Shadow and Light

In the beginning all lived in the light
Each creature was a glorious and noble sight
Every work was a joy, every burden light
All sheltered by a hand of benevolent might

Then one was tempted by a lofty goal
That she could be greater than her wondrous soul
She saw a little shortcut, took a little bite
Then began to sense that she should fear the coming night.

Her husband shared her misery by joining in her act
They sought the shadows to obscure their little selfish pact
Their trespass was discovered, their paradise was lost,
But still they could have no idea how much their sin would cost.

Their descendants travelled further from the true and rightful path
With pride leading to jealousy, to strife and deadly wrath.
Reckoning was more delayed from each sinner’s offence,
And so it seemed that shadows could deflect all consequence.

Filled with the thrill of their success, they honed deceitful arts,
And sought out deeper darkness to betray more trusting hearts.
They took great pride in their own guile and ingenuity,
As they dug down into the mire of dark iniquity.

Piece by piece, a gnawing hole grew in their sordid souls,
And of all those that they harmed, who played their sordid roles.
Vengeance was paid back in full and bitterness increased,
Transforming once majestic creatures into wretched beasts.

More and more they soaked in darkness, ate and drank the void
Hoping it would hide their degradation and avoid
The mounting pile of consequence, the troubling pangs of guilt
That festered in the putrid cores that they themselves had built.

They dug so deep, the mire collapsed and buried them alive
They did not dare admit they now had no hope to survive
Their deeds closed in around them, ‘til they were paralyzed,
And then they gave a feeble cry to Him they had despised,

The faintest pinprick of pure light then seeped into their hole
And grew, exposing all the wretchedness of their vile souls.
Ashamed and terrified, they scramble weakly, helplessly
Away from piercing truth’s fierce glare to foul obscurity.

But the light pursues them still, ‘til they surrender all,
Awaiting their destruction in hell’s deep fiery halls
But all the mire around and in them is then torn away
And piled upon an innocent who chose the suffering way.

He takes the pain, abandonment and suffering they earned,
Dies in their place for all the wholesome choices that they spurned
Their stains are all removed and their souls have all been freed;
He rises up in glory and then offers them a creed:

To follow in His footsteps, though they may stumble still;
He’ll catch them as they fall if they will only seek His will,
A whole new life before them, a noble worthwhile way,
A journey of abundant love towards eternal day.

Another SuperversiveSF livestream – Nick Cole and Blacklisting in SF

There is going to be another SuperversiveSF livestream tomorrow (Saturday 18th March) at 3pm Eastern Time (7pm GMT, now that daylight saving is no longer active in the US), with special Guest Nick Cole, discussing his book Ctrl-Alt-Revolt and the phenomenon of blacklisting in Science Fiction. It is sure to be an entertaining discussion.

In related news, SuperversiveSF has made the Sad Puppies shortlist for the best fanzine of 2015, and Sci Phi Journal for the best Semiprozine of 2015 and best short form editor. I am proud to have played my part in both of these fine new organizations, and other members of these two groups are up for further awards, Daddy Warpig and Brian Niemeier are on the list for Geek Gab (Best fancast), Brian Niemeier for his novel Nethereal and Campbell award for best new writer, and John C. Wright for his spectacular novel Somewhither (all of the above should be taking part in the livestream tomorrow).


High Reviewer Praise for Nobility Among Us

I recently noticed a new 4-star review up at amazon of Nobility Among Us, by one Leslie Davidson, which begins thusly:

This is the best self-published book I’ve ever read. Sounds like faint praise, I know, but I’m mulling over graphic-novel adaptations in my head. With my drawing skill, that’s not a very actionable fantasy for the foreseeable future, but the other two books that have inspired such thoughts in me are Valley of Fear and Michael Flynn’s Firestar, so… yeah. I really, really liked it.

He mentions some of the book’s shortcomings, and these are valid criticisms, but he thoroughly enjoyed the parts that I enjoyed writing the most, and was moved by the parts that were most moving and/or difficult to write for me.

You can read his full review here:

He bought the paperback version, which is now no longer available from amazon, and feedaread would charge a considerable fee to make it available on amazon or globally. The thought occurs, do people want me to reintroduce it to amazon as a paperback via createspace? It would take quite a bit of work to reformat and catch any remaining issues,  the cosmetic issues in the current imprint are relatively minor, and the copies that can be ordered directly from the author would be the old version until that stock runs out.

Nobility Among Us

Back from Time Away

I am now back from my very pleasant time away with a minor thumb injury that is healing nicely, so that won’t slow me down, but a huge pile up of regular work over the seven days that probably will. Book prizes have been distributed, a review copy of Selected Verse – Heroes and Wonders sent to a major poetry site at their request, and as promised, the kindle ebook prices of Nobility Among Us and Selected Verse – Faith and Family have been reduced to $2.99 and $1.99, respectively, (and equivalent lowered prices in all other territories, so that the prices for both of my novels and for both of my poetry collections should match in all territories).

We’ll see how much progress I can make on my various planned projects over the next few weeks and months, which currently includes some short stories, novels, book reviews and of course further editing work for Sci Phi Journal. I’ll also look into setting up a mailing list to more reliably announce upcoming releases and other news, but we’ll see how everything else goes first.

First Author Consignment of Heroes and Wonders Arrives!

My first consignment of Selected Verse – Heroes and Wonders arrived this morning, and despite the overcast day, I managed to get a decent snapshot of the paperback in (almost) all of its glory:


As you should be able to tell from the above image, the text-free spine looks very nice indeed.

The price of the kindle ebook version has been reduced to $1.99 (with all other territories reduced accordingly) and the same will be done for my other poetry collection once the system allows it (30 days after the end of the kindle countdown deal).