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Orwell’s 1984 & Kingdom of the Sun

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Dear Readers,

I have been asked many times the wonderful question of if I could compare Kingdom of the Sun to any book out there, what would it be. And as it pertains to Kingdom of the Sun’s themes of history, rebellion, and change, one book came to mind: George Orwell’s 1984.

Here is the UK press release about it below:

What do you think of when you hear George Orwell’s 1984? Rebellion? Change? Well, Ariffa Bevin’s new book, “Kingdom of the Sun”, offers these themes and so much more. Set in the modern-day kingdom of Sooryan, “Kingdom of the Sun” is about a country whose ideals and lifestyle were founded and built upon the significance and glorification of education. Throughout the years, these values become less of a priority to Sooryan’s rulers, and the kingdom finds itself in economic and academic turmoil. The protagonist of the story is a young woman named Helena who is leery of the new ruler’s motives, but allows her current societal status to prevent her from doing anything initially. In a kingdom where its people and Scholars are struggling to keep their old ways, Helena decides to fight for it.

Like “1984”, “Kingdom of the Sun” possesses many forms of rebellion and wonderful literary symbolism. And like “1984”, the ideas and themes presented in “Kingdom of the Sun” relate to so many issues in today’s world, making the novella relatable to many of its readers. It is actually stated in the dedication of Bevin’s book that “Kingdom of the Sun” is for anyone who has been subject to the constraints, stereotypes, blindness, and contradictions of society, and that it is for the teachers and educators who love what they do and live to do it. The novella is for those seeking some hope, honor, and happiness, and who isn’t seeking some form of those?

Kingdom of the Sun is currently available for several eBook platforms including the Nook, Apple products, and more. It is also sold in Kindle and print editions on Amazon.com. More information about Bevin and Kingdom of the Sun can be found on her blog at hopehonorandhappiness.com as well as on Facebook.com/AuthorAriffaBevin.

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Peace and Love Everyone,

Ariffa

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Questions

quote-when-you-stop-learning-stop-listening-stop-looking-and-asking-questions-always-new-questions-lillian-smith-173260Dear Readers,

What drives you?

What would you fight for?

What is holding you back?

 

Does history always mean truth?

What is the definition of a powerful leader?

If you could, what would you change about your life and the world?

Do you always believe what you are told?

Is someone with a college degree more “educated” than someone without?

What would you do for hope, honor, and happiness? What is their meaning?

With Kingdom of the Sun, I wanted to give you more than just a story. I wanted to give you an opportunity and an experience that has you thinking, contemplating, and relating to your own lives.

As I’ve said in a press release, “The goal of author is to give the readers something to walk away with, something to remember. I want to give mine new perspectives, new thinking, and most of all, hope, honor, and happiness.” I pray Kingdom of the Sun gives you these things.

Peace and Love,

Ariffa

Light on the Way: Kingdom of the Sun Available on 10/14/13

Kingdom of the Sun's Back Cover. It will also available in ebook for the nook, Apple products, Kindle, and more.

Click to Enlarge: Kingdom of the Sun’s Back Cover. It will also available in ebook for the nook, Apple products, Kindle, and more.

Dear Readers,

It brings me great honor and happiness to announce that Kingdom of the Sun will be released in print and eBook editions on 10/14/12! It’s been a long time coming since I was blessed with the inspiration to write it several years ago, and I thank each of my followers for sticking with me along the way. And, this was the best part of writing the book: having the desire and will to inspire and make a change through my words.  This was also the hardest: although I knew what I wanted to say, I had to create and craft characters that could not only reflect such but relate to you (the readers) as well.

If you would like an idea of what Kingdom of the Sun will be about, please select the links below:

 Book Summary

You and the Characters of Kingdom of the Sun

I created my book’s characters so that they can be as relatable as possible. This makes their situations and difficulties more realistic and understandable.

Kingdom of the Sun Theme: History

This post discusses history in terms of it being a tool for propaganda and control.

Kingdom of the Sun Theme: Education- The Love of Teaching

I talk about the significance and power of love in teaching.

Kingdom of the Sun Theme: Seeing

In this post, I question what it means to truly see someone for who they are. I also talk about something called the Role Theory.

Kingdom of the Sun Theme: Change…Will You Make It, Take It, or Question It?

Change happens in our lives everyday. Sometimes we are making it. Sometimes it is made for us. What matters most is how we react to it.

Kingdom of the Sun Theme: Education…It Starts at Home

It can easily be agreed that education is extremely important. The question of what it means to be educated is something I often talk about. This post tackles the unfortunately forgotten and misunderstood fact that education starts at home.

In the acknowledgments section of my book, I talked about my writing being inspired by a 12th century French woman named Héloïse and how she shined in a society that told her otherwise. I believe that we are all facing something of the sort, whether it is social pressure/conformities, if we are in a job that doesn’t allow our true light to shine, etc. I want Kingdom of the Sun to help you to never forget the light that you possess, and that though others may try to clothe it in darkness, it is up to you to let it shine through. So let it.

I hope that those of you who have followed me will stay tuned for Kingdom of the Sun’s launch.  And if you have yet to follow me, I hope today’s post has brought you on board on this wonderful journey.

Peace and Love,

Ariffa

Do Not Forget

girl-62328_640Hi Everyone,

This past week, I have read some blog posts that really reached out and touched me.  That is because they reminded me of these important things:

 

No matter how much money you have or what job you do, our purpose in life is to help one another.  From something as small as a smile, to something as quiet as a prayer, to something as big as a hug, we are not alone on this Earth because we’re supposed to act like we are.  We are all together in this world to serve one another.  That is a direct reflection of spiritual, Godly beliefs and His light.  It is a direct reflection of who we are as a person.  Do not forget this.  And do not forget these quotes:

May you cultivate a servant’s heart so that if wealth comes your way…you will be generous to those in need. -Bill Tonnis, http://billtonnismusic.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/enter-the-kingdom/

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself –it means you think of yourself less. -Ken Blanchard

And finally, I will leave you all today with this amazing, beautiful story of kindness and compassion from Quotes Via Text’s blog:

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.” I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.
As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart wen out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, I saw a tear in his eye.

As I handed him his glasses, I said “Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.” He looked at me and said, “Hey, thanks!” There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to a private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play football on Saturday with me and my friends. He said yes. We hung all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!” He just laughed and handed me half the books. Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak.

Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!” He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. “Thanks,” he said.
As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. “Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach, but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.”

I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying all his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. “Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.” I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.
Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse.

http://quotesviatext.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/story/

 

Peace and Love Everyone

Ariffa

In Honor Of…

candles-141892_640Dear Readers,

I’ve been feeling a bit down lately, so to cheer myself up, and perhaps some of you as well, I have decided to write today’s post about compassion.  It’s actually a repost from when I first started blogging, but its meaning is the same, nonetheless:

I sometimes get the feeling that we as a society are afraid feel and let others see our emotion and compassion.  And sometimes we can just be flat out cold.  I’m sure some of you have seen the show “What Would You Do?,” well this is a story from a first hand experience.  I used to live in New York City (NYC), and as most know, NYC has thousands of homeless on the streets and in the subway trains.  Sometimes that person is not homeless, but a severely disabled or scarred member of society that needs some change for surgery or what not.  More often than not, these people are asking for money and food.  As a child, you learn to adapt to your surroundings and you observe and blend into what is “normal.”  Therefore as a child, I thought it was completely normal to ignore a person in need and pretend that they are not literally standing in front of you asking for help.

I moved away from the city when I was ten, and it wasn’t until I was an adult that I rode the subways and walked the streets of NYC again (I was visiting family).  I cannot describe the immense pain and heartache I felt.  The majority of that emotion was not only because the person was disabled or homeless.  It was because 1) That person was being ignored by a train full of people or by hundreds of passerby and 2) I could not imagine how that person themselves felt to hear complete silence or no movement of help towards them when they ask for it (not to say that there weren’t some noble souls).  Whenever I could, I gave to those on the subway some money and offered a prayer of blessing to those on the street and to those I did not have cash for.  Like most, I sometimes wondered if they would actually use that money for good, and you know what I thought to myself?  I say “it’s on them.”  It’s on their soul if they decide to take advantage of person when he/she is doing something that they see right.  I say to myself “don’t worry what others think, or what that person may do with the money.  You’re doing what you think and feel is right.”  I sometimes feel like we use the “they’ll use it for alcohol” excuse because we are afraid to show compassion for fear of being looked at as weak or foolish.  If something is the right thing to do and it feels good, why not do it?

What is ironic about this topic is that emotion is treated completely differently when it comes to the media.  Although it is their job to tell the news (and stretch the truth), the media tends to focus much too much on drama, and it is at times ridiculous and even offense.  I will never forget when Steve Irwin died and the media asked his beautiful daughter, Bindi what she thought Steve would be saying to her at that time.  Can you get any more invasive that?  And with a child?  Bindi smartly responded (and I’m sure her mother wisely prepared her for this intrusion) that the answer to that question was private.  When the media was interviewing survivors after the 2011 tsunami in Japan some of the first words that they used to describe a man was “he looked like he’s been crying for days.”  Then there was the question of “I know it’s hard on you, but can you describe how you’re feeling right now?”  In tragedies of the past and tragedies of today this stupid question has never failed to be asked.  We as viewers see the damage, destruction and the same horrific and saddened faces of people who have suffered because the media shows them over and over.  We do not need to know how they feel because we can see it.

Good deeds of course happen everyday, and sometimes the media does capture it.  I’m sure that most have heard the story about a cop buying and giving boots to a homeless man.  Although it is great to hear good news often, I sometimes wonder why this has to be news in general.  Then I remember my past experiences and realize that it is quite rare to see something like this happen.  This is a good thing, and yet it is a reminder of something sad.  With that being said, good deeds should be done in the shadows (when it can be helped of course).  And whether we feel brave enough to do it in the open or do it when no one is looking, we can sometimes feel helpless, which can make us not help at all.  We can feel helpless because we may feel like we are not able to effectively reach those in need whether they are near or far away (so we can therefore feel like our help has no impact), or because we simply don’t carry cash to give to those in need (I rarely carry cash).  And to that I say “in honor of.”  What I mean is, if you feel like you cannot help someone for whatever reason, do something in honor of them.  For example, you can donate clothes in honor of those in natural disasters who lost everything.  You can donate blood in honor of those who lost their lives.  “In honor of” can also simply be giving someone a thought or prayer of hope and well-being.  Even if you have the money in your pocket to give to those in need, just giving them a simple blessing from the heart is doing something.  Do Something.  I promise it will make you feel good and perhaps make you a little happier.

I hope today’s post has reached you.  Let it light a flame inside of you.

Peace and Love,

Ariffa

Kingdom of the Sun Theme: Change…Will You Make it, Take it, or Question It?

“Kingdom of the Sun reflects the desire that most of us have to make a change, whether it be in the world or in our own lives, and how we may lack the strength or the courage to do it.”- Ariffa Bevin

ImageDear Readers,

The theme of change is ever-present in my upcoming novella Kingdom of the Sun.  With the desire, thought, and action of change comes many questions such as: “Have the promised changes occurred?,” “How long will it be until change happens?,” “How long will the change last?,” “What are the effects of change?,” and “Is this change really change,?”

Things change, and most of the time, it is inevitable.  I accept that.  But what I do not approve of is when change is accepted easily, without question of how or why or who said “change” really benefits.

“There are so many people that want change, but they do nothing about it. Then there are also those that want change but do not believe it will happen.”- Helena, Kingdom of the Sun  

Are you one of those people?

Like the character of Helena, there may be many things that are holding us back from making a change.  We must remember that when it comes to change, there two types of people: 1) Those who submit to the changes around them and are subject to whatever happens and 2) Those who will not only fight for change, but question and challenge it when it comes their way, never allowing themselves to be drones or puppets.

So many factors fall into making change and taking change, but two questions will always stand true:

1) How bad do you want it?

2) Will it/does it make a difference for the better?

Peace and Love,

Ariffa

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