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An Author’s Reality Check with Eric Garrison (Fourth-Wall Friday)

What in the world is that noise? Oh crap it’s my Fourth-Wall alarm, another author has been abducted into his world build… crap, where is my notebook and my clown nose! I need to get my pants on..wait! It is Friday, #nopantsfriday I wonder if I can get away with it on the moon…  (looking up) 

Oh hey! Welcome! Ummm hi!grabbing my pants.  “Sorry I was going to do a #nopantsfriday funday but Chris Garrison was abducted and we need to go find out what kind of mischief his characters have in store for him today on #FourthWallFriday!!smiling mischievously.

An Author’s Reality Check

by Chris Garrison

I woke, the thrum of great engines all around me, a stark bright moonscape rolling past the window near my bed. The throbbing, pulsing motors matched the pain behind my eyes.

A dwarfish figure approached my bed. “Eh, there ye are, lad. Nasty bump you’ve got there, but I think ye’ll be okey.” The small man wore a grey jumpsuit with a red cross upon his chest. A nametag read, “Bask”. He thumped my sternum with the flat of his hand.  I coughed.  He smiled.  “Yep, yer still with me, heh!

Something so familiar about this….

 I unglued my tongue from the roof of my pasty mouth and said, “Where… Are we on the Moon?” My voice sounded rough to my ears. I tried to sit up, but the room spun, and Bask pushed me back into the bunk’s pillow with the same hand, gentler this time.

Mebbe ye better lay back a spell, jest to get yer head back a bit.” He unhooked a squeeze bottle from the wall and handed it to me.  I squeezed water into my mouth. It tasted so good that I gulped greedily.

Bask tsked.  “Slow down a bit. Yer not yerself. Second case I’ve seen today.”

Second?  Someone else hit their head and wound up on the Moon?

He laughed and shook his head.  “Nae, th’ other one, he went to bed on an airship and woke up pregnant on the Moon. My moon that is, not his. Hers, rather.

With a shock of realization, I woke fully.  “This can’t be happening, I’m dreaming, this is a place I made up in my head.  For a book.

And knowing my own book, I felt around my body with my free hand. I found everything in place where it should be, no anatomical surprises like Bask’s other patient had.

He grinned.  “Yer so smart, hmm? Makin’ up worlds? Mebbe it’s a bump on yer head’s got ye thinking yer someone yer not, that reality’s a dream and a dream’s reality?  Mebbe someone’s writin’ about YOU, hmm? Jest another character in a book…

I shook my head and regretted it, as the pain made my vision swim and blur.  “Ugh,” I said.

Mebbe,” he said, “Yer caught up, yer essence in another world, another you, like the young lady who just left here. What’s yer world like, hmm?  Full o’ sky pirates and mad science? Or is it th’ place where everyone and his kin has a pocket supercomputer they use to look at photos o’ cats sayin’ funny things?” His eyes twinkled as my mouth hung open.

He said, “Looks like ye’ve got no words now, I guess.  Yer own fault for makin’ up smartasses like meself. Ye’ll be okey once ye’ve got yer head together.

I stared at the gnome-like Bask, concentrating until there was just one of him. I gathered in a deep breath, organizing my thoughts. If I’m really just talking to myself, I don’t want to sound like an idiot. So, if you’re Bask, are ye… I mean you… the same Bask that’s in two different worlds of mine?

He did a little jig and made a circle with his hands and placed it on his head like a crown. “Ye mean the world where there’s a lass who only sees fairies when she’s had drink or three?

Really? You know about-

He cut me off.  “Nah, never heard of it.”

What? I just, I mean…

Bask’s laugh came from deep in his belly. “Ye need some sleep, lad. I’m sure ye’ll wake up someplace outside of yer head. But by the by, could ye tell me one thing?

“Sure, what is it?

Ye think I’ll get more lines in the next book?

My turn to laugh. “I’ll see what I can do.

He grinned and uncorked a tiny bottle and waved it in my face. The swimminess of the room intensified, and his words came as if from far away. “Sleep, and dream of grand things, lad.

I followed the words down a well, and into a more peaceful slumber.

I have to write all this down as soon as I wake up.

Eric Garrison

Chris GarrisonEric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and four cats. He also enjoys gaming and homebrewing beer.

Eric’s latest novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure being released by Hydra Publications.

Eric has also written four urban fantasy novels. These include the Road Ghosts trilogy (to be released by Seventh Star Press), as well as Blue Spirit. These novels are dark supernatural fantasies, dealing with ghosts, demonic possession and (in Blue Spirit) even sinister fairy folk. All are also available in paperback and Kindle format.

Eric’s short story, “Drag Show” appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine and Volume 2 of that magazine’s anthology series. His flash piece, “Dark Reflection”, appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology.


Four ’til Late, the first of the Road Ghosts Trilogywill be released by Seventh Star Press in both print and eBook formats mid-summer.  For further information on Four ’til Late and the Road Ghosts Trilogy, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com.

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When a quantum supercomputer’s “reality simulator” program causes temporary insanity in its beta-testers, Lee Green rolls up his sleeves and dives into a virtual world to debug the problem. Only he discovers that place is more real than anyone imagined.

He finds alternate versions of his friends in that mad science reality, their lives and relationships very different from those in the “real” world. Quantum entanglements become romantic entanglements as he meets his love again in each new dimension.

Lee must save these other lives, decide which destiny is truly his, and what he’s willing to sacrifice to get there.

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In Four ’til Late, amateur ghost hunter Brett and his friends Gonzo, Jimbo, and Liz are on a road trip with dangerous detours, dreadful dreams and dire warnings. But that won’t keep them from reaching their goal: New Orleans. Along the way they discover that some spirits leave you with more than a hangover and regrets. Can they get there in one piece, or will they be stopped and rest in peace?

The bags are packed, the engine’s running. Turn up the radio and get moving because the road ghosts are waiting, and it’s Four ’til Late.

 

Fourth-Wall Friday

Ever wonder what happens if you were to break into your world build and sit down and have a beer with your main characters? I think I would love to have tea with Jane Eyre, or discuss the best way to take care of vampires with Jane Yellowstone…maybe having Susie Shotgun take me out for some Angels Tears…

Interested in being part of Cabin Goddess’ Fourth-Wall Friday? I will soon be opening up my schedule from July through Christmas and have a few limited reserved Friday’s for special Fourth-Wall Friday spots (Sign ups for July – December 2013), such as book releases and tours. Contact me at kriss@cabingoddess.com for more info. I hope everyone (authors and readers alike) takes time peruse the archives and find out just what other authors have done and enjoy a lot of amazing world builds!

Fourth-Wall FridayAllow yourself as an author to open up a new avenue of sharing your AUTHOR PERSONA & WORLD BUILD in a unique and creative fashion.. Just take a chance, write fluidly and from within that “place” you hangout at with your muse. Or perhaps walk in the door, tuck into a corner & watch your characters get into trouble before you take a chance and talk to them…

 

9 Comments

  1. This sounds like a pretty awesome book! Yet another for me wishlist!
    Show me some love!

  2. Oh, one more thing… Is the Road Ghosts series going to be released in Kindle edition?
    Show me some love!

  3. All SSP books are released in print and ebook Chris’ book will be as well. SSP also releases a limited edition numbered and signed hard cover. Worth every penny.

  4. Loved reading about this author. Great post!

  5. Jessica, none of the books are currently available as e-books; looks like they’ve all been pulled, as they show the Kindle copy but as “not currently available”. Guess they’ll come back at some point, hopefully!
    Show me some love!

    • The second one is not out yet. The first one is available my link on the book should go there. Wait. I will find out about that series.

  6. Oh, sure NOW it’s up. Make me look like I’m insane…. I swear to Goddess, this morning it was NOT AVAILABLE in Kindle! LOL

  7. Hello!

    The Road Ghosts books have been bought by Seventh Star Press, so I have taken them down. My standalone spinoff from that series, Blue Spirit, is available on Amazon for a little while longer yet.

    The first Road Ghosts novel, Four ’til Late, is due out in July, but is not yet available. Please check out my blog for announcements!
    Show me some love!

  8. The Four ’til Late you see on Amazon right now is a used copy of the first edition. The new edition has been much improved and edited and polished. I am so proud of this Seventh Star Edition that’s coming up soon. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
    Show me some love!

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