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 Unkind Update

Book II is coming along nicely.  I’ve provided a hint of what is to come in a recent post on the Way Of The Weird site. Book II –The Unkindness — will be a bit longer than the first book, as we start to uncover plots within plots, revisit the town of Devlin.

There is also a new addition to the Libellus, The Book of Tristan, which — if you read carefully — exposes his one of his many incarnations, which is a clue to the things to come in Book II.

The final edits are being made by my editor on book I and I will hope to be announcing an official release date within the next month! But, in case you didn’t know, I have been writing quite frequently on the Way of the Weird site, expanding on information that was revealed in Book I.  The Way of the Weird is specifically designed to explore the philosophical aspects of the Waking Dream.  Is it real or fiction?  That’s for you to decide.  But if you haven’t had a chance to read the site, and are hungry for more as you await Devlin Second Edition, and The Unkindness, Way of the Weird should give you enough to keep you interested.

Spread the word, and help make the Waking Dream a reality.  Awaken your Weirdness and change the world.

Life is its own answer

With all the things happening in the world, its hard not to be introspective.  So much over philosophical beliefs has caused this eternal strife.  Religious morals, personal biases, social pressures.

“There is no secret. Anyone with eyes can see the way to live, by watching life, observing nature and cooperating with it. Making common cause with the process of existence. By living life for itself. Don’t you see? Deriving pleasure from the gift of pure being. Life is it’s own answer. Accept it and enjoy it day by day. Live as well as possible. Expect no more.

Destroy nothing. Humble nothing.Look for fault in nothing.Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful.Hold that which lives in all reverence.For life is given by the Sovereign of our universe, given to be savored, to be luxuriated in, to be respected.But that is no secret.You’re intelligent.You know as well as I what has to be done.”

– Ray Bradbury, Martian Chronicles

What do you think?

The Waking Dream – Why I Write

I began writing the Waking Dream stories, as well as creating characters, illustrations and a role-playing framework about 15 years ago. I’ve been a gamer and role-player since I was 8 — I played the original Dungeons and Dragons, and I was hooked [After 6 hours of trying to understand the rules, then creating a character with one hit point that died in the first battle *never start with a wizard*]

Over the years, I have played just about every major role-playing game, both on and offline since then. I am an avid Xbox gamer, and I when I am not writing, I am gaming [and of course spending time with my family who also game.] What hooked me to role-playing was free-form role-play on Internet Relay Chat [IRC], and the first place I played was BlkDragon*Inn on EFNet. There was no turning back from there.

What has always disappointed me, is the fact that many games, books and role-playing games are variations on the same theme. Its not to suggest that other writers are not extraordinarily talented. They have taken the themes and done wonders. But I wanted something unique and different from the rest. I wanted to truly create a unique universe, not just a single world varying on a multitude of worlds already created. I want to create a new reality.

I truly enjoy playing console and PC games, but they are always limited in the story, for many obvious reasons. The developers can only allow so much in the storyline, though some, like Skyrim and all the Elder Scrolls games, are extremely submersive. I want to create something that will never have an ending. There will always be something new and unique.

The Waking Dream is a culmination of all my studies, religion, philosophy, quantum mechanics, cosmology, astronomy, and literature — and so much more than that. I believe that the Waking Dream is a new direction in literature — for many reasons. The Immortal, One, is the beginning of a new way of thinking. The Weirdness is a new way of interacting with our world. And if you take a moment and watch the news its clear to see that the world is having some serious growing pains.

I believe that life imitates art, and that is because we are inspired beings — we want to experience something new, create something new, explore something new. When you look at the list of movies “Coming Soon”, you’ll notice that there are over 12 remakes in the works. This means we are running out of ideas, or we’ve fallen into a rut of inspiration. It is now time to think outside the box.

The Waking Dream is a whole new genre, but I’ve put it under dark fantasy because it deals with the end of things as we know it. The Waking Dream World will undergo a drastic change that will leave nothing unaffected — and I think that there is something similar coming for our own world, though I do not claim to have the prescience to know what that might be.

With Waking Dream, it is my commitment to my readers to lead them through a transition to a new way of thinking and interacting, and then, I will do it again. There are 9 novels outlined for the entire series, not counting the short stories and biographies of the Immortals. I have created over 100 characters, and I expect each of you who become submersed in the world, to contribute with your own stories.

The Waking Dream is not just about me, its about all of us. I want others to create stories, and I will happily promote them on my site and in collections. The Waking Dream is about exploring the possibilities, and not limiting ourselves by the ties that currently bind us.

I appreciate all of your commitments to my work. Each fan we gain humbles me beyond words.

Enjoy the world, give me feedback, and help me build the Waking Dream so that we all can awaken our weirdness and change the world.