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Exclusive: Ron Oden Interviewed by Author Michael Thompkins

by Michael 1/2/2010 12:02:00 PM

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Ron Oden is an American, openly gay politician. In November 2003, he was elected the mayor of Palm Springs, California after serving eight years on its city council. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and holds two Masters degrees, but stepped away from the church shortly before entering politics [1].He is the father of two daughters, Brooke and Brittany. He is also the grandfather of two granddaughters and one grandson. [2] In June 2006, he lost in the Democratic primary for a seat in the California State Assembly by less than 100 votes."

Ron is a friend of mine. We both enjoy a good talk, so the first week in September, as summer grew to a close in Palm Springs, we finally sat down at my condo in Palm Springs and did the interview we had been talking about for several years. In the final moments of the hour, I realized how much I admired and respected Ron for his honesty,courage,and service to Palm Springs. 

-Michael 

 

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Podcast of Southern California Writer's Conference Opening Night Workshop on Shrinking Character Part I- How Psychology Can Help You Write Character

by Michael 1/1/2010 6:40:00 AM

The podcast from the opening night of Southern California Writer's Conference San Diego SCWCSD#23 is here: downloadable to your desktop. If you didn't attend the conference and want to learn what we covered in the opening night workshop, Shrinking Character-How Psychology Can Help You Write Character simply download the Windows Media File to your computer desktop and it will automatically play for you. (Or save it for later viewing.) The podcast covers my introduction to Shrinking Character: the various maps of character and other helpful resources that psychology has to offer both the rookie and veteran writer of fiction and non-fiction in their quest to create exciting and believable characters. A second podcast in May will cover the Saturday workshop Part II where I discuss the various maps in depth and work with various character developments issues from student projects. Enjoy and, as always, leave your comments.

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