I saw her bathing all in nude, Her beauty and the darkness consumed her, Her darkness was shining, But she wasn't afraid, Because she knew who she was. She knew where she wanted to be, But even as it was crumbling, She saw her fate drowning, Nemesis. In darkness as she tried to breathe. As she tried to survive, to wait it out until the Sunrise. Eating the apple after years of forbidding herself from eating, Gaining that insight, To what she never thought she would know- Pure enlightenment. The Darkness thou doth tempt, Love thy parents, But breaking windows, A&E... Can it all be forgiven? It's not a cry that you hear at night, It's the whisper of gratitude, From all those who have been saved, From inner turmoil, their own darkness Shining.
Two frightened men sat facing each other in a cold, dimly lit room. There was no window, and nothing on the walls except the ventilation grills and a grid of TV screens showing neat rows of red and grey human corpses.
60,000 word literary fiction novella. New Year’s Day in the 1990s. Ellen wakes up with no memories outside a house in Sydney. Ellen’s housemates are only vaguely familiar; conversations with her reflection, Mackenzie, help her recall details of her life. Events that take place include a picnic in the middle of a highway; the prolonged flooding of Sydney; and the hijacking of a NAVY ship in which Ellen’s pet cat Dave sails away. Ellen’s housemates, Renee and Ness, are in a lesbian relationship. Ness has a sex-change and becomes Nathan. Ellen questions her own sexuality in her attraction to another housemate, Karin. Ellen’s friend Indigo habitually vanishes to a parallel world. Indigo’s boyfriend Lucas, a dentistry student, prescribes drugs when Ellen experiences insomnia and paranoia. Still, Ellen/Mackenzie spirals into psychosis, and the house turns into the site of a chaotic festival. In an attempt to escape her insanity, Ellen decides to swim to the horizon. The cat reappears as a hallucinated pirate, Dave Schrodinger. Indigo eventually rescues Ellen. The housemates are cautious when they are out alone due to reports of a serial rapist. They have no idea he is living in their cellar until he attacks Indigo, and she disappears for good. Mackenzie fades away. Ellen and Lucas find glasses which afford a distorted perspective of the world. Lucas becomes addicted to this magical world view, but Ellen believes it is Indigo’s way of telling them she vanished in time. Whether she did is a case of Schrodinger’s cat.
GENRE: Contemporary, Fiction, Paranormal9,900 words; Short Story; CompleteWhen we first meet the protagonist, his name is not Tommy Catoctin, although that is what he will soon call himself. One is not born Tommy Catoctin; one becomes Tommy Catoctin. It is an honorarium reserved for military veterans who have tread soil—foreign and domestic—sanctified by US service members, now and throughout the last three or more centuries. As we discover, Tommy Catoctin might not exist in the world the rest of us know; he exists with only one sacred purpose. It is his task to make sure no man is left behind to wander without direction, without orders. He appears where he is needed and is known by many hallowed names; Tommy Normandy, Tommy Midway, Tommy Baghdad.Our eponymous Tommy Catoctin took some persuading; he had to die in the Civil War to accept his mission today . . .
GENRE: Contemporary, Crime, Fiction, Suspense24,850 words; Complete Novella - Ninth draft, but still not yet finely polished . . . More work to come but still readable, with all elements in place.Both lines of the first-person narrator’s Appalachian Mountain families’ are moonshiners going back generations, and as he tells it, “My uncles all were outlaws, every last one of them, and daddy was, too. They weren’t lazy. They knew what hard work was, and were eager to avoid it . . .” The narrator’s daddy and his mother’s daddy were the biggest obstacles to circumvent in any situation that developed, and surrounding those two, one could always count on situations developing. They made life difficult for people inside and out of the family, but they served the big fish that swim near the surface, the power elite of Mesach County. Even after the end of Prohibition, their special services remained valuable. As was clear that he would from the beginning, daddy finally took things too far. Something had to give, and the end began at Oblivion Bridge . . .
Set in modern day Edinburgh, an average Joe man in his early thirties, is given the news that he has terminal brain cancer. He then sets out to enjoy a life that he always wanted to lead. A life without consequence, fear and regret.
A boy of 17 intrigued by all things subtle and often over-looked, is diagnosed with a multitude of mental illnesses, and therefore prescribed a vast array of medications. Flattened by the weight of his peers judgement, he isolates himself away for years, refraining from all social contact and destroying all that is technological, but for one item, his laptop. With this lone piece of hardware he begins to write out his daily thought process, delving deep into his mind and its peculiar predicament. This habit however, begins to lead him further away from the social norm; letting the onset of further troubles lead psychologists and his family to the conclusion that his mind has begun to break down. Now left with little options, he begins to dig a little further into his now labelled "insane" mind, and unravels a philosophical outlook that warps the boundaries of 21st century living, and therefore sends him on a journey for not only his sanity, but for his life.
The idea on which this opening is built is the concept of memory. In our daily lives, we allow memories to stagnate and often hold us to ransom. The memories sometimes degrade to the point where they are in contrast to what actually happened. This novel then examines the character of Mat Berringer and his relationship to his memory of the train wreck that killed his parents. The wreck acted to jolt his conscious memory into existence, and being so horrific, it is all he can focus upon in ensuing years. As in this opening, he suffers from sexual dysfunction, and an element of social ineptness. However, he is also intelligent, cunning and has a near eidetic memory. He can also be socially manipulative if he so chooses. This proves to be the case in procuring a Dictaphone form his ex-journalist Aunt. He manipulates her into giving him the prized remnant of her past life. Effectively, it acts as a tool for Mat to engage with his memories, and the formulation of a coherent picture of his parents, and their death.