I'll give you details later, but the launch will center around an anthology I've compiled called, The Wider World. It's a compilation of the short (and not so short) stories I've done, plus some new material. All have been revised to correct errors, improve readability, and just better express what I was trying to say. And then there are two new novellas (Apocalypse Diary and Professor Ladner's Journal) that together take up about one third of the book. It'll be available as a printed book through Amazon.com and also as a Kindle ebook.
I selected the book's title as a description of that place we're all looking for. It's the destination for that journey we're on, the enlightenment we seek on our pilgrimage, and the greater reality we find when we discover how to open ourselves to it. That's the hope I tend to write about, even in the face of the world's darkness, and it's the theme I saw running through the stories.
In 2013 I posted a series of journal entries that described my own seeking of the wider world. They came from remembrances of some old inspirations, some current literary inspirations, and some life events. My story, Life Cost, came from that time. It all culminated in my journal entry that inspired the book's title.
Then, from 2014 to now, I morphed into considerations of "the journey," that complimented my move across country to a new home and life. What I've learned in all this, and am still learning, is what I've tried to share with you in my journal, and now in this new book. As I say in the Forward:
Seeking the wider world is the ultimate quest and is at the heart of all existential searches. It is also at the heart of the stories that comprise this anthology. Though the writing of each was motivated by the exploration of some facet of plot or character, or the desire to express some theme, they all examine someone's journey to the wider world, or their sudden discovery of it.
It is my great hope that you'll find The Wider World entertaining and inspiring. Watch this website, and my Facebook page for word of the book's availability.