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John Besold

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    SPARQE hopefully becomes an ice breaker in that it creates a path of communication for the ordinary world, through the “Superhero” characters with cool gadgets who can be used to start the dialog across chapter adventures which are built around different interests sports, archeology, geology, space exploration, fantasy, bad guys, good guys, genetics, news reporting, communications, technology, history, travel, philosophy, business, relationships, competition, medicine, psychology, biology, extraterrestrials, etc…, a variety of topics to build bridges across. I'm by choice an engineer so my interest lies in building a place useful for and enjoyable by others. When I speak of SPARQE I like to leave this thought there are Special Purpose People Responding Quickly Everywhere find them, know them, they will feed your compassion, and show you how to put aside your fear of not knowing how to engage them.
    SPARQE can be said to be my attempt to offer a platform to bridge a small part of that larger fear of engagement. Thank you.

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    AKA POJ (Plain Old John)
    When my wife, Debe, had me wheeled in to HUP in Philly, all I could move was my head. Had to learn to walk, feed myself, focus with my eyes and all the other "ordinary" physical activity. After several weeks at HUP I was released at a functional level and rehabbed at home for several months. I recovered enough to return to work. Not a journey I'd necessarily recommend but one which was at the end, life affirming. Seeing the "vision gap" that the real world presented between special needs folks and the ordinary world drove me to want to spread that curtain a bit. I thought a sci-fi type book where special needs kids used science and tools to augment their abilities and achieve cool things would open a path for the ordinary world to have a comfortable opening dialog using fictional superheroes with special needs individuals as their opening.

    The seeds for SPARQE really were sewn in the early to late 80's when I was president of the Bedminster NJ Board of Education. Along with my colleagues on the Board we passed a mandatory Community Service requirement for 8th grade graduation. Students could pick from a number of community and service organizations to donate 40 hrs. to over their 8th grade year, and they had to do it in order to receive their diploma. One of the facilities they served at was the Matheny school in Peapack NJ, https://matheny.org/ , which was a town over. The results for all the kids were astounding. Hoping SPARQE has captured some of that energy.

    I wrote 90% of SPARQE originally in 2000 but was rejected over and over by publishers. Finally thought that now in 2021 the world has caught up and may be open to SPARQE. Also, by self-publishing the first of four (4) planned books, I was able to remove the publishing impediment from the past and show some first mover advantage and come with some substance to portage the coming books. in the series.
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  2. With regard to my work SPARQE, I recorded a podcast with Jessica Temple of Thriving in the Midst of Chaos – Parenting with Special Needs Kids which can be found at Special Needs Superheros with Guest John Besold - Thriving in the Midst of Chaos (midstofchaospod.com) As leading characters in SPARQE are special needs kids, I felt it critical that those families with these kids find SPARQE an exciting and not an exploitive piece of fiction. As you listen to the Podcast you'll have an insight as to how that went. See you all 12/2
  3. Title of Series - SPAQRQE (Special People Always Responding Quickly Everywhere) In the SPARQE tales, special needs kids sparked by the undertakings of genetic manipulators call upon their abilities, wrapped around a bit of science, to become Special Purpose People (SPPs), with a wide variety of gadgets, vehicles and apparatus to accomplish superhero deeds, while avoiding capture by agents of the darkly evil Empty Vessel (EV). EV, who once lost an important promotion to a disabled kid, is a self-acknowledged and self-made sinister scientist. Using the scientific and energy resources of Technoprise, EV has constructed a Bio-Farm where he develops genetic modification technology aimed at eliminating the disabled, creating a “clean gene” society. EV must find the SPARQE lab and eliminate all the SPPs so that he can have unimpeded access to the disabled for experiments at his Bio-Farms, and to otherwise rid the world of—or make invisible—the disabled. So SPARQE fights a two-front war. In everyday life the SPPs are out there showing how they make important contributions to the lives of other people. Simultaneously, they are trying to learn of EV’s plot, the secrets behind EV’s science, and the location of the Bio-Farm so they can destroy it, topple EV and restore his kindly predecessor, Mr. Otterbach, as head of Technoprise. The year is 2029. EV has already taken over Technoprise, the SPPs are out in the world under SPARQE’s umbrella, and the conflict is engaged… - Book 1: Silence The Viper (self published Dec 2020) - Book 2: Conquer The Viper (Completing Nov 2021) - Book 3: Harness The Viper (Completing Mar 2022) - Book 4 : The SPARK(QE) In Real Life (In progress Completing 2022) by John Besold Copyright Materials 2020/2021 Hi all, Look forward to meeting folks at the early December event. For this "First Assignment" I took Mr. Neff's challenge on to "be aggressive with it", so I've laid out the entire four (4) book planned series (1 written & self published less than a year ago and the remaining three (3) book plot lines, settings, conflicts, etc. It's all there in the attachment. Best to ye all John B JOHN BESOLD FIRST ASSIGNMENT 11-3-2021.pdf
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