I was also pleased with the release of my short story, Davis and the Goth, as part of the Print-On-Demand anthology, While the Morning Stars Sing, published by Lyndon Perry. Lyn also publishes the Residential Aliens website, where he published my short story, Supernal, way back in 2009. Now he's put together an impressive anthology and I'm honored to have been able to contribute to it along with a lot of fine writers. If you like speculative fiction that honestly expresses spirituality (my forte), you'll really like this collection of stories.
I'm also very happy to have my sons home from China. They've spent the last two months studying the Chinese language in Qingdao, China as part of the University of Mississippi's Chinese Flagship program. They flew out of Shanghai early Saturday morning in the midst of thunderstorms that heralded the approach of Typhoon Muifa. Over 300,000 people were evacuated from Shanghai and over 200 flights were cancelled. The boys' flight actually left a few minutes early and skirted the leading edge of the storm to get out. They're home now, after traveling more than a day from the far side of the world. We welcomed them home with hamburgers, Dr. Peppers, and a triple-chocolate cake.
While the boys recover from jet-lag, we'll put in a big effort his week to finish the editing of A Single Step. I've written four articles and a review to be published in the Arbordin Literary Society Newsletter that will accompany the ebook. The newsletter will be sent to subscribers, but I've published my Author's Review of A Single Step on my website. I hope it will entice readers to sign-up to the FREE newsletter.
I think the review provides a good overview of what the book is about, more so than the teasers and taglines I've published so far. Anyone really intrigued by it can subscribe to the ALSN and read articles where I talk about the story's themes and influences.
These articles are:
"The Problem of Bullies" describes my view of the bullying problem, so common among school-age children and one that I struggled with growing up. I pull material from the "Stop Bullying Now" website to illustrate the current thinking of behavioral professionals on bullying. I compare this material to my own experience and the way Bobby Lorman deals with his bullies in A Single Step.
"Finding the Wise Path" reveals the philosophical influences behind A Single Step. These are Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity, and The Fourth Way. I describe how these strains of thought are pulled together into a philosophy of the common people that I call, Ming lu.
"Kung fu--A Personal Essay" is just that. It's my account of how kung fu, the Chinese martial art as well as the 70's TV series, has influenced my life and my thinking and found expression in A Single Step.
"B&Bs I Have Known" describes my experiences with bed-and-breakfast inns over the years. Elements from most of them appear in A Single Step.
I hope all this will prompt you to watch for the publication of A Single Step, or better yet, subscribe to the ALSN so you'll receive a notification when the story is released, and also get the free newsletter.