One Moment in Time

Glenn Snyder

 

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I hope you enjoy One Moment in Time and feel inspired to change the world.

By gsnyder, Aug 12 2012 05:37PM

When I was an undergrad at UCLA, I took a class on pre-Columbian Meso-American art history. It helped satisfy one of my humanity requirements. In that class, we learned about many Indian cultures, including the Zapotec Indians that lived in Southern Mexico, near the Guatemala border. A few miles outside of the Mexican city, Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-ha-ka), is an amazing archeological site called Monte Alban. Monte Alban is a city that was built in 600 b.c. after the Zapotecs leveled off the mountain top. I couldn’t think of a better place for Jack to have his next adventure.


Oaxaca is still very much an Indian culture, with outdoor markets and people weaving in the streets. The people, culture, and food were incredible. I spent seven days in Oaxaca, and loved every minute. When it came time to write about the orphanage, I hired a guide to drive me. When I asked him to take me to a local orphanage, he did a double take and asked if I would rather go to Monte Alban. After some additional discussion, he drove me to his office, because he had no idea where any orphanages were. We drove around for several hours, visiting four orphanages in the Oaxaca region. It was the last one that I used in One Moment in Time. I asked Maria, the woman in charge of the orphanage to write down their address so I could send them some toys and other items when I got home. She did, but unfortunately, Amazon.com and Walmart.com both said that it was not a valid address. I really wish I could have given them something to make their lives a little more fun.


When I was researching adoptions, I had to seek out the U.S. Consulate. I couldn’t believe that the Consulate was in a mini mall. Some things you can’t make up. I appreciated the Consular taking some time to speak with me, but he was very abrupt and dismissive, which is how I made him in the story when he spoke with Maggy.


After a week in Oaxaca, I flew to Mexico City for a day. I stayed in the Sheraton next to the U.S. embassy. I lived in Los Angeles in the early 1990’s, and thought I saw a lot of smog. It was nothing compared with Mexico City. My lungs were glad I only spent a day.


Glenn Snyder


By gsnyder, Aug 6 2012 12:00AM

Pacific Grove is one of my favorite places in California. It’s nestled on the coast between Monterey and Carmel by the Sea. Back in the late nineties, I remember watching a Visa commercial that showed the Seven Gables Inn. So when it came time to find a place for Jack to get married, I went to Pacific Grove and stayed at the Gables, the sister inn of the Grand View Inn, which was right next door.


Each of the rooms in both the Seven Gables and Grand View Inns were ornately decorated and offered unique views of the coastline and gardens. The room I was in faced north, with a perfect view of Monterey Bay. I remember opening the window and hearing the seals barking as they were out for an afternoon swim.


The Gables were about one mile west of downtown Monterey, home to the famous Monterey Aquarium. On a mid-June evening, it was a beautiful walk as I ventured downtown to an always entertaining dinner at Bubba Gumps.


When I wrote the actual wedding ceremony, I was sitting on a rock in Lover’s Leap park watching strangers wed in their own ceremony. Although I changed the layout of the wedding, I appreciated having my writing grounded once again in reality.


Pacific Grove, Monterey, and Carmel by the Sea are a short two hour drive south of San Francisco, and one of the most beautiful places on the planet.


Glenn Snyder


By gsnyder, Jul 31 2012 01:48PM

Travelling through Italy was a wonderful experience. My trip took me through Milan, Venice, the Dolomites (Italian Alps), Cinque Terra, Siena, Florence, Sorrento, and Rome. I wrote most of the Italy chapters while in Italy, which helped provide that authentic feel that many of my readers have commented on. Although I would have liked to take Jack through the entire trip, I didn’t want to make One Moment in Time to be only about Italy, so the readers just got to experience Milan and Venice.


There’s something to be said about writing in the moment. Being immersed in Italian culture and language was more than just inspiring, it was real. Jack was there with me with every glass of wine, every pizza, and every train ride.


Most of the readers that I’ve talked with asked me about how I came up with many of the events that happened between Jack and Maggy in Italy. My answer is simple, I had very similar experiences. All of the places Jack and Maggy visited, the Duomo, the Last Supper, Trattoria Milanese, and even the pizza restaurant on Lido with the grumpy owner, were all places I experienced on my trip. In addition, the hotels Jack stayed at in Milan and Venice were the hotels I stayed in as well.


During my trip, I tripped on rooftop of the Duomo in Milan, was on the wrong tour through the Last Supper, even went on a stomach wrenching taxi ride to Trattoria Milanese. As a first time novelist, I heard many times, “write what you know.” So that’s exactly what I did. However, I did manage to avoid falling into one of the Venetian canals. One Moment in Time is fiction after all.


I hope the Italy chapters made you laugh and smile as much as I did while writing it.


Each week, I’ll post a new blog on another one of the locales that Jack ventured through.


Glenn Snyder


By gsnyder, Jul 9 2012 10:09PM

One could say the economy is the most powerful force in the world today. It drives politics, environmental policies, standards of living, education choices, retirement decisions, and even travel plans. There is a growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots. People and governments spend money they don't have to create a better today, while pushing off the payments until tomorrow.


With all of the economic problems around the world, maybe someone should, excuse the cliché, think outside the box. Economies work best when all sides prosper, but we seem to be in a place where there is a benefit to one, and a cost to another. In the late 1990's, the economy grew from a technology boom. This boom was initiated by innovative ideas. Ideas that were sold to companies and governments who would benefit. The sales of those ideas generated jobs, which intern generated wealth and income for the companies and government who purchased the ideas. In this scenario, there were no losers, only winners. We need be be creative.


In One Moment in Time, Jack Barrett is faced with a difficult situation as governor of California. As many who live here know, there is a constant battle between Sacramento and the California Teacher's Union over wages, benefits, and quality of education. Jack had to be creative to develop a solution where every constituent (government, tax payer, teacher, and student) received a benefit and would be better off than they are today.


Our society, both public and private sectors, needs to work together, rather than the divisive, segmented approach we've had over the past decade. The proverb A rising tide lifts all boats is the economic goal we need to set.



By gsnyder, Jun 15 2012 06:36PM

Since my days in college, I would walk into a bookstore, see the novels prominently displayed, and think, “How cool would it be to see your own book like this?” So when I graduated MBA school, I came up with the idea for One Moment in Time. It took me more than three years to finish the first draft. I asked friends and family to help me edit, and about a year after that, I thought my book was complete. I sent letters to agents, and got form letters in return. “Good project idea, but not for me” was the gist of it.


Finally an agent suggested I clean up the writing by working with a professional editor. I found a great one in Alice Peck. After two rounds of editing, and another year of work, I was ready to send One Moment in Time to more agents. That was around the fall of 2008, when the whole economy began to crash. By January 2009, many in the publishing business were laid off, and the market for a new author was closing. After trying many avenues to get my book noticed, I listened closely to an agent I was trying to entice. She said my storyline was great, the writing was solid, but no one knew who I was, so the major publishing houses wouldn’t be interested, and I should try self-publishing. She was right. In May 2011, I published my first novel through Smashwords, the largest distributor of e-books. By August 2011, my e-book was available on Amazon.com, and by February 2012, Amazon.com began carrying One Moment in Time in paperback.


It’s been a long and difficult journey (10 years), and although I don’t see my book in Barnes & Noble, I can see it at BarnesandNoble.com.


For all of you who aspire to achieve something, my advice is never give up. Sure there will be bumps in the road, as there were months where I didn’t want to touch the book. However, if it’s something you really want, your desire will make you want to pick it up again. Follow that desire, don’t take the easy way out and give up. Everyone can come up with excuses on why not to do something.


Follow Jack’s approach, take advantage of opportunities when you can, and use the rest of your time to create your own opportunities. You don’t need a tragic accident to change your mindset. Have the courage and confidence to go after your dream.


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