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A PassionHero is an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances who exudes a

passion for life even amidst great odds and tries to make the lives of those surrounding them

a better place because they're in it... as true nobility is trying to be superior to your former self.


Mr. Brian Shell is an author of numerous books who first got started by writing a spec screenplay in 1995.


For professional inquiries, please contact Mr. Shell via LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/briankshell


Brian's array of published books: www.amazon.com/author/brianshell


Enjoy Brian's playlists on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Fi5HXYRBtPzDPowTwLjdy?si=tox2ekWXQKGS9ti_Xv8Tbg


When asked what kind of books he writes, Brian likes to live a chapter of life and report back on what he's learned.



Student Study Cave - A Guide to Get Great Grades 



Paperback Book Printed Version: Student Study Cave



Contains tips & ideas to enjoy education, doing homework, and studying.


Good education teaches the great student to learn how to learn.


Brian Shell's published paperback books: 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09S66MW5Y - Erane Jefferson Success Story


https://www.amazon.com/dp/149043643X - Single Mom Daily Devotions


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1517382629 - Daily Common Cents


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1505215919 - Gratitude Miles


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1507828349 - Cubicle Cardio


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1484109902 - Dessert First Diet


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1519785151 - From Student to Engineer


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1518679641 Crossing through Career Crossroads


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1986162397 - Student Study Cave: A Guide to Get Great Grades


Daily Common Cents 

366 daily inspirations present tips and tricks to make your $$$ last longer.

Pinch your pennies so that your dollars add up. 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015G2AZ5G - Kindle eBook


This book's manuscript was hand-written in a day-journal so

that the page's-length kept each daily inspiration concise.

Transcribing that journal to Word was its first edit.


Daily Common Cents Paperback book


 Dessert First Diet  

Savor the food you crave the most when you are hungriest

so it tastes best and then get back to work eating healthy.


Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006E0T3VC


Dessert First Diet Paperback book




Cubicle Cardio


Instead of one 60-minute workout, consider 60 1-minute workouts.

This exercise philosophy keeps your metabolism's

windmill spinning all throughout the day. 


Squats are an excellent and efficient choice for working out wherever you are.

Use the stairs rather than taking an elevator helps too.   Each extra activity counts.  Each adds up.

Isometric flexing of your abs from side-to-side works if you happen to be seated.  Dance in your seat too.  Smile! 


Cubicle Cardio Kindle eBook

Cubicle Cardio Paperback book



On Friday August 11th, 2023 this 6:38 duration video was filmed at Ann Arbor's CTN studio:






In this video, Brian Shell talks about Mental Health and its Perspectives.



5-minute video filmed on Friday 4/14/2023



https://youtu.be/YEKGIPn-uKI - Ann Arbor cable-access CTN "Soapbox" given by

Brian Shell on forgiveness, letting go, and harboring no grudge.


Video: Mr. Shell performs percussion on djembe along to the Steve Vai backing track for Mr. Vai's song Juice


3/16/2023 - Enjoy the newest song single by Brian Shell - 3:10 duration


Forgive Let Go - this mp3 is available on all digital music platforms such as on Spotify.


For example - Forgive Let Go on iTunes 


Mr. Shell is its singer/songwriter, and it honors the movie: "Close Encounter of the Third Kind."


Brian plays piano, congas recorded in a cathedral, and 3 layers of ukulele with a glass slide. 


Brian Shell's percussion song mentioned October 2018 on The Tonight Show:


Eat Some Vegetables


Eat Some Vegetables on iTunes


Video: Brian Shell plays Eat Some Vegetables Live at The Ark


Brian Shell explains Eat Some Vegetables and its film references

 He does so while strolling through Matthaei Botanical Garden in Ann Arbor, Michigan - 9:00 video


Cover image to ESV is at the northern-most point of Lake Michigan in Michigan's Upper Peninsula!


"Faith" - by Brian Shell 1998 - Venice, CA



Distortions - 1997 First Final Draft

Finished in Seattle 11/11/1997


Logline: A supernatural entity uses mirrors as its portal and distorts mirror reflections to

alter the lives of four characters for serendipity to nudge each into a new chapter of life.


While traveling in 1999, this initial version had its digital file lost, 

so during 2020's Covid-19 quarantine Brian hand-scanned its only printed draft.


Thus, this Kindle "eBook" contains all jpeg scans of the original 1997

film script's courier-font printed pages written and set around Seattle, Washington.


"Erane Jefferson Success Story"



Published by Brian Shell in February 2022, this is a fictional coming-of-age story about an African-American young lady who grows up in South Central Los Angeles but moves to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Erane Jefferson is her name, and she possesses an amazingly inquisitive mind who goes on to graduate from the University of Michigan and attends their beautiful Law Quad as a graduate law student.  After getting accepted to law school, she then aspires to educate herself into learning law even more.  Yet, her early yearnings earn her the desire to better herself - daily.  She passes the bar exam, achieves success as an attorney, and eventually gets nominated and becomes a Supreme Court Justice.


Really though, this is a modern-day success story about being nicer daily and consistently making minor improvments.


Also, here's the link for the paperback book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09S66MW5Y


The cool thing about this story is that its first draft was completed before Ketanji Brown Jackson was nominated for the Supreme Court.


Halloween 2022, Brian Shell saw a young lady of color dressed up as a Supreme Court Justice... progress is in progress for all.   :-)

https://youtu.be/mSScE63IpxU - Brian Shell explains his "Addiction Theory" (habits and resolutions) in this 6-minute cable access TV 'Soapbox' video about replacing bad habits with good ones - which was recorded Friday 1/13/2023 in Ann Arbor's CTN studios.


Brian Shell discussed his screenplay, "Distortions," on Oct. 21, 1997 in Seattle, WA


https://youtu.be/pRps96rKAOQ - this 15 minute video shows his unique writing style.



Gratitide Miles - 8000 Miles of Gratitude


On this 2014 8000-mile 20-day road diary, Brian gives gratitude to all of his former mentors. 

What makes this journey memorable is that many of those mentors have now passed away.


Going across the country to give them gratitude, in person, only offers no regrets now.


This journaling journalist's road trip spans giving gratitude: 1/31/2014 - 2/19/2014. 


Gratitude Miles Paperback book


Gratitude Miles soundtrack music playlist on Spotify



Flashback 9 years - Gratitude Miles videos filmed in February 2014


1) Taking the snowy scenic route north of Elko, Nevada

2) Wyoming and Exit 89 - a tunnel is at the 2 minute mark 

3) Windy Idaho plains sleet - 2/16/2014 bucket list state

4) Idaho free range cows - 30 miles north of Nevada

5) Pony Express and its first post office - Nebraska 2/18/2014

6) Indiana-Michigan border and gratitude - 2/19/2014


7) Cadillac Hotel Venice Beach Boardwalk memories - 2/8/2014



Crossing through Career Crossroads

Engineer a Path to Your Destiny and

Aviod Living a Life of Quiet Desperation


Re-calibrate to re-appreciate the crossroads Life

tends to send along the path of least regret.



Crossing thru Career Crossroads - the paperback book



Received Wisdom about Right Conduct


Set inside a House of Mirrors, 4 people represent 4 emotions:

Ego, Anger, Grief, and Love in this stage play on Serendipity.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CYF4ME - Kindle eBook


This is an expanded version of The House of Mirrors from

Brian's supernatural screenplay titled "Distortions"




From Student to Engineer   


This textbook creates a freshman college course that presents "The Journey of the Engineer."

Describes the "decision-tree" freshmen might make as they progress in their engineering education. 

Weekly topics include undergrad, graduate work, teaching, intellectual property,

money concerns, corporate engineering, mid-sized firms, & start-ups.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0196XBM3U - Kindle eBook


FSTE Paperback book - print version of "From Student to Engineer"


Start My Heart Art


A photo eBook of all the art Brian Shell created with flavorful details

and colorful commentary about the origin and inspiration for each piece. 


It was inspired by a 2012 visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts

and wondering "what if the artists gave the backstory behind each piece of their work???"




Cover photo taken within Michigan's "The Grand Hotel"..."Somewhere in Time" 




Texas Hold’em Tournament Tactics 


Tips & tricks Mr. Shell used to win numerous poker tournaments.

It strictly covers the changing strategies of tournament play. 



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004D4Y672 - Kindle eBook



NOOK eBook version

"Joker Poker" - by Brian Shell 2007 - Ypsilanti, MI - drawn after Mr. Shell got a royal flush (in clubs) playing Texas Hold 'em poker



Making a Masterpiece



It contains all the film pre-production preparations Mr. Shell made for

his "Distortions" script which shows our inner truth in the mirror's reflection.


It contains character profiles, soundtrack suggestions, marketing ideas,

actor packaging, location scouting, concept explanation, and 

alternate versions of The House of Mirrors crescendo.


"Making a Materpiece" Kindle eBook




Pre-Celebrity Jesus: The Man Beyond the Messiah 


Written after Brian's "22 Short Stories about Teenage Jesus" screenplay,

this book ponders and hypothesizes possible scenarios Jesus Christ may have lived

during his unknown years in order to proclaim his gospel parables years later.


It asks many questions which explore who he was as a Human Being... 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004D4Y66S - Kindle eBook link


"Hope" by Brian Shell 1998 - Pacific Palisades, CA



Twenty Two Short Stories about

Teenage Jesus


Film script of 22 shorts stories that explores Jesus' unknown teenage years.

Each acts as a "circle of illumination" gestalt to different facets of Christ's youth.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CYF4JW - Kindle eBook


Brian Shell wrote the first draft for this script in 7 days of 2004's Lenten season.

Never before had he felt "inspired" as when these words and stories were written.


Its structure is similar to the film "32 Short Films About Glenn Gould"


"Love" - by Brian Shell 1999 - Ypsilanti, MI
"Faith HOPE Love" - a mural proposal by Brian Shell 1998 for St. Clement Church - Venice Beach, CA
December 1999 drawing by Brian Shell titled "Id-eas"
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