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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Titanes de la Filosofia

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All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK













All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How to Become a Writer: Robert Bloch's Psycho

Psycho HouseImage by fillzees via Flickr

Brief biographical notes

Nothing in Robert Bloch’s background would even hint that one day in the 2oth century he would become the author of the greatest psychological thriller ever produced in print or in films: Psycho.  Robert Bloch was born on April 5, 1917, in Chicago, to a modest family: a bank cashier and a social worker.
To look for employment and better prospects —and skirting as well as they could the Great Depression— the Bloch family moved to Milwaukee in 1933.

As a teenager, Bloch was already writing stories that he pitched for publication. His baptism —at age 17—into becoming a professional writer came when the publisher Weird Tales bought his story entitled "The Secret in the Tomb."

How to become a writer

Disillusioned, despondent, and poor, Robert Bloch at age 41 suffered a mid-life crisis. Assessing what he had accomplished during his years of writing he listed hundreds of short stories —of all kinds, fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, crime, and science fiction— and novels, screenplays, and even non-fiction articles. Yet he could not even support his family.

But like all true writers who must write to justify their existences, he never gave up, continuing with his daily production of stories. Writing to live for some men of letters is a truism.

Fame, glory, and fortune came to Robert Block published his psychological novel Psycho.

Psycho

Often denigrated as pop writing and of minor importance, Psycho is a well written novel in which readers can find all the elements of fine fiction writing. A good deal of what happens in the novel is told with different points of view. Of particular importance is the Indirect Free Speech (IFS) that Bloch had mastered to allow readers into the minds of his creatures.

Although Robert Bloch's 1959 novel was overshadowed by Alfred Hitchcock's enduring film adaptation, and while the violence and surprise of the film evanesce with time, the text, the actual novel grows in reputation. It is good for many re-reads. Contemporary writers can pick up excellent writing techniques from Robert Bloch’s style.

The plot contains two parts. In the first part the attention focuses on Mary Crane, who after absconding with a large sum of money from her employer, she reaches the Bates’ Motel. Norman Bates, the middle-­aged motel manager, seems to be an ordinary fellow, though a little odd. Later we know that first impressions are a way of misdirection, to augment the suspense.  When the run-away Mary Crane is murdered —a film episode that no one can forget— the plot seems to end. But recall that this is only the first part.

Tout and tense in the second part, the author leads readers into the mind of the loner Norman Bates, into his habits, his odd speech, his rants, his cunning, and his sexual proclivities. With adroit and terse prose Bloch dove into the mind of a serial killer to let his audience experience the horror of a deranged mind.

To become a writer I write essays every day. Since English is my second language, in writing essays I consult Mary Duffy's Sentence Openers. When I write fiction --or fiction writing of novels and short stories-- I consult Toolbox for Writers.


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