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http://realitysandwich.com/223243/hear-jonathan-zap-read-from-two-chaos-magic-practices/ Reality Sandwich just posted this---which is slightly strange because I recorded this months ago but was planning on initializing some chaos magic practices today. You need to be a "conscious agent" to listen, but you can read the text here: http://realitysandwich.com/174288/two_chaos_magic_practices/
In the Spring of 1978, when I was twenty years old and about to graduate from college, I made my discovery of what I call the “Singularity Archetype.” The discovery process took the form of a philosophy honors paper entitled Archetypes of a New Evolution. That summer I formed an intention to keep researching and writing about the Singularity Archetype and that intention culminated with the publication of my book Crossing the Event Horizon---the Singularity Archetype and Human Metamorphosis. I also formed an intention to write a fantasy epic that would explore the same themes. I worked on this epic, which I called Parallel Journeys starting in the 80s, but openings into its world usually only lasted a few months and then closed with results I found incomplete and unsatisfactory.
In February of 2013 I took a trip to Tucson, ostensibly to go to the gem and mineral show, but as soon as I got off the Greyhound bus I started getting downloads about Parallel Journeys. A huge part of the story unfolded in my mind during that trip. Formal work on it didn’t begin until the morning of the Equinox, 9/22/13. As of this morning, just a couple of day shy of the Equinox of 2014, I believe the epic is finished. I imagined it to be a multi volume epic, but right now it feels complete as a single volume work of 188K words. This is a bit weird because I always thought Frank Herbert’s Dune was the perfect length for a fantasy book and it is 187K. I don’t foreclose the possibility of sequels, but at the moment I feel like the present book expresses everything I intended to express.
My next goals are editing and seeking publication. While I have a literary agent for nonfiction, I do not have one for fiction, and ideally I should have an agent specializing in fantasy who would have contacts with major fantasy publishers like Tor. So if anyone has any leads on novel editors, agents or publishers, please let me know. If I can’t sell it to a major publisher, I won’t feel bad about publishing it myself. My goal is for it to reach the right mutants, and that is about quality, not quantity.
Zap Oracle Austin Iredale, my favorite editor, who edited Crossing the Event Horizon and many of my major nonfiction books, most of the Zap Oracle, etc. has signed on to be the editor of Parallel Journeys. I plan to spend the next several months working with him on revision. Anybody else who wants to give feedback, which will be gratefully appreciated, should let me know and I can provide access to a beta version of the text.
2014/09/20 at 4:50 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX-UPcrejHc Please don't comment unless you've listened to every word of the video first.
Zap Oracle And I'm not interested in Sam Harris, just this particular blog.
2014/09/14 at 2:48 pm1
Just published this on Reality Sandwich: http://realitysandwich.com/222646/festival-and-psychedelic-glamour-as-coat-of-many-colors-covering-a-core-of-stagnation/