Sun Press Interview

Shaker Heights’ Zimcosky continues growth as person, author

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — We never truly know what hidden talents we may have unless we try new things.

It’s a sentiment many have heard over the years, but for Shaker Heights author Steve Zimcosky, it’s a truism. In fact, in 2013, it wouldn’t have been fitting to even call him “author Steve Zimcosky.”

Zimcosky, who grew up in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, worked as an adult at a factory job before, in the 1990s, putting his interest in holistic health to good use. For more than 20 years, he has worked as an independent contractor teaching Tai chi— a Chinese martial art practiced for defensive training, health benefits and meditation — and Qigong (a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation) at One-to-One Fitness at Case Western Reserve University.

“I was teaching tai chi and Qigong when a student said that I should write a how-to book on Qigong,” Zimcosky said. “Instead of writing a how-to book, I decided to do it in story form.”

Zimcosky went on to write the story of a 10-year-old boy, based on himself, taking trips to visit his grandparents in Pennsylvania and, while there, meeting a wise man who lived on a hill. The man tells the boy the intricacies of the practices of tai chi and Qigong. The result of this mix of story and textbook was 2013′s “The Old Man From the Hill (Lessons in Qigong and Tai Chi).”

The 79-page book went on to garner excellent reviews on Amazon.com and led to three “Old Man From the Hill” sequels.

“A lot of tai chi people enjoyed it,” Zimcosky said. “A lot of them said they wished they had a book like this when they first started.”

“They’re really stories more than novels,” Zimcosky said. “They aren’t very long.”

Their lengths notwithstanding, Zimcosky’s flair for creating and telling a story has flourished. He learned over Labor Day weekend that his most recent effort, the novella “The Revelations at Black Corners,” has earned him a Gold Award from The Literary Titan, an organization of professional writers, editors and professors who have a passion for the written word.

The Gold Award is the higher of two awards, the other being the Silver Award, that The Literary Titan bestows.

In its review of “The Revelations at Black Corners,” The Literary Titan states: “Zimcosky knows how to keep an audience interested. The sections of the book are quick and well-structured. Even though you will be immediately invested in the plot, you will realize that in no time at all you have flipped through all the pages!”

The book takes 47 pages to tell its story.

“I write my stories so that, if you’re commuting to work on a bus, you can finish it by the time you get to work,” Zimcosky said.

The 63-year-old was unaware, prior to 2011, that he had a talent for writing, but he is always seeking to get better.

“My friends and family read my books, but I found that family (including his wife of eight years, Ivy, two daughters and a stepson) will give constructive criticism. They aren’t afraid to do that. Friends always want to be nice.”

Zimcosky said he often gets ideas for plots while out walking in the park. He then has to quickly put them down on paper.

As a self-published author, Zimcosky now does his own publicity work, but he is hoping the Gold Award may find him a publisher and a wider audience.

The author says that success is not necessarily determined by the number of books he sells.

“For me,” he said, “success is based on whether people enjoy the book.”

Wow! It’s been five years

It’s been five years since I have published my first blog post which started with my first book The Old Man From the Hill (Lessons in Qigong and Tai Chi).I have also not written in quite some time too. It has been quite a journey for me and I am now working on my tenth book. Of course they have all been Novellas (short stories) but still it takes some time to write them.

There is great enjoyment for me in writing. I find that it helps me to relax almost as much as the Tai Chi and Qigong that I practice. My first book was about Tai Chi and Qigong and I have evolved into writing about ideas that just pop into my head.

Two of the most recent ones have been about Reiki, which many people are unfamiliar with. To make it easy for people to understand I try to weave the information into stories that simplify that information and hopefully make the story enjoyable as well.

My Cursed Heart was the first one that diverged from writing about Holistic Health ideas and modalities to writing about witches and curses. The idea popped into my head one day while thinking about how many of my extended family has had heart problems that is almost seemed like a curse to me. Boom! There was the storyline and then once I started things just kept flowing.

The latest one is going to be about spirit possessions and how that affects perhaps, for the better a best selling author. The story goes along until certain facts are presented to the writer and, well I’ll just let you read the story when it comes out.

I would also like to take the time to thank my editor, Rose, who has done an amazing job with my last two books. Without her it I might be struggling to make sure the stories make sense and are written the way they should be.

For those of you who have read my books, please send me some feedback about what you think of them and remember to leave a review. You can leave a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads (if you belong), Readers’ Favorite and anywhere else that you might think of.

Until next time!

Why you should write a review!

Why should you write a review of a book, video, or anything that asks you to write one?

The reason is that many of the books you purchase and I will only speak of books at this point; is because many new authors are self published and generally through Amazon. I have several published through them but Amazon will not put a book in its catalog unless the book has at least fifty reviews. Why? I really don’t know the answer to that.

Many of us self published authors don’t make very much money and speaking for myself it is more of a hobby. I enjoy writing and coming up with ideas for stories and if you have read any of my books it generally pertains to martial arts or alternative health practices.

For us to share we need to get our books out there but if no one writes a review it is hard to do. I have had many people tell me they will write a review of my books but never do. I understand sometimes life gets in the way but I generally try to give gentle reminders but to no avail. I have had one person write a review at least one year after I gave it to them. It might have even been two. But that person is an author and I know how sometimes that can be time consuming.

So, I would kindly ask any one who has read my books to please write a review on Amazon. You can also leave one at Barnes and Noble as well.

I would like to take the time to announce I will be having a new book coming out very soon and it is a futuristic endeavor. I hope that you like it. 

Check out my Amazon authors page and my Instagram page. Until next time.

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Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews

I am so humbled by getting a five star review on two of my books from Reader’s Favorite. My first book “The Old Man From the Hill (Lessons in Qigong and Tai Chi)” and “The Eagle and The Dragon (A Reiki Tale) are the two books.

Why does it matter about the reviews from Reader’s Favorite? Here is why:

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Then there are those whose books have won awards from Reader’s Favorite:

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I am honored to be in such great company and look forward to someday being an Award Winning Author!

My Thanks to all who have purchased my books I am very grateful to you!

 

Christmas

So here we are Christmas 2017 and many of them I have celebrated with family and friends. With the last couple of years seeming to be in such turmoil I think everyone should take some time and just remember our very own reasons for celebrating.

Remember that no one reason is better than another it is our own reason. Whether you celebrate it as a holiday or a holyday it is fine. We must understand that each person has a reason for celebrating and that if we truly are to live in peace we must understand our reason is not the only reason.

We may celebrate the fact that we can be with family and share a wonderful meal or that we can go to service at our local place of worship or that we can spread joy by giving to others.

Peace on earth comes from us, if we have peace in our hearts and we share that peace then it can spread far and wide. Goodwill towards others helps us to find that peace in our hearts. Give from your heart and not for getting a reward or a pat on the back for doing so. Give without any attachment of getting anything in return and you will find that peace in your heart.

So as we get ready to celebrate the holiday/holyday with our family and friends do not let the turmoil around us creep in. Only those who have hate in their heart seek to divide and those with peace in their heart seek to unite.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.

Tai Chi pays off!

So, several days ago I had a car accident where the woman crossed over the double yellow line and side swiped my car. Also pushing my car into the curb in my lane. I was not hurt but the car that is another story.

What I realized after arriving home was that my Tai Chi training had actually paid off. When I saw her car coming towards me I did not panic but remained calm. What seemed like a twenty minute ordeal took only a few seconds to happen but I was just calm and relaxed. Like I am when I practice my Tai Chi.

The woman of the other car was shaken up as this was her first accident and she was on her way to a doctor appointment. I tried to calm her down and did not realize how calm I actually was until I got home. Even after the police arrived I continued to remain that way and did my best to keep her calm. I reassured her that I was fine and that she was fine and nobody got hurt. I told her that cars can be fixed but we should be thankful we were not hurt.

She could not believe how calm I was and how I was so compassionate to her for her hitting my car. Again I reassured her that things would be fine and that is why they call them accidents. I guess she expected a lunatic to jump out of the car and start yelling at her but was surprised by the calm demeanor I presented.

One of the benefits of Tai Chi is stress relief and the ability to remain in a calm state. Bingo benefit received! I only wish that she could have felt the same calmness that I did.

The car is still in the shop, have not heard from the insurance company but I still have my calm demeanor. For Now!!!!

Until next time, stay calm and do Tai Chi!!

Finished!!

Well, the final book in the Old Man From the Hill series is done and available at Amazon. I tried my best to convey the information I have learned about Qigong and Tai Chi in an easy to understand way. For me putting the information in a story format seemed to be the most logical way for me.

Finished does not mean done. My goal is to continue to write about the things that I enjoy doing and find beneficial for my health and well being and that I thing everyone should know about. I will find new stories to tell and new characters to tell them with.

As I get closer to my retirement I will have more time to write and spend on developing those characters and plot lines. I do not expect my books to be best sellers or to even generate vast amounts of wealth. I write for myself  and to share the benefits of Qigong, Tai Chi, Hypnosis etc. and because it is fun.

Do not hesitate to share any insights you may have for me and criticisms as well. If I cannot take the criticism I have no business writing. Plus it helps me to become a better writer.

Do not hesitate to write a review at amazon as well. It is how I know how my books are perceived by the public. Also Amazon will not put it on their book list unless there are at least 50 reviews for each book.

Do not hesitate to share the books as well. I and others have found the information and exercises to be very beneficial for their health and well being. Simple exercises with great health potential. What more could you ask for.

As a martial artist I have learned that you are never finished learning. As with everything else in life we never finish learning. There is always another belt to test for, another career to train for, another degree to strive for and so on and so on.

Until next time please enjoy the book and stay healthy my friends!

How do you define Success?

How do you define success? Is it the big house at the end of the cul-de-sac? The corner office on the top floor? The large savings account?

I have always liked the one by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

So based on the many of my students who have approached me and told me that their health has improved, they can move better and some can even breathe easier; I have been a success!

How can you be successful today?

 

What is Qi (Ki)

When new people start learning Qigong they often ask what is Qi?

Qi is the universal life force that permeates all living things. In Japan they call it Ki and in India it is called Prana. If a person has no Qi, he is dead. A sick person will have less Qi than one who is healthy. Doing Qigong is to make sure that we have enough Qi to keep us healthy and to live a long life. It helps us to maintain a quality of life within the quantity of life. Chinese Qigong is a practice of movements with visualization, imagery and breathing. It trains the mind to help control the life processes, which results in longevity and wisdom.

The benefits of Qigong include: improved health, clear mind, better sleep, increased energy, a comfortable warmth, clear skin, a happy disposition, a more efficient metabolism, better physiological control, bright eyes, better creativity and may be accompanied by a spiritual experience.

But as Ken Cohen says in his book “The Way of Qigong” to understand Qigong, we should be familiar with seven major kinds of Qi:

Breath Qi-from respiration

Food Qi-from diet

Original Qi-from parents or the universe

Internal Qi-all qi inside the body

External Qi-qi emanating from the body

Nutritive Qi-flows inside the acupuncture meridians

Protective Qi-energetic barrier against external pathogens

These help us to stay healthy and protect us from becoming ill. In Qigong we learn to move the qi inside and through the meridians and we can also learn to project Qi to help heal others. It is called External Qi Healing and in the west in can be compared to Therapeutic Touch.

So how is your Qi today?