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Gene Twaronite's stories have been published by Avatar Review, Fast Forward Press, Highlights for Children, Kids'Magination, Mouse Tales Press, Read (Weekly Reader), and The Write Room as well as in a book anthology by Heinemann (In Short: How to Teach the Young Adult Story, Edited by Suzanne I. Barchers, 2005). He is also the author of the middle grade novel The Family That Wasn't - the prequel to My Vacation in Hell.
"Before writing his novel," says the author, "I spent time researching Dante’s work as well as to other depictions of hell as described by various religions. I also read some of the literature dealing with sexual abuse and treatment. In my novel, I have tried to incorporate the three main symptoms or stages that a sexual abuse victim displays: disassociation, denial and repression of memories. Because it is sometimes necessary for a victim to confront the abuser, I decided to have John face his Uncle Vinnie in hell. And I especially wanted to have John’s gradual healing follow the general goals of sexual abuse treatment – of “finding the inner child” or the inner spirit that was damaged, of finding a place where one is whole and safe again."
"Having exposed my character John to sexual abuse in my earlier novel, I felt that I couldn't just leave him hanging there without trying to help him resolve his issues. I tried to imagine as best I could part of the horror experienced by a sexual abuse victim and how he might deal with it. It is my hope that in some small way my novel helps to address the needs of all who seek to find their own way out of hell."
My Vacation in Hell is a humorous young adult fantasy, written in first person narrative by a 15-year-old writer named John Boggle. The time period is the mid-1960’s. A troubled nerdy misfit and a frequent flyer of his imagination, John is inspired by a book report reading of Dante Alighieri’s the Inferno. In the eternity of the five minutes before summer vacation, he embarks on a pilgrimage based upon his own free-wheeling interpretation of the work.
Following Dante's lead, John populates his hell with all the people who have wronged him over the years, inventing deliciously cruel punishments for each of them in his teenage version of cosmic retribution. Aided by his best friend Virgil, a trusty guide in this shared imagination, John also struggles to come to terms with the world’s many evils. And as he descends further into this realm, he constructs his own hierarchy of evildoers, assigning them to the levels he believes they deserve.
But it is the evil perpetrated upon John, a victim of sexual abuse, which poses the most difficult challenge for him. The deeper he goes, the more he encounters obstacles, some of whom in the guise of colorful demon characters try their best to keep him there. But the worst obstacle of all is his own self-image, forged out of guilt and shame. He will not leave this hell of his own making, Virgil tells him, until he learns how to deal with the evil done to him and finds the true center of his being.
Fortunately, he has other help besides the ever wise Virgil, who it turns out has a few problems of his own to deal with. John needs more than reason to get him through this, and divinely beautiful aid arrives in the form of Beth, an idealized version of his secret love. Rescuing the pair from the evil that threatens to consume them, she will guide John in the last stage of his spiritual odyssey. She shows him that there are even some good places in Hell, just as there is always some good, however slight, that comes from our worst experiences. Though of necessity a darkly disturbing tale, My Vacation in Hell delivers an essential message as affirmative as the dawn.
Author Mick Sylvestre currently lives in British Columbia following an artistic career as a painter, a graphic designer, a fontographer and now a writer.
Imagine a world without Humans, a place where only the machines ruled. Corrode, a relic cyborg with a human past, drifts aimlessly searching for purpose through a degraded world. Hunted for answers he does not have; a motley crew of machines bent on saving the world rescues him from permanent deletion. Joining forces, they must save Arkus-12 from destruction.
Bob Skilnik is a freelance writer. He is a regular contributor for good eating programmes across the USA and also features in a monthly radio programme.
Seen on ABC's "The View," FOX News Channel and ESPN.
No Joke; no fad.It really works. As sen on FOX News and ESPN.
Lonee Taylor is an Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach and Author unlike any other. She has brilliantly bridged the gap bringing spirituality to the masses through plain language and easy to understand concepts. Sending her love into the world through her teachings, What’s the Best That Can Happen? offers the tools necessary to cause a paradigm shift and the return back to spirit. The first in a two part series, Lonee introduces you to the joy of purpose, first by conquering your internal world and then by addressing your external. Expect lasting change and a true appreciation for all that life has to offer. Besides, What’s the Best That Can Happen?
Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. Whispers in the Dark involves archaeology and intrigue among ancient ruins. What We Found features a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim, and Rattled follows a treasure hunt in the New Mexico desert. To learn more about her latest work, visit www.krisbock.com or her Amazon page.
The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider.
When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. Fortunately Erin has help: her best friend Camie and an unusual cat. But is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?
Just how far will Erin go to find the treasure and discover what she’s really made of?
My husband and I have always been a pair of do-it-yourselfers. When we got married 56 years ago it was with the understanding that he would bring home the bacon and I would fry it. With four kids under foot and only one wage, people figured we were destined for financial ruin, but as practicing Christians, we embarked on a faith journey, the aim being to have "neither poverty nor riches." (Proverbs 30:8) Achieving that goal was not without its humour nor its spiritual lessons, both of which I share in the book.
"Two Old Goats and One Good Shepherd" is a collection of humorous anecdotes with Christian applications. They are the personal experiences of the author and her husband as they were involved in building their house, gardening, cooking, camping and many of the other endeavors required to achieve simple living but abundant life.
In 1983, thanks to a childhood connection, my husband Richard and I had an incredible employment situation land in our laps. We spent eighteen months living in the bottom floor of one wing of a stunning mansion in Costa Rica, all expenses paid plus a salary. The characters and locales we encountered during this experience were sublime in providing rich fodder for great stories, and Costa Rica itself is such a playful, eccentric, beautiful, and enchanting entity that it deserves all the recognition and attention it receives.
My first novel, The Last Good Fairy, first published as a limited collector’s edition, won a New England Book Show Award for excellence in book design. That title and a linked collection of stories that take place during an out-of-control wildfire, Altar of Fire, are currently available on Kindle. My children’s book, The Legend of the Flying Hotdog, a fable about the power of kindness, was published by Green Tiger Press (Simon & Schuster), selected as one of the Best Kids’ Books of the year by Parents magazine, and optioned for film. I served as editor-in-chief for the literary magazine, The Hot Air Quarterly, for several years, and I obtained my formal education in creative writing at Wellesley College, where I graduated a Wellesley Scholar.
Times were looking bleak after a year of unemployment for author Celeste White and her husband Richard. But a phone call from Richard’s fairy godmother, a wealthy heiress who offered them a dream job in Costa Rica, completely changed their fortune. The story takes place during 1983 and 1984, during which time they lived next door to Commander Zero, leader of the Contras who were waging a counter-revolutionary war against the Sandanistas in neighboring Nicaragua. Before television had become widespread in the country, before the first high rise hotel was built in Costa Rica, before zip lines—even telephones and gas stations—were installed in the cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica existed as it had for generations of happy, proud residents. Crazy Good Fortune offers a cornucopia of magical, delightful, and often hilarious experiences, populated by characters you will never forget. An intimate, affectionate portrait of a country and a people.
I was 29 years old and the mother of three small children when my husband, a Navy fighter pilot, was killed in combat. I was totally unprepared to be a widow and to offer my fatherless children the support they needed. I tried! Oh, how hard I tried! But there were no books or support groups or guidance for a grieving young mother at that time..
My son Barty was seven. By his early teen years, he was acting out in very self-destrictive ways. A psychiatrist told me, "Your son is emotionally stuck at the age of seven--the age he was when his father died-- and unless you get help now he will grow up but stay 'stuck' emotionally. It will hamper his relationships and work career." No parent wants to hear those words. MY ANGRY SON shares with readers how we got help.
For most of my adult life, I have been a professaional writer and all my best writing appears in the form of stories taken from my own life. I deeply believe that in sharing our storiees we not only help others, we find a higher meaning for ourselves, even in the face of tragedy.
You will find my stories in many major women's magazines and in Readers Digest, as well as in nine published books and several anthologies, including four Chicken Soup of the Soul books.I have won awards for my writing, but the reponses I savor are those from readers who say "Thank you. Your story helped me through a difficult time in my own life.".
For many years, readers have encouraged me to reprint my book, MY ANGRY SON, our family’s true story which first appeared as a book-length feature in Readers Digest magazine, then became a hard back book, a soft cover book, and was optioned for a CBS-movie.
MY ANGRY SON is now available as a Kindle book. I hope it will offer help and encouragement to parents and--yes--to sons and daughters as well. Click here. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=My+Angry+Son+by+Barbara+Bartocci
Here are some responses to MY ANGRY SON as a hard cover book
“... this chronicle of a family in turmoil is revealing and relevant... invaluable reading especially for parents of teenagers.” Psychology Today
“Encouraging and insightful.” Booklist
“Frankly and with great honesty, the author relates the true story of a family crisis that has a happy ending.” The Chattanooga Times
“Well- written, dealing with strong feelings of anger and depression--the healthy resolution of which is its theme.” Dr. Charles Blewitt, Best Sellers
“A realistic, touching story that [shows] the difficult work necessary to free child and family from old behavior patterns. ..inspiring and helpful to parents...
Roy W. Menninger, M.D., President, The Menninger Psychiatric Foundation
For more information, You may also “like” me on my Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Bartocci-Author-Speaker/240394296030195
The author been a long-time resident of Delhi, which as the capital of India was witness to the tumultuous action after the transfer of capital from Calcutta during the British colonial rule. His visits to the Coronation Park in Delhi that commemorates the coronation celebrations of Kind George V in 1911, and is now a heritage site, inspired him to write this story. See http://www.ratankaul.in
UNIQUENESS OF THE NOVEL
There have been several novels by western authors on British Raj, all of which received international acclaim with a large readership. The Far Pavilions, which is a comparatively recent one in the series of these novels having been published in 1978, sold millions of copies and inspired a popular television adaptation as well as a musical play.
However, my novel, Wings of Freedom, has a vital distinction as it’s written from an Indian’s point of view, and reflects the aspirations of the Indian masses during the turbulent colonial period. Moreover, with the Indian authorship, it depicts appropriately the locales, language, dresses, social customs and flavor of the Indian society as it existed a hundred years ago,
It’s the year 1911. Raju, a college student, struggles to establish his identity in the charged atmosphere of India’s freedom struggle. King George the Fifth is due in Delhi for his coronation celebration. A devastating fire in the royal camp gives rise to speculations of sabotage and an assassination attempt by the revolutionaries. Raju is caught up in the vortex of violent passions as two of his innocent friends are made scapegoats for the blaze by the British police and murdered. Thus begins Raju’s relentless journey against colonial rule and the economic exploitation of India.
A passionate romance with Eileen, the daughter of a British officer, keeps Raju inspired in their roller-coaster ride against the backdrop of British imperialism, turbulent political conflicts, the fury of the freedom revolution, the catastrophic first World War and the racial, cultural and social divisions in the post-Edwardian era.
Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Counterfeits starts a new series about art theft. What We Found is a mystery with romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods, Rattled follows a treasure hunt in New Mexico, and Whispers in the Dark involves intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit her Amazon page.
Kris writes for children under the name Chris Eboch. Her novels for ages nine and up include The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; and the Haunted series, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs. Her book Advanced Plotting helps writers fine-tune their plots. Learn more at www.chriseboch.com or her Amazon page, or check out her writing tips at her Write Like a Pro! blog.
Finding a dead body changes a person.
22-year-old Audra Needham is back in her small New Mexico hometown. She just wants to fit in, work hard, and help her younger brother. Going for a walk in the woods with her former crush, Jay, seems like a harmless distraction.
Until they stumble on a body.
Jay, who has secrets of his own to protect, insists they walk away and keep quiet. But Audra can't simply forget what she's seen. The woman deserves to be found, and her story deserves to be told.
More than one person isn't happy about Audra bringing a crime to life. The dead woman was murdered, and Audra could be next on the vengeful killer's list. She’ll have to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. It’s a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly birds of prey. With her 12-year-old brother determined to play detective, and romance budding in the last place she expected, Audra learns that some risks are worth taking – no matter the danger, to her body or her heart.
“Another action-packed suspense novel by Kris Bock, perhaps her best to-date. The author weaves an intriguing tale with appealing characters. Watching Audra, the main character, evolve into an emotionally-mature and independent young woman is gratifying.” Ellen Rippel
Dancer, photographer, entrepreneur and author best describe Marilyn Dalla Valle’s professional roles. Forever listening to a creative voice, she pursued careers in the arts and business.
Wife, mother and grandmother are her favorite titles. Most cherished is time spent with family and friends.
Love of the sea and fascination with the unexplained led to the birth of the Liz Adams Mysteries; Murder in Mystic, Murder in Newport and Two Headed Snake of Key West.
On a cold winter’s night, you will find her curled up in front of the fire with her husband, Roger and two year old Sheltie, Randy.
Seeking adventure, Liz and Garret Adams leave their homeport, Mystic, Connecticut and sail their 36 foot sloop to Florida. The fiery orb melts across the horizon, cannons rumble, cheers resound and the partying begins as Sloopy sails into Key West harbor.
Malevolence brews amidst rustling palms and tropical breezes. Runaway wife, underworld trackers, predator, priest and friend comprise the cast. Greed, power and jealousy cause brittle relationships to snap. Liz’s uncontrollable psychic powers kick into gear, thrusting the unsuspecting sailors into a race to save a friend from unjust incarceration.
The team of authors:
Joy Aceron (Philippines) is Program Director at the School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University, directing Government Watch (G-Watch) and Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) programs, both aiming to contribute in democratic deepening in the Philippines. Concurrently, she is a part-time faculty member of the Ateneo Political Science Department. She has published several works on political party and electoral reform, social accountability and leadership and has ten-year experience in citizenship education and civil society-government engagement. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Rainer Heufers (Indonesia) is a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation where he leads the annual “Think Tank MBA” for think tank leaders from around the world. From 1999 to 2011 he represented the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in several Asian nations, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Since 1984 he has researched economic and social policies involved in China’s transition to a market economy. Warsito Ellwein, Vera J. Putri and M. Husni Thamrin are co-authors of this chapter.
Kartini Aboo Talib (Malaysia) was a Fulbright Scholar to Northeastern University in Massachusetts, USA, and holds a PhD in Law, Policy and Society. She is trained as a political scientist and presently works as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has published several chapters in books and articles on various issues including dispute resolutions and consumer rights, labor law and legal immigrants, gender and policy, managing consensus in a plural society, non-profits and policy implementation, election and good governance, and environmental policy and sustainability. She is a grantee of Sumitomo Foundation Fiscal Year 2012, and currently works on evaluating the Look East Policy. She is also a collaborator with the Applied Sciences University in Frankfurt, Germany under the DAAD project for summer teaching class in Sidbhari, India from year 2012-2015.
Kim Le (Vietnam) is a government relations consultant at Vriens & Partners, a public affairs consultancy. She currently specializes in Vietnam government and public policy. Kim currently divides her time between Singapore and Vietnam, where she helps clients, both international organizations and multinational corporations, to gain a better understanding about the policy-making process in Vietnam, as well as supports them in reaching out and communicating more effectively with the Vietnamese government. Kim obtained the Masters of Social Science from the National University of Singapore. She was trained in political science, with a focus on party politics. She wrote her masters thesis on the historical development of the Thai party system.
Moe Thuzar (Myanmar) is Lead Researcher for socio-cultural affairs at the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Starting July 2012, she was appointed Fellow at ISEAS' Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme. Before Moe joined the ASC in May 2008, she headed the ASEAN Secretariat's Human Development Unit, which coordinated regional cooperation in the areas of youth, labour, education, social welfare, gender, rural poverty reduction, health, and civil service matters. At ISEAS, Moe co-authored with Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Myanmar: Life After Nargis (ISEAS, 2009). She co-edited with Yap Kioe Sheng, "Urbanisation in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts" (ISEAS, 2012). She has written on Myanmar for ISEAS' Regional Outlook: Southeast Asia 2012-2013 and Southeast Asian Affairs 2012. Moe recently took on responsiblities as coordinator of the Myanmar Study Group at ISEAS. She is also a resident analyst for Channel News Asia’s Think Tank programme. Moe is working on a review of Myanmar's foreign policy, focusing on lessons from the 1988-2008 period. Her other research interests cover urbanisation, environmental cooperation in ASEAN, and ASEAN's dialogue relations.
Netina Tan (Singapore) is a Social Science Humanities and Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (2011). Netina was a Dissertation Fellow at Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Visiting Research Associate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (2007-8). She holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Regina (2004) and a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies (2000) from the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include democratization, party and electoral politics, gender and non-traditional security in East and Southeast Asia. Netina is currently working on her book manuscript that investigates the institutional sources of hegemonic party resilience in Asia and she will be assuming a tenure-track position in Political Science Department at McMaster University from January 2013.
Pan Sopheap (Cambodia), born in 1973 in Kampong Cham province, earned a master’s degree in political science from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. After several positions with IRI, FNF and experience as a social activist and facilitator he is executive director of the Cambodian Farmer and Nature Net since 2010. Yang Saing Koma, Kok Tha, Virak Bunnarath have substantially contributed to this chapter.
Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul (Thailand) is currently a Program Manager in the Thailand Project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. She joined the foundation in April 2004 as a Program Manager in Malaysia Project and later moved to Thailand Project in 2011 until at present. Pimrapaat obtained her doctorate degree in International Relations in 1999 from the
University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and obtained her master degree in International Politics in 1993 from the University of Aberytwyth in the United Kingdom. Her main study is on Southeast Asian security and non-nuclear proliferation. She is interested in current socio-political and economic development in Thailand in particular and in Asia in general.
Zaw Oo, a former student activist in Myanmar, studied political science in the US and worked as a lecturer in the Community Development and Civic Empowerment Program, Faculty of Social Sciences, at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. The reform process in Myanmar ended his self-exile. He is now head of a think tank in Yangon and adviser to president Thein Sein.
Wolfgang Sachsenröder (the editor) has earned his PhD from Bonn University and worked for 24 years in practical politics for the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation. His longest posting was as regional director for East and Southeast Asia from 1986 to 1997. Since 2008 he is back in the region and joined the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore in 2009. He is editor of the Partyforumseasia, a discussion platform and database on political parties in Southeast Asia (www.partyforumseasia.org).
This is the first comparative study on political parties in Southeast Asia covering eight out of the ten ASEAN countries. Feudal Brunei Darussalam has no parties and for Laos we could not find a scholar willing or allowed to join our group.
The book is dedicated to anyone interested or active in party politics in the region.
Southeast Asia is an economic power house of sorts with fledgling and often volatile political systems. Political parties and their leaders make decisions on behalf of more than 600 million people with a far reaching impact also on other parts of the world. This is why understanding the driving forces in and behind Southeast Asia’s political parties is important.
This book provides a fresh look into organization and internal mechanisms of the main political parties, how they function on the ground, how they hold together, and how their leadership systems work. Internal competition and candidate selection, campaign strategies and party finances, money politics and career opportunities are a special focus in the eight country chapters.
While showing the difference between classical party models and the reality on the ground in Southeast Asia, the book provides broad information on party politics in the region, adding a practical view to the vast and often rather theory-loaded scholarly literature. It intends to reach out to party members and activists, journalists and other political observers, and to anybody interested in Southeast Asian politics.
Rita Ciresi is the author of two award-winning short-story collections and three novels. Mother Rocket was winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and finalist for the Los Angeles Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Sometimes I Dream in Italian, a Book Sense 76 Pick and finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize, garnered praise from the New York Times: “Ciresi has a lovely ear for dialogue and the ability to nail the details in descriptions that are both funny and painfully accurate.” Blue Italian was included in the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series and received the following praise from Elle: "Rita Ciresi's beautifully written, bittersweet first novel examines love and marriage with unflinching honesty. The ending, with its moving, explicit sense of loss, resonates long after the book is closed." Pink Slip--winner of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel—was described as a “lively novel” by Mademoiselle and “a moving love story” by Redbook. Its sequel, Remind Me Again Why I Married You, was called “a cutting commentary on the lasting implications of 'til death do us part” (The Hartford Courant) and Entertainment Weekly said, "Ciresi's depiction of post-singleton life is clever and surprisingly honest.” Visit the author’s website at www.ritaciresi.com.
Getting cancer in your twenties is hardly a picnic. But in this sparkling romantic comedy by Rita Ciresi, two young cancer survivors manage to meet, fall in love, and live to laugh about it.
Twenty-seven-year-old Francie Malarkey has one remaining relative left on earth: her Great-Uncle Sol, a concentration camp survivor whose last grand mission is to see Francie happily married (preferably to a cardiac surgeon). Francie, however, has zero interest in getting hitched to some guy who actually knows the Latin names for her more intimate body parts. Although she would love to claim that she met Mr. Right at a noisy New Year’s Eve party, her initial encounter with her husband-to-be comes to pass in a hushed hospital waiting room marked with fallout shelter symbols. Joel Goldman--like Francie--is a young cancer survivor who happens to be sitting underneath a warning sign--DANGER! RADIATION IN USE!--that seems to imply that love is a risky business best undertaken by AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY.
Francie and Joel's courtship would be a dream come true. . . if only Great-Uncle Sol would stop insisting that Francie needs to marry a doctor instead of a guy who already has one foot in the grave. . . if only Joel's doctor-father would stop trying to micromanage his son's medical care. . . and if only Francie and Joel learn to accept the fact that any person on earth can pass through death's door without a moment's notice.
Bring Back My Body to Me--quarterfinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and runner-up for the Faulkner/Wisdom Novella Award—illustrates that sometimes the deepest and most abiding relationships result from our most trying experiences.
Though I was born and raised on the island of Britain, and though my parents and all my ancestors as far back as I am aware, were born and raised on the island that invented the English language, English is my second language. It gives me the perspective of being both on the inside and on the outside of the world's most spoken language. In my native tongue,
These days I live in California, a Welshman married to an Apache, It's strange how the world turns and how, on this road of life we never know what lies around the next curve. Perhaps if we come to grips with the way we speak we may understand life a little better.
Or perhaps not.
The English language has an unusual style of expression. To insult or offend someone, sexual words are used. More than that, words with the same meaning are perfectly acceptable. Why is it acceptable to say "Posterior" but not "Ass"? This book explores the reasons and the history of English swearing and related obscenities.
Other chapters deal with such slips of the tongue as Spoonerisms; where you "Dish the washes" and Malapropisms; "He is a Civil Serpent"
With all the ways we have of misunderstanding each other, reading this short book may make you wonder how we manage to communicate. Perhaps we don't.
I am a retired electrical engineer that became alarmed upon learning my doctor's diagnosis of onset diabetes. This concern lead me to finally do something about losing weight to try to mitigate the oncoming health problems. My doctor recommended losing at least 10 to 20 pounds as a start, which I began immediately. Concurrently, I began research to determine the best healthy diet to lose and then maintain a new permanent, target weight. As I describe in the book, I was able to lose weight remarkably fast and with amazing results. Not only did the weight dissapear but my health situation significantly changed for the better as well.
My wife was impressed with my diet and encouraged me to share my story with others that may be overweight or obese. She knew there were many people that could benefit from this diet plan. As a result of her gentle proding, I am now the proud author of my first book.
If any reader wishes to ask a question or share information, I can be reached by email geewhizztoo@gmail.
This book is autobiographical in the sense that it is about my struggle with obesity most of my adult life and what I have done to conquer it. A fight that has finally ended as I am no longer obese. I am no longer overweight, and best of all, I am successfully maintaining a healthy, active weight. I could say journey to success was difficult and filled with dreadful sacrifice, but it was not. It was, in fact, surprisingly easy. Clearly one cannot lose more than fifty-five pounds and maintain this loss without a little discipline and sacrifice, but the payback far exceeds the small price one pays. What is it worth to gain better health, and physical liberation in the form of new strength, agility, balance, and energy? Good health is of paramount importance, particularly as we advance in age. If one is age 49 or older, chances are, they want to capture at least a portion of their youth. They want to be in good health, move without pain, and look good, lively, and attractive. They want to enjoy life and feel wanted by the people who are special in their life. People under 49 want these things, too, of course, and this diet plan will work just as well for them. Though this book has a primary focus toward the more advanced in age, it is as critical for children and young adults among us. The overweight young people face serious social pressures daily, which affect relationships, confidence and self-esteem; their addiction-like eating habits to the wrong foods and lack of consistent, moderate exercise is putting them at risk to a life-long battle against overweight and unhappiness.
Annie Mueller is a wife, mom of four young kids, home schooler, musician, and freelance writer.
She's learned to make the best use of the time she has in order to do the things that matter most. She blogs at www.FreakishlyProductive.com.
No more excuses.
No more procrastinating.
Here's everything you need to know to do more, hesitate less, stop planning and start achieving.
Contents include 12 chapters which cover everything from motivation to time management to focusing, real work, and beating procrastination. Each chapter (except the last) concludes with a challenge you can apply immediately to take action.
01: Act, act in the living present
02: Time isn't your problem
03: A new kind of perfect
04: The price of action
05: How to love your work
06: Do the real work
07: Freedom to focus is freedom to accomplish
08: The multi-tasking antidote
09: The key to getting things done
10: The right-now fallacy
11: Beat procrastination
12: A final word
If you're a busy person who longs to get past the details and get to the important work, this book is for you.
If you're a freelancer who wants to succeed without getting lost in logistical details, this book is for you.
If you're a writer, an artist, or a creative professional of any kind, this book will help you focus on the work you love to do and do it.
If you're a small business owner, this book will help you stay motivated and stay focused.
You're 12 chapters, 11 challenges, and 1 book away from taking decisive, direct action on what is most important to you.
I have been in the music industry for the past 30 years. I was lucky to have started in the old system where if you wanted to be a music producer you did an apprenticeship in a recording studio shadowing producers and learnt as you went along. If you were lucky you got to observe some of the greats of music and production create materpieces that stood the test of time. I was extremely lucky!
My career has taken me from Ireland, the UK, around Europe, USA and to Australia. I have met and collaborated with some of the greats in music production and artists. Some of the ones I am most proud of are U2, Def Leppard (Hysteria album, Depeche Mode (Violator Album), Black Sabbath, Yes and many more. Since 2002 I have been a tutor at BIMM (Brighton Institute of Modern Music) and have developed a real passion for music education, especially as the opportunities that I had are not their any more.
I think it is really important to share knowledge and the digital age makes that possible so much easier than before. This first installment is based on a series of questions that I regularly get asked by students.
This book is short, deliberately. In this digital age I think people want authors (of non-fiction anyway) to get to the point and tell them what they need to know quickly. It may be short but I believe it is rich in concepts that used correctly can accelerate someone's progress to becoming a great music producer.
It was written because I have searched but never found a guide to Music Production that gives the reader an insight to what is actually important. Most Music Production courses, magazines and books focus on the use of equipment like software packages and microphone placement. These are extremely useful but they are a guide on how to use the TOOLS not what music production is really about. It's a bit like telling an artist about the different brushes they can use for different situations and them expecting them to be the next Monet or Picasso!
When I first started as a runner in a studio almost 30 years ago, I was sat down by the Chief Engineer and told that the most vital thing to understand and remember is that music production is 95% psychology and 5% technology. In my view too much of the material out there focuses on the 5% technology so I want to redress the balance in a small way.
I intend this small book to be the first in a series so my hope is that readers will give constructive feedback with requests for other areas that they would like covered in the future. Until then good luck!
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If you enjoy stories about sweeping galactic sages in the vein of Star Wars and Dune, The Guardian may appeal to you.
It is the story of Peter who lives an idyllic existence sheltered from the Citadel by his Uncle Cy who has some very big plans for his future. Unfortunately, C’s premature deaths forces Peter to leave home where he discovers how cruel a galaxy governed by the Citadel can be. Peter meets Marc, who has been left emotionally scarred because of the regime and despite their differences, their growing friendship helps them survive together.
However as Peter’s true destiny unfolds revealing a future beyond imagination, it is Marc who helps Peter maintain his humanity when everything that he is begins to slip away. This is a story of adventure, love and of the friendships that bind people together through all adversity.
Muriel Marks is currently preparing her next book, while making chutneys, jams and continuing to enjoy her passions of animals, antiques and books. My Double Life is her first book.
In 1987, in her late forties and with two marriages behind her, Muriel Marks decides to take control of her destiny, putting herself through night school to qualify as a chef. Destiny takes the upper hand however when, on a weekend break in the West Country she meets debonair English actor Leo Lewis, recently returned from the glittering world of Hollywood. Falling instantly in love, they decide to open their own restaurant together, fulfilling a long-cherished dream for Muriel. To attract visiting entertainers, they call their new venture ‘Backstage’, and Freddie Starr, Les Dawson and Johnny Cash all become appreciative patrons. Leo however prefers centre stage, especially when the alcohol is flowing. Toss a few pretty waitresses into the mix and the recipe soon becomes explosive. The little town of Paignton doesn’t know what’s hit it and neither does Muriel. As Leo’s wildly drunken behaviour escalates into violence, the restaurant degenerates into a nightly farce for the customers and a living nightmare for Muriel. After much angst she is forced to sell the business, and Leo departs back to the States and his Hollywood career. Absence soon makes the heart grow fonder however. Realising she is still in love, Muriel flies out to America to be with Leo. She finds him not in Hollywood but New Jersey, and living a far from glamorous life. The pair survive for a while on poorly paid menial work, buy a second-hand car and head west, bound for the sunshine coast of California and the movie capital of the world, where Leo has ‘contacts’. But as they pass deeper into the heart of America, with Leo increasingly drunk and Muriel in constant fear of arrest as an “illegal”, she realises she has absolutely no idea what lies ahead of her. “My Double Life” is a unique true story of cookery and crookery, showbiz and booze, of love, enduring friendship, aspiration, despair, and starting all over again. Its cast of characters is vivid and varied, from movie stars to tragic has-beens, villains and freaks to the merely eccentric, along with kindly, lost souls, everyday heroes and heroines, all set against the deceptively sleepy backdrop of the British seaside and the vast, alien landscape that is America. It is also about a woman who followed her heart and survived to tell the extraordinary tale.
Song of the Canyon Kid is my second novel and my first full-blown comedy. My previous works were the road rage novel Red Asphalt, a true travel tale called Please Hold Thumbs and my movie memoir In the Dark.
This one is a total cartoon. The main character is a singing cowboy. What is the last book you hummed? The characters are intentionally over-the-top and the entire tone is a sweet parody, an homage to the B-movies westerns of yesteryear. And in full disclosure, it's also a novelization. I based this novel on my comic melodramatic play entitled Song of the Lone Prairie or Poem on the Range. Prairie debuted in 1987 at the late, great Pollardville Palace Showboat Theater in Stockton, California, a production I also directed.
Pollardville was a magical place. We had the theater that specialized in melodrama and vaudeville. On the same property was a western ghost town that housed movie sets from the William Wyler film The Big Country. This is where we'd get paid to play cowboy on the weekends, duties that included robbing the train, engaging in fisticuffs and shooting it out with fellow gunslingers at High Noon. Pollardville was the birthplace of The Canyon Kid.
I realize the stigma of a novelization, but I felt creatively stagnated and needed an writing exercise to get myself in gear. Digging through my old writings, I came across his script for Lone Prairie. a melodrama I consider to be the culmination of everythin I learned at Pollardville. Adapting it into novel form came fairly easy, fleshing ot the characters and transposing the stage direction into prose. Soon, it took on a life of its own and I was hooked.
I loved revisiting my old characters like Nastassia Kinky and her brother Two Gun Boris, the fastest gun this side of the Ukraine. I also made The Kid's horse, Thunder, more of a supporting character. And the love story is something I never I thought I was capable of pulling off, but I feel like I did.
Overall I had a blast with this, the most fun I've had with a project since I wrote the original back in the '80's. Song of the Canyon Kid has given me back the joy of writing. By returning to my roots, I found that in order to move forward, sometimes you can go home home again.
For more info on Song of the Lone Prairie or my other works, please visit my website at: www.scottcherney.com
Be it ever so hostile, there's no place like home.
When a straight-shooting, guitar-strumming singing cowboy known as The Canyon Kid returns to Dirt Clod, Missouri, he finds his hometown in ruins due to the machinations of a corrupt "hanging judge" named Basil Kadaver. With the help of his co-horts, a slinky seductress named Nastassia Kinky, owner of The Golden Goulash Saloon, and her brother, Two Gun Boris, the Judge has the town in his tyrannical grip and is beginning to squeeze. To make matters worse for The Kid, he also discovers that his childhood sweetheart, Darla Darling, is engaged to his sworn enemy, a desperado nicknamed "The Bushwhacker" who is now the town sheriff. How is The Canyon Kid going to save the day, let alone croon a few tunes, with a noose around his neck?
Song of the Canyon Kid is a wild and wooly western comedy romance that'll put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. It may even make you say "Yee-haw!"
For more info and to read an excerpt from Song of the Canyon Kid, visit my website at www.scottcherney.com