Fiction, &c, by George Harvey

Yes, I write fiction. And I enjoy doing it. Some of what I write is environmental metaphor, and some is just what I enjoyed thinking about. Nobody seems much interested, but I did not write these to make a lot of money on sales, so that is fine.

Some are available in a pre-published form online, with a title link going to the online edition, where you can read it in a slightly unfinished form for free. The link to the print edition, which appears at the end of each entry and is marked “HERE,” goes to the book’s page at Barnes & Noble, where it can be purchased online. Softbound and hardbound editions are available for each. In some cases, the print edition has different illustrations than those at the web sites.

Where Heaven and Earth Meet is a novella about the lives of the Hindu god Vishnu, as told in 1904 by a Nebraska native who owns a store in a small town and is a lay reader in a local Episcopal chapel. He tells the stories to his friend, a Yale-educated attorney who had started his college career studying Eastern Religions. As he does so, other people come by, listen, comment, and get actively involved, culminating in a midnight party around a bonfire. A softbound edition is available HERE. A hardbound edition is available HERE.

Finding My Way Home: Part 2 of Where Heaven and Earth Meet

Finding My Way Home the second book of the Where Heaven and Earth Meet series. It is the story of a young man born into a wealthy Irish-American family in Boston. He travels through Italy and across much of the American Midwest searching for a place where is is at home – and for the love of his life. He becomes a newspaper reporter, and happens by accident to be on the porch were the stories in Where Heaven and Earth Meet are told. Hardbound and softbound editions are available HERE.

Annie and AugustAnnie and August is the third book in Where Heaven and Earth Meet series.  In it, August meets Annie, injured, out on the prairie. Fleeing a war party, they hurry across the land to get Annie home. Each night, they share the same dream, which they find unnerving, but they learn in their dream how lonely they would be if they are separated, and how delightful life can be if they are together. At this point, the reader is half way through the book. Print editions are available HERE.

Notes from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Wee Folk has a collection of posts on specific topics relating to Wee Folk and a series of pages describing their types. I wrote most of the entries at the web site and all of those in the book. For the sake of accuracy, I have taken every precaution to ensure that everything at this site is strictly true. One post is The Fairies’ History of Counterpoint and Harmony. The print editions are available HERE.

Gaining the Pass is a short play telling the story of why Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching.  Lao Tzu wants to leave the country and go into retirement. He is stopped by a customs official who learns he is a philosopher. The official decides Lao Tzu is taking knowledge out of the country and demands that the retiring philosopher tell him everything he knows, so an export tax can be assessed on the value of his thoughts. This leads to an impasse that can only be resolved by a shameless hussy. Find it HERE.

Lives Lost and Found is a collection of twenty short stories, each in a historical setting. Some people find a couple of them, particularly numbers 2 and 19, a bit hard to read because they have graphically described war scenes. Despite the fact that about three quarters of them have some material related to war, I think of them as a set of stories about love, and the many ways a man can love a woman. One of my favorites is England. The print of editions are available HERE.

My next novella in the series that begins with Where Heaven and Earth Meet is Beyond the Horizon. I am only about a quarter of the way through writing it. But some of you might be interested in my treatment of one particular character. Charlotte Norway is an artist, a naturalist, and a mathematician. The people around her never took her seriously, until she questioned the basis of perspective drawing. She claimed that we do not perceive the world in the dimensions of length, breadth, and height, but in different dimensions, and if perspective is based on them, the limitations vanish. You can read about it in a chapter, “Charlotte Norway.” I hope you like her.


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