Adjusting The Blossom

Good evening dear readers,

I sit in front of my computer on a rainy December midnight. Freshly the 27th of December, I thought I’d drop a note on reblogging “In The Eye of The Blossom,” a haiku triptych I shared last month on the blog. But first, I also want to say thank you to the readers and bloggers that have joined The Root of Many Returns. Feel free to leave comments, like, share, or reblog. You can also get more involved by joining my Patreon account, or purchase any of my books.

So, speaking of reblogging, I shared this haiku again because upon reviewing my site, I realized that the triptych was mangled. See the snapshot depicted here:

 

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Capture of the original posting of “In The Eye of the Blossom” on The Root of Many Returns.

 

Readers were kind enough not to call me on it, and four bloggers kind enough to like it. Thanks for the faith, dear readers. Certainly you’ve seen I can handle my haiku. This was merely a formatting error. In my need for perfection, I’ve reblogged the corrected edition. Of course, in humility’s need for dominance, even the reblog’s formatting was mottled. But if you click on the original link, the triptych is pristine. I encourage you to take a gander, if not through the reblog, through this link:

https://therootofmanyreturns.com/2018/11/09/in-the-eye-of-the-blossom-a-triptych-of-haiku/

Haiku, as per tradition, always requires specific formatting. Hopefully the original version was not seen as a challenge to what we know and hold dear. Or didn’t make me seem like an illiterate fool. Ha ha. The triptych in particular is my favorite version of the haiku, where the meaning and the essence carries through a triad of traditional haiku. Anyway, I hope you enjoy. I will continue to share both versions of haiku, and we’ll see where I go with this mode. I hope your holidays have been well. Best regards.

 

Michael Aaron

 

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Fallen October Leaves November Insulated

Greetings, dear readers.

October was a fruitful month for me. I’m surprised at the poetry specifically because I haven’t written new verse in a while and I seemed to overflow with it. For me, anyway, that was a good hoard of new work. And I shared it here first. I hope you enjoyed. I may have mentioned it somewhere in time that I am releasing a new collection of poetry soon. I

Michael Aaron Casaresneed to finish editing a few of the poems, and it’ll be good to go. It would have been nice to have released it this year, but for quality’s sake, I foresee it sometime in 2019. I will also give more specifics about the collection soon, too. Though I can say, some of the poems may appear on this site.

I am debating how far to take you with fiction. I don’t have a pulse for preference lest I were to examine this sites stats. The poetry definitely seems popular, but the fiction? Does one prefer flash-type, micro fiction, or more? I don’t readily have a plan for the fiction I am sharing, though if you follow the tags you may see some stories will be part of a bigger piece. I plan to share plenty more short fiction, to include flash, vignettes, and whatever other mode I may feel like venturing into. I apologize I can’t give you a handle on an exact style. That’s just not my style. The Nicholas Duke series is pure fiction. It strives to be literary fiction, but it is at least that. Fiction. I wouldn’t say my preference is in the magical realism style, but I definitely enjoy taking spins on reality and what we know. I will also be doing a fantasy series. I was previously working on the fourth chapter of the first novel. I will most likely share some short stories from that series.  I also have plans for the next installment for the Nicholas Duke titles. I debated regarding a sequel to The Distance to the End, and part of the hold up was realizing that sequel or not, it is not time for that story. There is another Nicholas Duke story you must read. It’ll take him deep into the heart of Texas, it’ll be a wild experience. In the meantime be sure to get a copy of The Distance To The End, the first in the Nicholas Duke novels.

So aside from poetry and short fiction, some other changes occurred. Specifically to the website itself. The blog upgraded to a dot com. The Root of Many Returns dot com. I’ve decided to do away with most of my other extemporaneous sites and to make this site the hub of all my communications. Aside from my Patreon, but that will soon have an overhaul, too. I’ll let everyone know when that is done so you can take a look at my ideas and see if it interests you enough to support.I am not much on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, though you will note I do have accounts. I still tend to post on Instagram and will soon make the account public. I also use my Google accounts and Messenger accounts less and less, if at all. I encourage reaching out through the contact form via the Contact Page.

I can say for sure this month there will be more poetry and, perhaps some short fiction. Be sure to share and like your favorite pieces. Subscribe, and join our community of readers.

 

 

Raining on a Mustard Seed

The blog and writer has returned only in this late hour. I welcome you all back once again. Unsure how to begin this rabble, I rest assured the work of my literary prowess shall unfold and multiply. Consolidation. I’ve mostly thought of consolidation and of censorship. I don’t have anything to fear, I hope. The question is, what will I continue to share with you? And what would I be allowed(?)?

There is a certain atmosphere dispersed among the creators, and those that value expression and the ability to do so. First of all, before I get sidetracked. Let’s talk about consolidation. The works of my Patreon account, and the works of my blog. In most instances, what I publish there, I shall publish here eventually. Patreon is pay for play, but I assure you there is exclusive content. What do you think? Does it matter? A place to make donations for my work is a way to look at it. Or you could just buy my books (wink wink). I am between deciding to be rid of it, or severely limit its content. How exclusive will it get? Probably alternate endings, behind the scenes schtick, and stuff like that. Fiction and poetry may appear in advance of content published here at The Root of Many Returns.

 

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I will not wax long about the aforementioned, second thought regarding the ability to express. Whether they are ideas expressed artistically, or written as a genuine declarative statement, it is valuable to have the ability to do so regardless the content or from whom the character it is spoken. So long as it does not insight violence, or call to harm others, so long as it is not acted upon if malignant, it has the right to exist, to be shared, but not received. That’s all I have to say about that.

And that’s about all I have to share this time. Be sure to return and I promise not to be so vague and short. Of course, the writing is on its way. Like. Subscribe. Share. Thank you.

 

 

Patreon December Recap

Happy New Year, reader. I hope yours is well. I wanted to post an example of the work I am publishing on my Patreon page. I assure this is not an attempt to defer you to another website because I’ll have plenty of new writing on this blog, too, but so there are clear examples of the kind of content you will get on that feed as opposed to this one. I think The Root of Many Returns and my Patreon feed are growing symbiotically, and I’d like one to fuel the other. Anyway, this is what I published over at Patreon in December:

 

 

  1. Photo: “Remnant Future”
  2. Digital Download: “The Perfect Distraction”
  3. Video: “Winter at the Beach” (poem)
  4. Blog: Christmas Wishes
  5. Fiction: The Distance To The End Chapter 3
  6. Haiku: “In the Eye of the Blossom”
  7. Video: Patreon Vlog No. 3 – Part 1
  8. Video: Patreon Vlog No. 3 – Part 2
  9. Poetry: “A Thousand Years Away”
  10. Video: Behind the Scenes – Editing & Revising “A Trick of the Eyes”

 

As the Patreon feed is kind of like a subscription service, my focus is continuing to provide new content for my patrons. There’s a little pressure to it, but it’s good for me. I’ve produce much more in my time on Patreon than I have the previous year. I was at an odds with it slightly, considering that patrons would have to donate to access any content, but that’s how The Root of Many Returns comes into play. Of all the items published at Patreon in December, I think the poem, the haiku, and maybe the photo would make it to the posts of this blog. Everything else would be Patreon exclusive content. I think those are kind of cool perks for those interested. And when I reach a certain goal I’ll probably open the poetry, haiku and photography to the public on Patreon. And then these two sites will truly be in sync. I can’t wait for that day. The point, though, is to share my work with you. And that’s why I want you to stay here at The Root of Many Returns, because it is important to me that you get to read what I have to write. You can consider Patreon a monthly tip that gets you different kinds of content-gratis. And if you really like my work, you can get a copy of my book, The Distance To The End, and This Reality of Man, and soon, A Trick of the Eyes — digital versions of both are coming soon.

Thanks for hanging around. I’ll be returning shortly with more poetry and fiction. Take care.

 

 

 

Writing at the Dawn of a New Year

Alas, dear readers, it is the dawn of a new year. Well, I’m glad for it. The lack of posts to this blog has not gone unnoticed. To that end, a fresh cut. My method of existence, as a writer goes, is slowly crystallizing. It is crystallizing nonetheless. I’ve kept myself busy, though with secular work and the holidays, as well as writing and creating. Over in Patreon-land, I am trying to wrap up the year. I wanted to post another poem, but the likeliness of that happening is waning to me. I already did a vlog up date, a Behind the Scenes clip and possibly one more thing to wrap up the year. I enjoy sharing video snippets about my processes and other things. But, I’ve got to re-focus on the writing. The best part of the last month is that I finally finished my newest short, titled “Faery Hill.” It’s a dark gay fiction with a touch of magic. I won’t be posting this to Patreon immediately as it is in submission to an anthology. And I’m also in the editing and revision stages. I’m glad I had the chance to write this story. Regardless if it sees publication. I am pleased I was able to take on an external challenge and see it to completion. I am satisfied with the story and am pleased with what I wrote. And I couldn’t be more redundant. I also feel I’ve hit a mark in what the editors may be looking for to include in their anthology. More on that as it develops. In the meantime, I may offer an alternate ending on the Patreon stream, and you’ll be able to check it there if it perks your interest.

Now that this is complete, I can refocus on writing my next short story, a story of Kontraskia. As I have mentioned, Kontraskia is a fictional fantasy world I created, and I shall present its debut piece, which will also serve as an introduction to this world just ahead of the first novel in the Kontraskia series titled, “The Fall of the West Tower,” which I am writing now. I am very excited to introduce you to the characters to come and to the stories I have to tell. It will definitely be something different from what I typically offer, but I think worth the venture. I will continue to share other short fiction as I go along, and I will also finish the sequel to “The Distance to the End.” So, there is still plenty which to look forward.

There is also the poetry, of course. I am currently putting together a new volume of poetry. The volume is titled, “The Vanishing Poet.” I am hoping to get the book out around spring. I’m very excited about some of the work that will be included in the collection, as some of them are very dear to me and have much history. I do also have an idea for another collection to follow, but that’s a bit far out for now. I know this probably sounds like a lot, but I multi-task some. Most of it is time, that’s what I need. I’m grateful for the time I do have, and I am thankful for the time to come. May all our time come. Well, I’m gonna wrap for now. I’ll see you next year. Have a good one.

 

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About My Book, The Distance To The End

So currently at my Patreon  account I am doing a timed release of my novel The Distance To The End. It’s my test run for future novel releases on that page because more will be coming. As you can also purchase the book online or order it at your local bookshop, I probably won’t be posting the chapters on The Root of Many Returns, but I will definitely publish a sneak peak, which is also a deleted scene from the story. I’ll tell you more about that another time. For now, I wanted to share some intel on my debut novel. It was published about a year and a half ago now and is the first in a series of novels that will take readers through the best and worst times of the poet and writer, the protagonist of the book, Nicholas Duke. I consider the book to be literary pop fiction. If you’d like to read a review of The Distance To The End, I have posted one at the end of this blog post, along with a link to the website on which it was published. A brief summation of the story is an excessive Las Vegas weekend, but the story is not a Hangover type shenanigan, rather it examines the relationship of Nicholas Duke and his boyfriend, as well as the relationship of his friend Neville and Gladys Acosta, when a sudden windfall makes it difficult to keep their vices in check. But, hey, it’s Vegas, so what else should a reader expect. There will be a sequel to this book. It is actually something that I will be working on soon. I’ve already begun it, but there are other writerly projects that currently have my attention. I think I’ve already complete the first chapter. As I’ve mentioned, The Distance To The End is the first novel in a finite series of Nicholas Duke novels. It will also be the only novel set in Las Vegas for Nick. I don’t see him going back. I do, however, have plans for a different work of fiction to take place in Vegas, but that’s a future future manuscript waiting to happen. For now, I can only encourage readers to pick up a copy, or subscribe to my Patreon and get chapters at an easy and gradual pace. If you order the book direct from me, you’ll get a signed copy that includes free shipping and handling. And don’t forget to stay tuned for the sequel to The Distance To The End. Thanks for the read. As always, more poetry, fiction, and haiku await. Have a great experience!

 

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The Distance to the End
by Michael Aaron Casares
Serasac Press

reviewed by Yuliya Geikhman

“We were creatures of the moment. We were high on life in ways some would never understand.”

Four former drug users return to Las Vegas to celebrate a substantial lottery win. What could possibly go wrong? Nicholas Duke is drinking the moment in. For him, life is perfect. He has his estranged boyfriend, Raoul, back in his life, and his two best friends, Neville and Gladys, are around to partake in some nostalgic activities. The four are living the high life of limos, private planes, and lots and lots of drugs. None of them seem to realize that a lot can happen in just one short trip, especially when your destination is the city of vices.

In fact, vices are a central theme in the friends’ adventures. Despite their mixed backgrounds, Nick and his friends all equally partake in an impressive number of mind-altering substances. They stumble around Las Vegas, fueled by a drug and sex high. The reader is taken along on a ride that starts at a crawl but quickly escalates into a full run. The book reads like a mind-bending dream, seen through Nick’s hazy perception of the world. Between trips (both literal and figurative), Nick ponders the nature of Las Vegas, vices, life and death, and even God. Nick’s relationships with Raoul and others around him are also on display here, revealing how even the strongest bonds between people can become fleeting in an instant.

The Distance to the End reads like a beginning to a grand adventure in life. It leaves many questions unanswered, but shows promise for future entries about Nick and Raoul.

 

This review was originally published in The US Review of Books. 

http://www.theusreview.com/reviews/The-Distance-to-the-End-by-Michael-Aaron-Casares.html#.Wh0PYUqnHIW

 

Blog Vs. Patreon

 

Hello, dear readers. It has come to my attention if you’ve gone through my pages and visited my links, you may want to know what’s going on with my Patreon site, and what’s going on with the old Root of Many Returns blog. In truth, I have decided to jump on the band wagon regarding Patreon and allow that method to facilitate some resemblance of financial security. We’ll see how it goes. I figured, why ask people to commit to buying an entire book? Why not offer a variety of sample fictions at a nominal price. But I have so much more to offer you. So, what about this blog? You may wonder. Will I be featuring my writing on The Root of Many Returns, as well? Well, yes. Yes, I am. So, to offer you, the reader, a taste of what I have to offer, you may enjoy any fiction, poetry, whatever I choose to share. If you like what you read, please consider a subscription on my Patreon, or buy one of my books.

So here’s the difference between the two, as far as content. I will produce both Patreon-only and Root-only content and I will share some content, as well. The Patreon feed will contain exclusive material, including behind the scenes content, video and .mp3, digital downloads, and, to top it off, most of the Patreon-content is early release. Sometimes months in advance. I have short fiction, poetry, haiku, and photography for $1 per month. So, just set your card to autopay, and don’t even think about it. $1, and bam! New stories and poems in your mailbox and so much more. For $2 more you get novel chapters, which are exclusive to Patreon, as they will be published as books at some point in the future. If you join now you can access my entire backlog, which is just growing.

I plan to share poetry and fiction on this blog, The Root of Many Returns, as well as blogposts and other non-fictional writing. I will work to finally realize the potential this venue has cultivated. Ultimately I am looking to create a library of literature you’ll find engaging and memorable, and I definitely welcome feedback and suggestions. And I welcome the first readers who’ve subscribed to this blog. I hope you enjoy what I have to share. My goal is to share the truest voice in all the work I offer you. Enjoy what comes on The Root of Many Returns, and take it to the next level on my Patreon website.

 

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