Friday, September 8, 2017

Create A Hurricane & Wildfire Evacuation Kit for Your Family

Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places with significant risk of hurricanes, flooding, or other disasters like the wild fires in California. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save our families and ourselves. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims?


The Family GoStayKit www.gostaykit.org provides a cost effective way of storing personal/medical information in case you are asked to leave your residence, or shelter-in-place in the event of a natural, or human-caused disaster. This emergency preparedness resiliency tool is also a necessity for vulnerable populations, seniors, families, or anyone wishing to have their personal/medical information at their fingertips.

Its waterproof pages contain (stored in plastic pouches) copies of important documents needed by medical professionals to diagnose and treat you. It also has personalized I.D. bands to help identify you and your belongings during an evacuation; HELP/OK door hangers, your pet’s information, Red Cross shelter intake forms, a window decal and refrigerator magnet so that first responders know you have a Go Stay Kit in your home, and a list of emergency supplies to have on hand, just in case.

The FAMILY GO|STAY|KIT contains—all in one place—vital personal data and copies of important documents needed by emergency responders and shelter intake workers, in case of a natural disaster or medical emergency. It’ll help caregivers and medical professionals assist those who are in need, by allowing them on-the-spot access to vital information that’ll help guide treatment.

The waterproof GO|STAY|KIT™ is the ultimate tool that’ll help vulnerable populations in a medical emergency or natural disaster like the #California #wildfires maintain control over their personal medical information.

Order the kit today from Amazon and be prepared.

To order the Family GO|STAY|KIT in bulk for your organization, contact

Steven S. Wood
Executive Director
GO|STAY|KIT “The Ultimate Emergency Preparedness Kit”
steve@gostaykit.org
(541) 210-6094


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Soul Rider, Facing Fear and Finding Redemption on a Harley

SOUL RIDER

Facing Fear and Finding Redemption on a Harley

By Carolyn Fox

Praise for Soul Rider

“In this inspiring memoir, Fox takes every woman who has longed
to reconnect intimately with herself on an unbelievable ride.”
—Dawn Thompson, Portland Women Writers

“Soul Rider is a lesson in how stepping out of your comfort zone
and conquering your fear can lead you to the life that you are meant
to live.”
 —Annette White, author of Bucket List Adventures: 10 Incredible
Journeys to Experience Before You Die

“Fox was one of the first women in modern history to venture out
on her motorcycle on a (mid)life-changing solo journey. Her stories
of freedom and liberation will inspire others to do the same for
generations to come.”
 —Genevieve Schmitt, founder/editor of WomenRidersNow.com

This is the story of a woman who went on an incredible journey. Carolyn Fox was a single mother and lawyer haunted with grief and secrets, and facing her fiftieth birthday. She decided to change her life by facing her fears: she bought a Harley, packed it with a sleeping bag and tent, and set out to ride through all fifty states—alone! Soul Rider:

About the Author
Carolyn Fox started law school at forty-one, learned to ride a motorcycle at age forty-six, and obtained her private pilot license at sixty. She has also worked as a private investigator and served as a grant writer to help fund nonprofit organizations. She resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

 “Many people wrestle with their demons all their lives. . . . Her story is a road map to those stuck in
life and needing a lift.”
—Bill Johnson, author of A Story Is a Promise & the Spirit of Storytelling

“Fox’s drive is inspiring and her prose beautiful.”
—Ali Shaw, executive editor, Indigo Editing & Publications

Available on Amazon

Friday, June 9, 2017

Visibility and Book Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7:00pm - 8:00pm


Lake Oswego Public Library
706 4th St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


With over 800 books per day published in the US alone, publicity for small press books has never been more necessary...and more difficult.


The goal of "Visibility and Book Sales: Marketing Your Small Press Book" is to provide writers of all genres with the necessary tools, money saving techniques, and networking skills to market their books with maximum effectiveness. Topics include: creating a cohesive business strategy, utilizing traditional and social media, giving readings and other methods of selling books, balancing your marketing budget, and thinking outside the box to find your fans.


John Sibley Williams works as Marketing Director of Portland publisher Inkwater Press and as a small press literary agent, successfully representing dozens of emerging authors. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections. A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of various national awards, John has spent the past six years helping authors navigate the complex worlds of traditional and self-publishing. He lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit him at https://johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com/.


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. The library is located at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Fawn Dabrowiak at 503-675-3995 or fdabrowiak@ci.oswego.or.us.



For more information, visit: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/visibility-and-book-sales-marketing-your-small-press-book.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The True Cost of Heavenly Birth Insurance Performed in England

Bill Johnson's play The True Cost of Heavenly Birth Insurance is being performed in England http://www.thecliffhangercompany.com/mixed-doubles.html


We're back with a brand new
MIXED DOUBLES II
April 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
at 8pm at the Coach House, Rottingdean
Tickets at MadWax on the High St. or online at ticketsource.co.uk/mdr on sale from April 5

This set of five fabulous plays are:
THE CAR IS GONE... by Scott Mullen
THE TRUE COST OF HEAVENLY BIRTH INSURANCE
... by Bill Johnson
SCRIPTED... by Mark Harvey Levine
ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCIENCE... by CJ Ehrlich
JOY RIDE...by Christine Foster

 

 

 

 



Monday, March 13, 2017

Creating Mythic Characters, Notes on Guardians of the Galaxy


Creating large than life characters in part means giving characters larger than life goals. Guardians of the Galaxy became hugely successful in part because of the spectacle and humor, but also because it's a well told story with clearly dramatically defined characters.

The film starts with a boy, Peter Quill, in a hospital waiting room nervously holding a cassette player playing some early 70's music. His grandfather comes out and wants him to see his dying mother; he is clearly reluctant. When she asks him to take her hand, he refuses, and she dies.

This will haunt Peter for the rest of the film. The audience is allowed to share and experience this moment.

The scene shifts to 26 years later and the now young man sets down on a mysterious moon with a scanner that shows him the inhabitants in the past. He plays some music from his 70's mix tape. He tracks down an orb and manages to escape with it while being chased and fired on.

He tells his pursuers his name is Star Lord.

It's a visually exciting scene, but it comes after introducing Peter and his central issue.

Peter gets a call from his criminal boss who kidnapped him from earth as a boy, who now wants the orb.

This raises a question that plays out through the film, will the boss get the orb? And another question, why did the boss kidnap a young Peter from earth and protect him?

Ronan, a brutal, crazed religious leader of a race called the Kree, wants the orb and sends out Gamora to retrieve it; she's a green-skinned young woman assassin.

The scene shifts to a planet called Xander, where a bounty-hunting raccoon named Rocket and an intelligent tree-like character named Groot have spotted Peter and want to collect on his bounty. Peter tries to cash in the orb, but when he mentions it's going to Ronan, he's turned away.

What follows is everyone trying to get their hands on the orb and everyone finally being arrested and sent to prison.

The question now, who will survive (the assassin Gamora is hated by many prisoners), and how will they escape?

These questions give shape to the next section of the story.

When a muscle-bound brute named the Destroyer tries to kill Gamora, Peter intervenes and saves her life.

Ronan, in turn, seeks the orb for another brutal leader, Thantos.

The wise-cracking Rocket plans and kinda executes a prison escape with Groot's help.

Peter realizes his mix-tape is not with his belongings, so he prolongs the escape to retrieve it.

It turns out Peter still has the unopened present from his mother on his space ship.

This helps the audience to stay in touch with Peter's wound.

Ronan and his followers are on their trail.

Gamora asks Peter why he would risk his life for his mix tape. It turns out his mother gave it to him, and it has her favorite songs.

The group meets with the Collector. He explains that the orb contains an infinity stone, which can be used to destroy an entire world.

A slave girl tries to hold the stone, setting off an explosion. The group now needs to get the orb to some aliens who can contain its power and not allow it to be used by Ronan to destroy the planet Xander.

Now the film has another simple question, can they get this orb to a place of safe keeping?

Possibly, until the Destroyer has called Ronan to the scene just as Peter's boss arrives. The Destroyer wants to kill Ronan to avenge the death of his wife and child

Mayhem ensure.

Ronan gets the orb, and Peter allows himself to be captured by his old boss to save Gamora.

Once in captivity, Peter appeals to his group as losers, those who have all lost family and normal lives, to "not run away" as Peter did as a child and help others.

Again, the audience knows what Peter is speaking about.

Rocket states the obvious, that Peter is asking them to die to help others.

The question of whether they can regain the stone now gives structure to this part of the film.

The group come up with a plan to attack Ronan and regain the infinity stone. They gain access to Ronan's ship.

Someone finally refers to Peter as Star Lord.

The audience knows what this means for Peter. It's another small point carefully fulfilled.

On the ship, mayhem ensues.

The group reaches Ronan, but their main weapon fails to defeat Ronan as long as he holds the infinity stone.

Rocket, the seemingly self-centered raccoon, appears to sacrifice himself to defeat Ronan.

As Ronan's ship is crashing, Groot envelopes the others in a protective ball of limbs, but this will kill Groot.

All the movie, Groot has had one line, "I am Groot." Now he says, "We are Groot."

We hear music play from Peter's mix tape.

And it turns out that Ronan survives and if he touches the planet with the infinity stone, it will destroy this world.

Now the question becomes, can Ronan be stopped?

Note that every section of the film has a simple plot question that allows the audience to assign meaning to the action.

Peter gets his hand on the stone and as he is being destroyed, Gamora asks that he take her hand. Peter sees his mother holding out her hand. As Peter takes Gamora's hand they are joined by the Destroyer and Rocket, and by joining together they are able to destroy Ronan.

Peter's boss then shows up and demands the orb, and Peter gives him a fake orb.

Peter mentions to Gamora that the boss was the only family he had left, but she answers that is not true. He has a new family now.

The Destroyer sits with Rocket, who mourns over a small twig of Groot.

It turns out Peter could hold the infinity stone because he's only half human, that his father was not.

This raises a major question that can be resolved in a sequel.

Peter returns to his shop and the unopened present and card from his mother. She wrote  that he is the 'light of her life' and "my little Star Lord."

Which, considering who Peter's father might be, has a new meaning.

Her final gift to him was another mix tape, Awesome Songs volume 2, which he immediately plugs in and listens to with Gamora.

With Peter piloting his ship and Rocket with a newly coming to life baby Groot, the ship lifts off into the sky for a  new adventure.

For all the action and spectacle and humor, this is a heart-felt story about family. It was hugely successful for a reason.


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To learn about the craft of storytelling, check out my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling, available on Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook. It includes a meditation technique that can be used to speak to story characters.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I Am Light

A young man drops out of college in a state of exhaustion and comes home to find his apartment burned to ashes. He adopts the mantra I am light to try and create a new life for himself. If he can avoid his old life rising from the ashes at his feet. 

Available on #Amazon #Kindle .99 

https://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Light-BILL-JOHNSON-ebook/dp/B06XCKV388/