Aspiring Writer ‘Nedds’ Help

Posted June 19, 2014 by Gerald William Shaw
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Yeah, no kidding. The new writer posted on a writers’ discussion group, stating he ‘Nedds’ help in the topic title. Could have been a simple lapse, but his post proved otherwise. This comes back to me whenever someone suggests some people just shouldn’t be writing, or that kids today have been warped by high-tech gibberish. Maybe so, but it would take time to figure that out. Read the rest of this post »

Turning Your Journey into Drama

Posted May 31, 2014 by Gerald William Shaw
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Never underestimate your experience when it comes to writing a novel. I’m not talking about writing a fictional account of your life in semi-autobiographical fashion, rather using what you’ve learned to create a fascinating story. Some of the best novels have characters not so much copied completely from real life, but pieced together with certain traits that made the people interesting. Building on brief encounters along your journey can also bring interesting results. Read the rest of this post »

Editor Interview with Gerald William Shaw

Posted May 27, 2014 by Gerald William Shaw
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*Interview from Phantom Owl Press:

Gerald William Shaw has worked as a writer and editor for books, newspapers, magazines and online sites. His latest edited books include TheBlood Feud, The Blood Tie and the soon-to-be-released The Blood Trail by Shelley Young, and Vibrations: A Psychic Journey by Tammie Whalen Buckler. He is also an author and ghostwriter.

What type of stories do you most enjoy editing?
Right now, I like thrillers, including erotic thrillers. I’ve recently edited the novels of Shelley Young, who is getting quite a following with her Dardian Dreshaj series – The Blood Feud and The Blood Tie.

What other books have you edited?
I’ve edited science fiction and adventure novels. The DreamChaser, a romance-adventure by Anne Higgins Petz, has been getting great reviews. I’m editing a science fiction in the young adult genre for a new writer. I just completed editing a wonderful memoir by a woman with psychic abilities, Vibrations: A Psychic Journey by Tammie Whalen Buckler. I’ve also edited a science textbook, The Young Amateur’s Guide to Radio Physics. So, I pretty much cover a wide range. Read the rest of this post »

How to Stop the Motor of the World Without Chaos

Posted January 27, 2014 by Gerald William Shaw
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Sometimes I feel at one with John Galt, even if it isn’t on purpose. The hero of Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged, stopped the motor of the world by convincing the men and women of the mind to go on strike, thus rendering society dysfunctional and rebuilding it from the ashes. Although going on strike sounds somewhat impractical, and unproductive, you can always turn off the rest of the world by continuing to go your own way, regardless of where oppressive elements seem to be leading you. Read the rest of this post »

Political Satire from the Heartland

Posted October 12, 2013 by Gerald William Shaw
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It never ceases to amaze me how people don’t understand that Mort Sahl remains an equal opportunity political satirist. Let him lampoon a Democratic President and even fans of his will question his negativity. How dare he bash a sitting occupant of the White House (especially one who severely deserves it)! I notice this reaction from Sahl’s Twitter and Facebook remarks. “Move the clock forward four years so you can miss Barack Obama,” he recently tweeted. Or, “Will Obama improve? He hasn’t got the Constitution for it.”

And liberals just don’t have the stomach for it. In comedy world, it seems you’re only allowed to insult the other side. That’s not satire. It’s boot licking. Sahl reminds people that if the boot fits, wear it with his compliments.

SahlHe’s going amazingly strong long after first rousing audiences with his unique brand of wit at the Hungry i and the Purple Onion clubs in San Francisco in the 1950s, sometimes substituting for Lenny Bruce while the controversial comic served stints in jail. Unlike Bruce, Sahl never used profanity to get his point across. His points were well made as America’s most popular satirist in TV and movies. He appeared on the cover of Time magazine flanked by Kennedy and Nixon during the 1960 Presidential campaign. He wrote jokes for Kennedy and later took him on as President.

“You can be sure whoever is elected President, I will attack him,” he often said during campaign season. Today’s comics, who should last so long, could take many lessons from Sahl.

I first saw Mort on the Steve Allen TV show in the late 1960s. He immediately became a hero of mine because I couldn’t understand a thing he was saying. “This guy must be intelligent,” I thought. He was taking all these jabs at Ted Kennedy and Rockefeller and Reagan, and people were laughing. I was just a kid, thinking I knew a lot about politics.

In the years ahead, my mind grew and Sahl’s reputation grew tremendously during the Watergate years. He was big once again on the youth circuit, especially on college campuses.

But he continued to draw the ire of liberals when he’d do things like showing up to honor and tell jokes at banquets for Governor and later President Reagan. “Nothing will get me near that man,” angry liberals would say to him. “Except maybe an invitation,” Sahl would reply. He campaigned for Al Haig, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988. At the time, he called Haig the smartest figure on the right and Gene McCarthy the smartest on the left. Yet he continued and continues to knock Presidents and political figures regardless of their affiliation.

I finally got to meet Sahl backstage after a performance in Florida a few years ago. He signed his autobiography (which he called, “the Bible”), Heartland, writing, “Thanks for remembering.” Hard to forget someone who has been part of America’s political and comedy landscape through 11 presidential administrations.

Some of his recent online comments:

“The terrorists have gone too far. They attacked a Mall.”

“Our elected officials will do anything to save the country, including destroy it.”

“John Kerry was an unconvincing war protester and is even more unconvincing as Secretary of State.”

If the boot fits, folks. Thanks for being here, Mort.

(from www.geraldwilliamshaw.com – Wisdom from Mort Sahl’s Heartland)

Little Miracles Happen When You Turn It Over

Posted August 3, 2013 by Gerald William Shaw
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I’ve had my share of highs and lows. I make right decisions and wrong decisions as I try, sometimes in vain, to get back up. But progress seems to occur out of the blue — with those little miracles that keep helping me feel positive about what the next day brings. I learn to look forward to those small steps that take me higher. Read the rest of this post »

Healthy Pets Make Happier People

Posted July 5, 2013 by Gerald William Shaw
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The health of your dog, cat or other domestic pet probably plays a key role in your daily life. The attention you pay to your devoted companion tells a lot about yourself. Indeed, some of us spend more time on our pets than we do for our own needs! Don’t know how many times I’ve thought how my beagle, Yogi, eats better than I do.

Yogi eats well

Yogi eats well

The doggies and kitties aren’t complaining about their special treatment, but make sure you give attention to your health as well. In most cases, people who keep their pets in shape also lead a healthy lifestyle. We care about the friends we depend on and the creatures around us. Some animals aren’t so fortunate. It can get downright sad and depressing reading or hearing about an abandoned or mistreated animal.

It’s easy to take care of the problem yourself if a pet in need happens to be in your neighborhood. We sometimes realize, however, how many other dogs, cats and furry friends are in trouble in areas everywhere. We wish we could instantly help, but it’s just not possible. That’s when outstanding animal charities come to the rescue. These charities are run by people who love animals and do everything possible to save and bring them back to health.

You probably know about some of these great people in your community through your local veterinarians or pet-friendly groups. There are also animal charities that provide life-saving services for pets throughout the country and all over the world. Local organizations can steer you toward the most reputable charities. You can also read about some of the most respected animal charities. Or join in making your own recommendations and suggestions here.