Writer of the space beyond silence, where the wild speaks
YA, Adult Shouts and Shorts
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Behind one door the tiger paces.
Which one will you open?
Writing for the Young Adult
Downloads, Shares, & Temporary Posts,
Or maybe this time it will be the Tiger.
Pages and Posts
From An Empty Suitcase
How to Hold a FESTIVAL for the FIRST AMENDMENT
FLASH FICTIONS and other lies, often in a sentence or less.
Protecting Yourself from
Lies, Half-Lies and Disinformation.
What Readers Are Saying
About the THIN DOOR,
"There were numerous times I was reminded somewhat of Laurie Halse Anderson’s work, and
Wintergirls especially came to mind. That’s not to say that I thought your style was too similar or copycat at all, and I do consider that comparison a complement to your work...I love the language. Not just here, but I feel compelled to mention it now."
Beta Reader Lynn
"That fantasy...it is that
fantasy. It's the one we all know. Perfect and dangerous."
Beta Reader Anne
"I think every adolescent has that bike ride, lost out on the parking lots and dead ends, and it's raining, and no one knows they are lost, and they are looking for that one thing that will make it all right, in the way that Ramie is looking for that perfect chocolate creme donut. And when they do find that donut, it tastes like crap."
Beta Reader Emily
"And the Show--! the one we're on--it's all around us, isn't it?" Beta Reader JD
"I've read your book and it is a real wild trip. Wonderfully inventive yet well-executed---hard to do." Gavin Caruthers, Hudson Valley Authors
"I love your creative writing style! It's powerful and -- I keep coming back to the word tactile. Your words hook into sensory memory that pulls the reader in and doesn't let go. The trailer is awesome too; I can't wait to see and read more." Beta Reader Sue
Weber Mack Bio
Rhoda Weber Mack writes longform YA fiction, short stories, flash, essays, plays and poetry, some published and performed, as her way of understanding the nuances of complexity. She writes from her Treetops studio in the Hudson Valley woodland.
Hello. Also, Introducing Myself.
I have sometimes thought that my childhood began in the twilight of the 18th Century, among the independent Swiss Mennonite freeholders who fled to William Penn’s Woods in the 1700’s. But it began before that, in the Renaissance of the 1400's, when learning and independent thought were rediscovered in the group-think of the Dark Ages. The Swiss university students who read the original Christian scriptures for themselves came to some radical and norm-challenging ideas: The individual is not a vassal born to the feudal church-state, but freely chooses one's spiritual affiliation as a critically-thinking adult, and furthermore, the choice to follow one's conscience meant living a life of integrity and high principles, including steadfast compassionate non-violence in the face of medieval torture and executions.
We came to America, rooted in our story of our place in the world: that we were a people set apart, that we were to be in the world, but not of the world. This placed me early as an outlier observer of pop culture. Our way of life moved slowly parallel to the rush to modernity. The fence lines kept out the changing world.
But the fields of home were bounded by the unknown, and I was curious. I asked for complexity, and I got it, full-blown and sandpaper subtle. I rode the cusp of generational change in the late 20th C, and the world got a lot more complicated. A long trek through Middle Europe and Africa took me back to the beginnings of human history, and I fell through a hole in time, where the worlds I didn’t know were larger than all I thought I knew.
The original stone cottage on the family farm, with a narrow winder staircase and the aroma of smoked hams.
Telling the story, as it comes to me, gives me voice to interplay the nuances of our contradictory and shared stories. I excavate the archives, choosing the world-building stories for this peculiar time. The world we build for ourselves is construed of the stories we choose to tell and then, to believe.
WeberMack.com is a place for me to post downloads and shares, free for the taking.
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WeberMack.com gives me a place to talk about those other things that matter in the time-shift of the 21st century. Say hi on your way out, via the Contact page, and I'll send you Ramie's Curious Card of riddles. See how the riddles resolve themselves for you. Come back often, and bookmark for new Downloads-and-Shares.
And I am seriously, bemused.