Patricia J. McLean & Duane Poncy

Skyrmion

Skyrmion: Book 1 of the Sweetland Novels by Duane Poncy Is Sweetland a new world ready to accept suffering humanity, or is it another kind of escape entirely? Joe Larivee is an Everyman, a single father, a tireless social worker trying to help the growing legions of the poor while keeping his own head above […]

To my (mostly) white, liberal friends

How to keep the fascists coming back: photo: NPRKeep telling these folks that everything they have and are is because of their white, male privilege. Actually, it is because of your privilege that they are impoverished. But go ahead, keep pretending that your economic class has nothing to do with your advantages, that’s it’s all […]

Backwash

This morning I couldn’t sleep. I woke up at 4:30 and finally gave up trying to sleep sometime after 5:00. It might be the election keeping me awake. It might be one of a hundred other things that I’d like to control, but can’t. It had to do something with the backwash of the election, the great sense of loss and bewilderment I am feeling, so I wrote about it. d-khshyibyavt9ztacvwatl72ejkfbmt4t8yenimkbvvk0ktmf0xjctabnaljim9

In the process, I wanted to use the image of the mirrors used by police, psychiatrists, and researchers, to observe subjects of suspicion or curiosity. But I didn’t know if they were called one-way mirrors or two-way mirrors. After I wrote the following piece, I googled it and found out that these mirrors are referred to as both one-way and two-way, which is interesting, but it is the discription of how the mirrors work which makes the image of them even more appropriate to what I am grappling with in my writing this morning.

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About the Authors

Duane Poncy and Patricia J. McLean are the authors of Bartlett House, A Will Adelhardt / Lucy Hidalgo Mystery and editors of Raising Our Voices: An Anthology of Oregon Poets Against the War, published in 2003 at the outset of the Invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Raising Our Voices was honored as one of the […]

To my (mostly) white, liberal friends

How to keep the fascists coming back: photo: NPRKeep telling these folks that everything they have and are is because of their white, male privilege. Actually, it is because of your privilege that they are impoverished. But go ahead, keep pretending that your economic class has nothing to do with your advantages, that’s it’s all […]

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Skyrmion

Skyrmion: Book 1 of the Sweetland Novels by Duane Poncy

Is Sweetland a new world ready to accept suffering humanity, or is it another kind of escape entirely?

Joe Larivee
Joe Larivee

Joe Larivee is an Everyman, a single father, a tireless social worker trying to help the growing legions of the poor while keeping his own head above the water, and in 2031 the water is rising fast, fed by global warming and collapse of the ice caps. America is on the verge of war and economic disaster. For the starving many, rumors of a new answer have arrived. It’s Sweetland, a newly-discovered earth-like world. And there’s a novel way to get there — through the virtual reality called New Life.

Jessie Larivee
Jessie Larivee

Jessie Larivee wants to go to Sweetland. There is no future on Earth for children like her. She has been taking virtual training classes at an online university, and she is determined to emigrate, no matter the cost. But she hasn’t figured out how to tell her dad, who is a bit of a luddite. She desperately wants him to go with her, but how can she convince him?

Claire Deluna, aka Bridge Whitedeer
Claire Deluna, aka Bridge Whitedeer

Virtual private eye, Claire Deluna, has been hired to spy on a mysterious corporate upstart by it’s parent company, New Life, Inc. Now she has the big players on her tail, but is it the mob, the government, the Bolivarians, or someone else? More worrying, why are bodies of mostly poor, young people turning up everywhere? And what does it have to do with the Temple of New Life and something called Sweetland?

For those left behind, the act of crossing over to Sweetland is, literally, no different than death, but Joe Larivee believes he has seen the other side, and now he must decide: is Sweetland real, and, if so, does he follow his daughter and lover and escape from the hell Earth has become, or does he stay and fight for the unfortunate ones he has spent his life serving, and, in the process, just maybe redeem himself for the betrayal which eats at his conscience?

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