Have you ever stopped for only one
moment and consideredthat the world
isn’t quite what we think it is?
Why do I say it? Well, I am fascinated by odd occurrences,by the so called paranormal-
ghosts, haunted places,strange apparitions -Loch Ness, or the Mothman or even thecontroversial UFOs. They are
fascinating. Unlike many of these, that many say are just the figment of imagination of
people, there are also tangible, enigmatic artifacts all over the world that in
form and construction look pretty modern, though they don’t fit the geologic or historical
timeline. They are ancient, anachronistic artifacts. Hence the name –"ancient
anomalies”, or Ooparts. They can be touched, examined but nothing in our
present-day knowledge can explain their existence. Can they offer a different
view of our world? Could there be more to the history of life on our planet
than we currently know about?Welcome to the world of Ooparts, or Out
of Place Artifacts.
Here are just a few examples:
3,000-year-old hieroglyphs found in Seti I's temple in Abydos, Egypt, depict
nothing less than a helicopter, plane and futuristic aircraft among the usual
insects, symbols and snakes. One popular myth is that the "advanced
race" who bought details of futuristic technology to the Egyptians, were
visitors from a far-flung highly advanced planet, to share their knowledge with
the primitive communities on Earth.
The ancient aliens conspiracy theory claims the extraterrestrials were the ones behind the development of the pyramids,
Stonehenge and other world famous monuments.
Ancient nanotechnology.In 1991-1993, gold prospectors
on the Narada river on the eastern side of the Ural mountains in Russia found
unusual, mostly spiral-shaped objects, the smallest measuring about 1/10,000th
of an inch! The objects are composed of copper and the rare metals tungsten and
molybdenum. Tests showed the objects to be between 20,000 and 318,000 years
has its share of Oooparts, too. In 1974 , workers digging a trench along the
Mures River discovered a couple of mastodon bones and an enigmatic object, over
which scientists have puzzled ever since.
This 5-pound, 8-inch long object of solid, nearly pure
manufactured and not a natural formation was sent for
analysis and was found to be composed of 89 percent aluminum with traces of
copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, nickel, and other elements. Aluminum in this form
is not found free in nature, but must be manufactured and wasn't produced in
quantity until the 1800s.
If it is the same age as the mastodon bones, that would make
it at lease 11,000 years old, when the last of that species went extinct. An
analysis of the oxidized layer coating the artifact dated it to 300 to 400
years old -- still well before the known time when aluminum manufacturing
process was invented.
So who made this object? And what was it used for? There are
those who are quick, of course, to suggest it is of extraterrestrial origin...
but the facts are at present unknown.
Oddly (or maybe not), the mysterious object has been
secreted away somewhere and is not available for public viewing or further
There are dozens of examples of such Ooparts- enough to give
the traditional scientific disciplines a shake-up, I would think.
I am thrilled
and let me explain the reason. Ginger Monette. afellow author and member of MFRW group, too, is my guest today. She will
not only present her latest release, but also is so kind to have a post that I’m
sure will capture your attention and interest. Especially if your stories have a dash of romance.
Falling in Love: Plan it, Plot it, Show it—in Four Phases
As romance novelists, it's our job to weave stories
that gives readers a front row seat to watch the unfolding of a beautiful love
Sowhat's the best way to show a couple moving from “Hello my name is” (or
even “I despise you”) to “You're
my soulmate and I want to spend the rest of my life with you?”
Having been disappointed by numerous novels where the
couple claimed to suddenly “be
in love” without actually “falling
in love,”I went on a quest to investigate this mysterious process of falling head
over heels.What I discovered changed my
I dissected some fifty romance novels and made notes.
All the couples had hefty doses of attraction, butthe most satisfying
stories went beyond attraction to something deeper. They showed the characters
passing through four phases that moved them step by step from “meh”
(or downright hatred) to “wowie-zowie he's the most wonderful person in the world.”And each phase seemed to be
characterized by distinct thought patterns—particularly if at first Prince
Charming seemed to be more of a frog than a prince. Here are the stages I
Acknowledgement of him:
-Acknowledges some good quality about him (talented,
kind, generous, etc)
-Finds him attractive
-Hyper aware of him, or hyper critical of his
shortcomings (which often signals preoccupation or a subconscious denial of
-Acknowledges an attraction, but blows it off
Appreciation of his good qualities:
-Defends his character while not necessarily liking
-Is genuinely thankful for a good quality
-Beginning to warm towards him
-Not so judgmental towards him
-More willing to consider his opinion on a matter
-Takes his advice
-Imitates quality or action of his
-Admits her initial criticism or objections were
exaggerated or biased
-Curiosity grows—willing to spend more time in his
-Acknowledges similar values or mutual interests
-Finds she is thinking (fondly) of him more and more
-Openly acknowledges her love/warm feelings for him
-Desires to be in his company
-Thinks he is wonderful
-Thinks he is perfect match
-Misses him painfully when he is gone
-Thinks about him
So how did this
awareness of stages change my writing? In my novelDarcy's Hope ~ Beauty
I kept these stages and behaviours in mind as I
crafted scenes.They became an outline of sortsthat I wove with compelling action, mystery, suspense, and historical detail.
When my characters (Jane Austen's iconic Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth
Bennet) are reunited at a WWI field hospital, Elizabeth is none too happy to
encounter Darcy. And although she disdains him,I had her acknowledge
that he is handsome and there issomethingbetween them. This cracks the
door to romance and gets readers rooting for the couple.
I moved her into the appreciation stageby having her surprise herself by praising and defending Darcy to a colleague.
After she directly benefits from his wise leadership, she comes to appreciatehim, even though she still doesn'tlikehim. Readers can feel her slowly
warming towards him and eagerly turn pages to find out how the couple will sort
out the baggage between them.
As truths of Darcy's past are dramatically revealed
and she comes to understand him better, I have her admit that her initial
criticisms were misplaced. Now, with a softened heart, she's able to look at
him more objectively. Then I set up an ah-ha moment where she realizes they
both share a similar deep-seated insecurity which turns her reservations about
him into empathy.Now that her appreciation has turned to admiration,
her feelings are almost there! And readers are waiting with bated breath to
find out what it will take for him to fully win her heart.
I gave him some
scenes that show off his admirable qualities, so not only does she find herself
attracted to him, she admires his leadership, work ethic, and drive. Then I
purposely played up the things they have in common and showed her enjoying his
company. In short,I showed them building a relationship.Finally, after
they share a heroic act and laugh over a tent whipping in the wind, she
realizes that in fact sheadoreshim.
crafting scenes that follow this four-stage progression of romance enables
readers to sense her falling in love, so it's no surprise when she
finally declares it. I think a lot of romance authors make the mistake of never showing
the characters moving beyond physical attraction and chemistry. It's not easy! But to write a fulfilling romance, the characters need
to interact on a deep level and share common interests. Readers should see the couple building a relationship and hear their internal
dialog as their thoughts and feelings evolve.
Using this four
step model, I thinkDarcy's Hope has succeeded in providing readers a
deep sense of satisfaction as they watch the heroine's tiny bud of
acknowledgement open into appreciation, then expand with admiration, and
finally blossom into full adoration.
challenges do you face showing a couple falling in love?
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