Author: Stephen Shaiken

SURVIVORS

SURVIVORS

I wrote this story last year after a road trip through the American Southwest. I haven’t written much science fiction, though I read it voraciously, especially dystopian and post-apocalyptic.The stark and desolate landscape and the vast stretches of unpopulated areas broken by small, isolated communities inspired me to write a tale about an even more …

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LOOKS LIKE MY STORY “VIRTOX” WAS PRESCIENT

LOOKS LIKE MY STORY “VIRTOX” WAS PRESCIENT

LOOKS LIKE MY STORY “VIRTOX” WAS PRESCIENT In January I posted a story I wrote on a whim. It was titled Virtox and was a spoof on the cryptocurrency craze. The minimal research I did for the story persuaded me that Bitcoin et al were at best classic case of a bubble, as in Dutch …

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CHINESE ARTISTS STAND UP TO THEIR GOVERNMENT

CHINESE ARTISTS STAND UP TO THEIR GOVERNMENT

CHINESE ARTISTS STAND UP TO THEIR GOVERNMENT A few months ago I posted on what responses American artists might offer in reaction to a repressive political movement in our country. Even wrote a short story on the subject. (Perhaps I’ll even post it.) Looks like artists in China have risen to the occasion.  Click the …

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ISMAIL KADARE’S LATEST NOVEL

ISMAIL KADARE’S LATEST NOVEL

Wikipedia photo A new work by Albania’s greatest novelist and one of my favorite writers. If you haven’t read Ismail Kadare, do so at once! You’re in for a real treat!  He definitely deserves the Nobel Prize for Literature. Click below to read the New York times review of A Girl in Exile https://nyti.ms/2sKkxjI

HOW I CAME TO LOVE WRITING PROMPT MEETUPS-AND CAME UP WITH A STORY

HOW I CAME TO LOVE WRITING PROMPT MEETUPS-AND CAME UP WITH A STORY

I’ve never been a big believer in using gimmickry to break the writers’ block that  possesses we authors much the time. There is nothing in this world that is easier than finding a way to avoid writing. All those chores you haven’t done, the calls and visits you’ve failed to make, the research on the …

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VIRTOX- The Story I Felt I Had to Post

VIRTOX- The Story I Felt I Had to Post

I wrote this little short story late last year and presented it to Keybangers Bangkok, my writing group. It was well-received, only a few criticisms (writers are full of criticism). I was up in Chiang Mai earlier this month and had the opportunity to read it at an open mike and it was well received. …

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INTERVIEW WITH SID FRISCHER, BANGKOK ARTIST AT LARGE

INTERVIEW WITH SID FRISCHER, BANGKOK ARTIST AT LARGE

                                              ( c ) STEPHEN SHAIKEN 2018 I met Sid Frischer at the meditation group I attend Monday evenings, Little Bangkok Sangha. While Phra Pandit teaches Thai Buddhist meditation, or Theravada, Sid and …

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Words of Wisdom From Norman Fischer

Words of Wisdom From Norman Fischer

I am not a Zen practitioner (Vipassana is more my thing) but this article by the great teacher and poet Norman Fischer is relevant to all artists and in fact all people. Click link below to read about Norman Fischer: https://tricycle.org/magazine/saved-freezing/?utm_source=Tricycle&utm_campaign=80af97cfbb-Daily_Dharma_12_22_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1641abe55e-80af97cfbb-307923057 Photo by Christine Alcino

  AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE SHAKARCHI, BANGKOK POET

  AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE SHAKARCHI, BANGKOK POET

                                             “I have no desire to write poems that no one can understand.” This is another in a series of interviews with English-language writers and other  artists living in Thailand. Joe Shakarchi is an …

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Still Alive and Writing

Still Alive and Writing

This blog has been on radio silence for almost three weeks. I’m happy to say I am alive and writing and returning to the keyboards. Since the beginning of the month I have been constantly on the go. Left Thailand October 2, flew to the San Francisco Bay Area to take care of some personal …

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