Sunday, 17 September 2017

8 Lessons on the journey to publication

Ever heard of the four stages of competence?

In the world of Wikipedia it goes like this: 

"The Four Stages of Learning provides a model for learning. It suggests that individuals are initially unaware of how little they know, or unconscious of their incompetence. As they recognize their incompetence, they consciously acquire a skill, then consciously use it. Eventually, the skill can be utilized without it being consciously thought through: the individual is said to have then acquired unconscious competence"

Me starting the journey to publication: unconscious incompetence, for defs.

In all fairness, that lasted maybe 30 minutes before I progressed to recognising my own incompetence. I've spent years learning to write - a constant journey of improvement - and suddenly, come around July, I realised it's probably going to take about the same number of year to wrap my head around the publishing industry and the subtleties of submitting a query. Like maybe, thirty years.


So, for the benefit of people in the same state of cluelessness, here's what I had discovered on my journey so far:

Sunday, 10 September 2017

I love Snake Women and Here's Why

Lilith with Adam and Eve, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel

Snakes, women, power and danger have been intertwined since ancient times and across different cultures. In Crete, nearly four thousand years ago ancient hands shaped figurines of a powerful woman - priestess or goddess - holding two serpents aloft.

Minoan Figurine, c. 1600 BCE

In ancient Egypt, the goddess Wadjet who spat fire at the Pharoah's enemies was depicted as a cobra or cobra-headed woman. In India and across South Asia, the Naga are worshipped and their serpent princesses celebrated - married into ruling famlies. In Korea, Eobshin, the wealth goddess, appears as a snake.