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  1. My seventh published book is titled, "Five Seven Five", is a collection of creative writing pieces that I've done that were inspired by art. It has around 240 links in it,so you are able to view the art that is associated with my creative writing pieces. It was published last month. You can read the description and try a free sample here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Seven-Steven-L-Sheppard-ebook/dp/B00LZBB5QG I recommend reading it in "sepia" if your device has that feature. My Fire HD has it. It's the only book I've read that actually looks good in sepia. Probably because it matches so well with the cover. The text color looks nice, too, like a dark tan/gold. Really cool. But read it however you prefer. I just prefer it in sepia myself.
  2. Here are said seven hyperlinked musical compositions:
  3. I finished writing my eighth book and published it over the weekend. "Unrequited Waves". It's a play. The cover image went through successfully, without any trouble. I designed it. There are also seven musical compositions hyperlinked to in the text, so that readers are able to listen to what the characters are listening to, if they'd like to. Links all work. The free sample is decent, it cuts off nicely and cleanly. Amazon description: Will this be an eventful summer for her, or just another uneventful one? Will a change in a worker's routine, change anything else in his life? I just began my second year as a published writer and I'm in my eleventh year as a housekeeper (working in a medical office building that looks just like the one on the cover) and I've seen a girl walking outside occasionally while I'm working, and I saw a play in it. Here it is: Unrequited Waves http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZI37BY
  4. The book is only $0.99 right now. For how long, I don't exactly know, but just letting you know.
  5. My favorite novel not written by Ayn Rand, is definately this one, "Hunger for Atlantis" This a recently book that I take very seriously and regard it to be among the very finest and most important books one can read in Romantic Realism today. It was recently published. I've just reviewed it myself on Amazon, my 5 star review is HERE Here are a few excerpts from the book: [no spoilers]
  6. I highly recommend "Hunger for Atlantis" This a recently book that I take very seriously and regard it to be among the very finest and most important books one can read in Romantic Realism today. It was recently published. I've just reviewed it myself on Amazon, my 5 star review is HERE Here are a few excerpts from the book: [no spoilers]
  7. Okay everyone: my 5 star review has now been approved and published by Amazon of Pandora's novel, "Hunger for Atlantis". It's a very unusual form for a review to take, since it's written as a 3,350 word poem. If you find my review helpful, simply hit the "Yes" button after reading it, if you don't, then hit "No". It's important that you answer, though you don't have to. http://www.amazon.com/review/R29OEZP13Z9XZA/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00JY2FXC0&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=133140011&store=digital-text
  8. I've just finished my first reading of the book. I say first, because I'm reading it a second time, more closely, to really study it. This book I take very seriously and regard it to be among the very finest and most important books one can read in Romantic Realism today. Though I do not know who exactly Pandora is, I think the name holds some kind of important significance to the series itself, as being a reference to the Pandora in Greek mythology. I think they use it, because it suits their expression. There are 46 chapters in the first volume in the Work of Art Series. Pandora includes the first 7 chapters to the second volume in this book, as well. I was delighted to see that, and as soon as I did, thought of it as "the encore." Certain things in the book made me laugh, though it's no comedy. The seriousness is all-pervasive. I adore Pandora. They take ideas and writing very seriously. But... Who is Pandora? Who is the writer behind the words? And why the use of that name? That myth can hold different meanings, depending upon one's reference, interpretation, telling, recontextualization of it. One of the main focal points in this book, is education. A progressive education of the Academy, which is a public school (read: Government school, government education) contrasted with that of the School for Self-Esteem, which based on the Montessori Method, but in the book it's referred to as the "Miranda method". It also reminds me of the VanDamme Academy way, the pedagogically correct way, etc. But anyway, in the book, it shows the result that each said approach can have on each child, on individuals. There is much more to the plot, than just education, though. The story is engaging, the style I quickly warmed up to, the plot and characterization all handled masterly, it is so well-crafted. As I said, I will be studying it further. There are many quotable parts throughout the book. Let me share a few, to give you a broad sampling of the text: Excerpts: (the first two go together, don't know why it's separated in the middle of the quote) Professor Vandemeer thought that it seemed as if the workshop were not a part of a school - but that it were part of a temple. He thought that the children seemed happy, as if happiness came from work that they were doing. They were proud, as if pride came from how well they did their work. They weren't striving to outdo their peers, but as if they were trying to outdo themselves; from a standard or a measurement that did not come from a teacher, not from the others, not from external surroundings - but that came from within. You can read the reviews it has already received, and can try a free sample of the first chapter for yourself. I highly recommend it. I'm going to attempt to review it. It will be a 5 star review, that's for damn sure.
  9. Those of you looking for new fiction in the romantic realism genre, I have found an exemplary one. One recently published. I only came across it when looking up a reader of mine who had written a review of one of my plays. I was so honored by their words, that I looked at the reviewer, and saw that they had just published a book titled, "Hunger for Atlantis". And now that I have begun reading it, I'm even more honored that a writer who can write like this, wrote what they did about my own work. Please, consider treating yourself to a sample of this book, and reading the 5 star review that their own book has already received. I bought it immediately after having read only a small sample of the small sample. This book may be the next big thing among Rand fans, Objectivists, rr genre fans, et al. I'm less than 15% into this book, but I'm that confident enough in its integrity to recommend others considering reading it right now, too. It's close to 800 pages. Hunger for Atlantis
  10. Wondering if any of you are on deviantART? I've recently joined and have been enjoying myself there. I think it's considered the largest online art community. I have even tried my own hand at creating expressions of my own there. It's free to upload, one can favorite other's art, search for specific types of art (traditional, digital, etc), make collections, interact with the artists and comment on their art, buy their art, sell your own, even has a resource area where you can use images and photos uploaded by others in your own expressions, depending upon the terms and conditions each model or person sets on their photos and images. You can upload your own, as well. Even before this, every once in a while when searching online, I'd come upon an image from that site, I don't know why I never explored the site before. I missed out. But I'm not now. This is my profile there: http://arthurtrenton.deviantart.com/
  11. Well I am. Bought the original for $1,000.00 firm. I think it is important to note, that this was not a commissioned work. I haven't taken a photo of the original I own yet. But that canvas print and a greeting card I bought I have more photos of. I set this one up to show you guys the 5x7 card, while having a bit of fun with Sylvia there: "standing there […] she saw him - 'that big, dark, hunky boy, the only one... huge enough for me.' […] Sylvia had wanted to know who he was the instant she spotted him. […] while she studied him […] Sylvia could see more clearly his tall frame, his broad shoulders, his youthful, sensual face. […] Her body rigid with fear and expectation, Sylvia looked at him, knowing in her heart who loomed before her […]" (taken out of context from Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander) "To the adoring Sylvia, he looked like a giant, trolling the hospital corridors next to people half his size." (American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath, Carl Rollyson) "his mind is the biggest, most imaginative I have ever met. I could live in its growing countries forever.” (Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath) This print just arrived yesterday: That frame is even more perfect than I thought it was going to be. Fine Art America really has some nice frames to choose from there at their site. You can see what your art will look like in different frames, mediums, etc. before checkout. It's really great. No buyer's remorse ever with them. I've bought over a dozen items from them in the last few months. All art by Robert C. Tracy. His art holds a monopoly on my walls as well as on all my published play covers. Here it is at FAA, shows the rich color of it better than my Fire HD camera: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/girl-at-the-window-robert-tracy.html
  12. ARI archive responded to my inquiry. James Avati is the name of the artist. https://www.flickr.com/photos/hangfirebooks/2700481200/in/photostream/ I'm going to look more at his art later when I have time.
  13. I hadn't, but since you posted that, I thought it was a good idea, so I have emailed the ARI archives with an inquiry. Thank you.
  14. I have not been able to find out who the artist is and the title of this artwork that is on the cover of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead - Signet, NY, 1952 First printing, paperback edition. A person I know owns a copy and has told me that they were unable to find information about it in the book itself. I also looked around online some for more information. Nothing. Here it is: http://www.papertig.com/images/rand/Fountainhead_PB_1st_front.jpg Site: http://www.papertig.com/soldweb/rand.htm Anyone know?
  15. To me it appears that the "echo" is high up, like in the balcony or high box seat area off to the side. The conductor looks up and to the left. He does at the end of the third movement, in which he seems to be giving them time to come down and join them onstage to bow before the audience. I think the sound of the "echo" violin is perfect, giving the effect of distance, while at the same time being audible. Movement 2: Movement 3:
  16. Discussing Vivaldi tonight, and came across this video, and think this is the Echo Concerto! Thanks! This is the first movement, only watched a little of it, though, short on time: A.Vivaldi - Concerto for 2 Violins in A-Major "per eco in lontano" RV.552 1M
  17. Here is the drawing "Portrait of Steven L. Sheppard" my reader artist Robert Tracy drew of me as the subject on my wall, for it arrived today! I chose to have it as a matte finish canvas print, with 1.5" stretcher bars, black sides, sized at 7.625" x 10". The original is right around that size, but one can choose to have a much larger one on the Fine Art America site: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/portrait-of-steven-l-sheppard-robert-tracy.html I also bought a greeting card to see what it looks like. I'll post a comparison of the two next. This artwork is beyond just me, it's universal, too. Ayn Rand writes: "The basic purpose of art is not to teach, but to show - to hold up to man a concretized image of his nature and his place in the universe." No other art work that I have ever seen, does just that, quite like this one. Look at my place in this drawing. A photo of me could not do what is stylized and symbolized in this artwork, and what it says about the artist who'd created this magnificent masterpiece. I cannot imagine of there being any higher tribute to me, or to Man, right now than this drawing. There is absolutely nothing like it. "[…]the man who puts his own 'I', his standard of value, above all things, and conquers to live as he pleases, as he chooses and as he believes […]" (from the Journals of Ayn Rand) "His normal state is to be exalted, all the time; he wants all of his life to be high, supreme, full of meaning." (from the Journals of Ayn Rand) "a man who looked as if he could break through the steel plate of a battleship and through any barrier whatever. It stood like a challenge. It left a strange stamp on one's eyes." (Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead) "Your life, your achievement, your happiness, your person are of paramount importance. Live up to your highest vision of yourself no matter what the circumstances you might encounter. An exalted view of self-esteem is man's most admirable quality." (Ayn Rand, Night of January the 16th) One can add text to the greeting cards, up to I think 300 characters. I have many quotes I'd put in the cards myself, those among them. "Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be left waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.” (Akston, from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged) Will others recognize the greatness of this drawing, and the artist who'd created it, here and now, as I do, or will it go totally unrecognized by you? "It takes two to make a very great career: The man who is great, and the man - almost rarer - who is great enough to see greatness and say so." (from Ayn Rand's novel, The Fountainhead)
  18. Yes, you are right. I remember the reference there, saw it there the other night. There probably is a reason why Toohey didn't mention him by name. I'll look at the passage again.
  19. I am the subject of this drawing. "Portrait of Steven L. Sheppard" is a drawing done by Robert Tracy and is available here for those interested in a print of it: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/portrait-of-steven-l-sheppard-robert-tracy.html Most of his art can be found here: http://hank1.deviantart.com/art/Portrait-of-Steven-L-Sheppard-430569126 His website: http://www.tracyfineart.com/ Quent Cordair Fine Art Gallery: http://www.cordair.com/tracy/
  20. Lol! My second review has come in for The Untold Story of Pyramus and Thisbe. This time, instead of another FIVE STAR REVIEW, this reader gives me TWO stars. What about you? Right now this play is FREE. http://www.amazon.com/review/R115LZC1W63VWA/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00ED3TLCI&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books
  21. One of my plays is FREE today, 12/18. Just letting you know again. http://www.amazon.com/The-Untold-Story-Pyramus-Thisbe-ebook/dp/B00ED3TLCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387347405&sr=8-1&keywords=the+untold+story+of+Pyramus+and+thisbe
  22. I will be offering one of my six published plays, The Untold Story of Pyramus and Thisbe, for FREE on WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18th. That's this coming Wednesday. I offered this play for free on Thanksgiving and on Black Friday, and it was a success. Publication, for me, had been so damn anticlimactic, until that free promotion. So, I'm offering it again for FREE. Look for this play on WEDNESDAY, when you'll see the price slashed from $1.49 to $0.00. Notice the cover art it now has, that it did not before. It features, by permission, a cropped version of Master artist, Robert Charles Tracy's "The Housemaid." You can find his art for sale on this site, which are at very affordable prices: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/robert-tracy.html And this is his website: http://www.tracyfineart.com/ His art is also featured on the Quent Cordair Fine Art gallery site: http://www.cordair.com/tracy/ You don't need a Kindle to read my published plays. You simply need the FREE reading app that you can find on the Amazon site. You can read Kindle books on many different types of devices. Any question, ask. This play will be available free sometime on WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18th. http://www.amazon.com/The-Untold-Story-Pyramus-Thisbe-ebook/dp/B00ED3TLCI/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1387132520&sr=8-9&keywords=Steven+l+sheppard
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