Wayward by Joel Elwood

Something is not right. But what is wrong?! Dean driving from the 1st world, into the 3rd, to live the question.

Wayward is about a guy who has to get away!
He can feel that there is something drastically wrong, but he doesn't know what it is; so he doesn't know how to deal with it.
But letting go of what he knows is a challenge, and requires letting go of many of the assumptions that have defined his universe, and provided him with comfort and security.

Unsure of what it is that he is trying to escape, Dean passes through the heart of the first world, into and through the second, and into the heart of the third world. Though the scenery and customs are unfamiliar, and stressful to understand, Dean senses the nearing to the question, and pushes on to live and thereby learn of it.

Why though lacking in many of the comforts and securities of the first world, are the people so... happy?1?

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  • First submitted Oct. 28, 2009
  • Last updated Oct. 28, 2009
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  • A Wayward Provokation's avatar
    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 10 months, 3 weeks ago
    2014 04 14 Thanks for the comments, Dave. I'm not sure what that means, "a bit like California Dreaming"; I haven't read that one. It's true that I'm not trying to '..grab by the throat...' or any cheap sensationalism to hook the reader; I know that is a common tactic to establish readership and... like on this site, winning the popularity contest, or what not. I think of it more as romancing the person who indulges, laying lock on their ...
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    DaveWhoever [Retired] wrote 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    The problem I have is that the substence is there but it is a bit like California Dreaming.

    It doesn't grab by the throat from the beginning.

    The story and everything is there but connection, I'm afraid is not but on my bookshelf to come back to.

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    20140409 uploaded chapter 17. teaser - White and Blue

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 11 months ago
    2014 April 04 I have finished the edits to the entire book, but I have yet to re-write the epilogue, entitled, "Froward". I have now uploaded a teaser of the next chapter, "Running the Bloqueo". This is a pivotal chapter in the book, and it was a pivotal chapter in this (hopefully the final) full edit of the book; after I finished this chapter, in November (2013), I knew that it was easier, from there. Not only was the last ...
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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    2013 August 3rd After more than six months, I've finally finished editing the next chapter, now called, "Cantante". "Cantante" means, 'singer' in Spanish, 'especially one who sings for a living.' This chapter, 15, is contained within approximately 417 pages of approximately 440 words per page, of a total, in the book, of 22 chapters, and approximately 575 pages. I am not certain whether I will publish anymore of it here, or go for full on publishing, next. The editing has ...
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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years ago
    Thanks for your comment, and expending the energy it took to form it. I am really interested in your elaboration. 1. "...what this is..." What is that, in your opinion? 2. What seems unfinished about it? I know this could be a bit of a difficult question, but perhaps there are recurring patterns, you think need tidying up, or sections that don't seem to go anywhere or contribute to anything; can you give me a hint to make it constructive ...
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    fictionguy8 [Retired] wrote 2 years ago

    The writing is good for what this is, but I don't think this iks a finiashed copy yet. Maybe tywo more drafts. Listen to all the comments hewre and if it makes you say, "Yes, that's what I weanted to say," than accept it.
    Let me when you are finished working on this and I'll clome back and read it again. For now, Four Stars.

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years, 1 month ago

    2013 January 15
    we all have rolls, some we create and others, as a mold we maybe squeezed into; when the contortion is just too intolerable, maybe you start refusing to be squeezed.
    I present chapter 14. "The Roll". It is also a colloquial word I use for getting extorted by police.

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    2012 December 30
    San Rafael is the name of a barrio in Turrialba.

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Hey: Thanks for sending a comment. I am trying to finish, what I hope, is a final revision; I'm two-thirds of the way through. The opening third of the book is supposed to disorient, and bring the reader/collaborator into a sensitivity to the bizarre nature of the society in which we live; as Peter Joseph (Zeitgeist) describes it, "a value disorder". After disposing of the initial raison-d'etre (I'm Canadian) of the book, i.e. the dud of New Year 1999-2000, the ...
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    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    Yes a good premise. A little different to what I normally read, but I enjoyed it. I have to be honest it confused me a little at times, but I managed to pick it up. I wish you luck with this int he future.
    Sean

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    2012 December 11
    I uploaded the short chapter, "Leaving Palmira".

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    2012 December 03
    I just uploaded Chapter 11, "Association".
    "Association" is about connections that everyone has, and how they may grow, and you may grow as change comes to one or all of you.
    Let me know what you think of it... if you feel like it, send me an email to: deancassady.wayward@gmail.com

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years, 4 months ago

    2012 November 01
    I just uploaded Chapter 10. now called "Clouds".
    I love it; so much better than before and really taking shape.
    Read, I hope to enjoy.
    Pura vida.

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    2012 September 30
    I just uploaded the new Chapter 9. Stranger. Maybe it's about loosening the noose enough to try to breathe, and finding air to be good, and useful in... loosening the knot more?!?

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    2012 September 19
    After summarizing pages from chapter 8 to chapter 15, then summarizing those summarizations, I think think I know better, what I'm trying to do with this story!
    Now, I've got a new chapter updated, and here it is, 8. Strange.

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 3 years ago

    2012 March 01
    I just uploaded the new Chapter 7. Green and Grey.
    This was an extensive rewrite, and I am glad to be done, of it.
    But I like it now.
    It describes Dean finding and moving into a house in Palmira, near Zarcero, then meeting Bryan, who's called and arrived on short notice, at the airport for a week of driving around Costa Rica.

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    2012 January 30 To all of those people who have sent me a message, is the past year or so, thank you. I just now, noticed that I had messages that I haven't seen before. Instead of responding to each of them, I post this comment to everyone, here: I may go and check out your books, but it is not likely. If I do, I will certainly send you a message, even if it be a very brief one. ...
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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    2012 January 24
    Revised chapter 6. Yawn Across Millennia, about going to Turrialba and white water rafting, passing the New Year's, and going to the beach on the east coast of Costa Rica.

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    A Wayward Provokation Author wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    2012 January 03
    Best of the new year to you. The days are getting longer, now.
    Revised chapter 5 - Borders, about driving from Antigua de Guatemala to San Jose, Costa Rica, is now uploaded.
    Start at the beginning and read them all, if you want.