Here’s a little-known chocolatey morsel of info for National Chocolate Ice Cream Day — chocolate ice cream was actually invented before vanilla. You heard right — the earliest ice cream flavors were modeled after drinks, so chocolate naturally came before vanilla because hot chocolate was very popular in 17th-century Europe. In fact, the first frozen chocolate recipe was published in 1692 Naples in the book “The Modern Steward,” and
And a big fan of Chocolate Ice Cream is Stell Galindo who writes:
Turning points in a plot.
In the Hero’s Journey format and really in any work of fiction there is a sequence of rising action that leads to a turning point. It’s that point when a character realizes his or her current course of action must change in order for a goal to be reached. Then the character either changes or decides against change and goes another route. The reader comes across this moment and, even if the situation is markedly different, there’s enough similarity that said reader can identify with the emotion and say “I’ve been there” or “I know how she/he feels”. In many cases actions happen around the character that bring about such revelation. I like to call that “A Crisis of Faith”. That’s a moment when a character calls into question everything that has been taught by others. Doubt enters. Sometimes that doubt works on the character until it is addressed. In Visionary Fiction, this crisis may become a driving force in the plot.
It could be as serious as the death of someone the character loved. It could be as simple as things not turning out the way a character expected.
In my own work the character known as “The Inspector” in Voices in Crystal has been a bright but very loyal protégé of the High Priest Hordjedtef. He’s being groomed to take over when the man either retires or dies. When he is sent on a mission to spy on newly arrived Marai and friends, he had been told they have evil intentions and that any abilities or powers they might have are dangerous and must be contained. He is obedient, and ultimately brings them across the river and into a trap set by the High Priest. His crisis is that he can’t see any reason why his lifelong mentor would want to destroy them and becomes increasingly convinced of not only their innocence but aware that he actually likes and trusts them more than his own mentor.
His problem is that he can’t make obvious waves or openly rebel. He begins a search for the truth and discovers over the next three books in the series, just how wrong everything he once held sacred was.
Although he is a side character, many readers have mentioned they felt sorry for the awful spot he is in. How many of us have experienced this crisis of faith? How many of us have realized a truth that didn’t set us free, but changed everything?
I just received a shipment of mini-books and so lo and behold I am now publishing another. If you would like an autographed copy of Raemkai's Stairs, message me. Same goes for the upcoming Changeling Princess!
Late Breaking Teasers!
A review: Exceptional world-building and characterization. The intricate details and setting attest to not only the extensive research but also Woldering’s delight in immersing her readers and herself into this world.
Deka understands she is to become a concubine for a king or a prince. She appears to humbly accept but silently plans her vengeance.
by Robert Albo(Author)https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Matter-Necklace-Robert-Albo-ebook/dp/B091HYJQL8/
(Amazon Page blurb)
When Alice Blair is accepted to the world-renowned St. Robert’s high school, she figures it must be a mistake since there’s nothing special about her. But on her fifteenth birthday, the headmaster gives her a necklace, and she begins to dream of weird worlds. Alice learns that as she sleeps, her consciousness actually explores the dark matter universe of Thronos, the universal spirit. As he reveals the science of dark matter, the human soul, and other mysteries, he gives her a monumental task: bring beauty to your world.During her visits, Alice meets Reina, an alien child from an underwater planet who has been given the same task. Together they learn that beauty can be many things, like a mother’s love for a child, compassion for others, art— almost anything that gives you that good feeling in your soul. While they struggle to accomplish Thronos’ difficult task, Alice’s mission and her life are thrown into jeopardy when her connection to the dark universe is discovered. But what she doesn’t know is that she is playing a key role in St. Robert’s prophecy. If she fails, humanity will perish in flames and ashes.The fast-paced contemporary story combines science speculation with a cosmic god, the purpose of life, human nature, consciousness, and friendships. Indeed, with one possible scientific discovery in dark matter, there would be proof of God and a divine purpose and design to our world.
High Schooler Alice has been accepted to St. Robert High School. It's prestigious. All students who attend are gifted in some way. Alice never considered herself gifted, and she doesn't feel as if she fits in with the other students. She receives a strange necklace from the Headmaster and immediately begins to dream of other worlds, make friends from other worlds.
She also meets Thronos who seems to be God or at least a highly evolved spirit, He states that she is a teacher as are other chosen ones and that her duty is to discover and bring beauty to the world.
Scientists are watching here waking movements and believe the secret of the Dark Universe is in the Necklace. From this conflict the story unfolds. In a way, Alice's unspoiled innocence is what is called for in all of us. It might be something we elders have difficulty understanding - beauty and innocence. Thronos has warned her however that without a turning to beauty, humanity will be destroyed.
In Alice, I saw a lot of my own 15 year old self, learning about life and wishing to explain my feelings to hardened adults who had forgotten their own call to beauty.
It's a great book, particularly for young adults, that shows them just how important positive things, feelings and thoughts are!