Sex Sells

Why have sex in my novel?

This is the question I have asked myself over and over. I find it very hard to answer but let me state from the outset, I will be breaking all of your rules.

I have tackled the subject differently. I have tackled most subjects differently. Yes, it’s sensual. Yes, it’s consensual. Yes, it’s erotic and powerful. It’s in the mind, it’s channelled through thought and intention. It isn’t cliched and it isn’t like you have ever known or experienced.

I have deconstructed the components of sex and reassembled them differently. I’ve taken apart each stage, every element, all parts and addressed them one by one. Unveiling is about revealing layers within you aimed at your receiving liberation by instalment. Liberation from your own conditioned beliefs. Liberation from your thoughts. Liberation from how you experience sex. Liberation from constraints and conditions. Liberation from the limits you have set for yourself and those set by others.

Sex on your terms, with your rules and for your ends…great sex, intimate sex, liberating sex. Mind-blowing sex.

So the only reason I am adding sex to my novel is for you to know the lovers intimately.

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Ethos, Pathos, Logos…A Persuasive Voice

Grabbing Attention

“Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker [ethos]; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind [pathos]; the third on the proof, or apparent proof, provided by the words of the speech itself [logos]. Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible.” Aristotle – paraphrased.

Many of the founding generations can find themselves locked into ethos based thinking where the integrity of the original thought is paramount. Any writer that has become ethos based and has no clear vision for either the Pathos or Logos elements will find themselves unable to articulate their story. The protagonist must appeal to a sense of ethics, the reason they are set on a course of rescue or heroism. When their ethos is attacked, as we challenge their beliefs, they lose all reason, they revert to passionate and venomous acts. 

Pathos is about connection, buy-in, believing the ethos rhetoric to be strong on promise and clarity (but it isn’t). The existential and past iteration, the reason they are in the story at all bringing meaning to what is otherwise empty existence. It’s the common thread and it cannot be broken or they will have nothing left and no ethos on which to fight for their relationships. The ethos mind is a campfire mind. They sit around the campfire, they watch the flames, they feel its warmth and they fear moving away, less it becomes unattended and goes out. The flames have mesmerised and paralysed them into huddled inertia. The ingredient missing from the leaders of this story is wisdom. So their only course is to revert to sympathy (pathos)…without you guys, we don’t stand a chance, so and so is too powerful…get behind the ethos and help us protect it…pathos has just teamed up with ethos…this isn’t a good place to be when the antagonist is strong and powerful.

Logos, on the other hand, is logical, consistent, strategic and factual. It is based on reasoning, seeing the path to a bigger picture and focusing on the destination. It is the enemy of an ethos-pathos based storyteller. Logos is the dry, emotionless face of the main theme. The dominant thinking of the ruler, the heartless beast that will trample ethos and pathos to death if they are not intertwined with each other.

But if it is handled wisely, carefully, compassionately and kindly, Logos is a powerful and phenomenal invitation to set aside fear and see that the world needs ethos and pathos alongside Logos, it needs to present a belief in all three to reach a new nirvana, a new destination, a fertile land from which we can all feed and nurture each other. Logos will point out the folly of ethos-pathos based thinking, it will attack their lack of reasoning and it will expose their weak underbelly. But when they team up…your message is loud and clear. It is carapace and powerful…everyone who wants to follow the characters through a story possessed by hope and expectation will love you…they get you, they want to participate in the story.

Experts and Politicians

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Every five years or so, the good people of the UK have a day where we cast our vote in a General Election. This is where we get to decide who sits at the top table for how this country is run. There are other tiers of government but there is only one opportunity for around forty-five million people to pick our leaders. It’s an essential part of what we term society and we select the people that other people have picked for us to vote for. If that makes sense.

This is our democracy. It’s a free, transparent and accountable system for selecting who we want to represent us in Parliament. This is good for us, it’s healthy and it’s fair… Or is it?

Let’s break it down a little. What do we really want? What we really want is to enjoy life to the full, have access to all opportunity, for each man to be equal and to live peacefully amongst all other people in our society. We want to be able to think and speak freely and go about our business without hindrance or interference. And that should be the end of this blog.

So, what do we get? We get almost the opposite of what we want.

Firstly, we lend our MPs their Parliamentary powers. They have to return them intact or enhanced when they have served their term. But most MPs don’t quite see it this way.

Secondly, we believe that we are sending good wholesome people, whose hearts are generally in the right place, to go and work for us. The problem is, however, we send people that are neither qualified in or have any experience of running a country. Indeed, half of them can’t even run themselves adequately.

MPs have thousands of individual household employers but only one real boss, themselves.

OUR MPs, our employees, have many other stakeholders too. Stakeholders that they must be cognisant of and must also seek to satisfy. Their Party whip, their manifesto pledges, lobbyists, the press, their funders and PR influencers. Many powerful masters, most of whom exert more pressure on our MPs than we do.

It’s an archaic and tribal system based on feud and patronage. Where the very people they are meant to serve fall victim to a system that prevents them from being served.

But I can fix this. I have an idea. It’s brilliant and it means everyone is happy. But first, we must rid ourselves of the MPs and replace them with…iParliament

UNVEILING, has, throughout its pages, brought us all a new system that is both foolproof and easy to manage. It’s a solution to the age-old problem of first past the post, party allegiances, politics, patronage and naked ambition. Once you see it working, you will wonder why this hasn’t happened before. I will explain why it didn’t as well as show you how it got fixed. It gives back to us what we really want: To enjoy life to the full, have access to all opportunity, for each man to be equal amongst others and to live peacefully amongst other peaceful people in our global society. What’s not to like?

Democracy is a myth, it always has been…the truth will set you free.

Conus Geographus – To Die For?

When researching for undetectable venom (as you do), it’s important to look for the unusual and unremarkable.

The Geographer Snail, found in the warmer waters of the Red Sea as well as coastal regions around Madagascar and Mozambique, has a very attractive shell. Those without local knowledge can unwittingly pick them up and be stung. Researchers found that the venom is unique in that it also contains a protein pain killer, 10,000 times more effective than Morphine but without any of the side effects or addictive traits of the opiate drug.

At between 10cm and 12cm in length, it is one of the larger taxonomic clades of the Caenogastropoda, first established by the eminent scientist Leslie Cox back in 1960. I digress.

Science sets out to determine how to isolate naturally occurring painkillers for the benefit of mankind. Such a non-toxic and non-addictive painkiller has many benefits. And a project to isolate the most effective proteins, in a laboratory, would be just the kind of research that Leila’s best friend Suze would do at Stanford Labs in California. Indeed, she has already done so and tested its painkilling qualities on her close friends with great effect. The paralysis lasted no longer than a couple of hours and it was great fun.

Stanford Lab also carries out research for the USA Government and the very same cute crustacean produces a very deadly payload to administer to its paralysed victims. They originally estimated a Lethal Dose (LD)70 value (in humans). Other figures estimate LD50 values of 0.012-0.03 mg/kg. These latter estimates make the geographic cone snail the most venomous animal in the world.

Conus Geographus uses the pain relief element to disguise the injection that delivers its venomous poison. The victim doesn’t even know it has been stung.

Locals call it the cigarette snail. This is usually how long the victim has before succumbing to the venom and dying.

Technology In A Technocracy World

Around the time of the Wall Street crash of 1929, Scientists and Engineers at Columbia University, USA, decided that the system of Capitalism and Free Enterprise based on the gold standard and designed by financiers and bankers was fatally flawed and was probably responsible for the economic crash that affected everyone and everything.

Scientists buoyed by the earlier claims of Henri de Saint Simon (1760-1825) thought that their thinking was far superior to any other being so they teamed up with eminent engineers and formed a system of technocracy to run economics.

To cut a long but interesting story short, technocracy took over and is used to run every transaction known to man where money and assets are involved. Technocracy is the link between human engagement and finance. A credit card or bank account, for example.

The bankers and financiers weren’t done though. They were the ones that saw an opportunity for globalisation and human interaction everywhere. They just needed technology to catch up. The profits were of a scale beyond any normal person’s comprehension.

On 12 March 1989, the Internet was born.

The Internet was like the wild west, a new frontier, nothing was regulated and it spawned the ‘everything now’ culture. There were no boundaries. There were no rules. The only constraint? Technology itself. Dial-up became high speed. Copper became fibre. Processors went from Kilobytes to Terabytes. Inbound devices became outbound servers.

The Internet of things, a system of connecting absolutely everything to everything, was now a possibility. Far-sighted strategists started to put the Technocracy building blocks in place. The enablers were high-speed broadband, powerful handheld processors and facial recognition.

China in 2019 has more than 600 million FR cameras installed and you can now walk into a shop or food outlet and pay using your face. You are captured upon entry and connected to your payment cards.

And for your continued peace of mind, safety and wellbeing, the authorities claim to be able to find you and get people to you (no matter where you are), in less than 8 minutes.

To really make the best use of this new technology, all we need to do is have inserts placed within us to connect to everything around us. Use AI to educate and guide us. Chips to monitor and inform us and 5G to enable these ‘always on’ enhancements to improve our quality of life.

The benefits are endless. The opportunities are of a magnitude that we cannot yet understand. Technology can even make predictions based on our habits and suggestions formed from our thoughts.

What could possibly go wrong?