Ten short stories complete the cycle

Fiction - Anthology
198 Pages
Reviewed on 11/21/2023
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Author Biography

I have experienced many things after completing my four-year military commitment. I went to college on the GI Bill. I studied writing, painting, and Horticulture.
Having been at Sea for three years, I read a lot, which led to writing. I fell in love with writing metaphors as they entertained my visual brain. The time metaphor fascinates me, and the writing of metaphors is ever present in my writing. One of my favorite authors was Gabriel García Márquez, where I was introduced to Magical Realism.

While experimenting with writing, I realized I was trying to combine the narrative with the visual. In doing so, I started taking graphic art classes, painting, drawing, and design. I fell in love with visual arts painting, had ten professional one-person shows in art galleries, and won several awards in art showing competitions and writing.

I have had spiritual experiences in my life. Some garnered in stormy seas, near-death drowning in big surf, a head-on car accident, and a spiritual journey deep into the British Columbia wilderness. I have participated in Native American ceremonial smokehouse sessions, where I physically experienced paranormal phenomena, ghostly shadow forms moving above my head. On another journey into the wilderness, I engaged in a “going to the light” practice. A near-death meditation that was so powerful that I still reflect upon it today. Through metaphors, experiences, and thoughts of the big C-consciousness, I paint with words.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Possibilities is a collection of stories and musings by Jeff Layton. It has themes of life, death, and the afterlife. The characters have lucid dreams and subconscious experiences that transform their lives and open their minds to new possibilities. Join a hiker who finds a magical place in a forest, a dreamer who discovers his destiny, or a couple that reunites after reincarnating. Meditate with trees and learn about the effects of climate change and the importance of water and nature preservation. The musings are short, thought-provoking ideas that are introductions to the stories. They cover topics such as finding yourself, the universe, art, and many more. Get a copy of this book to enjoy an enlightening work of art.

Possibilities is an eye-opening anthology that will take you on journeys through space and time and let you experience many people's lives. It also raises awareness about environmental protection and will help readers contemplate the meaning of life and why we exist. Jeff Layton gives philosophical discussions about life, nature, religion, and our subconscious thoughts. He seamlessly fuses these discussions into the stories and puts the reader in the main character's shoes. He makes you wonder how you might react if you were a painter who just had a telepathic conversation with his new friends and a shaman, or a man who has in-depth discussions with his dog. The stories are unique and have a smooth, rhythmic flow. Each one has a different cast and plotline. I loved reading this book and enjoyed learning about these existential topics.