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December 5, 2015
     "Here's to changes," Calvin said. He nearly knocked the bottle from Earl's hand when they clinked.  He downed half the beer in the first swig.
     "Let's burn one," he said. He shook out two cigarettes from the pack in his shirt pocket, handing one to Earl. He lit his own with a match and then blew it out. He leaned in close toward Earl and the tips of their cigarettes touched, one transferring its fire to the one that was not lit.
      Earl wasn't much of a smoker either.  He drew more deeply than he intended, coughed, and his head began to swim.
      "Big changes are coming," Calvin couldn't resist saying again. He had a way of holding his beer by just the neck of the bottle, with a deft rigging of three of his fingers. "Very soon."

      VALEDICTORY  is set at a university in New York in the 1980s during a student takeover that shuts down the campus for three weeks. Earl Castle is an ambitious senior trying to secure the prize of valedictorian. Brilliant and aloof, he cannot, however, stay completely above the turmoils roiling the university.
      Due to his affection for Calvin Reynolds, one of the student activists, Earl becomes an unwitting participant in the takeover, risking everything he has striven to achieve, and forcing him to choose between the nobility of his feelings for Calvin and his desire for the award he so dearly covets.
      Daniel Scott is the author of two books of fiction, Some of Us Have to Get Up in the Morning and Pay This Amount. He is the recipient of various grants and fellowships from sources such as the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. Born and raised on Boston's South Shore, he currently lives in New York City.
      "Valedictory is partly based on my experiences as a student at the City College of New York in the 1980s and ‘90s," says Scott. "A lot happened during that time that greatly intrigued me as a writer.”
      “The college was constantly being buffeted by one crisis or another. Professors made headlines with wildly controversial views on race. An oversold rap-star basketball game (organized in part by a then unknown promoter named Sean Combs) turned tragic when eight students died in a stampede. And the school was actually taken over at one point by student activists over a tuition hike and other issues. For three weeks no one could get in or out of the campus buildings. The university, the police, and the city were at a loss. A media frenzy kicked in. The cancellation of the semester - and the graduations of many - were threatened. Counter-protests ensued. I was not involved in the protests (though I did sympathize), but I kept imagining what it was like inside those buildings - what human dramas were playing out against the backdrop of the takeover. The idea gestated for a long while before I began to write about it. Valedictory is the result.”

Daniel Scott

Author of VALEDICTORY (Savant 2016)



December 2, 2015
What if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at Actium over Octavian, the first Emperor of Rome? Would our world have been changed? What would the Middle East, Europe, and, by extension, the rest of the world, look like if the course of Western history was determined not by Rome but by Egypt?

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three novels in a series, imagines this scenario. Cleopatra, historically the last queen of Egypt, becomes instead the mother of an Egypto-Roman empire, th...
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August 6, 2015

Aren't we all a little crazy?

Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall of a therapy room? Been curious about other people's lives? Wondered if theirs are as messy as your own? Is everyone crazy, like me?

There's a saying among therapists that we are all a little crazy, and, given the world we live in, this may not be a bad thing. Who doesn't have a wild Uncle Earl who wears mismatched socks and drinks too much at family barbecues? Oh, he's quite lovable, the way he brings stolen lollipo...

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July 21, 2015
“Max yawned and began to stretch, stopping short when the pain in his neck shot down his arm. He walked back into his room, sat on the bed, and then lay back, pulling the sheet up to his chin. He rolled over onto his left side. His head sank deep into the pillow, and he closed his eyes. The events of the day receded into the darkness. His breathing deepened and slowed as exhaustion took over. The room was quiet. A mourning dove cooed outside his bedroom window. Just as sleep was about to ov...
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June 30, 2015

What would the world be like if our children ceased to pursue their dreams? How dismal it would be without their expression! their song, their dance!

"That just cannot happen!
Get up little cutie.
Impressive art takes work,
The world needs your beauty!"

The birds in Ballerina Birdies know how to enjoy themselves, but they also know how rewarding hard work and discipline can be. Birds of all shapes and sizes are included, lest we miss out on anyone's talents. While this book will definitely be a...

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April 24, 2015
Corbenic's valley lay hidden, in a corner of Lystenoys close by the sea, and it was not wholly by chance that any man found his way there, including Launcelot.

It was spring when he came; the hills of the valley were verdant, the gorse yellow all about, and the evening mists fragrant.  She was not looking for love that day…

She was Elaine, daughter of the fisher king and of the lineage of the grail keepers, and the mystery of the grail, the sacred cup that lay within Corbenic's walls, was in ...
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April 8, 2015
FLIGHT OF DESTINY commences with a problem that everyone faces at one time or another:  The task of placing a name, can be niggling, but what if this task becomes an obsession and the person behind the name a dark specter? In the second story, two parents’ worst nightmare emerges when their cherished infant goes missing. In this case it’s the fault of the father, and while neither can forgive him, does all the blame really lie with him? The third story, “Opium” explores Oscar Wilde’...
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March 18, 2015
Many people go through life thinking that they are stuck—it might be a lower socioeconomic status, it might be a grueling job, it might be an unhealthy relationship—but even when all hope seems lost, some people can find the spark of hope. It is the singular star in a night sky that can guide the way. Despite the feeling that some things are set in stone, Written in the Stars is an anthology that says no, that's wrong. Nothing is set in stone, and everything can get better. It may take ti...
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September 5, 2014
My newest release, THE HANGING OF DR. HANSON (Savant 2014), already began receiving wide spread interest and acclaim even before it was released. It's the tale of Dr. Hanson Bumgardner, better known as "Dr. Hanson." The story is set in the tumultuous mid-1800's when historic forces were driving the United States of America towards what seemed to be certain self-destruction.

Hanson Bumgardner is an historical figure. Researching his life, especially on the Western plains and during the Civil W...
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July 28, 2014
IN THE EYES OF THE SON (Savant 2014) is a fictional novel about a man's struggle to create a place for himself. Like Peter, the protagonist, I spent years building a life that was sound and stable, while trying to achieve success in a field of uncertainties. What I went through since my youth in Holland became the inspiration for Peter's story.

Peter dreamt of life with a camera. His left-wing father, Eduard – a journalist and former WWII photographer – at first supports his son’s ambit...
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