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LIVE AND WRITE WITH DISTINCTION

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“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) French writer and aviator; from The Little Prince
As a adjective, distinction is a word seldom used today to describe a person’s character. As a verb, it is seldom seen. Look around. Cultural similarities, predictable behavior, and conventional attitudes snuggled together within the walls of shopping malls across the country are perfect examples. Brand has replaced handmade specialty products. More and cheaper has replaced less and finer. Moreover, we’ve lost the insistence that our leaders, writers, entertainers, manufacturers, and neighbors bear the banner of distinction. There is safety in numbers and it remains easier and far more secure for a writer to travel the path of the unadventurous than to journey down the road less traveled. That’s not to say that every writer is living a life of cowardly indifference. No one would argue that life is anything but a str…

INTERVIEW WITH JO SPARKES - SCRIPTWRITER, SPORTS WRITER, AUTHOR, TEACHER, & MORE

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This is my fifth interview with a co-author of the new Sci-fi and Fantasy anthology, Reality Glitch:11 Sci-fi & Fantasy Stories by Authors From Around the World. Today I am excited to have with us multi-talented writer, Jo Sparkes.
Hi Jo!
Hi Gerard.
I’m excited you’re here, and I’m eager to have my readers get to know you and the variety of your work.
I'm going to begin by giving everyone the scope and range of your talent.

Jo's work includes scripts for Children's live-action and animated television programs, a direct to video Children’s DVD, commercial work for corporate clients, and a feature writer on ReZoom.com, where one of her subjects landed the website’s ‘Man of the Year’ award.  As a contributing writer for the Arizona Sports Fans Network, where she was called their most popular writer, she garnered popularity with her humorous articles, player interviews and game coverage. Jo was unofficially the first to interview Emmitt Smith when he arrived in Arizona to play …

JAMES FIELD: SCI-FI AND FANTASY STORIES FROM NORWAY

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This is my fourth interview with a co-author of the new Sci-fi and Fantasy anthology, Reality Glitch:11 Sci-fi & Fantasy Stories by Authors From Around the World.  Today I am excited to have with me a friend and a terrific author, James Field.
Hi James.
Hi Gerard.
I’m happy you’re here, and I’m eager to have my readers get to know you and your work.
Let’s begin by telling the readers a little something about yourself, James.
I was born in Essex, England, in 1951. My early days of work as an engineer led me to Norway where I met my future wife Kari. She moved to England where we married and raised our two daughters. We moved back to Norway in 1985.
My wife and I now live far in the north, well within the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun. Life here is slow and comfortable, blessed by unspoiled nature and its magnificent moods. Being creative in the written form gives me vast pleasure. I hope, dear reader, you will take a break from your world and lose yourself in one of min…