Posts Tagged ‘2012’

Free Book Giveaway

May 4, 2012

I had hoped my volume about December 2012 would have been published before 2012, but that didn’t happen. Still, it was released with eleven months to go before it becomes obsolete. And there may even be people who will want to read it after 2012 to find out why the end did not come.

Whatever.

Anyway, the publisher – Martian Publishing – is having a book giveaway and offering all their books for free through Mothers’ Day.

All their publications are in digital format and can be downloaded in several different formats (all at no additional charge) so you can read my book on your computer or a myriad of hand-held devices.

If you are interested in a free copy of my book, 12-20-2012 – Our Last Golden Sunset?, go to http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/martianpublishing, and view a free sample of the volume or click “buy” and enter the coupon code: BF53R.

The giveaway lasts through Mothers’ Day, so you’ve got a bit over a week to get the volume for free. After that it returns to the outrageous fee of $4.99.

They have other books being given away as well and if you are interested in any of those novels, there are free coupons listed on the publisher’s blog here at WordPress: A Different View (http://twaynemartn.wordpress.com/).

I only ask that you make some comment on the book but that is not anything I can enforce.

At the very least, I hope you find the volume entertaining.

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Under the Wire

April 1, 2012

I started toying with the idea of writing a novel about the Mayan obsession with time while I was in college. Being in statistical studies drew me to their use of cycles and, naturally, to study their calendar.

Years later, after raising a family and getting established in my career, I had time to turn to that subject again and I started looking for research materials for the novel.

That’s when I first encountered the “2012 Phenomenon”.

Astonished, I went through the books by Argüelles, Jenkins, Calleman, and a couple of dozen other writers and could not believe the interpretations they were giving to the Calendar, its End-Date, its purpose and the motivations of its creators.

It seemed as if they were studying something completely foreign to me, so I delved deep in the subject for a time until I understood a bit better about what was going on.

Then, naturally, I thought I should write a book about it and show a different perspective on the subject.

Well, that did not seem to go anywhere.

That was in 2007 and I started blogging about the subject, moving over to WordPress in 2009 and continued. I landed a radio interview three years ago and several nibbles from literary agents.

Apparently, even Bear and Company – who published most of the books on the 2012 Phenomenon – were not interested in anything other than the spiritualistic view of the Mayan Calendar.

Then 2012 finally arrived and my volume was still sitting on the shelf, awaiting publication. When a book is sold, it generally takes 12-18 months to reach the market. And my volume was beyond the point of being “marketable” because of the timing.

Self-publishing was an option that I could not consider because it took money and I don’t have superfluous resources lying around. But then I heard of Kindle. Digitally self-publish.

And so, my volume is finally done and on the market over at Amazon.

And, no, I don’t expect it to be any sort of bestseller. I don’t think the other writers in this field have made any substantial amount of money from this niche market either.

Still, it was something I thought needed to be said, and it is out there if anyone is interested.

And now I have time for other things.

Hmm, maybe I’ll write that novel now…

End-Time Rebirth

February 19, 2012

Bolon Yokte K’u, is a Mayan god associated with war, conflict, and the Underworld. Despite his shady background, this fellow is also known as a Lord of Creation.

Pictured on a ceramic called Vessel of the Seven Lords, he is detailed among those actively creating the new Sun in the year we call 3114 BC, the beginning of our present 13-Baktun cycle.

I mentioned earlier the recently uncovered text from Tortuguero, a Classic Maya site north of Palenque, which mentions the End-Date of the current Long Count and pictures this fellow, Bolon Yokte acting in his role as Creation Lord.

One can only wonder why this reaper of souls would be hanging around at the time of new creation. Admittedly, the end of one age probably means some sort of upheaval and resulting destruction (especially when the Sun is called the Earthquake Sun) before the New Age is birthed, Phoenix-like from the ashes of the old.

Still, the great Bolon Yokte’s presence usually denotes a time of war, conflict and dominance of the Lords of the Underworld.

Hm, I think many people would say that pretty much sums up the world as we enter into 2012: war, conflict, and dominance by the robber barons… er, I mean the Lords of the Underworld.

A Super Bowl 2012 Tip of the Hat

February 5, 2012

On Super Sunday, it seems everything is really just about the football game.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a football fan and have been since Vince Lombardi was the coach at Green Bay.

I played on school teams and with neighbor teams whenever I could. After I got older and couldn’t move as fast, I reserved my love for the sport from the watching position alone. If I got hit one of these days, I probably wouldn’t get up even if the hitter was not much bigger than myself.

Still, as so many of the teams I don’t really care about seem to be making the “big game” these days, I find the commercials more interesting.

This year we have two very competent teams that I don’t really care about who have both won in recent years. Ho-hum.

Time to watch the commercials, for sure.

And I got a preview of a doozie! A Chevy Silverado commercial where the doomsday of 2012 hits the planet and from the midst of the rubble, the Silverado starts up and drives off.

Several streets later, the driver meets up with several buddies – all driving Silverados – and he gets out and looks around and says, “Where’s Dave?”

Another guy shakes his head and says, “He drove a Ford.”

Saddened the guy is comforted by another who offers him a twinkie.

Now, that’s what I like to see. Something substantive about the 2012 phenomena on primetime television.

It’s just a shame they had to waste the moment talking about pickup trucks.