Historical Division: Uncovering the Underworld by Brian McKinley

Tracing history can be hard when the subjects didn’t want to be traced…. 😈

Mystery Thriller Week

UNCOVERING THE UNDERWORLD

When I began planning my historic gangster vampire novel Drawing Dead, I knew that I was in for a lot of research. However, what surprised me was the amount of digging and sifting through contradictory information I had to do. I’d always been interested in the gangsters of the 1920s and 30s, and I thought I had a fairly solid grip on the major figures of the period.

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Vampire Syndrome is now available at Wal-Mart

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Jack-Wendell-s-Vampire-Syndrome-Book-1-in-the-Vampire-Syndrome-Saga/53628570

Shakespeare? Yes, We Can!

Coach Ron Pepper: “Don’t worry about the things you can’t do. A champion is the best at what they can do.”
College degrees, owning their own businesses, symphony musicians, Shakespearean acting.
People with Down Syndrome can do it all!

Exploring the Mind of Mickey

Source: Exploring the Mind of Mickey

Danger: female violinist at work

This woman can… play!

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Here’s the lovely Nicola Benedetti. It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when many people were disgusted at the sight of a woman playing the violin. As one writer (in The Girls’ Own Indoor Book, attempting to reassure teenage girls in the 1880s) says

I have also in former days known girls of whom it was darkly hinted that they played the violin, as it might be said that they smoked big cigars, or enjoyed the sport of rat-catching.

By the end of the century, those former days appeared long gone. Violin-playing was deemed ‘lady-like’, if not a suitable job for a woman – when Henry Wood, the visionary director of Queen’s Hall Orchestra and the man behind the Proms, hired six female string players in 1913 he was right to take great pride in his action, but, sadly, other orchestras did not follow suit.

So…

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DRAWING DEAD BOOK TRAILER

I especially love this book trailer’s music!

The Ravings of a Sick Mind

Here it is! The awesome new trailer from  http://onlineservices4authors.org/

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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An Open Letter to People Magazine

GREAT letter, Jason. All vacuous celebrity-worshipping asidw, it most troubles me when media just repeat the views of an organization like Autism Speaks, without bothering to do any background investigation.
One of the driving messages of my Vampire Syndrom Saga is how differently abled people can benefit our world.

Aspie Catholic

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Image Description: A boy is kneeling and has blue masking tape and wears a necklace with the autism neurodiversity symbol on it. Next to him is Suzanne Wright, the head of Autism Speaks. She has an unkind expression and is saying “They’re voiceless, the poor things.” Credit is Idrawhumans.

To Whom it May Concern,
First of all, I never read your magazine. Celebrity gossip doesn’t interest me. However, when I saw one of your articles for your July 1, 2015 issue, I had to respond.
Autism Speaks is “Crusading” Against autism? How dare you? Do you realize what you are implying? A crusade is a holy war. You are implying that autism is akin to cancer. Like Suzanne Wright, the head of Autism Speaks–who you interviewed, you are saying that autistic people like myself are better off dead. Do you seriously believe that a person who is diagnosed with autism…

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