Recent Reviews for S. J. Reisner
Faith In Unicorns (Short Story) - 6/10/2005 9:53:50 AM|
i love it! very well done! :)
The Elements of Warfare (Short Story) - 8/8/2004 7:32:14 AM
Excellent story. You painted a picture of a future who's occupants live for the wars; nothing matters but the kill, the battle, the victory. It's haunting in its perception because it could be true; a sign of our destiny? The woman warrior in your story will stay with me for a long time.
Persecution My Foot! (Article) - 2/18/2006 12:09:01 PM
Persecution My Foot! (Article) - 2/18/2006 1:41:20 AM
"See, the irony is that I've never done anything criminal. I pay my taxes and work hard." Seems so simple, doesn't it? So logical to look around and see exactly who fills the prisons, who doesn't pay taxes? My personal experience is that I don't know one non-Christian criminal, but I know many Christian criminals. I don't know one non-Christian who doesn't pay taxes, or even one who resents paying taxes, yet I know many Christians who brag about not paying taxes and many more who whine and complain about paying taxes. And I know a lot of both - Christians and non-christians. They perceive persecution simply because others have had enough of their duplicity and said enough! But then, I think their perception is off on many things, so it doesn't surprise me. While I'm on my rant, I'll tell you what annoys me more than anything. Christians who feel persecuted and make fun of me for fighting to protect their rights.
That's Not What That Means.... (Article) - 2/15/2006 3:04:02 AM
That's Not What That Means.... (Article) - 2/13/2006 11:46:08 AM
I liked this article. What struck me as funny though is that with only a few small exceptions the definition of Fascism seems to describe Microsoft, the BSA, the RIAA, the MPAA, ClearChannel, AT&T, a few cable companies, and the Mafia.
I personally think we've been looking in the wrong direction for who weilds all the political power in the USA...but that's another rant for another time.
Journalists these days do little more than repeat the press releases they are handed...and the words they use are defined any way the advertisers wish. It's called "spin"...
See what a great article you wrote? :o) You sure got me going! Thanks for writing it, I enjoyed it very much and cheered all the way through it. Good job! Jill
Invisible Friends in a Make-Believe World (Article) - 12/30/2005 8:56:37 PM
I had only seen the title of this article and I already knew I was going to love reading it.
It's true of myself right down to a T, and I couldn't agree with your methods more. Plot-pointing, summarisingand plot-mapping are good, though a good dictaphone and an empty room are my best tools. I also beleive it's one of the key's to creating a beleivable character. If you can settle into that role, and words come naturally, then that character will likely end up with a natural and beleivable personality, which I've found from a lot of the feedback I've heard is one of the great keys to pulling a logical mind into an illogical setting.
An awesome read, and it's refreshing to hear someone else supporting that which I've told people for years — that just because you're being imaginative, doesn't mean you're mad ;)
In Defense of Fantasy Fiction (Article) - 12/29/2005 5:47:54 AM
AFTER READING SOME OF YOUR ARTICLES AND STORIES POSTED AT AUTHORSDEN - I am convinced that we are going to have a century of a glowing literary production.
"In Defense of Fantasy Fiction" like all of Your works must be promoted by those that want the greatness of America SHOWN.
I am proud and grateful to be familiar with Your works.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Saturnalia - A History Lesson (Article) - 12/29/2005 3:46:50 AM
GREETINGS AND BENISONS to Master J. S. Reisner.
This article, "Saturnalia - A History Lesson" is self-explanatory.
IT IS WORTH A BILLION DOLLARS, - just to give it a material value -
for it is a golden key to free souls from the slaveyard of ignorance.
May You enjoy a long healthy life through a productive living.
In gratitude and reverent admiration, always.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Christmas is NOT Under Attack so Stop Whining Already! (Article) - 12/22/2005 6:41:12 PM
There is much truth here! Happy Holidays.
Christmas is NOT Under Attack so Stop Whining Already! (Article) - 12/22/2005 12:24:00 PM
Excellent article! This line -- the Christians stole the Winter Solstice from the pre-Christian pagans to get people to convert to Christianity Thank you for saying what needs to be said -- puts the whole thing into perspective, and points out what has their panties in such a wad. Poor fools don't even know their own history, or how they've been manipulated by their own leaders and continue to project their ignorance onto others. It's really very sad, but I've run out of patience for those who choose to remain ignorant instead of taking the time to learn what they need to know. Let them stay ignorant in the privacy of their own homes and churches and stop forcing their crazy ideas on the rest of us.
Wishing For More and Getting Squat? (Article) - 10/30/2005 2:28:09 PM
Outside Classroom Education - An Unfair Advantage? (Article) - 10/16/2005 4:22:04 PM
Thanks for your article. If giving a child a book to study at home is an unfair advantage then be UNFAIR. I'm a 73 year-old woman with a learning disability and, I become very upset when people take educating our children lightly. Please keep speaking up, Betty
Outside Classroom Education - An Unfair Advantage? (Article) - 10/16/2005 10:04:59 AM
ah, -no child left behind- in action. during our pre term meetings this year we were given a tongue in cheek, albeit I fear at least partly true, handout in which -no child left behind- was likened to a basketball team. According to the handout; all effort is to be expended into teaching the kid in the wheel chair how to stand and shoot baskets while ignoring the child who can actually stand and shoot baskets. At the end of the year when the kid in the wheel chair is still in the chair and cannot shoot baskets and the standing kid no longer has any interest in shooting baskets; the educational system is obviously in the wrong and the teacher is not doing the job. My own pre teaching education (pre -no child left behind-, you know back in the olden days) included : accept the student where he/she is and move the student forward. We are not always allowed to do that today it seems..... we are now facing : ensure that no child is allowed to progress further than his peers and thus ensure -no child is left behind-
Outside Classroom Education - An Unfair Advantage? (Article) - 10/15/2005 11:24:56 PM
Good article. The literal meaning of the word Education is to draw out the potential already there in the child. I wonder how many teachers or education sytems actually follow that. They are too preoccupied with their own world.
Outside Classroom Education - An Unfair Advantage? (Article) - 10/15/2005 1:34:03 PM
This is too sadly true! But it shouldn't surprise any of us when we learn that the public education system is the same one that Hitler used. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece....
Depression (Article) - 10/14/2005 8:03:09 PM
Good advice! Medication is always a LAST resort for desperate people. It may be helpful in some cases, but many of us respond very well to sunshine and laughter - and definitely exercise! Thanks for sharing!
The Official Internet Radio Interview Scoop (Article) - 10/14/2005 7:58:01 PM
Amazing experience. I suppose if you hadn't done it, you would have always wondered. I took advantage of a radio opportunity to talk about my book, it didn't cost anything but the catch was I had to stay up until 2 a.m. and then call in, the program aired at midnight LA time, was completely local and to this day I don't know if it helped a bit. But it was an experience! Thanks for sharing yours!
Getting to THE END (Article) - 10/8/2005 4:06:53 AM
good for you
Getting to THE END (Article) - 10/5/2005 10:47:58 AM
Bravo! And a needed kick in the pants. I'm glad I paused for a moment to read and now back to work.
Getting to THE END (Article) - 10/5/2005 3:32:18 AM
S.J., Being a freelance proof reader, a columnist, and an editor for other works doesn't work as well when you are doing your own work. A good trick that works for me is to hand the entire manuscript to someone you trust and ask for honest feedback. Give them the ok for the red pen and then see what they find. Quite often you will be amazed as to what they find that you missed 20 times. They also will find things that you disagree with, but the combative creative energy that exudes will push you faster to the finish. Food for thought... It works for me.... and hey.. we live 10 miles from each other.
Saying Yes (Article) - 9/29/2005 7:34:14 PM
Y E S ~!!! Extremely well-written and right on target! As a former therapist, and a long-time student of psychology -- probably read enough self-help books to fill a small public library --, I
have been preaching yes-theory for years. Sometimes fairly effectively, but. . .hate to say this. . .don't believe I have written anything that puts it so well. We have to give ourselves positive messages to succeed. We have to be our own best friends. Unfortunately, most of us were programmed to respond negatively. . .w h o a. You have said it ALL. Without going on for pages, or
using ten-dollar words. One more thing, and I promise to hush.
Your self-esteem should be waaaay up. Though in the long run, the proof is in the pudding, isn't it?! So glad I caught this.
Blessings Galore, 'Pea' <3 PS: Though I have preached this kind of thing, I still find myself 'forgetting.' Thank you SO much for the reminder.
Choosing a Publisher (Article) - 9/24/2005 4:16:41 AM
informative article. I review many books coming from a variety of publishers, often the authors are almost apologetic if they are vanity press etc. I remind them that they are in good company : Dickens, Twain and Hemingway ALL pubbed their own books at some point.
Choosing a Publisher (Article) - 9/20/2005 9:11:30 PM
Excellent article with many options to consider supported by the pros and cons. Let's hope writers read it and read it again.
My Surreal Life (Article) - 9/17/2005 2:40:33 PM
It's funny because when I published my book on lulu.com , I got the exact opposite impression ..I wasn't floating on a surreal cloud nor was I particularly enthusiastic..I kept thinking this is a step forward..I'm ageeing (I'm 25) and this is part of the process of evolving.It's a bit like publishing and expressing is a heavy load of "maturity and wisdom". It's a big responsability to defend your thoughts. Anne.
Saying Yes (Article) - 9/4/2005 5:43:30 AM
I too, have had to swallow a lot of my own self-esteem issues and fears over the last year and simply say "Yes, I'll do it." Sometimes it's turned out great, others I've looked like an ass, but now I know what I can do and what I can't. Life is all about challenging ourselves and learning from our mistakes. Wonderful positive writing, thank you.
Saying Yes (Article) - 8/30/2005 9:45:24 PM
A word of caution here. Everything varies issue to issue, person to person and so one should discriminate on which issue to say yes and which issue to say no. Blindly following yes or no can be counterproductive. Hindu philisophy stresses on discretion and discrimination.