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The ‘Seed Series’ of free ebooks by Peter Harris, aka the Wizard of Eutopia. Hence this blog – ‘wizardgifts’.

Happiness – it’s Now or Never. The ebook I wrote at the airport. Hope it takes off!

I am now pretty happy…. Just before leaving for far-away (well 8 hours by car) Gisborne to join Raewyn at our daughter Anna’s place and await her first baby and our first grandchild, I was stressed and not sure I could cope.  But I saw a book lying round and dipped into it. The next morning I read a bit more of it, and had an epiphany.

The book is ‘Happy for No Reason‘ by Marci Shimoff. The epiphany – well read this free ebook I wrote about it while waiting overnight on standby at Auckland International airport. I had three coffees and didn’t sleep a wink, but I wrote a book! That felt good. See it here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/309807

Last night, safely arrived in Gisborne, I did the cover and uploaded the ebook to Smashwords.

Cover for 'Happiness - it's Now or Never'Tell me if it’s rubbish, but I at least have vowed to follow this one until I am able to practice the ‘happiness is here and now’ wisdom at all times. The irony is I’ve been holding up the ideal of Eutopia all these years but not practicing the first principle of Eutopia, which is that HERE is a ‘Eutopia’ or Good Place, and we only find happiness Now, and again Now… Then, happy, we can also work to improve the place yet more. But if in our minds it’s always  ‘jam tomorrow, jam yesterday but  never jam today’, we will NEVER have or dwell in Eutopia.  

But do download and read the tract – it’s short and hopefully clear. If you like it, put a star rating on it and propel it to wider readership. That would make me very happy! 🙂

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Revenge of the Nerds – Letter Two of ‘If You’re so Smart…’ series

Well I’ve been catching up on a few important but non-urgent pet projects, such as this… To download it free, go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308238

Simple Nodes Prosper – Letter Two of the series “If you’re so Smart, How Come You Ain’t Rich?”

Cover for 'Simple Nodes Prosper - Letter Two of the series "If you're so Smart, How Come You Ain't Rich?"'

By Peter Harris
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: April 20, 2013
Words: 1,993 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301465965

Description

More advice, strictly for the Nerds, from the heart and mind of a serial entrepreneur idealist nerd who is now finally getting exactly what it takes to succeed in the actual (socially driven) world. (No principles were injured in the making of this book.)

 

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Liberated the Game bird into blue ebook heaven

It feels good! The all-new intro and rule book for the ‘Glass Bead’ Wheel of Wisdom creativity game is live as an ebook – free on smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/284842

cover 820pm 12 0213 copy

 

 

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The FREE Wheel of Wisdom game

Now uploaded to Wheelofwisdom.wordpress.com as a Pdf:

http://wheelofwisdom.wordpress.com/the-downloadable-glass-bead-game-version-of-wheel-of-wisdom/

You just save it onto memory stick or similar, take it to a print/photocopy shop and get them to print to fit SRA3 card, in colour preferably! Then cut out the shapes – that took me about 4 minutes to do.

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“If you’re So smart, How Come You Ain’t Rich?” – a money handbook strictly for the Nerds

My fellow-nerds: it’s here already! Very short, very punchy (IMHO), very free: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270995

if your so smart copy

I went to bed about 3.30 AM, but I basically did it according to Fladlien’s Formula: one problem, one solution, one sitting. The last would have seemed a problem, but with that last cup of tea at dinner, the time flashed by, and I hardly noticed until it was ‘done’ – good enough for a first edition, to get some feedback, some FAQs, and some encouragement to go on and write Letters Two Three and beyond. All at the one sitting (each).

I recommend it as a way to break potential writer’s blocks, get stuff out there, and find out if it’s worth doing more.

I will now tweet it, and retire to the land i guess to edit the 2000-page epic.

oh, yes overnight (from 3.30ish to now, about 7 hours, it has had over 100 views and 26 downloads on Smashwords. Not bad… It will be interesting to see what it does when it ‘hits’ Barnes & Noble, which happens when it is approved for ‘premium distribution’.

I have no idea what the nerds will think of it. Or their mothers. I hope they take it to heart, bitter though the message may be. It might just save some from a lifetime of beating their heads against the glass wall of an unrecognised Social order.

Also on Amazon (when they process it – always slower!), at 99cents, their minimum price apart from KDP Select free days, but you have to make it exclusive to do that, and that is just wrong, I think, and if too many do it they will be creating a monopoly for Amazon. Serve them right!

So, consider, if you hve a strong simple message burning in you and you want to get it out there, do as I have done. One problem, one solution, one sitting. Then upload that sucker, fearlessly.

 

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“If you’re so smart, how come you ain’t rich?”

Happy New Year – wo it’s what year?? 2013!?
Sooo… After a particularly rocky patch and some strong reproaches from a spouse who shall remain nameless here, I’ve been thinking about my various lamentable failures to break through to ‘success’,  ie having financial abundance, without sacrificing the ‘soul’ of what i am about.
my breakthrough is this – a big realisation it is too! – Like many natural ‘intellectuals‘, I have been labouring under a fatal assumption all my life: the assumption that folk are more or less like me in how they see the world, in this one key respect: the degree to which they live in and are aware of the intellectual level. i have seen (or finally faced)  how little they actually perceive of that, and how much they see things through the social lense, which is all about celebrity, praise/blame, socially accepted norms and beliefs, patterns of fashion and tradition old and new. So, my efforts have almost always been aimed at a an (almost) non-existent group i thought was the majority of people, and any market success I had was (almost) purely accidental. like poor old charles peirce, marketing a correspondence course on practical symbolic logic for everyman.
i am now re-adjusting my approach. (Better late in life than never!)
They call me (some of them!) a ‘wizard‘. but what (myths aside) IS a wizard? A wizard (in my book),  is one who sees many things clearly, through the lense of the ‘third eye’ aka holistic intellect (not just the left-brain analysing mind), and then uses the insights thus obtained to do seeming magic within a social order (or disorder), bringing new clarity vision and success to that social order, or at least a better mousetrap or silicon chip, without necessarily ever being understood on his own accustomed level (which is definitely the intellectual/abstract/universal/mystical). It is a lonely life, being perceived, even recognised, on the social plane yet essentially unseen in the level that really matters most to him, where few walk and even fewer meet in the flesh.
So, one year older and maybe 10 years sadder, I see more clearly closer to home, how I appear to the world, and this does open up better alternatives for interacting, and therefore ‘succeeding’.
And my first little project right now is to write a simple report for an ebook, probably called
“If You’re So Smart, How Come You Ain’t Rich?”
– a money manual strictly for the Nerds
Epistle the first.
What gives me the qualifications to write such a guide? Well, I’ve been smart for 58 and a half years now, and I still ain’t rich. But I have given the grey matter a lot of thought lately, and i put two and two together, and it came out forebrain.
Terrible cerebral puns aside, I have tried a lot of things, on the concrete and the abstract levels, and so have a lot of – Data. and it HAS been coming together lately.
So, watch this space. A link will appear to a new little free ebook which could change your life if you act on it. but only if you’re a nerd, compulsive thinker, pundit, intellectual, perennial student, scholar or suchlike.
If you’re too smart for your own good, i think I can help you.
(And me too, even, especially if i charge for further installments…)
[newsflash next morning: fellow-nerds: it’s here already! Very short, very punchy, very free: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270995
In other news: i really AM editing volume IV of the epic (Blue Knight, thank you!), but this little message is burning in me and i am going to practice the ‘One Sitting, One Problem, One Solution’ info product formula i read at product creation secrets by jason fladlien, former rapper, hare krishna monk, etc, turned internet marketer. So it won’t take long, brother Knight, and the Pillars of Aeden shall be edited. Then if my friend Ian’s advice is good, it’s time for the wizard to go to LA and hawk the epic and the Defence of the True West  to hollywood for the film rights. And film the hawking adventure anyway. Crazy idea but why not.  Applying my revelation: think intellectual (write a eutopian epic, for example) but act social (wear a pointy hat, make a spectacle, entertain people even, for example, by pretending to be what you are…
and hey, what a liberating thought that is – to give myself permission to pretend to be what I am! It kind of short-circuits the self-censoring parts of the brain…
My brothers, this new lawtable i set over you: pretend to be what ye truly are! (apologies to Nietzsche)

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Three up, one to go – how to make an epic end

In between duties which I could not neglect (and some which I did), I’ve collected the graphics, edited the ebook bits, and uploaded three of the four volumes of the Apples of Aeden. Today the all-new illustrated (well, partially) volume 2, the Rebels of Aeden, went up on all known platforms via smashwords and kindle. This makes three colourful ebooks of the epic, the first of which is FREE at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499 until the end of 2012 (coming up fast!). The others are $3.99, pretty good for quality ebooks such as these!

But what about IV – the capstone, the end of the line, the culmination of the Fourth Age and the Doorway to the Fifth?

I was at our land on Sunday mowing the neglected grass with raewyn and remembering the writing of the others, and of the final volume which nearly pushed me over the edge when I finally stopped at the end of draft one. I thought, ‘Must push through, fall over that finish line… then I can really say, I followed it through to the end.’ What if something happened and I never had the mental capacities to do the last edits? Someone, a stranger might be paid to do them, and guess at what I was going to say or correct or omit or add… eek! Or it would remain forever unfinished, unpolished… ugh!

So, how to fit in the important and hopefully non-urgent and treat it as if it might become urgent too late for me to action it? This is of course a recurring problem in any creative life – how to fit in the ‘BIG ROCKS’ into the only-too-full jar of life… the fact that according to the ancient Mayans a 20,000 – something-year cycle is possibly meant to end on the 21st of this month adds just a little to the gravity and timeliness of this question…

Here are the covers of all four – the Volume IV cover being there to spur me on to the magical ‘threshold’ of the finish line:

Before you rush off to download the Apples of Aeden for holiday reading:

What, friends who have followed this tortuous blog path through 2012, is your important but hopefully non-urgent BIG ROCK at this time? What little pebbles can you chuck out to fit the bog one in? What dregs of the past can you tip over the side?

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Free entry to Aeden – again!?

FREE AGAIN!!?@#$%

The Girl and the Guardian

Cover for 'The Girl and the Guardian'

By Peter Harris
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Oct. 08, 2012
Words: 211462 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301983193

Short description

Shelley is lost in a World once known as Aeden. The ancient Tree of Life is dying, and deadly Thornmen are hunting her. Someone else has been waiting for Shelley. He asks to be her Guardian on a perilous quest to save Aeden. The Thornmen are closing in as the Girl and the Guardian seek the faery refuge of Urak Tara. In the terrible Valley of Thorns they make a daring – and fateful – pact…

Well,  it is a bit depressing for us authors, but the fact is, folk love digital free and hate even a low price, mostly I guess for the convenience of not having to muck about paying a small sum to a faceless internet machine.

So the recent 9 day Free offer for the Girl and the Guardian made a spike in my Smashwords download stats, tailing off a fair bit but plummeting to ZERO downloads the day it went back to 99 cents. 😦

But now brother John and I are agreed, we will release the Hounds of Free until 31st of December 2012, to sniff out the lost innocents who cannot find their way back into Aeden, and lead them penniless across the threshold into the Nine Worlds of the Apples of Aeden, where they will be enriched in spirit and (by the end of volume I) be thankful enough (and hooked enough) to go to the bother of paying for further adventures in II, III and IV (and V, the epilogue, when I write it).

So, it is done. You may now zap over to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499 and download the full volume one complete with colour maps and lexicon, for Zero money. And if you like it or love it, do write a little review sentence or two and help others know Aeden is out there…

 

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Mad Hatters Tea Party has begun

Well life has a way of happening while I’m making other plans. Yesterday the dismay at our MAD council’s 56% rates rise for cafe eutopia and the ark here (and lots of other homes and businesses in the kaipara) came to a head. When desperate, we sometimes come to the point where we just say NO! and then we try and work out how to do NO. or just begin it.

After four years of the ‘forever recession’, this was a bridge too far. I’ve gone ‘MAD’. I am starting the Mad Hatters Tea party in kaiwaka to protest the mad bureaucrats and their illegal and immoral shenanigans and passing on the fallout to us, the poorest (? i’m told) district in New Zealand, the bill in the biggest rates rise I’ve ever been subjected to in my long history of fiscal struggles.

So, in the name of TRUTH and FREEDOM, we are witholding rates until the 13 demands of the first ones to strike (in Mangawhai, a richer enclave of our district)  are met. The TRUTH must be found and told, and lies exposed. The FREEDOM to say no to corrupt and unjust representatives. This is one small part of the defense of the true west: to say no to corruption in our democracies.

And we are going to have some fun doing it!

I plan with friend Ian’s help to set up our 7 metre tent in front of the Ark, and paint on it

MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY HQ 

Saying no to mad rates

[now done – 8:07 pm]

and folk can drop in for tea, and we will sell or give out top hats and read Hafiz and some other mad divine poets, and rejoice in life and the sanity of sunshine and rain and gardens and friendship, and mock at the grownup madness of the local tinpot bureaucrats who schemed and raked off and lied and… you know, the usual.

The price of Liberty and sanity is eternal vigilance.

There will be dancing in the streets of Kaiwaka before this is over.

[now added: the blog of the mad hatters tea party is now up: http://madhattersteapartykaipara.wordpress.com/ ]

Oh, and meanwhile, thanks to all you who have been to the smashwords site and downloaded my FREE ebook of volume one of my eutopian epic apples of aeden. pass the word on! It too is part of the return to sanity and the Balance.

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The Girl and the Guardian Epic at Large – FREE for 9 days

(It HAD to be Nine days, of course…)

This is the FREE ebook only on Smashwords, where you can download it for any platform… all new edition of the text and many more coloured graphics too. And the glossaries, and lots of MAPS! Very useful for getting around on Aeden.

(It is on Amazon too http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Guardian-Apples-Aeden-ebook/dp/B003FMUXPM/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349780472&sr=1-3&keywords=girl+and+guardian, but their minimum price applies there – 99c).

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be looking for an alternative to rereading the Lord of the Rings for the 11th time – you/we/they know who they are… 🙂 Readership – 11 to 111 years.

This is pasted from the Smashwords page (link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499):

The Girl and the Guardian

Cover for 'The Girl and the Guardian'

By Peter Harris
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Oct. 08, 2012
Words: 211462 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301983193

Short description

Shelley is lost in a World once known as Aeden. The ancient Tree of Life is dying, and deadly Thornmen are hunting her. Someone else has been waiting for Shelley. He asks to be her Guardian on a perilous quest to save Aeden. The Thornmen are closing in as the Girl and the Guardian seek the faery refuge of Urak Tara. In the terrible Valley of Thorns they make a daring – and fateful – pact…

Extended description

Volume I of the 2000-plus page epic fantasy Apples of Aeden, twelve years in the making, [with brother John’s enduring support]… Newly edited in October 2012, with many new coloured maps and graphics throughout….(more on Smashwords. Go to the page HERE: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499)

If you download and enjoy it, any feedback (a like or a review or passing the link to friends) would be wonderfully appreciated! 2012 is the year this epic needs to be out – at the dawn of the Fifth Age!

oh and volume II is out, on kindle only. III to follow… IV is in edits. You won’t run out of this world if you happen to love it, for a long happy time. A LOT of bed-time reading here, though I say so myself.

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