For 2023 I am pleased to announce work has started on the next book. My genre is Mind Body Spirit because these are the types of books I like to read and buy.
So the next book topic will be on the subject of Mind.
Producing a 30k word book takes a long time. My initial project was going to be a Self Help book which I estimate would have taken me approximately 3 weeks to write and it would have been for sale on Amazon by now – BUT – this topic failed to pass Proof Of Concept. So I had to go back to square one and start again.
I have my new topic and having to work a day job, and volunteer and various other duties, research is going to take me much longer than anticipated. I do try to spend at least one hour each day getting some research done. Once the bulk of the research has been carried out, and if I can write 30k words or more I can then proceed to passing the manuscript to the editor for the next stage in the process.
In my opinion there are 3 types of Writer. There are writers who just love to write and do not care if the book sells. There are writers who write books purely to make money – they may not even have an interest in their book subject but they know that topic will sell. And there’s the 3rd type of writer who enjoys writing their book and wish to only write books that will sell. This is the category I think I would fall into – this time but not perhaps in future. The nice thing about being a publisher is you can organize a book by pulling in a team of researcher, ghost writer, editor and book cover designer – so you are managing a project for a book that you may even have not much interest in.
It’s been two days since my first attempt at doing a Live Stream on my show entitled ‘Mindfulness vs CONrona’ – Round #1 the big fight LIVE!!
I was somewhat nervous before the transmission as it had been over 20 years since I worked in Television News Broadcasting. However once I got started the nerves started to fade so I could concentrate on presenting and pushing the right software buttons and dials.
It was only after watching the show that I realised the limitations of using my wee laptop as the only video and audio feed. For example when I tried to do the gentle movement exercises Live, on playback I could see the laptop was struggling to mix the audio channels from my music track with my built in microphone, so at times my voice was garbled.
Lesson learned, so to give a more professional, slick looking show next time, I’ll simply pre record the exercise sequence using cameras and wider angle lenses. That way the viewers will be able to have a much better quality experience.
Also during the broadcast I realised that I was doing 5 or 6 things simultaneously – Presenting, Vision Mixing, Reading the Script, Answering comments, Monitoring what I had just said to make sure that it was at least in English, and editing parts of the script out in my head that were not absolutely necessary.
I also plan to go out and about, producing some content for the show with professional therapists / coaches and other film makers too.
Perhaps after 10 shows, life will start getting back to normal and the CONrona reality will be replaced by normal reality. Watch this space!!
sorry it’s been probably months since my last post, however I finally get the time to write a new short blog.
Just when I thought I had explored most forms of Photography and Cinematography techniques, I am now experiencing the Joy of doing Live Broadcasting.
This all came about due to the current Global Lock down and it forced me into looking at instructing my classes online, in the same vain as my own university has moved my course to online teaching.
After spending a few hours researching, I became aware that there are numerous software packages out there for Webinars and Live Streaming. I was understandably confused as I wasn’t sure exactly what the difference is between a Webinar and Live Streaming.
My understanding is that Webinars are like office meetings where the participants can interact on the same screen, where as Streaming is practical for reaching out to unlimited audiences.
I then narrowed down my search to Zoom or Ecamm Live Stream. Being a film maker I naturally gravitated towards Streaming, especially as Ecamm is specific software for Apple Mac Computers.
As soon as I started using Ecamm I realised how user friendly it is, rather like Final Cut Pro X, in fact you could say it’s the FCPX of Live Streaming in it’s Powerful yet simple user interface.
The only technical hitch I’ve discovered is that I can’t use my Olympus Camera as a 2nd feed as I’m required to purchase additional hardware and leads which are not cheap, so I’m limited to using my laptop camera meantime. If I had kept my Canon 7d, it would have plugged in to Ecamm with just a USB cable.
Now, back to the blog. The first few broadcasts will be on the subject of using simple mindfulness techniques taken from the 2 year course I run in the class room. However the show will also be taking an in-depth analysis of what is going on in the world from and Alternative News Broadcaster’s point of View.
I also hope in future to work with a Film Maker from Edinburgh who has shown an interest in helping me by providing mini news reports providing a variety of content.
You may mistakenly think that the above title is about amazing products however you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Investigative Journalism is my favourite form of work and the following blog has been inspired by reading the book Thanks for the Memories by Brice Taylor.I paid £140 for this book which is possibly the most expensive book I’ll ever buy.A copy of this book is now available on Amazon for $1300!!The information in the book is explosive.
The following blog is not particularly on the above book but is related, and all the information is in the public domain. It is a blog on the subject of health and wellbeing which was recently blocked from being published by a local journal, the editor being afraid of being sued!!
I also write about this as I have personal experience of a run in with secret societies with regard to their media industry which is very much controlled, full of occult symbols in movies and pop videos galore.At the young age of only 26 (1996) I had researched and written a synopsis for a movie script on the Story of St Joan of Arc and her body guard, and made the mistake of handing a copy to a member of an esoteric society I was a member of.Before I knew it, the movie appeared on the big screen, directed by no other than the famous Luc Besson, starring his x wife Milla Jovovich, A list actors Dustin Hoffman (who Played St Michael) and French actor Vincent Cassells.
I watched the movie in horror during its release in a French Cinema in Northern France, my mouth gaping open as my plot that had been in my original manuscript manifested before my very eyes.The chances of myself and Luc Besson having exactly the same ideas??Not possible, unless there’s some form of universal telepathic system in place – and which by the way, I don’t believe in ESP – I enjoy reading books by the Great James Randi.
Nicking Movie Script ideas is nothing new and since this episode in around 1996 my emails have been tapped (even to this day) – of course the thiefs who stole my Joan of Arc synopsis didn’t want to miss out on any other potential movie ideas I may have so foraging my emails for more information would be a covert way to milk the movie business cow without the cow being aware.
I have taken the liberty to safely store all my original 3/4 inch floppy diskettes and dot matrix printed synopsis’s of my Joan of Arc script work, should I ever require it in evidence.
Let’s begin at the beginning.In mediaevil times, say 14th century, wealthy land owners farmed animals.As time went on and populations started increasing it became necessary to start farming people, that is keep them in order.
One way to keep control of the populus is to control food supplies – what the masses can eat and what goes into their food.Most of us don’t own allotments and can’t really be self sufficient. I certainly find that I spend enough hours during the summer months in the garden just keeping the grass cut and doing the weeding.I’d like to grow my own vegetables but realistically I can’t put in the hours – or I’d have to give up my weekend sub aqua hobby.
I first found out about the chemical Aspartame after reading The Robot’s Rebellion by David Icke who is a former BBC tv presenter and now public speaker and author.I met Mr Icke in 1995 while filming part of his Uk tour at Edinburgh’s Assembly rooms, round about the launch of his book of which he has written several.
Icke was recently banned from speaking in Australia and his current materials focus on the dangers ofglobalization covering subjects such as creation of a one world bank, government and army.The horror is that this dystopian ‘New World Order’ has been designed so that the world’s richest families will ‘inherit the Earth’ (the Earths remaining resources), carrying out uninhibited bohemian ritual acts, while the prolotariat (you and I) are simply culled, the remaining spared to carry out menial tasks.
Conspiracy theories are not new and indeed are now filtering into the movies – perhaps one that springs to mind is Mel Gibson’s ‘Conspiracy Theory.’The Bourne Identity Trilogy concerns the illegal black projects carried out by the CIA to create a ‘super soldier.’
Take a recent Conspiracy Theory I had read about in the 90’s – this was that in the USA prisoner of war camps based on the Auschwitz model, were being built to hold the population for culling. I didn’t believe this – at the time.
What actually happened was that camps were indeed built in America to hold illegal Mexican immigrants after the dawn of the Trump administration.
Back to Aspartame.Here is a quote from David Icke’s website:
What is aspartame and why is it bad for you?
A popular type of artificial sweetener, aspartame is often used as an alternative to table sugar. Since it is at least 160 to 220 times sweeter than sucrose, you’ll use less aspartame when preparing food. Some people mistakenly believe that this means they can use as much aspartame as they want, especially if they have a sweet tooth.
In the 1970s, a study revealed that an artificial sweetener called saccharin caused cancer of the bladder (urinary) in laboratory rats.
But the studies that followed suggest that the use of saccharin did not have the same results in humans. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the safety label of saccarin from “hazardous” to “generally recognized as safe.”
While this seems like good news, take a moment to reconsider the use of any artificial sweetener. In a separate study, Dr. Robert Walton reviewed various research studies conducted on aspartame. The findings showed that out of the 166 studies analyzed, 74 were funded by companies that produced aspartame. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the results of all 74 studies say that aspartame is safe for human consumption.’
I decided to do my own market research for this article and found that every popular brand of fizzy drink being sold to the public contains Aspartame or its alernatives called: sucralose, Acesulfame, Saccharin, Xylitol, and Sorbitol.
Some effects of Aspartame on the human brain:
Aspartame can cause cellular effects on the brain causing mood disorders in sensitive people including headaches, insomnia,and seizures.
Mental disorders can be caused and can cause learning and emotional disorders.
Cancer and birth defects are also symptoms of killer chemicals in your food.
Now I’m no megalomaniac,but If I wanted to take control, I’d try to make the population brain dead so they can’t think for themselves – keep them in a stupor. Why not help them on their way by putting the right type of chemicals in their food and produce massive media campaigns encouraging them to consume it.
And the truth shall set ye free – you have the power – it’s called consumer power.You can choose healthier alternatives if you really want to.Never before have we had so much choice.People can start to take their power back from the 1% who own 99% of the planet’s wealth.
In our wellbeing classes, we won’t dictate what you should and shouldn’t eat, but we will teach you how to be aware of your mind and body.The more you develop this skill, the more you will become aware of your environment.Classes are Mondays and Friday’s, 7pm to 8pm, Kinross Community Campus.
Recommended Reference Books
David Icke – The Robots Rebellion, The Biggest Secret