Amazon.com: Top 500 Reviewer Dennis Waller: "An Interesting Perspective to a Historical Tale" a review of: Boudicca: Warrior Queen "This Love Story Has It All" a review of: Looking for Catarina "Mystical, Magical, Enchanting Journey" a review of: StoryTellers "What you are depends on the stories you read." Five must-read stories are told: Journey of a Hero, True Love, Impossible Love, A Woman at War & lastly, Peace. Who is a hero/heroine? Answer: Anyone who does something requiring courage, bravery, disregarding one's own personal safety. Could someone be a hero/heroine without even being aware of their actions? Yet the journey, a quest if you will, for riches, wealth, and power, will be undertaken. True Love is a love that conquers all obstacles to be together, and in this second story, there will be a seemingly unconquerable obstacle. Our hero will risk everything for the woman he loves... Impossible Love, we know this story well, for have we all not loved? Under circumstances when it would have been the wiser course of action not to have loved? Impossible Love is not bound by the dictates of reason and logic... In the fourth story, when love does not live anymore, then it must be WAR, and there is no war more terrifying, than when it is a wronged Woman At War. In the final story, we seek PEACE, and a seemingly innocent hero, unaware of anything except the present moment, must make a choice. Will it be the right choice? Read this book to find out the surprising answer... Attitudes to the Short Story "A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger." ~ Stephen King "[The short story creates] a vivid realization for the reader of that which moved the author to write, be it incident, be it emotion, be it situation.... thus the art of the short story becomes as much an art of tone as of incident." ~ H. S. Canby "The first necessity for the short story...is necessariness. The story, that is to say, must spring from an impression or perception pressing enough, acute enough to have made the writer write.” ~ Elizabeth Bowen "The short-story writer knows that he can't proceed cumulatively, that time is not his ally. His only solution is to work vertically, heading up or down in literary space." ~ Julio Cortazar "The real challenge is to pull as much of life as a story can bear into the fewest possible pages: to produce, if possible, that hallucinatory point in which time past and time future seems to co-exist with time present, that hallucinatory point which to me defines the good or great short story..." ~ Maurice Shadbolt "The essence of the short story is to isolate, to portray the individual person, or moment, or scene in isolation...detached from the great continuum...at once social and historical.... the short story is a natural form for the presentation of a moment whose intensity makes it seem outside the ordinary stream of time, or the significance is outside the ordinary range of experience." ~ Wendell Harris "I see today a new art of narration, a novel literature and category of belles-lettres, dawning upon the world. And this new art and literature--for the sake of the individual characters in the story, and in order to keep close to them and not be afraid--will be ready to sacrifice story itself.... The literature of individuals is a noble art, a great earnest and ambitious human product. But it is a human product. The divine art is the story. In the beginning was the story.... Within our whole universe the story only has authority to answer the cry of heart of its characters, that one cry of heart of each of them: 'Who am I?'" ~ Isak Dinesen "I like to read short stories and I like to write short stories. The connection is obvious." ~ Thomas Jerome Baker "What you are today and what you will become in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read." ~ Twyla Tharp
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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF in Santiago de Chile. Thomas is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Liaison for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty three (63) books. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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