‘Enlightenment?’ they might have asked, ‘Isn’t your family’s religion good enough for you?’ Well, no. It wasn’t. So I started searching, and eventually the answers began to find me. They hid between the lines in books, in the shadows of conversation, and even in dreams, waiting for me to notice them. But they also changed me, they changed the way I looked at everything around me, because truths were everywhere, hiding in plain sight. Nothing need really be only and exactly what it seems. Including my stories.
You doubt me? Well then. let me show you. Come along with me on my journey. Visit the place that convinced me that there was more to the world than the humdrum that surrounds us. Click on “Red Queen at Morning“, and I’ll show you a place you’ll probably want to visit on your own, a place that’s a bit hard to describe, because, well, you’ll see. Then you can read these other stories about the same place. The first one will seem familiar, but the others…
- “Orientation” (Jun 2003) — You know that recurring dream about being unprepared for class? Mine was a doozie!
- “Common Ground” (Aug 2007) — Dreaming about taking bizarre classes is strange enough without someone disappearing the entire classroom and threatening to destroy the world you fell asleep in.
- “Escape Clause” (Jun 2008) — Jeremy was intent on getting to the meat of his existential quandary, even if it meant locking his teacher in a bad dream.
- “Puzzled” (Feb 2008) — The way Hilbran looked at it, you could either spend you time in theoretical pursuits, or you could get your fingers dirty by actually participating in your fantasies.
This is a mixed-genre series, in that a fantasy or metaphysical impetus has effects upon the power dynamic at the heart of politics. As in several of my longer works (novels and short story series) telling this tale entails following a number of people, rather than focusing on a single protagonist throughout.
- “Painful Realization” (Dec 2017) — [Novelette] For Lambert Frensh, teaching jazz was as much mysticism as it was music. Realizing his desire to enable his listeners to directly experience the emotional power of a performance nearly destroyed the machine that 3D printed his new instrument. And that was just the beginning of what he could do.
- “Of Two Minds” (Nov 2018) — [Short Story] Mark Laraby’s worldview was altered by the things Bert Frensh taught him that weren’t about how to play a horn. In the first story, we encountered him in the aftermath of a political rally he attempted to derail. This is the story of that rally.
- “Vampire Puppeteer” (Jan 2019) — [Short Story] Mark’s friend Alex was known as ‘Zaphod’ to close friends when both of their personalities, Alix and Ailex, were present. Ailex saw something at the rally that both frightened and intrigued her. Now she intends to do battle with it.
- “Interrupted Podcast” (Jul 2019) — [Novel? in progress] Bert Frensh’s plan to distribute the fruits of his labors, by placing sets of his special wind chimes at specific locations, ended up attracting more attention that he had anticipated, and more trouble. [This tale is a work in progress, and will be presented as a series of single-chapter posts. Links to individual chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 …]
The bookstores and cinemas are rife with stories about people whose lives are infused with magic, but there’s magick in this world as well, and there are places to learn about it. Henri was well on his way along that path when he got his calling.
- “Journeyman Wizard” (Jul 2014) — Henri was supposed to be guiding suicides away from the brink. What made this one different?
- “Aunt More Real” (Sep 2014) — Lauren was 13, and the only thing that stood between her and the truth was her parents. Well, that and the two boys blocking her way.
Like everyone else, my personal beliefs seep into the things that I create, which is why there’s a metaphysical flavor to some of what I write. That’s been true of the three novels I have written so far, and it’s true of some of the stories and essays posted here.
- “Legal Beef” (Nov 2009) — Why did a corporate whistleblower direct the sister of an accused murderer to speak with a photographer?
- “Magical Advantage” (Feb 2008) — The power elite always have reasons for wanting their offices to be at the top of the tower. The magical power elite knows why.
- “Riffing the Life Fantastic” (Dec 2010) — Imagine what you would do if you knew which choices would make you rich. Now imagine if it stopped working when your life was on the line. (This story is also the beginning of a series of business short stories.)
- “Singularity of Soul” (Nov 2007) — Some people dream about exchanging this mortal coil for an eternal life of the spirit. Be warned: it might not be all it’s cracked up to be.
- “Spirit of Place” (Nov 2005) — If you think that no matter who you elect, they all get corrupted by the system, you’re wrong. Just not the way you might expect.
- “Terrifying Vindication” (Aug 2009) — A dozen people went mad from the drug reaction that Corwin Farragut was convicted for, and yet Bernard Katzmarek was determined to prove his innocence by exposing far more people to the same danger.
- “Wake-up Call” (Jun 2008) — Be careful what you’re lulled to sleep by.