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Mark Venturini
Husband, Father, Writer, Software Engineer
Husband, Father, Writer, Software Engineer

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Conclusion of my Interview with Travis Perry
This is the 3rd and final revolution of my interview with Travis Perry, the driving force behind the Mythic Orbits anthology. In this installment I admit to my struggles as a writer of speculative fiction who also identifies himself as a person of faith.   ...

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Part II of my Interviw with Mythic Orbits Creator Travis Perry
This is the 2nd revolution of my interview with Mythic Orbits creator Travis Perry. I hope readers are finding the conversation interesting. Last week we started out by discussing Travis's definition of Speculative
Fiction from a Christian or faith perspect...

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Meet Travis Perry, the Visionary Behind Mythic Orbits
This is revolution #1 of 3 of my interview with Travis
Perry, the visionary and editor behind the 2016 Mythic Orbits anthology.  AND (drum roll!) Mythic Orbits is now available in paperback! Click on the book link below. Welcome, Travis! I guess the obvious...

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Mythic Orbits 2016 Anthology, Fanning the Ember, and Mr. Trump
Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes dreams fall to the
side when responsibilities and obligations backhand you across the jaw. There’s
a curious thing about dreams, though. They’re hard to kill when even the smallest
ember still burns. And so it is wi...

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Looking forward to the first SU&W! Meetup in Monroeville on Monday 5/16. I plan to grab a table as close to the library entrance as possible. Look for the Shut Up & Write! placard. The agenda is simple:
1. Brief Introductions
2. Write
3. Discussion session as time allows.
I look forward to providing this forum and meeting new writing colleagues.

Check out the SU&W! Link and RSVP

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Steve meet . . . Stephen
Recently I finished two books in quick succession. The
first, Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft; t he second, Steve
Jobs , the biography written by Walter Isaacson . On the surface, the books may
seem unrelated. I mean, how can you compare a ...

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the dichotomy of the human race
Gosh, I’ve been a way for a long time! I’ve spent the vast majority
of my spare time since January 1 working on a pro bono database project for a
local nonprofit. I really got in over my head with that one!   Now it’s time to switch from my techie geeky
IT ...

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And on earth peace, good will toward men . . . hmmm
It’s late on December 24 th and Christmas Eve 2015
is quickly drawing to a close. Carols have filled my house for the last couple
of weeks, not the Rudolf, Santa Baby, and jolly old Saint Nick kind, but the ones
that tell of the truer, deeper meaning of the...

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The Red Wedding -- Stark Imagery
Recently I plopped myself on the sofa and indulged in some
Game of Thrones binge watching. (For me, “binge” consists of watching two
consecutive episodes before getting too antsy.)   LONG before HBO adapted George R. R. Martin’s A
Song of Ice and Fire serie...

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Overcome with Good
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.      Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.   (Romans 12) 
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