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High Water: A Suggested Soundtrack

My book HIGH WATER is a cannabis-infused thriller about a group of pothead martial artists trapped in an infested waterpark during a terrifying dubstep concert.

Here’s the suggested soundtrack in a youtube playlist for your convenience. Even if you’re not a reader, it would make a great workout mix.

Here’s the link to the book if you’ve never read it before:


And the track listing, with commentary!

  • TITLE TRACK: Higher – Just Blaze and Jay-Z – punchy goddamn song
  • Lick it Up – The Aggrolites
  • Machine Gun Funk – Biggie Smalls – for Walter
  • Make it Bun Dem – Skrillex and Damien Marley – my favorite dubstep song
  • Bowl for Two – The Expendables
  • The Horror – RJD2 – love this track
  • Temperature’s Rising – Mobb Deep – one of the best hiphop tracks ever
  • Rite Where you Stand – Gangstarr and Jadakiss
  • Money Trees – Kendrick Lamar
  • Existence VIP – Excision
  • Simple As – Kid Cudi
  • Simigwado – Gyede Blay Ambolley & the Steneboofs – funky as shit
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In the midst of a writing vortex!

I’m currently working on a few things at once. It’s making my head spin, but I’m glad I’m in a prolific state of mind!

  1. Part 3 of the High Water Series: for those familiar with my kung fu zombie horror series, the third book is well on the way to a final version. Artwork is still to come, and the editing is going, albeit very slowly. This one is a monster that I have to slay!
  2. Short stories: My other major project is a short story collection, which is about a third of the way done. The central novella is in editing review, and two other stories are in production. I’ll likely round out the collection with another short story or two. It will premiere right here on Pot Fiction, so grab your lighters and prepare to spark!
  3. Regulatory analysis: A long term goal of mine at the moment is writing up a regulatory analysis of legal marijuana laws. NORML did all the hard work of spelling out where and when you can smoke. I’m actually more interested in the spirit of the laws, though I’m no Montesquieu! I have no clue when I’ll get around to this.
  4. My next novel: The next one will deal with someone trying to solve two problems at once. One problem involves a lot of explosive action, my writing strength. The other problem deals with a weighty scientific issue, not exactly my strength. It’s the latter that is going to take time to parse out through research. But I’ve started it with a burst of writing, which is cool.

Where I am at the moment, though titles are the least of my problems!


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Interview: R.D. Ronald, author of The Elephant Tree and The Zombie Room

This is the first interview we’ve done here on Pot Fiction, and it’s pretty damn exciting!

rdronaldR.D. Ronald, an up and coming crime novelist, is the author of The Elephant Tree and The Zombie Room. We reviewed The Elephant Tree here. It’s a great read. When RD Ronald suggested that we talk some more, Pot Fiction jumped at the opportunity!

You can find R.D. Ronald on Twitter @RDRonaldauthor, Goodreads, Facebook, and Google+.

RW Tucker, Pot Fiction: You’ve mentioned that your own personal experiences influenced your writing. Many people turn their back on their past lives. Within the bounds of what you are comfortable talking about, of course, what made you want to put those experiences to paper?

R.D. Ronald: When I first went to prison I found the expected assortment of horrible individuals that anyone would expect to be in there. What did surprise me, though, were the number of decent people that had been the victim of horrendous circumstances they either reacted to, or took the only option left open to them. While I was inside I read and read and read, as you would expect, but while working my way through numbers of crime thrillers I began to find the plots somewhat tedious and predictable, and in no way reflective of the people I was surrounded by who had, and still were, living out their very own crime thrillers. I decided to put some ideas down on paper, much of it fiction, some very altered experiences I had lived through or heard of, and let it begin to take shape. I wanted the criminality to be reflected in as open a way as I could without vilifying or glamorising the experience. I had no idea how the readers would eventually take this on board, but I was writing the type of book I wanted to read, not seeking out commercial success by trying to please everyone. Through social media rather than backing from a big publisher I have been able to connect with like-minded souls and luckily for me they seem to love it, which has enabled me to carry on exploring my passion for writing. Continue reading

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Mara Eton’s “The Hypocrites: A Novel in Short Stories”

Mara K Eton’s “The Hypocrites: A Novel in Short Stories”

Product link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1626526664

Full disclosure! Mara Eton commented on an early post here on Pot Fiction, which led me over to her book. This is her first novel.

Told through a handful of not-always-linear short stories, the timeline of Hypocrites encompasses  dramatic events, their background, and the messy fallout. Central to the story is a marijuana recovery support group full of habitual and unapologetic smokers, hence the title. Following from that is a dive into politics of the drug trade, so I’m fairly calling it “pot fiction”. But the human drama clings to you long after you put the book down. That’s why I write this blog: love of the herb forms a common interest, but the real beating heart of the story is personal.

I’m very glad that this novel crossed my desk. Characterization is at the forefront here. Every story gets its own voice, which as a writer, I appreciate as a technical achievement. Crisis reveals very real flaws and provokes misunderstandings.No character goes through the events of the story unscathed. I found myself annoyed with people long after their part of the story was done.

But none of the characters are entirely unsympathetic, either. With the perspective the reader gains from multiple POV’s, everyone’s actions are in context. Annoyance miraculously morphed into empathy. How neat is that? Through the peculiar style, Eton’s story teaches a lesson in humility and compassion. Weed acts as a salve for pain accrued as the lives and livelihoods of our characters are pulverized by the reckless actions of a few. You do get a firsthand seat when things go downhill. However, as exciting as the events in the perhaps-fictional Hempstead became, I also got a kick out of the far flung stories in the latter half of the book. Penn and Mya’s stories were the most enjoyable for me, but I think you’ll end up with your own favorite characters and story lines.

I’ve thought about the characters several times after reading, and I’ve cracked the book back open to cross reference. Hypocrites was that good. It’s a nice, easy read, not too short, not too long, and with enough characters to keep you interested. There’s a fun, mystical twist in there too, if you pay attention.

I’m giving this a bong hits to the brain, because it has stuck with me long after reading. Give it a try!

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Not fiction: Corrected Nomenclature for Cannabis

I doubt this will catch on, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

The explanation:


McPartland was the first researcher to look at the genetic markers on the three subspecies of cannabis using the plant’s genome to conclusively identify where it originated. He also proved conclusively that they are all the same species, just different subspecies. As it turns out, C. sativa should have been identified as C. indica, because it originated in India (hence indica). C. indica should have been identified as C. afghanica, because it actually originated in Afghanistan. Finally, it seems that C. ruderalis is actually what people mean when they refer to C. sativa.

Corrected Vernacular for Cannabis

What amazes me on a consistent basis is repeating mistakes of the past. A simple category error forty years old gave birth to a pseudo scientific patois.

My prediction is that this won’t catch on until the market is brought above board and American academia gets a good look at the plant. Even then, this corrected naming convention might only be effective in those academic circles.

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R.D. Ronald’s “The Elephant Tree”

Product page: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042X9C8C

Moving at a deliberate pace, setting itself up for the more gripping second half, The Elephant Tree follows two solemn young people in a dismal, unnamed city. This is a dark book, full of seedy characters, filthy bars, the worst outcomes of the drug trade commonplace. Not a book for the light of heart! Some of the reviews that got me to buy the novel portrayed it as fast moving. I don’t think that does the story justice: there are many purposeful “slice of life” moments. But it kept my attention. I was finished in two days.

Scott, one of two protagonists, struggles with a fractured family life and a desire to retire big on a lucrative job. Opposite him is Angela, whose life is tied intimately with Scott’s, a decent foil for his gloominess. The drama shifts back and forth as the two characters battle inner demons and try to navigate the terrible circumstances around them. You get an assortment of low lifers, though few of them stuck with me. The Elephant Tree probably could have used some comic relief, just to ease the bubbling tension. While I’m on criticism, some of the comma splices were strange, maybe a print-to-ebook artifact. It didn’t take away from the story, though.

About two thirds of the way through this, I had a dilemma. Was this pot fiction? I’ve read plenty of books, but the main characters in this one always had a drink in hand, and the drugs were much heavier than the synopsis led me to believe. Weed seemed to fade into the background. You were getting a review of this book whether you liked it or not, but I was nervous.

Ye of little faith rejoice, for cannabis becomes a major part of the plot. I enjoyed that aspect quite a bit. Continue on, pot fiction reader!

This starts as a crime novel, but family and romance take the wheel as you get to know the main players. Weaved throughout is the police procedural you see in the synopsis, though that really takes a back seat to the two main characters, and that’s a good thing in this case.

All in all, I think this one is worth a bowl and a read!

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