Fishing for Light is about hope. More to the point, the character, Eddie Wilcox lost that hopeful spark after his father died. It was from that personal trauma that his genetic code was altered. But I decided to take the metaphor a bit further, and had a little fun. And that is in part why Professor Quan and Captain Lovins steal the Hope Diamond, and Professor Quan used it for his scientific experiments. I even added a young character, Bill, who happens to be from Hope, Arkansas. (I thought Continue Reading
Captain Lovins – why a SEAL?
As you might already understand, I took great care in crafting Fishing for Light. And I admit, there is a political aspect to the story, as in what certain characters represent. I'll explain those elements, as the phrase goes, 'down the road'. I did not randomly pick the Captain Lovins character to be a SEAL. The character comes from my deep respect for those that defend us. I have friends in the military, and I know they sacrifice so that I can write crazy novels without the fear of being Continue Reading
First Chapter – Words?
I've pasted below the opening pages from Fishing for Light. I think it might be of interest to point out a few words and more important, why I chose those specific words. I spent a great deal of time researching content, with the equal challenge to use unique, but simple words. I want the reader to enjoy the read with words that will entertain, but not be condescending. It is a lot harder than I ever imagined. I chose the Emerson quote for two reasons, my interest in the Transcendentalist core Continue Reading
I was 'born and bred' in Lexington, Kentucky, that's how it gets said there. I am quite aware of the stereotype. So, I do worry about my 'spell-eng'. I think as an author, the thought of having a misspelled word within a published work, for me, now that is a nightmare! I know, it happens even to the best of them. But, that dose not take away the sting. Seriously, my name and credibility are on that document. And I'm asking someone to spend their hard earned money, I think it's important to Continue Reading
Professor Quan’s 1957 Buick Roadmaster?
A good question from a friend, "why did Professor Quan drive a 1957 Buick Roadmaster?" I got the inspiration from watching an episode of "Jay's Garage". Since Fishing for Light is a satire, to me the car represents the magic of America and the limitless future, and in a sense, how most American's look forward to the future, pride in their craft, and that they had, hope. http://youtu.be/cpUNT-FqsoM Continue Reading
Ms. Prosperina, what in the ‘blank’ is she?
Okay, I've gotten numerous questions about Ms. Prosperina, as in how did you come up with that character? I admit, Ms. Prosperina is a seriously nasty 'it', because she is not a 'she', but rather a 'Chimera'. A what? Let me explain, there is the reality - Chimeric Genetics and the mythology - Chimera. I'll use Wikipedia, because it's an easy source, but there are numerous other sources roaming about the internet, it's all rather common information. Chimeric Genetics: "Chimeric genes Continue Reading
So, how would you get DNA? And what would Professor Quan do with it?
Okay, so yesterday I provided some insight as to the why I wrote Fishing for Light. And I provided a few pages from the novel with the list of famous targets that Professor Quan wanted specimens. But why? And for what purpose? I used the below quote as one of the satire's inspirations. “Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson I believe if we listen to our instincts, a higher power will lead us toward our rightful spot in the universe. I Continue Reading
Fishing for Light – Background Knowledge
I love satire, my early author influences were Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, and then television with Monty Python, and then Steve Martin, Dan Aykrod, and even today, I do enjoy Steven Colbert's odd humor. I may not always agree with their politics, but I love to laugh at the absurdity of modern life. I read Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes and then in high school, Jailbird. I suspect the first time I realized I was a bit, odd, was in 7th grade, my red-haired buddy Mitch gave Continue Reading
I’m sorry to have kept you waiting, but I’m afraid my walk has become rather sillier recently.
~ Monty Python / Ministry of Silly Walks
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