Written in the Ashes .
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Kaia’s debut historical novel, Written in the Ashes, features the untold story of the events that led up to the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria, Egypt. It follows the life and death of celebrated philosopher/astronomer Hypatia of Alexandria. A novel full of powerful women working together against impossible odds, it’s one of the first books of its kind to illustrate the hero’s journey for women.
“Written in the Ashes is one of those rare novels that sets ‘history’ afire, to bathe readers in the glow of a greater, hotter truth. Fans of the Mists of Avalon will find this romantic/alchemical/feminist/spiritual epic equally captivating.” -Tom Robbins, New York Times bestselling author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
“The cure for anything is salt water- sweat, tears or the sea.” ~ Isak Dinesen.
Hemingway said to “…write the truest sentence that you know.” I’ve spent the last several days contemplating where and when I feel safe. After my father’s death, this is now my luxury. A new enchanted world of safety, opening before me. I have always felt at home in the depths, below the surface, holding my breath when the thoughts fall away and my body slips easily through the water column, like a memory of being in utero. Warm. At peace. Water, the most divine of hugs by nature herself. For many years I lost the ability to cry. Bravery, courage, staring pain in the face, I refused to yield. It was a habit to release, that fell away like a dam crumbling, the river set free at last. And now tears are a great gift, the pearls that fall and fall in grace and feeling for the beauty of each moment here, alive, breathing. It is hard to feel; it is hard not to feel. Surface to depth, depth to surface, alchemy of the gods: as above, so below. My goal is harmony. My goal is strength. My goal is giving to others. Home in the eyes of friends, new and old, and still to meet. Peace in surrender. And yet you who have lived through the hardest moments and survived know: safety is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. (To paraphrase Helen Keller.) A new dawn. A new opportunity. A watery dream before waking. You carry the depths inside you. It is where the journey begins and ends. In the essence, the soul, in the sea. The primal playmate, the first teacher of courage and grace. #waterspirit #throwback For my water brother @kajlarsenvice 🙏Thank you for your service, stories and inspiration. Art credit #kyerwiltshire #bottomtime #surrender #dawndream #sea #freediver #freedom (at Santa Cruz, California)
This post would have appeared on my book blog tour today, but the blogger censored it, then refused to post it because my “opinion” offended her religion. (We’ll assume she’s a Christian.) I then found out she had not read my novel, WRITTEN IN THE ASHES. Apparently she hasn’t read much history, either. Historical facts are not opinion, folks. Though I fictionalized much of the story in my novel about the Great Library of Alexandria, I took the persecution of the Jews and the murder of Hypatia of Alexandria by the Christians (specifically Bishop Cyril) straight from the pages of history. Enjoy!
Not a popular truth in our age of overachievement. But the real artist knows that patience and focus are more valauble to cultivate than achievement and self-aggrandizement in the vertical social success popularity contest. And look at what #Picasso achieved with this simple philosophy. #greatquotes #wordstoliveby #kaiaspirit