Thursday, August 30, 2018

Him Who Cares Till When - Part 1

Him Who Cares Till When is a return to a common theme; the fragmented family of divorce and child custody.    

The narrator is also, somewhat, a therapist attempting to help four siblings work-through the woes and worries of their young experience of familial conflict--the casualties of divorce and its potential aftermath as both the marriage and family are "torn asunder".   
The children, now young adults, fill the expected "roles" from the pursuits for perfection to the rebel without a cause.  

What is the answer for recovery; for peace and possibly reconciliation beyond the concerted and concentrated effort to destroy relationships through deception amid other potentially devastating behavior, intentions?  

More to come. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Same Old, Same Old, So It Was - new cover design

While this collection of short stories, all centered around a community in Northeast Alabama, is far from completion, still, a new cover design.  

I was never really please with the original cover and while the new seems rather plain or simple, it is aimed to carry a theme that, foremost, is influenced by one family coming from the very house shown, on South Stebbins Street.  

As the influences, ideas and inputs change for the intended book, I will update; but as it is right now, the stories carry a theme of a family and community hit hard in the social and economic decline of a post-industrial region.   Once thriving in manufacturing, textiles and the metal's industries in particular, the economy is relieved somewhat in the arrival of automotive--though without the same or similar benefits, upward mobility and the other conditions once prevalent in the economy, business.   

Move to come.  

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Tall Tells on Tredegar Cove - Part 1

Tall Tells...take on a new tone, targeted for a younger audience with much zeal and zannious from the guide, "Tall Tale", to the main character who travels through a tunnel on a ventrue to Tredegar Cove.  Unpredictable and untelling, the plot places the reader in  a place colored in orange but cloaked with darkness as bothe the guide, Tall, and the venturist, Sojourner the soul, testify and witness, knowledge and faith passed from the wiser to the learner.    

Tredegar Cove couples both the "real world" and fantasy.  Individuals and institutions are interchanged; for example, the local bank or banking is characterized by BOOZER,  known to do his share of boozing, while the local government or law, HUSLEY HUSTLE--implying the law is a hustler.  There is both  a serious aspect and a satirical one, both a hardness and hilarity, for Sojourner to absorb in the school of life.  As to good and evil, the separation is depicted by color; good as nesbitt orange and evil as gray, almost black.  

Good things arrive from the beginning of "Tunnel Time" from Sojourner's passing to arrival in Tredegar Cove.  While in route however, the young venturist is confronted by a series of objects and a character are too that magically appear, drawing to some degree on the past but also prescient of what to come.  

More to come.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

IN THE LESSENING - the potential of what will be - Part 1

IN THE LESSENING is a dystopian novel, a time beyond, when much of the U.S. population is gone; those that remain divided between the METRO, a network of subterranean systems, and a relative few of hodgepodge villables called communities.  

The story is influenced by classics first read in high school, 1984, Watership Down, Fahrenheit 451 and a host of films going back to the 1927 silent film, "Metropolis".  Rather subdued compared with the violence of of some other stories, still, the plot picks-up with the understanding that the Metro is predatorial and, at times, hunts down lone members of a community simply for sport. 

Community is in every sense that; a developing collection of leftovers that somehow survived was is implied as a thermonuclear attack and, through strength beyond only one, came to be, resilient and steadfast.  Communities have some form of interconnectivity that, unlike the "wired" Metro, relies on the ancient forms of communication and contact, couriers that run routes, delivering and receiving dispatches and such.  As to the basics, each and all contribute and are encouraged to ply and develop trades, salvage and then create, supplying their needs one with another. 

The plot picks-up with a Metro shuttle derailment and the rescue of one sole survivor of the system.  How Community responds to this loner is quite remarkable given their plight, Metro's treatment of these defenseless souls; but then, that is what makes Community and true community--what is their body and blood, the secret of their survival in the lessening.  



Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Father and Future Felon (sequel to A Once and Always Father) - Part 1

The second of my books, A Father and Future Felon, comes on the heels of A Once and Always Father.  This second in the series picks-up post-divorce in 2008, when arrested for sending monies to my children, a graduation gift to my oldest then completing high school.  The books is a tribute to fathers whether those that are in fact fathers as well as those that fill the spot in some meaningful way.  

Going to jail for the second time, a second in the violation of an injunction, my desire to contact my children supersedes the statues of this order/injunction for more than one reason; that while knowing that "the law is the law", I also know that this law or order was predicated entirely on a lie--and nothing more.  As Saint Augustine so aptly puts it, any law based on a lie is immoral.   

Jail is a fascinating and fierce place; on the one hand--sometimes shackled--is the company of others reminiscent of my school days, both the good and the bad.  On the other hand is the case that invariable ends with some kind of punishment given that defendants seldom receive a trial, but almost always, must confess their guilt--regardless of the evidence--per the plea bargain.   

There is much more to add to this book, a summary; but for now, I will close with a simple confession:  a system that first takes a parent's children by force--without just cause--is a tyrant; and a system that then imputes that now childless parent with the financial liability for children forcibly removed  is a thief.  Thus, the child enforcement system is both a tyrant and a thief.  

More to come.  

Friday, July 13, 2018

His Children and Far from Safety - A Play about BO

My third book, His Children are Far from Safety, is written/formatted as a play, script; the reason for this is that, with multiple voices are characters, the matter of who-is-who (or who is speaking) seems to be clearer.  

Loosely based on the Book of Job, the book or play, begins with a single character, BO, who loses children among other things through divorce, a series of crisis or calamity. As with Job, BO transitions through the expected series of emotions and feelings, vacillating between depression and self-pity and entitlement, self-righteousness.  Whereas Job sought an audience with God, BO seeks a day in court with the modern institutions behind much of the loss, the crisis.  

As with Job, BO is confronted by counselors (those who serve as voices of reason against BO's supposed rights of restitution).  These characters include: the soul (LOUS), the heart (TRA-EH), the mind (DN-IM), and the spirit (TI-RIPS); but other characters follow, among which, are the institutions that seemingly are in opposition to much of what BO stands for, seeks, and considers sacred.  

The plot expands from the personal crisis to the broader issues of this time and place; a time when family is growing increasingly weaker along with marriage and fatherhood--all necessary institutions for a relatively free society.   

Understanding the real enemy, they that plot and play to undermine the family and society at large, is key to realizing the madness behind the methods; and yes, BO begins to understand as the evidence mounts and true intentions are exposed.    


Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Once and Always Father - Why write a book, my story?

Writing is an art and one that never considered mine until a series of tragedies.  

My first book, A Once and Always Father, is dedicated to: 
My kids...and all the kids and parents who love them and want to be a part of their lives.  
The book is about my marriage, divorce and the consequences of a non-custodial parent.  
 "How is that a tragedy?," you might asks.  
The events that follow and the environment in which a parent can (and many does) conduct themselves is not at all a parent in the sense that they do not authority in their child's life--regulated by the state (court order..."visitation rights") and at times subject to whims and will of custodial parent, their desires versus the child's needs.  

This book is a proclamation aimed at reinstating one's place in and among a family--forced to divorce and made disparate by the authority of the state.  In the closing chapter, "Undone Undoing", I write: 
I was once, am and will always be my children's father.
and continue to identify  those have and do threaten that fact, attempting to erode and erase it through false testimony, manufactured criminality and the manipulation of young minds and hearts.  
Suffice to say that time has a way of revealing the truth.  
Should I be given such time than perhaps time will...and the father that I claim to be can come to realize that love wins. 



 

 



Friday, February 2, 2018

Post-Industrial Age -- Same Old Same Old - So it Was

Another book in the development, this continuing collection of short stories attempts to capture the plight of the working class in a post-industrial age.  

Although the stories occur in the deep south, such stories are indicative of life and living across our land from the California displaced to the Appalachian downtrodden.  

Wages and incomes for many, a growing number, have stagnated over a period now of four decades (beginning in the mid-70's) while millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost, the economies of smaller towns and cities severely impacted.  

I cannot overlook that the deep south, Alabama as a prime example, of the benefits impart from the growing base of international car assembly and its network of tier suppliers; yet, I cannot discount that the wages and incomes for much of the employment is on the margins--the once opportunity of upward mobility no longer evident.  

There are jobs, yes, there is also the nagging notion that future generations are (or will) not going to experience the same economy that was as the "golden age (1950-70's) but instead, the consequences of a culture in depletion, a life and living lessening.

More on this time come. 



  


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Developing a story - Courage in the Crush, Part 1

This article is a first of possibly several on the latest book development, Courage in The Crush.  At this time, the plot is being developed while the prelude is near finishing.  The theme is notably about courage, the call for love and truth, in a time and place where these attributes are desperately needed. 

Sea or marine life is, by the given illustration, the characterization of most of the cast--once again, using the animal kingdom to tell an allegorical story.  Each chapter will likely have a single narrator, the name of this primary figure having some association and application to the theme, plot.   

Crabs have been in existence for a long time; consider for example, that the horseshoe crab is declared a fossil.   Who better to tell the story of lost love and the death of the truth than one (actually many) varying crabs, crusty and immensely conditioned to the climate?  Who is more exemplary of courage than this kind, their ability to endure many changes and survive many conditions?   

The cover design to the right is black and blue, representing more or less the deep blue sea while the crab--looking intently at its reflection--attempts to first discover self and then, perhaps, address the many problems that we face today and in the future, The Crush.