Reality Check available to order

I received word on Thursday evening that the proof copy of Reality Check had shipped. I hoped it would arrive on Friday, but sadly this was not to be.

However, I needed to order a quantity of the book by 30 October, or else I wouldn’t qualify for the latest promotion, which is 30% off the price for orders of 250 copies or more. This kind of saving was too precious to ignore, so I bulled ahead and ordered 250 books. This means I can pass the benefit of the discount on to readers and keep the cover price low.

So, now that I know the financial situation, and the first print-run is on the way, I can take pre-orders.

The UK price is £3.99 + £1 shipping.
The overseas price $7.99 USD + $5 shipping to anywhere in the world.

I’ll set up PayPal buttons in due course, but if anyone wants to order now, email me at the address below and I’ll generate a PayPal payment request for you, which will allow you to pay using your PayPal account or a credit/debit card (no actual PayPal account required). Your book will go out to you as soon as the shipment arrives (expected mid-November).

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Reality Check sneak peek

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The printing company informed me today that I made a couple of minor hiccups on the cover: (1) I calculated the spine width as 172 pages instead 170; I actually knew this prior to submission but thought the difference was negligible; think again, it seems. (2) I’m also told the black areas on the cover need very specific CMYK values. Aargh! I’ve had to resubmit the cover and pay an extra 22 pounds. Never mind. We’re almost there. I’ll just have to contain this nervous excitement for a few more days.

In the meantime, I think it’s about time I released a little of the book’s content. Here’s a nine-page excerpt: the introduction plus chapter one. Enjoy!

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Butterfly dreaming

I’m inclined to think there’s something more than wishful thinking to the notion of dream interpretation. I’ve had a few bizarre ones in my day, and upon waking, I’ve been able to see direct synchronicities with things in my life. One such dream was about me cooking a dog (alive) in the oven, followed by me about to be caught in the act by my mother. The factor that ties this dream to reality is not the specific details, but the themes of guilt and shame – specifically something I was dealing with at the time of the dream. Isn’t it strange that our subconscious presents these challenges to us encapsulated in such bizarre symbolism? I certainly hadn’t been cooking a dog!

Last night I had a dream that involved something so weird that, immediately upon waking, I had the urge to commit the details to memory. First, I’m dreaming that I’m having an enjoyable bike-ride in the countryside with a woman (someone from real life that I happen to like a lot). My bike has no handlebars, so I can’t brake (probably a reference to my bike in real life that is in need of a little maintenance, including new brake-blocks). I almost fall off a few times as I encounter the corners at speed. My bike actually takes air at one point, but the laws of physics are a little funky and I manage to land safely and stay on course. This part of the dream finishes with one bend in the road that is a little too sharp, and I go spinning through the air doing multiple summersaults. I don’t recall an impact. Now, here’s the weird bit coming up: suddenly I’m at my house, standing alone, entering through the front door. As I close the door behind me, I notice three butterflies on the doorframe, near the top, sitting still, close together.

Now, I’m not going to jump to any wild prophetic conclusions. But it just strikes me as totally weird that my subconscious should insert something as out-of-place as butterflies inside the house. I’m not a nature-lover and I never think about butterflies. And here are some very specific details: there are three. They are not flying but resting together in a huddle on the inside of my doorframe – doing something I’ve never seen butterflies do; they’re not pack animals, after all.

I looked up some dream interpretation dictionaries online, but it’s hard to know when you’re being taken for a ride by these things.

The book Secrets of Dreams by Caro Ness mentions that butterflies can be seen as “symbols of transformation”, or as “accurate and startling affirmations of rebirth into a newer, brighter, and more illuminating existence …”

Interesting. The only thing I can say with confidence is that to dream of butterflies appears to be a very positive thing. Got to be better than oven-baked canine!

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Reality Check draws closer

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It’s been five or six weeks since I last posted, so I thought I had better let you know I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Reality Check is well on the way. My printer is having a special discount for October, so I’m determined to benefit from that by releasing the book within that window. Won’t be long now.

I’ve renamed the chapters to present each one as a challenge to the reader:

1. Shake Your Foundations (unchanged)
2. Rescue Your Mind (was “Religion Unmasked”)
3. Spot the Traps (was “Independent Thought”)
4. Know Yourself (was “What am I?”)
5. Peer Beyond Your Perceptions (was “Where Am I?”)
6. Reconnect Your Intuition (was “Intuition Reconnected”)
7. Expand Your Awareness (was “The Big Picture”)
8. Break the Limits (was “Psychic Surprise”)
9. Take Back Your Responsibility (was “Abnormal Life”)
10. Rewrite Your Programming (was “Bad Programming”)
11. Heal Your Sexuality (was “Sexual Snare”)
12. Make It a Life Worth Living (was “A Life Worth Living”)

Reality Check cover design – Part V

And now for something completely different …

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Reality Check cover design – Part IV

I’ve gone off the previous design – completely. It’s a good image, but it makes the book look like a children’s sci-fi novel. Not what I’m aiming for. I keep gravitating back to the image of the little man from the first design. Here’s another attempt, using him …

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Other news: the manuscript has come back from one pre-press reader already, with far fewer objections than I anticipated and some useful suggestions.

Reality Check cover design – Part III

Here’s a completely different approach to the book cover:

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At first glance, it may not be entirely obvious how this image relates to the book’s theme. Well, at first glance the image looks like Mars, but it’s really just two kids playing in the desert, so it communicates the idea of not taking things at face value. The kids have their faces tilted up, looking “beyond.” There’s also significance to the fact that they’re wearing spacesuits, in the sense that the body is like a genetic spacesuit for consciousness. More importantly, childhood and playtime are integral to the book’s final chapter and conclusion.

Any opinions on this one in comparison to the other attempts?

Reality Check ready for critique

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Today, I sent off the early draft of Reality Check to my my list of pre-publication readers for critique. If you were on that list and haven’t received the file, please drop me a line, as I neglected to take note of exactly who was interested

Reality Check cover design – Part II

Here’s another design on the same theme as the first …

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