“The story is told in the form of a screenplay, which can seem a bit odd if you have never read one before, which I had not, but it did not take long before the economy with which the form allowed the story to be told took over and pulled me along for the ride….” http://orderfromchaos.black-trovat.net/2014/12/25/mujahid-quent-cordair/
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How’s your Tuesday going, in this beautiful land of the free? For one American, who happens to draw cartoons for a living, dawn came today with the knowledge that he’s targeted by men willing to die in the effort to murder him. How’s your Tuesday going, in this beautiful home of the brave? Listen keenly for a few moments to those likely innocent sounds outside. Was that a rake someone dropped? A package being delivered? The sudden firing up of a leaf blower. A car engine getting louder as it approaches but then doesn’t fade. A car door shutting, perhaps a little too quietly… The unidentified bump from somewhere beyond the side wall, the light scraping near the front door. The doorbell ringing. The shadow of what was probably just a bird across the closed curtains. How’s your Tuesday going?
You need to go shopping. You stop and listen carefully before opening the door. It has to be done. You can’t stay inside. You won’t. You scan the bushes, the street, each parked car, each pedestrian—as nonchalantly as you can. You’re brave. You won’t show fear. Outside the grocery store, a young man who might be Muslim stands, waiting for someone perhaps, watching as you approach, his hand in his pocket. You nod at him as you pass, to see if he nods back. How’s your Tuesday going? Back home, you turn on the TV. Most of the wagging heads are implying that it will be your own fault if you’re murdered—you’ll have had it coming to you, for having drawn a cartoon, for having put lines on paper, for having expressed your honest opinion about an ideology, for having stood up against that which you know to be wrong. And you realize that the wagging heads on TV want to be proven right. They’re waiting for it.
How’s your Tuesday going, in the land of the free, the home of the brave, in the United States of America, where you never imagined you would be left unprotected by those who swore to uphold the Constitution, where you never imagined you could be left exposed and abandoned to die on an altar to someone else’s vengeful god, awaiting only the priest with the knife to arrive. But there’s no schedule for the sacrifice. Only “soon,” they say. How’s your Tuesday going?
Separation of religion and state is no more, when the state looks away as one of its citizens is sacrificed to appease a god’s anger. Religion rules once more. How’s your Tuesday going? They came for the cartoonists, but I was not a cartoonist. We’ll go about the day as we did the day before. We’ll show solidarity, if and when it happens, by changing our profile pic for a few days to a black background with “I am XYZ” in solemn text. We’ll share a clever, poignant graphic or two. Life will go on. For some of us.
How’s your Tuesday going?
On this Mother’s Day, I offer my short story, “For the Woman Who Has Everything,” from the Lunch Break collection.
“Sarah woke to silence. Thin lines of moonlight lay in diagonals across the floor. She listened for awhile. The only sound was the soft rustle of her hair against the pillow.
“She slid her legs from beneath the layers of blankets and let her feet touch the chill of the hardwood floor. As she walked, a line of moonlight slipped around one ankle, then the other, ascending, scanning and measuring her body in strict undulations. At the west window the moon caught her fully, a slender white animal beneath the new winter’s sky….”
In support of the cartoonists who exhibited in Texas, my anti-jihadist story “Mujahid” is available for free download on Amazon today and tomorrow, through midnight Pacific, Tuesday May 5th. Freedom of speech must prevail. http://amzn.to/1BHPuhT
Half the town, it seemed, was gathered at the door, peering in, peeking over shoulders, querying, feral rumors slinking around the edges while, closer to the front, more respectable theories were being advanced in hopes of winning a laurel of knowledge for the price of a guess. But no one knew. Mr. Henkle was one of the most dependable, successful men in town, having led the seemingly perfect, enviable life, with the business, the home, the wife, the kids. Never a whisper of trouble. The news was unsettling, inexplicable. The world was no longer right. Everyone liked Mr. Henkle. He had always made sure of even that….
For Valentine’s Day, and particularly for those still looking for their one and only, my story “A Prelude to Pleasure” will be available for free on Amazon all day tomorrow, February 14. Feel free to share the story as a little Valentine’s gift, which you can do directly from the Amazon page @ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IDQFCQ
“Before the five-year search there had been fifteen long years of watching and waiting to fall passionately in love the way he had always believed he would, the way he once thought he had. But on his fortieth birthday, he stood alone on a rock above a restless ocean and cried. There was no one with whom to share his world, and there seemed to be nothing he could do about it. In business he could do anything, achieve anything, he refused to accept failure–but he couldn’t create a woman, and he couldn’t fall in love with one who simply wasn’t there. Lifting his head, he had angrily wiped away the tears: he had been more than patient with the world, and the world hadn’t delivered on its promise. And if he couldn’t have what he wanted–he swore he would get the best that could be had. . . .”
“A Prelude to Pleasure” is the tale of a man of accomplishment and wealth trying to find true love–and what he discovers along the way, with the help of a boy who reminds him of who he once was. First published by The Atlantean Press in 1991.
In response to the Corinthia Hotel attack in Libya today, I’m making the anti-ISIS story “Mujahid” available for free all day tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th, starting at midnight Pacific. You are welcome and encouraged to share the “screenplay jihadists will hate and civilized people will love” with all civilized inhabitants of the planet. ISIS must be and will be defeated. The sooner, the better. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R8QP8NI
The Cordair #IamCharlie shirts are now available on Zazzle. Declare your freedom proudly and publicly. Men’s and women’s, all styles.
White text on black @ http://www.zazzle.com/iamcharlie_shirt-235589522664259007
Black text on white @ http://www.zazzle.com/iamcharlie_tees-235115239469596762
Graphic design courtesy Wingspan Graphics, creator of beautiful, eye-catching, affordable custom-logo design.
Royalty proceeds will be donated to support Charlie Hebdo and the families of the victims (https://www.leetchi.com/c/solidaritecharlie or equivalent)