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.
“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.
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:
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 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.
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/ :-)
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! :-)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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: