Return of the Living Dead Author

ZombieSign2Greetings, Dreamers!

I do apologize for my extended absence, but I was beset by the dreaded Swine Flu.  (H1N1)

Unfortunately, since I’m rarely sick and I’ve never had any form of flu, I did not make it to the doctor in time to get Tamiflu to lessen by bout.  So, for the last ten days I have been hiding from the Grim Reaper, and trying to fight this thing off.  Today is my first day back at work, and I have to tell you, the experience was quite odd.  I am convinced that rather than swine flu, it was actually some variety of zombie virus.  I don’t have cravings for brains, but I have been drinking milkshakes like a mad man for the last week.  It sure beats trying to chase someone down for their brains.

But I just wanted to drop you all a quick note that I’ve not perished, and I am going to pick up with the story, Shadow of the Soul, this week, so we can finish our creepy excursion into the unknown.

Thank you all who contacted me while I was MIA.

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Enter the Lost Haven – Free for 5 days!

HavenGreetings, Dreamers!

In anticipation of Waking Dream: The Unkindness, Book II in the Transformation Series, I am making Lost Haven available for free.

Following the events at the Halloween celebration in Devlin, an ancient society is forced from the shadows, The Order of Seers.  Their order is slowly being assassinated, one by one and they discover there is a traitor in their midst.

Left with no option other than to destroy their Haven in Germany, they are forced to seek out a long forgotten Haven outside the town of Devlin.  As a result, they are forced to enlist the aid of their spy in the town of Devlin to uncover the identity of their assassin.

If you’ve not read the rest of the first book in the series, here is a free opportunity to explore the Weirdness that is The Waking Dream.

 

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I am Every Bullied Child – Teachers Bully Children

No BulliesTonight, I am going to step out of the norm and address a very real problem that has become an issue in my household.

My child is in a center based gifted program in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  She earned that spot after numerous tests, and has made it from the 3rd grade to the 4th grade.  This is a critical year as she makes the leap to 5th grade.

At the beginning of this school year, the gifted teacher who was supposed to teach the class, became suddenly ill, and was forced to leave under the Federal Law, the Family Medical Leave Act.  It was very much a shame because she is an amazing teacher.  However, with her sudden departure, the Center Based Gifted Program was unable to find an accredited teacher to take the class. Under the Federal Law, they are not allowed to fill the position for 12 weeks.

There was one substitute after another assigned to the class.  No homework was coming home graded, tests were begin given on subject matter that hadn’t yet been taught, and there was no clear curriculum established.  They eventually assigned a substitute to the class who is not certified to teach gifted children, and does not have the necessary credentials to be a teacher.

We sent repeated emails to the Center Based Gifted Program, addressing concerns over the competence of this substitute and questioned their plans for the future until the certified gifted teacher returned.  These emails were forward on to this substitute, who took it as a personal affront.  These emails were meant to be kept in confidence, however, they were not.

As a result, the following sequence of events has occurred, events that have completely overshadowed our year, and taken the wind out of the sails of our holidays, and my child’s previous zeal for learning.

Incident #1

My wife attended a Parent/Teacher conference with the substitute.  To her horror, my child’s desk had been moved away from the rest of the class, barely able to see the front of the class, isolated from the rest of the children. The substitute was unable to provide any grades, or discuss my child’s performance.  But, the substitute did find the ability to berate my wife for questioning the curriculum and the path of the gifted program.  The substitute went so far as to say that my wife was “disruptive to your child’s education” by questioning the substitute’s methods.

My wife immediately went to the Principal. No corrective action was taken against the substitute, but my child’s desk was returned to the group.

Incident #2

A project grade came home. My child’s work exceeded the criteria for the project, and the substitute deducted points from my child’s grade with no explanation.  The principal was notified of this, and there has been no resolution or response since mid November.  Over the course of four months, only seven pieces of work have been graded out of the countless other assignments that have been turned in.

Incident #3

After the incident with the parent/teacher conference, and right before Thanksgiving break, the entire class was given a treat. The substitute announced to the rest of the class that my child did not deserve one and did not get one.

Incident #4

This past Tuesday my daughter, who had already had a cold, was forced to walk in 30 degree weather around the track of the school during recess for handing a ruler to another student.

Incident #5

Yesterday, my daughter wore a necklace to school.  By mid-morning it was causing irritation around her neck.  She was attempting to take the necklace off.  Rather than assist my child in doing so, they berated her until she got it off, then took it from her.

The substitute subsequently sent my child to the counselor’s office for further admonishment.

Incident #6 — The straw that broke the camel’s back.

Today my child and classmates were given snowflake ornaments they had made for Christmas trees.  The substitute accused my child of playing with hers.  The substitute summarily took if from my child, crumbled it up, and threw it in the trash.  When my child became upset and started crying, the substitute mocked her by saying, “Oh, did that upset you?”

My child has been a straight A student the entire year despite this malicious and odious person.  There still has been no response from the School District, Department of Human Resources or the Principal of this school other than numerous disingenuous emails and phone calls from the school principal.  But, as all of you know, I am a firm believer that it is our responsibility to fix these things.  While I understand the plight of teachers, who are overworked and underpaid, they are civil servants.  You pay for them, they work for you and you entrust your child’s future in them.

What I have learned is that one should not automatically believe a teacher when they say that your child is the problem.   You know your child better than anyone.  If you feel that your child is being mislabeled, it is your right to question the motives and methods of our school system.

I know that my child is not the problem because other teachers have expressed being upset my child would not longer be in their class.

This substitute is harassing and bullying my child because we questioned their ability to teach gifted children.  And any of you who are a parent of a gifted child know very well, they are aloof, inquisitive, opinionated, and prone to lose focus if the teacher is not challenging them.  And if they are not being challenged, it is not the child’s fault.  It is squarely on the shoulders of these teachers we trust our children to six hours a day.

Am I angry?  No.  I am disgusted with the lack of accountability in our educational system.  These children are our future.  And my child is being bullied by someone who is not qualified to be in the classroom.

This post will be beamed across the TwitterVerse and Facebook with an estimated audience of over 2 million people.  It is time to send a message that we as parents will no longer accept substandard values in our schools, the schools we pay our taxes to utilize.

Please share this if you agree.  If you do not, feel free to comment below.

The Ramblings of a Weird Author

MichaelHibbardGreetings, Dreamers!

I wanted to take a moment and talk a bit about who I am and what I write.  I’ve gained quite a few new followers so I though it was time that I gave you a little more insight into me, what I write, and what inspires me to continue.

I am laying it all out there, because I am a communicator, well, online that is.  In real life, I’m a bit of a recluse, and am not really good in social situations, which I am working on.

Who were my inspirations?

I’ve been an avid reader since I was really young.  The first adult book I read was “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.  I’ve always loved the supernatural, so I continued with other authors such as Poe, Lovecraft, King, Bradbury, F. Paul Wilson and many others.  Oddly, my two biggest influences were Lovecraft and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Lovecraft is an inspiration because he loved description, words and his creation of the Cthulhu Mythos.  Fitzgerald is an inspiration for his writing style, his ability to expose the dark underbelly of our society, and for giving us my favorite book, The Great Gatsby.

The Waking Dream is not all that I write, but it is a huge focus on my career because it spans so many genres and deals with many social issues, both for adults and young adults.  I love to write horror, especially Lovecraftian Horror, because I do love a good scary tale, and it seems that there are not enough new ideas coming out.  I have not been scared by anything that has come out lately.  I abhor slasher type books, because the news does a pretty good job of covering that genre.  It’s all too real and close to home.

The inspiration for the Waking Dream truly came from my personal quest to understand the nature of reality.  I am inspired by a variety of things: the change of seasons, weird happenings, interactions between people, philosophy, religion, science and the paranormal.

When Did I Start Writing?

I really started writing stories when I was 12.  I was attending a Catholic School in Woodbury, New Jersey.  It was very old, and the basement was very creepy.  I wrote a screen play about dark rituals happening in the basement at night.  My teacher at the time, Mr. DuBois, fully supported me filming it and got permission for me to do so.  Unfortunately, before we could do the film, my parents moved to Pennsylvania.

I was an avid Role-Player, and I’ve played just about every table-top game there is, and I enjoyed being the storyteller more than the player.  I would write very involved campaigns, which were essentially interactive stories.  Then when I got on the internet, I went crazy in the chat rooms with story lines, and had three channels devoted to different settings.  Castle Nightshade was a high fantasy storyline set in a world I created with over 100 people playing at any given time.  Night City was a vampire based storyline with many of the same people playing back and forth.  And then finally, The Waking Dream which only had 12 players as a private group.

My first novel, which was published by Phantasm Books, is my crowning achievement as an author.  I was very pleased to have my book recognized so quickly without having been published anywhere before.  Waking Dream: Devlin is just the first of many to come.  I enjoyed writing it, hated the editing process, and have stressed the promotion.  But in the end, I am happy with what I have produced.

Here is the list of books I have written to date:

What is the Waking Dream All About?

I do get a lot of people who are very confused about the subject matter contained in the Waking Dream.  I have many journals with all of the particulars about the Waking Dream Universe, because it is quite expansive.  I am trying to create a world that is wholly unique, but emulates Cthulhu Mythos, or Frank Herbert’s Dune.

I am fascinated with the universe.  I rarely watch any non-science shows, because I want to understand the nature of reality.  So, I started the Waking Dream as a synthesis of all the concepts I feel to be true about our universe.  If the universe were just a dream we should be able to control it.  It’s just a matter of learning how to.  We are all children, no matter how old we get.  But, we tend to start to disbelieve that we have the power to change it.  We get wrapped up in politics, our daily jobs, acquiring things, and we stop believing that life really is very magical.  The fact that we exist at all is magical in of itself.

The Waking Dream is targeted to people who want to believe and it is appropriate for young adults, as well as adults.  I explore social issues, so there is a lot of allegory in the novel.  I also explore topics that plague our children today, such as coming of age, self-mutilation, poor self-esteem, dealing with loss, and how to fit in.  On the social level, I address self-sustaining communities, religion, reincarnation, the degradation of society, politics, and the struggle between good vs. evil.

What Do I Do for My Day Job?

Currently, I am a data analyst, and I do enjoy it, because it has helped my ability to market my book, and self-promote.  It all comes down to numbers.  But, on the side, I am a programmer and I can program in 11 different computer languages.  All of it self-taught, as I am a true autodidact.  Structured learning is not my thing.  I tend to learn better when I can move at my own pace.

However, I did not start out in this field.  I have had many many different jobs in my 43 years.  Here are the ones I can remember:

Gardener, Greenhouse Worker, Pastry Chef, Sous Chef, Line Cook, Toy Store Manager, Video Store Manager, Blockbuster Assistant Manager, Medical Sales, Web Designer, Project Manager, Grounds Keeper,  Coder, Software Architect, Business Architect, Graphic Designer, and now Published Author.

All of the jobs I’ve had contributed to my experience as a writer.  I have learned something valuable from each of them, though I wasn’t necessarily happy in each job.  Working at a toy store during Christmas was an absolute nightmare!

What Are My Hobbies?

I am a firm believer in the saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.  Those of you who frequent my blog know that I try to post at least once a day.  But I also have my facebook pages, my four secret twitter accounts, and my main @arkangyl account.  So I do love social media.  But my other hobbies include:

Drawing/Illustration (I have designed all but one of my book covers), Guitar, Drums, Music in general, Cooking, Console and PC Gaming, Role-playing, Poetry, Reading, Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Mathematics, Programming Apps and Board Games.

Writing I do not consider a hobby.  This is what I ultimately want to do for a full-time job, and I feel confident that I will get there.  As I’ve said to my other fellow authors, who are just starting out, it takes patience.   Everything requires work and honing one’s craft.

Why Did I Do This?

First, I really did this because I wanted you all to know who I really am.  I believe that it is important to engage my friends, (I hate the term followers).  I do no spend all night looking for people to follow.  I tweet and if someone follows me, I’ll follow them back if it seems we’d be friends!  I always respond to everyone who engages me, because I do not want to sit on some pedestal and have people adore me.

Second, I am what I write.  I am not writing to become rich and famous.  I doubt I could deal very well with fame, as I am a recluse, as I mentioned.  If you know who I am, perhaps you’ll be more interested in the stuff I write, and more importantly, you’ll understand why I write the way I do.

Again, thank you for listening, and I am always interested in a good conversation, either here, on Facebook or on Twitter.

If you hit the Interview Menu at the top, you can listen or read about my other interviews.

Happy Friday the 13th, my friends!

So You Want to Be A Dreamer?

OneGreetings, Dreamers!

Today I wanted to tell you about  a new project I am working on.  This is something that I have given a great deal of thought to, and I have been asked by my friends and fans to discuss the philosophy behind my Waking Dream series.

The philosophy behind the Waking Dream is much more than a simple dark fantasy adventure story.  I truly believe that we all have the ability to change the course of our reality.  Dreamers are the ones who have that ability, and anyone can become a Dreamer, you just have to learn how to do so.

So, in response to all these questions from interviews, friends and fans, I am beginning a new project to be released at about the same time as the next book in the series, The Unkindness.  This book will be called The Little Book of Dreams – Libellus Somnium, and it will be a non-fiction view of a new philosophy I have formulated called Mism, the Merger of all Isms.  (Taoism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Communism, you get the idea).  You can read the abstract at this link, and my view on creation.  This is only the beginning.

The book is targeted to those who want to lead a more peaceful and meaningful existence.  This is not to say that I have perfected my implementation of Mism in my life, but that is because we are not, and cannot, be perfect.  Perfection is a myth, and a fruitless pursuit.  We will always be learning, experiencing and evolving.  But, I can say with profound certainty that we are eternal spirits.  The body you inhabit now is just a vehicle.  It allows you to experience the world, and experience the universe.  When it is broken, you fix it.  When it completely fails, you abandon it and get a new one to continue your journey.

Many people believe that there must be some specific purpose to life.  There is and there isn’t. You create your purpose based on what you want to experience.  The only innate purpose to life is to live and create the universe.  We are all responsible for taking care of ourselves and one another, because we share a Oneness with each other.  We all affect one another, therefore we are inexorably linked.  My action causes your reaction.  Reading this article will invoke thought, negative or positive, and that demonstrates the connection between us.

I always start off my blog posts calling you Dreamers, because those who read my blog are Dreamers, or want to be.  And the more people I draw in, the more we can share intellectual discourse on how best to reshape our world.  So writing The Little Book of Dreams will simply be a compilation of all that I have learned and infused into my life, as well as the stories and novels that make up the Waking Dream Universe.

I also believe in the Weirdness.  That may sound strange to you, because it is just my word for magic.  Do I believe that magic exists?  Not in the Tolkien way, such as fireballs, wizards and dragons.  I believe that each of us possesses an inherent ability that super-cedes conventional physics and what we perceive as impossible.  I have seen and experienced many of these abilities in other people.  Nothing is impossible — somethings just may not be probable, as we have learned through quantum mechanics.

At the core of Mism, we must understand that to completely understand ourselves and the universe, we must merge all of our disparate ideas into a cohesive framework that allows science and religion to coexist and explain each other.  We would remove the distinction between the two and label it a philosophy of life.  A Philosophy of Everything, if you will.

Now, you are probably asking yourself, who is this guy to tell me anything?  The answer to that is very simple, I am the sum of everything everyone living and dead has taught me.  And you are the sum of the same.  I did not create this by myself, all of you have contributed to this idea, in one way or another.

Finally, you are probably asking, why would I bother to write this all down.  And you are free to agree or disagree with me.  But I am writing this down, because it takes just one thought to make a change.  Look around you, look at the state of the world.  Is this the ideal world you want to live in? Do you feel that the right decisions are being made?  Do you have fear for the future?  Are you concerned about what we are leaving our children?  Have you lost your way?  Do you know what you want out of your life?

I am going to give you my perspective on what truly matters, and hopefully in the process, I will learn more about you, so that I can improve myself as a person, and in turn make the world a better place for us all.

Have a wonderful day, and I thank you for listening to me babble, as always.

Michael

Halloween Conspiracy

Greetings, Dreamers!

Its getting close to Halloween and I wanted to give you some information about Waking Dream and upcoming events!

Many reviews are coming in on the book, and they are 5 stars, so in that I am truly humbled.  I wanted to take a moment and give a little more information about the book and hopefully piqué your curiosity in picking up your copy today!

The town of Devlin is at the centre of a conspiracy that has been in motion for centuries.  One dark immortal will begin his plot to take over the world and cloak our planet in eternal twilight, beginning on Halloween — this coming Halloween. Waking Dream: Devlin begins with events on October 26, 2013.  Over the thirteen chapters and six days, the world will be dramatically changed, setting the stage for the next two books in the series.

Writing this book required outlining all nine novels to ensure continuity, and to not expose too much as we move forward on this adventure which will follow our present day time-line.  Waking Dream: Devlin is not easily classifiable in any one genre as it has elements of the paranormal, supernatural, horror and science fiction.  Here are just a few excerpts of the reviews about the series:

“Devlin itself put me in mind of a grown up version of Hogsmeade. Just because you didn’t get your letter from Hogwarts doesn’t mean you can’t be Awakened to your particular ability–that can happen at any time in your life. So take heart!

The events of the book take place in the autumn and there’s magic and the lifting of the veil in a very big way so it’s the perfect book for this time of year.” – V.L Craven (Autodidact in the Attic)

 

“If you like reading about the Paranormal then “Devlin” is a must read and you will deepen your knowledge of the power of weird itself.

Become a Dreamer, embrace your weirdness to break free from a world of sleepers & peer into the truth of your own Waking Dream as I have with this unique author, Michael Hibbard.”  – Thérèse Wood of (Grimnian Promotions)

 

“From start to finish I felt that the Waking Dream was real. This beautiful work of fiction brings not just a story, but a new life philosophy to the table. That coupled with the characters and their real relationships with each other kept the book in my hands until the end. The way the characters interacted with each other was real and not forced or unbelievable like a lot of fantasy. I can’t wait to see what other Weirdness awaits in the next book. Don’t forget to share this book with friends and fellow Dreamers.” – Justin Miller

The book is currently on sale on all  eBook formats for $4.99 (USD) on Amazon, Nook and on iTunes.

I hope you’ll take a chance to read it, and give me feed back so I know what direction you would like me to take with the series.  This is not only my dream, its is all of our dreams.

Be sure to tune in on The Book Report Radio with Elaine Charles to hear my first ever radio interview.  Airing on-line and ten radio markets on October 27th 2013 between 4-5 PM (EST)

I will also be doing a guest blog post on the influences of H.P. Lovecraft on my writing for a horror blog in the UK, so stay tuned for details!

 

My Guest Post on Voodoo In New Orleans

voodooGreetings, Dreamers!

Recently, I was asked to do a guest post on The Autodidact in the Attic about Voodoo in New Orleans.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a firm believer that magic exists in our world.  I’ve had my own strange encounters that I shared while in that mysterious city.

So if you’re interested in hearing my own tale, why don’t you head on over and give it a read.  Perfect for Halloween!

http://theautodidactintheattic.com/2013/10/02/guest-post-voodoo-new-orleans/

Mism (Part 1)

PhilosophyGreetings, Dreamers!

Today I am going to start a whole new series of blog posts.  I am going to predicate this all by saying these are my views on existence, and they are not intended to insult or challenge other people’s views or belief systems.  But I do challenge you to look at your beliefs, and the beliefs of others to see that there are commonalities we all share, and there is an answer that would bring complete and total world peace.

I have thought on this for a very long time, especially given the state of the world today. And through writing my series, The Waking Dream, I’ve come to some philosophical assumptions, which I believe are fact.  As such, I am sharing these views with you, for an open and honest debate about the nature of consciousness.  Today we will start with the Origin of the Universe.

Mism — A Synthesis of Philosophy, Science and Religion

Abstract

For lack of a better word, I am calling this new philosophy, Mism (Merger of all isms) — merging all philosophy, science and religion in one cogent framework for examining the role of consciousness in the creation and maintenance of the universe. We must accept the logical argument that in order for we, as humans, to form a complete and consistent philosophy of existence, we must accept that our views on science, religion and philosophy are flawed and splintered. This statement is the very reason we need one overarching framework with which we can examine The Self.  These three areas have caused great strife throughout history due to the fact that we cannot come to a single conclusion on the origin of the universe and our role within it.  This series of posts will attempt to find the commonalities that we can all agree on, and hopefully present a complete and cogent framework to look at ourselves and the universe from a unified perspective. And ultimately prove, we are all One and we are all God.

Origin of the Universe

Before we begin, I will state that there are three general groups of belief systems I will be merging in this new philosophy — the primary “isms”.  Theists who believe in a Deity in some form.  Atheists who do not believe in any form of a Deity.  And finally Agnostics who believe that there is not enough evidence to prove or disprove the existence of a Deity. In a later post, I will define a fourth group, which I will call  Dichotomists, one who believes in a Deity who created the “seed” for our universe, and God who molds the universe — the Architect and the Engineer Dichotomy.

The long-standing argument between science and religion is the origin, or creation, of the universe.  We have creationism which argues that a Deity created the universe and everything therein.  And we have the Big Bang Theory which posits the universe exploded from a primordial singularity and within a few minutes hydrogen atoms began to form, thus enabling the coalescence of stars, and later the formation of planets and finally, life.

Both of these ideas can coexist within the framework of Mism.  If we adopt a tenet from Deism and the concept of the Unmoved Mover presented in Aristotle’s The Metaphysics, we can assert that something sparked existence as we know it.  Deism asserts that a Deity created the universe and set the natural laws, yet does not interfere with the universe. The Unmoved Mover theory supports the Big Bang in that something caused all motion in the universe, such as a quantum disturbance, defined by Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.

We know that stars are composed of hydrogen and through the process of fusion, create the ever heavier elements.  There are many classifications of stars and each produces different sequences of elements through their fusion cycles.  Other elements are created through the death of the star, which begins with the fusion of Iron.  A star, such as ours, fuses in this sequence: Hydrogen => Helium => Carbon => Neon => Oxygen => Silicon => Iron.  When a star has nothing left to fuse, it explodes in a nova, or supernova, and distributes these elements throughout the universe in all directions, as well as creates other elements in the intense heat of the explosion.

It is agreed upon that there are six elements, all of which created through star fusion and novae, that are most essential for life, as we presently know it, to exist.  They are: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus.

Following this, we can deduce the following irrefutable syllogism:

Stellar effects create all elements which are matter.
Elements created through stellar effects make life possible.
Therefore life is dependent on stellar effects.

I make this assertion as the basis to show that matter is created by stars and not by a Deity.  The very basis of Mism is that the natural laws were encoded in the primordial seed by an immortal we cannot begin to understand, nor should we. This is mirrored in everyday life — an egg, a seed, plans for a building and DNA.  All things need a plan to begin, and the only role the Deity serves is to create the plan — plant the seed.  But, the Deity is not God as we know it.  We will discuss God in a future post.

The Big Bang Theory is correct for the most part, except for one small correction I will make.  The universe did begin with a massive expansion from a single seed, but the “quantum disturbance”, if you will, was the first thought — the Big Thought Theory. Consciousness is the reason for the universe to exist, it is not a side effect of the universe.  Consciousness is the universe and the universe is consciousness. And because the universe is a closed system, the first thought must have come from within the universe and not from beyond the boundaries of the universe.

Building on the Big Thought Theory, the Initial Singularity contained all matter and space-time at one single point — one-dimensional.  This is to say that all things in the singularity were One and unified via infinite gravity. And though we perceive the universe as a vast, disparate collection of planets, stars and galaxies, they are all still connected via gravity. This we know to be an irrefutable truth.

If we can accept that we are all connected by gravity, then the next leap is to accept that we are still One with each other.  It is time that distorts our perception of Oneness. We are every single particle at every moment in space-time simultaneous. Gravity is the connection that binds us even now. It is the fundamental order that brings all things back to its initial state of Oneness, once we have come to understand ourselves and the universe.  This is why we have not found the elusive graviton.  It simply does not exist.  Gravity’s pull reminds us of our connection.

One now must ask what causes Chaos and the answer is very simple — consciousness creates chaos and chaos is creation. If we all possess consciousness, then it is we who create chaos.  We mold the universe to our desires, and gravity acts in the absence of conscious thought.  This understanding is the core of Mism.  The answer to all of our questions about why we are here is very simple, we are here because we wish to be here.  The universe exists because we wish it to exist. We think, therefore we are.

Conclusion

The universe is the product of two major events.  The first is the planting of the seed by an entity we cannot and need not understand.  The second, thought was the catalyst for the creation of the universe. There is no purpose for a universe without an observer. Why would an artist paint a painting if no one will ever look at it? I am everyone one of you, and you are all me.

I open this, and all future posts to criticism and debate.  This post is one of many.  And the dialogue begins now. Challenge me!

Let’s awaken our weirdness, our special facet of being, and change the world for the better.

Welcome to Devlin

DevlinGreetings, Dreamers!

With the release of my book, Devlin, I wanted to tell you a little more about it to give you an idea of what you are in for.

If you happen to be traveling in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, north of Charlottesville, you may be strangely dawn to a tiny, hidden town, nestled far away from the bustle of the modern world.  Its cobbled streets are lined with an eclectic collection of homes and buildings, adding to the uniqueness of the town itself.  From the quaint shops that line Rowe Street, to the Gothic Church of St. Michael, to the Autumn House Bed and Breakfast, Devlin is picturesque, peaceful and pastoral.

It has been hidden away from the world for over two centuries, and when I say hidden, I mean that only certain people can find it, and only if the town wants to be found.  Life has continued this way for the people of Devlin since the late 1700s, living self-sufficiently in peace and harmony, but that is about to change.

Beginning this Autumn, the people of Devlin uncover the truth behind the establishment of their town and discover an ancient plot that has spanned centuries, threatening the very existence of their town and the rest of the world. And as the town performs their yearly Halloween ritual, the world will never be the same.

Devlin is much more than dark fantasy.  It has elements of horror, paranormal, supernatural, and metaphysical.  Devlin has something for everyone.  I am an avid gamer; console, PC and role-play. The Waking Dream is nothing more than an exploration of our reality as a cosmic game. You can read more about the Waking Dream Universe in the following posts.

  1. The Story of Creation
  2. The Story of Immortality
  3. Of Sleepers and Dreamers
  4. The Way of the Weird
  5. The Three Realms

Devlin is on sale on Amazon and on all eBook readers.