|Posted by Aaron on July 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM||comments (1)|
I have just read your short story entitled "Afterlife." While I honestly do not think it was the best written, nor the most entertaining in the collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (of those I have read so far The Bone Church was probably the best written and Morality was the most entertaining) I have to comment on this story in particular.
I have chosen not to send you this letter for many reasons. One - you probably get way too much fan mail; Two - what seems like something very meaningful to me probably will have little to no meaning in your life; and Three - I like the idea of you finding this letter rather than me sending it to you directly (then you might feel a little like I did when I read your "fantasy story."
I was raised Lutheran and still value my core beliefs, and though growing up causes many of us to question and some of us to doubt, I feel very stable in my relationship with my God. I've been writing for what seems an eternity, but I decided to persue that course late in high school. As a believer and a writer I've found a wonderful tool to explore my faith through creative and analyical processes. I've had dreams that make me wonder what do I expect will happen after we die?
Many years ago I came up with (what I thought was) a brilliant and unique question. I suppose "there's nothign new under the sun," but I had never been asked this question by anyone else, nor thought of it before. What if when I died I was given the chance to go back, and start my life over without remembering my previous life or "this afterlife part"... would I do it? At first I was even scared to answer my own question - why would I want to lose my memories? My life was "soooo valuable" and precious...could i really do that to myself? After thinking about it for some time I decided the answer was yes! Yes was the brave answer, yes was the acceptance that I could do it all over again.
What if I accepted life again and in that new life I rejected God, and instead of arriving at the pearly gates like I had the first time maybe I would go the other way? Why stand at heaven's door and say "no, I'd rather go back to Earth and risk it all again"? And my eventual answer was faith! Faith that behind those gates there really was a Father who loved me, and he would make himself known to me in any life I lived! Returning to earth was not, somehow, a lesser eternity. If we are only going to get a limited time on Earth, then shouldn't we chose life here while we can?
When I was able to put these feeligns into words I posed the question to some of my friends and family. I greatly enjoy discussing religion, faith, the afterlife, and these things...trying to understand what and how other people believe what they do. I was shocked to hear my own mother say she could not choose to come back to Earth - that she would only choose heaven right then and there. Even after I explained my views she did not seem to agree, or understand. It's strange when people who you are so close to seem to suddenly feel so different.
I hadn't thought about those ideas in quite a while until I read your story. As the story began I was wondering what great twist you would write...it seems like there's a hook in every story that gets to me one way or another. But this one - wow - with each "new" idea you presented I was thinking "Stephen King, get out of my head!" But there it is, in black and white. The "original ideas" that I had pondered years ago were not so original after all.
In your foreward your phrase "fantasy story" really stuck out like a sore thumb to me. I winced - I know you used those words on purpose. And sure, it is a fantasy story - we don't know for certain what really happens, but your ending in this one reminds me of my own conclusions. We choose. Free will is what makes us human.
A part of me thinks you will never read this, and a part of me hopes you don't. Like I said, maybe I'm making this into something it's not. However, I'm not convinced it really is a coincidence. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Anyway, I hope you keep choosing to go through that unfound door and I can't wait to finish this book!
-Aaron E. Lee
|Posted by Aaron on January 19, 2017 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
After I completed the second draft of Star Song, I submitted the manuscript to a "real publisher." To my great surprised they called me back! Then they said something I'd never thought I'd hear..."You'll have to pay for the marketing costs."
What? I thought finding a real publisher meant that they would cover those costs and take it out of book sales... but not these guys - they claimed I wasn't going to have to pay for them to publish my book...just to market it. What gives?
So I told them I would have to think about it - they wanted 1,000.00. No kidding. Well, self-publishing requires that you pay some out-of-pocket dough too, and I've never paid that much - and I let them know. They called me back a few days later and said they would work with me and charge me the same as what I paid to self-publish! I thought WOW - WHAT A DEAL!
But it almost sounded too good to be true. So I did some digging. The company had a lot of bad press. But who knows? Maybe it wasn't all bad? So I asked a couple close friends who I knew would know a little bit more about how the insides of that company worked...and viola! They said it was a rotten company as well...
So I decided against publishing with them. They called once more and offered me half of what they offered before - if I didn't know any better I would have jumped on the opportunity. They seemed pretty baffled why I wouldn't bite. But I'm not gonna be scammed - even if it was less money, they were still asking me for something up front, which I don't think is right for a "real" publishing company to do.
So I'm working on draft 3 now. I'm getting pretty happy with it. Who knows, maybe I'll find a REAL "real" publisher.
PS: I don't reccomend Tate Publishing.
|Posted by Aaron on July 9, 2016 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Star Song is in it's second draft, and continually being revised and edited. The process has slowed, but my excitement for this story is still great. As I am working on it, I am trying to tie the pieces together. To write this novel I started out writing several short stories around a central theme. The narative takes place over many years, so the characters and plots are allowed to change, all while one final build up to the finale takes place. This is an epic about the destined meeting of two worlds. They have lived centuries apart, never knowing about each other, but in the end they finally get to meet.
In another area of my writing, I am currently working on another collection of short stories. These will be darker stories, murder mysteries, and fictional mayham. I have 5 stories completed, but I'm aiming for a whopping 15 to make this my biggest collection yet.
|Posted by Aaron on February 19, 2016 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Star Song, my first novel, and most recent accomplishment in writing, is nearing completion. I am proud and excited to announce that this sci-fi epic should be done in the summer. I have been writing this book for a few years now, around other projects, and I'm pretty confident that it's almost where I want it to be now.
I was inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, as well as Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke. Most of my fiction up to this point has been horror themed, but my last collection of shorts really gave me a boost in confidence that I could write sci-fi. It's a bit strange crossing these borders for some writers, and I admit I was a bit shaky at first. The path of writing can be a lonely one, and making these decisions feels very personal. You have to wonder: are people going to start judging me in a new way just because I'm writing something else?
I implemented my love of short stories into the creation of this novel. I found that one truism still holds water for me: stick with what you know (and your work with shine because of it).
I have plenty of ideas for future projects, I don't feel like I'll run out of steam anytime soon. I hope my audience enjoys this next work as much as I do!
|Posted by Aaron on January 7, 2016 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
2016 New Years Resolutions!
*Still trying to get my books into the public library system
*Currently writing my first novel (hope to have it done by mid Summer
*Currently working on next short story collection (more horror stories - but I need a title!)
*I would like to get one, or all of my books into audio book format this year
Every year I develop new resolutions, and while I don't always follow through, I think writing down my goals greatly increases my chances of success. Asside from my writing goals, I am thinking about getting a new job and possibly moving from my Moore home.
|Posted by Aaron on September 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
I have began the process to get my books into the Norman Public Library. This is my first attempt to do so, and while I don't expect to earn any more dinero with this plan, I may be able to accumulate more readers. Here's to the future!
|Posted by Aaron on September 24, 2015 at 12:30 PM||comments (0)|
My two short stories, Hell to Pay, and Suffering the Little Angels will be available in the Kindle Store within 48 hours! These two stories go together, and tell the story of Reggie and Janet Jackson (not the popular ones). How far will Janet go to rescue her beloved from the underworld? This is like a comedic Dante's Inferno. $0.99 each!
|Posted by Aaron on September 9, 2015 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
I have completed my collection of poetry/stories dedicated to my grandfater. "We Remember, Gene Lee" has been a 3 year project and collaboration with my family. The book is not available to the public, but it was a project for my family and for me personally. You can see the cover (hero shot of my grandfather) in the art section!
Suffering the Little Angles is now an E-book you can find on the Nook for $0.99! The cover art is also in my art section...
|Posted by Aaron on April 15, 2015 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
My original story, Hell to Pay, is featured as an E-Book on Amazon.Com and also included in my 3rd collection of short stories: The Cryogenic Conundrum and 10 Other Funny Fictions.
I'm currently writing part 2! The title (right now) is "Suffering, the little Angels" and it focuses on Reggie's widdow, Janet Jackson - not, not THE Janet Jackson, but A Janet Jackson. Janet has a hard time when her husband dies...but an even harder time when she finds out he's in HELL...how far would you go, if you discovered a loved one had decended into the dismal neither realm?
If you enjoy such stories as Dante's Inferno, or the comical Bedazzled or even Dogma, then you're sure to appreciate these stories! Don't let the fire and brimstone scare you away because theological issues can be laughed at too...I plan on releasing Hell to Pay2 as an E-Book on Amazon.com and possibly on the Nook as well. Keep reading!
|Posted by Aaron on March 2, 2015 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
Hastings Entertainment Book Store is going to let me participate in an AUTHOR SIGNING PARTY!
Hastings Entertainment in my hometown, Norman, OK, will spend one day with me and other local authors in the store - I'm URGING you all to come on out and join the party! Hastings in Norman currently carries my 3 published books (Hallucinations, The Wanton Interim, and The Cryogenic Conundrum). If you would like a signed copy of any of these books, this is the best time to come out!
More details as I become aware...keep reading!