Pixel Hall Press offers free eBook of Daniel's novella "Honor" to all veterans and serving men and women in the U.S. armed forces.
(In the novella "Honor," Jeff Smith carries a guilty secret from the Vietnam War era that he must overcome to help his daughter realize her dream. It explores the question: What is it to be honorable? In the eyes of others? In your own heart? Is it what you've done or who you are?)
“'I’m having difficulty with the dialog,' Liz said to me. What a major problem, because she was talking about a play she was writing. Unlike a novel, a script is all dialogue—a story devoid of narrative. 'My characters are too thin. Please take a look, and tell me where I went wrong.'
"Liz is a good friend whom I could trust to welcome an honest critique, so I read her play. It’s nicely framed, but insubstantial, for the precise reason that she is forcing a plot onto stick figure characters which she has created for the sake of her story arc." Click through to read Sally's suggestions to Liz about how to Create Living Breathing Dialog and fictional characters that will capture readers' imagination.
RA Friedman is a photographer who captures the urban landscape. He splits his time between Philadelphia and NYC. His work utilizes digital technology and traditional photographic tools and techniques that connect with the history of the craft. A Technical Theatre graduate of Harpur College, Binghamton, NY, he studied drawing with Charles Eldred and Linda Sokolowski. He received his M.F.A. in painting from LSU, Baton Rouge. From 2009-2011 he was a fellow for “Journeys South” an initiative of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Project.
Since 2008 he has run Tsirkus Fotografika, a vintage photo booth that travels to weddings and late night events. Additionally he teaches photography using alternative technologies such as pinhole and medium format film. Friedman’s work has been shown by the Merchant’s House Museum in NYC along with pieces by Sally Mann. His photos have appeared in The Sun Magazine, New York Magazine, and Supplementaire (UK). He is a regular contributor to The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine. Since 2011 he has published a weekly email and blog entitled The Concrete Muse. (http://rafriedman.com, http://rafriedman.tumblr.com)
New York photographers Mindy Veissid and RA Friedman believe that wherever you are, there is always fascinating raw material to use to create eye-popping, award-winning photographs. They believe capturing strong images is about intuition, vision, and inventiveness.
A study in contrasting ways of working, Veissid, whose camera of choice is a DSLR with a zoom lens, and RA Friedman, who shoots B&W film with a 40 year-old fixed focal length Hasselblad, plan to artfully illustrate this idea by photographing intensively over three days in five randomly chosen locales. They will also do slide shows of their work and Q&A presentations in high schools and local community groups. They aim to bring their techniques, methodologies and working philosophy directly to young photographers and creative enthusiasts, inspiring them to follow their own vision.
Veissid and Friedman will seek out the country’s unseen treasures, agree on a subject and will create unique and contrasting renditions that will be presented side-by-side in a square format coffee table book. The book as well as archival inkjet prints will be available as pre-release premiums through Kickstarter.
The locations to be visited are Steamtown, PA; Nez Pierce National Park, Idaho; The San Antonio River, near Galveston, TX; and Joshua Tree National Park, CA. The fifth location will be chosen from project supporters and social media followers.
Veissid and Friedman will be presenting their work and project at the B&H Event Space in NYC on November 3, 2014 and in Philadelphia at the Physick House on Nov. 5. Those not able to meet with the photographers in person can follow and help fund the project on Kickstarter via visiting the project portal at www.photographers-squared .com
Daniel Grotta & Sally Wiener Grotta are holding online chats/conversations on a wide range of subjects related to art, culture and literature with some fascinating individuals from around the world. These are live online events that will take your questions. We'll then record them and post them here and on our YouTube channel.
If you would like us to interview a particular individual (artist, photographer, curator, publisher, literary agent, author, book store owner, philosopher, historian, etc.), please send us the particulars about what she/he would be a fascinating conversationalist, what questions you would like to ask that person and, if you have it, contact information.