How it all began...

                                                                          Creative "Vision"

In early '05, right after a particularly deep meditation session,
I saw a scene in my head that looked just like an exotic alien planet from a Hollywood sci-fi film. And it seemed so "real". I instantly knew I was "downloading" some info, so to speak, from my Higher Mind and I immediately looked for a piece of paper to jot down some ideas! 

What I wrote down was the very earliest blueprint of what, after a million edits and re-edits, became the Foreword that you can now read in the FREE First Chapter. I have two pictures of it below. It was done in pencil and, while I was writing it, I had a very clear concept of how I imagined the saga to be: it was then and there that the idea of "retelling past events (that occur in our current time on Earth) through a narrator from the distant future" was formulated. What is most interesting about this is that I didn't consciously model it after Tolkien's Red Book of Westmarch, or Lucas' Journal of the Whills. Nevertheless, it is a surprisingly similar concept, though with a unique flavour of its own, of course. 

                                           Echoes of a galaxy far, far away...

While I had already known about the Journal of the Whills due to being a massive Star Wars fan, and was very familiar with the concept, I didn't consciously realize, at the time, that I was creating something similar. I eventually realized it weeks, or perhaps even months, later. And, as for the Red Book, I had no knowledge of it whatsoever. While I now own a copy of The Lord of the Rings (please don't get out the pitchforks now, but, to be perfectly honest, I mostly bought it for "research" purposes from an author's point of view), in 2005 all I had ever done was watch the Peter Jackson films, which I absolutely loved, of course. So I realized, many years later, that my concept also had similarities with the Red Book! 

From the first moment I started to write the embryonic version of the foreword on the back of an A4 print out, I envisioned the entire "Galactic Independence War universe" timeline spanning hundreds of thousands of years, of which the 6 books I intended to write at the time would comprise but a tiny fraction. Immediately I was filled with excitement over the endless potential for prequels, sequels, spin offs, etc., should the first book succeed. The full timeline of the universe I created is at 
least 400,000 years in length. Just to put it into perspective for you, if I am not mistaken, I believe the Star Wars Universe timeline covers a span of around 25,000 years and look at how many spin offs they have with that! 

                                                          From 6 part saga to 8 part saga

While I had always wanted to do a 6 part saga, from day one, and even had detailed synopses of all 5 sequels after Lifting the Curse, in early Jan, 2015, however, I realized the manuscript was just getting too big. So I "did a Lucas" and split one novel into three: I took Act I and added a few more stuff to fill it out and, hey presto, we now have the current version of Lifting the Curse! You'd be forgiven if you disbelieved George Lucas actually did this with the Original Trilogy, but, believe you me, I am seeing a very uncanny pattern here. I seem to have done something virtually identical. I even incorporated partial elements from the finale in Act 3 into the finale of the new version of Book I. And this motif will be repeated again in Book 3, just in a much bigger way. Now I understand why there was a Death Star both in Star Wars IV 
and VI: it was always meant to be included in Act 3 of the script from day one! 

You see, just as I was putting the final touches on Lifting the Curse, around Dec '13/Jan '14, I noticed the story I had was too long. It had been steadily growing over the years and, by the end of 2014, it approached 170,000 words! Now, while I do know that this is not exactly a "long" word count, where the fantasy genre is concerned (even other, more commer-cial works have these word counts: like the fabulously-plotted, Da Vinci Code, for instance, at 188 K), I nevertheless felt it would end up in the 200 K + area, had I gone down that road. 

Additionally (and please don't cry "greedy capitalist pig" now...), even though I never did this for the money and it all started 
purely from an idea I got out of nowhere in a meditation session, there
was a business element to my decision too: it was easier to make 3 books out of the manuscript I already had, which meant that I'd be able to get Book I out sooner and get the ball rolling faster. I do want to do this full-time after all...and there is nothing else I'd rather be spending my time on. If I can be a Facebook-era Alex Raymond and write swashbuckling adventure tales set in the Galactic Independence War universe all day, while making a (good) living from it, I'll be the happiest person you'd ever come across... 

And, so, what, for almost 10 years, was envisioned as being a six part series, has now become an eight part one. Nothing has really changed in the overall story arc, since, as I said above, I've had the complete 6 part saga mapped out for a number of yeas now. All I did was add + 2 to every sequel, i.e.: the story outline for what used to be Book 2 is now the story for Book 4 instead...and so on and so forth. Well I can tell you one thing: it will certainly keep me busy for the next 20 years 
or so! Let's just hope I don't do a "Robert Jordan" on you guys ;) 

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                                                    Potential Sequel Saga

Already, at the time of this writing, I have purposely inserted certain plot points into the current eight part saga that can directly lead to a whole new "sequel saga", set 2,000 years after this one! It will be set in the Aquarius galaxy, during the time of John Casey's descendant, King Vorlon. Also there is an enormous, and ever-growing, 400,000 year back-story that I'm constantly adding to. So, if you end up enjoying the novel in the current planned saga, Lifting the Curse, you'll be very glad to know that this exciting new universe will be around for a long, long time to come and will be full of surprises...

                                             The birth of a new "universe"

Below you can see pictures of the first ever ideas written down for the Galactic Independence War Saga, immediately after the intense mediation session in which the idea for the book/saga was received. 

It was around March/April 2005 and it took me on an amazing journey I never expected I would embark on. Even though you could say I was one of those students that was "good at everything" if I put my mind to it, my innate preference was for the Mathematical based subjects, such as Maths, Physics, etc. So, until that fateful day at 29 yo, I never once planned on becoming some kind of modern Alex Raymond (with whom I share the same Sun Sign by the way). This thing appears to be more a "mission" than a mere job, though it will, of course, become a proper job one day, and then some. 

The way the story has evolved since that amazing day has been absolutely mind-blowing. Nowadays, I am a big proponent of outlining novels and having detailed synopses for potential sequels (even if you're not even sure whether your first novel will make it). But, in the first year or so, the bulk of what became the manuscript that, as I explained above, was recently split into 3 books, came to me "out of nowhere": it was virtually written like an Automatic Writing! So, clearly, whatever underlying message is meant to be injected into the Mass Consciousness through this saga, has been already decided upon by some Higher Intelligence, before I was even born. Call it God, Higher Self, Christ Consciousness or Nancy...but it is there and it is the true source of this mysterious thing we like to call "imagination". And, in my case, it has given me ideas that, prior to the aforementioned vision in early '05, I never even dreamed of "imagining" on my own! 

I consider myself to be a humble servant of this Intelligent Energy Field, whose true name we do not know, and I "know" it uses me as a vehicle to write through, in order that it can tell the world the things it needs to be told in this generation...

                                                                                                                                                                  Feb 2015, Melbourne

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