Wednesday, January 17, 2018

'The Passionate Jihadist'

We get to see Yushua thinking through a lot of his turmoil, but there is a lot presented in a matter-of-fact way that both characterizes the everyday horrors these characters experience and allows us some insight into why they  are shaped in the way that they are. Plot details never seem arbitrary; they build upon one another. For example, Yushua decides to help Aga in recovering his gambling debt to Haji, but the boys find the opportunity to fall into an even deeper problem by gambling at the bodana jangi. The details dovetail in clear ways that drive the story ahead meaningfully.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sticks and Stones may Break my Bones . . .

but words will never hurt me. Does Mr. Parrish and Ms. Mustafa still enjoy the right to freedom of expression? I'm not so sure, but ones things for certain, Orwellian Newspeak has become a reality.

Back in September — when presidential hopeful Ben Carson declared that America should never elect a Muslim president because “it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America” — many Americans took it like a slap in the face. Other Republicans not named Trump pushed Carson to apologize to American Muslims. Even bomb-throwing evangelist Ted Cruz (R-Texas) denounced the idea of barring anyone from public office based on religion.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the FBI to investigate an online threat to shoot Regina Mustafa.
Mustafa, who announced her candidacy for the Minnesota's 1st Congressional District earlier this month, said the threat was posted two days ago as a comment on a YouTube video featuring the candidate.

Friday, January 12, 2018

My European Challenge - Valencia, Spain!

I asked for it and I got it . . . Many thanks to my readers in Spain. I'll get you a copy of my latest story, The Passionate Jihadist when it is available. For now, I invite you to visit my website and enjoy a sample read. Again many thanks go out to you. For those who don't know . . . I challenged anyone from outside the U.S. to send me a photo of them enjoying one of my books.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Returning for a FOURTH year to Inks and Insights!


Kevin Sparrow


Kevin Sparrow is a Chicago-based writer, performer, and editor. His work as a writer has been published in Pioneertown., Chicago IRL, LIES/ISLE, In Our Words blog, and Harrington Gay Men's' Literary Quarterly, and he has worked as a freelance editor for 8+ years.
Kevin graduated with a MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2014. He is also the recipient of the 2014 MFAW Teaching Fellowship from SAIC. He is a co-coordinator for the monthly home-salon series HI typ/O.
Ink & Insights is proud to welcome Kevin back for a fourth year as a contest judge.
Mr. Sparrow's comments regarding The Passionate Jihadist
The flow of the plot is very direct and has a lot of activity to involve the reader. Yushua's journey of self-discovery is compelling, and he comes up against a great deal of adversity that pushes him toward making choices that the reader can understand will affect him for the rest of his life.
In some ways, this fits for a young adult narrative, having a young character have to react to the authoritative figures in their life, which I think helps broaden the readership of this novel as it can appeal to younger and older adult readers. The way that Yushua is bullied is a universal in-road for a lot of readers, but how the specificity of that bullying ties into wider cultural values is a really captivating part of the narrative.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Many Thanks Ms. Johnson

Dear Curt,
I was a judge for The Inks & Insights Competition, and I'm so glad your manuscript won an award. You have a good depth to your writing.
Kaitlyn JohnsonLiterary Agent ApprenticeCorvisiero Literary Agency

Monday, January 8, 2018

Honored to be a Winner in The Soul-Making Keats Literary Contest

What!? That is awesome!!!!! Congratulations! Are you going there?

Sunday Afternoon, 1:00 PM
March 4, 2018
Koret Auditorium
San Francisco Main Library, Civic Center
Reception Immediately Following.

Yes! I can’t wait to take part in this event and look forward to meeting you all on the West Coast.