The Spider

Metaphysical Man looks down at the object and does a double take. “What is that?” It is a little smaller than his own hand and curled up into a fist. The superhero isn’t exactly sure what it is he is looking at. He senses that it is some sort of plant or perhaps a stationary animal like a sponge or barnacle. “What’s it doing out here on dry land?” wonders MM. He bends down to get a closer look. All at once the object gives a short sudden jerk and the fingers of the balled up fist begin moving wildly. The fingers are then slowly forced back into a fist and a yellowish liquid is secreted from the center or palm of the object. A shudder surges through Metaphysical Man’s body as he realizes he is staring at the largest spider he has ever seen in his life. He suddenly remembers the incident with the child. He was told the child needed to be rushed to the hospital because of a spider bite. He remembered dismissing the situation as trivial and viewing the response of Chaz as an overreaction at the time. “That’s no spider. It’s a tarantula,” thinks Double M. Metaphysical Man shakes his head in disbelief while observing that the arachnid’s hairy legs are thicker than the child’s fingers.

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Inspirational Quotes

Labels are like lifesavers for the intellectually lazy, drowning in a sea of confusion.

– William Chasterson 

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Inspirational Quotes

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who swing the car door open without looking and those who look to make sure they don’t strike another vehicle or person. Which kind are you?

– William Chasterson 

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The revised edition of BREED is now completed and ready for immediate download! 

One of my friends advised me to have a second look at the finished draft of ‘BREED The Secret Design To Maintain Racial Inequality Among The Despised Classes’. Though the book attracted my friends interest he said he was put off by the long paragraphs and some editing glitches. I accepted the advice and took a second look at my manuscript. After examining it with a critical eye I decided that my friend was right. Though I’m still sucked in by the storyline I admit the presentation could use some improvement so I decided to do a complete revision. 

If you’ve ever rewritten your own work you will understand my surprise at the irregularities I discovered had slipped between the cracks of my initial revision. I thought I was done! Well editor Sol Stein says you can tell the difference between a writer and a would be writer by their attitude toward rewriting. The writer professional or not looks forward to the opportunity of excising words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters that do not work and to improving those that do. I don’t believe that what I put down on digital paper is indelible. I’m all about improving as a writer and I look forward to the opportunity. That being said, allow me a moment to explain my situation. 

I don’t want anyone to get the impression that ‘BREED’ was a rush job. It’s true I was anxious to get it out there because I was desperate for feedback. When you tell your friends and family who have known you your entire life that you are now a writer and you hand them a manuscript you probably will not receive the response you were hoping for. I couldn’t get anyone to take me seriously. After putting down over a hundred thousand words I needed to know whether or not I was any good so I unleashed my masterpiece on the public. The interest aroused by my book was encouraging but I now realize I made a mistake in not having it vetted by beta readers. That’s why I decided to offer the book for free. I’m of course biased but I still believe the work is exceptional and worth money. I’m also a realist. The world doesn’t know who William Chasterson is yet. For the time being I’ll offer the book for free. After the release of ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’ I’ll make a decision on the pricing of ‘BREED’.

A smart man learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from the mistakes of others. So I guess that makes me a smart man. I won’t make the same mistake on ‘Metaphysical Man’ that I made on ‘BREED’. This time I’m going to make use of beta readers. I’m currently on schedule to complete ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’ by the end of March 2015. Between now and then I need to gather as many beta readers as possible. This should give me plenty of time to digest the feedback and make all necessary revisions before the July 1st release date. If you’re interested in serving as a beta reader for Metaphysical Man please send me an email at williamchasterson at gmail dot com. Please put ‘Beta Reader’ in the subject line. Thanks in advance for everyone’s support.

William Chasterson 

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Meet Guest Author William Chasterson

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Allow me to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is William Chasterson. I’m a writer and a student of history. I was raised in the Midwest of the United States in a very conservative town of about 15,000 people. In my twenties I moved to New York which is where I’ve been for the past 15 years. After the first few years of culture shock I was finally able to settle into my environment and actually consider myself a New Yorker. 

Why did I write ‘BREED’?

As an African American raised in a predominantly white conservative town I’ve always been fascinated with race. I could never fully wrap my mind around the concept of racism. I wrote BREED as an attempt to work out in my mind whether or not racial inequality has any merit. I didn’t know when I started what conclusion I would end up with…

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Chastersonian |CHas’tersōnēên

Chastersonian |CHas’tersōnēên

The term chastersonian is a literary description of a work that has a similar feel to that of a work by the writer William Chasterson. 

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#Metaphysicalman is the #donquijote of the digital age.

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“Helpless Struggle” 

MM approaches an art piece and looks at the description plate. “Helpless Struggle – Oil on canvas.” In what appears to be the middle of the ocean there is an enormous wave about to engulf the silhouette of a man standing alone on a rock. In the foreground another silhouette of a rock with waves crashing against it displays the silhouettes of two men. They are engaged in a dynamic struggle. For some reason Metaphysical Man can’t take his eyes off the painting. Suddenly he notices the sound of an animated discussion gradually getting louder as they approach him. He recognizes one of the voices as that of his friend Dan. “I’m telling you it represents man’s struggle against his environment. It is inevitable of course that he win this struggle. It reminds me of the dramatic conclusion to the  Who’s rock opera Quadrophenia. In the song entitled ‘the Rock’ the protagonist dissatisfied with his society boards a small boat and flees to a rock in the middle of the sea.” The other voice, which Double M does not recognize responds, “I don’t agree with you. I think the piece is blasphemous. The artist is obviously insinuating that man is without hope and destined to be swept away by his environment. It’s sacrilege!” Metaphysical Man feels a hand on his shoulder. “Metaphysical Man is an expert art critic. Let’s let him settle this for us.” At that moment the deafening sound of breaking glass draws the attention of everyone in the building. This is followed by the sound of hundreds of motorcycle engines revving up. Metaphysical Man begins running towards the open window. At the same time he rips open his tuxedo shirt revealing the MM logo on his chest.

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HOME INVASION

I’m trying not to run for my keyboard every time something happens. Especially considering I have an approaching deadline to finish my book ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’. Nevertheless I feel as if I need to write about something that happened last night especially since it ties in with something I mentioned in a previous post. And that’s home invasions. 

Yesterday my wife and I were approached on the street by a soldier who wanted to know who we were, what we were doing and where we are from. As he questioned us I noticed a truck full of his fellow officers emptying onto the street preparing for a raid. While we explained our nationality using strong American accents many others were arrested and loaded into the trucks. As I said, I wasn’t planning on writing about this event as it is becoming commonplace. But the same night we heard some sort of altercation occurring behind our house. I peeked out the window and saw an angry soldier yelling at the neighbors in broken English about something. Suddenly the large soldier walked to the wooden window of the neighboring house, lifted his powerful leg which was decked in blue  camouflage which if I’m not mistaken indicates the Air Force. With his shiny black combat boot he noisily smashed in the wooden window while the neighbors stood by afraid to interfere. After a while a bare arm came out the window and threw something onto the ground. It could have been his documents but it was most likely money. The soldier picked it up and walked away satisfied.

We have the proper documents but I’d be lying if I said the accelerating aggressiveness of this particular ‘Control’ doesn’t have me a little worried. I can’t help but wondering, will my home eventually be raided?   

Are you a fan of Don Quijote? You may enjoy this new book. When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting

 

MANKIND’S SEARCH FOR THE SUPERMAN

When NAPOLEON conquered Europe he pretended he was JULIUS CAESAR. When Caesar conquered the known world he pretended he was ALEXANDER THE GREAT. When Alexander conquered the world he was pretending to be a Greek demigod.

Alexander was a Macedonian pretending to be a Greek. Napoleon was a Corsican  Pretending to be a Frenchman. ADOLF HITLER was an Austrian pretending to be a German. STALIN was a Georgian pretending to be a Russian.

Why couldn’t these conquerors just be themselves? Because they knew that they were only men and what was needed was a superman. They borrowed from idealized representations of man’s greatness. History is always full of this kind of material because it was written by man and man can’t help but envision himself as a superman. 

Since the day Adam decided he wanted to be like God man has striven to prove he is more than just a man. The Egyptian Pharaohs were considered gods. So great was the Babylonian superman’s arrogance The dynasty is portrayed in ancient writings as bragging: “To the heavens I shall go up. Above the stars of God I shall lift up my throne, and I shall sit down upon the mountain of meeting, in the remotest parts of the north….I shall make myself resemble the Most High.” The Medo-Persian king was also viewed as a superman.  Laws passed in the Persian monarch’s name could not be revoked such was his supposed infallibility. Greece believed strongly in the superman. These supermen were considered to be a combination of man and Greek god. HERCULES is an example of such a superman. Another Greek example is that of Greece’s greatest ruler Alexander the Great. He was rumored to have been conceived by the union of his mother and a god behind the back of her husband Philip II then current king of Macedonia. Thus Alexander, half-man, half-god was considered destined to become the  next superman.

AND THEN THERE WAS CAESAR…

In this article we’ll focus on the historic timeline from Caesar to our day. Caesar is a preferable starting point considering he was arguably the pinnacle of man’s arrogant claim of being a superman.

Extending from Western Europe to Northern Africa and Western Asia, The Roman Empire was so large that it became difficult for one superman to rule it. Eventually one of the Caesars decided to divide it into two halves with one of his super sons ruling the western half while his other super son ruled the eastern half. After centuries of arrogant rule with its most powerful weapon the Roman Ego, finally the Germanic tribes called its bluff and the western half of the Roman Empire fell. The eastern half would last much longer but eventually it too would fall. Is that the last we will hear of Caesar the superman and his absolute rule? No.

Modern nation states couldn’t let go of Caesar’s superman. The Russians influenced by the eastern Roman Empire created THE CZAR which is Russian for Caesar. The Germans influenced by the western half of the Roman Empire created THE KAISER which is German for; you guessed it, Caesar.

Modern nation states, politicians and religious organizations like THE CATHOLIC CHURCH are expected to be infallible which is why the church is forced to wait generations after its members have long since died before admitting any errors. (ie. THE INQUISITIONS)

German philosophers like FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE took the search for a superman to a whole new level by claiming that man needed to break free from his mortal fetters at all costs. He regarded any other striving except pushing ones self to the next evolutionary step (that of the superman) was slave mentality. He wasn’t just all talk. He pushed himself with this aim. The result? Nietzsche went straight out of his mind.

Both Hitler and BENITO MUSSOLINI believed in Nietzsche’s superman or in German the übermensch. They also believed in his diametrically opposed counterpart the üntermensch  or subhuman.

Modern day Neitzches like rapper KANYE WEST encourage a whole new generation to feed their egos on the idea of the superman. Using both lyrics and behavior such rappers persuade young ones into believing that humility is equivalent to weakness. They also enforce the age old belief that man is not enough. In order to succeed you must be a superman.

In my new book ‘METAPHYSICAL MAN THE DON QUIJOTE OF THE DIGITAL AGE’ I try to examine our current belief in ourselves as supermen and women. The book is an attempt to suggest the unpopular idea that perhaps man doesn’t need to kill himself trying to become the superman. Maybe man, real man is enough. Maybe as long as he’s trying to be his best, man is great just as he is.

When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting