Saturday, April 14, 2018

Coincidence or Divine Intervention

There is an odd thing that happens to fiction writers. Sometimes, when you begin laying out a story, you uncover knowledge that you never knew you possessed. This happened to me a lot while writing Zac's Guitar.

I knew that I wanted to write about a boy and a magic guitar. What I didn't expect was to uncover a plausible connection between Theoretical Physics (String Theory) and my magic guitar. Consciously, I knew nothing about String Theory but I saw something on television that captured my attention and prompted me to do some research. When I did, I found that this story that I had been writing not only needed String Theory, but it had the right character to develop this connection and was written as if it had always been my intention to include it.

Now, I'm working on Servants of the Legacy. My first step was to work on some character creation. After thirteen years and five books that included the Highgate Paranormal Research Society, coming up with new characters would be a challenge.

My process usually involves making a list of names with a short biography, explaining their place in the book, and giving them a home location.

The second character that I listed was a young man named Danny who was from Alaska. I didn't know why he was from Alaska. In my mind, he just was. Weeks later, while doing research on Nazca, Peru for the book, I stumbled upon a diagram that looked like the one below:

So, I'm writing a book about aliens on Earth and I "randomly" select Alaska as the home of one of my characters, then discover that two of the mysterious ancient locations from the book are geographically and geometrically connected to Alaska. These are sites where ancient alien theorists believe aliens existed and imparted wisdom upon mankind. They believe the Nazca lines were left behind by alien visitors.

Now, I'm left wondering if this is a coincidence. Did I see this diagram before and simply forget about it until I needed it for my work? I don't recall ever hearing about this connection before. 

The writing process is truly an amazing and magical thing! 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Servants of the Legacy

Strange things are happening on Earth in the year 2030. A solar event has taken a toll on the planet's resources and the future appears dim for human kind. As the scientific community searches for solutions, a group of unrelated, ordinary people begin having bizarre experiences.

* Edward, a middle aged farmer whose crops are failing stumbles into a crop circle and telepathically connects with an other worldly intelligence

* Danny, an Alaskan kid whose future is uncertain experiences a close encounter and awakens with a working knowledge of a groundbreaking technology

* Renee, a multiple abductee and Travis Cloud, a Hollywood A-lister are abducted and returned with altered DNA

* Max, a computer programmer and Jason, a conspiracy theorist bear witness to a great discovery

*Roman Demaris, an archaeologist, opens a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza and finds that the walls inside are covered with a message written in computer code

*Antonio Perelli, a billionaire with his own space program, sees a link between these people and brings them together

In the year 2030, when man is facing likely extinction, he looks up at the stars and wonders, is there a place for us out there? Perhaps we aren’t the first intelligent life to determine that the best way to fulfill our biological imperative is to plant our seed on a distant star.

We are given the blue print used to introduce life to a barren planet. It's the blue print that was used to bring life to our planet and others before it. Now, it's our turn to serve this legacy.