Monday, November 25, 2013

Exploring Music through Poetry

Tatiana Pietrzak’s first compilation of poetry
 encourages readers to  open to the possibilities of the music that occurs in every aspect of life.

Sound and rhythm have been attracting humans for centuries; found in everything, they are the foundations of what we now call music. These naturally occurring marvels have been cultivated through the ages by humans like the wild vegetables and grains that became crops, finally molded into a codified language and form. And while the aspects of music that we now take for granted- notes, key signatures, and pitch- are widely recognized, music still occurs in an organic, or unplanned and even unintended, way.

The Music is Written by Tatiana Pietrzak is a compilation of poetry that explores the many places in which music can be found. Readers are encouraged to seek out the music hidden in everyday occurrences. Hopefully, these poems even inspire readers both young and old to express the music they have within themselves. Many people pick up a musical instrument at some point in their lives; but few realize that playing a musical instrument well is not the only way they can engage with the music itself. Tatiana Pietrzak’s poems help readers understand that nurturing one’s creative side helps unlock the potential to appreciate the pedestrian occurrences of sound and rhythm.

The Music is Written acts as an invigorating tonic for all readers, who will especially enjoy the widening of their horizons with poems that connect music to animals, the ocean, and neuroscience. Perhaps, they may even be inspired to make their own music, whether revisiting an instrument played many years before or picking up on for the very first time. The Music is Written is available through and

Tatiana Pietrzak

Tatiana Pietrzak has been granted many honors for her work as a poet, including a Distinguished Membership from The International Society of Poets. She has also won two Editor’s Choice awards from the National Library of Congress. Ms. Pietrzak has studied all over the world in London, Siena, Florence and Paris. She holds a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, after which she lived in Beijing, working in film and television. She did not publish The Music is Written for a number of years, until her battle with cancer convinced her to take advantage of the brief and precious gift of life. She is currently working on her first novel and her second compilation of poetry.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

On Writing Dialogue

The art of writing dialogue is one many writers spend their lifetimes trying to perfect. Stilted dialogue will make editors cringe and your story less believable. Whether you are writing a screenplay where dialogue is instrumental, or you are writing a fiction novel, understanding how to make your dialogue snappy, believable, and compelling is paramount.

Step 1 – Get into your character's heads. In order to write believable dialogue, you must know where your characters are coming from. Do they speak with an accent? Have a particular way of speaking that makes them different? What kind of education and background do they have? What time period are they living in? Once you answer these questions, you will have a better feel for how each of your characters speaks.

Step 2 – Read the dialogue aloud. One of the secrets of great dialogue is reading aloud what you have written. If necessary, enlist the help of a friend to read another character's words aloud. If the dialogue sounds stiff, forced or weak, you will be able to tell immediately. Your dialogue should flow like a normal conversation between two people – and that is exactly what dialogue is at its heart.

Step 3 – Make it believable. If your characters are in the 16th century, having them speak with today's slang is not going to work. Research the time period for which you are writing and pay attention to the way people talked. You can find inspiration by reading novels from that time period.

The art of dialogue is one that some writers never master, mainly because they don't take the time to perfect their art. Every book is different and every character is different. However, by following these simple steps you can create outstanding dialogue.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Take Me to Your Leader: Writing Science Fiction

The genre of science fiction is an exciting one, and it allows writers to unleash their creativity beyond the bounds of conventional literature. You can create your own world, populated by creatures born of your imagination. However, you also have to be able to create a believable, engaging story.

Even though science fiction writing is different from many other genres, there are some set rules you must follow in order to be successful.

Don't ask too much of your readers. Suspension of disbelief is one of the fun parts of reading science fiction, but if you go too far, your readers will not be able to keep up. You have to create a fanciful scenario rooted in reality.

Pick the right theme. The genre of science fiction can include many theme elements, such as mystery, quest, or adventure. In order to make your story believable, it must have a central theme working within the genre. Quite often, the quest format is used in this genre because readers are used to it, and it works well with this particular form of writing. You cannot write a rambling science fiction story with no point – you must have a theme to carry it through from beginning to end.

Create likeable, relatable characters. A middle aged man relating to an alien being from the planet Sornac may seem incongruous; however, you can use character development to create the link. Your characters may be from another world, and they may not resemble anything human, but they need to be human at their core. They need to have failings and strengths. To put it simply, your characters need to be real, even if they live in an altered reality.

Monday, November 11, 2013

TERNION Inc: A New Athletic Consulting Firm Created With the Athlete in Mind

Training with TERNION enables athletes to perform at a higher level than ever before by helping them tackle obstacles with revolutionary solutions.

New (Consulting Firm) TERNION equips athletes with the skills and knowledge to safely explore their greatest potential.  Founded by three experienced and well- respected athletes/ trainers/ coaches, TERNION works to fill in the gaps that currently exist in most athletic training methods.  As a result, athletes who train with TERNION are able to engage with their sport in an unparalleled and profound manner.

TERNION treats each client as unique, first consulting with the individual client, then constructing a plan that fits the client’s needs.  Finally, that plan is implemented, beginning with fundamental movement skills and continuing on to mental focus drills and performance progressions.  This combination diminishes the potential for injury as well as ensuring that athletes reach their greatest level of performance.  Athletes gain knowledge in the fields of Injury Prevention, Metabolic Conditioning, Joint Preservation, and sport specific fundamental mastery helping to empower athletes to have long and successful career.  This especially holds in consideration to young athletes, who are assessed not only by age but also by mental and physical development.

TERNION seeks to discover a balance between the athlete’s mind, body, and sport.  The mind is often overlooked in athletic training, but it is an athlete’s most important tool, and must be as focused as the body is strong.  Sports are man-made and thus not natural, but through training must become natural to an athlete in order to find the true balance in the Mind, Body, and Sport continuum. When this balance is found, TERNION has succeeded in empowering an athlete to operate at their personal best.

Doug Christie, Tim Manson, and Sly Walters

Douglas Christie, a Seattle native, enjoyed a fourteen-year career with the NBA.  After retiring, he has worked training athletes and deeply studying basketball in order to (help) devise the Mind, Body, and Sport plan.

Tim Manson has spent fifteen years building (a) respected reputation as an Athletic Injury Prevention/ Performance Enhancement Specialist.  His clientele (ranges) from young and teenage athletes to seasoned professionals, and he enjoys mentoring people of all ages.

Sylvester “Sly” Walters is a renowned coach and Head Athletic Trainer and the owner of Evolution Extreme Training in Mississauga, ON.  He has worked extensively with Athletes and physical therapists to address issues concerning musculature, bio-mechanics in sports, and develop specialized training programs for a number of individual athletes and teams.

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Khalid Winston

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mainstream Anomaly: Writing First Person POV

Although in the literary world, books written in the first person point of view used to be an anomaly, they are now becoming quite common. This point of view means that the narrator speaks in the first person. In other words instead of "she saw the plane touch down on the ground," you would write "I saw the plane touch down on the ground."

For writers who regularly write in the third person point of view, this style can be cumbersome at first. Novels written using this viewpoint are different and are not always well received. The trick is to make a character so believable and so relatable that the reader feels that they are the character, instead of having the character talking to them.

This can be difficult at first and it is a good idea to start your foray into first person writing slowly. Try a short story first to get a better handle on how to effectively tell a story in this manner. It may take a few tries, but with practice you will be able to effectively write your novel in the first person point of view.

The biggest flaw of books that are written from this viewpoint is the fact that they tend to speak at the reader instead of to. You will need to avoid having your characters become preachy or pedantic. This is possible with practice. Genres well suited to this point of view include mysteries, adventures, and in some cases, romances. One writer in particular, Diana Gabaldon, revolutionized the romance industry with her first novel Outlander.

It was not only written in the first person, but also combined elements of a historical romance with a time-travel romance, something which had not been done before. The gamble paid off for Gabaldon and it may pay off for you as well.
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