The Punishment Rock

Shit’s hitting the fan for twenty-something Daniel Bright from Oklahoma, but it’s not just him. It’s hitting for most of the planet and nature is breaking out some end-of-the-world tricks.

But this is not a story about the apocalypse.

It’s about Daniel and his ex-girlfriend, Maggie Hutton. Can they reconcile their past in time to figure out what it was Daniel helped find off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula? Does this discovery have something to do with the current chaos? Are they in cahoots with the right people? Who should they trust?

Read Chapter 1!

The idea for “The Punishment Rock” came to me in the summer of 2009. Since I’d never written a book before, I thought, “Okay, maybe I’ll just write the premise, and then, maybe – pass it off to someone else.” However, when it came to putting my fingers to the keys, I found myself impulsively writing the first chapter.

I compare this to someone who jumps off the diving board into the deep end, without knowing how to swim. They hit the water and for a split second they giddily think, “Holy shit – I’m swimming!” Then immediately following is the realization, “Wait a minute! I don’t know how…” Too bad, it’s sink or swim time.

And that’s been my journey since, learning how to swim – I mean write – from the middle of the deep end. Yet, what keeps me motivated is the feeling I’m telling a helluva’ story, and if I get the strokes down, and learn how to breathe then I might find myself successfully climbing up the pool ladder.

That said, I realize it’s 2016 and I’m not out of the pool yet, but I have my hands on the ladder (I think). After 3 versions, I’m in a 4th rendition, changing the voice to 1st person (easier said than done). The reality is – I’m still unsure as to how long this part will take, and more importantly – how am I going to release this book? This is all “not-so-very-fun” things to sift through. So, in the meantime, I thought it would be good to introduce my style through short stories, i.e. the ones you find on this WordPress Blog among my music posts.

So that I don’t have to gruel over creating new characters and fictional premises, I thought it best to tell personal stories, which fit in a similar genre to my book; stories that might get your ticker pumping, or make your eyes glance down the page to see what happens next. Some of you might relate to these stories, some of you might say, “ha, I did something similar, but it was way more crazy,” or some of you might shake your head in disappointment. Whatever your reaction, just remember this is all for entertainment.

I hope you enjoy them and remember to press that “Follow” button in the bottom right corner. But most importantly, stay tuned for the release of “The Punishment Rock.”