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Space Cowboy Books Presents: Simultaneous Times Vol 2

Space Cowboy Books Presents: Simultaneous Times Vol 2 was published on June 18, 2021. My story “The Activator” appears in it. I created the character several years ago while living in the wooded, earthy Catskill Mountains of New York. It wasn’t until I was in the sparse, harsh landscape of the high desert in Joshua Tree, California that the character’s story came out. The Activator is being in outer space that needed to come to Earth. When it arrived, its energy clashed with what it found. Beautiful original artwork by Zara Kand accompanies my story.

From the website: From Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree, California. The second volume of the companion book series to the Space Cowboy Books Presents: Simultaneous Times science fiction anthology podcast. In Simultaneous Times Volume Two Space Cowboy Books brings you a collection of science fiction short stories from our local Hi-Desert authors, featuring both stories that have been featured on the podcast, as well as some appearing for the first time. An eclectic mix of approaches to the science fiction genre which range from rebellions against oppressive robots to alien encounters to pure campy fun, with writing styles varying from traditional to experimental. The collection features nine different authors, each paired up with five different illustrators to bring each story to life with original artwork.

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Vayux

This piece was birthed over a year-long period of isolation during the pandemic 2021/2021. I experienced a deep sense of rage and betrayal at watching the Trump administration mishandle the public health catastrophe. It was a series of events that shattered a semblance of normalcy in life routines and the last iota of logic and compassion in a government administration. It seemed like the United States was coming apart at the seams. Then I lived through the chaos of a housing crisis and a mental health crisis as a result of the housing crisis. I went to a dark place in my mind but came back and then experienced ego death. I learned that my world that fell apart was a world that I didn’t want to live in anyway. I was ushered into a new landscape of hope when I stepped into the idea that the psychological and metaphorical death I experienced was a gateway to another way of being, another form of being in myself, that was new but built upon the old. Vayux is written in four iterations of the same material to reflect this.

Vayux is a collection of four flash speculative fiction pieces. Each is an analog for psychological breakdown and breakthrough. Each contain an essence of rage at the betrayal of the feminine force by the masculine one. The idea is Earth as a sentient being has decided to cast off humanity for its rape of her and her resources. Underlying this is fluctuation of dynamic intrapsychic forces—my own, which led me into a period of shadow work.

Each time I read Vayux, another layer, facet is invoked. The process of psychological change is multifaceted. Likewise, this piece is incomplete and complete; it conveys a human process, even though the characters are nonhuman forms when you meet them. Vayux is a materialization of the psychological processes that shaped my experience of transformation during the last year. I had no other choice but to surrender to the chaos and let it lead me to a new place inside. When I make art like this, it is deeply personal but also, in my opinion, resonates on an archetypal level. I sought/we seek connection but lived/live in isolated inner worlds. I/we die everyday in different ways. I/we have the chance to start over again and live.