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Flow on Kindle: 99 cents!

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What a steal! At that price, you’re almost making money by purchasing the book!

What you can buy for 99 cents:

Honestly, at this price, you’re making money every time you buy a copy.The more you buy, the more you save! And a penny saved is a penny earned! Ask any economist!

Thanks for your support! If you’re waiting for a paper edition, do not despair– we’ll have it ready soon.

Flow chapter 4

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The Mayor shares one characteristic with me: when I’m frazzled, I run my hands across my scalp, and it makes me look comically big-haired. Really. My head grows four inches taller on a bad day.

Flow chapter 4

Flow chapter 3

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Unlike the Staffs– big meat-oriented guys– Wands are narrow and pointy and focused. Makes sense to me. Get to know the Wands, then take a few steps backwards to fill in a bit of back story about how the guilds recruit young kids. Not many are chosen– children get just a moment to show off their talent, and there’s no congeniality prize.

You’ll then meet the Rings– the third and last major Guild. They’re kind of goofy. Keep in mind that all characters and names are entirely fictional. If you notice any resemblance to real people, it’s entirely coincidental and a product of your imagination.

Suspicions start to grow…

Flow chapter 3

Flow chapter 2

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Chapter 2 is focused on the Staff Guild, a bunch of big guys who like to eat.

Here first appears a recurring motif about the importance of names. Is your name really who you are? For those of you less interested in heady literature (ie, if you’re not a high school English teacher), just read the chapter. It’s funny.

Flow chapter 2

Flow chapter 1

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Flow begins!

It starts with a dark glimpse into the future, a short foreshadowy prologue type of thing that doesn’t make a lot of sense the first time you read it. Yes, I know prologues are supposed to recount events that occurred in the past. This one oddly looks towards the future.  I’ve thought of getting rid of this part, but it was the first thing I wrote. For sentimental reasons, it’s staying! After the prologue comes your first glimpse of our hero, Violette, acting goofy. That wand guy with the long arms? You may see him again!

Then, it’s time to meet a few more characters. Sal and Cabrese are lurking in Violette’s school, watching her, and wondering what power she has over Flow. Just what is this girl capable of? They’ve never seen anyone quite like her. She’s got a friend, Libby, who’s somehow aware of Flow, too– though she can’t control it like Violette. What can Libby do? She doesn’t even know, yet.

Flow chapter 1

Like it so far? Spread the word!

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So far: Benawrite.com has had a couple hundred hits, and the facebook page has about 15 “likes”– including from such luminary literary giants as Lord Max Witherspoon(1) and Marcel Proust(2)!

Have you liked what you’ve read so far? Help a guy out and spread the news! You could review the Kindle edition, post a comment here, click “like” on the facebook page, or tell your friends using your “mouth” (I know. Gross.)

Thanks for your help!

 

(1) This is a genuine nickname. You know who you are.

(2) Despite having died in 1922, Proust remains very active on Facebook. It annoys his wife to no end. “Why don’t you get outside more, that’s enough with the Farmville!” she is often heard to say.

Now on Kindle!

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Can’t wait to find out what happens? Flow is now available on Kindle! Buy it for only $8.00– which is a steal, by the way. Why, it’s over 50,000 words, at $8.00… that works out to… well, you do the math. This is Benawrite, not Benarithmetic. Geez.

Anyway: I’ll put up some kind of “buy it!” link on the menu bar above later, but for now if you’re itching to buy the kindly version, visit Amazon.

For those of you having trouble deciding whether to buy Kindle, wait for the soon-to-be-released paper version, or enjoy the free chapter-by-chapter posts here, I’ve come up with a few helpful bullet points of the various advantages and disadvantages.

Kindle:

  • Advantages: Saves trees. Helps support Jeff Bezos’ inexplicable addiction to Fabrege Eggs and unicorn meat.
  • Disadvantages: With all of these gizmos, we’re bound to run out of electrons soon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Paper:

  • Advantages: Has that new-book smell. Don’t pretend you don’t like that. Also, I’ll be happy to sign your paper copy for free if you buy it from this site, if I can ever figure out how to do that. Sell it here, I mean. I’m reasonably good at signing my name, if someone lends me a crayon that’s not too sharp.
  • Disadvantages: All of these books piling up is weighing down the planet and will shortly send us spinning off into space.

Free:

  • Advantages: It’s free. Duh.
  • Disadvantages: You have to wait… chapter by chapter… in anticipation… your blood pressure is rising… what, oh what will happen? … I can’t take it anymore! Where’s that credit card??

 

Flow: An introduction

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Flow is my first sizable hunk of fiction, a full-length novel that was pretty much written with my then-11-year-old daughter in mind. It’s young-adult-ish, but includes big words like “alacrity” because I don’t patronize kids. Figure it out, or look it up!

My plan is to dribble it out, about a section a week. It’ll take about a year to get to the end. I like to think that will be worth it! Subscribe via e-mail or on your favorite RSS reader, or read the PDFs through the links in the posts. Please feel free to post comments, positive or negative, but let’s keep it friendly here.  Thanks, and enjoy!