My pal Decater (DOC) Collins has released a collection of short stories available at Amazon. I recommend a read.
A darn good writer and editor, Decater is not afraid of writing or publishing either the literary or Knuckle-close topical stories, unlike some inferior publishers/writers.
If there is one thing that separates the passable from the great, it is this sort of bravery.
In a dictatorship, such writing is banned, the author persecuted, and the state condemned by democracy. In a democracy such writing is smothered by unspoken political correctness under the umbrella of editorial discretion – the dictatorships aren’t so hypocritical as to condemn.
Honesty comes in strange guises.
http://thndr.me/iu9PA4My steampunk story ‘Lucky Escape for Goldilocks Girl’ appears in this book and apparently Thunderclap is a good thing for it – so anyone – please do us a kindness and “Please ask everyone you can to sign up. It will post only once on their facebook, twitter, or tumblr, and is completely free.
HEAVY WEIGHS THE CROWN
As beautiful as any baby
they coo in blissful ignorance
of the harsh weight of exposure,
the comfort of uncommon privilege
and reach towards their mother’s breast,
lost in the glow of her eyes:
irritated by paparazzi lightning.
©Perry McDaid 2016
In order to get to this site I usually type my name in the form: perry mcdaid. Whatever slip I made came up with a reflection of what my unconscious thoughts had just been working out in a dream – where I had been masking feelings for another’s sake and they slipped out recently: no central intelligence there, more I am a Rock (which I’m not). It came out as perry mcdicaid . Say no more.
Being terrified because of past traumas only gives the pain control and stunts the life which might be.
Perhaps suicide is just a full stop to the frustration of wrong choices. I can see how that would be – not intentionally selfish … rather the opposite: because if you are fed up with yourself fucking things up, how must others who had invested in you feel?
“The Widow’s Two Mites
21 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God,[a] but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.””[Luke 21:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)]
Brexit supporters have been defamed for their lack of “solidarity”, their absence of charity, in choosing to leave Europe.
They miss the point. Charity is an individual choice governed by the first gifts we ever receive: grace and free will.
For one person to impose this on another eradicates the state of charity and corrupts it into peer pressure. For a government – or regime like the EU – to impose this upon many … is fascism.
“You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (King James 2000 Bible)
Solidarity relies on agreement. It is clear that most voters agree that the EU, the New Caesar, is not for them.
Before I look at the Brexit referendum standing this morning, and irrespective of its result, I cannot help be dismayed that over 70% of the Foyle constituency (Derry and immediate environs) had last night voted to remain a member of the EU superstate in the centenary year of the war of independence for Ireland.
What of those who died for an independent and united Ireland?
How gullible and malleable most have become.
I’ve been reading the poetry by the enigmatic Eva Lucien @ visualverse.org. I have to say its quite stirring, and a quick browse into the name is almost as intriguing as the poetry. There is obviously either more than one Eva, or none at all (perhaps).
None that I see appear to refer to the poet I discovered, most focusing on wizardry, missing person, or political agenda. So where is the poet who submits to said site every month?
Is the title only a trite pseudonym for the poet; Eva Lucien > Evolution.