Archive for February 2017

Why read the author’s notes? A good question.

Alchemist Gift

Alchemist Gift

When I was in college working on my English degree I’d wince at the sometimes twenty or so pages of prologue and then another ten or so pages of author’s notes between me and starting a novel. I wanted to get into the story as soon as possible. So here it is many years later and I am guilty of asking a reader to slog through my notes. Thank goodness what I have to say is not too long winded. What I hoped to do in Alchemist Gift is impress on people the theme of: We Are All One, We Always Have Been And Always Will Be. We Are A Mirror To All And The Measure Of None. Some of what I mean by that is all of our lives are so entwined, not only here in the present but what happened in the past. Consider what a miracle it is that we are even here. Imagine if one detail of the past was changed, something as simple as an ancient relation twisting her ankle and missing out on a tryst that would have lead to your great, great, great, great, great grandfather not being conceived; where would you be? I find it amazing we are even here, me writing this blog and you reading it, what are the chances? In Part I of Alchemist Gift I devote quite a bit of verbiage to characters living during the Renaissance period whose live’s may not connect with the protagonist Roland, but those characters’ actions do in time have a direct and profound effect. As Marcus Aurelius put it: “What we do echoes in eternity.”

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Mark Giglio, Author and Artist

Mark Giglio, Author

Poetic Prose

Alchemist Gift

Alchemist Gift

I was reading some passages in my novel Alchemist Gift and I was wondering when is prose writing too poetic to be prose. I will read some snippets from Alchemist Gift and let you decide. I’ll be at La Stats Thursday on Thursday the 23rd to find out what you think. My friend Tomas Gayton is the featured poet. Check out the information below for this years calendar.
NEW ALCHEMY POETRY SERIES – Featured Poet: Tomas Gayton
Le Stats West MUSIC / Performance Venue
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 7 – 8:45 p.m. & Special Events
Adams Avenue at Felton Street, Normal Heights 92116
http://lestats.coffee
Featured Poets & Open Mic
Host: Seretta Martin & Co-host: Fred Longworth
Purchase delicious food, deserts and coffee!
Come early. Street parking all around the neighborhood.
2017 line up: NOTE: 3RD THURSDAY MARCH – DEC.
January: Pat Andrus
February: thomas gayton
March 16: Bruce Boston
April 20: Katie Manning
May: 18 TBA
June 15: Anna Zappoli and Ted Washington
July hrough December: TBA


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