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I LISTEN TO WHAT I READ

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Johnathan RenshawSo far in my nearly 70 years I’ve written and published 8 books.  None of my books have enjoyed the global readership of a book I did NOT write, but edited.  I spend the vast majority of my time reading books written by literary adepts and master story-tellers.  Reading is not merely entertainment.  It is the mind and imagination of beings communicating their thoughts, memories and musings, through symbols, to others.  There are 450,000 NEW BOOKS published every year, in Kevin Hearneaddition to the millions that have accumulated since the printing press was “invented” in Europe in by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440.   Personally, I listen to audiobooks.  The combination of masterful writing combined with state of the art performance is nothing less than magic.  Since my personal interests tend to vary from esoteric to bizarre, it stick to science fiction, primarily.  However, I enjoy a good story, well told.

Benedict JackaIn modern publishing writers no longer write ONE book.  They write a SERIES of books.  This is based on the sales and marketing-driven capitalist culture that exploded in Europe a few hundred years ago.  So, lately,  I’m not reading “books”.  I’m reading a “series” 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 books!  However, when you find an author you really enjoy this is a good was to swim deeply into the ocean of a genre or universe, rather than surfing the shallow shores of television, film, or — gods forbid — social media.Jim Butcher

Here are a few of the “series” I’ve read or am reading.  Three of these books are my first voyage on the ocean of “Magic Mystery”, i.e. Druids, Mages and Wizards in the roles of  spell-casting superheros fighting an assortment of supernatural villains: to my delight and continuing enchantment! I recommend them to you.  Search the fantastic library available on Audible.com  and your favorite on-line bookstores to find your own.

ANIMATE MAGICAL POSSIBILITY

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LENS OF POSSIBILITY

“Quantum physics tells us we animate into our lives whatever we place our attention upon. When we view “reality” through the lens of possibility… something new and magical can happen.” – Pam Grout

Animate– adjective:   possessing or characterized by life ( from from Latin, to give life to, from anima breath, soul)

Magicnoun:   any art that invokes supernatural powers (from Old Persian maguš or sorcerer)

Possibilitynoun:   a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena

THE MAGIC

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THE MAGIC

The word “magic” derives via Latin magicus from the Greek adjective magikos (μαγικός) used in reference to the “magical” arts of the Persian Magi, or priests of  Zoroaster, the god Ahura Mazda.

Dictionary definitions of “magic”:

1) having or using special powers to make impossible things happen or seem to happen

2) having a special quality that makes something seem wonderful

3) Wonderful, amazing or incredible.

Etymology: magic (n.) from Old Persian magush, “to be able, to have power“.