Tom's Slowest Book - serialised on Patreon
In 2012, on September 3rd, I started writing what became my quickest book called This We Know. 14 days later, on the 17th September (that same year), a copy of the print version arrived in the post.

This however is the story of the slowest book I have written.

Back in 2005, I was on holiday in South Africa, on the Garden Route at a place called Hog Hollow near Plettenberg. I  had a shock when I ended up sharing a shower with a tarantula. A strong G&T later, I calmed down. At the time I was reading a book by Teilhard de Chardin called The Phenomenon of Man - it is deep and profound but also a little inaccessible.

A combination of tarantula shock and the G&T brought a light bulb moment along. What if I was to die when I know a lot of useful 'stuff' that could be shared? I had a pile of books that went some way to explaining the Universe and how we came to be. Many of them were as complex as Teilhard's.

The idea was, what if I was to decode them, distill them and explain them?

I started mind mapping what I could share, along with imbibing a second G&T. The memory is still so vivid, I can even remember we were playing this amazing album, African Groove.

The Light Bulb Moment

This idea came in. What if the Universe was built on soulwaves? They were waves of energy that connected everything to everything. This was the missing dark energy and dark matter. I had no proof and no theories, just intuition.

So what if I shared what I knew in a novel. No proof would be needed, it would just be a story.

A few months later, I had about 60,000 words written. Then it ended up sitting on my hard drive for what would be 12 years.

What happened next was that 15 other books came along. I did release a short story version of a snippet of the book for Kindle in 2011. That got some good reviews that told me I should really finish it some day. At that time, the Universe was busy making an unexpected meditation guide out of the unsuspecting author though - and This We Know was about to arrive!

Winding on several other books later, I spent my 59th birthday, in 2017, at my best friend from school's funeral. I resolved then to get this story our before my 60th, just in case I wasn't around.

I ended up rewriting it from the ground up, and inserting some new intertwining plot lines, but I only got 90% of it done. Just the last 10 chapters or so need finishing off.

The reason I only got 90% of the way through was that yet another book project that I didn't plan came along. The Big Ü is done now and will be out of the 8th August (2018).

Of course, these diversions are not irritants. In a Universe connected by soulwaves, all is 'meant to be'. Apart from anything, I know more stuff now than I did back in 2005 and I hope that I have become a better writer. I am certainly more internally confident at the least.

So Soulwave : A Future History of Us will be published on the 7th March 2019. To make sure it happens, I am going public and being accountable - and could do with your help and support.

Here's where you come in:

• Your patronage will help Siri and I fund our individual and collective artistic projects

• Your feedback will help me finesse and finish the novel

• Your sharing will help spread the word

THE SMALL PRINT

The serialisation of Soulwave will be made available to a new $1 a month tier of patrons. Existing patrons at our higher tiers ($3.33/$11/$33) will get automatic access too.

Your patronage will come back to you many times over. In a soulwave-connected world, what goes around comes around.

p.s. What's It About?


I discovered that the book now has a genre - post-dystopian cyberpunk.

It starts in 2059 when humanity has got its act together after the excesses of the last few centuries. Sadly, it is all a little too late as something triggered off in 1959, 150 light years away, that would lead to the end of life, as we know it, on Earth.

Our hero is sent from the 'gods' to help at the time of transition - as often happens cf Jesus, John Lennon, Kermit the Frog. Like all such characters, he doesn't know this. He hatches a plan at the last minute to save some of humanity. All along though the dolphins, knew so, so much more.

So the book explains how the cosmos goes through cycles and how death is an integral part of life. Even stars have to die to create more stars ... and us.

More will be revealed each twice a week here … starting Friday 27th July.