Sorrow and Strength:
The Work of Michael Lochlann.
Selected Works.
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Fiction
It's not reality. It's more real than that.

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The knock at the door shocked him; in the dark, quiet room, it struck like thunder.

There was a humming in the background, an unfamiliar, yet constant humming...
She stood before him, clenching a paper in her hand like a knife, her face crumpled with restrained anger and grief...
“I can’t lose this job, Joel! I have a little girl to support!”
The sword lay in the grass, coated with dark dried blood...
“The truth is, I’m lonely,” she said, her back to him, eyes low, as if speaking to the end table next to their bed....
“I know,” Kirkegaarn said, “that if we cross that hill, we are all going to die...”
“I won’t forget her! I can’t!”
Just like this chair, he thought, the world is old and worn-out; a few more times around and it might collapse under my weight...
Bliss. The ancient Thurslan monks wrote about it: a state of explicit, unbelievable happiness, a happiness so great they felt no hunger or thirst...
“This is called the Eternal Vale,” Cari read, “because these trees have grown here, unencumbered by man’s progress, for centuries..."
"Hey there pretty thing...you ever been with a space captain before?"



Music
Sometimes mean, sometimes pretty, always weird.

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Rock/metal cover. Original by Yuki Kajiura
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Jokes
If you laugh at any of these, you have very poor taste.

The worst way to break up with a blind person
Is to tell them you want to see other people.


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Love is a roller coaster I'm too old and fat to get on.


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They call it speed dating,
But you don't get laid faster.


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What's the difference between a cult and a religion?
A religion makes more money.


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The Iron Age started in 1200 B.C.
After that, clothes looked great.


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It seems cruel that the Inquisition burned witches at the stake, but it's not their fault they couldn't get the electric chair to work.

 


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I'm allergic to metal, so when I go to the hardware store I have a chain reaction.


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I didn't mean to beat a dead horse, but it was oddly satisfying.


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You're the light of my life.  No, actually, that's the sun.  Sorry.


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If you played a guitar solo while eating a brownie...that would be really self indulgent.


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Critics often call actors one-dimensional.
Which is dumb, because then you wouldn’t be able to see them.


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Last night I had sex on the beach with a beautiful girl.  Of course I had to drown her first.


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I march to the beat of my own drummer, but he keeps fucking up.


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Death metal
Is when a steel beam falls on you.


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I like talking to people, I just hate listening to them.


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The best remedy for a computer virus is apathy.

 


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Frogs are the only animal that use the slam dunk as a method of locomotion.


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Want to have a long distance relationship?
I'm not remotely interested.


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I hit the mute button on my TV and all the people started using sign language.   


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It’s a good thing that the pegasus isn’t real,
Because washing your car would be a bitch.


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I think the librarian likes me,
because she's always checkin' me out.


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Tumblr is a social media site for mountain climbers who aren't that good.


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I went back in time to kill my grandfather
but he kicked my ass.


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The best way to protect yourself from internet attackers is with chain mail.


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I planted some Grapes of Wrath,
but I forgot to water them,
so they were just kind of annoyed.


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Fish don't need condoms 
Because fish are ugly


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You shouldn't marry an archeologist
Because they are always dating other people.


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A guy in my city died while taking a physical fitness test.
I guess that means he failed the test.


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Last night I saw this death metal band called Morbid Obesity.  
Man, they were heavy.


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I have no respect for mountain climbers.
When I meet one, I tell them,
"There is more to life than getting high."


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I like salad. 
It keeps pretty girls from being fat.


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Yesterday, I bought a grand piano.
I don’t like music, but I do hate elephants.


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The Phantom Menace sounds like a horror movie.  And, for Star Wars fans, it was.


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Girls love to watch my guitar solos end.


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Poems
Words that aren't words.

The sky burns with joy
As I writhe in the earth.
Darkness is all I see.


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Aphrodite
looks so sweet
but she
hides
a murderer's heart


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Thoughts
Quotes that won't be quoted by anyone.

The difference between a strong person and a weak person is their willingness to fight for what they want.


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Be careful not to confuse
the world you want to live in 
with the world you actually live in.


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There is a different Truth for each person.


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The experience of a life, in summation, is greater than a moment can measure.


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We are maggots scouring a plate, pretending we are gods and heroes.


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I'm a pile of particles
That thinks it's a human


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Despair is the difference between hope and reality.


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Confidence is loving yourself in spite of your flaws.


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No Medicine can Heal me,
I need the Strength to bear the Pain.


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You can only win in the world if you win within yourself first.


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Value is subjective, a composite of people's views. Yet one person's view of your value has an undeniably quantitative effect on how they treat you, and thus, your fate. It may make you feel better to say that you are perfect how you are, but in the eyes of the world, it is simply not true.


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You cannot beg for glory; it must be earned.


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If the world is a joke, we should learn to laugh louder.


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A person's power can be measured by the number of rules they have to follow.


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You can't fight fate, but you can fight your own weakness.


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Change yourself, and the world will follow.
Try to change the world, and the world will laugh.


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Don't let other people dictate how you feel.


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Ideals can never be realized.
But they show us where reality is lacking.


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The world is cruel beyond our means to imagine, and we forget that at our peril.  Should anything good happen to us, we should consider it luck, and not the pattern of our fortune.  


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True love acts not out of desire but because it cannot stop itself.


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Things that are truly different stand out.
The best way to make something truly different is to be yourself and stop trying to be everyone else.


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The latest scientific research estimates that I have approximately 32.6 times my normal number of ideas when I am not in a position to write them down.


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No one can love you as much as you love yourself,
because no one can know you as well as you know yourself.


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To live in society is to trade freedom for comfort.  
Those who provide comfort rule.
Those who need comfort obey.
The more comforts we have, the more civilized we become.
The more comforts we need, the less free we become.


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There can be no true separation of church and state when state officials are elected by votes and the voters all go to church.


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Effort does not equal greatness.


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Depression is an excess of Emotion and Thought combined with a starvation of the Will.


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Art
The sound of color, or the color of sound.

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Saya
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Digital pencil drawing
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Withered by a faceless wind...
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Yukata Girl
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Gemma Arterton pencil
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Shujin from Bakuman
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A soul doomed to rule over sorrow and death.
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Alyssa Milano pencil
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Anaru from Ano hana
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CLOUD MUTHA TRUCKIN STRIFE
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Articles
Wherein I hit ideas on the head with a hammer to see what's inside.
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What motivates us to create art? Or: why do I lack motivation to create when I love art so much?... When we lack motivation to create, it's because we've lost the fun of creating. We are focusing too much on the work.
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Types of Dimension Stories...
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Faith is the art of dressing emotion in the clothes of reason...
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We can say “Things that please me are good.” And we can also say “Things that are healthy are good.” But what is pleasing is not always healthy...
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If you are drawing or painting people: Get the proportions right before you do anything else...
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Can the violence depicted in art lead people to commit real violence?...
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Atheists and agnostics love to argue with the religious. They try so earnestly to persuade, but accomplish nothing. Because they constantly, constantly make this mistake. They argue against religion using logic...
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Willpower is the art of doing what you say you will do...
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Habits are things we do because we always do them. Frequently these are things we want to change--but we find it difficult because we have programmed ourselves to do them...
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