The Sacred Mushroom

My father once told me that he was part of a psychic experiment program – one of those research deals. He actually told me more than once. So imagine how amused I was when I got the role of narrator for…. The Sacred Mushroom: Key to the Door of Eternity By Andrija Puharich.

Why? Because it talked about that subject, and I swear to you it talked about the research facility my father was at. Or at least, it sounds like it. I’m probably wrong but it’s fun to pretend.

And I thoroughly enjoyed the book, too.

The Sacred Mushroom (as I said) was very intriguing. There was a young artist who was being channeled through by a voice from the past. Dr. Puharich, an established researcher into psychic phenomenon, was given the honor of studying the artist for a few years. In that time he was shown the ancient mushroom rituals that allowed people to leave their bodies and travel out.

It touched on Egyptian history and even the language. That was a real challenge because no one today knows for sure how that language sounded, so I had to do a lot of educated guessing. But I managed.

If you’re interested, here’s a link for you:

Auditioning for other books showed me that where I’m a great character actress on stage or in front of the camera, I really hate doing it for audiobooks… but I love love love fringe history books. This means I’ve only auditioned for one or two more other books, because I’m making sure I’m going to be able to put my heart and soul into the work. Although today I found a book regarding Native American history – some of which my own ancestors were involved in because it talks about more than those out West – and I will audition for that!

Audio in Motion

Did I tell you about how upgrading to Windows 10 wiped not just the external hard drive on one computer, but reached through the cloud via Dropbox to wipe some files on another? Yeah. Shit like this happens to me so damn much I just don’t want to talk about it anymore.

So let’s talk about one of the next things the Writers of the Apocalypse has cooking up to order. Partly because I gotta learn somehow, partly because I’ve always wanted to do it, I have slowly been working on producing my first novel, Black Wolf Silver Fox, into audiobook form.

I’m certainly learning stuff as I plug along on this thing! Of course there’s the technical stuff like how to compress audio and clean up background noise… but I also have been learning the art of slowing down with my reading. Who knew I talked that fast!

I don’t finish chapters as fast as I probably should, mostly because this is not a primary project. But I do put things out once in a while. Tonight I just put out a newly edited copy of Chapter 3 (I hated the old one), and if you’re a supporter at you can go listen. But only if you’re a supporter!!

And if you’ve never read this book and want to know more about it, of course I have a nifty store page waiting for you to read it. Just click here.

I’m pondering making a new cover. That old cover is nice, but with new productions should come new artwork. It might be the last new artwork, too.  Well, unless I put out yet another version. For example, I think it would make a killer visual novel… but anyway. I’m not an advocate of revisiting your novels to edit and fix again and again until eternity the way some authors want to do. I feel you should move on.

And yet there is a very nifty perk to doing this. While reading I’m finding errors left and right, or I’m editing awkward paragraphs. The next paperback release of BWSF will be much tighter when I’m done. This is working so well all around I’m determined to do the same for Demonkeeper’s Daughter when I’m finished writing that.

When it comes to a new cover, maybe I’ll go for something with a bit more comic book feel. Or I’ll generate some of my popular 3D artwork. Who knows.

Thoughts are welcome, of course!