Mark R. Turner

Biography

Mark Turner is a visual artist, filmmaker, writer and artistic leader. He has produced and taught on five continents as the director of Horizon Gate Productions, a non-profit arts organization which he co-founded with his wife in 1981. His emphasis has been in multi-media to tell stories and produce contemplative experiences using his visuals, poetry and soundtracks. He is currently creating tangible and digital art of inspirational and metaphorical images which he then re-purposes as motion graphics films with rich sound tracks of his poetry, sound effects and music. All this is exhibited together in a conversational atmosphere called the "Film Gallery Cafe" which can be booked in many venues.

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Books

Pulling Back the Earth
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 17,310. Language: American English. Published: April 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
For believing there are other people beyond this world who may be able to save humans from extinction a young couple is banished to a quest outside the world to return only if they find other people. She is 9 months pregnant by the time they discover their own sacred writings in a strange camp guarded by large, pale, babbling creatures. Will their words be stolen and their heir be devoured?
The Lost Kids Spy Christmas
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,620. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A crook gives kids a hide-out home on the roof of a skyscraper in exchange for their services as pick-pockets. Three Swappers turn the stolen goods into cash to grow the "money baby". The cops are closing in and the Swappers are double-crossing him. He must choose between his kids and his cash when they beg his help to rescue a real baby. Great for group reading, help is provided for the activity.
From Here to Kingdom Come
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Price: $2.40 USD. Words: 9,230. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Alice Wondrel is taken away in a whirlwind to a ghost town where the Mayor sends her on a mission with the Gospel Train. She finds the Conductor and passengers off-putting and tries to escape only to find herself out to sea. She is then washed overboard and swallowed by a whale. You won't put this comic journey down until you find out how it all started in a simple committee meeting.
You After All
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A strange tale about off beat people living on the edge in the middle of normal society. Poetry seems to be normal conversation for them. Yet, their circumstances are very concrete in the work-a-day world. A desperate family needs their mysterious leader to come and help them, but he is too late and all seems lost. This story contains four poems also found in Turner's ebook "Beautify, Oh".
Beautify, Oh : fifty-one poems
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Fifty-one poems sifted from 14 years of art, theater, filmmaking and contemplation. Childhood memories, deep space, history, theology, and life in the forest are capsulated under 8 headings. Links are included to view films featuring some in the sound tracks. Background is offered for each by date and place of writing and, for many, scripture references which were formative in their composition.
Give Us this Day
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A short story. The people of a small town are isolated by martial law when the nearby metropolis is attacked by terrorists. News reports of bio-terrorist events in the city move some to take the law into their own hands and others to cash in on selling supplies. Vigilantes organize when a stranger shows up observing them. Will they catch him before he hits the church where everyone is gathering?
The Future Seed
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Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A short story. John and Margaret Posvar, American Midwest farmers, keep alive the values sent down by their ancestors from the Old World. Their neighbors become hostile when they befriend new, foreign neighbors, then send a portion of their harvest to overseas relief. The Posvars' charity enriches their family's world view, but the local backlash threatens to bankrupt and disinherit them.

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Smashwords book reviews by Mark R. Turner

  • An Open Office Guide To Publishing On Smashwords on April 16, 2013

    After struggling with many hit and miss attempts to publish on Smashwords using Open Office I did learn much about translating MS Word to OO, but what a relief to get the same step by step guidance for OO as Mark Coker gave us for MS Word. Thank you, Gregory Scott, for taking the time and pains to spell it out for the rest of us. This manual is the kind of tool we have needed for a long time. With this simple list of instructions in hand, we can now expand our creative possibilities for better e-books. I do, however, want to encourage Gregory to try making that hyperlinked TOC which he is so pessimistic about. That is one thing that I did seem to conquer. After my trials with them, my TOC's are pretty dependable. So, Gregory, maybe your next revision of your fine book can include the steps for a good Open Office TOC. Thanks for saving the day with this volume. Mark R. Turner http://bit.ly/MRTbooks