Guest Blog by Andy Szpuk – “My Poetry Manifesto”

My Poetry Manifesto by Andy Szpuk Reviewers of my 2011 historical memoir, Sliding on the Snow Stone (That Right Publishing) noted the poetic constructions used within much of the narrative. Some liked it, others didn’t, but after 117 Amazon reviews in the USA, the book scored 81 five star reviews, together with 26 four star, and a handful of lower scores, which for me validated the style of...
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The Birth Of A Book – “Dying To Stay Alive”

These posts mark the first two occasions I was shocked outside of the cath lab. It was a frightening experience for me. It was a horrifying experience for those strangers who witnessed the event. Still early in my blogging life, I had not considered marketing, frequency of posts, consistency or content. I continued writing down memories as they came to me. The next three blogs we all written in...
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SPECIAL EDITION – “A Year Later…Looking Back”

It is astonishing to me, thinking that a mere twelve months ago I was at death’s door. Literally! My life hinged on the grace of God to keep me alive, along with my strong desire to stay alive and receive a new heart. As the new heart was still some time in the future, we embraced each day as if were going to be my last. And when we fell asleep at night, we thanked God that it was not. July...
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The Birth Of A Book – “Wrestling With My Demons”

One of the principle issues I dealt with during the period I wrote about in these posts was psychological in nature. I could not make sense out of what was happening to me. I was young Just over forty years and already my life is a train wreck. When I mentioned self-destructive behavior, I am talking about drinking alcohol and smoking, despite the warnings my doctors gave. Denise saw that too. It...
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Guest Post by Stuart Aken – “Character Development is Good for You”

Character Development is Good for You by Stuart Aken   Is it possible to write a story without at least one character? I seriously doubt it, even if the ‘character’ is only something inanimate. But is it desirable? Definitely not. Characters are the writer’s means of delivering story. Plot is a framework, a guide, sometimes a straightjacket, that determines a story’s direction and...
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