Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel
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The Sostenuto Blog

Becoming Donald Trump

So much has been written about the Trump administration now that it seems pointless to spend time and energy to deepen the ocean of outrage already in evidence. But I will do so, if only to organize my thoughts, and perhaps assist others in organizing theirs. Words have power, and increasingly, they are the only power left to ordinary citizens, who are slowly being deprived of their civic strength, their economic means, and the once and future country of their youth.

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Moved to Montana

It seems that life, in her infinite wisdom, has led me to take up residence in Montana. I'm now living in Bigfork and working in Kalispell, just a short distance from Glacier National Park. Some of you may know that in addition to writing, I harbor a passion for fine art photography, and this area of the country is as ripe for landscape work as any place could possibly be. I've decided to start posting photographs here as they come into existence, because why not? Nature's prose is far more compelling than anything mere mortals have to offer.

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Thoughts on the Memorials at Gettysburg

I will begin by stating the obvious. When Fascists decide to support something, there is already good reason to oppose it. A national conversation about the most statuesque among us is now thick with reason and its opposite, historical fact and histrionic fiction, prayerful prostration and Sieg Heil! salutation. One supposes that the nattering nabobs of Nazi nationalism (tip ‘o the hat to William Safire) did not think the matter through when they descended upon Charlottesville like a swarm of loathsome insects. All over the southland, Marble Monuments To Malevolent Men are suddenly sliding into a bear market downslope that is nothing if not supremely slippery. Say what you will about the neo-Nazis; above everything else, they’re just as dumb as a rock.

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A Minor Setback

It seems the god of literature does not always smile on we plebians. Pronoun, the online distribution channel that I had selected for Sostenuto, is closing up shop. Here is the email that I received earlier this week.

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Book Announcement

Dear Friends and Bibliophiles,

I am delighted to announce the publication of my debut novel SOSTENUTO. This is the culmination of seven years of work that began with the germ of an idea that took on a vigorous life of its own and consumed a fair bit of mine in the process.

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Acknowledgements

No project of this magnitude happens in isolation, and like all of us, I stand on the shoulders of the giants of my formative years; my loving parents, my tolerant siblings, my magnificent teachers, and my civic forbears.

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Proof Copies

I have taken delivery of the final proofs of the book. They look wonderful. So that's it; we're off and running.

I want to take a moment to thank my printer Richard Selby for his extraordinary work, not only on this project but on countless projects that have preceded it over the course of these past fifteen years. Rich is that rare gem in the world of business—a kind-hearted and enormously competent soul who cares deeply about his customers and bends over backward to deliver an exceptional product on every job, every time. No exceptions.

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Gone to Press

The finished manuscript and cover went to press this past week. Awaiting the final proof copy, and then it's off to the races. Content is hard. Marketing is harder. :)

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A Piece of Pi

The cover of the book is based on a work of vector art that I created this past summer. The artwork features the mathematical value Pi to 20,660 decimal places, rendered in two connected spirals. Readers of the novel will find that this has significance.

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About This Site

I think the website is finally ready to go. I've been through several design revisions (hopeless—it's the designer in me) and I am finally satisfied that things are generally inoffensive now.

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Attention Press

In preparation for publishing the novel (I'll be self-publishing, for now) I've set up a Publishing House and designed a brand. Cool. Here is the logo. The logo features the letters A and P, arranged to suggest an eye. The "A" forms the eyebrow; the "P" forms the iris. 

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The Gesture

Ladies and gentlemen, The First Rule of Thumb for a responsible public figure is AVOID GESTICULATION. In so much of the political class, histrionics are frequently unconscious, and this has the subtle effect of diminishing the power of words, rather than of reinforcing them. Careless gestures are open to cultural interpretation in ways that ordinary words are not, particularly if the words and the gestures do not appear to jibe. Far better to sit on those soft little hands and try to speak simply.

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The Great Sorting

Ladies and Gentlemen, Inauguration Day is here! Thanks for showing up for what promises to be a star-studded, spectacular show. We’re just hours away from making America great again, and I know you’re all as excited as we are to take this country back from the ivory towers and the deserving poor. But first, a little housekeeping is in order. We all want things to move along without resistance, and so we’re asking each of you to help us out by sorting yourselves into like-minded gaggles so that we can fine-tune our fake news with a little finesse. You’ve all heard of The Great Sorting? Well, here it is! Welcome!

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