Road to THE PARADOX COMPLEX

For those who do not know, I usually do a “Road to….” entry or two on my old site and my social media pages when I have a book ready to come out and this time it is for The Paradox Complex 

June 2016, after a two year wait, I finally released my seventh poetry book META- (Complete) and my original plan was to finish working on my novella Three Crowns and begin writing my first novel The Escape of Ernest Frost (Three Crowns is now available, The Escape of Ernest Frost available later this year). As we all know, sometimes things turn out differently than we expect. While I was writing the final chapters of my novella, I was still writing poems. I had no intentions of re-releasing META- because it was selling quite well and was getting positive responses (at the time of this writing, it has a perfect score on Amazon), and the poems I was writing didn’t have the same style and content as META- so I decided I’d just keep writing the poems and see how they turn out.

There were a few things I noticed with the poems I was writing; for starters, a lot of the poems I wrote post META- were much lighter in content. I also noticed despite the lighter content, I was writing about contradictions. I decided to keep writing these poems to see where they would lead me. I had a working title for what would eventually become my eighth poetry book. Like other writers, I have friends I talk to about writing and I told one of them that even though I had not planned to write another poetry book immediately after my last one, I was and that the working title was The Paradox Complex and if he had any other ideas for a title I was open to opinion because it was a working title, meaning I wanted to change it before its release. He told me keep the title so my eighth poetry book is titled The Paradox Complex 

With each book there’s a theme and a comparison to my older books. The theme to this book is even though we as people contradict ourselves, we are still good at our core. The writing style is similar to my sixth poetry book Approaching Humanity because I’ve written more lyrics than poems but this book is also similar to META- because it contains more personal material (a lot of you liked the personal material in there so I’m continuing the personal material).

The Paradox Complex will be available very soon.

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Book Update

I am getting ready to release my eighth poetry book titled The Paradox Complex but I can say this is not the only book I am releasing anytime soon. Here’s an update of the books I’m working on and appearing in that I can confirm at the moment.

The Paradox Complex

This is the book getting ready to be released. It’s my most recent poetry book, it’s my lightest, most positive poetry book to date. I’m also confirming this will be the last poetry book I release for the time being.
This book is about how even though we contradict ourselves, we are still good people at our core. I’ve posted two previews “Flawed Masterpiece” and “Heroes Need Heroes” both which are available to read on this site. I have also shared the cover on my social media pages. This book will be available by the end of the month.

 

The Escape of Ernest Frost

I’ve been getting asked about this a lot and I can confirm this book will be my first novel. After the positive responses from Three Crowns I finally have the confidence needed to write this book.
This book is about Ernest Frost, a guy who lives an ordinary, boring life, and one night before going to bed, he is captured. Forced to play a game of cat and mouse by a group of clowns (literally). He must find his way out of the locked building he is in before the group of clowns decide to kill him.
This book is planned to be released by Christmas of this year.

 

Arbitrary Authors

This is a book I will be appearing in. It is a how-to/advice/life hacks book featuring many people. I can confirm I will be making two appearances in this book. The information I can give you at the moment is limited but I can tell you they plan to launch a kickstarter later this month for this project. More information can be found on their Twitter I believe the current plan is to release this book late this year or early next year.

 

Dream Awake

This will be my second novella. It will be a horror title about a person who keeps getting killed in their sleep, only to one day meet the person who has been killing them in their sleep as this killer reveals their motives to the protagonist.
I plan to make this my first 2018 title, hopefully it’ll be out by spring.

 

Aspects of Love 1.5

While The Paradox Complex will be my last poetry book for a few years, I do eventually plan to release a second Aspects of Love poetry book. Since the release of the first one, I have started releasing books under my pen name. Therefore, I will be doing this re-release as C.L. Williams. It will include all 34 poems and 16 additional poems, either unreleased material from the time frame I wrote the book or some brand new poems that will be exclusive to this re-release (it will likely be a combination of the two). This book will be out either late summer or around Christmas 2018 (I have another book I can’t currently discuss and its release will determine when I release this)

Heroes Need Heroes

In honor of reaching 10k followers on Twitter, I thought I’d share another poem from my newest poetry book The Paradox Complex this poem is about how those we look up to or idolize also need someone to look up to as well.

I was inspired to write this after the tragic deaths of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. I remember reading how so many people chose NOT to end their lives after listening to these two bands. It’s sad that these two chose to end their lives the way they did and it made me want to write about how everyone needs someone to look up to or lean on, including our heroes

You are the one I will forever turn to
You have always helped me through and through
Now I see that you are the one who has fallen
Let me help you before you hit rock bottom
You have always been strong, been my boulder
Now it is time for you to lean upon my shoulder
I know you think it’s your job to save the day
But now I must stop you from being in disarray

You were there when I needed you most
Now it is my turn to bring you some hope
You have always been the shoulder for me to lean
Be emotional, you are human, not a machine
Throughout this time, you have been my hero
Let me stop you from going to the gallows

You’ve been strong for me for far too long
Now, for you, I shall be the one to be strong
Let me help you take away all of this hurt
It’s now my turn to show you your true worth
You were always there when I fell to pieces
Now I need to be the one within your reaches
I know you think it’s your job to save the day
Now it is my turn to stop you from your disarray

You were there when I needed you most
Now it is my turn to bring you some hope
You have always been the shoulder for me to lean
Be emotional, you are human, not a machine
Throughout this time, you have been my hero
Let me stop you from going to the gallows

When I needed you, you were always there with ease
Now I’m here as you’ve fallen to your knees
So now it’s my turn to help you up, help you rise
Now it’s my turn to remove the pain from your eyes
When I was down I always had a hero in you
Now I can say I get to be the hero for you too

You were there when I needed you most
Now it is my turn to bring you some hope
You have always been the shoulder for me to lean
Be emotional, you are human, not a machine
Throughout this time, you have been my hero
Let me stop you from going to the gallows

For all of those times you were my hero
It’s my turn to be the hero for you