Hot off the presses: my anthology is now available as an eBook!
Thanks for your support!
Hot off the presses: my anthology is now available as an eBook!
Thanks for your support!
My anthology won the 2017 Best Book Award for Fiction: Short Story!
Here’s the award link:
And here’s the Press Release link:
Of course I need to thank Joyce Combs, my editor, for her sharp eye and editorial skills. To Pam Headrick for her formatting sorcery. There’s no other word for such witchery. And Lon Kirschner—for his incredible cover artistry! I couldn’t have done any of this without them! Thank you all so damned much!
I have to thank the American Book Fest! Their readers and judges! Thank you so much! I am truly honored and stunned! Mr. Jeffery Keen! Thank you! You were so quick and timely with all of our correspondence and responses to my questions, as well! I am truly honored and stunned!
Second time’s the charm?
Wendy and I tried to record this interview a week ago (the last interview that never happened…), but ran into…let’s just call it “doppelgänger issues”…and the interview was lost….
But yesterday, all things fell into place! The irony of it all was that this interview was originally scheduled for yesterday‘s date, but Wendy had moved it to the previous week (and there’s more about this in the podcast, above).
Insert doppelgänger issues.
Here we are now.
Sorry about the occasional feedback issues, but it is technology.
Wendy is so charming, gracious, and fun! Thank you, Wendy, for two fun interviews, thanks for having me, and I hope we do some more of these! Thank you, listeners, for listening! And thanks to Matt, for his excellent production efforts!
Things are not always as they seem….
Okay, after nigh 40 years, I have finally brought together the best of my short stories into a single collection! Forty-five of them! As I’ve teased…here is the cover to my new book, Do The Dead Dream?!
Isn’t this just creepy?!
I will talk more about this cover in another post, its creation, what I absolutely LOVE about it, but I am floored by Lon Kirschner’s work, and in total awe of this guy’s abilities! I am still working on the back cover, am having the entire manuscript formatted, but I am looking to release Do The Dead Dream? at the end of this month!
Damn, I can hardly believe it, but this cover kills!
Now, since this is my “reality check” blog, I’m also going to mention about an interview that got, um, derailed a bit. In a most weird and peculiar way….
It seems that there are things around this book that are funny and weird that are starting to happen, and one of them was a telephonic interview with Wendy Garrett this past Wednesday, August 30th. It was a recorded session to be released on the Empower Radio website, under Wendy Garrett’s Conscious Living segment. But we only got about 20 or so minutes into it before it crashed!
What had happened was that Wendy and I had been talking and joking about how a doppelgänger of hers had been sighted by a neighbor earlier in the week, and she’d run across this neighbor as she’d been walking her dogs. The neighbor had exclaimed that s/he’d just past her, walking at the same clip, but with no dogs. So we were joking around with that, and Wendy had made a comment about how sad it must be for her doppelgänger, because she had no dogs! As were laughing about it, Wendy cut out for a few moments. I waited for her to come back, which she did, she she still wasn’t a solid signal, and her producer came on, saying she’d cut ou—
Then I’d lost them both.
I hung out for a couple of minutes, then decided to try to contact her through both Twitter and Facebook. We did get back with each other. I then posted a funny post, meant for her doppelgänger.
Well, the long and the short of it was that Wendy told me that they’d experienced some weird (and peculiar!) technical difficulties that they could not figure out, and that she’d have to get hold of me later to complete this interview. Then this morning I see a comment from Wendy on Facebook that we should call our interview “An Interview of the Weird and the Peculiar“!
Heck, yeah, I’m good with that!
So, there you have it! As long as Wendy does not continue to diss her doppelgänger, stay tuned for our Interview of the Weird and the Peculiar!
As to the anthology, I’m expecting an end of September/beginning of October release, through IngramSpark (ISBN 978-0-692-94480-6). I’m also looking to give a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer presentation in the Denver, Colorado area in October, about “The Paranormal and You,” so I hope to see some of you there!
Had a wonderful and fun interview on Wendy’s Coffeehouse tonight!
Thank you, Wendy, for having me, and thanks to your listeners for listening! Especially Japan’s listeners, who Wendy mentioned, she had just been informed were listing to tonight’s cast!
We talked about the paranormal and weirdness we’ve both had and continue to have in our lives, as well as some of my books and short stories. It was a fun show! Be sure to check out her podcast archive for a recording of this show!
Wendy’s site: https://wendyscoffeehouse.blogspot.com/
My next interview with her will be September 6, 2017, 11 a.m. MT, on KCMO talk radio.
Yesterday (Saturday, November 12, 2016), I did my sixth float. This was a more subtle float. And by “subtle,” I mean it wasn’t like most of my floats where I’m flying back and forth between all kinds of “vignettes” and such (brief out-of-body experiences?), but that yes, I had many of my normal experiences, but they were not jarring and as intense. It does seem that every float can be different, just like mediation, working out, whatever. We don’t know all that is going on inside us, and even when we do think we have a good handle on things, we never really know just what is actually going on inside us metaphysically. I was ready and excited to do this float, like I usually am, but the whiz-bang internal fireworks I normally experience just weren’t there…but it was still a great float!
One of the things I’d experienced in my last float was a feeling of a cool breeze of air that had shot across my face, so this time in I looked for that. Nothing. There really is no “cool breeze” that blows across you, so that was an interesting experience last time.
From that first float post, the Dreamwave chair:
“I used the shiatsu massage Inada Dreamwave chair after the pod experience, but I’d recommend using it prior to it. This chair...it has 100 air cells, while your typical, commercially available chairs have 30 – 40 cells, Ana-Alycia tells me. And it has 106 body types programmed into it. Anyway, it’s simply amazing. It’s like six different people working on you at once. And I kid about the “life of its own” part, but as it works away on you, you can hear the air cells sighing upon exhaling (inflating and deflating—see, I still refer to it as if it is ALIVE…) and the material creaking and scrunching all around you as it works you.
“Yeah, it’s alive.”
As I said, this time I used it before the float. I don’t know if that made any difference for me in this float. But it’s freakin fun!
Here is what I experienced during yesterday’s float:
After the float I entered the common area, where Morgan (one of the owners) and a young woman were talking about the woman’s experience, and sat quietly half-listening to their discussion, while recounting my own to write them down for this post. At one point Morgan brought me into the conversation. Later in the conversation, the woman asked me what I think all these images and “vignettes” were and if they were important. I told her I feel everything is important…we may not understand why or where all these experiences come from, but I don’t consider any of them dismissively coincidental or unimportant. I feel these images and events and experiences come from multiple sources. I think they could be peeking in on alternate/probably existences…lives. Could be events that are somehow tied to whatever energy we’re involved in at the moment. Could be other people’s stepping in on us. Could be those on “the other side” saying “Hi” or just making themselves known. The woman also asked if I ever enter a float with intent, and I told her, yes, I have—in fact I did so with this session, but it didn’t exactly pan out as expected, to which Morgan chuckled a good one (as I did)! Things don’t always go as planned, for me, I told her. That I’m not one of those who consciously works out answers in dreams…now, I do believe problems do work themselves out in dreams, among other “venues,” let’s just say, but consciously, I’d only had that happen once in my life…and today was no different in my float session. But…the over-arcing goal is always to just allow myself to experience whatever it is my Self wants to show me.
Afterward I noted the animal imagery interesting. I mentally noted that a friend of mine had just purchased a new horse. Also after the session, someone I was talking to mentioned something about race horses. So that thread is curious. I’m not a “horse person,” but have nothing against them; I love all animals—I am “an animal person”!—but the horse thread is interesting! And a friend of mine is currently performing some in-depth military history research, so this was also quite curious! Maybe what I witnessed were some of those who were a part of the historical events my friend is researching? I’m not clear on the period of these officers. It makes no sense to me otherwise—I’m not Navy (though my dad is, but he was a submariner, not a “skimmer,” and this definitely seemed like the deck of a surface ship).
Also, Morgan had mention that he was going to do some increased promotion and asked if he could use my blogs in their promotion! I thought, dang, that is so cool! I gave him my permission to do so. Thanks, Morgan and Ana-Alycia, for thinking of my work! I hope I can help give others a better understanding of what they can expect and it helps grow your business! It’s such a cool, bettering-of-life business, and even if others don’t get nearly what some of us get out it, it’s the intent that matters! The intent of trying to make one’s life better, which expands outward into life in general. When we better our own lives, we better life in general. And even you only get an incredible physical relaxation out of it, that’s fine, too! It all helps. If you’d like to get more metaphysical experiences, then begin by meditating at home. I’ve been doing so since I was a kid…admittedly, I don’t do it as much or as frequently as I used to, but that is where to start if you want to gain similar metaphysical experiences with the added isolation of the physical environment. And also have the intent that that is what you’d like to do!
But, everyone is different. I’m not some yogi, not a guru. Don’t want to be. I’m sure many have more intense, sustained out-of-body experiences than me, but that’s not the point: the point is that we all intend to better understand ourselves in the ways that our selves will do so. There’s no “race,” here (again, the horse imagery!). Enjoy the journey and better discover who you are!
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