Authors' Pages:  Gerald Spencer and Marcela Basteri.
Barukh atah Adonai . . . shehekhyanu vekiymanu vehigianu lazman hazeh
About Motive: Mitzrayim, Exodus and Teshuvah
Contrary to Ben Jonson: Authors of novels, biographies, histories, write to be creative. Journalists for
magazines, newspapers or televised media, will always write to earn a living. Journalism is an honorable
profession, make no mistake about that.

Some people think it wrong to step forth on the world stage. Some people think it wrong to have been there,
to play the role to which they are born, the role written for them. These are people who lack courage, lack
conviction, people who have no heart to give to the world.

You can either be a walk-on player in your life, a bit player, a supporting role or the lead. The choice is yours.
The same goes for the world stage; you can be scenery, you can be catering, you can be a director or a
player in one of the first mentioned levels.

Your life is yours, no one else belongs to you. If you stay a private citizen, your life is yours. If you do not,
then your life is not private, it is public.

I wrote Part 6 of
The Romeo and Juliet Chronicles first. I was nearing the end of my life, it is a death-bed
confession. The millennium was dawning while my body and spirit were setting. I didn't have much time. I
recovered with the belief time was short. I began to write. I wrote excuses or explanations for deeds done or
not done in a full life: A life lived in the blink of an eye by the time I reached twenty-two and left beloved
Europe behind. It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. What more need I say? It still is, I continue to
write but I write and publish in haste. The works are unleavened bread, all, they are not edited. Soon, I hope,
we will have the time and someone to do that.

The first writing is for the son of a soul mate. Yes, a trite phrase, “soul mate,” only those who have them or
had them know what that really means. If the book weren't written, the son wouldn't know the information
contained on its pages. He wouldn't know why these people acted the way they did, why they made certain
choices over the years, why they did those things to him. It is now almost five years since I delivered the
first printed copy of that book. It is all really out of love, no malice, no other intent.

Tell the truth, if you have to make it pretty then you lie. Tell the truth, if you over dramatize then perhaps you
romanticize. Women relate their love in romantic ways; men simply relate their love, cut to the chase, give
enough information to set a scene. If men cannot put a simple story to paper then they use expensive guns to
shoot great numbers of people dead or leave them maimed, while blowing up as much real estate as possible.
It's a guy thing, that's romance for some men.  Oh, don't think for a moment that I intend to sanctify women
overall; it's a rare case that deserves a halo. People are what they are, they do what they do, to achieve
their goals. Do people change? Indeed, they do, it is why they are here.

The writing as therapy becomes more important. It's a way to put things out of your mind, once and for all.
Writing is cathartic, like passing a kidney stone, you want it to be over, done with, gone. Who wants another?
So other works follow and intermingle. Writing is also creative. Life is for creation. If you do not create then
you are the potter's vessel. God is a potter, He wants us to be potters like Him. Each work is a spiritual
stepping stone, a marker going forward on the line toward becoming one with the Creator. The forward
movement is for either the authors, the subjects, the inspiration or all; hopefully, also for the reader. This is
unequivocal: the Creator requires forward movement from us.

Parts 1 through 5 of
The Romeo and Juliet Chronicles will be written while I also work on the current
outlined project about a detective, his love life and the many happenings on the barrier island of
St. Pete
Florida. Sound like it's been done? It has, just not in this way.  In My Father's House is a new, yet very
old, project about how different, yet same, life is for two close friends separated by generations of time but
never apart in spiritual space.
 A Kevorkian Christmas, is the novel used as the basis of the stage musical of
the same title.
The Navigator Sermons is a collection of talks and discussions to aid in receptive spirituality
for those busy with life.
"You come of the Lord
Adam and the Lady Eve
and that is both honor
enough to erect the
head of the poorest
beggar, and shame
enough to bow the
shoulders of the
greatest emperor on
earth. Be content."
C. S. Lewis
Ha’le’val She’Timshol Al Ha’Hoseh Ve’Ali