While this blog might appear to be about me, me, me, my book, my musings, blah, blah, blah–a ‘blahg’, in fact–it’s actually intended as a springboard for your thoughts and our discussion together. Various topics will open up, and your responses are vital, though I do reserve the right to cut off discussion.
Here’s the secret, and it really IS one, because there’s a fine line in discussing one’s book as to how much to reveal. But then if nobody reads a book, there’s no point in keeping its secrets. Except for that person who finds it fifty years later in an attic (if we still have them) and goes, “Woah, dude!”
Reviewer/friend L. M. wrote, “So tightly wrapped and profoundly structured that I’m sure I missed at least 14 significant clues as to the REAL meaning of the narrative!”
Well, he’s right; besides the various connections and interweavings of the characters, the book is written in layers. I didn’t set out to do this. The book is a marriage between inspired (meaning “breathed in”) stuff that just showed up, my own musings and internal conversations, many real-life events, and some pretty careful and detailed steering, editing, honing, trimming.
Roughly, the layers are, from the surface inward:
- A matter-of-fact reporting of experience that is simple, even dumb, with a kind of ‘What? Who, me?’ innocence.
- Some fairly sardonic but not unkind parody and ribbing, ranging from the very broad to the subtle, including some fun with words.
- Two love stories.
- An impassioned plea to save the earth.
- A bunch of individual quests, ranging from the absurd to the lofty.
- A love song to Northern Nevada and the South West.
- A dash of genuine mystical experience. Can you find it? It’s not the obvious scene.
- Oh, yeah, and it’s “metafiction”. Halycon Sage is pretty much writing it as we read it.
Do you see why I have a hard time when someone says, “What is your book about?” My automatic response is, “Duh . . . ” Won’t that be a huge hit with interviewers? Okay, tune in next time for “Fun with Words!”