Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Reading Suggestions...

My suggestions for teens:

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling - I was in high school when the craze was at its height, and so I consider myself a part of the Wizarding World Generation. Honestly, though, you cannot go wrong with Harry. This is a cliche suggestion, by now, but it's still the best book series around for a reason. I, for one, credit Harry as one of the reasons I am a reader today. If you haven't given these books a try, then you're missing out. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I read this in high school (as did many of my friends), and it helped me feel strong through some of the harder times during that period of my life. It's great for high school freshmen who feel out of place, but fair warning that it contains references to drugs and sex. The movie version is also really well done.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien - These are your classic fantasy books, and I love them all very dearly. I suggest starting with The Hobbit, which is my personal favorite in the series.

Illusions by Richard Bach - I feel that this is a book that kids in high school will appreciate. It's sort of a mind-bending book that helped me grow as a person. It's one of my absolute favorites.

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann - This is just a really fun series that feels like the combination of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

Any of Edgar Allen Poe's short stories. Seriously, any of them. Go to your school's library and give Poe a chance. You won't regret it.


I, Robot by
Isaac Asimov - The movie version of this book is... well not something I would ever recommend. The movie does not follow the book whatsoever. However, the book feeds a mind that craves intellectual wandering. It's a collection of short stories about the Laws of Robotics. It will make you think in new ways about the world.  

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - A fun book series that will send you traveling on an adventure through space. These books are hilarious and fun.

Ender's Game by
Orson Scott Card - A brainy story about a kid that trains to become a master in the art of space-war.

The Giver by
Lois Lowry - This book is set in a dystopian society, meaning a should-have-been paradise that has a terrible underlying problem. I read this in one night during my years in high school. 

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank - A story of survival after an apocalypse of sorts. If you liked Hatchet by Gary Paulsen when you were in grade school, this is a book that gave me a similar feeling, but is aimed at older readers. Give it a try!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - I actually discovered this book while studying education in college. Since then, I've come to love Sherman Alexie. If you like this book, check out his poetry and other work! He's great!

For really young readers (kids below the age of 12), I firmly suggest any of these: Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Hatchet, or Alice in Wonderland. If I had young kids, these are the books I would read to them at night.

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My suggestions for adults:


It by Stephen King - If you've never tried Stephen King, then yesterday was the time to start. This man is a master of crafting stories. The truth is that there are a million books out there, but even the lesser-loved Stephen King usually end up being better than 95% of what else is out there. My favorite book by him is It, and it's good for anyone who has ever felt stuck in a town.

The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck - This is one given to me by a teacher in high school, but I would rather list this for adults because of its allusions to sex. This is a fantastic book about people in a Chinese village. It is one of the books I credit for turning me into a reader.

A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin - This is like the Lord of the Rings for mature audiences. Never before have I read something that has struck my nerves as hard as the ones in this series. The HBO show is also fantastically performed. This is not a series to be missed out on.


I am Danger, I am Prisoner by Sergeant Danger Geist - This is a memoir written and self-published by a friend of mine, and it's a very honest look at the war in Afghanistan. It's great! You can read the first nine chapters on his website for free!

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski - This book was hard to get through but worth it. This book is about a guy who finds a trunk filled with the scattered pages of a book that is about a documentary that doesn't exist. If that sentence confuses you, then you should read the book. This is a scary book, and it will sit within your mind long after you've finished it.  


Predilection by Mary Parker - My friend put together a collection of short stories, and they're really great. She's a master at horror, and this book is only a debut for all the things I'll bet she'll write in the future. You can buy a copy by clicking here!

The Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft - You can't go wrong with a short story by Lovecraft. If you love weird monsters and provocative settings, this will be a treat.

Things Fall Apart by
Chinua Achebe - This is a book that will sink you into a culture that you won't be comfortable with, and it will give you a perspective about your own culture. It's about colonialism in Africa. This is a must-read, in my eyes.
Inferno by
Dante Alighieri - This is a classic. Dante's Inferno is the first part of a longer work, but Inferno is definitely the most fun part. Evil is fun to read, what can I say?

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So, those are my suggestions, but I expect this list to grow/change over time! You can probably tell that I love fantasy, science fiction, and horror! Hah! If you happen to be a writer that has stumbled upon this page and you wish to be included on this list, you should send me a message at my facebook page. Maybe I'll read your book (if it isn't romance, ha ha)! However, I'll only list books here are readily available for anyone to purchase (but I won't hate on you, even if I didn't like it). I might also do a review on Amazon for you if I do!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Longitude, a poem (way back from high school, don't judge too hard!) by Harrison Aye


So revered and logical,
to say I knew, they knew better.
To trust the world that sold me "could,"
rose an army of "never."
You say you want me  (Live)
and it is wonderful      (off)
but i can't                    (my)
handle it                      (hands)
Soul synchronization
She will stay on the longitude, and the latitude
The given the point at which we are
And though she lives life in solitude, solitude
She'd rather fade than get too far

Mindful pool, drift rotting trees
Floats so sound, in this weather
Am I afraid of falling leaves?
Or do the trees deserve better?
You say you want me  (Live)
and it is wonderful      (off)
but i can't                    (my)
handle it                      (hands)
Soul synchronization
She will stay on the longitude, and the latitude
The given the point at which we are.
And though she lives life in solitude, solitude
She'd rather fade than get too far.
And though she knows, I'd like her to
To feel the low less testing cause
I will tongue bathe the morning dew
And lets the drops fall through my heart
My own.

Credits: Lyrics and music by Harrison Aye, bass and vocals performed by Clayton Sanders, and drums performed by Brian Wood. This video was directed and filmed by the amazing Gabriel Fries, and it stars an awesome gal named Jennifer.

Sea Lampreys, a Comedic Poem by Harrison Aye in Collaboration with Clayton Sanders



Chordata, subphylum vertebrata,
class cyclostomata,
are the sea lampreys.
A protective slime layer
allows the fish to swim.
I wish I had an air bladder
to have buoyancy.
The operculum
covers my fish's gills.
Over 30 K inhabit the world.
The lateral line is the fishs sense organ.
They have an interior spiny dorsal fin

10,000 species cant be wrong

FISH!!!!!!!!

A protective slime layer
allows the fish to swim.
I wish I had an air bladder
to have buoyancy.
The operculum
covers my fish's gills.
Over 30 K inhabit the world.
The lateral line is the fishs sense organ.
They have an interior spiny dorsal fin.
Some have an adipose fin,
And a caudal fin,
a pectoral fin,
and an anal fin

sandworms, leeches, earthworms, polygordius

Credits: Video and music by Harrison Aye, vocals and lyrics by Clayton Sanders and Harrison Aye together, and drums performed by Brian Wood. This song can be purchased for a buck: http://gum.co/fishsong

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Eclipse, A Poem By Harrison Aye



Eclipse by Harrison Aye

My kind of women doesn't need anyone,
it seems she'll wrap you 'round her pinkie while she dials with her thumb.
She'll step into the elevator without word from her mouth,
but let the door fully open before thinking of stepping out.

Can you read minds?
cause you're never around, (because you're never around)
except for these moments,
impetuous passerby,
from the corner of my eye.

You can eclipse most anything,
and set all the ocean's waves offbeat,
but this is no dissonant haiku,
I'm looking at the sky tonight,
Are you?

Your kind of face is just too hard to miss,
you've got a phasing cat smile,
and a strawberry kiss.
Your strut's illuminated,
only comes out at night.
Your paradox can put out the sun,
and bring out the brightest light.

Can you read minds?
cause you're never around,
except for these moments,
impetuous passerby,
from the corner of my eye.

You can eclipse most anything,
and set all the ocean's waves offbeat,
but this is no dissonant haiku,
I'm looking at the sky tonight,
Are you?

I enjoy rotation on this Earth,
but sometimes I wish I'd fall up into the sky.
When our paths cross I'd dream that you'd turn back toward me.
No, I wish that you'd turn back
with me.

I must find out if you read minds or eyes,
do you have that potential?
and what you think when you read mine.
Am I the passerby,
from the corner of your eye?
You can eclipse most anything,
and set all the ocean's waves offbeat,
but this is no dissonant haiku,
I'm looking at the sky tonight,
Are you?

Credits: Video, lyrics, music by Harrison Aye, guitar performed by Brian Wood, and drums performed by Scott Weber. This song can be purchased for a buck: http://gum.co/cCfOI

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Short Fiction, Poetry, and Other Writings by Harrison Aye

Short Fiction:
#threewordscarystories - Twitter Trends, 31 October 2013
Algorithm Arachni - Flash Fiction - FP, 14 November 2013
spots of the earth had sunken in - APR, 24 July 2014
An Odd Osment Moment - Twitter, 27 December 2015
The King of Azkaban - UR 21 May 2016
Craftsmanship, Overpacking, & NL Terry - Flash Fict - 6 June 2017
4th of Fortune - Twitter, 15 July 2017


Poetry and song:
Freewriting Poetics, a collection of unedited rambling - Wordpress
The Longitude - YT, 29 September 2009
Sea Lampreys - Comedic Poem & Song, YT, 18 August 2012
Eclipse - YT, 8 May 2013
The Other Night - UR blog, 29 June 2013
Caterpillars of the Commonwealth - YT, 15 October 2013
thoughts, like jellyfish - Tumblr, 23 October 2013
Dime a Dozen - YT, 13 November 2013 
it surrounds and binds us all - YT, 10 February 2014 
grip - Tumblr, 13 June 2014
Jan&Feb(so far) - APR, 28, February 2016
Shimmer Vertigollo - UR, 26 March 2016


Other stuff:
My Sketches, a collection of drawings - Tumblr, Updated Frequently
These Sidewalks Are Suicide, an album of rock music 2009
My Paintings, a collection of snapshots - APR blog, 18 May 2013
Flexible Figure, a comic - UR blog, 9 August 2013
The Squid Lady, a painting - UR, May 20 2017


Best-of Blog Posts:
Part 1 - Azkaban, Praying Mantis, Smash Brothers, 24 March 2017



Who is Harrison Aye?


Hello and welcome!


I’m a writer and artist from the St. Louis metro area. I consider Halloween the blood that pumps through my artistic style. I paint, draw, design sets, sculpt, play instruments in bands, act, direct, etc, etc. However, the primary focus of my life is writing fiction with a core rooted in fun.

The big thing I’m promoting right now is a novel called The Unraveler, which is a fantastical journey through this world and Under with a skeletal rat. I also have an assortment of short stories and poems


The Unraveler - a novel



The massive net that catches the dead when they drop from Earth is called Ropes, and it is woven together by an endless thread. A lone rat scurries from cord to cord, careful not to fall through the gaps. There are more corpses than usual, but such is the nature of the Fell Thirst. Thus far, there is only one known way to quench the sick compulsion for water once it hits, and that is to keel over and die.

So even Prince Kobias is perplexed over why he survived. Noted as the first to fall and the only to stand back up, Kobias has become the prime culprit as the cause of the plague during the crisis meetings. Rival kings have come together to shove around the blame, but only the prince even bothers to wonder if there is a cure for the sickness. Now alien executives, pirate clowns, and armies of clockwork men are all out to capture Kobias before he speaks up, and the only friends he has are his annoying older sister and a skeletal rat that just skittered from the crack under his door.

The undead rodent, however, knows something about the plague that everyone else has missed. It has just clawed its way out of the Levels of the Undergloom, and it means to lead Kobias through the hostile world to the truth: Time is ripped vinyl on a record player, and the universe is skipping, skipping.


My novel, The Unraveler, is a 90,000-word fantasy that aims to bring a fun and thought-provoking adventure to teens and new adults. This website is dedicated to my journey to seek representation and publication for it.

If you'd like to help me, please hit the +1 button on my blog posts, like my Facebook group, and follow me on Twitter. Thank you so much for all of your support!
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Comic - "Flexible Figure"






So, I made a web comic late the other night. I was extremely tired, but somehow I still found this funny after I read it again the next morning. When I was a kid, I used to dream of making a comic strip. I used to love Garfield, specifically. I would check out those giant books of Garfield comics from the school’s library and read them all in one sitting.

As an adult, my favorite comic is definitely Monty, which used to be called Robotman. There was some episode when Monty gets captured by the Teletubies, and to let people know he was being held captive, he wrote “help me” or something on his koolaid mustache. Absolute genius. Since then, if I go to read the funnies, I always start with Monty. I truly haven’t held a newspaper in years, though (who has?).

The comic I made above speaks for itself, really. There are so many stick figure based web comics nowadays, and a lot of them are extremely funny. However, the art style is so overdone and bland that I usually avoid them anyway. Art style doesn’t have to mean complicated. Look at Garfield, Charlie Brown. Those comics have style. Stick figures are not style; they’re laziness, imo.


Anyway, as far as my writing, I’m working on some major projects right now. I’ve mainly put blogging to the side, so that I can focus on the most important thing (my novel). I’m thinking about going for an MFA in writing, maybe I’ll post more about that later.   


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