The winners of the Redwood Writers’ 2018 Crime Fiction competition are:
1st place — “The Thieving Squirrel” by Lars Sigurdssen
2nd place — “The Man in the Photograph” by Steven Lubliner
3rd place — “Mahalo” by Jean Wong
(Photo courtesy Blikk Magazine)
(Photo courtesy Per Eidspjeld)
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Most of my books can also be ordered directly from my publisher in India, at https://www.cyberwit.net/authors/adam-d-powell
“Gaytude”, the National Indie Excellence Award Winner for best book in the category gay/lesbian nonfiction, can also be ordered directly from Xlibris at http://www.xlibris.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-0035827003
My latest book “Under the Shirttails of Albert Russo” can be ordered directly through the publisher, as well as many other places on the internet and by ordering it at your local bookstore. Visit the publisher’s webpage here: http://l-aleph.com/project/under-the-shirttails-of-albert-russo-an-alternative-biography-by-adam-donaldson-powell/
How Black and Indigenous authors are using science fiction to imagine a better future:
LISTEN TO IT HERE!
Everything that I paint and write requires research — and usually a helluva lot of research about ideas, science, cultures and customs, languages, technical and military issues and equipment, religions, history, psychology etc. for paintings and art installations, poetry collections, long and short prose, as well as literary criticism and other essays. My two sci-fi novels “2014: the life and adventures of an incarnated angel” and “Tunnel at the end of time” involved exploration and research into several popular conspiracy theories, including those surrounding the Denver Airport — where most of “The Tunnel” action takes place.
I have previously shared processual information regarding research and questioning behind my recent painting “Le jeune homme et la mort”. And here I can relate some of the conspiracy theories about the Denver Airport – which together with science and literary suspense writing – resulted in the “Tunnel at the end of time”:
TAKING THE EGO OUT OF WRITING, AND GETTING DOWN TO THE SCIENCE OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION:
Many of us want to write “The Great xxxxxx Novel”; preferably with the long-winded and descriptive-impressive styles of 19- and 20-century literary icons. It can easily become an exercise in literary soapbox masturbation where the reader’s ability to follow and comprehend is overtaxed. Not so very unlike contemporary conceptual artists insisting that the emperor’s new clothes are high fashion for intellectual minds. Those who admit that they « do not get it » are stupid.
« The reading brain in the digital age » — is an interesting article on the mechanics of reading and comprehension differences between reading paper books and on screens.
Question: Should ebooks be less wordy… and will comprehension levels be higher in Mixed Reality books of the future?
The human cognitive recognition system does not need literature that wants to perfectly reproduce reality, with long passages and chapters in great descriptive detail throughout the book. If we present the most important stimuli and events, then the mind will fill in the gaps, accessing its own experiences. Haiku and Minimalist Art evoke understanding and interaction between the artist and the viewer by following a multidimensional way of presenting ideas rather than being linear and tightly woven. This is my own goal – in my literature and in my paintings.