I love writing in a variety of genres. I currently have over 300 books published in all lengths from full 500+ page novels down to short stories. I love writing series. Some are with unconnected characters, like the 14 full-length medieval novels with a sword being passed from heroine to heroine. Some have connected characters, like the 31 mini-mysteries featuring a detective in Salem, Massachusetts. All of my books are written "clean" with no explicit intimacy, no harsh language, and no explicit violence. All are suitable for teens and up.
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Edward E. Rochon
on Oct. 16, 2016 :
Shea says it is OK to use the placebo effect in healing. For example, use a crystal associated with a Chakra to help heal. Suppose you are in the wilderness, get sick and lose your crystal that helps heal your tummy ache after eating bad berries. Have you not created an unnecessary stress on the healing process? Is this not superstition taking hold of you? In acting, it is advisable to remember your lines cold, without associations, assuming you are alone and learning lines. Why? When the other actors and set are not what is expected, they tend to throw you off balance. They do not fit in with your imagined idea of the scene. Then you get upset and this throws you off more in a vicious cycle. Many people remember things in long lines of association, like a chain of beads. If they are reciting and lose their place, they must start all over, perhaps hours of recitation. Alex Haley of 'Roots' fame experienced this in Africa, if memory serves me. That is why you should remember the beads in a random access manner, as placed on a pattern such as a Chinese checkers board. But what if the board tips over? Well, this is in your mind, not physical. Second the practice of memorization gives you confidence and grace under fire, making a tip unlikely, regardless of stage lights blowing out, flubbed lines by other actors, or whatever else comes up. We used to save computer memory on tape due to its high storage capacity, but it was not random access and bad for that reason. This is why we strove for high capacity random access hard drives. And unnecessary associations can throw you off, freeze you up in a crisis. Be wary of mnemonic tricks to remember well. Try to learn cold with essentials: the face, the name, initials are OK since they are part of the way we ID people. This is harder but better in the long run, less likely to make you superstitious and spook you out. Every word has many associations that may drag you away from the path of truth. I use memory here as an analogy to the crystal placebo effect, not that Shea dealt with memory in her book.
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