1 I officially began working on The Advent of Dionysus in 1989 [n4:87], although I began the makings of chapter 8 in 1987 [n1; n9:32; n11:361]. Nor did I expect it to take more than a few years to complete, five years at the most. Instead, due to a host of things beyond my control, it became a work in process and took another 20 years!
2 One of the primary reasons, although I had a fairly good idea about what I wanted to write, was the visions and revelations didn't stop at the moment I started writing. Take for example what happened at work, when I began writing about the Cyclops Polyphemus [n11:91-96]. Or, right below that, in relation to the god Poseidon [n11:101-102]. These, amongst a myriad of other synchronicities [n1:21; n4:18], were too integral to my work and had to be included.
3 Then there's chapter 15 [n1], which I started in 1997. At that point I had most of the first fourteen chapters complete or, recognizable as complete [n14:37], except for chapter 11 which, due to its length, had become a major headache. I never thought I'd get it done! I was also working with Richard Fuller who promoted and helped distribute spiritual books, who was quite enthusiastic when writing the review for my book on the previous page [nr:1]. And, when I first met him on the Internet, he hinted he would help me find a publisher. The best he could do was introduce me to a publisher who would publish it for a fee. And, since I wasn't ready to pay $3,000 to $4,000 to have it done, nor was the publisher accustomed to working with my genre of book (metaphysics), I opted to hold off.
4 It was almost critical that I find a publisher at that time, for although I originally considered self-publishing it, it was a fomidable task. And, as many times as I rewrote it, up to ten times or more in some chapters, when I went back and reviewed it, it never quite sounded right. That's because due to certain fundamentals about my writing style which, until corrected, it always appeared unprofessional and unpolished. In fact, it took another ten years, after purchasing the required writing software, to do this. Needless to say, a lot of time was wasted rewriting it, only to insure it remain a work in process.
5 Plus after the experience I wrote about in chapter 15 [n1], I'm wondering how can I possibly finish the book and not include this? It was too tied in with everything else. And, as I said, "How can you write about the heavenly bridegroom and not include the heavenly bride?" And while I allude to it in part in chapter 12 [n55], and highlight the relationship between Ariadne, Dionysus' wife, and the womanís will in chapter 4 [n1], this was by far the most personal account or, as close as it was going to get, which made mention of Dionysus throughout. The number 15 also symbolized the Queen of Athens, in relation to the fourteen Gerarai, the female worshippers of Dionysus in chapter 4 [n4:5-6,22; n20:1] which, in accord with the 15 Ari's beginning in chapter 15 [n10,45], is what this woman signified to me.
6 So I had to get back to Richard Fuller and said the book wouldn't be done until I at least wrote about this, and he said that would be fine. This also included an additional 30 pages [n16:2], which I have since deleted, because it was too personal. By then I still had no publisher, nor was chapter 11 anywhere near complete, plus I was still unhappy with the way the book read overall. Meaning all bets were off and it remained a work in process. On top of that, I drafted chapters 16 and 17 and taken them as far as they could go by 1999. I didn't finish chapter 16 until after 2009, however, because it was an ongoing intrigue. While in 2009 I drafted chapter 18, which was the cutoff date.
7 By cutoff date, I'm referring to the Advent of the Seventh Church, which was supposed to occur in the year 2010 [n1:47]. So anything prior to that, up until 2009 or, the 23 year period between 1987 and 2010 [n2:1-6,14-15], in accord with the Advent of the Sixth Church [n1:16], would have been deemed timely. This is why I've structured the first eighteen chapters to appear as if it was written prior to 2010 and, with the book's initial release in 2009, most of it was. This is something to be aware of, because I began drafting chapters 19 through 22 in 2013, in accord with this Great Earth Change in December, 2012 [n20:2]. So in effect there are two stages to the book, and two time lines, although chapter 19 is not referenced by date, and can be viewed either way. While I added the Wine Press symbol at the end of chapter 14 [n37-52], in December 2014, which I uploaded to the Internet in 2011 and 2012 but, deemed it significant enough to include in the chapter. I also updated chapter 16 with some related ideas [n66-79].
8 I decided to hold off on publishing the last two chapters, however, as they include material about Kari Byron, the TV celebrity on the Discovery Channel's, The MythBusters. And, after downloading over 80 pictures off the Internet and creating the Kari Byron Portal in 2012, essentially a slide show, I proclaimed her the heavenly bride, representative, that is, as opposed to the bride to be [n4:66]. But, since I don't have the time or resources to cover all this entails and, feel I need to get some feedback from Kari Byron or her people [n20:1], just out of common courtesy, I've opted to hold off. I expect I will try contacting them after publishing this edition, however.
9 While between 2007 and 2008 I obtained a copy of the writing software and updated the first ten chapters. I still hadn't gained much headway on chapter 11, nor was I sure about the overall format of the book and layout between chapters, which I couldn't even begin to fathom. And, although I made some progress with the software, I was only beginning to interpret the results, and my writing style remained lacking. So I continued to wonder if I'd ever get it done and it remained a work in process. As I said, it would have been nice to have a publisher working with me [n4].
10 In early 2009 I stumbled across Lulu.com on the Internet, which is a POD or, Print on Demand publisher. While here all you need to do is submit your files, formatted per their guidelines, and they will print as little as one copy for you. So for about $12.50 and no hidden fees, although they have additional services they charge for, I had an actual copy of my book in hand in two weeks. Wow! At least now I had a chance to look at the book overall, and evaluate the formatting, etc., and make the required changes. I've updated it three or four times since, with the last update in July, 2009 (prior to the updates below). All I can say is thank God for Lulu.com!
11 While here it is six years later, in 2015, and I've basically rewritten the whole book, while focusing mainly on the style (edition 2). It really needed it! While I drafted an additional 40 to 50 pages, to finish chapters 11 and 16 and expand on others, plus added chapters 19 through 22, though like I said, Iím holding off on the last two chapters for now. Yet despite that, it was no longer a work in process! Well, almost.
12 For the next three years I started posting on Facebook, to try and gain some exposure for the book, but with little success. I deemed some of the ideas worthy enough to add the 2018 update, however (edition 3.1). Much of which entails the Great Earth Change [n1:22; n23:37; n20:31] and work on the Axis Mundi in chapter 6, including the legend in the next section [na:1], basically a snapshot of the idea. Though I opted to create a new chapter regarding the Axis Mundi material in the 2021 update below. While I added Carl Jung's cross of opposites in chapter 1 [n23-26], and added chapter 22 [n1], regarding the number 6272 and Jung's life (5 x 6272 = 31,360 days). I also added the relation to the triangle and the numbers 12, 23 and 31 in chapter 2 [n14-15], as it pertains to the New Church, plus re-added most of chapter 20 [n1], regarding Kari Byron above [n8], with final references to Isis, Osiris, gays and Orpheus in chapter 7 [n12-19].
13 After all the work pertaining to the Axis Mundi, beginning with my moving to Ontario, Oregon, in 2012 and, after drafting up some additional ideas, I opted to rewrite the book at the beginning of 2021. Whereby I moved most of the Axis Mundi material from chapter 6 [n1] and decided to create chapter 23 [n1]. I left most of the material as is, except for the events pertaining to April 6th, 2019 and, the events that followed. Which I deemed too significant and, being 34 years since my rebirth experience in 1987 [n5:1], in 2021 [n24:30-45], it signified its very fulfillment. While the number 34 signifies the point at which the Axis Mundi (or cross) is grounded [na:1; n23:1-12]. And so I opted to create chapter 24 [n1], Bethlehem / Jer-USA-lem, that refers to the relationship between Nyssa and Ontario, the Christian Fellowship Church in Nyssa [n24:1-2,33-35] and, events at the top of Don-key Hill [n24:39-45].
14 Then there's the 20 year Odysseus theme, which began in 1971 that I figured should have ended in 1991, at my 39th residence [n11:441], where I wrote and completed Part 1 of chapter 11, The Return of Odysseus [n11:1,20,32,77-78]. Albeit the time frame was closer to my 41st residence a few months later [n11:441-444]. Yet, since it's autobiographical, I opted to extend it out to my 50th residence in 1994 [n11:447], and add my 65th residence in 2000 [n11:491], when my mother came to live with me in Wilsonville, Oregon; which was included in the 2015 update.
15 However, since most of it's still relevant, up until my 79th residence in 2021, I opted to add Part 3 to chapter 11or, as an addendum [n11:450]while adding the symbolism regarding the first 56 residences. I managed to do this by creating at least ten additional pages, by reformatting the text and varying the paragraph line spacing, which is hardly noticeable and might even look better. So, residences 42 through 79 will be included here. Hopefully I won't bore anybody to tears with the details! Although admittedly, some parts get pretty juicy! Notwithstanding, I finished the update on June 19th, 2021which, is New Church Day! [n11:505; n16:80; n24:51].
http://www.newchurchhistory.org/funfacts/index834e.html?p=329 (New Church Day)