Friday, April 24, 2020

Post Modernism Or New Millennialism Part Three by BJ Neblett

Examining Postmodernism

Hello once again. I hope everyone is getting along well with the 'new normal' which hopefully will only be 'normal' for just a very short time longer. One advantage, if there are any advantages to being confined to one's home, which I have discovered is a sharp uptick in my thinking, thought process and writing. This can probably be attributed to the fact that I live alone and, consequentially have no one to converse with, beyond of course the TV. This has led to finishing up the editing on my friend KJ McPike's forthcoming release, the third in her excellent Souls Unearthed/Astralis series; continuing work on my own series, Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: Princess Haylee, and what I present to you here, part three of our look at Modernism, Postmodernism and what I have dubbed New Millennialism, the newest wave in modern literature. You can catch up by clicking the links: Part One and Part Two. Today we take a quick look at Postmodernism. Enjoy and feel free to comment.


            After fifty plus years of literary reflections on how it is and how we’d like it to be, writers and other thinkers decided to take a peek behind the modernist’s mirror. In doing so, they inadvertently, or purposely, warped the generally accepted visions and assumptions of traditional rationality. A stream of consciousness view of what if was born, challenging universally held and socially conditioned notions of objectivity. Post modernistic thinking embraced movements as varied as literature, art, music, science, and feminism, led by philosophers such as Jean-Francois Lyotard, Jacques Derrida, and Fredric Jamerson.
Notable examples of postmodernism include the art of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Tracy Emin, and Jeff Koons, and the architectural works of Charles Moore, Michael Graves, and Philip Johnson. Noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked during the modernism period, is often considered an early influence of the postmodern period.
            Perhaps the best way to purposely explain and showcase the postmodern movement is to recall the periods. The ‘50s: the beat generation, rock n roll and a movement away from traditional values. The ‘60s: Summer of Love, Woodstock, the Beatles, civil rights, anti-war demonstrations. The ‘70s: women’s lib, revolutions in black music and culture. The ‘80s: technology and the ‘me’ generation. All the above can be attributed as both influences and products of the postmodern movement.
            On the literary scene, Kurt Vonnegut stands out as possibly the poster child of postmodernism. A satirist and outspoken voice of counterculture in the US, Vonnegut’s works, including Slaughterhouse Five (1969) and Breakfast Of Champions (1973) read like textbooks on themes and techniques of postmodern literature.
            Other outstanding examples of postmodernism:
            Vladimir Nabokov                              Lolita                                       (1955)
            Chuck Palahniuk                                 Fight Club                               (1996)
            Philip K Dick                                      The Man In The High Castle  (1962)
            Shelley Jackson                                   Half Life                                  (2006)
            Stephen King                                      Hearts In Atlantis                    (1999)
            Jorge Luis Borges                               Labyrinths                               (1962/64/70/83)
            Tim Robbins                                       Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1976)
            Haruki Murakami                                Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The
                                                                                    End Of The World       (1985)
            Joan Didion                                         Democracy                              (1984)
            One of the largest and most popular outgrowths of postmodernism is the advent of dystopian literature: the destruction and re-ordering of society. Excellent early examples include George Orwell’s 1984 (1949) and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1958). The genre has become a popular touch stone of 21st century films.

Keep watch here for updates on the release of KJ's as well as my own latest books, and of course part four of this series when we delve into exactly what is New Millennialism.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Riddle Answered And A Peek Inside Princess Haylee: Planet Alt-Sete-Nine Book Two by BJ Neblett

Ok, I planned to let you ponder a bit longer, but my email box is flooded and I'm afraid the good folks at gmail might shut me down. Thank you for all the replies and answers. A couple of you actually got it right...I assume it is because you too have found true love!
So here is the answer to the riddle, taken directly from my writing notes for my next book, Princess Haylee: Planet Alt-Sete-Nine Book Two. I am presently looking at a late fall 2020 publishing date.

copyright 2020, BJ Neblett

Crossing the Royal Forest, Cailey, Haylee and Azami come to a river. The bridge is guarded by an ogre. He says they must answer a riddle to gain the right to pass.
But Cailey challenges him and they fight with swords. After a fierce fight, she has bested him and holds him on his back at sword point.
Suddenly Haylee steps forward. “By the blessed bones of old King Rhamen I command you to stop! Put your weapon away!”
“And who are you to dare call upon the name of good King Rhamen?” the ogre calls out.
“I am his daughter, Princess Haylee.”
“If you truly are the lost Princess then answer me this: When we sleep we have dreams but know not of reality. When we awaken we have reality but know not of dreams. When is it then that we have both?”
“Enough of this foolishness, my Lady; permit me to run him through that we may continue our journey and this passage be open to all.”
“No.” Haylee thinks for a moment. Images of her and Jake together fill the Princess’ mind as tears fill her eyes. She remembers… and she understands. “I have been asleep,” she answers. “And I have been awake. But only when we are in love can we know both the dreams and the reality.”
Just then a beam of sunlight shines down from Amber. It touches the ogre, surrounding him with a golden aura. It grows brighter, causing the others to turn away. A moment later it is gone and the ogre had been transformed into a young warrior.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Princess Haylee Update And A Riddle by BJ Neblett

Hope all are well and coping with the craziness all around. Hold up here I've finished up editing author KJ McPike's latest YA novel, Paths Uncertain which should be out later this year. Now it's back to writing for me, and work on Princess Haylee, the second of my Planet Alt-Sete-Nine series. Princess Haylee should hit the stores in paperback and ebook sometime later this year as well. Stop by some of the numerous sci-fi/fantasy comic cons and book shows and you might just score autographed copies of both books! Till then, stay well, and I leave you with a riddle from the Princess herself. See if you can figure it out. I'll post the answer here in a few days, but don't be afraid to venture an answer in the comment section below!

“When we sleep, we have dreams but know not of reality.

When we awaken, we have reality but know not of dreams.

When is it then that we have both?”

BJ Neblett from Princess Haylee © 2020

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter and Better Days To Come by BJ Neblett

“The winds of change

never cease.

Either you allow yourself

to be borne along,

choosing your own path,

or be swept away,

lost forever.”

                                                BJ Neblett, 2020