J. Michael Straczynski
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About J. Michael Straczynski
J. Michael Staczynski was born in Paterson, NJ in 1954, from a lower-middle-class blue-collar family that moved 21 times in his first 18 years. He began writing in earnest and selling at the age of 17 and hasn't stopped since. He graduated San Diego State University with degrees in Psychology and Sociology.
As a journalist, he has written over 500 published articles for such periodicals as The Los Anglees Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Writer's Digest, San Diego Magazine, the San Diego and Los Angeles Reader and TIME, Inc. He has also published numerous short stories in Amazing Science Fiction Magazine, Pulphouse, and various anthologies.
As a television writer and producer, he has written over 300 produced episodes, including work on The New Twilight Zone and Murder She Wrote. He also wrote, created and produced the series Babylon 5, Crusade, Jeremiah and most recently, Sense8 for Netflix.
Moving from TV to film, he wrote Changeling (directed by Clint Eastwood), Ninja Assassin (produced by the Wachowskis), provided the story for Thor (directed by Kenneth Branagh), wrote Underworld 4 (starring Kate Beckinsale), and has written numerous other films that are currently slated for production.
He has won the Hugo Award (twice), the Saturn Award, the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, the Space Frontier Foundation award, the Ray Bradbury Award, the Christopher Award, and over a dozen others.
He was also nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his screenplay for Changeling.
He writes ten hours a day, every day, and he likes it a lot.
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Young Clark Kent continues his journey toward becoming the World's Greatest Super Hero, but finds dealing with humanity to be a bigger challenge than he ever imagined! From a ruthless dictator to a new love interest who's NOT Lois Lane, things are never easy for this emerging Man of Steel.
And the worst is yet to come, in the form of a man-monster with an insatiable appetite, the Parasite! The only thing that might appease his hunger is The Last Son of Kryptonian! But that will also mean he will have Superman's powers without his conscience, and Kal-El cannot come anywhere near him, even though he has to stop him!
Just one chance... That's all Peter Parker has to win back Mary Jane Watson, the love of his life. Tired of playing second fiddle, to Peter's heroic responsibilities as Spider-Man, Mary Jane left him for a new life in Los Angeles. Now, she's back in New York -- for one night only -- and Peter has the chance to make things right. But when Spider-Man becomes embroiled in a battle against the child-abducting menace called the Shade, the opportunity slips from his desperate grasp. Or does it? With Aunt May in tow, Peter heads west for one last try at redemption. In California, the unexpected appearance of Doctor Octopus draws Spider-Man into a grudge match between the tentacled terror and a mysterious upstart armed with Otto Octavius's own mechanical appendages. Caught in the crossfire, Peter faces a gut-wrenching choice: pursuing a normal life with Mary Jane or donning his costume to save innocent civilians at risk. Stood up once again, will Mary Jane turn her back on the hero for good?
J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr. introduce an enigmatic stranger who will forever change the way Peter Parker views himself...and the origins of his amazing alter ego! Plus, the web-slinger struggles with the most horrific tragedy ever to befall his city: the events of Sept. 11. Then, for years, Peter Parker kept his heroic double identity a guarded secret from his beloved Aunt May. Now that she's finally learned the truth, how will May react to the shocking revelation? Plus: On a trip to California, Spider-Man takes on his classic foe, Doctor Octopus!
New York Times bestselling author and British Academy Award nominee J. Michael Straczynski knew he wanted to be a writer ever since he was a child. What he didn't know was how to actually become, or stay, a writer.
Now, he's giving fellow writers the comprehensive guide he wishes he had all along, personalized tips and techniques that can't be found in any other book on writing.
Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer culls from Straczynski's more than thirty years of experience writing for film, television, books, and comics. Designed for writers in any stage of their career, this quirky, insightful and often humorous book provides an inside look at these industries with advice and wisdom covering such topics such as:
• What fledgling writers need to know to improve and sell their work—and avoid wasting valuable time
• Tips for experienced writers who want to get to the next level
• Staying disciplined when writing is your day job
• Why writers should never wait for inspiration
• Story-planning strategies that don't kill your spontaneity
• Expert techniques for effective, memorable world-building
• How to get an agent and survive the writer's journey in more personal relationships
• Revising and editing with precision
• When and how to reinvent yourself as an artist
Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer includes Straczynski's unique, tried-and-true methodologies that will help storytellers sharpen their work so that it's polished and ready for publication. Part toolbox and part survival guide, this book will be an indispensable guide throughout your entire writing career, offering fresh and practical insights every step of the way.