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Hello, Dear Friends and Fellow Writers!

So why do we write? Surely, each of us have our own reasons but whatever they are, they must also accompany a common desire we all have to tell a compelling story and to have it enthusiastically heard.

I'm interested in good stories, regardless of the genre but I do have a penchant for those stories that reveal some kind of transformation or some kind of learning that comes about when the protagonist overcomes whatever challenge is facing him or her. Sometimes this transformation is a simple awakening to new truths, other times it may be truly life changing but regardless, if the author captures something that has real drama, real emotion, I'm usually interested.

Now about my book, What we Live For: I have surely picked a very weighty title for my humble work, haven't I? I know it sounds like I'm going to attempt to give all the answers to one of life's greatest questions but in fact, I really only hint at what those answers might be. Oh, lest you wonder, this is not a religion-based book. While the topic of religion certainly does appear, it is not central to the overall story. On the other hand, the reader will probably sense something of a spiritual nature to the story and if that is so, I've done my job well. I do not equate religion with spirituality.

In his poem, Ode on Intimations of Immortality, William Blake says:

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come…”

This poet clearly thought that the human being is bringing something into this world that has its origin in another: the human soul, the “star” that guides us in life.

In my work, I have made a literary attempt to cast light upon the journey of one human being whose life’s star leads him out of a very dark and troubled childhood towards a much brighter and hopeful future. As I said, while there are never direct answers given to the great questions about the meaning or purpose of life, it is hoped the reader will discover the hints that are revealed in the stories and thus come to see, at least through the author’s eyes, what it is that we live for.

I was born and raised in America but I have now lived approximately half my life in Japan. Aside from my twin passions of reading and writing, I enjoy skiing, gardening, music, movies, and playing the ancient board game called Go. As for work, I run a small language school and also a small artisan bakery.

Getting to know each of you through your writing is an ongoing pleasure of mine. Truly, there is nothing more fascinating than peering into the inner life of another human being. I believe reading allows us to do this in a very accessible way. So let's be readers of one another's souls and hopefully, when we're finished, become better friends and better aware of what it means to be a human.

favourite books

Don Quixote, Parzival, The Complete Works of William Shakesphere, War and Peace, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Vol. 1, Poems of William Blake, Leaves of Grass, Island of Blue the Dolphins, Lord of The Flies, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Earthsea Quartet, The Hobbit, Norton's Anthology of Short Stories, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Wisdom of Fairy Tales.

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What We Live For

Anthony C. Bash

Life is an inexplicable mystery. Andy slowly comes to understand it as he struggles away from his dark past and moves toward a brighter future.


Did you suffer as a youth or do you know some youth who does? Perhaps not but then you would be a rather lucky human being. Suffering comes to many individuals quite easily, usually unbidden, and often from a very tender age. However, the nature of one's suffering is probably less important than how one struggles to overcome it or weakens to give into it.
Life is unpredictable for Andy, the young protagonist of this story who suffers from the darkness of his past and the instability of his present. Light and shadow, joy and pain, love and despair are woven into the rich tapestry of his remarkable biography. Humor smiles serenely over the entire arc of his tale.
There are no easy answers in life. The past weighs heavily on the present and can crush and destroy an individual or an entire family. How do personal choices effect the course of a life's trajectory? Can Andy overcome the past and find hope for happiness in the future? Is his spirit strong enough to break through the heavy chains that threaten to pull him down and deny him the freedom he seeks? Time, the fairest judge of all, will tell.

 

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I enjoyed this very much. (Read up to the end of chapter 4.) I found a lot to be pleased with an little to criticize. If there is a suggestion I could make, it would be to eliminate words like 'motherfucker' from the narrative. It works well when it comes from the rough speech of the weary crew memb... view book

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I wrote 4 days ago

So far as I've read, up to the end of chapter two, I sense that there is a lot of potential for this book to find a willing readership amongst the YA crowd that it targets. It has a protagonist that seems to possess a survivor's spirit and is motivated by natural, understandable motivations. The sto... view book

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I have read through chapter 3 with great satisfaction and growing admiration for this author and for the story she is telling. I am proud to back the book and rate it as excellent. Highly recommended! view book

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I very much liked this book and tried to back it several times but an error occurs that stops me from getting it up on my shelf. Has anyone else had such a problem? view book

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