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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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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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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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The ebook Goldrush – yeehah!

‘There’s gold in them there hills’…  I’ve always liked the idea of goldrushes – the manic excitement, the gleam of gold in the eyes of believers in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… the shouts of joy as great nuggets or veins of the timeless metal are unearthed and held by a man hoping for a better life… Yes I know, all so easily corrupted and turned to greed and folly and idolatry of Mammon. Yet… don’t we all yearn for SOMETHING to really hit the jackpot in our lives, something really good? Like, having the power to get our little or big dreams and words out to their natural readers. Like finding our tribe and finding that they LOVE us… Well, look at this 21st Century goldrush story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/novel-rejected-theres-an-e-book-gold-rush/2011/04/09/AFZdqb9F_story.html

an exerpt:

“A thin, pretty brunette who majored in economics at Stanford, Belleville had been a singer in her 20s, but that career died, and now her writing career was so flat line that one of her old publishers had even given her the rights to her first two novels.

So, out of sorts and feeling blue, she sat down one morning and figured out how to self-publish one of those novels, “Authors in Ecstasy,” on Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle, just to see what would happen. It was a pain. She had zero graphic-arts skills. She had to create a cover, write her jacket copy, figure out formatting and set a price. She did it and forgot about it.

A few weeks later, she checked her account. She had sold 161 copies. She’d made $281. She was astonished.”

It gets better. Much much better… read the article! And go to my Ebook conversion services page for a simple Quickstart ebook upload service. https://wizardgifts.wordpress.com/ebook-conversion-services/ I will shortcut you to them there hills!

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A Passport to Freedom needs to be written soon!

Just thinking, this book is next. Done Beauty/dreaming and creativity; truth and love are important but maybe freedom is the one most neglected and taken for granted now, just when it is being undermined from within and from without…

as usual, the call of the unwritten book is almost drowned out by the call of the tax return, the unpaid bill, the little jobs and worries. there’s NEVER a perfectly convenient time for writing or creating, just slightly less inconvenient times. and these get less frequent the longer we wait, it seems.

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FREE ebook by me – a How-to book on Creativity

THIS EBOOK IS FREE. (PDF ONLY AT PRESENT).

A Free Passport to Dreaming & CREATIVITY

CLICK ON THE LINK TO VIEW (AND THEN SAVE TO YOUR COMPUTER IF YOU LIKE IT!)

This has been a while in the gestation – well, 14 years at least, since i started working on process theory at Auckland University during my philosophy MA.  Dreaming & Creativity is the first of my free ebooks in a series i am called the IdeaTree Seed Series. These books are about the four stages of ANY process –

I..D..E..A:

Input,

Dreaming,

Examining,

Action.

This first is the one on the DREAMING stage, the ‘green zone’ in the idea tree wherenew ideas are born. Enjoy!

A Free Passport to Dreaming & CREATIVITY

P.S.: There will be further editions i hope as i evolve the graphics etc. The theory however is (I believe) beautifully clear, powerful and universal in its applications… Click the green link to read the PDF and if you love it you can save to file and print it out, and of course share freely!

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