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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At last, what (a tiny select proportion of) the world has been waiting for!

Volume three of the Apples of Aeden saga, by me, backed by brother John, the Blue Knight.

http://applesofaeden.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/apples-of-aeden-iii-out-of-edartha-is-now-an-ebook/

I did a few new graphics for it too.

Here’s one. There’s more about the philosophy of the five sectors of process and the tree of life:

 

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crazed wizard archaeology

here’s video no. 2 in the goddess grotto series

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dang it didnt embed either! oh well, the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG78jOfgEso

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‘goddess grotto’ video no. 1 uploaded now

I’ve been away on a mission to help a magical site see the light of day, here at ‘Deb’s Enchanted Cottage’. Apologies to

I’ve finally put up one of the videos I took as I broke through six inches of concrete to this secret chamber, actually the old tank in the cottage, which we drained but found to have a whole lower level which remained full of lovely cold water (which I later swam in, and so (very briefly!) did doglet Poppy).

There’s more to be done, but Debs is well on the way to having a magical shop in the cottage, built by a lone ‘hippie hermit’ years ago. She already has a huge ‘retro’ collection of clothes and shoes and paraphernalia. Corner of Tara road and Kaiwaka-mangawhai road, just out of mangawhai township. She is offering ‘herbs, healing and massage’ as well as all my books and jewellery etc.

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woops the embed didnt work? here is thelink to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjXA-_9zYQs

share this and spread the word about this magical place… also see her new (in progress) site www.debsenchantedcottage.wordpress.com

This is a more recent shot of the doorway to the grotto, also the halloween we had at the cottage, etc:

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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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Enchanted gardens, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, etc

Well the Mad hatters tea party

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http://madhattersteapartykaipara.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/a-great-tea-party-with-jonathan-larsen-and-ron-manderson/ goes on, standing for TRUTH and FREEDOM  in between all the usual day to day stuff like finding a way to make a living in a mad world that doesn’t quite get wizards, philosophers or fantasy writers unless they are Tolkien or vampire creators.

The latest practical development is a return to making concrete stuff – ferrocement gardens and anything else the patron imagines.

I met Deborah, my co-creator in this venture (who is mad keen on ferrocement and gardens too) because I had the Wizard sign out. So in a way it has been of pragmatic use to ‘come out’ as a wizard! Especially since she has a magical little ferro cottage/bach at the back of her place, built by a man named Weston, in need of renovation and containing a built-in water tank which under my sledgehammer is now becoming a sort of grotto of the goddess (the Chrysalis Cave). In this cottage she will sell all my eutopian objects, as well as her own. Magic is indeed unfolding there, and i am sure it will live up to its name ‘Deb’s Enchanted Cottage’.

If you want anything of this nature, email me peter@eutopia.co.nz.

Looking forward to getting out of doors more, being fit, and having fun creating stuff people actually ordered, for a change!

Then when we have some funds, we can tackle the finishing of cafe Eutopia – naturally!

 

 

 

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Fern frond sanity

After the mad hatters tea party setting up frenzy, I would have liked to end the day as it began – with a walk through the kaiwaka reserve which does try to get me down from my hyped up space. The Kauri tree hugs me and I almost see with its eyes sometimes and hear with its ears, but my human heart thumps too loud most of the time, and my vision is filled with things to do on the computer etc.

here’s a recent dusk shot – the last rays of sunlight just magically fell on this one ? mamaku fern:

So… ah. Disengage, breathe… and come back ready to combine the temporal actions with the eternal beauty…

another photo from that walk:

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