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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