Welcome to the website of author and artist, Stella Brians

Stella Brians is a New Englander who writes fiction, fantasy, and poetry. Brians is the author of The Hidden World of Wysteria Fantasy Series, with more fine books and art on the way. She was educated at  Norwich Free Academy, a unique high school that focused on art and creativity. She loves animals, and her favorite kind of music is Shoegaze. Her favorite bands are My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, and The Beatles. She also loves Iron Maiden. A film fantanic, Stella adores indie films such as Paperhouse (1988), and anything  directed by Dario Argento or Alfred Hitchcock. Her very favorite film is Harold and Maude (1971).

To Purchase Stella’s books in paperback or Kindle formats:

https://www.amazon.com/Stella-Brians/e/B01N3MEQ3Y

Currently, I am working on the third book in My Hidden World of Wysteria Series, titled Beneath Rain and Stars, along with two other book projects! Please stay tuned to learn more!

Official Beneath Rain and Stars Cover Art

Official New Beneath Rain and Stars Cover Copyright

 

An article I wrote for The Visionary Fiction Alliance about my work and inspiration:

How I Became Inspired to Write a Visionary Fantasy Series – Stella Brians
By Guest Author | January 9, 2017 | Blog, Guest Posts
New England Inspiration

New England Inspiration

I grew up in Norwich, which is a little town in Connecticut rich in beauty and in history. Old buildings lined most streets, and are still used as existing businesses. The Norwich Post Office was built in 1905, in the Classical Revival design. I attended Norwich Free Academy, a high school mainly composed of very old and beautiful buildings. Perhaps the most notable is the Slater Museum. The museum has always kept a variety of different art pieces, but what always stuck out to me was the plaster cast collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Italian-Renaissance sculptures. I lived down the street from my school, which was very close to the Yantic Cemetery, and the Indian Leap Falls. The Yantic Cemetery was special, because it was built in the Victorian era, back when they used to design graveyards like gardens. Pathways, trees, and aesthetically pleasing graves were only a few of the lovely features. I would often come to the graveyard, to walk and have some time alone to think. Sometimes, I felt as though the tall trees could hear my thoughts. It is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been to, and there is something about it that does not make one fear death nearly as much.

Norwich is teeming with Native American history, is bordered on all sides by old buildings each with their own story, and natural beauty such as the Indian Leap Waterfall. The middle school I attended was formerly a Thermos Factory, and there was always something about New England rain that fascinated me.

How I Came To Write Visionary Fiction

New England has a very New Agey feel to it. Perhaps it is because of the Salem Witch Trials, or because it was the original and rightful home of many Native Americans. Whatever the reason is, I am very glad of it. When I was thirteen, I met an elderly woman who told me about past lives and spirit guides. We would visit and talk at length about these subjects. She told me that I was an Indigo Child, and a very old soul. I was already interested in Wicca and Creative Visualization, and had read several books on each. I do not identify with a specific religion, but I will explain to those who ask that I have New Age beliefs. Over the years of exploration and reading, I finally decided to write a Visionary Fantasy Series about old souls who die, and live together in an afterlife known as Wysteria. In the series, visualization, communication with the Universe, paganism, and old souls are discussed. I plan to go into these topics even further in my third book.

There have been many books written on Wicca, Meditation, Creative Visualization, and all sorts of Metaphysical topics. However, there seems to be a lack of fiction books exploring these New Age topics. Sometimes, people are unfamiliar with the wide-span of beliefs associated under the New Age umbrella. They may come from a very religious family, or just have never been introduced to it. Fiction is a great way to reach out to people, in a very gentle way. Rather than publishing a ‘How To’ book, I created a world that resembled the one I had lived and became comfortable in. As a child I was very withdrawn and quiet. I lived in my own world, created characters for it, and I loved to sketch and write. In my Hidden World of Wysteria Series, the main characters are misfits who are quiet and not apt to fit into society. They no longer feel a connection with the world, and look within themselves for answers.

About my Hidden World of Wysteria Series

The first book in my series, The Paperback Writer of Central Park, was originally supposed to be a short story about an impoverished young woman who lived in New York City. Several edits later, it became a love story between two old souls who did not fit into the world, but still wanted to help others. In the end of the book, they meet a kindly old wizard known only as Zeferaus who invites them into the afterlife dimension, Wysteria. What I like about writing Visionary Fantasy is that it allows me to intimately incorporate who I am, where I am from, and what I believe with an abstract leniency. My series is a safe space for myself, and for others who wish to learn more about reincarnation, spirit guides, paganism, and so on. It is so important to me that others who are different or are on their own spiritual journey feel a sense of comfort knowing that there is something out there, and that the author cares very much about them.

Another important element in my Hidden World of Wysteria Series is New England nature, and animals of all kinds. I plan to also go over tree spirits and communication, from what I have researched. In the series, the trees (particularly willows) are very wise, and often times the animals are a guide of some kind. Kindness, love, and understanding are dominant themes as they should be in all life and death, and in all spiritual and religious facets. The Universe is written into the series as the creator of everything, although some characters who are partial to pagan views mention the Goddess. It is important to note, that some ideas are fictionalized as the genre is fantasy. While there is much truth within my stories, I like to add an element of fiction to avoid sounding preachy, and to always encourage people to think for themselves. This is very important to me.

In November 2016, I self published The Paperback Writer of Central Park, and in December of that same year I released the next book in the series simply titled Wysteria. Currently, I am working on the third book which will continue to focus on spirituality, paganism, and tolerance.

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My Art

 

My art can be found on Deviantart, where prints and more are available.

https://jwriter89.deviantart.com/gallery/

Mysterious Wysteria Cat Watermark

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Interview With Lance and Brenda Eads of The Band Dandelion Root, and Regarding Lance’s Solo Music.

Interview With Lance and Brenda Eads of The Band Dandelion Root, and Regarding Lance’s Solo Music.

Interview by Stella Brians
September 29th, 2017

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Please Tell Me About The Music You Do as Lance Eads, and With Your Sons

Lance: Well, my wife Brenda and I have six kids. Our oldest son, Caleb, plays woodwinds and our second oldest, Isaac, plays percussion. I try to involve them whenever possible, though sometimes busy schedules make it difficult.

Where the Branches Meet

 

On one of my more recent albums, “Where the Branches Meet,” Caleb played flute on four of the seven songs. On one of those four songs Isaac played bongos. Originally it was going to be a nine song album and I was going to have Isaac doing some percussion on those other two songs and even have Caleb play bass guitar on one of them, but those pesky schedules got in the way. Maybe we’ll go back and add those last two songs one of these days.
On the album I just completed, “Botanical Theophany,” Caleb plays clarinet. Originally I was going to use harmonica on it, but Caleb asked if he could be on the album so I wrote him a short clarinet part and I think it turned out really well. He’s a freshman at the University of Portland right now and he’s majoring in music. Isaac is a sophomore in high school.

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His solo albums can be found here: lance-eads.bandcamp.com/music

Tell me about Dandelion Root, the band which consists of you and your wife. Where can your albums be found?

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Dandelion Root playing at a Block Party

Lance: Brenda and I have been singing songs together just for the fun of it pretty much since we first met back in ’94. It started to be less and less, though, the more kids we had and the busier our lives got. I guess that’s kind of how Dandelion Root started—as a way to make sure that we continue making music together.

Brenda: Our two youngest children play violin and cello and we’ve been starting to have them play music with us, too. The youngest plays violin and the second youngest plays cello. They joined us at a local farmer’s market playing a song and it sounded great!

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Dandelion Root at Columbia Park

Lance: We’re going to record that song with them soon. It’s “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. With Dandelion Root we play coffee shops, sometimes bars,…the same kind of places I play on my own for the most part. Our albums can be found online at dandelionroot.bandcamp.com

What are your hobbies and interests?

Lance: Besides music, I enjoy drawing and painting, bike riding, and hand drumming. I’m not talking about drumming in a musical context, but more as a form of relaxation or meditation.

Brenda: Just singing and spending time with my family.

What inspires you as a musician?

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Lance: I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a musician. Growing up in the 70’s children’s shows on TV were filled with bands. There was Fat Albert, the Archies, the Groovy Ghoulies, The Monkees, and on and on. That influenced me, as did some of the popular music that I was aware of. My mom was a big Beatles fan, so even though they weren’t together anymore I heard a lot of their music early on.
In the 80s as a teenager I played drums, mostly in school band and in hard rock bands with my friends. It wasn’t until the 90s in college that I really started playing guitar and other instruments and writing music. At that time I was really drawn to the folk music of the 60s and also to the earlier music that influenced those artists.
I kind of consider music, visual art, writing, or really all art forms to be different ways of doing the same thing, which is expressing feelings, thoughts, ideas, and whatever’s close to your soul. I’ve always really loved drawing and painting and I consider music to be the aural equivalent of that. I can remember hearing “Yesterday” by the Beatles in the elevator at the mall when I was around five or six years old and thinking, “Wow, listen to the way the music and the words work together to paint a picture.”

What inspired your album, Botanical Theophany?
Lance: It’s interesting because most of the songs on this album were written about five years ago. My songwriting has slowed down recently, but for a long time I had notebooks full of songs that I didn’t know if I’d ever get to recording. Some of the songs on this album were ones that I skipped over many times in the past in favor of ones that I felt were better. But now that my cache of unrecorded songs is getting thinner I pulled them out and really I think the particular arrangements that I did instrumentally with these songs kind of brought them to life.
“Every Leaf” is a newer song. I was working on a Donovan song called “Deep Peace” and I really liked the chord progression. So I started singing a different melody to those same chords and that was the beginning of “Every Leaf.” The lyrics were influenced by current events with all the racism and prejudice in the news, but I don’t recall exactly how I chose the leaf metaphor.
“The Intelligence of the Dandelion Seed” is also somewhat new. It was inspired by a passage from an Alan Watts book. The “Unseen Garden” is also new. I don’t remember in particular what influenced it. I think I was just pondering some ideas from Indian philosophy about the nature of the universe and it became a song. The album was originally going to be called “The Journey of a Raindrop,” but I noticed how many of the songs used flowers and vegetation in their imagery so I changed it. The cover photo is from a park near our house.
Incidentally, the cover of “Where the Branches Meet” is also from close to home. It’s just a few miles from our house where the Willamette River and the Columbia River merge. That title, “Where the Branches Meet,” then, refers to the branches of the river, the branches of the tree in the foreground, the branches of different musical styles that I’ve tried to synthesize, and the meeting of this world with the spiritual world.
Theophany is a Greek word I learned in college. It basically means God or Divinity appearing in the physical world. So the idea behind “Botanical Theophany” is that the world of the sacred can be, and often is, experienced through the world of nature.

Please describe your song writing process.

Lance: Writing songs, like any art form, is kind of a mystery even to those who do it. Sometimes people ask me if I start with the words or with the music, but I don’t always do it the same way. I used to write lyrics even when I was a drummer and didn’t know how to write melodies or harmonies, so my earlier songs almost always started with the lyrics, but that’s changed over time. I still do it that way sometimes, but other times I start with a melody, or as is the case with “Every Leaf,” the harmonies or chords. But that question doesn’t get to the heart of what songwriting is. There’s some sort of a process that goes on in the mind where you combine all this disparate things—words, rhythm, melody, harmony, timbres—and come up with something strange and new. It’s like clothing a dream, or taking a sonogram of your soul.
I appreciate that you refer to my lyrics as poetic in your review. For some songwriters lyrics are just sounds to make with their voice to go with the other instruments, but I’ve always tried to actually say something worth hearing with my lyrics. I did go through a period where I was trying to write stream of consciousness lyrics–influenced by the beat poets, the surrealists, James Joyce, and Syd Barrett’s solo work—but I felt like even then the songs ended up having a message. The message was less consciously intentional and maybe less decipherable to people who didn’t know me, but it was still there. But some of my biggest influences have been people who are know for their lyrics as much as for their melodies; people like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell.
I’ve dabbled in a lot of different styles over time. I’ve written and recorded straight ahead rock, jazz, blues, new age, experimental, but I feel like I really want to focus more now on songs that have the acoustic guitar and that western folk tradition at their center. I think it’s what I do best and probably what I enjoy the most. I still like rocking out with the electric guitar, but there’s just something about the intimacy and simplicity of one voice and one acoustic instrument. Of course, I still plan to do Dandelion Root and to collaborate with my kids and with other musicians, but I feel like maybe I’ve really found my own musical home from which to work—my own musical voice.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Lance: Just thank you for doing this and for your wonderful review. I’ve been very happy with the response to this album so far and it makes me feel so good to know that people are enjoying these songs.

Brenda: Yes, thank you. Hopefully when and if things slow down a little bit, we’ll put out some new Dandelion Root recordings for people to hear.

Lance: You can bet on it!

You are most welcome! I really enjoy your music, and it was such a pleasure to speak with you both! I hope you will stop by again soon!

Dandelion Root can be found playing at Farmers Markets, and occasionally coffee shops and bars in Oregon.

 

My Review of Botanical Theophany:

https://paperbackwriterlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/album-review-of-lance-eadss-album-botanical-theophany/

 

 

Album Review of Lance Eads’s Album Botanical Theophany

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Album Review of Lance Eads’s Album Botanical Theophany

Review by Stella Brians 

I love this album because of its gentle acoustic sound that is paired so pleasantly with hippie folk. The lyrics are poetic and positive, reminding us that we need to respect one another, work together in the world, and to be kind. This is an important message, now more than ever. Botanical Theophany gives us a reprieve from what is happening in the world today and gives the listener hope and peace. The sound of this particular album is hippie-folk with a dash of Cat Stevens. It is an album that sheds light in the places we need it to, reminding us that there are open minded people in the world who care and who want to share a powerful message that things will be okay. The mention of flowers in this album is frequent hence the title, reminding us that the Earth and Universe is still a beautiful magnificent place to be.

His album can be found here:

https://lance-eads.bandcamp.com/album/botanical-theophany

Getting Ready For Halloween

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I have been working on my Luna Lovegood costume with care–piecing it together with what I can. I actually have a very cool Harry Potter cardigan that is much like a robe. Today, I worked with my mother in law to put buttons onto it–and soon it will be ready. There is a bit more magic that needs to be done. This year I might not have the skirt I need for the costume, but I have most everything else ^^

I found these adorable glasses on Etsy! They are lovely and perfect 🙂

I will post the costume when I have it as together as it will be for Halloween. We still haven’t decided what we would like to do this year. There are of course, many choices–apple orchards and cemeteries to wander.

To get ready for Halloween, other things I have started to do was watching scary movies and gathering ingredients to make pumpkin pie 🙂

My Interview With Indie View

I found peace in New York City in a very ethereal way. Many of my feelings and memories about New York City during that time are kept in my novel as a sort of time capsule.

Stella Brians – 4 March 2017

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The Back Flap
Book One in The Hidden World of Wysteria Series

Elizabeth is homeless in New York City, sleeping in hostels when she can and barely surviving. Writing her novel keeps her going, and when it is published her life changes forever. Along with her Brit Punk friend Sarah, she starts a writer’s group for other indie writers. It is in that group that she meets River, a New Age hippie in whom she finds true love and a kindred spirit. The couple face both joy and tragedy in the city that never sleeps, before moving to a cottage in Mystic Connecticut to start a new life together. It is behind a bookcase in their attic that they discover the hidden world of Wysteria.

About the book
What is the book about?

The Paperback Writer of Central Park is about a young author who goes from being homeless in New York City to leading a group of indie authors towards their dreams. My book is also about her love and connection with River, a kindred spirit who relates to her when most of the world does not. It is about their friendship with British punk Sarah, and their shared love of New York City. My novel is also about nature, and their eventual discovery of Wysteria, a New Age afterlife. The Paperback Writer of Central Park is the first volume in my Hidden World of Wysteria Series.

When did you start writing the book?

I began writing The Paperback Writer of Central Park in 2015.

How long did it take you to write it?

It took about three drafts and a year and a half.

Where did you get the idea from?

In 2009, I took a trip to New York City and stayed for a while in hostels. It was a very freeing experience, and most of the time I stayed in the upper West side of Manhattan. I would spend my days writing in a journal, taking walks, and visiting the Saint John the Divine Cathedral. Aside from the enormous and striking cathedral, I will note three peculiarities that interest me to this day about the cathedral. A very unusual fountain known as The Peace Fountain sits to the side of the cathedral. It is sculpted to depict the conflicts of good and evil. Angelic white peacocks stroll the grounds, and beyond the fountain is a children’s garden. I mention this because of the spiritual and New Age content of the books in my Hidden World of Wysteria Series.

It found peace in New York City in a very ethereal way. Many of my feelings and memories about New York City during that time are kept in my novel as a sort of time capsule.

In my novel, the main character Elizabeth befriends a punk rocker from England. Her name is Sarah, and was the one character I based almost completely on fact.

We met in the first hostel I stayed at, and we became friends. What I remember most about her is that she loved the Sex Pistols, and this movie Suburbia (1983.) She was such a sweet and fun person to hang out with. We lost touch after awhile, but I hope to find her again someday.

Other elements of my life that inspired The Paperback Writer of Central Park was growing up in beautiful New England, and being enchanted by rain and the poetic side of nature. Many of my New Age beliefs also inspired the book as well.

Were there any parts of the book where you struggled?

I think I struggled most in the very early stages with the plot and characters. Originally, The Paperback Writer was supposed to be a short story.

What came easily?

Once I worked through and rewrote weak elements of the story, I decided to make it into a novel. From there, the rest fell into place. After that, it became the first novel in a Metaphysical Fantasy series.

Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know?

All of the characters are fictional except for Sarah. Many are inspired by real people, or people I have observed or met. When you are a writer, it is helpful to people watch and to get ideas that way.

We all know how important it is for writers to read. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you?

My father is an author as well, and he influenced how I write in the sense that I remember to constantly improve, and to write the truth with class. Other than that, I would say that Laura Whitcomb’s style heavily influenced me. I loved her romantic, dream like tone in A Certain Slant of Light.

Do you have a target reader?

My target audience is 15—100. There are adult elements in my novels, but they are written with a gentle whimsical tone that I feel would engage a wide range of readers.

About Writing
Do you have a writing process? If so can you please describe it?

I tend to jot down ideas in a notebook or on my computer, and from there I do character and plot sketches. I sketch my characters too, and try to get into the environment that surrounds them. However, I do not plan too much as I am a discovery writer.

Do you outline? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences?

I outline briefly, just enough to know where I am going. I leave the rest to creativity.

Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished?

I edit as I go, and once finished I print the manuscript out and edit it long-hand. I feel that it is more genuine that way, and it works well for my thinking process. I want to make my novels the best they can be.

Did you hire a professional editor?

I write, edit, design the cover, and any art that goes along with it.

Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping?

I love to listen to New Age music while I write, or soft rock. Notable albums that have helped me write are: Deep Breakfast by Ray Lynch, and Everyone Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We? by The Cranberries.

About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents?

I sent The Paperback Writer of Central Park to a few, but I am passionate about self-publishing. I felt that due to the unique nature of my work and the integrity of it, self-publishing was right for me.

What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Was it a particular event or a gradual process?

Deciding to self-publish was a gradual process, because I wanted to give traditional publishing a fair chance. As months went by, I did an enormous amount of research on the publishing world, and even did a college paper on self-publishing. Ultimately, I chose self-publishing because I could keep the rights to my work, and be as creative as I wanted to be. I am a very independent soul, and I would have trouble with a publisher stepping on my toes. It is important for me to create uninhibited, while producing honest work that I hope people will love as much as I do.

Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself?

I always do my own covers, and the art is my own save for the photograph of the Avery Point Lighthouse that is on the cover of Wysteria (Volume Two in my series). That was taken by my mother, and she did a fantastic job.

The photograph on the cover of The Paperback Writer of Central Park was an old shot that I had taken from a disposable camera when I lived in Colchester, Connecticut. It worked perfectly for the book.

I am going a different creative route with the third book in the series, as I will be illustrating the cover and providing some interior drawings as well.

Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it?

As a new indie author, I am discovering what works best, and what does not.

Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors?

I would like to suggest that you do as much research as you can. Taking writing workshops can be very helpful. Always make sure that you can keep the rights to your own work, and be as creative as you want to be. This is so important.

It is vital that you advocate for yourself as an indie author. Hang up flyers where you can, ask bookstores if they would be interested in selling your book, politely ask for interviews from online blogs and magazines. Always be creative, kind, and professional.

A website I suggest is Scribophile, it is a wonderfully supportive online writing group.

I would also like to suggest The Fiction Writer’s Handbook, by Anthony Maulucci. It is a very helpful guide that I have used in the past.

About You

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Connecticut. I was born in Hartford, but my family moved to Norwich in the early nineties. Norwich is a historic little town, and has inspired my Hidden World of Wysteria Series on different levels. I am an alumnus of Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut.

What would you like readers to know about you?

I love to write, read, and sketch. Some of my favorite bands are The Beatles, Iron Maiden, My Chemical Romance, and The Cure. My favorite thing in the world is to spend time with my soulmate, Clint.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the third volume in my Hidden World of Wysteria Series.

 

For more from Stella, visit her website, her Tumblr page, or follow her on Twitter.

Get your copy of The Paperback Writer of Central Park from Amazon US or Amazon UK.

How To Be A Bookseller, Inspired by Bernard Black

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IMG_2381 Lawrence Hammar, owner of Blue Jacket Books, who epitomizes a great bookseller–nothing like those in this post!

Bookriot posted a hilarious post based on the British series Black Books, on “How to Be a Customer in a Book Shop, According to Bernard Black.” It’s a hoot and you really should take a look at it. I thought, in the same vein, I would post a few tips on How to Be a Bookseller, inspired by Black, and some of the more nefarious booksellers I’ve experienced over the years.

  1. Never acknowledge customers. It only encourages them. They’ll talk to you. They will ask you about books. Listening to the latest NPR podcast is infinitely more important.
  2. Make things hard to find. Don’t label sections. Pile unstocked books in front of shelves so it is difficult to get to them.
  3. Never. Clean. Anything. The book can’t possibly be worth anything if…

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Writer Cat Comic, Story One

Writer Cat Comic

Story One

by Stella Brians

 

Writer Cat is a comic about a homeless cat and a man who find each other and try to make the world a better place with their creativity. This comic (although not meant to be funny–perhaps graphic novel is more suitable) documents life as a struggling indie author/artist.

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Thank you for reading!

To Be Continued….

How To Work Through Writer’s Block

How To Work Through Writer’s Block

by Stella Brians

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I think that at one time or another we all suffer writer’s block in different ways and for a variation of reasons. Often I work on two book projects at once along with other more minor literary related responsibilities sprinkled in. My books are each nearing the middle to end which means that the entire story and all of its characters are going to have to come together in a respectable, meaningful way that flows. Sometimes towards the end we sometimes feel that we have said all that we have to say in the duration of the novel.

But we haven’t of course, because there has to be an ending.

In my two novels there are sizable experiences that the characters must take into themselves and deal with. There are events that have yet to happen, to be explored fully. Sometimes I get stuck on scenes–especially ones in which there is heavy description of a new place. In my novel in progress: The Wanderings of Colin and Hazel, there is a building that is haunted. The area is which we temporarily live is not full of enchanting Victorian mansions or condemned buildings like Connecticut was so I had to improvise.

An avid horror and paranormal fan, I was not shaken at all by the ghost videos I watched on YouTube, or the documentary on insane asylums. I found them to be educational and a breath of fresh air. I myself have spoken to spirits but not quite in that sense.

In the documentary I paid close attention to the design, overall architecture and state of the buildings. I learned a little bit about padded rooms and that not everyone who had to stay in an asylum was actually crazy. I saw interesting recording equipment used to speak to several different spirits at once. I thought that the investigators were very respectful of the spirits.

I paid close attention and internalized all of this for one section of my book. To some, this type of research might seem tedious but it is in fact absolutely necessary for writing a novel worth reading. There is still more research I would like to do for this scene but I have gotten what I needed for today.

Of course, my favorite research is in person but that was not available at this time.

Something else I can suggest is to use the history from your hometown or where you are currently living as inspiration. This could be a park with Native American history (Mohegan Park, Norwich, CT) or a somewhat famous park that used to be a cemetery (Cheesman Park, Denver, Colorado.) This is an example of how some of the greatest antidotes to Writer’s Block is right under our noses.

Something that I like to do when I’m feeling very frustrated with how my writing is going, I take a walk or do something else and then come back to the story later that day.

Rain Willow Dream

 

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Rain Willow Dream
Copyright 2017 by Stella Brians

(This is a poem/song for a Young Adult novel project I am working on.
Please note that it is copyrighted.)

I just want to live in a dream
In which I fly away and live with you
In this dream world,
We float far away
Surrounded by those we love forever.
I don’t want to be a mother. I want cats and quiet and you
And just to listen to shoegaze music on cassette tapes and watch rain storms.
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(Chorus)
This island is part of me in the way the branches sway
How the ocean sings and the gulls cry
You are always near, you are here
I love the way your feet fit in your shoes
And your sweet funny nose
Your eyes change colors in the rain
You’re with me in every way
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I hope to see them again,  to never feel pain.
I wish to live and dream on this island of quiet and love. It’s made of raindrops and silence.
Don’t you see?
Beneath the gray willow trees I fold up inside
Within a blue cardigan
Inside the pockets are stars, stones, and shells
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(Chorus)
This island is part of me in the way the branches sway
How the ocean sings and the gulls cry
You are always near, you are here
I love the way your feet fit in your shoes
And your sweet funny nose
Your eyes change colors in the rain
You’re with me in every way
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Carry the ocean waves
Inside of us as we sneak away onto the beach
Gray skies spill milk into the water
We’ll swim on and on
The rainy sky will carry us home
Through our dreams of rain and willows

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