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Today I’m on the ‘Fair Means Or Foul’ blogtour, organised by Book On The Bright Side.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

kw-recent-photo-dec-2019Keith Wright is the Author of the crime novels in the ‘Inspector Stark series’ available on Amazon, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited|Audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

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514vkmEPveLThe man sitting at the wheel of the car was 100 yards from his moment of destiny. He was oblivious to it, of course. Murderers don’t necessarily realise they are killers until a few seconds before it happens. Murderers are sometimes just like you and me. He would never have dreamed that such a thing might happen. Ridiculous. If anyone had told him that today was the day he would turn into a killer, he would have looked at them quizzically; questioning their sanity; instead of questioning his own.
The murder investigation into the death of a young girl at Nottingham’s Goose Fair throws up several suspects, close to home and further away. The stream of inquiries spirals into a climax, and suddenly another young life hangs in the balance.
Detective Inspector Stark and his team prepare to do anything to stop further bloodshed. They are willing to use any means necessary, whether it be fair means or foul.
In his fourth crime thriller, critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright, once again regales the stark reality of murder, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area.

Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I am from a working class background and went to a comprehensive school before joining the police. When I retired from the force I went on to become Head of Corporate Investigations for a global retailer.
I still live in Nottingham with my partner Jackie.
I have four wonderful children, twins, Chris and Andy, who are also writers as well as being a teacher and another works for Cancer research. My son, Harry is at university and is an actor. Then there is the lovely chatterbox, Lily, who is 10 years old.
I began writing when in the police. I had always enjoyed reading crime stories, notably Ed McBain, and I thought I could combine real life experience as a Detective with good story telling.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I enjoy autobiographies actually. I am interested in people and what makes us all tick and so I do enjoy reading a person’s life story. It doesn’t have to be someone famous, it can be anyone. As a young man, as I have mentioned, I read the fabulous American crime writer Ed McBain, from around the age of fifteen. Bizarrely I went on to meet him for dinner when I was speaking at the international mystery convention, which was a great honour for me. It was around 1994, I think. They say to never meet your heroes.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I suppose it would have to be Charles Dickens. I love his work. Despite the victorian setting I think he was way ahead of his time, both with his characterisation, recklessness of style and lyrical prose.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would like to have tea with my main protagonist Detective Inspector David Stark. I would like to help him defeat his nemesis DI Lee Mole, and also give him some advice about his anxiety. He does not know what it is he is suffering from, but I want to help him. These things were not talked about as much in the 1980’s which is when my books are set.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I don’t go in for rituals as such. I am a very disciplined writer, I write pretty much all day every day. I guess I am used to the work ethic from my time in the police and private sector, which were quite hectic. I also enjoy it so much. I finally have the opportunity to devote myself to writing full time and I want to make the most of it and embrace it. I know this is a lucky situation to be in.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I tend to use my experience as a Detective Sergeant from back in the day for how things unfold. The ideas themselves however are from using my imagination. I can critically think and come up with ideas fairly easily. It is picking the right ones that can be the tricky bit.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I have done both. I am going to have to say I am a ‘plantser,’ in other words a bit of both. I don’t want to write down huge skeletons any more, just key points, that I want to happen along with the theme and a little characterisation, for new characters.
This makes the process more enjoyable as I dont have a clue what is going to happen in the detail until the characters start involving themslves on the journey to the next junction.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Do your own thing. Tell your own story. Be careful what advice you listen to, as most people know nothing, or if they do, it fits them not you. Keep it real. I share Stephen King’s advice to ‘show don’t tell,’ up to a point; while the bulk of the book should do this, sometimes you have to ‘tell’ to keep the pace right and avoid reader yawns.
Be adventurous, even reckless, if you can. Don’t be obsessed with too many writing ‘rules.’
Also make sure you write your ideas in your notes on your phone, if you don’t they will be gone forever, no matter how much you think you will remember them.
As for don’ts – Don’t write for anyone but yourself. (Some will disagree with this), if you are trying to write for others, who is it? Your neighbour? The postman? Be true to yourself. Not everyone is going to like your book. If you like it there is a chance that others will too and you can keep consistent and make the whole experience less arduous and more enjoyable.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I am in the process of completing a short story anthology I have compiled, which will go out later in the year. I am thrilled with it as it is a departure from my usual characters and contemporary. There is usually some sort of sting in the tale.
I have been working on my second Audio Book – ‘Trace and Eliminate.’ As with the first I have narrated it with my son Harry taking some parts and producing it for me. This will be out in the next two or three months, I would think.
I also have a little secret project I am undertaking.
And finally I will be starting my fifth book imminently.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Thank you for the opportunity for us to chat about all things writing. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have selected the opening passage to ‘Fair Means Or Foul.’ I hope you like it and want to read on.

The man sitting at the wheel of the car was 100 yards from his moment of destiny. He was oblivious to it, of course. Murderers often don’t realise that becoming a killer is their fate until a few seconds before it happens. Murderers are sometimes just like you and me. We are not immune. There is no vaccine. He would never have dreamed that such a thing might happen. Ridiculous. If anyone had told him that today was the day he would turn into a killer, he would have looked at them quizzically; questioning their sanity; instead of questioning his own. His car was stuttering along in the grid-locked traffic. Stop. Start.
100 yards remained to the point of no return.
Nottingham’s Goose Fair, held the first weekend of October every year, hadn’t changed that much over the decades, it had just increased exponentially in size. Victorian children had slithered down the Helter-Skelter just the same as the squealing kids did now, in 1987, a hundred years later.
Thousands of people, young and old, streamed, from all directions, towards the beacon of bright lights and music. From a distance, they appeared hypnotically drawn to a pulsating Godhead, like a zombie apocalypse of shuffling, disengaged humanity, with only a Gregorian chant missing from the seemingly dystopian scene.
One of Nottingham’s oldest traditions, the Goose Fair, was more popular than ever, with a million visitors every year. A vast array of monstrous and exhilarating rides and ‘prize every time’ sideshows were the attractions nowadays, rather than a brace of geese and a cut of cheese, to temper Anglo Saxo hunger, such as it was when it first began. The living sea of humanity ebbed and flowed through the main thoroughfare, in a continuous wave, with tributaries of people filtering to various attractions, while attempting to avoid elbows to the body, spilled drinks, and stepped-upon toes.
This year, however, there would be a sinister visitor, a spectre at the feast. Death would lay its grim, heavy shadow over the festivities, as random and indiscriminate as ever. This was not the first time that murder had swung by the fairground, nor would it be the last, but it would be the saddest of them all.
90 yards.
The younger children, wide-eyed and agog, were lifted on and off the merry-go-rounds. At the same time, the teenagers queued at death-defying rides with appropriate names such as ‘The Paratrooper’ and the spinning cages of ‘Rock n Roll.’ The more adventurous fairgoer might head for the ‘Wall of Death’ where motorbikes would swirl around a caged wall at breakneck speed, and where occasionally people might indeed break their neck. Others would head towards ‘Ron Taylor’s Boxing Booth’. Boxing in various guises had been at the fair for two hundred years and had contributed to many fighters taking the sport up professionally. Here the local hard man could make the humbling discovery that he wasn’t as hard as he thought, or a delusional drunkard could embarrass himself for the jeering crowd’s entertainment.
Older visitors, stalwartly clutching their brandy snaps, were drawn nostalgically towards ‘The Cakewalk’ and would try to keep their feet, as the wooden floor jerked back and forth. Others headed for the more sedate, yet majestic galloping horses, of the ‘Carousel’.
80 yards.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Keith Wright.

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Today I’m on the ‘Haunted Ends: Whispering Lily’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PicElizabeth grew up in Redlands, California as an only child. The lack of siblings, cousins, or even kids in her neighborhood to play with sparked her imagination to life. She spent most days entertaining herself with elaborate stories, even doing so when her attention should have been elsewhere—like on her schoolwork.
As a teen, Elizabeth dove headfirst into the geeky culture of Star Trek and other science fiction and fantasy novels. She became so consumed that she spent all her free time and allowance on new books—eagerly anticipating their arrival. When she felt hindered by her limited allowance and the inevitable waiting period between new releases, it dawned on Elizabeth to revisit the creation of her own stories. This is where she was truly born as an author, pouring her imagination into multiple genres.
In 2009, Elizabeth graduated from California State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, emphasizing Entertainment Studies. She has taken numerous writing classes to hone her craft—everything from script writing to copywriting, story writing and more.
Elizabeth has been happily married to her supportive husband since 2001. He greatly encourages her in her writing endeavors and accompanies her on trips to haunted locations—her favorite pastime. She currently lives with her husband in Corona, California.

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Book CoverTitle: Haunted Ends: Whispering Lilly
Genre: Mystery / Paranormal
Publication Day: May 26th, 2020
Publisher: Between the Lines

The Dead Inns paranormal investigations team is back in action with an all-new television show, Haunted Ends. With the help of their new ghostly member, Sam, the show’s popularity has grown far beyond San Francisco. Rocky, the show’s paranormal psychic, along with Sam, agrees to investigate the murder of a young college girl, Lilly Rosenberg. While doing so, the two are reunited with old friends as well as meeting new interesting ones… bodies optional. Their spooky adventure leads the crew of Haunted Ends into peril, fighting for their lives in the middle of the Mojave desert against the ghost of a long-dead serial killer, Irving Keegan.

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Today I’m on the ‘The Accidental Hero of the City of Brotherly Love’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author Pic(1)Richard J. O’Brien is a graduate of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in Creative Writing Program. Richard’s novels include Under the Bronze Moon, Infestation, and The Garden of Fragile Things. His short stories have appeared in The Del Sol Review, Duende, Pulp Literature, The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Weirdbook, and other magazines. Richard lives in New Jersey, where he teaches at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Stockton University.

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Book Cover(1)Title: The Accidental Hero of the City of Brotherly Love
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Genre: Contemporary / Magical Realism

In the tumultuous days following 9/11, Spencer Lee Kavanagh works as a security professional, juggling jobs, relationships, and his writing craft while trying to figure out where his life is headed. One autumn day in 2002, Kavanagh’s life changes forever after he crosses paths with Khalid Neshar, a promising graduate engineering student who recently became radicalized thanks to a less-than-scrupulous imam.
A workplace accident caused by Kavanagh results in Neshar’s death. Freshly arrived in the afterlife, Neshar strikes a deal with Allah. He goes back in time as a djinni so that he can haunt Kavanagh and thereby alter the course of events that led to his untimely death; only, Neshar isn’t much good at it. Meanwhile, in the post-9/11 hysteria of the day, Kavanagh’s anonymity and his literary ambitions are sidelined when he’s hailed as a hero for stopping a would-be terror attack. Like the stranger he accidentally killed, Kavanagh just wants his life back. The television news crews camped out in front of his apartment building have other ideas.

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#BookBlitz #RABTBookTours @RABTBookTours / #PromoPost : Speakeasy #Speakeasy – A. M. Dunnewin @AMDunnewin #AMDunnewin

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Today I’m on the ‘Speakeasy’ blogtour, organised by RABT Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PhotoA. M. Dunnewin grew up with a taste for mysteries and thrillers, inherited ever so lovingly from her family. An affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, A. M.’s own stories cover a wide range of genres that tend to take a dark turn when least expected. With a B.A. in Psychology, she’s a gambler of words, obsessed with chai tea, and addicted to books – everything from classical literature to graphic novels. Other hobbies include art, history, music, equestrianism, and a good classic film. She currently dwells in Northern California.

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Speakeasy CoverThe novella is centered on Eddie Durante, owner of a speakeasy who’s supported by his mobster uncle—the boss of the Durante family. Eddie is a young widower after his family’s rival, the Caprice family, murdered his wife over a territory dispute. After devising a plan that retaliated against four of the rivaling capos, Eddie is left with the daunting task to try and move on. That is, until he’s notified that the Caprices have put a hit man in the speakeasy—and Eddie’s name is on the list. But things take an unexpected turn when Eddie instead starts to find the dead bodies of his relatives, the ones who had helped in the retaliation.
Behind the backdrop of jazz music and glistening flappers, murder after murder begins to unravel as revenge takes center stage, and Eddie soon learns that some secrets can’t be taken to the grave.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Celeste Three Is Missing – Chris Calder @CalderAuthor

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Today I’m on the ‘Celeste Three Is Missing’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

UkF1K2uMAfter ten happy years of retirement in rural France, Chris Calder is back in England. He came late to writing novels, penning his first whilst incarcerated in a French hospital following cancer surgery. At the time he spoke little French. Unable to communicate effectively with the staff, he spent his time fleshing out his first novel. Five more have followed; light thrillers leavened with humour. Best of all, the cancer is now history.
Chris knows that readers of fiction expect to be diverted and entertained. He loves feedback and believes passionately that taking on board readers’ views improves what what he does. You can email him at chris@chriscalder.com. Go on, he’d love to hear from you.

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-fR199IcThe world’s first earth-orbit passenger plane, the sensational Celeste Three, takes off from its base in Arizona, also the only place where it is designed land. On a routine flight the craft disappears.
On board is Viktor Karenkov, billionaire oil magnate who has used his wealth to evade prosecution for a murder he committed years earlier. Gregory Topozian, the murdered man’s friend, has been waiting for a chance to bring Karenkov to justice. With dogged determination and considerable ingenuity, he conceives an audacious plan.
Getting the craft down in total secrecy is key. And someone has to pay the huge costs involved.

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In 1937, master tailor Isaac Bartelewski left his home in the Sudetenland and settled with his wife and son in East London, where he soon established a reputation as the best bespoke tailor in the Mile End Road.
Isaac worked long hours, but every morning he took a tea break in Jacko’s tearoom. In those days such places were not called cafés. Tea cost a penny, but only three farthings if you brought your own mug. Isaac’s was a white enamelled one with a blue handle and rim. A farthing was a farthing, after all.
Isaac became one of a small group who spent their tea breaks setting the world to rights. Sometimes he took his seven-year-old son Daniel along for a mug of tea and a bun. Little Danny would sit listening intently, saying nothing.
One day the topic at the table was, as it had been every day of late, the expected war and its outcome. One man said that he admired immigrants like Isaac who had fled the Nazis but, God forbid, what would they do if Hitler won?
To Isaac the very idea was unthinkable! Puce with fury he rose, leaned forward and placed his palms on the table. Little Danny cowered, his eyes saucer wide. Isaac, sputtering in frustration as he tried to find the right words, finally spoke.
“Hitler vin?” he thundered, shaking with fury. “HITLER VIN? Let me telling you, Adolf Hitler will becoming a Jew before he is becoming King of England!”
Thus did a little boy in the East End of London come to believe for a short while (for hadn’t his own papa said so?) that Adolf Hitler would become King of England, after he had first converted to Judaism.

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Today I’m on the ‘Winters’ Gift’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day. She is married with two teenage chidren. Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton. Reflected Destinies is her first novel.
Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

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Winter's Gift CoverBea Winters is in desperate need of a fresh start. Being bullied at work is not her idea of fun and she longs to follow her dream of becoming a published author. When an advert appears in her local paper to work in a publishing house in the sleepy village of Bloomsdale, it sounds too good to be true.
She strikes up an instant friendship with gorgeous aspiring author, Eddie Richards and her dashing millionaire boss Scott Summers
But all isn’t as it seems in the sleepy village of Bloomsdale.
How does the local clairvoyant know her name? Who does the little black dog that keeps appearing belong to and why does she keep bumping into the mysterious Charlie?
As she starts to unravel the truth, it seems that everyone in Bea’s life is keeping secrets.
An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews.

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Bea dreams of being a published author, like me, in fact in many ways Bea is like me. Here we find her submitting her first manuscript. The nerves and excitement you feel when allowing others to read your work is such a mix of dread and euphoria. I’ve never had to do it in person like Bea though.

A few days later and Bea had finally plucked up the courage to hand her manuscript to Scott to see if it was suitable for publishing. After all she said to herself, if you work for a publishers you may as well get some benefit from it. Even if it was rubbish at least she’d know.
“Here I go guys.” She stood up and grabbed the folder from her drawer. Everyone gave her the thumbs up. She’d only told Giles but Giles had made no secret of telling everyone else but it was nice to have everyone’s support. “May I have a word Mr. Summers?”
He was sitting at his desk, his head bowed over some paperwork. He looked up at Bea’s voice.
“Mr. Summers is it?” He smiled quizzically. “You haven’t called me Mr. Summers for a long time.” He beckoned her forwards and she sat nervously down on the chair in front of his desk.
“Sorry.” She gulped, her mouth dry. “Do you remember at the interview when we talked about me being a writer?” He nodded. “Well I’ve actually finished my very first manuscript and I wondered if you’d give me your professional opinion on it?” She placed the folder on his desk and he immediately picked it up and started flicking through.
“You don’t have a title?” He raised an eyebrow.
“Everything I could think of is already a book title.” She’d spent hours trawling Amazon to check.
“No worries on that.” He put it back down. “I’ll have a read over the weekend and let you know. If it’s good enough I’m sure someone here will think of a title.”
“Thank you Scott. Thank you.” She knew one of the hardest things in publishing was actually getting someone to read your finished work so feeling the happiest she’d felt for a few weeks she walked back down to her desk flashing a smile and returning the thumbs up back to everyone.

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The Cloud Diver: Level 1 – Joshua Pantalleresco @jpantalleresco , A #GuestPost

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Joshua Pantalleresco, author of The Cloud Diver: Level 1 to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Head ShotI write stuff…and podcast too!
Last year I published my second book, Stormdancer, which is part of the Watcher series. The Watcher is an epic poem about a Slave boy that escapes his dragon masters and goes into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, discovering that there is more to life than being a slave. Stormdancer continues the story – Kristin and friends go on their own journey to save the Watcher from the clutches of dragons. Both books are available on Amazon and are published through Mirror World Books.
I have an Amazon author page at http://amazon.com/author/jpantalleresco. Feel free to take a look. I also write comic books. Paradigm is the book that i’m working on with Twyla April. You can read the first issue at http://paradigmcomic.wordpress.com.
In addition to comics, I also run a podcast called Just Joshing. a podcast about life, art, and pursuing dreams. It airs weekly On podomatic, at http://jpantalleresco.podomatic.com. He even has merchandise for the podcast that you can use to support the show at http://www.redbubble.com/people/jpantalleresco.
In addition to being an artist, Joshua Pantalleresco is also a fan. He loves comics, video games, novels, pro wrestling and illustration. He posts actively on twitter, is playing with alternative food and medicine, and is trying to live life. He lives in Calgary.

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Cloud Diver 2How’s this: Johnny Wheeler was perfectly happy being a diver in Void Life. One fateful day doing his job in cyberspace he ends up finding a secret floor in the tower, and finds a woman with a Gunblade walking towards an ancient storage system known as the cloud. Johnny follows her and gets a file that everyone from zombie mobsters to unicorns that farts rainbows are after. Johnny’s only escape from this adventure business is that girl with the Gunblade (who may or may not like him very much.)

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I’m fascinated with history. We literally tell stories of the past from the pieces we are given. We question what is real and what is fiction based on the pieces we are given. What kind of person was William Shakespeare? Was Jesus real? Was Tutankhamen as strange as he seems? Or was there more to the story than we realized? With history there are many interpretations, fascinating facts and all in all we can retell our tales of history and debate each other until the end of time.
History didn’t have the smart phone however. They didn’t have the cloud. They didn’t have computers that have piles and piles of data recording everything over and over again. More than any other time, we literally have a footprint of our existence from beginning to end if you were born after 2000. So unlike the previous examples, history may not be the telling the tale of events, but of people.
This was the idea that spawned my novel. What if you found a lost storage system, and in it, contained all the knowledge and stories up to a certain point in history? What treasures would you find there, and in so doing, what would you learn about you? For all the craziness of killer cupcakes, spam bots and zombie mobsters, there is the key concept. You find this incredible world of information, what do you do with it?
Johnny, Gunblade and company are about to embark on that journey in my novel. I imagine what our descendants will have an easier time finding our adventures. I imagine our firewalls will be something considered cute or ancient or maudlin. Something that grandpa did that was kind of cool, but something we’ve learned to evolve past.
Once we’re found, then what?
My opinion? Fiction and history will merge. It doesn’t matter what kind of book writers write, the best stories are about people living through things. Sometimes we are heroes, sometimes we are villains, but we live regardless. No one is perfect, and more and more as time goes on, our flaws are out there for all to see and hear.
What an opportunity we have to learn from each other. We have the ability to construct our narrative from beginning to end. Our tweets, pictures, posts, and recordings are shared to the world. Our ability to connect with each other has never been this strong. We can tell our story more than ever any way we choose to.
This thought is the real germ of the Cloud Diver. We have so much digital service and knowledge available to us these days its staggering. Unlike other points in history where information has to be pieced together, our archaeologists will be sifting through sand to find gold. So much knowledge is out there that the challenge will be to filter out the narrative. I think it will be scattered in abundance and hidden in plain sight, much like a lot of the best answers to our problems.
Our battle won’t be with knowledge but in how we construct the story going forward. We will have more pieces to play with. Will we add or subtract things that don’t fit our narrative? Temples book about lenses showed that English historians hid the fact that the ancient Egyptians understood how lenses worked even in ancient times. Bifocals may have been a device used even back then. What did that say about ancient Egypt’s knowledge base? That perhaps they were smarter than even the our more modern, reasoned times? Far simpler is the narrative that our ancient ancestors knew far less and were far more unwise than we are.
Or will we judge more harshly? All our sins are laid bare. I have been cruel to people in the past. I have done some things in the early years of my life that probably make me out to be a deviant. Will I be judged always for my actions then? Or will I be judged for who I was when I walk away? People are going to be looking at all our lives with mirrors of themselves. They will applaud us when we’re at our best. They will hate us when we are at our worst.
I’d be lying if I said I wonder what people will think of me in the future. I may be an arrogant prick saying this, but maybe I’m actually interesting enough that someone will take the time to look at me. Do I want to be the guy that hits on women and only shows off dick pics, or do I actually want to say something profound and do something worthwhile? That quote from Gladiator about what we do echoing in eternity has a lot more gravity with each passing day.
Perhaps that doesn’t really matter. A more disturbing thought passed my mind when I looked past myself. Will we be real to them? We’ll be digitized, two dimensional images frozen in time for all to see. Is that real? Or will someone imagine a story for each person that they care to look at? Or will they even care at all?
I think they’ll care. We tend to meet and connect with people. We have that need, past and future. But I think our images are much more clearer. We’ll be bigger mirrors, bigger characters in the story that is being constructed.
Will we be characters that archeologist imagine knowing more, as they will be more intimate with our knowledge and vulnerabilities than at any other point in history? I can’t help but imagine Commander Laforge in Star Trek fantasizing about a woman so much he created a program to interact with his take on her. It was fascinating, and creepy. Will future historians be as obsessed?
Looking at history will change. There is no doubt that we won’t be going back to the way things were before when we were looking at pyramids or cathedrals. We’ll have images, words, thoughts, hopes, dreams, defeats.
We’ll have facebook.
That’s a depressing thought.
How we look at history will be different. How we learn from it will be different too. I hope the stories we tell will be more sophisticated. Much like comparing the novels of today with the novels from the past. Writers today get into the hearts and minds of characters that much more. The depth and dimension will be explored more. Maybe we’ll be telling new stories going forward. There will be more depth, more debate, more questions. I hope we learn more about ourselves going forward. That I feel is the real secret to history. Understanding where we’ve been. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll learn just a bit more about where we’re going.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds