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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.
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.
Brian Shell's percussion song mentioned October 2018 on The Tonight Show:
Eat Some Vegetables
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!
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 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
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.
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!
Video: Mr. Shell performs percussion on djembe along to the Steve Vai backing track for Mr. Vai's song Juice
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.
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.
"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. :-)
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
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"
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.
(supernatural suspense drama screenplay
that started it all for Brian on July 9, 1995)
Finished in Seattle 1997 where Mr. Shell scouted all of its Washington film locations
It places a supernatural entity in mirrors that shows us our inner truth
in the mirror's reflection when we are at a crossroads and
need a subtle sign to pivot and shift towards our destined True Selves.
"snoitrotsiD" the Kindle eBook
The bonus of this story concept is that it caused its writer to try to tell the truth - always.
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.
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"
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
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
366 daily inspirations targeted towards single mothers.
The original manuscript for this book was hand-written in a day journal
so the length of page kept each day's inspiration concise.
It was a romantic way to write it... by candleight.
It started with brainstorming all 366 page titles.
Then, the inspirations were written in random order.
Transcribing its content to Word became its first editing pass.
Paperback version of Single Mom Daily Devotions
Kindle eBook version of Single Mom Daily Devotions
This is the book that began it all for Brian...
...its content was his first published book in 2009.
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
Kindle eBook of daily inspirations for the single mother
just as Spring begins to sing & bloom.
99 cent Kindle eBook
This Kindle eBook delivers daily single-mom-centered inspirations so...
Savor the dreaded triple-dog-dare-ya seaonal days/daze of Summer.
99 cent Kindle eBook
Daily wintertime inspirations help warm the heart.
99 cent "seasonal" 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
Twenty Two Short Stories about
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"