Friday, August 31, 2012

I have a visitor: JT Lewis

    
     JT: Hello! This is JT Lewis coming to you from beautiful Southeast Indiana!

(Crickets chirping)

What?

(Dammit)

Ok….I know you all came here for my interview with Gabriel Celtic, but I just found out he has been called out of town on a big case. My ex assistant has just told me that Gabriel would try to call in from his current location…if he can!

(sigh)

Ok…ok! (sigh)…ok…actually this is very in character for Gabriel Celtic, who stays on a case like a bloodhound until he…um…solves the case! I believe we have him on the phone!

Gabriel!....Can you hear me? Oh, wait…since you are on a police matter…Can you read me?

(Crickets chirping)

Gabriel: “Who is this?”

JT: Hey! This is JT old buddy!

Gabriel: …JT?...JT who?

JT:...JT?…JT Lewis?…your writer?
 

Gabriel: (Silence)

Gabriel: Ohh…JT…my ghost writer!

JT: (Silence)

JT: Oh…(ahem) (blush) …ummm…yeah

 Gabriel: How ya doing JT…listen…this must be some kind of mix-up…I thought I was calling Lenny’s for some Stromboli’s…I’m not sure how I got your number mixed up with Lenny’s…I better go and call the right number, we’re starving over here…nice talking to you JT!
 
       JT: Wait!

Gabriel:....you say something JT?

JT: Um…you were supposed to be doing an interview with me today…for your fans?

Gabriel: (Silence)

Gabriel: Reeaaallyy….Abby! You know anything about an interview?

Gabriel: (Muffled conversation in the background)…with JT?...( muffled expletives in the background)…are you kidding me? (muffled cussing in the background)

Gabriel: (Silence)

Gabriel: Ok JT…I guess it was actually Abby that agreed that I would do the interview…but in her defense…she didn’t know this big case would come up…so…can we put this off?

JT: umm…(blush)…(whispers) Gabe…everybody is here, waiting to hear from you…

Gabe: JT!...I told you never to call me Gabe!

JT: But…but…

Gabriel: Here’s Abby…

(Silence)

Abby: Hello?

JT: (blushing) Hi Abby…JT here…I guess you have been elected to fill us in on Gabe’s…er…Gabriel’s exploits for the interview…

Abby: JT?...He.rrow…you wan me in.tro.vru? 

JT: Abby? What’s with the Vietnamese accent? You don’t have a Vietnamese accent!

Abby: You no rike? You trub-oh too much, I not rike sis

 JT:....ummm…I wrote that line…what is this?

 Abby: I gro now…okray?…big Stromb…I mean….brig crew on crase…many many crews…no one can knowing diss one………………………………..cya!

(Click)

JT: big clue on case?...what clue? What? (mumbling from ex assistant in background)…What? She hung up!?!?!?

 JT: (mumbled expletives and cursing)

JT: (Silence…whimpering?)

JT: (Throws phone across the studio)

JT: Bleep this! If he thinks he can bleeping get another bleeping ghost bleeping writer like bleepin me he can just bleep my bleeping rosy bleep and bleeping stick it where the bleeping sun don’t shine!

JT: BLEEP!!!!!!!

(door slams shut!)

Ex Assistant: hello?

(crickets chirping)   

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Monday, August 20, 2012

I have a visitor: LW Rondeau

The words written here are those of my guest, award-winning author L. W. Rondeau.....


What is Dystopian Literature?
When I set out to write the America II trilogy, I wasn’t thinking in terms of a genre, especially not a genre within a genre. Sic-fi-speculative-futuristic-political-thriller-dystopian and all those labels were something I hadn’t anticipated. I merely entertained the idea: If societal trends that exist today continue full speed ahead, what would the world look like in 2073?
Then someone reviewed my book and called it dystopian. Someone else said it reminded them a little of Hunger Games, a book I hadn’t even read. I’ve heard other writers refer to their book in the same manner. So I did some research, and sure enough, America II falls within the definition of Dystopian Literature, although, it really is vastly different than Hunger Games, though it does contain some of the elements commonly seen in Dystopian books.
With the onset of the wildly popular The Hunger Games, dystopian literature is now the fastest growing preference in young adult fiction. Some experts argue the reason is because today’s young people are disaffected with today’s culture. They see little hope on the horizon.
Such was the climate of George Orwell’s 1984, written in 1948, a poignant story of a totalitarian government, a few years following the end of World War II. People were frightened of the growth of communism as well as the advent of the Atomic bomb. Hysteria and fear were rampant. World War II vets, returning from their service, could not get jobs.
C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, written post World War II, also explores this loss of hope in the world as it is an allegory of the fall of mankind. Narnia was once Utopia (The Garden of Eden) but became Dystopia, ruled by an evil Snow Queen.
With a stagnant economy, housing crunch, and wide unemployment, not just in America but world-wide, I wonder if we have not grown into another aura of paranoia regarding our future.  Hence, the resurgent popularity of Dystopian topics.
Dystopia is derived from the Ancient Greek and means a bad place. By definition, Dystopia is the opposite of Utopia which is a derivative of the Greek word meaning place and sounds like the English homophone (eutopia) which is derived from the Greek to mean good or well. In combination then, Utopia, has come to mean a good place. Utopia is often thought of as Heaven on earth, paradise today, where the world lives in peace and no one dies of hunger. Where there is no such thing as crime. In the classic, The Time Machine, a scientist creeps into the future to see if the world can cure its ills. He stumbles upon a seeming Utopia until he realizes human beings are being raised as food for underground monsters.
According to Wikipedia, Dystopian literature has these in common: idea of a society, generally of a speculative future, characterized by negative, anti-utopian elements, varying from environmental to political and social issues.
Most Dystopian themes will characterize society as oppressive or totalitarian. While the world seems dark and unappealing to the reader, the minor characters or society sees nothing wrong with the way things are. There is generally a character or characters that is dissatisfied and wants things to change. Therein is the conflict, the character pitted against society, like Don Quixote, flailing his sword at windmills.
Other classic dystopian literature includes: Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and The Iron Heel.
Unlike most Dystopian themes, and more like Chronicles of Narnia, America II: The Reformation offers hope for an improved society. It also reminds the reader of God’s continued interest and involvement in the affairs of His creation.


SYNOPSIS and Back Cover blurb
Following unprecedented climatic changes, resultant pestilence and war brought the world into chaos. Eventually, each nation surrendered its sovereignty to form a global democracy, initially known as The Accord. However, the democratic government proved too weak and was soon replaced by a faux democratic rule. 
The year is 2073, and current governor of Western America Province, Edwin Rowlands, is poised to become the Constitutional Government’s second president. Many fear that the sweeping reforms found in his proposed Preservation Act will set him up as a dictator. If enacted, defection both past and present would become a crime punishable by death, thus bringing all outlands into crushing subjection.
While most believe reform is critical, factions disagree on how to prevent the Preservation Act from becoming law. Ahmed Farid, second President, believes reform can be managed within the existing government. Leader of the Revolutionary Army, Jimmy Kinnear, trusts only in military intervention. However, Jacob Goodayle, Chairman of Western America’s illegal outland government, favors separatism.
As tensions rise, civil war seems imminent. Who will be the voice of reason in a world on the verge of a third dark age?
A native of Central New York, Linda Rondeau met and married Steve Rondeau, her best friend in life, and managed a career in human services before tackling professional writing. After thirty-four years of marriage, they have relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, leaving rural America to live in a city of one million.
While writing is her greatest passion, the more favorable temperatures of Florida allow her to follow another great passion--golf.

Linda is the wife of one patient man, the mother of three, and the grandmother of nine.
An award winning author, L.W. Rondeau first book, The Other Side of Darkness (written under Linda Wood Rondeau), released Fall 2012, and won the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel. America II: The Reformation is L.W.’s debut sci-fi book and is the first of a futuristic, political thriller trilogy. A prequel is planned in the form of serial editions.

America II: TheReformation is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
You can reach L.W. through Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Linked In. Soon to be on PInterest. 
Or visit L.W.’s website: http://www.lindarondeau.com
            This Daily Grind

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Like what you see?

I wake up, at no particular set time, and make my way to the bathroom for the morning (or maybe early afternoon) duties.

I look in the mirror, steamed over from a skin-reddening hot shower. Like any of us, I sometimes ask, "Do I like what I see?"

"Sure." The answer is usually, "Sure, I'm fine with that." Most of the time, the thoughts do not travel much beyond that point.

Today, they did. Today, the wet smear of my handprint revealed a face I did not recognize in that dubious mirror. I followed the lure of my dark pupils like Alice down her rabbit hole.

Inside, I meet zombies, vampires, walking through dark spaces, stepping in who knows what, but it is sticky and smells horrible. I see my friend Ron (he's kind of annoying, but takes it in stride).

Today, I really like what I see. I have been working on redesigning my image. Little things here and there.



I changed up my blog.

I have a new author page: http://www.facebook.com/samcanwrite. The old Facebook pages will be going away soon.

I have some excellent new covers: http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/4982868.Sam_Lang

I am working on a new story, but more on that later. I am taking my time these days. I have mentioned several times lately that I am working to finish Severed. Then we will have another visit with Ron Ungary. After that, something new. Something interesting.

What about you? Do you like what you see?