The First Paragraph

This is the first paragraph of my latest. Have a look at Melody 8. Remember that this is unedited.

 

My mother used to sing to me when I was scared at night. When shadows, in corners turned into drooling creatures who wanted to eat me. When the wind wasn’t just benign air, but a drooling demon bent on eating my soul, and my body, bit by sweet bit. I’d lay my head on her chest to feel the vibration of her singing. The song would come out in low tones and hurried breaths, and just slightly off-key. I always thought my mother’s inability to hold a perfect tune made the song better. It was as if mom had put her own touch on the song she’d chosen to sing. Her voice made pleasing chills go down my spine, and make my skin turn to goose pimples. I’d burrow deeper into the blankets smiling into my pillow. Mama would end the song and ask if I wanted to hear another one. If I was asleep she would plant a kiss on my head. The moisture and the soft smack of my mother’s lips would wake me up just enough to see her walking out of my room. Most times I wasn’t asleep, and I’d answer with a muffled yes that came deep from my pillows and blankets. Mama would answer with the same response every time. “Okay smart one.” I never knew why she called me this, and it’s funny to look back now and realize, I’d never asked her why she called me smart one.

I loved the sound of my mother’s voice. All the way up to the day she was put to death because of it.

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10 change your life books

This blog post is not a self-help post. When I say change your life books, I guess I mean change your perception books. And if you ask me, those sorts of books can be more transforming then some theory about how you’re doing it wrong, (Life that is). I believe reading is a fundamental skill that needs to be used daily. It is an immersive way to figure out new and enlightening things. Meaning, you have to actually think about the content, rather than watching something and cutting out an important part of the learning process. I’m not going to give too much of a description of these reads because, one, you can just look them up on Amazon, and two, I hope you read them and form your own opinion.

These are books that have changed my thought process, and my perception of the world. Or I guess you could say my reality.

#1 Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger 1: Final Secret of the Illuminati Robert antonA journey into an agnostics mind. When do too many coincidences make you a believer?

#2 Graham Hancock, Fingerprints of the GodsFingerprintsCivilization is much older than we think it is. Graham Hancock offers up some new evidence that will change your perception of humanities origins.

#3 Aldous Huxley, Brave New World BraveAldous Huxley told the future. The World he constructed in his most famous work, mirrors today in a lot of ways.

#4 Neal Stephenson, Seveneves SevenevesThe Earth is about to become uninhabitable. Humans find a refuge in space. What will humanity even look like in 5000 years?

#5 Peter Clines, The FoldThe FoldTeleportation is impossible for a reason. But what some people say is impossible, is another’s possibility. A whole set of horrific possibilities.

#6 Stefan Bolz, The TravelerThe TravelerThe love of a father and daughter transcend all time and space.

#7 Ray Bradbury, Zen and the Art of writingZen writing there ever was a writer who could change your perception of the world, it would be Ray Bradbury. Part writing manual, and part autobiographical.

#8 Paulo Coelho, The AlchemistAlchemistSee the signs, and read the many messages along life’s path. A mystical masterpiece.

#9 Jeremy Narby, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of KnowledgeCosmic serpentA true tale of a rational man who finds that there is still a lot of mystery in the world. You just have to know what to ingest.

#10 Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of TimeBrief historyTime stops for no man. Because it doesn’t exist in the first place.

cropped-blog-pic1.jpgErnie Howard is a husband, father, and author. You can find his books on Amazon

If I had my way…

My over blown Christmas list.

If I had my way, my holiday wish list would consist of books, and book related things. I would also have a huge dusty library complete with moving wall ladder, and leather club chairs. I don’t think old St. Nick is going to be able to fit that one in his sleigh. So… It’s back to fantasy for me. I have narrowed it down to my five top book related picks for Christmas. These happen to be mine so if you disagree that’s fine, diversity in taste is key for a more rounded human experience.

Number one: Leonardo Da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson

This is one that I can actually scratch off this list. I purchased this book the other day, and I am enjoying it so much I wanted to share it with you. Walter Isaacson is a master Biographer. In the years prior he’s written about Steve Jobs to Benjamin Franklin and many others.  Isaacson delivers a story in this one, not just a history lesson. I recommend it to people who want to be inspired.

Number two:

The entire catalog of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned, by Daniel Arthur Smith and Various Authors

These books contain some of the best stories written by some of the best indies today. If you are looking for quick bite-sized thrills and chills go no further than these books.

Number three:

The New Kindle oasis E-reader

I said at the start of this post that it would be book related things as well. This new Kindle looks amazing, and it’s waterproof. But I do have to say that when your kindle is six years old, any newer Kindle looks amazing.

Number Four:

A Glass doored bookshelf

Atlantic Glass Door Cab Espresso

This is the start of that library I talked about at the beginning of this post. I would have to say the biggest problem for any book lover is space, whether you’re talking electronically or wood space.

Number Five:

A comfortable reading chair

Abbyson Beverly Hand Rubbed Leather Armchair

One of the most overlooked reading items. A good chair can enhance your reading experience in monumental ways. And it looks nice and supports your bum.

There is my list. Hey! A boy can dream, right? Hope your reading Sonja, I mean Santa. Happy Holidays!

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A sneak peek from the latest installment of The Pool series

Sample from the last book in my Pool Series The Pool.
The Storm launch’s June 7th. Pre- Order on Amazon

Sample from The Storm that launch’s June 7th. You can pre- order it now on Amazon.

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“The Pool knows when you’re ready.”
Jonathan sat back in his chair. The woman and the little girl looked bloated and blue. The look of bodies after they are pulled out of water. The woman’s clouded eyes looked stunned as Jonathan explained the Pool rules to her. It always amazed him that most souls had no idea of their predicament. The little ones always seemed to have an inclination though. Jonathan smiled at the little girl, and she smiled a drooped smile back. The lady’s eyes regained some form of light, at least as much as they could regain. She looked to be coming out of the trance that Jonathan had put her in.
“Anyway. Here’s your room key. It’s room number one, the first door on the left. Hope you enjoy your stay at the motel.” Jonathan gave the woman a big smile. It was always room number one. It was the room closest to the Pool gate.
“Thank you, sir, it has been a long drive from Texas. Me and Emma are dead on our feet.” The dead woman said. Her voice reminded Jonathan of an old movie he’d seen once with a creature who had come out of the water. Brown Sludge dripped from her blue lipped mouth as she looked down at the little girl and tried to smile.
Jonathan’s smile got bigger. “Oh, I’m sure you are. The road will do that to you. You guys go get some rest now. It was good meeting the both of you.” He went along with the woman’s story she was telling herself, as he did with everyone who came through the motel door. It was important that they found their own way.
The bloated lady grabbed the little girls hand and shuffled out of the door with wet squishy steps

This series has been a few years in the making. I hope you like the last book in the series. Thank you for reading friends.

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Reads for slight inebriation and water. Top 10 summer reads

Hey there friends. Another season is upon us. The season of sunburns, long car rides, and cocktails next to large or small bodies of water. What makes a day basking in the hot sun better? Well a book silly. Like you even had to ask.

In the spirit of summer reads, I have compiled a list that transcends genres, explores the deep inner workings of your mind, and amazes you with worlds of wonder not yet explored. Yes. These reads really are that good. If you don’t want your mind BLOWN! Do not read a word from these books. ****DISCLAIMER**** These are in no particular order of awesomeness they just simply are awesome.

The Gunslinger, by Stephen King

THe Gunslinger

Read the book before you see the movie. But even if you see the movie before you read the book you’ll be good. Because judging by the trailer, the movie is nothing like the book. Read The Dark Tower Series Here

Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss

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Want to learn the secrets of highly functioning people? Tim brings you the goods, with his special brand of answering questions. From the guy who brought you The our Hour Work Week

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

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A personal story of poverty, and perseverance, from an uncommon origin. J.D. Vance exposes and ongoing crisis. This book will make you think twice before you label people.

American Gods, by Neil Gaimen

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The Starz show is good, but it is not going to do this book justice. This book is a long one from one of the best fantasy writers out there.

Stories of your life and Others, by Ted Chiang

Arrival

This is a short story compilation from one of the best. Ted Chiang know how to set a mood. Story of your Life was the story that the movie Arrival was based on.

The Quantum Ghost, by Jonathan Ballagh

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A fun read that will make you think about reality in a different way. Mr. Ballagh is a very talented writer.

Tales from the Canyons of the Damned  Omnibus #1, by Daniel Arthur Smith, and various authors.

TALES OMNI

I am not just choosing this one because my story Float is in it. This first Canyons Omnibus is chock full of entertaining stories that seemed to have been made for lounging by the pool. Pool? Did somebody say Pool?

The Pool, by Ernie Howard

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I did choose this one because it’s my book, and hey. It’s pretty good!

Six String, by Stefan Bolz

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Mr. Bolz main character will hook you into her plight. Make sure you wear lots of sunscreen, because you will lose track of time and get one heck of a sunburn when you read this.

Writer’s Block, by Hank Garner

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When Hank isn’t doing his successful podcast, he is writing about a guy and his magical typewriter. I recommend this one for a nice evening on the lake.

I wish you pleasant nights and awesome reading. Have a good summer, and be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.