The Approximate Distance To Limbo (a Dream of New York City)

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ACT ONE: SUDDEN DEPARTURES
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Andy Adams has a problem. She’s trying to write a follow-up to her successful sci-fi novel-turned-feature film, but she’s been blocked since her relationship with Richard Burley ended in him checking into a mental hospital. Now she’s joined a new writing group in the hope that she’ll be able to revive her writing ability and get that sequel written.

When we left Richard, he was hospitalized after a series of events that may or may not have been in his head. All that pain and confusion, all those nights of sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and of course, all those stories he wrote, and he can’t be too certain any of it really happened. Except, as it turns out, some of it actually did happen, as at least some of it helped pay for his hospital stay, and keep his apartment waiting for him.

Things have changed considerably since those days, but not as much as you might expect. Richard has finally been released. His friends have relocated all over the East Coast. Christmas is coming. Some of his friends are in better shape than others. Some are in more trouble than anyone realizes. And Richard wants to make up for all the trouble he put everyone through, if he can.

Is it ever possible to go home again? Are there things that can never be forgiven? How long can relationships last in the face of insanity? How far down does a man have to fall before his friends can no longer reach out to help him? How far does a man have to travel to find redemption? And can a man’s death open doors for everyone to find peace and happiness, including for himself?

The Approximate Distance To Limbo is the Unofficial Sequel to Terminal Monday. The Official Sequel, Perpetual Tuesday, will be released in 2016, Dog willing. [CANCELLED]

ACT TWO: RETURN TRIP
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Richard Burley is dead. Long Live Richard Burley.

When is Death not an ending, but a beginning? Perhaps it’s when your spirit crosses over to the afterworld, or maybe your atoms scatter across the cosmos and add to the total collective consciousness of the universe. Or could it be that the myriad forces and energies that intersected at the nexus of reality that is you will simply divvy up your total potential energy amongst your alternate selves? Whatever the ultimate answer you choose to believe in, it comes down to the same basic premise: that your essence is eternal, and thus, death is, as the poets say, just a door to another level of perception.

When Richard Burley lay dead on the hospital floor, perhaps some of his friends were convinced that that would be the last chapter in his story. A few suspected otherwise, and his handicapped brother spent many months trying to convince anyone who would listen that he had simply stepped across the threshold of the world and into a mirror reality, where he could watch over them from afar.

But what is Richard’s ultimate fate? Will he go to Heaven or Hell? Will he transcend reality for a higher plane of consciousness? Will he dissipate and leave his friends lost and wondering if they can carry on without him? And, knowing what we do about Richard’s mental health, how can we be sure that his death isn’t just another psychotic fantasy?

This isn’t the sort of supernatural story you might suspect it is. It’s really an examination of the possibilities of what it is to be Richard Burley, which in a real sense is an examination of what it means to be YOU. For Richard isn’t just my alter ego; he’s yours, too. He’s a little like everyone, and a lot like no one you know.

In essence, this is the story of some of the many alternate realities that are somehow affected by Richard’s untimely death, and his efforts to help them recover, so that he can move on, or come back, or do whatever it is he’s going to do by the end of the book. Read it yourself and find out.

Incidentally, for those wondering, there are at least two stories in this collection that are basically rock and roll fanfic, including a rather lovely story featuring someone not entirely unlike the late, great Chris Squire of Yes fame, and a short piece about an aging rock star who isn’t entirely unlike Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp.

ACT THREE: THE THIRD RAIL
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(coming some time in 2015 CANCELLED)

SAMPLES
SUDDEN DEPARTURES
Let It All Burn
Wally’s Story
Lip Service
Supersymmetry
Viewer Discretion Is Advised

RETURN TRIP
Can You Believe It?
Give it Time
Here Is Here

THE THIRD RAIL
Sadly, due to an overwhelming lack of interest, I’ve decided not to complete the set. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

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