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Strength To Be Human --Global Arts & Affairs Podcast, Hosted by Mark Antony Rossi

The informative podcast of global arts and affairs from the perspective of writer, editor, traveler, military veteran and podcaster. Supportive. Instructive. Provocative. Hosted and Produced by Mark Antony Rossi. {IVp6 compatible for emerging markets}

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The informative podcast of global arts and affairs from the perspective of writer, editor, traveler, military veteran and podcaster. Supportive. Instructive. Provocative. Hosted and Produced by Mark Antony Rossi. {IVp6 compatible for emerging markets}

Rank #1: S1 E53: Writing is Fire Series -- What is Short Fiction

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In the third installment of the series, What is Short Fiction explores flash and short fiction, its structure, basic history, submission snafus, and others useful facts and observations.

Jul 17 2019

43mins

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Rank #2: S1 E52: Introduction to Small Press Publishing

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We discuss small press publishing. I have being doing the ebook side and the guest editor the print side. Be prepared for interesting stories and discussion on a popular subject.

Jul 16 2019

1hr 43mins

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Rank #3: S2 E113: Metal Future ---Are Concerts Worth Going to Anymore?

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We discuss the timely subject of music concerts in the late 21st century. Are they worth going to anymore? The lip syncing, the expense, the age, the health, the sound, the half the band is dead or kicked out -- why is this experience still a draw?

Feb 24 2020

56mins

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Rank #4: S2 E111: Transitions in Writing (Style/Genre/Theme)

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In this multi-faceted episode and we discuss various transitions in writing that many writers begin to face when they decide to creatively stretch and try something new.

1. Style --- somber to humor, humor to nonfiction, etc.

2. Genre -- poetry to fiction, fiction to nonfiction, etc.

3. Theme -- how to prepare to submit to publications requiring a theme

Feb 12 2020

1hr 1min

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Rank #5: S2 E104: Digital Culture and Modern Literature

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In this episode we discuss the positive and negative impact digital culture has had on modern literature.

Jan 17 2020

34mins

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Rank #6: S1 E98: Writing to Affect Change

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In the library of substantial writing comes a category often overlooked and quite ironic in origin. The writing from decidedly nonwriters composed and delivered to affect change. We outline a few historic examples of major social change using writing such as Martin Luther, Thomas Paine, Martin Luther King Jr., and Vaclav Havel. And some personal examples of "local" writing to test corporate products, city governments, shoddy restaurants, etc. 

Dec 21 2019

51mins

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Rank #7: S1 E94: The Mechanics of Muse: What is Discipline

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In the third and final installment of The Mechanics of Muse, Discipline is redefined becoming much more than robotic gestures and slick time management but rather a mental toughness, emotional maturity and personal honesty that allows a creator to firmly evaluate their path of a regular basis.

Dec 07 2019

53mins

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Rank #8: S1 E92: Classic Spotlight -- Thoughts on Clive Barker

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Another visit to the classics, in this case, a modern classic, Clive Barker, one of the first of many (I hope) that bring a literary flare to horror writing. We will discuss his Books of Blood, movies Hellraiser and Nightbreed and the joint interview book he did with Stephen King.

Dec 01 2019

49mins

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Rank #9: S1 E91: The Mechanics of Muse -- What is Perseverance

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The second installment in the series called the Mechanics of Muse describes the essential ingredient to propel talent into creative entities capable of carrying our metaphor, mask or message to the world. 

Nov 27 2019

50mins

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Rank #10: S1 E89: The Mechanics of Muse: What is Talent

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This new series to ride out the rest of the year will focus on Talent, Perseverance and Discipline. In this episode is broken down in two groups, Born and Made. We will discuss the ups and downs of both situations and explore how talent is powerful but fleeting (kinda like love) and what we can do to keep it an essential part of our human essence.

Nov 20 2019

52mins

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Rank #11: S1 E71: Interview With Jasmine Ajamian

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The podcast welcomes children's author, Jasmine Ajamian, who discusses her new book.

Sep 18 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #12: S1 E68: Interview With Michel Weatherall

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Another fascinating interview episode, this time with Award-winning Canadian poet Michel Weatherall. We talk about the state of writing, artists and marketing and behind the scenes of his newest project Sun & Moon.

Sep 09 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #13: S1 E62: Interview w/Donald Dean Mace

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This episode contains the enormously interesting and talented Arizona writer and poet Donald Dean Mace.

Aug 18 2019

57mins

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Rank #14: S1 E61: Metal Future -- Top 5 Music Categories and Metal Stories

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We discuss and debate their top 5 metal lists of guitarists, vocalists, albums, concept albums, plus we share our metal stories of musicians we have met over the years.

Aug 14 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #15: S1 E60: The Making of a Magazine

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Two editors discuss the behind scenes work of putting together and running a small press literary publication.

Aug 11 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #16: S1 E59: Death, Divorce and Dysfunction in Writing

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The three "D's" in most of the writing i read these days. In this episode we will examine Death, Divorce and Dysfunction in Writing.

Aug 07 2019

34mins

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Rank #17: S1 E58: Q & A for Mark

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In this unique episode Mark has gathered questions from the listening audience for the past few months and now will answer them.

Aug 05 2019

36mins

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Rank #18: S1 E50: Interview w/Goguen & Rifenberg -- Aftermath of Unstoppable By Design and Beyond

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We bring back the creative couple Goguen/Rifenberg of the play "Unstoppable By Design" for a second audio performance to share the aftermath of the play and a few stories leading to the release of a novel of events also entitled Unstopped by Design.

Jul 08 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #19: S1 E49: Writing is Fire Series: What is Playwriting

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The first installment in July -- Writing is Fire Series. Playwriting one-act structure, submission process,  unique expectations and drama history is explored.

Jul 04 2019

48mins

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Rank #20: S1 E48: Writing Competitions

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This episode we discuss writing competitions in general and the two major annual literary competitions Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.

Jul 03 2019

55mins

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S3 E211: Interview With Heather Cooke

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Heather Cooke. Canadian writer, wrote the essay "Leaving Us: In Loving Memory of Aaron" and the life and premature death of her only son, Aaron. Leaving Us remained #1 on the Top Reader list for Ariel Chart and became is most read nonfiction published work in the history of the journal. 

May this interview give us strength and courage in the darkest times when the seemingly easy paths are actually the hardest choices. And Love and Sacrifice echo the best of the humanity during the least favorable moments. 

Jul 25 2021

1hr 58mins

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S3 E210: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Arts

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In this episode we will examine forms of PTSD, events and triggers and possible therapies. We will also share some stories of everyday people dealing with trauma and what they did to overcome.

Jul 17 2021

56mins

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S3 E209: Mailbag 8 -- Writing as Personal

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Another wonderful podcast of inspired listeners asking questions about various shows and topics. Featured are questions on Doubt, Faith and the History of Writing. 

Jul 11 2021

1hr 4mins

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S3 E208: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Vaclav Havel

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Brief reflections and thoughts on the life, works and statesmanship of Czech playwright, poet and President, Vaclav Havel.

Jul 06 2021

1hr 8mins

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S3 E207: Constructing Lighter Topics With Relevancy in Mind

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In one of our more lengthier episodes I tackle the carelessness of positive writing by pointing out how lighter writing need not be boring, cliched or inconsequential. 

Intro: 

Light vs Lightweight

Honest Renditions of Nature

Inner Life and Family

Making Your Subjects Relevant

Jun 25 2021

1hr 29mins

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S3 E206: Connecting Self By Imbuing Closeness

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Writers need to invest themselves in their writing or risk producing distant jumbles lacking life. 

Intro

Bridging the Distance

Standing Your Ground

Jun 21 2021

43mins

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S3 E205: Thoughts on Submission Tracking and Submittable

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A full show on the subject of literary submission tracking:

Submission Tracking

a. do's and don'ts

b. free software

c. paid software

d adapted software

e. paper and pencil

Submittable

a. it's purpose

b. built in sub tracking

c. discover research magazines

d. do's and don'ts

e. final word

Jun 12 2021

1hr 9mins

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S3 E204: Context or Reflex: Battle for Truth

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In one of our most controversial episodes we take to task writers who instead of being active observers of society become parrots of propaganda and in essence stop being writers. 

Jun 08 2021

46mins

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S3 E203: Writing Can Be Eternal

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The act and even thought surrounding writing has changed throughout the centuries as we have evolved from papyrus to digital. The following sections outline each major change:

Writing in Stone

Writing in Paper

Writing in Memory

Writing in Vinyl

Writing in Digital

May 31 2021

46mins

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S3 E202: Faith Sees Without Eyesight

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Faith rounds out the trio of influences on writers (Fear and Doubt being the other two) and we explore in three sections the meaning of faith in writing:

Faith in Creation (Writing) with quote from Antonine de Saint-Exupery

Faith in Communication (Submission) quote from Goethe

Faith in the Human Condition (Humanity) quote from Robert Anthony

May 25 2021

32mins

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S3 E201: Doubt Dies of Thirst in a Rain Storm

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We tackle the common foe of Doubt in this episode by dividing the show into two parts:

Doubt in Self

Doubt in Writing

May 18 2021

43mins

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S3 E200: Fear is Not Your Shepherd

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Fear is the eternal enemy of humanity in my opinion. It can effect creativity in various negative ways. Outlined are three areas of concern:

Fear of Family/Friends

Fear of Self

Fear of Art

May 12 2021

50mins

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S3 E199: Impatience Leads to Literary Disasters

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Impatience is one of the major culprits behind failed writers and bad writing. In the episode we cover:

1 Impatience of Creativity

2. Impatience of Completion

3. Impatience of Publication

May 06 2021

51mins

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S3 E198: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Emily Dickinson

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another brief examination of a brilliant literary star torn between talent and mental illness.

Apr 30 2021

32mins

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S3 E197: Fighting the Superficial to Find the Truth

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In the Western World whether its work or family, society or religion, we cling to superficiality and dishonesty as a means of protection but in the end does it move society forward; does it make a better world. In this show we tackle how and why a writer should speak out and help improve life in general.

Apr 24 2021

38mins

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S3 E196: Open House -- Literary Questions

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New format on 15 literary questions from listeners that are not so tied to past episodes.

Apr 21 2021

35mins

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S3 E195: It's About the Words

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This is one is sort of like a refresher to help us stay on course and not be diverted by nonwriting silliness of the day. We cover:

words

images

feelings

time management

Apr 19 2021

32mins

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S3 E194: Why Negative Moods Spark Creativity

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In this episode we explore how intense dark states of behavior are more responsible for creative work than happier times. 

intro

focal points

funny points

final thoughtd

Apr 16 2021

35mins

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S3 E193: Making a Living as a Writer in the 21st Century

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We outline all the practical, impractical and difficult paths thrown at a modern day writer. Section include:

1. new world of writing

2. the writer's work ethic

3. publishing

4. marketing

5. final word

Apr 12 2021

1hr

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S3 E192: Nostalgia as a Poor Substitute for Memory

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In this episode we peek into the roots and dangers of excessive nostalgia in writer's lives. how and when we deal with denial and suppression will decide if we are healthier people and more authentic writers.

Apr 08 2021

38mins

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