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A new collection of critical and personal essays on writing, obsession, and inspiration from National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates “Why do we write?” With this question, Joyce Carol Oates begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life, and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities, in this new collection of seminal essays and criticism. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer’s inspiration—do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something “happen” to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer’s best work? In Soul at the White Heat, Oates deploys her keenest critical faculties, conjuring contemporary and past voices whose work she deftly and creatively dissects for clues to these elusive questions. Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, J.M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith and many others appear as predecessors and peers—material through which Oates sifts in acting as literary detective, philosopher, and student. The book is at its most thrilling when watching the writer herself at work, and Oates provides rare insight into her own process, in candid, self-aware dispatches from the author’s own writing room. The New York Times Book Review has raved, “who better than Joyce Carol Oates . . . to explicate the craft of writing?” Longtime admirers of Joyce Carol Oates’s novels as well as her prose will discover much to be inspired by and obsess upon themselves in this inventive collection from an American master.
RE:Inspiration; Titan is a four part sci-fi/fantasy short story series chronicling the events aboard a spaceship that rescues a distressed shuttle."Sunfall: Episode 1, Season 1 is short, but not without impact. Very-detailed, the descriptions will have you visualizing each scene, and cringing at most. Each character appears real, life-like from thoughts down to conversation and makes you hate their upcoming fate. Yet, it still leaves you craving more. Great writing style... Intriguing plot… I do believe these talented authors may have just created something epic. Anxiously awaiting episode two.” -- Natalie Carlisle, author of The Shifted and Finding Keith It came without warning... One Sunday afternoon, those who stood in the sun caught fire and turned to ash. Forced indoors, humanity must learn to live in the darkness. Unless, what waits in the darkness catches them, too... Forced inside a giant retail warehouse, a group of survivors must learn to live with the darkness and each other. A father aims to protect his children from a dangerous new world, whatever the cost. An ex-cop burdened by her shaky past puts her skills to the test when people start dying. A mysterious worshiper attempts to rally the community and seek alternative refuge. Sunfall is an episodic series that will be released in "episodes" and "seasons", much like a television show. Each "season" will consist of six episodes, and each episode will be anywhere from 12k-20k words. Recommended for adult audiences.
Lawrence Foster Brickem finds himself standing on a cliff with no memories of how he got there. He dives into the water below and starts a journey through a strange land that changes all the time. He must remember his past and uncover the secrets of this new land in order to find a way home. Lawrence soon realizes that he is different than others, but he has no idea how different he really is.In the 1800s, a young man escapes a former gang by robbing them and running west to start a new life. Under an assumed alias, he poses as the town doctor and tries to fit in to the wild frontier. Soon enough, his old life catches up to him and he's forced to defend the towns folk who have taken him in as family against the old gang who wants to kill him and get their money back.
This insightful collection is the perfect gift for Michael Morpurgo fans who want to understand how writing works and where stories begin. Revealing essays from Michael about more than twenty of his most popular novels are combined with key extracts from his books along with historical context and illuminating background information from Michael’s brother Mark. Stunning illustrations from Michael Foreman, photographs and facsimiles complete the immersive experience.
The second chapter in the RE:Inspiration; Titan quadrilogy. After being rescued from certain doom in the dark void of space, Captain Jacobi Myles tells the tale of how he and his crew wound up stranded in space and left to die.From the pen of KJ Hannah Greenberg comes this chapbook of new poetry. Fun, insightful, and lyrical, Fluid and Crystallized focuses primarily on challenging and, only secondarily, on pleasing. This chapbook uses words’ color and texture to provoke interpersonal mindfulness. “Risk,” not “peace,” makes these pages heuristically valuable.What’s more, Fluid and Crystallized, tries to cheer on, to shepherd, and to whisper softly not only about success, but also about failure. This collection shares cautions as well as an appreciation of the scenery.About the Author:KJ Hannah Greenberg, who only pretends at being indomitable, tramps across literary genres and giggles in her sleep. She worries less, however, about linguistic beasts that roam at dusk than about bold fiends that smile and gulp up writers during broad daylight.In the beginning there were Watercolors, 1979, a musical, and Conversations on Communication Ethics, 1991, essays. Following a tour of duty in academia and then decades dedicated to parenting, there are: Oblivious to the Obvious: Wishfully Mindful Parenting, French Creek Press, 2010, essays, A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend, Unbound CONTENT, 2011, poetry, and Don’t Pet the Sweaty Things, Bards & Sages Publishing, 2012, short fictions. In the future, there will be, b’eH: Supernal Factors, 2012, poetry, The Nexus of the Sun, Moon and Mother, 2013, essays, and Oh Your Goodness!, 2013, essays.https://kjhannahgreenberg.net/"Such a galloping, rollicking poet she is. She rolls words from denotation to connotationright through to playful upsetting of conventional usage carts."--Deirdre Kessler, poet and award-winning author of the Brupp series.
The third of four chapters in the RE:Inspiration; Titan quadrilogy. Captain Jacobi Myles finishes his story while his crew continues to fight for their lives in the operating room of the Windsor. Meanwhile, an unknown threat appears and wreaks havoc upon the ship and its inhabitants.a magazine about everything. how did you read it? how did it write to you behind the bars of candy and the law?once.(handwritten scanned magazine from pocket zine)
A collection of 28 weird and unusual Flash length stories covering various genres."It’s common knowledge that everyone dies. Just recently I’ve discovered everyone dies more than once." Michael Graves is on his way to a graduation party. He wasn't expecting much, especially not the horrifying sight he finds in the bathroom... Will he discover what happened?Soon to become a full length novel titled Deathly Vortex by AshleyNicole Shelton. Result of a short-story writing contest.
Part #8 of "Brides 0f Inspiration" series by Maya Stirling
Christmas At The Buchanan Family Ranch – 1880 Disappointed by a romantic betrayal, Chloe Forsyth journeys from Utah to her aunt and uncle’s Buchanan ranch near the little town of Inspiration. She’s been coming to the ranch these past two years to celebrate Christmas and help in her own unique way to make it special for all her Buchanan relatives. This year, she’s looking to renew her life through devotion to family and to God.However, this year there is trouble at the ranch. Chloe finds herself caught in the middle of a feud between a newly arrived ranch family and her Buchanan cousins. And, just to complicate matters, at the center of that feud is just about the most handsome rancher she’s ever seen.Ethan Armstrong never thought he’d fall for a Buchanan woman. But, that’s what happens when the beautiful Chloe Forsyth arrives at Christmas in the middle of the biggest family feud Ethan has ever known. In spite of the fact that she’s a Buchanan, Ethan decides the only way he can win Chloe’s heart is to work with her to make this Christmas truly special. For both families.There’s only one problem. The feisty Buchanan niece seems determined to keep Ethan at arms length. He’ll have to pull out all the stops if he is to heal his own family and claim the heart of this Buchanan beauty.
Part #1 of "Brides 0f Inspiration" series by Maya Stirling
Two people who stand to lose everything unite to save each other...Johanna Henderson must find a new life for herself. Her life back East has fallen apart. She needs a new start and a husband. But, Johanna has secrets which might destroy her chances of redemption. She’ll need all her courage and faith if she is to succeed as a mail order bride. Surly rancher, Zane Buchanan needs a wife. But, there’s a problem. He doesn’t want to be tied down. Not even to someone as beautiful and spirited as Johanna Henderson. However, the pressure is on Zane to agree to marry a mail order bride.Inspiration, Montana is an idyllic town. But there is evil which threatens to destroy all hope. Can Zane make the ultimate sacrifice? Will Johanna heal her pain and find a new life as a rancher’s wife?
Swept off her feet to a far off place, Sadie is happy to give herself over to Malcolm's pleasure--and the pleasure he gives her in return is more than enough. But it isn't long before the real world intrudes on their happiness, and Sadie is in for a shock when she learns just why Malcolm revels in his eccentricity... and discovers the darker side of his whimsy.His Inspiration is a 16,000 word novelette. Part three of five in The Billionaire's Muse series.EXCERPT:Smears of color covered my skin, making me look like I'd rolled in a Jackson Pollack painting. Malcolm sat in one of the leatherbound swiveling chairs, watching me. “You are startling,” he said when I finally stood before him, completely nude except for his own markings.“Thank you,” I said.“Don't speak.”I licked my lips.“Lie down on the floor,” he commanded.I glanced down dubiously at the fine carpet. Wouldn't the paint ruin it? But hey, I wasn't a freaking billionaire, what did I care? I did as he bade, stretching out, my arms above my head, my toes pointed towards him.“Open your legs,” he said. Then he reached down and opened a bag I hadn't seen there, withdrawing a familiar-looking tin. A box full of charcoal sticks.“Where'd you get that?” I said.“What did I say about speaking?” he asked me.I clammed up.“Spread your legs,” he commanded again.God. I'd never known how much I liked to hear a man talk dirty to me. My breathing picked up as I let my thighs fall open, exposing my inner flesh to his gaze.“Yes,” he murmured. “Like that.” And he left his chair and knelt down between my legs as he opened the tin of charcoal.I wanted to ask what he was going to do. I didn't think he'd be so amateur as to stick charcoal inside me, but you never knew with some people.He didn't though. Instead, he took one stick of charcoal out and held it lightly, poised to draw on my skin. Tilting his head to one side, he took me in.“You aren't finished yet,” he said, more to himself than to me. “But how will I know when enough is enough?”I could have told him that sometimes you never do, but then he lowered the charcoal to my belly and began to write.
Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Jason Reynolds, Renée Ahdieh, and many more!"A salve when days are bleak."—Kirkus ReviewsA Junior Library Guild Selection"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."—Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.We all experience moments when we struggle to understand the state of the world, when we feel powerless and—in some cases—even hopeless. The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, and yet it's difficult for many to find joy or comfort in such a turbulent society. But in trying times,...
After a new pipe organ is installed at a Boston church, an organist vanishes An infant crawls in the dark, up the cold stone steps of Boston's Church of the Commonwealth. It is a miracle that Alan Starr notices the child, so focused is he on the church's new organ, whose pipes he is about to hear for the first time. He takes the baby in his arms and goes inside to inspect the magnificent new instrument, designed to the specifications of the church's master organist, mentor to Alan and to Rosalind, the baby's mother. When Alan takes the child to his neighboring home, he finds blood on the floor and no trace of Rosalind. In what should be the church's finest hour, tragedy has struck. With the help of Homer Kelly, Harvard professor and casual sleuth, Alan combs the city for the missing mother. Together they learn that even God's house can be a haven for the devil.
Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond
James Bond has nothing on British double agent Dusko Popov. As an operative for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and FBI during World War II, Popov seduced countless women―including agents on both sides―spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslav diplomat... On a cool August evening in 1941, a Serbian playboy created a stir at Casino Estoril in Portugal by throwing down an outrageously large baccarat bet to humiliate his opponent. The Serbian was a British double agent, and the money―which he had just stolen from the Germans―belonged to the British. From the sideline, watching with intent interest was none other than Ian Fleming... The Serbian was Dusko Popov. As a youngster, he was expelled from his London prep school. Years later he would be arrested and banished from Germany for making derogatory statements about the Third Reich. When World War II ensued, the playboy became a spy, eventually serving three dangerous masters: the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI. On August 10, 1941, the Germans sent Popov to the United States to construct a spy network and gather information on Pearl Harbor. The FBI ignored his German questionnaire, but J. Edgar Hoover succeeded in blowing his cover. While MI5 desperately needed Popov to deceive the Abwehr about the D-Day invasion, they assured him that a return to the German Secret Service Headquarters in Lisbon would result in torture and execution. He went anyway... Into the Lion's Mouth is a globe-trotting account of a man's entanglement with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers―including enemy spies and a Hollywood starlet. It is a story of subterfuge and seduction, patriotism, and cold-blooded courage. It is the story of Dusko Popov―the inspiration for James Bond. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS **Review **Praise for Into the Lion's Mouth **"For those wanting to know the real-life inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond, here it is. ... A work of non-fiction that's more thriller than biography. It's well-researched, but provides just enough historical background to prep us for Popov's dangerous exploits into espionage, politics and warfare." —USA Today "Gripping ... This one will keep you planted in your reading chair from start to finish." —Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Excellent book—very impressive research ... A scholarly thriller." —Dr. Robert Kuckuck, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory (ret.) "Loftis recounts the exploits of the model for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character with great skill. ... Will have readers on the edge of their seats and immersed in this sometimes unbelievable tale." —Library Journal "Who needs fiction. Truth is a thousand times better, and this true-life adventure has it all. Action, history, secrets, conspiracies—a sizzling piece of entertainment that's real." —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author **"Sifting through declassified documents from World War II — as well as hotel bills, letters and long-forgotten memoirs — Loftis painstakingly pinpoints the exact moment Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, first encountered this real-life 007." —New York Post "Superspy Dusko Popov—The Real-Life James Bond." —Parade "Excellent integration of primary and archival sources ... Impressive evidence ... Highly readable." —Naval Historical Foundation "The real-life inspiration for James Bond proves to be every bit as riveting as any of Ian Fleming's creations ...One of the most remarkable books we've read all year... Although Into the Lion's Mouth reads more like an intelligence caper than a biography, the book is impeccably researched and cited, making it an excellent read for even the most discriminating history buffs." *—*BestThrillers.com "Sometimes truth is not only stranger, but more exciting than fiction. If one is an Ian Fleming aficionado and a World War II history buff, you will find Into the Lion's Mouth a merger of the most exciting and fascinating aspects of both genres. '007's' exploits in the fourteen James Bond books almost pale in comparison to the actual exploits of Dusko Popov." —Admiral R. J. Zlatoper, U.S. Navy (ret.) "The description of UK's successful attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto and how that served as the model for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor provide an interesting insight. Most shocking, however, is the fact that J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI Director, was provided this key intelligence by Dusko Popov four months before the Japanese attack, and apparently didn't tell anyone. Many thousands of lives could have been saved and the war in the Pacific could have been brought to a successful conclusion much sooner." —Admiral James A. Lyons, Jr., U.S. Navy (ret.) "007 inspiration: Bolder than James Bond." —*Orlando Sentinel* "Gripping, thrilling, and too crazy to be true—except that it is...Reads less like a biography and more like a thriller...One of the most fascinating things I've read, period." —*The Real Book Spy* "Packs the punch of a cyanide capsule." —Joshua Hood, author of Clear by Fire and* Warning Order "James Bond is not the amalgamation of several bits and parts from people like Frankenstein’s monster, but based on one individual ... Reads much like a novel, and a thrilling one at that." —The Big Thrill "A true tale fraught with danger, suspense, beautiful women, and a fateful summer encounter at a certain Casino Estoril in 1941. ... Loftis makes the strongest case yet for why Bond fans should consider Popov as Fleming’s true inspiration." —James Bond Radio*** "An espionage book that seems so highly improbable it could only be true. ... Even without the Fleming/Bond connection, Into the Lion’s Mouth is hard to put down and the exploits ... incredible." *—The James Bond Dossier *** About the Author Larry Loftis is an author and attorney. He has published legal articles in the University of Florida Law Review, Suffolk Transnational Law Journal, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Florida Bar Journal, National Law Journal, and Florida Banking. He received a BA from the University of Florida, an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a JD from the University of Florida Law School, where he served on the Law Review as the senior executive editor and senior articles editor. He also served at the law school as a teaching fellow for Legal Research and Writing/Appellate Advocacy. He also has taught law as an adjunct professor for Belhaven University.
To celebrate 90 years of publishing "reads of lasting interest," Reader's Digest offers this editors' selection of our best stories since our founding in 1922. Chock-full of essays and true tales by some of America's most famous authors and thought leaders, these great reads inspire and uplift, open the door to new possibilities and connect us emotionally. In this volume, readers will be inspired by stories like these: Author James Michener recounts the mysterious present from a neighbor that changed the course of his life Playwright Neil Simon witnesses his mother experience a moment of pure happiness Pulitzer prize winner Alex Haley shares why he broke down in tears when he first visited the offices of a famous newspaper Former President Dwight Eisenhower urges all American students to complete their college education Novelist Susan Shreve recalls the fierce love that motivated her mother to reach out to the famous shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo for...