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Writers only use words, as even parrots do…

#takeaway keys from the book “BECOMING a WRITER” by Dorothea Brande (first published in 1934, currently republished) Dorothea Brande was teaching a creative writing course. Her focus was: a) the imaginative power of the writer’s mind; b) the belief that “genius can be taught.” John Gardner wrote a foreword for this book. I used his humorous phrase as the title for this post.  PART I  #1 The Four Difficulties No...

In a World of Words

You can be too rich and too thin, but you can never be too well read or too curious about the world. Tim Gunn Three books from the past. Or goodbye, February: Let’s start with the largest book on the list – Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and The Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Are you aware that the octopus is the closest alien you can meet on...

Author Interview – Alexander Raphael

Alexander Raphael discusses his new (third) book, his place in the literary world, the power and challenges of writing daily. His first book of short stories – THE SUMMER OF MADNESS – is famous for moving, funny, heartbreaking, informative, and utterly captivating plots. His second book – ILLUSIONS, DELUSIONS – is famous for a wide range of characters, twisted and humorous stories; wise and delightful prose.  1. Let’s start with the...

Is the universe symmetrical?

Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference. Pascal We love patterns. We build our houses following a pattern. We make our dresses following a contour or model. The nature around us also follows formats and likeness. The bees make their honeycombs in hexagonal shapes. The stars, the moon, and the sun also form a specific shape. Could...

Author Interview – John W. Howell

We chatted with John W. Howell about his new novel Eternal Road: The final stop, the transformation of the heroes, and the meaning behind historical and supernatural elements. 1. What is the significance of the book’s title Eternal Road? The title came to me one day while I was writing one of the scenes. Eternal Road is the avenue to one’s selected spot to spend eternity. The road is well-traveled...

Visionary fiction. What kind of world is possible?

Written by OGUNWUMI ABIMBOLA Visionary fiction is a genre that inculcates the idea of science fiction, magic, fantasy, horror, spirits, alternative timelines, and so much more. It’s quite different than just average science-fiction because of the inclusion of spirituality, mysticism, paranormal themes, and psychic phenomena. We can say it’s the combination of science, magic, and spirituality. Esoteric Ancient Metaphysical Visionary fiction also crosses consciousness expansion themes, which have to deal...

The Season of Weltschmerz vs. Your Creative Force

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.  John A. Shedd Autumn is here, pitch-black evenings and mornings, the true season of Weltschmerz. The darkness is not the only reason to feel despair, isolation, or angst. The stream of political and healthcare crises is destroying the world of our dreams, but unfortunately… this is what we’ve got today. The word Weltschmerz has a German origin...

Imagine a World Without Time

While I’m working on the formatting of So Absurd It Must Be True, Book 2 (yay! it’s almost here!), try to imagine this world… without time.  In Schrodinger’s famous thought experiment, he imagines a cat in a box with a flask of cyanide. The flask will be broken – and the cat poisoned – if an atom of radioactive material decays. We know that it will decay, but when is...