This is the first blog entry for my new webpage where things are a little different. My new website for now is going to focus entirely on my writing with no mentions of what I am doing with my art career. I've decided that I want to put all my attention for now on promoting my writing career and so I am making a clean break from my art. At least for a while. Since my last posting, my latest published novel, "Megan" has been released in both paperback on Kindle formats. It's doing well so far, which I am pleased to report. Since the release of "Megan" I have written another novel. This new novel is totally unlike anything I have written before. There are no paranormal activities. No Extraterrestrials or anything related to them. And lastly, nothing of the science fiction genre! My latest novel, that I just completed and have done all the edits and rewrites for is titled "The Menagerie". It's a relationship, or I should say, a multiple relationship story set in the town of Hollister, California in the Fall of 1982. I had been searching for a topic and subject that was out of what could be my comfort zone of Forbidden Archaeology and Science Fiction. Something more along the lines of Literary Fiction. Then, as chance would have it, I got Starz Networks for free one-week last Fall and started to watch an interesting movie starring Kevin Kline, who I like, along with Sigourney Weaver and Joan Allen that was titled "The Ice Storm". The movie focused on a couple families in the 1970s around the Watergate time period. As the story and the movie began to play out, my interest became peaked as the subject matter of the story was very similar to things I witnessed and experienced in my own life, but back in Sacramento and Hollister, California in the late 1970s and early '80s! So, the next day I sat down and created a case of fictional characters and a story outline that revolved not around Thanksgiving time as was the case in the movie, but around a Halloween Party I experienced while living in Hollister in 1982. Though, my story through artistic license is not exactly like the party I went to in 1982 there are similarities! My story deals with several successful couples who grew up and went to high school and college in the late Sixties and early Seventies. Now in the early Eighties my cast of characters from the time of the Hippie Movement, are now successful Yuppies living the dream of professional and monetary success! This book I plan to shop around to some agents to present to publishers before I decide to Self-Publish it. Here is a sample of the story. The opening chapter to "The Menagerie"! The Menagerie Roger McKasson Chapter One This is a coming of age story of a division within the Baby Boomers, who are mainly known to having been born and grew up starting during the Mid-Forties, Fifties, and ending in the Mid-Sixties, who helped to create and then evolved from the Age of Peace & Love, Anti-War, and Protection of the Environment, into the division that became known as, the Yuppie Movement. Yuppies still embraced all those Hippie beliefs created during the Sixties, which grew in and throughout the Seventies, and finally blossomed in the early Eighties into the accepted culture for societies in the western world and beyond. Though things like Environmental Protection, Anti-War, and most importantly, Peace & Love, still held high importance to the lives of those in the Yuppie Movement, which began in the late Seventies, there were however, a few exceptions! Unlike regular Baby Boomers, for Yuppies, which stands for, Youthful Urban Professionals, their main quest was for affluence and financial security and independence! They wanted everything, and they weren’t willing to start at the bottom and work their way up. Yuppies, were a highly educated movement that not only wanted financial success, they wanted it NOW! By the early Eighties, a kind of social menagerie was created by those in the Yuppie Movement. All the accepted social norms that began in the Sixties were still in place for Yuppies, except, they were no longer against Big Brother, also known as, The Man, which was comprised of the large corporations, banks, and political institutions of government! They embraced him, because of the financial rewards that came with being connected in certain ways to those government entities and financial institutions of the establishment of the times! They, in a sense, were a blending of the beliefs of the Sixties Baby Boomer Generation and the financial benefits of now working with, The Man! Yuppies, were truly, a Menagerie, of well educated, like-minded, individuals, who wanted and embraced it all; Financial Success, Political Power and Control, and Sex! One of the mottos of the movement was; He who dies with the most toys, wins! Having lived in many of the places to be mentioned in the Seventies and early Eighties, this is a story of fiction laced together with reality and the cultural norms of those times and locations. Many of which, more than likely may be still continuing there in the present!