While waiting impatiently yet steadfastly for my #shortfilm funding campaign to begin…

I invite you to pass the time checking out the short film funding campaign for a good friend of mine, Jeffrey Stackhouse. Jeffrey - an award-winning screenwriter and all around talented/good guy - and the rest of his cast and crew, have just launched a fundraising campaign to produce "I Am The Doorway," a ‪‎film …

At least when the robots take over they will be much quicker in rejecting one of my stories…

You know, seeing how we already have robots writing poetry and composing music, I assume we will soon have robots taking over as reviewers and editors, as well. I yearn for that day... You see, months and months ago -- essentially an eternity in our hyper-paced, brain-frazzling, tele-connected, continually-morphing-right-before-our-eyes day and age -- in an …

Sailors, All Are We*

To all the Sailors lost at Sea Whatever to Them Their Sea May be And remembering thus That all of Us Through Life Are Sailing We *This poem is the dedication for the forthcoming short story collection LEAVE: And Other Stories Short And Shorter    

Short Story selection delayed a day…

Apologies all, but I've been down with a cold the past couple of days so I haven't been able to get through all the stories submitted in response to my request for inspiration. I will post my selection tomorrow. Again...sincere apologies. #cough #hack #wheeze #medicate    

theliteraryreader ~ Reviews of the written word

Our good friend in literature and life, Paul Xylinides, author of the powerful and finely crafted novel THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA, among other works, has taken on the noble challenge of standing up a literary review site that I encourage each of you to visit regularly and enjoy.

The site is called theliteraryreader ~ Reviews of the written word and you can find it at theliteraryreader.com.

So please join me in congratulating Paul on this new adventure of his and thank him for furthering the recognition and advancement of the written word.

Congratulations, Paul, and may you enjoy a success such that we all may be rewarded and enlightened by it.
 

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The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor by Kurt Brindley

Review by Paul Xylinides

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Kurt Brindley joins forces with Herman Melville

Before I begin this review, let me first recommend to anyone whom it persuades to read The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, that after doing so they further benefit themselves by looking again at their copy of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor that I shall, however, quote from extensively. Kurt Brindley’s accomplishment should come into even greater focus when looked at through the lens of the nineteenth century classic novel.

Anyone who has ever experienced the injustice of being condemned by those who characterize their sensitivities in ways fundamentally at odds with their true identity will respond deeply to the travails of Kurt Brindley”s protagonist in The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor. From a tellingly different perspective the same fate befalls Melville’s hero. One cannot help but…

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In Contemplation of the Art and Act of Suicide – A Review

SHORT STORY | FICTION | LITERATURE A NOTE by John Northcutt Young RATING: ★ ★ ★   Some people should die That's just unconscious knowledge - Jane's Addiction   It is hard for me to imagine anyone past the age of puberty who has not contemplated suicide. I don't mean actually contemplating committing suicide -- …

The way forward for our little “Indie Author Book Selection & Review” flash of a grassroots response thing we got going here…

I guess there is something to be said for operating on leftover pizza highs... First off, I believe both a sincere thank you and a hearty congratulations are in order. We've had quite the response to the "Hey Author, what's your book about?" post from a few days back. And for that, I say, from …