Two or three of you may remember that
at the beginning of every year I used to email out a list of my favorite things
of the year before. It’s been a long time since I’ve done this, but I want to
do it again. I want to be clear, this is my experience of 2011. So, you may
find one or two things from 2010, if I only discovered them in 2011.
Also, a few songs or movies might
have to wait if I didn’t find them until 2012. I have about half a playlist of
songs already set for my 2012 playlist (and it is mind-blowingly awesome so far.)
Many of those songs came out in 2011, but I only discovered them in the last
week or so, so they’ll have to wait. Check out Gotye and Awolnation to get a
preview of next year’s playlist.
Best movie of 2011 – Cave of
Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog.
Read my review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A6GKXUU9AOV65/ref=cm_pdp_rev_title_3?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R19XZ27F7505LS
Best album of 2011 – Plan B’s Defamation of Strickland Banks or Tom Waits’ Bad As Me
Best Song of 2011 – The Man who Stole
a Leopard by Duran Duran.
Read my review of Duran Duran’s new
album here: http://www.amazon.com/All-You-Need-Now-Duran/dp/B004L49K20/ref=cm_cr-mr-title
Best New Band – Plan B
Best Video Game – Dead Space 2
Special mention – Skyrim
Best Comic book - Aquaman
Best TV Show – Doctor Who
Best book I read in 2011 –
Non-fiction – Noel Daniels’ Magic
Fiction – The Ship that Sailed to
Mars by William Timlin.
my review: http://www.amazon.com/Ship-That-Sailed-Calla-Editions/dp/1606600176/ref=cm_cr-mr-title
Special Mention - Del Toro and Hogan's The Night Eternal
Special Award – I just want to say
that the new remastered Pink Floyd albums are amazing. For the first time I was
able to get into The Dark Side of The Moon.
P.S. Pigs (Three different ones) is
my favorite PF song.
My 2011 Mix tape/Playlist:
Winning (Songify Remix) – Charlie Sheen
Who Do You Voodoo, Bitch? – Sam B
Do it Like a Dude – Jessie J.
We Humbly Ask – Muppets
Let’s Talk about Me – Muppets (Chris
Hasa Digga Ebowai – The Book of Mormon
Satellite – The Kills
Battle Beyond – Crunk Witch
The Man who Stole a Leopard – Duran Duran
Welcome to Hell – Plan B
Oh Berlin – U2
Dense Air – Brian Eno
A Song that Hurts – Gavin Friday
So Cruel – Depeche Mode
Exile Vilify – The National
How to Become Clairvoyant – Robbie Robertson
Leave my Body – Florence and the
Fever – Tom McKean and the Emperors
Tell Me – Tom Waits
The Rose with a Broken Neck – Danger Mouse,
Daniele Lupi, & Jack White (Rome)
Love is Blindness - Jack White
Think You Can Wait – The National
Carbon Date Solo Cello – Ernest Reijseger
(From The Cave of Forgotten Dreams Soundtrack)
the best of us, I come from the 1970s. Star Wars was my birthright. I waited
years in-between the first 3 movies. I thought Darth Vader lied when he told
Luke that he was his father. We didn’t have DVD players, or even VCRs back then
so every time I saw the movie it had to burn itself deeply enough into my soul
that I could draw from that single viewing for years to come. It would be that
long before I could even watch each film again. I understand. I was there.
I’ve heard a lot of people my age leveling some ridiculous exaggerations at George Lucas.
didn’t rape your childhood. He didn’t piss on your childhood. He didn’t take
your youth away or ruin your memories. I’m willing to bet he never even
laid a hand on you.
of course, he has made some mistakes. Casting Hayden Christensen was the
biggest of them. Indiana Jones 4 was not a good movie. If Greedo shoots first,
then Han Solo has no character arc. The Jabba the Hutt scene he added to A New
Hope would have made better bonus content than it makes a scene in the actual
movie. Luke and Leia sure did do a lot of kissing in the first 2 movies for him
to decide in Return of the Jedi that they had been brother and sister all
all of this cynical middle-aged spiteful exaggeration I keep hearing is just
think we all know the Star Wars movies were not just movies to us. They were
revelations of a higher level of reality. It’s hard to exaggerate how important
they were to my generation growing up. Even as adults, by the late 1990s a
significant number of Britons listed themselves as “Jedi” when registering with
the government. (The numbers did drop off after the prequel trilogy were
released.) We still laugh together as we quote the lines of the movies at odd
times. We still care.
remember gathering with my friends to see the re-release of the original three
movies in the theatres when George first added the extra scenes. We were amazed
by some of them. It was great to see more of the Wampa. Cloud City did kinda need
more windows. Frankly, I think if he had held off on 3 or 4 specific changes,
no one would be complaining at all.
that’s my point. When George goes in and edits his movies, he isn’t changing
the past. We still saw what we saw. Carter was still president. Our lives were
just the way you remember them. He’s editing a work of art later in life. He’s
getting some things right and some things wrong.
is a shame that he doesn’t also make a restored and cleaned up version of the
movies as they were originally made available on Blue-Ray, but I wonder if all
of the ridiculous insults he’s gotten have played a part in his decision? How
much would you want to work to please people who accuse you of rape?
shot Greedo when Greedo didn’t expect it. A professional like Greedo wouldn’t
miss a point-blank shot. Han was the kind of criminal who would kill a bounty
hunter in a bar and not think anything of it. I know that and you know that.
George Lucas maybe knows it too. He got a little older and worried about what
kind of example that scene showed for young children. Maybe he chickened out a
bit. He was wrong – but that doesn’t make him a Sith Lord.
may mean he’s gone a little soft – but is that enough for you to turn against
the man who gave you Yoda? Who dreamt up R2D2 and C3PO so you didn’t have to?
Who would we even be if he hadn’t told us about lightsabers? Have a little
all six movies are coming out on Blu-Ray this month. George will probably still
maintain that Greedo shot first, despite all evidence and logic. We know that.
Accept that he’s not going to fix that. If you do still love Star Wars, I hope
you enjoy the new release.
you’ve fallen out of love with Star Wars, that’s okay. It was a long relationship. You’re not a kid anymore. Maybe you don’t
find much time to dream about flying the Millennium Falcon these days. Maybe
you’ve gotten too sour and downtrodden to even try to reach across your room
anymore and hope that finally – this time – you’ll be able to make the remote
control fly from the table to your hand. Who can blame you? Growing up is hard
and it crushes dreams. But George didn’t do that to you. Life is just hard in the 21st
actually all started in 1989 when the top tax bracket in the US went from 70%
to 35% and the rest of us who make less than a quarter of a million dollars a
year had to make up the difference.)
it wasn’t for George Lucas, you would have had to spend your childhood playing “Star
Trek.” And while the prequel trilogy might not be up to the standards of the
original Star Wars movies from the 1970s and 80s, can you imagine how much Star
Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise would have hurt if that universe had been all we had?
not hope he dies and the estate gives us the original versions all cleaned-up.
Let’s hope he makes some more movies. Or better yet, just hope he has a good and long life. The man has
earned respect and kindness from my generation. Criticize him when he makes
mistakes, but give the man what you know you owe him.
And may the force be with you, always.
I was born in Montclair, New
Jersey. It was a beautiful town in Northern New Jersey. It was green, but had
places to go, shops, movies. It was only about an hour from the city. I loved
my home town. When people make fun of New Jersey, they're talking about the south. They're talking about the airport. I promise you, no one who knows what they're talking about makes fun of Montclair.
Despite my opinion, my family moved to upstate New York when I was 15. We
lived in rural Sullivan County for the rest of the time I was in high school. I
made some good friends there, some of which are still in my life today, but it
was a traumatic change for me that in many ways I have never completely gotten
My new novel Luminous and Ominous is actually set in Sullivan County. It’s
a strange place to put a science fiction story, but it’s a place that I know
well and that’s why I chose it.
When you read the book, understand that Monticello, Woodbourne, Liberty,
and Middletown are all real places. Everywhere the survivors go is a
fictionalized version of a real location. Every store mentioned in the novel
really exists and it is where I say it is.
The journey that my survivors attempt to take from Monticello to Liberty
is one that I have driven many hundreds of times.
Monticello is filled with old abandoned hotels, from better and more affluent
times, and in the summer Hassidic Jewish youth camps. I did my best to
realistically if briefly portray the people who lived there and the strange relationship
that exists between the Jewish and gentile populations. It’s not the point of
my novel. Luminous and Ominous is about an alien ecology that invades the Earth
and threatens to take the place of all life you’ll find here currently.
It was important to me to balance the fantastic elements of the story
with real-world and concrete places. I could take you to the diner in Liberty
where the survivors meet up before going underground. We could go to the
bookstore in Middletown. You could drive to Woodbourne and wait in your car
outside of the kosher pizzeria for me to call you. As you drive up route 17, maybe you can figure out which gas station the survivors stayed in?
I don’t intend to editorialize upon the people or the places in any way, but I have
used them in my book to ground the story.
I hope that it makes it all seem more real.
Now go and read my book!
Luminous and Ominous
Zombies weren’t my idea. Neither were Vampires, or Elves, or
Dwarves, or Robots…. And maybe that’s the reason why I’m hesitant to write
I love a good zombie story. They terrify me! I love
imagining what I would do in a collapsing world. Where would we go for shelter?
Where would we go for food? What mistakes, that they always make in the movies,
could I avoid?
I actually wrote a Cowboy Zombie movie script some years ago
and tried to sell it to the movie studios. Of course, my zombies were
different. I’d at least changed them in a fundamental way…. But I don’t know if
I would be quick to work with them again. They’re not mine. They don’t belong
to me. They belong to whoever the first guy to think them up was. Yes, there
was a guy once upon a time. He may have lived hundreds of years ago, but
zombies were actually thought up. They were invented. They were, and in a sense
are, some one person’s property.
Still, I love imagining a collapsing world. I love thinking
about what I would do as civilization crumbles. I think that living in the
United States in 2010 that this is timelier than ever! We’re actually in the
middle of a financial depression. Yes, they all call it a recession on
television, but they would, wouldn’t they? They’re afraid to say the word
because they think that will make things even worse. But it’s not a recession.
It’s a depression, and everybody knows.
I’m writing a story now that deals with the fall of
civilization, and then wandering around in the ruins and looking for food,
safety, companionship after the world. I’ve had to dream it all up again. There
are no zombies. There’s something new. I’m going to give you something that you
haven’t seen before.
I didn’t invent Vampires, but I invented this one. Please
stay tuned…. 34,000 words and counting….
I received a very nice letter today from director Steve Balderson. I know
him best as the director of the movie Firecracker (which stared Faith
No More singer Mike Patton.) He admired Dana's cover art, so I sent him a
copy of the book just under a week ago.
His first reaction, which he shared with Dana, was apparently:
F*ck. Just opened the book. It reminds me of a quote my friend Lucinda
Williams wrote on her cd: "You do not know what wars are going on where
the spirit meets the bone." "
He then wrote me personally tonight and said:
- Thank you so much for the kind note and for sending me your magical
book. I found it very imaginative. Because I'm so visual, it was hard
to get into it at first just because of the font choice, but I really
got what you were doing and I hope you are proud of it. It's hard
enough in this world to do something creative and even harder to find
the strength to see it through to something which can be shared with
others. Thank you for sharing it with me.Hope you have a wonderful
Thank you Steve for the encouragement!
artists start first with characters. Some start with plot. I have written
stories that started either way, but the ones that excite me are the ones that
begin in my mind with an image.
these half-understood blurry visions will haunt the back of my mind for years
and I won’t know what to do with them. I won’t understand what I’m looking at
until I’ve lived with them for a long time.
was how The White Hairs came to me. I’d had an idea that wasn’t quite right in
my mind for a long time. It involved magicians traveling outer-space, not on spaceships,
but by leaving their bodies.
that’s good, but it’s not quite there. I turned it over and over in my head
trying to wring out the final piece until I finally saw the picture in my mind of
a great being covered with white hair leaving that body and going out to
explore the universe.
imagined what it would be like for a creature in that culture, learning for the
first time how to leave his flesh and wandering the sky. That quickly became
Farshoul, my protagonist, and the story wrote itself in a little over a month
deeper issues in the story bubbled up from my own psyche where they had been
lying for a long time, waiting for a place they could escape to. Yes, The White
Hairs is fantasy, but if you read it right, it should not be light reading. It
begins at the beginning of a spiritual quest, and it follows that quest through
the decades of Farshoul’s life until it is resolved. You can tag along with him
and experience that journey for yourselves if you allow the story to possess
you at that level.
wrote The White Hairs several years ago, and I’ve written quite a number of
works since then. Some of which I have fallen out of love with in the
intervening years. This story has
grown in my own estimation. This
story seems more beautiful and important and simply perfect to me every time
that I read it. I don’t say that out of ego, because I did write it such a long
time ago that it’s almost like I’m not the author anymore. Am I really the same
guy I was back then? It’s hard to believe. At this point I’m simply a big fan
of the work that I happen to get to bring it to the world.
the works I created since then was a 250,000 word novel. Let’s call it: X. I
spent two years of my life living and breathing that novel and giving it most of my waking thought, all of my
dreams, and hopes. Finally completing it was the biggest accomplishment of my
I misunderstood book length. I thought that it was a 500 page novel. When I wrote
in Word I used single-spacing. In fact, I’d created a maybe 1,000 word novel!
All the same, I did speak with some agencies, and they were very kind and
complimentary about the work. I sent some pages, and was asked to send more! At
the end, I was told by two agencies that they wanted to see my next work…
in mind, I’d spent two years dreaming about finishing X. I could barely imagine
doing it all again without accomplishing anything, without the quality of my
life improving… It was devastating, and for a year or more I had a very hard
time writing. Oh, I had a lot of great plot ideas, but nothing came out with
any grace. I have several unfinished novels from this period.
then learned about self-publishing. I couldn’t bear to submit X to that,
knowing that the odds were that it would hardly sell any copies. Did I have
another story I could use to experiment with self publishing? The White Hairs
is a funny length. At 120 pages it’s shorter than most novels, but pretty long
for a short story or even novella. I hadn’t submitted it anywhere for
publication. I had no plans for the work; so I thought maybe it would be a good
June 1st 2010 I published The White Hairs in paperback through lulu.com. I
announced it on Facebook and MySpace and sold a good initial number of copies to
friends, family, and people who barely remembered me from high school. Then…sales
seemed to slow.
had a plan to buy a number of copies and try to get them into independent
bookstores on a consignment basis, but discovered that I couldn’t secure the
funding that I needed, so I had to find a new plan.
is when I learned about digital publishing. I made the book available on Amazon
and Smashwords to be downloaded. This allowed me to charge a very low price and
still make a fair profit on each copy. Only the future will tell how well it
will sell! The reviews so far have been very strong, and maybe for an
independent author without any real publicity that’s the best I can hope for at
this early stage!
I am here to stay. Whether the audience discovers me or not,
I’ll still be writing fifty years from now because the grace and elegance has
returned. I can write again. Just wait until you read what I have coming this
I've been posting on the Amazon Kindle boards to try to tell people about my book. I have seen some results, which is pleasing. I have also been asked questions there by some of my readers, and I'd like to share a couple of the more interesting ones now:
so now Im curious, what is this book about?? other then color and
imagry?? im pretty old and have white hair...never mind...i looked it up
and seems to be a fairy tale for adults...
Sylvia, yeah that's a fair description.
Some people might see
it as a bit of a contradiction. On the one hand it's about a creature
named Farshoul who's something like a Yeti or an Abominable Snowman. The
story starts with his first experiments in Astral Projection. He goes
off and explores the world inside of the wind... but when he comes back
he's told that he didn't actually leave his body, that he imagined the
On the other hand I think it's quite a sophisticated
story that will be best appreciated by people who have lived and who
have lost some parts of themselves in the process. My hope is that you
will identify with Farshoul when he loses this essential component, and
then maybe when he turns around and fights to get that part of himself
back.... well maybe you'll be able to take some similar steps in your
Not too ambitious!;)
Dear Mr. Mullette-Gillman,
Have you ever had a out-of-body experience? If so, did you use some of that experience in the book?
Janine M. Gerade
I'm not sure of the answer to this question. I had to
think about it. I remember an experience I had with my friend Mike just
after high school. We were in his backyard, talking about life; talking
about the girl who had stood me up for a date that night, when a circle
appeared to open in the clouds above us.
We weren't drinking, neither of us did drugs.
in the center, this face seemed to appear, like a bearded man - a God
or Zeus sort of a face. We both had the sensation that it was getting
closer to us. We quietly watched it getting large and nearer for quite a
Then I spoke out loud and said "What do you want?"
And we each had the sensation of falling for just a second.
was strange and I don't claim that I know what happened. Maybe we each
had too much imagination, or maybe something unusual really did happen. I
don't know, but to me it doesn't matter what the "truth" of the
experience might be. We each had a "real" subjective experience.
this influence the book? Maybe, but not more than other experiences
I've had when there's a big storm and I feel connected with the wind and
the power of the rain. I don't have an opinion on whether astral
projection is "possible." That couldn't possibly matter to me less. In
the realm of myth and dream it certainly does exist. It has its place in
P.S. I just had a second interview go up.
David Wiseheart interviewed me for Kindle Author and asked some really
Hello Mr. Mullette-Gillman, thanks for taking the time to post in
this discussion. I wanted to know, how do you get your ideas? Have you
published any other books?
Locke, a lot of writers will tell you that they hate being asked
where their ideas come from. I think they like to imagine that they just
appear in their heads magically as some birth right, not requiring
effort on their part. I think that's a terrible myth for them to push.
have worked very hard for many years to inspire myself. Any artist has
to do exactly this. I take care when I choose what books to read, movies
to watch, places to travel. It is very important to give yourself the
right input in order to generate the kind of output that you would like
to see. You have to put a lot of work into cultivating an imagination
and not simply assume that it will take care of itself!
answer your question: I read a lot of books on old myths and legends,
druidry, magic, folk-tales, and quite a bit of history. I read more
non-fiction than I do fiction. I have done quite a bit of traveling and
wherever I go I seek out the mysterious and strange. When I was in
Prague I made sure to go on the "Haunted Prague" tour, spend a lot of
time in the marionette shops, explore the grounds of the Castle, and
spend time talking to the prettiest girl in the whole country!
an important point I'd like to make is: I'm never looking for ideas to
STEAL. I'm simply trying to get a feel for the magical and wonderful so
that I can create new magical and maybe even wonderful things.
is my first published novel. I have had a few articles published
online. One was about the last U2 album, and two were about the movie
Coraline. (I got to visit Henry Selick's set in Portland!!!!) :) But I
do hope to have more books published in the course of the next year.
July 25th -
Well, it's been an exciting month or so, getting my first novel published and then listed at so many sites all over the world! And its incredibly gratifying to see the strong and positive reviews continue to come in! I really appreciate all of you who have bought the book, and read it, and especially those of you who have taken the time to share your thoughts!
It is incredibly difficult for any new author to find his audience. every positive review, every sale, goes a long way towards getting the word out about my work. Especially as the novel begins to be available digitally, these reviews are really going to help me
Yes, the book is now available for digital download. You can pick it up from the publisher for $5 in PDF from anywhere in the world. It should download to your computer in moments. Use coupon code "BEACHREAD305" between now and August 15th and they'll take another 15% off of THAT!
You can also download the book from Amazon.com for the Kindle for only $2.99. Don't have a Kindle? Neither do I. They provide free software to read my book either on your smartphone or PC.
The regular price of the book has also dropped to $14.99 on lulu.com, and the 15% off coupon works for that paperback as well.
I know that the economy has been hard on a number of you. But at this price, I hope that any of you with any interest or even curiosity will risk three dollars on my work. Skip a single cup of coffee and I'll do my best to change the course of your life, deal? :))
I also know that some of you have had a hard time getting the novel because you live in countries far away. The lulu.com PDF at $5 (I think $4.25 after the discount?) should be the easiest option for you.
In other news, my cover artist Dana Black and I are hard at work designing and illustrating a children's book together. Those of you who think you know Dana know he's an amazingly talented artist, but the work he's been doing for me these days is by far the best I've ever seen him do. You're really going to be amazed! And yes, I think I've given him a story worthy of his talent! :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Another World, July 25, 2010
By Ayla -
This review is from: The White Hairs (Paperback)
The White Hairs quickly pulls you into a world you don't completely understand. The ending leaves you with questions and maybe wanting more, but that is often the impression that my favorite books leave on me. The main character struggles not only with himself, but with his society and his surroundings. It's a struggle in which you can't help but sympathize. I would recommend this book, and I look forward to more novels from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Shadows!, July 24, 2010
By Alexandra Voudouri (Athens) -
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This review is from: The White Hairs (Kindle Edition)
I have a confession to make. I'm not that fond of fiction (as a literary genre or otherwise), so when I came across "The white hairs" by Noah K. Mullette - Gillman I admit that I wasn't exactly thrilled. Still, something in the minimal yet straight-to-the-point cover artwork and Doric photography crammed within the pages caught my attention and got me reading.
Half a dozen pages later, I realized I wasn't holding a generic fiction novel but rather a book of shadows if you will, a personal journal of the writer's soul: delivered in flowing language, "the white hairs" invokes strong imagery that cannot but be imprinted deeply at once at one's 'reading eye'. This novel takes you into a wild trip through the hidden pathways of a soul "bloody but unbowed". Strong colors dominate every scene that you can almost see flooding your mind: the bright white of the ice, the pitch black of the void. The writer artfully interchanges these color-schemes of his narrative with the transformations of the main character, Farshoul.
It's a novel of strong symbolisms and primeval motifs given in a dream-like way and with that same profound sense of clarity and transcendent realism one only experiences during REM sleep!
Reading "the white hairs" leaves a literary taste of an out-of-body experience. It's almost like astral projection. So, if you're scared or reluctant to engage in such practices, then definitely the next best thing is reading "the white hairs"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Quest, a Reader's Reward, July 18, 2010
By Math Puppy -
This review is from: The White Hairs (Paperback)
The White Hairs is a profound and powerful read, an engaging and emotional parable that lingers in the mind long after the last page has been turned.
Mullette-Gillman's writing is spare yet deceptively intricate, weaving a tale of spiritual discovery that is at once otherworldly but heartfelt. As readers we follow the Yeti-like Farshoul and the far-ranging adventures of his soul, from exploration to exultation, from joy to fury to a cold indifference perhaps worse than death.
With Farshoul we travel tremendous distances in time and space, between gods and monsters, amongst mortal men and the mysterious White Hairs themselves. Will Farshoul finally descend into despair or redemption, a final disengagement or an ultimate enlightenment?
I won't spoil any endings as this is a journey all readers should take through the pages of Mullette-Gillman's fine work. Let this author's exquisite imagination lead your spirit, perhaps reflecting the quest of your own soul in the trials of this enduring creature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original spiritual adventure, July 13, 2010
By F. N. -
This review is from: The White Hairs (Paperback)
The White Hairs opens with an astral walk through the ether that eventually leads the main character to disillusionment and rejection of his society. More importantly, it results in his own self-abandonment as parts of his soul are literally ripped out and never come back, leaving him empty, emotionless, and unable to feel the joy of life after the third and final walk ends in a battle with a hellhound for his own soul.
The writing style throughout is smooth, evenly-paced, and easy to read. The only difficulty I found was the font face, which was initially a bit difficult to focus my eyes on, but that disappeared quickly as the narrative took hold. Despite a detailed description of a ritualized killing, which is explained as being necessary only "every so often," the story doesn't explain how the larger than human-sized creatures could survive deep in snow-covered mountains with little vegetation. Farshoul's mother enters, and leaves, the story but a father is never mentioned, and little is made of how the society in general functions. There is also a seemingly anachronistic descriptions of machinery and handguns when Farshoul himself is apparently not familiar with the human world at all outside of the ancient stone walls near his home. Yet none of these minor points detract from the main narrative flow, which is essentially the spiritual journey of a single character isolated from others of his kind.
While reading the descriptions of the world which Farshoul inhabits, I couldn't help picturing the images from Hayao Miyazaki's classic "Shuna no tabi" (The Journey of Shuna). Both stories have a high fantasy, almost fairy-tale-like feel; both take place in a high mountainous area; both involve a solitary journey of one young man who encounters violence and death, yet feels helpless to prevent them; both meet mythical giants who seem to hold the secrets of existence itself. Finally, both characters are all but shattered from the journey and barely survive the return trip to their homes. But while Shuna sacrifices himself for the sake of seeds for his village and spends no time pondering spiritual matters, Farshoul seeks something far more ethereal and intangible than physical necessities: he seeks what is true about himself, his people, and the world at large, and that is why the story does not end with his return. Instead, he must journey again to find that which he was and still could be. In that sense, the White Hairs owes less to the Himalayas and more to the Caucasus, with echoes of Gurdjieff's "self-remembering" reverberating through the steps of its main character as he gropes towards a spiritual reawakening.
Overall, one of the most original stories I've read in a while. A promising first offering from a new talent.
Today is a very big day for me. My first novel is now available for
purchase at lulu.com.
In the weeks to come it will appear on amazon.com and bn.com and also be
available to be ordered in real brick and mortar book stores (If you
ask them to carry it.)
Any of you who really know me know that this is what I was born to do.
Getting to this point has been the quest of my life. This publication is
happening in a very small way, but it is very real. I am not going
through a big corporation who might throw a lot of money at me. This is
an independent and small publication.
But this is how big things start. It's actually the best way for it to
happen, because I don't have to sell my soul to make it happen.
I hope you will all buy a copy, and if you like it I also hope that you
will tell everyone you know to buy their own copies.
I don't have a marketing department. I AM the marketing department, and
so any ideas you might have to get this book to reach more people will
be sincerely appreciated.
The book itself is very dear to me. I wrote the story some years ago,
after my friend Mike Snow and I had spent our first weekend visiting Los
Angeles. We had gone to a movie script pitch-fest. Mike had brought a
few movie ideas with him, and I had brought my famous Cowboy-Zombie
script. I had actually gotten a lot of encouragement from the industry
professionals there that day. A number of them laughed at my pitch and
wanted to read the movie.
No, it never did sell. But it was high on that sense of excitement that I
then got home to the hovel I was living in in Boston at the time (I
think it would be too much to claim it was actually an apartment!) where
I sat down and wrote this story. It really was a big step forward in my
It's also very personal in it's way. It's not autobiographical, but the
emotions that the character experiences, his struggle, is absolutely
something that I had gone through in my time in Boston. I not only hope
that you enjoy the story, but I hope that it is psychologically helpful
to you all in your own lives!
And if you like it, I hope that you will go on amazon.com and bn.com,
once it's available there, and give it favorable reviews. That would
I also hope you all appreciate the cover paintings by my friend, Dana