Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book rewritten and expanded, a big part of it will be available on the new blog "Butterfly's Dream"

I have expanded the book from about 69500 words to over 96000 words, being  now in the stage of the final edits. I have decided to make the core story available for free in a new blog. that beint the diary of Alberto. The paid version will offer aditionally the first part of the book, occuring 8 months prior to the main events and the end of the story. 
However, my readers will have acces to the core story for free and will have the liberty to decide wether they are satisfied with the free version of the novel or want to pay a small amount of money to read all of it ^_^.
The blog for the book is available at 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I cannot prevent myself from wondering about the new generations that shall sprout into this world, millennia from now. What shall they think of us? Shall they see our accomplishments as simple and primitive? Shall they portray us as uneducated barbarians? Shall our beliefs seem to them as unsophisticated superstitions? But are these things really going to matter in the end? And, in the end, is there any end at all? What if the flow of time is only an illusion generated by our own minds? 

Elessyos of Miletus (c. 645 – c. 520 BC) 

(Butterfly's Dream, Prologue)

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Other Shore - General Synopsis

Is the time always flowing with the same speed and in the same direction? Do we live in a dream of do our dreams live in a real world? If a temporary bridge connects us to another corner of the Universe, how would we see such a world? How would we change it? How would it change us? If we encountered an extraordinary advanced civilization, will we acknowledge its existence at all?

1795. Excelsior, a military brig on a routine sea mission disappears without a trace, just to return to her harbor three months later with an incredible story. Alberto Shimada, the second officer on board is separated from his crew during a fierce fight with the locals of a mysterious island where gold is as cheap as stone. With his direct access to the coast blocked by the enemies, he treks along a mysterious river with the intention to reach the shore in a farther away area and return to his people by sea on an improvised raft. But things becomes stranger and stranger along his journey, as he seems to live several lives at once. He falls asleep in one just to wake up into the next. Faced with the Chuang Tzu dilemma about the man dreaming of being a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming of being a man, Alberto doesn't know which one of his lives is real.

A young woman and her father save the officer from the brink of death and help him recover in a mysterious village. Alberto falls in love with Nivit and they begin a journey across the mountains nearby planning to reach the shore and return to Excelsior. A snow storm blocks them in a cave and Nivit can't survive the prolonged cold. Now Alberto is split between his duty for his crew and his desire to cross into the world where Nivit disappeared and save the woman he loves. Can he do both? In the end, which one of all the existences he experiences is the real one? And what kind of universe is hidden behind the shores of this mysterious island?

The first 50% of "The Other Shore" available for free on Smashwords:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The first half of "The Other Shore" free to read on Smashwords

As the second half of my book is the most interesting part, and as reading the first half should deffinitely be enough to decide my readers if it's worth paying the 99 cents to read the rest, I've made the first 50% of "The Other Shore" available on Smashwords:
I'm really curious to hear your opinion :).

Friday, September 23, 2011

Butterfly's Dream 3

I wake up and can't remember where I am. Why do I feel such a pain in my thoughts, such a sadness in my heart? I am inside an immense cave with an arched ceiling. The ceiling is lit in a yellow color by myriads of tiny organisms. The floor is covered in several places by large, white mushrooms.

Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.

On what side is the real world and where is the mirror? Which one am I, the butterfly or the man? But if there is no "I", would this question even make sense? Because in this case I/there is no "I" can't even know who is asking. So, in the end, is there more than one reality? Or maybe everything is a dream? Am I/there is no "I" awake now?

During our dreams we do not know we are dreaming. We may even dream of interpreting a dream. Only on waking do we know it was a dream. Only after the great awakening will we realize that this is the great dream. And yet fools think they are awake, presuming to know that they are rulers or herdsmen.

Chuang Tzu has described correctly this situation since millennia ago. Slapping my face or pinching my skin would be dream slaps and pinches and won't make me wake up. One way to start figuring out what is going on is to check my notes. The last written date is June 20. So, is it June 21 now? This should be the longest day of the year. But is it really June 21? I suppose I didn't sleep for more than one night. My watch is broken and I can't tell the time. Reading the notes in my log I remember our expedition to the city and the kidnapping of the beautiful princess. Salik told me her name starts with an "N." I think it is Nern. And she looked exactly like Nivit from my dream. But was it a dream? Let's see. If it was a dream, then I haven't had time to learn the Edorian language. I shall try to write down a few phrases using their writing, which I am not supposed to know. If my trip to Edor, the mountains and Nivit were a dream, then I shan't be able to do it. If it was real, I am supposed to know about five thousand words in Edorian and have no problems to hold a conversation in this tongue. I call it "Edorian" because I have learned it in my dream in the village of Edor, but I suppose the people from Gold City speak the same language and might name it differently.

My hand writes the alien letters without any effort. And they are also easy to read. I can speak the locals tongue with a crystal clarity. So, assuming my log is correct, and today is June 20, how did I live somewhere else for more than a month during a single night of sleep? My beard should have had time to grow a lot during such a long period of time. But when I touch my face, I find my relatively freshly shaved cheeks. Because I did shave right before our expedition to the Gold City. If more than a month did not pass over me, then it means that I must be dreaming now. Otherwise, how could I learn a new language during a dream and use it while I am awake? I need to wake up quickly inside the circular cave from the mountains and see if I can cross over to Nosyon and look for Nivit. Still, I can't think of any way to do it. If I killed myself, I'd certainly leave this world, but can I be absolutely sure this is a dream? What if I just cross over from one reality to another? And what if I die in one? Would I die in the other too? This experiment is too risky. Better think about other ways first...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Using a music video to advertise my book

Another option to advertise my book - use a music video with one of my songs and a slideshow of my digital creations where I include three times the cover of my book. Will it work? We shall see.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Using Youtube to advertise my book

Advertising a book on youtube might be a lucrative option. So, I've used some of my digital creation, one of my songs and a voice over reading an excerpt from my novel Let's hope it will attract a decent number of viewers.