Browsing Archive: November, 2021

ZOOMING FORWARD

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 29, 2021, In : books and movies 

YESTERDAY, I mentioned my second acting gig, appearing via Zoom interview in the upcoming K. Simmons Productions’ “The William Maltese Collection,” bio-documentary about prolific LGBTQ+ erotica author and decade-long friend, William Maltese. It was a familiar encounter, having Executive Produced the two-telly-award winning documentary, “Clean Water, Common Ground (1999).” I think I can say that “The William Maltese Collection” will be a stellar work about a stellar author around...


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TOTALLY NON-PLUSSED

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, November 28, 2021, In : books and movies 

TODAY was another extraordinary filming day which actually began the day before when Director/Cinematographer Dallen Taylor of Dallen Taylor Productions — http://dallentaylor.com — called and asked to film my part in the K. Simmons/Zombie Frog Production of “The William Maltese Collection” — https://kspllc.media/maltese-collection. This particular part is one which I’ve been looking forward to from the project’s go-get, the incomparable William Maltese being an esteemed literary...


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WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS I THINKING????

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 22, 2021, In : books 

YEAH, well, I wasn't thinking THIS world at all when I wrote TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) with William Maltese, or QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) with A. G. Hayes, and certainly not when I wrote the Amazon genre bestseller THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020). Hey, that’s me. I’m author Raymond Gaynor aka author and actor Daniel S. Janik. And I wasn’t apparently thinking at all when I posted the "Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS Book Giveaway Contest" with a first edition, author-si...


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DEFUSED or CONFUSED?

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, November 21, 2021, In : books 

IT can’t be only me. I mean, how is it that “everything’s returning to normal,” when countries are still closing, citizens are protesting (more vociferously that ever) and half of people still social distance and wear masks (despite the “other half”) due supposedly to COVID? Being a pragmatic scientist type, I rather think everything’s NOT returning to the “old” normal, or, if this is normal than the life I lived pre-COVID must be a fiction. I’m not complaining; just tired...


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A WORD IN EDGEWISE, PLEASE

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, In : books 

ONE thing about advertising: It shoots straight to the target center. It’s also, I’ve learned, the telltale sign of something untrue. “A book you MUST read!” Really? “What everyone’s saying!” Huh? “You gotta have one!” For sure? “The best of the best!” Awe, come on! Having made my claim for the edgewise and oblique, the Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, is a book you MUST read. Everyone’s saying it’s the best of the best an...


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AI: ARTIFICIAL, ALIEN OR BOTH?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, November 19, 2021, In : books 

NOW that’s GOT to have caught your interest! In our world of increasing AI presence, is it artificial or alien or both?


Let’s start with artificial, meaning perhaps autonomous more than non-human, since currently humans write the basic code that’s used in artificial intelligence operations. Autonomous, meaning perhaps that once awakened it doesn’t need a lot of continued human input other than to reboot or fix erroneous code.


Now let’s tackle alien, meaning here not necessarily fr...


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SAVANT BOOKSTORE (ONLINE)

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, November 18, 2021, In : books 

AS a consequence of COVID-19, my principal publisher, Savant Books and Publications, has moved all former face-to-face bookstore activities including book, CD, DVD and merchandise purchases strictly ONLINE and created four regional bookstores to get your purchases to you faster.


https://www.savantbookstoreatlantic.com


https://www.savantbookstoremidwest.com


https://www.savantbookstorepacific.com


https://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com


All of the above will bring you directly to our secure...


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THE IMMIGRANT’S GRANDSON

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, In : books 

MOST established American’s are, have or at least well know one. They’re the “success” stories of the United States of America where most everyone gets an opportunity to better their life. To some that means wealth. To others, power. To yet others — the folks I most identify with — the opportunity of living the life for which so many these days are dying.


As a successful author with the usual train of published books and awards, while working on my own next novel, in this case, ...


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STILL COMING…

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, In : books and movies 

RECEIVED the proof copies of the DVD for “Static (2021)” and it’s GREAT right down to the BTS (behind the scenes) and Meet the Cast and Crew extras. A few more tweeks to the cover and it will be ready for release. Should receive the second proof in another 5 days or so, hopefully “perfect as is.”


AND in the meantime, don’t forget the author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is still ON with SIX Gran...


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IT’S COMING…!

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, November 12, 2021, In : Acting 

AS the lead actor in the K. Simmons Production of “Static (2021)” — https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15420946 — since the world premiere in September, I’ve been anxiously awaiting it’s release as on DVD/Blu-Ray. I’m happy to say that the long wait is about to end. K. Simmons Productions is said to be awaiting the final proofs before releasing “Static” to the public for the holidays. And what better gift than a good human drama? Static is baed on the teleplay of the same name wri...


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IT’S OKAY TOTO, WE’RE BACK IN KANSAS…

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, November 12, 2021, In : books 

OR are we? Everyday now I hear, “The pandemic is over!” from another excited individual. Really? With the N. Y. Times reporting 98,00+ new cases and 1,216 reported COVID-related deaths in the USA yesterday, I can’t quite “grok” that the pandemic is over, hooray (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html). And with the World Health Organization reporting 527,295 new cases and close to 8,000 reported COVID-related deaths in the world yesterday, I’m not even sold o...


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SCHROEDINGER’S SCAT

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, In : books 

YEAH, well, you remember Schroedinger’s Cat? A cat is trapped in a box with a tiny bit of radioactive substance. When the radioactive substance decays past a certain point, causes a poison to be released that kills the cat. At any one moment in time, the cat may be alive or dead. So, is it alive or dead? Well, I figure it’s the same with the AI in my computers (especially the one inhabiting my smart phone). At any point in time a random error may occur within the AI’s programming, rende...


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WISHING WELL

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, In : books 

ALMOST everyone has approached water — in a well, around a fountain, under a bridge, in a brook or stream — and made a wish. But today, I want to muse about not the wishing well, but simply wishing well. Doing it right. Yesterday I posted about needs, wants, hopes and desires. Now it’s time to talk about how to wish well.


I don’t say this lightly. Not because of magic or compelling people to make a wish come true, but because, in the most basic sense, making a wish is all about direc...


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WHAT’S IN A WISH?

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, In : books 

“IF wishes were horses, then beggars would ride” is a popular saying, so, given that billions of people make wishes every day, why aren’t there more horseback riders? And don’t just say, there’s a shortage of horses. According to that fount of information, Wikipedia, “a wish is a hope or desire for something. In fiction, wishes can be used as plot devices…In fiction a wish is a supernatural demand placed on the recipient’s unlimited request [list]. When it is the center of a t...


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LOTS AND LOTS OF STATIC

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, November 5, 2021, In : Acting 

HAVE you heard? After the international debut of “Static” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15420946/), post-production kicked into overdrive, and we’re expecting the movie to come out soon in DVD and quite possibly Blu-Ray formats. This dramatic K. Simmons Production movie is about Will Gardner (played by Daniel S. Janik aka, yes, Raymond Gaynor), a curmongeous old veteran who’s seen and conquered everything life has thrown at him — until now. This time he faces Alzheimer’s disease, ...


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ORCHID ENVY

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, November 4, 2021, In : books 

JUST as COVID-19 set in, I had the good fortune to visit a nearby orchid farm and bring home six different orchids to care for and cultivate. I’m pleased to announce that, now more than a year and a half later, my orchid-friends remain health and supportive as they were throughout the worst (so far) of the pandemic. What’s more, they seemed to thrive in the quieter, less auto-exhausted air bathing them. Call me crazy if you like, but these plants seemed more than happy to experience five ...


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DIGGING DEEPER OR WATCHING THE RISE

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, In : books 

HISTORY (“his” “story”) is a strange animal. First, it’s the victors who generally write it. Second, it’s almost always steeped in the hopes and expectations of the dominant culture. Third, it’s not scientific (i.e. not repeatable in the technical sense since it involves group activities based on contemporary norms). Fourth, it’s not academic, fiction and non-fiction often being published interchangeably (think of the “novel” here — typically an historically-based work w...


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A DAY FOR THE NOT-SO-DEAD

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, In : books 

Día de los Muertos, according to National Geographic, celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. That includes, I assume, reading, yeah? I sincerely hope so. And if so, I hope the readings of the not-so-dead include my Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor. Living and dead, according to Día de los Muertos, both look to the future, which is where THE EDGE OF MADNESS is solidly rooted. But not...


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FREE BOOK!

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, November 1, 2021, In : books 

YES! AN OUTSTANDING, REALLY FREE, PRINTED HOLD-IT-IN-YOUR-HAND, AUTHOR-SIGNED BOOK!


The author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is ON with SIX Grand Prizes: a signed copy of my book to the first, eleventh, twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and so forth person who sends an email (one per email address) to me at gaynor.raymond2@gmail.com with the subject line “I want a copy of THE EDGE OF MA...


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Author/Actor Daniel S. Janik (aka author Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) A retired physician turned author, actor, dancer, educator, naturalist, former publisher, Daniel S. "Dan" Janik has plenty to say.

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