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Dr. Norberto L. Mercado, DD, yearns to help bring peace to his war-torn country, the Philippines, through a unique "water for fire" strategy. The youngest graduate in the history of the National Defense College of the Philippines stresses that the strategy being adopted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in confronting communist insurgency and Muslim separatism is "heroic", but it is a sure formula of defeat.
"In this age of revolution, the contemporary writer should utilize the pen for the preservation of peace," Norberto L. Mercado, a Filipino author, stressed. This is the reason why all the 13 books he had written in 37 months, an average of one book in three months, as well as the anthologies he has written and published, unapologetically assert the indispensability of peace in a nation’s progress.
The author has written more novels than any Asian writer has in just a brief period of time. In fact, he has surpassed the number of novels written by world-renowned novelists like Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn (winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1970) and American authors Ernest Hemingway (winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1954) and William Faulkner. Solzhenitsyn has four novels to his credit, while Hemingway has eight.
His style of writing is simple and succinct, but poignant and colorful. Hemingway’s THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, which won for him the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature, is as simple as I DON’T NEED A THRONE, Norbert’s novel about the love story of the Princess of Thailand. Said novels are just as simple as Solzhenitsyn’s ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DESONOVICH. "The simpler the novel, the better," he said.
In line with Japanese Yasunari Kabawata’s writings about the Japanese way of life, most of Norbert’s novels focus mostly on the current situation in his country. Kabawata is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968.
His books present hope to the Filipino...
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Gini Graham Scott is a screenplay writer, indy producer, and TV game/reality show developer, plus a nonfiction writer who has published over 50 books. She is the co-producer and writer of UNBALANCED, now in postproduction expected to be completed in January 2011. She co-produced and wrote a TV game/show pilot MEET AND COMPETE. She wrote, directed, cast, and produced a trailer for one of her scripts THE NEW CHILD, and has produced, written, and cast several short features: COUGAR AND CUB, ZOO DO, ZOO DON’T, PEACE OUT, THE DEAL, HEADS UP, and MASSAGE WASH. She also produced, wrote, and hosted or directed several TV pilots: THE VERY NEXT NEW THING and BEHIND THE SCENES WITH DEBBI AND FRANKIE.
She has written four scripts for clients, adapted from their novels, memoirs, or script ideas, including KHANTEYA for Julie Thong; FACING OUT, LOOKING IN for Martin Silberstein; GRAY RAINBOW JOURNEY for K.B. Schaller; and ACTOR for Lester Augustine. Client testimonials are on the Website at www.changemakersproductions.com/clients.htm.
She organizes monthly film industry networking events through several film groups she founded with over 1500 members, including the Film and TV Connection in L.A. (www.meetup.com/filmandtvconnection), the Bay Area Film and TV Connection in Oakland (www.meetup.com/bayareafilmandtvconnection), and the Bay Area Film Fans (www.meetup.com/bayareafilmfans). She helps others connect to the film industry through the Film and TV Connection (www.filmandtvconnection.com).
She launched the CHANGEMAKERS RADIO show in September 2009, which features changes in society, the film industry, and more. More details at www.changemakersradio.com.
Her scripts include action/adventure scripts, suspense thrillers, psychological character films, and contemporary dramas. Several projects currently being developed are RICH AND DEAD, FLARE UP, NEW IDENTITY, THE NEW CHILD, and COKE AND DIAMONDS.
Some of Gini Scott’s recent books focus on work issues, creativity, managem
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Paul Tapp, is an Australian award-winning broadcast investigative journalist, whose work in retirement is mainly non-fiction. One such works, described as 'forensic journalism' by prosecutor, John Agius QC, was central to a Commission of Inquiry into the police killing of a fellow Vietnam Veteran. Since the Kbuuk posting of another non-fiction investigative work-in-progress on the disappearance of Hobart beauty Lucille Butterworth, witnesses with conscience have come to the foreground of Tasmania's most enduring mystery. In July 2014 disclosures by one of these has caused a State-directed coronial inquest into Lucille's disappearance. Such is the power of the human spirit...even from the grave, where since 1969, Lucille has been calling 'find me'. I think we have, Lucille. So too is it the power of modern communication where sites like this play no small part in the relentless search for truth. I will continue updating the Lucille story, until all truths are outed. What did Marcus Aurelius say? 'I seek after truth by which no man was ever harmed.'March2016 update, well it seems Tasmania, Australia didn't figure when the great Roman leader pontificates simple truths. This investigative author was escorted from the Butterworth Inquest witness box and taken into custody for what Coroner Simon Cooper considered as an 'uncooperative witness'. The media had a field day but forgot its very own tenet 'without fear or favour' in its scramble to report the historic incident. Not one journo, some old mates of mine, did a follow-up story to allow me my say. I simply refused to answer 'yes' or 'no' to convoluted questions, where either choice of answers might not have been in my interests. I will include this farcical incident in my updated book in a chapter called 'shoot the messenger'. Still waiting at this point for the Coroner's findings.
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Mwandishi wa kitabu hiki, Evarist Chahali, ni Mtanzania mwenye makazi yake jijini Glasgow, Uskochi, na anajitambulisha kama mwanaharakati wa mtandaoni (e-activitist) katika masuala ya haki za kijamii. Ni mhitimu wa Shahada ya kwanza katika Sosholojia (BA in Sociology) aliyoipata katika Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Shahada ya Uzamili katika Stadi za Vita (Master of Letters in War Studies) na Shahada ya Uzamili katika Utafiti wa Siasa (Master of Research in Political Research) alizopata katika Chuo Kikuu cha Aberdeen, Uskochi, ambapo bado anaendelea na Shahada ya Uzamifu katika Stadi za Siasa (PhD in Political Studies – Part-Time).
Kwa zaidi ya miaka 10, amekuwa akiandika makala katika magazeti mbalimbali nchini Tanzania, ambapo huko nyuma aliandikia magazeti ya ‘Kulikoni’ na ‘Mtanzania,’ na kwa sasa ni mwandishi wa makala katika gazeti la kila wiki linaloongoza nchini Tanzania, la ‘Raia Mwema. Kadhalika, mwandishi anamiliki blogu ya ‘Kulikoni Ughaibuni’ iliyoanzishwa mwaka 2006.
Awali, mwandishi alikuwa Mwalimu katika Shule ya Sekondari ya Ecknforde, Tanga, Tanzania kabla ya kujiunga na utumishi serikalini katika Ofisi ya Rais wa Jamhuri wa Munngano wa Tanzania. Hivi sasa, licha ya kuendelea na masomo yake ya Shahada ya Uzamifu (part-time) anajihusisha ushauri wa masuala ya intelijensia (intelligence consultancy).
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Louis Shalako began writing for community newspapers and industrial magazines. His stories appear in publications including Perihelion Science Fiction, Bewildering Stories, Aurora Wolf, Ennea, Wonderwaan, Algernon, Nova Fantasia, and Danse Macabre. He lives in southern Ontario and writes full time.
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