Monday, April 24, 2017

…On Poetry and Fiction – “Mind Photographs: Write What You See”

        Our mind is the most intricate, specially designed attribute of our human existence. It is at work twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; even as we sleep. It is thinking, searching, scanning sorting, saving, dreaming and remembering.  Our mind always keeps us in tune, aware and alive. It keeps us in touch with ourselves and the world. It keeps us knowledgeable, decisive, reactive, proactive, approachable, emotional and strong. Most of all it enhances our view through its unique lens, and brings all that we see into focus. It is magically “photographic”, and allows us to develop the greatest pictures and photos through that unique lens, empowering our mind’s eye. So the most natural thing to do from this moment on would be to turn our “Mind Photographs” into Poetry and Fiction by simply writing what we see.

  When you walk through the park, take a “mind” photo of the tall green trees and dancing leaves, that play a game of “hide and seek” with the sun; When you stare up at the moon, take a “mind” photo of the stars in the sky that seem to be twinkling to only your heart, in morse code; When you are relaxing in your garden, take a “mind” photo of the many flowers swaying in the wind, while colorful butterflies bless them in graceful flight; take a “mind” photo of the chirping birds that stop by for a quick dip in your stone bird bath; take “mind” photos of the changing seasons as Old Man Winter makes way for an early Spring and vivacious Summer pushes through, awaiting the earthy colors of Autumn to appear; take “mind” photos of roaring seas, burning sands, blue skies and lovely beaches; take “mind” photos of children playing and grown-ups laughing…people walking…people talking…couples holding hands; take “mind” photos in the dog park, at the zoo, on a pier; take “mind” photos of the skyline, the horizon, the sunset…keep taking those “mind” photos.

  Now you may ask, wouldn’t it be easier to just snap some photos with a camera phone, then look at them later and put those images into poetry and fiction? Yes, that may be the case; however, if you keep clicking photos with your camera phone, you take the enjoyment and precision out of simply recording those real-time images through the lens of your mind’s eye. You’ll soon realize that your concentration and focus are no longer there, since you are totally preoccupied and totally distracted by technology in trying to capture images with your camera phone - most times missing the emotions and moments as they happen.  Trust your mind, trust your memory, and sit back and relax. Let the world happen. At the end of the day, your mind will have collected a superb array of the most spectacular photos of love, life, nature and whatever else you’ve encountered in your day.

  Now sit at your computer and type out words, phrases and sentences, describing that superb array of the most spectacular “mind” photos ever. Words of love, life, people, nature...Add some emotion and breathe life into those words, phrases and sentences - and just write what you have seen through the powerful lens of your mind’s eye. Bring all of those images together and create poetry that will sing like a melody and play out like a song; create fiction that will read like a stage play and perform like a movie. Your writing will become a photographer's dream.    

Friday, March 24, 2017

…on Poetry and Fiction – “Create and Write from the ‘Spice Rack of Life’ ”


            May I ask you something personal? You may think to yourself, what the heck does this have to do with Poetry and Fiction? Well, you might be surprised…So back to my personal question, if you don’t mind…- What would your pasta sauce taste like without some pungent garlic, a pinch of salt, a hint of basil, a dash of oregano, a sprinkle of parsley, a splash of wine, a touch of sugar, and a capful of olive oil? Pretty tasteless, right? So without insulting anyone (I hope), that would be quite a boring pasta sauce. Now I know your pasta sauce would never be tasteless or boring. If you’re like me, you have a great “old-world recipe” at your fingertips, or hidden in some special place, just waiting for you to use it. You’ll follow it step by step, adding every herb and spice that tickles the taste buds. Well, it’s the same thing with writing poetry and fiction. You need to spice it up. So, obviously, you can’t spice up your writing with various herbs, spices and savory ingredients; but you can spice it up by using a variety of additives, elements and components from what I like to call, the “Spice Rack of Life”.   

            Let’s see now. What can we find on our “Spice Rack of Life”? We can find a little heart, a touch of drama, a dash of comedy and some sweet compassion. There is a mind full of spite, yet a jolt of true happiness; a pocket full of smiles, a whole lot of fun, a hint of insanity, and a handful of jealousy. I can even see a huge load of evil right next to a soul full of kindness. There is love and hate, sorrow and tears, empathy and friendship, and oh so much more.  All you need to do now is use these wonderful “spices” in your writing. Whether it’s a poem or a work of fiction, just mix and match anything and everything you can find on your “Spice Rack of Life”, and then create. You can create unique poems, themes, stories, settings, plots, characters. Whether or not your poetry and/or fiction ends up tasteless and boring like a pasta sauce with no aromatic herbs and special ingredients in it, is a choice you will have to make. However, keep in mind that a boring poem, a boring theme, a boring setting, a boring plot and a boring character, will only create a boring read. Is that what you want for your readers? Readers who have selected your poems and your fiction, with the great hope and anticipation of travelling on great journeys through your writing? I don’t think so. So, like a chef who must cook up a feast for a King, you must cook up great poetry and fiction for your noble readers.

With poetry and fiction, you need to capture every moment. Breathe life into it and let it soar.  With that special touch, that special magic, that added “spice”, you will surely captivate your readers by holding their interest and leaving them wanting more of your poetry and more of your fiction; with an insatiable appetite that will grow with every word.  Let your characters shine with personality, let your setting and background jump off the written page into your reader’s living room, let the plot entertain and mesmerize as it leads to a climax. Then let the conclusion of your poem or fiction leave the readers in awe, treating them to an experience that questions their own reality; making them feel as if they had momentarily left their world and journeyed through the world of your poetry and/or your fiction, landing back in their seats only after reading the last word or turning the last page.  Remember, this magic is created through your choice of “spice”. Choose “special”, choose “emotion”, choose “color”, choose “raw”, choose “real”, choose “love”, choose “life”; just choose. 

            A writer, similar to a cook, must mix and match, taste as they go along, add a little of this and a little of that, and continue to stir their pot until that final dish has been prepared to perfection. Your final dish will be that perfect poem or that perfect fiction. You’ll know it too, because the spice in your writing will touch all of your senses. That’s when you are ready to serve your work to the world.

            Below are five examples of sentences, two sentences to each example, for your review and consideration.  The first sentence is created without choosing from the “Spice Rack of Life”, while the second sentence is just a re-creation of the first, choosing from the “Spice Rack of Life”. You decide which sentence in each example is the better of the two. You decide which sentence holds your interest best, and invites you into a story that makes you want to continue reading and exploring the journey:   

            Example #1:
1. She took a walk along the beach on a hot day, hoping to find love.
                OR –
2. She walked barefoot across burning sands and crackling seashells, soothed only by intervals of cool ocean breezes, gentle salt-spray, and the smile of a man sitting by the shore.

Example #2:
1. Last night they danced at the party to loud, vibrating, and unending music.
    OR –
2.  They stepped out onto that dance floor, energized by the beat of the haunting music, hypnotized by a night of mystery, and driven to the point of no return.

Example #3:
1. It was such a dark, rainy and frightening night outside.
    OR –
2. The sky was dark and eerie, the trees swayed violently, and a raging rain poured from the ruthless clouds, as a stranger approached me at my doorstep. 

Example #4:
1. The bride looked beautiful in her wedding gown, anxious to meet the groom.
    OR –
2. The bride pranced down the aisle like a princess draped in ivory, ignited by blazing sequins and shimmering pearls, while she eyed her beloved at the altar.
            Example #5:
1. I was waiting at the train station for hours with no train in sight, hoping to get home before dark.
                OR –
2. The station was desolate and the wooden tracks frightening, as I stood alone in the darkness praying for a sign of life; awaiting the headlights of an approaching train that would never come.

            So what do you think? It’s kind of fun to pick and choose your words and add some “spice” to it all, in order to bring your poetry and fiction to life, isn’t it? I hope you can take something valuable from this article and use it in your own writing. Practice with a few of your own sentences. Be brave! Have fun! Go ahead! Try it.  Choose great words, write great sentences, write great poems, create great fiction and add great “spice”. Remember to select from your “Spice Rack of Life” whenever you begin to write.  Always keep in mind that if you don’t like tasteless and boring, your readers will not like tasteless and boring either. So good luck, and cook up a feast! Share it with the world! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

...on Poetry and Fiction - "Line of Communication"

Poetry - Poetry is simply "words" served upon life's platter by every poet; feast or famine, every poem means something to someone.

Fiction - Fiction imitates life. It is full of special characters, created and developed by the writer, who live in a world controlled by the writer. Fiction takes readers on journeys, perhaps never travelled before.

Let's look at poetry. Can anyone write poetry? If you have loved, lost, laughed, cried, smiled, frowned, saw, heard, tasted, smelled, touched, then you most certainly can put those feelings and emotions into words. Poetry is a "line of communication" between the mind and heart and the "written page". If you can figure out how to open up that line of communication, you will have accomplished what many others had hoped to do, yet feared to try. 

If you can unlock the thoughts in your mind and the emotions in your heart, and just let those feelings possess you, your line of communication will magically open, as it transports all that you are to the "written page". A page that will welcome you with open arms, hold your secrets until you are ready to reveal them, caress everything you write with loving hands, comfort you like an old friend, love you like family, listen to your every word, no matter how boring you may seem at first; and then just allow you to talk, to write, to change your mind, to rearrange your thoughts, to feel, to be - until you are ready to open yourself up, reveal who you are, and share your most precious poems with the world. 

Now let's take a look at fiction. Fiction is a world of make-believe brought to life. The author creates the characters in his/her image, and places them in a world of his/her creation. It is the most magical accomplishment in the universe. These characters become your friends, your family, your lovers, your enemies - whomever you wish them to be. Each one is unique to your own liking, and each one will exist in the world you created; living, loving and feeling everything you desire in order to take your story to the heights of perfection. 

The setting can be one familiar to you, or some far away place you travelled to in the past. The plot will fall into place as you develop your characters and storyline, sometimes never knowing where the story is going until you are actually there. Once the story reaches its climax, and there is no turning back, you will have no choice but to move forward as well. As the creator, it is now your choice as to where to bring the lives of the characters in your work of fiction. So you move them all to a conclusion that will excite your readers. Will your characters lose a life's battle, or succeed wonderfully? Will they die off from illness or murder, or will they live on in good health and happiness? Will they find romance, or experience lost love? Will they win in the end and walk off into the sunset, or leave the reader hanging on until you write the second series in this work of fiction? Your call, dear author. Make it wisely.

Now, as in poetry, here is the same question. Can anyone write fiction? Again, my feeling on this - if you can live life, find love in all forms, maintain friendships, relationships, and have great conversations with people, you can create good fiction. Fiction closely imitates life. If you've experienced lands near and far, created memories in your mind and heart, shared those memories with those closest to you - then, once again, that line of communication will magically open and transport you to the "written page". You will most definitely be welcomed there with open arms. What you write and how you go about it, is totally up to you. But can you do it? Absolutely.

In my writing, I find putting more dialogue in the storyline and less narrative, brings the characters and the story to life. It moves the plot along seamlessly, placing the reader in the middle of the action, allowing them to experience your fiction as if they were reading a play or watching a movie. So, as you see, it's all up to you. Every author has a unique writing style, but every author is capable of travelling that line of communication from their mind and heart, to the "written page". I believe most people can accomplish this as well, on different levels.

One word of advice on writing poetry and/or fiction, as I see it, is to view the world through emotion and spirit. Always be in tune to your surroundings and the people you come in contact with on a daily basis. That is where you will find your triggers to creativity. I believe that is the focus for many writers, and that is the lesson non-writers would be blessed to learn and embrace. Don't just walk through life. Feel it, mingle with it, hold hands with it, dance with it - and then write about the journey.          

Sunday, January 29, 2017

...Free ebooks in pdf format (Limited-Time Offer) (JUST RATE and REVIEW)

Good Morning...just wanted to let you readers out there (and non-readers, who might enjoy free ebooks), know that my four ebooks are available for a limited-time offer, in pdf format. All you need to do is ask, by contacting me at my e-mail address, below:

Hope you take the opportunity to check them out. If you'd like, (after reading an ebook), it would be very much appreciated if you took a few short moments to rate and review it on Amazon. Just search for the ebook on Amazon under Phyllis P. Colucci, (or simply click on my Author Page on Amazon, also noted below) and go from there. Very simple to do. There is absolutely NO obligation on your part to do so, however. It's just a great thing for an indie author to have on their side, for further promotion and to help get their books out there. So regardless of whether or not you leave a rating and/or review, I do hope you enjoy the ebook(s) during this "limited-time offer". Happy reading!

Below is my Author Page on Amazon. Feel free to browse and read through the "Descriptions" and "Look Inside", to see if any one of the ebooks might interest you. If so, you know what to do. Contact me at my e-mail address above, and I will gladly send you the pdf copy for free. Select as many as you care to read. The books are also available through "Kindle Unlimited" for you avid readers who use that.

Below are extra photos of the book covers, as well -

"Secrets and Lies" (Fiction/Novella/Romance) - (A short read)
"The Hand She Dealt to Me" (Fiction/Novel/Mystery/Suspense)
"Treasure Chest of Words" (A Collection of Original Poems) (Poetry)
"Voices" (Fiction/Novel/Mystery/Suspense)

MY WORDS TO ALL OF YOU: Always remember that authors and poets serve their words onto life's platters for readers to ingest. Whether feast or famine, there is always something special there for everyone. Enjoy!
BEST WISHES- Phyllis P. Colucci                                                    

Saturday, January 21, 2017

...Liberal Left or Conservative Right?

Good Day. I must share this story with you...On Thursday, January 19, 2017, I was checking my Twitter account. While scrolling through tweets on one of the major issues of our time, the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, I came across a tweet from actress and self-professed activist, Debra Messing. She was calling for a protest in NYC (#NYtakeover, #100daysofresistance) to challenge some of President Trump's policies. I took one look at the list of those she called to join her, and I noticed most of them were actors (Hollywood Left), one was liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, another was the Radical Rev himself, Al Sharpton, and lastly, our own New York City Mayor - Mayor DeBlasio.

Now, honestly, with that cast of characters, and Messing's hashtags, what good could come of these protests? Regardless though, that is her choice and her right, as long as the protest is peaceful. I, being from the Conservative Right, read that tweet and realized that this call to protest could possibly incite violence, and attract a rough element that would only endanger our City. Just look at what happened in the Streets of Washington, D. C. during President Trump's inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017 (fires were being started, store windows broken, a car was set on fire, arrests were made).

Anyway, I decided to exercise my right to comment on the tweet, stating that this type of behavior toward our President is shameful, and that he should be given a chance to lead our country before being crucified. Well...all hell broke loose on Twitter this evening (Thursday 1/19/17). I was being hit hard, tweet after tweet, from the liberal left -  "get off Twitter", "fuck you", "you call yourself a writer?", "self-publishing does not make you a writer",  "You live in a world of fiction"...and much more.

Now yes, I am a self-published author on Amazon by choice. After retiring from my day job, I decided to pursue my passion for writing fiction and poetry. That is my right. Why should anyone from the liberal left harass me, degrade me, discredit me, with tweets regarding my efforts to self-publish, because they were upset that I exercised my right to comment on Debra Messing's tweet (above). You see, there is a double standard here. The same rights the liberal left fights for and wants for themselves, are the same rights they attack the conservative right for expressing - The First Amendment is for everyone. However, because the liberal left discovered through Twitter that I was a Trump Supporter, they crucified me by attacking me as a self-published author. One gentleman even tweeted, "How does it feel to be slaughtered on Twitter". He was from the left and thought that they had a right to do this to me. I responded that "their" tweets are amusing and it only confirms my beliefs on the left.

As the evening progressed, a certain liberal-left female continued to harass me, tweeting about my being a terrible author. She actually researched the fact that I was an Indie Author with several books on Amazon, and decided to use that information against me. She went to my Amazon page and found that one of my books, titled "Secrets and Lies", was actually on free promotion. Her tweets to me, discrediting my writing ability, just made her so predictable. I knew she would try to pull something off regarding my ebooks on Amazon, so I checked my Author Page before going to bed that night. Sure enough I found that she had rated my book with one star and gave it a terrible review. Why? Because I was a Trump supporter and exercised my right to comment on liberal left actress, Debra Messing's, tweet. This type of behavior is so typical of the left. Some of you leftists out there may not agree, and some of you may find it in your heart to see that this behavior is wrong. I say stick to the political issues, and stop making it personal. Learn to respect the opposite view.

Anyway, I tweeted this woman back and let her know I was onto her antics. She turned around and replied that she did this to up my readership. She claimed that she read the book in three hours this same evening and found it tedious, but finished it out of obligation rather than joy. Would you believe that? I know she did not read that book in three hours, since she was harassing me with tweets all evening. She may have read the introduction to get an idea of the story, then just put in a fake rating and review.  (See end of this blog post for details)

In closing here, I will just say that I am very disappointed in the behavior of the liberal left, and see that they resort to unfair and vicious attacks on the conservative right for not sharing the same political views. This is very UNAMERICAN!

I find that the "left" has gone to the "dark side" and has joined a vicious cult, similar to the Hollywood Left, which encourages this type of "behavior in solidarity". If this continues, the left will no longer be heard, will no longer be taken seriously, and their fight will end in disaster. Hollywood may suffer the same fate. People will no longer watch the awards shows, they will no longer watch the movies, and they will have little respect for actors they supported in the past. - and that's my story. Ciao!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

...On "Dialogue-Only" Fiction

One of the first ebooks I ever attempted to write, titled "The Hand She Dealt to Me", actually ended up to be a work of fiction written totally in "dialogue-only" style. I didn't realize the direction I was going in until I was half way or better, towards completion of the novel. That's when I stopped and questioned myself as to what the heck I was doing. With all the work and effort that I had already invested in this work of fiction, I decided to ride it out and continue on this path until I reached the end of my story. To my amazement, I was fully engrossed in the characters, the storyline, the twists and turns to the plot, the climax, etc...etc...and surprised myself when I went back and read/proofread the entire novel. I actually felt a sense of accomplishment after using this style of writing.

However, since it was a style I was not familiar with, both as a reader and a writer, I decided to research the style to see if other authors attempted this. To my surprise, I found some information out there which helped me come to terms with the fact that I had chosen a unique writing style and was setting myself up for some serious criticism. (Below is a bit of information on the subject, written by a gentleman named ALEXANDER KALAMAROFF, which I came across while searching the internet):


The dialogue novel is a unique creature. In it the conversations among characters are the primary or only means of narrative advancement—so the initial experience might be similar to reading a play or movie script, where we’re tasked to mentally dramatize what we’re reading. But the dialogue novel is intriguing because it is not meant for stage or screen. And compared to its compatriot, the monologue novel—which has a substantial history shaped by Dostoevsky, Nabokov, and W.G. Sebald, to name only three masters of that form—the dialogue novel is quite rare. While they can be challenging to read, dialogue-dominated narratives create amazing opportunities for philosophical inquiry, stylistic originality, and stunning creativity that are surely worth exploring.
So, in  my opinion, readers either love the style or hate it. Some of my critics felt confused in keeping up with the dialogue, the characters, and who was speaking at the time. Others enjoyed it thoroughly, according to verbal and written reviews. I made it a point to use the characters' names quite frequently in order to identify the speakers for the readers to follow easily. I also made an effort to use separate paragraphs for each speaker. It seemed to flow smoothly for me.  However, I was the creator of this work of fiction. I owned it, I controlled it, I brought it to life. Of course it would run smoothly for me as I read it. So knowing that this work of fiction could somehow prove to be challenging to a reader, it's out there living amongst the many books on the Amazon market, waiting to be purchased by someone who wants to be challenged. Yes, it reads like a play, but feels like a movie. You may find yourself in the middle of the action, with a sudden urge to reach out to the characters. You will want to touch them, talk with them, laugh with them, cry with them, accompany them on their journeys, eat with them, drink with them, and whatever else tickles your fancy. 

You may be pleasantly surprised by this writing style, while enjoying a wonderful story, with twists and turns that may place you so deep into the story that the only way out is to remain there until the very end. Ha! If interested in this experience, feel free to check it out on Amazon (it's just a click away):

Monday, January 9, 2017 and

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