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Sometimes It Falls Flat

How did worldwide cataclsym, my grandma, and Amelia Earhart tie together?


I decided to find out in mid-2012.


With the Mayan Calendar predicting catastrophe at the end of the year, I explored the issue by writing a fun, fast-paced novella set in Guatemala. Alice Goes the Way of the Maya would be my 16th book.


Alice Brimble, a bestselling 70-year-old author, takes center stage as my main character. I based her on my grandma who is so independent, resilient, and lovable underneath a sometimes tough exterior.


Alice's sidekick is a young woman who first made her appearance in my novella about Amelia Earhart, a perfect foil to Alice's bristly character.


The book came out just before Christmas 2012. Turns out I was a little late to the Mayan party and missed the main buzz of the alleged apocalypse, but I had a blast writing the story. I loved the setting, loved the plot, and loved the thought of writing some sequels, Alice Goes the Way of the Eskimo, and Alice Goes the Way of the Celts.


In the end, readers didn't seem as interested in Alice as I was. This is always hard for a writer to accept. It seriously sucks.


Truth is, nobody knows or can predict how the magic of fiction, characters, and books occurs. Sometimes it works, the audience is ready, and it all creates synergy.


Sometimes, despite the quality, effort, and skill, it falls flat. Trying to make sense of it drives us creatives batty.


Alice is out there, though. Her story exists.


My story and your story, they also exist.


Whether or not the magic always happens, we keep moving forward, sharpening our skills, and putting ourselves out there. We do the hard work. We put our hearts into it.


That is life.


At the same time, the apocalypse doesn't always end up happening, the grim predictions prove false, and we get a chance to try again.


So that's what we do.


We try again.


--Eric Wilson



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ramona.fricke
ramona.fricke
May 01, 2023

I am donating my copy to my school library (I'm a Library Assistant there) and ordering another copy for myself. I love this book! I am anxiously awaiting a sequel! I have all of your books and our library has about 4. I am not willing to part with my other copies so I'll have to wait until the library can afford to get the rest of your books. We are a small, private, parent-supported Christian School with a small library budget, so I try to donate when I can. There are some authors that you know you will read again so you keep their books!

Please give us another Alice story?

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Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson
May 02, 2023
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Thank you! If I had any copies left, I would donate some. I appreciate your support.

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Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson
Dec 01, 2022

You never know. If you visit the Alice page on this site, you can see the next two covers I had already laid out for the books.

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Meli W
Meli W
Dec 01, 2022

This was a really fun book. Alice is a fun, spunky character and I still (misdirected or not) hold out hope of seeing her again one day.

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David Longley
David Longley
Dec 01, 2022

I was once consumed with ideas and passions, trying unsuccessfully to turn several of those ideas into business ventures (I've learned I'm a terrible businessman). A series of personal losses (parents, loved ones and friends) sent me into years of near despair. Thankfully, over the past many months I've been able to breathe again. I'm trying to rediscover my lost sense of wonder...whimsy, the conviction that there is still magic in the world...if one only has eyes to see. "Look closer," as one Afrikaan simian elder once said to a young Simba. When I left full-time ministry 20 years ago and re-entered the woodworking industry I felt as if (it's difficult to explain) I was living someone else's story. I…

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Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson
Dec 01, 2022
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There is hope. But, as you know, you wade through a lot of crap, and I don't try to tell you it's just mud. Hang in there, my hiking, wandering, honest brother.

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Assuming Alice is an Nod to Alice in Wonderland. I feel like Alice all the time. I love that you used her. I too often think of 6 impossible things even before breakfast. Though I think that was actually the red queen. Keep believing Alice

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Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson
Dec 01, 2022
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Never had Alice in Wonderland in mind, but I like your thought there. Yes, you've always been an idea person.

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