“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace … Continue reading Trivia: Anne Frank
“Writing, basically breaks down to relationships between people and that is what you write about.”~Leon Uris American novelist, short story writer and poet Leon Uris was born on this day in 1924.
Eliam Alterian peered into the cave’s mouth, his flashlight beam catching a glint in the darkness. “Check this out, Ela,” he called over his shoulder as his twin hauled herself up onto the rock shelf. Avid rock climbers and spelunkers, Eliam and Elayna loved testing their skill in the Rocky Mountains near the family compound … Continue reading Adventures of the Alterian Family: Prologue
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”~Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, and poet Herman Melville was born on this day in 1819.
When I read a mystery novel, I expect to find some aspects during the story. A valuable item will go missing, some puzzle must be solved, or a body will turn up. The same holds true when I read a drama, romance, or fantasy novel. Each form has its own structure, and readers of those … Continue reading DIY MFA: What Makes a Plot?
“Honest people don't hide their deeds.”~Emily Brontë English novelist and poet Emily Brontë was born on this day in 1818.
Today’s word comes from the news. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor. Today’s Word Part of Speech noun Definition Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goodsa: A system of society or group living in which there is no private propertyb: … Continue reading Wednesday Word for July 29, 2020
On this day in 1868, Secretary of State William H. Seward issued an official proclamation that certified adoption of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This Constitutional amendment gave the former African-American slaves U.S. citizenship, thereby overturning the Dred Scott decision. It also granted due process under the law.
“There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you're involved in, whether it's a fantasy game, the Wild West, secret agents or whatever else. You get to sort of vicariously experience those things.”~Gary Gygax American game designer Gary Gygax was … Continue reading Random Quote for July 27, 2020
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun Looking back on my blog, I realize that my Sunday posts frequently regurgitate what I wrote earlier in the week. First Reader has pointed this out to me on more than one occasion. This observation has given me plenty of food for thought. As I ruminated on the issue, I made … Continue reading Watch This Space