Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 24 - Foreshadowing & Tying Up Your Story


You’ve heard this before…or, maybe we forgot to include the foreshadowing…

In today’s episode, we talk with Chad Corrie (
www.chadcorrie.com) about foreshadowing and tying up your story. What information did you feed your readers? Did you give them enough information to keep reading? Does the ending make sense to the characters, writers, and readers?

Quote of the week:
“The way of a man’s heart will be foreshadowed by what goodness lies in him – coming from above, and from around; but a way foreshadowed is not a way made.”
~ Donald G. Mitchell
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 23 - Motive & Action


Get motivated and create action within your stories…

In today’s episode, we talk with Chad Corrie (
www.chadcorrie.com) about motive and influencing action within a story. Why do characters behave the way they do? Where do the characters look to motivation? Well, if you are a writer, these items originate and grow from you.
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 22 - Conflict


Add a conflict or don’t…being conflicted within your story…

In today’s episode, we talk with
Chad Corrie (www.chadcorrie.com) about conflict in a story. Stories need conflict of some sort to grow, progress, and maintain interest. What is the conflict within your story? How have you let it grow?

Listen in as we discuss the basics and some examples of different types of conflict.
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 21


Writing Down the Fairy Tales…If you thought living a fairytale was tough to come by…try writing them…it is fun, but a very different world indeed…

Quotes of the Week:
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”
~Albert Einstein~ Scientist (1879-1955)
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 20


Find another notebook…Writing from within instead of with…Conversations about writing…John E Murray III

Quote by Dale Carnegie: “Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”
This week, John ramblings on about finding a new notebook to jot down your creative thoughts and making sure you have a storyline for your novel while being open to it changing and growing…
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 19


Adding character to your characters…Conversations about writing…Chad Corrie & John E Murray III

Quote by
Jim Henson: “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.”

This week, we talk about characters, how they start, and how they grow into the breath of their stories…
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 18


Plot your plot…Conversations about writing…Chad Corrie & John E Murray III

Quote by Walt Disney: ““Ideas come from curiosity. When I settle one idea, my confidence takes command; and nothing can shake it, and I am constant to it until it comes a reality. Then I drop it abruptly, and rarely mention it again.”

Poem from John E. Murray, III:
Up, Up, and You get the Picture

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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 17


Visit with us this week as we talk with Chad Corrie (www.chadcorrie.com) about setting and creating a solid foundation on which to build your story…

Setting up what follows…Conversations about writing…Chad Corrie & John E Murray III

Quote by
Margaret Atwood
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 16


Cafe Conversations with Humble Fiction Cafe Writing Group…

Quote by
H.G. Wells

Poem from Timothy Russell – Collapse of Summer

Guest Conversation with the
Humble Fiction Cafe writing Group:

Here is a little about the group (
http://www.humblefictioncafe.blogspot.com/):

“Humble Writers. No, it’s not an oxymoron. We’re a group of aspiring and established writers in Humble, Texas who meet weekly at the local Barnes & Noble to discuss writing, critique each other’s work and drink absurd quantities of overpriced coffee.”

Members of Humble Fiction Cafe include: Chrissa Sandlin, Dorlana Vann, Gary Denton, Joy N. Vyoral, Justin Denton, Kelli D. Meyer, Linda Lindsey, Ryan Sauls, Sharolyn Gales, Sheryl Tuttle, Susan Miller, Theresa Laws, Victor DiGiovanni. Read their combined efforts in Split.

Running Time: 43 minutes 45 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 15


This week’s show features other entries to our poetry contest and some general thoughts and prompts for writing…sit back, relax, and enjoy the show…

Quote –
Isaac Asimov – “You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.”

Poem #1: Timothy Russell –
The Fifty Things Wrong With This Picture

Poem #2: Suzanne Grenoble –
Lemon

Poem #3: Jody McMaster –
Ad Finem

Poem #4: Lamar Cole –
The Night Was Made for Romance

Poem #5: Kaylee Lyn Gates –
Life is Rough

Writing Prompt: Spend time with a famous author and live in their time. Research environment, author, and community…interact with the author and the details that surrounded them.

Imagine, Enhance, and Grow your stories…

Running Time: 8 minutes 8 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 14


Story Institute, your online and in-print source for imagining, enhancing, and growing stories, is proud to announce the winners of its Spring, 2009 United States poetry contest.

All first and second place winners will be featured in upcoming Story Institute RamblingVerser podcasts and newsletters. Along with the winning poems, entries from selected poets will appear in an upcoming anthology released at the end of 2009.
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 13


Imagine New Worlds and Write with
Chad Corrie

Did you find it a bit crazy that we our 13th episode is being aired on the 13th of April…we do…but, hey, there are crazier things…so, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show…

Quote by
Samuel Johnson

Poem from
Amy Lowell – Azure And Gold

Guest Conversation with
Chad Corrie
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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 12


Write and Publish Right with Robin Sullivan…

Quote by
HG Wells

Poem from
Mark Twain – Genuis

Guest Conversation with Robin Sullivan

Here is a little about Robin (
http://www.write2publish.blogspot.com/):

“I run a writer’s group in the Washington DC area with 340+ authors. Through it I do monthly free lectures on topics such as publishing, book promotion, contracts and the like.
I have a wealth of “hands-on” experience from handling the “business side” of my husband’s writing and share this knowledge to aid others in becoming published. My goal is to help people avoid costly mistakes and use their time and energy wisely.”

Short Story Topic –
Moving From Earth

Poetry Topic –
Windows

Running Time: 31 minutes 44 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 11


Fantastic Fiction with Michael J Sullivan

Quote by
Abraham Lincoln

Poem from
Alfred Lloyd Tennyson – Ask Me No More

Guest Conversation with
Michael J Sullivan

Here is a little about Michael (
http://www.michaelsullivan-author.com/):
“Born in Detroit Michigan, Michael J. Sullivan has lived in Vermont, North Carolina and Virginia. He worked as a commercial artist and illustrator, founding his own advertising agency in 1996, which he closed in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. The Crown Conspiracy is his first published work. He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children.”


Short Story Topic –
Wisping Away the Kernals

Poetry Topic –
Forest or Trees

Running Time: 29 minutes 01 second


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 10


Fouling through to make and change your Commitments…with Bob McDonald

Quote by
William James

Poem from
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Guest Conversation with
Bob McDonald

Here is a little about Bob (
http://www.flagrantfoul.com):

“Bob is a two-time graduate of Cleveland State University, attaining a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2002 and a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Development in 2005. He is currently the owner of TOG Solutions, which specializes in a number of creative and writing services for businesses and individuals. He also is a Project Manager at a Cleveland-area Web design firm.

No stranger to writing, Bob’s inspiration for Davis Brown, the main character in Flagrant Foul came from his past. He served as a writer and editor for the Cauldron, Cleveland State’s student newspaper. He published articles for the Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio, where he was born and where he graduated from Admiral King High School in 1992.”

Short Story Topic –
Unique Product Placement & Assessment

Poetry Topic –
Big City Living

Running Time: 31 minutes 30 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 9


Space…a Writing Frontier with Bart Leahy…

Quote by
B.F. Skinner

Poem from
William Blake – Sons of Los

Guest Conversation with Bart Leahy

Here is a little about Bart (
http://www.bartacus.blogspot.com/):

“I am a space advocacy writer. My background includes a Master’s degree in Technical Writing, business development writing for defense and non-defense government contractors, and strategic communication for NASA and the
National Space Society. My passion is being able to take on a difficult topic, explain it in clear prose, and organize the information so that others can understand and use it easily. It’s not just a matter of getting out a message, but of getting out a message that meets your audience/customer’s needs.”

Short Story Topic –
Flying Into a Different Similar Cloud

Poetry Topic –
Windows

Running Time: 23 minutes 32 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 8


Reflections on writing and publishing with
Phyllis Zimbler Miller

Quote by
Oscar Wilde

Poem from
Stephen Crane – War is Kind – Stanzas I – IV

Guest Conversation with
Phyllis Zimbler Miller

Here is a little about Phyllis from her website (
http://www.BookAuthorWebsites.com):

“I’m the president of
http://www.millermosaic.com, a company building WordPress.org websites for book authors and small businesses so that, once the sites are set up, the site owners can control their own websites. Access my free book marketing articles at http://www.QueensOfBookMarketing.com.”

Short Story Topic –
Roll of the Dice

Poetry Topic –
Weather

Running Time: 30 minutes 47 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 7


Art reflecting life writing with Roberta Lee

Quote by
Pearl S Buck

Poem from
Lord Byron (George Gordon) – She Walks in Beauty Like the Night

Guest Conversation with
Roberta Lee

Here is a little about Roberta from her website (
http://www.robertaleeart.com/):
“I was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early ’70’s, living in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, then returning to Bucks County in the mid-80’s. I sold my first painting at age 16 and have made at least a portion of my income as a working artist ever since.The majority of my paintings use subjects very close to my home–in many cases, literally in my backyard.

I began writing even before I began painting. I am currently completing a series of related novels collectively entitled Suburban Sprawl. My novels all are also set in Bucks County, albeit in a rather surreal version of the area. My fiction uses plots as simple as a soap opera to explore some very complex themes, and I enjoy juxtaposing those archetypal plots with offbeat humor, a glaze of sexuality and a touch of the paranormal.
Another life-long interest has been Tarot and I Ching. My guide to reading Tarot cards, The Language of Tarot, is the culmination of over thirty years of work with the Oracle.”

Listen to Robert’s podcast of her books (Suburban Sprawl) and Tarot through iTunes…

Suburban Sprawl

Short Story Topics – Flower Power

Poetry Topics –
Bring Home the Sprites, Pixies, & Fairies

Running Time: 29 minutes 40 seconds



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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 6


Talking dogs with Jacqueline Howard

Quote by
John S Burroughs

Poem from
Elizabeth Barrett Browning – To Flush, My Dog

Guest Conversation with
Jacqueline Howard

Here is a little about Jacqueline from her website (
http://www.jacquelinehoward.com/):
“I am a marketing and communications professional with twenty years experience; sixteen of those successfully spent working in the financial services industry. My passion and talents are in strategy development and execution, writing, packaging, messaging, design collaboration and team leadership. My virtual portfolio includes an eclectic mix of collateral created throughout my career.

While much of my experience has been focused on financial services, my marketing and communications skills are transferable to virtually all industries.”

Short Story Topics –
Missing Pet, Bunny Gone

Poetry Topics –
By Candle Light

Running Time: 28 minutes 41 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 5


Shift into the Shadows with Marcus DeHart

Quote by
John Ashbery

Poem from
Robert Louis Stevenson – Shadow March

Guest Conversation with
Marcus DeHart

Here is a little about Marcus from his website (
http://www.marcusdehart.com/):
“Marcus DeHart is a professional writer and designer and the sole owner of Caret Marketing and Content Development. Marcus is a graduate of Western Washington University where he earned his BA in English. Marcus currently lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife and two daughters.”

Short Story Topics –
Riding the Kite of Imagination

Poetry Topics –
Crackling Campfire

Running Time: 32 minutes 35 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 4


Spiritual and psychological uplift with Joseph LangenJoseph Langen

Quote by
Senecair

Poem from
Henry Wadsworth Longfellowir – The Ladder of St. Augustine

Guest Conversation with
Joseph Langenir

Here is a little about Joe from his website (
http://www.commonsense-wisdom.com/):
“I began by writing short stories in the 1980’s for my own amusement.

In 1990, when I began private practice, I started writing a quarterly newsletter for my referral sources. Eventually I converted this to a biweekly newspaper column which I still write for The Daily News in Batavia. These columns formed the basis for my first book, Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life.

In light of my history of my seminary and monastery experience, I became interested in the priest-sexual abuse crisis and thought back to my cloistered years. From this came my memoir, Young Man of the Cloth.

When I realized that no one had told the story from the priests’ point of view, I originally intended to develop a book of interviews with abusive priests. I finally decided to write what I had learned about abusive priests as a novel which resulted in The Pastor’s Inferno.

I am currently working on a novel about a couple coming to terms with their marital difficulties with the working title, Marital Property.

Read a Whohub extensive profile of my approach to writing.”

Poetry prompt:
Peace Within and Without

Short Story prompt:
Waiting on a Past

Running Time: 28 minutes 54 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 3


A Poet’s View with Jill EisnaugleJill Eisnaugle

Quote by
Emily Dickinsonir

Poem from
Jill Eisnaugleir – Ship of Gold

Guest Conversation with
Jill Eisnaugleir

Here is a little about Jill from her website (
http://www.authorsden.com/jillaeisnaugle):

“I began writing short stories due to a second grade school assignment in 1988; I began writing poetry as the result of a seventh grade school assignment in 1994. Since that school assignment in 1994, I have written over 1,300 poems and have achieved a great deal of personal and professional success, as a result.
My biggest influences in life are God, my family and my second and sixth grade teachers, Mrs. Regina Chaney of Jackson, Ohio and Mrs. Sharon Needham of Oak Hill, Ohio. Both teachers played a vital role in the path I am pursuing, today.

My writing inspirations are
Robert Frostir, Emily Dickinsonir, Edgar Allan Poeir, and R.L. Stineir, whose “Goosebumps” children’s book series (combined with the fun-nature of Sharon Needham’s Reading class), took me from being a “fair-weathered” reader to someone who has a much greater appreciation for the world of imagination that exists between two book covers.”

Short Story prompt:
Lighting the Streetlight Way

During the editing process, part of our conversation with Jill was shortened for time. Jill wanted to make sure that we included this important piece to the posting and the notes…

“As a postscript to my interview, I would like to extend a personal thank-you to Marc Sherman, FM Operations Manager at Clear Channel Houston and afternoon disc jockey at SUNNY 99.1 (KODA-FM). Over the course of the last four years, as my friend, my mentor, my expert poem reader, and one of my biggest supporters (both in my life and my writing), Marc has played an integral part in my success. Thank you, Marc; I could not possibly have been as successful as I have been without your support! You’re
simply the best.”

Running Time: 33 minutes 25 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 2


We venture into writing with rhythm with Lenn Millbower in this episode of RamblingVerser. Join us for conversation, writing prompts, poetry, and our new cast members…Enjoy…

Writing with Rhythm with Guest
Lenn MillbowerLenn Millbower

Quote by
TS Elliotir

Poem from
Thomas Mooreir – Sing — Sing — Music Was Given

Guest Conversation with
Lenn Millbowerir

Here is a little about Lenn from his website (
http://www.offbeattraining.com):

WHO IS LENN MILLBOWER? Lenn trains learning professionals to keep ‘em awake so the learning will take. Training events created with Lenn’s five-star, Oscar caliber, show-biz based Learnertainment® techniques capture attendee attention, maintain their interest, enhance knowledge retention and increase business results in less training time.

WHAT DOES LENN DO? Lenn delivers seminars and workshops for trainers, educators and speakers seeking enhanced learning effectiveness.
Lenn provides instructional design consulting services to businesses, turning dry, boring, ineffective training programs, presentations and communications into engaging, memorable, successful events.
Lenn creates products that help non-entertainers deliver Oscar caliber, dazzling results through Learnertainment® techniques.


Short Story prompt:
Soothing Sounds of Romance

Poetry prompt:
Feel the Music

* Learnertainment® is a Registered Trademark of Lenn Millbower and Offbeat Training, LLC

Running Time: 33 minutes 44 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 1


In this episode of RamblingVerser, we delve into history with a science fiction twist. Join us for a conversation with Walter Hunt and an imaginary room writing prompt… Enjoy…

History Lessons Through Science Fiction with Guest
Walter H. HuntWalter Hunt Song in the Stone

Quote by
Oscar Wildeir

Poem excerpt from
Stephen (Vincent) Benetir – John Brown’s Body

Guest Conversation with
Walter H. Huntir

Here is a little about Walter from his website (
http://www.walterhunt.com):

Walter is the author of four science fiction novels published by Tor Books – the Dark Wing series, which has been compared to the writing of Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, David Weber, and J.R.R. Tolkien. It has been published in English and German, and The Dark Wing has appeared in Russian. His new novel, A Song In Stone, deals with the mystery of Rosslyn Chapel and the secrets of the Templars. He has been a writer all of his life, and a full-time professional since 2001.


Song in Stone
Song In Stone - Walter H Hunt


Short Story prompt:
Time in Imagination with Technology

Running Time: 31 minutes 18 seconds


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Story Institute RamblingVerser - Episode 0.5


As we establish our Podcasting channel, here is a little snippet…In this episode, we talk about the resolutions we could have made…instead we decided to add this podcast. RamblingVerser Podcast will bring you story ideas, reflections on poems both near and far, and surprise guests from the cast of millions out there who have published their writing. Visit us each week for new insights, inspirations, and excellence in storytelling…Enjoy…

My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-88cc52203746680bae97d00421b22284}

Running Time: 3 minutes 14 seconds


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