Andrew C. Katen

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Andrew C. Katen is an educator, geopolitical analyst, and geologist. He has taught middle school and college, as well as published and presented on various topics related to geopolitics and natural resources. Andrew holds an M.S. in national security studies and B.S. degrees in geology and biology.

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Andrew C. Katen My approach to writer’s block is two-fold: to write every day and habitually work on my mindset. Writing everyday – even when I don’t know what to wri…moreMy approach to writer’s block is two-fold: to write every day and habitually work on my mindset. Writing everyday – even when I don’t know what to write about – helps me find and practice different voices and techniques, so that when I eventually come up with a winning topic I’m ready to capture those ideas on paper. The second approach, working on my mindset, is 100% psychological and involves the daily practice of visualization, goal-setting, mindfulness and positivity. For me, nurturing a creative mindset starts with perspective-taking and gratitude, then focusing on what I enjoy, and finally working to control my thoughts so that I can stay in that mentality for as long and as often as possible. Without the proper mindset, my writing is going nowhere. If I’m not feeling positive or self-confident or happy, then my creativity tends to get pinched off, too. If I try to force an idea into being, or focus on what other authors are writing or what people are reading, or spend time second-guessing my abilities or material, or fussing over how to make a living as an author, then I am definitely not going to be in an inspired frame of mind. In the end, we may all have different tastes, interests, and styles, but we all write for fun – because we enjoy the process of creating. If I’m not having fun, what am I doing? First, I get happy and focus on staying there; second, I write every day. That’s how I beat writer’s block and get in my creative “zone.” (less)
Andrew C. Katen There’s so much that I enjoy about writing that choosing just one aspect is really difficult. That said, I am very drawn to the feeling of creating so…moreThere’s so much that I enjoy about writing that choosing just one aspect is really difficult. That said, I am very drawn to the feeling of creating something completely new and original – a story that has never before existed on paper. While we all pull from other influences, in the end our writing is unique. It’s cool to think that as writers – or as creators of any new material or ideas – we can apply the energy of our imagination to produce something tangible, expand the boundaries of the universe a bit, and hopefully make someone’s life a little better because we came this way. Maybe a story I write will help a reader consider the other side of an issue, visit someplace new, or find encouragement to pursue his or her own creative endeavor. Ultimately, there are countless “best things” about being a writer, but producing a story that is original and (hopefully) inspirational ranks very highly with me.(less)
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“Dudgeons and Daggers” is a well-researched and expertly-crafted thriller that will gratify the most hard-nosed fans of historical and political fiction. This second novel by Troy M. Carnes explores the bonds of integrity, honor, and loyalty that exi ...more
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“History rhymes, but geography endures.”
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“There's a race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't sit still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest; Their's is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest.”
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Caravans by James A. Michener
"It is a great book and gives you a feel for Afghanistan. It was written in the 60s about the 40s. And if you replace Taliban for Mullahs and deemphasize the Russian's it could have been written today. Afghanistan truly is a unique place and the book " Read more of this review »
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Caravans by James A. Michener
"James Michener was such an amazing man. Intrepid adventurer, brilliant scholar, prolific author. We shan't see the likes of him again, more's the pity. He traveled extensively in Afghanistan prior to writing this novel. I don't envy him the physical " Read more of this review »
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“Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges -- Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!”
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“There's a race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't sit still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest; Their's is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest.”
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