Wednesday, August 28, 2013

To get away with murder - a fictional story

  The bullies' ball

  The two police officers walk down the street a warm afternoon. People walk up and down the street, passing them on both sidewalks. Several individuals cast wary glances at them.
  One of the uniformed men stops. The other stops right afterwards.
  - HEY, YOU SON OF BITCH, he shouts across the street. – STOP STARING AT ME!
  More people stare at them.
  - STOP, the enraged cop shouts.
  Many people across the street stop. Others keep walking.
  Both officers draw their gun. They fire it once, twice and keep firing. One of the black men across the street is hit, is hit several times. He falls and hits the ground. They keep filling him with lead. People scream in hysteria and run away. Two of them are also hit. They keep running.
  The man on the ground groans and dies.
  Both cops grin viciously to the bystanders as they cross the street.
  - You people hope this time will be different, the cop grinning the widest states calmly, - but it won’t be. Cops can do almost anything without being punished for it. The exceptions are only when we truly piss off our superiors or break a given important rule of conduct those in charge have ordained. If you want to get away with murder become a cop.
  He chuckles darkly and pleased, so very pleased, looking at them with glee and spite in his eyes.

  No one says anything. They know the man’s words to be true. Experience has shown them that long ago and nothing has changed.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Recommendation

  I am often asked which of my novels I will recommend, and I recommend various books, depending on my mood. They’re all my favorites, my joy.
  But perhaps the very best, when I probe the issue within myself is At the End of the Rainbow, the fourth book in The Janus Clan series.
  There are three basic entry points to that series so far. The fourth book is one. The Defenseless, of course, and ShadowWalk are two others. Even if there is a clear connection to the rest of the series, they can easily be read on their own merit.
  I don’t quite know why I think that Rainbow is my best so far, perhaps because it is my latest, or one of my latest, perhaps because it is such a great flow of story, or because of something purely personal to me.

  The first three books were a kind of set up to the series. This is where I get to use and play with the characters in earnest, where the going gets even tougher. You get to meet some of the main players, still in their youth, but already scarred by life’s hardship, on their ride across the Earth. It’s a great Journey. I know. I made it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Original

  My influences, my inspirations, if you will are more than anything what hasn't been written, hasn't been done yet. If you can’t do anything original leave it behind and seek a different approach or story or life.
  It was like that from the start for me. I wanted to write, make what no one before me had done and several years ago I realized I had succeeded.
  Sometimes life is grand and twice inspiring.
  Even as a child, I’m proud to say I removed myself from the copyists, the conformists, the obedient and the unimaginative, an ongoing process that took off with a bang in my late twenties.
  And that volcanic eruption worked itself up from there, from that fluid point, and, even if I enjoy the occasional nostalgia I have hardly looked back.

  I can’t stress it enough, how important, even crucial this is, in art and life in general. It is one thing among many that is mostly missing from today’s general humanity. I keep living it, every second of the night and even day.