All good people, unit! Be glad that Linda Fairstein is on our side.
Fairstein has worked as a prosecutor in New York for over two decades, and she has been the chief of their sex crimes prosecution unit since 1976. She frequently speaks out against the cruelties of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and other types of violence against women, lecturing in the highest spots of the land. Those places include Harvard Law School, Kennedy School of Government, the Radcliffe College Alumna Association, Vassar College, and Cornell Medical School.
“Not long ago, I returned to the town of my youth, and made a disturbing discovery. It had weathered the intervening thirty years better than I had, at least physically, and that had the effect of giving me a bit of a jolt, as if the events of the summer of my fourteenth year hadn’t been as cataclysmic as I’d imagined.”
With those two sentences, Les Edgerton skillfully draws us into the harsh world of Corey John, a boy who reached out for love, but found kindness in meager supply and affection all too rare. When Corey dared to soar with the natural optimism of youth, his hope was carelessly crushed by those who should have loved him most.
Just an FYI that I’ve written a guest blog post on the subject. (Yep! That’s it. If you find yourself in need of blog content for your website, whether B2B or B2C, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about my ghost blogging for you.)
Whenever you start a new nonfiction writing project, it can be a thrilling time. You’ve come up with the most incredible idea and you envision the marvelous story you’re about to tell, full of dazzling insights, with an ending that will cause readers to become breathless with amazement, dizzy with excitement, in complete and utter awe of your talent!
You may know exactly which anecdote, statistic or quote will create the best beginning to draw in readers, and you may also know the final point that needs to be made. But, what about the middle?
After Dianne Day’s youngest son started college, she awoke one fine Saturday morning and realized, “Hey, I can do whatever I want today, as long as it doesn’t cost too much.”
“And, that was when I knew that i wanted to write a whole novel more than anything else in the world,” Day said. “So, I bought an electronic typewriter from Seas on the never-never plan, and I wrote one. That experienced hooked me and I’ve never stopped writing since.”
This is an author interview that I did in 1996. Seriously! In fact, it’s the first of many that I’m bringing up from the deep archives of my work.
The Orchard by Adele Crockett Robertson
While reading The Orchard, you can almost breathe in the sweet, fruity scent of apples. Tipping your head slightly to one side, you might hear the distant buzzing of bees dripping rich honey into elaborate combs.
Adele Crockett Robertson writes as she must have once farmed apples. Gently, but with a purposeful hand; practical, yet ever observant of the poetic beauty of life. Her clear, lyrical phrasing draws you completely into her world of 1932-1934: the weather harsh, the living rough, the people strong.
Note: I had written this film review for an encyclopedia and then the project itself got cancelled. So, I decided to upload it to my site.
Car Wash is a 1976
Universal Studios film produced by Art Linson and Gary Stromberg, directed by
Michael Schultz and written by Joel Schumacher. This 97-minute musical comedy
contains elements of drama and romance, with at least one reviewer calling it
reminiscent of 1930s theater. This blaxploitation film, set in the Dee-Luxe Car
Wash located in Los Angeles, California, covers just one day of interactions
among two dozen-plus multi-racial characters, including car wash staff, their
customers, people working at nearby businesses and more. Throughout the movie,
employees listen to disco music from KGYS, dancing as they work, with news
breaks synchronizing with car wash events in this episodic-style film.
Here is some nonfiction writing advice that I’d created years ago.
To unravel the twisting, turning history (of the
boomerang), you’d have to travel back in time. You’d slip back to an age before
there were airplanes, before there were cars, before the signing of the Declaration
of Independence. You’d travel to a place where America wasn’t yet known, to a
time long before William the Conqueror subdued England in 1066. You wouldn’t
even recognize the world you’d enter, the primitive, murky horizons of ancient
The story of the Reformation
was one of faith, politics and philosophical change, which took place in the
mid-16th century in what was then and is today Germany. At its most
basic, the Reformation was a movement, headed by Martin Luther to challenge the
authority of the Catholic Church, then the political and religious head of
Europe, for its right to sell indulgences, which was the forgiveness of sins
for fiscal profit. On a historical level, the Reformation marked the end of
blind faith and ushered in the age of reason.