Bondi Beach: Blog

May 25, 2016
Posted at 6:48 pm
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 6:49 pm

Missing code for "Redemption"

Somehow Ma/Fa got left out. It's there now.

May 25, 2016
Posted at 6:43 pm

Redemption started posting today

Redemption has 17 chapters and an epilogue. I'll post a chapter a day (note: the chapters are pretty short). It's a Washington DC story and so there are politics involved, but there's also sex and some violence and what could be more American than that?

Anyway, enjoy. It's already up on Lulu, (and soon, one hopes, on Amazon and iBooks Store, etc.), if you want to purchase the whole thing. Please hurry up and buy it before it becomes a free download when I finish posting here, OK?

May 21, 2016
Posted at 6:40 pm

Sarah's Honeymoon queued for re-post

I've revised Sarah's Honeymoon to read a little better (I think), and I've added the cover image for the revised ePub and printed editions. It's still the same story as before.

The updated ePub edition is already on, and to appear on Amazon and iBooks Store in due course. It's a free download. As before, it's the same text, save for a couple of very minor changes to accommodate SoL's formatting requirements, as the edited posted here, but has a little more of a traditional book feel.

April 1, 2016
Posted at 3:49 pm

What the heck is going on with "Goddess"?

More than one reader of Goddess has asked me, in so many words, "What the heck is going on in this story?" Here's a bit of a cheat sheet. It's not long, I promise. Short short answer: it's a take on the original (if there is an actual original) myth, but not intended to be a retelling of it.

The story of Persephone, daughter of Zeus, and her abduction by Hades, god of the underworld, and subsequent marriage to him, is the story of why we have a fallow period in autumn and winter, and a blossoming and growing period in spring and summer.

The traditional story is that it was something of a forced marriage after the initial abduction (see the Bernini sculpture), at least at first and at least until Hades tricked Persephone into eating a few pomegranate seeds which caused her to desire to return to the underworld after she was released. I read a different take on the story, one that suggested their relationship was not as forced as many think, and decided to play with the idea.

Goddess is a story of a road trip and an adventure, perhaps a delusion, who knows, and a sex romp. It can be read straight, no problem. Persephone tells the rangers she doesn't know what happened to her, and we should probably accept that in the end it doesn't matter whether it was real or not.

What the heck is Papagena, from Mozart's The Magic Flute, doing in the story? I needed a girlfriend for Harry (Hades), and I decided she ought to be a sprite. That's all.

Anyway, read it like the romp it is, not an attempt to teach anyone about Greek or Roman myths.

Almost forgot: Hebe. She was cupbearer to the gods until she had a wardrobe malfunction while serving. Given the gods' behavior generally it's hard for us to see why that would be such an affront, but it was enough for Zeus to fire her. She could have worked in a spa, too (that's a jug of bath water she's carrying in the cover image), but I decided a bar was more fun. Is Hebe a goddess? Her underwear says she is, but who knows?

The characters:

Mrs. H: Hera, mother of Hebe

Mrs. D: Demeter, mother of Persephone and goddess of the harvest

Harry: Hades (sort of)

Mr. Z: the big guy himself, Zeus

Ranger Jacqueline: a total figment of my imagination, but I'd sure like to meet her

Harley-Davidson: a U.S. maker of iconic motorcycles, but you already know that

Papagena's trill: From Mozart, of course, but as I was starting the story I heard it from a high school girl walking with a friend, just a short happy cascade of notes.

An Internet search on any of these folks will turn up enough material to keep you busy for months. There's lots of hot art and sculpture, too.


March 30, 2016
Posted at 3:26 pm
Updated: March 30, 2016 - 4:05 pm

"Goddess" now a free download from Lulu

The last chapter is queued for posting today, Wednesday, March 30.

Goddess is now a
rel="nofollow">free download from Lulu
, and soon to be free at Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere. If you see it still advertised at $2.99 please feel free to purchase it, but if you wait a few days it should show up as free everywhere.

It's word-for-word the same story as posted here, save for a few minor fixes.