Monday, May 14, 2012

Turn up your speakers or get out your headphones for this week's guest author

Today we're doing something a bit different thanks to guest author, Kenneth Weene.  I'm delighted to host him for "Open Mic Monday"...please welcome him with our usual gusto!  

An unusual request from the author of today’s piece – Please listen rather than read.

Why do I want you to listen? How strangely we humans behave. So often we typecast our senses, not giving them each their full opportunity. We want to, but it is difficult. Most of the time, for example, our sense of smell lies dormant until aroused by something unexpected, sadly too often that is an unpleasant odor. We rush through our meals and don’t really utilize taste or we mask what might be there with a dash of hot sauce or a heaping of ketchup. Sadly, in much writing, we also neglect our senses. Good writing should include smell, taste, touch, hearing – not just vision. Of course that requires description, and it is far more difficult to describe the sounds and the tastes than it is the visual.

As a writer, I constantly strive to give more, to offer sensory experience. One of my favorite methods is creating audios for your listening pleasure. Of course I could let you read the same thing for yourself. But, no I am going to read this piece for you. Please sit back and allow the sensations. It is a brief excerpt from my latest book, The Stylite. I am in the fourth edit and hope it will be out soon. The Stylite is uniquely dedicated to sensation. For that reason I want to allow you to experience it in a different way, by listening as I read it to you.

You can listen to this excerpt at:
Meanwhile you can check out my other books at Amazon. They are available in print, Kindle and on Nook.

You may want to know something about who I am. Fair enough. Here’s the bio I usually provide to the world:
Life itches and torments Kenneth Weene like pesky flies. Annoyed, he picks up a pile of paper to slap at the buzzing and often whacks himself on the head. Each whack is another story. At least having half-blinded himself, he has learned to not wave the pencil about. Ken will, however, write on until the last gray cell has retreated and there are no longer these strange ideas demanding his feeble efforts. So many poems, stories, novels; and more to come.

A New Englander by birth, upbringing, and choice, Ken’s writing is often set in his beloved Northeast. For all his years of living elsewhere, his New England roots are still clear in his accent and his writing.
Ken, having worked for many years as a psychologist and pastoral counselor, and his wife, artist Roz Weene, moved from New York to Arizona in 2002. Once in the Southwest, Ken turned his hand to writing. His poetry and short stories have appeared in many place in print and on the web. His three novels, Widow’s Walk, Memoirs From the Asylum, and Tales From the Dew Drop Inne have all been published by All Things That Matter Press.

You can check out a bit more at
or order Ken’s books at

1 comment:

Amber Lea Easton said...

I'm very honored to host you today, Ken. Your work is brilliant. Thank you so much for providing the audio link. You're right...too often we ignore the other senses despite how important they are in our lives. Excellent!