of all, all my best wishes for 2011! I have a feeling that this
will be a year with great opportunities. The future is there for
the taking, as they say! But we have to take it!
becoming something of a – short – tradition to open
the newsletter with Ancient Aliens. “Season Two” of
“Ancient Aliens” is now completed too and I was very
impressed with the airtime I was given in some of the shows. The
show remains The History Channel’s most favourite and watched
show, which is why they are constantly repeating it. The subject
went to number 1 on Crystalinks.com, echoing the tremendous interest
that currently exists in the subject. In fact, my mother-in-law
takes notes during the series, and asks me questions afterwards!
Alas, there is little else out there and because the show is so
popular, it also means that certain aspects and dimensions of
the debate cannot or do not receive an airing on television. This
is why Giorgio Tsoukalos and I are working on ideas on how to
expand the offering. You will soon receive more information about
this, but be warned, and prepared, for exciting new and more information
on the subject!
Also be prepared for a Season Three of Ancient Aliens, which should
under normal circumstances see more of me. It is envisioned that
Season Three will be sixteen episodes, which begin airing from
late spring 2011 onwards.
more than a decade, I worked for some of the largest publishers
in the world helping them prepare for the future: digital publishing.
Most of the changes in that timeframe actually occurred behind
the scenes, in the production process, as the digital book market
itself remained very niche. In 2010, however, it is clear that
“the revolution” is finally beginning, largely because
of the commitment of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, together with
the launch of the iPad. The way forward is not in a one-on-one
conversion from a book into a digital print title. There has to
be a value-add, which digital products can offer, in the form
of more photographs, video, links to internet sites and more.
Well, I am very happy to say that I am working with a leading
innovator in the field and on March 15, the first in a series
of titles will be launched as an ePub, “The Mystery of 2012”.
Other titles will follow afterwards.
I am very excited about this development, as it is cutting edge
and hopefully groundbreaking! The video segments were filmed in
a very cold and wet Amsterdam on January 18, but it did underline
that such video material is an essential ingredient in ePubs.
More information closer to the publication date.
the cover of…
saw a steady appearance in Atlantis Rising and for 2011, it seems
there is going to be little change there. 2011 started with me
submitting an article to NEXUS, a publication I did not offer
much to in 2010. Some articles, like those on the discovery of
a new crystal skull, appeared in Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands.
If you have information or material that you feel should receive
more attention or about which you can offer unique perspectives,
but need help with, do not hesitate to contact me.
and I briefly visited Denver in early December to hold the first
Writer’s Grail Seminar, co-hosted with John Major Jenkins.
It was a very exciting trip, meeting up with friends, as well
as realising that Kathleen and I have a mission in transforming
the lives of aspiring writers. So much… rubbish is written
and circulated out there about writing, publishing and more, that
we often wonder who writes these things. Over the next year, Writer’s
Grail will slowly but definitely expand.
We next spent the New Year period in Scotland and England, on
the trail of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – though I also
had great pleasure in showing Kathleen Rosslyn Chapel, which she
had tried to see for the past fifteen years, but each time, fate
had decided differently. Well, it was clear that fate now felt
it was timely, and the result was a series of insights and revelations,
which has kept our head spinning to this very day. We will need
time to process all of this and “package” it for the
world out there, but that time will come. The time will also come
shortly for more work on Anne Boleyn, which will become a large
percentage of our 2011 focus. So watch out for her!
However, in early December, we were both flabbergasted by the
response we got to our Sacred France trip. Indeed, our Chartres
hotel – though it is small indeed – was sold out in
a few hours. The trip itself in a day. So we put a second trip
on for a few weeks later, and that was sold within the week. We
then added a local bed & breakfast on as extra lodgings, and
those too are sold out and we still have people on a waiting list.
In short, the response to this is massive and we are very thrilled
about this, of course! It also means that we will do more of these
initiatives in 2012, though we will make sure there is variety,
both in what we visit in the Languedoc region, but also visiting
other sites, like Italy, England and more.
and continuing developments
will see change and more new developments. One of them is the
addition of a blog to my website,
the first of which goes live today. The blog should be a weekly
or bi-weekly occurrence. Other changes and additions to the site
and offering, including this newsletter, will follow shortly too.
If you are reading this newsletter online, please subscribe your
email address to the mailing-list, as under normal circumstances
my website will have a members only section. To be developed in
Meanwhile, The Spirit
Revolution radio show continues to grow – a development
we are most happy about – and we are still as always looking
for great guests. If you know of any, please let us know.
Please also know that I read all the emails I get and that I try
to respond to each one of them. If I do not reply and you feel
I should, just send the email again, until I do. I will not be
offended… but you cannot give up! It is one of those facts
that a short email normally needs only a quick reply and is therefore
easily done, whereas longer emails require more time, often some
thinking time, and that is not always a given.