I’M TRYING VERY HARD NOT TO WRITE ABOUT THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS; BUT I’M NOT BEING (ENTIRELY) SUCCESSFUL IN THAT REGARD
So why am I trying not to write about the elections?
The primary reason is a matter of self-discipline. I am endeavoring (not to be confused with succeeding) to confine this blog to my life as a writer, the events and issues that directly influence my writing, and the experiences that I have had that have helped form my outlook on life—and which I am prepared to discuss. That is most matters, because it is my nature to be candid, but there are some memories that I won’t or cannot discuss because either I am forbidden to do so for legal reasons; or I’m ashamed for some reason or another. Few of us have led perfect lives and, unfortunately, I am certainly no exception. I don’t have any horrendous matters to hide, but I do have some embarrassing ones. Some will undoubtedly appear in my memoirs. Others make me squirm, and I shall try and pretend they never happened. I won’t be entirely successful. I am either cursed or blessed with a conscience; and I listen to it.
But you write about economic matters from time to time? Very true, but appreciate that I write non-fiction as well, and here my primary focus is on the economy. I know that action orientated Big Thrillers and economic writing make an odd conjunction, but I trust you will allow me such a diversion—and I do find our enduring struggle to find an acceptable economic system endlessly fascinating. Indeed, I might even say “thrilling.”
Forgive my jest. I hate to be too serious for too long—even when I’m being serious. In truth there are other reasons why I am determined not to write much about these particular elections—starting with the simple fact that I’m not overly fond of either presidential candidate, and I am truly stunned by the lack of imagination being displayed in terms of finding solutions to our mass of serious, but not overly complex problems. The answers are out there, and many have been well proven by other countries, but we appear remarkably unwilling to learn from such successes. To learn from others does not seem to be part of the current American culture.
However, the main reason is that I want to write about all such political matters through my EAGLE & CUCKOO books. In short, I’m saving my firepower so that my fictional feathered friends can demonstrate how matters should be conducted. If you haven’t heard about my Eagle & Cuckoo books, let me refresh your memory.
The trilogy are satires in the fine tradition of Gulliver’s Travels, Alice In Wonderland, and Watership Down. However, in this case their primary focus is on the U.S. and our deteriorating condition (Economic, Health; Environmental—pick one of these, or virtually any other sector).
Practically all demonstrate that this country is in (preventable) decline. The books are not only satires, and extremely amusing, but they are also action packed thrillers – so you can read them for sheer excitement if, god forbid, your sense of humor has been excised.
The underlying thesis is that since Americans have become so corrupted by love of the almighty dollar and Fast Food—and who can deny that?—then the only living creature who has the necessary integrity to reverse America’s decline is Eagle, head of all the eagles and the very symbol of American greatness. Cuckoo is his intellectual mentor, ally and sparring partner—and so the two get to work. They are opposed by the Forces of Darkness headed up Satan’s envoy, Warlock, who—when in human form—masquerades as a well known, and rather plump, U.S. politician (who was formerly Speaker of the House). Battles of all shapes and sizes ensue. The Forces of Darkness are ever formidable; and they want Eagle dead. Very dead would be better still. Fortunately, Eagle & Cuckoo have allies—and they are very smart.
There will be three books in the trilogy. Only the first has been completed as yet.
HOW EAGLE & CUCKOO SAVE AMERICA: THE BEGINNING
HOW EAGLE & CUCKOO SAVE AMERICA: THE CONTEST
HOW EAGLE & CUCKOO SAVE AMERICA: THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
You will be able to read the first fifty pages of the first of the E&C books–AND ALL MY NEW BOOKS--when my new web site comes out fairly shortly. This blog site will keep you posted.