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.