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The Author's View
Marcus Dino

A. The Clock

Inside my house what to I take a picture of but a clock. A clock represents time. How much time does it take a person to do a task, such as write a book? We are slaves to time. “I need extra time to do this.”” I don't have enough time to complete this task.” “I cannot afford to be late to work or even miss work.” As an author when I get writer's block sometimes I look at that clock and think of all the time I 'wasted' trying to write an important scene or even a conclusion to a story. The clock is also like a motivational tool. “You need to make an effort to finish that book or script or short story in a certain amount of time,” it tells me. 150 years ago Charles Dickens perhaps while living in London looked at 'Big Ben' when he wrote Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. 200 years from now a futuristic author perhaps will look at a futuristic watch that would be surgically implanted into his arm like in a movie I saw recently and being a writer I can only imagine how sophisticated future surgery will be. The bottom line is time and will be forever a guide in decisions we make in our daily lives.

B. The Tree

Outside my house I take a picture of my amazing tree in front of my house As you probably hear there is a terrible drought out here in California. Because of water restrictions we can only water outside several times a week. Yet as we can see from the picture, the tree looks amazingly green, beautiful, and strong looking. This tree represents growth and doesn't let a severe drought from stopping it grow. I see the same thing as a writer. I can't let what someone else things or writer's block from stopping me 'grow' as a writer. That tree has a determination to survive just as a writer I have the same determination to keep on writing.

"Fulfill your destiny Fifi, as you wander through the Wilderness," Goth her spirit guide tells her....

Marcus Dino's latest book 'Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul', an anthology like it's smash hit predecessor, 'Diary of a Mad Gen Yer.' has 21st century actress/heroine Cheryl 'Fifi' Larouche coming back outrageous as ever introducing new 'Silly Stories,' 'Silly Poems,' and 'Silly Blogs', plus an added new twist using the world of Twitter, Fifi's 'Silly Tweets.'

'Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul' is third in a series of 'Fifi's stories following Marcus Dino's top ten Amazon Bestseller 'Diary of a Mad Gen Yer' in addition to his original Hollywood novel 'Fifi.'

Many of the major characters from Mr. Dino's two earlier book are back in 'Evolved Soul' including Fifi's boyfriend Biff, her obstinate father Charles, and her two alien friends from the planet Zatoris, Alocki and Helos. In addition there are some very interesting new characters in 'Evolved Soul' including a long dead Englishman who said he knew great literary figures such as Dickens and Keats called 'The 200 Year Old Great Writer,' and two entities who say they are 'Fifi's Spirit Guides' Goth and Au.

Both Goth and Au write very inspirational blogs that convey a strong message in the 'Blogs' section of 'Evolved Soul.'

'Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul' is both humorous and inspirational and like it's two predecessors will entertain the reader from beginning to end.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Excerpt from 'A Midsummer Night's Silliness'


This is a night when strange demons and vampires arrive to doth try to steal the soul of the innocent…Tonight oh Neptune after the party we shall call the Royal Apothecary who will doth conduct a potient out of bat wings and garlic and the tongues of TV talk show hosts and politicians and other vile and smelly things…And whoever I praytell drinks of this potient will scare off all evil souls and who ever drinks of this potient will be strong as anyone who drinketh such foul and smelly stuff would have to be strong…and crazy…Now.. Come my good king and my subjects let us now go to the party at the palace to intake in wine and merriment….

(Image of Ghost from Hamlet appears)


What noblest of misfortunes that hath cursed my son Hamlet partakes thou fair Queen? I praytell that I shalt make amends for my son to be of assistance to thee…My son Hamlet at times hath not believed in me…I praytell thou noblest of Queens believe in me as I was once King Denmark…


I hath no misfortune oh Ghost of the King of Denmark…I praytell that thou may get into the minds of casting directors of good theater and good movies and good TV shows of which there are so few in 2012 and convince them of my acting abilities…Now Ghost of the King of Denmark a place where they doth are well known for changing men into women and women into men I doth praytell thou join us at the palace for an evening of wine, song, and merriment….

Marcus Dino has always wanted to be a fiction writer as long as he can remember. Living in Southern California plus his being a die hard movie buff has led him to write stories dealing with the struggles and conquests of heroic up and coming Hollywood actress Cheryl 'Fifi' Larouche.

Practical Advice from an Evolved Soul is an anthology and inspirational book and is Mr. Dino's third 'Fifi' series book. His first book, Hollywood novel Fifi was first published in 2003. His second book in ebook format, Diary of a Mad Gen Yer, an anthology and Amazon best seller in it's category, was published in 2009.

Mr. Dino has a Masters degrees in Education and Engineering and is a graduate of Chapman University. He has a distinguished career as an electronics engineer working for several Aerospace companies and also as a mathematics teacher in Los Angeles area schools. He currently resides in Santa Maria, California.


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I enjoyed the excerpt - thanks for sharing!
Rita said…
Great excerpt, thank you.
Catherine Lee said…
Interesting post today with your clock and your tree!
Betty Woodrum said…
I enjoyed the Author's View and I enjoyed learning about you and your book! Thank you for sharing!