Is there an eternal dynamic which drives the cosmic order forward? Religion posits that such a power exists: God. But our learned academicians would have none of it. The ‘entrenched academic’ mantra is: “Everything is random; all is happenstance; there is no design or designer; there is no meaning or purpose to the cosmic order. We live in an accidental multi-billion galaxy universe.”
The entrenched academics caution the wavering that if you reject ‘Randomness’ they are then thrown-into-the-arms of the supernatural Creationists, heaven forbid. The creationists counter that if you reject... Read More
Erotica. The word has been around for a long time and conjures up naughty, lustful images of debasement, debauchery and a whole lotta sex. Until recently, the term was used only in hushed undertones, whispered among women. Books on the subject were usually found hidden away in the back of indie bookstores whereas their kissing cousins, the “bodice-ripper” romance novels, featuring covers showing scantily-clad, nubile young heroines gazing lovingly into the eyes of their conquering, well-endowed Fabios, were taking up entire walls at the local Barnes & Noble.
So, what’s the big... Read More
Joe Konrath recently described legacy publishing as a “carny game” or, at the very least, a lottery where hundreds of thousands of authors play the game and only a select few of them “win” at it. He then rationalized his statement by saying that hard work (and a variety of other factors) could influence an author’s odds of success in legacy publishing which is why it paid to work hard but even then, there were no guarantees.
Those authors who “win” the legacy publishing lottery can go on to win what Konrath describes as a “fat legacy publishing purse”. He cites J.K. Rowling as a legacy... Read More
She was born into privilege, her father a descendant of the owners of the Lowenbrau beer dynasty while her mother was the daughter of a diplomat. Having spent much of her childhood in France, she was said to have been included in her parents’ many dinner parties which gave her the ideal opportunity to observe the habits of the rich and famous. She’s been married five times, twice to convicts, and with her incredible success as one of America’s most beloved writers, she’s had the good fortune to call home the historic Spreckels mansion, a San Francisco landmark, where she’s entertained the... Read More
Title: The Silent Immigrants Author: Boniface Nwugwo Genre: Inspirational Memoir Publisher: AuthorHouse Pages: 378 Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-49180-508-4
When Boniface Nwugwo left his hometown in Eastern Nigeria in 1980 to study in America, he had only $4600 to his name for his tuition, his faith in God and an unquenchable thirst to succeed in America. In this revealing, inspiring and compelling memoir, Boniface with uncompromising candor, tells his story of courage, insurmountable struggles, and triumphs that he and many West African immigrants faced... Read More
Title: Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast Genre: Family/Law/Religion Author: James Valladares, PhD Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 328 Language: English Format: Ebook
The clergy abuse scandal has posed the greatest threat to the traditional understanding of the Catholic priesthood since the Protestant Reformation. Now, as then, the deadliest attacks are coming from within the Church. In an attempt to improve a system that allowed a small minority of the clergy to violate children and ameliorate the gross negligence of some bishops... Read More
All writers face this terror at one time or the other: the blank page. What to write next when all that must be said has already been written, when the next chapter of revelation lies just out of reach. During these moments, the desire to write is propelled by the need for output, the sign that we have not dried up. The writer’s raison d’être, the imperative to record the results of reflection married to imagination, is forgotten in our temporary panic, and we write for the sake of writing.
Writing that does not inspire reflection in the reader is empty, wasteful, and a contribution... Read More
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There is a book tour on her site. http://zaheennanji.com/book/booktourzaheennanjiresilience.html
Shaun you're probably nearer the mark than most. "mmm...right right" spoken with contemplative "yawn" inflection when you join a writers' group or dare blurt out in front of established writers (any writers) you tend to scribble, usually sending all...
Very interesting train of thoughts, but I found myself asking, what about those that write under a ghost name...is it to keep their privacy, or perhaps lack of ego...I actually can see both sides, especially when you are talking about writing fiction....