Me & David Foster Wallace

and “Chosen” by Jolea Harrison


So, there’s this really cool website where you can pop in an example of your writing and get told who it is among famous writers that you most write like. The badge wouldn’t work here at the blog, but I got “David Foster Wallace.”

I sez…who the hades is David Foster Wallace??

David Foster Wallace was born in New York in 1962. He received a Master in Fine Arts for Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in 1987. He published numerous short fictions and nonfictions in his lifetime, but only two novels — The Broom of the System (1987) and Infinite Jest (1996), the latter of which made Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Greatest Novels list, 1923-2006. He committed suicide on September 12, 2008 after a twenty-year battle with depression.

Wallace’s novels are said to be saturated in irony. He experimented with different voices and incorporated jargon and vocabulary that was sometimes made up. He made use of endnotes and footnotes, supposedly to interrupt the linear flow of his work and show his own perception of reality. In his words, “fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being.”

The novel Wallace was working on at the time of his death, The Pale King was published posthumously in April of this year — unfinished.

Bruce Weber from the NYT calls Wallace’s books “prodigiously observant, exuberantly plotted, grammatically and etymologically challenging, philosophically probing and culturally hyper-contemporary novels, stories and essays.” He goes on to say Wallace “wrote long books, complete with reflective and often hilariously self-conscious footnotes, and he wrote long sentences, with the playfulness of a master punctuater and the inventiveness of a genius grammarian.”

But, “Wallace was a temperamentally unassuming man, long-haired, unhappy in front of a camera, consumed with his work and its worth, perpetually at odds with himself. Journalists who interviewed him invariably commented on his discomfort with celebrity and his self-questioning. And those who knew him best concurred that Mr. Wallace was a titanically gifted writer with an equally troubled soul.”

When he died at 46, he had only been married to his wife, Karen, for four years :(

This is a long article by The New Yorker about David Foster Wallace.

A BBC documentary (45 mins) on Wallace

Plus, hey, he’s HAWT.

And supposedly, according to this crazy online thing, I write like David Foster Wallace. I’m okay with that. Now, I just have to read his books 😉


by Jolea M. Harrison

Even though I’m reading MUCH less now than I used to, I feel like I’m reading BETTER.

Indie writers are a wealth of new ideas and talented writing.  I won’t argue — there IS crap out there.  But when you find the gold, it rises to the top and waves lazily with a smirk on its face.

“Chosen” by Jolea Harrison is one of those books.


For everyone else in the world, getting stabbed in the heart means instant death. All it does for Dynan Telaerin is send him to hell.

In Chosen, Jolea M. Harrison transports us to a world on the cusp of destruction, caught in a thousand year cycle of ever-repeating time, trapped between the warring Gods and the demon, Belial, with one young hero chosen to save not just the world, but the Gods themselves.

Dynan finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, uncertain if he’s dead or alive, charged with saving the soul of his ancestor, the most powerful telepath to ever exist. Dynan has telepathic powers of his own, only he doesn’t know how to use them. With monsters and minions trying to eat his soul, the demon’s lair isn’t a place conducive to learning anything, except how to run and how to hide.

Can Dynan find his ancestor before the fabric of time is torn beyond repair? Will courage alone be enough to face the greatest evil to exist? Will he lose his soul to save everyone else?

The running starts, and doesn’t stop to the end of this action packed adventure of a young man coming to terms with his life while he’s barely a spirit, through horrors he thought existed only in dreams.

Chosen is the first book of a 7 book series, entitled The Guardians of the Word.

This book literally blew me away.  Like I was sprawled against the wall.  Melted into a puddle of Jolea fan-girlness.  I highly recommend it.  And I don’t really read fantasy!

Desperately awaiting book two!!

Find Chosen at Amazon

Also in this week’s book news…

Dear friend, fellow author, talented Zombie King Jack Wallen has finally been able to get his debut Zombie novel “I Zombie I” FREE at Amazon.  Go grab your copy and find out just how awesome sauce he is.

Talia Jager, another member of the Indie Eclective, has uploaded her 5th book, Secret Bloodline, a 2.99 Young Adult paranormal romance.  I was lucky enough to beta read this book and I definitely recommend it.

The Eclective is seeing quite a few downloads of The Halloween Collection.  We hope to see it take off even more towards the holiday itself :)

That wraps up Fictional Friday for now!  Come back soon.

Even though no one ever comments when I ask a question, I’m still going to end with one…who do you hope you write most like?