Swell: the origins

Swell began it’s tortuous journey, to become the book it now is, a very long time ago and was first written as a narrative poem exploring the duplicity between what we think is real (and may not be) and what actually is real (or at least could be).  Essentially, I was trying to work through the kind of madness that results from being remorselessly coerced into accepting half-truths and lies as factual reality (and normal) regardless of how twisted the presented reality actually is.

The story I wanted to tell, that would encapsulate my thinking, began small yet from the beginning the creative mechanics of writing it was in an almost constant state of flux.  Each time I picked it up, often months down the line, something else would grow out of the words I had previously written.  An alternative strand of psychometry would present itself for exploration, perhaps a slightly different twist to the mother’s nature.  In every sense the story began to expand, to swell up.

Strangely the title of the piece of work, in all its forms, was always Swell.

Swell has been written and re-written countless times and has ranged in treatment and style between the darkest of sexually charged Noir Theatre to the most titillating blend of psychotic comedic depraved horror.

For now, it is what it is.  Nothing more and nothing less.

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Swell in all digital formats and paperback is available everywhere: Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Inktera . . . to name but a few.
 

 

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Illustration: Nebular by Boris Pelcer. Click for more information.

 

August is auspicious

Exmoor to the seaAugust is named after the Roman Emperor Augustus (No, really?).  Yes really, in 8BC.

And another thing about August, the word, august, means:
1. dignified or imposing: an august presence.
2. of noble birth or high rank: an august lineage.

Also, weirdly, there are no anagrams in the English language that uses all the letters of the word AUGUST.  Neither can one shout August! without puckering ones mouth in awe ~ Awe-Gust!

The word derives from the Latin augustus meaning grand or majestic and which in turn is related to the Latin word augēre which means to increase and thus we arrive at the reason why the month of August plays such a pivotal role in bringing about the end of human life on Earth.  August is traditionally the month when the highest birth rate occurs in the USA.

With the global population currently increasing by approximately 1 million people every 4¼ days, by the end of this century the planet will be asked to support a population of 11 billion.  It is impossible for the Earth to sustain 11 billion human beings.

Leaving aside the already acute shortage of water, the lack of adequate shelter and availability of fuels for warmth it also means that in just the next 50 years human beings will need more food than has been consumed by the whole of humanity during our entire history.  Discover more about human survival at Global Population SpeakOut

SwellCover#1PageWebSwell, the new book by Rivenrod. Click here to read more

Swell in all digital formats and paperback is available everywhere: Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Inktera . . . to name but a few.
 

 

(C) Rivenrod 2015

Swell: my new book let loose on the world

SwellCover#1PageWebIsolated by their obsessive alliance, a mother teaches her son to be invisible and takes care of his every need herself until growing into manhood he’s sent to fight in the bloodiest of wars. He returns to an empty house.

Some years later, alone in a hut, subsumed by sexual deviance, he knows there’s a good chance he will have killed himself by the end of the day. But why? Could it be the unexpected outcome of his mother’s morbid games? If only he could get her out of his head.

Click here to read more about Swell

Swell in all digital formats and paperback is available everywhere: Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Inktera . . . to name but a few.

(C) Rivenrod 2015
Björk, Human Behaviour

Cuckoo Seed

Cuckoo seed has migrated to Writing . . .

Art: Syria

Syria is a new gallery of paintings and drawings which attempts to make some sense of one of the most catastrophic human tragedies.

And here’s a track from Kings of Leon called Cold desert.

Art: Fragments

Fragments: bits and bobs, this and that, flotsam, jiffywaddles, trinkets, parafanalia.  Things picked up, things collected or filed for later.  Some have memories attached to them others grow into events that are about to take place.  A fragment, the smallest part of a thing, is all it takes to change the world..

While you’re doing that, do this, Pieces of gold by The Aikiu.

Carina, a fantasy on acid

Anything we can see happening in the Carina Nebula today happened about 10,000 years ago just as the earliest humans were throwing bones at the sun in the belief they were feeding the flames.

Give your ears a treat: James Hunter sings Carina

HubbleCarinaNebulaThe fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the action of outflowing winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation from the monster stars that inhabit this dusty inferno.  Those same stars are shredding the surrounding material which is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which they were born.

See new Hubble images

 © Rivenrod 2015 Image taken by NASA Hubble telescope 2014