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drjanik

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I've written quite a few children's book manuscripts, but only two have been published. I'm not sure if this is a named trait of some authors, but I sometimes treasure my stories so much I simply don't want to share them with the world. There was a little of that with THE GECKO SINGS. Personally, I like to tell the story over and over to people until it takes on a distinctive shape of its own before writing it down. My other three published children's stories, namely "Three Bears," "Wolf and Moon" and "Otter Girl" came together in 2005 and were published as SOURDOUGH SCOTT'S BEDTIME FAIRY TALES FROM ALASKA by Publications Consultants. They were stories told and retold around campfires during my Alaska years, and the work became the inspiration for Savant's later "Color-Me-Please" series. 
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So Mike, what's going on in Wyoming these days? 
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I'm working toward a master's in publishing. Unfortunately after moving away from Hampton Roads, I have to participate online. The original plan was to take classes at a satellite class in Newport News, VA and online and then ride up to DC for events and group meetings. I'm in Wahiawa, HI now but there are a lot of students all over the USA taking classes with me so there's at least a level of understanding there. [smile]
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Dan, what made you want to write children's stories?

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I'm hoping author-editor-proofreader Helen R. Davis will join us later and tell us how the 2017 Poetry Anthology is coming. As our bi-annual guest editor for the highly successful 2016 Savant Poetry Anthology published as RUNNING FROM THE PACK (Savant 2016), I know there were plenty of submissions for the 2017 anthology. 
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Eleanor,

Online is a wonderful option, but best if it's substituted w. face-to-face.  What do you think?

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Well, Lynne, that's a quick one: For me, once a potential character forms in my fertile mind, it slowly takes on shape and voice, then it simply talks to me. My job as an author is simply to keep my fingers typing fast enough to capture all the character is wanting to say. How about everyone else? How do your works begin and become manifest?
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Hey, Eleonor! I didn't know your master's study was in publishing! Wow! It must be a real eye-opener working for Savant / Aignos as our Director of Publicity and Marketing while studying and mastering publishing!
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Eleanor, I took at wonderful fiction seminar at GW a few years ago under the Jenny McKeon Moore fellowship program.
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Yes, writing is really word processing now and it is amazing how the internet changed how we all interact. I note that no one bothers to question where an internet "fact" comes from or if the world view of the person writing a story impacts how they tell the story. As a scientist/researcher I learned I had to please the group funding the research and thus even science is often not as objective as we would like.

But, here is a question I do not have an answer to: "How do animals know they are blending into an environment? I note that my brown cats always found brown furniture to lay on and my black cats lay on dark surfaces.
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Dan, you are so LUCKY!  My characters are often less forthcoming.  Then the chasm between what they want me to say and what I am writing can take a long time to bridge.  Fortunately I love revising.

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As an author, I was hoping to conclude my field research for THE SWORD OF KAMEHAMEHA late 2016, but didn't get to travel to Japan as I'd hoped. My final trip needs to be to Kamekura, the original site of 1260 A.D. Japanese shogunate. The manuscript begins in Japan, then moves to Hawaii, following the experiences of those who wield a famous 12th century samurai sword. The sword actually existed in Hawaii and was mentioned by King Kamehameha's retainers as playing a pivotal role in the establishment of the Hawaiian Kingdom. It was lost when Kamehameha died, and has apparently never been found. In my novel, two children climbing the cliffs on Northshore Oahu discover a cave containing some bones and items, one of which is a tapa-wrapped sword. They believe it to be a WWII officer's sword and the bones those of the officer who never admitted defeat, and upon showing the sword, start off a wave of adventures. 

I'm now hoping to return to Japan sometime in March or April of this year to finish my field research for the book and hopefully dance in some international dance competitions before I'm too old to anymore. 
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The online is program is great and GW has definitely made great strides to make its online students feel included, but it's definitely not the same as going on campus. We have plenty of virtual calls and meetings but, we're still ultimately severed from connections and opportunities we would make otherwise. They don't even record events so that the online students can see what happened unfortunately. They're still a ways away from SCAD's online abilities. 
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I see that every time I post, the message goes to my email. 

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Dear Dan,

Helen will join us later and I know she has been working on the 2017 poetry book the last 2 weeks. I am filling in until she joins us. She has been battling a virus that has been going around Wyoming. Next week she going out to southern California for a vacation away from Wyoming's winter winds. She has learned a lot about writing/editing/proofreading working with you.
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