May Writing Updates and Assorted Reflections

I’ve been attempting to seclude myself from the toxicity of social media for a bit, due to the rather tense moments history seems to have us trapped in. Ponderous, I have been lately on the nature of the words we forge and the impact they have, sometimes without our awareness. I’ve always held the belief that we (writers, poets, artists in general) have a special responsibility, arguably an obligation, by the subsequent art that we produce.

Foucault equated all knowledge as power. Power and knowledge being inextricably linked, and essentially the same thing, at least for him. Words, inherently not only describe, but regulate the control (definition and flow of meaning). The words we produce, the art we make, and the meaning behind them hold the same knowledge, the same ability to define and influence historical change.

As for the words I’ve been creating this past month, or at least attempting to create, there have been some struggles, but overall the flow of words has begun to return. I’ve finished two new prose poems, Cellars, Caskets, and Closets and as for where that piece is being placed I cannot reveal… yet. And I finished a piece titled, Telos: The Anxiety of Choice.

There are two short stories nearing completion, and I’m very excited about a recent development related to my upcoming novella, A Dream of Falling Skies: Emanations, Inceptions, and Machinations of Me, however, I’m not able to disclose anything at the moment. Don’t worry. I’ll blast it into the Void soon enough.

The full table of contents for the Joe Pulver charity anthology Nightmares in Yellow edited by Duane Pesice was announced featuring my story naigoth.carcosa.exe, a story I’m extremely proud of and had a great time writing. Also, Douglas Draa released five cover proofs for upcoming Weirdbook issues of which I will be appearing in two (issues #43 and #44). The full contents for issue #43 was announced where my story A Sum Total will appear.

That’s all for now. Check back here for updates!

Full Contents for Weirdbook #43 is Here! My Story “A Sum Total” Appears in this Issue!

The full contents for Weirdbook #43 is finally here, featuring my short tale of mathematical mania A Sum Total. This features a lineup of fantastic writers, poets, and storytellers. I want to thank Doug Draa for his tireless effort and passion to bring this issue to print.

The image is merely a proof of what the actual cover art will look like and the names are not final, but nonetheless, it’s still really cool…

Table of Contents:

STORIES:

An American Story By Darrell Schweitzer

Impervious to Reason, Oblivious to Fate By  John R. Fultz

The River By Sharon Cullars

Taking Out the Trash By D.C. Lozar

Arthur Wardrobe and Asia Anastacia: A Love Story By Andrew Darlington

Snack Time By Franklyn Searight

Godlike By Edward Morris and Konstantine Paradias

Ron Kon Koma By Glynn Owen Barrass

Dragon’s Gold By Ngo Binh Anh Khoa

The Fury of Angels By Adrian Cole

Keisha’s Dinosaur By Nicole Kurtz  Nicole Smith

Will Home Remember Me? By Joseph S. Pulver

You’re Gonna Love This song By Michael S. Walker

Frozen Time By Rivka Jacobs

Lucien Greyshire and the Ghost from Applebee’s By L.F. Leanna Falconer

A Sum Total by Maxwell Ian Gold

Poems:

Dark Rift By Ann K. Schwader

Doom of the Season By Gregg Chamberlain

The Pumpkin Boy on Samhain By Chad Hensley

Gol-Goroth Fane Frederick J. Mayer

Danse Macabre By Jeff Barnes 

Kings Pyre By W.D. Clifton

Empress of Vampires By KA Opperman

Night Hag By Neva Bryan 

What is the Season? By Ashley Dioses

"From the depths of burning Time, dead stars fall, into the Wells."