BOOKS, NOVELS, MANIFESTOS
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RELEASED


Mama Peggy’s Recipes & Ruminations

Released by Wicasta on 05 May 2018.


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This collection of Southern recipes came about because of my mother's interest in creating a cookbook of her own based upon her decades as the cook at the family restaurant she worked at with her sister, Loretta. She had done quite a bit of work on it, and posted her favorite recipes to a web site we set up for her, MamaPeggy.com, for years before her death in 2011. Sadly, Mama never got to see the cookbook finished or published. It took a long time and a lot of healing, but we finally finished it and got it published in 2018. These are Mama Peggy Chaney's favorite recipes along with some of the staple, signature dishes from Peggy's Restaurant, which was in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Amazon Write-Up

Mama Peggy's approach to cooking could be summed up by something she used to say. “It’s the simplest thing in the world.” This cookbook captures those simple, old-fashioned Southern recipes that were Mama Peggy's signature during her many years cooking at Peggy's Restaurant. This isn't food that's meant to fancy. These are just simple, delicious recipes. While there are many of the Peggy's Restaurant recipes in the book, the cookbook includes many of Mama Peggy's favorite recipes, as well as some of the humorous stories she used to post to her web site before her death. A woman of mischievous wit and firm Christian faith, this cookbook provides a wonderful insight into the depth of her character, and the reasons why she is still so sorely missed.



IN DEVELOPMENT


In The Fifth Circle

Expected Release - Dec 11 2024


Not Released

This short story collection will be tied to an album of music on which each song on the album matches a story in the collection. We're in the final editing phase and am thinking about releaseing each story and song together as individual releases, with a combing compilation collection near the end of 2024 or early in 2025.

In The Fifth Circle has an obvious reference to one of the five circles of Hell in Dante Alighieri' Divine Comedy. But more specifically, it also refers to a fictional nightclub in Saint Petersburg, Florida, called The Fifth Circle, which was so named as a play on that fifth circle of Hell, which was a marsh fed by the River Styx, where the wrathful must fight anyone and anything on the muck, but the Sullen, the ones who are overcome with fury, choke on their own anger under the mud and can do nothing else. The Fifth Circle nightclub is well known for its venue length mural which depicts that fifth circle, and fits in with the nightclub's clientele, which tends to trend Goth.

All of the short stories in this collection part of a fictional event which happened in that nightclub, and each one addresses common dreams which the patrons of the nightclub have been having up until the event. These are the stories the patrons shared with one another as they each tried to decide if they were crazy for essentially being in one another's heads.


Blood & Chartreuse

Expected Release - Dec 11 2025


Not Released

Blood & Chartreuse could be said to be about a 500 year old vampire named Crewe. But he won't like it at all if you call him a vampire, so be forewarned. He'll remind you there's no such thing as vampires. Especially as illustrated by the fact that Crewe lives in sunny Saint Petersburg, Florida and is

Mama Peggy's approach to cooking could be summed up by something she used to say. "It's the simplest thing in the world." This cookbook captures those simple, old-fashioned Southern recipes that were Mama Peggy's signature during her many years cooking at Peggy's Restaurant. This isn't food that's meant to fancy. These are just simple, delicious recipes. While there are many of the Peggy's Restaurant recipes in the book, the cookbook includes many of Mama Peggy's favorite recipes, as well as some of the humorous stories she used to post to her web site before her death. A woman of mischievous wit and firm Christian faith, this cookbook provides a wonderful insight into the depth of her character, and the reasons why she is still so sorely missed.


The Assimilation Soundtrack

Expected Release - Dec 11 2026


Not Released

This collection of Southern recipes came about because of my mother's interest in creating a cookbook of her own based upon her decades as the cook at the family restaurant she worked at with her sister, Loretta. She had done quite a bit of work on it, and posted her favorite recipes to a web site we set up for her, MamaPeggy.com, for years before her death in 2011. Sadly, Mama never got to see the cookbook finished or published. It took a long time and a lot of healing, but we finally finished it and got it published in 2018. These are Mama Peggy Chaney's favorite recipes along with some of the staple, signature dishes from Peggy's Restaurant, which was in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Mama Peggy's approach to cooking could be summed up by something she used to say. "It's the simplest thing in the world." This cookbook captures those simple, old-fashioned Southern recipes that were Mama Peggy's signature during her many years cooking at Peggy's Restaurant. This isn't food that's meant to fancy. These are just simple, delicious recipes. While there are many of the Peggy's Restaurant recipes in the book, the cookbook includes many of Mama Peggy's favorite recipes, as well as some of the humorous stories she used to post to her web site before her death. A woman of mischievous wit and firm Christian faith, this cookbook provides a wonderful insight into the depth of her character, and the reasons why she is still so sorely missed.



PRIVATE RESERVE


Spaceknights

Not For Release.


Archive Only

Spaceknights could be said to be my first novel. I failed the 9th grade because of it. Rather than do my classwork, I'd sit in class and write chapters in Spaceknights. I was very proud of myself. I mean, if I was making 100s consistently on my tests, why did I need to do the classwork? I repeatedly proved I knew the material.

Of course, that's not how school works, is it? At the end of the year, they showed me in no uncertain terms by flunking me. And don't get me wrong, I damned well deserved it. I'm aware.

There's no real point in mentioning this book, except that it exists. It's on my shelf at home, still in the binder I put it in back in 1979 or so. Many of the characters I came up with in this novel and lived on in other works with other names. So this is an artifact to me. I say it's in the archives because a handful of people have actually read it. And while I'm generally horrified by it, I'm not so horrified that I would refuse to let anyone read it in the future. Honestly though, between us I expect this to be something that'll be quickly tossed in the trash once I'm dead. Probably rightly so.


Remember Tomorrow

Not For Release


Archive Only

Remember Tomorrow was the eargerly anticipated sequel to Spaceknights (please note sarcasm here). You'd think I would have learned my lesson after failing the 9th grade because of Spaceknights, but I quickly found myself just as bored as I was the year before. I sat in remedial classes helping people in the next rooms with their homework for the harder classes I wasn't allow to take. It wasn't long before I was back to writing, and Remember Tomorrow was the result. It was just as terrible as its predecessor. How many 15 year olds can write good books? It was just a process that I loved; one which I still love to this day.

Mama Peggy's approach to cooking could be summed up by something she used to say. "It's the simplest thing in the world." This cookbook captures those simple, old-fashioned Southern recipes that were Mama Peggy's signature during her many years cooking at Peggy's Restaurant. This isn't food that's meant to fancy. These are just simple, delicious recipes. While there are many of the Peggy's Restaurant recipes in the book, the cookbook includes many of Mama Peggy's favorite recipes, as well as some of the humorous stories she used to post to her web site before her death. A woman of mischievous wit and firm Christian faith, this cookbook provides a wonderful insight into the depth of her character, and the reasons why she is still so sorely missed.