I do not think I am alone when I say that 2016 was a difficult year on many different fronts. I had personal losses that were harder than any I had faced before. Earlier this year I worked with Jessica Smith to create a thirty minute story/piece of art. She painted, I wrote and when we were through we put up what we had in a collaborative effort. Neither of us knew what the other one had worked on until we were finished, and I think both things turned out surprisingly well. I wanted to share that post here as a cathartic release. It’s one of the things I’m going to do to help me start the process of closing out this year.
30 Minute Collaboration
Stripping away the layers of flesh was not as easy as it had once been, but it was still a ritual she embraced. Each night she gripped a soft chunk between her thumb and forefinger and pulled it back in long straight strips that she folded over neatly and placed atop the rock altar.
When she was free she glided over the water and danced among the blades of grass, moving in and between them until each one’s molecules were imprinted on her spirit. Some might have said she was one with the air, but that wasn’t true either, it was more than that. The air was all around her, through her, and in her, but she didn’t merge with it.
It was getting harder to wear her flesh so that she could salvage the lost souls. There were days she wanted nothing more than to ascend and give up on her mission. But each night she refreshed her spirit, and as dawn slipped over the horizon she returned and replaced her skin one strip at a time.
Each time it felt heavier than it had before: the thickness of it pushing in on her as she assembled it until she was solid again. One day soon the strips would no longer fit together and the healing rays of the moon would not be enough.
She wondered if she would collapse all at once under the weight of the flesh. Or, if it would bury her gradually in overlapping wrinkles until she could no longer release her spirit?
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Midnight Sun: Book One of the Anastomosis Series
The first book in my new series is out at Amazon for $2.99.
A detective assigned to track down a serial killer finds himself wrapped up in a case involving a demon hunter, a psychic, and a creature far more evil than he could imagine. Will they be able to stop it before it feeds on more human souls?
Dectective John Walden is meticulous down to the last detail on every aspect of the job, while the rest of his life is left in chaos and disorganization. The trail of the serial killer is putting him adrift in his solid logic and reasoning. He can feel that there is something bigger just beneath the surface. Does he dare to grasp at the edges of reality to reveal it? Would he be able to confront the truth that might lie in wait for him?
Amy was homeless when the darkness found her: broken and alone. She longs for the power and control over her life that was stripped from her at a very early age. His whispers are dark promises she cannot resist. Will she follow him at the risk of losing her identity? Or is the price just too much?
Evelyn has always had powers: the ability to see into people and situations. But she’s kept this information close, keenly aware she is the embodiment of what people fear most. This time, this case, is different. She cannot ignore its call. Should she risk everything? Will doing this stop the nightmares or will she just find herself thrust deeper into the horror?
Orele has a past that’s been scrubbed clean, a life in the mystic underground, the lingering darkness that she can never catch: her trade is flesh and information and she’s on the hunt. Should she venture outside her comfort zone for help? How can she trust anyone when she can’t remember why she’s here?
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The Hunter – Orele
A past that’s been scrubbed clean, a life in the mystic underground, the lingering darkness that she can never catch: her trade is flesh and information and she’s on the hunt. Should she venture outside her comfort zone for help? How can she trust anyone when she can’t remember why she’s here?