Friday, February 27, 2009

A Denouement of the Now and the Near-Future

It's an odd time for me now. I'm making new friends, relearning a love
for humanity. I've been so closed off for so long. I've needed the time
away, the time to reflect and find myself. I'm convinced that had I
continued as I had been living in California 8+ years ago I would have
made a big, bright impact on many lives, but would now be dead. I would
have burnt out and died. In part due to the fact I was purposely trying
to slowly kill myself, in part that no sane or healthy person could
possibly carry on the lifestyle like I was without repercussions.

I'm nearing completion of the third novel. I suspect I'll be done some
time tomorrow. This leads me to think about the next one I'll write. Of
course, I have to concentrate on selling these things, as well. But
today I thought I might return, finally, to Joyride Thru Death Valley
-- a novel I started in 2001; last wrote for in 2004-5; and will be my
most personal novel and closest to an autobiography I may ever come to
writing. Joyride will be to me perhaps what Dandelion Wine is to
Bradbury or Fear & Loathing to Hunter S. Thompson. Those are pretty
big icons to compare myself to, I know. I don't mean to make that
comparison, but rather the import of their related novels.

I'll definitely be writing the third installment of the Xiao-tep tales this year. Perhaps this Summer.

But for now I have to finish the denouement for the current novel.

Wish me luck.

With much love and respect,

~ Charles

Friday, February 20, 2009

Watch the Skies!

From Turner Classic Movies. It's a great documentary with some great names speaking about science fiction.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Shaolin Master Killer

I'm doing a last minute post today. I've been thinking a lot about the next series of wuxia tales I want to do. In connection with that, here's the trailer for the Shaw Brothers' Shaolin Master Killer.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Spidorans Below" -- Part 2

Here's Part 2 of "Spidorans Below". Part 1 was posted here last week.

Today's post is not very long, but it serves its purpose.

In this continuing saga we find the villainous Norikahn troubled by his own woes before he sets out after our hero Zalam.


"Have you found the ousted king yet?" spake the massive head.

Norikahn stood before the holographic projection of Lord Furian's head in the control room of his new palace.

"No, father. Not as yet. But we've agents following his progress and I gather forces now to intercept him in his descent from a local mountainous region."

"Do you plan success?"

The question confused Norikahn. "Of course I do, father."

"Oh? It would seem I've assumed you've planned for success previously, yet there you stand a shameful failure."

"How have I failed you, father? I beseech you, tell me of my failures and I shall correct them."

Lord Furian breathed deep. The giant projected head considered his son. He said, "You ranked last in your class at the Academy. I practically had to bribe the generals there to get them to let you pass and graduate. Since then, I've tried to nurture the warlord in you. I've given you command of small skirmishes on various planets and you've lost every one but the last. So I let you try an invasion of an entire planet. In secret, I plotted the invasion. All you had to do was show up when the time was right. And, mush to my surprise and - dare I admit - pleasure, you did actually show up. But the invasion would not have been so successful as it had been were it not for your listening to the locals. Your lower ranked commanders granted you the wisdom to take that palace! And yet... you managed to sail even then."

Lord Furian huffed. "Here me well, son. As long as the old king remains alive, your throne and rule will be questioned. Find and kill this Zalam."

"Yes, fa-"

The image flickered and was gone before Norikahn could complete the sentence.

Norikahn stood, humiliated. He was glad no one was near to hear teh words or see the scowling face of his father. He resolved in his heart to fulfill his father's last uttered words... "Find and kill this Zalam."

He left the control room, heading for the stables where he would mount his steel stallion and ride as escort to the southern range of the Argonian Mountains where he would then await Zalam's arrival.