Thursday, August 9, 2018

Let me share with you how they catch monkeys ~ by Rita Karnopp

I had always wanted to write a book about three Gypsy sisters during the Holocaust.  The story bounced around in my head for over five years.  Finally, I sent my publisher, at BWL Publishing, a proposal for Tango of Death … and she loved it … with one change … she wanted a trilogy. 

Of course, I said, “Sure, I can do that.” (You always tell your publisher ‘yes.’)  But as soon as I sent that email I asked myself, “What have I done?”  Bottom line, it was the best decision ever … each sister got their own story … and even though it took months of extra research for three books, it was well worth it.  They are the stories I’ve always wanted to tell.  My Gypsy sisters come to life in my Tango of Death series; Gypsy Spirit, Partisan Heart, and Jewish Soul.

Book 1–Tango of Death Series - Gypsy Spirit is a story of the driving spirit of a Gypsy girl, who took it upon herself to document the truth. Her strength and determination brings to light a story of altruism, fears, and atrocities such a Gypsy girl might have lived through.
Book 2 – Tango of Death Series - Poland 1943-During WW II - Partisan Heart tells the story of a Gypsy girl who follows her beloved into the forests of Poland and the Ukraine.  Their partisan group is willing to risk their lives blowing up train trestles, attacking SS killer squads, and to infiltrate Nazis intelligence to destroy Nazi Germany.  Resistance does exist.  If nothing else, to die with dignity is a form of resistance.
Book 3 – Tango of Death Series, JEWISH SOUL. Mayla Sucuri’s world is falling apart . . . no Gypsy is safe in Hitler’s Germany and Mayla refuses to turn down the opportunity to take notes and bear witness to the atrocities happening at the concentration camps. Will it get her killed?


Let me share with you how they catch monkeys.  Another thing I learned from Doran Andry's Gateway to Greatness is a story about howt hey catch monkeys.  Imagine a wooden box 12” x 12” and the top opens because it has hinges.  Imagine opening the box and setting a big, red juicy apply in the bottom of the box.  Then imagine closing and locking it.  Then, around to the side is a hole and it is big enough for the monkey to look inside and see the red, juicy apple.  But the hole is small enough so the only way for the monkey to get inside the box is to squeeze his fingers inside the hole.  Now imagine the monkey reaching inside the box and grabbing the red, juicy apple.  Now the apple is in the palm  of the monkey’s hand. 

However, there is a problem.  As the monkey tries to pull his hand out of the box, he finds it doesn’t fit through the hole. The reason is because the apple is in the palm of the monkey’s hand.  Now the monkey won’t let go of that apple for anything.  As a result, the poacher comes in and kills the monkey.  Now realize, all the monkey would have to do is let go of the apple and he’d be free, but he won’t let go.  Soon he’s a dead monkey. 
This is a metaphor for people who just don’t discipline themselves to write.  Usually there is something in your life that you need to let go.  But, as-a-result of not letting it go, it remains a roadblock to your success.  Ultimately it ends up hurting you.
Talk with your writer’s group or a friend and ask, ‘what am I not letting go of?’  Meaning; is it your fear, is it the security of knowing you can’t finish your book, you don’t have to worry about what to do next – once the book is finished or is it because you’re just lazy?  Whatever the challenge is, for most people, they don’t open themselves up to themselves or their writing partners, to learn what is not allowing them to ‘let go of the apple.  Ultimately, it leads to the death of your writing career.
Growing as a person.  You know people want to be successful to see their income grow and they want to grow, yet they’re not willing to make the sacrifices that it takes to develop new skill-sets, new beliefs, and new habits.  They take the same ‘employee mentality’ and bring it to the environment where they write.  I think we’ll all agree, that someone who is an international best-selling author with over 30 million books in print has a different mind-set than one who hasn’t yet published a book or has one or two books to their credit.  Which is all the more reason why we must grow as people.

Under confidence.  If only I was published, then I’d write more and have more confidence.  Well, people…it’s a big myth.  It’s about reaching your personal writing goal and you won’t reach it without giving 100% to the first book, then second book, etc.  Don’t look at someone else’s success to measure your own or lack thereof.

In September we’ll discuss what happens when people do things ‘consistently right.’

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