Monday, March 23, 2015

A Little Change of Pace

Going for a little change of pace.

I used to write a lot of poetry. At one point, I was writing a haiku a week while waiting for the weekly Weight Watchers meeting to start. I stopped in the late by the end of 1999 for reasons I can't easily identify. I'm thinking of putting them together into their own book but that's still in the early planning stages.
For now, though, I thought I'd share a couple of them.

This first one was written when I realized that what I had hoped for wasn't going to happen. Yeah, I wasn't happy but I was dealing with it.

"Breakfast, 8/27/94, 9:03 AM"

Thoughts drift,
As if carried by a current,
Touching here and there,
Leading me to the truth
I had known for so long.
But for so long denied.

A dream of two together fades,
Adjusting to reality.
Two together still,
But never more than friends.

Understanding brings a smile to my face;
Better together as friends
Than not together at all.

(C)2015 Michael P. Dunn

Four years later...

I'm always doing things alone. I go to movies alone, I go out to dinner on my birthday alone, I live alone. One day, while eating dinner in a local restaurant, I started to think about what other diners might be thinking about the sight of the one person eating alone.

"Dinner, 8/15/98, 5:38 PM"

Have you ever noticed,
When you're eating alone,
The eyes of everyone around you
Seem to be focused on you?
There's sympathy on their faces,
And you can almost hear them think,
"Look at him!
He's eating by himself!
How terrible it must be,
Eating alone in this crowded dining room!
How lonely he must be!"

Maybe I like to be alone;
No hearts to be broken;
No secrets to be known;
No schedule to keep but my own.

Then again, no one to ask me how I am,
No face to wake up to in the morning.

(Can you really be alone,
If you like the person you're eating with?)

(C) 2015 Michael P. Dunn

Hard as it might be to believe, I was a lot quieter than I am now. I would never speak to anyone through grade school, junior high and high school. Once I got into college, that all changed. When I started working as a student aide, I met someone who brought me out of my shell. We've had our ups and downs over the years but she's probably - no definitely - the best friend I've got.

"Drifting Star"

My life was lit up by a drifting star
That had been there all the time.
(Odd that I had never seen it before.)
Each of us wanders through this life
As the world wanders through space
Where there is nothing but darkness
And nothing to do but drift alone.
(And being alone is the worst way to be.)

You appeared suddenly, without a moment's warning.
The task you chose was hard, but you succeeded;
You made me talk when there was nothing to talk about.
You seemed ready to accept me as I was
And accepted what I was free to give.
You listened to me and I to you
And we shared some time together
Just being ourselves.
(And being yourself is the hardest thing to do.)

Around us lies the entire world,
And beyond that, the whole universe.
I don't have the words to say how I feel.
You made me feel good for more than a day.
I just want to thank you;
You brought to me a little piece of happiness
That I never thought I could own.
(And being happy is the best way to be.)

(For Simone, wherever you go.)

(C) 2015 Michael P. Dunn

Friday, March 6, 2015

On A Cold Wind

The story of Caralynn (Carly) Adrasteia, an agent of EarthGov Security in the late twenty-second century. As an Enhanced Human, a group of humans engineered to have superior physical and mental abilities, she is subject to hatred and discrimination while continuing to work for the improvement of her people's situation. Along with her partner, Special Agent Murphy Greenfield, she is assigned to track down two escaped criminals who threaten a newly established colony. One of the criminals, Efhram Bartok, is also an Enhanced Human who wants to incite a revolution and lead the Enhanced Humans to freedom. There is a link between Carly and Bartok, one that only Carly's division director knows.

On A Cold Wind is available from Smashwords, Kindle, iTunes & NOOK. Also available as Print On Demand from CreateSpace

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Thursday, March 5, 2015


EarthGov Security Special Agent Kevin Martin and his partner, Probationary Agent Rachael (Rae) Mercer, thought they had been assigned an open-and-shut case. A murder had been committed on the colony of Haven and local law enforcement already had a suspect in custody, with enough evidence to ensure a conviction. Things begin to spin out of control when Rae is severely beaten and Kevin is accused of the attack. Who is trying to stop the murder investigation? What is connection between the suspect and the victim? How does the secret Rae is keeping tie into it?

Rae is available from Smashwords, Kindle, iTunes & NOOK. Also available as Print On Demand from CreateSpace.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Fault Lies Not...

In the late twenty-sixth century, a serial killer roams the city of Naufolk. There is little evidence left at the scenes of the murders, and no trace of the killer shows up on any of the city’s scanners. It's up to EarthGov Security Special Agent Lin Sillo and her partner, Special Agent Vincent DeBurg, to stop him. But is there something behind the murders, something that reaches far beyond the city?

The Fault Lies Not… is available from Smashwords, Kindle, iTunes & NOOK. Also available as Print On Demand from CreateSpace.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Bright Symmetry

A Bright Symmetry is a series of stories set over the course of a year, stories of life, death and rebirth. After more than two thousand years, immortal Scott Madigan was tired of life and its unending struggles. But an archaeological expedition leads Scott to reassess and change his life...though nothing compares to the changes undergone by his lover, Zoe Baird.

The seven stories in A Bright Symmetry are…

“Only Time” – One year ago – Scott and Zoe travel back to Earth to visit with Scott’s friends, Brynna Alexander and her husband Georges Severin. While they reminisce, Zoe thinks she hears someone saying goodbye to her but can’t find who said it…

“A God To Dance With” – Seven months ago - Scott and Zoe are on an archaeological expedition to the planet Stelvra. They were there to investigate the myth of QuĂ©rahl-tan, the Stelvran’s Sleeping God. They were hoping to conduct the research before the planet’s unstable political system collapsed. But what was waiting for them in the tomb…and who would pay the consequences…

“Being” – Scott begins to come to terms with the aftermath of the events in the tomb, while getting to know the person Zoe had become. The suspicions of the ship’s captain weren’t helping him cope. There a system failure threatened the whole ship and only one person can help them…

“Intermezzo” – Three months ago – Zoe’s condition has been deteriorating and she doesn’t know why. To help find a cure, Scott has to turn to the Science Directorate once again to set up an expedition to distant sector, one that is believed to be uninhabited…or is it…

“The Arc of Heaven” – One month ago – Scott contracts Arcadia Ryan, an old friend and independent starship master, to transport him, Zoe and a team of scientists and politicians to Zoe’s home to try and find out what’s wrong with her, as well as study her people and establish relations with them. But Scott hadn’t counted on the Science Directorate having its own agenda…

“Circle” – Two days ago – Arcadia brings Scott and Zoe back to Earth so they can tell Brynna and Georges what happened to Zoe. After misunderstandings, Scott finally finds out who said goodbye to Zoe on their last visit a year ago…

“…and Forever” – Now – Zoe learns one last secret as the final circle comes to a close.

A Bright Symmetry is available from Smashwords, Kindle, iTunes & NOOK. Also available as Print on Demand from CreateSpace.

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