I have returned. I return a different person, a new man. I’ve tasted the forbidden cigars of Cuba, got smashed on rum punch while jumping into the Caribbean, and found out there is more rum in the islands then I can consume. The last one was a tough pill to swallow for me. Before I go any further, I would like to state a few facts and how absurd our country is.
The islands and Central American countries I visited live in a poverty most of us never, ever have to experience. Once you leave the nice beach fronts, the reality of the local economies set in. The jobs most of them have is to be our guides, drivers, and clean our condos. Behind the façade of the nice sand and tourists traps lies lands with great need of food, shelter, and infrastructure to improve their country and prospects for a brighter future. Returning to the states, I was once again bombarded with the messages from our leaders and the vile venom they spew back and forth at each other. The parties combined will spend almost $2 billion dollars to buy the presidency. $2 billion to pollute our airwaves with mud and name calling, dragging each other through the dirt and grime. $2 billion dollars that could improve the lives and prospects of many other people in countries less fortunate than ours. Would we rather see the money spent on families who live in extreme poverty so we can lift their economies or would we rather watch commercials where one candidate calls the other an asshole and the other counters back with something witty like, “well you are too!”. No, let them do something righteous with their war chests, see if they can rise up and do something worthwhile, and let them take a stand to the world by stopping the whoring for votes. Please feel free to discuss below, I’m very curious to see how others feel about this situation.
Now, for something lighter.
A few things are at the press and very close to coming out. Wicked East Press’s (WEP) Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction Vol.2 is at the press and should be released shortly. The story I penned for the Cemetery Dance Amateur Writing Competition last year titled, Rivals, is in the book. It has been updated with parts being tweaked. I felt the need to make some changes before I did anything with it. I posted the CD version at 4 in the morning and some items needed further clarification and fleshing out.
This weekend should see the release of Rymfire Undead’s Undead Tales 2 on Kindle and in print. My ‘zombies on a train’ tale, The Reaper Rides, can be found there. A good little story about what happens when at the beginning of the zombie plague, nobody is sure what is going on. Some other things might come out of this if I can stop blogging and just write.
A little flash story I wrote called Safety First was accepted for WEP’s Fresh Ground: Coffee House Flash Fiction Vol. 3. It won’t be out until 2013, but I dedicate it all my friends at work. When they hear it, they’ll know it’s for them.
Lastly, I am in contact with another author and we are planning to pen a few stories together for the hell of it. I’ve never done this before and the results should be pretty good. We are just starting to get the ball rolling, so I’ll let you know how that pans out.
Lots of stuff happening and I hope to have a novella update soon!