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November Eagle Peak Quarterly is Here


November 2014 Eagle Peak Quarterly cover

Check it out, the all new Eagle Peak Quarterly is now up. Beginning today, see these items:

  • An experience by long-time member Keith Robinson chronicling his introduction to Buddhism and the peace initiatives of SGI leader Daisaku Ikeda, culminating in a happy and fortunate life for Keith and his family
  • The conclusion of  the three-part series on Buddhism and Pragmatism, pointing out the significant correlations between what some people may view as a Japanese religion and an American philosophical system
  • An excerpt from Waiting for Westmoreland, John Maberry’s memoir, not previously up on the internet
  • A blurb about the the accomplishments of The Carter Center, one of the web links on Eagle Peak Press
  • A video introduction by jazz great Wayne Shorter to the Power of Women exhibit featured at the September,  2011 Montreux  Jazz Festival
  • A preview of a coming series on writing which will begin in February, 2015.

Five Essential Story Ingredients

Book cover, Waiting for Westmoreland
Waiting for Westmoreland cover

Thanks, Richard Brownell for posting this on LinkedIn to remind us of some essential story ingredients needed for successful writing. The tips are contained in an article on Writer’s Digest, by Steven James. James begins his piece by asking  is the following a story:

Imagine that I’m telling you about my day and I say, “I woke up. I ate breakfast. I left for work.”

Of course it isn’t. From my own writing courses from a bygone time, I recall that a story needs exposition of a character who experiences a conflict. The crisis the character meets may be exacerbated by a weakness or a character flaw. The story arc proceeds through the protagonist discovering more about him or herself and finding the change required to resolve the difficulty. Rather than my explaining all that here, take a look at the item on Writer’s Digest at the link in the first paragraph. Of course, you can also see a real life example looking at my book, Waiting for Westmoreland.