Strength To Be Human --Global Arts & Affairs Podcast, Hosted by Mark Antony Rossi

By Mark Antony Rossi

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R. Wilson
 Sep 14, 2020
astounding in knowledge, breathtaking in candor, enormously entertaining and educational at the same time. The jersey accent lends a grounding to an other very intelligent show.

Sarah Abrams
 May 16, 2020
A visionary writer with the guts to tell it like it is.

Paul Seward
 Feb 6, 2019
Proud to intern on a show that tells it like it is. Rossi is a natural in a world of artificial. I trust him and so will others.


The informative podcast of global arts and affairs from the perspective of writer, editor, traveler, military veteran and podcaster. Supportive. Instructive. Provocative. Hosted and Produced by Mark Antony Rossi. {IVp6 compatible for emerging markets}

Episode Date
S5 E256 Strength To Be Human -- Interview w/Rosie Accola

Another interview segment with editor, poet and writer Rosie Accola.

Apr 06, 2023
S5 E255 Strength To Be Human -- Interview With Elizabeth Mathiasen

Wide ranging interview with California scientist, writer and musician, Elizabeth Mathiasen

Jan 16, 2023
S4 E254 -- Strength To Be Human --Interview with Bruno Rescigna

A weighty, revelatory interview/discussion with Brooklyn-born writer, poet, playwright Bruno Rescigna.

Dec 30, 2022
S4 E253 --Strength To Be Human -- What is a Writer

topics include:

the artist

the state of mind

vision quest

what the world sees

Dec 29, 2022
S4 E252 --Strength To Be Human -- Interview W/Monique Berry

We interview Canadian magazine publisher (Halcyon Days), editor, and writer Monique Berry,

Nov 03, 2022
S4 E251 -- Strength To Be Human -- Stupid Terms for Stupid Times

Again we produced a show detailing the most recent dark uses of language to hurt, deceive or destroy people.


* suboptimal judgment

* birthing person

* chest feeding

* non birthing parent

* human milk

* white fragility

* family


Oct 15, 2022
S4 E250-- Strength To Be Human --Interview With Bruce Levine

A detailed interview with poet, composer and drama director Bruce Levine.

Oct 08, 2022
S4 E249 -- Strength To Be Human -- Sacred Art or Propaganda

Is religious art -- sacred art?

Are artists who exclusively create religious work -- sacred artists?

Is sacred art really a version of propaganda?


This and many questions about the nature of art, humans and religious are posed for review.

Oct 07, 2022
S4 E248 Strength To Be Human-- interview With SG Ellerhoff

Stimulating conversation with author and academic SG Ellerhoff.

Oct 04, 2022
S4 E247 Strength To Be Human -- Global Mail Bag 3

Another episode to share email comments about past shows and answer questions about getting a literary agent.

Aug 27, 2022
S4 E246 -- Strength To Be Human -- Audio Literary Memoir IV: Excavating Memory From Journal

So much is caught up in Memory -- both Identity and Truth are major factors that pivot on what we remember. I talk about using 30-year-old journals to piece together the past for a painful book.

Aug 13, 2022
S4 E245 -- Mindspeak -- Recognizing the Road to Madness

A majority of unhappiness stems from not taking responsibility for one's actions or inaction.  We delve into impatience, insecurity, lack of faith, and the time we waste investing in people or places that cannot fulfill our lives.

Jul 16, 2022
S4 E244 -- Strength To Be Human -- Interview With Thomas Willemain

Dr. Thomas Reed Willemain is a former academic, software entrepreneur, and intelligence officer. His flash fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Granfalloon (Canada), Hobart, and Burningword Literary Journal. He is the author of the memoir Working on the Dark Side of the Moon: Life Inside the National Security Agency.  Available on Amazon.

Jul 10, 2022
S4 E243 -- Strength To Be Human -- Classic Spotlight Series --- Thoughts on Battlestar Galactica

A short show on a sci-fi cult favorite battlestar Galactica, the classic show and the more modern version.

Jun 24, 2022
S4 E242 Strength To Be Human -- Interview With Ralph Greco Jr (Special Editor’s Edition)

In this special interview with chat with writer and guest editor of Granfalloon, Ralph Greco Jr.

Jun 11, 2022
S4 E241 -- Mindspeak -- Is Sleep, Living?

Do we live as we sleep? Or is sleep a period of temporary "dying"?



Cuiltural Intepretations

Restore / Repair / Reprocess


May 08, 2022
S4 E240 -- Strength To Be Human -- Interview With Mitchell Flanagan

This morning we interview poet, writer, artist and musician (Cold Heaven) Mitchell Flanagan.

May 01, 2022
S4 E239 -- Strength To Be Human -- Terms of Mischief and Misdirection

What words we choose to obey often have a negative effect on our thinking, our actions and maybe how we conduct ourselves in a so-called free society.



Apr 29, 2022
S4 E238 -- Mindspeak -- Falling in Love With a Fraud

When overwhelming desire forces denial people become blind to the basic wrongs in front of their eyes and start believing a fraud.

* weight

* relationships

* religion

* politics

* celebrity


Apr 23, 2022
S4 E237 -- Strength To Be Human -- Interview With Michael Adubato

It's a real pleasure to welcome to the show, New Jersey-born poet, Michael Adubato who works for NATO and resides in Belgium. We chat about military life, world travel and his first poetry book "Missing the Exit"

Apr 17, 2022
S4 E236 -- Strength To Be Human -- What Exactly is Happiness

One of the bigger struggles of life is finding happiness and keeping it.

We talk about happiness and its connections to:








Apr 09, 2022
S4 E235 -- Mindspeak: Life Beyond Earth

We explore reasonable assumptions and theories about alien life beyond earth.


1, Intro

2, Possibility of contact in the past

3, Possibility of contact in the present

4. What does contact mean

Mar 26, 2022
S4 E234 -- Strength To Be Human -- Using Pain in the Creative Process

The presence of pain in our lives can be a fountain of inspiration if we learn to accommodate or navigate its effect on our personality

We talk about physical, emotional and psychological instances in the careers of Michelangelo, Munch, Degas, Matisse, Orwell, Klele, Goya and Kahlo.

Mar 22, 2022
S4 E233: -- Strength To Be Human --- Finding Heroes in a World of Willows

What is a true hero in the modern context??


1. The overused word--- hero

2. What is a real hero

3. Adapting heroic elements to make writing more authentic


Mar 19, 2022
S4 E232: --- Strength To Be Human ---Global Mailbag 2

Another listener-driven show based on emails sent about episodes that sparked interest or debate.

Mar 15, 2022
S4 E231 --Mindspeak -- Creativity in the Age of Dangerous Information

Technology in the 21st century has done little to lessen fear and paranoia in society. 


1. Corruption of Narrative

2,. Corruption of Government

3. When Truth is Not a Goal

4. Being Creative in a Dark World

Feb 05, 2022
S4 E230: Strength To Be Human -- Interview With Eva Wong Nava

An incredibly educational interview with British/Singaporean writer, author, educator Eva Wong Nava

topics include her two books:

Open: A Boy's Wayang Adventure

The House of Little Sisters  (forthcoming Feb 2022)

mental illness


universality of creative themes





Jan 29, 2022
S4 E229: Strength To Be Human -- Journals of Art -- Ariel Chart

A detailed episode outlining Ariel Chart's priorities in writing in the 21st Century.

1. Literary Journal Online

2. Guidelines

3. Art Pics

4. Support of Artists

5. Editors

6. Final Word

Jan 29, 2022
S4 E228: Strength To Be Human -- Agents as Stepping Stones

This episode lays out some of the expectations of agents regarding query letters, guidelines, sample chapters and books in general. 


1. agents -- need

2. agents -- rules

3. agents -- reality

4. agents --- query

5. agents --- rejection

6. agents -- acceptance

Jan 11, 2022
S3 E227: Strength To Be Human -- Interview With Jennifer Brewer

Another wonderful interview segment. This time we have Pushcard Prize Fiction 2021 nominated writer Jennifer Brewer.

Oct 04, 2021
S3 E226: Mindspeak --Puerto Rico

My personal story about Puerto Rico in my life.

Oct 02, 2021
S3 E225: Mindspeak -- History of Pandemics

On this episode we attempt to give a broader historic view of pandemics throughout the ages.  Pro-facts. No politics. Just history and common sense.

Sep 24, 2021
S3 E224: Strength To Be Human -- Interview With Alexandra Goodwin

Alexandra Goodwin is a novelist and poet who formerly lived in Argentina before prejudice and political upheaval made it necessary to emigrate to America. Her story of life, literature, and courage is a shining example for young women, especially, to learn and gain inspiration.

Sep 17, 2021
S3 E223: Mindspeak -- RoboWars -- Send in the Drones

An introduction to the history, usage, and philosophy of UAV's, unmanned aerial vehicles -- drones.

Sep 15, 2021
S3 E222: Mindspeak --- Global Mail Bag

First mail show focusing on the Mindspeak episodes





Anti Semitism

The Italian Character in American Cinema

Sep 08, 2021
S3 E221: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on C.S. Lewis

Tonight we examine fantasy writer / Christian populizer / Irish gentleman, C.S. Lewis



Space Trilogy

WW 1

Family Pact

Chronicles of Narnia

WW 2 -- Broadcasts

Mere Christianity

Surprised by Joy

Late Life Marriage

Death of Wife

Non-Linear Path to Happiness

Sep 05, 2021
S3 E220: Mindspeak: The Global Power That is India

This episode delves into the modern reality of India as as global power in democracy, cultural diversity and bulwark against Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

Sep 01, 2021
S3 E219: Strength To Be Human -- The Italian Character in American Cinema

A brief overview of good and bad messages sent by Italian characters in American cinema. In this episode they talk about:




Jake LaMotta


Robert De Niro

The God Father


Francis Ford Coppola

Aug 29, 2021
S3 E218: Mindspeak ---- The Rise of Antisemitism

In this global Mindspeak episode we will bring to light the serious increase in antisemitism in the world:


United States






Aug 26, 2021
S3 E217: Strength To Be Human --- Interview With Nicole Bird

Fascinating interview with Florida-based writer/poet/educator, Nicole Bird.

Aug 20, 2021
S3 E216: Mindspeak ---Worrying About Taiwan

A serious talk about the dangers of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan and what that will mean for the South China Sea and beyond.

Aug 18, 2021
S3 E215: Mindspeak -- Thoughts on All Things Dune

This episode is on the phenomena called Dune. Its a book, a saga, a movie, a cable treatment, another movie, comic books, action figures, Facebook discussion groups, you name it.


Dune Book

1984 Dune Movie

2000 Cable Dune & Children of Dune

Philosophy of Dune Vs Star Trek

2021 Dune Movie

Script Issues, Casting Issues, Etc.

Aug 10, 2021
S3 E214: Mindspeak --- Leaving Afghanistan

First episode of Mindspeak is a historical and current view of Afghanistan

various tribes / history of division

buddhist & hindu beginnings

alexander the great

intro to islam

russian invasion

taliban / al queda 

american occupation

american withdrawal


Aug 03, 2021
S3 E213: When Dreaming Is Not Enough

In the final of the lengthier literary episodes I make comment on goals, dreams, plans, work ethic and what we care about most.

Jul 30, 2021
S3 E212: Shame and Guilt in the Artist

The subjects of shame and guilt are reviewed in this episode to examine how artists living a dishonest life can produce honest art.



Final Word

Edgar Allan Poe

Stephen Crane

Herman Melville


Jul 27, 2021
S3 E211: Interview With Heather Cooke

Heather Cooke. Canadian writer, wrote the essay "Leaving Us: In Loving Memory of Aaron" and the life and premature death of her only son, Aaron. Leaving Us remained #1 on the Top Reader list for Ariel Chart and became is most read nonfiction published work in the history of the journal. 

May this interview give us strength and courage in the darkest times when the seemingly easy paths are actually the hardest choices. And Love and Sacrifice echo the best of the humanity during the least favorable moments. 

Jul 25, 2021
S3 E210: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Arts

In this episode we will examine forms of PTSD, events and triggers and possible therapies. We will also share some stories of everyday people dealing with trauma and what they did to overcome.

Jul 17, 2021
S3 E209: Mailbag 8 -- Writing as Personal

Another wonderful podcast of inspired listeners asking questions about various shows and topics. Featured are questions on Doubt, Faith and the History of Writing. 

Jul 11, 2021
S3 E208: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Vaclav Havel

Brief reflections and thoughts on the life, works and statesmanship of Czech playwright, poet and President, Vaclav Havel.

Jul 06, 2021
S3 E207: Constructing Lighter Topics With Relevancy in Mind

In one of our more lengthier episodes I tackle the carelessness of positive writing by pointing out how lighter writing need not be boring, cliched or inconsequential. 



Light vs Lightweight

Honest Renditions of Nature

Inner Life and Family

Making Your Subjects Relevant

Jun 25, 2021
S3 E206: Connecting Self By Imbuing Closeness

Writers need to invest themselves in their writing or risk producing distant jumbles lacking life. 



Bridging the Distance

Standing Your Ground

Jun 21, 2021
S3 E205: Thoughts on Submission Tracking and Submittable

A full show on the subject of literary submission tracking:


Submission Tracking

a. do's and don'ts

b. free software

c. paid software

d adapted software

e. paper and pencil




a. it's purpose

b. built in sub tracking

c. discover research magazines

d. do's and don'ts

e. final word


Jun 12, 2021
S3 E204: Context or Reflex: Battle for Truth

In one of our most controversial episodes we take to task writers who instead of being active observers of society become parrots of propaganda and in essence stop being writers. 

Jun 08, 2021
S3 E203: Writing Can Be Eternal

The act and even thought surrounding writing has changed throughout the centuries as we have evolved from papyrus to digital. The following sections outline each major change:


Writing in Stone

Writing in Paper

Writing in Memory

Writing in Vinyl

Writing in Digital

May 31, 2021
S3 E202: Faith Sees Without Eyesight

Faith rounds out the trio of influences on writers (Fear and Doubt being the other two) and we explore in three sections the meaning of faith in writing:

Faith in Creation (Writing) with quote from Antonine de Saint-Exupery

Faith in Communication (Submission) quote from Goethe

Faith in the Human Condition (Humanity) quote from Robert Anthony


May 25, 2021
S3 E201: Doubt Dies of Thirst in a Rain Storm

We tackle the common foe of Doubt in this episode by dividing the show into two parts:


Doubt in Self

Doubt in Writing

May 18, 2021
S3 E200: Fear is Not Your Shepherd

Fear is the eternal enemy of humanity in my opinion. It can effect creativity in various negative ways. Outlined are three areas of concern:


Fear of Family/Friends

Fear of Self

Fear of Art

May 12, 2021
S3 E199: Impatience Leads to Literary Disasters

Impatience is one of the major culprits behind failed writers and bad writing. In the episode we cover:

1 Impatience of Creativity

2. Impatience of Completion

3. Impatience of Publication


May 06, 2021
S3 E198: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Emily Dickinson

another brief examination of a brilliant literary star torn between talent and mental illness.

Apr 30, 2021
S3 E197: Fighting the Superficial to Find the Truth

In the Western World whether its work or family, society or religion, we cling to superficiality and dishonesty as a means of protection but in the end does it move society forward; does it make a better world. In this show we tackle how and why a writer should speak out and help improve life in general.

Apr 24, 2021
S3 E196: Open House -- Literary Questions

New format on 15 literary questions from listeners that are not so tied to past episodes.

Apr 21, 2021
S3 E195: It's About the Words

This is one is sort of like a refresher to help us stay on course and not be diverted by nonwriting silliness of the day. We cover:




time management


Apr 19, 2021
S3 E194: Why Negative Moods Spark Creativity

In this episode we explore how intense dark states of behavior are more responsible for creative work than happier times. 


focal points

funny points

final thoughtd

Apr 16, 2021
S3 E193: Making a Living as a Writer in the 21st Century

We outline all the practical, impractical and difficult paths thrown at a modern day writer. Section include:

1. new world of writing

2. the writer's work ethic

3. publishing

4. marketing

5. final word



Apr 12, 2021
S3 E192: Nostalgia as a Poor Substitute for Memory

In this episode we peek into the roots and dangers of excessive nostalgia in writer's lives. how and when we deal with denial and suppression will decide if we are healthier people and more authentic writers.

Apr 08, 2021
S3 E191: Crash Course on Military Writing

In an effort to help our military members (of all nations) with the important task of writing various reports military style I put together this episode as an useful guide. In it we cover:


1. concise writing/ military editing

2. point paper

3. position paper {food for thought}

4. executive summary

5. military report

Apr 06, 2021
S3 E190: Mystic Chords of Memoir

the memoir has become the fastest growing literary device in the past twenty years. in this episode we delve into some history, a few notable examples and the various themes of memoir like:





Apr 01, 2021
S3 E189: Increasing Your Literary Footprint

Sometimes to be the fullest writer we need to take a step back and look at other forms of creativity. 

a. immerse in nonliterary arts like painting, video editing, music

b. explore other genres of writing -- essay, fiction, poem

c. live open as a writer; not closeted and fearful

d. market your work, your self in every possible way

Mar 25, 2021
S3 E188: Creativity Cannot Be Taught

By sticking with the nuts and bolts of writing too many miss that fact that writing is about heart and soul, it's about risk and it's about living and making connections with yourself, others and the world at large.

Mar 19, 2021
S3 E187: The Transformative Powers of Art

Evidence continues to mount that the arts has a true effect on helping and healing people. In this episode we will reveal some of the finds of:

writing therapy

music therapy

art therapy

And read excerpts from the upcoming book Art That Heals by Pierre Lemarquis (french language only -- for now)


Mar 13, 2021
S3 E186: The Promise and Price of Solitude in Writing

In this episode we examine the positive uses of solitude in various walks of life, the spiritual, the creative and internal quest.

Mar 06, 2021
S3 E185: Mailbag 7 -- Writing as Projection

the first mailbag episode for 2021 and we cover seven episodes our listeners were dutiful to submit emails about.

Feb 28, 2021
S3 E184: Can Machines Create Art?

This evening we explore the fascination with nonhuman machines possibly creating art. Are machines living creatures? What is the definition of Art?

This episode will confront these questions through common sense, established logical, historical foundation and a little help from Emerson, Matisse, Picasso, Merton and Kosinski.

Feb 27, 2021
S3 E183: Writing as a Component of the Grieving Process

One of the most tragic things in a writer's life is the death of a loved one. This episode shines a light on how to move forward in a healthy and dignified manner. 


Feb 20, 2021
S3 E182: Planning Your First Poetry Book

In this episode i provide a basic primer and some tips for putting together your first poetry book.

book size

poetry balance

table of contents


acknowledgements page

author page


the value of getting a book review



Feb 14, 2021
S3 E181: Ailments and the Arts

The grave challenge of mental illness has darkened the arts over the centuries; yet other ailments such as asthma, TB, blindness, STD's and others have plagued artists throughout the centuries. We explore this and the backdrop of determination, faith and a lifelong habit of ritual and routine.

Feb 10, 2021
S3 E180: The Loss of Passion and Imagination in the 21st Century

In this episode we explore the decline of passion and imagination in our society and lives and how this came to be and how maybe we can reverse it. 

Segments include:

convenience of society

luxury of technology

decline of values in principles, philosophies and religious faith

civil conduct -- speed of marriage, access to sex, etc.

Feb 03, 2021
S3 E179: Overview of the Writing World

This episode is positioned to be a primer or refresher for writers embarking on a new year of creativity. Some of the topics covered involve: guidelines, submissions, journals, interviews, reviews, covid, zoom, and politics.


Jan 29, 2021
S3 E178: Interview With Jack Henry

First interview of 2021 brings the show to the creative shores of poet & editor (1870 & Heroin Love Songs) -- California-based Jack Henry.

Jan 19, 2021
S3 E177: Dream as a Muse

Dreams have been with humanity since the beginning of time. And since earliest recorded history dreams served as a escape value to people in search of answers in a complex world. 

Jan 14, 2021
S3 E176: The Art of the Book Review

This episode is more or less my avante garde practice of book review and my melding of the act with my philosophy of more writers willing to review and help other writers.

Jan 10, 2021
S3 E175: Audio Literary Memoir III: Podcast Behind the Scenes

In this episode I chat about life and preparation behind the scenes of an average recorded literary podcast.

You can leave feedback for future mailbag episodes @


Jan 05, 2021
S2 E174: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Maya Angelou

in the final episode for 2020 we go to the inspirational and lovely poet Maya Angelou, a full and rich life of a young black girl who went from abused child to presidential poet. 


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Dec 31, 2020
S2 E173: The Case Against Conformity

This episode is more like a friendly warning against various forces that seek to steal our voice because they are intellectually or morally lazy to question their own. Below are the segment titles for the show:

1. Family

2. Religion

3. Society


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Dec 24, 2020
S2 E172: Germinal Joust -- Writing as Pledge

In the third installment we focus on four writers who made the internal pledge to write and publish a major work meant to warn or possibly change the world.


Alexandr Solzhenitstyn -- The Gulag Archipelago

Elie Wiesel -- Night

George Orwell -- `1984

Sun Tzu -- The Art of War


Dec 21, 2020
S2 E171: Germinal Joust -- Writing as Passion

In the second installment of Germinal Joust, we explore projects meant for singular passion and often sole works of incredible but often tragic literary figures.

Anna Sewell -- Black Beauty

Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights

John Kennedy Toole -- A Confederacy of Dunes

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa -- The Leopard

Sylvia Plath -- The Bell Jar

Margaret Mitchell --- Gone With the Wind

J.D. Salinger -- Catcher in the Rye

Ross Lockridge Jr. --Raintree County

Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man

Boris Pasternak -- Doctor Zhivago

Harper Lee --- To Kill a Mockingbird 

Dec 17, 2020
S2 E170: Germinal Joust -- Writing as Priority

In this three part writing series Germinal Joust will show how different functions and phrases of writing exist in creativity.

called vs adopted --natural and produced talent

time management -- making writing a priority

notes as a valuable creative tool

rituals as devices for comfort and building confidence



Dec 13, 2020
S2 E169: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Gene Roddenberry

Back again with the spotlight series and this one on the visionary sci-fi tv writer and legend Gene Roddenberry


Comments about this episode can be left at the address below and will be used in the upcoming mailbag episode.





Dec 09, 2020
S2 E168: Writing During Political Imprisonment

On this episode we will discuss the various writers and writings of people either imprisoned for their beliefs and writing from jail or imprisoned for their writings. 

Paul the Apostle

Martin Luther King

O. Henry

Henry David Thoreau

Marco Polo

Vaclav Havel

Marquis de Sade

Oscar Wilde

Nelson Mandela

Dec 05, 2020
S2 E167: Mailbag VI: The World Speaks

In the final mailbag episode of 2020, we showcase more voices from the international community commenting on various episodes.

Nov 27, 2020
S2 E166: The Mirror and the Window -- A Discussion on Self

An instructive episode of where Self, healthy or otherwise, fits into the creative equation of our lives.

1. Solitiude -- Selfishness

2. Attitude -- Narcissism

3. Platitude -- Achieving Balance 

Nov 21, 2020
S2 E165: Interview with Bombfire Lit -- Editors Leann Denman & Rich Boucher

In a first this show will interview editors of a literary magazine (Bombfire Lit)

about their publication, editorship, flash fiction and poetry.



Nov 19, 2020
S2 E164: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on John Ashbery

This episode briefs discusses the American avarde garde poetry master John Ashbery.

Nov 17, 2020
S2 E163: The Female Gender in Writing

This episode focuses on the accomplishments of women in writing:


George Sand

George Eliot

Mary Shelley

Anna Akhmatova

Simone de Beauvoir

Isabel Allende

Nov 14, 2020
S2 E162: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Octavio Paz

Classic Spotlight brings us some thoughts and poems from Nobel Prize winning Mexican poet and writer Octavio Paz


The Man

The Artist

The Meaning

Nov 08, 2020
S2 E161: Writing During War Time

In this episode we review examples of writing during war time and how depending on station in life, period of time or particular war -- the thoughts and details change to reflect interesting commentary

war writing intro

US Civil War -- letter

WWI -- war godmothers

WWII -- letter

Vietnam -- letter

Writers famous for wartime writing Rod Serling, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Ernest Hemingway, Irene Nemirovsky

Nov 05, 2020
S2 E160: Interview With Steve Lang

in this episode we have a fascinating discussion with Scottish poet Steve Lang about sonnets, writing, creativity in the corona age and more.

Nov 02, 2020
S2 E159: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Edgar Allan Poe II (Terror & Temperament)

In this second 'bookend' episode we explore Edgar Allan Poe's demons and ideas about creativity. His self-sabotaging events were a major factor in his suffering.

Oct 30, 2020
S2 E158: Possible Futures of Writing

Another grounded episode on a topic I hear alot about by writing: does writing have a future? What will that future look like? I attempt to answer a few of this questions in a manner I many might find unusual. 

Oct 26, 2020
S2 E157: Audio Literary Memoir II

In this second installment annually produced I delve into what i have been doing as a writer, especially in this particularly challenging time of Covid, and try to make it relatable on the show to others who might be working or dealing with similiar issues.

Oct 22, 2020
S2 E156: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Rod Serling

In perhaps my most personal voyage into a writer I explore all that was social and creative in the astounding teleplay, screenplay writer Rod Serling.

We cover in this episode: depression, twilight zone, creativity, planet of the apes and the meaning of prejudice as a root of global calamity.

Oct 17, 2020
S2 E155: Mailbag V: 2020 in a Nutshell

In the final mailbag episode in a rough and uncertain year, 2020, we go through some of the email about show and about the journal, Ariel Chart.


Covered are the following topics:

Fantasy in Writing

Keeping a Journal

Dark Side of Guilt




Evil Words

Creativity and Mental Illness




Oct 12, 2020
S2 E154: The Creation of Concrete Minimalism

In one of the most unique episode STBH explores Mark Antony Rossi's innovation micro-writing style (fiction & nonfiction) "Concrete Minimalism."

Intro to Innovation

Fiction Passages

  Philosophy of Rent  

  Waiting Room Madness

  Tampa Bay Tantrum

   I Will Melt the Robots the First Chance I Get



Nonfiction Passages

World Peace Through Intimacy

Modern Forces and the Meaningful Metaphor

Book Review -- Sun and Moon -- Michel Weatherall

Book Review -- Wonderful Wasteland and other natural disasters --

                         Elido La Torre Lagares





Oct 10, 2020
S2 E153: The Performance of Spoken Word

In this episode we briefly examine the good and bad of spoken word poetry. 

Light Side -- test run one's material before an audience

Dark Side -- forget about print and then get forgotten -- yourself

Notes:  post-covid world might have less eating establishments, no movie theatres and folks less willing to be community-oriented, spoken word might need to learn to adapt to a new reality

Oct 05, 2020
S2 E152: An Afternoon With Michel Weatherall

In our 2nd conversation I speak with Canada's, Michel Weatherall, novelist, poet and publisher about his projects, his press, his marketing and his interesting take on anthologies and promoting literary projects in the age of Covid.

Oct 02, 2020
S2 E151: Identity, Integrity and Creative Cohesion in the Arts

In the final episode for September 2020 we delve into the meat and marrow of what constitutes identity, how it is lost, how it is gained, how it is maintained and how large a role it plays in the creative life of an artist.

Sep 27, 2020
S2 E150: Keeping a Journal, Jiving a Memory

STBH brings another facet of creativity by encouraging the practice of journaling. In this episode we cover:


1. Informal Journaling (collected note-taking)

2. Formal Journaling (in actual journal with extensive commentary)

3. Notes on Notes

Sep 25, 2020
S2 E149: Toying With Tangents -- Fantasy in Writing

The last in the series takes us to Fantasy, in this episode we will talk about some of the greats and classics in fantasy novelization:


JRR Tolkien -- The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

C.S. Lewis -- Chronicles of Narnia

Ursula K. Le Guin --- Tales of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness



Sep 21, 2020
S2 E148: The Dark Side of Guilt, Pride and Perfection in the Art World

By outlining and speaking to some of the major contributing factors to a writer's creative funk we seek to lessen the negative impact and therefore help restore productivity and a sense of belonging once more.


Guilt -- parental, martial, sexual, racial


Pride -- the insistence of living off resume, geography or culture instead of hard work and good faith. This path often steers towards arrogance.


Perfection:  really more of a fantasy that insists on control but actually becomes less secure and more paranoid. 

Sep 19, 2020
S2 E147: Navigating World Travel in Literary Writing

How much is too much of a subject matter for writing? Well, you guessed it, traveling and trying to incorporate the experience can be a test of writing skills or of one of patience.  In this show we cover three subtopics:

1. Shading: travel locale sprinkling through writing

2. Detail: Full blown detail oriented writing on a event, locale, geography etc, that merits more substance.

3. Overblown: when we attempt to fill all we write with foreign names, locales, events, cute phrase, unknown sayings and start losing focus on the writing and disconnecting from the reader.

Sep 14, 2020
S2 E146: How Evil Words Reduce Civil Behavior

In perhaps one of the most controversial of podcasts on word usage we delve deeply into hateful words that have no place in our writing or lives.

Gender --- B-word

Sexuality -- lesbian --- lesbo, dyke

                   gay --- fairy, queer, faggot, homo, pansy, sissy

                  transgender -- tranny, he/she

Disability --- retard, gimp

Race -- N-Word

            intro -- evil word should not be used by anyone

           n-word rap music, authentic theories, taking back word theories

           mark twain, dick gregory, luke cage, remember the titans, atlanta


Sep 12, 2020
S2 E145: The Value of Creative Writing Coaches & Courses

Lately this form of creative instruction, due to Covid, has migrated more than ever to online, Skype and even Zoom. Less in class personal instruction is taking place but in this episode I will address both Coaches & Courses.

Pros & Cons (individually & comparison modeling)

seeking references, understanding impact of assignments

creative goals, writing exercises and "homework"

Managing Expectations --

What is self awareness, self definition and self instruction


Sep 07, 2020
S2 E144: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Charles Bukowski

More listeners have requested a show on Bukowski than any other literary figure in history. Even Poe. In this extended episode of plus ninety minutes I will explore in an artistic manner what Bukowski was as a person, a persona, a writer and possibly a philosopher. It should reveal some new facts, new viewpoints and help demystify a seemingly dysfunctional countercultural icon and celebrity.

Sep 03, 2020
S2 E143: The Art of This Podcast: Behind the Broadcast

In one of the more unique episodes we answer emails on how and why this podcast exists and how it may be different from other literary or artistic endeavors. In this episode we cover questions:

On how compose interesting titles

Whether show is from top of head or more structured

The sources of many of its ideas

Why show not as formally polished as others in the medium


The subject breakdown is as follows




constructing the show

improvisation mixed with structured thought frame

injecting the personal to lend more humanity into topics


Sep 01, 2020
S2 E142: The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness

There's been an overwhelming feeling in the artistic community for centuries that "madness" or what we now call mental illness plays a pivotal role in the lives of creative individuals.

Drawing from the latest studies on this question from the US, UK, India and Denmark as well as anecdotal evidence and famous artistic quotes I will attempt to bring us closer to understanding what the creative experience means inside and outside of mental troubles.

introductory statement

section 1 -- known science on the subject

section 2 --- various theories on the subject

section 3 -- my thoughts on the subject

closing comments




Aug 29, 2020
S2 E141: The Long Road of Lost Potential

On the heels of another military veteran suicide, I figure best to speak about the distractions and detours that can cause people to begin that long road of lost potential.

Aug 26, 2020
S2 E140: Toying With Tangents -- Science Fiction in Writing

In the long overdue followup to the toying with tangents series, this episode explains the deeper significance of science fiction in writing.


We Cover:


poetry & fiction

novelization with recurring themes of ethics, humanity, artificial intelligence, philosophy and religion.

authors: asimov, bradbury, clarke, verne, 

shows: star trek, babylon 5

movies: star wars, ET, 


Aug 23, 2020
S2 E139: Interview with Tammy Smith

In another informative interview we discuss art therapy and writing with New Jersey-based licensed clinical social worker and writer Tammy Smith.

We cover the following topics:


Art Therapy

Writing in Medicine

Writing as Therapy





Aug 22, 2020
S2 E138: Finding Your Voice as a Writer

In this in-depth episode we explore the facets of finding your writing voice in a complex and often contradictory society. There are three parts:


Your Voice -- the daily voice

Writer Voice -- the new language you craft through drafting

Artist Voice -- the type of writer you wish to be

Aug 17, 2020
S2 E137: The Agent in the Writing Process

This hour long show will cover the basics of how and when you should employ an agent for writing. 


Novel Genre




Aug 13, 2020
S2 E136: The Morality of Money in the Arts

In this lengthy episode we explore the good, non-art, and bad parts of money in the arts. Can an artist or writer make a living? Should an artist or writer want to make a living doing art? These and other questions and factors are discussed:


Editors for Hire

Vanity Presses

Submission Fees

Contest Fees

Stage Rental Fees



Aug 08, 2020
S2 E135: Mailbags, Windbags and Sandbags

This is the fourth in the series of podcasts sharing emails sent from listeners or readers in conjunction with the show or the art journal Ariel Chart.

Aug 05, 2020
S2 E134: Guidelines as Gifts for Writers

In this episode I discuss the possibility of using guidelines as inspirational gifts to writers.  Basic research and a positive outlook make a major difference for those who successfully publish versus those who blindly submit without rhyme or reason.


Jul 23, 2020
S2 E133: Grounding and the Role of Gravity in Writing

Did you ever notice in your writing or writing in general that positive themes were not as well written as darker toned material? I believe there is a perceptional even emotional problem with one's worldview that causes this unhealthy imbalance. 

Jun 26, 2020
S2 E132: Philosophy of an Artist

Have you ever thought about a philosophy for your writing? Is a philosophy necessary to be an artist in the 21st century? These and many other questions along this line is discussed and possibly answered in this episode.

Jun 19, 2020
S2 E131: Art as a Defense Against Madness

The true value of art is measured in how it can reveal, restore and revolutionize matters in our lives and in the world.


1. Art as Therapeutic Medicine Against Depression

"Art is a line around your thoughts" --- Gustav Klimt


2. Transcending Bad Behavior Through Art

"I shut my eyes in order to see." ---- Paul Gaugin


3. Art Informs the Human Condition / Human Condition Major Catalyst for Art

"Creativity takes courage."  Henri Matisse

Jun 17, 2020
S2 E130: An Evening With Donald Dean Mace

In the second interview with Arizona-based poet/writer Donald Dean Mace, we pivot into an evening event with a reciting of his popular essay "The Romance Writer" which speaks about the overlooked romanticism school of thinking and writing. From Poe to Hawthorne this philosophy brought the world a more realistic offering of viewpoint,

Jun 12, 2020
S2 E129: Character in a Writer

This episode will focus on positive or negative personal traits in writers that help or hurt their writing efforts. The "character" or core personality is key to translating internal thoughts into literary works and communicating those to an editor and audience. 

We will touch upon:

cover letters, short bios with balance priority, dangers of waiting, having a basic creative plan, and practicing what you write.


Jun 09, 2020
S2 E128: Fundamentals of Poetry Composition

This episode allows us to revisit the fundamentals of poetry composition necessary to construct viable poems in the modern era.

1. Titles Matter

2. Structure and Flow

3. The Beginning

4. The Ending

Jun 06, 2020
S2 E127: Alcohol in the Arts

From the ancient days of Egypt, Greece and Roman to the Bible stories, Renaissance period of art & idea expansion to the modern writer -- alcohol has played a major role in the arts. In this episode we will explore the good and bad of this phenomena.

May 24, 2020
S2 E126: Metal Future -- Interview With James Curl -- Biographer of Dio & Dokken

Welcome back folks to another exciting rock episode of Metal Future. On this episode we are honored to have as a guest, rock biographer, James Curl whose has completed the first biography of both Ronnie James Dio (ex Rainbow, ex Black Sabbath, solo singer and lead singer for Heaven and Hell) and the incredible metal band Dokken.

May 18, 2020
S2 E125: Self as an Obstacle

Self as an Obstacle deals with the ups and downs of the creative world which are already a challenge, but the burden increases with artists who allow themselves to be the greatest threat to their success. Are we our worst enemy? Do history and perception and personal shortcomings ruin our chances to be better artists?

May 10, 2020
S2 E124: Interview With Ethan Goffman

Welcome to another interview with an interesting creative artist, Ethan Goffman is a poet, a teacher and author of "Words For Things Left Unsaid" released by Kelsay Books. He is also a podcast host of a literary and environmental matters "Poetry and Planet" on

Apr 24, 2020
S2 E123: Creativity in Coronaville

In this episode we tackle some interesting topics within the context of the crisis.                                  

1. When Pushing the Envelope is Too Far

2. When Editors Allow or Have to Reign in Writers from Going Too Far

3. Creativity in Coronaville --should we all write something on the crisis just to be "relevant"?

Apr 23, 2020
S2 E122: Peculiar Instruments -- Animals as Characters

In the final installment of the Peculiar Instrument series, I explore animals as characters used in literature to not only entertain but to enlighten. The animal characters of Aslan. Moby Dick, Hedwig, Charlotte and many more are explored.

Apr 08, 2020
S2 E121: Art in the Age of Corona

Tonight we discuss Art in the Age of Corona. We converse about current events as related to the corona crisis as well as art past and present during epidemics and how it often changes the course of society's outlook on religion, faith, recovery, death and the afterlife.

Mar 29, 2020
S2 E120: Interview With Michael Griffith

In this in-depth episode I interview New Jersey-based poet, author and writing instructor Michael Griffith on the merits of editorship, authorship and deeper thoughts about literary writing.

Mar 25, 2020
S2 E119: Peculiar Instruments: Ghosts as Characters

In the second installment of Peculiar Instruments we explore how ghostly figures and events are used as characters to illustrate or perhaps voice certain things to heighten a story or transform into a catalyst to complete the plot.

Mar 23, 2020
S2 E118: Interview With Linda Imbler

This episode brings us back full circle with Kansas-based (but Texas born) poet and fiction writer Linda Imbler. She was my first interview for the podcast in Jan 2019. In this segment Linda will speak out her past, present and future writing projects as well as her moments in the writing life.

Mar 15, 2020
S2 E117: Toying With Tangents -- Horror in Writing

This new series Toying With Tangents will explore Horror writings from Bloch, Poe, Jackson, King, Barker, Blatty, Shelly, Stoker and Wells. In the weeks ahead we will explore Fantasy and Science Fiction too.

Mar 14, 2020
S2 E115: Grumpy Grammar Grapefruit

Time to have some fun with grammar and those who grump about it like the world is ending. Let's worry about the coronavirus; not the comma-virus. 

Mar 03, 2020
S2 E114: Interview with Phyllis Dodge

Welcome back to the interview segment of the show. Phyllis Dodge is our next interview subject. She is a novelist and her novel "Why" takes an unique view on military veterans and all they must contend with on and off duty. 

Feb 29, 2020
S2 E113: Metal Future ---Are Concerts Worth Going to Anymore?

We discuss the timely subject of music concerts in the late 21st century. Are they worth going to anymore? The lip syncing, the expense, the age, the health, the sound, the half the band is dead or kicked out -- why is this experience still a draw?

Feb 24, 2020
S2 E112: Peculiar Instruments -- Houses as Characters

In this first installment of the Peculiar Instruments Series -- Houses as Characters play a vital role for artists to create a compelling atmosphere, metaphoric setting or special voice that often is best done by a nonperson.

Feb 22, 2020
S2 E111: Transitions in Writing (Style/Genre/Theme)

In this multi-faceted episode and we discuss various transitions in writing that many writers begin to face when they decide to creatively stretch and try something new.

1. Style --- somber to humor, humor to nonfiction, etc.

2. Genre -- poetry to fiction, fiction to nonfiction, etc.

3. Theme -- how to prepare to submit to publications requiring a theme



Feb 12, 2020
S2 E110: Demons --Real or Imagined in Artists

In this episode we will revisit depression and the demons it can bring in the arts by speaking about various famous examples in Art, Music, Dance and Writing. From Edvard Munch to Anne Sexton depression has been a malady in creative endeavors for centuries.

Feb 10, 2020
S2 E109: Question the Quiet -- Selected Writings

The basic arrangement of a book project is discussed as well as background information to the various pieces narrated for the show. It's a complete backview of how to put together a collection to benefit the audience and the author.



Feb 06, 2020
S2 E108: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Jack London

The first Classic Spotlight for the year 2020 focuses on the famous adventure writer Jack London (Call of the Wild, White Fang). We explore his outdoorsmen spirit, political viewpoints and dark side.

Feb 01, 2020
S2 E107: Our Literary Influences

We are chatting about the literary figures that influenced us throughout our lives. There's a few you might share and others will be new and surprising.

Jan 29, 2020
S2 E106: Metal Future -- Reflections on Rush

Metal Future is proud to present a first in this year's continual series of reflections on great bands that went into retirement. The first is Canadian progressive rock power trio Rush. Also a few notes on their incredible drummer Neil Peart who died recently of brain cancer.

Jan 27, 2020
S2 E105: Essentials For An Independent Author

The freedom from being an independent author is an incredible responsibility and a noble gift. I outline briefly on the show my three A's -- Attitude - Attention - Advertise as a method to help focus writers on becoming the best their talents can offer humanity.

Jan 23, 2020
S2 E104: Digital Culture and Modern Literature

In this episode we discuss the positive and negative impact digital culture has had on modern literature.

Jan 17, 2020
S2 E103: Mailbag III

The third episode in the email questions from listener series and the first for the year 2020. Thanks for the compliments and inquiries. Nice to hear some music questions as well.

Jan 13, 2020
S2 E102: Emotional Turbulence and the Writing Process

Emotions like any other vital element of writing needs to be regulated through organization and discipline to allow the writing to not be overtaken in the moment. We strive above all else to create enduring Art. Let us not allow our humanity to stray too far into the chaos that can be this complex world.

Jan 08, 2020
S2 E101: Suspect Language

The deliberate use of deceptive language by governments, corporations or renowned institutions are a direct threat to Democracy. A far greater danger than ditzy politicians who come and go like bad pastries. Suspect language stays in the system, in the minds of average citizens who do no bother to question what is heard or change what they see. Orwell warned us the first signs of a dictatorship is its invasion of language.

Jan 06, 2020
S1 E100: Classic Spotlight -- Thoughts on O.Henry

This milestone episode (#100, yeah) is the last of the Classic Spotlight Series for 2019. Tonight we shine a light on the enduring short story writer William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry. We will discuss his stories, motivations, social life, criminal convictions and acute eye for humanity and presenting humane situations full of hope and love.

Dec 30, 2019
S1 E99: Metal Future -- Rock Bands Retired, Retiring and UnRetired

In the last metal future episode of 2019, we explore the phenomena of bands who claim retirement only to come back in a few or two for more glory, more money and more health issues. We must face the fact, even if they don't, that people in the 60's and 70's running around the stage and living from a suitcase is not only impractical it might be unhealthy. Is it mind over matter? Or just move over and make some more money? You decide.

Dec 24, 2019
S1 E98: Writing to Affect Change

In the library of substantial writing comes a category often overlooked and quite ironic in origin. The writing from decidedly nonwriters composed and delivered to affect change. We outline a few historic examples of major social change using writing such as Martin Luther, Thomas Paine, Martin Luther King Jr., and Vaclav Havel. And some personal examples of "local" writing to test corporate products, city governments, shoddy restaurants, etc. 

Dec 21, 2019
S1 E97: Interview with Lynn Long

in the final interview for Year 2019, the show welcomes Lynn Long (also known on FB as "Luna Deity") who is a wonderfully positive poet dedicated to exploring the lighter side of the nature, love and the world. Lynn shares her philosophy, her books and her work on a perfectly fitting setting where I truly appreciate this approach to balance the darker subjects Strength To Be Human can often tackle.

Dec 15, 2019
S1 E96: Interview With Catherine Shields

A riveting literary interview with Florida-based fiction writer Catherine Shields. Her short story "My Phantom Ovaries" was published in June of 2019 and remains in the top ten reads of the international online journal Ariel Chart. She was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize for Fiction by that same publication.

Dec 13, 2019
S1 E95: Vision vs Delusion & Mailbag 2

In the last Guest Haus episode of the year 2019, we explore the writer syndrome that makes writers lose their path by forgetting the precepts of Art. For a the 2nd segment we answer a few questions each in the second edition of Mailbag.  

Dec 11, 2019
S1 E94: The Mechanics of Muse: What is Discipline

In the third and final installment of The Mechanics of Muse, Discipline is redefined becoming much more than robotic gestures and slick time management but rather a mental toughness, emotional maturity and personal honesty that allows a creator to firmly evaluate their path of a regular basis.

Dec 07, 2019
S1 E93: Flaws of Our Heroes / Writer's Burnout

Last Guest Haus Editon for the calendar year 2019 and we dive into deep waters (what's new) and discuss the flaws of our heroes, the influences of the imperfect and the enviable burnout that happens to writers, especially to editors who are usually juggling a few things at the same time. As always John brings his humor and insight to make this a special episode.

Dec 04, 2019
S1 E92: Classic Spotlight -- Thoughts on Clive Barker

Another visit to the classics, in this case, a modern classic, Clive Barker, one of the first of many (I hope) that bring a literary flare to horror writing. We will discuss his Books of Blood, movies Hellraiser and Nightbreed and the joint interview book he did with Stephen King.

Dec 01, 2019
S1 E91: The Mechanics of Muse -- What is Perseverance

The second installment in the series called the Mechanics of Muse describes the essential ingredient to propel talent into creative entities capable of carrying our metaphor, mask or message to the world. 

Nov 27, 2019
S1 E90: Vanity Insanity

The episode I have been meaning to record for some time. As the title suggests the act of vanity is an act of insanity. Hopefully, this show will bring you from the brink and help restore your path onto righteous writing and ethical conduct.

Nov 24, 2019
S1 E89: The Mechanics of Muse: What is Talent

This new series to ride out the rest of the year will focus on Talent, Perseverance and Discipline. In this episode is broken down in two groups, Born and Made. We will discuss the ups and downs of both situations and explore how talent is powerful but fleeting (kinda like love) and what we can do to keep it an essential part of our human essence.

Nov 20, 2019
S1 E88: Metal Future-- Interview with Trey Saucillo

Spend the next hour with Texas-based rocker musician, songwriter and studio wizard Trey Saucillo. He will speak in detail about recording, the industry, his projects and the quest to Art, Self and the World in his music.

Nov 12, 2019
S1 E87: Rewriting and the Road to Renewal

At the very heart of writing is Rewriting. We put together a few steps to help create a process for rewriting that will inspire writers to engage rewriting and find renewal and ultimately success.

Nov 09, 2019
S1 E86: Interview with Michelle Young

STBH proudly welcomes to the interview segment, Canadian novelist and poet Michelle Young.

Nov 06, 2019
S1 E85: Illuminated Path Series -- Segment 3 -- Ingredients to Make a Writer

In the final segment of the illuminated path series we learn about the major parts of building a writer through Organization, Work Ethic and Maturity.

Nov 04, 2019
S1 E84: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Harlan Ellison

In the continuation of our Classic Spotlight series, we select sci-fi master writer Harlan Ellison. An early civil rights supporter, Ellison fought Hollywood, publishers, even other writers to set legal precedent in the protection of copyrights for film, tv, print and digital arenas.

Nov 01, 2019
S1 E83: Interview With Alexander P Garza

Welcome back to the Interview segment of the show. In this episode we have a riveting conversation with Texas-based artist, poet and educator Alexander P. Garza.

Oct 30, 2019
S1 E82: Personal vs. Persona

Today's in-depth episode we discuss writing from a personal perspective versus writing using a persona. What are the differences? Is this design or accident? The plus and minuses of each approach.

Oct 27, 2019
S1 E81: Fear and Faith in Writing

The twin factors of Fear and Faith intertwine our existence like speeding atoms smashing the invisible world. How we curtain and harness these forces may very well shape our destinies as writers and perhaps as productive human beings.

Oct 24, 2019
S1 E80: The Personality of Prose

There is a certain signature each writer puts out by design or accident that helps frame who they are as writers and perhaps who they are as storytellers in the eyes of the reader. This episode expands upon this theory with some facts, quotes and stories to help us learn more about our own writing and how we may be viewed in the world at large.

Oct 21, 2019
S2 E79: Candor and Communication in an Age of Denial

This is bound to be controversial only in the sense that too many folks are not used to talking straight or hearing things without code language, metaphors or euphemisms. Candor has been given a back seat in the age of understanding. But what is understood if decisions are made through fear and self-censorship defeats bold thinking and new ideas? As writers we should be cutting through this fog of frailty and speaking firmly to help make the world a better place. 

Oct 17, 2019
S1 E78: Healthy Habits and Heavenly Writing

A fun episode reminding writers about eating and living more healthy. Health often plays a major role in writing from an energy standpoint. Hard to type up a novel or compose a poem when you are exhausted, in pain or breathing like a drunk dragon. 

Oct 15, 2019
S1 E77: Illuminated Path Series -- Segment 2 -- Understanding Publishing

In the second installment of the Series, I delve into the bigger picture of where Publishing was, is and might be going forward. 

Oct 09, 2019
S1 E76: Technology and the Arts

On this episode I have a brief chat about technology and how it has transformed the arts in general and writing in particular. There is now more freedom to go about writing than ever before in the history of the world. 

Oct 07, 2019
S1 E75: Mailbag ( Lit Mag & Podcast )

In this unique episode I address comments and questions posed to my international literary journal Ariel Chart and the literary podcast Strength To Be Human. A few topics include the recent "controversy" over bio's that surfaced on Facebook, to basic responsibilities of the writer and the editor. Also we name Ariel Chart's six nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize and a sneak peek at October's offerings.

Oct 02, 2019
S1 E74: Tales of a Podcaster

We discuss in this guest haus episode some of the trials and triumphs of podcasting the literary life.

Sep 30, 2019
S1 E73: Classic Spotlight --- Thoughts on Octavia Butler

Classic Spotlight series brings us the incredible African-American female science fiction pioneer Octavia Butler.

Sep 26, 2019
S1 E72: The Rituals of Writing

Do you ever wonder what habits other writer's have in the making of their work? The rituals of writing whether they consist of daily word counts, weekly prayers or monthly rewrites are often positive habits we need to put our selves at a stable and creative mood. 

Sep 23, 2019
S1 E71: Interview With Jasmine Ajamian

The podcast welcomes children's author, Jasmine Ajamian, who discusses her new book.

Sep 18, 2019
S1 E70: Illuminated Path Series: Segment 1 -- Basic Marketing For Authors

In this special extended series (clocking in at nearly 2 hours) segment 1: deals with preparation an author needs to get done to position themselves and their book for the best possible outcome: publication.

Discussed:  Author Websites

                  Social Media Marketing

                  Direct & Passive Networking


                  Publishing Expectations & Contracts


Sep 16, 2019
S1 E69: Literary Criticism and Editorship

Another outstanding episode of Guest Haus, we speak at length about the need for literary criticism and the joys and pitfalls of being an editor of an artistic publication.

Sep 12, 2019
S1 E68: Interview With Michel Weatherall

Another fascinating interview episode, this time with Award-winning Canadian poet Michel Weatherall. We talk about the state of writing, artists and marketing and behind the scenes of his newest project Sun & Moon.

Sep 09, 2019
S1 E67: Interview With Agnes Vojta

Strength To Be Human welcomes our first literary interview of the month of September: Agnes Vojta ---poet, professor and rock climber. We will discuss her life, poetry and first poetry book.

Sep 04, 2019
S1 E66: Metal Future -- Thoughts on Metal's Future & Interview with Chris Bishop of Crobot

On this metal future episode we have a brief monologue on metal's future and then a short interview with talented guitarist Chris Bishop of the metal band Crobot.

Sep 02, 2019
S1 E65: The Heaven and Hell of Social Media

The guest haus gang discuss the wide ranging topic of social media with commentary on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Aug 27, 2019
S1 E64: Classic Spotlight -- Thoughts on Shirley Jackson

Classic Spotlight this month focuses on the great horror writer & novelist Shirley Jackson.

Aug 26, 2019
S1 E63: Writing and Identity

Issues surrounding identity can have serious consequences for the state of the mind of the writer and the eventual literary output. In this episode we explore three types.

Aug 21, 2019
S1 E62: Interview w/Donald Dean Mace

This episode contains the enormously interesting and talented Arizona writer and poet Donald Dean Mace.

Aug 18, 2019
S1 E61: Metal Future -- Top 5 Music Categories and Metal Stories

We discuss and debate their top 5 metal lists of guitarists, vocalists, albums, concept albums, plus we share our metal stories of musicians we have met over the years.

Aug 14, 2019
S1 E60: The Making of a Magazine

Two editors discuss the behind scenes work of putting together and running a small press literary publication.

Aug 11, 2019
S1 E59: Death, Divorce and Dysfunction in Writing

The three "D's" in most of the writing i read these days. In this episode we will examine Death, Divorce and Dysfunction in Writing.

Aug 07, 2019
S1 E58: Q & A for Mark

In this unique episode Mark has gathered questions from the listening audience for the past few months and now will answer them.

Aug 05, 2019
S1 E57: Classic Spotlight --- Thoughts on James Baldwin

Our next focus is on African-American novelist, playwright and social critic James Baldwin. 

Jul 31, 2019
S1 E56: The Inside & Out of Writing Groups

In this long awaited episode I discuss the good and not so good aspects of being part of a formal writing group.

Jul 29, 2019
S1 E55: Writing is Fire Series --- What is Writing

The final installment of the Writing is Fire Series launches into the many facets of writing, internal and external to show how vital, noble and powerful it can become.

Jul 24, 2019