Recent Reviews for J.E. Thompson
What kind of writer are you...your writing Style! (Short Story) - 3/29/2015 5:19:59 PM|
What kind of writer are you...your writing Style! (Short Story) - 3/29/2015 6:48:54 AM
Another good article with great advice from a very good writer. Since I started using my voice system, I find myself writing very long sentences. While editing, I try to correct them. Maybe I shouldn't?
The year that Kennedy died was 1963. That Friday I was en route from my college to home in my car, and while I always had the radio on for pop music, do not recall that event being important… Very strange. But, the next week, while I was in the hospital, I was in the lounge, watching the very first time on television, when Oswald was shot by Ruby, live. I've seen it hundreds of times recorded since.
Enjoy a chapter from Phantoms of Rockwood! (Short Story) - 3/9/2015 4:27:55 AM
I'm not reading enough in the short chapter to understand the significance of a ghost coming back to inhabit another from the school.
Enjoy a chapter from A Brownstone in Brooklyn! (Short Story) - 2/28/2015 9:01:26 AM
This reads more like a memoir than a fictional story. A lot of characters are introduced, primarily Sister Love, but it's hard to get the gist of what's going down from this chapter.
Reminds me of Fillmore Street in San Francisco during the same decade. With the Fillmore Auditorium suddenly being the venue of every hot rock band of the era, and a storefront for the Black Panthers just down the street, rapid change was going on in 1968. I could write about it if I knew more.
Bloodlines, Tales From the African Diaspora (Short Story) - 2/21/2015 8:20:58 AM
Reads like a winner to me. I enjoy short stories because I have little patience and time reading novels, even though I write them. I have read a few short stories from Africa. Primarily from authors here. I find them refreshing because they tend to be very different and delve into subjects and places that I will never go again. I really appreciate these divergent viewpoints to good story writing.
Phantoms of Rockwood Debut Speech at Decatur Book Festival! (Short Story) - 7/11/2014 6:54:16 AM
Good for you. Your personal experiences have paid off in your writing.
From Bushwick High (Brooklyn) to National Award Winning Author! (Short Story) - 7/8/2014 5:18:55 PM
Ron, thank you so much for your wonderful comments...J.E.
From Bushwick High (Brooklyn) to National Award Winning Author! (Short Story) - 7/8/2014 11:07:26 AM
I'm very proud of the way you have overcome that early fear to write novels and articles of award-winning stature. I have worked with people of color for some time. And have noted the coping styles that some of the older citizens, particularly in the South, used to get along. Many of those were highly educated as a way of overcoming the obstacles they faced in Jim Crow America. And then there were the angry ones. But there always were those who could write and those who couldn't. The writers had the upper hand. I'm so glad you became one.
Aside from being a bit lazy when it came to English that got me sidelined, I never had any obstacles to my writing except my family who thought that I wrote too much.
Thompson On...Being a Successful 21st Century Author! (Article) - 2/22/2015 7:29:09 AM
Some good points. I had to leave the pencil/pen and paper behind nearly 20 years ago. So I use the computer almost entirely, like you seem to. I believe when you're referring to folders, you are not referring to the manila folders of my earlier office experience, but folders in the computer… I have thousands of them for my hundreds of thousands of files. As a result, I am well organized, like you… But still sometimes, have trouble finding things after writing so many documents and placing them in folders.
I recall Isaac Asimov, in his Opus 100, stating that he had "stacks" of his manuscripts. He would write on one stack for a while, and then when he got tired or ran out of ideas on that stack, he would find another that he could write to until he had completed another book. I write that way as well, and sometimes have three or four partially finished projects that I visit when I'm ready to write on them again.
Thompson On...Is finding a literary agent an Impossible Dream? (Article) - 2/21/2015 9:27:59 AM
Based on the way that the publishing industry is moving, I don't think agents, like stockbrokers, mean much anymore. You are on the right track by writing and publishing and promoting your work. Once one of your works goes viral for reasons you probably won't even know until after it happens, agents will probably be beating a path to your door. In the meantime, by keeping up the good fight, you stand a better chance of succeeding in your dream to be a well-known author.
JET Thoughts...A Reflection On The Sixties (Article) - 6/14/2014 2:21:23 PM
JET Thoughts...A Reflection On The Sixties (Article) - 6/14/2014 7:39:09 AM
The 60s were, indeed, perhaps the most influential time in my life when I changed greatly while much of the world around me dragged its feet with change… Still does.
Thompson On...Writing Confidence! (Article) - 1/15/2011 8:29:03 AM
Julius, I love your article. Thanks for writing it, for it speaks to the same issue that I have experienced as a new and emerging writer, lack of confidence. At times, I feel like no one wants to hear what I have to say, and I wonder why I am trying to break into this territory. However, a little voice in me keeps feeding my creative faculties, so I continue typing out my ideas. Because of your article, I have found a renewed sense of confidence. I appreciate you for writing this beautiful article. I am going to write until I can't write any more.
Five-Star Book Review: Ghost of Atlanta (Article) - 12/4/2010 5:06:13 AM
Thanks for this Julius! I share with you my 5 STAR REVIEW of ORCHARD PARK by TOM FAHY - review is on his AuthorsDen site. Here is a brilliantly written review of O.P. that recently appeared on amazon.com:
"In the year 2010, when we were told the novel was in decline, when the literati kept circling round their Franzens and Foers, hoping for a miracle, along came a young writer named Tom Fahy who was not inducted by the Curia, worked entirely in his own realm, and spun new literary gold. Orchard Park, Fahy's debut novel, is unlike anything you will have read. Drawn from deepest mineral deposits, a noble, ancient voice, a complete absence of falsity or corruption, and a crystalline beauty of prose--Orchard Park is a work of true genius.
May he walk protected in a field of falsely crowned geniuses, whose work, unlike his, is written through faint jaundice. Fahy works with and through a clean spirit, like a reed flute. There will be passages where you have to put the book down, in amazement.
He will break your heart and give it back to you. Though self-published now, I believe he is as great a writer as this country has ever produced, and maybe, just maybe, those events are mysteriously related." –Trond W. Sibelius
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