As you probably already know, many of the major book,
sci-fi/fantasy, comic and other conventions for the year have been canceled.
These unfortunately include Emerald City, Norwest Con and Medford City. The
fate of other popular conventions remains undecided as of this posting. Keep
watch of your favorite conventions on their home page web sites, and I will
continue to post updates and future appearances right here as they become
available. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon, and we'll all be able
to get back to celebrating the fantastic in all of us. In the meantime, I'll be
here writing, with new books and adventures the next time we meet.
New Short Story Published And $1 Sale by BJ Neblett
Just a couple of quick notes to keep you up to date. First, my short non-fiction piece, The Most Dangerous Pitch has been published in this month's issue of The Write Launch Magazine. This is a free on line literary magazine with lots of great stories and poetry. Click the link and scroll down to the Creative Non-Fiction section to read my account of taking a very hard line drive to my face. Ouch! Click here: The Write Launch Magazine. Enjoy!
Also, don't forget, you have only until midnight Saturday to take advantage of Smashwords' annual Read An Ebook Week Sale. There are bargains on thousands of great reads, some even free! Here you will find my own New Millennialism short story collection Wouldn't It Be Funny If... for just $1! All of the titles are available in any ebook format including PDF and Plain Text. Click the links and search BJ Neblett to see all of my available titles. But hurry. The Smashwords Read An Ebook Sale ends Saturday, March 7, at midnight. Click here: Smashwords
Interesting that writers as myself go about our job with the intent of having the words we pen reach out and touch others in positive and uplifting ways. And yet, we are always surprised when we find ourselves quoted by those very same readers. I have once again been honored to have a quote from one of my stories find its way into public speech. It was just the other night, and the occasion was that of the Charlotte Business Journal's Women In Business Lifetime Achievement Award. The lovely recipient, Carol Lovin chose a line from my short story George to punctuate how we are all indeed the sum total of our experiences. You can read and learn more here: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/02/25/photos-inside-cbjs-celebration-for-the-2020-women.html
However, this latest accolade reminded me of just how many and different and varied lives writers touch in so many different ways without really realizing. We can count our success in book sales and seller rankings. But is that really what motivates great story telling? I think not. An author may write a 90,000 word novel. But to have one single line touch a person in such a way as to remembered and quoted and passed along to others is the true sign of a job well done.
I am often asked to publish some of my quotes and their original sources. Here are just a few from my published books and stories... and a couple from works yet to come! Enjoy.
“We are the sum total of
our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the
person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river,
those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and
reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as
we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.”
From George by BJ Neblett
is a malcontent; a disaffected sojourner, seeking Elysium. Someday, when we can
freely move in time, through space, even into the other dimensions, I’m afraid
we will be disappointed. Like Alice, man, too, will discover life isn’t any
better – or worse – through the looking glass, only different.”
Collin Crowly from Elysian
Dreams by BJ Neblett “The
things we keep hidden deepest inside are often those that need most to be
released.” Princess Haylee from Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett
knows no boundaries, seeks no guidance; obeys no rules.”
From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett
all victims of our rearing, carrying the sins of our fathers like so much
baggage; fearful of the demons inside escaping.”
From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett
am just a roadside attraction on your journey down life’s highway, a place you
stop briefly before moving on. Years from now, in a long forgotten box of
memories, you’ll come across one of my souvenirs and think of me. And maybe
More to come......
knows no boundaries, seeks no guidance; obeys no rules.”
Read My Short Story Collection For Just $1.00!
by BJ Neblett
It's March again and the other kind of madness is here. I'm referring to the Smashwords promotion, their 11th annual Smashwords Read An Ebook Sale. Beginning March 1st and continuing for just one week, you can stock your e-reader with fabulous titles from your favorite authors for as little as .99! Some titles are even free!
Here's your chance to pick up a copy of my short story collection, Wouldn't It Be Funny If... From things that go bump in the night to modern tech gone crazy, here is a set of Fantastic Tales for Fantastic Minds. And its available for just $1 by following this link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/896015 Wouldn't It Be Funny If... is available in all ebook formats, including PDF and plain text. So, you have no excuse! Just click here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/896015 But hurry, this sale lasts for just one week!
And check my other titles available on Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=bj+neblett
Thanks, and happy reading!
Modernism, Post Modernism And New Millennialism
Sometime back, before the world went
crazy – my world that is, although the rest of the world is… well, that’s a
topic for another dozen blogs – I started a blog about a term I coined to help
define what I see as a trend in writing away from traditional, Modernism and Post-Modernism:
New Millennialism. (See this blog, February 16, 2019) Simply put New
Millennialism is, “Thrusting cutting
edge technology, concepts and ideas into the very core of classic human
situations." You may quote me on that! Ok, so what exactly does that
carefully crafted jumble of words mean? Good question. To understand, let’s
look at previous literature groupings. Class is now in session.
is a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose
from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the
late 19th and early 20th centuries. Alright, enough
Wikipedia babble. People in the late 1800’s started to tinker, asking, “Can
this be done easier, better.” This led to inventions. The discovery of large
deposits of oil led to more advanced inventions. These inventions led to
factories. Factories helped propel the large shift in the populace from rural
to urban areas to work in these factories. And all of this led to what we now
call the industrial revolution: inventions begat more employment which begat more
products and higher salaries, and the whole thing begat more leisure time for
us to stop and breathe and think. Ironically, something Victorian peoples had plenty
of time to do, but seem not very adept at doing.
all know what thinking leads to… people, Americans and Europeans in particular,
began a conscious desire and effort to overturn tradition. In short, the birth
of Idealism in literature: Modernism. The horrors of World War One contributed
to a world-wide reassessment of the ideas, ideals and morals of society: ie, people
were fed up and wanted something new. Idealism, remained popular, accompanied
by more cynical thoughts and beliefs, soon manifesting themselves in works of art,
music, architecture, philosophy and more. We will concentrate on literature.
outstanding proponents of what would become known as the Modernism Movement in
literature include: Virginia Woolf; James Joyce; Gertrude Stein, and poet T. S.
Eliot. They presented works in a less illusionary and more realistic vein. What
is, what could be and what should be became catch phrases for writers desirous
of shedding the oppressive restraints of the Victorian Era. A ‘Let’s be happy
and gay,’ mindset carried the world populace through the roaring ‘20’s. Fitzgerald’s
Great Gatsby examined what we think we are and desire to be, passing
the torch to authors like John Steinbeck and William Faulkner and William
Carlos Williams who examined who we really are and strive to be, through
the depression racked 1930’s and the war torn 1940’s.
traditional wisdom states that Modernism began fading post 1940, many modernists
continued to publish beyond, and indeed, into the 1950’s. These include
Faulkner, Wallace Stevens, Hermann Broch, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Samuel
Beckett. Most have been described as ‘later modernist’.
than bore you with further hotly debated theories on who is and who isn’t, and
what is and what isn’t, let’s just look at some outstanding examples of Modernist
FaulknerAs I Lay
of the writers and their works mentioned here will give you a more insightful
look into Modernism in literature than my simple prose can offer. Enjoy. Next
time we’ll tackle Post Modernism on our way to figuring out what the heck is
New Millennialism. Hint: it’s more prevalent in today’s literary sci-fi/fantasy
fiction than you might think!