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small press reviews


8 winner: the last death
of tev chrisini 76 last words
by jennifer bresnick
77 contributors
12 finalist: no cure for the past
by rick halpern
Cover photo by Wolfgang Josten, Wojofoto:
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14 finalist: mourning and celebration:
jewish, orthodox, and gay
by k. david brody

16 finalist: an illegal president


by pat lawrence

18 finalist: where are you from?


an anthology of asian american writing
by valerie katagiri

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by eric delabarre
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W
SERIOUSLY GREAT

e launched the Shelf Unbound Writing


Competition for Best Self-Published Book
with the idea of featuring the winners in this issue and waving the
flag for excellence in independent publishing. The first response was
an email from a noted book reviewer asking what in the world was I
thinking, considering that he has never seen a self-published book
worth reading. I told him I was confident we would find at least a few
seriously great books.
And then the entries started coming in. From all over the country, and
all over the world—Israel, India, Africa. From all kinds of people, in all
manner of genres: mysteries, thrillers, biographies, children’s books,
romance novels, poetry, religious and inspirational books, photo es-
says. As I and our judging panel began reading these books, I realized
that I had, after all, been wrong. Quite wrong. For we didn’t have just
a few seriously great books, but hundreds of them. To the more than
800 writers who entered our competition: Thank you for the privilege of
reading your works. It was a joyful and enriching experience. And to the
doubting reviewer: Sir, have I got a to-be-read list for you!
The winner of our competition is 26-year-old Jennifer Bresnick for
her debut novel, The Last Death of Tev Chrisini, a Tolkien-esque epic
fantasy. It is a book that basks you in the pleasure of reading it, which
I highly recommend that you do. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Margaret Brown
publisher

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winner

THE
LAST
DEATH
OF
Winner of the Shelf
TEV Unbound Writing
Competition for Best
CHRISINI Self-Published Book
Jennifer Bresnick’s enchanting Tolkien-
esque epic fantasy The Last Death of Tev
Chrisini captivated our judges from page
one and held us in thrall through its con-
JENNIFER
clusion 467 pages later. We fell in love
BRESNICK
with the story and its characters and with
Bresnick’s assured literary tale-spinning.
We talked to the 26-year-old author
about her debut novel.

8 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013
Tev Chrisini is a soldier who can’t to create, as well as the basic premise of the
die, caught in the middle of a war book. That phrase became the first line of
that won’t end. When a temporary my novel, and the story followed from there.
truce is called, he is chosen to guide Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that
night (or many nights after).
an envoy to the peace talks. But
when a young woman in his care Shelf: Who are your literary influences?
flees with a wanted murderer, Tev’s Bresnick: I’ve been a die-hard Tolkien fan
mission suddenly changes course, since the third grade and I’ve worn through
setting him on a race against dark more than one copy of The Silmarillion, which
forces to recover a legendary book: probably says a lot about me. My other fan-
one that holds the secrets of his tasy influences include Terry Pratchett, with
past—and the keys to his future. his wickedly sharp sense of humor, and
Tad Williams for his epic world-building and
—Jennifer Bresnick perfect sense of character. If you notice a
bit of Regency flair in some of my work, it’s
Shelf Unbound: How did you come up because Jane Austen and especially Pat-
with the idea for this novel? rick O’Brian are some of my all-time favorite
Jennifer Bresnick: It started out as an act authors. I love history, and I try to infuse as
of desperation five minutes after midnight much historical and sociological realism as
on November 1, 2009. I had finally worked possible into my made-up worlds. But I can
up the courage to participate in my very only ever hope to be a fraction as adept as
first National Novel Writing Month, but I was O’Brian when it comes to weaving meticu-
completely stuck for ideas. I’d never written lously researched details, humor, action, and
a novel before—I’d never written any fiction heart into my work.
longer than a ten-page short story for a col-
lege class—and I was entirely convinced I Shelf Unbound: I’m sort of stunned by
couldn’t do it. how perfectly you structured the ebb and
I was about to forget the idea all together, flow of the plot, given that this is a long
actually, when I started browsing my book- book AND your first one. How did you go
shelf for inspiration, and opened up to a about creating this somewhat complicat-
random page in a book about military his- ed, multi-story plot, and was there a lot of
tory. The phrase “there was always a war” editing of the story sequences?
jumped out at me, and all of a sudden there Bresnick: I love stories with a lot of differ-
was a vision in my head of the world I wanted ent plot threads, because they’re usually so

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good at creating suspense and turning any and I began to get some comments on my
story into a bit of a mystery. When every- blog. Suddenly, readers out there in the wild
thing comes together and you get that “Aha! were enjoying and embracing something that
I knew that’s what the grandmother’s neck- was deeply personal to me. It became a way
lace would be for!” moment near the end, it’s to connect with people on a level I had never
really satisfying both as a reader and a writer. experienced before, which was both surpris-
The most challenging part of having multiple ing and gratifying.
plots was making sure the timing worked out, I began to learn more about book pro-
considering most of my story involved journeys. motion and how easy it was to publish in
Everyone was traveling to different places at print—easy if the fickle formatting gods are
different rates, and it did get a bit confusing. I on your side, at least. I decided to produce
ended up drawing a big calendar on a couple a paperback with CreateSpace, and I’m
of pieces of paper awkwardly stapled together, very happy with the results. Even if it never
and plotted each character’s timeline in a dif- becomes anything more than a hobby, I’ve
ferent color to keep track of it all. never been happier.
Then I discovered that there’s some really
great storyboard software out there, and I felt Shelf: What are you working on now?
a bit silly for getting my colored pencils out. Bresnick: Right now, I’m working on a pre-
But sometimes there’s just no substitute for quel to The Last Death, called The Spoil of
scribbling on paper. The whole construction Zanuth-Karun. It’s set in the last days of the
of the book was a learning process for me, Empire when everything is starting to fall
and it was only with many rounds of editing apart and the problems that Tev encounters
that I got it into the shape that I wanted. are just starting to take shape. You’ll get to
learn a lot more about where Tev comes
Shelf: Why did you decide to self-publish? from, and he does make a couple of cam-
Bresnick: Originally, I only published a Kin- eos. I hope it will be available in the spring
dle version of The Last Death because I of 2013.
wanted an easy way to allow some of my I may come up with a few additional stories
friends to read it. I used to be very, very shy about Tev’s adventures during his long life.
about sharing my work, and it was a big step Some of the characters Tev encounters get
for me to make the book public. I had no a similar treatment in a companion novella
expectations that anyone would be interest- I wrote, called Treason’s Choices. You can
ed. But then I started getting some positive read all about my current state of creative
responses from family, former teachers— affairs on my website, at www.jenniferbres-
even strangers. My downloads picked up, nick.com.

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There was always a war. 
The teams sometimes rearranged themselves, and land would change hands when one player’s
fortunes dipped particularly low, but somewhere, for some reason, there was always a war. 
After close to seven hundred years, most of the participants were finding it hard to keep up. 
The great empire of Zanuth-Karun had fallen, Umre and Agan were no more; Gidan had long
since claimed neutrality, roundly denounced as a cop-out by all sides. 
Untold thousands of kings, generals, and heroes had gained the dubious immortality that
comes from being killed in interesting ways.  The original grievances were all but forgotten,
wearing down the fervent patriotism of centuries ago into a comfortable, familiar antagonism:
a predetermined set of countries to be steadily and continuously despised.
Somewhere north of the Schism Line, just past the edge of the clearing in the dense pine for-
est where his regiment was camped, a soldier named Tev Chrisini reluctantly pushed the dice
across the makeshift yasho table and let Neidril take his turn.
“Are you sure, sir?” Neidril asked. “If I get more than a ten, there isn’t a way you can make it up.”
“Just finish the round,” Tev replied, gesturing for him to continue. “I can cover it. Don’t
worry,” he added when the man looked at him doubtfully.
“You didn’t last time.”
“Yes I did. And I would have sooner, if she had just listened to me,” Tev replied, smiling a
little as he remembered the incident in a little border town a few months prior. The innkeeper’s
wife had chased him out of the building, screaming and throwing a chicken at him — a live,
squawking, terrified chicken — when she thought he was about to run out on a large debt to
her husband.
He had no intention of doing so, of course, but she had been so furious over the possibility
that his explanations were worthless to her. It hadn’t been his proudest moment, trapped in a
corner, fighting to get control of the livid, flailing bird as the woman searched for more poultry,
but it had been pretty funny.
But he wasn’t surprised that he was losing again, and badly. In fact, he thought, he ought to
be used to it by now, since he was fighting for Kialdar again, and Kialdar wasn’t doing quite
as well as it could have hoped.

From The Last Death of Tev Chrisini by Jennifer Bresnick. Excerpted with permission. All rights reserved.

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finalist

THE START
THE SHELF QUESTIONNAIRE
Jessie gazed around her office,
obviously struggling with where to
start. She released a long, slow sigh
and turned to me with a mix of res-
ignation and fatigue written on her
face. “You know I deal with difficult
personalities all the time, Vin, but
a piece-a-work came in yesterday
morning who took weird to a whole
new level. Just thinking about him
gives me the creeps.” She crushed
her cigarette in an ashtray already
brimming with unsmoked Camels.
She held my gaze as she picked
up her phone and punched a but-
ton. “Liv, can you bring us some
coffee, please?”
I had met Jessie soon after start-
ing to work with Nate Nussbaum,
my old boss, and mentor.

THE PLOT
P.I. Vin Hardin’s former boss, mentor, and
the closest thing to a real father he’s ever
known has been murdered. The brutality of
K. DAVID the assault makes it look personal, but Nate
BRODY was 75 years old and already retired eight
NO CURE FOR THE PAST years. Who could possibly hate an elderly
man that much and why kill him now? It
BY RICK HALPERN makes no sense. With the aid of his attorney/

12 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013
friend, a sweet 10-year-old who walks his dog,
THE WORK
his morbidly obese and acerbic researcher,
his laconic and deadly Korean backup, and a Every weekday, for hours, unless life intrudes.
homicide detective who owes him a favor, Vin
is drawn deeply into not only Nate’s past to find
THE TIP
the killer, but into his own troubled past as well.
I think it came from Michael Chabon, though
others have said much the same thing. This
THE GUY
isn’t an exact quote, but… “It takes three
P.I. Vin Hardin grew up in a series of foster things to succeed as a writer: talent, luck,
homes without a mother or father figure in and discipline, and the only one you control
his life. These formative experiences, plus is discipline. So sit down and write.”
tragedy as an adult, have shaped who he has
become. Over the years he’s found refuge
THE FUTURE
in jazz and Tecate and a commitment to his
work. He’s standup and honest though he I’m working on the next in the Vin Hardin
can tend toward the melancholy. series. Vin is hired to prove a dead man inno-
cent of a crime for which there is overwhelm-
ing evidence he did, in fact, commit. Vin
THE SPOT
thinks it’s a fool’s errand, but he soon discov-
The story is set mostly in the San Fernando ers much more than anyone bargained for:
Valley, part of Los Angeles County. I chose drug smuggling, fraud, extortion, crooked
it partly because I grew up there, so I was politicians, and more murder.
familiar with it, but more because it’s a place
full of contradictions and diverse enough to
THE AUTHOR
provide numerous possibilities.
Rick Halpern splits his
time between fiction and
THE PULL QUOTE
screenwriting. “I live in
“The morphine helped a lot.” Maine. I’m married. We
have a daughter each.
I write—that’s what I
THE CONCEPT
do,” says Halpern, who
I had been thinking about stakes that pene- received his MFA in Cre-
trate to the heart and pushing loss to its limit. ative Writing in 2004.

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An interview with
Shelf Unbound
Writing Competition
for Best Self-Published
Book Finalist K.
David Brody
MORNING Mourning and Celebration is the author’s
imagined life story, had he been

AND
born 100 years before his time, in
his grandfather’s Polish shtetl ( Jewish
village) as a gay, Orthodox Jew.
CELEBRATION No choice about being gay. The
hero, Yankl, eventually has a love
JEWISH, ORTHODOX affair with a study partner that is
AND GAY PAST & PRESENT discovered by the local rabbi. The
consequences are drastic. Yankl
escapes an arranged marriage by
fleeing his village and earning a
living as a gifted violinist. His is a
story of courage and survival. At the
K. DAVID end of some chapters, the protagonist
BRODY
has conversations with the author,
comparing conditions then and now.
— K. David Brody,
www.mourningandcelebration.com

14 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013
Shelf Unbound: Yankl’s story broke my standing is that contemporary Orthodox
heart. How did you come up with the idea? Judaism still condemns homosexuality, so
K. David Brody: I was sitting in my living room, I’m wondering how you personally have
cogitating. I realized that I have witnessed gay dealt with this conflict?
liberation from the time that homosexuality Brody: Contemporary Orthodox Judaism
was illegal, to gay marriage in Canada. Indeed, may still condemn homosexuality, or at least
I was part of the struggle, having successfully the act of same-sex love. However, in a
sued the government of Quebec for same-sex Statement of Principles first published in July
couples’ right to receive the survivor’s pension, 2010 and signed by over 70 Modern Ortho-
should one of the partners die. The thought dox rabbis, homosexuals are accepted as
came to me: how would I have survived had I created in the image of God. The Statement
been born as my grandfather in his shtetl, but also endorses acceptance of homosexuals
as a gay man? Suddenly, Yankl, the hero of as full members of the Jewish community.
my book, appeared in my imagination, my gay I believe I was created in the image of God.
ancestor. I asked him to recount his story, and The Statement of Principles is a very pro-
that was the source of my novel. gressive document, although it does not go
far enough. It does not recognize the validity
Shelf: How do you think he squared the of same-sex love.
condemnation implicit in the religious In over 3,000 years of existence, Judaism
teachings of his upbringing with his own has always adapted to changing social val-
self-acceptance? ues and to reality. Homosexuals are a reality
Brody: Yankl was obsessed with his sexual and have already been integrated as clergy
urges and his agony in feeling different. I by the Reconstructionist, Reform and Con-
believe he would have given anything to servative branches of Judaism. Over 3,000
change his orientation, and I endeavored to years of prejudice against gay men and
explain that in the book. He prays to God to women will not disappear in one generation.
be able to change. However, like me, he had I believe our time will come. Meanwhile, who
to face reality. For years, Yankl felt lonely I love is nobody’s business but my own.
and alienated, so when Velvel eventually
comes on the scene and returns his love, Shelf: Was writing the novel cathartic for
any thoughts about their relationship being you in any way?
wrong fade into insignificance. Brody: Yes, writing this novel was not only
cathartic for me. It was as if my characters
Shelf: You imagined Yankl as a version of were channeling through me. The book is a
yourself about 100 years ago. My under- plea for understanding and acceptance.

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finalist

THE SHELF QUESTIONNAIRE THE START


Strolling toward his minivan with
8-year-old Jack and 6-year-old Denise
in tow, Congressman Paul Garrett
suddenly felt the uncomfortable pres-
sure of something hard being shoved
into the small of his back. As he jerk-
ed his head to figure out—what the
hell—the pressure intensified.

THE PLOT
An Illegal President: A Novel is about the
strangest and most bizarre escapade of
young congressman Paul Garrett’s life.
As the book opens he is mysteriously kid-
napped, which triggers an adventure that
ultimately catapults him to the brink of cap-
turing the pinnacle of political power: the
presidency of the United States of America.
Powerful and sinister worldwide forces are
responsible for the diabolical plot that thrusts
Garrett into the sweepstakes of presidential
politics. With his life threatened, his children
endangered, and his wife terrified, Garrett is
forced to make decisions which will forever
change his future, and the political future of
K. DAVID America hangs in the balance.
BRODY
AN ILLEGAL PRESIDENT: A NOVEL THE SPOT
Our book is set in Washington, D.C., New
BY PAT LAWRENCE York City, and Bristol, Wisconsin. Since the

16 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013
story revolves around a presidential cam-
THE FUTURE
paign, the powerbroker characters operate
primarily out of D.C. and New York. We have another suspense thriller in the
works, tentatively titled Long Shadows. The
story is about harrowing events in the lives
THE PULL QUOTE
of the ancestors of our two main characters
“Always expect the unexpected, especially which now profoundly affect their lives gen-
when you least expect it.” erations later.

THE CONCEPT THE SITE


With the November presidential election at www.patlawrence.net
hand and the corruption that surrounds poli-
tics and politicians, the topics were obvious
THE AUTHORS
for a novel at this time.
We are the husband
and wife writing team
THE TITLE
of “Pat” Adsit Burke
We actually had two titles in mind. We and Daniel “Law-
settled on An Illegal President: A Novel after rence” Burke—ergo:
submitting both of our working titles to a Pat Lawrence, pseud-
handful of our friends and readers and ask- onym. We began our
ing them to vote. writing partnership in
2007 penning mur-
der mysteries for our
THE WORK
entertainment enter-
One of us writes in the morning and then prise, Murder by Design. Next we graduated
transmits that section electronically to the to a two-act comedy stage play, Squirrels
other who reviews, revises, and improves it in the Attic, which is regularly performed in
in the evening and then electronically sends select midwestern venues. We began our
it back to the first for the next day’s work. novel writing career in 2011; last year we pub-
lished the suspense thriller Jarred Into Being.
We reside in Wisconsin where we dutifully
THE TIP
serve as the staff to our two handsome Eng-
Write every single day. lish Bulldogs, Diesel and Emmett.

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Shelf Unbound
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Book Finalist
peopl e where
we want to tell
we're really from.
Writing
of Asian American
An Anthology

$16.00 Thymos

Valerie Katagiri
WHERE In mainstream America, clichéd
stereotypes of Asian people as

ARE YOU model minorities, asexual techno-


geeks, hypersexual dragon ladies,
perpetual foreigners, or Yellow Peril
FROM? “threats” continue to persist. In
Where Are You From?: An Antholog y of
AN ANTHOLOGY OF Asian American Writing, we challenge
ASIAN AMERICAN WRITING these viewpoints. The writings
and art in this anthology envision
Asian American identity, culture,
and politics on our own terms,
through our own experiences and
unique perspectives. This anthology
VALERIE expresses the truth of our lived
KATAGIRI
realities and gives voice to an
Asian America that is frequently
marginalized by society.
— Valerie Katagiri

18 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013
Shelf Unbound: Where did the idea for children—roles that other non-Asian Ameri-
this book come from? cans fill throughout their lives. Asian Ameri-
Valerie Katagiri: On July 22, 2008, Thymos, cans were instrumental in Hawaii’s sugar
an Asian American activist organization in industry. They were significant in the building
Portland, Oregon, invited Oregon Poet Lau- of the transcontinental railroad that eventually
reate Lawson Inada to be a guest lecturer for helped America become economically pow-
one of their events. Inada began the discus- erful. They have been in the United States for
sion about activism by asking participants to a long time. But because Asian Americans
draw a diagram showing the various places are still being asked where they come from,
they had lived and how their diverse journeys they are sharing their various answers through
had finally brought them to Portland. Inada’s this book with the hope that a better under-
simple exercise sparked the initial inspiration standing of Asian Americans will decrease
for this Asian American all-volunteer com- the racism, prejudice, and discrimination that
munity book project. Our anthology includes still exist. This anthology will also serve as a
a diverse range of the unique, poignant, historical record of who Asian Americans are
controversial, humorous and entertaining at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
perspectives of Asian Americans from vari-
ous parts of the United States. Shelf: What do you hope this book accom-
plishes?
Shelf: Tell us about the meaning of the Katagiri: The writings and art in this book
book’s title.  recognize that Asian Americans live complex
Katagiri: The book’s title, Where Are You lives. Before the civil rights era, Asian Ameri-
From?: An Anthology of Asian American Writ- cans endured race riots, internment, and
ing, echoes the common prejudice expressed other forms of overt prejudice and violence.
by the majority culture that Asian Americans Most recently, racism against Asian Ameri-
do not belong or “fit” in America. Some cans often involves cultural stereotyping,
people have trouble believing that Asian faces social marginalization, and racial “Othering.”
can also be American. Being asked where we This kinder, gentler version of the persis-
come from is both frustrating and irritating to tent anti-Asian sentiment found throughout
Asian Americans whose families deserve to American history distorts perceptions of
be credited with having lived in this country for Asian people today and is one of our most
many generations, helping to build it through potent enemies. Asian American activism
their contributions to business, medicine, must seek to counteract both visible and
education, science, the legal profession, poli- invisible forms of racism against our group
tics, the military or as fathers, mothers, and as well as other minority groups.

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THE SHELF QUESTIONNAIRE THE START


The soles of his boots slapped
against the wet cobblestone streets
of Jackson Square. In the distance
behind him, a steamboat chugged
up the Mississippi River carrying
goods to the north. It was 1823, and
tonight, history would be written.

THE PLOT
Set in the seaside town of Port Townsend,
Washington, during the 4th of July week-
end in 1972, Saltwater Taffy  is a Middle
Grade  adventure novel  following the lives
of five “tweenage” friends as they uncover
a treasure map once belonging to the ruth-
less New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte. The
discovery thrusts them from one treasure
hunting adventure to the next as they try to
out-wit, out-think and out-maneuver every-
one from a one-legged junk yard man and
an overbearing town bully, to the creepy
old man living at the top of the hill.

THE PULL QUOTE


“ 
“Today was a great day.  In fact, the whole
K. DAVID summer had been the best summer of our
BRODY lives and one we would never soon forget. It
SALTWATER TAFFY was a time of baseball, adventure and salt-
water taffy. And love, of course. Because in
BY ERIC DELABARRE the end, that’s what life is really about. Love.”

20 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013
THE CONCEPT THE FUTURE
After spending seven seasons on Law & The book has already been adapted into a
Order and surrounded by murder, mayhem script and we’ll begin filming in August 2013.
and the latest “story ripped from the head- Saltwater Taffy has two sequels in the Idea
lines,” I felt I was using my creative talents Folder, but the main focus is making the
to feed the machine buying culture of Hol- screenplay for the film the absolute best it
lywood, which is infatuated with fear, doubt can be. 
and worry. To me, this is the lowest vibration
of humanity.  I was looking for a story that
THE SITE
was based on the struggles of growing up
and coming of age.   www.whatagreatbook.com
Our children are basing their self-worth on
how many friends they have on Facebook or
THE AUTHOR
what brand of clothing they wear.  I believe
that if we are able to teach our children to Eric DelaBarre is
look inward more than they look and pay an award-winning
attention to the “surface mind of fitting in,” author, filmmaker,
we will begin to heal this great country of speaker, and best-
ours. Obviously the mess we are in cannot selling ghostwriter
be fixed in the boardrooms of America. The for Random House/
change we seek will take place in the class- Harmony Books.
rooms of America. The more we teach our Eric began his
children to listen to their heart compass, that career with Univer-
sal Studios on NBC’s mega-hit drama Law
inner ping of love, the more they will grow up
to be confident young men and women.   & Order. His work has been sold around the
world and showcased on HBO, Cinemax,
Showtime, Starz/Encore, USA Networks,
THE TIP
and NBC. He is past president of the Boys
There was one rule for the writing staff on & Girls Club Council of Santa Monica and
Law & Order: Be ruthless on your own work travels the country talking to kids about lit-
before you show it. If a scene isn’t driving eracy and their potential in life. He lives and
your story, propelling your plot or causing works in Santa Monica, California with his
your characters to change, then CUT, CUT, wife, Julie DelaBarre, and their one year-old
CUT.   daughter, Emery.

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8 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013

Photograph: Laser 3.14


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Trophies and Tradition:


The History of the Big Ten Conference by Christopher Clouser

T
he growth of college football in the of Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Penn met to
western states was amazing. Amos do this. The changes that took effect outlawed
Alonzo Stagg’s Chicago eleven traveled two dangerous formations, the flying wedge and
to Toledo to meet Michigan for the first time in the V-formation. Other rule changes altered
1892. In 1893, Yale and Harvard contested the the length of the game and defined which offi-
Big Game in Chicago. Soon afterward Chi- cials were responsible for particular components
cago announced that of the game. These
their annual contest changes promoted one
with Michigan would of the great elements
be a Thanksgiving of collegiate athletics,
Day tradition. North- the innovation of new
western University and strategies.
Lake Forest College Stagg was perhaps
also saw a dramatic the greatest innovator
increase in attendance the game ever saw. In
at their games. This 1894 he implemented
opened the eyes of the what was called a mass-
University of Chicago interference play or,
to other possibilities. as we refer to it now,
Promoting their foot- blocking. Another inno-
ball program could be vation was the five-man
a very lucrative ven- offensive line. Stagg
ture for the university. also developed the
While the game onside kick, the snap
grew in popularity one from center to a stand-
thing alarmed many ing quarterback, and
ofK.the universities, the raw brutality of the
DAVID the lateral pass. In that year Stagg introduced all
sport. A few institutions threatened eliminating
BRODY of these new ideas against archrival Michigan in
squads from competing on their grounds. The the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
dictate was to mitigate the danger for those
involved, or else. From Trophies and Tradition: The History of
Eighteen ninety-four saw the first real effort to the Big Ten Conference by Christopher Clouser.
provide more safety to the players. The Big Four Excerpted with permission. All rights reserved.

24 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013
WAKE UP
Deep within our own Unit-
ed States Government
and elements within and

AMERICA
outside our nation, there
appears to be an insidi-
ous plot to destroy our
Christian heritage and

Before it’s our American way of life.


This will never happen as

too late!
long as our citizens are
armed as provided for in
our Constitution. Unfortu-
nately, most citizens are
A Decision Paper immersed in their day-to-
by Col. Ellis D. Bingham, day activities to provide
for their families and do
USA, Retired not have the time to sift
through and analyze the wealth of information provided by modern
technology. Those that have the time to
monitor the internet and other media are
flooded with information, much of which
is disinformation. This causes uncertainty,
fear, worry and stress on our citizens. This
Decision Paper puts together seven situa-
tions that, if not acted upon and corrected,
will destroy this great nation. All nations
should realize that if America as the world
knows it is destroyed, the free world will
cease to exist.

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Living with B: A College Girl’s Struggle


with Bulimia and Everyday Life by Stephanie Caprini

O
k, fine. I don’t have issues. I have an dered, my eyebrows scrunched together.
issue. It’s called being fat. It’s called I “When you fight with yourself, does the
live with a crazy little person in my voice fighting back sound like your voice or
head feeding me self-deprecating thoughts so no?”
much that it actually I finally gave up on
makes me crazy. Well, fully naming the thing.
it actually just makes I called it B because
me bulimic. Or, well, I B and bulimia started
make myself bulimic, with the same letter,
because I’m the one and B on its own could
who actually does the be whichever gender
binging and purging. I wanted. However, I
B doesn’t stand there told myself B was a
and hold my hair back guy because, let’s face
while I puke. So, real- it, I’m a girl, and I
ly, I’m the one who’s like guys. It seemed
making myself crazy. logical that it would
So, there again, all be the opposite gender,
the blame gets put especially because I’m
back on me. always worried about
God, this sucks. how guys view me. B is
“So when you have my externalization of
these internal conver- the issue, and it’s a boy.
sations with yourself, Sometimes.
are you feeding your- I think.
self negative thoughts, Whatever, this
orK.
is DAVID
the voice of some- is complicated and
oneBRODY
else feeding you makes my head hurt.
negative thoughts?” Jake had asked during
my third therapy session, when it was starting From Living with B: A College Girl’s Struggle
to become clear to him that I was seeing him with Bulimia and Everyday Life by Stepha-
because of an eating disorder. nie Caprini. Excerpted with permission. All rights
“Huh?” I stared at him completely bewil- reserved.

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The Business of Wanting More: Why Some Executives


Move from Success to Fulfillment and Others Don’t by Brian Gast

N
ew York’s LaGuardia Airport, August hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and
2, 1994. I’d just boarded a United sitting on public stock holdings worth millions.
flight to Colorado Springs, as I’d At thirty-four, I had it all. Well, all the things
done nearly every other Friday evening for the I ever thought I wanted — a nice house, great
past two years. Typical- cars, luxurious vaca-
ly, I flew to New York tions — and money, still
or Boston on Mon- in the bank. I was living
day or Tuesday and the American business-
returned home after The Business of person’s dream. And I

Wanting
several packed days of was miserable.
meetings with financial Not one to wallow,
news reporters, current I decided to examine
and prospective share- what was going on. I
holders, and security
analysts.
I dropped into a
window seat in first
class. To decompress,
MORE took a pad of paper
from my briefcase and
wrote down what I had
and was grateful for: a
happy marriage, good
I ordered a vodka tonic Why Some Executives Move health, a decent balance
and plugged the head-
phones into the armrest
from Success to Fulfillment between work and time
off, a lucrative career,
jack. I don’t remember and Others Don’t a very active social life.
what was playing, only ... Yet I still felt an enor-
that tears were sud- mous emptiness inside.
denly streaming down B RIAN G AST “Why am I not happi-
my face. “What’s going er? If I’m so successful,
on?” I thought. “I’m
K. DAVID why am I so unfulfilled?
theBRODY
tough financial guy, What’s wrong?”
the one who keeps his cool in any storm. Cry-
ing is for sissies, babies, not guys like me.” From The Business of Wanting More: Why
I was the CEO of one of the fastest-growing Some Executives Move from Success to Fulfill-
telecommunications services companies in the ment and Others Don’t by Brian Gast. Excerpted
world. I was the company’s mouthpiece, earning with permission. All rights reserved.

28 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2013
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How can a pint-sized,
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master calculus? That’s
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novels of mystery and intrigue

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Photograph: Daisy Benson


How much would
a father sacrifice
for his child?
Attorney Dani Trumball has just six weeks to save the life of George Calhoun,
who’s scheduled to be executed for a crime he claims was never committed.

“Unintended Consequences is an
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SHAKEN AND STIRRED


SPIE S, PI’S, BA D GU YS, AN D OTHER POE-TENT MI X E S
by Stephanie Caprini

ALLAH’S REVENGE
by Peter Barber

THE MIX: Terrorists, nanotechnology


weapons, and an English detective.
A SWIG: “In his makeshift laboratory
in a bombed-out Israeli medical facil-
ity, Dawud dipped his hand into a small
glass vivarium and selected a white rat
with an orange stripe spray-painted on
its back. He held the wriggling rodent
by the tail, swung it away from the cage,
and squirted two puffs from an asthma
inhaler into its face. When he was sat-
isfied that the mist had dissipated, he
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it next to its brother. The rats touched
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Samantha Rawlings stiffened, and
forced her fingers to finish removing the
dark fuzz of lint from her cream linen
skirt. With cool precision she settled
both arms along the wide fabric arm-
rests of her chair and locked her atten-
K. DAVID
tion onto her boss, Raul Martinez. “Not
BRODY necessary, Raul. It’s covered.”
“He has experience in the area.”
”As do I,” Sam replied, wondering why
he would suggest involving a new hire
on the firm’s powerhouse complaint.
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iPlot
AN APPLE A DAY
DOES NOT KEEP in
CONSPIRACY AT BAY
the debut novel by Lord R. Benson

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the style of Lee Childs.

Carla Moore was Australia’s first female Prime Min-


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she was on the verge of dying. Initially hailed
a hero, her fall was quick. She was now the
most unpopular Prime Minister ever. Her
methods had earned her the nick-
name ‘Carliar’. Many wanted her
removed. But would any go so
far as trying to kill her?

When Derek and Beth


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ly picked up someone else’s
iPad going through Heathrow
airport security, the material he
discovers leads him to believe its cor-
rect owner must be involved in the Prime
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DEATH NOTICE
by Alicia Dean

THE MIX: Obituary columnist, troubling


typos, attractive detective, and a serial
killer.
A SWIG: Before I found out that a mur-
derer was using my obituary column to
forecast his kills, my biggest concern
was the promotion my boss/ex-lover,
Adam, had promised me.
I’d been writing obituaries for the
Northland Chronicle for two years, but
that was about to change. Today, Adam
was promoting me to the crime desk, PILATE’S KEY
something I’d wanted since leaving my
job at the Kansas City Star.
by J. Alexander Greenwood
I’d given up a coveted career as crime
THE MIX: Key West, murder, pirates,
reporter because I was in love, and
and a sexy cop.
because Adam swore that when the
A SWIG: A lifeless eyeball stared at
crime desk came open at the Chronicle,
Juan from the deck of the sloop. Juan
it was mine. Two years, and one very
looked away from the dead man’s face
bad break-up later, the position had
and focused on securing three diving
opened up.
belts to Yves Marchand’s nude body.
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Juan’s back ached, and he thought
perhaps he had pulled a muscle tus-
sling below decks with the Frenchman.
Rising to his feet, he groaned. The
sloop deck pitched lightly in the calm
waters off Duggan’s Key, but he still felt
sick. Juan vomited, covering the mutely
outraged body of Marchand with his
partially digested lunch.
“Sorry, jefe,” Juan said. He wiped
his mouth on his sleeve and positioned
himself between the cabin wall and
Marchand. He dug his right heel into
Marchand’s stiff right side and pushed.
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DEAR AGENTS AND NON SUBSIDY PUBLISHERS
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SHADOW OF GUILT
by Samuel Jay

THE MIX: Neglected husband, dissat-


isfied wife, and a vengeful arsonist set
on murder.
A SWIG: Dressed in a dark sweatsuit,
his face and hands blackened, Alex
Hassan slowly dropped to one knee
in the treeline of moon-made shadows
well behind the big Georgian Colonial.
Reaching into a canvas gym bag, he
put a glass coffee pot of brake fluid and
PRIMARY RUBBER: chlorine on a bed of pine needles along-
THE FLAT TIRE MURDERS side him. The silent mixture rocked and
glistened inside its prison, eager for an
by Charles A. Turek explosive escape.
Hassan was on a knoll that put him
THE MIX: Hard-boiled PI, sexy client, at eye-level with the second floor of
murder, and a nod to Raymond Chandler. the mansion. He raised the binoculars
A SWIG: Not enough rain or too much. strapped around his neck and looked
The eternal lament of the Iowa farmer into a lighted bedroom, rolling the focus
played across the radio like a sympho- bar in his fingers until he could clearly see
ny to spring. The agribusiness report on the shapely bare back of Betty Keller.
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Either it was too wet or too dry. Too
much rain meant too much production,
leading to too low a price at the elevator
and farms going bankrupt. Too little rain
or flooding meant no production and
farms going bankrupt. The weather, for
Iowa farmers, was never sunny. Police
Sergeant Arnie Whitaker thought about
this as he listened to the ag report and
looked for some reason to reconcile the
farmer’s carping about a dry May with
the fact that the Army Corp of Engi-
neers might have to dynamite a levy
and flood farmland.
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A SORORITY OF ANGELS
A revenge thriller by Gus Leodas

A Sorority of Angels brings together the unique stories


of five women working as aides to influential diplomats.
Each woman is embroiled in a dangerous, violent
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OCKHAM’S RAZOR
by William Barrett Burton

THE MIX: Pharmaceutical scientist, big


money, big politics, murder, and mystery.
A SWIG: The Bayshore freeway felt
more like a parking lot than a highway
as the morning commute moved for-
ward inches at a time. The heavier than
normal traffic forced the reality of the
situation – she would never make it to
the office in time for the meeting.
“Damn,” she mumbled, turning down
the volume of the drive time talk radio.
CODE NAME RUSTLER She speed dialed her admin and got
voicemail. “It’s Dagney. I’m stuck in
by Douglas E. Sipple traffic on 101. Push the staff meeting a
and Charles T. Wolstenholme half-hour. Let the team know. Oh, and
extend the conference room reserva-
THE MIX: Cold War, sunken nuclear tion by thirty minutes. Thanks.”
sub, defection, deception, romance. She scanned through the list of
A SWIG: Colonel Zelta Rensky, Russia’s recent voice mails. There were two
resident expert on nuclear submarines from her best friend, Sandy; one last
and submarine warfare, brushed her night, another this morning.
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as she leaned back on the overstuffed
sofa in the office of the Soviet Minister,
Nicholas Karenev.
Her slender fingers traced a seam
in the maroon leather sofa as her eyes
moved anxiously about the office.
What’s keeping him? She nervously
slipped her foot in and out of her right
shoe. Let’s get on with it.
Her mind raced, quickening her heart-
beat as she considered what lay ahead.
Did the months of planning pay off?
Would Karenev allow her to go to Cuba?
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Laser 3.14: Are You Reading Me?

“In the new generation of Amsterdam street artists one man


stands out for his literary landmarks: Laser 3.14 is bringing
pure poetry back in the streets.”
—Hugo Kaagman

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A chance viewing goes a bit like this:
you are walking along the street mind-
ing your own business and you come
across one of Laser’s pieces written
on a wall. You read it and the short
narrative makes you think about life,
the simplicity makes you laugh and
wonder why you hadn’t thought of that
yourself, and then the words stay with
you as you walk away along the street,
continuing your journey that had been
interrupted by a moment of pure prose.
What more do you want from street
art? What more do you want from art?
What more do you want from life?
– King Adz, from Laser 3.14: Are You Reading Me?
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Scrolls of Darkness is a fast-

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The Dionysus Learning to Live


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Playing at Love Tropical Temptation,


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teach, the stakes husband starts to behave strangely. Kristen
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temples, the city-state of Grimpkin is the bold embodiment of
by Daryl Chestney
civilization. Its history is as hallowed as its statue-ringed Forum and
its citizens as sober as the slate-hued sky.
An anxious traveler has been drawn into the district.

L L
She is an Acaanan, one of a dark-skinned

g
akif has at last people infamous for their fascination with
the occult. But to Grimpkin’s robed patri-
cians she is only a shabby, scheming pariah.
akif is an
unearthed a Acaanan, one of a
f The Acaanan is convinced that lost within
the sprawling district hides an icon of
ancient and elemental dimensions.

Rare Earth Stone,


Mystery enshrines the relic but many
believe that it is an agent of doom
whose shadow haunts Grimpkin’s
scarred consciousness.
dark-skinned people
n
but harnessing its The Acaanan has staked her for-
tune on unearthing the relic
and bringing its truth to light.
infamous for their
secret proves to be fascination with the
But all her efforts are fruit-
less until one evening when,
e
at wit’s end, she stumbles into
a possible path. To find it she

o
thorny. To sort it must decipher a bizarre code
that conceals a lost world of
the macabre.
occult. She is hunting
out, she must visit for an ancient icon
mysterious magma within the city-state
pits, solicit advice of Grimpkin and has
from an ancient figure staked her fortune
haunting the ruined city underneath Grimpkin, on bringing its truth to light. Then she stumbles
and brave a distant shrine with an unspeakable across a bizarre code that holds the secret, one
past- all while avoiding a mysterious agent that is buried within a world of the macabre.
tracking her.

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poetry

Annie, Again

Some nights
when I don’t dream of old fears:

I can’t remember where I parked my car


I’m unprepared for a final exam
I missed the last train out of Vienna

sometimes
I dream an old love.
She smiles
as though we hadn’t parted
years before.
Her blonde hair even lighter
with streaks of silver,
I am bewitched again.

Some mornings
I wake smiling.

From A Step in Time by Ruth Steinberg. Reprinted with


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poetry
A Moment of Bliss

Crumb Quilt Poems


There are ten sparrows and one robin
in my birdbath. Overnight rain filled it
with cool, clear water, and they love it.
Scorching hot days have left them hot
and dusty. I fill it daily, but it soon
becomes a cement sauna as the
relentless sun evaporates the water. The
robin is the self-appointed bossy queen.
She attempts to maneuver the others
from their bathing, but the sparrows
outnumber her and refuse to be
diverted. As I watch from my window I
am reminded of children playing in a
puddle, the sheer joy of being alive on
their faces. A svelte Baltimore oriole
Kay F. Klinkenborg

has joined the melee—Striving to


maintain dignity, but unable to resist
the pure delight. They have all flown,
and the water level is reduced by half,
Deanna L. DeLong

while the sidewalk is covered with


water resembling raindrops. They have
returned to the work of nest building
and feeding young birds, but for a few
moments they experienced the bliss
of a summer rain, cool water, and From Crumb Quilt Poems by Kay F. Klinkenborg and Deanna
random splashing. Perhaps I shall look L. DeLong. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.
for a puddle myself.

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The story follows a teenager named Olivia as she struggles with the
knowledge that her father isn’t quite right. In fact, he’s so not-quite-
right that he lives in the family’s bathroom and refuses to leave
for fear that he might die. Adding to Olivia’s stress is her mother’s
apparent nonchalance at the situation—she thinks it’s just a matter
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JENNIFER BRESNICK is a 2007 graduate of Mount Holy- MELISSA (MISSA) HAAS had her first book professionally
oke College with a major in history. Born and raised on Long published while still in high school. In 2001, she debuted at
Island, NY, she now resides in the Boston area, fervently the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as a pianist,
avoiding all discussions about professional sports. When she though her educational background actually belongs to the
isn’t writing down the conversations in her head to give them realms of science and math. Over the past several years, most
an appearance of respectability, Jen enjoys crocheting silly of her time has been consumed by cystic fibrosis and accom-
animal hats, being creative in the kitchen, and on a complete- panying adult-onset complications. The gravity of frequent life-
ly unrelated note, putting out kitchen fires. She is currently an threatening situations has proven that writing, whether pub-
associate editor for a healthcare technology website. lished or unpublished, is a very fine example of time spent well.

K. DAVID BRODY, born in London, worked at Radio- RICK HALPERN graduated with honors a long time ago
Canada, Montreal, and moved to Israel in the early 1980s. from the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in
Back in Montreal, he worked as a freelance translator. An Theater Arts. He received his MFA in creative writing in 2004
active member of Montreal’s first gay Jewish group, he from the Stonecoast at USM where he studied with Dennis
founded the second, Yakhdav (Together). In 2002, after Lehane. Since then he has been splitting his time between
an 8-year legal battle against the Quebec government, he fiction and screenwriting.
won the right of same-sex couples to the survivor pen-
sion, following the death of his partner. VALERIE KATAGIRI is an award-winning author of several
Writer’s Digest entries. She has been a monthly contributor
STEPHANIE CAPRINI’s first novel focuses on the truths to a senior newspaper in Portland, Oregon, and is currently
and realities of what it is like living with and trying to ghost-writing a parenting book as well as working on a
recover from an eating disorder. She worked to complete book of her own.
her book after deciding the genre needed a story that was
refreshingly fun yet honest. While based on her struggle LASER 3.14’s passion for graffiti began as a kid in the early
with bulimia, the story is fictional. She is also published ‘80s, greatly inspired by early Amsterdam writers like Ego,
in Coq&Bull magazine, the International Business Times, Dr Smurry, Dragon, Tarantula. In ‘84 he attended graphic
and her blog, www.truthsc.com.  school: It was here where he met the brother of Harakiri,
who taught Laser the ins and outs of tagging. Around the
CHRIS CLOUSER is the author of three books and lives in early 1990s, he began sketching and producing comics,
Noblesville, Indiana. His other works include The Midwest illustrating, and writing poetry. Towards the end of the ‘90s
Associate: The Life and Work of Perry Duke Maxwell and he ran into an artistic impasse and felt the need to re-ignite
A Month of Saturdays: A Guide to Indiana’s Public Golf a creative spark. As a result, he went back to his roots:
Courses. He has also contributed to three other books and graffiti writing. It was at this point he began to utilize the city
had several articles published nationally. as his canvas and turned his poetry into street art.

ERIC DELABARRE is an award-winning author and film- PAT LAWRENCE is the husband-wife writing team of
maker who began his career with Executive Producer Dick Pat Adsit Burke and Daniel Lawrence Burke—ergo: Pat
Wolf on NBC’s mega-hit Law & Order.  He is a longtime Lawrence. They began their writing partnership in 2007
member of the Writer’s Guild of America. Before writing penning Murder Mysteries for their entertainment enter-
his own works, Eric was a ghostwriter for Random House/ prise, “Murder by Design.” An Illegal President: A Novel
Harmony Books. Eric lives and works in Santa Monica, Cal- follows on the heels of suspense thriller Jarred into Being,
ifornia, with his wife, Julie, and their two-year-old daughter, published a year earlier. Pat and Daniel reside in Wisconsin
Emery.  www.whatagreatbook.com where they dutifully serve as staff to their two handsome
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