Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Mr. Anderson's words are delivered entirely sans pretense. No smoke and screens; no circuitous plot. What remains is a simple tale of goodness versus the evil of intolerance. His characters are compelled to be unguardedly honest and straight to the point. If you are looking for an intricate, word-woven story, this may not be the book for you. But, if you are interested in writing that dispenses with the fluff and unabashedly contends with the age old struggle of discrimination, then you can curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and this soft cover for a nice afternoon read. The author says "the theme of the story is that of friendship, love, compassion, and loyalty triumphing over human ignorance and prejudice." Toward that end, his delivery is unfailing.
I would do more reading and learn more about the writing style of other authors.
You have no story without conflict. You also need to develop your characters fully to make them more interesting so your audience can relate to them.
I'm not really a people person, I'm used to being by myself.
Same as question #3
I haven't really given it much though, though being a published author is quite an accomplishment for me.
I hope to someday be remembered as an individual who even despite having Asperger Syndrome, was able to fulfill his hopes and dreams and overcome all challenges he comes across.
Blurb of Partially Human from Amazon.com
Joshua Plofhard is one of Los Angeles's most beloved citizens. With wonderful friends, a beautiful new girlfriend, and a bright future, life couldn't get any better. But when it is discovered and revealed that he carries the DNA of a dying alien species in his body, Joshua not only finds himself ostracized, feared, and scorned by a community that once embraced him, but he is now hunted by The Prejudice, a mysterious serial killer notorious for targeting those looked down upon by society. With help from his mother Alicia, girlfriend Kimberly Derth, friends Rick Warris, Peter Christjes, Eric Blonfly, and several others who come to sympathize with his plight, Joshua realizes that there are still people who care about him, even in a world filled with prejudice.
Excerpt From PARTIALLY HUMAN
Friday, June 18th, 1999, exactly thirty days till Joshua’s nineteenth birthday.Alicia knew that she would have to tell Joshua the truth and soon. No one else knew but her.It was a beautiful morning in Los Angeles. Alicia had just started to make breakfast.Upstairs in his room, Joshua was awakened by the ringing of his alarm clock. He reached over and switched it off. Then he sat up, yawned, stretched his arms, and removed the covers. After taking off his striped pajamas, he put on a purple T-shirt, black jeans, and white socks. Then getting down on his knees, he reached under the bed, and took out a pair of white sneakers.Downstairs in the bathroom, Joshua took a comb and ran it through his hair. He put the comb down and turned on the tap. Cold water began to flow from the faucet. He scrubbed his face with soap and water, then reached for a towel to dry himself. Joshua stared at his reflection in the mirror. He had grown into a handsome young man, with blue eyes and bleached blonde hair, standing at a height of five feet and seven inches. He had become popular with the girls, although he didn’t know why.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Join young adult science fiction author Dwayne G. Anderson, author of PARTIALLY HUMAN (Infinity Publishing), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in September on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours!Dwayne G. Anderson was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on September 23, 1982. He spent much of his life in Naicam where he was raised. Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age sixteen, Dwayne’s experiences with being different made him into the man he is today, one who is determined to face and overcome whatever challenges life throws at him. These experiences gave him the inspiration to write “Partially Human”.Dwayne enjoys writing as it has become a way for him to express his thoughts. He tends to write stories with a hidden powerful message to inspire those who read his work.You can visit his website here!*****PARTIALLY HUMAN SYNOPSIS:For Joshua Plofhard, a teenage good samaritan of Los Angeles, life is good. Well-known and well-liked by the city, loved by his friends, and adored by his new girlfriend, Joshua had it all. But when he becomes the victim of a freak mugging, a shocking secret about him is revealed, triggering a chain reaction of events that will forever change his life.When it is discovered that Joshua carries the genes of a dying alien species in his body, life for him is turned upside-down. Now an outcast, rejected by the city that once welcomed him with open arms, Joshua is emotionally shattered by the events that have taken their toll upon him. With only his mother Alicia, friends Peter Christjes, Eric Blonfly, Rick Warris, girlfriend Kimberly Derth, and several others who come to sympathize with his plight, Joshua begins to pick up the pieces of his life.But Joshua's problems are only beginning. Not only has Patrick Urtoma, a government agent been sent to investigate this alien teenager, but Veranda Oltzon, a candidate in the upcoming mayor election is exploiting the discrimination Joshua suffers to rally the public to her side. Also not helping is a mysterious serial killer who has now marked Joshua for death, driven by extreme prejudice against people like him.As the countdown to his nineteenth birthday approaches, the day when the aliens return to reclaim what they created, Joshua learns many lessons about self-acceptance, friendship, compassion, loyalty, love, and how being different makes one unique. Together, he and his friends shall stand together againce the prejudice of an entire city and plea for tolerace towards all individuals, no matter who they are.*****PARTIALLY HUMAN EXCERPT:Later, Joshua went to his room. He sat down on the bed and turned on the radio.“In political new today, mayor candidates Veranda Oltzon and Brian Whipperjao are now having a debate at City Hall East on what they would do if they are elected. We go there now.”A woman’s voice was heard. It was obviously Veranda.“Elect me and I will make big changes to society to make it perfect.”A man, who Joshua knew was Brian, spoke next. “And I guarantee you people that if I get more votes than my opponent, I should win!”Laughs were heard from the audience. Joshua couldn’t help but chuckle.“If I am voted mayor,” said Veranda, “I will change society so that individuals like Joshua Plofhard will not be allowed to live in it.”Cheers were heard.“I disagree,” said Brian. “Joshua has every right to live in this city as the rest of us do. Can’t we all just get along? Rodney King said that!”“True,” said Veranda, “but Joshua is an alien!”Cheers of support were heard.“I don’t care what you think Veranda. To me, Joshua is just like any other person in Los Angeles. I’m sure my brother Otto would agree.”“Who cares?!” said Veranda.More cheers and applause were heard.“Have you people all gone mad?” asked Brian. “This woman here is a racist and is also prejudiced against anyone different! We need a leader whose vocabulary does not include the words discrimination and prejudice.”“Are you saying that you welcome illegal aliens in society?” asked Veranda.Jeers from the crowd towards Brian were heard.“I’m the right person for the job!” said Veranda. “Vote for me!”Applause was heard from the crowd.Joshua turned off the radio. Feeling tired, he kicked off his shoes, then pulled back the covers, and crawled in after turning out the lights.* * *When Joshua opened his eyes, he was standing in a hall that appeared to be in a moving train. The sky outside was bright blue with several white clouds.“Where am I?” he asked himself.He opened a nearby door and went in.Inside this room, he saw a man seated next to an open window. Dressed in a stunning black suit, he sat at a table, writing on some paper, pausing occasionally to look out the window at the scenery. Also on the table, was a black stovepipe hat.“If I can just come up with a good ending,” he said as he scratched his bearded chin.Joshua approached the man and stood before the table.The man looked up from his papers at Joshua. “Oh hello young man,” he said. “What can the president do for you?”“Hey, I know you!” said Joshua. “You’re Abraham Lincoln! I read about you in school!”“So you’ve heard of me,” said Abraham. “I’m writing my Gettysburg address speech. Soon, this train will arrive at Gettysburg where I’ll speak in front of a crowd of people waiting for my appearance. Civil war is tearing the fabric of this country apart. You see, the north opposes slavery, while the south supports it. I’m in favor of the northern country’s opinion.”“So you oppose slavery yourself,” said Joshua.“All men and women are created equally. We all live in this great nation under one God, and therefore, we are all equal living beings.”Joshua listened well to Abraham Lincoln’s words.“If that’s what you believe, why is there still much prejudice in the world, especially against people like me?”“Who are you anyway?”“Joshua Plofhard, a boy who is partially human.”“Can I ask you something?”Joshua took off the headband. “Let me guess. It’s about this gem in my forehead?”“How did it get there?”“I was born this way. Ever since people found out about it, many have been treating me unfairly. On my nineteenth birthday, the alien within me will be extracted by the rest of the species who created it. Once that is done, I will be able to return home. I’m glad I shall not perish from the Earth.”“Joshua, you shouldn’t let people treat you unfairly simply because of the way you are. Don’t let anybody stop you from being yourself! Stick to it! You were created this way for a reason. After all, that’s what makes you unique!”“Thanks for the advice Mr. Lincoln. I feel much better now.”“You’re welcome,” said Abraham. “Now run along Joshua; I have work to do. The train will soon arrive at Gettysburg, and I must deliver this speech. First, I must come up with a dynamic finish.”“I will,” said Joshua as he began to walk back towards the door.Then Abraham had a thought about something Joshua said.“Shall not perish from the Earth? That’s the ending I’m looking for!”* * *Joshua opened his eyes. He was still lying in bed. It was 7:36 A.M.“Wow!” he said. “What an incredible dream! In fact, I feel better about myself already! Thanks Abraham Lincoln!”He climbed out of bed and put his shoes on. Then he opened the door and walked out into the hall.* * *He stood on the sidewalk outside the hospital. He had called Patrick on a phone, telling him to come pick him up and drive him home.“I feel wonderful! I feel great!” he said to himself. “Look out Los Angeles, here comes the new and improved Joshua Plofhard!”Finally, Patrick’s car arrived. As Joshua climbed in, Patrick told him, “I’ve already called your friends,” he said. “They’ll be waiting for you at home.”“Thanks for telling me. Now take me home to where I belong.”Dwayne's virtual book tour is brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours at www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.com. If you would like to see where Dwayne will be appearing next, visit www.virtualbooktours.authorsabode.com.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
For Joshua Plofhard, a teenage Good Samaritan from Los Angeles, life is good. Well-known and well-liked by the city, loved by his friends, and adored by his new girlfriend, Joshua had it all. But when he becomes the victim of a freak mugging, a shocking revelation about him is revealed, triggering a chain reaction of events that will forever change his life.When it is discovered that Joshua carries the genes of a dying alien species in his body, life for him is turned up-side down. Now an outcast, rejected by the city that once embraced him, Joshua is emotionally shattered by the events that have taken their toll upon him. With only his mother Alicia, friends Peter Christjes, Eric Blonfly, Rick Warris, girlfriend Kimberly Derth, and several others who come to sympathize with his plight, Joshua begins to pick up the pieces of his life.But Joshua's problems are only just beginning. Not only has Patrick Urtoma, a government agent sent to investigate this alien teenager, but Veranda Oltzon, a candidate in the upcoming mayor election is exploiting the discrimination Joshua suffers to rally the public to her side. Also not helping is a mysterious serial killer who has now marked Joshua for death, driven by extreme prejudice against people like him.As the countdown to his nineteenth birthday continues, the day when the alien return to reclaim what they created, Joshua learns many lessons of self-acceptance, friendship, compassion, loyalty, love, and how being different makes on unique. Together, he and his friends shall stand together against the prejudice of an entire city and plea for tolerance towards all individuals, no matter who they are.
Monday, September 3, 2007
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Ladies and Gentlemen,No you are not having problems with your vision. You are indeed seeing two of me. I am Maggie and this is Maggie as well. Our ship traveled through a compression, duplicating gravitational field. Each of you have been "scrunched" and "duped". So now you can go around talking to yourself and noone will say anything. Giggle. Don't worry, this condition will wear off in a few days. In the meantime, we are on our way to visit a very interesting moon, Cruento. Cruento is the only moon in the Twin Planet System that was created by two Ancients instead of one. It is divided into two halves. One half has clear water and is inhabited by centaurs. The other half has blood water and is inhabited by what we might call vampires. There may be other species but none have been recorded. We will be there tomorrow. Also, be prepared to revisit Vithan now that the Protectors have left. We'd like to take this time to thank our sponsor Charlene Leatherman author of Prophecy of Vithan available with Cerridwen Press.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
"You're tense," Len began massaging his wife's shoulders. "You were so deep in thought. I didn't think you heard me come in."
"Um. That feels so good. I have hauled cargo, unloaded ships, danced for hours, butchered zrabicas and battled dragons, but shelling beans is the hardest job I've ever done. I am so tired."
"What were you thinking about?"
"When we first met."
"You mean when we were married?"
"No," Morgan smiled. "When I tied you up and left you in the vithan village. It was even before I became Khai's bodyguard. Do you remember?"
"Oh yeah. Tige Minton was my partner." Len slipped his hand off Morgan's shoulder and into her blouse. "Where are the kids?" Len whispered in Morgan's ear. His tongue tickled the edge. Morgan shivered as he blew on her ear, cooling the moisture from his tongue.
"Inhibe took Ophah and Edan on a tour of the Amethyst Forest. She promised to protect them from falling crystals with her wings. Inhibe is doing quite well with her dragon lessons. She can turn her wings almost to stone. I told her..."
Len leaned over Morgan and silenced her with a kiss. "Be quiet woman. The kids are gone and your man needs some loving."
Morgan laughed into Len's mouth.
"He does, does he?" Morgan turned so she could kiss Len. "Let me just turn off the transmitter."
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