Ken La Salle

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Find the meaning of "success." What is it? And why does the dictionary get it wrong?...


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Climbing Maya

is now available for the Kindle!

Look for it in paperback and audiobook very soon!

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What is success? What does it mean? How is it that we all look for this thing we call “success,” while each having our own idea about what it could be? Is there one definition for success? And why does the dictionary get it wrong? Find out in Climbing Maya.

Wormfood Island

is now available in ebook and paperback!

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You thought zombies could just eat you...

That all changes with Wormfood Island available from Vagabondage Press. Are you ready for a new kind of zombie? The kind that isn't mindless? The kind that's hungry for much more than just flesh?

Wormfood Island is the story of a family on the verge of collapse. When they win a trip to a hedonism resort out of the country, Kevin Miller hopes this is the chance they need to save their marriage. But instead, they find themselves quickly facing a quest for survival against an infestation of parasitic worms that cause the infected to gain enormous sexual appetites... which quickly turns to an appetite for living flesh.




Readings and signings!

I always love meeting with and talking with my readers. If you would like to arrange a reading or signing, or if you have a blog or podcast you would like me to appear on, please get in touch!

The fine folks over at Polished & Bubbly just posted a new interview. You can find out more about Heaven Enough, some upcoming projects, and my breakfast by clicking the link to the left! (June 2015)

It's always great to see a positive review on such a widely-read site. Reviewer Pete Barber calls Heaven Enough "An engaging, thought provoking, and well written story." And there's a whole lot more. Just click the link on the left to find out! (June 2015)

Polished & Bubbly calls my novel, Heaven Enough, perfect for "anyone who likes a story that's powerful and endearing" with a score of 4.5/5! Click the link to the left to find out more! (July 2015)

"Have you ever read a book that sort of came out of nowhere for you and you are so glad it did? A book you never heard of and no one you know has read? A book you loved and can’t believe more people don’t know about? Heaven Enough is one of those books..."

Virginia really made my day with her review. Check it out by clicking the link to the left! (August 2015)

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Ken La Salle

What is success?...

Posted: Mon 12th of October, 2015

Climbing Maya has its first trailer!...

Posted: Mon 12th of October, 2015

Finding Your Place... the video...

Posted: Tue 6th of October, 2015

Finding your place inside a single glass of water...

So, I was getting a glass of water last night before I went to bed. Nice glass of water with a few ice cubes. And I looked at those ice cubes and I thought about the life span of those ice cubes. You see, those ice cubes came out of my fridge, which took hours of churning and spinning or whatever the hell it does to spit out ice cubes in my glass on command. And that’s exactly what it did, giving me this nice glass of ice water.
And as I brought that glass up to my mouth, I realized that the life span of those ice cubes traces back a lot longer. Because those ice cubes were made of water pumped from miles – hundreds of miles – away. Since I live in Southern California, I could even say thousands of miles away. A rain cloud smiles on a flower somewhere in Yakima or Boise and through the magic of semi-modern engineering I’ve got ice cubes.
And not a second passed before I understood that I had no idea of scope here. And I just gave up on the ice water. Those ice cubes had come from water that went far beyond Yakima or Boise or wherever it fell as a raindrop. Because that raindrop had been collected on the other side of the world, and those water molecules predate even semi-modern engineering. They predate all of our cities. They predate anyone we’ve ever read about and anything anyone has seen. They were old when the first creature walked and that very same water was imbibed then, too.
And it passed through their bodies and it evaporated and it froze and it eroded and it shimmered and it cleaned ecosystems and it hit umbrellas and maybe just things that looked like umbrellas until it fell on that flower and took a ride to my ice maker.
Now, this is where my mind took a turn. Because once you follow that water up from the primordial goo, you also have to take it far past you. And me. That ice is going to shoot through me at a rate that would make it dizzy, if such a thing were possible. I’ll eject it in the standard way – please let our standards be equal here – and it’ll sail off to some new horizon, some distant shore, some foreign tap.
And it will outlast you and you and you. It will be around long after all of your children turn into little, old people. It will pass through no type of creature you’ve ever heard of and that will be right here on Earth. It will bathe the flesh of people we probably wouldn’t recognize who worship dieties of one type or another you’ve never heard of before, who use currency more valuable than anything you have, own technology so much better than yours it’d make you sick.
Everything will pass before and behind and beneath and all around that water until it has passed as well. And through this glass of water, we are given an incredible gift. A way to not only observe our world but to taste our world, to be a part of our world, to see our place in our world, and to partake in the miracle that is our world.
What more do you need?
Posted: Mon 5th of October, 2015

Fifty and I'm just getting started...

(Okay, so I can post some pictures...)Greetings, dear friends and readers, and welcome to another glimpse into the world of Ken La Salle… the writer. (A glimpse into the world of the person would involve nothing but pizza and a desk so dirty my wife is ashamed I can even sit at it!)This year has been pretty darned incredible with several new titles released, including:The Wrong MagicHeaven EnoughThe Most Amazing Book You’ve Ever Heard In Your Entire Life (and You're Not Worth It)Wormfood IslandAdd to that a new YouTube channel for the 3rd Wall, a podcast that doesn’t know when to quit (or exactly when Monday falls), in addition to several new projects not yet released, and you can see it’s been a crazy year.And I’m just getting started.Today, I am happy to announce three new releases meant to move my career forward in ways a younger Ken La Salle would never have thought possible. They are… 

Climbing Maya

Climbing Maya returns in October after several run-ins with unscrupulous publishers and agents. I decided it was time to take complete control over the project and release it in ebook, paperback, and audiobook.What is success? What does it mean? How is it that we all look for this thing we call “success,” while each having our own idea about what it could be? Is there one definition for success? And why does the dictionary get it wrong? Find out in Climbing Maya.Each person must find success on their own, of course. It’s either that or remain unfulfilled. Nobody tells us what it is or how to find it or even what to look for; we’re just told that it’s what we’re supposed to be. Common ideas about success include money, fame, power, and belongings – but those are all ultimately meaningless in the face of mortality.As it turns out, “success” isn’t a thing we acquire or a place where we go. It’s not a job or a family or any one thing. It is all of these things, and when you find what they all have in common the way to success opens before you.Success casts its great shadow, like the shadow of some unscalable mountain, across our lives. We know it’s “up there.” But what does it mean to go “up there?” Where is the map that shows us the way?Climbing Maya was my way of finding the answer to this question of success, my way of defining the term and laying out a map to the goal. As a philosophical memoir, Climbing Maya exposes the reader to ideas about success in the works of Plato and Aristotle, Optimality Theory and Buddhism, Kundalini Yoga, Maslow, and much more as I search for the final answer.Because success, as it turns out, is not about being rich or having it all. It’s about finding that place in your life where you can breathe free, understand yourself, and take that next step towards becoming who you want to be.Climbing Maya is my first book on philosophy, a genre I plan to keep writing in for a long time. I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy it when it is released in October of 2015. 

That Olympic Peninsula Layby

This is how a marriage dies. Not with a whimper but with the slam of a car door on an empty stretch of highway.I am happy to announce that in November of 2015, I will release my first full-length, autobiographical monologue on CD and digital download. Titled That Olympic Peninsula Layby, it’s everything you would expect from me: a 70 minute acerbic rant that unforgivingly pummels you with honest observations about relationships, angry insights into my mind, political dissections, social offenses, and a filter so small you might use it for an e-cigarette but why would you?Monologues are a big part of my long-term plan.I’ve already begun working on future releases. But I knew that my first monologue should be about my marriage, so I figured why not write one about that day Vicky said she’d had enough and walked out – on an empty layby on the Olympic Peninsula.Look for That Olympic Peninsula Layby coming in November of 2015. 

The War on Green

The newly-elected President of the United States has sworn to drop bombs on America’s enemies. Problem is the target is America herself.In December of 2015… or so – you try predicting release dates three months out – the 3rd Wall will release its very first album. Titled The War on Green, the album could be described as a blendered smoothie tasting a little bit like the Firesign Theatre, Monty Python, Mr. Show, SCTV, and possibly kale.We’re still trying to figure out who put in the kale.We think it was Vicky.Look for The War on Green, coming in CD and digital download, sometime before January… of some year… soon… 
And that’s not all, dear friends. Because I’m turning 50 this year and 50 is when I decide to stop screwing around. It’s time to get this done and do it right or, at least, become so senile that I won’t care how much it sucks.As always, thank you so much for your support. Posted: Wed 30th of September, 2015

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