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Focussing a Multicultural Memoir (ghostwritten)

Started Mar 2, 2013 0 Replies

Hello all,I'm currently ghostwriting the memoir of a friend who  was a dissident under the Shah and Khomeini regimes in  Iran.  Currently I'm in the "writing vast amounts of information as she…Continue

How focused of a multi-cultural memoir need to be?

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Hello all,I'm currently ghostwriting the memoir of a friend who  was a dissident under the Shah and Khomeini regimes in  Iran.  Currently I'm in the "writing vast amounts of information as she…Continue

Submitted novel

Started Jan 25, 2011 0 Replies

I stayed up until midnight on January 23, because the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award opened on 12:01 am on the 24th.  I was too wired to sleep afterwards.  Someone offered me help on my "pitch" at…Continue

Any She-writers who know Japanese out there?

Started this discussion. Last reply by L. A. Howard Apr 14, 2011. 6 Replies

A character in my novel is obsessed with high-end Japanese anime.  I am looking for the Japanese translation of "whatever" in the sense it is used by young people when they are annoyed or…Continue


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"I knew that your name was familiar--it comes up in my CodePink e-mails. I am (I hope) getting out of another cycle of depression and I can't do that if I'm not working on a novel. People have always talked said, "You know, if you…"
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"For those of you with completed novels, there's a PitchWars contest going on right now at http://www.brenda-drake.com/2013/11/pitch-wars-mentor-wishlist-blog... "For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where…"
Nov 20, 2013
Kathleen Kern replied to the discussion 'Find your fellow SheWriters on Twitter' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"For those of you who are interested, I've started a twitter account devoted exclusively to my fake novel pitches: https://twitter.com/FakeNovelPitch (It started as offshoot of #pitchmadness--#fakepitmad.  I turned out to be much better at…"
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Aug 24, 2013
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"BTW, for those NOT following me on Twitter, until midnight to night you can pitch your completed novel in 35 words or less on #pitchmadness.  See details at http://brenleedrake.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/pitch-madness-submission-rules-and.html…"
Aug 24, 2013

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Who I am:
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Amazon.com Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Kern/e/B001KIPLAA
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:

* Novel, Where Such Unmaking Reigns, selected as finalist in Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize contest 2001, won Peacewriting Award from Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology, 2003.

* When It Hurts to Live, Faith and Life Press, 1994
* We Are the Pharisees, Herald Press, 1995.
* In Harms Way: A History of Christian Peacemaker Teams, Cascade Books, 2009
* As Resident Aliens: Christian Peacemaker Teams in the West Bank, 1995-2005, Cascade Books, 2010

Book Chapters

• “From Haiti to Hebron with a Brief Stop in Washington, DC,” From the Ground Up: Mennonite Contributions to International Peacebuilding. Eds. Cynthia Sampson and John Paul Lederach. Oxford University Press, 2000.

• “The Human Cost of Cheap Cellphones,” A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption. Ed. Steven Hiatt. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007

• “Christus Victor and the Preoccupation with the Concrete in the Work of Christian Peacemaker Teams,” The Work of Jesus Christ in Anabaptist Perspective: Essays in Honor of J. Denny Weaver, eds. Alain Epp Weaver and Gerald J. Mast. Cascadia Publishing House, 2008.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Mostly, but not exclusively, faith-based publications
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
My professional associations:
Christian Peacemaker Teams
I found out about She Writes from:
Poets and Writers

Kathleen Kern's Blog

The Zimmerman verdict on a mother’s face (from KathleenKern.net)

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 11:13am 0 Comments

The Zimmerman verdict on a mother’s face

One of my husband’s former coworkers shares a birthday with him, so we go out to dinner with his family every year in July. They are usually stimulating, fun occasions. Jake and…


Seth Rogen’s This is the End vs. Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind featuring Jesus as Godzilla

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Seth Rogen’s This is the End vs. Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind featuring Jesus as Godzilla

July 12, 2013 in Kathleen Kern Author

This-is-the-End-Film-Poster I recently saw the movie This is the End with my husband…


July 4th, 5th visits with my Mom: laughter, tears, and a bacon massacre

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July 9, 2013 in Kathleen Kern Author

 I made the 400 mile trip to Ohio again over July 4. One of the things that came clear to me…


Minerd Reunion, Blood+, and what it means to be a family

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Last week I was asked to give a presentation on “Legacy” at a family reunion. My stepmother’s family reunion. Yes, I thought it was a little odd at first, but Mark Miner asked me because writing is a form of legacy and I have an extensive list of publications. I was on a panel with…


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At 3:10pm on August 16, 2012, Petrea Burchard said…

Hi Kathleen,

I can take a look at a script to make sure (it's been a while). Will have to look in the files in the garage and I'll do that later today. But if memory serves, mostly what we had to do was match our vocals with the mouth movements of the on-screen characters. The Japanese actors who originally voiced the characters would not have done it the same way; they would voice the characters, then the final facial details would be drawn to match them. But when you're dubbing you are adding something "after the fact," and you must match what's already there.

Our scripts were first translated into English, then they had to be completely rewritten because some Japanese expressions don't work in English at all. Then they had to be rewritten again, to match the on screen mouth movements. "Come! Sit!" might have to change to "Come over here and sit down," for example. This duty, thankfully, wasn't mine.

When it came to battle scenes, grunting, saying "hmm," murmuring, etc., we were just trying to match what the characters were doing on screen. Later today I'll check my scripts to make sure, but that's what I recall.

I don't know if other anime series do it this way.

At 7:49am on August 16, 2012, Petrea Burchard said…

Hi Kathleen, so nice to meet you.

I'm not sure about the wonky noise you ask about. If it's not a vocal noise it could be a number of things. Sound studios have access to complete libraries of sound effects, from music to crickets to gunfire. The libraries used to be entirely on CDs (in the 1990s, when I was recording the Tenchi Muyo episodes) but now they're mostly online. The engineer can access any kind of sound and insert it into a recording without leaving his chair. I assume that if your story includes anime it's set somewhere between the early 1990s and now, so it would be either CD or online (as opposed to live or tape). The change to online would have been made earlier in a more progressive, wealthier studio and later in a studio that's struggling. (I wouldn't be surprised if some still use the CDs).

I hope that answers your question but if not, let me know. I'm in the studio every week and I can ask the engineers whatever you need to know. A couple of them have been around for a long time and they love to talk about this stuff. (So do I!)

At 9:45am on August 6, 2012, Zetta Brown said…

Hi Kathleen,

I understand what you mean. That's why it's so important to take time before sending something out. Taking several days between editing rounds to let things cool really helps. When I get to the point where I can't find anything wrong, that's when I know it's time for someone else to check it. :)

At 5:19pm on June 21, 2010, Kamy Wicoff said…
Hi there -- just wanted to drop by your page and invite you personally (or at least virtually) to our first-ever She Writes Washington D.C. meetup, celebrating our first-anniversary! We are so grateful to the event's organizer, Ananda Leeke, for taking a risk and stepping up to host. I hope you will support her and bring yourself and other women who write (no need for them to be members) to the Washington D.C. gathering. At the meetup writers will take part in the She Writes "Book Communion," where attendees arrive with one book, their own or another She Writers', new or gently used, and leave with another book as a meaningfully way to support one another's work. We will also be blowing out a candle and making a wish for our upcoming writing year -- along with She Writers gathering in 16 cities around the country. I hope you will be part of this historic (well, at least kind of cool) occasion, and RSVP now to Ananda here.
At 9:12am on March 2, 2010, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Welcome to the Novelist – Struggling or Not group, Kathleen. You might jump in by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion.

At 5:14pm on February 27, 2010, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Welcome to She Writes, Kathleen, from a fellow Bellwether Prize finalist! Hope you’ll enjoy the conversation here. Love to have you join us in the Novelists – Struggling or Not group.

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator


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