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Jay Antani

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Jay Antani is a lifelong lover of stories, both the personal and the fantastic. He came to writing by way of film studies, commercial illustration, and film journalism. After receiving his MFA from USC, Jay published “The Leaving of Things” (Lake Union, 2014), an award-winning coming-of-age saga about finding one’s voice in a world of clashing and competing cultures. “Edge of Light” is a total departure, a YA sci-fi adventure set against the backdrop of war, environmental collapse, and a possible alien pandemic. As a fan of alien invasion stories, adventurous journeys, and conspiratorial thrillers, “Edge of Light” packs in everything Jay loves about the sci-fi genre while continuing his exploration of such themes as friendship, loyalty, and ...more

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Jay Antani The fact that you're aspiring means there's a voice that's craving to be heard. Everyone has that voice within them, eager to be expressed in whatever…moreThe fact that you're aspiring means there's a voice that's craving to be heard. Everyone has that voice within them, eager to be expressed in whatever ways the individual has the talent for. All I can say is: Heed the voice, take workshops, start with the forms you gravitate to, learn others, learn the craft by practice, read works by your favorite writers and be inspired. After all that learning and practice, if the voice still calls, you're probably good to go. Now you just put everything aside and write. Take no prisoners. (less)
Jay Antani By the examples set for me by my favorite authors and by my writing teachers. I like reading works by South Asian authors like Jhumpa Lahiri, Chitra D…moreBy the examples set for me by my favorite authors and by my writing teachers. I like reading works by South Asian authors like Jhumpa Lahiri, Chitra Divakaruni, Arvind Adiga and Suketu Mehta along with my writing mentors Janet Fitch and Gina Nahai. They are all inspirational. Simply reading their words energizes the impulse to get on the laptop and try my own hand at literary craftsmanship. My literary heroes are too many to name, but I'll settle for Hemingway for now. That man could write.(less)
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EDGE OF LIGHT is LIVE!

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Teens on a quest. I see a movie in the future. I totally enjoyed this romp through corporate greed and science."
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“we steadily endure our lives and ultimately we are alone in our endurance. In this aloneness, we find our strength.”
Jay Antani, The Leaving of Things

“It was all as I’d predicted. But just because you predicted something would happen didn’t make it any easier when it actually did.”
Jay Antani, The Leaving of Things

“I didn’t want to drag them down with me, and I didn’t want empty words to cheer me up either. All I could think to do was walk out of there. There was nothing to say.”
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“A friend came to visit James Joyce one day and found the great man sprawled across his writing desk in a posture of utter despair.

James, what’s wrong?' the friend asked. 'Is it the work?'

Joyce indicated assent without even raising his head to look at his friend. Of course it was the work; isn’t it always?

How many words did you get today?' the friend pursued.

Joyce (still in despair, still sprawled facedown on his desk): 'Seven.'

Seven? But James… that’s good, at least for you.'

Yes,' Joyce said, finally looking up. 'I suppose it is… but I don’t know what order they go in!”
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“One must live as if it would be forever, and as if one might die each moment. Always both at once.”
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“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
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“We are shocked by thieves taking pride in their clever touch, prostitutes in their depravity and murderers in their callousness. But it is shocking only because the atmosphere of the circles they move in is restricted, and - what matters most - we are on the outside. But isn't the same thing happening when rich men take pride in their wealth (which is theft), military commanders in their victories (which are murder) and rulers in their power (which is violence)? We do not see them as people who corrupt the concept of life, or good and evil, in order to justify their own situation, but only because the circles of people who share these corrupt concepts are wider, and we belong to them.”
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