May 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm (Uncategorized)
May 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm (Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Professional Storytelling Advice)
Tags: Alfred A. Knopf, Art, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, Literature, Nathan Englander, Relief of Unbearable Urges, Short Stories, Short story collection
April 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm (Music for Better Concentration)
Tags: Classical, Classical guitar, Guitar, Music, YouTube
Some believe that listening to music helps with concentration and prepares the brain to learn more effectively. Below are several YouTube music videos that proclaim to enhance concentration. When writing fiction, I found that music helps my mind travel to a more creative place. What are you thoughts?
March 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm (Creative Writing, Fiction Writing)
Tags: Albus Dumbledore, Barry, Barry Fairbrother, Casual Vacancy, Harry Potter, History, JK Rowling, Pagford
English: J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Casual Vacancy
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. (from Amazon.com)
March 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Inspiration, Professional Storytelling Advice)
Tags: Harry, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Hogwarts, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, JK Rowling, Lord Voldemort, Ron Weasley
Author J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House. Screenshot taken from official White House video. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Joanne ”Jo“ Rowling was born 31 July 1965), pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard,Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, conquer thewizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.
March 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm (Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Professional Storytelling Advice)
Tags: Alex Rider, Anthony Horowitz, Diamond Brothers, Foyle's War, Hercule Poirot, ITV, Midsomer Murders, Power of Five
Foyle’s War (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cover of Alex Rider
Anthony Horowitz (born 5 April 1955) is an English novelist and screenwriter. He has written many children’s novels, including The Power of Five, Alex Rider and The Diamond Brothers series and has written over fifty books. He has also written extensively for television, adapting many of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novels for the ITV series. He is the creator and writer of the ITV series Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Collision and Injustice.
March 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm (Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Inspiration, Professional Storytelling Advice)
Tags: Art, Castle doctrine, Geoffrey Zimmerman, Literature, Murder, Poland
Geoffrey Zimmerman is an American author and screenwriter currently living in Richmond, Virginia.
He is a prolific writer who has recently published the romantic adventure novel Love Never Dies Book 1: The Parting set in soviet ruledPoland.
March 10, 2013 at 1:28 am (Fiction Writing, Professional Storytelling Advice, Creative Writing)
Tags: Little Britain, Matt Lucas, Television, David Walliams, Rock Profile, Britain's Got Talent, Come Fly With Me, Sketch comedy
Come Fly with Me (2010 TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rock Profile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
David Edward Walliams (born Williams, 20 August 1971) is an English comedian, writer, children’s author, and actor, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the TV sketch show Little Britain and its predecessor Rock Profile. More recently, he and Lucas wrote and starred in Come Fly with Me.
March 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm (Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Inspiration, Professional Storytelling Advice)
Tags: Goodbye Columbus, National Book Award, Philip Roth, Portnoy, Portnoy's Complaint
English: 1st edition cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Goodbye, Columbus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
He first gained attention with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, an irreverent and humorous portrait of American-Jewish life for which he received the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. In 1969 his profile rose significantly after the publication of the (then) controversial Portnoy’s Complaint, the humorous and sexually explicit psychoanalytical monologue of “a lust-ridden, mother-addicted young Jewish bachelor”, filled with “intimate, shameful detail, and coarse, abusive language”.
March 6, 2013 at 2:58 am (Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Professional Storytelling Advice)
Tags: Arts, Fiction, Richard Bachman, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Short story, Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly two hundred short stories, most of which have been collected in nine collections of short fiction. Many of his stories are set in his home state ofMaine.