First the data about readers.
In the 2015 survey, 84% of readers selected ‘fictional characters within a backdrop of great historical events’. This is reflected in the favourite titles mentioned by readers where only 23% of favourite fiction mentioned concerns famous historical figures. As mentioned in the main report, these numbers are good news for authors who prefer to write about fictional characters.
Author Bio: Christopher Paul Meyer writes noir and nonfiction. He is a former bouncer, comic, soldier, firefighter, actor and prison chaplain. In addition to Icarus Falling, he has written five screenplays, three of which were optioned and/or commissioned. When not writing, he enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, improv comedy and political rants delivered in an angry mumble at his reflection in the bathroom mirror.
Author Links –
Twitter: ChristopherPaulMeyer @TheLoadedPen
Book Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services/CreateSpace
Release Date: 12/22/14
The true story of a failed actor, who – still tantalized by the promise of LA – reinvents himself as a nightclub bouncer. Working both downtown and on the Sunset Strip, he is thrust into the bloodstream of LA. Amidst the unending parade of strung-out transients, shimmering miniskirts, enraged gangbangers and unhinged party people, he avenges his history of cowardice, atones for his past infidelities and tries to become something better than another Hollywood casualty.
I was bleeding confidence. Yeah, yeah, I told myself that I had nothing to lose confidence about – I had been outnumbered, I had made a defensible decision to grapple instead of brawl and, hey, I had won — but I was already dreading going back to the Sunset Strip. I worked in an environment where I had to put my hands on someone every night. Do that long enough and it gets real hard to walk away untouched. And for what? We weren’t cops or corrections officers or soldiers or feds. We were just check marks on a liability insurance policy. Nobody on the Strip was bouncing for God or country. I mean, this wasn’t Afghanistan. I wasn’t hunting bad guys in the Hindu Kush like a lot of my old classmates were. I was just making $13/hr to deal with the fallout from drunk people’s fantasies. It was so damn meaningless.
Or was it?
I felt her warm, naked ass press against me as the hot water spilled over us. The hot women and the cool job. The sex and the drama. It was the life that I’d wanted. It was a life I owed to the club. Sure, I could leave it all behind, but that felt too much like failure and I’d failed enough in LA already. LA owed me. LA was like this beautiful painting that I could only see after hours through the museum window. It was like a Firebird blasting some catchy tune until the light turns green and it speeds off, leaving me stuck with Katy Perry in my head the rest of the day. LA had promised me a lot and it had paid off very fucking little. I wasn’t leaving until I had collected. I wasn’t leaving until LA finished remaking me into someone better than who I was when I got here.
So I did something I hadn’t done since I first got to LA. I prayed. I prayed for just enough strength, stamina and health to stay a little while longer in the black lights and wallow in the adrenaline bath. I hoped God was cool with it. But even if He wasn’t, I didn’t care. After all, if He had been doing His job, I should have been a fucking movie star by now.
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I’m often asked why I wrote a book about a poor kid growing up in America in a dysfunctional family in the 1950s and 60s.
- Title: Feng Shui For Writers
- Series: How To Master Your Life
- Author: M.C. Simon
- Genre: Non-Fiction
- Format: Paperback and Kindle
- Length: 152 pages
- Publication Date: June 16, 2015
- Publisher: IML Publishing
- Regular Price: $7.99 Kindle
Hello MCV, and hello to all your readers!
book Feng Shui For Writers about?
book is the product of my love for all the writers. While being an engineer,
one year ago I decided to begin writing. Not only to write as a hobby, but to
do it so I can quit my job. I even drew a two-year plan for quitting. Now after
one year… this book has officially been born. I poured all my heart into it.
Suddenly finding myself into a new world, the writers’ world, I fell in love
with it. Being an eternal student, I started researching this world and… a
passion arose; the passion of helping writers fulfill their dreams.
for us to start grasping what that thing isn’t. When I talk about Feng Shui,
somehow I find it inappropriate to start with this; for the only reason that
Feng Shui can be all things. It is a concept, a technique, an ancient art that
finally stands behind everything; that is because all is energy and Feng Shui
invisible force that populates the universe, earth and man altogether. Feng
Shui is, in fact, an art of improving the quality of life through analysis of
the person’s environment.
fashion and a decorating art. In truth, it is not and will never be related to
fashion; more than this, Feng Shui is a science, one of the most ancient
sciences we know. It is about Chi in the living environment and it explains how
to use this Chi to help with specific goals.
artistic skills but rather it addresses each writing category. We have to do
this because what is harmony for a romantic novel writer is different than what
is harmony for a journalist writer and for sure very different than for the
writer writing for the horror domain.
is not enough to only explain general principles and ideas; we have to dig
deeper because the branches of writing are so numerous.
you to write this particular book?
explanation short, while I was working on a novel, I realized that my
surroundings didn’t influence me as I wanted.
office was stagnant for what I needed to write. Instantly the cogwheels in my
brain started working at a high-speed level, and a new creative idea was born…
I have to Feng Shui my office, to let the Chi flow freely, to accurately boost
my environment for this writing project. I did it… and for some time I wrote
like never before; I almost couldn’t be stopped by any external influences.
this information only to myself. I had to share it with my fellow writers. Thus
started the process I dubbed “the birth of my second first book”. Yes, like
this I referred to my project through which the book “Feng Shui for Writers”
was born. I called it “the birth” because even the smallest ideas we have,
cross through a birth process before manifesting into this world. I called it
“my second first book” because it is my first published book, but the second
one to be implemented and emerge from the embryo phase.
writing in three words.
between words” is probably the most accurate description.
are you working on now?
books on my plate right now, and most likely they will be completed during the
next NaNoWriMo camp that starts on 1st of July.
to use a Chi ball. The second book is an anthology of a few short stories based
on the wondering process. Its title will be “Food for Soul”. I believe that
wondering and contemplating brings a special fuel to our souls.
anything else you would like to say to your readers?
ago, an idea suddenly came to mind. The real power of transforming this world
is in the writer’s hands. We all have a writer inside us. We all have a story
that can bring light to humanity. If you wish to see a better world, if you
wish to see happy people around you, maybe now is the time to start writing. I
did it, and this was the best decision I’ve ever made.
DISCOVER HOW TO MASTER YOUR WRITING LIFE
Find Out HOW TO:
- Attract productivity, successful publishing and money using Feng Shui
- Overcome writer’s block with Feng Shui help
- Organize your writing place to achieve your goals
- Influence your writing life through colors
- Use crystals for creative writing
- Use lighting to Feng Shui your writing space
- Choose the plants that will boost your creativity
- Influence your “writer’s zone” and the creative mind
- Boost your children’s creativity (yes… children are young writers also)
And much more.
6.2 – THE WRITER’S ZONE
One of these is your location. Depending on where you live, you must find a writing environment that boosts your writing mood. Find a place suitable for you that you feel relaxed in and totally prepared to let the words flow.
Take a walk in the park or the woods, go for a drive on a long unpopulated road. Don’t forget to take the camera with you and take pictures that will help you relax the next time you need to enter into the writer’s zone without having to walk again. A walk in a quiet and relaxing place is a good Feng Shui method to un-clutter your mind of stress.
Do some brainstorming for your future book; try to prepare a good plot for your novel. Do some research on the theme that you want to write about.
Avoid emails, other online temptations, phones and any other distractions that are blocking the Chi flow of your creativity and productivity.
Listen to some music and prepare a playlist with your favorite relaxing songs. Use this list until it becomes a habit that is helping you enter into the writer’s zone.
Breathe! Yes, breathe. Fill your lungs with fresh air until they expand to the point where they touch, take a small pause then exhale slowly. Learn to breathe again, so the good Chi also enters your body.
Burn some incense and use aromatic lamps for fragrance.
Find a writing retreat in your area. Make it a part of your writing process. This will always get you into the zone. There are two kinds of retreats: solo retreats (suitable for writers who prefer solitude far away from any distractions including other writers) and group retreats (provides a chance for face to face group brainstorming). The best writing retreats are those that include both solo and group retreats. When you go to a writing retreat, be sure that you are applying the Feng Shui principles in that place also (you can even take a Bagua map with you).
If your mind feels unclear in ideas, use a yellow vase where you place orange flowers. This will boost the intensity of your writing and will give you the necessary clarity.
Don’t forget to always include the water element in your space.
Avoid too many electronic devices in the moments when you write because they will drain your energy, and soon you’ll have to face another writer’s block.
Hang a wooden chime near you so its movement will activate any stagnant Chi.
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The Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT is shining on Maureen K. Howard—pen name of mother/daughter writing partners, Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard.
How do they do it? The dynamic duo is here at 4writersandreaders today to fill us in… plus, they’ll share an excerpt from their book SUNNY SIDE UP by Maureen K. Howard, of course! ~ Bette A. Stevens
The Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT is shining on Maureen K. Howard—pen name of mother/daughter writing partners, Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard.How do they do it? The dynamic duo is here at 4writersandreaders today to fill us in… plus, they’ll share an excerpt from their book SUNNY SIDE UP by Maureen K. Howard, of course! ~ Bette A. Stevens
My name is Olga Núñez Miret and I’m a writer, translator, reader, psychiatrist, I love movies, plays, fitness, owls and recently have taken up meditation (mindfulness). (I thought I might as well summarise and not take too much of your time). I’ll leave you some links at the end just in case you want to find out even more about me (I’m not sure I’d recommend it, but hey…do your worst!). READ MORE