John Shakspear’s (Shakespeare) Contribution to Art (and Catholicism)

February 6, 2017

http://hyperallergic.com/344523/saved-by-shakespeares-father-a-series-of-medieval-murals-is-finally-restored/

The above article proves that John Shakspear (as he spelled his name), then an official in the borough of Statford upon Avon, was a dedicated Catholic who defied the dictates of the new Protestant regime in England. Rather than destroy the artwork in the church, he had whitewash painted over. This evidence helps to prove my contentions about John, and then William, in my upcoming novel “The Shakespeares and the Crown”.

Sunday Funnies!

February 5, 2017

This is real life for a writer . . .

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First International, Now Domestic Totalitarianism has Started

February 3, 2017

If you read the attached article, you will see that Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley, as invited by the Republican students on campus. There was a protest from those who are opposed to his virulent support of Donald Trump; it was originally non-violent, but then a large group of masked agitators escalated the protest to violence. It is unclear if those agitators were students or outsiders.
As is his wont, Donald Trump had an immediate reaction via his favorite media, Twitter (the British have a word, ‘twit’, that perfectly describes why Mr. Trump might like that format). To wit:

“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”

First, I am in nearly full agreement—for once—with Mr. Trump. Free speech should work both ways. And the people who wore masks in order to incite violence are cowards and hypocrites. If Trump had stopped there, I would have been amazed. But this is not a man who understands moderation or objective condemnation.83125-henry-ii-becket-p1

No, he had to go and threaten to withdraw federal funding from an exemplary public university because of the actions of a few radicals, who then incited otherwise peaceful students. Once again, he showed how his reactionary thoughts translate to a shoot-from-the-lip policy making via a medium that is best used by entertainers and teenagers. I take him seriously, that, if it were in his power, he would curtail all federal funding to a landmark center of education because of one incident where his most vocal supporter was essentially run off the campus. It is the same type of hysterical reaction he applies to virtually every situation.
Can no one convince this man that even a few careless words from a man with great power can lead to disaster, as in the case of Henry II and Thomas Beckett? Oh, right . . . he’s probably never heard of either man.

As a president, he is a complete disgrace.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-threatens-to-defund-berkeley-after-violent-protests-force-cancellation-of-breitbart-editors-speech-145048174.html

Essay ‘beta readers’ Wanted!

December 17, 2016

I have written an essay for Notting Hill Editions, a prestigious British essay publishing company. I would really love a couple of beta readers to give me feedback.
shakespeareThe title is “Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’: A Warning to Elizabeth?” The thesis is that the play was much more of a political message than a simple love story. Including the bibliography (which you can ignore!), it’s 7,000 words, or about 15 pages. Please let me know if you might be interested. Thanks!

You can email me at donmakerauthor@gmail.com

Going Global: A Look at Translation Options for Independent Authors

December 5, 2016

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received as an author was to publish as many books in as many places as possible and to sell on as many websites as possible.  The writing profession is a nu…

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Tribute to Twain

November 30, 2016

twainThere are not many American authors whom I consider to be in the ‘great’ category. Mark Twain is one of the few I would love to come close to, but know I cannot. This blog was a fine tribute to that great man and writer. Thank you, Abbie Lu.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Source: Tribute to Twain

Was JFK the real target? Or yet another example of a government coverup?

November 23, 2016

Based on compeljfkling evidence, Lee Harvey Oswald did not want to kill President Kennedy–he intended to shoot Texas Governor John Connally. Yet the critical page was ripped from his personal diary by an FBI agent, and the story only really came out years after Oswald’s widow testified that this was actually the case.

Do I personally think J. Edgar Hoover was capable of such a deception? Absolutely. Not only did he not want to disgrace the FBI, he hated both John and Robert Kennedy, who flouted their power over his bureau. They knew he was gay. He knew they invited women (including Marilyn Monroe) into the Oval Office for sex. Not a happy relationship.

Read the article below and decide for yourself.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-reston-jfk-assassination-target-20161122-story.html

America’s “smartest” president

November 9, 2016

chute I wish I could take credit for the below joke, but it was lifted from the Facebook page of a friend.

An airplane was about to crash. There were 4 passengers on board, but only 3 parachutes.
The 1st passenger said, “I am Steph Curry, the best NBA basketball player. The Warriors and my millions of fans need me, and I can’t afford to die.” So he took the 1st pack and left the plane.
The 2nd passenger, Donald Trump, said, “I am the newly-elected U.S. President, and I am the smartest President in American history, so my people don’t want me to die.” He took the 2nd pack and jumped out of the plane.
The 3rd passenger, the Pope, said to the 4th passenger, a 10 year old schoolboy, “My son, I am old and don’t have many years left, you have more years ahead so I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute.”
The little boy said, “That’s okay, Your Holiness, there’s a parachute left for you. America ‘s smartest President took my school backpack.”

The Death of an Ideal … the Disgrace of a Country

November 9, 2016

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When Adolph Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933, many human ideals died. His reign of terror lasted for less than 12 years, yet many millions of lives were lost and the humanistic and political repercussions still echo today. Although Germany has recovered much of its former luster as a nation of strength and intelligence, there still remains the taint of the Third Reich.

Hitler had his Brown Shirts and the support of many German citizens who made hate their primary agendas. Donald Trump has the white supremacist groups, including the KKK and American Nazi Party, who support his election. While it is doubtful that he can do the same damage to the world, the essential principles remain the same.

Make no mistake: I believe that Hillary Clinton was also a potential presidential disgrace. She is a privileged, smug, self-entitled, corrupt, cynical representative of a “business as usual” governmental process. But she is not a maniac who would deliberately lead her country into a battle of religious and ethnic bigotry that could lead to another world war—one that could involve nuclear weapons.

There are many ideals that died today. Religious, racial and sexual tolerance. Human equality. The quest for a peaceful solution to human problems rather than the radical methods that Trump has espoused during his campaign. And more.

Throughout the world, this will be seen as a very similar disgrace as to what Germany experienced during and after the Hitler regime. I can only hope that the following decades do not bewail the same aftermaths in America with the rise to power of Donald Trump.

Book Towns: Part I

October 28, 2016

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