Teddy Bear and baby critters: Bunny, Red, Blue and Monkey welcome you to my homepage. I am C. E. Hammock (but you can call me Clint), and I am sometimes silly and sometimes serious as my website will show. Here are some things you can find among my pages:
- Discover curious insights into me and the subjects I write about.
- Find out how to navigate the pages of my website.
- Read some of my short stories and my blog posts.
- Check for announcements or new projects in the development.
- How to contact me or sign-up on my e-mail list.
As a writer, I hope to bring a distinctive point of view to my readers. I want to write something different from the tired and stale genre market. Although, my life has been generally uneventful, I guess you could say boring; I try to use my stories to keep my mind alive and active.
So much fiction today seems repetitious and vacuous. Too many writers try to exploit the great adventures of their lives, their wide flung travels, or fascinating friendships, and yet still don’t manage to say anything compelling. On the contrary, my life has been quiet and solitary. I strive to bring a deeper perception and insight into the busyness and shallowness of our current time.
My recent stories tend to fall into three categories: religious satire, gay male magical realism and animals stories for children (and the young at heart). My different genres tend to blur into each other and some stories have a rather sarcastic streak. Hope you enjoy.
I am beginning a new series of blog posts on a set of Religious Principles that I have been reflecting on over the years. These principles draw heavily from the teaching of Jesus from the New Testament gospels. I don’t expect people to agree with my conclusions. You can view My Blog for the most recent post or go to the Writing on Religion page for all of the essays.
I have gathered several of my Sheepy and Bunny are Friends stories to Medium. These are stories for children and young at heart adults about the friendship between Sheepy and Bunny and all their friends on the farm. You can read about how these stories came into being on the Sheepy and Bunny are Friends page or go directly to Medium and read some of the stories.
Find Your Way Around
Everything on my website is organized on the menu link. The menu link doubles as both a standard sidebar and a drop-down menu that links to my pages and posts.
On the About the Author page, you can read my author bio and follow links to my social media profile pages. If you are interested in reading more about me, scroll to the bottom of this page or read my Questions and Answers about myself page.
On the My Stories page, you can find links to many of my stories available online. The page A Little More Literary hosts links to more literary endeavors. If you want to read a few examples of my first attempts at writing, you can find them on the My Juvenilia page.
The My Books page describes some of my forthcoming books and you can read some early excerpts from them. This page will also direct you to my Amazon page where you can buy or download my fictions in ebook format.
On my Current Projects page, you can read brief descriptions of projects that I am currently working on. In addition of forthcoming books, I have new short stories and essays in progress.
On my Announcements page, you can find announcements about my fiction writing, blog posts, and platform building. You can follow my announcements on facebook, twitter and goggle+ and see what new things I have going on.
Religion has been a long time interest of mine. The Writing on Religion page is a space where I explore some of my thoughts on religious practice and faith.
Fiction is my other great interest. On the Writing on Fiction page, I explore aspects of literary and genre fiction that have captured my interest.
For posts specifically dealing with my ongoing struggles with writing and self-publishing you can find them gathered together on the Posts on Publishing page.
You can explore blog posts on topics of interest to me by clicking on the My Blog page or searching the Recent Posts section of the Menu. My blog entries are sometimes silly and sometimes serious things about me. I’ve divided the posts into the categories Silly and Serious.
Using the Contact Me page you can send me a message. You can also follow me on social media by clicking the appropriate links near the bottom of the menu, or you can visit my social media pages by following the links on my About the Author page.
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A Little Bit About Me
Ever since I was a teenager (a long time ago) I had this fantasy about being a writer. I was never very confident in my abilities and so I didn’t seriously pursue it. However, that nagging little ambition in the back of my mind never went away. Other interests have come and gone, but this one has haunted me for over 30 years. After a long time of being distracted by other subjects (all very interesting in their own right), I finally decided that I was capable, and applied to the English department at the University of Missouri: Kansas City to study Literature and Writing. After I finished that, things had a way of getting put off.
In the last few years publishing has become easy, with the development of selling e-books on Amazon and self-publishing without a traditional publisher. So now the only thing that is stopping me is years of inertia and too much self-doubt. Writing was always something I wanted to do (I hope I have some talent), and I’m not too old to learn the tech stuff. So I’m working on it, slowly, but getting there.
I don’t want to tell the same stories everyone else tells. Some readers like the same story lines told over and over with new twists and variations. I want to try something that takes a different path through the forest. I don’t really know what categories to put my fictions into, but they do have a few things in common. Many have gay male characters (but I wouldn’t call them gay romances). Most have some kind of supernatural themes. Some are Gothic; some you could call magical realism and some border on horror stories. I have had a long fascination with religion and been openly gay for years, so those two topics tend to get intertwined in my storytelling. I suppose, in some ways, I have been on my own quest for some time now. I want my stories to fascinate readers, maybe even make them a little uncomfortable, and I certainly want them to be successful. If you read one, leave me a comment. If I get a book on Amazon, maybe you could leave me a nice review.
You can send me an email or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. I hope you will share my stories and (forthcoming) books with your friends. I’ll try to send out an announcement now and then when I have something new to share. I hope you will find something you enjoy. Thanks.