Victor D. Lopez




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Victor D. Lopez

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I am a Professor of Legal Studies at Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business. I earned a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law and a B.A. in English (Honor's Program-Writing Option) from Queens College, CUNY. I am admitted to practice in New York and am a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (NEALSB), and a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

I served as president of the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2011-2012) and have served as the organization's vice-president (2009-2010) and as program chair of the 2011 NEALSB Academic Conference.

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Victor D. Lopez Read widely but write in your own voice. Learn from your favorite authors but never try to walk in their shoes. Let your readers see the world through…moreRead widely but write in your own voice. Learn from your favorite authors but never try to walk in their shoes. Let your readers see the world through your own eyes and hear the music of your own voice.

Learn to take constructive criticism well; it will make you a better writer. Learn to ignore destructive criticism; it is intended to hurt, not help, and reflects poorly only on the character, motives and antisocial nature of the critic. But learn also to be mindful that harsh criticism is sometimes warranted and dismissing it will only prevent you from improving your craft.

Expect rejection letters and resist the impulse to dismiss them off hand. Some editors will take the time to make helpful comments if they see merit in your writing; it is a kindness on their part to offer advice, constructive criticism or encouragement. They have better things to do than to comment on rejected works. Appreciate these comments and take them as a compliment--someone cared enough to give you expert advice that, if heeded, might help you make a sale when you revise and resubmit the manuscript elsewhere. (But first, write a thank you note to the editor that offered advice or helpful comments.)

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You can't please everyone--no one can. First and foremost, make sure you please yourself while maintaining a healthy, honest critical eye on your own writing--the rest will follow in time.

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Victor D. Lopez I'm conducting research in preparation for a scholarly article that examines the usury laws in all 50 states in order to determine whether they…moreI'm conducting research in preparation for a scholarly article that examines the usury laws in all 50 states in order to determine whether they provide sufficient protection against unscrupulous lenders or whether it may be time for some federal regulation of high-interest consumers loans such as payday loans. I hope to begin writing the actual paper in December once my research is completed and hope to present a draft copy of the paper at an academic conference next spring or summer and submit it for publication in appropriate law reviews and/or refereed journals. I've recently committed to a major revision and update of one of my current textbooks, Business Law and the Legal Environment of Business (Textbook Media Press 2010), which will be released in its third edition early in 2015. That is a major project for me over the next 10 months along with my regular research agenda that now includes some dozen legal topics in various preliminary stages of research.

This morning I woke from a dream that will likely result in a new short story for the next edition of my short story collection. A few themes are also percolating for new poems but I am not yet emotionally ready to approach these. (less)
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Mindscapes: Ten Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: This audiobook is a compilation of 10 science fiction and speculative fiction short stories by the author from his two previous short story collections, Book of Dreams and Book of Dreams, 2nd Edition, as well as two new stories from 2013. Its scope extends from the innermost dimensions of the mind to the outer reaches of the universe, focusing from diverse perspectives on some common themes as to the meaning of life, the superlative strength and wrenching weakness of the human spirit, the power of love and the exquisite pain and ecstasy that flesh is heir to in its perpetual struggle between the duality of human nature that reflected both the divine and the profane. In very broad outline, the 10 stories involve the following themes: If necessity is the mother of invention, could humanity use present technology to find a way to propagate its seed when faced with the certainty of an extinction-level event in less than two years' time? What really caused the catastrophic failure after the first full-scale test of the Large Hadron Collider? Motivated, ingenious terrorists are about to try their own field experiment to replicate the classified results of the test on a large scale using two suitcase nukes and a modified jetliner in an attack that, if successful, will eradicate all life on earth, destroy our corner of the universe and, in time, give birth to a new addition to the multiverse. If we could communicate with the other sentient, intelligent species with whom we share our planet, what vital lessons might we learn from them and they from us? In a not too distant future in which all human beings on Earth are connected and integrated into a single neural net, what price might be exacted for one wishing to opt out? The book is available from all major retailers in eBook and paperback and is also available as an audiobook from Audible, iTunes and Amazon.
Intellectual Property Law: A Practical Guide to Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets (Reference)
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Description: This is a general reference book for authors, artists, musicians, librarians, entrepreneurs and others interested in learning about intellectual property law and the processes for obtaining copyrights, trademarks and patents in the U.S. and other countries through international agreements. It is designed to be a one-stop reference guide that provides information and guidance for individuals considering obtaining copyrights, patents and/or trademarks on their own or with the assistance of an attorney. The main text provides an orientation to the relevant law and the process and cost of applying for patents and trademarks through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and copyrights through the U.S. Copyright Office. This book provides a wealth of resources that include illustrations, an index, links to online resources, selective statutory materials, sample forms, and other useful materials in appendices to provide greater depth and context for the material presented in the main text. This accessible, practical reference book will provide timely, useful information and identify additional resources available free of charge from both the federal government and every state. It does not offer legal advice and is intended to supplement rather than supplant the legal advice and individualized guidance that can only be provided by an attorney.
Selections from Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems (Poetry)
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Description: Sample sonnets,free verse and blank verse from my first poetry collection spanning nearly four decades
Book of Dreams: Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Short story from my Book of Dreams: Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories collection. This particular short story explores the interrelationship between dreams and reality and the conscious and subconscious minds. It provides one possible explanation as to what lurks in what appears to be the largely unused portions of the human brain and delves into the possibility that a part of us survives death, though not in the way most traditional religions teach.
Justice (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: In a world where anything goes, only one capital crime remains and one person stands accused of this unspeakable offense.
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