Anders Flagstad


Anders lives as does Thoreau’s mass of men, a life of quiet desperation - sometimes less quiet, sometimes less desperate, but a life nonetheless. That’s what you have to remind yourself, when you least believe it, that you are, actually, living your life, and that it is quite the accomplishment, in and of itself, and that you should give yourself a pat on the back occasionally for doing it as well as you do, for as long as you have.
There are many who never will make it as far as you’ve gone, and none who have lived what you have lived, so every once in a while, remember, it’s no sin to celebrate yourself, and give the desperation a rest. It will always be there. You can pick it up and shoulder it anytime you want and start walking again. Setting it down doesn’t mean you’re getting soft. It just means you’re setting it down. Try it, you’ll see.
But maybe, one time, at a point of self-celebration, you’ll put the desperation down, party, pick yourself up afterwards and start walking and realize you have more energy and more (to use a four letter word) hope - that you’re walking with a spring in your step and you won’t know why and you don’t want to know why. It won’t even dawn on you that you’ve left something behind, that you lost something you thought you were going to have to lug behind you for the rest of your life – yes, your desperation. You won’t be desperate and it will feel strange – until you remember where you set your desperation down - and you go to retrieve it - but, with any luck you won’t remember – and never will – and from that point onwards, or at least for a while, without your desperation, you’ll no longer be one of the mass of men, you’ll just be you, yourself, a woman or a man who is alive, in the universe and walking about, here and there. And that’s all
That, at least, is the goal of Anders. Living in the first, frantically social and riotously connected decades of the 21st century, where the desperation flows as easily as the texting and maybe even easier, and is almost as unstoppable. Almost.

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Bone Sliding
You set the price! Words: 64,790. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
What if you weren’t comfortable in your own skin? What if you weren’t comfortable in someone else’s skin either? Paul Olsen isn’t comfortable. But he has no cause to be that way. At least that’s what everyone keeps telling him. He has everything a teenager could want. But Paul is not satisfied. What’s wrong with him? Maybe the nagging suspicion the Universe has him unexpectedly switching bodies?
Circles and Wheels
You set the price! Words: 144,830. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
This is a book of short stories. Everybody has a story. Everybody has a life. So do buildings. We think we see buildings, we think we see people and we think we know them. But we don't. Not really. We see what we want to see. What actually goes on inside- kidnapping, murder, love, death, betrayal, unwashed dishes, parties crashed by homeless men, drag queens leaving home hatless - would shock you.
Spare Parts
Series: Principal Parts, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 110,140. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
In a city on the edge of the continent - in a place where the real and the surreal melt in a foggy fondue and everything is possible - on streets where homeless people get heckled by defunct Roman Emperors, where lovers tell their futures by deciphering tattoos and Death is just one of many tenants barely making a living out of transient hotels, in such a city, what would it take surprise someone?
Thad Says Parts Is Parts (And Thad Is Right)
Series: Principal Parts, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 73,420. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
With events spinning ever more wildly out of control, Eddie Stone finds himself embezzling, stealing and lying to save the people he loves from themselves in this screwball comedy of errors based on a Roman play by Plautus and translated into 21st century LGBT San Francisco. Eddie’s good at doing the saving thing – everyone says so - the only problem is who's going to stick around to save Eddie?

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