“All the world’s a stage. You’ll get over it.” —Jeffrey Bonfield, epigraph for “Birding in the Face of Terror” Have you ever felt like the protagonist of an elaborate theatrical production that encompasses your whole life? You’re certainly far from alone if so. Shakespeare seemed attuned to this signature human experience when he penned theContinue reading “Beyond These Four Walls”
In 2014, JP worked with a small local publisher to put out his debut novel, a semi-autobiographical tale called “Birding in the Face of Terror.” Let’s just say that no part of the publishing process went as planned, and by late 2016 their relationship had ended, their contract was voided, and JP’s urge to publish was crushed.
Once, upon the timeless arc of the circle of time, there was a peasant. He lived in a small village in the heart of the Kingdom, near the towering, cloud-obscured mountains where the King was said to dwell. Ordinary in most ways, the young peasant was exceptionally passionate and devout in his worship of theContinue reading “Pez King Teaser (Chapter 1)”
Note: the follow material is grafted mostly word-for-word from a long section of monologue in Chapter IV of “The Peasant and the King.” I consider it more of an extract than an excerpt, for I did take out all the elements that put it in the context of the story with characters speaking and listeningContinue reading “The Four Evolutionary Stages of Human Consciousness”
“Be humble for you are made of stardust; be noble for you are the Maker of stars.” This is the story of a God-seeking peasant who is highly esteemed within the religious community of his people but unable to find peace within its doctrinal constraints. One day he is called to undertake a pilgrimage toContinue reading “The Peasant and the King”