Vince Shuta: Engineer, Writer and Raconteur
2015 Holy Cross Chicken Barbecue: Shuta Multimedia Vlog Episode 137
Thanks again to everyone who made the Chicken BBQ such a success, providing the crucial elements needed for any Church Chicken Barbecue Event. (Or CCBE if you're into acronyms.)
Music by John Quinn
2015 Steamtown to Olyphant and Queen City Nights: Shuta Multimedia Vlog Episode 136
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July 11, 2015, The cameras of Shuta multimedia took the train ride from Scranton, Pa to Olyphant, PA, on another Steamtown Excursion. This led to another walking tour of Olyphant featuring John Sedlak Jr.,Lauren Telep, Councilman Jerry Tully, Jay Luke, Patrick Marcinko III, Father Nestor Iwasiw, and The Very Reverend Paul Schellback. Plus we get some insights from people who took the tour.
From there we head to Olyphant Queen City Nights, with interviews with Carol from Main Street Bagel, The one and only Gail Bosak, Russen's Sports Bar, The Mattadore, Lolly-Chops from Reaper's Revenge, and The Bonyard Boyz.
Music by the Fallen.
If you're ready for a deep dive into Olyphant, check this video out! For more info, check out the links below.
When Last We Left the Tales of the Black Knight
When last we left the “Tales of the Black Knight,” the first book was going to be subtitled “The Orphan’s Search” and I was in the process of shopping it around to editors and agents. I found an agent who, while she didn’t deal with sci-fi, had a boss who did. She gave me some very excellent feedback about what needed to change before she would pass my work along to that agent.
One of the things that was requested was changing the perspective to first person, which involved a lot of re-writing. By this point I had been working on it for about 8 years. I realized I wasn’t particularly happy with the last few re-writes—especially the last one, in which I tried to incorporate everything I’d picked up at the last writer’s conference in a hurry. Some of the mistakes that got to the agent made it obvious I could no longer read the book I had written. I needed to step back.
So I took a break. The book was frozen in my mind like ice, and I had to let it melt so I could work with it again.
Now I’m ready to start in earnest, with potentially bigger changes than the perspective shift. For instance:
These are just some of the things I’m considering as I go forward. I think I’ve got as much reading to do as I do writing. But I’m going to take my time with it. I think before this I started rushing the process trying to get published. Once it was obviously impossible to accomplish within a certain time-line, I lost some of my motivation.
I’ve got to go back to where writing is a fun thing that I want to do all the time.
I think I’m moving in the right direction.
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