What Happened to the Big Books?

I speak, of course, of books like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, or To Kill Mocking Bird, or The Godfather?

We used to have books that were rich in scope, deep in character, that revealed truths of the human nature, and entertain the hell out of us.

Now we have detectives who are autistic, or drive Porsches for their official wheels, or are hopeless drunks. Now we have tons of poorly put together and entirely illogical fantasies. Now we have a glut of romance, erotica and out and out porn.

What happened to destroy the American writer?

The answer is simple. Colleges are now designed to create liberals, and liberals are not designed to appreciate culture and history. Liberals are made into social justice warriors who push over statues and burn police stations.

And, teachers are communist inspired, so they don’t want people to have pride in their worth.

And, here comes the real reason, people have become stupid.

Perhaps you don’t remember the arguments that people need to all get trophies, doesn’t matter if they even compete…they need self esteem.

Well, the rooster has come home, and man, it sucks. Today’s young adult can play video games for hours, but he talks like Beavis and Butthead and can’t hold a coherent thought.

And, worse, if there is any inclination towards art it is carefully channeled into ‘expressing your feelings,’ and there is no intent to explore the human spirit. There is no desire to write the next Great American novel, or to write a play worthy of Willie Shakespeare.

Students are dumbed down, discouraged from actual learning, and forbidden to think critically.

That’s what happened.

So, if you don’t want a vapid discourse on how rough life was for somebody is misunderstood by the world and it’s all their fault…try ‘Pack.’

In Pack the CIA conducts an illegal experiment and releases something from the human DNA.

Are the members of the Pack human? Or alien? What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be an earthing under the CIA and other branches of the US government?

These are real questions. Questions you won’t find in today’s morose offerings of ‘how do I feel the world is so unfair’ books.

Pack…there’s a new race in town!

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What is a Corporate Writer?

Somebody saw my site the other day, saw the phrase at the top right of the page, and asked me what is a corporate writer.

A corporate writer is somebody who writes so that he will never offend anybody.

Now, nobody ever wants to offend somebody, but there are times when you have to do the description, describe the action, and leave no prisoners. The art demands it.

And, of course, there is more to it.

Possibly my favorite, when it comes to exampling corporate writers is James Rollins. He wrote four or five incredible books, then he went corporate. Started writing spy thriller type stuff.

He went from writing thought provoking, explorations of possible science, with all the society shattering potential, to guys in black suits with unbelievable fighting skills.

From creativity to drek.

Oh, it’s good writing, but it is formulaic. Good guys and bad guys. Blow stuff up. Never offend anybody. Drek.

Possibly the best example of corporate writing comes from that great sludge of art, TV. Do you remember when (probably the 70s) the hero was a detective with a car? A really cool car?

And, that leads to Jahn Sandford, who’s hero always has a Porsche. And he even has a light and siren on the durned thing. Have you ever seen a Porsche cop car?

But it’s cool, so stupid people buy and wallow in their unfulfilled potential.

But, at heart, it is a type of writing. Nowadays you have all sorts of heroes, and they all have problems, and writers even make their heroes autistic and strange and anything just to be different.

But it’s all Drek. Sometimes good writing, sometimes bad, but always catering to people who read not for content, for provocation, for thought, but for…Gee, isn’t that cool?”

Well, I’m not that.

Anyway, more on it later. You guys and gals have a great time, and don’t forget to check out Monkeyland. Five star rating…and NOT a corporate novel.

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Funny Thing About Monkeyland…

action thriller novel

Click on the cover!

I repubed Monkeyland, and I was reading the reviews, and I realized something.

I’ve got almost nothing but five star reviews, and from people who weren’t my sister or brother. But right in the middle of Goodreads I found a three star review. Grrr. Call me greedy, but I want all five star reviews.

But I realized something. When I gave away the book on the Goodreads program…I got lower reviews.

People on Amazon who bought the book, they gave it five stars.

People who didn’t buy the book didn’t always give me five star reviews.

I guess it’s a matter of getting something free instead of ‘earning’ it.

That said, I haven’t given up on giveaways, I’m just more circumspect about them. I mean the book is getting great reviews, so one three star review isn’t going to kill me, and, let’s face it, if you walk through a museum not everybody will like the same work of art…

Anyway, I’m pushing Monkeyland, so here’s the link…

Have a great read!

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Monkeyland Newly Published!

I republished Monkeyland. Great new cover, more editing. An incredibly intense thriller is now even more intense! And, here’s a kick…If you’re a reviewer on Netgalley you might be able to read it for free! You will have to register on Netgalley, but that’s okay.

Here’s a description… https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/225170

Here’s the netgalley link if you want to look into reviewing…

https://www.netgalley.com/widget/341501/redeem/181d95bdd68667344d436f5b01dcb773b8cb41e83f86fc23a9ff68839846e02b

#Monkeyland #NetGalley

Have a great read!

Al

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The Solution for Writer’s Block

Fixing Writer’s Block for Good!

homeschool writing bookI was scrounging around the internet the other day, and came across a rather sizable number of beginning writers who were complaining about ‘Writer’s block.’ Writer’s Block is when you can’t think of anything to write.

With over 100 books to my credit, with over 3 million words written, I have never, ever, once experienced writer’s block. Of course, I have a secret.

The Secret Behind Writer’s Block

When something starts to dry up I can feel it, and I immediately go back to where I left my train of thought. When the water dries up there is a crimp in the hose. Go back and straighten it out.

Yes, it really is that simple.

Now, I have written and reached a point where I didn’t think what I was writing was worth it, and stopped. But that is not writer’s block, that is a decision not to waste my time. And you have to be pretty good at self-editing to reach that point.

But the point is this: somebody has a great idea (we assume) and is hot on it. Suddenly, it all stops, as if it never was. But it’s not that it never was…it’s that the writer took a left turn, had a bright idea, and somehow left the train of the original concept. Oops.

How do you know when you’ve left your idea? And the major thrust of your story?

You don’t. All you have to do, when everything dries up, when the fingers stop maniacally pounding without any c concern for you or life or anything, is go back.

Go back a paragraph. Be honest with yourself. Did you have an idea at some point? Did you get a little too clever? Did you originate a thought, instead of just letting the flow go? No? then go back two paragraphs. A page. Ten pages.

There is it. You found it. Now delete everything past that left turn and restart from that point.

And, if you don’t have full confidence in your editing eye, simply cut and paste that section at the end of your book so you can have it saved, and look at it later, after you have rewritten.

I’ve deleted over 60 pages. Killed me, but I knew what the book wanted, and I knew what I wanted, and I had to put myself on delete and get back to the idea of the book.

And, just to let you know, while I was doing this ever since I started writing, it took me a while to figure out what I was doing, and start doing it consciously.

Now it’s second nature. Easy peasy. But beginning writers have to be very nitpick in doing this, and they have to be willing to put themselves, and bright ideas on how cool this or that would be, on hold for the sake of the book.

I’ve got other tips on how to write in the book: How to Teach How to Write (The Write Way)

Have a great write!

Al Case (author of Monkeyland)

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Strange Days has an Al Case Short Story In It

Al Case Short Story Just Published!

Hey, I love happy news. The happy news is I had a short story, ‘The Cities Are Mean,’ published in ‘Strange Days: Midnight Street Anthology 4.

This is a big book, a very professional book, and I am surrounded by excellent authors and their funomenal stories.

The concept of the book is…(drum roll)…The End of the World!

Trevor Denyer, the fellow that sorted through the slush pile of the world to find these amazing pieces, decided upon the concept before the Corona Virus. What an amazing piece of foresight, eh?

My particular story takes place after the world is ended. It deals with hard people and hard decisions after the world has gone bad.

Real bad.

So if you want to kick up your feet and enjoy the End of the World, while the world does its Corona thing…this is the perfect book!

The book is over 500 pages, and you can get it here…

STRANGE DAYS (kindle)

or here…

STRANGE DAYS (paperback)

Or, you can go to the publishers…

MIDNIGHT STREET PRESS

I’m on page 271, see ya there…

Al

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Corporate Novels Will Never Predict American Insurrection

Terrorists Take a City Hostage and Call It Their Own Country!

You know, I actually predicted this, the Antifa type group taking over an American city, 20 years ago. I sent it around to agents and publishers, got picked up, got bid on, and then the publishers all backed out.

They were scared that it was a book about racism and revolution.

And what do we have now? In Seattle? Racism and terrorism.

The fact of the matter is that no modern publisher will ever take on a controversial subject knowingly. They deliberately guide themselves past anything that might be controversial, or right make you think, or…upsetting to the status quo.

Heck, the publishers are part of the media, they are owned by the money that is supporting revolt and revolution. Why on earth would they want too risk upsetting their own plans to take down the United States in favor of a one world government?

And, just so you know, a one world government is that government which does not have two parties.

No choice.

Nobody is allowed to think creatively.

Everybody is only allowed to support the rulers, the status quo, the people who own the media and the government and the internet. The people who censor all news, and even the communications of individuals.

So that is why I say modern novels will never give you the goods, encourage you to think. They just want you to be nice, little corporate consumers, and the hell with liberty, equality and fraternity.

Of course, you really can revolt. You can actually read thought provoking novels. Novels that predict the brown shirt revolters like Antifa, or, dare I say it? Black Lives Matter.

Guaranteed, once you read a real book you’ll start thinking about the insurrection in Seattle in an entirely different way.

Here’s the five star (on Amazon) start of Monkeyland.

Have a great (but not corporate) read!

Al from AlCaseBooks.com

 

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Seattle Insurrection described 20 Years Ago

Ha! I just watched the news about the ‘Seattle Insurrection.’ Antifa takes over part of Seattle and declares it cop free, and a new country.

But I wrote that exact same scenario in ‘Monkeyland.’ And I wrote it near 20 years ago.

White terrorists take a black school hostage in South Central Los Angeles. Blacks create their own country in the heart of LA.

Pretty darned the same.

The link is below.

 

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Release of ‘Monster Killer!’

MONSTER KILLER!

Just released a new book, ‘Monster Killer.’

This is a BIG tale, a ‘monster’ of a tale, if you’ll forge my punning. It’s 150,000 words.

The central theme of the book is simple: a man dies and goes to a small town in Matah Montana. Matah has gone crazy, people inventing new and clever ways of killing people.

So what’s causing the killing? A monster. The only problem is the monster isn’t the problem…it’s the solution.

Ask yourself, if this monster is so horrific, then what has it been summoned to deal with? And how horrific is this other thing that it needs a monster to deal with it?

Of course, that leaves the dead man. He doesn’t know who he is, he doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do, but thing is sure…the monster is coming for him. And he doesn’t even know why that is happening!

This was one of my first books, many years ago. I originally published it as ‘The north Mansion.’ The only problem was that I published it, but through some twist of fate it never got released.

So here it is, the best and biggest monster in the world, all fresh and ready to crunch on bones, eat souls, and lay waste to good, old planet earth.

You’re welcome.

Here’s the link…MONSTER KILLER!

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Entering the Tweet and Face World of Books!

Tweeting and Facing Books…a New Adventure!

Been doing a bunch of Tweets and…Faces? It’s weird, I’ve never done this, so i do my homework, make my mistakes, and have fun. Nothing is more fun than a mistake. Besides, I get to learn then.

Here they are, for your viewing pleasure, and my unashamed advertising. Guaranteed, people who know how to read are gonna fall in love with these books. People can’t read…ah, never mind.

 

LOBO LOVE

Drippy, snarling, furry love, best monster love since #twilightseries…Lobo Love at hyperurl.co/yl8m4p

PIG LATIN

Kids will read and write better if they play with language. ‘How to Create Your Own Secret Language #PigLatin… hyperurl.co/yax0ak

BLACK BELT YOGA

There’s a couple of books here that will really SMASH your ideas of what yoga is…#yogainstruction,  go to hyperurl.co/dsxd3w

PACK

Sex becomes horror, then horror becomes sublime. ‘PACK,’ there’s a new race in town. #alienraces … hyperurl.co/d8c12i

 

Have fun, let me know if there’s a better way to Tweet or Face.

Have a great read!

Al

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