, Greece and Egypt to ancient Semite and Hindu mythology. She was represented by a serpent shedding its own skin and was often pictured wearing a sacral knot: a looped cord between her breasts which, combined with the double edged axe can be compared with the Ankh symbolising eternal life and resurrection. She is linked to the planet Venus and can also be symbolised as the eight-point star or rosette.
Insignia: the serpent eating its own tail


Eris (known as Ereshkigal, but shortened for ease): Goddess of the Underworld, Death, Seasonal Rites and Magic, also can be termed Witchcraft. Chosen here as a counterpart to Ninkha's role as 'Creator'. In Greek mythology she is known as Hekate, In Celtic lore she is Cailleach Bear, in India she is Kali where there is a temple at Madayi Kavu. In Roman times she was known by Lara and in Egypt she was Nephthys
Insignia: the black handled sword known as 'Athame'


Belial: The head of mages and sorcerers, in Jewish tradition he was one of the heads of the rebellion against God (Jehovah) along with Lucifer. Not much else is known about him.
Insignia: the wand of destiny forged for him by Eris, also can be used as a spear



Dagon: found in Assyria, Babylon, Phoenicia and in the Bible as the god of the Philistines. He was a powerful and warlike protector in Sumerian traditions.
Insignia: the Shuhadaku or flaming sword



Dantalion: a mage who taught all arts and sciences, also declared the secret counsel of anyone, given that he could read the thoughts of all people
Insignia: the All- Seeing Eye




Attar (Canaanite mythological version of Lucifer): accused of trying to supplant the one true God and aiding the serpent in the Garden. He was a cherub or commander of seraphim, charged with protecting the throne. He was also known for his wisdom and beauty and was considered ‘the brightest star in the heavens’ who fell to Earth and intermarried with the wives of men. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, "The Lord of the Earth" is a term applied to Satan, or Lucifer, who was the brightest star in Heaven, but was cast down by God.
  In this book he is credited with being the military commander and forerunner of the Knights Templars, his men protecting the Priests, Priestesses and Royal Families
Insignia: the wolf


Astorath: depicted with feathered wings, holding a serpent in one hand, and riding a beast with dragon-like wings and a serpent-like tail (a dragon?) He teaches mathematical sciences (perhaps star fire) and handicrafts, can make men invisible and lead them to hidden treasure. He can answer any question formulated to him.
Insignia: the chalice, afterwards combined with the serpent by Belial to signify medicine and science


Ningizzida (known as Ningi in the book): youngest son of Enki, in Egypt he was known as Thoth, charged by his father to become the 'Lord of Truth'. He formed the Mystery School of Thoth in Egypt to pass down the secret knowledge to his initiates. Of the thousands of scrolls of ancient knowledge that were burned in the Great Library of Alexandria, forty books were said to be written by the greatest philosopher, teacher, and ancient monk of all time, Thoth or Ningizzida.
   To the Greeks he became Hermes Trismegistus. The Romans called him Mercury. Some believe he became Enoch to the Jews, the “Second Messenger of God.” The Scandinavians worshipped Thoth as Odin, the Teutons as Wotan, the Peruvians as Quetzacoatl, and the Mayans knew him as Kukulk├ín.
Insignia: a cone of white powder (Anbar, aka the Highward or Philospher's stone)


Innana: progenitor of the Ring Lord female line, associated with fountains, springs and water, her descendant Queens were commonly represented as Mermaids and were called Ladies of the Lake, retaining their Dragon Queen status. One of the most famous of her descendants was Melusine.  Inheriting the role of M’hor from her mother, Ninkha, she developed the rituals of the Temple of Youth, becoming the goddess of sexuality and fertility with her worship connected with orgiastic rituals and frenzied dancing.
Insignia: a half woman/half dragon encircled by a serpent

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Lillieth: the M’hor or high priestess of the Temple of Youth of the Annunaki. There is none lovelier than her
Insignia: the crescent moon

Marduk: also known as Posiedon. King of all Babylonian Gods, founder of Undal (Atlantis) after he fell in love with a human called Cleito. They had five sets of twins who were given Atlantis to rule, which had been divided into ten sections, one for each to rule.
Insignia: a dragon with a serpent's tail

Saran: second daughter of Enki and Ninkha, becoming a Kispu, or Priestess of Astrology, running the Temples of Magan with her brother Ningi.
Insignia:  the serpent eating its own tail, after her mother, with a rose in its centre

Kain: The first of the super humans created by Enki and Ninkha born to another super human. Foremost of the human kings, trained to rule. He sided with them against Enlil and had to be protected from the irate Enlil with an emblem to signify his status.
Insigna: the 'fiery cross' a red cross with forked tongues in a circle, also known as the dragon and serpent or Rosi-crucis, to symbolise his protection under Enki and Ninkha

Ninagal: Master Craftsman, forerunner of Tubal Cain and other craftsmen. Credited with helping to develop Orme—or the highward stone.
Insignia: the 'paten' a plate with the pentagram engraved on it, used to serve the highward stone during the rituals




Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Was there really a God or Goddess who could be called 'Loving'?









Doing my research on the Sumerian Pantheon (and yes, I firmly believe they were the prototypes for the Egyptian, Greek and Indian Gods), I have found myself experiencing a panoply of emotions and theories. Some authors have presented them in a more noble light and when I wrote Serpent Priestess, it was with that mindset "Yes they may have created us to be their workers, but surely some were kind. Let's imagine that they truly had the best of intentions once they began their experiments."

However, the more I read, the less sure I am that there were any who could be called the 'God' or 'Goddess' of love. Enki may have been the one to create humans, or lulu amel, and then give them more intelligence and always strove to better the living conditions as well as shield them from the other Annunaki's wrath, but he also was an incestuous paedophile (though he would not have agreed with our abhorrence to his mis-deeds, as in his mind he was solidifying his line). Enlil was also a rapist and spent time in exile for his crime. He has been presented as Jehovah by some authors and my book was based on that premise, but I do believe the being we know as Jehovah had more of the characteristics of  Kurambi than Enlil. Yet as Genesis distilled an entire family and pantheon into one being, the writers seemed to have taken the qualities and deeds that suited them from many different beings.

There is also Innana, the Goddess of love and sexuality. Known for the orgiastic rituals conducted at her temples and her edicts. She wore nothing on top with flowing skirts, reminiscent of the ancient Apsara dancers of Cambodia.
She also would take Kings as her lovers and command them to visit her nightly (until she lost interest), a practise that continued in Cambodia  as well, when the King would have to visit the Snake Goddess every night or risk the ruination of his people and land.
While she certainly enjoyed pleasure of every sort, she was also ruthless and waged a war against the other Annunaki, seeking supremacy. So, from both her actions which resulted in the deaths of many thousands and her laws ordering women to prostitute themselves at her temple once a year, I find it hard to credit her with being a Goddess of Love.

The only two who, no matter whose account you read, always are noble and kind, are Ninkhursag and Ningizzida. They are the only ones who can fit the description of a God and Goddess of Love and who never harmed anyone. Ninkhursag created us along with Enki, and by all accounts treated us as her children, intervening time and again to protect the humans from the Annunaki, crying when there was war or natural disasters. Ningizzida (or Thoth) did his best to help mankind achieve their full potential, regarding their souls as equal rather than inferior. 

 But the question must be asked: why was humankind so eager to place these beings into categories, and why were we so eager to believe that there were beings of tremendous power who loved us? Would we have been better off not believing they meant us well? Perhaps then humanity would not have spent its existence praying to these beings, slaving for them, obeying their commandments, accepting their punishments and fighting their wars.


Friday, 19 September 2014

The Wars of Gods and Men

Currently researching more of the myths of Isis/Hathor and am re-reading Sitchin's book, 'The Wars of Gods and Men'. So much information, I feel I could read it again and again and still come no nearer to absorbing all it has to offer.

But to anyone who has ever hoped Gods are benevolent beings----well, there is not much evidence of that. Even the notion of Kings who were the emissaries of the Gods being 'shepherds' who watch the flocks (Jesus wasn't the first, the Pharaohs also considered themselves shepherds), well, a shepherd protects the flock from the wolves and elements but when the time comes, he shears their wool and eats some of them.


This of course, eventually leads back to the darker aspect of the worship of the Gods, but, I'm not there yet. At the moment I'm still researching all they did to each other--which was just as bad as what they did to humans (if that's any comfort). Rape, kidnapping, torture and murder were commonplace amongst family members in their quest for supremacy.

One part I am happy about is chapter on Horus, Ra and Seth and the description of the flying machines they used. While I am unsure whether Ra corresponds to Ningizidda or to another of the Annunaki Gods, (there are similarities to him and another deity), at least the machines themselves and the wars match the Sumerian accounts and what I added to my book 'Serpent Priestess of the Annunaki'. I'm really glad it is so similar as the book I'm writing now is about Egypt and Atlantis with Horus, Hathor and others as the lead characters. It would be highly aggravating to have gotten it wrong in the first book

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Emblem of Horus

His winged disk (one manned aircraft), celestial 'boat' of RA which could fly in the air or sail on water, and the Goddess of the North and Goddess of the South represented as serpents

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Seraph

Most people know of the orders of the angels: the Seraphim, Cherubim, Archangels, etc. But how many know what they really are or what they look like? We envision glorious beings—winged men with amazing physiques, exuding power and beauty.  Jehovah certainly employed them as his personal guard and often ordered them to punish those who defied him

          But a closer examination of the word reveals the male singular is Seraph, which comes from Sarap—which means burning or fiery serpent. The female Serepa also means burning. The Bible makes it clear they are known as the Burners or Destroyers

As Wikipedia states:

Literally "burning ones", the word seraph is normally a synonym for serpents when used in the Hebrew Bible. A seminal passage in the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-8) used the term to describe fiery six-winged beings that fly around the Throne of God crying "holy, holy, holy".
 Seraphs are mentioned as celestial beings in an influential Hellenistic work, the Book of Enoch, and the Book of Revelation.

So, the picture that comes to mind is not a gorgeous human-like figure with wings and a flaming sword, but a fiery serpent with six wings-----or a DRAGON! Enoch himself, considered by some to be Ningizidda or Thoth, called them drakones

Yes, I’m biased, having included dragons in my book Serpent Priestess, operating on the philosophy that if they were found in so many cultures that they may have existed. But, even I, growing up in a christian environment, never realised that the Seraphim were something quite different than the image we were presented.


So, which one looks more like a burning, or fiery, serpent with six wings:


OR....


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Woman and the Demon

Discovered this gem of a book while researching Atargatis and what a rabbit's hole it's been. I've spent the past few days deeply engrossed in it and know that I will be returning to it again and again.
How women became such objects of fear and hatred and at what point in history it occurred is my own grail quest, my goal in life. I want to discover who and how. I have my theories, some of which will appear in the Dragon Court series, but I hope one day I will find the answer.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Thoth and Tolkien

In studying the Emerald Tablets of Thoth, I am struck by the similarities between Thoth the Atlantean and JRR Tolkien. The tablets themselves were studied by European alchemists from the middle ages up to Isaac Newton, who made his own translation of the works.

Wikipedia says: "Although Hermes Trismegistus is the author named in the text, its first known appearance is in a book written in Arabic between the sixth and eighth centuries. The text was first translated into Latin in the twelfth century. Numerous translations, interpretations and commentaries followed."

Whoever the original author is, I have noticed while reading it so much of Tolkien's numerology and mythology reflects Thoth's, though the Emerald Tablets is a lot longer. Time doesn't permit me to condense the Tablets, and indeed, it is better to study the Tablets at one's own leisure, but I will post parts of the two for comparison.

Tolkien:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie." 

Thoth:
"Yet are we ONE with the SOUL of our cycle.
Yet are WE, too, seeking a goal.
Far beyond man's conception,
Infinity extends into a greater than ALL.
There, in a time that is yet not a time,
we shall ALL become ONE
with a greater than ALL."


"Chose HE then from among the people, 
THREE who became his gateway.
Choose HE the THREE from the Highest 
to become his links with Atlantis.
Messengers they, who carried his council,
to the kings of the children of men."


"And again, unto me spoke the Seven, saying:
Child of the LIGHT, O THOTH, art thou,
free to travel the bright path upward
until at last ALL ONES become ONE
Forth were WE formed after our order:
THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT--NINE.
Know ye that these are the numbers of cycles
that WE descend from unto man.
Each having here a duty to fulfill;
each having here a force to control."

Of course in the Tablets the One is not a malevolent force seeking to subjugate, but a benevolent one, reminiscent of Nirvana. 

Did Tolkien perhaps know of or study the Emerald Tablets? I think so, the destruction of Atlantis parallels his description of the destruction of Numenor in The Silmarillion





Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Oracle Room in Malta


One aspect of the Annunaki that I've been studying is that they had advanced knowledge in Sound Technology and Mathematical Precision used both for healing and communication. 

There is also a theory the sound projection and soundwave manipulation enabled by the structures could have been used to keep an often unruly population calm. One such structure is the Oracle Room discovered underground in Malta. The Pyramids of Giza are another example of a structure that used sound to both heal and soothe people. By choosing the notes and scale carefully, a priest could effect healing.

This is not as far-fetched as one might think. The Catholic churches used the same knowledge in their designs of the cathedrals and choirs. You know that tingle that runs up your spine when a particularly powerful and beautiful piece of music is played? Well, that is what the Annunaki and the Catholics sought to bring about through the use of architecture and acoustics. Many believers experience an enhanced, ecstatic worship and feel closer to God when the right notes are sung.

There is also the claim that they tried to calm the population through a low humming sound emitted from their temples. Most would not consciously hear it and would go about their daily lives less likely to lose their tempers or experience the highs and lows of passion that creates so much difficulty for authorities.

Yet, there is a modern phenomenon now reported in the US and the UK---people have come forward to report a constant low humming noise. Most of the population cannot hear it, but for those that do, it's a misery. So, is this a purely natural phenomenon, one we have yet to understand? Or is someone trying to replicate the ancient technology and has yet to perfect it--after all, crime has not dropped and people are as anxious as ever

Monday, 18 August 2014

How Many Hours Research to Produce a Novel?

In my library and on my kindle I have stacks of books (literally and figuratively). On my computer there are endless files stuffed to the gills with maps, photos, downloaded documents and notes. I also have a file that lists all the websites and links to articles I have looked at that contains information I may need in the future. That doesn't include the pages and pages of notes I have made myself on pertinent topics and information.

I also spend time watching documentaries and have a substantial video library to complement my books. All of this time spent reading and watching these shows look like leisure but, while it's fun, it's also work.  I will sit there, reading or watching the TV, and the entire time my brain is running a monologue, comparing what is being said to what other sources claim, thinking how the information presented ties into my story script and should I disregard it or amend my story to include it, and my hands are jotting down notes.

All of this is so that before I sit down to write, I have a fairly clear idea of what historical/mythological places, people and items would be included in the book. It's not possible to include all and I also have to sift through all the legends, some of which are conflicting, in order to write a book that makes sense. And that's only possible if I have a clear idea of the personalities of the characters involved--it's how they inhabit their environment and respond to events that will determine their fate and the course of the novel.

With that in mind--before I sit down to write my 'thousand words a day' I will have spent many more hours studying. So, for every book I write I estimate one to three months research (six to seven hours a day, six days a week) so from 140 to 430 hours before writing the first paragraph. Then, as I'm writing, I also must continuously cross check facts and go back to articles and books I've read before to make sure I haven't gotten something horribly wrong.

Then, once the book is finished, it must go through the editing process over and over again, until it's as near perfect as it can get and everyone is satisfied that it is ready to be printed. What is included in the editing? Research---just to be really damn sure. The story and the characters are mine, but if I'm including an ancient monument I'd better make sure it's in the right country.

All in all, the hours spent writing take perhaps a fourth of the time spent creating a novel, with another fourth spent on editing. The remaining half is spent on research.



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Hathor


 Hathor---one of my favourite deities. Mother of Horus. Replaced in many ways by Isis. She is one of the characters in my present manuscript

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Super Moon

Taking our girls out to view the supermoon was a delectable experience, one we savoured even as we froze in the winds blowing off the English Channel. At that moment, bathed in the moonbeams that cast their glow over the landscape, it was easy to feel transported back in time, to stand with the ancients and understand what it was they felt when they saw the moon in all her glory and why they worshipped her

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Thoth the Atlantean






The teachings of Thoth reputedly found engraved on emerald tablets, the Mystery School of Thoth in Egypt, Hermes Trimegustus philosophy--all of which is part of studying the belief system of the Dragon Court. In my present manuscript war erupts, on a truly global, epic scale. One of the sayings from the Emerald Tablets has stood out and will be used as the philosophy which comforts those who find themselves on the battlefield, confronting an implacable foe and fighting for the lives and freedom of themselves and their children:





Friday, 8 August 2014

Is the rough draft really SH*T?

Having finished the first draft of my second book, I am now stepping away from it for a little while before embarking on the task of editing it. I find myself thinking though, that while I may need to add to it, there's not much (I think) that will need deleting. For one thing: I've taken my time with it, sometimes to the point I found it progressing excruciatingly slow. But, because I did not sit down and write it out in three months, forcing myself to write 1,000 words per day until it was finished, I find that there is little in the form of extraneous characters or plot holes.
Of course, my editor and advanced readers may think otherwise. I probably will find things in the manuscript when I edit that I cannot believe found their way onto paper, but I do not feel quite the same euphoria I felt when Serpent Priestess was finished. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this book, but with the first one I felt ridiculously happy with it, feeling I'd never top it. This time around I'm not quite as emotionally invested as I didn't have some 'Grand Message', just what I thought to be a really good story and have been writing it with a critical eye to plot and character development, utilizing what I learned penning Serpent Priestess.
So, my question is: what's other writers feelings towards their first draft? Is it SH*T or almost there with just a few tweeks? And does the speed with which the book is written affect the quality of the draft?

Friday, 1 August 2014

Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick

UGH!

That is how I feel with my current manuscript. Where is the excitement? The Pizzazz? With Serpent Priestess it all came rushing out and I could barely keep up. I finished the first draft in under two months, easily. Yet with that book the idea had been percolating in my brain for a good three years before I decided to sit down, open a new document and write the first lines.
This book is different. I had no structured outline in my head, only a rough idea of the characters and places and about four chapters in the book t took a drastic turn and is completely different to what I had originally envisioned. Is it better than what I had planned? Yes, but I've had to wing it more than I thought, going back to my trusty old notes and well thumbed books to make sure the manuscript isn't running away from me. The result is brief episodes where I get through three or more chapters rapidly, knowing what's going to come next, followed by long periods of stagnation, where I have to carefully consider what is the most feasible progression of events.
Hence the current dance I am undertaking with my manuscript. Slow, Slow, Quick Quick.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Enigma of Hsing Nu

As stated on www.beforeus.com

In a remote northern area of Tibet lie the ruins of the Hsing Nu capital, discovered by Duparc in 1725.

Within the city, Duparc came upon a mass of monoliths (once coated with silver), a pyramid, part of a tower of blue porcelain, and a royal palace, containing thrones with sun and moon images. There was also a large milky white stone surrounded by exquisite drawings.

Now for the stunning sequel. In 1952, a Soviet expedition arrived. The group was shown by Tibetan monks some ancient documents, whose descriptions agreed with those of Duparc.

But here is the breathtaking part: the milky white stone, so said the documents, was "brought from the moon."

Whether the stone actually came from the moon or not is unknown. However the description of the pyramid, the thrones and the palace was too good to be passed over. It is included in my first book, "Serpent Priestess of the Annunaki"

Monday, 28 July 2014

Excursion



Had a great day at Hyper-Japan with my dear friend Jess and my girls (I'm the one in the back playing peek-a-boo). 

Friday, 25 July 2014

When a character turns bad

Sitting there, writing a chapter, ideas percolating in a corner of my brain. One of my characters says something in line with her personality and my heart sinks. In that moment all that I know based on research and rumours surrounding the worship of this particular deity makes sense. And yet, I really don't want it to be so. I like her, a lot. She's bold, fun, does as she pleases and doesn't care what people think. She does have her weaknesses though and would never admit them to be character flaws.


Now I have the task of laying out the circumstances which bring those flaws out and result in the decrees she issues which cause so much suffering and damage to her cause.


To avoid it and keep her 'good' would not be truthful and there is little more annoying than when a character appears to have been amended to keep him/her in line with the author's original expectations. It then becomes contrived. In the interests of 'keeping it real' I now must change the storyline to suit a character.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Places that inspire me

I draw a lot of inspiration from ancient places: whether they are standing or crumbling, it does not matter. I like to look at them and imagine who built these structures, why they were built and who occupied them. What were their daily routines?
Naturally the explorer in me wants to visit these places in person in order to fully absorb all that these structures offer: the sounds, sights, vegetation and weather. Some of these places will have to wait until my children are older or until the political crisis is over. A couple of them will be on hold until I learn to dive --which of course will require greater powers of imagination to envision what they were like pre-sinking.


Some Places I am thinking of:
The Devil's Throat (Bulgaria)
Madayi Kavu (India)
Dwarka (India)
Alexandria (Egypt)---actually all of Egypt
Underwater city of Shicheng (China)
Sunken City of Yoniguni (Japan)
La Rochelle (France)
Iraq/Iran
Masyaf Castle--the Seat of the Assassins (Syria)
Rock City of Petra (Jordan)


What about you? What do you look for in places to visit within this lifetime? What's on your bucketlist?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New Book

Almost finished the second book of the Dragon Court series, the third one has already presented itself to me, as in I have a good idea of who the main character is and the storyline.


This book I'm writing presently is taking much longer than the first. Do I know why? Not really. There's a wealth of information that I'm including, hoping that it doesn't overwhelm the reader and I've been considering whether to cut it in half or to keep it one long manuscript. Reader interest flagging is of concern to me. Guess I'll have to wait for my editor and beta readers to advise me on which would be better.


Truth is, I've really enjoyed writing this book. The last one felt like I had something to say, this one doesn't carry the same impetus, and so there is a lot more leeway in how the story develops and what I can change. The characters have revealed themselves slowly and it's been wonderful watching them come alive. Fingers crossed I'm not the only one who thinks so:)

Thursday, 19 June 2014





Release of

Serpent Priestess of the Annunaki

Dragon Court Series

Katrina Sisowath

 

 

Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Historical

Release Date: June 19, 2014

Digital ISBN-10: 1631120522 ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-052-7

Print ISBN-10: 1631120530 ISBN-13: 978-1-63112-053-4

 

 

Serpent Priestess of the Annunaki

The Annunaki on Nibiru lack precious metals, stones and minerals, which they desire, food on Nibiru is also running low. Their solution: establish a colony on a distant planet teeming with wildlife and vegetation. When the Annunaki discover they are ill equipped to labor under the harsh conditions found on Earth, they create a workforce called humans, a hybrid manufactured from their DNA and a species known as hominid.

 

The Serpent Priestess Ninkha and her husband Lord Enki are charged with this task, battling not only the challenges faced adjusting to life on Earth, but Enki's brother, Enlil, as well. Will the humans live as Enki and Ninkha envisioned--able to learn, create and above all, reason? Or will they subjugate themselves to Enlil and his rule willingly?

 

At stake is the future of the Priestesses of Damuth, who, along with their serpents, service the Annunaki with their own blood, providing those who partake of the cocktail of blood and venom the ultimate in achieving a higher state of consciousness, along with youth, vigour and longevity. If Enlil, whose disdain of them is well-known, wins, what will happen to them?

 

To protect themselves and their descendants they form the ‘Dragon Court’, but is it enough?

 

Serpent Priestesses or Witches, Gods or Demons,

 

Aliens or Ancestors, Oppressors or Creators?

 

Perhaps all of the above..............

 

 

 

 

 

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