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A haunted house and hidden truths in our ancient past

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A while ago, I wrote a blog article about a very strange but memorable experience I had one night, when it seemed that I was helping the spirit of my deceased nephew overcome his fear at the circle of white light waiting for him. Yup, it sounds weird even now and I’m tempted to put the whole experience down to being a bizarre dream, except for the fact that the dream occurred pretty much exactly after the moment he suffered his sudden, unexpected and fatal aneurism. I wrote that article only after much thought, because I was unsure that it was an appropriate thing to do in such tragic circumstances, but eventually I decided to write publicly about what I experienced because I think it’s crucially important that we talk about such experiences. Unfortunately, in our modern Western World, such experiences are regarded as delusions or signs of madness. This view is not only out of step with most of human history, it is also unscientific. As I've described in my book ‘How science shows that almost everything important we’ve been told is wrong’, it is scientifically impossible that only physical things exist, since Life cannot exist in the Universe without an external, non-physical organising influence. Without that influence, Life could not continually work directly against Entropy and would cease to exist. The impossibility of Materialism was openly stated by many brilliant, Nobel-Prize-Winning physicists but after the Second World War, this viewpoint was effectively banned.

I'm therefore keen to explore non-physical phenomena scientifically. As part of this exploration, here's a very strange experience I had a few years ago. Read More...

The Twelfth Planet by Zechariah Sitchin - book review

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I have to start this review with a confession. Although Zechariah Sitchin’s ‘The Twelfth Planet’ has been around for a very long time (I now own the 30th Anniversary Edition of the book), I’ve never read it up to now because I felt that its main ideas were too far out to be possible. To explain my scepticism, here's what Sitchin was stating, to the best of my knowledge:

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1) The Annunaki, the gods of Ancient Sumer, were from another planet, Nibiru, in our solar system, whose very long, eccentric orbit meant it wasn’t near to Earth for most of a ten-thousand year orbit.
2) The Annunaki were on Earth in ancient times for mining purposes.
3) The Annunaki created a hybrid human, a mixture of themselves and Homo Habilis, four-hundred-thousand years ago, so that they had a worker available to do the back-breaking mining activity.

I was very sceptical about those three ideas for rational reasons. Firstly, I concluded that point 1 wasn't true, as there was no evidence at that time of an eccentric, long-orbit planet around our solar system. I was also very sceptical of point 2 and 3, because I felt that a race from another planet would find the mining and transport of raw metals to another planet far too costly in terms of resources for the activity to be worthwhile.

But this scepticism may have been misplaced. Recently, several scientific developments seem to have boosted Sitchin’s theory. There has been the discovery that a planet around our sun may be a reality, thanks to the studies of orbital anomalies in the Kuiper Belt, the large region of comets on the edge of our solar system. There has also been the genetic discovery that the changes in genes required to turn Homo Habilis into Homo Sapiens are so extensive, specialised and mutually dependent that it’s almost impossible that they could have occurred purely through natural selection. Thirdly, just last week, a scientific report was published describing the discovery of Homo Sapiens bones in an ancient mine in Morocco, bones that have been reliably dated to 300,000 BC, two-hundred-thousand years before Homo Sapiens was supposed to have developed in Africa.

All the above three scientific discoveries are ground-breaking and seem strong enough to force the scientific establishment to rewrite their understanding of major subjects. What’s more, all three discoveries support Sitchin’s theories about the Annunaki. If these ‘gods’ did create a hybrid annunaki-habilis person, Homo Sapiens, four-hundred-thousand years ago, then it would explain both the bizarre acceleration of genetic changes from Habilis to Sapiens and the presence of Homo Sapiens in a mine, three-hundred-thousand years ago.

Because of these developments, I put aside my earlier misgivings and read Sitchin’s book. I’m very pleased I did because it’s an excellent scholarly study. Sitchin’s decision to learn cuneiform as a way to really find out what the Sumerians were saying is exemplary. The book is also very readable and engaging. His ideas may still sound crazy but at the moment, from a scientific point of view, Sitchin’s theory is actually the most plausible theory for our current state on this planet. An ancient, technically advanced race colonising Earth half a million years ago, then hybridising Homo Habilis to create a worker-slave, is actually the most plausible explanation of why Homo Sapiens is here, how our civilisation arrived, appearing from literally nothing in 4,000BC, and where we need to look for answers and further understanding of ourselves and our past. I therefore heartily recommend the book.

'The mystery of the crystal skulls' book review

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As a break from UFO articles, I thought it would be a good moment to review a book I've very much enjoyed; 'The mystery of the crystal skulls' by Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas. This is a fat paperback describing the authors' journey in investigating and uncovering information about certain crystal skulls, in particular the Mitchell-Hedges skull, found in the 1920's by Anne Mitchell-Hedges and her father in a Mayan pyramid in Central America.

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To be honest, I've never read much on crystal skulls, as I've viewed them as being of only minor significance amongst the many strange anomalies present on our planet. Morton and Thomas's book proved me wrong on this matter, as they've put together a great documentary story, along with a wealth of data, not only about the major crystal skulls available to study in the world but also the views of the indigenous people connected to those skulls. The story includes solid science, folk tales, psychic readings, bizarre conspiracies, secrets and predictions about our future.

The star of the book is definitely the Mitchell-Hedges quartz, rock-crystal skull. Not only is the skull the most well-known skull, the book includes a report on analysis of the skull by the Hewlett Packard laboratories. The staff there used their skills in fabricating pure quartz crystals for electronic devices to analyse the skull's construction and internal make-up. Their report makes it clear that the skull isn't just a carved piece of rock; its piezo-electric properties, prismatic properties, purity and crystal patterning clearly belong to something created by a very advanced culture. And yet, it was found in an ancient Mayan pyramid. Read More...

Chambers and tunnels under the Giza Plateau

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While browsing through YouTube, I came upon this fascinating documentary in which Andrew Collins and colleagues explain their discovery of chambers and passages under the Giza plateau. As the documentary explains, Collins and his associates developed a belief that the Giza pyramids were laid out to match the Cygnus or 'Swan' constellation. They therefore concluded that the place matching the star Deneb, the main star of Cygnus, should be of great significance. They followed up on their idea, along with well-researched information they gathered together, and found an entrance leading to multiple underground chambers and passageways.



The progress of the researchers has a familiar ring. As has often been the case when enthusiasts have tried to discover the secrets of the Giza site, one person has almost always obstructed their efforts. Zahi Hawass, the head of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo at that time, first stated categorically that there were no underground chambers at the Giza site, even though the researchers had found and photographed underground chambers. He then barred the entrance to the temple concerned. He followed that up by taking a film crew down those same passages but made no effort to explore further. This tactic of Hawass's, of rubbishing theories and then blocking access to the site so that no one can explore further, has occurred multiple times. For example, after Jean-Pierre Houdin developed a sound theory of an inner ramp within the Great Pyramid, he went to Giza and discovered a collapsed corner of the pyramid wall, high up, exactly where an inner ramp could have weakened the pyramid's outer shell. Houdin had a quick look and then rapidly found the site barred to any access. Since that time, no one has been allowed to explore that collapsed corner. Similar events may happen again. Hawass is currently not the head of Egyptian Antiquities, possibly having been sacked (again), but it is possible he may be reinstated, which has also happened before.

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I haven't posted a lot of information about new development at Giza in the last few years. Some readers might find this strange, as I did a lot of research on Egypt and I developed an explanation for why and when the Great Pyramid at Giza was constructed. To put it succinctly, the Great Pyramid was built between 3000 BC and 2800 BC in order to take advantage of an extremely rare celestial event; the passage of a star almost directly over the celestial North Pole. This transit occurred in 2787 BC and the star concerned was Thuban, or Alpha Draconis, 'Thuban' is Arabic for the snake and although the star is not the brightest star in the Draconis (or Dragon) constellation, it was designated a long time ago as the constellation's most important star.

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The discovery of this solution has been a very strange experience for me. After developing this answer to the mystery of the Great Pyramid's construction and writing about it, I did assume that the answer, based entirely on straightforward astronomy and the Great Pyramid's physical attributes, would be rapidly disseminated, accepted and repeated by others. The solution can't be dismissed as an interpretation as there is no interpretation involved. No translations or hypotheses are required; it's a simple case of geometry and astronomical observation. And yet, I've seen no indication that anyone has picked up this ball and run with it. What's more, my attempts to directly pass on the information to others - researchers, magazines - has met with stony silence; It's all very odd. Understandably, I think, such a complete void of encouragement and interest has sapped my enthusiasm and I've focussed my energies on other topics instead.

I'll keep plugging away whenever possible. In the meantime, do enjoy the above documentary.

More material added to 'Ancient Astral Secrets' article

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Just a quick note to say I've added more material to the 'The Greek Myths, Method of Loci and stars' article, which I'm now calling 'Ancient Astral Secrets'. The new material continues the quest to understand what the Greek Myths were really about and begins to investigate the connections between the Greek Myths and the earlier Sumerian/Babylonian/Egyptian zodiacs that seemed to inspire and precede them. The new material includes a section on the Dendera Zodiac and finishes with a chat about the Wow! signal. Yes, it's true, those two things are somehow, in a strange way, connected. It begins like this…

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Our ancient past is weird. There are monuments and myths that don't seem to make sense. In the last few years, I've been conducting research to find an explanation for these buildings and odd stories. The article on this website about a laser transmission from Sirius has come from this research (based on the Sirius Red Controversy) along with an article on the Great Pyramid and 2787BC. If both articles are correct, then we're faced with a strange but fascinating fact; that there is intelligent life on other stars in our part of the galaxy. Not only that, but the intelligent creatures living around those stars have taken an interest in Earth during our ancient past.

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Just a quick note to say I've added an article exploring a fascinating possibility; that several of the Greek myths were actually Method of Loci stories designed to memorise facts about star systems. Fun! Here's the start of the article:

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Greek myths are fascinating. They’re also very popular. Lots of movies and books are still being created, based on Greek myths. These modern celebrations have kept those myths alive for new generations, which is great, but have you ever read the original text of a Greek myth? They’re terrible to read! Here’s Apollodorus’s version of part of Hercules’ Labours:

“As a tenth labour Hercules was ordered to fetch the kine (cattle) of Geryon from Erythia. Now Erythia was an island near the ocean; it is now called Gadira. This island was inhabited by Geryon, son of Chrysaor by Callirhoe, daughter of Ocean. He had the body of three men grown together and joined in one at the waist, but parted in three from the flanks and thighs. He owned red kine, of which Eurytion was the herdsman and Orthus, the two-headed hound, begotten by Typhon on Echidna, was the watch-dog. So journeying through Europe to fetch the kine of Geryon Hercules destroyed many wild beasts and set foot in Libya, and proceeding to Tartessus he erected as tokens of his journey two pillars over against each other at the boundaries of Europe and Libya.


The above section is actually the interesting bit. The full text of this Labour goes on after this, and on, and on. Hercules pursues errant cattle and defeats various foes, creating an entire second half to the story that is thick with odd names, places and actions. Why was this story written in such a dull way? It’s tempting to say that the Ancient Greeks were dull writers but they weren’t. Many of their writings are fascinating and engaging, so what’s going on here? Read more

Compare and contrast

It's back to the graphic novel work today. I'm redrawing a few pages before I submit the first sample chapter of 'the great secret' to a publisher. Here's today's re-drawn page. I'm pleased how fast I can produce the work nowadays. It's exciting to find that it isn't just the quality of the work that improves when you put in the practice but also the speed at which you can produce the work.

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This might a good moment to compare and contrast the new version with the old one. Here's my original version of the page, drawn in 2013:

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I remember being very pleased with it. I felt I'd gone up a level. Now, eighteen months later, I'm trying to work why I honestly thought it was good. I seem to have drawn a child's toy tugboat and tried to pass it off as an ocean-going passenger liner. Also, the buildings on the right seem to be made out of Lego and half the passengers have clothing made from plasticene. The logo and the left-hand crate aren't bad, but that's about it. Ow!

There's definitely an embarrassing side to making progress as a writer or illustrator. In the early stages, you think you're doing great work and you can't understand why you're not being picked up for publication. 'What's wrong with those publishers, why aren't they interested!?' A year-or-so later, after several hundred more hours of practice, you look at the same work again and the reason is painfully clear. D'oh!

The Great Pyramid and 2787 BC

For the last few years, I've been working on an ancient mystery story. Its first incarnation was a non-fiction book called 'The Golden Web' but after some feedback, I realised that early version was too dense and convoluted to appeal to many readers. Instead, I've been creating a graphic novel about the same subject using the same researched material, evidence and ideas. This graphic novel is currently entitled 'The Great Secret'. It isn't yet complete. When I do complete it, I'll be looking for a publisher. I'll post any news of that progress when it occurs.

As part of spreading awareness of the graphic novel and the ideas contained within it, I've posted an article on this website about a key piece of evidence that I unearthed while researching the story. As the title of this blog entry indicates, the key piece of evidence concerns the Great Pyramid and the year 2787 BC, when a crucial celestial event occurred. For a full explanation, do please read the article.


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September news

Hello everyone,

Autumn is here in the UK and I'm working merrily away on a new version of my graphic novel. It was formerly entitled 'Prof Millpot and the Golden Web' and then 'The Golden Web Mystery' but it's now 'The Great Secret'. I completed a full version of it in May of this year and showed sample pages to several people in the British graphic novel industry. I received some very useful feedback, particularly from Dan Franklin at Jonathan Cape, the Costa Award winning author Bryan Talbot and Corinne Pearlman at Myriad Editions. Their comments made me look again at what I'd done. I was also able to look at the work with fresh eyes, as I'd taken a short break from the 'graphic novel page creation treadmill'. There were clearly several things wrong with the story. There was a lot of poor artwork, the story pace was too fast, there was no clear focus, it was too demanding on the reader, its target audience was unclear... and those were the major points! Since then, I've been working on a new version which, fingers crossed, solves those problems. This new version is called 'The Great Secret' and I'm hoping to finish it by the end of this year, so I'd better crack on! :-)

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May news

Hello everyone,

Apologies for being quiet this month, but I've been racing to finish the Golden Web graphic novel and finally, after a week-or-so of reviewing pages and printing out a physical copy, it is actually finished. Hooray!

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The novel is about 210 pages long and is almost all drawn pages, apart from a small glossary in the middle. Once I've tidied up a few final bits and bobs, the next step in the process will be to find a publisher. Hopefully, I'll be able to report on that in the next few months.

My next major project will either be a novel or an animation, or possibly both in parallel.

Cheers!

A.

April news

It's the evening of the last day of April and so I think I'd better produce the April news! ;-)

My graphic novel is half-way through the last chapter and should be complete, as planned, by the end of next month (May). The last chapter switches between New York in 1925 and the Amazon in 1923. It's been fun drawing New York in the twenties; a very elegant time for that city and its new wave of Art Deco architecture.

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I've also added a new article on the influence idea website. That one's about the strange correlation between the Influence Idea's description of the creation of the universe and an Ancient Egyptian book's description of the same event.

Next month's news should be exciting as I will hopefully, catastrophes aside, have finished 'Prof and the Golden Web'. Yay! \o/ :-)

March news

The buds are out, the fruit trees are in blossom and two starlings have been stuffing their faces on the mealworms I've been leaving out on the garden bird table. I'm a bit shocked at them; they're the messiest eaters I've ever seen. Bits of mealworms fly everywhere. The robins and tits, by comparison, are precise and dainty, although they can get very picky. The tits are happy to throw most of the bird-feeder food to the floor and just pick out the bits they like. The robin ignores half the food on the bird table and gives me a hard-stare, as if to say 'this is the best you can supply?' I have felt intimidated by robins in the past. I was digging in a friend's garden and I was harassed out of the garden by a robin who wanted the worms I'd dug up.

Anyway, that's the garden bird news this month. On the writing front, Prof Millpot and the Golden Web is ticking along fine. I'm still on schedule to finish in May.

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It's looking good. I won't tell you why that Catholic congregation is staring blankly at the viewer; you'll have wait for the book to come out.

This month, I've also popped two more small articles on the influence idea website. The first one explains how the influence idea isn't syntropy. This was an odd article to write and a lot of readers won't be interested, but I've added it in for thoroughness's sake. I needed to write it because some Italian scientists contacted me, saying the Influence Idea was a form of syntropy and I had to explain to them that it wasn't. There's also a new article on the site in response to Matt Ridley's assertion that the quandary of life overcoming entropy is explained by the closed system argument - that organisms turn energy into order. I point out in my article that this theory is flawed as energy does not produce order, only more vigorous activity. Waves can pound more strongly on a beach, but that won't make it any more likely that sandcastles will appear.

To be honest, neither of the articles are particularly exciting, but if any readers are keen to study the Influence Idea and how it stands up against competing theories, those articles are for you.

That's all for March. Enjoy the Spring! :-)

Graphic novel progress

After a few more weeks of solid drawing and vectoring, the prologue of 'Prof Millpot and the Golden Web' is now complete. I'd put it off for quite a while, as I wasn't sure whether it was necessary or not, but then recently decided after all that it was worth doing. That means that chapters One to Six (plus prologue) are complete. Next stop, chapter seven. There are twelve chapters planned in all. Unless another project gets in the way, the graphic novel should be finished in the Summer of this year.

After completing the prologue, I took a short break from drawing story pages and knocked together a pastiche of a Mucha illustration. Mucha was a wonderful artist and was active in the 1920's, when the story takes place, and so I thought it would be fun to do a Prof version of one of his illustrations.

That's all the graphic novel news for now; I'll post info on other bits and bobs in the next few days.

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December news

Happy Christmas Festive Period Everyone!

I haven’t got any new announcements to pass on, apart from a reminder that my short story ‘The Lost Emotion’ should be due out next month in the next issue of Arc science fiction magazine, if all goes to plan.

For those interested in how my graphic novel ‘Prof Millpot and the Golden Web’ is getting on, here’s the latest completed page:

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Part 1 of the book is complete, and Part 2 is planned out, ready for artwork. There’s a hundred pages of artwork to do, so it’ll be about six months before the whole story is finished.

I can’t think of anything else to mention. I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and New Year!

Part1 of 'Prof Millpot & The Golden Web' is complete!

Part1 of ‘Prof Millpot and the Golden Web’ is complete. It’s about a hundred pages long so far. Part2, completing the story, should be done by next April (as a rough guess). Here’s the last page of Part1:

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I think the quality of the artwork has really improved over the course of drawing Part1. As Neil Gaiman has pointed out, the work you do while you’re not enjoying the process is just as good as the work you do when you are enjoying it, and I was definitely dragging my heels over the last fifteen pages of Part 1. A fair amount of fatigue had crept in, but I think the enthusiasm will be back after a short break.

I’m going to start Part2 in November. Until then, I’ll do something different. Until then, best wishes!

September news

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Beautiful skies here in London this month. On the creative front, I’ve been working hard to complete Part 1 of ‘Prof Millpot and the Golden Web’, which should add up to about 110 pages. Part 2, in which Prof returns to England and the plot thickens like a dodgy stew, will be about another 70 pages (I think) and that’ll conclude the story. Here’s a few frames to give you an idea of how it’s going:

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I had to alter it a little to prevent any plot-spoiling. :-)

Apart from that, it’s been a pretty quiet month. Have a good Autumn!

June news

Greetings everyone!

Here’s another picture from ‘Prof Millpot and the Golden Web’. I’ve now reached page 52. It’s ticking along nicely and I should reach 100+ pages by late autumn.

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Still no sign of Arc Magazine issue 2.1 containing my story. I’ll post a note when it appears on the digital (and possibly physical) news stands. They did pay me a very substantial prize for the short story and things are going on in the background, so I’m guessing it will appear soon!

I’ve added a new article to the Strange Anomalies section called The Tryptamine Key; something for those of you out there interested in the borders of reality, dreams and ayahuasca. I’ll also add an article about maize soon, along with info on near death experiences.

Schrodinger’s Shed, an illustrated story exploring the logical consequences of quantum physics is still progressing well.

That’s all I can think of for now. Enjoy the long days!

May news

Greetings All,

May has come to an end and the days are warm, long and sunny here in London. I don’t have a lot of news to report; the next issue of Arc Science Fiction magazine still isn’t out so everyone (including me) will have to wait a bit longer to read the print version of my short story ’The Lost Emotion’. I think the delay is due to the Arc team carrying out a major re-vamp of the magazine. Hopefully, Arc Issue 2.1 will burst on to our digital, and possibly physical, shelves in June.
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Graphic novel is ticking along


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Hi All,

For those interested to know how the graphic novel is progressing after reading
the sample first chapter, it’s ticking along fine. I’m still working on the story and producing thumbnail versions of the pages, along with some pencil-drawn versions of full pages. Here’s an example frame:

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New graphic novel is underway

After spending the last six months writing a science fiction novel, I’ve started 2013 with a new big project; a graphic novel. I’ve now finished the first chapter and it’s available to read on this web site. Enjoy!

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Interstellar laser transmission and Sirius

I read a very interesting article in the New Scientist this week; it was an interview with Geoff Marcy (pictured), partly responsible for discovering many of the exoplanets we now know about. In the article, Dr Marcy explains that he's switching from exoplanet discovery (planets orbiting other stars) to SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He feels that he's done what he wanted to do with the exoplanet work and wants to 'roll the dice' and take on a long-shot SETI subject.

Dr Marcy believes that if alien civilizations do exist, some must be sufficiently advanced to be communicating between stars. To do this, they would logically use lasers, since lasers enable tight, focussed, information-rich communication. We on Earth have been sending out lasers and radio waves into space for a while now and Dr Marcy suspects that alien civilizations may target us as a result. As he states in the interview: 'maybe they are studying us with their own lasers, for whatever reason, and we should be looking for that. And that's what I plan to do.'

The reason I'm mentioning this is that, based on the evidence I uncovered in my book 'The Golden Web', such an event may have already happened.
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The Golden web: Part 1 is now available on the FeedARead website

Morning all!


Just a quick note to say The Golden Web: Part 1, my non-fiction investigation into ancient mysteries, is now available to buy. I could do another proof read but I don't think that's necessary. At the moment, the book is only available from FeedARead's website (they're handling the publishing) but it should soon be available from Amazon.co.uk and major booksellers. It is also available from Amazon.co.uk as a digital download but I need to test the quality of the file first (by getting a friend with a KIndle to buy a copy). Once all that's sorted and checked, I'll add a banner to my website and populate the Golden Web page with the appropriate information.

I'll also improve the content on the Golden Web page on this website so that it's more informative. To be honest, you really need to read the book but I'll do what I can.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Self publishing in the UK - my progress so far

There's a bit of a lull for me at the moment - I'm waiting for various stuff to be done by other people - so I thought I'd jot down my experiences so far in self-publishing.


I'm in the process of self-publishing my non-fiction book, The Golden Web. I'm following the self-publishing route for the book because the standard non-fiction publishing route isn't really available to me. Since I'm not a television presenter or senior scientist or academic, it's unlikely a publishing house would want to commit funds to try and sell my book. I also don't have any personal connections in the UK publishing industry so I can't call on any favours or phone any ex-school publisher friends asking them to add The Golden Web to their list. That's okay though, because you don't have to be well known person to get a non-fiction book published and sold nowadays. Hooray!

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'The Golden Web: Part 1' is nearing publication

My non-fiction book 'The Golden Web' is nearing publication through Amazon.com. I've ordered a proof copy which should arrive in the next week. Once that's been checked, the book should then be available through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, both in paperback form and digital download. I'm planning on setting up a website for that book as part of its promotion, along with some advertising in appropriate magazines. I'll also try to submit articles to those same magazines that relate to the book, to generate interest.


I've tried to keep the book light-hearted, even though it puts forward a radical new theory. As an example of this approach, here's the blurb I'll be putting in the description field:

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