Okay, well, it’s another Thursday morning, and time for me to write my weekly blog post. I’m abstaining from writing philosophical and/or political things, today. Those essays don’t seem to get as much response as my more lighthearted posts, and I never do seem to get good discussions going about them, which is a severe disappointment. I suppose in the era of Facebook, and especially Twitter, expecting people to read anything longer than 140 characters (or that is not in the form of even fewer characters, written on an amusing or startling or eye-catching picture) is a bit delusional, let alone expecting people to write anything of substance in response.
Sigh. Sometimes I despair.
On to much more positive matters: The Chasm and the Collision is going to be out sometime within the next month, and I want to start generating a bit of hype for it. Having to edit and edit and edit and edit and to do layout and to prepare things for publication are all relatively mind-numbing tasks, especially with a fairly long book, but they are essential. And they bear delicious fruit in the long run, so they’re well worth the effort.
Anyway, I want to give you all a little preview, or introduction, or whatever the term might be, of The Chasm and the Collision, beyond some of what I’ve written here previously.
The story would be categorized as a fantasy/adventure novel, but in some ways it’s almost science fiction, because even the fantastic elements of the story have their basis in what are, in the novel, natural phenomena. There are no spells or demons or witches, etc., in other words.
The story centers around 3 pre-teen middle school students, Alex, Meghan, and Simon. One day, they eat a bunch of particularly delicious berries they find in the fruit bowl in Alex’s house, assuming them to be a healthy snack that Alex’s mother has left for him. Starting that night, they begin to have strange dreams of a world with a changeless red sky, and a vast, mountainous city seemingly hanging in space off the edge of a cliff that seems to stretch on forever, with no far side. Dreams, though, are not the only disturbing occurrences. Meghan, Simon, and Alex begin to hear, and even see, bizarre and sometimes terrifying creatures that no one else can perceive. Gradually, they learn about an approaching catastrophe of staggering proportions: the impending collision of two universes, which would destroy everything that currently exists in both. And one of those universes is our own.
The prevention of this cosmic catastrophe centers around a single, small tree in the middle of a garden at the top of the gigantic tower crowning the city that floats on the edge of the Chasm. Alex, Simon, and Meghan find themselves in the seemingly impossible position of needing to help that tree carry out its preventive task.
However, this is not as simple as it might seem (har). For there is an Other, an indescribable entity, out there in between the universes. It, and its pawns, want very much for the collision to happen. Our heroes must try to avoid discovery by this thing of anti-sanity, to do whatever small part they can to counter its wishes, and then—hopefully—to return to their normal lives as before. They know they will probably not succeed completely at all three goals.
Well, there it is, a quick synopsis/teaser/summary/trailer for The Chasm and the Collision. I’m planning on creating a few meme-style promotional images to put out into the cyberverse, to garner a bit of excitement. If the story I described above sounds to you like it might be a good one, then please keep your ears pricked and your eyes peeled. I’ll let you know when it’s available.
If you want to find out whether you like my fiction writing style, there are two free samples here on the blog: “I For One Welcome Our New Computer Overlords,” and Prometheus and Chiron. Give them a read—they’re relatively short, the latter more than the former—and give me feedback, if you like. Do remember that, unlike the two above stories, The Chasm and the Collision (CatC), is a family-friendly novel. Though it can be scary at times, and certainly there is some violence in it, as in essentially all fantasy adventures, it isn’t gory violence. There’s no sex, no drugs, and very little rock ‘n’ roll. There aren’t even any effing swear words. What the frak is that all about?
Okay, I’ll stop now before I bore you too much. Soon I’ll begin my rundown and discussion of my favorite villains, and I think I’m going to begin with one of my personal favorites: The psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In the meantime, you fly back to school now, little starlings.