When I stand empty in God’s will and empty of God’s will and of all His works and of God Himself, then am I above all creatures and am neither God nor creature, but I am what I was and evermore shall be.
Kirkus Reviews said, “Because Eluned loves books, bookworms will be abundantly rewarded throughout the tale, with frequent references to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, T.S. Eliot, Lewis Carroll, and more. Welsh mythology heavily influences the princess’ story and world, so fans of Lloyd Alexander’s classic Chronicles of Prydain series should find much to enjoy here.”
To make the Princess Eluned’s love of literature even more real, I added some writers and poets who were contemporaneous to her time frame. I also began each book in the Hallowed Treasures Saga with a quote as well as adding quotes to the title page for each Part of the saga.
From The Path to Misery:
“And for a long time yet, led by some wondrous power, I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see and through the tears unseen and unknown b anyone.” ~~Nicolai Gogol, Dead Souls
The quote from the prologue is taken from a book written by one of Eluned’s favorite authors. She has re-reads this book while at King Arawn’s Castle Pwyll in Prythew, Kingdom of Annewven.
“The most difficult path to tread is the way that leads to one’s own soul.” ~~Geillis Saille, The Ghost of Loss
“Let us, then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.”
~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Call her moonchild
Dancing in the shallow of a river
Dreaming in the shadow of a willow.
Talking to the trees of a cobweb strange
Sleeping on the steps of a fountain
Waving silver wands to the night-birds song
Waiting for the sun on the mountain.”
~~King Crimson, Moonchild from In The Court of the Crimson King
“From there to here, from here to there,
Funny things are everywhere.”
~~Dr. Suess, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
“The rusted chains of prison moons
Are shattered by the sun.
I walk a road, horizons change
The tournament’s begun.
The purple piper plays his tune.
The choir softly sing:
Three lullabies in an ancient tongue.
For the court of the crimson king.”
~~King Crimson, The Court of the Crimson King from In the Court of the Crimson King
“We travel, some of us forever,
to see other states, other lives, other souls.”
~~Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974
“Sailing on the wind
In a milk white gown
Dropping circle stones on a sundial
Playing hide and seek
With the ghosts of dawn
Waiting for a smile from a sun child.”
~~King Crimson, Moonchild from In the Court of the Crimson King
From In Lonely Exile:
“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.”
~~T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding
PART THREE CONTINUED
While in Prythew, in Book I, Eluned buys Yona a volume of poetry by the poet Schlomo. In Book II, Yona brings the book along with her on the Quest.
“Fire descends in the night,
Lightning and thunder quicken the darkness,
A dream takes root as I sleep.”
~~Schlomo, The Divine Presence
“This is my Quest to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far,
To fight for the right without question of pause,
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause!”
~~Joe Darion, The Man of LaMancha
“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?
Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams–
this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness–and
maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
~~Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“Deep into that darkness peering,
long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal
ever dared to dream before.”
~~Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
From Death’s Dark Shadows
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
The first quote is taken from Eluned’s favorite romance novel. It is one of the books she found hidden in a secret compartment in the window seat of her tower bedroom. The books belonged to her great-grandmother, Queen Fuchsia, who abandoned her husband and child to pursue her dream of acting. The book is mentioned in both In Lonely Exile and Death’s Dark Shadows.
“Honey, you ain’t never gonna find peace in this world lookin’ down the barrel of a gun.”
~~Delevan Aden, The Gunslinger’s Troth
“If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.”
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
~~Julian of Norwich
Which quote is your favorite?
As I am currently finishing Death’s Dark Shadows, I don’t yet have the quotes for what will be PART VII. BUT, The Path to Misery and In Lonely Exile, can both be purchased through your local bookstore or at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, both in paperback or on Kindle or Nook.
or in paperback here: In Lonely Exile
Barnes & Noble:
I’ve been busily writing away this week as a part of Camp NaNoWriMo. I wish I could say I’ve been working on my short stories but I must confess that I switched projects. The characters from my first fantasy novel, Near to Far, were calling to me to continue their quest for the Thirteen Hallowed Treasures so I’ve been deeply entrenched in my fantasy world and am now more than 30,000 words into From Here to There.
So it is that I must leave you this week with a section from one of my favorite books that contains one of my all time favorite quotes. This book, The Little Prince, is the only thing I collect. Whenever I am in a foreign country I try to pick up a copy of the book in that country’s language, if possible, and I now own the book in ten different languages although I am still looking for copies in Egyptian and Swahili, among a few others.
From The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry:
And he went back to meet the fox.
“Goodbye,” he said.
“Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“What is essential is invisible to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“It is the time I have wasted for my rose–” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.
“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose . . .”
“I am responsible for my rose,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
I’m leaving today to begin my longest trip yet–11 parks. The weathermen assure me that it won’t drop below freezing this time. But they said that last time, too, and my final day was spent taking down my camp and hiking in the snow before driving through a blizzard. So my faith in weather forecasts? Yeah, nil. Regardless, I have 22 more parks to complete before my May 31st deadline, so here I go . . . and now that I’ve completed all the parks in Western Tennessee, I’ll be concentrating on those in the middle. Fortunately, every trip I learn a little bit more. By the time I’m done, I’ll have this down to a science, and by that I mean, you can’t control nature. You have to let her play her song while you sing the harmony, often hitting the notes by sheer intuition; other times, just being sadly off key. Just go with the flow . . .
And I’ll leave you with this wonderful quote by the amazing Albert Einstein:
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
We are all wanderers of this earth, our hearts are full of wonder and our souls are full of dreams.