Emory Black

Spring Housecleaning and a New Title

Welcome to my newly upgraded site and thanks to a new Webmaster with a big scrub brush!  The site is more user-friendly and is just in time to announce my latest novel, RoadTrip just released by Outskirts Press last week and which you’ll find in paperback and e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and at your local Expresso Book Machine.

Freshly published RoadTrip is a gritty, sensual novel with splashes of humor that peers into family relationships, abuse, betrayal, disillusionment, alcoholism and stinking bad choices that drop-kick naïve young Josh into a gang of ex-cons.  Redemption is around the corner if our good Christian boy Josh can lay off the booze, come out of the closet and scratch the itch that just won’t go away.

We’ve all made mistakes, right?  It’s how we handle our screw-ups makes all the difference in the world.

Thanks to Pamela at “Your Computer Lady” for a fresh website!

Peace,

emory

“The secret of how to live without resentment or embarrassment in a world in
which I was different from everyone else…was to be indifferent to that difference.”
–Al Capp

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

I have to hand it to Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for his courageous stand to back Gay marriage and encourage athletes in the NFL to ‘come out’.   Whether there are four or more Gay jocks (I doubt there are less) who could reveal their sexuality at a news conference is not the issue.  The issue is whether these macho guys have the (you-know-what) to be the outlanders, to risk loss of acceptance by their teammates, to risk abuse in the locker room, certain abuse on the playing field and the certain condemnation of many fans.  Their fear is real and profound.  It’s a painful decision that shouldn’t have to be.

Our culture denies that people are what people are:  diverse.  Diversity is not a choice any more than blue eyes are for one or brown for another.  It’s about expectations and stereotypes, and of one’s discomfort when another is honest enough to reveal the true man that God made.

Peace,

emory

“The belief that one’s own view of reality is the only reality is the most
dangerous of all delusions.”
  Paul Watzlawick (Philosopher and Psychiatrist, 1921- 2007)