Monday, February 23, 2015

One of Mine: Gun to the Head

Gun to the Head
Old Volkswagen vans and adultery are the destination and the mode of transport in Gun to the Head.  Bacon grease, boutique restaurants and that burnt cup of coffee are the fill and quench of hungry both for breakfast and the last meal.  Gun to the Head is a beating, it's an evacuation plan, and adultery.   
Danny, a philandering restauranteur gets just desserts. Killing himself with secrets and losing one girlfriend after another, Danny can't bring himself to tell his wife the truth about his nightly activities. Danny's eventual solution carries him over the southern half of the United States and ultimately to a realization of failed endeavor.
242 Pages.  51,000 Words.

Monday, February 16, 2015

One of Mine: Undertakers of Rain

Undertakers of Rain
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In a country constantly at war, how many people really want to “support our troops” when they need it most? Rallying behind combat soldiers is one thing, but when soldiers need support the most is after they have filtered back down to the cities and towns that spawned them. Undertakers of Rain is ten years after the war. It is the time when Sam and John realize the memory set as men does not include the boyhood memories of war.

Sam and John both have returned home, left university with honors and landed high-paying jobs in finance. They struggle in their relationships with women, they drink in seedy bars, and they hate “hippies.” As they develop into calmer men, men with perspective and experience, they need each other to reconcile the past. Not even the most wicked person lacks moments of righteousness. And indeed, of the people they meet along their journey, not all righteous people are without wickedness.

244 Pages. 53,000 Words.

Monday, February 9, 2015

One of Mine: Mapping Generic Streets

Mapping Generic Streets
Phillip, Jess, and Mitchell are all Hudsons, and they are about to lose a woman, the same woman. Mapping Generic Streets is just one weekend in the life of the three Hudson men, and the last weekend for the woman they are all about to lose. Bedrooms, the Boy Scout Motto and youth cannot compete with the challenge of family, and what makes up family for these three men.

Mapping Generic Streets is any town, any place, any suburbia in this country where a restaurant owner can support his family, a place where boys can work, or participate in the Boy Scouts. Phillip's loneliness, Jess's impetuousness, and Mitchell's heroics over the course of the weekend cannot prepare them for the events of Sunday afternoon. The quiet language and easy going nature of these characters lends appeal to peace in their confusion, even when they don't know it. Change of life happens so quickly, sometimes one action, one word, one breath. Mapping Generic Streets is that one breath.

213 Pages. 47,000 Words.

Monday, February 2, 2015

One of Mine: Psychotomimetic Peacocks

Psychotomimetic Peacocks
During the rainy winter nights of Portland, Oregon a group of young people live well enough: they have jobs, they drink coffee, they smoke cigarettes, they read books and eat psychedelic mushrooms. In a spirit of noir, not dissimilar to the long winter nights of the Pacific Northwest Psychotomimetic Peacocks is a sound somewhere between a scream, a peacock's call and the incessant rain.

In Northwest Portland, a neighborhood where anything can and does happen, an unlikely group of young people bond over coffee and cigarettes and news of the “bedroom smother,” the local serial killer. Every night this group of neighborhood kids convene over the day's events: parties, tarot card readings, murder and recounted tales of trespassing. Each page moves the characters closer to the killer, and the killer moves each page closer to the characters until the final blow in the bedroom.

206 Pages. 45,000 Words.