Thursday, January 23, 2014

1/23/14 - The Phenomenon's Return

For anyone unfamiliar with this blog, I have experienced a regular stream of rather unlikely coincidences -- unlikely enough to be considered "synchronicities," and coherent and numerable enough to be written about. Recently, however, the phenomenon took a breather.

Then it returned.

It was January 20th it happened, after approximately ten days of silence. Within this period, I had become accustomed to "normal," logical, non-synchronistic life -- not so much to forget the phenomenon entirely, but long enough for it to fade against the backdrop of new life experiences and demands. Certainly, this wasn't the first such drop-off of "activity," for in the years since my becoming aware of the phenomenon, I've experienced several of these weeks-long subsides. Yet, when the first new synchronicity arrived, my reaction was stronger than it would've been otherwise, the way absence makes the heart grow fonder.

The synchronicities came in rapid succession, three of them, almost identical.

The first occurred while I was driving. I pulled up to an intersection, saw that it was a red light, and thought, distinctly, of how I wanted the green light. Immediately after my thought, the song I was listening to in my truck's CD player said "green light," with less than a second between the two. The sheer coincidence factor was enough that the recurrence would've been noticed in any case, with such perfectly "synchronistic" timing that I couldn't have coordinated it had I tried. But, considering that the coinciding occurrences fit seamlessly the pattern that's been established in my past experiences (recurring thoughts, events, or themes in near instant succession), I took special notice.

After the wow had worn off, I was quick to make a note. Another one for the file.

Then, just minutes later, it happened again: just as I thought "fan," I overheard someone say "fan." Again, this happened with a crisply distinct spontaneity which, despite being nearly impossible to plan, again fit precisely that snap-bang format I've come to know for this particular type of synchronicity. An interesting note is that the thought which preceded "fan" pertained to my seeing something which I thought was an electric fan but, on closer examination, proved to be the mechanical top of a paper shredder -- that is to say, something which bears absolutely no semblance to a fan. Yet, I thought this, just before a nearby person, unconnected to me, said "fan" aloud (and yes, my thought was before the person said fan -- just before, less than a second, but definitely before, thus ruling out some sort of subconscious suggestion for me to see the paper shredder as a fan).

My first note was joined by an addendum reading "fan."

Then, approximately a half-hour later, the third such synchronicity arose: this time my reading "thank you" precisely as someone behind me said "thank you." What I read was the swipe terminal at a grocery checkout, which printed "Approved - Thank You" just after I swiped my credit card -- which, coincidentally, occurred precisely as the cashier behind me said "thank you." This one, unlike the other two, is not as distinct and complicated -- and, thus, not as unlikely from a statistical perspective. However, it is lent some notability by the fact that it fit so perfectly that pattern previously established -- not just over my years of past experiences, numbering in the hundreds, but of just over the last hour. Feel one rain drop, and you might shrug it off; feel a dozen, and you'll prepare for a rain shower.

So there I was, right back in the whirlwind of dreamlike unreality inspired by such incidents, as if I'd never left.

Monday, January 20, 2014

1/20/14 - Accidental Literature: Stories

Accidental Literature: Stories - a collection of A.A. Garrison's literary forays.


In this collection: 19 short stories of a literary bent.

Variety defines these stories. From dark to light, humorous to dead serious, experimental to traditional, flash-length to novelette, these 19 selections from author A.A. Garrison fulfill a mixed spectrum of tastes and styles. No two are alike, and surprises abound.

Included in Accidental Literature:

  • A drug addict’s quirky pursuits (“Tomorrow”)
  • A beautiful young murderer asks, “Is anyone innocent?” (“Innocent”)
  • If a brutal dictator must have one thing, it’s the right anthem (“An Anthem for Chen”)
  • A fatal traffic accident as seen from multiple points of view (“Mirrors”)
  • A San Francisco quake brings gifts in strange and romantic wrappings (“Ketu Says Hi (Or, She Laughs at Earthquakes)”)
  • The hellish trials of a sick man awaiting healing (“The Waiting”)
  • A videotape containing a sinister crime against a child, and the question of what to do with it (“The Videotape”)
  • The world as seen through the kaleidoscopic eyes of a chronic alcoholic (“Alcoholism and Bad Sex”)

Plus 11 more literary tales, all executed in A.A. Garrison’s quietly loud fashion.

Be taken by these words. Be seduced. Be offended. Be wowed.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1/15/14: What Is and What Could Be: Tales of Imagination

A new short story collection from A.A. Garrison: What Is and What Could Be: Tales of Imagination

Sometimes the best fiction defies all labels. That’s why these stories are called, simply, “tales of the imagination.”

In this collection of 15 diverse selections from author A.A. Garrison, the reader is introduced to a broad expanse of literary territory, ranging from sci-fi to crime to post-apocalyptic ruminations, including some outright weirdness and a no-apologies zombie romp.

Included in this slideshow of imagination:

  • One man’s disgusting, but lucrative, enterprise (“Bestseller”)
  • A young woman’s government-sponsored birth and its sinister mystery (“Immaculate Conception”)
  • When only a select few are saved from the end of the world, what about those left behind? (“Passed Over”)
  • A man who discovers endless pleasure, only to lose it and learn from the experience (“The Discipline Ball”)
  • A blind murder’s long, strange road to incarceration (“Windows to the Soul”)
  • A big, spinning wheel in the sky could only be an alien-controlled UFO, right? (“Wheel in the Sky”)
  • America’s downfall arriving not by fire or ice, but caffeine withdrawal (“Caffei-nation”)
  • The saga of a guardian angel disguised as an evil cat (“Lucky”)

And more! Comprising a full, novel-length read, this collection is guaranteed to satisfy most literary appetites. After all, isn’t all fiction about imagining what is and what could be?

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

1/7/14: The Long Short Story: Novellas

A collection of speculative novellas from A.A. Garrison: The Long Short Story: Novellas

Novella - [noh-vel-uh] - a fictional prose narrative that is longer and more complex than a short story

Some folks like short stories, others enjoy the deeper waters of a novel. But what about those times when a short story is too short and a proper novel too long?

Enter the novella, that literary stopgap.

Collected here are five such long-shorts, of a speculative bent:

  • “Deadheading with Max,” a quietly fantastic travel story
  • “Everything’s Connected,” an outrageous sci-fi slapstick romp
  • “Intangible,” a paranormal drama depicting the strangest of theft
  • “The Birth of Edenborough,” a post-apocalyptic romance
  • “The Dead Man’s Phone,” a lighthearted horror thriller

The Long Short Story – guaranteed to occupy that lengthy commute or trip to the park, when other fiction just wouldn’t sit right.

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