Posted by: David Weimer | November 23, 2015

Novel in the works

I’m working on a novel-length story.  Its title is THe.  

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One of the working manuscript:

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The nest was too high for him to throw a stick accurately at it, he thought.  Rocks would be better.

The boy thinks briefly about those he left sleeping in the house.  He thinks about the hornets inside the nest above his head.  And how now doesn’t really feel like a family, and how the hornets scare him.  He couldn’t explain if you asked why he wanted to throw rocks at the nest.  He was careful enough to do it in the morning, though, so he wouldn’t be stung by hornets looking for the source of the destruction of their carefully-constructed suspended home.

He’d had other destructive impulses like this.  Stomping on the ice of some deep ruts in a dirt road, where ice had formed and a wide, hollow gap between the ice and the water below was hollow and reminded him of breaking glass when he broke through the ice.  Throwing rocks at an old abandoned car in the woods, stones clanking metallically as he struck the rusted passenger side door.  Kicking a football as high as he could in the backyard of a foster family he’d been with before.

He threw the rock.  It missed left, and too high.  He’d thrown it as high as he could.  He goes back to the ditch along the road and searches for more rocks of the right size.  He finds gravel there, and fills his hands, walking back to his throwing distance place. He makes a small pile there.  He throws up another, smaller, rock, missing low this time, although right on target.  A third rock has a good feeling. Its weight is right.  It’s the one.

He cocks his arm, rock held behind his head, and looks at the spherical paper nest.  This is the last time he would see it intact.  He looks down at a second rock held in his right hand.  Destruction is the way of everything, he knew.  Things were permanent, then they change.

Undoing permanence was why he was here.  Exactly the reason.  Give in. Throw.  Or hold off… and let something else do the throwing—a boy, the wind, a branch, rain… time.  He didn’t think any of this, but he knew it through and through.

 

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Posted by: David Weimer | July 3, 2015

Summer Reading

Short speculative stories

All four of my books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

You can read all of them, including Situations of I, as an eBook on your Kindle or smart phone.  There is nothing like a well-lighted book in bed.  (This admission is made, unflinchingly, head held high, by a devoted lifelong “actual” book reader.)

My next project in the works is a novel with a… novel name.

Maybe when you’re on the road, heading to a distant vacation spot, you can read something new while you’re being spelled.  Just a thought 😉

Happy 4th of July,

D.

Posted by: David Weimer | April 28, 2015

All of my books now on Kindle!

To all “real” book enthusiasts: reading can be hands-free!

First and foremost, I’m a reader. Before there was light, there was the word.  “Real” books are great.  I must say, however, that I like a book I can read at night that is self-lighting!  My Kindle battery lasts forever and over the past year I’ve grown accustomed to being able to buy or check out from libraries books directly onto my device no matter where I am… in under a minute.  And no, I don’t work for Kindle (yet).

So.  I am proud to announce that each of my four published books is now available in electronic format—specifically, Kindle.  Go to my books’ pages on Amazon and select the Kindle option.  Free Kindle apps are available for you to read my books on your PC, phone, tablet, Kindle, iPad, iPod, etc.  All of them, instantly downloaded.  And significantly less expensive than print versions of my books (zero printing costs).

If you still insist on buying the print version of one or more of my books, here’s a deal: with your purchase of each of my titles, you will get a Kindle version thrown in for an additional $1.99.  Now, you can read my book on the go and leave your (hopefully signed) print copy on a shelf at home.  Just sayin’….  Of course, I recommend you pick up both 🙂

Here are my published books (so far):

Situations Of I (2015)

Ben and the Dragon (2013)

A Handyman’s Common Sense Guide to Spiritual Seeking (2013)

Portrait of a Seeker (2012)

I really enjoyed writing Situations and seeing it published this spring.  I’m also very glad to be able to offer my titles in both print and electronic formats.

BTW: I’m currently working on a novel—a long, sprawling, good-feeling story of adventure and mostly joy.

Best wishes,

David

Posted by: David Weimer | April 11, 2015

Situations Of I (new book release)

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Situations Of I

A fourth published book by David Weimer

If you know me, buy a copy!

If you order it from oneandonlybooks on Amazon (that’s me, my day job name), I’ll sign your book.

This new book is a collection of short stories and philosophic essays.  I hope you like it.  I’m glad to finally have it out in the world.  Visit its Amazon listing and read preview selections of the book using the “Search Inside” feature.

You can also see my other titles here.  All four of my books are available in print form and Kindle or eBook.

Take care,

David

Posted by: David Weimer | February 18, 2015

Situations Of I

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Situations Of I is nearly here!  You may be able to obtain a copy in as little as two weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a book description from the publisher:

 

     A time-traveling salamander; a UFO abducting a vintage covered bridge; an autobiography of light; musings on dinosaur religion and explorations of life, meaning and existence are among the subjects of Weimer’s fourth published work.

     Profane and profound, “Situations Of I” is, in the author’s words, “centered on the unique free-floating magic reality I take completely for granted—individual awareness.”

     This collection of philosophic essays, speculative short stories and prose poetry emerged from the author’s life and observations while living in the village of Flushing, Ohio.

     Each chapter is a stand-alone vignette with arguably more question marks per page than nearly any other work of its size.  With titles such as, “Home is Where I Live,” “Gasoline Planet,” “A Blade Hanging, Overhead,” “Eternal Burgers” and “Hollow Houses,” each piece challenges the reader, as well as the author, to delve within and to question intently what we all “know for sure.”

 

 

 

Posted by: David Weimer | December 2, 2014

Chapter 30 — Dinosaur Religion (upcoming book excerpt)

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Were their congregations outdoors, under the solemn Banyan trees?

Did their pastors make impassioned pleas to each individual listener’s more charitable instincts (to drop donations in the collection basket)?

What, exactly, did the dinosaurs believe?

 

Were the dinosaur popes and Martin Luthers bucking the system of thought and control?

Did dinosaur fortune tellers sense deeply and did their prophets foresee the future? Like the family on the beach before a tsunami, did they notice with a small part of themselves smaller, flying dinosaurs leaving in the moments before an asteroid came roiling down? Will we notice the harbingers of our own ceasing? Culturally? Nationally? Personally?

In the tens of millions of years that dinosaurs spread out to cover their planet with their lives, did they evolve more practically? Pragmatically? Cynically? —than we have so far managed to become?

Were dinosaurs Taoists? Did they develop nature religions? Did they practice Yoga and insight meditation? Did they chant sutras and pay for a personal mantra? In what form were their collection baskets woven? A ceremonial half-egg? We believe they were illiterate because none of their books or bibles survived the sweeping cataclysm that ushered in their destruction. Their obliging ending was the harbinger of our own salvation from marginalized extinction.

What did the dinosaurs tell their children about God? What did their god look like? Isn’t that obvious? Did their Jesus walk on water or fly with wings?

It is safe to assume that they had many more Gods, isn’t it? We ourselves, members of just one speckled species, have thousands of Gods. And there were thousands of species of dinosaur, tens of thousands. So that’s a lot of prayers to go around to a lot of deity forms.

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Posted by: David Weimer | September 14, 2014

Chapter 19 – “Eternal Burgers”

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Sitting on a blue fabric chair, the kind that folds up and goes into a carrying case, I lean back and cross my left leg over my right knee. My non-smart prepaid Tracfone has a clock that I check. I have five minutes before I flip these six burgers. The lid is down.

Smoke pours from under the edges of the grill when the grease on the foil runs through a hole or out the corner of the foil to drip onto the coals below. This smell is heaven. My ancestors from a million years ago nod silently in agreement from around their own fires.

I’m sitting on the concrete driveway at the corner of my front porch where the grill sits. It’s summer.

A full glass of inexpensive Merlot sits on top of the rusted left side, metal-lidded burner pad, next to a wire brush that I don’t use anymore since I started using this aluminum foil. I take a sip, then a second. I lean this lawn chair back on two legs and inhale deeply through my nose and let it out with an Aaaaah.

I’ve backed our Pontiac Montana van ten feet closer to the road end of the driveway so that I have more room to sit in front of the grill. I’ve dragged the grill a foot or two away from the white vinyl siding-covered lower edge of this side of our open front porch.

Two Christmases ago, I hung those big bulb colored lights up there where they’re attached to the gutter along the front of our wide front porch, as well as along the guttered narrower sides of this covered porch.

Balanced on the back chair legs, I enjoy the humid night air and the smells—especially the smells—and I look at the faded colored bulbs. Some of them, most, are showing more white light than colored because the color has worn off and flaked away and dried away in the heat and cold and sunlight over these past two years. They’re still very nice. It’s a very, very nice feeling, right here.

Mike, our large and hairy white English Labrador, with the shape of a polar bear and the heart of a sensitive kitten, lies on the concrete in front of my feet, right in front of the grill. He’s always nearest the source of food smells.

Two minutes.

Smoke is really rolling out now from the edges and holes in the closed grill that we inherited when we bought this place. The thermostat is edging upward from “med” to “med-high.” I lean forward to turn the dials on both burners down.

This is the life. You’ll never hear me say differently.

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Posted by: David Weimer | June 15, 2014

Chapter 4 – “Another Run” [upcoming book excerpt]

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I ran everywhere when I was a child. As an 18- to 20-year-old, I ran in the Army—in the mornings for PT (physical training) and a few times a year for our regular PT test 2-mile runs. I also ran daily for exercise, to counteract the fat-storing effect of drinking German beer. I was vain and appearance-conscious—unlike now….

In my late 20’s and early 30’s, I inline skated hundreds of miles on roads, sidewalks and parking lots in Pittsburgh, Wheeling and Memphis. Then I discovered skate parks and ramps in Stuttgart, Germany, Southern France and later, back in the U.S.

During my late 30’s, I began using my Nordic Track ski machine, the one that my first, practice, wife had given me for my birthday moments before telling me that she wanted a divorce. I’d kept the machine and took it with me wherever I moved because it seemed so potentially useful.

After that, for several years, until my mid-40’s, I didn’t do much running or skating or skiing.

Instead, I plodded along under loads of lumber, sheets of drywall, bags of concrete, sectioned railroad ties, old bathtubs, cans of paint, buckets of drywall mud, replacement toilets, rolls of tar paper, bundles of shingles and extension ladders. My steps were heavy and just as carefully-placed as an elephant or very large human walking on ice.

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Posted by: David Weimer | February 12, 2014

Upcoming book, “Situations Of I” excerpt (second edit)

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Does My Dog Like My Music? 

 

I say that music is reality; as real as my tabletop. Okay, stinging hand. Feel the burn—I hear the song and hit the table again. Real.

 

Songs are complete universes. I get lost in them each time.

 

A performer grows older, or dies, and I still have that song, perfectly preserved, just like he and I used to be. Like we always have been.

I listen, and my feelings are carried higher, soaring, above long-ago reawakened days. Each time I remember.

 

Again.

Always like this.

Again.

Only more so.

 

I always feel what I remember when my song plays. Every time, I remember it, and then I remember it more every time. Like this.

 

What would a world of silence be? Could it have nostalgia? Could it grow in me?

 

Silence.

Nothing.

No thing.

 

With just silence, I’d hear just my silence looping over and over, right? Silence would be my favorite song.

 

From songs to me.

From too quiet, to too loud to tolerate.

 

Can’t I keep my songs when I go away forever? Maybe there’s music made of me. Could I be silence? Something tells me, “Yes.”

 

For now—push ‘play’ on that damned cassette player, CD player and iPhone. Turn on that turntable, and set the needle gently down in that outer groove. Gently.

And keep them ALL playing. Thank God. Thank God. Keep them all playing.

Does my dog, Mike, like this music? Maybe he can’t hear it.

Maybe he’s listening to something else.

 

 

Posted by: David Weimer | January 24, 2014

#3 (Second Edit) Upcoming Excerpt from “Situations of I” book

 

All I’ve got are.…

Maybe it has to.…

“No,” he said.

 

 

 

Silence is the backdrop. No actor stands to deliver memorized lines. A man is lying in a reflective pool of his own blood. The blood has poured from his body like a vase of blood tipped over onto the wooden floor. The empty cup lays on its side, hands motionless, head resting on one arm, legs like two parallel logs.

The empty man laying on the stage. No audience witnesses his repose.

Here.

“The show must go on.”

But this is the show.

The body, cold now, used to be warm; he had lived his entire life warm.

This lighting is familiar. All of it is focused on the figure—stage front, mid. Bright spotlights converge on the body, causing the surface of the body to become slightly warmer than the darkened theater.

The congealing blood pool is confined by its hardening edges. Blood has sunk into and through gaps in the gritted black-painted hardwood flooring. Four smaller puddles contrast their rich, darkly-reflective, deepening color with the dim, dusty concrete subfloor. Wet-looking thimbles dangle motionless in this four-inch gap. The drops have ceased their falling.

On stage: a heavy crimson curtain hangs on both sides of the performance area. The folds are the dark color of dried blood. Another black curtain hangs behind the acting space on the last of four parallel lines.

Empty stage except the man lying in blood. Converged spotlights. Rows of empty seats in a darkened theater. Perfect.

And then the man sits up. Caked blood coats the left side of his head and face. It is utterly soundless. His hair is matted, especially over the saucer-shaped indent where his skull is crushed.

Lines of blood begin running along his jaw and drip from his chin onto the white pleated shirt beneath his dinner jacket. His arms remain locked at the elbows. His hands, on either side and slightly behind him, are propping him upright. He wouldn’t blink, even if he could. Perfect.

His legs, straight in front of him, end with polished black patent leather shoes over black silk socks covering his ankles and shins. The shoestrings are tied perfectly. He sits, and listens. He then blinks, very slowly. His left eyelid sticks and reopens with noticeable difficulty. His eyes are open again. He notices the empty theater. So. I am alone now ….

The sensation, a feeling of being still….

Ah….

The man’s eyes move in their sockets while his head remains still—left, then right. They track the silent rows of seats in the darkness. Then up, they look, at the brilliantly-lit spotlights. Then the unlit colored lenses and track lights.

His eyes track downward to focus on his nose. The left side of his face is clearly darker, dark with blood, he knows. His eyes roll downward as far as possible, taking in motionless legs, feet and a large region of pooled blood at his left hip. The two slowly-moving orbs return to staring straight forward.

The man’s eyelids slowly lower to cover his eyes. He takes his first breath. This is the first sound he has heard since sitting upright.

His left nostril remains clear. All of the inhaled air enters, and then exits, no warmer than it had been in the room.

 

This breathing continues, regularly.

It is impossible, he thinks.

Of course.

 

Staring, he wonders. Will I stand up, or lie back down? His heart is not beating.

This has always been the question.

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