Book Review: The Other Brother

The Other Brother (Paperback)

Mr. Massey masterfully weaves a paranormal-laced cautionary tale for males who drop seeds and run: Don’t let this happen to you! The infants left behind grow up, and sometimes they make for not so nice adults. And this seems to be the case with “The Other Brother” Isaiah Battle.

From the very first chapter, we learn the theme of Isaiah’s life is trouble! He blames everyone, except himself, for his less than desirable life. Most of all, he blames his business-savvy and wealthy father, TJ Reid, for allegedly running out on him, leaving Isaiah and his mother, Naomi, to live a life of poverty. Now Isaiah wants to flip the script on his father.

However, that’s just the story on the surface, because, nothing is as it appears in this supernatural suspense thriller.

“The Other Brother” central theme hinges on choices. Choices we make based on the information at hand and the consequences, good or bad, that inevitably follow.

I look forward to more from Mr. Massey, for he has captured the essence of story telling in the style of African parables that not only imparts wisdom, provokes thought but also entertains supernatural suspense lovers such as me. Bravo!

Book Review: Liquid Fiction Volume One: Have You Experienced?

Liquid Fiction Volume One: Have You Experienced?

I read Liquid Fiction Volume I, from the back to the front. Don’t ask.  Maybe it’s my Hebrew roots. (Smile)

Liquid Fiction is “Chicken Soup for the Soul” for the digital generation.

Your literary voice is raw, but not offensive. Actuated is what comes to mind. You make people think (those who still think anyway) with your pondering.

The poetry is reminiscent of man longing for a taste of freedom. I felt like I was sharing the upper bunk with the poet. Bravo Mr. Clark, I feel you, as if I know you personally.

The whole Liquid Fiction movement is like “Gustav Mahler’s Symphony #2 (Resurrection). The way the work takes you through prose to poems to essays to plays… and still the piece de resistance – “Literary Recipes”, it don’t get no better than that!

Folks, don’t sleep on this literary work of art! Liquid Fiction Volume One: Have You Experienced?

Book Review: Writing Treatments That Sell:

Writing Treatments That Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry, Second Edition

If you possess writing talent and want to break into TV and Motion Picture Industry, “Writing Treatments that Sell” is the only book you will ever need.

No, the book won’t help you actually sell your story, but it will help you understand the industry, its needs and prepare you to submit a project that will garner serious consideration. “Writing Treatments that Sell” helps you to see your own project from the perspective of the Development Director and guides you through the steps necessary to shape your product from that point of view.

As a writer, I became so intimately involved with my project that I forget the point of the story and was unable to communicate what the story was about because I no longer knew myself. Often times, while writing, it’s so easy to get bogged down in the muck and mire and lose the point of the story.

Writing Treatments that Sell” helped me focus on the “meat” of the story. The ideas put forth in the book allowed me to lose sight of myself and become an objective reader of my own story. “Writing Treatments That Sell” helped me set up a road-map in an effort to take my story from point A to Point B without losing the flavor.

If anyone has ever asked you what your story, novel or script is about and you can’t tell them in one or two lines, then “Writing Treatments that Sell” is the book for you. Not only will you be able to convince the buyer your story is worthy of production, you will also convince yourself that the story is a cut above the rest.

Writing Treatments That Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry, Second Edition