Strange Days Are Upon Us

I was sitting, writing the other day and came up with a really awesome idea. What if I came up with a character to play in live segments who was otherworldly and read books? So I set out to design a persona I could portray on youtube,Instagram, and Facebook. Well, it took three of us to come up with the right character type.

The day before yesterday, I was talking to Sunny, my cover artist, and he suggested an Incubus/Reaper…sort of a Soul Reaver.  Thus, Souljourner was born.  The projected “show” is entitled Souljourner’s Dark Story Time. I will be reading  stories, recommending books, and whatever else I can think of as Souljourner.

I am not sure exactly how long the little vignettes will be, but I do know that there will be a lot of mischief and mayhem, trying recipes, introducing new books, and talking to Headley.

Souljourner:

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Headley:

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Who knows? I may even share really great music…

Books, Books, Books

First of all, let me apologize for not posting more regularly…but there plenty of really good reasons.  At least three of those reasons made their debut here on this blog. Let me explain. You, see, I published what I have completed of  The Hell Patrol Saga (both parts to the Prologue, and episodes 1-4). The first six installments of this series appeared here, on wattpad, and on a site I used to write for called triond.com. you can find the new books on Amazon. The covers?

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The Hell Patrol Episodes 1 & 2

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Adding to this is the fact that for the last week, I have been editing an amazing book entitled Soldier of Leaves. When it is released, I will post the cover here with the link for ordering here.

 

OK So Life happens

To make up for the silence, I have posted 2 chapters tonight. I got two done today while I waited for the net to come back on. made it to 15,933 and I am only on chapter 14.  This book is extremely hard for me to write, second only to The Faust Syndrome (which has gained a new reader for me, sold a first edition, signed to a young man looking for a book to read.) or The Devil–both of which were hard for totally different reasons.

Once Around the Ride is hard to write because of the complex story and the sadness within the story. Death is never easy to write about and its effects on those within the story is a complex and difficult aspect to write. For some families, a loss like the one taking place in this book would draw them together. Other families, on the other hand, seem to fall apart. The Morrows and Venaceks are families that rally around  their own and thus unite as a single unit and become stronger despite the loss they may suffer.

Hmmm….Again.

Did I lose y’all? I mean, I introduced you to Sal who is Matt’s bandmate and also happens to be a homosexual. Now I intro’d you to Matt’s Uncle and his lover. Are we having a tough time processing the sudden (but not really) appearance of a couple?

I warned you back when I started writing The Morrow Family Saga that I was not going with the sugar coated world. I was going to touch subjects that might actually make you uncomfortable. Well, I may not have reached too many in the 50’s, but I will begin hitting a few in the 60’s and 70’s (namely what took place during the “Summer of Love” and also during the sexual revolution of the late 60’s and 70’s that seemed to end with the death of the discos but continued underground and is even around today). I open on the 80’s with death and the revelations about different family members.

Natalia, Matt’s mother, is dying of AIDS during a decade where little is truly known about the syndrome. the 80’s were a time of uncertainty and few treatments. Now, we have a plethora of information dealing with recent (and not-so-recent) discoveries about how the virus works as well as new treatments used to keep it at bay. But then, they had just discovered and begun to study the virus.

Natalia, like many in the late seventies and early eighties, contract the virus through the porn industry and her inability to get away from the “free sex” mentality she has become used to. She is now in the latter stages of the illnesses that normally wouldn’t be fatal but which have become so due to her advanced state with HIV/AIDS. Her mother and father, fully aware of her lifestyle, still do not know that they will be seeing their baby girl for the last time even though Nattie’s siblings do.

Matt, too, is devastated because he realizes that this is one fight he cannot help her win and that he is about to lose the one person who matters most to him. Even though his first marriage has fallen apart, and a divorce is eminent, it doesn’t matter. He has already dealt with that and is now face-to-face with reality like never before. He is at a breaking point and everyone but him knows it.

If you don’t feel comfortable with things thought to be taboo, then by all means. Don’t read any more of the story. Otherwise, remember: this is history seen through a fictional family’s eyes. Reality tends to blend with fiction in this type of series. And also remember that I do not candy-coat things to make it acceptable to those who are of a religious nature. Long live the truth.

Are We Ready?

I am now ready to pick up where I left off. Sorry it took me so long. It is so refreshing to be in classes where I make A’s instead of C’s or D’s. Before last term, when I was set up with Business math and biology together, I had a strong feeling that I was being set up to fail. By itself, Business Math is hard for me, especially when it comes to what I call Banker’s math (figuring out loan payment amounts, interest, etc.). I don’t really care about what my payments will be because my figures won’t necessarily meet the figures of the bank or lender. I would much rather learn how to do business projections needed for a business plan such as 5 year projections and the break even figures. These, to me, are more about business than knowing how to break down a loan. Why? Because  These figures tell you more about when you can stop relying on lenders and walk on your own as a company.  Biology, while intriguing, would have been easier if I had not had to deal with a math class that meant very little to me.

Putting them together set me up for failure. Luckily, I was able to pull a C in both class. this caused me to pull a C overall and made my GPA fall. Had I taken one with another class, a less technical class, I would have pulled a B or even an A. But the Advisor I had insisted that I take them both, even when I requested not to take either at that point. I had explained that I needed a longer rest from math, but was unheeded. And although I started off strong in both, midway through, I hit the wall and my grades fell.

By the end of the term, I was drained. Emotionally, physically, mentally. I was so drained that it has taken me this long to get back up to speed. Now, I am back go Once Around The Ride and finish the story so I can start on or finish a couple more books in the 1950’s series. At the same time, I am trying to get started on the other series’s within the Vampire War Saga so that I can create a backstory to the Angel of Death series, which is actually the very end of the story.

My goal for this year is to finish at least three series within The Morrow Family Saga and the same within The Vampire Wars. I also want to get the Halloween book in The Daniel Hargis Series finished and out to you, the reader along with other projects I have in the offing dealing with my cartoons, lyrics, and nonfiction is concerned.  By the end of the year, I would like to have a larger library of work finished that includes one-off novellas and short story anthologies.

I am also trying to get a book  about the Liberian Civil War edited for a friend so that I can publish it for him and promote it to its fullest. It is my first attempt at emerging as a publisher/editor and help other international authors who want to break into the American market. I will be publishing it under the Jaysen True Blood Creations label until I can create a new publishing label.

Coming back to life

Sorry for the nearly month long silence. Last term was a bitch. Instead of allowing me to break up the science and math, they (my advisor) decided I needed to get both out of the way. I could have done much better if they had allowed me to take one at a time, math with Government or Science with Government (like I had wanted to do) but, no. The young lady acting as my student advisor at the time thought that I had to have both classes right then and there. to say the least, I was lucky to make it out of both classes with C’s.

Anyhoo, onward. I will be reviewing where I was when I left off and will be resuming the story that was in progress. At the same time, I am editing a client’s manuscript so that I can publish it for them (I am going into publishing)  and will also be editing past Morrow Saga books so that the age sequencing is no longer off. during my sabbatical, I noticed that books 1-4 of the first series are way off on the age sequence, so must fix the problem.

I will also be getting all the Jay’s World comics together, along with the early cartoons, so that they can be published.eventually, I intend to publish all of my lyrics as well…but that is a project for another time.