Working Title: DAMSELS OVERCOME
This Book Is In Development
The book contains folk, cautionary tales, myths and legends which inspired females to overcome challenges in their environment: predators, hunger, oppression, or aggression, and traditional male norms.
Troll symbolized oppression and ownership illustrated by his words, “Who tramps over my bridge.” Goats are survivors of harsh climates—sure-footed, balanced, and flexible, able to climb precarious cliffs. Their “horns of plenty” fight enemies. The extorted knows not whom he extorts. Today in society, the negative norms sit under the bridges of opportunity to block, threaten, and discourage anyone from crossing over to prosper. For centuries, male-dominated sociolinguistics guard laws and attitudes to prevent passage over bridges to fertile lands: places to live, proper food, productive jobs, and just education. Our voices are horns blown against troll norms for more just equality laws without cruelty, injustice, hardship, suffering, or servitude. Our horns demand bridges to freedoms and opportunities.
The mean thing couldn't escape. We tease, “Nia yeah, Nia yeah Nia; you can't catch us.” Being young we could run fast, off I went. I lead out in front and all of a sudden I tripped over my feet and fell in the dirt. My friend screamed by me. Alone with the monster, who was ready to pounce, I screamed and shouted. I twisted. I kicked the monster. It would not eat me. After a while I got tired and stopped to discover only dust flew around me. I cough then became quiet. I heard the crickets singing, I smelled sweet flowers, and the stars sparkled. I got up dusty and my knees leaked. I brushed them off. When I looked up, in a beautiful golden light stood a gorgeous lady dressed in yellow; she smiled at me. She was not my mother, not an angel, not a fairy. I stood, brushed myself off, and walked across to my friends…waiting. This was Durga, the Hindi Goddess that helps when you ask, and I asked. I met her again at the Asian Art Museum when I told stories in the Hindi gallery. She is now part of my book Damsels Overcome, she is part of all of us - and will come.
As a girl child, my mother, bless her, helped. She pushed her daughter to believe in herself. My mom was a warrior; she worked outside the home for money against the social norms. She forced me to think of myself as a girl who could almost do anything she wanted. Then, in the 1960s, money make available for females of poor economic background to go to college. I was a woman with a future as a teacher, yet no recognition to be an author, artist, lawyer, doctor, film producer, judge, president, and on and on. My life still confined by the male narratives in fairy tales and folktales and laws. Women saved as servant dominate and restrict literature past, present, and in the future. * * * Interestingly, words denoting the feminine always have a male word hovering inside. Always check the pronouns used and the narrator’s writing or speaking; these pronouns are suppressors in our language.
Lying on my couch resting after rereading my written stories, a voice floated through my mind, “You write analogies. You need the sunshine in the sky. Go dig in the rich earth so that you can move on.” Gardening healed my hurts over my story rejections. Well, as all events develop…while gardening during cold rains, I developed pneumonia and had to stop. Again lying on my couch, the voice floated through my mind, “Time for you to stand on stage and tell stories.” All my life, I never read out loud. As a woman, female, she, or her, I worked behind the scenes as the server. The negative opinion that males were the writers stuck in my childhood belief. I needed the highest mountain to throw my desire into the vast sky, overcoming my doubts.
In Ireland and France, Little Wren is portrayed as a male king during the male-dominated social norms in literature from the sixth to eighteenth centuries. The appearance of wren does not indicate sex or gender. The female lays the eggs; both build and sit on the eggs, and both feed the chicks, much as humans who perform the same tasks of tending, feeding, and protecting the young. Birds and humans need to live without the harassment of domination. Acceptable social standards and rules need support to maintain who we are to stop the greedy bullies who want power and wealth. Further, we insist on equality and respect for males and females, regarding skin color, country born, jobs worked, health, and wealth.
Blatant, shameless flirting, using beauty and body for sex—the apparent essential powers a woman possesses, used to gain her worth. I admire Julnar for using her feminine abilities to manipulate a man through seduction, although not what I would do, too dangerous, I would be stuck as struggling mother. Julnar did the best for herself, gaining wealth, respect, honor, and an heir for her esteem and worth. * * * Women are captives in different situations and become accepting of their submission, making peace with their fate while longing for their distant dreams. Julnar worked her position for her good and maneuvered her desires to be real. As women, we need strong determination to manifest our dreams.
In the folktale, Ursula, the Kitchen Princess stands up for what she wants. Our young damsel, loved to cook and spent all her time in the kitchen. Her father, demanding, disagreeable, shows his disappointment with his youngest daughter, who preferred the kitchen and the servants, not an unkind father, the king. Ursula will not concede and runs from the castle. At this time in Europe, the male and the social norms made “her” a victim to patriarch demands. Ursula does accomplish what she desires. A matron, an owner of an inn, helps her improve her skills in cooking gaining esteem. The damsel overcomes her father’s degrading language: “common as the servants.” Luckily, I had a special dad who pushed me to take chances and adventures to save me from living the “damsel in distress.” I saw my friends struggle and comply with the male codes and norms, which were strong in the city populated by the military, old farmers, or mine workers. I attended Colorado University. My education introduced another view of male codes. The damsels in the folklore helped me to overcome male barriers and now grateful for their inspiration.
A throw away from the library in my neighborhood was The Tongue-Cut Sparrow, a surprise gift, a picture book about Shinto beliefs, which I used in the Japanese Gallery storytelling tours at the Asia Art Museum. The book was in the trash; I understood why, told from the Japanese traditional male perspective. He was the ruler of the house and government and jobs. He finally did the sacred Shinto Sparrow dance. Males married more than once; females were married off. The male point of view kept women enslaved through the centuries by loyalty. * * * I changed the narrative to two females to soften the harshness. I wanted the story to show the Shinto way of morality, the female way. I told about two grandmas while standing in front of a Shinto wood female statue from the eighth century that denoted feminine energies, the Komi force, the balance of nature, loyalty, and the gifts received. Life is in all rocks, objects and humans.
Tatsuko was beautiful, robust, intelligent, and more motivated than the other maidens in her impoverished Japanese village. Her wish for a better life came true. Most young girls of my time wished for betterment in their lives. Tatsuko obtained lasting beauty, a Geisha during the Edo period, (1603–1867), the final period of traditional Japan, under the Shogunate, the military dictatorship. Educated in the arts, Tatsuko sang and played instruments while serving tea to rich males. I was not to be old and tired in a small backward town, population less then of 30,000. Neither was I to marry an overworked husband, have six children, or work in a factory for income, or becoming a prostitute for money. I was college bound; my grades were excellent and I received a scholarship and National Defense Loan. My wish came true education for females from the impoverished inferior of the USA.
I dedicate this story to my brother who was a present day Knight in Shining Armor and his lady by his side, his wife who traveled with him on many adventures. He shot himself 12/30 after hospitalized for Covid-19 with his many pre-existing conditions and now more. His life was over and he knew. I do not blame him - no more motorcycling, camp trips, gambling, no more panning for gold, no more remolding cars. His life was a success, his family doing well for themselves, his sister and her family fine and doing well. All relations gone including mother and father. His lady sat with him in many rebuild cars as proud as he with the accomplishment. He was the owner of Alpha Ramayo in Denver for over 30 years and worked hard for his customers and proud of his work. I LOVED MY BROTHER.
This story says accept, be patient, work diligently on your goal, and you will liberate your family and yourself. I was not a princess needing to save eleven brothers. I interrupted the tale to break my curse, from the traditional social norm that stated to marry at 18. I wanted an education to expand my life. The tale warned me to stick with my goals, finish that education, no matter the hindrances. As Elisa worked, during my time, I worked to break the curse of the struggling working class: “All life is a struggle.” A barrier, a norm from the male social classes. An education brought me choices. Working for my purpose was worth all the obstacles encountered; I am now a writer, artist, and storyteller while loyal to my primary and secondary families.
I assumed because the Moon is associated with female power, every woman knew Rabbit is our symbol for a healer, server; she is our power symbol. I was horrified to find this tale narrated in a male voice, and the rabbit was a male. Women have worshiped both Rabbit and the Moon as symbols of fertility, fruitfulness, abundance, sexuality, procreation, renewal, spring, growth, and love. Rabbit symbolizes the receptacle of souls between life and death associated with the Moon. * * * Both women and rabbits create the time cycles of creation: growth, decline, destruction, and the menstrual cycles, the moon cycles. When I tell my version I, changed the gender to a female and her narrative. I put the god in the middle of the story, not the beginning, as usual in folktales; this is a female tale. * * * One never knows by looking at a rabbit; the gender could be a male or female. In today’s world, both help and serve others, one of the greatest gifts. Something happens, a tragedy, DOOM, then BAM! Spontaneously, someone appears to help support life. We feel good when giving and serving; we share LOVE!
The weeds are flexible and bend under the power and cast their seeds into the wind. Some tales in this collection, I have rewritten into a female narrative to understand what the female felt as she bowed to the social winds. The damsels in these traditional tales show what I believed about male-dominated norms and the skill I learned from the damsels to bend and succeed. Males are also damsels caught in the norms they protect. The folktales included are of a time and place that reveal attitudes use by women to survive the male norms, who had the POWER. Maidens, matrons, and crones, mere females surviving. For eons, social norms taught through folktales and legends written by males with their views of dominance. I once believed his authority the truth, valid, dictating my attitude that only males were authors or artists.
Giving LOVE is BEING. Love is value, beneficial, advantageous, useful, virtue, helpful, significance; Love is worth, worthiness, merit, excellence, caliber, quality, stature, eminence, importance, significance, distinct; Love is compassion, care, caring, regarding, concern, friendliness, friendship, kindness, charity, goodwill, empathy, kindliness; Love is kindhearted, warmhearted, affection, warmth, gentleness, consideration, thoughtfulness, unselfishness, compassion, sympathy, understanding, big-hearted, hospitality, neighborliness; generosity, charitableness, appreciation, gratitude, thankfulness; Love is balance, stability, equilibrium, steadiness, fairness, justice, impartiality, evenhanded, equal opportunity, equity, equilibrium, evenness, equality, equivalence; Love is steady without boundaries, open, unconditional, wholehearted, unqualified, unreserved, unlimited, unrestricted, unquestioning; Love is without limitation, without constraint, no control, on checking, no curbing, no restrictions, no conditions, no qualification, without reduction, without diminution, without curtailment, full, unequivocal.
In our world are the visible and the invisible hunters, The wolf or bears in the time of diminishing our forest, Now, we have the invisible ones who stock us in a different way, still eating. They infect us, move inside our bodies and cause deadly pain. Horror, like frighting a pack of wolves charging from a woods. I did hear an Native Indian in Alaska tell of a wolf standing on a rock staring at him with water dripping from her mouth and eyes full of fire. He could smell his death on her breath. His weapon weak against her strength and cunning. Although ready to fight, he accepted that this huge, strong being was his death. His friends came to help with the battle. Today with this virus, we can not stare our enemy in the eyes or see their sharp teeth only feel the pain they cause in our bodies. Remember your friends are here to help with their their weapons; masks, cleaning and staying calm until the virus defeated.
Thoughts about the story, Innocence Red, or Little Red Riding Hood. I write about strong maidens or matrons who overcome tyranny and suppression by facing ignorant dominance. BECAUSE as a child and young adult, I was --> female, second to a male; --> lady, second to a lad; --> women, second to the man; --> she or her, second to he; ---> heroine, second the hero! Unfortunately, still 'he' leads and solves the problems and dilemmas of our world. As a girl and young adult pushed from the success frame because of my sex, I needed a place in the stories, in the plots. So I write with my mature feminine voice about strong maidens or matrons who battled against oppression cause by a 'him”. as a villain, a male antagonist. In my last piece, PURSUED, a Russian folktale, the ugly frog skin of a princess is burnt by a selfish prince, the fool. I did use a male's helper because this fool needed to know what his failure was.The fool does not understand balance and equality in a partnership only that a female's beauty is for his prestige. My feminine protagonist needs to conquer this hateful message as does Faery Rhyonna who rids Zzuf from her realm.
FROM the PRAIRIE HEN or the Little Red Hen ----> When we have a task, we might think too hard for us, some of us ask for help and are turned down. This can be upsetting. The little hen is not upset and can do what she must in order to make life easier for her and her children. I love this story because it is my Grandma Bessie. When we visited, mean, cranky step-grandpa was in his rocking chair demanding, and Grandma served him. He saved her and her four children when her husband died early. My Grandma had a garden, cherry and apple trees, a pond full of fish, chickens, a goat, lots of cats, and six children. She made her bread in a wooden stove and had a water pump in her kitchen. She did all this herself. I figured if Grandma could do in her world so her granddaughter could. I've 'taken on' being unable to spell and write my stories. To the little hen story, I added a helper, they are out there, only, beware of demanding bullies.
This is the first folktale, I really heard as a child. I loved the fact the little hen made bread all by herself. We did have the little prairie birds on the Alpine Meadows of Colorado, especially at Harstel Flats, we drove through to go fishin'. In Colorado Springs, My brother and I walked from our home on 18 St across a long field to 26 St were Grandma Bessie lived. We ventured through the disabled train terminal where trains once traveled up Pike Peak to Cripple Creek and down to the Golden Cycle Mill, that was also abandon. We live by Fountain Creek and below the gold mill. What fun we had exploring. By the time we got to grandma's house, she had baked fresh bread for us, and we had many stories to tell. She was my prairie HEN!
Rhyonna's Fright, an adventurous story set in an idyllic fairy realm. Faery Rhyonna, loves to fly, only she is over-confident, so falls victim to a monstrous hideous Zzuf. Rhyonna's impulsive risk causes damage to herself, endangers the Tawnyee Flyers and her friends. Rhyonna must escape; she can't let everyone die. She must rib Zzuf, the horrid mold, from her realm.
After the cold, blowing freezing snows, the winds, rain, and fog comes the growth of Dandelions. Most gardeners call these weeds. Rhyonna, my faery chose this flower as hers. Dandelions have magic, when blown they scatter flying into the air floating here and here. The tiny parachutes carry seeds to other parts of the garden for new growth. You can make a wish while blowing on the seeds or send good thoughts to your friends. Faery Rhyonna likes to float on the seeds. She eats the pollen, and at night she cuddles into a flower, which wraps around her to protect the wee Faery. Dandelion is a French word because the petals resemble teeth. All parts of the plant are good for humans.
As clever as Rhyonna is, her faery nature is more greedy than she will ever admit. Rhyonna, the Flying Teacher of the Wee Faeries, is caught. As a person, I have never set a trap for anything, except as the teller of this story. I never intended horror; however, directed by Rhyonna, this is her path. Rhyonna needs this unexpected fright before her meeting with the Fuzzy Creatures and Zzuf, who is an unfortunate creature bent on taking the sweet world as its own. We are to see the evil greed of a monster, which is not the creature Rhyonna meets as Zzuf. The monster is addiction. Rhyonna's story is how she defeated this threat.
To the free-flying Faery Rhyonna, an ant's life is dreadful and boring. Our Faery, who loves to fly whenever and where she wants, will soon find her life of flying is about to change and other perspectives, the ants, will enrich hers. Having lived an exciting and creative life, I realize that the tasks, the tediousness of completing jobs, are the profit and joy of the vision. The gathering, the sharing is the reward. To understand the value of one’s gift is the challenge, which our Faery Rhyonna will receive from the horrid Zzuf, who plans to eat all that exists in her world. AND, in our challenges, those we never expect are usually our best friends, allies, and helpers.
Spiders have ugly faces and creepy legs and some jump. Most webs become messy when old. Spiders are vicious to their foods, thank heavens, they eat flies, or we would drown in flies. All in all, spiders are a gardener's helper. In my garden are six I can see: granddaddy long legs, the ones that hide in cracks, the wolves, the shiny black ones, the yellow ones that eat other spiders, and my favorite the Orb Weavers, who make the rounded web that hang all over my garden. Fall is the time for Orb Wearers who grow huge with striped legs and body, lovely harmless creatures that do so much good. So, an Orb Weaver, Spider Erwina in Rhyonna's Fright, helps the Tawnyee Flyers when they are lost. These spiders give their silk to the faery seamstresses, who make the clothing, baskets, and beds for Blackberry Village. Of course, the Tawnyee Flyers, who flew without permission to find their Flying Teacher Rhyonna, are horrified by the big striped spider that approaches them. Ugly and helpful Spider Erwina is glad she found the young flyers and shows them off to the other Orb Weavers. The Tawnyee Flyers love this adventure. And hopefully, Spider Erwina bridges the myth that all spiders are bad.
Rhyonna, like any of us, loves the beauty of the Butterflies. We all have tried to catch one or grow a chrysalis. Butterflies are a mystery, the metamorphosis of four lives, the egg, the hungry caterpillar, the chrysalis, and the flying beauty, which is also camouflage. Their fight is so relaxing and gentle, poetic. And so to watch a butterfly is to create poetry. Sometimes what they say to us in their poetic way is a message for us to decode. Seen a butterfly lately, what message might be sent to you?
Mizzee Bee is an analogy of Rhyonna's kinship to flying and what her Tawynee students need to understand about balance. All that pollen on Mizzee Bee's legs gathered and flown back to the hive to make honey for others in the colony. Mizzee Bee is busy and productive while Rhyonna sits on a flower, prefered is her dandelion, eats pollen, and watches the others fly. And best Mizzee Bee sings. As one does sipping lemonade in their garden, walking in a botanical garden to observe nature, or pausing while hiking to rest on a rock, as Rhyonna does. Watching and listening to the song of a busy, pollen gathering bee is the best way to engage in another use of flight. I like to say is an out-of-the-body experience as reading a book, viewing a movie, or hearing a story.
When living in Colorado Springs, when I played with friends on a steep rocky hill on Vermijo Street, in the catci and yacca plants lived many lizards. They paid no attention to us and spent their time perched like sticks on rocks in the hot sun. While hiking in Colorado, again as a child, on the fishing trips with mom and dad, the paths had lizards perched here and there enjoying the sun. Later I learned they symbolize the dreamer, of which I consider myself. Along the hiking paths in California, lizards also silently sit in the sun, and as usual on a rock. I have always thought they sing, of course, silently so only lizards hear. And so Faery Rhyonna has Lender the Lizard that offers his rock to her and silently sings.
As a young child, I would sneak to the creek, Fountain Creek in Colorado Springs, CO, that ran from the gold fields in the mountains beside the rail tracks through the old farms and past the Golden Cycle Mill. In that place of many intersections was the magic, the porthole into the world of the others. Watching the fish swim was my way inside the porthole of water. I never wanted to catch them, even though my father was the best of fisherman. I wanted to swim like a fish, gently, slowly, at peace in the shallow cool trickling water. I always wondered what a fish thought, and I knew I could hear if only I got still enough. As light as a faery, I sat and listened. Other fish came to join the conversation, singing their song. And so Faery Rhyonna rides on her Fish.
One knows that all faeries fly, this is their right. Only a friend who was new to the faery world, asked, "How do Faeries fly, and where are their arms." So I show Rhyonna flying with her dragonfly, which is much like diving and swimming. As a kid down at the creek, I loved, I was always flying from one rock to another across the creek or jumping from fallen tree to another. Flight was easy; your wings did exactly what your arms did, only held the wind. And your wings were much stronger. I still fly. As a faery with many powers flying is an art, and to race a dragonfly makes the craft much better. This is why Rhyonna is the best at flying and the flying teacher, she is an excellent flyer.
Working Title: PURSUED
This Book Is In Development
A dark, smelling, cold fog crawled to the Elve's gardens searching for someone. That mess of fog growled through the gardens up turning houses and drowning the circle of laughter! Then the elves heard a humongous uproar and fight on top of the bridge where the older Troll children live. Troll Canute, his house, now Troll Grunda Faye and the sherrie are missing.
As a child running and playing in the mountains of Colorado, I remember the cold snow, the bitter fog, and the bite of the blowing wind. No matter if your hands had on mitten or gloves or your head was covered after awhile the cold penetrated into your clothing. If you got wet the cold was more dangerous, freezing the cloth, which made your movement tight and hard which caused you to fall into the snow and becoming more cold and stiff. I heard stories of people freezing to death. After getting dangerous cold to the point of falling asleep, I would stagger into the house. Of course, the rule was all clothing from outside left by the door. Taking off the stiff, frozen coats, leggings, gloves, and hat was an enduring process. Finally inside, the feeling of warmth to fiery hot was the best. My cheeks burned. My legs and arms moved. I could think. Death did not get me.
Adventures start when time traveling. This happened to a sherrie who dropped into the Oakgrove gardens through the PortHold while escaping through the InBetween PURSUED by Ole Fog, the immortal, DEATH. -- I borrowed this analogy from our ways of traveling. -- When driving a car, riding on a train, flying in an airplane, or voyaging on a ship, we travel through place, time, space, and dimensions. We enter a protective frame: our car, plane, train or boat, the PortHold. Then we drive, ride, fly, or float through the InBetween of vast experiences. We disembark at our destination, the next PortHold: a parking lot, train station, airport, or ship dock. video games, television, movies, and computers are also PortHolds of time travel through to the InBetween — streaming. — A variety of textures, noise, and lights waits for us and describes any tunnel in the InBetween used to slide from one realm to the next realm — the general relativity or string theory!
During my childhood in Colorado, the weather was dramatic with winds, rain, and snow. When living Alaska, there were three days of Autumn: one the yellowed leaves, next the leaves dropped off, on the third tiresome snow fell. California has either drought or rains. With the rain comes the fog which rolls across the ocean creeps through San Francisco and crawls across the Bay. Fog blankets the East Bay quietly and deceptively. Fog was an essential character in the Celtic and the Russian folklore and is called Ole Boneless, the immortal, Death. Fog's strange and mysterious appearance makes the perfect nemesis. PURSUED is a retelling of the Russian folktale, 'Vasalisa, the Frog Princess,' which is now in writing process, that means re-imagining, enhancing, and elaborating.
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