Index To Monthly Aspectarian Review Columns
Previous entries in this 4-skills integration series are:
For 20 years, I did a monthly review column for a magazine published on paper.
You will find links to the relevant ones below.
Paper magazines have a deadline that is absolute. It is journalism. What isn't done by this exact minute does not get printed. Turning in your column has to be done in advance, in some cases 6 months in advance, of the "send to the printer" deadline. And the columns must be of an exact (to the character) fixed length.
Over years, the amount of space alotted to your words may change as more advertising is necessary to pay the bills. Yes, your words are filler between ads -- just as with fiction.
The words are a commodity you sell by the column-inch.
Over years, the space allotted to my column went down as the price of paper, printing, and trucking (the price of gasoline) went UP and the number of advertisers willing to pay to reach the readership went up.
So I got more money per word, but the crafting of the column became harder.
I went to doing series of columns, as I've been doing on this blog -- numbering the parts.
I resigned from that magazine when it changed ownership, figuring 20 years was enough.
The Magazine was slanted to the New Age Community, so all my columns address Seekers on the Path and compare spiritual lessons that can be gleaned from Science Fiction and Fantasy novel reading.
Many of these columns, and the books they discuss, the ideas these sets of books have in common with one another, and especially the themes pertain to this series of columns on Theme-Plot-Character-Worldbuilding Integration.
Here is a list of links to my Columns that I think are particularly relevant.
The main index page to all 20 years worth of monthly columns is
Click a year and scroll down that year-index to see the books reviewed by Month. The title of the column reflects what those books have in common with each other, often a theme that the author probably was not aware of illustrating.
Ideas (themes) come from "the air" -- from the Group Mind you are tied into. Your Ideas also affect that Group Mind. So it matters which Groups you choose to join. A Group is your readership, bound together by an interest in a theme.
Many of the column series I wrote run for 4-6 months in installments, so I'm giving the year index as the link. Scroll down watching the books that appear under particular column titles.
You can navigate years using the year links across the top of each page. On each year-index page, there are links to the month-columns on the left.
You can also find a month's column by clicking on the month-link in the left column of the table. On many years, the title of the column is a link to the column. Click on the books to find most of them on Amazon. If Amazon fails, try Abe Books.
Oh, and yes, I have read every word (not skimmed) of every book discussed in these columns. I did not review every book I read, but I read every book I reviewed. That rule also pertains to the Review blogs I do here.
Review Column Links
All columns year-index
Years and Individual Columns pertaining to this 4-skill integration discussion.
This set of review columns focuses on explaining Neptune, Saturn and Mercury as used by fiction writers. Scroll down the index to note the novels that illustrate that.
Note the series titled THE SOUL TIME HYPOTHESIS (about how the Soul enters the level we call Reality via the dimension of TIME) - and how that is handled in fiction.
Scroll down over the books in the columns titled Formulating Decisions
Also note the series indexed on this page titled Pluto: Melodrama Unleashed and note the books given as examples.
Here is a series on Government I wrote in 1994:
Art and Government
Television, Power and Government
Might, Right, Art And Government
And more on the topic of Government in October 2010
The Science of Magic, Part IV: Governing The City
The Science of Magic, Part V: Scalability
The Science of Magic: Part VI: Defining Peace
Poetic Justice: The Fragile Universe
Karma of World Prominence
Over the years, my focus and depth of knowledge on these topics has grown, changed, and moved -- and do keep in mind that magazine is for a narrow audience.
We will be drawing on this old material as the platform to develop some newer ideas.
Whole publishing imprints are constructed around narrow themes -- delivering to a very specific readership the exact discussion they are looking for.