Waking Dream: Devlin Now Available!

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.

I want to thank you all for your continued support getting this book out the door! There are a few people I’d like to thank specifically for their in the weeds help:

And finally, I want to thank all of the Dreamers in the world for not giving up. Together we can change the world and bring peace, once and for all.

Unkind Update #4

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.

 

Blood Doll Revealed!

MeresinI am so happy to present the exclusive Blood Doll by Southern Gothica!

This amazing little doll is hand-made from felt and each will be numbered and named as they are ordered.

Information on ordering will appear on this site within the next few days!

They take approximately 6 hours a piece to make, so please be patient because demand for these dolls will be high!

How to make a Blood Doll

Devlin Update

Hibbard-WakingDream-DevlinBook1 750 x 1200As you can all see we’ve got our shiny new cover, and the copy edits will be commencing this Friday.  After a lot of thought and discussions, we’ve decided that a September 22nd release would be best for the novel.  Devlin takes place in the Autumn and since September 22nd is the first day of Autumn, its a good fit for the series.

Immortal Memories we are going to try and get out on Halloween of 2013, with Book II coming sometime in late January or Early February of 2014 — this follows the timeline of that book.

In addition to all of this excitement, I will have my first ever Author Interview that will be posted on Monday and I will share that link as soon as its posted!  The interview is about the Waking Dream Universe, the upcoming books and The Way of the Weird website.  Way of the Weird has captured a lot of attention in the past few months because it is a completely fictitious (or is it?) blog, written by the Crier at Twilight.  So if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you’ll find all sorts of goodness about the Waking Dream while you wait for the books to be released.

Thank you all again for your support!

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!

Our Waking Dream

As we approach the launch of the book, I am working on a whole new interactive experience that will allow you the reader create your own Dreamer and interact with other Dreamers.  This is an old school gaming format known as “Free Form Role-play”.

In addition to working on Book II, I am building a website for Dreamers to enter into chat rooms that are set in various places in the books, where everyone can contribute to expanding their own Dreamer story and react to the events unfolding in the books.  Free Form Role-play has very little rules, and is meant to focus more on story telling and not on combat and rules.  Each of you will have the opportunity to create your Dreamer, gain experience by doing various activities on the website, and use Quanta and Weirdness to shape your part in the Waking Dream.

I will be rolling out various features as they are completed.  I am going to take an iterative approach to releasing functionality, and I will be taking feedback from you all on what features you would like me to add.

There will be no charge for using this website, and you don’t even need to buy the books, but it is highly suggested since you will want to follow the story.

I will be having a limited beta-test in June, and I will create a sign-up sheet for those interested in helping me test the site out.  I will also be recruiting DreamMasters to moderate the chat rooms, and settle any disputes.  DreamMasters will have the final say over any ambiguities that may arise.  You may only have one Dreamer account at a time and when your Dreamer dies, you will be able to create a new one to replace the old one.

To get yourself ideas on the world and the system, check out the Way of the Weird website for more information.

I will keep you updated on the progress.

Way of the Weird

Link

Way of the Weird

Way of the Weird is an attempt to distill all religions, philosophical disciplines and quantum physics into an easy to understand way of viewing the elegance of our universe.  It is clear that the time for religion has come to an end, as it has done nothing but cause polarization in our world.  As aptly stated by the Dalai Lama:

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”

Way of the Weird is the basis for a series of novels I am writing where people can realize — becoming awakened or enlightened — that the world we have is a product of our imaginations, and a product of the things we allow to happen.

Give the Libellus Somnium a read, and see spread the word if you believe the world can be a dream and not the nightmare it has become. 

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.

The Unkind Update

Greetings Dreamers!

I am nearly half way finished with the next book, and I wanted to give you all an opportunity to give me feedback on what you’d like to see more of in the next book!  Is there a character you want to know more about?  Is there a different location you want me to highlight?  More action?  More romance? More horror?

Waking Dream: The Unkindness will expose who is behind the plot to start the Transformation.  Several new characters will be introduced, and the Greater and Celestial Immortals will be revealed.  Will the Dreamers survive?  What will the world look like after the Transformation has completed?

Please feel free to comment on this post, via Facebook or directly below this post in the comments section.

Thank you again for all your support!

Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II

The UnkindnessI thought I would take a moment to talk about the next novel in the series.

Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II picks up where Devlin left off and thrusts the reader into a fast-paced story of deception, redemption and transformation.

The architect behind the end of the world will be exposed.  New characters will be introduced to help the Dreamers of Devlin, and Dreams across the world, survive the storm brewing in the depths of shadow and transgression.

I have already begun writing Book II and I expect to release it towards the end of this year.  But as a solace, many stories and ancillary information will be available on both the websites.  Waking Dream and Way of the Weird

I also have some exciting news.  I have been contacted by real publishers to read my manuscript.  It looks like there is a very good chance that I will have a publisher within the next month.  Those of you who purchased the original first editions are fortunate because those versions will be discontinued, and become collector’s items as first editions — assuming this series gains any steam in the Dark Fantasy community. So when I return to the Spaces Between, you’ll have the first ever copies of my work.

Again, I thank you all for your continued support and interest in my universe.  I hope it brings you as much enjoyment reading as I enjoy writing it.  There are so many places we can explore together.  I hope that you will stay on the path with me, and see how the world is inevitably transformed, which is what is really happening in our world today.  Perhaps, if we work together, we can awaken our weirdness’ and change the world before it’s too late.

Reviews for Waking Dream: Devlin

DevlinCoverFirst of all, I am humbled at the reviews I’ve gotten on this book, and I want to thank the reviewers for taking the time to review my recent work.  I am humbled by the acceptance the book is getting.
Waking Dream: The Unkindness  Book II is half-way done.  So there won’t be a long wait.  I plan to release two novels a year, until the dream is over.
You can see for yourself at this link
5 out of 5 stars WOW! JUST WOW!, February 21, 2013 By BJASLS1972
This review is from: Waking Dream: Devlin, Volume 1 (Transformation) (Paperback)

I’ve just completed reading Waking Dream: Devlin by Michael Hibbard. I must say that this would certainly make an intriguing television series or movie, but let me back up and tell you my thoughts on the novel itself.

Through exploring this novel, it will make you think about your own reality as it blurs the lines between what is real and what is fantasy. Are you a sleeper, dreamer, or immortal not yet awakened? This novel will certainly open your mind to the possibilities.

The characters in this novel are on their own journey towards figuring out who are they and what is their purpose in an ever changing world. As more and more information is carefully disclosed about the characters, whether hints about their history or foreshadowing about their future, you will become increasingly captivated by them. You will root for some while praying for the demise of others.

The journey certainly does not end with Waking Dream: Devlin. There is definitely so much more to come in future. I can not help but be eager to see what author Michael Hibbard brings to us next.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5 out of 5 stars Thrilling continuation, February 14, 2013
By Isaac Green
This review is from: Waking Dream: Devlin, Volume 1 (Transformation) (Paperback)

I enjoyed Devlin as much as I did Immortal Memories. Many more characters were introduced in this addition and each felt hand tailored and fleshed out. It also gives the reader more insight in the the Waking Dream universe which feels like a living character itself, with many things going on within it. I am excited for the next installment as the ending will leave you wanting to know more!

What is the Waking Dream?

Its All a Waking DreamI’ve been asked many times “What exactly are you trying to do with the Waking Dream Universe?”

I have actually been working on the Waking Dream Universe for about 15 years. It is the product of the many years I’ve spent studying religion, philosophy, cosmology and Quantum Mechanics. I wanted to write a series of novels that blurred all the lines between what is real and what is not, because when you really get down to it — can you actually describe reality? How do you know that what you are seeing is real? And, what if we had an innate ability to change it?

The Waking Dream is the universe — a place where we are free to create whatever we want and make our lives whatever we want. There are three types of beings in my universe — Dreamers, Sleepers and Immortals.

Dreamers are those of us who have the ability to use a primordial force known as the Weird — which is just my distillation of all the nebulous concepts that from throughout history such as the Tao, the Holy Spirit, the Akashic Record, the Force. It is the clay from which we mold the world. Dreamers have an ability called Weirdness, which allows them to affect the world around them in a very similar way to magick. But, a Dreamer cannot begin to use this ability until they realize that they are a Dreamer. They come into the world through a form of reincarnation. This is where the Sleepers come in.

Sleepers are merely those that have no ability to change the world around them. They breed and spread like the rest of the animals in the world, and their purpose is to fulfill the will of the Dreamers. And, they serve as reincarnation vessels for the Dreamers. When a Dreamer dies, they return to my form of the afterlife known as the Spaces Between. From there, they choose a Sleeper they wish to inhabit, and forget all of their previous lives [except at a subconscious level] and begin life all over again, trying to Awaken their Weirdness. Think of it as assuming a character in a game, yet you don’t know you are playing a game. And once you Awaken, you realize that there is something much more profound behind it all — Immortality.

All Dreamers are innately Immortal in spirit. A Dreamer can become Immortal and once that happens, they no longer forget who they are when they die and return. The bodies of the Sleepers are not Immortal, only the Dreamer soul that inhabits them. But, when they die, they can return and remember all of their experiences from past lives, and command greater control over the Weird.

The Waking Dream is the entire universe. Earth is special because it was the first planet in the universe to become inhabited by Dreamers. But there are countless other worlds where Dreamers and Immortals exist. However, Immortals are bound to their home planet — the place where they first became Immortal. And once the Earth is gone, they will be free to explore other worlds, but they’ll begin the process of becoming Immortal all over again.

I hope this gives you enough information to decide if the Waking Dream series intrigues you enough to follow me on this journey — perhaps awaken and see the dream for yourself.

Amazon Reviews & Other Reviews

We’ve noticed that Amazon does not allow anyone review a book unless you have a previous purchase with them.  So I’ve created a rating system and moved all current 10 reviews to the website.  If you experienced that problem and want to review the book, you can do so at the following link. Immortal Memories

I have already moved all of the reviews from Amazon over to the site so if you’ve already reviewed I thank you greatly!  We’ve sold over 400 copies in the past month, so I expect we will be getting more feedback in the next few weeks!

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.

Awaken Your Weirdness

The Eye of OneThe Waking Dream series is much more than an excursion into dark fantasy. The Waking Dream is meant to present my philosophy on how we’ve allowed the world to become what it is today. We’ve forgotten that we each have the power within us to transcend the trivialities of life, and dream — and dream with our eyes open.

Your weirdness is the magick within you to make your dreams come true. And if you think about it, we are making magick all the time. We create the world every moment, fighting against the order of gravity and the natural inclination for the universe to settle into a still pond.

The Weirdness is the true nature of the universe, because without consciousness to experience and appreciate it, what purpose does the universe truly have? We give it purpose, we give ourselves purpose. I hope that you can see that truth in what I have written and pass it along to others. If we each recognize that we create the world, it will be a better place. Awaken your own weirdness, find your own weirdness, your own magick. Change the world before its too late.