I’m a writer, and like any other writer worth his or her weight in salt, I’m also a reader. So, I thought for my first blog post I’d talk briefly on what I’m personally writing and reading.
I’m currently working on several writing projects, but the one that’s taking up the bulk of my time is a book called “Greetings From Barker Marsh.” It’s my first stand-alone project, and I’m gonna play the detail cards close to the vest for the time being because I’m in the process of taking care of the final artwork and promotion channels. What I can tell you is that the book was a labor of love. It’s something I’ve been working on for a couple of years now. I would write a section and then work on something else, sometimes leaving it sit for as long as six months before coming back to it. There are some other authors I know that would be disgusted at such a long and convoluted writing process, but between working a full-time job and being a full-time Dad it was the best I could do. Again, I don’t want to give away too much of the plot just yet, but I can tell you that I believe it represents my best work to date, and that I had a blast writing it. Hopefully you’ll all have an equally good time reading it.
“Greetings From Barker Marsh” should be available in September, 2016.
Now on to what I’m reading. I’m one of those people that reads several things at once. To be fair, I only read one book per medium, but I have three different delivery methods: physical books, e-books, and audiobooks. I’ll post official reviews on this blog as I finish books, but I have no problem recommending the following three works, even though I’m not quite done.
The Physical Book
“First Train Out Of Denver” by Leo Jenkins
Leo Jenkins is a fellow veteran, and like many of us that have served our country during a war, he didn’t have the easiest time fitting back into the mold of what it means to be a member of the working class rat race here in America. Leo’s solution is to get rid of every possession he owns that won’t fit into a backpack and take to the road. His travels take him across the planet, with stops in South America, Eastern Europe, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
I’m only about twenty pages from the end, and I promise to leave a full review as soon as I’m done, but I must warn you; if you’re anything like me Leo’s book will leave you itching to take to the open road with absolutely zero plan what-so-ever. The prospect of that kind of liberation is staggering to me.
“The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury is a standard among American Sci-fi and horror fiction. I’m ashamed to say that “The Martian Chronicles” is the first piece of his work that I’ve read. So far, all I can say is that the book is a fantastic blend of wicked humor and genuine, pants-shitting terror at the hands of what many will still argue is the distinct possibility of life on Mars.
I plan to build up my library with more Bradbury books, to be sure. SHAMELESS PROMOTION WARNING!!! Oh, and while I haven’t read “The Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury, my editor told me that “Greetings From Barker Marsh” is done in very much the same style. (Not that I’m comparing myself in any way, shape, or form to Ray Bradbury…”
“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
Look, audiobooks are expensive, and Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” is steep even by audiobook standards.
This book is frigging awesome, and it’s for several reasons.
First off, the story itself is amazing. It’s as if Edgar Allan Poe wrote a Harry Potter story. On top of the quality of the product, this particular edition of the audiobook is actually a full cast production, so it sounds as if you’re listening to an actual stage play. Anyone that’s been listening to audiobooks for a while knows that a narrator can absolutely make or break a story, no matter how well it was written. Trust me when I say that all of the “actors” on this recording are top notch.
Well there you have it, folks; my first blog post and just a peek into the mind of Tyson Hanks. With that I’ll leave you with a sentiment from my personal favorite author, Mr. Stephen King:
So long for now!
What are you reading (or writing!)? Let me know in the comments below…