Karan Bajaj and The Yoga of Max’s Discontent

Karan BajajA big welcome to Karan Bajaj, #1 bestselling novelist in India of KEEP OFF THE GRASS (HarperCollins: 2008) and JOHNNY GONE DOWN (HarperCollins: 2010) with more than 200,000 copies of his novels in print. He was selected as one of the “Top 35 Under 35 Indian” by India Today and was nominated for all of India’s top literary awards—the Crossword Book of the Year, Indiaplaza Golden Quill and Teacher’s Indian Achievers Awards (Arts).

I first met Karan in April 2016 when he sent me an email requesting a review of his book, THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT, which was to be published by Penguin Random House worldwide in May.

After reading the book’s synopsis, I realized that it fit the genre of visionary fiction. So I agreed to do a review. I also took the opportunity to ask Karan to participate in a Q&A for the Visionary Fiction Alliance.

Imagine my surprise, when THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT turned out to be a #1 New Release on Amazon in the Metaphysical and Visionary Fiction category.

As of this writing, THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT has the Amazon Best Sellers Rank of #22 in the Kindle Store for Metaphysical/Visionary Fiction category. It also has 243 reviews, 90% of them 5-star.

Good going, Karan!

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The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids, Part 2

The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids
by Brandon Bosse

The Dreams of Phillip AislingPart 2

First, I want to wholeheartedly thank the VFA for the opportunity to share my story and ideas. I am grateful to be able to share my passion. Thank you to my fellow VFA members for the kind words in response to Part 1 of this blog post. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, I recommend starting there.

Visionary Fiction for Kids

Kids are naturally curious about the world. With the Internet at their fingertips, they are even more informed about the way the world works than any generation before. I think that teens crave new ideas and a deeper understanding of the world around us. That is why I think that young readers are up to the challenge of understanding such complex concepts presented in The Dreams of Phillip Aisling and the Numinous Nagwaagan. I hope that I’ve been successful at taking these concepts and presenting them in an entertaining way.

The VFA is transforming human consciousness, one book at a time, and this transformation is most effective if it starts earlier in life. I think it is important to introduce younger audiences to the ideas in visionary fiction before they become stubborn old adults, set in their ways. This book was a middle-grade/young-adult novel from the onset. Even though it is written for younger readers, it is not over simplified. I think kids are smarter than they are often given credit for. The book presents the metaphysics of dreaming not directly to the … Continue reading

Build Your Own Author Website—Step 8: Playing with Plugins

Building an Author Website, Playing with PluginsOne of the most rewarding things about Self-Hosting with WordPress.org is the ability to install powerful plugins to extend your website’s functionality. Compare it to accessorizing your home with all the latest gadgets and fashions to make it uniquely your own.

Plugins are little programs that interact with your WordPress software in all kinds of fun and useful ways. There are thousands of plugins to choose from, they’re easy to use, and, best of all, most are free.

Before I list the plugins I believe every website should include, let’s check out the Manage Plugins page in your Administration panel.

Plugin Management

From your Dashboard, scroll down to the Plugins menu and click “Installed Plugins.”

This is the page where you manage all the plugins installed in your site.

Currently, three plugins come pre-packaged with your WordPress installation file: Hello Dolly, Akismet, and Jetpack.

Hello Dolly is a fun but not necessary plugin. Basically, it adds a random lyric from the song “Hello, Dolly!” in the upper right of your administration screen each time you log into your site.

Akismet is one of the most important plugins you’ll ever need. It’s a real headache saver in that it helps eliminate comment and trackback spam.

Jetpack adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.

Of the three plugins above, Askimet is definitely a keeper. Hello Dolly, not so.

Activation and Deactivation 

Just for practice, click on “Deactivate” below Hello Dolly and the plugin becomes inactive. Regrets? Simply click “Activate,” and you’re back in business. Or to uninstall the plugin altogether, place a checkmark in the box … Continue reading

The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids, Part 1

The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids
by Brandon Bosse

The Dreams of Phillip AislingPart 1

There are plenty of books written about lucid dreaming, but most of them are written for the adult reader a]nd aren’t intended for children or young adults. Many younger readers aren’t interested in reading dry, philosophical, non-fiction books and easily get bored. Yet, young readers are nonetheless (often indirectly) exposed to the underlying morality and metaphysical aspects of the fictional stories they read. Taking inspiration from stories like Harry Potter, Matilda, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz, I began writing The Dreams of Phillip Aisling in 2007. It is a story designed to introduce younger readers to safe and confident exploration of the rich and exciting world of lucid dreaming. It is told from the perspective of a 13 year old boy who is struggling to understand what his dreams mean. I wanted to present lucid dreaming in an entertaining way that kids would enjoy. Readers of all ages are invited to join Phillip in learning to take control of their dreams. The book also explains, from a kid’s point of view, possible theories about the metaphysics of dreams and how they can be interpreted as glimpses into alternate realities within Hugh Everett’s multiverse.

Lucid dreamingWhat is “Lucid Dreaming” Again?

Before we delve into the metaphysics of dreaming, you may be wondering “what is Continue reading

Build Your Own Author Website—Step 7: Administration Panel

Administration PanelBefore we get to the fun part of decorating your new cyber home, let’s take care of some general housekeeping tasks via the navigation menu on the left side of your WordPress Administration panel.

Hover your mouse over the Settings menu at the very bottom of the vertical menu below your Dashboard and a submenu pops out to the side that contains the following links:

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalinks

The only settings we will concern ourselves with for now are: General and Permalinks.

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Build Your Own Author Website—Step 6: Video Review

Build Your Own Author Website : Video ReviewFor a super quick review of what we’ve covered so far in “Build Your Own Author Website” steps one through five, here’s a video created by Daniel Piechnick, a professional web designer and trainer.

In less than ten minutes, he’ll explain

  • Domain Name
  • Web Hosting
  • WordPress

He’ll then take you step-by-step from purchasing your domain name through installing and logging in to your WordPress website.

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Crowdsourcing a Novel of The Resurrection

Resurrection

Here’s your chance to help out a  fellow Visionary Fiction Alliance member with his MA thesis and have a little fun in the process. Robert Springer invites you to, “Add your voice. Explore your new life,” by journaling about your resurrection.

In Resurrectorium 1920, the dead are being given back their lives, but they must find their own happiness.

Robert’s instructions for participation are as follows:

This is my MA thesis, a “crowd-sourced” novel where other writers can write portions of the story. If you participate, you write as if you are keeping a journal upon awakening in a hospital-like Resurrectorium. “You have been resurrected from the dead.” These words welcome you to a different world. It’s a beautiful world. People are friendly. There is work, but not drudgery. Money, but not riches. Eternal life for some, perfect health for all. There are two kinds of resurrected life: Zoë life, the eternal life of God, and Bios life, the life you have now but with perfect health and 1,000 years to reach Zoë life. You can write as a Zoë teacher who has stood in the presence of God in heaven, or you can write as a Bios who, other than perfect health, is exactly as we all are now. But not everyone is happy.

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