Flamenco and the Sitting Cat: a video intro to my novel by da-AL

“Flamenco & the Sitting Cat” is a twelve-part serialized adult general fiction literary novel I’m writing. The transcript of this video about “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat” is underneath it. Its sequel is, “Tango & the Sitting Cat.”

Among the events that inspired me to write it is how, when I was growing up, my mom often supported the family. Given that between my parents and me, we were from three different countries, my earliest memories have to do with questioning how gender and culture shape us.

By the time I turned forty, I had won a number of journalism honors. Among them was an Emmy nomination and then an Emmy award for documentaries that I produced on social issues. That year that I turned forty, I married a wonderful man who added yet another country to my family’s mix.

I regard my life as a series of ongoing ‘coming of ages.’ Not just the traditional one of when I was eighteen and left my parents’ apartment to live on my own and support myself. This got me to wondering, ‘what if there was a 40-year-old-virgin-woman, not in terms of sex, but as far as trusting straight men and the institution of marriage?’

I love challenges, so I decided to learn to write fiction. The protagonist would have to be the most difficult to depict; a woman who is neither young nor old. The supporting characters would have to be an intercultural mix of personalities as multidimensional and confusing as people are in real life.

The twelve installments of “Flamenco and the Sitting Cat” comprise a sort of anti-novel that illustrates the need for tolerance and that happiness is available to any of us — during any of our coming of ages!

As the story unfolds over these posts, I’d love to know what you think about the novel’s content and unfolding. Any first-hand experience with successfully promoting literary fiction for adults would be welcome too.

89 thoughts on “Flamenco and the Sitting Cat: a video intro to my novel by da-AL

  1. Aixa November 25, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    The idea for this book is definitely interesting to me. I look forward to it.

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  2. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad November 6, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Hi da-AL, Your book sounds really interesting and innovative. Can’t wait till it comes out. I’m also self-publishing a book that’s sort of innovative. It’s based on my allegorical blog about the ways we’re all still evolving and part of something bigger–no matter how old we are. I thought you might enjoy it so I’m sending a post. In any case, I’m a new follower of yours.

    https://overthehillontheyellowbrickroad.com/2017/10/25/conversation-withsnowstruggling-to-survive/

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    • da-AL November 6, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      many thanks for your good wishes & hoping all the best for you as well
      love your site!
      would love if you’d guest post here – if you’re interested, type ‘call for writers’ into search bar on my site

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      • overthehillontheyellowbrickroad November 6, 2017 / 3:24 pm

        Wow! I’d love to be a guest on your site. It’s an honor. Thank you so much. I will type “call for writers” into your search bar. I’d do the same for you, but I’m a new-ish blogger and haven’t gotten that far tech-y wise. I’m getting there. 🙂

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  3. Mahesh Nair October 1, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Love the video, da-AL 🙂 Great outline, and I know you’ll do a fabulous job. Looking forward. Best wishes 🙂

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  4. Enni September 2, 2017 / 2:16 am

    i would love to read your book….. where i can find it….

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    • da-AL September 2, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      You are so sweet! Will post about it as soon as I publish 😀

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      • Enni September 2, 2017 / 12:15 pm

        I’m waiting…. I’m following u there in twitter as well … so there is no chance of skipping any update 😍😍😍😍

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  5. maanini August 11, 2017 / 11:13 am

    It’s a great idea. I love non-conventional thinkers like you that provide a fresh perspective!

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  6. mycountryepoque June 6, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    It was wonderful to read a part of you. I am happy that you visited my blog and I found you. I love your blog and I will follow you from now. You inspires me so much! Thank you for being on wordpress! Juli.

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    • da-AL June 7, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      you are so sweet, Juli 🙂

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    • da-AL June 7, 2017 / 12:16 pm

      where are you originally from?

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  7. Carolyn Page April 27, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    I loved your video, Da AL; your book sounds very interesting and intriguing; all the very best with it and its sequel. Love your blog… 🙂

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