Author Exposed: Robert Logan Rogers

Author Robert Logan Rogers has had a little gem of a book called Rungle In The Jungle since the 1980s. With motivation and drive he finally found an illustrator who would help him bring his book to life. Be sure to visit Kristi’s Book Nook for a chance to win this great book for kids.

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TNW: How long have you been writing?

RLR: 25 Years

TNW: Have you always written for children?

RLR: No

TNW: What drives and motivates your writing?

RLR: Influencing children’s lives to face fears and overcome insecurities.

TNW: Do you feel it’s important for writers to use social media?

RLR: Yes

TNW: How?

RLR: By taking advantage of forums that have become standard sources of information for most of the public today!

TNW: Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

RLR: C.S. Lewis because he uses allegory and illustrative metaphorical story telling to bring biblical truth to the reader.

TNW: What books for writers would you recommend?

RLR: The Hobbit

TNW: What advice do you have for new writers?

RLR: Be persistent and disciplined and keep focused on your end goal of completing your task.

TNW: What is the goal for yourself in the next 5 years?

RLR: To write and finish several sequels.

Thanks so much Robert for sharing with us today. Be sure to stop by his website to learn more about him and his book at http://www.rungleinthejunglethebook.com.

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Stop by Kristi’s Book Nook to see my review and for a chance to win a copy!

 

 

Book Review: The Lost Civilization Enigma

If you are looking for a fantastic read that will engage you into past lives, cultures and communities might I make a suggestion?

Enjoy amazing discoveries and facts.

 

Title: The Lost Civilization Enigma

Author: Philip Coppens

Publisher: New Page Books
ISBN: 9781601632326


Review:

Do you believe that behind every legend, myth or story you’ve read about in school stems from parts of truth and reality? Would archeological finds have you standing first in line to scrutinize?

We are all so used to hearing about Egypt’s pyramids and how the Mayan civilization was an old thriving culture. But did you also know that Bosnia may soon be recognized as having the world’s oldest pyramids? This story was just beginning to be discussed in 2005. Did you know that there is “forbidden archeology?” According to Michael Cremo and Richard L. Thompson, they wrote a book that uncovered bones and artifacts that show humans existed on earth millions of years ago. They also share how the scientific community has ignored these facts. There evidence had been removed from archaeological records because it didn’t fit the traditional archeological records, thus becoming forbidden. Coppens takes readers into “lost civilizations of the old world” by taking us deeper into the story of Troy, Hyperborea, the first European Union and Egypt. Of course there are many more secrets revealed. According to Coppens, “Civilization is far older than we assume. Europe did not begin with the Greeks or Romans in the Eight Century BC, but at least in 9000 BC, as underlined by the work of Barry Cunliffe. In the Sahara, we can push back civilization to that same period, 9000 BC. But in the Middle East, the sites of Gobekli Tepe and Catal Hoyuk show that civilizations, capable of building extraordinary towns, manufacturing tools and jewelry, already existed in 10,000 BC.”

Coppens methodical introduction to so many varied civilizations will have readers amazed at all of these intriguing facts. Color photos can also be found in his section on, “Lost Civilizations of the New World,” along with information on the world’s first computer. For those interested in learning more about Atlantis there is plenty of reading on that subject here. In Coppens conclusion he states that, “Instead, civilization should be redefined as humanity’s discovery that there was more to this reality than meets the eye – the birth of encountering the divine and incorporating it within everyday existence.” Coppens has put together a vast amount of important findings and information. It isn’t overwhelming but will peek the curiosity of any reader wanting to know about past lives, cultures and communities.

Philip Coppens is an author and investigative journalist, ranging from the world of politics to ancient history and mystery. He co-hosts The Spirit Revolution radio show with his wife Kathleen McGowan and is a frequent contributor to NEXUS Magazine and Atlantis Rising Magazine. Since 1995, he has lectured extensively and has appeared in a number of television and DVD documentaries, including Ancient Aliens: The Series (The History Channel). He is the author of nine English-language books, including The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel, The New Pyramid Age, Servants of the Grail, Killing Kennedy, The Ancient Alien Question and The Lost Civilization Enigma.

Do You Want To Learn To Write Faster?

It’s that gift giving time of year. I love it when I can get great products for free. Over at Make A Living Writing, Carol Tice and Linda Formichelli and put some of their top secrets in a book that is free to you until Sunday. Be sure to stop by and get your download from Amazon.

 13 Ways to Get the Writing Done Faster

A Thank-You for Writers: My New Productivity eBook — Free

This has been a pivotal year in my freelance writing career.

It’s the year I published my first print book. But more importantly, it’s the year I crossed over from mostly working for freelance clients to spending most of my time on this blog and its adjacent community, Freelance Writers Den.

I’m so excited and grateful — I never imagined I would be able to devote so much of my time to doing one of my very favorite things, sharing tips to help other writers earn more money.

It’s still surreal to me that I’ve been able to create this lifestyle, where I’m able to make my living from one of my big passions.

Even my freelance clients are shifting now to places like Freelance Switch, where I write articles that build on what I’m doing here.

I know Thanksgiving has come and gone…but I’m just getting started giving thanks to my incredible reader community.

Actually, the give-backs start today. Here are the details: Read more here.

Kickstarter: A Good Tool For Writers?

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I was approached by a family member who thought I might be interested in Kickstarter.  If you’ve never heard of this project, they basically give authors, film makers,  entrepreneurs and anyone else who has an idea or dream, an opportunity to promote their project and ask for money to fund it. It’s an excellent idea and provides lots of support for anyone who would like to generate a following  which encompasses not only financial support but just support in regards to like minded individuals who may share the same idea.

Over at Litreactor, lots of reasons why Kickstarter can be good for writers. They’ve listed prime examples of how it could be a benefit and also a few that show why it may not work for everyone. If you have had an experience with Kickstarter or are considering it, I would love to hear all about it.

Is Kickstarter A Viable Tool For Writers?

It used to be that if you wanted to record an album or write a book, you had to beg your parents for money or get a job flipping burgers, just to keep the lights on and the booze flowing while you toiled at your art.

That paradigm has shifted, thanks to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, where you can post a work-in-progress, request funding by enticing people with exclusives and rewards, and ultimately fund your dream without the indignity of filing out an application at the local Starbucks.

It’s like a public endowment for the arts. It democratizes the process; the people choose what they want to hear or see or read. Sounds cool, right?

But the site and the process aren’t without criticisms. Some people regard it as little more than digital panhandling, and Kickstarter has been accused of not policing its own back yard; allowing projects that never come to fruition, and not protecting customers when money disappears.

Quick aside: Last night, on my commute home, I sat on the subway next a couple in their mid-30s. The guy was telling the girl about Kickstarter, and said they should figure out some way to get people to give them $10,000. Read more here.

What’s In Your Writing Toolkit?

 

Most writers have established the basic tools that will be utilized moving forward in their process of writing. Of course, taking writing courses and participating in conferences and writing groups are essential and a given. But what about reading? If we are writers we should be reading, and not just books about writing but books written by our favorite authors, as well as discovering new ones.

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Jody Hedlund has written a very nice article that points out what writers need in their toolkits.

Do You Have This Important Tool In Your Writer’s Toolkit?

By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund 

I’m currently between manuscripts. I finished editing a book in June, turned it in to my publisher, and now am busily researching my next book.

The research stage is always a bit of a break for me. I don’t have the daily pressure to write a certain number of words. And I don’t need the intense focus required during editing. Even though I try to accomplish several hours of research per day, my daily goals are less intense.

During the research lull between books, I usually attempt to make a dent in my to-be-read pile. While I’ve always considered reading one of life’s greatest pleasures, I’ve also come to realize that as a fiction writer, reading is a necessity in becoming a better writer.

The more a writer reads, the more familiar they become with story-telling. In fact, if you grew up like I did, with a book permanently attached to your hand, then writing fiction is probably somewhat intuitive. You already have a good foundation for what comprises a well-told story, even if you can’t quite put those techniques into fiction-writing lingo.

Even so, I recommend that all writers, no matter how much fiction they’ve read, STILL take the time to familiarize themselves with the craft of writing fiction. Even if we think we know how to write, we’ll only give ourselves even more of an advantage by familiarizing ourselves with story structure, plotting techniques, character building, etc. I find that I pick up new tips every time I read a fiction craft book. Read more here.