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Blog Tour: The Genesis Saga #1 – Passion & Struggle

THE GENESIS SAGA TOUR

I’m grateful to my host of this first post of THE GENESIS SAGA TOUR, and to Nonnie Jules of 4WillsPublishing who arranged it all! The full lineup for this tour can be found @ http://wp.me/P43s9i-2g

My purpose, is to give readers a greater familiarity with planet Genesis – within the Equations universe created by author and friend, Kenneth Tam.

Book CoverTo this end, we will begin a series of interviews of some key players in Book One of The Genesis Saga: PASSION & STRUGGLE. Nonnie Jules of the famed interviews, Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie Jules?’  has agreed to lend her formidable skills to this process. She gave me the nickname “Fio” a while back – so keep that in mind in case she opts to use it! Nonnie and I are sitting comfortably in her office at 4WillsPublishing.

JF:        Thank you, Nonnie for inviting me to join you here today!

NJ:       You’re welcome! (Where are these people I’m supposed to interview?) I’d like to know how this is going to work… I don’t see anybody else around here to talk to… (JF smiles politely, Nonnie shakes her head)… alright, I’ll start with you, Fio! Why did the people of Genesis have to make big changes in their society?

JF:        After more than 700 years of acrimony between the ruling Churcher class and the Naval class, big changes were needed to stave off violence and the ultimate destruction of human civilization on Genesis.

NJ:       Sounds grim, Fio… what changes do they want to make… and WHO’s directing traffic?

JF:        For now, High Chancellor Harvey Bingham is, umm… ‘directing traffic’. During the war of the last four years, he brought in measures to begin the desegregation of the urban centers…

NJ:       (interrupting and glaring at Fio) They segregate the races there?

JF:        Actually… no. The discrimination is based on religious differences. Right now, the High Chancellor is running the planet’s first democratic election!

NJ:       (incredulously) DEMOCRACY!! A religious dictator is setting up a democracy? Fio, this is unbelievable – I wish I could talk to this man!

JF:        (Nods gravely, reaches out and places his left hand upon her arm, closes his eyes in concentration… and the two find themselves sitting on a park bench in a beautiful park.)

Your wish is my command! (He gestures to the beautiful shrubbery that surrounds them.)

NJ:       (Nonnie stands up and takes a step away, then spins around and glares accusingly at her guest) Fio, WHERE ARE WE?

JF:        Calm yourself, dear lady. We’re in ArcAngel Park in Genesis City, and the year is 2796. You said you wanted to talk to High Chancellor Bingham. (Nonnie’s jaw drops, but she’s speechless.) Look to your right, here he comes now. (Nonnie spins around and sees a balding, middle-aged man dressed in a crimson suit approaching along the stone walk. John stands beside her and takes Nonnie’s arm to steady her. Bingham reaches them and holds out his hand to John who takes it in a warm handshake.) 

            Good day, High Chancellor! Allow me to present a good friend, Nonnie Jules.

HB:      (Bows respectfully to Nonnie) Welcome to my favorite refuge, ArcAngel Park! You know, it was built so the faithful could enjoy the natural gifts of the Gods in peaceful splendor. 

NJ:       (Nonnie is beginning to calm down, and looks from one man to the other, then addresses the cleric.)           

 Excuse me, Reverend, how do you know my friend Fio?

HB:      (Bingham smiles at Fio, then addresses Nonnie, kindly.) Madam, I don’t know anyone called Fio. This man beside you is known to us here as Doctor John – an expert in human history from twenty-first century Earth. Is that where you’re from as well? (Smiles kindly at John) He’s either delusional, or in possession of great technology. Either way, he is a good soul, so we welcome him.

NJ:       I need to sit down! (She resumes her seat on the bench and both men sit on either side of her.)           

(Looks at Fio sternly) We’ll talk LATER! (She turns to Bingham) Fio… erm… Doctor John tells me you’re having an election here. Why? You have absolute control of the government now – you can do ANYTHING you want! Why mess with that?

HB:      (Bingham smiles at her brash speech.) Madam, I find you delightfully refreshing! Simply put, I believe it is the will of the Gods as revealed to me through the Earthers.

NJ:       (Pauses, glances at Fio, and then locks eyes with Bingham) Alright, I won’t question your beliefs, but tell me, why do you think this democracy will work to save your society from mayhem?

HB:      Mayhem… (pauses and frowns thoughtfully) that’s an apt word to use. First, I tire of governing alone and dealing with the opponents of reform. I need a strong leader, chosen by the people and blessed by the Gods, to help me finish the job.

NJ:       I don’t suppose you have anyone in mind for that job…

HB:      But of course, Madam! ArcGeneral Liz Hastings is the ONLY person for this sacred task!

NJ:       A woman! REALLY! (Nonnie glances at Fio with an astonished look before turning back to Harvey Bingham) 

            I was told that your church doesn’t approve of women in leadership roles.

HB:      Elizabeth Hastings is no ordinary woman… she is my candidate for President!

NJ:       (Looks at the cleric with approval in her eyes) Well, I just HAVE to meet this woman. Fio, do you…

JF:        (Lays his left hand on Nonnie’s arm)  As you wish…

Join us for Nonnie’s next adventure on Genesis…

Author PhotoAuthor Bio: 

John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008.  

Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field. 

John’s first work of fiction is Passion & Struggle and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life! 

At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-one years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books.

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Goals For 2015 Pt. 8: Blogging Template & Scrivener

Late in 2014 I began using Scrivener with increasing regularity. I found all sorts of uses for this software and I continue to learn how to use it more efficiently.

As I committed to my blog the last quarter of the year I found that I need something to better manage the amount of posts I was writing and Scrivener fit the bill. I found a template to use that covers all my posts for the year. As with all templates in Scrivener keeping the project organized is both fluid and effective.

Blog TemplateWith my 2015 blog template, I’m easily keeping track of my schedule and posts using the binder and an embedded table for a calendar. I’ve created folders for each month and sub-folders for series posts and weeks.

If I have an idea, I simply create a text container and list my notes there for later reference if I’m not writing the post outright. I date and title each post so I know what day I intend to use it. However, if I find that I need to change my schedule, it’s very simple to drag a post to another folder or re-arrange the order.

But best of all I’m never confused about what’s next or to find it. Everything I have done, will post or intend to write is organized and easy to find. I don’t waste time on the post management, I simply start writing as needed.

BlueprintsSo, how am I doing? At the point I’m writing this post, I’m well over a week ahead for what I’m writing including scheduled features. At this point, I just keep writing posts to increase my backlog so I can plug them into my schedule and transfer to my site. For me, staying well ahead of the schedule is great. If I need to handle other things for a day or so I feel no pressure about publishing a post. Additionally, I feel no pressure to write something or else so I actually write more.

I highly recommend using a Scrivener blog template to organize a blog. It’s made my 2015 blogging much easier and enjoyable. It’s the perfect blueprint for my year of blogging.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyAre your changes for 2015 bearing fruit? Are to able to meet goals more frequently with better organization? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Goals For 2015 Pt. 7: Publication and Short Fiction

Soccer Ball Hitting NetOne of my goals for 2015 is to submit up to six short stories to SF&F magazine markets. I currently have one story under consideration with one market and I’ve almost completed a second story. But why would I bother with short fiction when I’ve got numerous books to write and one I’m definitely preparing for publication later this year. Here are several reasons:

1. I hope to show readers I have a wider ability and scope with my fiction writing. I think it’s important that readers have an idea of what they’re getting from my fiction and submitting short fiction is an outstanding way to attempt this goal. If a reader likes my short stories they are more likely to like my books too.

2. Being published through a magazine market provides greater credibility for me as an author. If a reader trusts my fiction content they will certainly look further in to my books and perhaps become a fan. Gaining fans is the best way to increase the number of readers for my fiction because they spread the word.

3. Short fiction is a great way to continue improving my craft. While my goal is to write books they take a long time to complete. A short story gives me the chance to hone my writing skills while taking less time. Gaining acceptance of any short story at a paying market also validates that I’m improving at the craft.

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4. If a short story is accepted it becomes a great source of secondary income. The goal of my writing is to entertain well enough to make some money at it. A short story can be sold several times through podcasts, re-prints and anthologies so they offer several pieces of pie to an enterprising author.

5. I enjoy writing and short stories are a lot of fun to write. I wouldn’t be writing if I didn’t like it and short fiction by its very nature provides loads of enjoyment for me. I get to develop ideas in all kinds of settings with all kinds of characters all in a small package. There’s far less commitment of time for development and writing which makes this a pleasant break from the grind of a novel.

6. Short fiction is inherently challenging. A short story requires an author to weave a tale in limited space. The goal is to tell a lot with far less words so you have to be conscious of the length at all times. Brevity is a great creative exercise.

So those are my reasons for spending time on short stories. Do you like to read or write short fiction? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so The Black Bag by P H Solomoncheck my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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