A PLACE TO DIE FOR?
Thank you Moonlighters for inviting me here today.
Have you ever been to a place that completely absorbs you? A place of striking beauty that is unlike anything that you’ve experienced and is different from what you had expected. And how about if everything that lives there is designed to injure, or kill & eat you? I found that place.
I’m sure it surprises no one that I’ve written a book. The book I wrote is an erotic romance entitled Magnificent Man, published in May of 2009 by Midnight Showcase. http://www.midnightshowcase.com/MagniMan.htm. I greatly appreciate anyone who decides to immediately download or order my book, but that is not the gist of today’s rambling. The story follows the travels of Cassandra Taylor, a working single mom from Shreveport, Louisiana, and Coyote, the man who rescues her and agrees to take her home after he completes his tasks. These travels take them through the desert country of Arizona and New Mexico in the American southwest. I had a problem writing that journey since I had never actually been there. I had seen the old Randolph Scott and John Wayne western movies, but I can tell you now, it just ain’t the same.
Like most Americans, I travel the Interstate Highways and my only purpose is to get from one point to another as quickly as possible. When I went to the desert southwest, I found that getting away from the ‘big highway’ and onto the real dirt roads actually allows you experience what it must have been like on horseback hundreds of years ago. Once out of a car, there are unexpected sensory experiences. There are subtle smells ranging from sweet flowers to dry clay dust that randomly drift. The wind makes sounds, sometimes with a rhythm that makes you swear that you are hearing distant drums or chanting. There are sights such as plants and rock formations ranging from hostile and dangerous to the most soft and inviting. The heat and the wind combine to alternate between caressing your skin, and assaulting you with scorching blasts. The dry air saps the moisture from your nostrils and your brain experiences different scents depending upon how dry are your sinus. It becomes easy to see how Native Americans could find spirits in the land, the animals, and the sky. I cannot say that I had a spiritual epiphany during my time in the desert, but I gained a new appreciation and respect for those who do find spirituality in that place. The other thing I learned is, when you ain’t from there, beware! Your death is in the details.
As I wandered from location to location, I wondered what it would have been like to travel the desert on horseback. As I looked around, through cowboy eyes, it scared hell out of me. Miles and miles of desperately dry terrain with no water and no shelter from the blazing sun. Animals including mountain lions, coyotes, wolves, and rattlesnakes await your first misstep. Venomous spiders and scorpions invite you to sit or lay down to rest. Hawks, vultures, and eagles watch for you to stop moving. Even the plants are spiked and venomous, or poisonous to touch. As I considered what I was facing, it occurred to me that everything there had been designed to kill me and consume my carcass. Sure, the only way to really experience the magnificent desert country today is on a motorcycle, but make sure your gas tank is full.
Thanks again Moonlighters,
Randall Lang grew up in the tough coalfields of southwestern Pennsylvania where nothing comes easily. It is a world of limited opportunity and few roles to follow. Dreams are quickly vanquished in the shadows of necessity and creativity is usually buried beneath an avalanche of cynicism. However, epiphanies come in all shapes, sizes, and in a wide range of locations. In the dark and quiet world of the underground worksite, the stories within him began to take form. Years later, Randall Lang is the author of eight books of erotic stories published by Renaissance E Books, has contributed to two erotic anthologies, and the recently released Magnificent Man, an erotic romance published by Midnight Showcase. Randall’s erotic works include the five volume Trailer Park Nights series and three books of erotic short stories. These are available at http://shop.renebooks.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=120. His newest release, Magnificent Man, is available from Midnight Showcase at http://www.midnightshowcase.com/MagniMan.htm.
Visit Randall’s website, The Worlds of Randall Lang, www.randalllang.com.
Or his blog, The Mind of Randall Lang, www.randalllang.blogspot.com. It’s a strange place to be.
Randall now lives historically on an historic island in Wheeling, West Virginia.