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Blog Tour: Great Minds

sleep-tight_826049Greetings, Dreamers!

Mark Meier, a fellow writer, asked me to join a blog tour last week.  I am very grateful to be recognized by my colleagues and be asked to join in the fun!

Before I answer the questions for the tour, I’d like to introduce another blogger/writer with amazing insight and ability, Victoria Craven.  Victoria runs the blog, The Autodidact in the Attic, which focuses on the macabre, horror and a wide variety of intellectual stimulus.  Here is her bio:

V.L. Craven lives with her husband and pets. She writes fiction—both short and long—and reviews of books, films & art, as well as essays, articles and interviews with all sorts of interesting people.

She’s always appreciated the darker side of life, which is the focus of her blog The Autodidact in the Attic, (see also its Facebook page). TAitA has reviews of books, films, art, apps and games (and interviews with creators of those things) that will appeal to people with an interest in the macabre or gothic.

Other Ways to Interact with Her:
On Twitter: @vlcraven
On Tumblr: vlcraven.tumblr.com
On Goodreads: V. L. Craven

She will be posting her answers to the blog tour questions next Monday, so do yourself a favor and check out her amazing site.

Now on to my answers:

1) What am I working on?

I am always working on a variety of projects simultaneously,  that’s just how my brain works.  Right now,  I am doing a serial short story on this blog, writing Book II in the Waking Dream Series — The Unkindness — and I am involved in a collaborative series with two other authors (details to come later this year).  My Waking Dream Series is the primary focus and I am always doing research as the it covers alternate history, philosophy, and science.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write novels and short stories.  My short stories tend to be very dark.  My favorite short stories are the ones I write in Lovecraftian style.  I am no Lovecraft, mind you, however I have enormous respect for his creations and imagination.

The Waking Dream series is really a mixture of many genres, so it is very hard to put it in any one box — I am not a fan of being pigeonholed.  The Waking Dream Series is an attempt to blur the lines between fantasy and reality.  Much of the subject matter is based on years of research.  I have always been fascinated with the paranormal and the supernatural — specifically the potential of the human mind.  The Waking Dream is my attempt to present a plausible framework for readers to suspend their disbelief and explore their own lives.  Life is a dream, if you really think about it.  We always have control over how our lives go, no matter the situation.  And once you believe that, you can do anything.

The Waking Dream series has elements of horror, paranormal, supernatural, romance, dystopia, apocalyptic events and fantasy.  It is very dark.  One of my fans put it, “It’s the Matrix meets The Stand”.  The first book is my Fellowship of the Ring. It is the twilight before the sun sets on our world. The subsequent books will descend further into the darkness of reality and the human mind.

One final note, there are many things hidden within the stories and novels, tying them together as well as giving avid readers something to discover within the text.  Everything in the Waking Dream Series is carefully calculated.  What have you found hidden within the story?

3) Why do I write what I do?

I love to create worlds.  The Waking Dream is, as I mentioned, an attempt to impart all I’ve learned about the human condition and get the reader to explore and create their own dream.  The world seems to be at an impasse, and we are not moving forward as we should from a philosophical sense.  While the Waking Dream is fiction, there are elements of truth in ever sentence I write — the things I believe to be true.

I write the Lovecraftian stories because I want his legacy to continue, as well as many other authors.  Being able to create a story that emulates the master gives me a sense of humility.  Many writers have walked in his footsteps, but his personal commitment to his craft is something to be admired, respected and remembered for all time.

4) How does my writing process work?

I don’t have a specific process for writing.  When I feel like writing, I write.  And because I have a wide variety of projects I am working on at any given time, I choose the project to work on that most suits my particular mood.  I believe that an author needs to be prolific to be successful.  Very few authors become successful with one book, or even their first book.  The more work you have out, you have a better chance of being discovered by new readers.  It is a snowball effect.

One thing I do tend to stick to in any project is that I usually begin with an illustration.  Next to writing, illustrating is one of my favorite hobbies.  I have over 50 illustrations for the Waking Dream,  as well as maps.  I want the Waking Dream to be similar to the Cthulhu Mythos so that other authors can contribute their own stories to the ever-growing Waking Dream Universe.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this little excursion into my writing career.  Perhaps you’ll be interested in reading my work, which is listed on the right side bar.  Please be sure to check out Victoria Craven’s answers next Monday on her blog.

Happy Monday!

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Lost Haven

HavenGreetings, Dreamers!

I have released Lost Haven as a Kindle Book, all assembled for your reading pleasure!

Again, it is a novella, and it is a stand alone story that happens between Book I and Book II in the series.

I know that many of you have been reading the story, but I decided to release the book on Kindle to gain a larger audience than my blog.

I have decided to curtail language in my future books so that this series can appeal to both adults and young adults. Book I has one small section with language, however, it is nothing that young adults have not already been subjected to. The world is not perfect, and I am not Mary Poppins.

The underlying story of the Waking Dream is about understanding that we all have the power to change the world to what we want. And I know that will begin with our children.

You can read this novella and decide whether or not the Waking Dream is for you. Its not for everyone! But, I assure you, you can’t truly be a Dreamer until you see what lies ahead.

Happy reading, my friends!

Waking Dream: Devlin

DevlinGreetings Dreamers!

The day has finally come!  Waking Dream: Devlin is now available for order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!  Ordering today ensures that you will have your copy by Monday and you can start to explore the Waking Dream Universe! There are already six 5 star reviews for the book.

For more information about the Waking Dream Universe visit http://WakingDreamOnline.Com

Here are the product links and prices in US Dollars, but the book is available globally in English:

Read it, review it, critique it.  Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II will be molded by your feedback.

The Unkind Update III

Greetings Dreamers,

I just wanted to give you a status update on where we are with release of the books, and the progress of Book II The Unkindness — for those of you who had the opportunity to read the first edition of Devlin.

Tentatively, we will be releasing the illustrated version of Devlin in Late August or Early September.  After that we will be releasing the illustrated version of Immoral Memories with an additional story and illustrations on Halloween.  Soon after — assuming my creative streak continues — Book II The Unkindness will be ready for January of 2014.

The Unkindness is coming along much better than I expected and I guarantee, you will be shocked at the end of the book.  New characters will be revealed, the identity of the immortal traitor will be revealed, and the world will be changed forever.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit http://wayoftheweird.com you might want to take a chance to read the stories there.  All of the additions to the Libellus Somnium are there, and I have been blogging the new stories of The Crier at Twilight on a weekly basis.  (Sometimes daily because, well, you know how the voices in your head do sometimes)

I’m getting the final edits for Devlin next week, so we will be on our way to getting the book out to reviewers before the release.  If you are a dark fantasy reviewer, blog or otherwise,  and have a large following on twitter or your blog, feel free to contact me for an eBook version as soon as it becomes available.

The Weirdness is coming!

The Thing in my Apartment

This has been re-blogged to from my fiction blog Way of the Weird

Greetings Dreamers!

I have some new about that spidery tentacle thing that I accidentally released from the Spaces Between into our Waking Dream.  (Sorry about that, really, my bad)

Laertes believes that this particular entity is called a Gtthak, or Soul Prison.  And unfortunately, it gets bigger the more things it consumes — and they are stored alive inside its body so that it can feed off the victim’s Weirdness.  Yeah, I know, pretty terrible. (Sorry Mr. Giggles *sigh*)

So I have some good news and some bad news.  The bad news is that it escaped my apartment — evidently once it has consumed something in the Waking Dream, it can build up enough Weirdness to move through any physical object.  So while I was watching it last night, from the balcony — it shrieked something at me then fell through the floor and was gone.  Yep, right through the floor.  I wonder if any of my neighbors saw it, since I’m on the 10th floor.  Hmm.

Anyway, the GOOD news is that it will not stay in the city and will probably seek a natural pool of Weirdness — they exist all over the place, usually graveyards or places where there have been a disproportionate amount of death in a particular area.  And they aren’t very fond of being seen, and they only attack as needed.  So don’t be too alarmed if you live in the cities — unless you live near a large graveyard in the Baltimore area.  Laertes thinks he has a pretty good idea where its going, and it will probably not stay anywhere near a big city.  It’s probably headed up into the Appalachians for privacy.  Things from the Spaces Between are very particular, evidently.

Now, if you are confronted by the Gtthak, do not show fear. I know that’s a really stupid thing to say considering by the time one of you encounters it, it will probably be bigger than an elephant, but with black tentacles coming out its torso from all directions, glowing blue eyes and a gaping maw oozing viscous, sticky saliva.  Yeah, I peed a little when I saw it had doubled in size after capture poor Mr. Giggles.

Oh, and I probably should mention…it attacks from below, usually grabbing you with one of its tentacles and tossing you neatly into its toothless mouth, like a gumdrop.  But, hey, there’s always a chance you can escape because anything is possible.  Maybe you’ll sense it coming and be able to get away.  But if you are unlucky enough to be consumed, you do have a chance at rescue at some point.  Basically, you will live inside its stomach in these organic cells filled with some sort of goo that will keep you alive and in a suspended state.  Fortunately, that does not keep you from escaping to the Sleeping Dream until the entire ordeal can be sorted out.

I’m pretty bummed about all this, but I have learned some valuable lessons as a result.  Hopefully this experience will have a positive outcome of some variety! I miss Mr. Giggles, I gotta tell you.

Anyway, last words on all this.  Avoid graveyards, don’t vacation in the mountains, and pay attention.  The weeks and months and years to come are going to be crazy — seriously, Weirdness and Crazy go hand in hand like chicken and dumplings.

I’ll keep you informed as I learn things.

The Crier

p.s. if you happen to slay this creature, please save Mr. Giggles and email me so we can arrange a pick-up.  Thanks in Advance!

The Gamer Author

I thought I would take a moment to talk about who I am as an author.

I am an avid gamer, and the Waking Dream Series is the culmination of all the table-top role-playing games I’ve ever played.  From Dungeons and Dragons to Werewolf: The Apocalypse, I’ve been enamored with the idea of the perfect storyline for players that will never have to end.  And I think the framework I’ve established with the Waking Dream has accomplished that.

Dreamers are the player behind the controller, and when you choose a Sleeper to inhabit, you are immersed in the dream — the game.  But, in my story you forget who you are behind the controller and become one with your character.  And, you’re always playing hardcore mode — you get one life with that character then you have to start all over from the beginning.

The end game is Immortality, where you can remember that you’ve played the game before and use your experience to better manipulate the game — in whatever manner you choose, wielding your Weirdness.

All of the ideas and stories within these books began as table top role-play, and I hope one day they will continue that way — and I have provided the rules on Way of the Weird for those of you who want to explore it, once the first book is re-released.  The Libellus Somnium is the rule book.

But, the catch here is that I didn’t provide dice rules, because true role-play should be governed by the rules that already govern our planet.  However, Weirdness allows people to manifest their imagination — their dreams.  Its an adventure that you can play alone or with friends to discover the Weirdness within you and help us change the world.

Reality Minecraft.

Devlin is coming this summer.  If you haven’t read it, do and give me feedback for Book II.

The Book of Awakening

[by Laertes of Crete]

I.

If you are reading this Libellus, you are a Dreamer, whether you have recognized this or not. Being a Dreamer carries responsibility, one most people are not willing to accept. Responsibility implies that one cannot blame another person for their actions, effectively avoiding causality. However, this is futile and childish to consider. If you are a Dreamer, you are creating the Waking Dream around you. If you’re life is good, it is because you have made it so and if it is bad, it is because you have made it so. No one else is responsible for your life other than you.

II.

Before you can begin to manipulate the Waking Dream, using your inherent Weirdness, you must Awaken. The body in which you live in was previously an empty Sleeper. This is because you have chosen to inhabit this body by observing their existence, much as one chooses a character in a role-playing game. When you are not participating in the Waking Dream, you roam the vast domain of the Weird known as The Spaces Between — which is mistakenly labeled as the Afterlife, it is the InBetweenLife. You have the ability to see into the Dream, and remember all of your past lives — unless you have only recently coalesced into a conscious soul, therefore you have chosen your first body, and you will have countless others.

III.

When the body dies, you will return to the Spaces Between and be allowed to choose another body. You assume the life of the Sleeper that you choose, and in this process, you forget all of your past lives except through residual memories that slowly seep into your sub-conscious through your tether to the Spaces Between known as the Somnambula — known in other cultures as the silver cord. This is the way of the Waking Dream, and you will not understand this amnesia until you attain Immortality.

IV.

The mere act of reading this book, the Libellus Somnium, will allow you to Awaken — given that you can overcome the disbelief imbedded in the soul of all Sleepers and realize that you are now in control of your future through the use of your Weirdness. You have only found this book, because you are a Dreamer, and if you can believe and understand everything within, you will then begin the journey of understanding your own variety of Weirdness — or magick — and then you may start the long journey of attaining Immortality.

V.

The Creator has initiated the Waking Dream, and in that created One — the first Immortal. It is he who has asked that we other Immortals expand on his first book, The Book of One, to assist the Dreamers in Awakening. A time of great transformation is upon us, and Dreamers and Immortals must unite and ensure that the Sleeper population is not eliminated. This would be disastrous as it will take centuries for new Sleepers to be created to allow the reincarnation cycle to continue, allowing interaction with the Dream once more.

VI.

To begin, you must understand — and you must realize that you will never understand the nature of the Waking Dream, because you, I and the others are not meant to understand it. This is the Will of the Creator, The Will of the Weird. This Dream is a gift, an adventure, an experience. Your soul coalesced from the Weird over eons, just as the gases coalesce into stars. And the moment you began to glisten in the darkness of the Spaces Between, you inhabited your first Sleeper. And you will continue to do so until all Dreamers in the universe have attained immortality and then the Dream will reset. This is the solution to the equation that governs the universe.

VII.

I urge you now to look deep within, and understand your role in the Waking Dream. You may simply decide to ignore this as a work of fiction and continue blissfully ignorant to the things that are going on that threaten the Dream. But I assure you, the struggle for the control of reality has already begun. Awaken your Weirdness and Change the World.

VIII

References:

Immortal Memories: Volume I are stories about the Immortals.
Waking Dream: Devlin chronicles the beginning of the transformation of the Dream.

Making the Waking Dream

As my editor checks my grammar and continuity, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the Waking Dream.  It is not something that is solely mine.  It is a realization that the lines between reality and fantasy, fiction and non-fiction have become blurred.

I am trying to explain the way to a better place.  The tales are parables.  The lessons are my experience with which I am sharing with you.  The universe is unimaginable.  It is wonderful, it is beautiful, and it is full of the Creator.  We can be anything we want to be, and we should never let someone tell us we are anything less than we want to be.  You are the captain of your ship.  You control your dream.

The first book, Waking Dream: Devlin follows our hero, Auber Weir, as he realizes that he is in control of his life.  And at the end, will you be a sleeper, a dreamer or obtain immortality.  It’s up to you to decide which you will be.

The struggle for control of our reality begins now.

Waking Dream: Devlin Update

Because of minor editing issues, I’m pushing back the release of Waking Dream: Devlin Book I in the Transformation Series until next week.  Once it has been submitted to the publishing vehicles it should take about 48 hours to start showing up on all platforms.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, you’ll want to read the following writings so that you can fully enjoy the series.  There are many concepts I’ve created that aren’t intuitive to understand.  And the characters you will meet in these stories will be in all the novels.

  1. Immortal Memories: Volume I
  2. The Crier at Twilight
  3. The Place of the Sisters
  4. Libellus Somnium — The Little Book of Dreams [which will eventually be published as small paperback for personal reference]

If you want a signed copy of the either paperback, please fill out this form — Book Order Form

I’ve decided that the book will no longer be available exclusively through Amazon, so I will be publishing it on:

  • Kindle $8.99
  • Nook $8.99
  • iBooks $8.99
  • Google Books $8.99
  • Paperback $12.99

The prices may vary by a dollar or two depending on the final word count and size of the files.  And these will be available in all countries at the same price. [adjusted based on the current exchange rate]

The Hardback versions will be a bit longer in coming, because the pricing for On Demand Hardbacks is very steep — Average price would be around $35.00.  So to make it worth it for everyone, I will be releasing a special edition of both Immortal Memories and Waking Dream: Devlin with expanded content and I will offer them exclusively through my website, and every one will be signed before it is shipped.

Immortal Memories Free Promo

In anticipation of my new novel release at the end of the month, I am giving away kindle copies of my collection of short stories called Immortal Memories.  This collection of stories is meant to acquaint the reader with the new world I am creating in my dark fantasy series called Waking Dream.

You can grab your free copy on any device with the Free Kindle App [iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android, Windows Phone or PC] at http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Memories-Volume-I-ebook/dp/B00AP5NP3O/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Paperback version is only $9.99 if you prefer, available at the same link above.