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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.

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Why the Waking Dream?

DevlinI get asked on many occasions why I’ve spent so much time working on this series before I wrote the book.  Part of it was procrastination, but the biggest reason was the allegory behind the Waking Dream.

When I was a kid, I was very much enamored by H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos.  The idea of a writer creating a framework for other writers to contribute to was fascinating to me.  And since the story “The Call of Cthulhu” was released in 1926, scores of renowned authors have taken their turn to try to rouse the Ancient Ones from their slumber.

I initially came up with the idea for the Waking Dream in 1995 as a Dungeons and Dragons style role-playing game.  It was first premiered on Internet Relay Chat, where I had over 100 people playing at any given time.  But as I began to write these elaborate story lines for others to interact with, it occurred to me that it would be more useful to write stories and novels, rather than a bunch of rules and dice play.  The Waking Dream began to evolve.

I stepped away from the online role-play world and began to do serious research on how to make the Waking Dream a framework.  But along the way, it started to become something much more than that.  It started to become a philosophical debate on the nature of existence – a subject that has haunted me my entire adult life.  I have for a long time stopped reading fiction, and jumped headlong into physics, cosmology, religion, philosophy, mathematics and metaphysics.  And along the way, I created an entire universe populated by Dreamers, Sleepers and Immortals and solved — in my mind — the answers to our universe.

It does not matter really what comprises the universe, how it came to be, or where it will go from here.  What does matter is the voyage and exploration of the self and understanding that we are all connected at a fundamental level, and the universe is our playground.  We have gone about our search for the answer in the wrong way.  Rather than trying to understand our consciousness and our spirit, we’ve leaped into the abyss, searching for answers in the stars — but the answer is in each and every one of us.

The Waking Dream books and stories and framework are to give us a way to be children again, when we looked at everything with wonder. Magic and Monsters are everywhere, we’ve just chosen not to see them in the same way we once did.  We’ve allowed what we call the “common reality” — what the majority believes to be true — to make us blind to the true nature of the universe and thus, ourselves.

For me, the Waking Dream is not about making money, it’s about throwing a new idea out on the table for everyone to see.  And in turn, I expect others to take up the mantle and submit their own stories about the Waking Dream.  Because, in the Waking Dream anything is possible.  And if we all take a moment to realize the Dream as something wonderful, it will be wonderful.  But at the moment, we are creating a nightmare.

Waking Dream: Devlin is just the first of many novels to come.  If you are looking to escape for just a little while, and you believe in any of the things I have said, I believe you will enjoy walking with me in the Waking Dream.

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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.

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Unkind Update

Greetings, Dreamers!

The re-release of Waking Dream: Devlin Book I is on time and will be out on September 22nd! You can pre-order a signed copy today by visiting this link.

Immortal Memories: Volume I has been sent to the editor and includes 2 brand new stories, the expanded version of Place of the Sisters and Vacant Eyes on the Eternal Sea!

Now that all the editing is behind me, I am full force on Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II. A dark plot will be revealed, and many new characters introduced. This will be a face paced, action-filled book with elements of horror, the paranormal and the supernatural.

I am tentatively expecting to release in the first quarter of 2014! And then I will be working on Waking Dream: The Black Heart Book III, ending the Transformation Series.

Also, mark your calendars for the week of Halloween when I will be interviewed on the Nationally Syndicated radio show The Book Report with Elaine Charles. It will be on air and available through iTunes Podcasts.

Thank you all for your continued support.

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First Review for Devlin

DevlinEarly copies of Waking Dream: Devlin Book I were sent out last week. Thérèse Wood of Grimnian Promotions submitted this review and posted it on Amazon.

“Are you awakened yet to your own ability? Are you a walking Sleeper?  Or a controlling disruptive entity?  Reading “Devlin” which is the first of Michael Hibbard’s Transformation Trilogy in the Waking Dream series, you identify with Jonathan Weir who intends to awaken others from the darkness, by encouraging their own weirdness to grow.

He warns and helps the other Dreamers and awakens the Sleepers to be more prepared for Gabryal’s nightmares to come.

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.

Join Jonathan now and Devlin town on their journey to solving the mystery.”

Thank you so much for taking the time to read the book, Thérèse!

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Waking Dream (Part 1)

Waking DreamGreetings, Dreamers!

Today I start a new series of posts describing the philosophy behind my upcoming novel, Waking Dream: Devlin Book I. The book will be going on sale on September 22, 2013 — The first day of Autumn.  As an side note, all dates in the book and the actual release dates all play into the overall mystery of the series.

Let’s Begin!

At the basis of it all, the concept of the Waking Dream stems from my own personal studies in a variety of areas.  Its more than just a series of fiction novels, it is an interwoven collection of things I have come to understand to be plausible with reference to the nature of our universe, the formation of life, the human soul and consciousness.  I assert that our present scientific endeavors are looking for the wrong things and that some of the things presented as fact are indeed quite wrong.  There are far too many unknowns, and most of all, we cannot understand nor explain the most fundamental aspect of our universe, Gravity.  In addition, there is this lack of unifying the physics of the big things in our universe (stars, galaxies, planets, life) and the physics of the very small, quantum level (atoms, electrons, singularities).  Even though there has been significant effort in this area, we are still no closer to a true Theory of Everything — well, not an accepted theory that is.  At the end of this post I will list some of the books that have helped shape my understanding of the universe.

The Story of Creation

I began with the Unmoved Mover principle posited by Aristotle in his work Metaphysics. I had been struggling with my own agnosticism at the time, and had been reading the works of St. Thomas Aquinas as a part of my theology curriculum.  After much study in this area, I determined that I had become more of a Deist and that we are responsible for how our lives unfold.  The essence of Free Will.  If the Creator is intervening in our lives, then we do not truly have Free Will.  And I think this is personified even in the bible as “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) [“God helps those who helps themselves” is an ancient Greek derivative of this, yet not found in the bible thusly quoted]

In the Waking Dream, the Creator set the parameters for the universe, then moved on to other places, perhaps checking in on us from time to time out of curiosity.  I have always found it quite paradoxical to think that an all supreme being would need us to worship him.  We have created a God to worship for a variety of reasons — mostly to explain the things we cannot explain.  But as time moves forward, we will require God less and less.  This is the fundamental aspect of my philosophy behind the Waking Dream.  Once we realize we are all One being, with each of us a facet of that one being, we will no longer need to rely on a God because we will realize that we are all God and One.

In the beginning, there was One — the first Immortal.  It is he who set into motion the creation of the stars, galaxies, planets.  And through this, other consciousnesses began to form in a place called The Spaces Between, the source of all the energy necessary for matter to exist.  Souls/Spirits coalesce much in the same way stars do, swirling thoughts that accreted from this primordial energy.

One is just the first, and not God.  And through him, the other Celestial Immortals were created through a predefined equation.  From his essence, the Magician and the High Priestess came into being.  They are the ones who created the parameters by which the incorporeal enter the physical realm of the Waking Dream. They also are the ones that defined the ability to affect the Waking Dream, known as Weirdness, my form of magic.

From the Magician and High Priestess, came the last of the Celestial Immortals, the Triad.  They are the Dexter who governs Order, the Sinister who governs Chaos, and the Charnel One who governs death and reincarnation.  And through the Triad the shells that our souls inhabit in the Waking Dream were created, the Sleepers.

All souls, or Dreamers and Immortals, must inhabit a body in the physical world to exist.  Once they have done so, they live out their lives and eventually Awaken to understand that the universe is a Waking Dream.  From this point, they are able to use the inherent Weirdness within all Dreamers to subtly affect the Waking Dream, making the world as it is today.  And when they die, they return to the Spaces Between to begin all over again.  A Dreamer does not consciously remember their former life, except through the phenomenon of Deja Vu.  But when they return to the Spaces Between they retain all of the knowledge of their multitude of lives.  This continues until they reach the state of Immortality, the goal of every Dreamer.

The next part in this series will explore Immortality and the differences between the Celestial Immortals and the Planet Bound Immortals.

List of References I’ve used to create the series:

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Waking Dream: Devlin Excerpt Released!

DevlinOkay, all of you who have been so patiently waiting on something to read to see if you’re even going to like my book, I have released the prologue, which is entitled The Crier at Twilight.

The PDF File is located at the following link: http://michaelhibbardauthor.com/WakingDreamPrologue.pdf

This full excerpt will set the stage for the novel, and help you understand what is to come, and how the Way of the Weird came to be.

Please offer feedback to me on what you read if you read it.  I am writing these for you, and not for me.  As I get feedback, I will adjust the novels.  This is how I learn to be a better writer, and to give you an adventure you’ll want to read again and again.

 

 

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Series Synopsis

I’ve posted a synopsis of the Waking Dream Series because I have been getting many questions on the series and the re-release of the books.  The Synopsis link is on the menu at the top.

The Waking Dream Series is in the same type of genre as The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King, or The Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony.  However, unlike those series, I have plans for many many books and short stories.  While the main series is three trilogies, there will be much more to the Waking Dream Universe.

You’ll also want to visit The Way of the Weird website as it is an ongoing work of fiction, aimed at explaining the philosophy and mythos of the Waking Dream.

Follow me on this journey and help me mold the story to keep you engaged and wanting more.

I thank you all for your continued support!

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Weird Ways and a Waking Dream

Today I wanted to take a moment and discuss my upcoming series and the associated websites.

The Waking Dream Series is going to consist of 9 novels, separated into three trilogies.  The first trilogy is called The Transformation Trilogy and it is set in our modern day world.  It is called the Transformation Trilogy because it is quasi-apocalyptic — which is to say that the world is not destroyed but it will be irrevocably changed.  The entire series is based on the premise that the entire universe is a Waking Dream, which means that everything we see around us is the product of those who are able to mold and shape the dream — or Dreamers.

Dreamers are souls that inhabit bodies, known as Sleepers.  They are stuck in a cycle of reincarnation, whereby they exist in a place called the Spaces Between — which is akin to the afterlife, but I like to refer to it as the InBetweenLife.  The Spaces Between is where all of the experiences Dreamers have are stored and accessible to the Dreamer, but only while they are in the Spaces Between.  When a Dreamer chooses a Sleeper to inhabit, they lose all knowledge of their previous life and assume the identity and memories of their Sleeper, until they undergo the Awakening.  Once Awakened, the Dreamer remembers only that they have the ability to manipulate the Waking Dream through the power of the universe known as the Weird — and they formulate their own manner of manipulating the Dream known as Weirdness.  In more simpler terms, it is the ultimate form of role-play, where they assume the life of their character and have no knowledge of who they were in previous lives.  However, this is only the first step in the game and Waking Dream.  The next step is attaining Immortality.

Immortals are Dreamers who have effectively attained enlightenment.  Once a Dreamer becomes Immortal, they can access all of the memories of their previous lives and their Weirdness increases exponentially, allowing them do manipulate the Waking Dream more dramatically.  Immortals can jump from Sleeper to Sleeper at will and they have assumed the persona of many famous and infamous people throughout history.

A transformation is a point in history where a dramatic event causes life to change for all living beings on the planet.  There are minor transformations, such as the industrial revolution, or the Renaissance.  There are Great Transformations such as the Age of Reason, or the Age of Enlightenment.  And there are Grand Transformations, where all civilizations on the planet are reset or wiped from the face of the planet.  The Transformation Series is about a Great Transformation which will change the face of our planet, and leave it nearly unrecognizable to the Dreamers that survive.

In order to make the books more of an immersed and interactive experience, I have set up a site called The Way of the Weird which has information about the Waking Dream universe and series, written from the perspective of one of the characters.  I have re-blogged many of the important pieces here, such as The Weirdness Experiment.  These postings are a culmination of all the studies in theology, philosophy and physics that I have done over the course of my life.  I feel that the Waking Dream is more than a work of fiction, but a way for us to shed our petty differences, embrace one another as siblings, and create a better future for us all.

In the end, we are all One, and we have simply forgotten this to be true.  I say this because the universe is a closed, contained system.  We are the agents of entropy and creating the universe one memory, one action and one connection at a time.

My final word on this, is not my own, but more aptly put by the Great Bard —

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

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The Ageless Scholar

While I am waiting for my book Waking Dream: Devlin to be edited and republished, I’ve decided to start another novel, but this time explore a whole new genre — Southern Gothic.  My Waking Dream series is dark fantasy, and though it is packed with philosophical exploration, it is fantasy. My new project, which is moving along rapidly, is called The Ageless Scholar.  I’ve chose this particular genre because it seems fitting, given the state the world is in.  It is time to explore the darkness that has pervaded our entire world, and perhaps by exposure, we can look at and within ourselves and try to change course, before its too late.

The story is that of a man born in 1867 on a plantation south of New Orleans who has discovered that he has stopped aging at 25 —  It is a chronicle of his journey’s through time as he explores his own self, as well as tries to use his gift to impart wisdom  through his writings and teachings, to stop the endless cycle of violence, racism, poverty and crime that has halted our social evolution.

Being motherless and essentially fatherless — having been taken from the womb of his mother moments after her death due to complications of the Yellow Fever epidemic that ravaged the Mississippi Valley in the mid to late 1800’s — he was raised by a servant who teaches him not only how to be a good man, but also the secrets of Louisiana Voodoo, and how he can use it to survive a fractured post-Civil War America — and his strange ageless condition.

I hope to have the book finished before the end of the summer.  Anyone who enjoys a good tale with smatterings of the supernatural, as well as exploring social issues that plague our world, will hopefully enjoy this tale.