What Happens When a Society Succumbs to the Mass Insanity of Warfare?
SUMMER SNOW is a peace novel set amidst the war on terrorism as an American warrior falls in love with a Sufi Muslim and learns from her an alternative to the military mentality. While Special Forces battle al-Qaeda, the escalating violence threatens their future together and the lives of thousands. To save them, the Sufis use ancient techniques designed to bring peace to the collective consciousness and end war. But can they make them work in time?
A tale of love in the shadow of destruction, SUMMER SNOW blends romance, adventure, and mystic wisdom to communicate its theme that higher consciousness is more effective than violence and that women may be more able than men to lead us there.
In writing SUMMER SNOW I drew on my experiences during a year and a half in Central Asia. For more information on the novel, click the My Books link at the upper right corner of this page. The first three chapters are available at http://nascentbooks.com/books/summer-snow/. Reviews are posted at http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Snow-William/product-reviews/097384423X.
My new book, LILA, THE REVOLUTIONARY, is a fable for adults about an eight-year-old girl—smart, charming, and tough as can be—who creates a world revolution for social justice. No one ever told her she couldn’t end poverty and inequality, so she doesn’t doubt that she can Just Do It! Starting with the Nike shoe factory where she works. Like the boy in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Lila can see the reality that adults are blind to. And she’s not shy about pointing it out. Her story is a call to action: If Lila can do it, so can we. She convinces us that Yes, a better world is possible, and we’re the ones to create it. Chapters are available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1897455844.
My nonfiction book, RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War, presents the experiences of activists who have moved beyond protest into direct action, becoming criminals for peace by defying the government’s laws and impeding its capacity to kill. They’re helping soldiers to desert, destroying computer systems, trashing recruiting offices, burning military equipment, and sabotaging defense contractors. http://media.trineday.com/radicalpeace
WELLSPRINGS: A Fable of Consciousness is set in 2026 as the earth’s ecosystem has broken down under human abuse. Water supplies are shrinking. Rain is rare, and North America is gripped in the Great Drought with crops withering and forests dying. In the midst of environmental and social collapse, an old woman and a young man set out to heal nature and reactivate the cycle of flow. But the corporations that control the remaining water lash out to stop them. http://www.cosmicegg-books.com/books/wellsprings
Most of my writing deals with understanding violence — the physical violence of war, the structural violence built into capitalism, and the mental violence of stressed human beings — to help us overcome it and bring peace. I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter in San Francisco, then joined the Special Forces to write a book about war. A WORLD OF HURT won a Rinehart Foundation Award for its portrayal of the psychological roots of war: the emotional blockage and need for patriarchal approval that attract men to the military. The book is now out of print, but if you write to me at the address below, I’ll send it to you scanned — and free, such a deal!
Three other out-of-print books are now available free on the internet. RIP AND BURN is young-adult novel of a boy learning about the futility of violence and the need for peaceful communication: http://www.freebooks.com/christian/rip-burn/. TABOO: A Memoir and MEMOIRS OF FORBIDDEN LOVE are erotica aimed at subverting patriarchy (and having a few laughs along the way): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64082 and https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64083.
My three years in the Green Berets really soured me on traditional masculinity. I’ve seen where it leads — up close. Since then, opposing it has become a focus of my activism and writing. I’ve tried to show how patriarchal machismo causes war and other social pathologies and how our culturally imposed gender roles are one of the factors that propel us to war. One attraction of combat is that it is a substitute for eroticism; it’s the ultimate sexual perversion. It also reduces our ability to love. Our society has degraded masculinity into aggressive competition and domination; it’s become a deadly toxin which has poisoned us all. Men have to confront and overcome this part of themselves before men and women together can heal it. My books and peace work are my ways of helping with this change.
I wrote the screenplay for SOCRATES, an educational film starring Ed Asner that was broadcast on PBS. I was a Fulbright professor of creative writing and American studies at universities in Germany, where I’m currently living. I also teach Transcendental Meditation and am a member of the Freedom Socialist Party, http://www.socialism.com, a red feminist organization.
I hope you find something good to read here. Several pieces are posted under the “My Writing” section on the upper right of this page. Also the links below will take you to more content. We’ve had to disable the comments section because of spam, but you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selections from RADICAL PEACE:
The Last Days of the Lilliputians:
German Jewish Community Begins Again:
America Is Under Attack!
Are Wars Inevitable?
Varieties of Violence:
Murder Made Sexy:
Stemming the Tides of Protest:
Climate Change Requires Consciousness Change: