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drjanik

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Aloha Savant/Aignos Authors, Editors, Cover Artists, Staff, Preferred Readers and Public --
Welcome to this month's online realtime text chat. I've opened it one hour early (6 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time) as this is Daylight Savings Time (DST) for many states (Hawaii doesn't "celebrate" DST), but our chat will officially begin an hour from now. 

It's still dark outside, but the birds have begun chirping in anticipation of sunrise in about a half hour. It's dark enough for me to get out my telescope and view Jupiter and four of its moons in all their glory despite the heavy moisture in the air. What a breathtaking sight!  

Some general information for participants (and we sincerely hope everyone tuning in will participate):

1. this chat is open to the public; but you must register with our "host" AND confirm your email address in order to post (you can "lurk" i.e. read and follow without posting without registering or confirming your email address). 
2. you should refresh your browser (click on your browser's refresh icon after every post and every few minutes if you want to see your post and read new ones) -- if you don't, it will seem like nothing is happening;
3. published Savant/Aignos authors are encouraged to post their three excerpts as part of their posting; 
4. no profanity -- this is a "family rated" chat; if an excerpt contains profanity, sex or violence be sure you mark the excerpt as such;
5. the best way to post a cover image is to refer to an image online (e.g. if your work has been published, use the special press release image URL to make it appear.
6. have fun!

See you on the hour, in about a half-hour from now.

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Daniel S. Janik - Moderator
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Aloha Dan, I had heard about the "parade of planets" happening in the early hours before dawn, including Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury. I bet that does look cool. You must have quite a telescope to see even the moons of Jupiter, wow.
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Hi! Raymond Gaynor here. It's a crisp 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) and partly cloudy in San Francisco, my favorite city in the world. 

I just posted on my blog at https://raymondgaynor.wordpress.com about a topic that has consumed my interest ever since I co-published QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2017) with A. G. Hayes. A central aspect of the thriller is the use of bitcoins to finance the international "auctioning" off of large regions of the USA, e.g. the Eastern Seaboard. During my research, I was surprised to realize how vulnerable digital currency was to criminal use and money laundering. That led me to thinking about legitimate "investment" tools and risk. I was only then I came to distinguish between "investing" and "gambling," the topic of my blog posting. Guess it pays to be an author!
 
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Science fiction fans should get ready, The One Night Trilogy isn't far away now. Part 1 from Savant Books and Publications, ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK, is progressing through the editing and polishing stages now. I'm getting very excited to share this story about Miles Devereaux, an everyday man from 2005 New Orleans who wakes up one evening on an airplane as it descends into the lavish and sprawling metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. Little does he know he has awakened 60 years in the future! Before he knows it he is on a non-stop sci-fi adventure, thrust into a real-life game of chess...
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Aloha Keith and Raymond -- Welcome!

Yep, Keith. I saved 10% of my author royalties every quarter until I'd saved enough to buy a "real" telescope, a 180 mm Skywatcher Maksutov-Cassegrain unit. At "low" power I can easily see the color bands of Jupiter and any visible moons. There's something spiritual about seeing what one knows is out there but that can't be confirmed with the naked eye. Viewing isn't the best as close to Honolulu as I am, but with this particular telescope, when conditions are right, it elevates planet viewing from a challenge to a pleasure. 

Interesting blog entry, Raymond, and, yes, I agree that authoring is more richly "profitable" than just receiving royalties (though that is nice, too).  In fact, authoring has provided many "gifts" including introducing me to a plethora of interesting people, giving me a deeper knowledge and appreciation of topic I research, providing me with a unique platform for traveling and enjoying it and a "real" enduring voice (something increasingly rare these days). As far as "investing," Savant and Aignos use exactly this philosophy to thrive in today's particularly crazy environment. 


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Being an avid science fiction fan (I teethed on it as a novice author and have continued to enjoy this genre over the years) I am looking forward to seeing ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant, in preparation) released. I also love the cover soon to be posted on Savant Books and Publication's "Coming Works" at http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com/pending-works.php

I'm especially intrigued by its storyline involving chess. It reminds me of one of my favorite films of all time: Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seventh_Seal). I had the opportunity of viewing it as a junior in college, and will never forget it. I take it you're a chess player; perhaps even a "spiritual" chess player?
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I may not be an experienced or avid chess player, but that doesn't in any way lessen my interest in ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK. Any work that shares a commonality with Ingmar Bergman's works gets elevated to the top of my list of "must reads." Personally, I venerate his movie "Jungfrukällan" -- "The Virgin Spring" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Virgin_Spring). It is a rich film that is highly contemporary in terms of it's dealing with "sexual misconduct" as it's currently being called. 
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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #1 (Family Rated) 

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"Chapter 1 - Peach Moon

Viewed from the middle of the bay, the night would have been pitch dark, but for the huge, round, blushing pink Hawaiian moon, resting like a big ripe peach just above the horizon. Above and behind, the sky, a black velvet blanket, was dusted with pin-point stars. Ahead, along the sandy beach, the evening trade winds rustled the long fronds of tall coconut trees growing on the far side of a sidewalk that wandered behind low mounds of cool, wet sand. 

The beach was pretty much as Isla, the Green Sea Turtle, thought it should look, taste and feel from her childhood memories. Of course, it wasn’t exactly the same. There were small differences—the coarseness of the sand granules, their slightly cooler temperature, and something she couldn’t quite put her flipper on..."

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Isla, a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle resting on the beach at Waikiki, notices a dance couple practicing a partner routine for a dance competition. Intrigued, she decides she, too, wants to dance, and more so, partner dance. But how to do it? 

Written for adults to read aloud to their children, and youth to 16 years of age to read and enjoy. Lavishly illustrated in black and white for reader coloring opportunities.

The third in the Savant "COLOR-ME-PLEASE" children's book series.

THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
by Daniel S. Janik/Illustrated by Ruth Janik
80 pp. 8.25" x 6" Softcover Book
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 9780988664012
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $12.95

Available worldwide directly from the Savant Books and Publications' Publisher's Shop, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu and at fine bookstores everywhere. 

Get it for 25% off SRP during the Savant Bookstore Honolulu (http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com) "March Madness Sale" using "MARCHMAD" discount code (sale applies only to online purchases via Savant Bookstore Honolulu and does not apply to Publisher's Store). 

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning "Color-Me-Please" children's books,
    THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
  A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
Press Release for THE TURTLE DANCES at http://www.prlog.org/12194549

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I have not seen the Seventh Seal, I'll have to check it out. I'm actually a novice chess player but I do like to play. I got the idea of using chess as a means of a challenging adventure from the actual 80's song from Murray Head called One Night in Bangkok. He talks about Bangkok as the "creme de la creme of the chess world with a show with everything but Yul Bryner'. I have always liked songs with intriguing lyrics. I think that's how I became interested in writing, I always wanted to know what the lyrics were to a song if I could not decipher them from the radio. I was always looking them up, I still do. Soon I found myself trying to write my own lyrics, then it became poetry and then eventually I turned to writing actual stories.
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Keith, are you going to be in the upcoming 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology? It's a great venue for poets and a great place to publicize your prose works. Personally, if prose is the body ("bread and butter") of writing, poetry is its very heart and soul. A good poet, if he or she chooses to write prose, is often an incredible author. I submitted five poems to the 2018 anthology. 
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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

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     Susan Koski eased out of bed without making a sound. Joseph Falk never moved, the top of his head showing from beneath the covers assured her he was fast asleep. Slowly she crept to the bedroom door, turned the knob...and the bedside phone rang.
     Koski immediately recognized the voice of their boss, Tom Stewart, head of Cerberus, America's ultra-secret "off the board" information and action agency. 

     "[Both of ] you on the line,?" Stewart asked, continuing a moment later, "Good. Now...listen up." 

     There was a soft click and the tone on the line changed. Both Koski and Falk knew what was coming was top secret. "We have a problem." 

     Koski looked across the bed, raised her eyebrows and mouthed the words...Happy Birthday. 

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Koski and Falk come up against what very well may prove to be their most complex and dangerous case yet: The Quantum Death Machine. For the first time, Koski and Falk must separate during a mission. Each faces mortal peril, while, at the same time, their smoldering relationship begins to heat up. The fifth in the riveting Koski and Falk Series by multi-award-winning author A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor, author of TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside) 

QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) - $16.95

Available directly from Savant Books and Publications' Publisher's Shop at 10% off Suggested Retail Price and free shipping within USA including Alaska and Hawaii, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere. 

Raymond Gaynor
   Multi-award-winning co-author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)
 Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12541533

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I have been thinking about the Savant poetry anthology, I just have not written any new poems in quite some time. If I can put together a good poem for it, I will definitely submit it. I remember an English teacher desperately trying to teach us about poetry when no one wanted to listen, and telling us that all our rock n roll and all other kinds of music is actually poetry.  That got our attention, at least it got mine. Of course I have learned since then that poetry basically has no bounds. Perhaps I will try and get back into writing some more poetry.
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Most of Ingmar Bergman's films are dark dramas (think of Sweden in mid-winter) but so are both of my current thrillers:

TOTAL MELTDOWN co-authored with William Maltese (Borgo/Wildside 2013), and
QUANTUM DEATH co-authored with A. G. Hayes (Savant 2017).

Dark thrills, when combined with science fiction, are often labeled as "dystopian" -- something I find particularly irritating, as it is often out of darkness that light emerges. I think much of what we are today as a social species is a result of good "dystopia" sci fi. 
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I have to get my little one to gymnastics now, but thanks for the chat Raymond and Dan! You guys have a great rest of the weekend. See you next time!
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I love poetry: writing as well as reading. I've often thought that if I were a professional lyricist or music writer, I would make a point of reading a lot of poetry. Similarly, if I were a teenager again, losing myself in music, I think I would once again become an avid reader of poetry. 

I want to take a moment to comment on another aspect of Bergman's films: their being set in medieval Europe. I've been working for about a hear now, researching background for my new novel "The Sword of Kamehameha." It's set in 1260 A.D. Japan, in some ways the height of that nations' medieval/feudal era. It proceeds from Japan, where the sword is forged, to Hawaii, where two youths discover it in a cave, erroneously identifying it as a military sword and assuming it is what is left of a sole WWII Japanese soldier. I got the idea reading King David Kalakaua's published collection of ancient Hawaiian meles (historically based chants and songs). How's that for poetry (for that's what the meles actually are -- epic poems) and it's direct effect on prose? 
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