Monday, July 21, 2014

Four years

  I guess I was afraid of jinxing it, but now giving a report about my use of Lightning Source is long overdue.
  I signed the contract with Lightning Source, printer and distributor of Print on Demand books in early spring 2010. My first novel, The Defenseless was published July 21, 2010, thirty-seven years after I had begun writing it.
  The technical aspect of it was easy, far easier than I feared in advance. It helped that I was experienced with digital publishing, but not strictly necessary. I learned more than I needed, really, about their operations, and I made the book virtually alone, everything from content, to cover and design, and pre-media. Lightning Source printed it and made it available for readers all over the world.
  Note that they are not a publishing company. They don’t do anything except the actual printing and distribution from cover and content files you provide, but I didn't and don’t need more from them either.
  I’m very pleased with Lightning Source and can recommend them to all self-publishers. Truth to tell I can’t point at one single thing I’m downright displeased with. There are minor issues in their preferences of what they offer and how they offer it I would have changed, but those are totally negligible.
  Their service is great. They don’t try to cheat you or withdraw from the duties imposed on them by the contract or anything. I would rather say they go beyond their duty to help if you should need it. They’re proactive and alert you if something is not right, and at the same time, if you don’t ask for help, they mostly leave you alone.
  I have published twelve books through them and hopefully I will publish the next twelve as well.
  The first eleven I made using Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat, focusing on simplicity. With Afterglow Dust I added Adobe InDesign and Illustrator as tools for both the content and the cover, and that inevitably brought more flexibility to the process. If I wasn't a graphic designer before I certainly have become one, now. Adobe Creative Cloud has truly surpassed my wildest expectations. The hype is actually true. You can make and edit photos, films, books, magazines and everything multimedia with it in a way far surpassing any competition that may be out there, and I don’t receive any money for saying that. This is just a pleased customer speaking. It is indeed cutting edge.
  Adding even more to my experience was me finally procuring my new camera, the Canon 5D mark III, which is nothing short of remarkable and unequaled as a professional tool.
  The last four years have been amazing, and I feel I still haven’t even begun to truly develop my skills and delve deeper into the multimedia experience. In spite of my long experience as a writer/artist, I feel like I've just started out.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fed up

  There was a protest against the Gaza bombing and against israel in general at the Blue Rock in Bergen today. Several hundred people attended, which is fairly good for Bergen, a surprisingly high number.
  Tempers ran high, really. I’ve been to quite a few of these protests, and you could see how many of those present were angry and downright disturbed by the escalation they have witnesses lately. There were more angry words, more shaking voices.
  I see that as a very good thing. Gaza, and Palestine in general need more than mere sympathy. They need action beyond the call of duty.
  What we have seen this week has been totally beyond reason, and when I say that I also include the total lack of condemnation from western governments. Both israel’s acts and the support their acts receive from western governments and establishment are totally unacceptable.
  Israel is the aggressor, one of the worst we have ever seen, and Palestine is the oppressed and maimed and killed and tortured and everything, desperately defending itself from colonization, occupation and genocide.
The sign says: "Charge israel for war crimes at the International Criminal Court

  The still dominant narrative spouted by israel and friends must be challenged head on and broken. Israel must be ostracized in the world community, and not know any peace before they start making up for all their horrible acts, and show by unequivocal acts that they will never repeat them.

  Texts and drawings like these were made all over the central parts of town.

  If you want to read more articles about Palestine on the Midnight Fire blog and web site write either Palestine or Israel in the upper left search field.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My updated author/novelist/poet/writer «CV»

 The startlingly different CV four years ago

  My fourteen completed novels:

  The Defenseless 1973 – 1982, 2002 - 2004, published 2010
  The Slaves 1977, 1982 – 1984, 2004 - 2005, published 2010
  Birds Flying the Dark 1984 – 1986, 2004 – 2006, published 2011
  From the Ashes 1986 – 1987
  There was no summer 1987 – 1989
  Dreams Belong to the Night 1989 – 1991, 1997 – 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Norwegian edition published 2002, English with corrections and rewrites 2011)
  ShadowWalk 1989 – 1993, 1998 – 2001, 2004 (First published in paperback 2003, republished hardback with corrections and minor rewrites 2011)
  Your Own Fate 1997 – 2000, 2003 - 2004, published 2010
  Thunder Road: Ice and Fire 1994 – 2002, 2010 - 2014
  Night on Earth 1991 – 2004, published 2010
  Alarums of Reality 2001, 2004 – 2010, published 2012
  At the End of the Rainbow 1995, 2005 – 2010, published 2012
  Afterglow Dust 2004 – 2013, published 2014
  Black Dragon 2008 – 2014

  From the Ashes and There was no Summer aren’t yet ready for publication, not even close. Thunder Road: Ice and Fire is considerably closer.

  Some novels well under way, the start year(s):

  The Hitchhiker in the Woods 1999
  Season of the Witch 2001 (I write less than one chapter a year here, for some reason, probably because I work very hard at making it vastly different from previous stories on the subject)
  Fangs and Claws of the Earth 2001, 2010 (I keep writing on this one, probably a novella)
  Footprints on the Water 2001
  Phoenix Green Earth 2002 (major final book of the Janus Clan story)
  Red Shadow 2006 (probably a novella)
  Falling 2006 (probably completed later this year)
  Lewis of Modern York 2010 (fifth Janus Clan book)
  Afterglow Rain 2013 (sequel to Afterglow Dust)

  I used to do many of those, and also other projects simultaneously, but I finally overextended myself, and something had to give. Now, as a general rule I focus on a few of them, mostly those closest to completion.

  Short stories:

Germs 2006
Tall and big blonde girl 2010
To get away with Murder – a fictional story 2013
Christian Erdinger: concerto for six humans, four gorillas and two black panthers 2014

  Movie scripts:

Exodus (short) 1997
One day in the life of John Smith (short) 1997
Hidden World 1997 – 2006
Earth and Sky, Day and Night episode one: Resurrection Dreams 2001 - 2007
Confessions of a Midnight Cannibal (short) 2007 – 2009
3 minutes+ (short) 2011
Coughing (also called Lunch) (short) 2014

  Working on:

Travels and Revels, Life and Magick, Tales from Hell and Beyond - Aleister Crowley
A Meaningless Story
The Wrong World (documentary)
The Dangers of Obedience (documentary)
The Dark River - existential horror series
Time and Tide – the series
Dark Urban Legends - the series
The Man that wasn’t Himself
The House that would not Rest
Earth and Sky, Day and Night – the series
A road movie in black and white
Another road movie in black and white

  And quite a few others…
  I work on many levels with many different things, with as many levels as I possibly can, and more.

  Theater script (never written down anywhere except excerpts in the novels Dreams Belong to the Night and Thunder Road):

  The Gray Fog – A Shakespeare-inspired collage 1988 – 1993, performance street theater, played in the streets of London and throughout Europe.

The short stories may also easily become films.
Hopefully all the novels will be.

  Collections of poems:

The Green Rose 1990 – 1993, 1995
Cry of the Jester 1993
Poems of the Hot Wind 1994 – 1996
Travels and Revels, Life and Magick, Tales from Hell and Beyond - Aleister Crowley 1995
The Infinity Cycle 1995 – 1998
CHRONICLES OF OUR DREAMS - Dreamed 1998 – 2001
Diary of a Traveling Man 2002
The Beautiful, Exciting World in Pieces 2003

Complete Poems (all collections above) published 2011

  I’m a storyteller. These are my tales.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Greed

  What does greed do? It’s a pretty simple question with a pretty simple answer.
  It destroys everything it touches and also spread far and wide beyond its immediate circle of causality, a corrupting influence everywhere it’s felt.
  Let’s exemplify it in an easy to approach way, following one trail of thousands all showing the same results.
  Cheap coal and oil are discovered in major quantities about hundred-and-fifty years ago and preferred as the energy source of choice, even though there were and are several other far superior alternatives.
  Today, we all know beyond doubt its beyond devastating effects, and long before the effects of the human created climate change became public knowledge, the other, «smaller» bad effects, like air pollution and its effects on organisms, were well known.
  Incidentally, the making of plastic has also turned out to be a tragedy of immense proportions.
  The use of carbon-based energy sources has been a disaster from day one. It’s quite evident that the worst alternative was chosen at every turn.
  Now, the ice in polar regions are melting, melting away, making those regions far more accessible to human exploration and use.
  And Big Oil and its numerous supporters will drill for oil there.
  I could have pondered the issue for thousands of years and been unable to come up with a better illustration for what greed does.




Saturday, June 21, 2014

Overkill in writing (I)

  An excellent illustration in that regard is a recent issue of the DC comics Forever Evil (a rather bad attempt at storytelling altogether) and Justice League.
  When Lex Luthor in Forever Evil #7 is looking at newspaper clippings and files concerning Dick Grayson, Nightwing and former Robin, and the obvious connection to Batman, showing his thoughts on the matter is completely redundant. At the very least him muttering to himself that «Bruce Wayne is Batman».
  The final page in Justice League #30 is and would have been more than sufficient, and a far greater payoff. Everybody even remotely familiar with the mythos would have gotten it and most others as well. There was no need to state anything outright. Haven’t they (Geoff Johns and DC) heard about subtlety?
  This is a common mistake in mainstream writing, in comics, books and films. They presume people can’t think and analyze, and solve the simplest of riddles and clues.
  They resort to bad writing because they fear people won’t understand their transparent plot.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Advice not

  I've long since lost count over the number of common advice not to follow, both concerning writing/art and life in general.
  Don’t listen to those. Don’t try to do what you believe others may want you to do, what they expect of you. Don’t go mainstream! Don’t even go near it.
  This is my «advice» to anyone that might be interested:
  Write about whatever you want, do whatever you want to do, art-wise, human-wise, probe and analyze yourself in depth and identify what makes you thick, what is truly important to you. Make a serious attempt to not be tainted by cultural bias and imposed learning and free yourself from what is already there.
  Do thy true will!

  That’s all there is to it, really.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Author's Word - Afterglow Dust

  This is the thirteenth novel I have completed and the tenth I have published. I began its story back in 2004, at least with the world building and first chapter and layout.
  As usual I set out to write something completely different from what I had previously written and it clearly is. This is something more different from my other novels than even Alarums of Reality was.
  The setting is totally unlike anything I've done before, the feel and the narrative as well. I keep doing this, keep fulfilling the promise I made to myself as a young, nebulous writer.
  I wrote sixteen chapters at first, but realized that an entire chapter, a big chunk of the story was missing. I also added significant pieces of the story to all the other chapters, making it longer and better explained. This is one advantage of publishing a novel about a year after you have initially completed it. You get to study it better, get several chances at improving it.
  The reader won’t know what is going on at first or even after a while. He or she or it will get an idea or a glimpse of an idea, but there will never be a roll of text explaining my stories in thirty seconds. They will have to experience the story in depth for that.
  Sixteen chapters became seventeen and will in time approach two-hundred or more, presenting the story of The Nine from start to finish.
  This is a Sword and Sorcery, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror real-life story…

  Sometime in 2004 – 2013-05-13 and 2013-12-25
  Printed version complete 2014-05-13