Welcome To My World
I've been writing, composing, and drawing - with various levels of success - for nearly 50 years. If you've enjoyed any of my work -or if you're just now meeting me for the first time - and would like to know a little more about me, I invite you to step inside and start exploring my world. And thank you for visiting!
The Latest News
April 6, 2020
Wow! Has it really been over a year since I posted anything here?!
1. I have published The Eros Variations. So far it's only available through Amazon. I'm still working on Barnes & Noble. I'll post a link to the Amazon sales page as soon as I can; meanwhile, you can always go to Amazon.com and do a search on the title.
2. I'm working on a second edition of Mindgames, with extensive revisions and illustrations. The illustrations are taking a while. I'll keep you posted.
3. I have started doing readings of my short fiction on my YouTube channel. I've just released "Alexander", and intend to add new content three times each week. I'll add a link to my channel; meanwhile, go to YouTube and search for either Stephen M Larson or The Acoustic Words Reading Room.
Thanks for visiting, and stay safe!
March 3, 2019
I realize I haven't updated my news here in a little over four months. It's not for lack of my doing anything; it's more for lack of news related to writing. I'm still working on revisions for The Eros Variations; it's taking a little longer than anticipated. Okay, way longer! I've added the Addenda, which turned out to be six sections instead of four: (1) "Author's Note: The Road to Fell Park", in which I describe the gestation and writing of the novel, including the events in my life that lead up to the desire to write this work, my spiritual history, and the actual writing and illustrating process; (2) "The Soundtrack", in which I explain some of the background behind the numerous musical references in the text, as well as my composition of the symphony that is the companion piece to the novel; (3) "The 'Lost' Chapter", which was originally the second chapter of the entire novel and in which I gave the (fictional) history of Fell Park; (4) "The Penthouse", which is a reproduction of my own architectural sketch for the apartment which Tony designed and David built and which figures prominently in the story; (5) "Angel of Death in e minor: Prelude", the opening pages of a projected mystery featuring Mark Hellstrom (lead guitarist of Glass Comet), Fallen Angel (the band that replaces Glass Comet on the tour and for which Mark becomes lead guitarist), and other characters from The Eros Variations; and (6) "A Taste of Mindgames", which is a reproduction of the first three chapters of my first published novel, Mindgames, but in a heavily revised and reformatted version, including illustrations, in anticipation of a 2nd edition of that novel. These six sections have added another 95 pages to the volume. I'm also going through and revising and tightening up the main text of the novel, which has already reduced the number of pages before the Addenda from 458 to 451. (I probably won't reduce it by more than one or two more pages, which still leaves a hefty book - over 500 pages including Addenda. Bear in mind, though, because I'm not as smart as the program I'm writing it on, this page numbering starts with the opening "teaser" excerpt that usually is printed even before the copyright page and includes every page after that - copyright, dedication, "Also By", table of contents, and so on.
I still have several weeks of work to do. Once I finish this latest revision, I'll probably read through it once more to make sure I didn't overlook any typos. Then I have to create the cover, which will take several days in itself. And, finally, there's submitting it to the print-on-demand website(s), proofing it there, and setting it up for sale through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. So it's probably going to be late spring, if not into summer, before it's available.
These additions, by the way, have thrown off my next project. I was going to work on The Fire and the Light next, but since I decided to revise Mindgames, I'll have to finish illustrating, revising, and reformatting the 2nd edition of that novel before taking on the next one.
As ever, thanks for your interest. I do hope you will feel yourself well rewarded when The Eros Variations is finally released!
October 26, 2018
It's been almost two months since I left my job at the store, and I've been trying to work at least a little every day on formatting and revising The Eros Variations. I've finally finished the main body of the novel; all that remains is composing the four addenda ("Author's Note: The Road To Fell Park", "The Soundtrack", "The 'Lost' Chapter", and "A Taste of Mindgames"), creating the cover, and downloading the completed project to the websites where the actual book will be created. Meanwhile, I'm still collecting comments by readers on the manuscript, so any timeline implied by the above is subject to further revisions caused by - well, further revisions!
For those interested in contributing to the editorial phase, all four "Movements" of the novel are now available as PDF files. Just go to "The Creative Corner", click on "The Novels", and the buttons for the four "Movements" are down the page under "The Eros Variations".
As for my next project, I will be unable to start that until this one is complete and available for purchase. At that time, I'll start revising The Fire and the Light, the fantasy trilogy I wrote some 30+ years ago. This will be an intensive, time-consuming project which I can easily imagine taking well over a year to complete. I may share it here as I go along, so keep coming back!
August 22, 2018
Been working on formatting and revising "The Eros Variations" in preparation for offering it through B&N and Amazon. It's moving a lot slower than I'd hoped, mostly because the store I work in is in its final weeks (actually, days as of this posting) of its going-out-of-business sale, and I've been working longer (and odder) hours. After September 1, I'll be taking a few weeks before looking for another (part-time) job (at 66, with a pension and Social Security, I don't really need more than part time), so in between catching up on life I should be able to put more intensive effort into the novel.
Right now, I'm nearing the end of the first of the four sections ("movements"). The entire novel has 37 chapters; I'm about halfway through chapter 10. Since this novel is illustrated, I'm formatting and inserting the illustrations as I go. I'll also ultimately be formatting it for both print and e-editions, as well as preparing extra material for an appendix and afterword section, so my initial projected completion date of the first of the year may have to be pushed back, depending on how much work I can put into it after August and how much new stuff I add.
Meanwhile, I'm getting a small but steady interest in "Mindgames" (my first novel) and "Acoustic Words" (my short story/poetry collection). I've been keeping copies of both books by me at the store, and have been talking about them to customers, especially when they want to know what I'm planning to do after the store closes. Several have expressed interest in looking at my website and/or going to B&N (Barnes & Noble) or Amazon to look me up, and one person (thank you Jamillah!) actually bought the copy of "Acoustic Words" that I had with me. (Maybe I should keep a handful of each book in the trunk of the car at all times?)
Anyway, I'm still out here, still plugging away, and I hope to have a new work available in a few months, maybe less. In the interim, you can still order either of the original two books through links on the next pages.
May 1, 2018
My most recent book, Acoustic Words: Collected Short Works is now available for purchase in both print and digital formats. You can find links on the "Short Stories" page, the "Poetry" page, and the "Links" page.
Mindgames is also available in both print and digital formats. Find it on the "Novels" page, and the "Links" page.
I'm still trying to catch up on my postings here. Bear with me. There are several pages that don't yet have anything on them. I'm aware of them; I just don't have a lot of time to keep up the site maintenance.
I've started trying to put together The Eros Variations for publication, and am having a devil of a time trying to format it correctly. I may be just dense, but Open Office is just not as intuitive as I'd like it to be.
Meanwhile, see the post below from December 4.
December 4, 2017
I've got a big favor to ask.
I'm just about finished preparing Acoustic Words, my collection of short stories and poems, for publication. My next project is getting my novel, The Eros Variations, ready.
This is where you all come in.
Anyone who is interested and willing, I'm inviting you to read the current version of the novel. It is in four sections, with a total of 37 chapters, so I know I'm asking for a time commitment. I don't have a specific time limit in mind, but I'd like to have the manuscript ready for release by mid summer, 2018, at the latest.
What I want is some serious feedback. I'm not concerned with typos or grammar or punctuation - I'm already aware of these things, most of which were caused by copying and recopying. They are, fortunately, few and far between and don't seriously interfere with the flow of the narrative. Nor am I interested in whether you agree, philosophically, spiritually, or morally, with what I've written. I know my manuscript is potentially controversial, but I don't want to get bogged down right now in arguments of this kind.
What I DO want is to know whether my situations and dialogue are believable, or forced. I want people with background in law enforcement to let me know if the interactions between my characters and the police are accurate, or at least within the realm of believability. I want people with legal backgrounds to read with an eye toward the same thing in my scenes with law professionals; people with medical backgrounds to consider and correct, if necessary, my scenes in the hospital and my general health-related references; and people in the business community to take me to task, if necessary, for any blatantly stupid business references I might have made. And while I don't want religious arguments, I want people with a solid knowledge of orthodox Christian thinking to critique my theology.
If you're willing to do this, please choose "The Creative Corner" from the main menu. From there, go to "The Novels". Midway down the page, you'll find "The Eros Variations". In that section are links to each chapter, represented by illustrations for those chapters. I've checked each link and read each chapter myself, so I know they're working as I want them to work.
When you're done, or as you run into a problem, either leave a comment in the guestbook or, if you have a little more to say, I've set up an email account just for this purpose: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About this Site
Okay, I'll admit it - I have purely selfish motives. I want people to read my work. Right now, only my short stories and poems and my novel, Mindgames, are published and available for sale, and while it would be wonderful if I could support myself on my writing, the chances of that are slim - the realities of the publishing industry are such that there is more supply than demand.
So rather than not being read at all, I'll give some away for free as an incentive for you to buy a larger amount.
For the most part, my writings are no stronger than a PG or PG-13. However, an occasional R might show up, especially in the case of The Eros Variations. I'll try to warn you in advance when any mature content appears.
I like to hear from my readers or anyone else who stumbles by. You're welcome to sign my guestbook, or leave a comment on my blog. If you want a personal reply, you can email me, and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible. I don't appreciate spam or trolls, and such "contributions" will be deleted at the first available opportunity.
Please enjoy what you find here, but remember - the content within is solely my property, and I will take whatever legal steps are necessary to protect it.