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NUMENON: A TALE OF MYSTICISM & MONEY–The book that started the saga.

Dear Bloodsong/ Numenon fans––

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but if I’m writing or on the Bloodsong blog or not, you are always on my mind. Creative process follows no logic and it certainly hasn’t for me in writing Mogollon: A Tale of Mysticism & Mayhem. (How do you like the  new subtitle? I love it. Wait until you see the tag line for the back of the book! And the cover!)

I received  a question today and thought  it was perfect to pass along to you. Some readers have complained that Numenon ends abruptly. Others have expressed their annoyance over the length of time it’s taken me to get Numenon‘s sequel to you. The answer  below explains Numenon’s process of creation and what’s going on with its  eventually-to-be-released sequel.

Q: Did you originally write Numenon with a view to writing a sequel, or was that something that came to you later?

A: I wrote the original Numenon as  one piece. It was about 240,000 words, so huge it was totally unpublishable. The manuscript was phone book sized when printed out;  something a normal adult could barely lift. The leader of my writing group said, “Why don’t  you make two books out of it? Or three?”

But how to cut a book that occurs at a week-long spiritual retreat? Do you go: Vol. 1 , Sunday through Tuesday; Vol. 2. Wednesday through Saturday? Or cut it based on the action. Where?

I didn’t see any way to chop it. Finally, I realized that a big hunk of the story occurred as the Numenon group is on the way to the retreat. I pulled out the front end of the original book and named it Numenon , the book you have read and presumably at least liked or you wouldn’t be reading this blog.

Numenon ends abruptly, as the corporate crew gets to the retreat site. Perhaps too abruptly, as some reviewers have pointed out.

I had two things in mind when I created this ending. The first is a a movement from Tai chi, which is a sort of playful spinning of the hands, which for me always signified turning the world on end. Kind of a flip. So the end of  Numenon is really the beginning of the next stage. A flip of reality and the start of a new reality. I thought that was cool. I always loved that movement  when I was doing Tai chi, too.

WILL DUANE–Founder and CEO of NUMENON, the largest corporation in history.

GRANDFATHER—The Shaman  You’re lucky he’ll say that much abut himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other thing I was thinking about in my whack! ending was that I was going to publish the remaining 1,200 pages as Mogollon, the sequel right away. I had it written, after all.

(When I say in the Author’s Note or somewhere that the sequel was written, it was.) There shouldn’t have been a disjoint between # 1 and and #2, and readers wouldn’t be left hanging. (I’m so sorry. :-(    )

But, everything happened. First off,  I’d learned to write about a million percent better by the time I was ready to seriously address Mogollon. Given that, I could see that  the second half of the book needed total rewrite before going anywhere. Once I realized that, the sky fell in. I got the worst writers’ block imaginable. I could not write about  Numenon nor Mogollon  or anything related to the Bloodsong Series AT ALL. I could barely scribble out grocery lists.

Then the usual life events popped up: I had major surgery. My ankle was fused; leg bone  connected to the foot bone, permanently. This was a last ditch effort to deal with severe arthritis in my ankle and allow me to walk. I’ve always liked walking. So then the rest of life marched in, depression, repression; you name it. My mother died. Really.

I’m telling you all this because I want you to know what writing is like. Do authors have magic fairy dust that allows us to effortlessly create our plots? Do we have magic charms to clear spaces in our lives so we can write our books uninterrupted? No. We’re just like you, living life with all it’s joyous and cruddy moments/years.

What popped me out of my paralysis was my brother dying. I had the amazing spiritual experience that I describe in the Author’s Notes of  The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy and Lady Grace (and Sam & Emily). That experience created the Tales from Earth’s End Saga, three published books so far, and got me going on Mogollon again.

I am WAILING on Mogollon now. I am so glad that I didn’t publish the monstrosity I had written all those years ago. The new Mogollon has the skeleton of the old version, but everything is changed. New  plot lines and characters have appeared. Old ones had disappeared. You’ll see what I’ve done soonish.

I’m hoping that we’ll be able to launch Mogollon in 2012. That’s a stretch. May have some review copies by then. I’ll keep you in the loop.

So, in a longer answer than either of us expect, that’s the skinny on Numenon. I appreciate your support and enthusiasm enormously. Keep the faith! The world of Grandfather and Will Duane, Doug Saunders and Melissa and Wesley and Bud is alive and kicking.

All the best!

Sandy Nathan

Sandy Nathan, Award-winning Author

Sandy Nathan is the winner of twenty-two national awards for her writing. She’s won in categories from memoir, to visionary fiction, to children’s nonfiction. And more.

Sandy’s  books are: (Click link to the left for more information on each book. All links below go to Kindle sale pages.)
Sam & Emily: A Love Story from the Underground (paperback & Kindle available)
Lady Grace: A Thrilling Adventure Wrapped in the Embrace of Epic Love (paperback & Kindle available)
The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy
Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money

Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could

Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice

Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money

Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money

NUMENON (Book 1 of the Bloodsong Series) is an astonishing spiritual adventure. Critically acclaimed and beloved by readers, Numenon has now won SIX NATIONAL AWARDS. (You can read about them below.)

ISN’T IT TIME THAT YOU READ NUMENON?

A message from Sandy Nathan:

“I’ve been thrilled and shocked and grateful this spring as the book contests announced their winners. Numenon won two more national awards in prestigious contests. All the information about Numenon’s wins is below.

“I’d like to invite you to read my book. I spent years writing and fine-tuning it until it said what it was supposed to say. More years getting it published. Now you can reap the fruit of my work and read my book at your leisure.

“I’m hard at work rewriting, re-visioning, Mogollon, Numenon’s sequel. I think you’ll agree that the promise of Numenon is more than delivered in its sequel.

“I appreciate all of you who have purchased Numenon and given me such wonderful reviews. Please let your friends know about Numenon if you’re so moved. We authors need a boost, too!

“All the best on your journey,

Sandy Nathan

NUMENON’S BOOK CONTEST WINS:

Numenon, by Sandy Nathan, is a Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner!

Numenon, by Sandy Nathan, is a 2009 Silver Nautilus Book Awards Winner!

In May 2009, Numenon won the 2009 SILVER NAUTILUS AWARD for INDIGENOUS/MULTICULTURAL FICTION. The Nautilus Award was established to “change the world one book at a time.” It is devoted to “Recognizing Books and Audio Books that Promote Spiritual Growth, Conscious Living, and Positive Social Change and stimulate the ‘imagination’ and inspire the reader to ‘new possibilities’ for a better world.” Previous Nautilus winners include: Deepak Chopra, M.D., Thich Nnat Hanh, Jean Houston, PhD., Eckhart Tolle, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Andrew Weil, M.D.

(The bestselling book, The Shack, was also a 2009 Silver Nautilus Award winner.)


INDEPENDENT PRESS SILVER MEDAL

INDEPENDENT PRESS SILVER MEDAL

NUMENON has just received a Silver Medal in the 2009 IPPY Awards, claiming its fourth national award. The “IPPY” Award is one of the oldest and largest book contests for independent presses. This year’s awards attracted 4,090 entries from throughout the U.S. and Canada, plus most English-speaking countries worldwide. Medal-winning books came from 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, eight Canadian provinces, and six countries overseas.

In the BEST BOOKS OF 2009, Sponsored by USA BOOK NEWS NUMENON WAS A Finalist in two categories:

  • New Age Fiction
  • Multicultural Fiction

BOOK CONTEST JUDGES NOTICED NUMENON BEFORE IT WAS PUBLISHED. AS AN ADVANCE READING COPY (ARC or galley), NUMENON WON TWO CONTESTS:

THE BEST BOOKS OF 2007 AWARD in VISIONARY FICTION, USA Book News. The Best Book Award is a large, prestigious contest entered by the major publishers as well as independent presses.

THE 2007 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD in RELIGIOUS FICTION. The Indie Excellence contest stresses true excellence produced by independent presses.

THE NUMENON VIDEO:

nautilusblksmBy winning a Nautilus Silver Award with her book, Numenon,  author Sandy Nathan joins the ranks of  Deepak Chopra, M.D., Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nnat Hanh, Jean Houston, PhD., Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All are Nautilus Award winners. “Joining the company of these people moves me to tears,” says Sandy.

The Nautilus Awards are dedicated to “changing the world one book at a time.” The Nautilus Award was established to find and reward distinguished literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for children, teens and young adults.

Books are judged in a three-tier system using a carefully prepared list of notable characteristics. The judging process is laborious and long, carried out by three teams of highly qualified reviewers. Each book is evaluated by at least two judges. Silver winners are selected from each category by the readers in Team #2, and these winning titles are then passed along to the third team where the Gold winners are chosen.

“What thrills me is what the Nautilus Awards are about,” says Sandy. “My writing and life are directed toward making this planet a better place. I feel like I’ve found a spiritual home with the Nautilus contest and the people behind it.”

Please consult the Nautilus Book Awards web site for more information.

Sandy Nathan, "one happy author!"

Sandy Nathan, "one happy author!"

HI, EVERYONE! THE NUMENON VIDEO IS READY. TAKE A LOOK AND FALL INTO THE WORLD OF WILL DUANE AND THE SUPERSTARS OF NUMENON: