WELCOME TO DAY 5 OF THE #RWISA “REVOLUTION” BLOG TOUR! #RRBC @LinneaTanner @RRBC_ORG @RRBC_RWISA @TWEETS4RWISA #RWISAREVOLUTIONTOUR

Welcome to Day 5 of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour!  We’d like to introduce you to an amazingly supportive RWISA member, Author, Linnea Tanner.  Take a peek at her writing below…

DANCE OF SOULS

Universal souls dance together

One takes the lead as another follows

Lifting our hands in unison, we twirl into a cloud

Floating high, the sun warming our faces

Yet we can fall as rain, our souls in free fall

 

Souls metamorphose into fluttering butterflies

Wrens chasing us, snapping their beaks to devour us

We abruptly shift flight and transmute into foxes

Leaping and snatching songbirds into our jaws

Our souls melding, singing, and clapping in rhythmic dance

 

Memories twist our fibers into rope

Past voices connect to the depths of our essence

Summoning ancestral souls, we embrace their power

Mortal and divine moving together toward light’s truth

Past, present, future merging as one in the dance of souls

One would think that authors had more opportunities to write in 2020 with social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative processes would enhance in cocoons of isolation. Instead, I struggled as an author to finish my fourth book in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. At times, the significance of events in 2020 overwhelmed me. I found myself grieving the loss of my lifestyle and the ability to interact closely with family and friends. Yet, the unsettling period made me reconsider the theme of my book and replot several scenes. Some would call this a writer’s block. I considered this a sign that the story needed to be transformed into a tale that resonates with readers.

Last year was a time of reflection for me as contrasting forces in juxtapose sometimes maintained balance in our chaotic world. As everything locked down at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, air quality improved globally. With the threat of global warming from carbon emissions, oil demand fell rapidly in 2020 as governments closed businesses and restricted travel due to the pandemic. Automakers, foreseeing a more profitable future, began to develop electric cars in earnest. The revolution of new technology and vaccines provided hope that humans could reverse the ill effects of climate change and virulent disease.

As white supremacy groups inflamed fear and hate through their rhetoric, anger over racial inequities ignited widespread protests demanding change. As an invisible virus took control over our lifestyle, corrupt politicians grasped for the illusion of power. But still, when people learned they had voted in a unifying leader to replace a divisive president, a dance of joy erupted on the streets.

In essence, Charles Dickens summed up the year 2020: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

What resonated most with me last year are universal truths in past civilizations are similar to modern-day times. Disease, warfare, and accidents wantonly take the lives of rich and poor, young and old, and male and female. Without the ability to control what happens in their lives, people often turn to superstition and conspiracy theories to explain what they can’t understand. In the Roman Empire, slaves were treated as property and abused without rights, similar to what the United States experienced before the Civil War. Lust for power corrupts absolutely. Yet, power is nothing but an illusion that one surrenders to another.

As I reflected on the unsettling events in 2020, it became clear to me that I needed to transform my work in progress in the series to capture the theme that opposing forces often provide insight into what we must do to achieve our dreams. Only in the depths of our darkness can we see the light and view the world with a new lens—a revolution that explores new possibilities.

I’m inspired to explore new forms of writing and balance my life by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So that I have the vitality to create, one of my goals is to adjust my diet and exercise three to five days per week. I want to stay connected with family, friends, authors, and the community through phone calls, e-mails, and Zoom for my emotional well-being. Hopefully, by the end of summer, I’ll be able to participate in live events where I can chat face-to-face with readers and other authors. I’ll continue to expand my knowledge by reading various books, researching topics that support my writing, and traveling to locations in my books (stretch goal, whenever it is safe to do so).

My primary goal as an author is to release my latest project at the end of 2021, hoping that the story will resonate with readers. The characters will experience a gamut of emotions of love and hate, compassion and retribution, and corruption and virtue. They must decide from a range of possibilities on how they will move toward their destinies. One of the subplots, based on the impact that Black Lives Matter had on me, is that a warrior grieving the loss of his murdered wife finds redemption and love by aiding a female slave to escape her brutal predicament. Another goal is to draft a novella that will be a prequel to the first book in the series.

I want to transcend my writing into other realms and become more focused. One of the beneficial aspects of being in a writer’s support group such as RWISA is that other authors inspire and support each other. As a result, I would like to explore the possibility of composing poetry, short stories, novellas, different genres, and nonfiction. As a member of RWISA, I wrote my first short story in 2020 but plan to write more in 2021. Most of all, I’d like to expand my support for other authors by hosting blog tours and reviewing their books. We all succeed as authors when we support each other in a dance of souls.

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Thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to leave the author a comment below!  To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the tour’s home page!

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  1. Reblogged this on Watch Nonnie Write! and commented:

    Welcome to Day 5 of the RWISA REVOLUTION BLOG TOUR! Meet, Author, Linnea Tanner as she shares her Dance of Souls with us! @LinneaTanner

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  2. Hi, Linnea. I’m just now getting to see and respond to this beautiful post. I love the poem. It truly expresses fluid emotion. And you are so right about 2020 in relation to the Dickens quote. Sadly, 2021 is keeping it all going (at least for us here in Texas). I hope you had a great day of touring! I’ll try to catch you on as many blogs as I can.

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  3. Reblogged this on Maura Beth Brennan and commented:
    Beautiful poetry and inspiring thoughts from #RRBC_RWISA author, Linnea Tanner:

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  4. Linnea, beautiful poem and you put into words what many writers felt last year! May this year be kinder, gentler, and healthier!

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author February 15, 2021 — 5:49 pm

    What a beautiful and powerful poem, Linnea. I really connected and felt this last line, Past, present, future merging as one in the dance of souls. I agree it was the best and worst of times and I do hope we come out better and dancing to our song.

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  6. Your poetry is beautiful, Linnea! Those of us who used the time for self-reflection are stronger for it. 🙂

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    • Hi Yvette–Thank you for your lovely comment. When I read your poem as part of the blog tour, I was inspired to write the poem, “Dance of Souls.” I also loved Nonnie’s poetry about forbidden love which inspired me to experiment with poetry in my writing. I’ve incorporated more poetry as chants in my novels and hope to do more with this format.

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  7. Happy birthday, Linnea. What a time, gone we had. May we never have times like that again. Enjoy your day.

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    • Thank you, Joy, for the birthday wish! I agree we’ve gone through some turbulent times. Hopefully, we’ll learn from it and see the light out of the darkness.

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  8. Hi Linnea,

    Yes, as I look back over History, since humans have populated the earth, I see people who were abused. Somehow or another, we have forgotten in each generation that the breath of life flows through all of us. We have forgotten that nothing we do can ever bring it back once it is gone.

    Have a great week and enjoy your special day.

    Shalom aleichem

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    • Hi Pat–There is so much to learn from history, but we sadly repeat mistakes. As you profoundly say, our greatest hope is that the breath of life flows through each of us. And we don’t lose sight that we are all connected. Peace be with you.

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  9. Have a very Happy Birthday month Linnea and congrats on your inspirational post. Enjoy a great day today on your tour. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Robert, for the birthday wish and for our comment. Thus far, I’ve been inspired by what authors have written during this blog tour.

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  10. Happy Birthday Month, Linnea! I love how you are going to explore all these different genres in 2021 & beyond. RRBC & RWISA have inspired me to experiment as well!

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    • Thank you, Wendy, for your comments. I’ve enjoyed discovering and reading new genres and forms of writing. This has inspired me to experiment in writing short stories and poetry.

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  11. Linnea, as you know, I attempted to have you go up on tour on your actual birthday, but, since we celebrate birthdays here at RRBC & RWISA for a full month, it’s only one day after, so we are definitely still celebrating your birthday! Enjoy!

    By the way, I loved, loved, loved your post!

    Great job!

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    • Thank you so much, Nonnie, for inspiring everyone at RRBC/RWISA to become better writers. It’s been such a pleasure to be part of this blog tour and to read the various posts, each of which has resonated with me. Your poetry on forbidden love moved me, and I wanted to explore this medium further. I greatly appreciate your lovely comment.

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