Category Archives: writing

Romanian author Valeriu Barbu pens fantasy in English, reviews “Greenwich Meridian Memoir”

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Listen in to poet Valeriu Barbu speak in beautiful Italian followed by English dubbing about his new book “Hey, Peasant” and his review of author Emma Palova’s new book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir.” Both authors share a common past represented by the horrors of living in communism and totalitarianism of the Eastern European block.

Damselfy; a historic foreshadowing of a real epidemic

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It was a bizarre coincidence, when author JuliAnne Sisung was enticed to a small Michigan town, that was engulfed by an epidemic in the 1890s.

“It took a year to write following months of research for the perfect small town. I found Pere Cheney, just south of Grayling, Michigan. It was a railroad and logging town with a fascinating history, and it was waiting for me. I didn’t know we’d be living with Covid -19 when I began this book about a diphtheria epidemic. It hit the village in 1893, and some surprising events nourished the novel.”

                                                                    -Author JuliAnne Sisung-

 

 

Author Xander Cross fuses supernatural with cyberpunk in action thrillers

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Inspired by Japanese folklore, author Xander Cross creates a dark, forbidding future and a demon in peril in “The Origin of the White Wind.” Welcome to The Atlas Dystopia Apocalyptica, the memoirs of a former Divine Messenger turned yakuza assassin! This gritty action thriller will take you into the shadowy world of dragons and yōkai in the 22nd Century New Toky and beyond! 

 

 

Racing the Summer Reading Regatta to Mackinac Island

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Come sail the high seas with Captains of Literary Wonderment!

Have you ever been hiked out on the high side, your boat at a 30-degree heel, wind filling your spinnaker, spray hitting your face as you scream across the water at 20 knots? Well, if you have, you’ll understand the excitement this Virtual Book Festival will bring. If you haven’t, throw caution to the wind, and join us for the Summer Reading Regatta!

Author Donald Levin takes on white supremacist terrorism “In the House of Night”

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When the police investigation into the murder of a gentle retired history professor stalls, friends of the dead man plead with PI Martin Preuss to find out what happened. 

Author Angela Verges finds humor in every situation

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Verges tackles the serious issues of menopause and beyond with a light heart in her collection of stories and essays “Menopause Ain’t No Joke.” 

She turned her blog posts into a book in three months with stories ranging from aboard an airplane to a dentist’s office.

Verges lives by the motto “A laugh a day, keeps stress at bay” and keeps a hoola hoop in her office.

“I wish I had written more essays,” she said.

Once, she found mouse poop in her car while reaching for a treat.

“There was no shingle on my hood that said, ‘Welcome, we’ll leave the light on for you.”

Attorney turned author transforms cases into thrillers

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Award-winning author Mark Bello puts us in the front-row seat watching victims like Hayley Larson fight for justice in his latest thriller- Supreme Betrayal in the Zachary Blake Legal Thrillers series.

Inspired by the headlines, Bello masterfully weaves real with fiction as he tells the story from alternating points of view.

Can Hayley prevent a sexual predator from being elevated to the highest court in the land?

But nothing will stop President’s nominee Oliver Wilkinson from fighting for the coveted seat on the Supreme Court.

Only Hayley stands in his way.

Authors track 100 years of perception shift sparked by technology

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From the first spark of electricity to the RNA-based  COVID vaccine, authors Gene and Marion take us on a journey through time over the last 100 years of the evolution of technology in their book “Shift Happens: Essays on Technology.”

“Major changes in technology in the past 100 years have drastically shifted our perceptions of who we are and how we live.”

                                                                Gene Wilburn

Gene Wilburn

 

 

DAY 18: Good Friday in the COVID-19 qarantine

Easter Triduum

By Emma Palova

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”

                                                                                -Vaclav Havel

Lowell, MI – In early March before the official outbreak of the coronavirus in Michigan, we had a discussion with Ludek about the kissing of the cross on Good Friday. We we were wondering how are we going to handle that, since COVID-19 was already in the U.S.

During the catholic liturgies, there is a lot to come into contact whether it’s during a Paschal service or a regular mass. What seems to be like ages ago, we decided we will not go to Good Friday services protect our health .

Well, now we know that we’re not going, because all masses have been cancelled due to the stay-at-home order in Michigan. We will wath the service on WMXI Fox https://www.fox17online.com/ at 3 p.m. today.

From the Easter Triduum, the Good Friday liturgy is my favorite one because of the reading of “The Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to John.

The passion reading has inspired Mel Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ” and countless other works of art. Rightfully so, following is an excerpt from the Passion:

EXCERPT: The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to John.

Narrator: Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered. Judas his betrayer also knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards from the chief priests and the Pharisees and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and said to them,

Christ: “Whom are you looking for?”

Narrator: They answered him,

Crowd: ” Jesus, the Nazorean.”

The above passage is very close to how you write a screenplay.

The reading of the Passion from the empty St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Grand Rapids gave a very powerful message of suffering of the Christ.

Earlier in the day I worked on the intro to my upcoming book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir.”

Introduction to the Greenwich Meridian Memoir

Here is what I have so far:

I am writing this introduction during the unprecedented time of the coronavirus shutdown, as we celebrate the Easter Triduum in front of televised services in empty churches across the nation without audiences.

Greenwich Meridian Memoir cover designed by Jeanne Boss.

 In Michigan, we are on our 18th day of the COVID-19 quarantine that has been extended through April 30, 2020. Coronavirus is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. It has caused 1,970 deaths across the country per day. As of early Friday, the U.S. had more than 465,750 coronavirus cases, according to data from John Hopkins University. More than 1.4 million cases have been reported globally.

More than half a billion people around the globe are under a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the deadly virus. This includes my homeland, the Czech Republic. The coronavirus does not discriminate or recognize borders between the states, the countries or the continents. Some are calling it an apocalypse.

Our immigration story from former socialist Czechoslovakia to the U.S. has come full circle; from one history milestone to another one.

The milestone that offset our journey across three continents was the reformist movement known as the Prague Spring 1968 under the leadership of Alexander Dubcek.

The epic story of love and desire for freedom spans 52 years on the date of publishing of this memoir. The major characters, Ella and Vaclav Konecny, are my parents, to whom I have dedicated this memoir. Mom Ella was a happy pharmacist in former Czechoslovakia, while Dad Vaclav was an unhappy mathematician in the old country.

Dad’s quest for his career fulfillment has been a constant source of inspiration for me in good and in bad times.

Stay tuned for day by day coverage of the COVID-19 quarantine in Michigan.

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Day 17: COVID-19 quarantine extended until April 30

Stay-at-home order tightens restrictions on stores, no exceptions for golf courses, construction and landscaping

By Emma Palova

Food and medicine will be the only commodities for box stores left to sell, according to the extended stay-at-home order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Only four customers per 1,000 square feet are allowed with social distancing markings. Only one person from the household should be running the errands.

“We have to double down to save lives, “ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

All private and public gatherings are prohibited, although recreational activities are permitted within the social distancing limitations.

As of today, Michigan has had 1,076 positive Coronavirus cases and 117 deaths.

Michigan is expected to reach peak in the Coronavirus cases this weak, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Guard turned the Suburban Collection showplace into a field hospital in Detroit. The USDA will provide snack benefits for kids who were taking reduced cost lunches at school when it was session. This aid translates into $193 per child per month.

Whitmer said the state is now fighting two crisis: health and economic.

“We are in control of our fate,” Whitmer said. “The numbers represent people’s lives. If we all take this crisis seriously, we will come out of it robustly.

“This has been a hard month. This virus is holding a mirror to our society and its inequities.”

Whitmer referred to the fact that people of color have been hit the hardest with 40 percent of Afro-American deaths.

“We will come out of this having learned something, as we recover from COVID-19,” she said. “We will be working on long term solutions. It is time to intensify our efforts.”

According to Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, it is necessary to double down to slow the spread of the disease, while building up the hospital capacity. However more medical professions are needed mainly respiratory therapists and registered nurses.

“This disease is incredibly deadly,” Whitmer said. “Any exceptions would make it porous. Landscaping and golf courses are not critical infrastructure.”

The Easter Triduum starts today with Holy Thursday.

Stay tuned for day by day coverage of the Coronavirus crisis.

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