Review: Eric Henderson’s Stranded In Sunshine

Stranded in Sunshine

Stranded in Sunshine By Eric Henderson*
Publisher: Flickerlamp Publishing

Whenever I come across anything described as “unique,” my right eyebrow raises ever so slightly, but with respects to Henderson’s debut novel this is fair.

Stranded in Sunshine is the story of what happens when 11 people are invited to live in a recently abandoned shopping mall in order to create, a small sector of, civilization anew. While the premise may read as the plot to a reality show, it’s in the method Henderson chose to deliver the story that helps it earn its “unique” cred. Each chapter is through the eyes of a different character and plays out like a satirical soap opera.

“‘Forget technology, we’re starting… drum roll, please… A Better Place.’”

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Undergoing Site Re-design

I appreciate everyone that voted in my poll for a new theme.
As you can see, I decided to go with Capoverso and will be spending the next couple of days customizing it to a look that’s most satisfactory. Hopefully, this won’t take too long. Thanks for your patience if some links/menus are broken or missing until then 🙂


Update: Well, that was a bit of a disaster. It seems the transition wasn’t very smooth at all and there were several things I’d have to reconfigure.
Capoverso didn’t offer as much flexibility as I initially thought. The Front Page feature was probably one of the biggest “selling points,” but everything else kind of fell short. Except readability. While I know there are upgraded customization features for most themes like elaborate color palettes, I thought there was still the basic feature of altering the background. This did not seem to be the case and only part of the premium. Suits offered some minor colorization tweaks beyond its black and white default. I appreciated that option, and hoped it helped my site stand out a little more from others using it. However, I’m not sure if that is something it still offers to new users. Since WordPress has made changes to the upgrades they offer.

Suffice to say, I’ll keep Suits until I can either figure out how to make Capoverso work for me, or explore other theme options. I am very much relieved that if you return to a previous theme, all your customization stays the same. Thanks again for your patience!

Simple Survey: Reader Feedback Wanted

LA Simple Survey

Hello everyone,
As you may have seen I’m considering some changes to my site in light of the anniversary. Since I know WordPress adds themes throughout the year, a theme change is on the table. So far, two have caught my eye and I was wondering if you would be willing to vote so I can gauge which is more aesthetically pleasing for viewers. Links to the themes can be found below the poll. Feel free to share.
Thank you!

Here’s a link to Baskerville Demo

Here’s a link to Capoverso Demo  (sidenote: I more than likely will not keep the slashed background)

Haunting Glimpses

Black Balloon Publishing tweeted asking if one was seeking haunting writers to read this fall, so, I was curious as to whom they suggested and followed the link. They recommended South American writer, Horacio Quiroga. The article did a nice job of introducing readers to this talented, but not well-known, author, his influences and tragic ridden back story.

As it turns out, I have actually read a collection of his short stories. One that included both “The Feather Pillow” and “The Decapitated Chicken.” Thanks to an English professor who was keen on introducing students to Latin American writers, we were required to read and discuss “The Decapitated Chicken.” A  haunting tale, and to this day one of my Quiroga favorites. I was fortunate enough to find a collection of Quiroga’s stories, months later, at a second-hand book store and seized the opportunity to read more of his writing. My collection included paired illustrations, but none as remarkable as the Rene Magritte pairing shown in the article. I often wonder what it would be like to read his works in Spanish. What sort of key elements to his method of story telling lose some of its punch, if any, in translation? Since I understand some words in other languages mean very specific things, which may have no real English counterpart. Perhaps someday I will, but realize the chances are slim, as my Spanish comprehension is nowhere near the level of my French.

I don’t usually think about reading more horror and chilling tales around the Halloween season, I watch films instead. However, I think this year I will change things up and read at least a handful of short stories, and revisit one or two of Quiroga’s. Suffice to say, I agree with Black Balloon Pub’s suggestion and would encourage anyone that wants something a little different, a little chilling and a good story to give Quiroga a read during this season and any others.

Off The Shelf, Back in My Hands

Reading books for leisure is an activity I try to make frequent during the year. Like many, the more engaged I am by the work, the faster I’ll push myself to reach the end, and feel accomplished once I do. Unfortunately, I’m not the quickest of readers. Thinking about how long it may take to finish makes me feel as if I don’t have time to re-read books, no matter how good I thought they were.

Looking at my shelf of books read, if I were to choose one now, it would be Miranda July‘s No One Belongs Here More Than You. I purchased the book on a whim two years after it came out.  After recognizing the name from Me and You and Everyone We Know. I wasn’t sure what to expect from her writing, but once I started reading. I was smitten. Many criticisms accuse her of trying too hard to be “quirky” or “kooky.” I view her as far from traditional or typical. A characteristic that drew me to her to begin with. I didn’t have the impression she was going out of her way or otherwise trying too hard. Her style felt natural, open, honest. Aspects of her characters or the situations she placed them in resonated with various parts of me. Thoughts her characters expressed, might make people feel vulnerable for having them or ashamed to admit. I like that she encourages us to examine ourselves and the relationships we have. My reading of these stories coincided with a puzzling transitional period in my life. The timing might have made me more receptive to the content, but I doubt it affected the experience by much. It would be interesting to see how I feel about No One Belongs Here More Than You now. I haven’t followed her work as closely as I would like, so perhaps revisiting will put me back on track to exploring more.

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