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ISMAIL KADARE’S LATEST NOVEL

ISMAIL KADARE’S LATEST NOVEL

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 ion 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 seems to possess most 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 …

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BLACK IVORY COFFEE AND MY NOVEL

BLACK IVORY COFFEE AND MY NOVEL

PREPARING THE WORLD’S FINEST COFFEE (Enjoy the photos and read below to learn more and what Black Ivory Coffee has to do with my novel) Blake Dinkin, Founder of Black Ivory coffee, preparing the syphon for brewing. This French made syphon is recommended and sold by Black Ivory. The hand grinder used to grind 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

                                              AN 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 …

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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: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

  AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE SHAKARCHI, BANGKOK POET

  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  …

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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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AN INTERVIEW WITH SHELDON PENNER OF THE PATTAYA PLAYERS

AN INTERVIEW WITH SHELDON PENNER OF THE PATTAYA PLAYERS

Sheldon Penner at Koh Phanang, December, 2016 Note: this is the first of a series of interviews with English language literary artists residing in the Kingdom. Our definition of “literary artist” is broad enough to include fiction writers, playwrights, poets, humorists and comedians. The insights and experiences of these artists are universal. Sheldon Penner currently …

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A SERIOUSLY GOOD BOOK ON WRITING-HOW TO WRITE KILLER FICTION by CAROLYN WHEAT

A SERIOUSLY GOOD BOOK ON WRITING-HOW TO WRITE KILLER FICTION by CAROLYN WHEAT

Whenever one writer speaks to others about the craft, someone is sure to cite “rules” promulgated by a book on how to write. The book in question  may have even been written by an accomplished author, although such is rarely the case. (Real artists are generally too busy to pen self-help books, and their artistry …

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