Branching Out

Branching Out

Ted ChiangThis moonth was one of those times when the changes were rung in. The catalysts were an actual holiday, a revelation and bad back that led to a gift from on high and stroke of good fortune.

A death in the family also got thrown into the mix. It was both expected and welcome, so a release and relief all round.

These types of events though do make you stop, evaluate and come up with a new way of doing things.


The Holiday : Soul Notes

While I was away, I stopped creating for a while and read another writer’s work. Specifically a book of short stories called Exalation by Ted Chiang. This video explains what resulted :

The Path To OverstandingThe Revelation

Also while on holiday, I wrote some more materials for the Path to Overstanding. A huge revelation and realisation came my way about how our self-aware and unconscious minds interact with the superconsciousness. As I mention in the Path to Overstanding, when the Tarot evolves, we evolve. The process of creation is like picking yourself up by your own bootstraps.

The revelation is part of next moonth’s materials and is exclusive to subscribers … as some steps are required before and after you take the ramifications of this revelation on board.

John Howson HairdresserThe Back

So my bad back came on quickly on a day we were clearing father-in-law’s room. He had passed away after being trapped in a stroke-ridden body for nearly four years. With lockdown, he felt doubly trapped in a care home where we couldn’t visit him or, due to profound deafness, even talk to him.

So RIP John Joseph Leon Howson, hairdresser to the stars :: 28/02/1930 to 13/05/2022.

The back was like someone whacked a cricket bat across your lower back. I am having treatment and working through it. Perhaps John’s passing was a sign to slow down and stop now after providing care for 12 years and more. 

Before he passed, we were already planning to be away in the motorhome for most of June. We had decided on France so we could get back quickly if needed. So I was already working on strategies whereby I could create solely from my iPad, while on the road.

So a USB-C mic was purchased so I can record my meditations while I am away. My best find though was an ambient music generator called Wotja which means I can ‘compose’ complex, layered soundscapes while away.

Being slight confined with the bad back means both tools have come into play already. There’s a short example below of what I’ve been creating …

You’ll find more Wotja-generated tracks on Insight Timer …

Plotting and Pantsing

Plotting and Pantsing

Channelled WritingAre You a Plotter or a Pantser?

Last month I came across this question for the first time and had no idea what it meant at first. I came across it in an author’s forum which gives a small clue. It asks if you, as an author, plot your book in detail and then write it in linear sequence. Alternatively, do you just make it up as you go along?

It made me think about my approach and, at first, I thought I am a wearer of the pants. On reflection, I thought, “No I do have a plot, most of the time at least.”

Then the answer came to me. The question itself is flawed in my opinion and suggests than you can only choose one as your approach. Rather than an EITHER/OR approach, what I have done most recently gives the best of both worlds, by plotting and outlining a course AND/BOTH flying by the seat of my pants!

Soulwaves Soulwaves : A Future History

With my first novel, I had the main plot line nailed down for many years (15 or so) but not the very ending. The last and 100th chapter only came to me when I was writing chapter 98 or so.

The main plot chronicles the years from 2058 to 2109, when all life on earth is wiped out. That by the way is not a spoiler as it’s not the end or point of the book.

What lifted the main plot line was interspersing and intertwining the linear narrative, based in The Density, with a viewpoint from an other-worldly perspective from what I called The Void. This gives both depth and context in both space and time. The implication is an age-old concept that there is more to heaven and earth that we can possibly know and understand. The second plot line was completely ‘pants’!

By way of exploration, this ambient track takes readers to a place where they can actually experience what it’s like to be in The Void and observe the goings on in The Density.

Return to the Void

by Töm Evans | from the Soulwaves Ambient Album

Soulwaves Insertions iPadSoulwaves : Insertions

So this second book is bound in length by the number 12, with each short story inspired by the numerology of each number from 1 to 12. This then spills over to the 12 ambient tracks and the meditations inspired by each short story.

The overarching plot tells both the pre- and post-history of humankind. In a Cloud Atlas kind of way, some characters appear and re-appear down the timelines – as is the way with things.

Chapters 1 to 6 and chapters 11 and 12 were planned, in outline only, and plotted from the outset. Chapters 7 through to 10 only appeared in meditation on the days I’d planned in my diary when they were coming to meet me. So this book is mostly 2/3rds plotted and 1/3rd ‘panted’.

When it comes to the ambient album and the meditations, the ideas for them only start appearing after I delivered the previous track. Listeners experience how they build on each other and get more complex and audacious at the same time. Like the third book in the series, they are exclusively available to subscribers.

Have a listen to Insertion 1 : The Scroll and see if you can spot which elements I plotted in advance and what might have arrived ‘off the top of my head’.

 

The Scroll

by Töm Evans | Insertion 1

Soulwaves The Duadex ShadowSoulwaves : The Duadex

With the third book in the anthology, I am 75% in pants mode, running along with a loose 25% framework of a plot. As it is largely based millions of years into the future, on planets with weird and wonderful life forms, too rigid a plot would strangle the wilder fantasies and flights of the imagination.

The book is being serialised, in a Charles Dickens manner, as an audiobook exclusively to subscribers but I am thrilled to share one of the more bizarre chapters publicly here for the first time.

I hope these three different samples of my work show you how you can plot and pant at the same time. This mixed and selective approach, at the very least, works for me.

Active Channelling

For most of my non-fiction works, there is a rigid, mind-mapped structure which is populated with scribings done in the meditative state. Some call this channelling.

In my free course, How to Channel Your Book, I explain the difference between passive and active channelling. On reflection, active channelling is the plotting AND pantsing state. The only difference being that you bring an external intelligence and guiding hand into the mix. If you listen to The Duadex, you will hear concepts which have not from me but through me. The latest chapter that I’ve shared here, on where the first 12 Duadexes get delivered, is a good example of that.

Get access to the How to Channel Your Book course here

 

Seeding

by Töm Evans | Chapter 16 of The Duadex

Back in the Groove

Back in the Groove

Back in the Groove

In retrospect, taking two ‘moonths’ to relocate and get back into the writing groove is quite short. So now I am installed in my new writing room/music production space – just a little tidying up to do as you can see from the piccy above.

In the meantime, I managed to keep up with the production of the moonthly ambient tracks, meditations and lectures all inspired by Soulwaves : Insertions. The daily Just for Today’s also spawn two new meditations for Insight Timer a moonth.

As it happens, and this is no surprise, a break from writing has lead to a new perspective. I had already planned that the Duadex would go to some places I had never been before. The chapters are being serialised again via the Soundwise app … along with my usual moonthly outpourings.

What would happen though it I went to places wilder than my wildest dreams?

… subscribe below to find out !

New Content

I have now got a 350Mb direct fibre connection to the Interweb – uploads and downloads are so fast !

and here’s a few things that floated up from my iMac into the cloud this moonth, from the Below to the Above you might say …

… onwards and upwards.

 

The Moon Wave

The Moon Wave

Moon PhasesRiding a Moon Wave

While I have operated with the Moon phase in mind for many years, this year I am using it as the clock to which I time the creation and release of my new output.

Apart from giving me a target to stick too, it seems to have brought a new level of creativity along with it. So by the day that this blogcast goes live, I will have completed three new ambient tracks and two guided meditations and delivered two lectures – all inspired by the book Soulwaves : Insertions and the numbers 1 to 12.

In the background, I am guided by moonthly readings from the intuitive business astrologer, Louisa Tanner Munson. Along with it all, and with the constant help of the Council of the Light, the most amazing serendipities are flowing my way too.

Like all ‘waves, this serendipity is bringing others along for the ride too … thanks for all those surfing with me.

Creation of Ambience

While all this creation to the Moon Phase is going on, I have found a new way to relax – and that’s to create audio mashups of ambience. Some are entirely new and some permutations of existing tracks. Apart from anything, I find them great to listen to while I am writing – as I am doing now. It’s a great way to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Listen to my latest two tracks below …

The Wave Rider

by Töm Evans | Soulwaves

Manchantra

by Töm Evans | Soulwaves

SeasonsSpringing Forward

While creating in tune with the Moon has its benefits, so does syncing yourself to the seasons. So on the Spring Equinox, the opening chapters of my next book, The Duadex, will be released in audio exclusively to my Soundwise subscribers.

It’s the in third book in the Soulwaves Anthology and will bring together many of the threads set up in the first two books. Indeed, it starts where the end of Insertions leaves off when sentiences in each galaxy receive their Duadexes. What follows is the Universal Unification – with a few lessons learned along the way of course. While it is complete fiction, you can also take it as being true.

What’s different about this book to all my others is that subscribers can have a hand in its direction and evolution. You can subscribe to the Duadex and my other moonthly creations here for much less than the price of a takeaway pizza a month. Your subscriptions will be gratefully received and all help to help me create more and more …

Tom Evans Soundwise Bundle
The Cycle of Projects

The Cycle of Projects

Soulwaves : InsertionsSo while the UK opened up, we managed to get a full three and a half week’s of touring in a working motorhome – with no recourse to call out the RAC.

And while I was away, I used the time to bring the Soulwaves : A Future History side-projects to a close while “Insertions” was being edited.

So the Soulwaves Ambient album is completed with the addition of a one hour ambient track called Parting the Veil …

… and the Soul-full Path guided series is brought to a close with the one hour guided track called The Paths of Return – see and hear them in this blog post

Both side-projects rock in at just under four hours long and there are links to listen to them in my new Soundwise App.

Both were written and planned while away and created on my return – and note that, in 2021, the 12 short stories in Insertions will be complemented and augmented by 12 ambient and guided tracks inspired by numerology …

… as one door closes, another opens.

The Soul-full Path

Last Moonth’s Output

So even though I was away, the creation and publication engine was primed ahead of my departure and back-filled when I returned … here’s about half of it.

Knowings

by Tom Evans | Soulwaves Ambient

Above and Below

by Tom Evans | The Soul-full Path

Recuerdos

by Tom Evans | Soulwaves Ambient

A Soul Incarnate

by Tom Evans | The Soul-full Path

Soulwaves : InsertionsWhat’s Happening Next Moonth?

So next moonth I am doing something I haven’t really done for any of my previous books – I am planning the launch for Soulwaves : Insertions.

If the wind is behind me and in the right direction, I’ll also do a beta release of the audiobook for pre-review to my Launch Crew.

I’ll also have a play with some musical ideas for the album and meditations plus there may be the odd podcast.

… I am also open for my soul to show me another way I hadn’t envisaged!

Finding a Way

Finding a Way

While I have been busy creating the Soulwaves book itself, I have consciously done nothing about publishing it, other than to observe what is happening in the industry. So rather than me having to find the way to get it published, I’ve been allowing the paths to publication and marketing to find me.

I had already used Ingram Spark last year for the Big U and am using them again but this time also publishing a hardback version. I wanted something other than just ACX and iTunes for the audiobook though.

Thanks mainly to the wonderful Creative Penn podcast, from the prolific and supremely knowledgeable Joanna Penn, I’m using a new way to distribute the audiobook version.

Findaway Voices not only submit your audiobook to ACX/Audible and iTunes but over 40 other audiobook platforms. Before submitting Soulwaves (at nearly 10 hours long), I tested the system out with the audiobook version of The Germinatrix (at less than 1 hour long).

I had the usual tech issues to fix with ACX, my fault for rushing, but pleased to see the book out on so many places it has never been heard before. Note, I serialised it on Insight Timer over the last two years – well that method worked for Charles Dickens and H.G. Wells!

Listen to Joanna’s podcast with Will Dages of Findaway Voices

Listen to my first audiobook distributed by them – The Germinatrix

Also this month, I had a lovely heart-to-heart with wordsmith, Mariëlle Smith …

 

 

Proofing the Pudding

Usually initial proof read and recording of audiobook catches 99% of errors. As the first sample print books of Soulwaves arrived this month, it was clear I only caught 95% or so!

Thank goodness for print on demand and setting a pre-order date.

Perhaps as this is so big and expansive in plot – over billions of years of time and 150,000 light years in space – I have learned a novel such as this needs an additional proof read after the recording of the audiobook.

So December will be spent ironing out the wrinkles. You can however safely pre-order the book in all good online bookstores and it will be perfect by the 10th Jan 2020.

PRE-ORDER SOULWAVES TODAY