Interview with Edward E. Rochon

Who are your favorite authors?
Hermann Hesse has a musical quality to his writings in German. Surprisingly, anglophone translators do a pretty good job translating Hesse (English speakers are notoriously bad translators. Great anglophone authors are generally not scholars. Samuel Beckett is a notable exception, but then 'Waiting for Godot' could have been written by any semi-literate.) George Eliot had a fluid style. Blake, Tennyson, T. S. Eliot, Yeats, Robert Frost, Coleridge, Poe and Matthew Arnold wrote some poems I like.
What authors influence your work?
I need an editor not authors. If I like something in the work of another author, it is only because that is the way that I would do it. Writers tend to have a lower opinion of the great writers than the public at large. I am no exception to this dictum. The idea of a co-author does appeal to me sometimes. I definitely prefer she to he, sexually attractive than not, loyal friend to disloyal rival. It has long been my opinion that the truly great books will ultimately come from male/female co-ed writing. Shakespeare, Racine and that crowd will fade into the background along with Homer, Virgil, Dickens, Poe and the rest.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It is necessary to stay healthy and to keep the pain away.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I practice on the harmonica, do Pilates, Qi Gong, kickboxing, and stretching exercises. I look up stuff on the Internet. Mostly, I do household chores. Household chores includes formatting and reformatting my eBooks. Editing can be writing as in re-writing. Formatting is simply drudgery compounded with ignorance. Smashwords has a sizable styles guide; I have a sizable memory problem. Add to this: misunderstanding, computer problems, irritability and enough is enough, and the eBook goes out half-assed. Paying people to do it costs money without any assurance that it will make any difference. The world is filled with books that nobody reads. However, I never put out anything that in my opinion people cannot figure out. I am slowly improving my formatting skills.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse sites or get ads from distributors. I read very little literature other than my own and prefer audio books. My eyes are weakening with age.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
An unfinished book about the further adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
What is your writing process?
I prefer to write fast. My motive is what I am interested in more than what I know. Look up info on what interests you and learn something. Of course Shakespeare and Homer knew about those people who existed centuries before them or were myths! Apart from diaries and autobiography (mandatory to write about what you know), writing about what you know is a bad idea. If you must write on these matters, T. S. Eliot's advise to write many years afterwards and with emotional detachment from the subject sounds apt. How long should you wait? Ideally, until after you are dead. No one is perfect and I have violated my own advise in the past. I used the excuse that since I attempted suicide a number of times, that this justified the exception.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was primer in grade school with someone called Zeke as a mentor to the kids. Zeke was a strange name to me.
How do you approach cover design?
I have used Word clip art in the past. I scanned the cover from a printout into a jpeg file. Kindle Direct has auto-generated covers. Word and or my past printer lacked the dpi density to produce quality covers. I use Gimp to start and then Picasa to finish off my current covers. I use OpenOffice to modify graphics and then copy and paste into Gimp. I find Gimp hard to work with and frustrating. Currently I am tending to simple orthographic covers rather then visual effects. My covers lack the high dpi appearance of more professional covers. My software does not seem up to the challenge, or I am not using it properly. I have never met a graphics program that I liked. Gimp is too frustrating to figure out just to make book covers. My covers are not as sharp and finished as I would like. Primitivism has its place if the symbols are placed together properly. Lack of skills influences the final look as much as conceptualization.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Bible - It covers the gamut of human affairs.
2. Silas Marner - Eliot writes well.
3. Huckleberry Finn - It's a kid's book and brings back memories of finding a way to grow up without harm.
4. David Copperfield - It's another growing up book to manhood.
5. The Snow Goose - a book for the wounded heart.
What do you read for pleasure?
Nothing anymore, I read for my health.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A big ass high resolution computer screen. I recently bought a Nook to replace my broken Sony Reader. Big ass screens keep you awake and not good to doze off at night, the time I read my Nook.
Describe your desk
They can get messy. I seldom have room for a big desk and the computer robs me of writing space. So I write on clipboards or portable lap desks to compensate.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't have any so I just write. On second thought, writing is a marketing technique. Every time I post something new to Smashwords, my other works get more sample downloads. After a while, I change the sample to 100% so that even if they don't buy they can read. Hopefully, greater readership will result in more downloads. My income to date is $18 but with over 2400 downloads (many at 100% sampling.) On the other hand my eclectic ideas tend to irritate just about everybody, raising the specter of boycotting or even harassment. I presently advertise my works after the title pages of new material, something I have not done in the past. If you like my 100% download set your own price books, please buy them for $0 rather than just read them. This is my build readership phase. Sales stats look good even at $0 purchase price. This assumes my eclectic and often caustic views do not instill an impulse in the reader to deep six my career.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My early memories were of small towns in Upstate New York. I later moved to the Boston area and lived in many places around there. I write from interior motivations. Place probably has little to do with it apart from the language used.
When did you first start writing?
Twelve years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I write non-fiction these days with an aside to poetry and catch your attention things to catch some attention. This has been a failure and may serve me right. My latest essay discusses cosmic despair, how we view it and what to make of it. I am working on a long term goal of creating a new language. Creating a new language is complex and other works may come to mind in the meantime. I like writing short essays. They are less time consuming, easier to proofread and easier on the eyes of both writer and reader. I spend time rereading former works and finding errors that need correcting.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I couldn't get published in print.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Define success. I have hardly made a penny and received little attention. Well, maybe it is for the best. Celebrity-ness sucks, right? To date my sample downloads have exceeded 2400 after about one and a half years of effort. I have earned about $18.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I want to get my views across in hopes of making a better world.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any at this time.
Published 2014-09-02.
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Cosmic Despair: An Essay
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A reflection on despair and its coloring of existence. Views and options on resolving misery spelled out. Nirvana, City of God and suicide outlines considered in a collage with doubts and contradictions highlighted. The conclusion is that despair is pointless and constipating to mind and body.
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Logic: An Essay
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My third collection of essays covering diverse subjects: science & technology, economics, health & biology, ecology and theology. The title indicates a desire to bring man to a golden age, the desire of all sensible men throughout history. A little of this, a little of that to arrive there.
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You set the price! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / New Testament
A brief dialogue between God and man places Jesus on the spot for the state of the world. It calls him to account, using his own words recorded in the Gospels and scripture.
Collected Poems I
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A collection of poems consisting of four books and extracted verse from other prose works. Sleep, sex, celebrities, good and evil, and philosophical problems are covered.
Inexpensive Subs: An Essay
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A cubic design to make submarines cheaper to build. Some thoughts on construction, safety and uses proposed. This is basically a cargo submarine but with aircraft carrier potential.
The Second Coming: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 7,880. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy
Description of situation leading up to the second coming of Christ. Speculation on development of history since Christ. Interpretation of Revelation and biblical prophecy revealed.
The JU Engine
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You set the price! Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Inventions
Description of an external combustion reciprocal engine with a different operating method. JU refers to a liquid cylinder medium alternating between a J shape to a U shape. A ratchet system regulates piston action. Two pistons are required as a minimum. It is hoped the engine is clean and efficient.
Space as Infinity: An Essay
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A suggestion for replacing poisons and habitat destruction with feeding pests in designated areas to control the population and keep them out of man's way.
Elements of Physics: Time
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The State & Statecraft: An Essay
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Offers the proposition that the generation of wealth is the primary purpose of the state, public order simply a necessary prerequisite to this goal. Views social strife as war between prince and shaman.
Number Bases & Digits: An Essay
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Proposes a system of methodical digit construction based upon readily perceived rules of glyph design. In other words, the number value can be calculated by observation based on simple rules of digit design. This is for easier operations when using large number bases.
Seven Month Pregnancy: An Essay
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A proposal to speed up human gestation from 9 months to 7 months through enhanced nutrition. The biblical background of the matter frames the argument. It offers a way to relieve human suffering and to improve the life of the world.
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Space Plane: An Essay
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A new form of ramjet for hypersonic transports described. Proposes to use hypersonic transport as a spacecraft as well. Hydrogen balloons suggested as a cheap way of getting the ramjet/transport/spacecraft aloft. The craft is intended as a heavylift space transport.
Pollution Solution: An Essay
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Several suggestions for ameliorating pollution are offered: separate cities for work and residence, hydrogen fuel produced at sea, dirty industry moved offshore over the deep basins of the oceans outside of ocean current paths, the moon as a platform for space industry. Some comments on difficulties and motivation are included.
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A polemic against traffic lights enlightens the reader concerning the negative consequences of these satanic devices. The argument maintains that traffic flows more efficiently and safely when lights are absent.
Clitwits & G-Spots: An Essay
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A series of vignettes based upon daydreams by the author dreamed over a number of decades for plays and skits geared to noted celebrities. The works are described during an interview with Diane Sawyer. Other works by the author are referenced in the work. The book is labeled as adult content but is not porno, nor is the language especially vulgar. Some things might upset the kids.
Christ As Anti-Christ: An Essay
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The Messiah and Satan portrayed as flip sides of the same coin. Man is the victim of divine mischief. Adam is exonerated and the Son of Man is condemned. The question of God's relationship and culpability for evil is the core of the essay. We see that Satan is the agent and messenger of God. The messenger is the voice of the sender and so functionally identical with the sender.
Mechanical Acting: An Essay
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A mechanical set of techniques to develop acting skills. Pace dialog to script, sing, dance and play, impersonate and play to the player.
War & Warfare: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » Military
A brief description of tactics, strategy and ethical consideration of war.
Trinity & Mandala: An Essay
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Sex, Pain and Ethics: An Essay
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Pain is deemed unnecessary to human health. A description of sexual behavior from anal sex to voyeurism follows. The influence of conditioning is stressed. The pros and cons of each behavior are laid out. The author weighs in from time to time for or against. Sexual ethics are teleological. The ethical considerations are off in the distance, unlike theft where consequences are immediate.
Harlot's Verse
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A portrayal of shades and nuances of prostitution using verse. The emphasis is on the psychological and socio-cultural aspects of the trade. It is more Whore Babylon than Vegas hooker. The goal is to bring man away from nationalism, parties and factions, internationalism and whatever divides man from his body and soul. Cast out the demons as it were.
Golden Age Essays
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A collection of essays attacking commonly accepted mathematical, scientific and metaphysical notions that are impeding the progress of the human race. In particular the infinite is expunged from mathematics and science, materialism and atheism shown to be irrational, and sages of the past critiqued for totalitarian sentiments. The theories of Newton, Einstein and Aristotle are critiqued.
Octopus Balls
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An essay on human perception. The heart of the matter is how man's point of view (geometric and geometric analogy) influences his perception of the truth. Physical perception, promises, subtleties of acting, the question of otherness, and the metaphysical foundation of our existence are covered. The cover image is deliberately childish. The subject matter is important to everyone, including kids.
Jodie Foster Angst
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You set the price! Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
A one act play without blocking or scene setting. The author makes a play for Foster's affection as the heart of the drama. Some profanity and sexually explicit dialog.
Sex Wars
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You set the price! Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A short book [2nd ed.] of verse dealing with strife between men and women. There are fifteen poems and one commentary. Marriage, polygamy, childbirth, prostitution and the general topic are discussed in verse.
Super Intelligence: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Cognitive psychology
It is surmised that the brain can utilize multiple imaginative processes based on a number of sensory organs: eyes, ears, nose and vocalization. Evidence is offered from human experience to support this and methodology to achieve the goal is suggested.
Parody Parade
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You set the price! Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Poetic parodies of celebrities and celebrity songs. See cover for celebrity names. Some explanatory notes are included.
Mars Squared Equals Earth: An Essay
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A brief description on how to bring the world back to a healthier antediluvian state through terraforming the surface. The science fiction or supposition that existed about Mars in the last century or two is the model.
Unified Field Theory: An Essay
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Natural forces explained by pushing forces in nature, excluding innate attraction as an attribute of matter. The science of Newton and Einstein critiqued and dismissed for the most part. Gravity, magnetism and nuclear forces dealt with. New avenues for invention and discovery are discussed. The concept of harmonic transformation opens up scientific wonders and the music of the spheres is expanded.
Liar Enigma and Others: An Essay
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You set the price! Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Logic
Breaks down liar paradoxes from the past. Explains other riddles such as the rock too heavy for God to pick up, the irresistible force and immovable object encounter and some anomalies in Christianity. Discusses double blind experimental method inconsistencies. Analyzes the Barber Paradox. Explains how logical and linguistic conventions create paradoxical results. Explains author's purpose.
New England Sleeper's Verse
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You set the price! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A book of verse with insomnia and the need for sleep as its central theme. Several techniques are used to effect the goal including humor. Some of the verse is quite personal and cryptic and some is plain enough to avoid completely frustrating the reader. A little mystery enriches the reading experience just as some difficulty in crossword puzzles improves the puzzle. Difficulty level is medium.
Cubics: A Numbers Essay
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Interprets all nature and mathematics in an orthogonal framework. Disproves the existence of irrational numbers, transcendental numbers. Disproves arguments of Hippasus and Euclid supporting surds. Offers theorem for commensurables without finding a means of finding actual value of commensurable. Validates some conclusions of Zeno's paradoxes. Disproves transfinite numbers. Offers some new roads.
Contra Nominalism: An Essay
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Shows the opposing views of Realism and Nominalism with the intent to uphold realism. Plato's work 'Parmenides' is discussed and partially analyzed. Aristotle and Plato's view on universals (archetypes) discussed. It shows how ideas as real objects of perception can be rationally supported using the geometric point. Shows how relationships and existence are inseparable and yet distinct in nature.
Contra Pantheism (Atheism): An Essay
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Essay spanning theology, math and philosophy. Shows atheism to be a form of pantheism. Deals with the nature of existence and its modes. Offers an explanation of motion and its supernatural origin. Refutes certain math notions: infinite sets, irrational numbers, transcendental numbers. Upholds the parallel postulate as irrefutable. Deals with Paradoxes of Zeno and refutes empiricism's validity.