What constitutes a good work of published fiction?

“The Meadow” – a great love story

“See how the boy is with his sister and you can know how the man will be with your daughter” — Lakota (Sioux)

New creative fiction is the most difficult to be recognized these days

The following article shares with you what, in the author’s opinion, constitutes a good work of published fiction.

And then he goes on to demonstrate how his co-authored book, “The Meadow”, should fit into this category.

Before that can happen it needs a good marketing package to get it into people’s awareness.

Good communication and PEOPLE POWER will always help. We are relying on the Internet to help us.

Everything that you read in the Meadow Blogs is meant to promote our novel, “The Meadow”.

~~ Mike O’Hare ~~



Contents at a Glance. These links connect to my Squidoo page which is where all my blogs are posted.

  1. The Meadow seeks recognition
  2. The physical meadow versus the celestial watering hole called “The Meadow”
  3. The Meadow Painting
  1. The Feathers
  3. Great Spiritual people of our time

The Meadow seeks recognition


Publication of a great story is only the beginning.

Now it has to find its rightful place amongst the bookshelves with all the other fantastic works of fiction.

This can only happen when it is brought into people’s awareness.

“The Meadow” has taken two and a half years to write and the authors do not intend for it to take that long to gain momentum as it reaches public scrutiny.

We rely on the power of the Internet and the tools which are available to us.

There are many potential readers out there and using the right approach by using this facility will go a long way to helping us achieve our goals.

The physical meadow versus the celestial watering hole called “The Meadow”

Which would you choose?

To the right is a beautiful photo of a real meadow somewhere. Once you begin to read “The Meadow” your mind will possibly take you to another world and let you experience a meadow from another dimension — a celestial watering hole where souls go to rest between physical lives.

Observe the painting below and see what conjures in the minds of the two authors who wrote “The Meadow”.



The Meadow Painting

Get a feel for “The Meadow” when you see this wonderful painting

This painting was commissioned to celebrate the completion of “The Meadow”. It is personal and is not meant to reflect the book cover.
The book will stand on its own merits and the cover reflects the most poignant part of the storyline. We hope that you can’t miss it as you search the bookshelves of the major bookstores.
“The Meadow” is seeking its rightful place amongst all the other fantastic works of fiction.


The Feathers

One from an eagle and the other from an owl

This is how the story begins, with a legend, where two tail feathers are cast from an eagle and an owl in an aerial display. Right is a close up depicting them in the painting of “The Meadow” and below are the real feathers, framed to celebrate the completion of “The Meadow”.





One word to fit the successful author — PUBLISHED!

What constitutes a newly-launched book of fiction that has literally bucked the trend? Let’sbegin with a blank book.

Does it have to be well written? Definitely yes! There are no excuses when it comes to the quality of the pen.

Does it have to follow a good storyline? In most cases – always; particularly where fiction is involved.

Must it always follow a certain type of theme? In my opinion the answer is ‘no’. The theme can be almost anything as long as it is backed by quality writing and a good storyline.

Allow me to introduce four very successfully published books which have well and truly bucked the trend in the recent past. In no particular order we have the first edition of The Celestine Prophecy, The Davinci Code, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s if you live in the US), and The Secret.

Each of these widely distributed books has one thing in common, including Harry Potter. The poor boy can not even escape this one. Quite plainly ‘controversy’ follows these books and their authors. There is something in every one of them which goes against the grain involving one or more of the orthodox institutions in the world.

Just in case the Harry Potter faithful can’t fathom where controversy falls in a series of fantasy novels surrounding an innocent-looking boy who resembles the Milky Bar Kid, it’s witchcraft and wizardry. Hard to believe? Well there are institutions out there that will condemn almost any subject which does not support their philosophy and dogma.

When you take a closer look at these four books, it doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to realise that religion is at the heart of all of them. However, this article is not meant to take religion ‘per se’ to task. There are other institutions that carry their banners and wield their big sticks and none is bigger than the Establishment itself.

It would appear that if a good novel is created embracing quality writing, with a good storyline and having all the ingredients that would provoke controversy, there is an excellent chance that it will get an airing if only by default. What a way to launch a book.

There is usually just one institution involved at a time, in protesting against the content of a book of controversial fiction. Sometimes there is more than one, but that is usually the limit. However what if a novel comes along that stokes the fires of numerous institutions? What will happen then?

There is a book recently completed which defies almost every conceivable orthodox organization on this planet when it comes to imposition of the masses. I’d like to itemize these and illustrate how they will definitely buck the trend:

** The idea of past lives, or reincarnation is totally obnoxious to some religions and bodies that would lose complete control if closer public scrutiny was allowed to be given to it.

** Sex and violence, some of it abhorrent but necessary to the storyline, would make those who support political correctness without investigation, breathe fire and call out everlasting damnation.

** Realistic language appropriate and proportionate to our time would give the do-gooders a field day on this one, but not half as satisfying as that which the book would get back as a consequence.

** Well researched backgrounds on the likes of the now defunct KGB and the CIA would probably send out retired agents in their droves hunting down the perpetrators of such malignant gossip and lies.

** Again, researched material on the history that lies behind the Dalai Lama and the real spiritual ruler – The Penchant Lama. The British Government knows more about this than anyone. It was only recently when the CIA picked up the threads. Need I say more?

** MI6, the foreign arm of the British Secret Service and its exploits to protect its own interests abroad which help to maintain the status quo that exists within the Establishment.

The book that I’m referring to is “The Meadow”. However, the most controversial issue of all is that it is about life – life as we know it today with all its trappings (and drawbacks). Throughout the history of human life there has always been a foundation, something that would not allow our species to wither and die.

Love, in all its many formats and splendour is expressed in “The Meadow”, a love story between two people that is so strong, so powerful, that even life itself could not destroy what they shared.

Every controversial issue that has been mentioned earlier surrounds these two souls as they battle towards the day when they can bond – for ever. In the meantime they take solace between physical lives in The Meadow, a celestial watering hole.

Spiritualism and Spiritism, just another arm of religion, albeit not orthodox, may also wish to take a swipe at what exists between these two special people who were given the task of bringing light into the world over thousands of years.

“The Meadow” is completely out of the box and demonstrates how two ordinary people strive to demonstrate how a life can be truly eternal– and should be lived, if it wasn’t for the apathy of people in allowing the Establishment to control their lives.


Great Spiritual people of our time

The native American Indian has found a place within our hearts as we observe the grace and dignity which reflects their culture

There are two great Native American people in “The Meadow”.
Both of these two colourful characters grace the storyline with dignity and demonstrate a focused purpose in life.
One is called Chaska and the other Sakhota.
Which brave do you think represents this picture?


Three beautiful creatures

They all feature in “The Meadow”


“The Meadow”

Here the author, Mike O’Hare gives his version of what he plans to help get “The Meadow” published

An interview with the co-author of “The Meadow”, Mike O’Hare. He discusses the storyline and the monumental battle ahead towards final publication.

The Meadow is an Epic Love Story Involving Four Past Lives.

http://www.themeadowblog.com/ I’ve just completed co-authoring a novel of more than 600 pages; a huge venture which took more than two and a half years to complete. My writing partner is Elfreda Pretorius and, would you believe, we never met until the book had been completed. How it all started is a long story and I shall be explaining all of this in detail as I progress. Watch out for The Meadow.

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Some of the locations used in “The Meadow”

Get a feel for the story when you see some of the locations that are used

All the places mentioned in “The Meadow” are real, even Thorp Pelkington which you will not find on a map no matter how detailed. Here are just some of them. Watch out for more in other lenses.

I called this house to the right, my “school house” simply because that is what it reminds me of. However, in “The Meadow” it becomes much more than that as Steve, our main character finally discovers the Eagle.

The entrance to this modern estate may look like any other. However, look more closely at the name of this estate. Amongst the odd weed and moss, you will find “The Meadow”. We were almost half way through the storyline when I discovered this place — situated no more than two miles away from me. I had no idea of its existence.

It was telling me something, so how could I ignore the call. This estate now has its rightful place in “The Meadow” and becomes the inspiration for a huge change of consciousness within two of the main characters.

Don’t be fooled by its appearance.


Stop Struggling and Start Living – Rules of the Game

How to overcome struggle and start living — read about my writing partner and co-author of “The Meadow” and how her skills as a life coach inspired her to her first book

Are you tired of struggling through life but hope tomorrow will be better? Well, it will not be any different from today. Not unless you learn and apply the Stop Struggling and Start Living – Rules of the Game. This beautiful novel of a spiritual awakening teaches us the principles and practical steps we need in order to take control of our lives and begin to soar.

Stop Struggling and Start Living: The Rules of the Game

Amazon Price: $11.66 (as of 08/15/2008)


Has this page raised any interest in learning more about “The Meadow”?

Please make comments and leave a contact

All the articles and blogs that I write are designed to create an awareness of “The Meadow”. Communication, pro-action and interaction is the name of the game. Let me know somehow that “The Meadow” is on your mental list. This will eventually lead us to the right people and bring this story (which was meant to be written) to the world.

You can use the contacts at the foot of this page or just use the comment box.


Go on — have your say.

This is your chance to either support what I say or be a positive sceptic

Does a great book only make it to the shelves based on quality writing, a good storyline but using any theme?

You can reply to this in the comments box or use my personal details at the foot of this page.


Themeadowblog — a tool used to follow “The Meadow”

This story illustrates how life can be truly eternal when love carries two souls through many lives

Past lives or reincarnation can either be a buzz word or one that upsets those of a religious belief that contradicts their philosophy. From a logical point of view, it is the opinion of both authors that all lessons can not be learnt in just one earthly life time. “The Meadow” and its storyline is based around this concept. I hope to see this feed search improve each time a new group is found until I see “The Meadow” being illustrated each time.
Baltimore Shakespeare Festival’s Shrew Opens in the Meadow …
Jul 18, 2008 … The Taming of the Shrew runs July 18 – August 3 at the Meadow at Evergreen Museum … “These Shining Lives”: Surface Glimmer at CENTERSTAGE … Url : http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=30151 Cache (Ranked #29)
Aug 10, 2008 … Squidoo : Lensmaster Page: This is all about “The Meadow”. I will be describing how it came to be written. Watch this space; Past lives and … Url : http://www.squidoo.com/harrypottertothemeadow Cache (Ranked #2)
Welcome to The Meadow Lens home page
Aug 6, 2008 … Related topics: An introduction to a series of blog articles about The Meadow, past lives, reincarnation, Arts & Literature, more … Url : http://www.squidoo.com/Themeadowblog Cache (Ranked #2)
The Meadow House Inn – First and Last Pub in England
Kicking of the live music for 2008 will be The Stranglers lead guitarist and … and have enjoyed working at the Meadow House for the past 27 years. … Url : http://www.meadow-house.co.uk/ Cache (Ranked #10)
Mowing the Meadow
Mowing the Meadow. Grace visits often when you live deep in the country, … She had stood her ground as the huge red machine had roared up and past her, … Url : http://www.juliezickefoose.com/writing/meadow.php Cache (Ranked #14)
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The Meadow novel

A story of undying love over thousands of years through many different lives

I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest blogger. On the contrary, I’m learning all the time. I will improve immensely if I get feedback which either supports or challenges what I write. Either way, this is the experience that I seek.
Past Lives Come Alive

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The Phoenix rising from the ashes combined with an outline of a female’s head

In 1986 I was under a great deal of stress. My mother was dying of cancer and I was undergoing horrendous business relationships with my equal partner.

My mother died, coinciding with my decision to go it alone and break the partnership and form a new business.

I commemorated this by designing this emblem/logo in memory of my late mother and in recognition of a new start in business.

It has remained with me ever since and has accompanied many articles that I have written, as well as being the company logo that accompanied all business administration.


This is the avatar of my co-author, Elfreda Pretorius

A little girl picking up a baby sparrow

“Sparrow in my hand” is the personal Avatar of my writing partner, Elfreda.
Drawn by her son, it commemorates a turning point in her life when that same son, at the age of seven, overcame life threatening injuries sustained in an accident.
This is his vision of his mother as a little girl, wondering how to save a baby sparrow that fell from its nest – the same way she wondered how to help him survive all those years ago.
“Sparrow in my hand” is the book of his healing they intend to write in the near future.

Check out all “The Meadow” lenses and blogs

“The Meadow” has its own home page where you can read all about this story

“The Meadow” is ready to be shared with the world.

However, before that can happen, there are certain factors which need addressing.

The main issue here was getting the story out there and attract people by showing snippets and characters in the book.

Here goes my lists of articles from the Home Page for you to follow regarding a great love story that spans over thousands of years. I hope you can get something from all of them.


The Meadow Blog Home page




Follow my other links

These are from various sites and different people

This is all about viral marketing and how to draw people to you. All my communication will be detailed in the form of links whereby the loop becomes complete.
Elfreda, my writing partner’s own website
Here you will find all you need to know about life skills.
My Website for people to post their own material
See in more detail how “The Meadow” has developed.
Writer,Author,Publishing Club
Gary Eby’s group in Squidoo.
Another place to post your blogs.
See another showpiece for “The Meadow”
The Bookglutton Club
Join me at this readers’ club.


Contact us

We’re easily reached

mike-and-elfreda-togther15If you are interested in learning more about “The Meadow”, then you can contact us as follows:–
No. 8 High Throston,
TS26 0LJ


No. 22 Oakville,

L6H 2B5, Canada
Telephone: +(0044) 1429 279814
Fax: +(0044) 1429 231255
Email: themeadowblog@gmail.com


+(0001) 905 815 0734

Email: elfredapretorius@gmail.com


The Meadow Home Page

The Meadow at Twitter

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