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Ilyn Ross

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I learned fiction writing from Ayn Rand's The Romantic Manifesto (A Philosophy of Literature), and from books that pleasure me. I revere Ayn Rand and her hero in The Fountainhead, Howard Roark.

I adore men of mettle like Dr. Jose Rizal, President George Washington, President Thomas Jefferson, the other Founding Fathers, and President Abraham Lincoln. I admire great innovators like Galileo, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, James Jerome Hill, and Mike Milken.

The values, virtues, and achievements of my heroes, as well as their battles, are an inspiration in my life and writing.

I work in the IT department of a company located in Midtown Manhattan.

My political articles are here: http://ilynross.blogspot.com/

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Reason Reigns

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Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness (Nonfiction)
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REASON REIGNS (Literature & Fiction)
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Independent Thinker (Literature & Fiction)
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Ayn said that what one needs for nonfiction writing is what is needed for life in general: an orderly method of thinking. Writing, she said, is literally only the skill of putting down on paper a clear thought, in clear terms.

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The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
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Ilyn Ross made a comment on the poll: Let’s imagine – please read and then vote. Americans invoke their power granted by the Declaration of Independence that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of their ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Ten political systems are imposed, one on each State, by a lottery. The other forty States choose by vote which political system they would join. Within the first year, every American would be allowed to transfer to another State without restrictions, after which each political system would make its own emigration and immigration laws. These are the political systems: 1. The United States of Socialists A citizen’s life belongs to society. One must serve the greater good prescribed by the majority. Objectives: the welfare of all individuals, the abolition of poverty and suffering, peace and human brotherhood, progress and prosperity for all Motto: One for all, all for one. 2. The United States of Barack Obama Every citizen has a right to man-made values: cradle-to-cubicle education, job, cradle-to-grave healthcare, house, etc. Czars determine which citizens would provide free lunch, free education, etc., and who should serve in law enforcement or the military. Objective: Promote the general welfare by spreading the wealth around. Motto: The duty of serving one’s fellowmen is the price of citizenship. 3. The United States of Theocrats Laws are based on the majority’s Holy Writ. 4. The United States of Reaganites Political principles are based on small government, fiscal responsibility, low taxes, and family values as established by Ronald Reagan. The free market is regulated based on undefined, flexible, contradictory policies. Compassionate state-managed welfare is funded by deficit spending. Objective: Promote the general welfare by imposing family values. Motto: Pro-lifers are a blessed people. 5. The United States of Environmentalists Nature is sacred. Humans must worship nature and Al Gore. Citizens must refrain from breathing to save the Earth from global warming, renamed climate change. 6. The United States of Animals-first Humans-last Advocates Animals are sacred. Humans must worship animals and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Citizens must refrain from eating to save the Earth. 7. The United States of Altruists Sacrifice is sacred. Self-sacrifice is the greatest achievement on Earth. Self-sacrificial at all times, citizens offer the fruits of their labors, even their lives, to the citizens of The Other United States and the citizens of the world. 8. The United States of Anarchists The citizens are called Libertarians. The nation has no police force, civil/criminal courts, nor armed forces, since every resident respects individual liberty. That there will never be any disputes, misunderstandings, or rights-infringements (e.g. murder, fraud) is an absolute. 9. The United States of Globalists Citizens recognize man’s fallibility – that man can know nothing, his claims to knowledge are biases, reason is rationalization, rights are arbitrary, and morality is indeterminate. Citizens acknowledge the myth of certainty and embrace an open society. 10. The United States of Capitalists Citizens are selfish and greedy. The separation of state and economics is absolute. Citizens have equal inherent inalienable rights, defined as rights to action, limited only by the equal rights of others. The only purpose of law and of government is to secure rights. Your vote?
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Glens Falls (NY) ...: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand 17 129 Feb 01, 2009 09:08AM  
Thomas Jefferson
“4. Religion. Your reason is now mature enough to examine this object. In the first place, divest yourself of all bias in favor of novelty & singularity of opinion... shake off all the fears & servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. You will naturally examine first, the religion of your own country. Read the Bible, then as you would read Livy or Tacitus. The facts which are within the ordinary course of nature, you will believe on the authority of the writer, as you do those of the same kind in Livy and Tacitus. The testimony of the writer weighs in their favor, in one scale, and their not being against the laws of nature, does not weigh against them. But those facts in the Bible which contradict the laws of nature, must be examined with more care, and under a variety of faces. Here you must recur to the pretensions of the writer to inspiration from God. Examine upon what evidence his pretensions are founded, and whether that evidence is so strong, as that its falsehood would be more improbable than a change in the laws of nature, in the case he relates. For example in the book of Joshua we are told the sun stood still several hours. Were we to read that fact in Livy or Tacitus we should class it with their showers of blood, speaking of statues, beasts, &c. But it is said that the writer of that book was inspired. Examine therefore candidly what evidence there is of his having been inspired. The pretension is entitled to your inquiry, because millions believe it. On the other hand you are astronomer enough to know how contrary it is to the law of nature that a body revolving on its axis as the earth does, should have stopped, should not by that sudden stoppage have prostrated animals, trees, buildings, and should after a certain time have resumed its revolution, & that without a second general prostration. Is this arrest of the earth's motion, or the evidence which affirms it, most within the law of probabilities? You will next read the New Testament. It is the history of a personage called Jesus. Keep in your eye the opposite pretensions: 1, of those who say he was begotten by God, born of a virgin, suspended & reversed the laws of nature at will, & ascended bodily into heaven; and 2, of those who say he was a man of illegitimate birth, of a benevolent heart, enthusiastic mind, who set out without pretensions to divinity, ended in believing them, and was punished capitally for sedition, by being gibbeted, according to the Roman law, which punished the first commission of that offence by whipping, & the second by exile, or death in fureâ.

...Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it ends in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise, and the love of others which it will procure you... In fine, I repeat, you must lay aside all prejudice on both sides, and neither believe nor reject anything, because any other persons, or description of persons, have rejected or believed it... I forgot to observe, when speaking of the New Testament, that you should read all the histories of Christ, as well of those whom a council of ecclesiastics have decided for us, to be Pseudo-evangelists, as those they named Evangelists. Because these Pseudo-evangelists pretended to inspiration, as much as the others, and you are to judge their pretensions by your own reason, and not by the reason of those ecclesiastics. Most of these are lost...

[Letter to his nephew, Peter Carr, advising him in matters of religion, 1787]”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

William W. Purkey
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

Ayn Rand
“If creative fiction writing is a process of translating an abstraction into the concrete, there are three possible grades of such writing: translating an old (known) abstraction (theme or thesis) through the medium of old fiction means (that is, characters, events or situations used before for that same purpose, that same translation) -- this is most of the popular trash; translating an old abstraction through new, original fiction means -- this is most of the good literature; creating a new, original abstraction and translating it through new, original means. This, as far as I know, is only me -- my kind of fiction writing.”
Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand
“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”
Ayn Rand

Thomas Paine
“It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.”
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

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message 190: by Cherry

Cherry Mischievous Hello Ilyn,

Nice to meet you too! :)

Cherry


message 189: by Anna

Anna Happy New Year 2010!!!


message 188: by Hilary

Hilary Thank you very much for the add.

Any recommendations for first time readers of Ayn Rand, philosophy, and political thinking?


Christopher Ilyn, I'm looking forward to reading your books. I'm thrilled to find a fellow fiction author who has a profound reverence for man!


Fenixbird SandS Get to a computer..and starting typing!! All of the stars are summoning us to create!


message 185: by Paul

Paul melisa you welcome


message 184: by Paul

Paul melisa i am fine. welcome you and thanks have a nice day


Nurture Your BOOKS™  - Bobbie Crawford Hello Ilyn,

Thank you for friending Pinnacle: Author & Book Promotion!


message 182: by Andrew

Andrew Hi Ilyn.

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm keeping my eyes on your writing.


message 181: by Bhumi

Bhumi Hi Ilyn,

How are you? We haven't talked in a while.


message 180: by Ben

Ben Thompson Hi Ilyn,

Thank you for the invitation, accepting was my pleasure.
Did I see you live in Piscataway? I grew up at Exit 8, so I'm somewhat familiar with the area. Now I'm freezing my butt off in NH. Feh.
I'll check out those groups, and your books as well. If I ever finish this book I'm reading now, not one page read this week. *sigh*
Thanks again, and have a great weekend.



Fenixbird SandS Thank you, Ilyn, for the feedback. I was not aware that Ayn Rand had written advice on writing?!?!

Truly am an admirer of history & its great leaders. Trying my hand at some writing--nonfiction (early memories) started pouring when I travelled to assist my Father last Spring '08..and have been evolving into some interesting-themed fiction, I believe!?!

I do believe in spooks--I do believe in spooks!

:) Teresa


message 178: by Julia

Julia Smula Hello Ilyn,
thank you adding me as a friend. I'm new at goodreads and I have to say I really like it. Many greetings!


message 177: by Donna

Donna Zakem Thank's for being my first friend on Goodreads!! I have a request for your book, "Royal Serf" at the library. Can't wait to read it!


Fenixbird SandS Thanks for the groups invite!

Your book looks interesting..my "To Read" list gets longer and longer Teresa :)


message 175: by Jacq

Jacq Jardin and thanks for accepting the invite. i wiiill check your book out. =)


message 174: by Rollie

Rollie so you're my kababayan.... nice..


message 173: by Rollie

Rollie thanks for invititng me... anyway, what is your nationality?


message 172: by Elise (last edited Aug 15, 2009 05:05PM)

Elise Crawford You are an inspiration to self-published authors everywhere. I'm glad we are friends, Elise


message 171: by Hanako

Hanako Hey,
Thanks for the invite, you're my very 1st friend on Goodreads !
Have a very nice day.


message 170: by Zahra

Zahra Boo Heyy Ilyn
Im Great thanks.. sure I will look at those groups and hopefully read as much of the books as I can :)


message 169: by Hamed

Hamed I'll be more than happy to check out those groups.
ilyns your blooo0o00ooo0o0o0g is one of BE$$$$$$T....


message 168: by Hamed

Hamed the best blog


rainingravity Nice to meet you, best of luck!


MissFrancina Hello Ilyn,
thanks for your friend-request :)
I go to visit the groups that you have suggested me..thank you!!
Have a great day!!
Best whishes!

xx
Fran


message 165: by Livia

Livia Hi Ilyn,

You're welcome.

Have a nice week.


message 164: by John

John Hauxwell Fine thanks

I,ll check out those groups

Take care,
John


message 163: by Romi

Romi You're welcome, thanks for the friend request.
May I ask why you sent me a request though? Just curious.


message 162: by Jill

Jill yea it is!



message 161: by Roxanne

Roxanne Hi!
Thanks so much for the request, and I'll be more than happy to check out those groups. I hope you have a wonderful day Ilyn!!
All my love,
Roxanne


message 160: by stan

stan Hi Ilyn
Coming from the other side of the pond. I would like to join in with these discussions. But they are if you excuse me very American. I have read a great deal about America I especially liked the writings of Studs Terkel
I have recently finished a great novel Called BRAZIL``written by LINCOLN ERROL.
I have a question. Why has the USA been at war with someone since 1774 till the present day/


message 159: by Jill

Jill Ilyn!
It's nice to meet you to!
I always enjoy fellow Marilyn Admirers!

Have a Good Day

XoXoX
Jill


message 158: by Jill

Jill Hey Ilyn

I'm doing great...how are u?
And you are very welcome and thank you for sending it!
I wish you the best as well!

And once i get the chance i will check them out

Thanks

XoXoX
Jill


A. Okhi Irawan Wiryanatakusumah Hi Ilyn! Thank you for adding at friendlist. And the worlds is open to share now. Gracias!


message 156: by Oli

Oli hi! Ilyn! that was a really nice welcome!!
how are you??
of course i'll check the groups you said

ps. sorry i took so long to reply



message 155: by Jo

Jo Hi im great thanks how are you?
I will be sure to check out the groups you mentioned
:)


message 154: by Anna (last edited Jul 08, 2009 06:49AM)

Anna I will let you know when I finish reading the first part of Royal Serf.


message 153: by Anna

Anna Thanx. I'm fine. I would like to read your books as I doubt they'll be avaiable in Poland.


message 152: by Anna

Anna Ilyn wrote: "Dear Anna,

How are you? Thank you for accepting my friend-request, for your message, and for marking Reason Reigns & Royal Serf to-read. It’s so nice to meet you. I wish you everything good.

..."

Dear Ilyn,

I have everything perfectly. How are you doing?

Thank you for the invitation to become friends. And I really want to read your books, even though previously I did not hear about them, unfortunately.

I will necessarily glance at these groups. Many thanks.

Take care.

Anna.


message 151: by Anna

Anna Hello, Ilyn.

Thank you for adding. I hope we will good friends! =)


message 150: by Hodan

Hodan Hi Ilyn,

Thanks for the add and nice to met you :-)


message 149: by Sam

Sam Hiya Ilyn,

Apologies for my delayed reply, I'm not very good at keeping up with these things...I get distracted by all the books...

Anyways, its lovely to have you as a friend and I thank you for adding me :-) I'm definitely going to have a look at the groups you've suggested and knowing me join a few too.

Hope you're having a lovely month,

Pob hwyl (all the best)

Sam :-)


message 148: by Larissa

Larissa Hi Ilyn,
Thank you for the warm welcome.
I am looking forward to having a good look around, and will check out the groups you suggested.
Thanks again
Larissa


message 147: by Holly

Holly Hello Ilyn!

I am quite well, thank you for asking. :) How are you? Your novel, "Reason Reigns" sounds very intriguing. I plan on checking it out ASAP! :D




message 146: by Sarah

Sarah Mahmood Hi Ilyn

I will browse through as soon as I get the chance..

Take care!

Sarah


message 145: by Alma

Alma Hi Ilyn:

Read and now rereading your new novel "The Royal Serf". Am so overwhelmed with its message. My salute to you for such boldness and courage. Ilyn Ross has really metamorphosed into one of her beau ideal.


message 144: by Greg

Greg I am doing well. Thank you for asking. It is my pleasure to accept your friend request. Thank you for suggesting those groups I will certainly check them out.

Take it easy


message 143: by jaimmie

jaimmie Thankyou for the add! :)

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message 142: by Monicaaa

Monicaaa Thanks for the add Ilyn :) Hoping to read "Reason Reigns" soon!


message 141: by Seldrin

Seldrin Hello Ilyn, thank you for inviting me to be your friend. I am trying to read 2 books by new authors (new to me, at least) every month as part of my 2009 New Year's resolution, so perhaps I will be able to find a copy of your new book "Reason Reigns" to add to my list. Good luck with all your artistic endeavors!


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