Archive | June, 2015

A Decent Proposal

12 Jun

As opposed to an ‘Indecent Proposal’ 🙂

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

If there is one thing of which I am particularly fond, it is a proper breakfast. I am quite open-minded about the actual components of the most-important-meal-of-the-day (so declared by my Nan, who surely knows absolutely everything) so long as they leave my tummy rounder than it was when I woke up. Sausages, for example, can make a tummy splendidly plump – not least when accompanied by their close relation, bacon. Toast is acceptable, but only as an aside to the main event. And always with proper butter. Breakfast is not the time to be counting calories (when is?)

But I digress. Our continental breakfast at the charming Chinon inn was perfectly delectable. The Dean took some convincing, at first, that the spread laid out was fitting for the manly appetite. It was the copious arrangements of fruit that unnerved him, I think. But once we got him past the…

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Aphelion Webzine features “Iphigenia’s Womb.”

9 Jun

Wow, that was some very powerful imagery, Eric!
It was both sad and disgusting. How heart wrenching it must be. Better to burn yourself after an act like that-damned be your intentions.
You have a talent for poetry. I will have to check out more of your work. Hopefully, you have had a chance to check out DM Yates’ poem on Wattpad. I believe you two are kindred spirits in these endeavors.

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

I’m quite happy to say that the good folks over at Aphelion Webzine today featured my poem, “Iphigenia’s Womb,” in their wonderful free online magazine for fantasy and science fiction fans. The poem can be found here:

http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/poetry/2015/06/IphigeniasWomb.html

“Iphigenia’s Womb” was first published over in Dead Snakes in January 2014.  I am grateful to Poetry and Filk Editor Iain Muir for allowing me to share it today in Aphelion, as it might now be enjoyed greater numbers of fans of Greek mythology.

The piece is an allegory to the death by burning of Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon.  He sacrificed her to the Gods to appease them after an offense, as the deities had sent strong winds to beach the Greek warships ready to set sail against Troy.  (Of course, the poem is also about other things.)

If the imagery of the burning girl bothers you, then consider this — there are various…

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What I Am Reading

8 Jun

Dhungwana 2117 by Baibin Nighthawk and Dominick Fencer

Dhungwana 2117 - The Dhungwana Chronicles (2117-3451) Part 1

http://www.amazon.com/Dhungwana-2117-Chronicles-2117-3451-Part-ebook/dp…

Do you love science fiction? I know I do 🙂

Dhungwana 2117 is the far future story of a planet earth that has already experienced the result of a true greenhouse. Many of you may not realize that our little blue planet has been through several ‘greenhouses’ and ‘icehouses’ in its 4.6 billion year lifespan.

Currently, we are still technically in an ‘icehouse’ by the very definition of these terms. You see, until all the polar ice melts, we have not achieved a true ‘greenhouse’. Do not be alarmed! As I mentioned above, Earth has been through all this before. And, some day, will go back to another ice age.

But I digress…

Dhungwana is the name of the sole remaining continent in this science fiction thriller. Although in actuality, sea levels will only rise about 30 to possibly 50 feet worldwide when the last of the polar ice finally vanishes from our planet, in this story, it appears that much more of the planet is covered in ocean.

As you might guess, the ramifications of this limited land mass are far and away a drastically different existence than what we know by today’s standards. It appears that there is a one world government that controls everything-including the BlueGray Corporation ( a monster conglomerate that provides just about any kind of good or service imaginable).

Meet Ian and Dayla, our hero protagonists of this shocking future world. While working for the BlueGray Corporation in their respective duties, they come across some discrepancies that alarm them. In addition, the couple start to experience odd symptoms that are somehow mysteriously related to a much larger problem that affects everyone. Will Ian and Dayla be able to get to the bottom of the dilemma on Dhungwana?

I actually quite enjoyed this erotica/ sci fi cross genre. The authors kept a good balance between the two aspects of the story. In many ways, I kept thinking of E. G. Manetti’s Apprentice Series, as I read Dhungwana 2117. The main difference, besides the fact that this story takes place on Earth, is that one could potentially read Dhungwana 2117 in one sitting. I believe the read time is posted at less than 2 hours.

For me, the sex scenes were fine. Often, they only are the beginning of an intimate session between Dayla and Ian, allowing the reader to use their imagination for the rest. I also liked the premise of this future Earth, though I have already explained the unlikeliness of such an event ever becoming a reality in shaping the surface of the planet over the next 100 years. Although, if any of you remember Waterworld, there was even less of the planet left with dry land in that.

One thing that I did find amusing in Dhungwana 2117, was the awkward and stunted conversations. Often times, it feels as if the only purpose of the characters relaying information in such a manner, is purely for the benefit of the reader actually understanding what is going on. I actually kind of like science fiction dialogue done in this manner. It kind of reminded me of reading a Philip K. Dick novel or short story. I found myself chuckling at some of these two dimensional, emotionless conversations: very reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s B-science fiction ( a subgenre that is very near and dear to my heart).

So, if you are a nerd, like me, and love this kind of cheesy science fiction with a little bit of sex thrown in for fun, then by all means Dhungwana 2117 will undoubtedly be your cup of tea as well. And at a Kindle price of just 99 cents, you are sure to have an afternoon or evening of guilty pleasure.

Amaranthine Hunger Games – Day 0: The Reaping

7 Jun

And of course, Katelina is Katness Everdean!

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

(This was suggested to me by the very cool Jen Johnson. You can thank her for filling up your blog readers with nonsense.)

HUNGER GAMES

The Hunger Games. Pitting wits and strength against luck. We all know who survived in the real series, but what if the characters of Amaranthine had to play? Who would live and who would die? Let’s let BrantSteele decide!

The Reaping:

Effie has made the tour and here are the competitors in the Amaranthine Hunger Games!

District 1 District 2 District 3
Jorick
Alive
Katelina
Alive
Verchiel
Alive
Ume
Alive
Ooren
Alive
Torina
Alive
District 4 District 5 District 6
Loren
Alive
Micah
Alive
Senya
Alive
Bren
Alive
Malick
Alive
kateesha
Alive
District 7 District 8 District 9
Wolfe
Alive
Sadihra
Alive
Jamie
Alive
kioko
Alive
Maeko
Alive
Etsuko
Alive
District 10 District 11 District 12
Sorino
Alive
Kai
Alive
Fethillen
Alive
Samael
Alive
Ronnell
Alive
Arlen

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Publication Notice: Aphelion Webzine to feature “Iphigenia’s Womb.”

7 Jun

Way to go, Eric!

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

The good folks over at Aphelion Webzine informed me today that my poem, “Iphigenia’s Womb,” will appear soon in its upcoming June issue.

Thanks to Poetry and Filk Editor Iain Muir for another great opportunity to share my writing with fans of fantasy and mythology!

I’ll post a link when the piece appears.

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That girl WAS Debbie Harry, right?

7 Jun

Oh Eric, I thought you were quite good in that film. I especially loved how you grew an alien gun out of your arm 🙂

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

If everybody could stop Facebooking and blogging about “Videodrome” (1983), that’d be just fine.

I will never understand this movie.  It has been described as “postmodern,” and that is a word I cannot understand, despite looking it up and having friends explain it to me.  (Seriously.  And that somehow makes the intellectual emasculation I feel by “Videodrome” even worse.)

I still insist that this “classic” is unpleasant and incomprehensible.  The following is all that I can glean:

1)  There are televisions.  The televisions are bad.

2)  People join a cult or something.

3)  James Woods loses his everlovin’ MIND, and starts shouting … political tirades?  He … wants to start a revolution?  But whose side is he on?  IS HE FOR OR AGAINST THE TELEVISIONS?

4)  This movie makes VHS tapes more disturbing than, say … the “VHS” horror movies.

5)  Debbie Harry is in there somewhere.  Debbie, what’s a…

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The Amaranthine Encyclopedia

4 Jun

Wow! This is pretty cool. Are you going to make it into a card game? Like Magic the Gathering? Only with vampires?

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

Yes! I’ve finally started to work on it, and I wanted to share a few *un-proofed* pages with you. Click to see the bigger version.

AINE ALISTAIRE & AMARI & ANDREI
ARK ARLEN & ARMUS

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When I’m finished, the PDF version will be given to all my mailing list subscribers. As far as publishing it on Kindle or Smashwords I don’t know. eReading devices would shrink the images, and smashwords’ file-size limit would make it difficult. I could do a text version, but I’m not sure it would be worth all that for something that is going to be free anyway and would probably not get very many downloads.

What do you think?

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