Course of Mirrors by Ashen Venema

Gran gazed right through me with a solemn air. ‘We must never give up our search for The Real,’ she said.

This is the mystical journey of a woman who realises the creative power of what is reflected in the heart.

Several edits on, I took down the sample chapters, apart from one, since COURSE OF MIRRORS found a publisher and will be released in spring 2014. The title image is provisional. You may want to follow me on my wordpress blog. A link is on my author page.

To make up the word-count of 10 000 words required by authonomy, you'll now find under chapter 1,, 2, 3 and 4, short stories and poetry.


  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Aug. 31, 2009
  • Last updated Aug. 31, 2009
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 4 years, 4 months ago
    This story would fit into the young adult (YA) fantasy category, perhaps with some cross over into romance and historical fiction. There is exploration of spirituality and religion as part of the journey of the main character, Ana/Ananda. She is a teenager (albeit an older one at nineteen) who is frustrated and bored with her life and parents and longs to seek adventure and a different future. She appears to have a supernatural ability to communicate with a person who ...
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  • made's avatar
    made wrote 2 years, 10 months ago

    This is a brilliant piece of work how ever you thought of it I have no idea how

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  • elf_friend's avatar
    elf_friend wrote 4 years, 4 months ago
    Hi Pia, Thanks for your request – I’m sorry it’s taken months to get to it! Here are my comments, based on all the chapters you have online currently. Please keep in mind that these comments are purely based on my reaction to your story and not intended to offend or discourage. I’ve given some specific points, followed by some general thoughts. I haven’t listed typos and most of the grammatical errors – I guess it doesn’t make much difference ...
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  • Nicole Ellis's avatar
    Nicole Ellis wrote 4 years, 5 months ago
    I have begun reading Course of Mirror this morning. PIa, what an enchanteing tale this has started out to be. Its eerily beautiful, this strange and magical world. This is not my usual genre, and yet, i'm completely taken it. Drawing in Cara's life during World War II only served to pique my interest even further. I've always had a hard time reading books or watching movies about "things that could never be real," but the way you weave this ...
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  • Retired user
    Freya Pickard [Retired] wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    This is incredible stuff. By the far the best I've read so far on Authonomy. If you don't get published, then publishers are looking in the wrong direction. I've only had time to read chapter one today but I will come back and read more as and when my schedule allows. I'm definitely backing this one! If you have time to read Dragonscale Leggings I'd be very interested in your feedback.

  • Partha's avatar
    Partha wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    I am inspired by your success in authonomy and consider you to be one of the role models.
    Can I request you to share your experience please?
    I am keen to know what HarperCollins have offering you on your success in here.
    I want to learn whether the efforts you put in are well rewarded and how?
    Would appreciate your response.
    Congratulations once more.

  • rosemariemeleady's avatar
    rosemariemeleady wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Congrats on getting in for review! I'm going to do a rush read before you get published as it sound wonderful!
    Best of Luck, Rosemarie (Heroscope)

  • Retired user
    Brian Douglas [Retired] wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Pia, I have backed your book for the quality of writing shamefully I have only so far glimpsed. Is that a good reason to back something? Perhaps, perhaps not. What really motivated me was my unerring prejudice when ever I see the names Lessing, Shah and Rumi.

  • jlbwye's avatar
    jlbwye wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    You're just about there - here's another burst to keep you on that desk!
    Best wishes, Jane.

  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 4 years, 6 months ago
    Pia, 185 is an impressive number of bookshelves. At some point you must lose track of all your supporters! I finally finished reading the story yesterday. All in all very nicely done and I wish you success with the Editors. Today I read your final chapter, the article on the philosophy behind the story. It resonates. My own message in The Lamia is similar, though far less subtly garbed. Here is something I wrote just recently that I hope you ...
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  • skaterwriter's avatar
    skaterwriter wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Wow - you certainly have a brilliant imagination and the talent for putting it into words! I am shelving this one until March 1st - hope it helps keep you in the top 5! This deserves recognition and a publisher.


  • tomewriter's avatar
    tomewriter wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Ashen,
    Lovely. Reads as smooth as glass, every words counts. Have finished the first chapter and will read on. Will also star and place on book shelf. Please take a look at my book, Speed Trap, when you get a chance and if possible I would really appreciate a critique. Talk to you later.
    Janell (tomewriter)

  • Silentnovelist's avatar
    Silentnovelist wrote 4 years, 6 months ago
    Article in Ch. 24 Ashen, you are one of those people that have me almost holding my breath with admiration - your spirit shines through everything you do (and write) and so it’s no surprise to read the opening quote from The Mind World. ‘Whatever is reflected in the heart does not only remain a reflection but becomes a creative power, productive of a phenomenon of a similar nature.’ That is you, personified. I’m sorry, I don’t have your intellect ...
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  • Intriguing Trails's avatar
    Intriguing Trails wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    This is exquisitly declicious. I will place it on my shelf again tomorrow and it will stay to the end of the month.
    Fantasy is not my favorite genre, but a great book, no matter the genre, still is worth the read. You've woven a masterful tale, rich in description, full, indeed bulging with personality. Very likely the best book on the site and right up there with the best I've ever read. Bravo!

  • RJU74's avatar
    RJU74 wrote 4 years, 6 months ago
    Hello, Thank you for posting part of your book on the site. It's good to see who is out there, colouring paper with pen. If I could offer a few words about your first few pages. I found the use of language evocative and colourful. You have a rich, creative mind. May I suggest reviewing your use of grammar and sentence structure. In parts there was an over abundant use of adjectives, which clogged up the narrative. It needs to ...
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  • Jacoba's avatar
    Jacoba wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    I enjoyed your opening chapter and reiterate many of the positive comments you have already received. I'm happy to back this for the last few days, to make sure you get the HC critique. Your polished writing and intriguing story certainly deserves it.
    Cheers Jacoba

  • Phyllis Burton's avatar
    Phyllis Burton wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hello Ashen, Your story is beautifully written and I really enjoyed reading some of it. Your descriptive prose almost forces the reader onwards. I wish you every success as you approach the ed's desk. SHELVED with pleasure.
    Perhaps you would have the time to look at either of my two stories, please?


  • Inkfinger's avatar
    Inkfinger wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Pia, I've just finished your first chapter. It's so professionally written I can't find anything wrong with it! I love the mood and the characters, especially Ananda's Gran. The first chapter promises an intriguing read with interwoven plots that you have put a lot of thought and care into. I'll shelve this on the quality of your writing alone but I'll read on anyway to find out more about the story. Well done.
    Becky x

  • Philip Churchman's avatar
    Philip Churchman wrote 4 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Ashen, This is intriguing writing - it may be because I'm reading it on a Sunday afternoon but it has almost induced a dream state; it has a beguilingly non-linear quality to it. I'm going to come back to it when I've got a clearer head to make sure it's the book and not me. Really like it, despite the drug like effect! On my WL and starred. One tiny typo spotted: third sentence after the heading "the cave" ...
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