Fangtastic Friday Welcomes Two Brothers Metz

So we all have this feeling that
time grows shorter and shorter as we get older – that time speeds up.  I have noticed this increasingly in the two
years since my daughter Vita was born: there is precious little time to do all
the things we wish we could do.  I’ve
heard a number of theories for the perceived acceleration of time.  One hypothesis is that the brain records
novel memories, which are more likely to happen when we’re young, more densely
than memories of routine or expected events, which make up a greater part of
our lives as we get older.  Another idea
is that the same amount of time is a greater proportion of your life when
you’re young than when you’re old.  For
example, if you’re one year old, than one year is 100% of your life.  But if you’re 100 years old, that same year
is only 1% of your life.  In other words,
our perception of the duration of time is relative to the total time we’ve been
alive.  And still another theory is that
our brains slow down as they age, which creates the illusion that everything
the brains perceive, including time, is speeding up.

José Martí, the Cuban poet, wrote that to be complete, a person must have had a child,
planted a tree, and written a book.  How are we supposed to find the time to do all this stuff?  You’ve probably heard that William F. Buckley, Jr. got up an hour early every day for a year to write a book.  It seems like half of the books in print are
about how to write a book.  Most of it’s
garbage.  Release your inner this,
connect with your true that.  Blah blah blah.

Do or do not.  There is no try.

Yeah, that’s Yoda talking.  Deal with it.

So having said that advice is bunk and time is short, here’s our advice on how best to
find the time to waste writing a book.

Lafe:  Stop watching TV.  I gave mine to Goodwill.  Seriously.
It was so old they had to inspect the serial number to make sure it met
their TV acceptance guidelines.  Our
buddy Clements is still furious that I did this.  Wondering how I would watch Steelers’ and
Penguins’ games, he said, “It’s like you don’t even care anymore.”  Okay, so maybe I’m a little out of
touch.  My mom accuses me of depriving
Vita of her cultural heritage.  But we
rock the Sesame Street Classic Clips now and again.  And Vita actually plays outside, which almost
seems like a rarity these days.  Hard for
me to believe, as I put on my first pair of shoes when I was 12.  Go outside!
Play in the dirt!

Rhett:  Watch more TV.  Preferably by going to pick up Lafe’s donated
TV for free from Goodwill.  Turn down the
volume and plug in your iPod earbuds; rock something without words.  Pull
up so many browser windows and run so many programs that your computer moves at
a crawl.  Monitor as many tweets, Facebook posts and text messages as you
can handle. Then: compartmentalize.  Lafe and I sometimes have different
styles and each see the beauty of the other’s.  I’ve seen him stay up all
night and spend a dozen consecutive hours in front of a screen; and I
occasionally go off the grid completely for days and forget about everything
except the dirt and my friends/family and the trees.

In a way,
it doesn’t really matter why time seems to speed up.  Just like it doesn’t matter if any of us ever
writes or reads another book.  Time
marches on and the written word endures.
We just have to deal with it.

We’re cursed with an increasing
realization of the preciousness of time as our supply of it dwindles.  And a heightened awareness of the beauty of
words as our time to read and write slips ever faster through the hourglass.

Go. Pick up your pencil.  Write something down.

Gypsy Knights

by Two Brothers Metz

Genre Paranormal YA

Fourteen-year-old Durriken Brishen has lost his parents, his
grandfather, and though he doesn’t know it, his Gypsy culture’s dangerous gift.

Taken in and raised on the rails by the first woman
to pilot a freight train, Durriken has one remaining connection to his Romani
roots: a small wooden box that hangs from the hammer loop of his overalls.

The last gift he received from his grandfather, the
box contains the world’s first chess set. But a piece is missing: the Red
Queen. According to Durriken’s family lore, the complete set awakens the power
of Tărie, a mercurial gift that confers unique abilities on each new Master.

When a suspicious fire erupts in the Chicago rail
yard, Durriken’s escape produces an uneasy alliance, though not without its
silver lining. Dilia is a few inches taller, several degrees cleverer, and oh
yes – very pretty. While Durriken is uneasy allying with a girl whose parents
were convicted of sedition, there’s no doubt she is a powerful partner. And
while it’s not immediately clear to either, her own Guatemalan culture and
family history are deeply entwined with the ancient Romani mystery.

Jumping box cars, escaping riverboats, deciphering clues, crossing swords with the brilliant
madman Radu Pinch – with great American cities as its backdrop – Gypsy Knights
is the page-turning saga of Durriken Brishen and his quest to rediscover his


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One Response to “Fangtastic Friday Welcomes Two Brothers Metz”
  1. Susan Blexrud says:

    Great advice, fellows! Thanks for stopping by.

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