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...
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 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...
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.
I'll keep plugging away whenever possible. In the meantime, do enjoy the above documentary.
“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…
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!
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.
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! :-)
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!
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.
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.
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/ :-)
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.
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! :-)
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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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. Read More...
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:
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.
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: