Month: August 2019

Ways to Jumpstart your Creativity  By:  Anne Marie Lutz

  Ways to Jumpstart your Creativity  By:  Anne Marie Lutz   It’s not uncommon for writers to have ups and downs in their level of creativity. Maybe you can’t come up with any good story ideas. Maybe you feel like your work-in-progress is missing something essential, and you can’t decide where to go from there. Maybe you’re in a place where you can’t start that next story at all. This has happened to me — sort of a lot! Usually, for me it means there’s something wrong in my story that I haven’t identified yet. My subconscious mind knows...

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When Angels Fly By S. Jackson and A. Raymond

When Angels Fly By:  S. Jackson and A. Raymond There is no doubt that life is full of trials and hardships.  Throughout their existence, each individual will face their own obstacles and troubles.  Nobody is immune to this as it is a natural and unfortunate part of life.  Nevertheless, the degree of suffering- and how they react to it- will vary from person to person.  They may give up completely on life and waste away… or in some cases do the complete opposite.  Rising above their struggles to embrace the good they can find.  This is certainly not an...

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Writing an Effective Short Story

Writing an Effective Short Story By:  Paul Blake   A short story can be a wondrous thing. The paucity of words allows the writer to focus on the story, rather than on the nuts and bolts of world-building, character development, and backstory vital in longer work. A short story is usually centred around, or focused towards a single event, concept, or message, whereas a novel has subplots, minor character arcs, etc. For a writer, a short story allows for experimentation in voice, perspective, genre. This experimentation can be very freeing and productive in letting the creative brain play. An...

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Suburban Gangsters By: Michael Dineen

Suburban Gangsters By: Michael Dineen Many a poor soul has been led down the tangled path to riches and glory.  A temptation which is just too hard to resist.  This is often due to the unbearable nature of their own life, and the illusion of easy wealth which may lie just around the corner.  They will choose to abandon all they once knew to secure a better position in life, and grasp onto the materialistic benefits which such wealth can bring.  Fast cars, designer suits and life in the fast lane!  And one of the most popular ways to...

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The Bastard from Fairyland By: Phil Parker

The Bastard From Fairyland By:  Phil Parker   “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will.  Either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”  (Paulo Coelho) Life can be tough.  There can be no doubt about that!  It will knock you down to your knees so many times that it may seem almost impossible to get back up.  Choosing instead to retreat into the darkness and escape the daily struggles.  However, those who can rise above such isolationist temptations and instead face challenges head on are the ones who will ultimately...

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Books Reviewed This Year

I have reviewed 100 books so far this year.

67% – 100 out of 150 books reviewed

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Leonard's bookshelf: read

Akea - The Power of Destiny
it was amazing
Have you ever considered what it actually means to be "different"?  To step outside the norms of society and truly be yourself, despite the sideways glances, outright disapproval and criticism which may inevitably follow.  To be true to …
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5-star-reviews

Wham!
it was amazing
"First they came for the communists,

And I did not speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

And I didn’t speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

And I did not…

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5-star-reviews

Doctor Hydenberg
really liked it
To come to the end of one’s life and be full of regret is a terrible thing for anyone to experience.  The whole idea of living with no excuses and loving with zero regrets, right out the window.  A life full of missed opportunities and w…
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4-star-reviews

The Haunting of Hope House
it was ok
Have you ever faced something in your personal life which was so overwhelming that you just needed to escape?  Running as far away from such troubles as possible in hopes of ultimately finding greener pastures in life.  Unfortunately, pe…

A Fine Death
it was amazing
Have you ever felt as if your entire life was spinning out of control?  Where absolutely nothing was going right and everything you touched turned to stone?  A gloomy cloud overhead which virtually follows your every move.  All of your r…
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5-star-reviews

Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life... and Death
it was amazing
What do you get when you mix vampires, a hitman, a grief stricken mother recently released from a mental institution who is bent on revenge- and a plump little angel with the appearance of a pigeon?  You get one fantastic story…that’s …
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5-star-reviews

Lullaby of the Dead: Every Ghost Has a Story
it was amazing

If this was to be your last day on this planet, would you be satisfied with the life you have lived?  Have you existed in harmony with those around you- and within yourself?  What if your answer to these questions is a resounding ‘No’? …

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend
really liked it
There can be little doubt that childhood is an exciting and wonderful time.  It is filled with a variety of fresh and new experiences which are approached with a childlike innocence.  Be that as it may, such youthful exuberance can be qu…
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4-star-reviews

Virus
really liked it
Have you ever considered what could possibly be strong enough to destroy human civilization as we know it?  Perhaps nuclear war?  Famine? Disease and pestilence?  The possibilities are many, and not very pleasant to ponder.  When thinkin…
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4-star-reviews

The Zoo: An Allegorical Adventure
liked it
What would it take to bring a vibrant and bustling Metropolis to its very knees?  The simple answer to this question is…not very much!  Any type of civilization takes a great deal of time and industry to create, but precious little effor…
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3-star-reviews




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