We artists are an odd lot. From every angle we seem to willingly go up against odds very much stacked against us. I’ve faced down that demon for three decades and those glowing eyes never dim, never blink. That’s only a fragment of the challenge that makes the victory all the sweeter. When the smoke fades from the fire, what remains is a carbonized chunk of pride we hold to our chests to let our tears of joy cool and harden.
It is our darling, our baby, our blood, and our soul.
And we all have to believe, in the end, that is the outcome…that the suffering and exhaustion we’ve endured will pay off. In some way, what we’ve created will touch someone in ways the daily grind cannot. We are the purveyors of the human condition, the reflection of the spirit of women and men. Art reminds us all that we are fallible, flawed creatures…while shining that same light on the beauty, truth, and joy that is humanity.
To me, my art is precious cargo. Be it farce, horror, scifi, steampunk, fantasy, romance…I take my part in remolding and reshaping the fictional human story very seriously.
Even when doing so with tongue planted firmly in (and sometimes straight through) cheek.
It is my art and this is my manifesto.
When I wrote Suicide Station, I knew I wanted to speak directly to the human heart in some way, shape, or form. In the end, the story that was told served to remind us that love can, nay, will happen. No matter how bad the situation is, romance is just around the corner, waiting to sneak up on you and sweep you away from the grief and pain of life.
Let it happen.
Yeah, yeah…enough with the fancy talk. Give us…
My dear sweet readers, here you go!
And as to the internal/external ratio percentage, Suicide Station is still climbing at 33/67. Very slowly I’m creeping up to that 50/50 point. I’ve two weeks to make it. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…
To everyone who has listened to me drone on and on about my Kindle Scout campaign (and, by association, Suicide Station)…thank you so very much. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for your support. Suicide Station is one of my biggest moments of pride (so far) and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you.