One thing I've always liked about the old comic books was their ability to thrust the reader into a total suspension of disbelief while super heroes, atomic men, plastic stretchy heroes, flying carpet guys managed to defeat a range of thugs, bullies, criminals, killers, monsters and aliens from all over the place.
Epic battles. Sad losses. Totally wacky ideas that I loved to death.
While I still love all those old and a lot of the new heroes these days, I thought to myself wouldn't it be cool to combine my love for heroes with my love for art. In other words to come up with a hero who fits our modern day world. Someone I could relate to. And someone who was mysterious, while being down to earth and just possibly a wacky, crazy sort of guy too smart to know when he's doing something absolutely dumb and scary!
Put all of the above into the wonderful, beautiful and mysterious worlds of fractal flames and you have a hero for the ages, just as mysterious and beautiful in his own way.
So I came up with Chesterton K, the teacher. Being a teacher myself, it was only natural for me to gravitate towards someone I knew quite well.
Most people haven't a clue to what teachers really do, really go through, really face on a daily basis, or minute by minute basis more often in the classroom, except for those rare times when one sacrifices themselves in a bloody shooting or those more rare episodes when the teacher...just a human being after all...is accused of harming a child.
It's unthinkable to us that a teacher could ever harm a child, let alone our own child. And I believe that to the credit of many teachers, they do more good than harm. If you've never babysitted a couple hundred kids a day every day for a week, try it sometime. It's no picnic. So the concept of a superhuman teacher, or at least one who could do remarkable things was a bit of fun I couldn't pass up on, and also the chance to stab at some of the silly things teachers face from administrators as well as parents, which have absolutely nothing to do whatsover with whether a person is a good teacher or not.
So out of all of that mix...up and down, good and bad, happy and crazy...comes Chesterton K, a hero for our times, and hopefully one you'll find as fun to read and take the ride with as I have in writing him!
Enjoy his latest adventure on this blog, last entry before this one
A further change that will be happening is that when I post stories on this blog, they will be taken down after five days. This means that what I posted today will be gone five days from now. This will be true for my audio stories as well. Only my original materials!
I will continue to work to post a new short story each day and audio book, as well as other fun things related to my work...even if it's someone who influenced me.
All things posted to this point in time, not including today, will remain on the site. Any articles or history, or interviews, or other items that are not stories I've written originally will not be removed.
Thanks with your patience with these changes.
Glory Road full audiobook by Robert Heinlein. Enter the glory road...death and destruction, beautiful women and horrible monsters.
Robert Heinlein's Glory Road remains one of my most favorite science fiction and fantasy books I ever read.
This is the full length of the novel, so it's a bit long, but will tide you well if you have nothing to do on those long rides to work, or spare time at night before you sleep, or if you just don't care about time at all and want to take a glorious and breath taking ride with one of the best genre writers of all time!