International Writer's Magazine: Our Tenth Year
- 2009 - Welcome
John M Edwards
only problem with the New Years vacation was that the destination
was right smack dab in the middle of a war zone!
- A Country of Doubts
are we here? Why, with a world of travel alternatives, had we picked
Al-Khazneh & the Grail
search continues for Christiany's holy relics
Rainwater Ceremony Song
Today is a very important day in the history of Tropangs Dok
village, for the concept of rain and its decision to grace its presence
over the village will be honoured with a song.
North to Alaska
Petoskey sits on Lake Michigan and if you havent been
there I suggest you visit it someday
Winter in Warsaw
Marianne de Nazareth
If you come from a warm country, Poland is hardly inviting in
the depths of winter
Were standing with other skiers at the top of Sunburst
Express. In spite of the chilly mountain breeze, both of my hands
feel hot & clammy.This is clearly fear factor.
The Death Road
Biking the Worlds Most Dangerous Route - J. Malcolm Garcia
Its not compulsory that you die today.
Rachael Pettus in Turkey
For security, convenience, and economy, not to mention more
than a touch of the colour and camaraderie, time and again we found
that highway fuel stations were the best places to sleep.
James Campion - The
Obama Presidency Under The Microscope
What Barack Obama walks into now is beyond anything Jack Kennedy
had to experience
long Captain Shoo-In: Our Bedeviled
our 43rd president was far more adept at procuring the job than
actually performing it
The forces of curiosity and imagination pull us towards pleasure,
expansion and integration with the rest of the world. Together
they form a character profile in each of us.
The Year of the Guilty
James Campion + Readers Letters
Two-thousand nine will be the year of The Guilty
I cant stand it when someone yells at me
Dan Crossen is looking for a Hero
Heroes is a television show that that uses this fear
of the unknown to entertain and to explore the human mind
Choices in '09
A student asked me what jobs will go in this recession...
Meaning of Social Justice
The whole is more valuable than the sum of all the parts.
Social organization always drives back to this original concept
How many people ruin their lives by blind faith in one way
How life changes. You think you've got it all figured out but
Bad Trips: The Art of Travel
The only good trips are bad trips, especially when even our
guidebooks are survival kits. Welcome to the world of
disaster and distress!
My First Kiss
Curiosity. Why are boys so drooly? I never wanted a boy to kiss
me my entire life.
Castleton: A Brush with
"You like painting dont you? Come and look at this."
Muay Lao, the forgotten
art of kickboxing
You can gain extra power on your kicks by throwing your
kicking arm down, but you need to protect your face with a cross
arm defense. Adjarn Ngern, at the national kick boxing stadium
in Vientiane, Lao.
Back from Guayaquil
I vividly remembered walking to the baggage claim in Quito
a year earlier, scared to death and wondering how I was ever going
to get my feet under me, let alone teach English
- A Spirit of our Times - Steven Stemp
The New Year is a unique time, it allows us to gaze longingly
back into the past, and to look hopefully to the future. To leave
behind the mistakes of the old, and get ready to make entirely new
The Thomas Hobbes School
of Driving Like a Carioca
My husband and I almost died the other day. Again.
We were driving a car in Rio de Janeiro, so near death experiences
are just one of the costs like gas and wiper fluid.
G David Schwartz
7th, 1948 began typically and promised to be non-eventful. The fact
that I was an eyewitness to the startling events I am about to relate
is one of those accidents of history
Uncle Pringle and the
story was familiar but had a singular twist. Hed
become a gambler
and dragging his feet past cracked, edgeless steps, he followed
a dark narrow staircase that led to the exit downstairs
Sensitive, Thin Man
on my father's dirty living room couch made from raw white silk,
I see through the drawn bamboo blinds my friend's short frame rapidly
advancing across the front lawn towards the front door.
Daniela I. Norris
He rang my doorbell on a warm summer evening, as the heat of
the day evaporated from the cracks in the dusty pavement like an
omen rising from the cracked lips of an oracle
With one last look in Sade's face, he shook his head and someway,
somehow, the words came out loud and clear. "I'm sorry, but
I can't do this anymore. I still love Titi."
Begins at Home
there's this guy and he's walking to class. His walk to class
from his apartment is typically a half-mile, maybe more but probably
the Silent - Episode One
Tonight, he would make it home. She would be waiting for him
in the safe little cabin of logs and bricks
- "The Feel Good Film of the Decade"
Director: Danny Boyle
Jo Green review
vibrant sound of fun-loving India blasted through the speakers
and there was no escaping its force. The twists and turns of Asias
largest slum open up before me as a handful of young rascals run
from an inevitably fatter, slower official. This is Mumbai.
Directed by Martin McDonaugh
Is there any more perfect Christmas movie than 'In Bruges'
Dead Air by Iain
Callum Graham review
Iain Banks is not necessarily the obvious choice to
pick as a writer who embodies the spirit of our times. However,
after reading his novel Dead Air I found him to be a prime candidate.
Bozo and the Storyteller
by Tom Glaister
Bozo and the Storyteller is the kind of book that is
Knife by R J Anderson
Orchard Books; (Jan 2009);
What an extraordinary tale Knife is - this is a
different take on Faeries at the bottom of the garden
Red Dress by Gaby Halberstam
Its 1944 JoBurg, South Africa and Rifke Lubetkin
(14), daughter of a Lithuanian Jewish refugee is growing up under
the rigid control of her stern traditional mother.
Dir by Catherine Hardwicke
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson- Aby Davis review
Boy meets Girl, Boy wants to drink girls blood, Boy dates
girl despite wanting to drink her blood, evil vampire tries to kill
Girl, Boy gets to drink some of the girl's blood in the end
Tide by Sam North,
by Charlie Dickinson
The hero of Mean Tide is Oliver, a survivor of much at
his tender age of twelve years, and a likable lad coming to terms
with a mysterious adult world around him
Written and Directed
by Richard Kelly
Michael Webb review
"Twenty-eight days, six hours, forty two minutes, twelve
seconds, that is when the world will end"
Angus, Thongs and
full-frontal snogging by Louise Rennison
Georgia Nicholson could be the love child of Bridget
Jones and Adrian mole, only funnier.
Vol 2 A Literary Spark Fiction, travel & poetry
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