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.

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.