Saturday, June 25, 2022
Monday, April 25, 2022
Sorry for not posting in like forever, but as you know, I am at heart, a lazy man.
Depression is a thing too, as are new distractions, like washing and editing.
To counteract my laziness, I have made Frostian promises to keep. Namely, a bunch of conferences coming up. I love conferences. They energize, improve, connect, challenge and emotionally drain me like nothing else. Getting back in front of masses of people, leaving the house to interact with actually nearby human beings, free of Zoom restraints and mute buttons is a welcome return to what I once thought was normal.
My next one is Pikes Peak, this week. If you’re going, look me up. If you’re not going and want to, I bet you can still come. Here's what I'll be doing. It's a lot right? Yeah, it'll be aa blast.
Friday through Sunday — April 29 – May 1, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
8:30-9:30 pm. Pike's Peak
Panel Moderator with Hannah Andrade • Elizabeth Copps • Lucienne Diver • Alice Speilburg • Samantha Wekstein
Join the agents as they answer questions.
4:45-5:45 pm. Royal Gorge Room
Presentation: The Faceted Story
A presentation about those elements of narrative fiction that lend depth, value and resonance to writing. Every story has some, the best have many. We’ll learn how to identify which elements to include in your story. Subplots and multiple stories, arcs, settings, themes, novelties, information and more. A little foresight, a touch of research and a clear goal can nurture the muse to bring out the strength of the form.
Writers will be challenged to expand their fiction into elements beyond mere story and character. Emphasis will be placed on theme as well as history, education and entertainment qualities. Examples and techniques will be offered to help shape niches and expand any story into new areas of interest.
Saturday, April 30, 2022
8:30-9:30 am. Palmer/Academy Room
Presentation: Morning Zen and the Way of the Writer
Author Johnny Worthen shares his discoveries studying eastern philosophy during the pandemic and their surprising applications to the life of an author. Sessions include directed mindfulness meditation and lecture on basic Buddhist concepts explaining how they may be successfully applied to the journey of writing.
9:45-10:15 pm. Bookstore (Three Creeks)
Come out and see me or I'll be so lonely... I'll be signing all my books.
3:15-4:15 pm. Seven Falls
Panel Moderator: Adapt your Novel to the Screen With Ines Johnson
In this practical workshop, veteran television writer and screenwriter instructor Ines Johnson will guide novelists through a series of steps designed to take a manuscript from the written word to the visual world of the screen and teleplay. Using a number of books that have been adapted successfully, and some not so successfully, into movies and television series, Ines will show authors how to break their novels down to their story core of the word and logline, and translate their plot points into the beat sheet of the screen.
Sunday, May 1, 2022
9:00-10:0 am. Teller
Presentation: Deeper Reading for Deeper Writing
Consciously or unconsciously meaning is hidden beneath signs and facades in literature, layered in word choice and focus. Through shared reading, discussion and meaning and themes, we will learn to consciously see what our subconscious feels within a text, those elements that unite and undercut, but always elevate craft into art. Once you understand deconstruction, your reading and your writing will never be the same.
Friday, January 14, 2022
It’s time for my annual “What did Johnny Read Last Year” post.
2021 was another year for stress and unpleasant worry. To combat the decline of western civilization and implosion of capitalism, I challenged myself to read 50 books in the calendar year and successfully consumed 59. Pretty awesome.
Below is the list. You’ll see certain patterns there. I fell in love with Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and I devoured books on Buddhism while boning up on the rise of the grain state and astrophysics. And of course, I perused a few classics.
The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information, Noel Botham
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ursula K. Le Guin
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller
Ravel, Cassidy Ward
Orlando, Virginia Woolf
We Can Build You, Phillip K Dick
White Trash Warlock, David R. Slayton
A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
The Counterfeit Connection, Johnny Worthen
Lady Chatterly’s Lover, D H Lawrence
Passage Meditation, Eknath Easwaran
No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, Noah Rasheta
Squeeze Me, Carl Hiaasen
Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh
Tropic of Stupid, Tim Dorsey
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
Think Like a Monk, Jay Shetty
Steering the Craft, Ursula K. Le Guin
Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie
The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman
What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula
Skios, Michael Frayn
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
A Briefer History of Time, Stephen Hawking
If Not Now, When? Infinite Monkey Anthology
They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera
Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Strong in Broken Places, LUW anthology
A Promised Land, Barack Obama
Stargazer, Anne Hillerman
The Hypnotist, Lars Kepler
The Upanishads, Eknath Easwaran
Information Doesn’t Want to be Free, Cory Doctorow
Radicalized, Cory Doctorow
Eastern Standard Tribe, Cory Doctorow
Overclocked, Cory Doctorow
Buddhism for Beginners, Thubten Chords
Walkaway, Cory Doctorow
Maximum Bob, Elmore Leonard
Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
Runaway: Poppet Cycle 2, Donna J. W. Munro
Bonfire of the Vanities, Thomas Wolfe
Catwings, Ursula K. Le Guin
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
Catwings Return, Ursula K. Le Guin
Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings, Ursula K. Le Guin
Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer
Jane on Her Own, Ursula K. Le Guin
Seeing Sideways, Kristin Hersh
Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
Homeland, Cory Doctorow
The King in Yellow, Robert W. Chambers
Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
The Man with the Golden Arm, Nelson Algren
The Four Seals of the Dharma, Lama Khenpo Ngedön
Against the Grain, James C. Scott
Why Buddhism is True, Robert Wright
The Dawn of Everything, David Graeber & David Wengrow
The challenge continues. 50 books in 2022.