“Everyone thinks they're entitled to their 15 minutes of fame. And it's that narcissism that makes people, who have no business writing a book, think they can write a book.”
- Oliver Markus Malloy (self-published author)
WELCOME TO THE OTHER SIDE OF SURVIVAL
It's been five years since the infection spread and even though Hal is safe within the New World's walls, the nightmares haven't stopped. The Dead Days cast a shadow over everyone, in one way or another. The things they did, the things they didn't do. But the people in power have a plan to make everything right again.
With plans to bring the infected back into society, Hal and the rest of the New World are left to decide which side of the fence they land on. As a power-hungry leadership directs reintegration to begin with a questionable newly designed 'cure', Hal wrestles not only with reintegration but also the blood on his own hands and if there's such a things as forgiveness in this New World.
WINDEX is a collection of poems spanning from the first trimester of Blake's first child, Cash, all the way until his first year birthday. There are numerous poems about the anxiousness of expecting, the stress of the arrival and learning how to adapt to having a child. In between these are a mixture of thoughts on a plethora of topics ranging from lonely old men feeding birds to traveling around in Switzerland and the longing desire for being published to the power of the word "no". Open up the cover and read along to find out how an impatient, overthinking and insecure boy tries to process the life of an adult man becoming a father.
Imagine yourself as a house, nothing fancy though. Maybe you're just an average house with some paint chipping and fading, grass in need of some trimming and maybe your trashcan is still out on the curb four days after the designated pick up day. Now look through the windows of this house, what do you see? Different rooms and perceptions of what this house is all about. Well, as you read this you are standing on the welcome mat of a metaphorical house that is me. Feel free to peruse the grounds, I've left the curtains open on some of the windows for you to peek in. Open these pages and take a look if you wish, I hope you enjoy what you find in this book of poems.
What began as a journey through a poetry class turned into a compilation of word frame windows peering into someone's life. With contributions from significant others, friends and family Blake navigates through the thoughts of his brain. Looking through these windows you will see a transformation of skill, the working out of personal insecurities and scars, but ultimately you will tag along on a messy love story.
One man who has fought for control most of his life, and has the dead bodies to prove it, learns that eventually the steering wheel loosens from your grip. Another man learns redemption is a hard task to accomplish alone, especially being a drunk detective set on revenge mission. These two stories intertwine, as one of the greatest symphonies comes together and plays before us.