Friday, December 07, 2012

12.21.12 Two Week Countdown!

December 21, 2012 is only two short weeks away.  What will you be doing?  Have you thought about it?  Take my poll at the Facebook fan site.  If you don't see an answer that suits you, make one up!  Have fun with it!

Click the link here:  (and "like" my page for publishing updates if you haven't yet)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/MONAD-122112-The-Awakening-of-Stella-Steinar/128463370557407?ref=hl

I would also like to mention that Book 1 in the Stella Steinar series will soon become a new edition.  The 12.21.12 edition will not be around much longer.  If you've got your own copy, keep it safe.  If you'd like a collector edition, go to my website (link is here on my blog) and order a signed copy or explore other ordering options.

A contract for Book 2 has been signed.  Stay tuned for timeline details regarding release date.  Thank you!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Join Me for Some Holiday Cheer!



Sandbox Obsession


Pottery by me (T.) 
Unique Ornaments & Gifts

@Preston Public School
Candyland 2012
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 10am-5pm
Bring your skates to enjoy the new synthetic ice skating rink! Cookie stacking, marshmallow toss, horse drawn trolley rides, ice building blocks, gingerbread houses, sweet treats and Santa and Mrs. Claus!!

Live entertainment by Robert Davis, Splash 'n Boots and more.
Location: Central Park - 615 King Street E., Cambridge, ON

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Let It Snow!

Not only am I busy wrapping up the second book in the Stella Steinar series, but I'm also preparing for the upcoming holiday season.  I know, I know...it's not even Halloween yet!  But as a potter, I'm actually a little behind schedule.  Most potters are way ahead of me!  Let me explain.  To create something as "simple" as a little ornament takes time.  Lots of time.




You have to remember that the cute little glazed bobble you see for sale at the art shows and fairs once started as a wet hunk of clay.  From the mud, I first give it shape, then allow it to dry slowly while meticulously cleaning and perfecting through various stages of drying.  These flakes are in different stages of drying.




 


Next I put it through the first firing (bisque), then glaze it and put it through the second firing, hoping to lose very few pieces through cracking and explosion.  I usually account for at least a 10-15% breakage rate.








After the final firing, I finish with trims and ribbons or whatever else to dress it up, add any packaging, etc. and then voila! A miniature, one-of-a-kind work of art ready to add sparkle to your home.  I'm hoping to participate in at least one or two shows and sales this season.  I'll keep you updated when each one is confirmed and finalized so you can find me.  I make these intricate snowflakes you see here, but I also make lots of other festive winter shapes--in between editing books and everything else I do, of course!





It's a blustery one out there with Hurricane Sandy unleashing her wicked winds today, but I'm certain the rain is about to turn to something else soon.  Let it snow!

--T.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Geek Glitter Review




"If you have not read The Awakening of Stella Steinar yet, what are you waiting for?! This is one of those books you can't pass up! I guarantee you will not be disappointed!"--Holly, Geek Glitter


Click to read the full review:
Geek Glitter Review: MONAD 12.21.12

Friday, September 28, 2012

I am a Creator


A few months ago, Alison DeLuca and I swapped blog posts.  This is the piece I wrote for her blog.  Sometimes I'm asked why I do the things I do and this is the best way I can describe it, so I thought I'd share the post in full on my page as well.  It's like a private look inside my mind....


I am a Creator.
It’s in my DNA.  The way my mind is always three steps ahead, how my eyes focus on the smallest of details, the deftness that resides in my sensitive fingertips.  It’s been passed on through my gene pool and governs every cell of my body.  There is no way to escape it, and even if there were, I would never consider doing so.

Creating, for me, is an intoxicating drug.  It soothes me and brings me back from the chaos in other parts of my life to a place where I always remember who I am.  Creation is my home and I am the master of my domain.  And I know this for certain: when I begin to lose my wits, if I become blind or my hands are suddenly useless, destroyed in some freak accident, my soul will still find a way to satisfy this need to ‘make’.   Like a mouse dropped into a maze or a wild beast on the hunt, the primitive artist in me would take over and (ironically) create a new means to survive.
As an artist, I have experimented with and enjoy every medium I literally lay my hands upon—paint, photography, fabric…  But, I must confess, for the last ten years I’ve been possessed by a particular love affair with dirt.  The very idea of feeling something as deconstructed and basic as clay—squeezing it between my fingers, sensing the raw earth and its hidden potential—and knowing I have the ability to shape it into any form my heart desires, is an inexplicably magical sensation.  I feel like a sorceress wielding an ancient secret.   Sometimes I hear the clay speaking to me, whispering what it wants to become.  Other times the clay is shy and submissive as I take all control.
As an author, I see letters of the alphabet as I do grains of sand.  The letters form words, and the words become my medium of expression.  Just as I can imagine a beautiful finished bowl before I even spin my wheel, I can also see the story I want my words to tell.  And just as my clay might guide my hands, at times my characters decide their own fate.  Although so very different, pottery and writing, to me, are one in the same.  Making something from nothing.  The end product, an extension of myself.  My creative offspring.

Self-satisfaction is not my only motivation to create.  Like any parent, there is no better feeling an artist can have than sharing their work with others, to send their offspring out into the world—to know my bowl has graced another family’s table, that it serves a purpose, that its beauty might give pleasure; or that a reader has become a prisoner, gripped by my tale, flipping pages long into the night—is the greatest reward.
This is how Creation represents the human connection.  During these brief moments, we share a unique bond, become part of each other’s lives, the loops of a knot reaching further and growing stronger.  We share the human experience.  It has always been that way, from the beginning of time and will be ‘til the end.  Without this symbiotic relationship, we would simply become…inhuman. 
And so, because it is in my blood, because it is my calling, I follow in the footsteps of those before me, leaving behind pieces of myself to be studied, admired, cherished, critiqued, dismissed and even destroyed long after I have left this earth.  I do this because I am a Creator.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

We Have Winners!

Congratulations to Holly and Bethany, winners of the Goodreads Giveaway!  *confetti*  Thanks to all 965 readers who entered and thanks for your interest in my book.

I just completed the last chapter of Book 2 in the Stella Steinar series on the weekend.  In author lingo, this means that the editing process now begins...so don't get too excited yet.  There are still several steps to complete before you'll be reading the next installment.  Patience, my dears, patience.  I guarantee it will be worth the wait!

T.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Book 2 "Working" Prologue


Book 2/Part 3/Last 4 chapters to write.  I'm at the point where I feel it might be appropriate to leak the short working prologue for this book.  It might still change and I might regret doing this, but oh well...I can barely contain my excitement and I want to share it with my fans.  So, enjoy!


PROLOGUE

I have come to accept that nothing is ever as it seems.  The world is not so simple.  It has never been and it never will be.  Just when you think you’ve solved the riddle, you only find the opposite.  Certainty does not exist and fate is never absolute.  The only thing separating light from darkness is truth and even that is subjective.  There is only one truth I know.

I am Stella Nova.
Defendor of The One.



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Recent Updates

Stella speaks to me when I least expect to hear her.  Sometimes I'm able to ignore her and get on with my day.  Other times, she demands attention.  Today she said, "Okay, T.  I know you've had a lot going on.  I know you're a busy person, juggling many things in your life right now, but come on.  Let's finish this!  People need to hear the next part of my story!  So sit your ass down and start typing.  I'll tell you what to write, it's like taking dictation.  Easy-peasy."


All right, Stella.  Let's do this.  But before I get going, I'd like to share some stellar reviews from a reader that popped up on Goodreads and Amazon this week.  I'm guessing it's the same person, but I could be wrong.  The reader is my perfect target audience and it absolutely warms the cockles of my heart that I was able to share Stella's story with them.  Thanks for reading and leaving ratings/reviews!  It really helps boost exposure to other readers.  Now I'm off to write!


Amazon
This review is from: MONAD 12.21.12 (Kindle Edition)
Absolutely extraordinary book. I finished this book in a day - I never do that! You get some Norse mythology, spirituality, toss in some religion, a little science and you have a really great read. If you have an open mind to spirituality, reincarnation, past life regression, and have a quest for knowledge this book is all that and more. Written very casually you are easily swept up in Stella's life. I felt a very real connection to the characters. This book is in no way preachy or judgemental. The only problem with this book - it ended! Far to soon! I am anxiously awaiting the next one to come out.......




Jul 18, 12
Goodreads
5 of 5 stars false
Read from July 16 to 18, 2012

WoW! Absolutely loved this book! This had all the elements in it I love. Spirituality, religion, a little science, fate, reincarnation - extraordinary.
It's the story of Stella's reincarnated life - but can she change fate? Stella is the product of a scientific group seeking the ability to reincarnate people. Wouldn't life be better if we could remember our past lives? or would it? It's about changing your fate - or can you? The book was well written in an easy style, the characters are real and the ending was well - frustrating!! It ended!! I cannot wait until the next book comes out. I got Monad from ENT for $0.00 - I would purchase the next book - it's that great!!

Friday, July 06, 2012

Latest Review by Erika from Suddenly Books

Since the close of 2012, there have been a number of books published that deal with the end of times, mainly that prophecy based off the Mayan calendar. This is one of them.

I have read three books in the past year whose plots are based off this prophecy. T. Anderson's version dealing with a conspiracy and the reincarnation of Stella Steinar, is so far the smartest, most down to earth approach. You wont find any shape-shifters or crazy disaster scenarios. There are no blow-em up, shoot em down scenes. If you're looking for that I'm sure there are plenty of books out there. This one however, deals with a group of people and the clandestine efforts they put into sorting out a conspiracy that puts all their lives on the table. Perhaps there are also a few crazy scientists. But, that's besides the point.

I enjoyed The Awakening of Stella Steinar and there were a few things that really stood out for me. For one, is the relationship between Stella and Aron, two twins who until they begin college and are roomed together have never met and didn't know about each other's existence. This relationship is really what grabbed me at the start of the book and made me keep reading. I connected with both of them and enjoyed watching them work together and figure out what was going on all while simultaneously trying to "throw off" the bad guy. It did bother me a little that they both got along almost immediately. I don't know how I'd react if I suddenly found out I had an identical twin. I do think though that their relationship was fun to watch and that was more important to me while reading the book.

The second aspect of the book that really worked for me was the reincarnation aspect and how that played into Stella's "awakening". What the group finds out at the end of the book was a twist I didn't see coming. Either the author really knew how to divert my attention from what was really going on or I am not as an ostute observer as I believed to be. Either way I thought it was pretty cool.

This book was really interesting and had a lot of things that might pull a reader in - the 2012 Mayan prophecy, religion and reincarnation, conspiracies, relationships. It's all there. This is the first book by T. Anderson and although I felt the author still has room for improvement with regards to writing style it was a good start and very well thought out plot with some interesting characters to throw in the mix.


Suddenly Books: Book Review: MONAD 12.21.12 by T. Anderson: Publishing Info: Title - MONAD 12.21.12: The Awakening of Stella Steinar Author - T. Anderson Publisher - Sunbury Press Date Published...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Katy Perry - Wide Awake

Starting the playlist for book 2 in the Stella Steinar series.  Is Stella dreaming or awake?  Stay tuned to find out...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Past Lives & Phobias: a Theory


PROLOGUE
from MONAD 12.21.12 The Awakening of Stella Steinar

"He placed the long, thin needle meticulously on the tray with the other sterilized instruments.  It had to be at least a foot long.  I tried to look away, think of something else.  I was about to die.  Again.  It wasn’t the first time—and it wouldn’t be the last.  A new life was waiting for me.  I was faced with many uncertainties.  There were only two things that I was certain of. 
My name will always be Stella.
And my fate will always be the same."



Whether you’re a believer or not, and for the sake of this exercise, let’s just assume for a moment that past lives are real and that you’ve lived many, many lives before this one.  Come on, humor me and play along. 

Now, follow me as I derail to another topic: phobias.  Not the obvious kind of phobia that results from a bad childhood trauma, but the unexplainable kind, its origin peculiar and unknown.  Aha!  You see where I’m going with this, right?  No?  Well, let me explain a little further and I promise it will make sense.  

I have a theory.  I’ll choose a generic, common phobia as an example—acrophobia, a fear of heights.  When you break it down, the phobia ultimately manifests as a fear of death—that the risk of being high above the ground will result in an accident, a slip or fall or some other freak way of plunging helplessly downward to your untimely demise.  You don’t know why, when, or how you developed this primal fear—you’ve never fallen like this before and obviously you’re alive now, so it didn’t originate in this lifetime.  So perhaps you fell to your death in a previous life.  You with me so far?

This idea is not original, by any means.  Many have explored and treated phobias based on this very thought process.  But I’ve got something else to add here.  Something for you to ponder, and it might just save you time and money spent in hypnosis and regression therapy sessions, or it may simply allow you to enjoy life a little more—phobia free.

My theory is this:  Stella Steinar is unique (and fictional!).  The chances of dying the same death you’ve already experienced in a past life must be…astronomical!  It would be a pointless step in our soul’s evolution.  So, even though you may harbor this wretched fear of heights (or whatever it may be), you can rest assured it won’t be how you actually die this time around.  Voila!  You see?  You’ve been wasting precious time, fretting over the wrong things! 


So as you climb that ridge and shudder at the thought of peeking over the edge of the cliff, the beads of sweat forming on your brow while your heart pounds like a locomotive in your breast, remind yourself, “This is not how I am destined to leave this earth.”  It may put things into perspective and allow you to appreciate the view.

But beware!  It will be the thing you expect the least, the thing you don’t fear, that will creep up on you when Death comes knocking on your door.  Does this mean we should start to fear everything?  That we can avoid death by abusing the theory?  “Oh, I’m afraid of…today, so conveniently, I won’t die.”  Sorry, Charlie.  It doesn’t work like that.  My theory only applies to real phobias.  Faking is not possible and either is immortality.

What I’m saying is, it’s plausible to overcome your fears if you try this advice.  Recite this mantra the next time you find yourself catatonic, unable to pry your white-knuckled grip from the railing six floors up:  “I recognize that I have this ridiculous phobia, that it’s always been with me even though I don’t understand it.  I have it because I may have died this way in a past life.  But this is a new life and it’s not how I am meant to leave this earth today.”  Good luck!

DISCLAIMER
T. Anderson has not personally tested the theory
described above and assumes no responsibility for the
safety of those who attempt it.  This theory was written purely
for entertainment purposes only.  Use at your own risk.

What kind of phobias do you have?  Funny, weird, obscure, bizarre?

Do you believe your phobia is the result of a past life experience?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

365 Days of Truth: Day 46 : Contributing guest author, Alison DeLuca


The Truth about the London Evacuation Program


My father and his sister grew up in London in the late thirties. They lived in a small row home with their parents, an Irish laborer and a countrywoman from the North. The family was desperately poor, but they were happy enough, and my dad won a scholarship to go to a real school, in order to learn a “proper” English accent. In those days, no one with a Cockney accent got a banker’s job or became a gentleman.

All of that changed when the bombings and air raids started. Houses were turned to rubble overnight. Families were wiped out.

In order to prevent the worst atrocities, the government came up with a program to get children out of the city and into the country during summer of 1938, away from the worst of the air raids. In their defense, the people who came up with the evacuation program were acting in good faith. And for some children, perhaps the great evacuation was fine.

But the program was put into place so quickly, and for so many people, that at times it was very disorganized. Nearly a million and a half people were “displaced.”

Children were put onto trains by parents who had no idea where their kids would end up. Brothers and sisters were split up. Country towns that were told to expect two hundred children received nearly a thousand.

For my father, being an evac was disastrous. The people who took him in considered him to be a “dirty Cockney.” He was put out of the house each morning and not allowed back in until the evening.

With nowhere to go, he used to sit in the church every day. The vicar noticed him, a small boy in the back pew who stayed after everyone else went home. The man began to talk to him, and later my dad became a preacher himself.

In the interests of truth, I must say that my father never was able to speak of any of this. I only learned the truth myself a few weeks ago. And I’d love to say that he became a strong, fine person after that experience, but he didn’t. After all that privation, once he returned to normal life he looked at life as a banquet, and one that he was unable to stop himself from sampling. Food, wine, women – he was simply unable to resist any of them. Now, at last, I can understand why.

I’ve used the evac experience in my current work in progress, “The Gramophone Society.” I want to imagine what children went through after being displaced. As I am a steampunk author, I’ve added in fictitious elements. Still, I do want to confront what the great evactuation program was and wasn’t.

That is coming from a position of truth, after all. 




Alison Deluca is a unique author of steampunk fiction.  She and her books can be found at the following links:  






















Watch the video book trailer for the Night Watchman Express!











*Many thanks to Alison for taking time to write this post for my 365 Days of Truth blog.  If you can't find what you're looking for or have further questions, please feel free to contact us.  --T. Anderson


*You can find a post called 'I am a Creator' that I wrote for Alison's blog here:  Fresh Pot of Tea

Monday, March 12, 2012

My Guest Post for Carrie Nyman's Blog

Carrie Nyman, author of 'Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me?' and contributor to my 365 Days of Truth project graciously asked me to write a guest blog post on the topic of "setting" for her blog.  I decided to discuss setting in fiction and some different ways it can be used to benefit fictional storytelling, using examples and quotes from my book.  You can read my post, Creative Use of Setting in Fiction, by clicking this link to Carrie's blog.  I'd love to hear what you think!

http://carrienyman.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/creative-use-of-setting-in-fiction-guest-blog-by-t-anderson-author-of-monad-12-221-12/

Enjoy!
--T. Anderson

Saturday, March 10, 2012

365 Days of Truth: Day 32

365 Days of Truth: Nothing is more powerful than an idea  -Guest post by author, Carrie Nyman

In a world where the importance of the individual seems paramount, it is refreshing when a cause pulls us from the comfort of our own heads and helps us consider others before ourselves, to appreciate the suffering of others so that we can help. The KONY 2012  campaign that has brought international attention to a Ugandan murderer also brings attention to the Invisible Children charity, but whether or not you agree with the legitimacy of this organization or its cause does not matter (after all, Invisible Children itself confirms that Kony and the LRA has not been active in Uganda since 2006). The important thing is that thanks to social networking, a 30 minute YouTube video has garnered the modern world's attention. This idea is powerful and if you haven't seen it, it's worth your time:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/36hmti/



Yes, it's true that liking a Facebook status will not change the world, but it can change how we approach the world and repositions our focus from our little part of the world to those who do not have the power to speak for themselves.

-Carrie Nyman 


Author of Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me?
(historical fiction based on a true WWII love story)


http://www.carrienyman.wordpress.com





Many thanks to Carrie for taking time to participate in my 365 Days of Truth project!  If you'd like more information and are having trouble finding what you're looking for, just send a note and we'll help!
You can find the previous 31 posts about Truth on my Facebook fan page, and if you "like" the page, you'll receive updates through your Facebook feed as I continue my journey for the remaining 333 days!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MONAD-122112-The-Awakening-of-Stella-Steinar/128463370557407

Friday, February 10, 2012

365 Days of TRUTH

The word "truth" has become an obsession of mine.  I often find myself asking what it means to me and to others.  There is a fine line between what is true and what is not, and the line can change at any moment for any number of reasons.  I'm drawn to quotations and observations by others about truth because they seem to throw me even further into the search for it.  I decided to begin a daily post exploring truth, hoping to share some wisdom, heighten your curiosity and let you in on my journey as I seek the truth.

The truth about what, you ask?  Well, anything!  From daily interactions with friends, family, and co-workers to reflections of the past and personal quotations that pop into my head to philosophical ideas from historians and authors, to...well, I'll decide as I go!  There are no rules here.

Follow the link to my Facebook fan page and remember to "like" the page to get your daily dose of truth.  And feel free to comment...
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MONAD-122112-The-Awakening-of-Stella-Steinar/128463370557407

T. Anderson