Novel Realities Are Created by Daydream Believers

AlmaMia Cienfuegos is one of my first writing dreams. One that—don’t gasp too loud—I almost gave up. After several professional fiction writers said I would never go anywhere if I didn’t stick to just one genre, I worried. In fact, when my digital publishing instructor said I had to create and publish an ebook for my final class project, I chose The Haunting. I love urban fantasy, so why not? I already knew many people liked it, and I had received tons of feedback, so all I had to do was revise it and publish it, right? It made perfect sense to me.

Then someone told me that I couldn’t do it. He said, “There is no way you’ll convince urban fantasy readers to get anywhere near something literary. They won’t get magical realism. These kinds of readers want instant gratification, not something they need to put any brain into it.”

I got angry. I can convince my brain to do unbelievable things while I’m upset; and that comment pissed me off. So, with less than a week to go until publication date, I changed stories. I took the skeleton of a tale, bare branches and basic colors, and began to work.
I told my Piano Man that I was going to have to work a lot for a while. I asked my dear Shelle to stop working on the cover for The Haunting, introduced her to AlmaMia Cienfuegos: a Story of Blood, Scars and Nightmares, and then I told you, my Wicked Darlings, about the plan.

Your collective support, individual feedback and overall awesomeness rooted my naked tree in rich soil, put fresh leaves on its bare branches, rainbowed the horizon, and reminded me that novel ideas are created by daydream believers.
AlmaMia’s short story still needs some work. I will continue editing, I might add bits to the tale—yay, digital publishing! And because I chose to share her, you’ve given me something I would have never been able to get on my own: a solid branch to perch on while I create. Gina gave it shape, and all of you, together, helped me bring the story tree to life.

Trees are extremely important to me. If you stop by Daydream Believer and read AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Mango Tree, you’ll see how much they mean to our wild nine-year-old, too.

This is the last stop of AlmaMia’s blog tour, my Wicked Luvs, and I am so thankful I could scream. But I won’t because my neighbors might call the cops *grins wickedly*. Um... Would you like 3 more chances to win 1 of 13 ebooks and AlmaMia’s charm bracelet? I bet you would. Here they are:

1. Leave a comment here telling me of a time when someone’s negativity made you mad enough to prove him or her wrong.

2. Leave me a comment telling me something you would like to see happen in Dancing On Her Bones, AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ novel (my current work in progress).

3. Visit AlmaMia Cienfuegos Travels with Charm and leave me a comment telling me about your favorite tour stop, and why you liked it best.
 

AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Blog Stops
Day 1 – May 15th - Capturing a Moment in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - SunshineShelle
Day 2 - May 17th - Frogs, Booksand Skulls – Miniature Witchy Book - Pagan Culture Weird, I know+
Day 3 – May 19th - Truth in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Tale - Magic Love Crow
Day 4 – May 21st - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Wild Magic - Laura DeLuca
Day 5 – May 23rd - Grandmothers Are Magical Creatures - Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts
Day 6 – May 25th - The Strong Women in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - Green Witch with Sprinkles
Day 7 – May 27th - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Mango Tree - Daydream Believer

All AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ giveaways end May 29th.
Winners will be announced Jun 2nd.
I have a lot of names to gather, my Darling Luvs!

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43 comments:

  1. :D))) You are a fabulously magical creature Magaly, even when you are angry with some one you managed to turn it into positive energy :D
    My art teacher, when I was 12, told me I was rubbish, and that my work had no meaning....thank you for proving her wrong :D XXX

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    1. Some people's creativity-maiming stupidity needs to be grabbed by the neck and drowned at birth.

      Thank you, Gina luv, for seeing the pretty things in my head... and the not so pretty ones, too, and understanding why they are there ;-)

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  2. It's been a triumph for you, Magaly! Way to go!

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  3. This is a long story. I went into my comparative vertebrate embryology class at college to take a test, when my best friend(the other over-achieving-housewife-bitch) asked me--in front of the professor--if a certain question would be on the test. I said of course it would, as an essay question. I then proceeded to outline the answer. Sure enough, there it was on page 3. I couldn't remember anything. I knew the answer, the prof knew I knew the answer--but my mind was totally blank. So I made a 75% on that exam. I told the prof that I'd ace the next test, and he said "No, you won't."

    You can tell me what has happened in the past, you can tell me what will probably happen in the future, but don't you EVER tell me I can't do something. (Not only did I ace the next exam, I aced every exam and lab practical for the remainder of the class).

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    1. I don't think this kind of people understand the power of a fiery soul that suspects someone wants to put out its flame. Rage makes fire burn hotter; this can be detrimental for someone who hasn't leaned how to use their spark, but a witchy woman always knows that all energy can be used as food, and we know how to eat their negativity, puke its ugliness on the giver's face, and keep the positive to fulfill the thing they said we would never be able to do.

      I'm smiling at all your Aces!

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  4. As you're well aware, I'm in love with AlmaMia's story. My safe place was a cherry tree in our back yard in West Virginia. I can't thank the person who told you that you couldn't do this enough. This person brought me one of my favorite stories of all time. I could share so many of those "they told me no so I had to prove them wrong" stories as well. Just know that all of us here know you are more than capable of creating magic with words, and doing anything you choose to do with excellence. HUGS!!

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    1. Kallan, I might have to ask you to volunteer as a beta reader. I didn't think anyone could love AlmaMia more than I do, but you are making me doubt myself.

      I'm sending you hugs full of smiles ;-)

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  5. My negative comment came straight from the mouths of people that I thought were always supposed to be your biggest supporters:

    my parents.

    From the day I got married and was told that it would never last, to the day I moved to Michigan and was told we'd never make it, to when I called them to tell them that their first grandchild was on the way, to which they said, "Why? You can't afford it and we don't really need one anyway." The best one was after my miscarriage. I got a card in the mail that read, "Oh well. Maybe next time." The list goes on and on and on....

    How did we change that? We have a happy home, just celebrated our 20th anniversary, have three beautiful, smart, talented amazing daughters and are doing just fine.

    So there :).

    \IiiI

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    1. Reality always surprises me more than fiction. Wow...

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  6. Oh, and your professor is a weenie and dead freaking wrong. Just saying....

    \IiiI

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  7. you just amaze me, you are such an inspiration, you truly are.I had to start a new blog, wow talk about troubles, now tha makes me mad!
    But I started a new blog my old one when the bough breaks and broke is gone, I would love for you to find me again, I have had to rejoin all my blogs, I'm starting from scratch,

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    1. I'm glad you let me know. I had bookmarked your old blog and got a dead link. I'm following again!

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  8. Well, obviously whoever told you you would never convince Urban Fantasy lovers to read AlmaMia was way off the mark; I'm an Urban Fantasy reader and I loved AlmaMia! BTW your tree painting is beautiful!

    Ah, trees! As a child I was very fond of climbing trees and I always wanted a tree house. I'm still fond of tree houses LOL; every child should have one in my opinion, or a tree they can climb. Growing up we had a large Mulberry tree that I would climb and just sit in, all by myself in my own little world :)

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    1. Some people just don't know what they are saying ;-) I'm very happy you like AlmaMia, I'm kind of a little crazy about her spunky ways, too.

      Mulberry, yum! By the way, tomorrow, when you read Sweettooth, the first episode of The Haunting, you might giggle at the mulberries ;-)

      I agree with you, every child should have a special place, a tree, a cave, the side of a huge rack, a place in a river, a corner in a park... where she or he is queen or king.

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  9. That's a good quality to have. To prove them wrong. :) I unfortunately give up too easily, so I can't remember an instance when I proved someone wrong. What I'd love to see in Dancing On Her Grave is a conversation with a cat. :)) You know. The cat's perspective. Hey, I think that would be a great insight. :)

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    1. I believe in the bit about what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Some things are quite toxic though and leave the soul pretty mangled even without the killing part, but it is nice to get up and show the baddies that one won't just lie down and die.

      Hm, a conversation with a cat, huh? I'm not sure there will be any cat angle, but in you'll find a lot of talking animals in The Haunting ;-)

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  10. I love trees, too. My mom decided to cut down the 2 large Mulberry trees in her yard recently. When I saw their sappy stumps for the first time, I cried. I didn't have a sibling until I was 12...so, for a while...it was just me...our dogs...and the trees, spending countless days together. I even named them...those 2 beautiful trees...now just feels like memories of old friends you know you'll never see again.

    My most negative comments have actually come from me!! I always knew that I wanted and needed art in my life....but would tell myself that there was no way I could be an artist! I enjoy telling that inner critic to shove it now with each new piece I create and every purchase that is made from my shop :)

    I'm so glad you decided to prove the naysayers wrong!!

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    1. I'm so happy you decided to tell negative Cameron that she might not be right about art on those days. My gods, the world would be such a dull place is your art didn't sing her colors.

      Naming trees, what a witchy thing to do. I name everything I care about, so when I address it, it knows who I'm talking to ;-)

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  11. Ugh. I hate when people have their heads up their asses and make dumb ass generalized statements. I love Urban Fiction and I grew up reading classics and poetry. My favorite books as a kid were Oliver Twist, The Prince and the Pauper, David Copperfield, etc. I've gotten so used to hearing I can't do things that whenever the words "you can't" come out of someone's mouth, I stop listening or I kindly (for a red head) tell them to piss off.

    I'm glad you didn't let his stupidity deter you. I haven't been able to get to AlmaMia yet. I've been on a "purging crap I don't need anymore" rampage so hopefully by tomorrow I'll be able to enjoy your awesomeness. =)

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    1. "kindly (for a red head)" lol

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  12. Good for you! Follow your daydreams and what you know is right in your heart!

    Paige is the result of a similar situation; you know the way that got started. People seemed to like the taste they got in April during your blog party. This weekend I'm publishing the book, so we'll see what the world thinks of it then (the people who have read the completed manuscript seem to like it). I'm kicking off a giveaway the day I publish it, so keep an eye on my blog. ;)

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    1. I will keep two eyes on it ;-)

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  13. Oh, and I love trees too; I was hugging a great big Oak just the other day!

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    1. I bet is was giving you a huge oak(y) smile!

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  14. Yeh Magaly, so proud of you! You know what, I have had to deal with a lot of negativity, and it's too bad, I still do. (from my father, but that's another story) I have to say, this has made me one determined bitch, to put it nicely ;o) If there is rocks to be lifted or a tree to be planted, I do it!!! Hugs ;o)

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    1. What is it with certain parents? You would think that they would love the being they created and would want to see him or her prosper into happiness. I just don't get it. I never will. And when in the same situation, I've been quite bitchy, too.

      P.S. I saw your comment on Shelle's latest post and laughed so hard. I did get Daisy, I couldn't help myself lol You know me...

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  15. LOL ;o) You are so cute! I knew you would get her ;o)
    We can be nice bitches together ;o)

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    1. She was too cute for me not to. And that daisy on her head? Too lovely.

      And yes, we can be nice bitches together lol

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  16. I hardly ever get mad when people t ell me I cannot do something. Well, except for one time, when my "mentor" at university basically told me I was too stupid to graduate (I had just flunked my thesis). It was two days before christmas, and I returned home deeply depressed. Thought about it for a few days, then decided he was a dickhead, returned to university and started on a new, better thesis. I've got my diploma somewhere to prove it... and I definitely should put it up on the wall. ^^

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    1. Some mentors are such a charm, aren't they? You should put the diploma on his forehead... attached with a rusty nail ;-)

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  17. Oh, and I would love to learn more about Mamabuela's story.

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    1. Glad you do, because you will... eventually

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  18. This is such a rich post with amazing depth. It is just another testament to your beautiful and strong character. The incredible shortness of time you whipped all of this together makes my head spin. The fact that I was allowed the privilege to share it, makes my heart explode. I love and truly feel the tree symbolism in your words and selected art. Go Magaly! Ms Ovary Extraordinaire!

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    1. Some people are a breath of fresh air, but you, my Mina, are pure breath. Thanks so much for the kind words.

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  19. Its leaves were trembling with pleasure. ;)

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  20. The most challenging words in life are "You can't do it..." "It won't work ...." "That can't be done ...." As soon as I hear those words the challenge is ON! And I usually prove that "can't" more oft turns into CAN! And "won't" is easily turned into WON!

    I'll bet some of the greatest achievements have been created by persons who were told "Can't" "Won't" "Couldn't" .... When one puts their mind to something ... they will find a resolution.

    You are taking on the challenge and you are the WON!

    And as to that quip about "Magical Realism"? You are the first author who has caught and held my interest! Your style is unique, creative and innovative ... I could keep going on but I am truly happy you are doing what you love and sharing it with the rest of us!

    And I'm with you on love of trees ... I always want to be surrounded by trees, they just seem to have their own sense of mystical well being ... plus they provide us with beauty and protection. If I were told I could choose to only live in one place ... it would be up in the mountains under the lush canopy of trees surrounding me on all sides .... I don't know about others, but I always feel hugged and loved by trees. When we moved into our
    our present home back in 1970, there was this little 6 foot blue spruce on the corner of our property ... at one time it even acted as an arbor for a beautiful climbing rose and when the rose vines twined their way through the branches of "Old Blue" and bloomed it was as if I was viewing magical garland. "Old Blue" is still here only now he is over 60 feet in stature and still standing strong and tall!

    I'm being too wordy .... Magaly, keep believing in your day dreams! They are a tribute to you and a joy to your readers.

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    1. It's weird and pleasing how challenges don't work like math. Negative doesn't necessarily mean more negative, not if we don't let it be. You are right, it is all about turning the won't into won!

      Old Blue sounds like a dream. I am happiest when surrounded by trees. I feel very lucky right now, for although New York City is no green paradise, we live right across from a large park. It's nice to see it and walk its woods every now and then.

      And you can never be too wordy here ;-)

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  21. On my way to bed & thought I'd check in & I'D MISSED POSTS!!!!!!! WT... OK, very cool conclusion to the blog tour & I've enjoyed each & every stop :)
    Negativity is something my toxic in-laws thrive & feed their black souls with, each time they have opened their mouths (everything from the 'well but your not a proper mother because you worked instead of giving up to look after your children' to 'every German, Catholic & homosexual should be wiped off the face of the earth' cringeworthy, and absolutely despicable... my come back was unexpected... it was through my children (my Big F & I were still sitting shell-shocked at our Christmas dinner), my sweet, gorgeous babes told these excuses for grandparents they were sorry to disagree, but that was not correct, and the statements were sexist & terribly racist & it was people with those same thoughts that killed millions of people in the war, and they asked oh so sweetly... granddad, what's the point of making mistakes if no one learnt by them and people just want to repeat the same bad things over & over? Big F & I were so proud... our best comeback was having 2 beautiful, intelligent & loving girls who weren't afraid to tell someone (very politely) they were wrong no matter how loud those people yelled or thumped the table.

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    1. Some people have an uncanny ability to miss certain details about human existence. Like the fact that they are jerks and no one likes them much. I have a few racist relatives on my family jungle. I've always wonder how they manage to be that disgusting without decaying on the spot; I guess is their superpower, huh? To fester in their own stink.

      Wow, I think I'm still mad about something that happened this morning. I just finished writing the post. It will be live in a few, so you'll see...

      And yes, you have to adorable, gifted, gorgeous, intelligent proofs ;-)

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  22. This convinced me to buy it for Kindle (immediately!) even though I have so many other things to read. Sorry I haven't gotten to it already! But I'm even neglecting a short story a favorite author that I can't wait to get to.

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