This is something I have wanted to do for a while. I am not big on performing, or very good at it, but I do enjoy playing this song. Sorry for the poor recording quality.
If only I could crack existence
Not enough for it to break
Just a little hemorrhage,
For me to slip away.
Existence can mend
Life can carry on again.
But this escape can never be,
For in the end this is just my dream.
There is no you,
There is only me.
I had two intentions when I set out to write The Grimbleschnorph Chronicles. First, I wanted to write a children’s book and second, I wanted to write a vegan-themed fantasy or sci-fi story for young adults. This niche-genre is seriously lacking in content. For the children’s story, I’d originally planned on writing for younger age group, around the 5 to 7 range. It was going to be an illustrated book of around 15 pages.
However, as I began writing I realized I could never tell the story I wanted to tell and so few words. I could not send the message I needed to send, and build the foundation in a young mind in 12-15 pages. The very idea became preposterous. The more I tried to trim the book and keep it geared for young children, the more I felt I was doing a disservice to the animals I represent, and that just wouldn’t do. I’m a writer, not an artist. I needed those words to paint my images! Slowly, the two books merged into one story.
Hence, the Grimbleschnorph Chronicles was born. Initially, I tried to wrap it all up in one story titled Terence Brings a Grimbleschnorph to Breakfast. The subject matter continuously demands a more mature audience the more the topic is discussed. Every answer begets a deeper question. When discussing murder, torture, animal abuse, social justice issues, and morality one must adjust for the audience; that’s tough if your audience still wets the bed. I decided to break Terence Brings a Grimbleschnorph to Breakfast into a trilogy.
In the 1st story K’Lar meets Terence at age 7, in the 2nd story K’Lar visits again, this time Terence will be 14, finally, the 3rd and final installment will feature K’Lar meeting Terence when he is 18. Each story will progress with subject matter relatable to the age range. Volume 1 is appropriate for ages 7-9 and up, Volume 2 will be appropriate for ages 14 and up, and Volume 3 will be appropriate for 18 and up. This structure allows me to build on the information presented in such a way that the reader will be educated and entertained, without going too over the top with lecturing. Please stay tuned for further installments of The Grimbleschnorph Chronicles! I am working on Volume 2 now!
Description from Amazon for The Grimbleschnorph Chronicles:
The Grimbleschnorph Chronicles follow the travels of K’Lar Kendasiam; an above average universal pioneer from the planet Xeion, navigating the stars while gathering data for the Grimbleschnorph Knowledge Alliance. In Savage Planet, K’Lar is forced to make a crash landing on the planet Earth when the ship’s hyperdrive runs out of fuel. While trying to repair the ship K’Lar meets Terence, a young Earthling boy anxious to help an alien in distress. As Terence and K’Lar become acquainted, K’Lar becomes increasingly alarmed by what is revealed. Can K’Lar help Terence learn a better way? Can K’Lar escape the savage planet?
This story is a thought-provoking journey of self-discovery which highlights vegan subject matter such as equality, health, environmentalism, and morality issues while addressing myths and common misconceptions. This unique perspective will invoke curiosity and discussion about the food industry, animal agriculture, and social justice issues highlighting many of the personal questions people ask when beginning their journey to learn about the impact of their food and lifestyle choices.
I’ve finally completed my first manuscript. It isn’t the manuscript I thought I’d complete first. For the last ten years, I’ve been trying and failing, to tell my story. I’ve begun writing and then given up, and then started over, so many times that each attempt to complete a story has now become the foundation for a multi-tiered story arc, all of which revolve around my main story. I call the series Borderline Dimensionality Disorder. My primary novel, which will link them all together, will be titled (tentatively) Are you listening? I hope to have it completed by the end of 2019. However, I’ve placed that project on hold for a bit; I have been becoming more concerned with my role in community activism and wanted to find a way to help single parents, young adults, and children initiate discussion about the topic of morality and food choices. In trying to determine a unique way to do this, I decided to look at the animal agriculture industry from the perspective of a stranger.
I ultimately became distracted from my novel and decided to write an unrelated story and that is where The Grimbleschnorph Chronicles originated. The Grimbleschnorph is a character I invented years ago as a joke; he’s stuck with me all this time and now has a home. The Grimbleschnorph Chronicles follow K’Lar Kendasiam; an above average universal pioneer who navigates the stars while gathering data for the Grimbleschnorph Knowledge Alliance. There will be two (at least) volumes in the series. In the Volume One: Savage Planet, K’Lar is forced to make a crash landing on the planet Earth when the ship’s hyperdrive runs out of fuel. While trying to repair the ship K’Lar meets Terence, a young boy anxious to help an interesting alien. As K’Lar gets to know the Earthling, he becomes increasingly disturbed by his discoveries.
This story is a thought-provoking journey of self-discovery which highlights vegan subject matter such as equality, health, environmentalism, and morality issues while addressing myths and common misconceptions. The unique perspective will hopefully invoke curiosity and discussion about the food industry, animal agriculture, and social justice issues highlighting many of the personal questions people ask when beginning their journey to learn about the impact of their food and lifestyle choices. I think that bringing this discussion to the table is vital to the movement. We should be talking about our food choices with our children, with our parents, and with our friends. These atrocities only exist because we allow them to continue in the shadows. The Grimbleschnorph Chronicles Volume One: Savage Planet is available now via digital download and paperback via Amazon.com.