Kathleen and I were married in a little stone church in West Virginia in 1997. We worked for years, she as an auditor, me as a lawyer, judical official, and assistant attorney general. Now, we live in Salinas, Ecuador, enjoying the perfect weather, the natural beauty, and having all our time to spend as we please.
Chris Allen, at ten years old, finds himself in the middle of the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy. In this actual, historical event, schools were dynamited, and closed due to bomb threats, school buses were shot at, people were murdered, school board members were attacked, and the Ku Klux Klan marched in the streets alongside thousands of parents in protest of books that they claimed promoted sodomy, communism, anti-white and anti-American values.
Chris Allen's father, one of the would-be leaders of the protesters is a physically and emotionally abusive fundamentalist preacher who rules his rural congregation with an iron hand. He beats Chris with a leather belt, and continually tries to stifle and suppress his growing intellectual curiosity, fearing that Chris' unusual precociousness will harm his ministry. After his father denounces him from the pulpit, Chris finds himself very much alone, distrusted, and punished at every turn.
He finds comfort, and interest in one of the books his father wants to ban, John Milton's “Paradise Lost.” Through studying the book, Chris finds questions that cause him to doubt what he has been taught all his life. He devises a dangerous strategy to escape his situation, and puts it in motion, despite the pain of leaving the world of his upbringing behind.
This novel attempts to capture, through the eyes of a precocious ten year old child, the feeling of living through this dangerous time, which some writers have said marked the beginning of the rise of the new “Christian right” in America. It is also the story of an abused, talented child trying to grow up in a narrow, self-righteous community that has no place for him.
This is the first volume of the "Dragons of the Shadow War" trilogy.
Dragons walk among us. They have since the beginning, fallen from their near divine status, seeking redemption for ancient crimes. Even now, in the Cybernetic Age, they live with us, immortal, but not invulnerable to the violence and warfare of our day.
This is the tale of Jubal Cohen, recently recognized as the youngest of the dragons. Before he knew his nature, he was a cyberwar operative. Now, entangled in the violent world of dragons, and in love with an ancient Babylonian queen, he struggles with competing loyalties in a world that contains the dangers of the ancient world, and the horrors of the new.
This is the second volume of the "Dragons of the Shadow War" trilogy.
The third volume, "Rage of the Dragon Queen" will be available soon.
Ashlultum, the ancient Babylonian dragon queen lies in a deep coma, terribly wounded and slowly, too slowly recovering. Building on the wreckage of the ancient Concordat of Dragons, Naram-Sin seeks to usurp the dragon throne, and continues his dark, cunning plan. J.D. Breckenridge, dragonslayer, attempts to recruit a powerful, dangerous ally, who may be even more dangerous to his friends than Naram-Sin. Jubal Cohen, brilliant cyberwarrior and the youngest of the dragons is torn between his love for Ashlultum and his friends, and his oath of loyalty to the returned Ghenghis Khan.
The battle lines are being drawn. All are being swept toward a conclusion written in blood and dragon fire.
I'm Kit Thornton, writer, expat, fencer, bibliophile, philosopher, smoker of many cigars and drinker of much wine.
If you are looking for my writing, or for information on our travels, this is the place.
I spend my time these days writing, and enjoying the fine life we have here on the beach, on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. A sample of my literary work is available below, and my published work is on Amazon.com.
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I was raised in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, and many places in between. I have lived in NYC, Washington DC, Dallas, Charleston, Fort Benning, Charles Town, and several other places. This is, by far, my favorite.
About thirty years ago I decided that I was going to get off the paycheck hamster wheel and spend my days writing, traveling, and reading. Since I wasn't born into money, the way to do that seemed to be building up several small pensions and investments into an income I wouldn't have to work for. That way, I could write what I pleased without worrying about whether it would "sell." It took thirty years to do it, but with Kathleen's help, we've finally managed it.
We spent years planning and scouting our eventual destination. It needed good weather, peace and quiet, political stability, and access to travel and cultural opportunities. It was crucial that it have a low cost of living, good internet, excellent health care and a welcoming populace. We scouted in Spain, Italy, and many other places. In the end, we settled on our place here - a penthouse condominium overlooking the Pacific in Salinas, Ecuador. This is a wonderful place that meets all our needs more than amply.
Whatever we please. The only thing I do every day is write. Some days we walk around town and explore. Some days we plan our next trips to Europe and Asia. Some days we travel around Ecuador - one of the most diverse places on Earth. Some days we just sit on the terrace, cook, and relax. It's a fine life. I recommend it.
It seems unlikely in the extreme. I don't like what American culture and politics have become. I have yet to run into anyone in a coffee shop toting a military grade rifle, and the gangsters here have the courtesy to confine themselves to very occasionally shooting each other. The political scene here isn't as intrusive into everyday life, and the constant competitive hustle that American life has become just isn't a thing here. People, on the whole, have less, and some folks are very poor, but the pace of life is far more congenial. And most Ecuadorians are just plain nice. Oh, and finding fresh food and produce at very reasonable prices is much easier. We're healthier here than we have been in years.
Here is where I'll be posting updates on our life in Salinas, our future plans, and occasional essays.
"Free" Speech is not, and never has been absolute, nor can it be.
Your marriage is your masterpiece. Here's how to do it right.
Because of the way they are spread, conspiracy theories share certain elements in common. Learn to spot them.
What's unique about being human, and how can you become a better one?
This is a selection of my writing. All these works are copyright 2021 - Kit Thornton.
If you have a use for them, please contact me at email@example.com.
The download links appear below.
The current files are:
"The Sixty Fifth Treasured Song" - The first meeting of Theo and Amil, long in the distant past. A curious boy comes under the wise tutelage of a monstrous creature. But what really makes a monster?
"One Night at the Paradise Diner" - a short one-act play in which two old friends meet on the evening of a war in which they'll be on opposite sides. And the stakes are higher than anyone could imagine.
CONTENT WARNING: Reverse Chekhov's Gun.
"Blame" - a one act play in which an overpromoted protégé uses a "unique" approach to answering accusations that he isn't
living up to the legacy of his deceased, CEO mentor.
CONTENT WARNING - Violence, Language, Corpse Bothering.
"The Solemn Curfew Tolls" - a one act play in which a grieving father confronts a near-future authoritarian state.
CONTENT WARNING: Violence, Suicide, Terrorism, Torture
"Henry VI" - Three act historical verse play based on the legacy of the hapless monarch.
CONTENT WARNING: Violence, Language, Iambic Pentameter and Obsolete Verse Forms
"Apology of Mephistopheles" - a short, readers theater verse play. The Faust story, from Mephistopheles' point of view.
CONTENT WARNING: Isn't it funny that the play about demons, devils and sorcery is the one with no bad language or violence? It is often so.
"Rules For Romance - For Those Who'd Be Happy"
An essay that attempts to answer the question "How do we go about dating, romance and relationships?" A guide to the romantically perplexed.
CONTENT WARNING: Brief discussions of adultery, tragedy, and domestic violence. It's also quite long and, well, of an elaborate style.
Still, it's the most popular thing I've yet posted online.
Links to download the .pdfs are below.