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Thursday, October 30, 2014

What Casts the Shadow?

What Casts a Shadow?
by Seth Mullins



A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from thewilderness...

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing - one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss - begins.


The Edge

I suppose you could compare it to driving on a high mountain road. You don’t realize how close you are to free-fall, or how sheer and far is the plunge, until you go around a bend where one side is exposed to open air and then there it is: The Abyss.

There’s this edge that you can come to – I imagine it’s a different place for each of us – and you just know that once you get swept over it you won’t be coming back. By the time you’re close enough to see it it may already be too late. You could find yourself teetering, suddenly hearing the warnings that life had been giving you all along, knowing that it’s become impossible to step back; because by that time, those other forces – the ones pounding like the rapids at your back, always trying to push you towards that edge and then over it – have grown too strong.

Tommy and I first talked about forming a band together before either of us had learned to play an instrument. We both perceived music – particularly, its heavy, extreme underside - as the ideal vehicle for our personal salvation. The first guitar that I purchased, a Fender Telecaster that I immediately spray painted black to my father’s horror, became my refuge. It was my best friend and confidante. It gave me a convenient excuse to avoid social situations that, more often than not, would only remind me of how far off the beaten path I really was.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Seth Mullins draws upon the great sweep of human soul-journeying to weave his tales. He's inspired by music, shamanism, dreams and the mysteries and miracles of our inner life. His greatest love as a writer is for fiction that depicts a journey towards self-awareness in the deepest sense.

"Probably the most valuable thing that I learned throughout my spiritual journey in this life is the importance of trusting in one's self. Many of our cultural lessons encourage us to ignore or even fear our inner reality. And yet it is this realm that really does hold the answers to all of our questions, and can point the way towards the most fulfilling life experiences possible for us."

Mr. Mullins has lived in Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont. (Humanity's Way Forward - my website) (The Edge of the Known by Seth Mullins - my blog)

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Seth Mullins said...

Thank you for hosting me, Elaine! Kind regards.

Andra Lyn said...

Hey Seth! Good to see you again :) So what are you up to today?

Seth Mullins said...

Hi Andra! Thanks for stopping by; it's nice to see you :) I'm feeling relieved at the moment: I'm in the midst of rewriting a draft that's actually much smoother than I'd thought. Sometimes I'm just coasting along, making minor edits here and there. I really appreciate those rare occasions when this happens!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're having a good writing day!


Seth Mullins said...

The Muse arrives when She wills it, and the best we can do is seize the moment :)

Yolanda G said...

Oh the horror that someone would spray paint a Fender Telecater black! LOL! Sounds like an interesting book...enjoyed the excerpt.

Seth Mullins said...

Yes! On the one hand, it shows how nihilistic he'd been; and on the other, it's a young man trying (maybe a little too hard) to be 'punk rock' ;) Thanks for visiting, Yolanda. I appreciate the compliment.

Shannon R said...

I agree that sometimes you have to just follow the creative flow, you can't force it. I am glad you are coasting along today

Seth Mullins said...

Thank you Shannon. I wonder if the voices of inspiration aren't always "present", and we just need to cut through our mental clutter in order to hear them. After all, our streams of consciousness always flow; nothing stops that internal monologue. But I know that, for me, sometimes the distractions of the world make me turn a deaf ear :)

MomJane said...

I really enjoyed your comments. Love knowing what you are thinking.

Seth Mullins said...

I appreciate that :) Writing can be such a solitary, introspective activity. Finding opportunities to talk about the whole process is a real gift.

Seth Mullins said...

Thank you again for hosting me. I enjoyed the interactions over here today. :)

Mary Preston said...

Interesting excerpt.

bn100 said...

Sounds interesting