THE ISLE OF FUTURE PAST AVAILABLE

Boy has it been a productive day!

  • Watched a YouTube tutorial
  • Finished a nonfiction business book
  • Added new pages to the website

There were a number of smaller business related items I knocked off the list so I listened to some tunes to relax until I decided rereading one of my novels would be more fun.

Metatron’s Legacy – it really is one of my fav’s – often makes me laugh.

I’m pleased to announce the The Isle of Future PastDragon Core novel is now available on kindle.

The other ebook formats will be available shortly.  The processing just takes a little longer.

Stay tuned!

From Metatron’s Legacy:

He walked over, squatted down in front of her.  “You criticize my appearance, my name, and my home, and you want my help?”

She gazed back impassively.  “I told you, I don’t need your help.”

He grabbed her wrist, turned it.  “Yes, you do.”

“You know, you’re a mouthy Light Being with an attitude.”

He held up her hand.  “So, my dear, are you.”

VIDEOS IN THE NEAR

I’m thrilled to report I’ve completed the filming of several videos.  Why thrilled?  Filming video is one of my least favorite things to do.

Not Camera Shy.  I’m not uncomfortable talking in front of large crowds though it’s quite a bit different when you are representing a company at something like an AutoFact as opposed to representing yourself. I’ve also been on television before.  

What makes it one of my least favorite things to do is that it’s a lengthy, involved, complex process.

In the Mood.  Writing content can be impacted by how I’m feeling at the moment.  What’s particularly frustrating is the number of times when I’ll spontaneously talk about something to someone and then think, “Damn, I wish I had that on camera!”

I’ve tried being spontaneous but for me the structure of working with the filming process isn’t conducive to spontaneity success.

Location.  The Doubled-Edged Sword.  It’s incredible how often outside factors mess with a shoot.  

Especially when filming outdoors where you have to deal with uncontrollable factors like weather, noise.

I live in an area with a lot of wildlife.  Many of my early shoots were close to a nature reserve populated with coyotes and the occasional wolf or bear.  I had to remind myself that rustling leaves did not translate to a carnivore on the set.

And people.

I had just set up to do a shoot in San Diego a few years back when another camera crew came in and asked me to move.  I could not believe it.  I ended up coming back another day.  They were -.  Words cannot describe.  I’m still shaking my head.

Even filming indoors – where more variables are under your control – can be challenging in terms of lighting and ambient noise.

Planes and buses are the worst.

The Unexpected.  There are a variety of unanticipated factors that can throw off the vibe though most of the time those just lead to numerous takes before the project is finished.

Already Tired and Not Even Started. Having so much of this fresh in my mind kept me from being able to put my heart into the project and I refused to film until it was.  I am pleased to say that today, it call came together.

But Wait…The videos are now in the hands of the producer.  I anticipate having them posted by the end of next week if not before.

Stay tuned.

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.

A SHOUT FROM THE UNIVERSE – AND I SHOUT BACK

Every once in awhile something comes along that makes me shout YESSSSSS!!!! to the heavens.

Just now was that something.

And in what has come to be the norm for me, the experience has connections to both my fiction and nonfiction.

To put it into context I need to explain that I have been working most of the day on the next two Dragon Core novels.

I’ve got a bit of which comes first the chicken or the egg thing going.

Needing a bit of a break I decided to go check email after which, upon logging out, I got to see random headlines.  One that was off to the side really got my attention:  

The universe may have had no beginning.

I was more than a little intrigued as this is something I’ve been telling various folks since 1979.

Big Bang.  As I write in After Here: The Celestial Plane and What Happens When We Die, in August 1979, I had a Near Death Experience during which I was given a great deal of scientific information and shown mathematical principles that don’t always jibe with commonly accepted theory.

My high school physics and math teachers knew where I was coming from .  Elementary school?  Not so much.

Some of the more profound revelations were about our universe.  Specifically, that multiple universes exist, and, that time and space are separate.

 Outside a handful of individuals, it wasn’t until I got to college that I was able to find people that not only followed this logic but understood it is supported by science and math.

Einstein Almost Got It Right.  I remember explaining to a couple of engineers that, based on what I understood from the NDE, Einstein “almost had it right.”

I went on to theorize that if he hadn’t died he probably would have figured it out.

The World That I Know.  The need to better understand what I saw and experienced during the NDE drove me to study math and science which came in handy when I was trying to find remedies for EMF Sensitivity and while I was happy to publish my findings in order to help others, my heart was in fiction.

Perspective Is Everything.   I have a passion for believable characters.  To that end, I draw from education and experience when creating not only the characters but the world(s) they live in.  

Multiple universes and time travel is no exception.

It’s About Time.  While the Metatron’s Army series definitely has its roots in the NDE, I’ve incorporated lessons learned in other books.

Including Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army, which includes the Lecture On Time given to me that I included in Bishop Pair, Book Two in the series.

Time and Space Are Separate.  Though a great deal of the information about time and space as I’ve come to understand it was given to me during the NDE, as I explain in Lessons From the Edge, my education on these concepts didn’t stop there.  

While putting the Metatron’s Army Universe together, I was given additional information including how the commonly accepted theory of relativity is incomplete if not inaccurate.

I didn’t include these particular concepts in the Metatron’s Army** series, but I did include them in Dragon Core, beginning with Cauldron of the Gods.

There is a scene where Lucas explains the concepts of time and space to Clare.  This was drawn from what I know about how the universe – and space and time – work.

This information is presented again in The Isle of Future Past which is set for release Autumn 2021.

Full Circle. When I saw these principles that I’ve understood and openly talked about since I was ten in the animated presentation I shouted YESSSSSSSSSS!

For me there is no clearer sense of vindication of a perspective as reality.

I look forward to sharing more with readers in the years to come.

Stay tuned!

** I explain how time is a manmade construct in The Lecture on Time as well as in The Isle of Future Past, using the [true] information as part of the plot.

BRINGING A STORY TO LIFE: MUSIC TO MY EARS

The time after handing a manuscript to a beta reader can be challenging in that if I don’t have a project in the works I need to tune in and decide what’s next.  Even when I do know what I want to work on it can be difficult to take time to ponder.

Pulling creative whisps from the ether to shape into characters, settings, plots and subplots.

It’s a tricky business when thoughts get in the way of the creative process.  

Especially thoughts of what I “should” do.

I’ve come up with a few tricks, my favorite of which is listening to music.

As opposed to doing housework.

A fan of playlists I have music that relaxes, music that inspires, music that evokes specific emotion(s), and music that serves no other purpose than to be background noise.

Background noise doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the music.  It’s simply music that isn’t distracting to the creative process.

This morning while working on firming up the opening scene for the next Dragon Core book I put on a playlist – a recent creation – songs with a specific theme.

This list serves multiple purposes depending what is going on.

I was about 2/3 of the way through the list when the lyrics of the song that was playing came into sharp focus.

Now and Forever.

I realized it was perfect for the playlist I had yet to create for the book I’m working on.

It’s almost eerie how perfectly the song matched the scene I was working on.

Happy with that bit of progress I created the playlist and added the song to it.  When the next song started I found that it, too, fit the scene.  

Interesting that The End of Dragons will fit into [at least] two upcoming Dragon Core novel playlists.

At this point I took a step back to consider whether the album the songs were from would fit the book if not the series.

Similar to how Nigel Stanford’s Solar Echoes fits the Metatron’s Army series, with  Entropy perfectly setting the mood for the opening scene in Advantage, first in the series, and Sea of Tranquility perfectly framing the ambush scene in Diagonals, Book 10 in the series.

Though I won’t be putting every song from Gary Numan’s Intruder album into the Daemon playlist, I will be adding several that serve as inspiration for various parts of the story.

I anticipate Daemon will be ready late winter/early spring.

The Isle of Future Past, also a Dragon Core novel, will be ready autumn 2021.

Stay tuned

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!