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2015-07-23 14:09:44 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Best Testimonial Ever!
"I'm a storyteller and you, Mark David Gerson, with your Voice of the Muse book and recording, have really helped to feed that and get me through some of the lean creative times." 
– +Luke Yankee, on my The Voice of the Muse book and recording. Luke is an L.A. screenwriter/playwright/actor/director/producer and author of the critically acclaimed author of Just Outside the Spotlight

Most reshares: 2

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2015-07-21 23:48:05 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Remembering Theodore Bikel, The Sound of Music's original Captain von Trapp on Broadway (here, opposite Mary Martin's Maria). Bikel died today at 91.

Image from http://www.operanews.com/uploadedImages/Opera_News_Magazine/2013/11/Features/SomethingAboutMusicSoundMusiclg1113.jpg.

Most plusones: 4

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2015-07-19 01:03:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Sometimes the story finds the storyteller, not the other way around."
– Neverwas (movie)

#writing #storytelling

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2015-07-30 07:11:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Free Your Stories, Free Yourself!
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." – Maya Angelou What stories are you carrying inside you that are yearning to be freed onto the page? What stories are you carrying inside that, once freed onto the page, will also free  yo...

Free Your Stories, Free Yourself!
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." – Maya Angelou What stories are you carrying inside you that are yearning to be freed onto the page? What stories are you carrying inside that, once freed onto the page, will also free  yo...___

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2015-07-29 17:57:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Barrington Street in downtown 1940s Halifax is the setting for a key scene in my Sara's Year novel. Pay particular attention to the Capitol Theatre marquee in the center background...and watch for more images of that movie palace, also critical to the story, in the next days.
More about Sara's Year, including access to excerpts, at www.sarasyear.com.

Barrington Street in downtown 1940s Halifax is the setting for a key scene in my Sara's Year novel. Pay particular attention to the Capitol Theatre marquee in the center background...and watch for more images of that movie palace, also critical to the story, in the next days.
More about Sara's Year, including access to excerpts, at www.sarasyear.com.___

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2015-07-28 16:45:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Writer's Block Unblocked makes writer's block obsolete!"
– +Brent Potter, author of Elements of Reparation: Truth, Faith & Transformation.

Get your copy today online in paperback or ebook!
http://mybook.to/writersblock

"Writer's Block Unblocked makes writer's block obsolete!"
– +Brent Potter, author of Elements of Reparation: Truth, Faith & Transformation.

Get your copy today online in paperback or ebook!
http://mybook.to/writersblock___

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2015-07-28 03:11:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"The Muses are the personifications of the energies of that unconscious system that you touch when you sit down as a writer. You just have to find them. When I'm writing, there are two ways that I write. One is badly, and the other is well. And when it's badly it's dictated from up here, and that's the stuff that goes into the scrap basket. There's often a period of trial, pushing around to see where I can get that trapdoor to open. And when I hit it, it's almost––physical––the feeling of opening a door, holding it open, not giving a damn for the critics, what they are going to say or think. . . . It's an actual experience, nothing mysterious about it. If you have never hit that level, well, then it's mysterious. But if you have, it's not."
– Joseph Campbell, interviewed in The Bloomsbury Review, December 5, 1983

#JosephCampbell  #writing  ... more »

"The Muses are the personifications of the energies of that unconscious system that you touch when you sit down as a writer. You just have to find them. When I'm writing, there are two ways that I write. One is badly, and the other is well. And when it's badly it's dictated from up here, and that's the stuff that goes into the scrap basket. There's often a period of trial, pushing around to see where I can get that trapdoor to open. And when I hit it, it's almost––physical––the feeling of opening a door, holding it open, not giving a damn for the critics, what they are going to say or think. . . . It's an actual experience, nothing mysterious about it. If you have never hit that level, well, then it's mysterious. But if you have, it's not."
– Joseph Campbell, interviewed in The Bloomsbury Review, December 5, 1983

#JosephCampbell   #writing   #writers   #muses  ___

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2015-07-27 21:18:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

When I'm feeling stuck in my writing, two of my favorite "fixes" are to get out of the house and move my creative operation to a cafe and to get off the computer and write longhand. I have a ton more tips for getting unblocked and freeing up your creative flow in my book Writer's Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow. Look for it and all five of my books for writers online in paperback and ebook.

Photo: +Kathleen Messmer 

#writing    #writingtips   #writersblock  

When I'm feeling stuck in my writing, two of my favorite "fixes" are to get out of the house and move my creative operation to a cafe and to get off the computer and write longhand. I have a ton more tips for getting unblocked and freeing up your creative flow in my book Writer's Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow. Look for it and all five of my books for writers online in paperback and ebook.

Photo: +Kathleen Messmer 

#writing    #writingtips   #writersblock  ___

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2015-07-26 15:03:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Mark David’s Rule No. 1 for writing, creativity and life: There are no rules! 

More about my "rules" in all my books for writers, as well as in my Acts of Surrender memoir: www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson

Get your own copy of this graphic at www.mark-david-gerson.artistwebsites.com

#writing   #creativity  

Mark David’s Rule No. 1 for writing, creativity and life: There are no rules! 

More about my "rules" in all my books for writers, as well as in my Acts of Surrender memoir: www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson

Get your own copy of this graphic at www.mark-david-gerson.artistwebsites.com

#writing   #creativity  ___

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2015-07-25 21:29:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A grande Americano and a buzzing café: the perfect Saturday afternoon ingredients for work on Draft #3 of Sara's Year! (More about my Sara's Year novel, including access to a work-in-progress excerpt, at www.sarasyear.com.)

A grande Americano and a buzzing café: the perfect Saturday afternoon ingredients for work on Draft #3 of Sara's Year! (More about my Sara's Year novel, including access to a work-in-progress excerpt, at www.sarasyear.com.)___

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2015-07-25 17:16:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Mark David Gerson is the best friend a writer ever had."
– +Luke Yankee, screenwriter/playwright and author of the critically acclaimed Just Outside the Spotlight

"Mark David Gerson is the best friend a writer ever had."
– +Luke Yankee, screenwriter/playwright and author of the critically acclaimed Just Outside the Spotlight___

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2015-07-25 13:36:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the great contralto Maureen Forrester, born this day in 1930. I had the privilege of interviewing Forrester back in the mid-1980s, after she had been named chair of the Canada Council (the nearest U.S. equivalents would be the National Endowment for the Arts). I found her to be more than a great talent. She was warm, personable and engaging, as well as a fierce advocate for the arts. Forrester died in June 2010 at 79.

http://youtu.be/iwHyhIQmozI

Celebrating the great contralto Maureen Forrester, born this day in 1930. I had the privilege of interviewing Forrester back in the mid-1980s, after she had been named chair of the Canada Council (the nearest U.S. equivalents would be the National Endowment for the Arts). I found her to be more than a great talent. She was warm, personable and engaging, as well as a fierce advocate for the arts. Forrester died in June 2010 at 79.

http://youtu.be/iwHyhIQmozI___

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2015-07-24 18:17:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!" 
– Babe Ruth.

Where is fear holding you back? What steps can you take today, now, to move through and past it to get in the "game" and experience your passion?

#quote  

"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!" 
– Babe Ruth.

Where is fear holding you back? What steps can you take today, now, to move through and past it to get in the "game" and experience your passion?

#quote  ___

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2015-07-24 17:06:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Happy 68th Birthday, Robert Hays (pictured here in Airplane, with the automatic pilot)! 

Happy 68th Birthday, Robert Hays (pictured here in Airplane, with the automatic pilot)! ___

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2015-07-23 22:16:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Your words may be what others read, but your life is your true message."
– Cherise Thorne, author of Knowing Spirit

••• Online in paperback and ebook •••

#memoir   #amazon   #kindle  

"Your words may be what others read, but your life is your true message."
– Cherise Thorne, author of Knowing Spirit

••• Online in paperback and ebook •••

#memoir   #amazon   #kindle  ___

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2015-07-23 21:56:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Well, the moment has come: I'm about to launch in Draft #3 of my Sara's Year novel! This is Book #12 for me and very different from anything I have ever written. It's both exhilarating and, in moments, just a bit terrifying! ••• More about Sara's Year at www.sarasyear.com

Image: A cemetery much like this one figures in the opening and closing scenes of Sara's Year

#writing   #amwriting  

Well, the moment has come: I'm about to launch in Draft #3 of my Sara's Year novel! This is Book #12 for me and very different from anything I have ever written. It's both exhilarating and, in moments, just a bit terrifying! ••• More about Sara's Year at www.sarasyear.com

Image: A cemetery much like this one figures in the opening and closing scenes of Sara's Year

#writing   #amwriting  ___

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2015-07-23 16:16:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Write from the heart, edit from the heart...because your work is a precious jewel that needs loving, respectful attention, not brutal, mean-spirited, slash-and-burn abuse. More about this new editing paradim on
+Bublish at https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6634

#writing   #editing   #bookbubble  

Write from the heart, edit from the heart...because your work is a precious jewel that needs loving, respectful attention, not brutal, mean-spirited, slash-and-burn abuse. More about this new editing paradim on
+Bublish at https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6634

#writing   #editing   #bookbubble  ___

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2015-07-23 14:09:44 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Best Testimonial Ever!
"I'm a storyteller and you, Mark David Gerson, with your Voice of the Muse book and recording, have really helped to feed that and get me through some of the lean creative times." 
– +Luke Yankee, on my The Voice of the Muse book and recording. Luke is an L.A. screenwriter/playwright/actor/director/producer and author of the critically acclaimed author of Just Outside the Spotlight

The Best Testimonial Ever!
"I'm a storyteller and you, Mark David Gerson, with your Voice of the Muse book and recording, have really helped to feed that and get me through some of the lean creative times." 
– +Luke Yankee, on my The Voice of the Muse book and recording. Luke is an L.A. screenwriter/playwright/actor/director/producer and author of the critically acclaimed author of Just Outside the Spotlight___

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2015-07-23 02:26:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I was inspired to create this when I came across a meme here on G+ that suggested we "write without fear" but "edit without mercy." While I  agree with the first sentence, I take issue with the second...which is why all my books for writers talk about "heartful revision." 

#writing   #writingtips   #writingadvice   #editing  

I was inspired to create this when I came across a meme here on G+ that suggested we "write without fear" but "edit without mercy." While I  agree with the first sentence, I take issue with the second...which is why all my books for writers talk about "heartful revision." 

#writing   #writingtips   #writingadvice   #editing  ___

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2015-07-23 02:04:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Website books pages redone: CHECK (www.markdavidgerson.com/books)
Twitter account reactivated: CHECK (@markdavidgerson)
Maybe it's time to get back to my Sara's Year novel for another draft...

Website books pages redone: CHECK (www.markdavidgerson.com/books)
Twitter account reactivated: CHECK (@markdavidgerson)
Maybe it's time to get back to my Sara's Year novel for another draft...___

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2015-07-22 14:15:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"When you have an important story to tell, the words you need seem to come of their own accord."
– J.A. Jance

#writing   #writingtips   #writingadvice  

"When you have an important story to tell, the words you need seem to come of their own accord."
– J.A. Jance

#writing   #writingtips   #writingadvice  ___

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2015-07-22 13:46:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Bonne anniversaire, Mireille Mathieu! The ever-popular French singer turns 69 today. (I saw her live in concert many years ago in Montreal.)

Bonne anniversaire, Mireille Mathieu! The ever-popular French singer turns 69 today. (I saw her live in concert many years ago in Montreal.)___

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2015-07-22 13:37:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Be it ever so humble...
• An image of Earth taken by a camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory on July 6, 2015.

IMAGE: NASA

Be it ever so humble...
• An image of Earth taken by a camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory on July 6, 2015.

IMAGE: NASA___

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2015-07-22 02:12:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Honoring author E.L. Doctorow, who died today at 84. Read his The New York Times obituary at http://nyti.ms/1JwjrUL.

One of my favorite Doctorow quotes: "Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

Honoring author E.L. Doctorow, who died today at 84. Read his The New York Times obituary at http://nyti.ms/1JwjrUL.

One of my favorite Doctorow quotes: "Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."___

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2015-07-22 00:23:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Well, it only took me two days, but I have rebuilt all the books pages on my website. (It was sure easier when I only had 2 books instead of 11, plus one "coming soon"!) Check it out at www.markdavidgerson.com/books. And if you notice any typos or other anomalies on the individual page, please let me know!

Well, it only took me two days, but I have rebuilt all the books pages on my website. (It was sure easier when I only had 2 books instead of 11, plus one "coming soon"!) Check it out at www.markdavidgerson.com/books. And if you notice any typos or other anomalies on the individual page, please let me know!___

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2015-07-21 23:48:05 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Remembering Theodore Bikel, The Sound of Music's original Captain von Trapp on Broadway (here, opposite Mary Martin's Maria). Bikel died today at 91.

Image from http://www.operanews.com/uploadedImages/Opera_News_Magazine/2013/11/Features/SomethingAboutMusicSoundMusiclg1113.jpg.

Remembering Theodore Bikel, The Sound of Music's original Captain von Trapp on Broadway (here, opposite Mary Martin's Maria). Bikel died today at 91.

Image from http://www.operanews.com/uploadedImages/Opera_News_Magazine/2013/11/Features/SomethingAboutMusicSoundMusiclg1113.jpg.___

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2015-07-21 15:42:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sometimes it takes getting slammed across the side with a cosmic two-by-four to get my attention. That's what happened once morning eight years ago in Room 133 at the Howard Johnson Express in Albuquerque. Read the story in this excerpt from my Acts of Surrender memoir, on +Bublish - https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6613

#memoir   #bookbubble   #excerpt  

Sometimes it takes getting slammed across the side with a cosmic two-by-four to get my attention. That's what happened once morning eight years ago in Room 133 at the Howard Johnson Express in Albuquerque. Read the story in this excerpt from my Acts of Surrender memoir, on +Bublish - https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6613

#memoir   #bookbubble   #excerpt  ___

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2015-07-21 05:53:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Jack London's 1903 Advice to Writers Seeking to Get Published:
Without sincerity, little else matters. Read the rest of his advice at http://slate.me/1RLGp47 

(via +Slate + the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin)

#writingadvice   #writingtips   #writing   #JackLondon  

Jack London's 1903 Advice to Writers Seeking to Get Published:
Without sincerity, little else matters. Read the rest of his advice at http://slate.me/1RLGp47 

(via +Slate + the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin)

#writingadvice   #writingtips   #writing   #JackLondon  ___

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2015-07-20 15:52:52 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Happy 77th Birthday, Emma Peel, the real Avenger! (Dame Diana Rigg was born on this day in 1938. I had the great privilege of seeing her perform live in the 1980s, in a Tom Stoppard play in London's West End.)

Happy 77th Birthday, Emma Peel, the real Avenger! (Dame Diana Rigg was born on this day in 1938. I had the great privilege of seeing her perform live in the 1980s, in a Tom Stoppard play in London's West End.)___

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2015-07-20 13:52:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Three years after this photo was taken (at the 1953 opening of Montreal's flagship Kresge's store), one of the main characters from my Sara's Year novel pops into the store's lunch counter for a coffee while waiting for the local premiere of The King & I at the Palace Theatre across the street."

• More vintage scenes from Sara's Year on Pinterest at http://bit.ly/1OnC9Cj
• More on Sara's Year www.sarasyear.com
• Read a work-in-progress excerpt on +Bublish  at https://www.bublish.com/author/view/5354?share=fb


#vintage   #montreal   #excerpt   #writing   #amwriting  

"Three years after this photo was taken (at the 1953 opening of Montreal's flagship Kresge's store), one of the main characters from my Sara's Year novel pops into the store's lunch counter for a coffee while waiting for the local premiere of The King & I at the Palace Theatre across the street."

• More vintage scenes from Sara's Year on Pinterest at http://bit.ly/1OnC9Cj
• More on Sara's Year www.sarasyear.com
• Read a work-in-progress excerpt on +Bublish  at https://www.bublish.com/author/view/5354?share=fb


#vintage   #montreal   #excerpt   #writing   #amwriting  ___

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2015-07-20 13:33:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

It's been many, many months since I've pulled a tarot card for myself. But a strangely synchronistic reconnection with a tarot-reading friend I had lost touch with in 1998 and who died too young a few years ago, prompted me to pull a card this morning: "In a reading this card [The World] is highly auspicious. It means that the project you've been working on will receive the highest acclaim. ... The World is a promise of success, and a reminder that the highest value in life is the condition of your own soul."

Strangely – or, perhaps, appropriately, given the card – this "reconnection" occurred here on Facebook as a result of a research request I put out regarding my Sara's Year novel-in-progress. One of the replies came from a man I didn't know; it turned out he was my old friend's partner when he died in 2012. Curiouser and curiouser, as Alicewou... more »

It's been many, many months since I've pulled a tarot card for myself. But a strangely synchronistic reconnection with a tarot-reading friend I had lost touch with in 1998 and who died too young a few years ago, prompted me to pull a card this morning: "In a reading this card [The World] is highly auspicious. It means that the project you've been working on will receive the highest acclaim. ... The World is a promise of success, and a reminder that the highest value in life is the condition of your own soul."

Strangely – or, perhaps, appropriately, given the card – this "reconnection" occurred here on Facebook as a result of a research request I put out regarding my Sara's Year novel-in-progress. One of the replies came from a man I didn't know; it turned out he was my old friend's partner when he died in 2012. Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice would say.

• Tarot card from the Legacy of the Divine Deck; card write up from www.tarotteachings.com
• More on Sara's Year, including access to images and excerpts, at www.sarasyear.com

#amwriting   #tarotreading  ___

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2015-07-20 04:11:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"It’s time we recognized 'civil disobedience' against same-sex marriage for what it is: mean-spirited bullying, an attempt to forcibly impose vicious old superstitious notions of right and wrong on people wanting to do nothing more than enjoy the equality before the law provided for in the Constitution."
– Jeffrey Taylor in Salon. Read the rest of the article at http://bit.ly/1OgB1zR

#lgbt   #marriageequality  

"It’s time we recognized 'civil disobedience' against same-sex marriage for what it is: mean-spirited bullying, an attempt to forcibly impose vicious old superstitious notions of right and wrong on people wanting to do nothing more than enjoy the equality before the law provided for in the Constitution."
– Jeffrey Taylor in Salon. Read the rest of the article at http://bit.ly/1OgB1zR

#lgbt   #marriageequality  ___

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2015-07-20 03:13:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Another incredible milestone! More than 25k YouTube view for this inspirational video for writers!!! I'm so gratified that my words, voice and images continue to reignite your creative spirit!!

If you haven't yet seen "You Are a Writer," give yourself a 5-minute gift. I guarantee you won't regret it – https://youtu.be/NTic21Z0gZo. 

If you have seen it, give yourself a booster shot and share it with your friends! You ARE a writer!

#writing   #creativity   #inspiration  

Another incredible milestone! More than 25k YouTube view for this inspirational video for writers!!! I'm so gratified that my words, voice and images continue to reignite your creative spirit!!

If you haven't yet seen "You Are a Writer," give yourself a 5-minute gift. I guarantee you won't regret it – https://youtu.be/NTic21Z0gZo. 

If you have seen it, give yourself a booster shot and share it with your friends! You ARE a writer!

#writing   #creativity   #inspiration  ___

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2015-07-19 23:26:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Spending some time this weekend working out the best ways to revive my until-recently dormant Twitter account. If you're on Twitter, please look me up and follow; unless you're a serial spammer, I'll likely follow back!@markdavidgerson

#twitter  

Spending some time this weekend working out the best ways to revive my until-recently dormant Twitter account. If you're on Twitter, please look me up and follow; unless you're a serial spammer, I'll likely follow back!@markdavidgerson

#twitter  ___

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2015-07-19 18:31:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Never think that God's delays are God's denials.”
– Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

#quote   #quoteoftheday   #quotestoliveby   #quotesandsayings  

"Never think that God's delays are God's denials.”
– Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

#quote   #quoteoftheday   #quotestoliveby   #quotesandsayings  ___

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2015-07-19 05:06:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"I grew up with Murray's in Montreal, and although the chain and its famous rice pudding are now history, two key scenes in my Sara's Year novel take place in long-ago Murray's restaurants: in Halifax at the Lord Nelson Hotel and in Montreal at the Laurentian Hotel."
• More scenes from my Sara's Year novel on Pinterest at http://bit.ly/1OnC9Cj
• More on Sara's Year www.sarasyear.com

#montreal   #halifax   #murrays   #writing   #vintage   #advertising  

"I grew up with Murray's in Montreal, and although the chain and its famous rice pudding are now history, two key scenes in my Sara's Year novel take place in long-ago Murray's restaurants: in Halifax at the Lord Nelson Hotel and in Montreal at the Laurentian Hotel."
• More scenes from my Sara's Year novel on Pinterest at http://bit.ly/1OnC9Cj
• More on Sara's Year www.sarasyear.com

#montreal   #halifax   #murrays   #writing   #vintage   #advertising  ___

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2015-07-19 03:58:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Some critics of the SCOTUS [marriage equality] decision point to Canada as a warning sign of the kinds of limits on religious freedom and freedom of expression to come. As a Canadian, a lawyer, an LGBT ally, and a Mormon, I confirm that both religious freedom and freedom of expression are alive and well in Canada."
– Kathryn Oviatt, an Alberta-based attorney. Read the full post at
http://www.mormonpress.com/marriage_equality_canada

#scotusmarriage #marriageequality   #canada   #mormon  

"Some critics of the SCOTUS [marriage equality] decision point to Canada as a warning sign of the kinds of limits on religious freedom and freedom of expression to come. As a Canadian, a lawyer, an LGBT ally, and a Mormon, I confirm that both religious freedom and freedom of expression are alive and well in Canada."
– Kathryn Oviatt, an Alberta-based attorney. Read the full post at
http://www.mormonpress.com/marriage_equality_canada

#scotusmarriage #marriageequality   #canada   #mormon  ___

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2015-07-19 02:47:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"When I confess, during screenwriting workshops I’m facilitating, that I never outline, there are two opposing reactions from the group: a disapproving gasp from more conservative screenwriters and relieved sighs from the outline-challenged." 
– Read more about my "secret screenwriting confession" on Bublish​ at https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6265?share=fb

#screenwriting   #writingtips  

"When I confess, during screenwriting workshops I’m facilitating, that I never outline, there are two opposing reactions from the group: a disapproving gasp from more conservative screenwriters and relieved sighs from the outline-challenged." 
– Read more about my "secret screenwriting confession" on Bublish​ at https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6265?share=fb

#screenwriting   #writingtips  ___

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2015-07-19 02:23:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Sara's Year has been filled with synchronicities (some of which are chronicled at http://bit.ly/1fUqLCv). Here's the latest: I started this draft on June 18 and finished it today, on July 18! More on Sara's Year, including a work-in-progress excerpt, on Bublish at https://www.bublish.com/author/view/5354?share=fb.

#wip   #amwriting  

Sara's Year has been filled with synchronicities (some of which are chronicled at http://bit.ly/1fUqLCv). Here's the latest: I started this draft on June 18 and finished it today, on July 18! More on Sara's Year, including a work-in-progress excerpt, on Bublish at https://www.bublish.com/author/view/5354?share=fb.

#wip   #amwriting  ___

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2015-07-19 01:03:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Sometimes the story finds the storyteller, not the other way around."
– Neverwas (movie)

#writing #storytelling

"Sometimes the story finds the storyteller, not the other way around."
– Neverwas (movie)

#writing #storytelling___

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2015-07-18 14:54:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

No backbreaking student loans required. Hogwarts is free, J.K. Rowling confirms on Twitter. http://mashable.com/2015/07/17/hogwarts-tuition/

No backbreaking student loans required. Hogwarts is free, J.K. Rowling confirms on Twitter. http://mashable.com/2015/07/17/hogwarts-tuition/___

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2015-07-18 02:43:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Getting close to the end of Draft #2 of Sara's Year! And despite my Everest of writerly insecurities, I'm fairly pleased with how the story is unfolding. Want a sneak preview? Check out my Sara's Year work-in-progress "book bubble" on +Bublish – https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6568?share=fb. Just remember it is a work-in-progress! (Once on the page, be sure to click on my author profile to see excerpts from my other titles.) 

#bookbubble   #books   #wip   #excerpt  

Getting close to the end of Draft #2 of Sara's Year! And despite my Everest of writerly insecurities, I'm fairly pleased with how the story is unfolding. Want a sneak preview? Check out my Sara's Year work-in-progress "book bubble" on +Bublish – https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6568?share=fb. Just remember it is a work-in-progress! (Once on the page, be sure to click on my author profile to see excerpts from my other titles.) 

#bookbubble   #books   #wip   #excerpt  ___

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2015-07-17 19:45:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Reason #19 of the 26 Reasons Why You Need to Read More: “To expand your mind.”
– Read the other 25 reasons at http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/reasons-to-read-more#.ykqrgYPR7P

#reading #buzzfeed #writing

Reason #19 of the 26 Reasons Why You Need to Read More: “To expand your mind.”
– Read the other 25 reasons at http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/reasons-to-read-more#.ykqrgYPR7P

#reading #buzzfeed #writing___

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2015-07-17 19:30:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"To yell at your creativity, saying, 'You must earn money for me' is sort of like yelling at your cat. It has no idea what you're talking about. And all you're doing is scaring it away..."
— Elizabeth Gilbert

#creativity #writing

"To yell at your creativity, saying, 'You must earn money for me' is sort of like yelling at your cat. It has no idea what you're talking about. And all you're doing is scaring it away..."
— Elizabeth Gilbert

#creativity #writing___

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2015-07-17 17:01:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"Sometimes we meet our destiny on the very roads we take to avoid it." / "On rencontre sa destinée souvent par des chemins qu’on prend pour l’éviter."
– Jean de La Fontaine

#destiny   #quoteoftheday   #quotestoliveby   #quotesonlife   #quotesandsayings  

"Sometimes we meet our destiny on the very roads we take to avoid it." / "On rencontre sa destinée souvent par des chemins qu’on prend pour l’éviter."
– Jean de La Fontaine

#destiny   #quoteoftheday   #quotestoliveby   #quotesonlife   #quotesandsayings  ___

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2015-07-15 22:15:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

For those of you who have expressed impatient eagerness to get your hands on my Sara's Year novel, I have a teaser for you. My friends at +Bublish, the site that hosts all my book excerpts, have made it possible to post tidbits from works-in-progress to the site, so I have added Sara's Year to my existing page there. Check it out at https://www.bublish.com/author/view/5354?share=fb!

Meantime, work on Sara's Year continues, and I hope to be done with this second draft of the novel by the end of the weekend.

Note, too, the updated book cover. It's a fresh edit by Kathleen Messmer​ of the original Jean Gagnon shot.

#amwriting   #writing   #fiction   #bookbubbles  

For those of you who have expressed impatient eagerness to get your hands on my Sara's Year novel, I have a teaser for you. My friends at +Bublish, the site that hosts all my book excerpts, have made it possible to post tidbits from works-in-progress to the site, so I have added Sara's Year to my existing page there. Check it out at https://www.bublish.com/author/view/5354?share=fb!

Meantime, work on Sara's Year continues, and I hope to be done with this second draft of the novel by the end of the weekend.

Note, too, the updated book cover. It's a fresh edit by Kathleen Messmer​ of the original Jean Gagnon shot.

#amwriting   #writing   #fiction   #bookbubbles  ___

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2015-07-15 18:41:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"I spent 15 years trying to get a deal before self-publishing. When I finally got a deal it was a disappointment so I returned to self-publishing, which rescued my writing career."
– author Mark Edwards, quoted in The Guardian​ a year ago
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/11/traditional-publishing-fair-sustainable-society-of-authors

• Have you been published by a traditional publisher? What have your experiences been?
• Are you self published? How has that experience been?

"I spent 15 years trying to get a deal before self-publishing. When I finally got a deal it was a disappointment so I returned to self-publishing, which rescued my writing career."
– author Mark Edwards, quoted in The Guardian​ a year ago
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/11/traditional-publishing-fair-sustainable-society-of-authors

• Have you been published by a traditional publisher? What have your experiences been?
• Are you self published? How has that experience been?___

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2015-07-15 14:55:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
– Maya Angelou

• Need help getting that story out? Look for my books and recording for writers, all designed to help you reawaken, access, experience and express your innate creativity! You'll find them online on Amazon and on all major ebook and music-download sites. And check out my free videos on YouTube, www.youtube.com/markdavidgerson

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
– Maya Angelou

• Need help getting that story out? Look for my books and recording for writers, all designed to help you reawaken, access, experience and express your innate creativity! You'll find them online on Amazon and on all major ebook and music-download sites. And check out my free videos on YouTube, www.youtube.com/markdavidgerson___

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2015-07-15 14:44:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"In an era where many readers have a Kindle or Nook on the nightstand, Powell’s is proof that readers still yearn on some level for 'paper between boards.' The bookstore sees 8,000 visitors a day, attending young adult story times and author events, purchasing paperbacks, or just plopping down in an aisle to read for a bit. 'It’s all about growing a reading culture.'”
– from Why Powell's Bookstore Will Outlive the Kindle, in Condé Nast Traveler

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-07-13/why-powells-bookstore-portland-oregon-will-outlive-the-kindle

"In an era where many readers have a Kindle or Nook on the nightstand, Powell’s is proof that readers still yearn on some level for 'paper between boards.' The bookstore sees 8,000 visitors a day, attending young adult story times and author events, purchasing paperbacks, or just plopping down in an aisle to read for a bit. 'It’s all about growing a reading culture.'”
– from Why Powell's Bookstore Will Outlive the Kindle, in Condé Nast Traveler

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-07-13/why-powells-bookstore-portland-oregon-will-outlive-the-kindle___

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2015-07-15 02:41:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Reason #10 of the 26 Reasons Why You Need to Read More, this one for Doctor Who fans:
“Books are like a real-life TARDIS.”
–  Read the other 24 reasons at http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/reasons-to-read-more#.ykqrgYPR7P

#reading   #readingisfun   #doctorwho   #tardis   #writing  

Reason #10 of the 26 Reasons Why You Need to Read More, this one for Doctor Who fans:
“Books are like a real-life TARDIS.”
–  Read the other 24 reasons at http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/reasons-to-read-more#.ykqrgYPR7P

#reading   #readingisfun   #doctorwho   #tardis   #writing  ___

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2015-07-15 02:06:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My Open Letter to Those Who Think Gay Youth Deserve to be Bullied

Okay, so you don't believe in marriage equality or equal rights for gays and lesbians. At least the men and women you're denying rights to are adults and have tools and resources at their disposal to fight back. 

But when it comes to kids, aren't we responsible for doing our best to keep them safe – and alive – until such time as they can take care of themselves? 

Apparently, 45 Republican senators don't think so. Those are the Republicans who today refused LGBT youth the same protections from being bullied as other minority children have. In a vote, largely along party lines, the Senate turned down Al Franken​'s proposed amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act. The amendment would have guaranteed LGBT kids the same legal remedies available to other kids under U.S. federalcivil r... more »

My Open Letter to Those Who Think Gay Youth Deserve to be Bullied

Okay, so you don't believe in marriage equality or equal rights for gays and lesbians. At least the men and women you're denying rights to are adults and have tools and resources at their disposal to fight back. 

But when it comes to kids, aren't we responsible for doing our best to keep them safe – and alive – until such time as they can take care of themselves? 

Apparently, 45 Republican senators don't think so. Those are the Republicans who today refused LGBT youth the same protections from being bullied as other minority children have. In a vote, largely along party lines, the Senate turned down Al Franken​'s proposed amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act. The amendment would have guaranteed LGBT kids the same legal remedies available to other kids under U.S. federal civil rights laws.

“If a black child was referred to by a racial slur at school, would we say kids will be kids?" Sen. Franken asked his colleagues. “If a Jewish student got beat up because he wore a yarmulke to school, would we wave it off and say boys will be boys? If a shop teacher told a female student she didn’t belong in his class, would we be fine if the school just looked the other way? No, we would not. In fact, there are federal civil rights laws that are specifically designed to stop this kind of conduct.”

Even with all the advances in human rights protections for gays and lesbians, LGBT youth are up to five times more likely than their peers to take their own lives, often because the have been bullied, denigrated and treated as less than human. Since when is that acceptable in a civilized society?

These are your kids, who are being beaten up. These are your kids who are committing suicide. Perhaps it's time you started paying attention. Perhaps it's time you started caring.

“By seventh grade, taunts and verbal abuse were a constant part of Seth Walsh’s day,” Franken told his fellow Senators. “Students called him faggot and queer. He was afraid to use the restroom or to be in the boys’ locker room before gym class. And in September of 2010, Seth hanged himself from a tree in his family’s backyard. He was 13.”

(Thanks to David Badash​ and The New Civil Rights Movement​ for the article that inspired this post. Read it at http://bit.ly/1K68b75 and see if your senator is one of the ones who thinks it's okay for your kids to be treated this way.)

#lgbt   #bullying   #senate   #suicide   #hatehasconsequences  ___

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2015-07-14 22:05:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"If you can read these words, you can write.You're saying 'I'm not creative' or 'I can't make up stories' or 'I don't know how.' Well, you are, you can and you do. And you can do it without struggle."
– Find out how in "You Can Write," my latest blog post at
http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2015/07/you-can-write.html

"If you can read these words, you can write.You're saying 'I'm not creative' or 'I can't make up stories' or 'I don't know how.' Well, you are, you can and you do. And you can do it without struggle."
– Find out how in "You Can Write," my latest blog post at
http://markdavidmuse.blogspot.com/2015/07/you-can-write.html___

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2015-07-14 20:09:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Wondering how long to make your novel? According to Amazon, the median word count for a novel is 64,531 (Brave New World), which means that 50% of all novels it tallied have more words and 50% have fewer.

On the lighter side (length, not content), George Orwell's Animal Farm clocks in at 29,966 and Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome at 30,191. But when it comes to weightier tomes, nothing can out-count War & Peace at a staggering 544,406 words.

While the current definition of a novel is anything over 40,000 words, agents warn that traditional publishers are looking for considerably more heft (but not too much)...something closer to the Brave New World median.

Find out how some of your favorite classic measure up in this fun blog post from Publishers Weekly​ – http://bit.ly/1K5zoH8.

#writing   #publishing  

Wondering how long to make your novel? According to Amazon, the median word count for a novel is 64,531 (Brave New World), which means that 50% of all novels it tallied have more words and 50% have fewer.

On the lighter side (length, not content), George Orwell's Animal Farm clocks in at 29,966 and Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome at 30,191. But when it comes to weightier tomes, nothing can out-count War & Peace at a staggering 544,406 words.

While the current definition of a novel is anything over 40,000 words, agents warn that traditional publishers are looking for considerably more heft (but not too much)...something closer to the Brave New World median.

Find out how some of your favorite classic measure up in this fun blog post from Publishers Weekly​ – http://bit.ly/1K5zoH8.

#writing   #publishing  ___

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