A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WRITER: A BOOK IS BORN

I thought I’d share a typical day in the life of me – as a writer.

In other words, how a book comes to be.

To put it into perspective I need to give a bit of background.  

At present I have the following open projects

  • Rebranding Event Horizon App
  • Waiting to get The Isle of Future Past from beta reader 
  • Working on Daemon, next in the Dragon Core Series.
  • Working on Aton, next in the Colony Series

Event Horizon.  In addition to content I need to shoot several videos.

The Isle of Future Past.  This rounds out the series.

Damon.  This is a book that will set up for the next two in the series.

Aton.  As of last night I realized this book is actually going to be split into two with Aton being the 2nd.

Come Together.  In the midst of all this is the heart of the Creative Process.

For me at any rate.

It Happened One Day.  A few months back I answered an email inquiry.  This led to my meeting the author and his spouse.  A number of subsequent conversations showed we had a few things in common, the most notable being a passion for music.

Including a love of hard rock/heavy metal and 80s bands.

In the course of discussing favorite groups I admitted that I have a huge music gap due to the years spent in the Corporate Black Hole.

I basically traveled 6 days a week for years which eventually led to me cancelling cable since I was never around to enjoy it anyway.  As many of the areas I traveled to had only two things on the radio – country music and preachers – I ended up missing a lot of music.

As was pointed out to me, I missed the Grunge years.

Though Aaron has been helping me fill in the gaps for the past two decades, I have a Grand Canyon sized hole in my inventory.  Fortunately, my new friends were happy to help fill in the gap.

Music to the Rescue.  I’m used to music as inspiration.  

So much so that I create playlists for books long before I’ve started the manuscript.

Though this generally works out, when it came to the follow on to Adrift, I was left floundering.  Something was missing.

Not even listening to the Colony playlist could resolve the issue.

Creation Begets Creation.  All the while I was working on projects like publishing Ignoring the Rules: An Intriguing Approach to Resolving Calcium Toxicity, and discovering a natural remedy for tinnitus that resulted from the Covid-19 vaccine, I was continuing to evaluate music recommendations shared by my friends.

In particular, making an effort to explore Depeche Mode.

I had a few songs by the group but my friend, who has a passion for this group, along with great perspective of who they are thanks to reading up on their story, took the time to suggest a number of recommendations.  

I just needed to find the time.

It was while listening to them that I realized what was wrong with the Colony book.  Wrong music!  I quickly edited the list adding a few Depeche Mode songs to what had been a collection of instrumental music.

In a follow up conversation I was given other recommendations including a group called Erasure.  Though I’d heard of them, I wasn’t really familiar with their stuff.  Thinking I was going to work on the follow on to Adrift, after lunch I sat down at the laptop, plugged in the headphones, and proceeded to play a variety of Depeche Mode songs and though I grabbed a couple for my iTunes library, a little voice in my head suggested I go investigate Erasure.

A Story is Born.  I wasn’t even thirty seconds into the first song on the Ne: EP album when a “movie” for an entirely new story began playing on what Jose Silva calls the mental screen.

I often play scenes on the mental screen in a type of scene rehearsal.

As I continued to listen to the song I knew that, even though it didn’t fit into any of the current series, I needed to do this story and I needed to bump it in front of all the other novels.

I could kick this out in a matter of days if I pushed myself.  It’s that much of a living thing inside.

As I listened to the second song on the album a title for the upcoming story popped into my mind.  As you might have guessed, I created a playlist for it and though a number of Erasure songs went into the playlist, the story is far from done.

Especially as the story itself hasn’t even been started.

A true Day in the Life of a Writer.

This writer at any rate.

I will continue to update on project release dates as appropriate.

Stay tuned.

A number of songs from Shinedown’s Leave a Whisper Album are making it onto this playlist! I discovered them while listening to WRIF.

COVID VACCINE INDUCED TINNITUS REMEDY

Normally blogs posted to this site are regarding career projects with a focus on the various fiction series and the novels within them.

However, I do have several nonfiction books and though I am not currently blogging nonfiction outside updates on various projects, I felt the information I’m sharing here relevant and important as it may help others.

This is the primary motivation behind all my nonfiction work.  In sharing what I’ve learned or observed I am able to help others who may be suffering.  

In this case, the suffering may be a low hum in one if not both ears in the hours or days following the Covid-19 Vaccine.

Before sharing the remedy I used to stop the low hum within hours of its onset I will give a bit of background.

For me, the decision to get the Covid-19 vaccine was not straight forward. In addition to the fact I have just regained my health after heavy metal poisoning that caused both EMF Sensitivity and Rheumatoid Arthritis, I have a history of severe reactions to previous vaccines and severe allergy to penicillin.

In light of the fact that by not getting vaccinated, regardless of the reasons, I would be more or less cut off from society, unable to attend concerts, travel freely, or enjoy time with friends and family who were not under the same restrictions, I considered the situation as a whole.

Holistically.

I considered that I am, thanks to years of hard work, very healthy and free of the heavy metal toxins that led to the illnesses.

And I am free of those illnesses.

I considered that the reactions to vaccines happened when I was a child.

A long time ago.

I considered that I have not had penicillin in decades.

I took Amoxycillin 30 years ago after which I had a severe reaction and was advised to never take it or any form of penicillin again lest I risk anaphylactic shock.

It was the reaction to penicillin that gave me the most concern outside the fact I questioned whether doing this so soon after finally feeling better  for the first time in 10 years was the best idea.

I remember thinking if it was two years from now it would be a no-brainer.

What had me reconsidering was that they were giving the vaccine to cancer patients.  I mean talk about a compromised immune system!  I then thought through how, as a holistic doctor, I actually have tools at my disposal for dealing with vaccine reactions, including histaminum.  The more I thought about it the more confident I felt that if I had any reaction I’d handle it.

Worst case, head to the ER.

The concern of penicillin allergy just wouldn’t go away.  Turning the decision over to my unconscious mind I went about my normal life.

By this time even vax’d people were again facing restrictions so it wasn’t as if there was much difference.  Our area never really stopped wearing masks regardless.

One morning I was placing a tube of nux vomica with the other “first-aid” remedies I have when my eyes fell to the tube of histaminum.  Because my first-aid supplies consist of homeopathic, herbal, and over-the-counter medications, this tube was next to a jar of clay I’ve used for bee stings, a bottle of activated charcoal I’ve used to treat food poisoning, and – a box of Benadryl.  As I stared at the two allergy remedies sitting side by side I wondered – if I took Benadryl before getting the vaccine, maybe I could head off any allergic reaction and if I still had one?  Histaminum would take care of it.

Curious, I did a Google search on how to get rid of penicillin allergy.  Interestingly, several articles mentioning Benadryl came up.  After reading a few I felt more confident about that particular concern.  Another search turned up that many people are advised to take a dose of Benadryl before taking the Covid-19 vaccine to head off an allergic reaction.

Most did mention this was recommended before the second dose when a reaction was more likely.

Confident, I went ahead and scheduled the vaccine at Walgreen’s.

Not wanting to chance it I took the Benadryl 45 minutes before the first dose after having lunch.

Not only did I not have any problems I actually felt fantastic after that vaccine.  In fact, I felt better than I had in decades!

I had a serious feeling of well-being.  I felt totally and completely normal for the first time since having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and being exposed to all those toxins that led to serious illness.

The feeling of well-being and normalcy lasted right up until the second dose and though I felt confident things would go well with the second dose, I kept to the plan of having a good lunch after which I would take a dose of Benadryl before the second shot.

My heart rate increased for about ten minutes after getting the second shot after which I again had a strong feeling of well-being.  This feeling stayed with me for the next 48 hours.  I had zero side effects.  However…

At approximately 4am on the third day after the second dose I woke up to a humming sound.  Since we live near a lumber mill my first thought was that they were doing something.

I’d been woken up previously when some activity at the mill caused a humming noise.

The next morning I noticed that the humming, which was only in my left ear, had not ceased.  Worse, as the morning progressed, a pressure that I would normally associate with sinus pressure started then steadily increased.  By around 10am I was in pain.

I sat quietly tuning into each symptom, thinking about when it started, how it progressed.  I did this so I could decide what to do to address the situation.  Though it was tempting to reach for a sinus remedy something told me the problem wasn’t sinus.  On a hunch I did a search on Covid-19 vaccine and tinnitus.  Sure enough it was listed as a side effect.

There is a professor at the University of Arizona who is studying this particular effect.

I did a quick search on the web of homeopathic remedies used to treat tinnitus.  One of them – thiosinimum – caught my eye.  Used for, among other things, dissolving scar tissue, I’d just bought a tube intending to see if it could be used as an adjunct for something I was working on.  

Prior to this I’d been seeing results from chipping away at calcium toxicity.

The tube was on a table right next to me, unopened.  I didn’t notice any marked difference after taking a dose but something told me I was on the right path and not just because it was homeopathy.  Sitting next to that tube was a tube of thuja occidentalis which I’d been using as part of the migraine cure I’d stumbled on.  Within four hours of taking several doses the humming was completely gone.

I took 4 pellets of 30C for the first dose then 3 pellets of 30C every 15 minutes for the next 1 1/2 hours then stopped.  The humming hadn’t stopped completely but it was much quieter and no longer constant.  I took a hot shower ten minutes after the last dose.  By the time I’d finished drying my hair the ringing had ceased.

A quick search on what thuja is used for may explain why this worked for the hum.  While it is used for respiratory tract infections it is also used for osteoarthritis and a nerve disorder that affects the face called trigeminal neuralgia.  It’s this last that likely explains why the remedy worked.  From the web:

Disruptions of the trigeminal nerve caused by neuralgia may also induce or contribute to tinnitus.

Knowing others are experiencing this same side effect I wanted to post the solution as soon as possible.  I hope anyone who sees this passes the information along as it may help not only vaccine-induced tinnitus but those suffering from tinnitus in general.

Be well!

BRINGING A STORY TO LIFE: WHAT’S IN A NAME?

All in all a successful weekend.

How’s that for a lead-in?

Thanks to a visit with friends I discovered some new music.

The title track is absolutely haunting.  I love this album!

After finishing the Dragon Core novel currently under construction I went to lunch as a way to clear the mind of current projects and ended up confirming recent observations shared in Ignoring the Rules.

Yesterday evening after a final check I turned the Dragon Core story over to the beta reader and though I am really happy with how things turned out, I’m also a bit worn out.

This story ended up being quite the challenge.

When a Working Title Doesn’t.  More often than not I have a title in mind when I start a new work and this Dragon Core piece was no different.  

I try to make the titles relevant to what is going on in the book, often finding ways to have the title itself appear in the story.  

That’s where the trouble began.  

Too Much Going On.  As I got toward the end of the first draft I started to see that something was off.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t in a position to be able to analyze the problem.

I was on a trip wherein I was doing final research for Ignoring the Rules: An Intriguing Approach to Resolving Calcium Toxicity as well as getting the book ready for purchase.

Pushing the problem to the mental back burner I focused on other tasks.  

Aha!  I am one of those who finds shower time to be a great source of inspiration as new ideas and problem resolutions present themselves.

Popular theory is that the negative ions from the warm water stimulate creative flow in the brain.

The morning after setting the Dragon Core puzzle aside it occurred to me that simply changing the title to the story might solve the issue.  As a result The Day Before became Dream Keeper.

As I was editing the story with an eye to the new angle it became apparent that while the new title was an improvement, things were still off.  Deciding it really did need to be set aside because I had other things to deal with I pushed it to the mental back burner and head to the hotel bar to work on Ignoring the Rules.

At that time of night it was empty but for one guy sitting at the bar talking to the woman who, in addition to her work, was helping housekeeping staff that was understaffed catch up.

Even as I put the finishing touches on the nonfiction manuscript I couldn’t stop thinking about what was off with Dream Keeper.  As I stared out the window, the businessman’s conversation background chatter I realized the title didn’t honor the other characters let alone the complex plot.  I tweaked the title again and set it aside.

The story was still under construction and as there was no pending deadline like there was with Ignoring the Rules, I decided I’d eventually get it figured out which enabled me to relax and enjoy the rest of the trip.

All That Work!  When I got home, with Ignoring the Rules available, I turned my attention to finishing Dream Keepers and though I was making progress I was still aware there was a serious problem with the title.

It did not do justice to the supporting characters or the complexity of the story both as it stands on its own and as it fits into the series.

I was also staring another issue in the face.  I’d already completed the cover.  If I changed the title to Dream Keepers – with an S added to the 2nd version of the title – I was going to have to redo the cover design.

Though it seems simple enough it wasn’t.  I liked what I had.

Once again pushing the problem aside I focused on finishing the manuscript.  

Right In Front of You.  I was about two thirds of the way through the final version when I realized the title was already in the book!

And had been there all along!

As I sat there staring at the scene it occurred to me that if I adopted this phrase as the title to the book not only did it honor the characters and the plot, it kept the book’s context within the Dragon Core series in tact.

And as a bonus I didn’t have to change the cover beyond updating the text to reflect the new title!

The Isle of Future Past is on target for a fall 2021 release.

Though I’m hoping to have it available by the end of October I have several other projects including another nonfiction booklet for The World of EMF and a number of videos I only recently found locations for shooting in the queue.

Stay tuned!

5G: IGNORING THE RULES UPDATE

In the booklet Ignoring the Rules: An Intriguing Approach to Resolving Calcium Toxicity, I share my conclusions on the impact of 5G on EMF Sensitivity.  When the booklet was first released I only provided the conclusions without details as to how I came to them.  Though there was a valid reason for this it bothered me.  So much so that I spent hours yesterday thinking over how I could provide the information without compromising the spirit of the work.  This morning I figured out a way to do it and at this moment the booklet is being updated to include the information.

From the soon-to-be rereleased booklet:

“I hesitated providing too many specifics on this part of my research because I didn’t want this narrow aspect of my journey along the EMF Sensitivity trail to be taken out of context.

Especially by those eager to vilify the 5G protocol.

Not Equal.  I was also hesitant to share specific symptoms because they are unique to my situation, that I was suffering from calcium toxicity.  I can elaborate a bit on the symptomology by explaining that males and females have different symptoms.

These are symptoms of calcium toxicity which is a sub condition of EMF Sensitivity.”

In the soon-to-be rereleased booklet I provide the details of how I figured out what was going on with WIFI, RADAR, and other frequency related issues.

As well as how I dealt with those issues.

I also elaborate on the differences in symptomology in males and females.

The updated version will be available for download by the end of the week at the latest.

Stay tuned.