Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Update

Hey all,

Well I just finished the first of three parts that make up the new book! I think it's a doozy, too. Good stuff from an historical and esoteric perspective. Mostly historical.

Secret Missions is turning out to be one of the most fun books I've written so far, for me as a writer. I'm confident you, the readers, will enjoy it as well. The overall theme and thesis are taking me back to an era I was interested in years ago and haven't been so immersed in since high school. I never imagined I would revisit the Spanish conquest in such an unexpected and fascinating manner. The first part has set up the foundation for the second rather well, I think. Because it is the second part that actually inspired me to write this book, I am very excited to be at this point in the writing. Not that the first part didn't blow my mind, as it will yours. I can now get into the data collected during the seven years of EOW research that was pointing to the premise of this new book and share it with you.

When you read Secret Missions, you'll be learning about things I stumbled upon back in 2007 and about suspicions that have only grown stronger as the evidence piled up. It may be my wildest theory yet. When I look back and realize how long I've been aware of the scenario presented in this book, I can't believe I resisted revealing it for as long as I did. Indeed, I never planned to write a book on it. However, I think it's time. Secret Missions does connect to certain aspects of the EOW milieu. I won't exactly call it closure on the material, but it is, in essence, a closure of an era of my life. I found myself unexpectedly in a place I did not want to be and under less than desirable circumstances when after a series of strange events I found myself staring into a mystery I never would have discovered had I not been stuck in the Inland Empire. Essentially, I made lemonade.

Though I haven't identified anything as of yet, I will likely emerge from this book with more possibilities on the edge of things EOW. There is the other new book that I'm writing with a co-author (to be announced with the release of the cover art) and that book is also a by-product of the EOW trilogy in a more direct way than Secret Missions. In fact, I'd re-read EOW2, if you want to get the most out of it. Before then, though, will be Secret Missions, for which you can prepare by reading my Disneyland book, Latitude 33: Key to the Kingdom.

I still haven't made it down to San Diego yet. Finishing the first part was important. The research trip will be more focused now that I'm on the section to which it pertains. In fact, I'm very glad I held off because I want to be in the right frame of mind while I'm there. I'll likely put together a playlist of music for the drive and for while I'm there. I'll even select places to eat that will serve the theme, which will be fun. Hopefully I'll turn up some unexpectedly thrilling data, too. I won't know until I get down there and dig into archives and files. Whatever I find, I know I'll enjoy just being there, my birthplace and college alma mater.

Once I finish the third section, I'll likely start giving more hints about the book's contents. Until then these updates will be writer's meanderings. The update following San Diego should be an especially good one, so we'll both look forward to it. For now, I'm going to relax until it's time to fall asleep. Tomorrow I jump into Part Two.

Until next week...

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