April 24, 2015
The story of ELAINE OF CORBENIC wrote itself over the course of a few months one spring long ago. It was within a year of my arrival to the Bay Area. Its opening lines wrote themselves the sunlit afternoons as I climbed among the gorse covered hills of a green spring, my own young son in tow.  I remember working long hours during the nights of midsummer, with an urgency to bring it to completion lest anything happen to me. I was not facing a terminal illness, so don't ask me why the thought even occurred to me; simply I think it was simply the closeness to the end point of the writing (and I do know from experience many years later, how suddenly on a bright sunny day out of the blue, death can draw one into its underwater realm, like the whale did Jonah; though gratefully, even as the whale did Jonah, it yielded me back to life. But that's another story for another time.)

After completion of the writing, there followed some years of editing and periodic rewriting; sending out the manuscript, it being taken on by different agents over the years who were highly enthusiastic about the book but unable to get it past publishers' marketing departments; and fallow times when it lay quiescent back in my drawer while I worked on other projects.  Until one day a couple years ago when the manuscript came to the desk of Savant editor/founder Daniel Janek who has always enjoyed Arthurian legend and loved the story, and with much dedication has brought it to this moment of publication.

I don't remember now what the initiating moment of inspiration for the story was. I do know, in the course of my writing the manuscript, my son received a card from his father with Howard's Pyle's illustration of Sir Launcelot in coat of armor and upraised visor, seated on a majestic steed.

I have always written, as far back as I can remember, and have always loved medieval times. As children, my sister and I played Robin Hood and played with swords and bows and arrows, not guns (we weren't allowed guns in our own home actually, but though we had full access to our friends' guns, we were more interested in playing Robin Hood than the Lone Ranger), and my first hundred page handwritten novel at twelve was medieval in setting.

Even as an adult, I have loved fairy tales and myth.  I work with metaphor, and am at home in the realm of dream work, sand play, and a Jungian outlook.  I also bring an attunedness to the threading of myth and symbol and archetypal fairy tale motifs in our daily life, and in the narrations of those I work with in psychotherapy and in my dreamgroups.  My book Lucid Waking: Using Dreamwork Approaches to Transform Your Everyday Life explores how to bring this awareness to our daily life to open to the meaning, guidance and insight it offers us, as richly as do our night dreams.

So somewhere in reading myths, Grimm fairy tales, and Arthurian tales during that time, something sparked in me as I read the little told story of Elaine, not the dramatic Elaine who died of her unrequited love for Launcelot, floating down the barge in lavish 19th century illustrations, but the Elaine who was once grail bearer and mother of Launcelot's son.

And the story wrote itself, forming on the scaffolding provided by Malory's account. At places I approached the legend as one would a dream, searching for the meaning of its symbols and anchoring those symbols in life. In a sense such is also the relation of Elaine to the grail in the story: the working out of its meaning for her in the living of her life, with all its deeply human tapestry of love's longing and broken dreams, rejection, abandonment, bewilderment, despair, hope, determination, terror, chutzpah, and courage.

I hope you will enjoy the poetry and magic of medieval legend, mingled with its very human story, as you open the pages of ELAINE OF CORBENIC.

Tima Z. Newman


April 8, 2015
What better way to handle all my angst than to pour them into short stories.

Born in a commuter belt city called Reading, like many a middle or upper class child of such times, I was shunted off to an all-male boarding school aged eight, away from my parents for periods of up to twelve weeks at a time. In such an institutions, where I was to rest until my seventeenth year, there was no getting away from the cruel jibes hurled at me from taunting tormentors. My refuge was the arts room, where ...
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Sabrina Favors for WRITTEN IN THE STARS

March 18, 2015
"There is a tradition of story-telling that is passed on from grandparents to grandkids. We stay and they tell. When we stay with parents, they are too busy to tell us stories. And in Hawai'i, kids stay with their parents, not their grandparents, so aren't told as many stories.

Many of the contributors to this anthology come from a Chuukese background, where story-telling is the responsibility of grandparents to grandchildren. Living in the United States, where the family structure is altered...
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September 5, 2014
My life has been immersed in books as long as I can remember. My father was a freelance magazine writer. My parents met at a publishing company where he was a researcher and she was an administrative assistant. I grew up in a home where books were treasured; bookshelves lined the walls and hallways, and overflowed with tomes of myriad genres. As a youngster I wrote short stories and novelettes to entertain myself and my friends. But the time available for writing was quickly taken over after ...
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July 28, 2014
Writing has been my lifeblood for as long as I’ve been halfway literate, which makes for about sixty-eight years. In 1946, at age fourteen, I launched a small magazine, "typeset" on a typewriter, creating carbon copies. I wrote poetry and essays and composed songs. Two years later, I edited the school magazine. I was determined to study literature and become a writer. But times were bleak.

Like much of Europe, Holland, the country of my birth, had been under German occupation. Post-war Europ...

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INTRODUCING THE POETS OF VOLUTIONS, the 2014 Savant Poetry Anthology

June 22, 2014
Creating VOLUTIONS, the 2014 Savant Poetry Anthology, was like assembling a self-assembling puzzle. The moment I finished final selection (over a 1,000 excellent poems were submitted) the pieces seemed to arrange themselves. For example, Leilani Madison's "Lullaby For My Mother at 103" singularly placed itself after Lonner Holden's "Upon Dying." Two, intricately crafted poems; each magically illuminating the other.

The voices of the poets, hailing from Northern and Southern California, Washing...
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September 4, 2013
My passion for creative writing began after a typical small town boyhood in Kokomo, Indiana. Paper routes, basketball, teen dances and too many greasy French fries were followed with a BA degree at Wabash College, a small liberal arts college just down the road from Purdue. As an English major, I contributed cartoons and satiric articles to the humor magazine and short stories to the more serious literary publication.

After a fun summer in New Orleans, where I survived by selling Bibles from d...
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August 12, 2013
Aloha! As a wanderer who's lived in almost every state of the USA at one time or another (I grew up in Alaska when it was still a territory and live in climatically opposite Hawaii), I like to say when people ask me what I do that I'm an author. That is, after all, what I've been doing for over 40 years in a wide variety of genre's under several different pen-names, despite distractions, like being a pediatric (later integrative health/preventive medicine/public health) physician, university ...
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July 22, 2013
I have always wanted to write. More often than not, life opened other doors for me, though the door to a writing career always seemed closed.  I found myself in an assortment of fields to support my family, including industrial supervision, construction, and teaching. It was teaching that took up most of my adult life, and I still find myself immersed in it during my “retirement.”

My mother was my biggest writing motivator. She encouraged me to write poetry when I was in elementary school ...
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March 9, 2013
Tony Tame was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1943. His mother was a native Jamaican and his father was "technically" an Englishman who arrived on the island with their baby in arms. An only "island" child, he naturally assumed that simply by being born he had done all that could reasonably be assumed would be required of him in life.

Tony enthusiastically left high school in absolute agreement with his father’s view that "spending further money on tertiary education in his case would be a was...
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