February 13, 2018
Bone Sliding is a novel about bones sliding. The skeletal kind. In and out of skin. It’s a problem.
What if you weren’t comfortable in your own skin?
What if you weren’t comfortable in someone else’s skin either?
That wouldn’t leave you with a lot of choices, would it?
Paul Olsen isn’t comfortable
But he has no cause to be that way.
At least that’s what everyone keeps telling him.
He has everything a teenager could want. A large, happy family. Plenty to eat. A decent home. Friends. Best friends. A girlfriend even. Camping trips. Beer. Heck, Paul has had a Norman Rockwell, Northern Minnesota, All-American childhood in the 1930’s when such childhoods weren’t just possible, they were probable, and yet still Paul is not satisfied. What’s wrong with him? There’s a Depression and a War on, sure, but what does Paul have to complain about?
Maybe the nagging suspicion that the Universe has him switching bodies when he least expects it?
But, c’mon guys! Who expects body-switching ? In rural Minnesota?
Flesh sliding onto bones, new bones, not the right bones, well, it’s a problem. Yes it is. And it’s Paul’s problem.
September 15, 2015
Circles and Wheels is a book of short stories. Everybody has a story. Everybody has a life. So do buildings. We think we see buildings, we think we see people and we think we know them. But we don’t. Not really. We see what we want to see. What actually goes on inside (people and buildings) – kidnapping, murder, love, death, betrayal, unwashed dishes, parties crashed by homeless men, drag queens leaving their apartments without a sun hat – it would shock and amaze you. Truly. And there’s more – angels, surfers, involuntary walkabouts, surprise December blizzards blanketing St. Petersburg, infinite summer mornings overwhelming Vermont meadows – it’s all there. Just for the taking. In Anders Flagstad’s new collection of short stories – Circles and Wheels.