Out from the workshop… Just gave my blog a little tune up

My first theme was ‘Piano Black’… Some readers complained about how much hard it was to read my posts. One reader said and I quote ‘I had to squint my eyes to see the words properly.’ The reason why I chose that previous theme was because I play the piano and I saw it as a sign.

So here’s my new blog. It has a more cozy feeling to it, and the header is one of the main locations mentioned in my thriller, Dubai.

Enjoy,

A. H. Amin

New bits about me shared at ‘BOOKS & TALES’

Just had the honor of being the spotlight at BOOKS & TALES. You can discover what my novel is about, you’ll learn about my philosophy in writing and also what’s my favorite food is.

Here’s my interview with the Kind Annette Gisby: Author Interview: A H Amin

Here’s also a Book Spotlight which was published earlier: Book Spotlight: Psychs by A H Amin

He showed us that the skies are no longer our limits

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong (Photo credit: NASA)

One great man produced by our world had left us. A man who showed us that our sky is no longer our limits, our dreams can be a reality, our nations can be united by a single event, and our journey, like any other, has an ending. He is now where he really belongs, with the stars out   there.

Rest in peace, may your star shin on others who will show us how we can make facts from fantasy.

It’s a matter of time now…

My book is in the process of taking a different form now, an unphysical one. ‘Psychs‘ is on its way to Amazon’s Kindle, B&N’s Nook, i-store, and many other on-line e-book sellers out there in the digital world. So hopefully in the coming weeks, I will be able to share my fiction thriller with more avid readers out there, it is only a matter of time now.

My publishers asked me to add links to my widget, which they provided for me, like facebook page, Twitter, blog… and if I can, a youtube video. Just finished with the last one, filming, not uploading though. It is being edited by my very close and dear friend, who’s a wonder when it comes to these kind of things (I see a good future for him, but only if he decides to pursue it).

So stay tune for a short preview of my novel, hopefully it will be during this week, and maybe one day, I will show you the bloopers.

In appreciation for my writing

http://postmodsingle.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/one-lovely-blog1.jpgThe One Lovely Blog Rules of Acceptance

Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

My thanks to the bride to be, Natasha, for her kind nomination and appreciation for my blog. She began her journey as a bridal blogger, only to realize that she is more. She is a writer, a reader, a baker (two thumbs up!!) and soon, by the end of August, she will become Mrs. breakfast in bed… As you can see, she is the complete package.

My nomination goes to who recently captured my attention through their writings, photos, paintings, and to those who I very much enjoyed having a conversation with… As for everyone else I follow, I am looking forward to knowing you even more.

In no particular order:-

Laurene Alvarado: Do you want to feel like you are inside a dream? visit her and see her amazing portraits.

Gina Lawless: An author on hot wheels, most of her writings were done while going up and down Interstate 5.

Story Addict: A good writer and an avid reader, she is one of the best supporters of Indie authors.

Mom Woman Human: A very good writer and photographer. A single mother with a sweet child, who can give you diabetes by staring at her for too long.

Gloss writer: A young writer to be, she also reviewed my sample chapters on her site… that should tell you how cool she is.

Stephanie Saye: A name which is hard to forget, just like her writings.

Jeannine Vegh: A writer of fiction, who released ‘Little girls should ride ponies’… available on Amazon.

Robin Coyle: Here posts are capturing (time passing) and sometimes just too funny to miss.

Yi-Ching Lin: Right moments just happened to occur when ever she’s present… an amazing photographer.

Julianne Alcott (a recent discovery): An award winning writer, who is in the process of smoothing the rough edges of her new book.

Hmmm, all the blogs I admire belongs to women… strange.

Seven things people may not know about me:

1- I haven’t had a straight sleep ever since I was robbed… which was a funny story by the way.

2- I can’t say no when someone needs help.

3- I play the piano.

4- I used to think Opel (a car brand) was a shirt brand.

5- I have been described in many occasions as an old man in a young man’s body.

6- I’m implosive… but I only go off on someone who really deserves it.

7- First time I went fishing, I used an onion as a bait.

The art’s soul and the catalyst

I believe art is a single soul divided to all, but the manifestation depends on the catalyst. The catalyst is the person who holds that fragment of the art’s soul within.

For me, I am a catalyst which conditioned that soul to be that of a writer’s… but for Laurene Alvarado, her art has manifested it self as a colorist, and as a soul, art has the effect on everyone it touches no matter how it manifests it self for us, using it’s holder as a catalyst.

This is one of her – Laurene Alvarado’s – recent artistic work, I hope it touches you as it did the same to me.

You can visit her site here if you want to know more about her soul, by just looking at her many manifestations on her portraits.

How far did I go to make my book… A great journey

I have posted about what made my novel to show my main elements for my fiction thriller, which are the characters, time, and location. But I had to do more than just figuring out what I want, because – let’s face it – I am no psychiatrist, I don’t have military, tactical, or espionage experiences, my dental experiences does not extend further to cover my medical knowledge… My story must be convincing, even though its fiction in all the meanings of the word.

I saw an interview with Hideo Kojima, a spy fiction story writer and game designer, he mentioned writing a ridiculous car chase scene as a kid, it was because he had never drove a car at the time. When he started to write his spy fiction stories (Metal Gear) he went and trained with the military. He gained the right knowledge needed for his work, which I must say, is one of a kind.

My character is two sides of the same coin, he’s a psychiatrist, and a soldier of fortune. I read two books about sign language, and one about the art of persuasion, to help giving the right dialogue to my main character and to help him in profiling people. It also helped me with writing about other characters emotionally. I read a book about old espionage stories (spy craft), it helped me a lot by giving me the basics, and through them, I developed some of my own tools for my novel which appeared believable and helpful for both the characters and the readers.

I have friends who are police men, they gave me a couple of information about names of weapons and a couple of pointers of some of the effects they have. I also had fun doing Aikido, a form of martial arts, where I learned a couple of wrist grips and some other movements, which I was therefor able to describe in my novel, making some scenes look genuine.

I went around to talk to physicians and pharmacists to gain some medical information required in my book, I have spent a lot of my time in the library searching for some of the books I mentioned, I went using a clay of my self and placed it inside my novel, like my knowledge in luxury watches, which I gained in my brief time as a sales man… and the long daily – eye boiling – times I spent looking at the screen on my computer, searching through the web whenever I stumble upon a hindering issue.

I did all that because I want to satisfy the readers, by making what’s fiction look genuine. Having a good base will help giving my readers a solid ground to stand on.

So as you can see, making my book was a rough journey, a journey I still go through everyday with my other books, and I love it.

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