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Having spent the last decade working for Writer’s Digest, Jessica Strawser has edited literally hundreds of articles on the craft of writing and on storytelling excellence. A novelist herself, she shares insights gained from sitting in the editor’s chair and from her writer’s perspective.
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What do you think makes the fans zoom in on a character and go "Yup, that's the one. That's the favorite!" Certainly all characters are liked but someone, but usually a show or movie has a character that stands above the rest.
From my perspective: Supernatural has Dean, Teen Wolf is Stiles, NCIS is Tony, Criminal Minds is Spencer... shows like SG1 and SGA I could argue it was either of the two leads.
But what is it about those characters that makes us sit up and take notice, and more importantly, how to bring that level of interest to an original character?
One year ago, White House Senior Advisor John Podesta released a tweet on his personal account regarding the disclosure of UFOs. And tonight on Spaced Out Radio, we bring in the man pushing hard to bring forward what Podesta meant by the ominous tweet that has since been followed up with another just a few weeks ago.
Stephen Bassett is the executive director of Paradigm Research Group founded in 1996 to end a government imposed embargo on the truth behind the so called "UFO" phenomenon. Stephen has spoken to audiences around the world about the implications of formal "Disclosure" by world governments of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.
He has given over 1000 radio and television interviews, and PRG's advocacy work has been extensively covered by national and international media. In 2013 PRG produced a "Citizen Hearing on Disclosure" at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. On November 5, 2014 PRG launched a Congressional Hearing/Political Initiative seeking the first hearings on Capitol Hill since 1968 regarding the extraterrestrial presence issue and working to see that issue included in the ongoing presidential campaign.
There can be only one outcome to the Disclosure advocacy movement - the formal acknowledgement of the extraterrestrial presence by world governments.
DC Films Talk Podcast #4 - BATMAN V SUPERMAN FINAL TRAILER REVIEW
The team arrives in Washington, D.C. in 1986 to find a document that will lead them to Savage. The team infiltrates the Pentagon and retrieve a government file that points them toward scientist Valentina Vostok in the Soviet Union. Chronos tracks the team, and Rip is forced to use Russian fighter jets to assist in taking down Chronos. While Ray and Snart go after Vostok, Rip tracks a time anomaly outside of Moscow. Rip finds his mentor Zaman Druce, who offers to pardon Rip and return his new team to their time if Rip voluntarily surrenders. The pardon is a trick, and Zaman attempts to kill Rip. With help from the team, Rip survives and Chronos and Zaman escape. Back on the ship, Rip has Sara and Kendra work together to tame the feral nature that resides in each of them. Dr. Stein infiltrates a research lab and discovers Savage is trying to build an army with the same abilities as Firestorm. Dr. Stein absorbs the energy in Savage's thermal core, but he, Ray, and Mick are captured by the Soviets.
Oliver refuses Nyssa's offer, instead he attempts to convince Malcolm to relinquish control of the League to Nyssa in exchange for the cure. Malcolm claims Nyssa is lying and refuses to go along, while Nyssa agrees but proclaims that if Malcolm backs out then everyone will be considered an enemy. Oliver convinces Nyssa to provide a sample to prove to Merlyn she is not lying. After witnessing Thea get better, Malcolm agrees to the deal. At the exchange, Malcolm double-crosses Nyssa and she is forced to retreat. Oliver convinces Malcolm to challenge Nyssa to a duel, with the winner remaining the leader of the League. Before they fight, Oliver uses ancient rules to trade places with Nyssa as her husband. Oliver bests Malcolm, but instead of killing him he cuts off the hand wearing the Demon's Head ring and knocks Malcolm unconscious. Oliver exchanges the ring for the cure. Realizing her mistake, Nyssa disbands the League and destroys the ring. Angered by Oliver's betrayal, Malcolm informs Darhk about Oliver's son. In flashbacks, Reiter takes a stone from Oliver that has the symbols he seeks.
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Bennet Pomerantz talks to media guests on the Betty Award winning ANYTHING GOES. His guest tonight is author Lindsay Downs
I've been an avid readers ever since I was old enough to hold a red leather bound first edition copy of Sir Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake in my lap.
So it only seemed natural at some point in my life I take up pen and paper to start writing. Over time my skills slightly improved which I attribute to my English teachers.
My breakthrough came about in the mid 1970's when I read a historical romance written by Sergeanne Golon, Angelique. This French husband and wife team opened my eyes to the real world of fiction. Stories about romance, beautiful damsels, handsome heroes and plots which kept me hooked. Of course, being a man, I had to keep my reading hidden from others as that wasn't appropriate reading for men.
With this new found appreciation of the written word I took up other books and devoured them as a starving person would a plate of food. I them attempted to write again. I still wasn't satisfied so I put it aside for years as other events entered my life.
Finally, in the early years of the new millennium I tried again to write and once again met with limited success. At least now I was able to get past the first page or two. Then, in 2006 a life changing event brought me back to my love, I took a job as a security officer. This allowed me plenty of time to read different genres.
My favourite was regency. As I poured through everyone I could get my hands on I knew this could be something I wanted to attempt.
Since 2012 when my debut regency romantic suspense released I was hooked and have, except for a few contemporaries, focused on this genre.
Since 2012 I've lived in central Texas. I'm also a member of Romance Writers of America and their local chapter.
Hello Everyone! My name is Michelle Cornwell Jordan one of your hosts. My co-host Jamie White is also joining me, and tonight we have the opportinity to chat with the Author(s) ReShonda Tate Billingsley and J. Hale Turner!
ReShonda Tate Billingsley: I am a former news reporter and anchor, who now writes books full-time. I'm the author of 35-plus books and a mother to three. My sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah's Flava Unit, Royal Ties Productions and Bobcat Films. (Oh, and I do make my film debut as well! Look for me in the church scene!)Honored to have won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Say Amen, Again and been nominated again in 2013. I am also the cofounder of Brown Girls Books, a boutique publishing company with over 20 authors. I'm also a proud University of Texas at Austin graduate. Not only do I love writing, I love reading almost as much! Contact: http://www.reshondatatebillingsley.com/
J Hale Turner: An avid reader, she treasures the time outside her writing to enjoy good novels. Primarily she takes in Bible reading and research. For relaxation, mysteries, literary and contemporary novels followed other genres that draw her attention. She enjoys gardening, jazz and classical music; and lives with her family in North Carolina. Contact: http://www.jhaleturner.com/
Diane Brandon is an expert on Intuition and Dreams, as well as a Personal Growth Facilitator. Diane Brandon is the author of three books, Dream Interpretation for Beginners – Understand the Wisdom of Your Sleeping Mind, Intuition for Beginners – Easy Ways to Awaken Your Natural Abilities, and Invisible Blueprints, as well as several articles, and a contributing author to The Long Way Around – How 34 Women Found the Lives They Love and Speaking Out. She’s currently writing her next book, Born Aware – Memories of Those Spiritually Aware Since Birth & What We can Learn. She’s an expert on Intuition, having researched its inner workings, and has taught it extensively in classes, workshops, seminars, private lessons, and Continuing Education at both Duke University and University of Memphis. She also specializes in Dream Interpretation and Dreamwork and teaches Wellness Classes on Sleep & Dreams and Stress Relief via Guided Meditation. After graduation from Benjamin Franklin Senior High School for academically gifted in New Orleans, Diane attended Duke University and graduated with an A.B. in French. She then did Master’s work in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina. She also attended T.U.T.O.R., a language institute in Geneva, Switzerland for French studies. Diane has been a trail-blazer for most of her life. She pursued acting and singing, was the first female manager in the Marketing Department of Edward Weck & Company, opened a performing arts store, translated international maritime regulations.
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Veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs, she worked on numerous space shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Her space experience also includes Spacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects. Stephanie holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including geology and anatomy.
Now retired from space work, Stephanie has trained her sights on writing. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to more than 20 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the “Cresperian Saga,” book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed “Displaced Detective” series, described as “Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files.” She recently released the paranormal/horror novella El Vengador, based on a true story, as an ebook.
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Biography for Nur Jehan A. Al-Haqq
Her name is NurJehan Abdellah Al-Haqq which means "Light of the World"; but she prefers to be called Nur for short. Nur was born on August 9, 1975 in Detroit,MI. She was brought up in the Islamic faith until she gave her life to the Lord in June of 1996. She became a single mom at the tender age of 18 and gave birth to a beautiful son who is named Hasan. Hasan is now 21 and is serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. During Nur's walk with the Lord she became paralyzed on October 19, 1997 when she was assaulted in a domestic violence altercation. Her neck was broken which resulted in permanent damage to her spinal cord. By the grace of God she has recovered much of her physical strength and has been able to walk, work and go to school. Nur just completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology on December 12, 2014 from Austin Peay State University. She is now engaged in motivational speaking and is also an advocate against Domestic Violence. Nur has appeared on several radio and T.V. shows as a special guest and will continue to share her testimony to inspire others as she feels led by the Lord. She is involved in volunteer work in the Community so she is a DMC task force member with Dr. Merriel Bullock-Neal. She is a Leading Lady with Treva Gordon and also a member of the Y.D.O.D (Young Daughters of Destiny) org. with Min Rita Ewing. She plans on writing a book in the near future.
Charlie Vázquez is the author of the novels Buzz and Israel and Contraband, as well as of poetry. He is
the Director of the Bronx Writers Center and the NYC Coordinator for Puerto Rico's Festival de la Palabra. His third novel, Trapped in El Morro, has just been completed, as well as a new cycle of suspense stories set in mysterious Puerto Rico.