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  • Kurt Brindley 10:15 am on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , authors, , , experimental fiction, , , horror novels, Mark Z. Danielewski, , , supernatural,   

    Any Fans? 

    House of Leaves

     

    Been wanting to read this for a long time but now that I finally have it…

    I find its presence rather… intimidating.
     

    #prayforthetimidreaders

     

     

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    • Katrina 11:50 am on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I read it and enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but far from the worst.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:34 pm on March 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Okay. Great. It’s good to know, with all the hoopla around it I’ve seen, it’s not just a love it or hate it kind of read. Thanks for saying so, Katrina.

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    • amariesilver 6:52 pm on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We own it and while I want to read it, I’m also a little intimidated by it. That, and I’ve heard it requires a lot of attention to detail which is hard for me to do with two kids running around.

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:30 am on March 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authors, , fall from grace, , Irish Authors, , , , , Quantum Mutata, , , ,   

    On Being Irishman Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde 

    The world is a stage,
    but the play is badly cast.

     

    Quantum Mutata*

    THERE was a time in Europe long ago
    When no man died for freedom anywhere,
    But England’s lion leaping from its lair
    Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so
    While England could a great Republic show.
    Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care
    Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair
    The Pontiff in his painted portico
    Trembled before our stern ambassadors.
    How comes it then that from such high estate
    We have thus fallen, save that Luxury
    With barren merchandise piles up the gate
    Where nobler thoughts and deeds should enter by:
    Else might we still be Milton’s heritors.

    #happystpatricksday
    #gogreenandgohard

     

    Image courtesy of WIKIPEDIA
    Quote & Poem courtesy of
    POEMHUNTER


     
    *I know, I know… it’s a poem less about Ireland and more about the United Kingdom. Okay, granted — it’s all about England and its fall from dynastic grace but it sure seems applicable to today’s current United Empire, no?

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 4:02 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , authors, , , , , , , , , PEN America, , Second Amendment,   

    KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS 

    trump-gif-2

    You know, in the past, regardless the president in power, it has always pretty much been a constant whine from all the many millions of gun lovers toting their many more millions of guns that their Second Amendment rights are under constant attack by a relentless blizzard of liberal, commie-shaped snowflakes… so their steady stream of bawling blather has always been received by me as nothing more than unintellig-ent/ible, self-flagellating noise.

    But now, with our First Amendment rights under a for real attack by Trump and his pack of stooges, it pains me to have to assume that those same Second Amendment Peters who were constantly crying Wolf about losing their rights are now happily standing by, armed and ready, to support and even help facilitate our Wolf-in-Chief achieve his vicious autocratic goals.

    Unbelievable.

    Seriously.

    I never could have believed, and still can’t, that we in the United States of America would ever have to be seriously concerned about seriously losing our First Amendment rights…

    But, alas, here we are so very seriously concerned.

    So concerned, in fact, that PEN America felt the need to publish an article entitled DEFENDING FREE EXPRESSION: A TOOLKIT FOR WRITERS AND READERS.

    If you aren’t familiar with the freedom-defending organization, this is what PEN America is about:

    PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

    ★ ★ ★

    Here are some “bullet” points from the toolkit for our intellectual self-defense:

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:59 am on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authors, , , , , grunge rock, John Feffer, journalists, , , , , Trumpian,   

    “Post-apocalyptic fiction has been moved to our current affairs section” 

    I wish I were smart enough to be able to claim this post’s eye/brain-catching headline as my own. But, alas, I cannot because I got it from this read-worthy #longread of an article written by John Feffer, a journalist and author who, with his read-worthy article, attempts to (in subtle sublimity) — and in my view does — make the case of why we should purchase his new near-future dystopian novel which spookily mirrors the current dystopic, Trumpian events of today, and who, Feffer, got it, the headline, from a friend on facebook in the form of a viral photo of a sign in front of bookstore in Boston.

    A whole lotta fortuitous and fast-moving mechanics behind that headline up there, wouldn’t you agree?

    To paraphrase/abuse a popular insurance company commercial from several years past that was trying to get us to fork over the beans for their coverage so we would be covered/prepared for any disastrous potentiality…

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:01 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , authors, , , Colson Whitehead, literary authors, , National Book Award, , The Underground Railroad, ,   

    Meet our 2016 National Book Award Winner 

    COLSON WHITEHEAD: USA TODAY “2016 AUTHOR OF THE YEAR”

    Colson Whitehead was born in 1969, and was raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books, and music… COLSONWHITEHEAD.COM

    2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

    IMAGE COURTESY OF DOUBLEDAY

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:23 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authors, , Columbia Journalism School, Editor & Publisher, , Line, messaging apps, , , , Viber, WeChat, WhatApp,   

    So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing… 

    snapchat

    I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat.

    To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform right after giving it a very brief whirl of a befuddling go during the time I wrote the first post it.

    However, I haven’t given up on trying to understand how it and other apps like it can help others promote their work, especially the younger Indie Authors who best fit the apps’ demographic. So, I’ve kept my eye open for anything relatively relative about it…

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    • acflory 5:33 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      -sigh- Now I really do feel old. I’ve heard of Whatsapp and Snapchat, but as soon as I read that they were both mobile apps, I turned straight off. I do have a smartphone, but it isn’t surgically attached to either my ear or my hand, so it only gets used for those old fashioned things called phone /calls/. And not many of them either. I just don’t like phones or whatever you want to call mobile devices these days. I don’t want to be switched on and tuned in all the time. Anachronism, right? :D

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:59 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I have a love hate relationship with my phone – the best among its uses for me are the navigation app and camera.

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        • acflory 6:54 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Yes! Well, as far as the camera goes. :D I could never take a decent photo until I learned how to use the camera. Still a terrible photographer but at least now I’m better than I was.
          The other app I rely on is my EmergencyAus app. It notifies me of any incidents within a 5 km radius of my home…including bushfires. I’ve felt so much safer during the summer months since I’ve had it.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:35 am on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authors, , , Dave Astor, , , , , , , , wit,   

    From Author Dave Astor: Guest Literature Post by Donald Trump! 

    I was considering writing a satire post (i.e., FAKE Post!) with its premise being our so-called president writing it as a Guest Author.

    As I was getting set to channel Trump for the writing, I got cold fingers, so to speak, from the damage the channeling might do to my so-called brain; so, I backed slowly away from the keyboard, thought about it for a minute, then made the decision to search around to see if anyone had already done something similar.

    I’m happy to have lost my courage to allow my brain to think as a non-reading Trump would and I am awe at the courage author Dave Astor possesses and the risks he was willing to take to share his brain and blog with him, for his sacrifices have allowed us to enjoy this reblogged post of his.

    If you’re a reader of such things as “books” that are written with more than 140 words and that may contain troubling brain hurdles such as nuance and non-linear plot and plotless constructs, then you must check out Mr. Astor’s witty and wise blog.

    ★★★

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    Dave Astor on Literature

    This blog will be different today, because Donald Trump demanded to write a guest piece. I told him he doesn’t read literature or know much about it, but he insisted. Anyway, things will go back to normal next week, but until then…herrrrrre’s the illegitimate president:

    The Donald (me) doesn’t read novels, but I do read the backs of cereal boxes. Lots of back story, ya know?

    Actually, I know a yuge amount about fiction. Not the literary kind — the “alternative facts” kind.

    I can’t deal with The Wings of the Dove. Why didn’t Henry James write The Wings of the War Hawk? Sad.

    The Red Badge of Courage? Stephen Crane — what a loser. Believe me, I showed more courage getting Vietnam War deferments for alleged bone spurs in my heels, even though I played a ton of sports at the time with no problem. They…

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:10 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , American history, authors, , , , , , James Baldwin, , , ,   

    James Baldwin: Keeping it Real 


     

    Often during his speech it’s hard to tell whether he’s speaking of Reagan or of Trump…

    #celebratediversity

    AFRICANAMERICANHISTORYMONTH.GOV

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 5:39 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authors, , , , , , Jim Jeffries, New Media, old media, Piers Morgan, , , ,   

    J. K. Rowling is a Bad@$$ Evil Trump-and-his-Trolls Fighting Superhero 

    I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books but I am now Rowling’s newest biggest fan as I watch in awe and admiration as she completely dominates Evil Trump and his Evil Trolls right on their home turf.

    J. K. Rowling Dominates Twitter

    This is the video clip she refers to in the tweet:

    Witness her twitter destruction for yourself here.

    #notallbillionairesareevil
    #badassbrit
    #authorsrule

     

     
    • cindy knoke 5:49 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      She has always been one of my most favorite people. Go to youtube and listen to her commencement speech at Harvard I think. I think it is one of the best speeches I’ve heard. She is a true humanitarian. Used to work for amnesty international.

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:50 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , authors, , , , , Leonard Bernstein, , , , , ,   

    At Art’s Pointy End of the Spear 

    Art's Point End of the Spear

    As an artist, by which I mean anyone who creates artistically in any medium, do you ever use your art as a down in the trenches, fight fire with fire type of weapon in the never-ending battle against the forces evil; or is your art reserved only as an expression of beauty and love and hope for Art’s sake with the ancillary hope that it will be so uplifting that the forces of evil will expire from the weight of love’s suffocating abundance?

    I ask because, as some of you may know (since I’ve whined about it here, here, and here, among other places), I have had a difficult time arting, so to speak, ever since Trump’s election. I felt both depressed mentally and suppressed artistically.

    And I blamed it all on Trump and his supporters.

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    • Joy Pixley 8:29 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Art harder! <3

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    • wscottling 8:59 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My writings have always been a reflection of my feelings… mostly. I write to get the stuff going on in my head OUT of my head. I used to write short stories and poetry, but now I blog.

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    • M. A Morris 9:59 am on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As a former teacher of literature, I believe art is most often a reflection of the society in which the artist lives. Consequently, I’m not surprised that many of us who engage in artistic endeavors find the focus of our work changing to reflect these scary and dangerous times.

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:02 pm on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s hope that artists’ collective voices harmonize in loud and clear protestation and anger at was is being reflected throughout our society right now.

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    • em4mighty 9:59 am on February 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      whenever i enter into a picture or prose with an idea of saying something & making it meaningful–it always comes out flat. i have to let the art or story tell itself & trust that there is enough inside of me to show up in the finished product.

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    • cinderellaeveryman 4:12 pm on February 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      recall Neil Gammon’s? universally quoted graduation speech for – some university in NEW York I think it was — a long list of hypotheticals like: ‘your cat blow up? Make good art.’ with the drum beat of the final assertion beating, beating, beating relentlessly. good show. then there’s guenther grass with his little drum. keep beating it, I say. Art thrives on the dung heaps of civilization’s ideological cesspools. Ever watch a dung beetle proudly and blissfully rolling his dung balls? Inspiring! Uplifting!!! Orgasmic! If you can channel your empathy energies – superabundant in any substantial artistic sensibility, I’ll venture to assert — into a little creature like that…. you’re bound to make the best art! and will be primed and ready to tolerate whatever might emerge from the daily stock of verbiage from house trump. bing. bing. rolll rolll ROLLLLLL!!! roll your art the way Trump rolls his. he too has a place under the sun. Look at us all rolling our thoughts together into delightful little balls. It’s amazing when you ‘come to bloody think about it’. Ecstacy channel is on. I’m in for the ride. ANd art, of whatever caliber, is the necessary biproduct! Amen.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:21 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authors, , Elizabeth Gilbert, , , , the art of writing, , writer's groups, ,   

    Why Write, Dammit?! 

    The Writing Hand

    I’m not a very good writer, by which I don’t only mean it in regards to what I’ve written, but also and mostly to how I’ve written.

    The act of writing pains me and I’ll pretty much do anything mostly legal I can to get myself out of it. I guess the best way to express how I feel about writing is: I don’t like having to write, but I truly love having had written.

    But still, I don’t really know why I do feel the need to write except that there is some unidentified force and/or source beyond my reach and comprehension that obliges me to do so.

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    • Jules 1:48 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Whether your writing is good or not isn´t really useful for you to say. I so often hear people say ‘oh, it is so well written’ about some book and mostly people don´t know what they are saying. Bestsellers are rarely great prose, and why should it matter so much? Poetry has to be good writing, but in fiction it is the story that count and the mind that convey the story.

      Your other point, the one about being impelled to write and the suffering it brings along (a product of feeling inadequate, I suppose), could be suggestion from your omniscient inner being to concentrate your shit.
      I know you guys who are glued to blog feel obliged to post every day. Now, ehem, hear my words of wisdom – if they´re within reach: good music needs silence.

      So to answer your question. Don’t! If you have to ask why, don’t do it. Or, correction, do it less. Distil your stuff. Respect the trees, respect the energy consumption. Your everyday writing is surely more costly to planetary warming that any old cow farting in the field.

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    • That Wilder Girl 5:37 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s an interesting question that depends a lot on what I’m writing and what else is going on in my life. Right now, for instance, I feel pressure/desire to write but know it won’t be very good because I’ve got errands to run. Writing is often very rewarding, but you have to push through initial blocks or obstacles. In that sense, I think it shares a lot with other crafts. Not easy, but fulfilling.

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    • umashankar 11:59 pm on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I take a lot of solace in Hemingway’s statement: ‘For a long time now I have tried to simply write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.’

      Indeed, sometimes I have those fleeting streaks of good luck. I write because it is the best of my faculties. In other words, I am not aware of anything I do better. Of course, the readers carry their own touchstones, and surely, there are much better writers out there. I love the sensation of attaining a fulfilment after wrapping up a piece of writing. Many times though it gives me hell too, when I am not satisfied with my output.

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    • em4mighty 2:19 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      i have discovered that i write as a meditation & as an exorcism. it feels better to get it out of me. i grew up in an abusive household. i started writing to stay alive, to stay sane…ish.

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 4:21 pm on February 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The blogger Elusive Trope once remarked that sometimes an idea for a post feels like a bowling ball rolling around in his head until he finally writes it up. I sometimes have that feeling. There is also the matter of control. I have way too little control over what happens to me or my loved ones or my nation’s dwindling capacity for liberal democracy. But I can still choose words.

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    • KatieComeBack 9:52 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I write because it’s very convenient therapy,

      It’s interesting…I’ll sit down thinking I’m going to write about a thing….and I end up taking that mental left turn at Albequerque. But when I’m done, I find that I’ve expressed something that needed to come out. And it often surprises me.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:20 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, writing has been very therapeutic for me as well. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us, KCB.

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:23 pm on December 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , authors, , Christmas Shopping, crafts, , , , , , Writer's Life, ,   

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:32 am on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adversity, authors, , , , LLC, , , Paul Weidow, PLEX Solutions, , , surviving cancer, ,   

    BRINDLEY 2.0: POWERED BY PLEX 

    BRINDLEY 2.0: POWERED BY PLEX

    Let the journey begin!

    Today I begin my cross-country trip with my sons to LA to join the rest of the cast and crew to film our movie LEAVE.

    Pretty awesome.

    And unbelievable.

    As I’ve expressed here and on other networks often in the past and even more lately, there are many wonderful and supportive people who helped me through many adversities these past several years to allow me to be in this fortunate position I am now in.

    This could get long and teary-eyed so I’ll save everyone the time and me the embarrassment and cut to the proverbial chase:

    Outside my immediate family, I am hard-pressed to think of anyone who has supported me more, through times bad and good, with his physical, spiritual, and financial presence and care, than my long-time friend, my mentor, and my boss, Paul Weidow.

    LEAVE would absolutely not be possible without Paul’s and his partner Stan Nolen’s (another long-time friend and eternal brother) generosity towards and faith in me.

    Paul bringing me on part-time to be a member of his PLEX Solutions family, allowed for a stress-free transition back to normalcy and under terms very, very favorable to one still fragile and unsure of himself, yet one in great need of validation of worth, as well as one in great need of the time and funds to support and develop his movie-making dream, a dream that now, in much part because of him, is only days away from becoming a reality.

    Thank you, Paul. I love you, brother.

    Check out this amazing guy’s amazing company >> http://www.plex-llc.com


    And please remember, LEAVE still requires much more support in the form of love, currency, outreach, and effort to ensure not only its completion, but its completion in a manner that enables us to fully realize our vision:

    To Create a Cinematic Work of Art that
    Entertains and Inspires Positive Change

    #beliveinleave >> PLEASE DONATE

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    BELIEVE IN LEAVE 

    So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)…

    But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE…

    Just imagine how much that would be!

    Keep in mind that I am a product of the United States public school system, and that, by design, my higher level degrees have absolutely nothing to do with math, so my calculations may be a bit suspect…

    But I believe that if every one of the 25,109 followers were to donate $1.00 to help me fund my film, that would come to the heavenly financial figure of… [finger cipher]…

    $25,109.00!

    Now that there would be a whole lotta of cheeze and it would help me in a whole lotta ways in realizing my cinematic dream called LEAVE.

    Now, I’m a practical man (not!), and I know all 25,109 of you donating $1.00 each to support my dream is an impossible expectation…

    But, let’s consider what you get here for free 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year non-stop and in perpetuity for as long as our pretty yet petulant planet revolves around the sun that may help motivate you towards donating that $1.00…

    You get to publish your work to the RELATING TO HUMANS feature…

    You get the IABS&R…

    You get occasional “PRO-TIPS”…

    You get LITERARY ZEN…

    You get ARTWORK?…

    You get HUMOR…

    You get HEALTH advice…

    You get MOTIVATIONAL ADVICE…

    And you get so much more.

    But, even with all this free stuff created just for you forever floating around here, I understand that my hope of everyone donating even just $1.00 is an impossible expectation.

    But then again…

    SO WAS THE CAVS COMING BACK FROM BEING DOWN 3-1 IN THE FINALS!

    AND SO IS THE TRIBE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!

    BUT IT’S THE YEAR OF “BELIEVELAND” BABY!

    THIS YEAR, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

    WHICH MEANS, WITH YOUR HELP

    LEAVE IS POSSIBLE!

    Uhm…

    Too much, right?

    Yeah.

    Sorry ’bout that…

    Anyway…

    Please donate what you can, if you can, my friends >> BELIEVE IN LEAVE.

    Thank you.
     

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE

     
     

     
    • joliesattic 12:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that just two years earlier I was in Haiti, totally unaware that there was any tension between our countries. My girlfriend and I wandering alone with two Bulgarians, who didn’t speak English but were willing to share a cab with us as we toured the island.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        When were you there? This happened over several years in the beginning to mid- Nineties. And tension wasn’t between the United States and Haiti, per se. The tension was between the international community, armed with a United Nations resolution, and the military dictators who overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti.

        Of course, the government they overthrew was also allegedly, and most likely, corrupt and vicious towards much of its population so it was all a little muddy.

        Sadly, Haiti has had a very long streak of bad luck before this trouble that LEAVE is set around and which continues on to this day.

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        • joliesattic 3:34 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I was there in ’78 so I may have misread the date thinking it was that farther back. I know they stalled our trip because of some unrest in one of the areas we were visiting, but I don’t recall where.

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    • Katie Marie 8:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Seaman Recruit Kate signing on board.

      That was meant to be a cute way of saying you have my support lol XD

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:00 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , authors, , , , , Kindle Scout, , ,   

    Scout…and doubt 

    I am learning so much from the wonderful members of WRITE EDIT WRITE, our private facebook group for writers and readers. For example, this fantastic post by Author Kathy Cecala I am reblogging for your convenience and possible instruction here.

    Are any of you participating in or even aware of this KINDLE SCOUT thingy? If so, what are your thoughts, I wonder.

    Let me know. And please check out Kathy’s article and then go visit her Scout page and nominate her book!

    Please. :)

     

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    Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

    So in the midst of this especially trying election season,  I’m announcing that I’m officially a candidate…for Kindle Scout. My newest novel is Wives of the Saints. Find my electioneering page here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2FG91Y0LS2F58  and visit at your own risk:    I know I should be cheerfully bombarding everyone for “nomination” clicks, but I won’t: I only invite you to look at the page and decide for yourself. And if you haven’t guessed already by the tone of this post, I’m not completely onboard with the whole thing, which is basically marketing and bothering people in the disguise of a writing competition. It is, however, a relatively painless and gentle way to roll out the new novel, which, if you haven’t guessed yet, is simply a funny and bittersweet book about a pair of longtime marriages. The folks at Scout  encourage you to compare it to some other work, which I…

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    • kathycecala 6:13 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much Kurt–taking time out in the midst of YOUR big week! I will continue to update my progress on my blog so check in often!

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 am on October 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , authors, , dystopian, , , , , , , YA, young adult   

    RISE OF THE CHOSEN by Guest Author Anna Kopp 

    In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.

    The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.

    Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RISE OF THE CHOSEN


    • This is not another zombie book
    • Action-packed
    • LGBT MC (#ownvoices)
    • Unpredictable page-turner

    Advanced reviewers are calling it ‘intense’, ‘gripping’, and a ‘fresh take on the zombie theme’. Fans of The Walking Dead and Divergent will love this book. But don’t just take their word for it – order on Amazon today and see for yourself!

    EXCERPT

    “Do you eat? I mean, I know you don’t need to, but do you?” Sam
    asked curiously. David gave her a blank stare.
    “Eating is inconvenient,” he finally answered, eliciting a confused
    look.
    “Because it takes time? Or effort?”
    “Because it produces unneeded side effects from the body that
    could cause an interruption in our duties.”
    She mulled over the answer for a moment. Finally understanding
    what he was talking about, she turned red as a beet and continued to
    eat in silence.
    Julian laughed at her reaction.
    “That’s our Sarge, always worrying someone’s gonna have to take a
    piss in the middle of a call.”
    David turned to him. “With you and Mexican food, that’s not the
    one I’m worried about.”
    Sam almost choked on her burrito.
    “Holy shit, did Sarge just make a joke? Well, well, maybe there’s
    hope for you after all!”
    The death glare from David was interrupted by a loud warning ring
    from the computer, followed by the distant wail of a siren. He whirled
    around to get the location and was immediately out the door, yelling
    back at his scrambling teammates.
    “Two at the gate.”

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Anna Kopp was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States when she was 11. She joined the US Army and lived in Georgia during her military career before settling down in the Cleveland, Ohio area. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in business but her true passion is writing. She is a wife and business partner to a software developer, and a mom to two rambunctious boys obsessed with Minecraft. Anna’s hobbies include reading, writing, and playing World of Warcraft. She is a true geek at heart and would love nothing more than to see her imagination become a part of something greater.

    Contact Information

    WEBSITE: http://www.annakoppauthor.com
    BLOG: annakoppwrites.wordpress.com
    GOODREADS: Author Profile
    AMAZON: Author Page
    FACEBOOK: facebook.com/annakoppwrites
    TWITTER: @AnnaKoppAuthor



    I would like to thank Anna for her donation to my Website Campaign to raise funds for my movie. I ask that you please take the time to visit Anna’s site, check out her work, and follow along with her on her literary journey. It definitely looks like it is going to be an adventurous and rewarding one.

    Now that the IndieGoGo Campaign to raise funds to produce my movie has kicked off, my Website Campaign has ended. I ask that you please check out our stellar cast and crew, see what the flick is about, and, if you feel so compelled, donate to show your support of Independent Filmmakers. And whether you are or are not able to donate, please share the news about the campaign to your network of family and friends.

    Thank you!

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 4:29 pm on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , American Authors, authors, House of Seven Gables, , Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem,   

    Ain’t That America… 

    Reporting live from Salem, Massachusetts

    #hawthorne
    #peace


     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:07 am on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Hangin’ With Henry 

    HDT checkin’ out how many likes my photo of his pond has

    #thoreau
    #peace



     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:28 pm on September 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: authors, , George Saunders, , , , Redglass Pictures, , , ,   

    George Saunders On Story 

    I haven’t read any Saunders yet; been meaning to…more so after watching this:
     


     


    I discovered this video at Saunders’ site.

    I watched it first at The Atlantic.

    You can see it in its original production at the beautiful site of Redglass Pictures.

    If there are any Saunders fans or nonfans out there, what are your thoughts about his writing. . .

    I wonder.

     
     

     
    • Nic Schuck 3:12 pm on September 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Civil War Land in Bad Decline is so good. As is Braindead Megaphone. Highly recommend George Saunders.

      Liked by 1 person

    • christinenbarba 12:07 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I second that ^^^! The Braindead Megaphone is great.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 10:30 am on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I’ll be on the lookout for it. Unfortunately it isn’t available through my Overdrive app, but I am on the list for his newest collection. Thank you, christinenbarba :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:04 am on September 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Birth of Loglines & Beyond | A Guest Post by Author Ann Kimbrough 

    Our private Facebook writers and readers group recently held its second WRITE EDIT WRITE Challenge (see the results of the first challenge here). Because my focus is on producing a short film based upon an adaptation of my short story LEAVE, I figured we might as well have a challenge focused on screenwriting. Ergo, we asked the group to submit a 25-word, or less, logline describing a WIP or produced work from a genre of their choosing.

    It’s no surprise that the author who submitted the chosen response is a working screenwriter who has some serious writing chops. Author Ann Kimbrough shares her screenwriting expertise in several places on the web, all of which you can reach via her namesake website annkimbrough.com. My favorite medium of Ann’s is her youtube channel where she and other working screenwriters get together to share their knowledge of the industry. Fantastic stuff. We are very fortunate to have Ann as part of our WRITE EDIT WRITE group, and, if I may say, you are very lucky that she has written for us here an excellent post about the mystery and intrigue of writing a logline. You’re welcome. :)

    Ann’s logline submission for WEW #2:

    In a secret facility, a rookie female FBI analyst struggles to contain a serial killer, but her only hope is trusting a devious bombing suspect.


    Birth of Loglines & Beyond
    Ann Kimbrough

    annkimbrough.com

    Loglines are creeping into your life!

    Once only used by screenwriters, all kinds of writers find the little buggers useful. The first one I ever saw was in a TV Guide. Remember those? I barely remember newspapers, even though I’ve heard they still exist. For Millennials who can’t write cursive, read clocks or relate to newspapers: a TV Guide was a paper booklet that came with the Sunday paper. It contained a schedule of all the TV shows for a week.

    Psst: we’re talkin’ back in ancient times when there were only three major TV stations. I know… it’s Epically Stone Age.

    The guides also contained a little blurb about each show. Those blurbs were the birth of loglines.

    I imagine TV Guides still exist today, somewhere without Wi-Fi, but they must be the size of phone books. Remember those? Err… we’ll save that lesson for another time.

    TV Guide blurbs looked something like this:

    Kidnapped in Tasmania, MacGyver uses a banana, a piece of gum and a washing machine to make a robot and save the world.

    I doubt that episode of MacGyver ever aired, but maybe it will in the re-vamped show that’s on CBS this season.

    Loglines actually do two things:

    1. Get your concept across ASAP.

    2. Sell your story.

    Screenwriters pitch their scripts all the time. In turn, if a producer likes the idea, they have to turn around and pitch it to the principals in their company before an offer to option can be made. When a script is optioned, the production company pitches it to the moneymen for funding – financiers or studios. The better the logline, the better the pitch is all the way up the line.

    For novelists, loglines can be used in several ways:

    • Start a query letter
    • On a book’s Amazon page
    • On a book’s back cover
    • On any sales material to build an audience

    In an age when our watches are digital instead of sundials and shoes have Velcro instead of laces, no one has time to read a whole marketing pitch. When writers can get their message across fast, they have a better chance of success.

    Plenty of rules exist about what makes a logline a good logline, but I’ll keep it simple.

    1. Keep it to one sentence, like my MacGuyer example. Some pundits say to make it under 25 words, but don’t go crazy if you’re at 30.

    2. Tell the whole story. Protagonist fights what odds to win what battle?

    3. Don’t use proper names. Use occupations with a descriptive adjective. Ex.: a wily candy creator, could be used in a logline for Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Or a deformed recluse for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    4. Write it in present tense.

    5. Don’t include sub-plots. Stick to the main storyline of protagonist vs. antagonist.

    6. Match the tone of your story. When Stephen King writes a logline, I’m sure it sounds scary.

    7. Test the logline on friends. If they ask a bunch of questions and sound confused, then keep working. If they ooh and aah, appearing to get the story, then you may celebrate.

    One caveat: a common logline error is writing a logline that you think fits your story, but makes people see a different story. Such an error will turn any reader sour when your book (or script) takes a turn they didn’t expect.

    Ex. 1: A long-haired princess trapped in a tower awaits a dashing prince.

    Do you sense a Rapunzel story?

    What if the logline should have really been:

    Ex. 2: A long-haired princess trapped in a tower awaits a dashing prince to sacrifice for her freedom.

    Whoa! That’s a completely different story. An agent, producer or reader might want one version of that story, but not the other. Misleading them, even by accident, will hurt in the long run. Loglines that pitch the whole story lead to more success once the manuscript is read.

    Avoid this mistake by testing your logline on your Beta Readers. Or on complete strangers, who know nothing about your writing. (I’ve been told grocery and bank lines are great places to do this.) You pitch them your logline, then ask what kind of story they’d expect to read. If it’s close to the story your wrote, you’re good to go.

    Like all kinds of writing, creating loglines gets better with practice. So, get going!

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    Ann Kimbrough’s imagination comes from growing up as an Air Force brat, which entertained her childhood with foreign lands and amazing characters. They tend to pop-up in all her writing, whether screenplay or novel. The magic continued after college, when she worked in Hollywood and became a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Ann hosts YouTube show Screenwriters Beat, and spends the rest of her time writing contained, thrilling screenplays and cozy mystery novels under pen name Ann Audree, as well as romance under pen names Pippa Minx and Ann McGinnis. Ann is an optioned and produced screenwriter.

    annkimbrough.com

     
     

     
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