Writing – Creating Stories

Creating StoriesCreating Stories
By Hank Quense
Publisher: Strange Worlds Publishing
Release Date: April 1, 2017
ISBN: 978-0997822403
ASIN: B01MZ6E3EM
Pages: 105
Genre: Non-Fiction, Writing, Publishing
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Do you want to write fiction, but don’t know how to go about it? Puzzled by creating characters and creating plots? Creating Stories has the answers. Hank Quense, an author of more than twenty books, tells you how to do it. He demystifies fiction writing. Quense believes that stories come from the melding of three creating stories processes: getting ideas, story design and story-telling. Ideas have to come from the author. Creating Stories covers story design and story-telling

The book concentrates on developing characters including such rarely discussed requirements such as a dominant reader emotion and the character’s biography.

Plots are also covered in depth and a number of graphics are included to illustrate complex points. Another topic discusses subplots and how to utilize them and how to nest them within the main plot.

A separate chapter discusses the relationship between the plot and the emotional arcs.

Other topics covered are: character arcs, scene design, point-of-view, writing voice and writing humor.

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Travel Essays – Motions and Moments

Motions and MomentsMotions and Moments
More Essays on Tokyo
By Michael Pronko
Publisher: Raked Gravel Press
Published: December 2015
ISBN: 978-1942410119
ASIN: B019IGFBWS
Genre: Travel, essay, creative non-fiction
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Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 42 new essays burrow into the unique intensities that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its millions of inhabitants.

Based on Pronko’s 18 years living, teaching and writing in Tokyo, these essays on how Tokyoites work, dress, commute, eat and sleep are steeped in insights into the city’s odd structures, intricate pleasures and engaging undertow.

Included are essays on living to size and loving the crowd, on Tokyo’s dizzying uncertainties and daily satisfactions, and on the 2011 earthquake. As in his first two books, this collection captures the ceaseless flow and passing flashes of life in biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail.

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Pop-Culture – Undead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies

Undead ObsessedUndead Obsessed: Finding Meaning in Zombies
By Jessica Robinson
Publisher: Booktrope
Published: October 2014
ISBN: 978-1620155929
ASIN: B00P08JDU0
Genre: Non-Fiction, Pop-Culture, Folklore/Myth
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Jessica Robinson’s obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high. Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science. Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation. Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reason aliens are taking human prisoners or the cause of the dead rising from the grave to consume living flesh.

Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Robinson examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears. Robinson’s goal is to explore how zombies become a metaphor for our fears of science and what could happen if science gets out of hand.

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Creative Non-Fiction – Training Effects: The Art Of Personhood Training

Training EffectsTraining Effects: The Art Of Personhood Training
By Joanne Blackerby
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 978-1497318229
ASIN: B00KRPVPIE
Genre: Creative Non Fiction, Personal Narrative
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Get to know the soul and heart behind Spirit Fitness Training in Joanne Blackerby’s first book, “Training Effects,” a journey through her tumultuous to triumphant life interwoven with tales from and about those she has trained, plus her keen observations on the pursuit and profession of personal training. It broadens and enhances the art of the memoir to reveal the craft of navigating oneself through life’s chaos and challenges, and sketches out the map of the individualized route she offers all her clients for achieving full and enduring fitness.

“Training Effects” was born out of Spirit Fitness Training and how those Joanne has known and trained shared their stories with her, which inspired Blackerby to open up and reveal memories painful, touching, revelatory, sometimes harrowing yet ultimately loving and inspirational about her privileged yet tumultuous childhood in Kingston, Jamaica and her family’s flight from their homeland’s political violence to North America. and ultimately finding herself and her place in life. Joanne’s legacy of family and sexual violence, struggles as a multiracial immigrant, and how she overcame it all plus bouts of chronic depression and ADHD in adulthood to find fulfillment as a wife, mother and noted professional managing her own business are recalled within the key principles of training to illuminate how fitness is about body, mind, soul and ultimately one’s whole life.

Joanne’s dynamic and warm interactions with clients whose tales she also tells throughout the book will feel familiar to longtime Spirit Fitness Training members and inviting to prospective and new ones, revealing her philosophy and approach regarding full fitness. “Training Effects” also takes a candid look at how her profession functions today with a sharp eye for how it must up its game and better serve the millions of people that practice its programs.

Blackerby’s book is also an engaging read that for all the trials she has faced leaves one with much the same sense of satisfaction and renewal that comes from a vigorous workout in which real progress is made.

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