Welcome to the third day of The Journey blog tour. It will run until August 9th and will feature excerpts and new author interviews each day. But first, here is the obligatory blurb about the novel to settle you into this strange world:
The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed by philosophical inquiry and adventure. Filled with exotic places and age-old questions, the Journey is a book that seeks to merge the fantastical and real. Join the Lonely as he seeks out answers to his own existence and perhaps the meaning for us all.
A few questions for the author:
Do you push the elevator button more than once?
I haven’t since I was a little kid, though I do have a tendency to press the TV remote buttons more than once when it isn’t working the way I want it to, especially during football.
Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
I would prefer to be a worried genius, though I am fonder of the thoughtful melancholia than carefree exuberance. I am not sure they are mutually exclusive. I think you can be joyful and simple about some things, and thoughtful and concerned about others.
Why are you, you?
I am me because I am me. I maintain a certain set of behaviors that eventually becomes a stable personality over time that is prone to quirks and idiosyncratic behavior. Also I watch a lot of Doctor Who.
Here be an excerpt for your enjoyment:
The Journey and the Crossroads
The Lonely found himself walking along the forest line––a forest that he had not seen. Rather, it had appeared alongside him.
The night was dark overhead. A crystal-clear moon smiled upon him and he smiled back, though he knew not for what reason he walked that night.
The terrain was unfamiliar.
The land uneven and the forest disappearing as he walked, yet the familiarity was overpowering. The Lonely had been there before, although he did not know when.
His surroundings slowly dissolved, until he found himself at a crossroads with a path leading in each cardinal direction. And each direction had a signpost. A man stood near a sign there, upon which was crudely painted: choose wisely.
The Lonely paused, watching as the roads changed from night to day with each moment. The man stood alone at the center of the signposts.
“I am the Lonely,” he called.
“I am the Crossroads,” he replied.
They stood in silence, the Lonely weighing his options.
“Which way is best?” he queried.
“Which way do you wish to go?”
“I have a choice then?”
“Did you ever think otherwise?”
The Crossroads was wise, his words cryptic.
The Lonely began to move forward, traveling north.
“Is that the way you wish to go?”
The Crossroads possessed no emotion. Instead he watched with the eye of one who cared for nothing, though knew much of what was left to be desired.
“I do not know, but that is where I feel I must…”
“Then go in peace.” As the Crossroads stepped aside, they became enshrouded in a dark room whose doors represented the four pathways. “Choose where you wish to go.”
“North,” whispered the Lonely as he pushed the door open, the cold air sudden upon his skin as he stepped onto the tundra. He turned back, but the room was no longer there. There were only the strange barren lands before him, the mountains high and the grounds cold, covered in a sheet of white. He walked forward onto the tundra, his path murky though direct––representing what would come next as a part of his beginnings.
Bio: A psychologist, author, editor, philosopher, martial artist, and skeptic, he has published several novels and currently has many in print, including: The End of the World Playlist, Bitten, The Journey, The Ocean and the Hourglass, The Path of the Fallen, The Portent, and Cerulean Dreams. Follow him on Twitter (@AuthorDanOBrien) or visit his blog http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com. He recently started a consultation business. You can find more information about it here: http://www.amalgamconsulting.com/.
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