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Architecture in ‘The Name of the Rose’

Posted in Film Reviews, Historic Architecture, Recommendations & Tributes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by Drogo

RWU History of Architecture II – Irene Fatsea 1995

Architecture in ‘The Name of the Rose’ Film

In the movie adaptation of Umberto Eco’s novel ‘The Name of the Rose’, architecture plays an important role for the medieval tone and setting. The film director, Annaud, made every scene intense with “visual overkill”. Five scenes show the importance of architecture in relation to the plot and characters.

In the opening scene two monks are riding towards the monastery. The monastery is positioned atop a steep hill, amid deep valleys and snow capped mountains. The impressive medieval stone fortress architecture is foreboding, as the dark mass over-looks the two small travelers on the narrow path leading into the complex. The hulking gate portcullis is drawn up, and the two Franciscan monks are greeted by disturbed and grotesque Benedictine monastic residents. The resident host monks exaggerate physical and mental characteristics which are considered social defects. The two visitors are now held within the cold imposing ‘sanctuary’ enclosure of massive walls and imposing battlements. Although they should feel secure, the unsettling harsh structure creates an angst-filled atmosphere of fear.

Unity is present in the choir scene. There is an orderly placement of seats in long rows, and the acoustics allow for blissful escape from more mundane routines and problems. When the monks are not gathered in this space for spiritual singing, the harshness of real life returns. The choir seats are narrow wooden benches with ornate carvings, and the back rows are raised along both walls of the holy hall. Ribbed vaulting creates echoing acoustics. 

The scriptorium of the library is ordered like a modern office, with a system of desks like pews, all facing one direction. The desk orientation prevents conversation and directs attention to a leader. The scriptorium is filled with a multitude of books and manuscripts, and they work on them on the desks. The arrangement of desks is dictated also by rows of short, round pillars with gothic capitals. 

The catacombs are a dark reminder of the Christianity’s past. Human skulls are stacked in rows. The halls are dark and damp, with dreary decor. The heroes must make their way with torches, for no natural light enters these halls of the dead. The architecture is simple, crude, and random; with small coves in the walls to house remains of bodies.

The locked library is a labyrinth in the tower, and it is where the climax occurs. Piranesi and Escher designed scenes of similar mysterious and chaotic stairs, with seemingly impossible connections. Hexagonal rooms filled with books lead off in four directions, while the action bombards our senses. Staircases drape from the shafts of the tower, and each of them branches off into countless rooms; all of which are almost identical. There are puzzles to be solved with logic and education. The labyrinth represents the workings of the confused, twisted, and guarded medieval mind. When the library is burned, it shows how fragile and fleeting history can be, despite our attempts to preserve the past and learn from it in the present.

Open Letter to the National Security Agency

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Jokes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 4, 2017 by Drogo

“Dear NSA, I hope you are listening because I heard a really cool plan to kidnap a gaggle of corporate politicians. Someone said that the CIA had a plan to put bags over the heads of the all most ignorant trumpsters, throw them in a van, and take them to a secure secret location… you know the one. Then those idiots will be forced to watch nature documentaries for many days while being told they are loved by a Pagan Goddess. Finally after they are starving and broken, they will be released naked into the wild. I can’t tell you who I heard this conspiracy from, because then I would have to spank you (plus I cannot recall as Reagan and every politician says that is ever put on trial for war crimes). The FBI already threatened to blackmail and torture me, but they are just jealous of the CIA. Please try your hardest to monitor any communications about this plot, as I am very worried that someone’s feelings might be hurt. I suggest spending millions of dollars of taxes from the poor and middle-class, like you normally do. Love, Bright Bard”

– from a new fiction book, Trumpster Gate: A Conspiracy Theory

SCOD Publishing Info

Posted in Book Reports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2016 by Drogo

SCOD Publishing Deal Description

I prefer to explain over the phone, but here is a recorded summary: Drogo talks about making books for other authors.

There are 3 basic ways to publish any book:

  1. Get extremely lucky to hire an Agent, and the agent talks to a Major Publisher (they will not talk to authors directly) then their company might pay you an advance on potential book sales, and the author gets no say on book cover, illustrator, or any details; but you get some royalties if they keep it in print.
  2. The second main way is Vanity Press, where you pay smaller publishing companies to tailor make a book for you for hundreds or thousands of dollars that you the author pay to them, and there are no sales royalties because it is a one time deal.
  3. The third way is to either self-publish with a company or hire someone (like Drogo Empedocles) with experience and knowledge of how to work the formats, programs, and monitor sales. Traditionally it was very difficult to get published as the first and second were the only ways, and when you kept a book on the market the publisher had total control over printing.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you understand these options and the agreement for slitting royalties (case by case) BEFORE sending any files. When you send the files and say you want Drogo to publish your book, consider that your request, and if he agrees to do it, that is the agreement that is as important as any formal business contract, verbal, written, or otherwise. To be clear about your desire to hire us, send an email stating that you understand the agreement and 50% split of royalties of books sold online (standard SCOD deal) and want SCOD to publish asap.

This is what you get, when you hire Drogo as your PUBLISHER:

Although we have more options for controlling the look of our books (using the new third way), SCOD is still a publisher for other authors that want us to publish their books, so we need to be the final authority on the product (much as traditional publishers). We still need to put some limits on how many changes can be made; in order to not get stuck in perpetual time-sucking loops with authors. Anyone that wants SCOD to publish their book should have a few suggestions or questions in the beginning; but by the time they decide ‘YES I WANT YOU TO PUBLISH MY BOOK’ they should realize that we have certain formats and certain parameters that can work in order to serve multiple authors, make it affordable, and make some net profit. SCOD publishing is NOT a communal, anarchist, or democratic process; SCOD publishing is run as a representative cooperative with the publisher as the appointed leader.

SCOD reserves the right to format the text, correct spelling & grammar (if an issue), and add publishing information to the front and back of the book, including a list advertising other SCOD books (traditionally at the back). SCOD can remove from publication any book, at any time, for any reason; at which point it will be out-of-print with us.

The benefits of publishing with SCOD include: being able to talk about the issues with the publisher directly, true personal concern for authors and artists, and knowing that the funds go to support SCOD work world-wide with other partners.

Art – We do NOT negotiate with artists, authors, or anyone about any designs or illustrations for the book or cover, once we have the initial agreement to publish. We do allow you to submit cover art or illustration contributions, which will then be considered or edited to fit the book format or style.

Minor changes to the author’s original ideas, should be of little concern to an author that respects the process we have for making books. This method requires authors to set aside egotism and perfectionism, in favor of having their book in print with us as we see fit. Drogo charges low rates for work, because it is easier than teaching. To teach someone our process could take many more hours, and the pay would not compensate less potential royalties, which are typically few and far between anyway in this business.

Yes if you do it all yourself or pay more money to hire another company, you may get more options; with SCOD you get your book made in SCOD style, with some consideration for suggestions. Publishing with SCOD is not the same as an ‘equal partnership’ in this case, as the client relinquishes their trust to us, for our services, to make a book that we can have on the market asap, and keep sustainably.

By hiring Drogo, you want him to make books the best way he knows, and trust him to share a fair amount of the royalties. We understand authors often get possessive of their work and would not like any changes made that they do not approve of, and for authors that want that level of control we invite them to keep looking for another publisher, or do it themselves; we expect they will find the same obstacles that we encountered which prompted us to handle all these issues this way. Some authors do not want the pains of learning and doing what we do, so we can do it for you!

If you think you want Drogo (SCOD) to publish your book, first see what his existing books look like. If you like how they are done, and trust that we will make your book based on those, then you will know if you want us to publish for you. Once we tell you how much work it will take to publish, you can say you want to make more changes, or say go ahead. PAYMENT must be up-front before we begin work, because we have done hours of work for clients and then they changed their minds, and we did not get paid at all. Ask Drogo what he thinks, and he will publish as soon as he thinks it is ready for a first printing. If there are major problems, they will be fixed asap, and if there are only minor mistakes, we can get around to them eventually. Major and Minor corrections are done to the same edition, changing it for good; while other style or format or content changes may be published additionally as other versions or editions.

As a publisher SCOD needs to be able to keep books for sale as long as possible, with as many books as possible, that is why we insist on final control of how many changes and editions are made to the book, which we have copyright to print and sell once it is published. Once a book is made, if an author becomes disagreeable about it, and breaches our verbal contract by communicating things to the contrary; the only course of action is to pay debts, remove their books from online sales, and be done with them; this is sad and costly, so that is why all sane and polite authors should understand the control that I need to operate as a publisher does not put them in a position to remove or change their book. Requests for changes can be negotiated, and the author should understand that the reason for publishing with me is not to make things difficult, but rather to publish without much hassle, stream-lined as easy as possible, and sustain availability of the book to share it with others. As long as my authors know that I value their work, but need to be patient with the limits regardless of expectations or surprises, then that trust is all that matters and I will make and keep their book available for all, as long as possible.

SUMMARY: Ask yourself a quick question to know if you want SCOD to publish your book. Can you give up control enough to be content or happy to have Drogo publish your book in his own way? Sacrifice enough ego, and the book can be made.

1. If you need things to look ‘a certain way’ and will be unhappy with any changes in font or format, and want to change things on a whim, DO NOT hire Drogo.

2. If you want your book to be published affordably and quickly, the way that Drogo can do it, and you will be satisfied enough to have it made into a book because you like SCOD, publish with us.

Make sure you are familiar with SCOD work, before you decide whether or not to publish with us. Once our book gets done, Drogo can make some improvements or corrections, but it is entirely Drogo’s product and time-table (unless there are additional payments for changes).

If this all makes sense to you, and you prefer Drogo to publish your work, then he can send you the ‘SCOD Cooperative Agreement Contract’ which contains all the details you need to know. Drogo Empedocles of SCOD  (find him on FB or email drogo76@hotmail.com)

Books Published by Drogo Empedocles  (click on the links for titles)

Commentary on the ‘Fourth Turning’

Posted in Book Reports, Commercial Corporations, jobs, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2015 by Drogo

Critical Commentary about the book ‘The Fourth Turning’ by William Strauss and Neil Howe.

“In spite of their claims being little more than unscientific cyclical theory, they are currently taken seriously by a lot of conservatives and liberals alike, because their theory offers conservatives the hope that society is on the verge of cycling out of the social changes of the 1960s and 1980s and back to the social conservatism of the 1940s-50s, and liberals the hope that society is on the verge of cycling out of the Reagan-Bush era of deregulation and privatization and back to the New Deal and Keynesian economics of the 1940s-50s. But first, of course, society has to go through the Big Crisis that comes along every 80 years and is coming again, soon according to the authors.” – Rational Wiki article

The Corporate Centrist ‘Third Way’ may be the basis for the title of the ‘Fourth Turning’, as it appeals to both neo-conservatives and neo-liberals. ‘Neo’ just means ‘new’, so instead of such a vague title, after the modern period gets named something we should call neo-politians of this era simply ‘corporate politicians’, or something which can be shortened better (corpols). Third Party Libertarians, Greens, and Independents do not agree with the Third Way which is corporate centrism for the sake of lobbyist donors, rather than the majority of the voting population, and therefore does not progressively address our environment, health care, civil rights, or job market well enough.

So yes most of us can agree that history is cyclical, however i do not think that the results are the ‘same’ enough to predict how exactly things will change by simply using logic. Now if they are using a higher power like God or angels as their influence, then sure anything is possible lol. As authorities on generational history i commend the 4th Turning authors, as history indeed repeats itself in various ways, few of which are predictable regarding how vast and major the changes will be, and when they are predictable, they are only predictable in vague ways by a few of us freaks.

Generational cycles have much to do with simply not wanting to obey our parents, besides progressive culture and tech factors. We have WARS all the time because we allow demagogues and soulless corporations to control our governments. It is fun to think that we could actually fit like porcelain-dolls into a cabinet of categories in perpetuity, very Aristotelian; but as most philosophers know such artificial constructs are easily picked apart by later skeptics who examine reality in respect to other important relative aspects.

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An example to enact sustainable changes would be a grass-roots populist national government like SCOD with leaders like Bernie Sanders, AOC, and Jill Stein; with a council of presidents from each time zone. We would fund the national guard more than a standing army, with an emphasis on individual citizens rather than obedient slaves to the system, increase credit unions and decrease bank power, increase funding of public lands and decrease corporate well-fair, and fund education to encourage students to study what they want as long as they want. Next time you hear the word “Entitlements” used to degrade government support of poor people = Please remind people that certainly those that use that word for poor people on government support, should eventually realize that rich people have many more entitlements that are not earned as they are far too grand a scale relative to other humans.

The Odyssey – by Homer (circa 700 BC)

Posted in Book Reports with tags , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2015 by Drogo

In the first chapter (Book I: House of Odysseus) Homer sets the pace for the long story that follows. It tells how events started, after the Trojan War (Iliad), and shows conversations in Ithaca mentioning the absent Lord Odysseus. Book II describes Telemachus’ struggle to stand up against the problems that are quickly engulfing his mother’s house. Book III is where Telemachus begins asking questions about his father, Odysseus. He finds out why Odysseus stayed and why Nestor came home. In Book IV, King Menelaos held a feast, and Telemachus asks more questions.

Athena becomes concerned that Odysseus remains in captivity as Calypso’s prisoner in Book V. Odysseus leaves the island on a raft, and arrives on the coast of Scheria. Book VI tells how Odysseus meets Nausicaa, and goes to her father Prince Alcinoos. In Book VII Alcinoos wants Odysseus to marry his daughter. Books VIII, IX, and X have contests in Phaiacia, and Odysseus begins his tale. Odysseus tells of the destruction of Ismaros. Next he drifted to Cythera, where he saved his men from the influence of the lotus fruit. Then they encountered the Cyclopes. The day after they blinded the Cyclopes, Odysseus and his crew went to the Island of Aiolia (Winds).

After they got the bag of winds, In Book XI they make it to the Land of the Midnight-Sun, and meet Circe the Sorceress. Odysseus visits Hades, where he encounters people of his past. In Book XII Circe warns of the Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis. The climax of the book occurs, where Odysseus is strapped to the mast of his ship, to resist the terrible charms of the singing Sirens, and his crew are decimated.

In Book XIII Athena changes Odysseus into a beggar, upon arriving in Ithaca. From Book XIV-XVIII Odysseus visits his swine-herder Eumaios. Telemachus is warned by Athena, and goes back to Ithaca; where he meets his dad. Odysseus returns home, and beats the beggar Iros. In XIX Telemachus stores the weapons, and the house nurse recognizes Odysseus. In the next 3 books, Zeus sends down Omens. Also Penelopeia (Odysseus’s wife) made the test of stringing the great bow, marksmanship between axes, and a battle between the suitors vs the House of Odysseus. In Book XXIII Odysseus proves to Penelopeia that he has returned. The last chapter Book XXIV Odysseus finds his father, a rebellion is quelled, and the strife and adventure is ended.

WOLF by Ranger Tess

Posted in Book Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2015 by Drogo

I have a copy of the book ‘Wolf’ by Ranger Tess.

First i want to talk about the author and her family homestead in Missouri. Ranger Tess is a small but strong young woman, who lives a life engaged with spirits of Nature. She does historical fantasy roleplay, which often evokes cultural memories of a time when humans lived closer to animals, plants, water, and land. She is a shepherd of many animals of all shapes and sizes; horses, deer, pigs, dogs, bunnies, and goddess knows what…. Her family all do farm and art type things also, and although humble they are quite generous, creative, devoted, and talented.

Second here is a short book report on Wolf. Wolf is the name of the main character, a boy raised by wolves (like Mowgli from Jungle Book by Kipling). Other characters include: Grant, Jess, Jackson, Scout, Tracker, Brenda, Zan, Scott, Vallon, and Taren. My edition is from 2010, with a really nice cover with hand and paw print. It is a portable 290 page book. The densely clean format and plain wording reads smoothly. The action is awesome, the messages are good, and it even has a good ending!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves fantasy adventures.

 – Drogo

 WOLF video trailer

Friend In Need – Christian Witchcraft

Posted in Book Reports, Crafts, Religions with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2015 by Drogo

This is a reprinting of an extremely rare (only one copy known to exist by experts) old American spell book by the Wizard Zittle. Pennsylvania-Deutsch (German immigrant) braucher pow-wow hoodoo folk-lore magick literature, spread into Boonsboro, Maryland. Inspired locals like Michael Zittle made and used original and pirated books for medicine cures and magical charms of self-help, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency. While considered dark-evil ‘powwow magick’ during the 1800s, these independent publications were Christian folk-lore witch-craft; as most European immigrants were proudly Christian Protestants (Lutheran) and Catholics. This curious occult local artifact has now been revived by local occultist, and Pagan Priest Drogo Empedocles!

Order a copy of ‘FRIEND IN NEED: Sympathetic Knowledge

1st Edition Kindle Ebook

1st Edition Amazon Paperback

Friend_In_Need_Cover_for_Kindle

Local Market Model

Posted in Economics, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by Drogo

Local Economic Market Model for Books:

1.  Local author sells a set of books to local core fans.

2.  The core fans sell and give books to others.

3.  The book sales expand exponentially by grassroots word of mouth.

4.  Core fan base help local author to get their book for sale at local shops.

5.  Local core fans act as dispensaries that make sales profits, by selling copies for more than they buy them from the author.

6.  All parties benefit, because author includes the core fan base in the book!!

7.  Author helps others with their businesses, and all use the book as a portfolio community collection.

(this market model can work with 5-100 first person contacts, however to function they all need to desire the product or believe in the cause the book supports or understand how person to person sales affects their friends directly)

Barbara Ninde Byfield

Posted in Book Reports, Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Drogo

Author & Illustrator Barbara Ninde Byfield 1930-1988

Barbara Ninde Byfield was born in Abilene, Texas. She grew up in the West and Midwest. As a young adult she attended the University of Wyoming and the Art Students League of New York.  For decades later Mrs. Byfield lived in Greenwich Village, NYC with her daughters Barbery and Tamsen in an old farmhouse with 7 fireplaces and Boston ivy. Barbara Byfield was an author and illustrator for many unique books from 1962-1978. Her books have a personal style that mix nostalgia, mystery, and creativity. She built a fountain in her garden on Christopher Street, was a devotee to the occult world, and was a creative chef.

 

Haunted Spy

Haunted Ghost

Haunted Churchbell

Haunted Tower

 

Solemn High Murder

Book of Weird

Eating In Bed Cookbook

Upright Hilda

Giant Sandwich

Andrew and the Alchemist

 

Harpers Ferry Literature

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2010 by Drogo

Harpers Ferry Literature is dedicated to publishing those that want their work published without the hassle of paying agents and submitting endless sacrifices to big publishing companies. The time has come that us little people can have our work published, without big bucks. Based in the spirit of sharing with neighbors that we have in Harpers Ferry, WV; this concept of publishing is open to all applicants around the world.

NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES

Must be your own work, or the work of someone that wants you to publish it for them.

Must give full application information requested.

Yes it can be writing from any year, any style, any genre, and any reading level from anywhere in the World.

Yes you retain copyright as the noted author of your piece, allowing for unlimited printing of our book, but contributing authors do not receive any royalties.

Yes you and others will be able to order copies directly from Amazon.com and Createspace.com.

 

APPLY BY WRITING TO stowellgalleries@gmail.com

PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INITIAL INFORMATION:

1. Full Name (for publishing credits)

2. Contact information

3. “I permit my work (as submitted to you) to be published by ‘HF Literature’, for unlimited printing.”

4. Optional personal or work info (Biographical blurbs)

5. Attach or paste the work you want published.

Note: Once your work is published, it will not be unpublished because of individuals that change their minds. Like a tattoo, consider the work permanent once it is published. Also like a tattoo, you as the author can always make more in other locations, even copies of the same one. If there is a chance you will regret it, simply do not publish.

Cost of Publishing: Currently there is no cost to the authors for publishing in this book. However if you would like to send a donation to ensure your work is published, simply make this known in your application, and we will work out the details.

AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS UNLIMITED.

Thank you for your interest!

Publisher: Walton Stowell II

Sponsored by SCOD.

Stories of Fiction, Fantasy, and Adventure!

Posted in Book Reports, Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by Drogo

SFFA

Stories of Fiction, Fantasy, and Adventure

Short Stories Written In Grade School

Rich Full-Color Illustrations

Written & Illustrated by: Walton D. Stowell Jr.

Edited by: Doctor Drogo F. Empedocles

Dedicated to Mom: Nena M. Stowell

Sponsored by: Noel Lana Tavano

Self-Published in 2010

Stories of Fiction, Fantasy, and Adventure is a collection of 45 short stories written in the 1980’s by a kid, for kids. The Author wrote these stories as a kid, to be read by kids, and read by kids to other kids. Adults may read these stories of course, but those that live in denial of their creativity will be challenged by the contents of this book.

Although mostly fictional, some stories were based on real people, places, and events. Character names have been changed to protect the identity and integrity of all people, thus making each story even more fictional. Warning: those that try to apply reality to these stories may get in trouble and serve Detention!

This collection of tales and drawings from the Author’s childhood and early teen years, was written while attending public and private schools in West Virginia and Maryland. Many drawings were drawn with the stories, and have been digitally re-mastered here. Some of the “mistakes” in spelling or grammar were intentionally left in, especially if they added to the ambiance of the story. Also teacher comments are sometimes included. Don’t worry; if there’s mistakes, they’re supposed to be in here.

Remember; Kids are not slaves!

136 page Amazon Book $26 (+ shipping = about $30)

Buying it now on Createspace gives more to the author than on Amazon!

Stories of Fiction, Fantasy, and Fun!

Posted in Book Reports, Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2010 by Drogo

Short Stories Written In Grade School

By Walton D. Stowell Jr.

Written by Author: Walton D. Stowell Jr.

Edited by: Doctor Drogo F. Empedocles

Sponsored by Author: Noel L. Tavano

Dedicated to Mom: Nena M. Stowell

Published by: Kindle Inc. 2010

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Stories of Fiction, Fantasy, and Fun is a collection of 45 short stories written in the 1980’s by a kid, for kids. The Author wrote these stories as a kid, to be read by kids, and read by kids to other kids. Adults may read these stories of course, but those that live in denial of their creativity will be challenged by the contents of this book.

Although mostly fictional, some stories were based on real people, places, and events. Character names have been changed to protect the identity and integrity of all people, thus making each story even more fictional. Warning: those that try to apply reality to these stories may get in trouble and serve Detention!

This collection of tales from the Author’s childhood and early teen years, was written while attending public and private schools in West Virginia and Maryland. Many drawings were drawn for the stories at the same time (unfortunately the Kindle version will not have these). Some of the “mistakes” in spelling or grammar were intentionally left in, especially if they added to the ambiance of the story. Also teacher comments are sometimes included. Don’t worry; if there’s mistakes, they’re supposed to be in here.

Remember; Kids are not slaves!

Related books:

Tales of Amazing Magic and Science

Short Stories Written In Grade School, By A Kid, For Kids

Amazing Ancient Adventure and Strange Science-Fiction Stories

100 Story Tales of Science Fiction, Magic Fantasy, and Amazing Adventure

A Big Collection of Lots of Stories

Table of Contents:

  1. The Long Awaited Word
  2. The Missing Pickle
  3. The Missing Chuoboko
  4. The Missing Dinosaur
  5. The Missing Armor
  6. Rome, Italy / Romans Vs. Barbarians
  7. I’ve Known Countries
  8. The Creation of Earth
  9. The Final Struggle
  10. Panic On Earth
  11. Crab Island, Playmont
  12. An Incredible Christmas Carol
  13. The Queen Elizabeth II Trip
  14. Doctor Dippie Banned! A Demented Biography
  15. Don’t Call Me a Nerd If I Read This Story
  16. How Elephant Got His Toenails
  17. Tony Turkey: Tall Tale Starters
  18. In The Hands of a Super Hero
  19. The Chinese Doggy Blahs
  20. The Forbidden Closet
  21. All In A Days Work
  22. County Fire Brigade
  23. From America
  24. Jimmy Clouds
  25. My Pet Dragon
  26. Mister Chop
  27. On The Run
  28. The Neckless
  29. Sheryl Holmes & Rennell Watson
  30. Sam Schlap: The Blown Up Bridge
  31. Monstors: The Last Battle
  32. A Super Christmas
  33. The Maze #7
  34. Castle Molofe
  35. Tartiar 01
  36. Tartiar 02
  37. Death Streets
  38. Flight Blaster
  39. Time Capsule
  40. Turmoil In Ramba
  41. Undersea Mayhem
  42. Venture On the Road of Destiny
  43. Attack of the Radio Active Hamsters
  44. Werewolf, Alien, and Crossbow
  45. Zardan

Appendixes: Character Traits; Glossary; Bibliography; Biography

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See The Kindle Book on Amazon:  SFFF!

Book Reviews for “Harpers Ferry Houses”

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Book Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by Drogo

These are a collection of book reviews from various people for the book Harpers Ferry Houses, by Walton D. Stowell II.

January 2010 email from a Harpers Ferry neighbor

Walton,
Loved your book! What I loved the most brought a smile to my face …. things that you said that were completely noncomformist and unexpected and true
like:
“… have weekly sacrificial garbage days. Trash is placed publicly & symbolically outside, to show how many material items have been wasted …”
” … it was difficult to understand how the NPS was really saving the town … other buildings were demolished like the Scottish Castle …”
(BTW i wld have loved to have SEEN that house)
“… colleges are over-priced but depend on expendable under-paid adjunct professors …”
“… if one is hired it’s usually because they have bribed a connection to support another obedient slave to the System …”

I liked your definitions of Self Education, and of Tourism. Your comments are trenchant —

Well, thanks again for sharing the book with me.
And keep on doin what you do!
Neal
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From Amazon.com reviews:
5.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Memory Lane, January 21, 2009
Kip and Walton Stowell have provided an incredibly extensive collection of photos of Harpers Ferry houses.
In addition to being a historic town, Harpers Ferry is also home to its residents. It remains “home” to many of us who have left. As a former resident, the book took me down memory lane. I am so impressed with Kip’s and
Walton’s foresight to have started this collection of photographs and I am judging that it is a culmination of more than 30 years work. Congratulations and thanks to Kip, Walton, and Nena.
By Pat H. Long
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over 300 B&W photos and drawings!, November 24, 2008
Authors Kip and Walton Stowell have spent many years living and designing in the Town of Harpers Ferry at Stowell Galleries. Anyone reading the book is invited to journey into the history, landscape and architecture of Harpers Ferry’s houses. Pass through Colonial, Federal, Victorian, and various Modern periods and styles in order to get a better understanding of the National Treasure that is Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It is a street by street tour of the Town, complete with a unique Harpers Ferry architectural classification guide. The scope of this book transcends conventional architecture with essays on applied philosophy, a glossary of regional terms, and artistic images not found in other books. Plus, it’s a really cute little book!
By Noel L. Tavano

Doctor Dippie’s Fairy Tails

Posted in Dr. Dippie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by Drogo

Doctor Dippie’s Table of Remarkable Contempt

Many Wonderful Bed-Time Stories for Kids of All Ages

Published by Firewalker Ink 1988-2009

Story Book 1:     Timmy The Good Boy                            1988

Story Book 2:     The Revenge of the Three Bears             1988

Story Book 3:     A Talk At Blue Dolphins Baywater Coastline    1989

Story Book 4:     Coal Black and the Seven Dorks                     1990

Story Book 5:      Biography of Dr. Dippie “Committed”           1995

Story Book 6:      Dr. Dippie’s Short Fairy Tails                        1995

Doctor D

Biography

Matt R. Dippie was born a Scientist and Writer with an aptitude for neither. His hobbies include color-coating his pens, and History. He was born in a paper sack in a museum.

Medical Record: Nose lift, punch that smashed in his glasses rendering him blind, 10 years at an insane asylum.

Favorite saying:   “That belongs on the press!”

Matt is a famous and wonderful author of children stories. His whimsical approach to story telling makes old fairy tales come to life with gay on look.

– A. Newman

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Doctor Dippie’s demented fairy tales are inappropriate choking hazards for kids of all ages. This book contains many disturbing bed-time stories with foul language, bad words, offensive curses, and swears. It is banned in all 50 States. If you buy, sell, or own this book you may be arrested and fined by a court of law. Reading this book is known to cause cancer, suicide, sickness, death, depression, warts, insanity, shortness, and stuttering. Do not buy this book. Do not read this book.

BURN THIS BOOK.

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(see also his ‘Short Faery Tails‘ and other writings)

(Do not attempt to read his book ‘THIS BOOK‘)

Shameless Self-Promotion

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by noellanatavano

Hello, SCODites, this is my first post, and I love SCOD. But, I’m really here for shameless self-promotion of my two (thus far) books: Suicide Surprise and its first sequel Vampire Surprise. They are both available on Amazon.com as paperback or kindle. I have recently lowered prices to $7.99 for paperbacks and $4.99 for kindle, but it may take up to 2 weeks for those changes to show up. These will now be “Sherwood Forest Prices.” This way you can try a new author for less money. Discuss.

In the meantime, visit my site at www.noellanatavano.com and make some comments (unless they are mean comments–mean comments suck–hah hah). I’d love to hear from you, unless you are a shameless Twilight fan. Hell, even if you are a Twilight fan, come on over. What the hell. We all like vampires here, even those “vegetarian” kind. Blah.

Your horror-loving SCOD member, Sunshine (aka Noel Lana Tavano)

P.S. Jacob is better than Edward.