Browsing Archive: October, 2021

IT’S ALL-HALLOWS’ EVE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 31, 2021, In : books 

OR, according to Google and Wikipedia (and what more authoritative sources are there these days than these two) Halloween, Hallowe’en, Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, a celebration on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ (Saints’) Day, which we celebrate with costumes, pumpkins and candy. But it’s also celebrated by some with bonfires, guising or mumming, divination and feasting as Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the ...


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WHAT DO ACTORS DO BETWEEN FILMS?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 25, 2021, In : books and movies 

THE obvious answer is read scripts sent by one’s agent to ascertain what role will be next. My own less obvious answer is return to authoring. Having finished the second book THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859), the sequel to TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556), I’ve been turning my creative juices towards finishing “Prophecy,” the prospective third book...


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COLLECTING THE WILLIAM MALTESE COLLECTION

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 25, 2021, In : books and movies 
MANY know Daniel S. Janik (aka author Raymond Gaynor/Gary Martine) as an author and actor, but few know my acting/dancing partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya and I as Executive Producers, but we are. It all started in 2007 with “Clean Water, Common Ground” (1999) which won two Telly awards — https://www.tellyawards.com/?s=Clean+water%2C+common+ground&filter=allfor best documentary — for nature/wildlife and documentary. Initially picked up by the National Film Network and more recently by Savant...

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FORGET PCH - WIN NOW!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 24, 2021, In : books 

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 eleventh, twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and every hundred-and-first 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 MADNESS.” NOTE: You must have a USA ship-to address (which I’ll ask for onl...


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A GOLDEN GOOSE EGG!

Posted by Daniel S. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, In : books 

OH, YES! If you’ve ever imagined coming across a goose that lays golden eggs, you’ve come to the right place! I’m reving up for the holiday season! 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 eleventh, twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and every hundred-and-first person who sends an email (one per email address) to me at gayno...


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SPACE IN FILMING

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 18, 2021, In : Acting 

AH, but what KIND of space are we talking here? The cold, dark void beyond Earth? The moments before or in front of the camera? Or just the extreme “hurry up and wait!” that all actors and actresses experience in the filming process? Or, in a different context, everything cut during editing? Or the distance that sometimes wells up between how well one portrayed a character, and watching oneself on the big silver screen? Well, kinda all of them. Except the first. For now, forget the cold, ...


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LIVING, WORKING AND, YES, ACTING IN SPACE

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 17, 2021, In : books 

OF all the “promises” of future advances and advantages to commercial spaceflight, one stands out in my mind at point in its development: Filming in space. Call me a liberal, progressive, democratic, science-futurist with a”bleeding heart” for humanity, but I believe the single most significant effect of the commercialization of space was well demonstrated by the recent Russian film crew space flight (https://nypost.com/2021/10/17/russian-team-back-on-earth-after-filming-movie-in-spac...


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MUSING WITH YURI DENISYUK

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 15, 2021, In : Knowledge/Wisdom 

SOME years ago, I was fortunate to meet Yuri Denisyuk during a diplomatic trip to the former USSR. Yes, I was then working for the United States National Academy of Science/National Research Council as a Senior Research Fellow detailed to NASA. In that capacity and as a member of a People-to-People delegation, I met Yuri in his laboratory in St. Petersburg where we discussed the use of normal light holograms (for which he was famous) in analyzing the effects of micrometeorites on spacecraft ...


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MAMA MIA!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, In : books 

OH, YES! I’m reving up for the holiday season! The author Raymond Gaynor THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859 — Book Giveaway Contest is ON with now SIX Grand Prizes: a signed copy of my book to the eleventh, twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and every hundred-and-first person who sends an email (only one per email address) to me at gaynor.raymond2@gmail.com with the subject line “I want a copy of THE EDGE OF MADNESS.” NOTE: You...


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QUICK! BEFORE BOOKLAND GOES BLUE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, In : books 

AFTER diving deep, the Yellow Submarine surfaces and the hatch pops open to reveal, a land of diverse flowers and colors, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Book Club Land! And just when everything looks ship shape, what shows up but the Digital Blue Meanies, a literary figment of the imagination, buffoonish leaders of printed-book-hating creatures that lead an army of green-apple wielding bonkers, shooting clowns, snapping turks, anti-book missiles and, of course, the ever-dreadful flying glove, ...


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HERE’S LOOKIN’ AT “STATIC,” KID!

Posted by Daniel S. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, In : books and movies 

SINCE my acting debut in the K. Simmons Production of “Static” (2021), and before accepting a role in K. Simmons Productions’ upcoming full-length action adventure movie, “Finding Kate,” I’ve been quite busy promoting my Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor (aka actor Daniel S. Janik) now available in printed, eBook and audiobook formats at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859. Including my new promotional giveaway contest:


FIVE GRAND PRIZE...


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COMMON SENSE

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 11, 2021, In : books 

OR should that read “Common Cents?” Certainly in today’s world money and power always “Trump” sense. But what I’m cogitating on is the first word, “common.” To me, common implies commonality, something we share with each other as humans, with animals as fellow animals, plants as, well, living things just living a bit slower, sometimes longer but certainly different from ourselves. I don’t think there’s much “common” sense left these days, replaced instead by “uncommo...


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GOING, GOING, BUT NOT GONE!

Posted by Daniel S. on Sunday, October 10, 2021, In : books 

TODAY’S post is all about the Amazon genre Bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor in printed, digital AND audiobook format — https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859. You see, I’m giving away FIVE Grand Prizes: a signed copy to the twenty-first, thirty-first, forty-first, fifty-first and hundred-and-first persons who send me an email (only one entry to an email address, please; multiple entries to same address will be completely discarded) at gaynor.raymond2@gmail.c...


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A LITTLE LESS SALT, A BIT MORE FLAVOR

Posted by Daniel S. on Saturday, October 9, 2021, In : books 

FOOD (and cooking) is something everyone, including me, can appreciate. Where do I go for the latest and best food and cooking suggestions? Three places: (1) my 1950’s Betty Crocker Cookbook (yes, I still have my mother’s original); (2) The Moosewood Cookbook (a “must” if you’re an interested, partial or wholly vegetarian); and (3) The Nine Books of William Maltese’s “The Traveling Gourmand.” Yep, that last one is a standard reference by Mr. Erotica himself, soon to be a film ...


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…AND BEYOND?

Posted by Daniel S. on Friday, October 8, 2021, In : books 

THIS one’s a no brainer: “Prophecy,” the sequel to the Amazon genre bestseller, THE EDGE OF MADNESS (Aignos 2020) by Raymond Gaynor, and it’s edgy, naughty prequel, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) by Raymond Gaynor and William Maltese. Currently “in writing” and over 2/3 finished, “Prophecy” promises to deliver a story that will knock your socks off and unite all three books into one epic.


Hey, did you know that William Maltese, my personal friend and authoring colleague...


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WHAT REALLY LIES AT “THE EDGE OF MADNESS,” HUMMM?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, October 7, 2021, In : books 

I just wrote in answer to a Goodread’s question, “What mystery in your own life could be a plot for a book?” that “All my life, I seem to have had the unique ability to look 25 years or so into the future in direct contradistinction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes point to his dear friend Dr. Watson, “You see, but do not observe.” When I look into the future, I am rewarded with a clarity of observation, the result being my personal penchant for science futuring rathe...


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IS THAT THE EDGE OF MADNESS IN YOUR POCKET OR ARE YOU HAPPY TO READ ME?

Posted by Daniel S. on Thursday, October 7, 2021, In : books 

AN admittedly poor paraphrasing of the delightfully clever “Is that a gun in your pocket or are you happy to see me?” allegedly spoken by the incomparable Mae West. If you don’t have a printed copy rolled up in your pocket, then won’t you consider a digital or audio book copy? NOTE: The Audible audiobook is read by the equally incomparable Peter Pollock!


https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999693859


Purchased for manga, animation and cinematic treatment by K. Simmons Productions


#RaymondGay...


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WHAT’S GOING ON WITH “RECOVERY”?

Posted by Daniel S. on Monday, October 4, 2021, In : books 

RECOVERY is a nice, contemporary catch word, and I’m hearing it more and more these days in every aspect of life. But I fear that the word, re-covery, is being used in its meaning to re-cover [up] what hasn’t yet been fully addressed. Let me explain.


The Great Pandemic, in my opinion, was a shot across our bow, warning us that our current infrastructure system is already way beyond simple update and repair. In the broadest sense, we’ve been called to relook at and largely abandon our o...


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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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