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!

Way of the Weird

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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. 

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.

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.

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?