Journey of the Daggers (The Complete 2012 Trilogy): Encyclopedia: Creation Daggers

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Journey of the Daggers (The Complete 2012 Trilogy)
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Creation Daggers
 
 
 
More than five thousand years ago, the Fifth Age of the World began. The ancient Maya called this the Great Cycle, and within it came the creation of the five constructs that would, when the Cycle ended, determine the future of the Earth. Symbolizing the five creations were the Creation Daggers that had been forged from the forces that remained at the end of the Fourth Age (along with the Cubit, the Book of the Djed and the Djed Amulet). The Creation Daggers’ existence foretold the hope and chaos that would quickly challenge the planet. The power of just one dagger was so great that all five were separated and sent to the farthest parts of every continent, above the land and below, in places that could never be found, since, to have them together in a singular moment would certainly jeopardize the existence of all things.

Each of the daggers represents one of the Creations that are recorded for all time in the Book of the Djed. Each dagger bares a five-pointed star in its haft with a red jade occupying one of the five triangular points. The unique location of the jade defines the dagger. In order of appearance in the five thousand year Great Cycle are:

  1. The Creation of Good and Evil
  2. The Creation of Man
  3. The Creation of Religion
  4. The Creation of the Antichrist
  5. The Creation of the End

The daggers are strong. They are indestructible. They can take life or help it. It all depends on the one who bears the responsibility.

The year is 2007 and the first of the daggers (The Creation of the Antichrist) reappears in the hands of a man racing from the police on a lonely stretch of Kansas farmland. He has stolen it from the security of its altar buried deep in the ground. With it, he believes can kill anything that gets in his way of keeping the Cubit out of the hands of those he knows will end the world.

A description of a Creation Dagger from The Cubit (2008)

When [he] gave the dagger to her she studied the haft’s smooth, white surface. The top and  bottom of the haft were fatter than the middle and were capped in gold. It was chiseled in such a way that it had five sides. A star embellished one of the sides just above the blade which curved seven inches in length to its very thin point; glistening in the living room’s lamplight, it revealed no imperfections. [She] cupped the dagger in her hand but felt none of what [he] had described as electricity. She waved it through the air a few times, first overhand then underhand not knowing why she did so.

 
 

Journey of the Daggers (The Complete 2012 Trilogy): Dictionary

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A cubit (n.) – someone that has touched the Cubit and has been transformed into pure evil.

BethStar (n.) – miracle health pill made freely available to the world beginning in 2009

Book of the Djed (n.) – ancient book full of symbols that represent the creations of the Fifth Age.

Creation Dagger (n.) – weapon of both good and evil that is used to give life or take it.

Daykeeper (n.) – the antithesis of the Antichrist. One who records history for all of time. One who is eternal.

Djed (n.) – symbolism for recreation, new life and prosperity.

Djed amulet (n.) – artifact worn by Daykeepers that possesses powers which protect them.

Great Hall of the Anasazi (n.) – location of the sacred ceremonial site used by the ancient Anasazi tribe to encage and prevent the escape of the Cubit.

Leylines (n.) – geographic lines of energy that reveal the location of the Great Hall of the Anasazi.

Phoenix International (n.) – billion-dollar corporation with interests in the oil industry, media and pharmaceuticals. Distributor of BethStar.

The Cubit (n.) – a two-foot-square wooden box from which all evil rises.

The key page (n.) – used in conjunction with the center page, the key reveals the locations where artifacts and clues can be found to help the protagonists complete their journeys.

The page of symbols (n.) – the page in the middle of the Book of the Djed which self-writes throughout the novel. It reveals clues that help protagonists determine the future of the Fifth Age.

Vortex (n.) – represents the spiritual elements of Sedona, Arizona.

Wayeb (n.) – the final five day month of the Mayan yearly calendar that portends evil.

Journey of the Daggers (The Complete 2012 Trilogy): Encyclopedia: A cubit

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Encyclopedia

A cubit

The Cubit (capital C) is the device which produces cubits (lower c). When a person touches the Cubit, a physical duplicate emerges from the Cubit (though not always immediately) that hunts the original person down, kills them and eats them, thus removing the original from the world. Taking the original’s place is the evil twin, a doppelganger of sorts. These cubits are so well disguised that few know the difference between the two, but there are signs, particularly during the early stages of a cubit’s development into its original’s personality.

Another defining event that reveals a cubit is when the Master of Evil (Satan, Lucifer, Devil, etc.) takes control of it. In these instances, a physical change takes place in a cubit’s eyes. They turn crimson and the pupils roil with silver sparks and jags.

All cubits are virtually invincible. Even mutilation will only produce another from the Cubit. The only way to kill a cubit is with a Creation Dagger. Additionally, if an original can kill a cubit before it kills the original, that person can longer be affected by contact with the Cubit.

In the history of the Fifth Age, cubits have been responsible for many of the lost civilizations including the ancient Maya and the Anasazi. Their near perfect resemblance of the original makes it possible to seamlessly integrate into any culture.

Death of a Good Friend

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A place all aloneToday, I finally passed a point in the closing scenes of the novel (Journey of the Daggers) that, quite frankly, I thought I’d never have the courage to complete. My wife looked at me and said, what’s wrong?

I was sitting in the living room, trying to write the same paragraphs that I’ve been trying to finish for the last three weeks and I started to cry. I had to grab my notebook and go outside.

When you live with fiction and its characters for as long as I have, they become real. They have to. When they die, you feel just about the same way as you would if a good friend died.

Today, I realized how powerful the mind of a writer can be. I realized how in love and in hate your mind can get given the sum of your own words and time and care–for something that is as real as your mind makes it.

Today, I lost good friend. But the sacrifice was necessary. Absolutely. Just as necessary as the good friend who died in volume 1… The Cubit (some of you know who I’m talking about, and some of you got as upset as I did when they died).

Rest in peace, my good friend. Without you, the Journey of the Daggers would have ended in Hell.

“Journey of the Daggers”: Organization of The Complete Story

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#1: The Cubit: The epic began with a short story that was completed in 2000. Today, it is known as The Cubit, Part I and it has been made freely available since 2008. The short story was expanded upon between 2004 and 2008 to create what became the first volume of The 2012 Trilogy.

#2: The Djed: The epic continued with the second volume, completed in its entirety between May 2009 and November 2009. A college sabbatical enabled the time needed to complete this novel in about six months.

#3: 0-Time: PUSH*: This is where the ordering of the Trilogy gets a bit wiggy. Since the majority of my time for writing takes place in the summer (the 2009 sabbatical being the exception), I was unable to complete the “last volume” (0-Time) in one fell swoop. Because of these time constraints, 0-Time was split into tree parts with the hope of releasing one each year leading up to 2012 (2010, 2011, 2012). That just didn’t work as planned for lots of personal reasons. The final three parts were to be titled 0-Time: PUSH*, 0-Time: Predicate and 0-Time: Presage.

The 2012 Trilogy Complete—And so, the construction of the novel has led to this: In Fall 2012, I will release the Entire Trilogy in one volume. The last three parts of 0-Time will become the last three sections in the complete volume (with The Cubit and The Djed remaining as originally published as the first two sections). The complete work will be approximately 950 pages in length. Based on lots of feedback from my fans and marketing professionals, the Entire Story will be titled: Journey of the Daggers, The Complete 2012 Trilogy.

I thank all of you who have been there for me. I hope that your wait will be fully justified as you engage in the wild ride and MANY SURPRISES that await.

Inspiration for The 2012 Trilogy was a Dream

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Part I of the entire Trilogy is based on a short story I originally wrote back in 1995 (which is now Part I of the Cubit which you can get as a free download). It was called “The Cubit” and it was created from a dream I’d had. In the dream, I was in that first-person viewpoint that makes everything so much more real. I was in the passenger seat of a car, at night, racing down a two-lane highway, the only illumination available for me to see what was happening was three sets of headlights and the blazing red and blue rolling flashers of two state police cruisers were barreling down on the car from behind. The lunatic old driver beside me tried to press one of the cruisers into the guardrail, miscalculated, and ended up against the screeching metal himself, almost losing control.

It was at this point I realized that the car I was in was a station wagon, one of those wood-paneled types from back in the 80s. From behind me, I heard this humming noise and turned to see some kind of small box. It glowed a gentle red and I remember the old crazy man who was driving telling me not to touch it.

It was at this point that a bullet blasted out the station wagon’s rear window and grazed my ear.

And I woke up.

That’s how “The Cubit” started.

It wasn’t until the last part of 1999 that The Cubit formed into a novel-length idea. I started studying everything I could about the ancient Maya, about the Dec. 21 End Date, about the mysteries of other cultures that were very similar including the Hopi (and other southwestern Native American tribal groups) and the Australian Aboriginals. By 2003, the single novel idea grew into a much more complex plot with lots of robust characters and a climax that would, naturally, end in December 2012.

So, the Trilogy, from its inception, has pretty much taken me 17 years to write (but most aggressively for the past 8 years). In its finality, it will be some 300,000 words in length and will mark the greatest labor of artistic love that I have ever completed.

It is a labor for you. I hope that you will uncover the moments of greater meaning that I have so vigorously tried to stitch into the prose. “Coincidence vs Fate” is one of the novel’s major themes. Evil in the form of monetary power is another. Mother Earth and humanity’s connection to her is a third.

Enjoy, and please, enter your comments here, on my Facebook page, or on any of the booksellers web sites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The Wayeb and the Final Days

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The Wayeb

The Last Five Days.

One of the more intriguing symbols from the ancient Maya was that which depicted the final month of their calendar known as the Wayeb. In the Mayan year, there were 18 months of 20 days each. The Wayeb rounded out the 365-day cycle of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. It contained only 5 days…

“The five nameless days at the end of the calendar called Wayeb were thought to be a dangerous time. Lynn Foster writes that, “During Wayeb, portals between the mortal realm and the Underworld dissolved. No boundaries prevented the ill-intending deities from causing disasters.” To ward off these evil spirits, the Maya had customs and rituals they practiced during Wayeb. For example, people avoided leaving their houses or washing or combing their hair…”
– http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/converg.html

In The 2012 Trilogy, these last five days (which coincidentally align with Christmas) mark an important moment of catharsis, not only for the characters in the story but also for the world in which they live.

What is the Cubit – Offered by a Daykeeper

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From “The Cubit” (2008)

In this excerpt, the first trustworthy explanation of the Cubit is offered by the Daykeeper Alixel to the Trilogy’s cast of protagonists shortly before the novel’s final climax. The idea of opposites is sharply conferred.

Billy got the discussion back on track. “So the information not meant for mankind…you’re going to tell us it has to do with this thing called the Cubit.”

The Cubit“Everything in this world has an opposite and opposing force,” Alixel explained. “One cannot exist without the other. How could a person know the splendor of birth without knowing the heartbreak of death? It is a universal constant. There’s no good without bad, no cosmos without chaos, no yang without yin. Alpha has its omega—the beginning always has an end. Throughout Earth’s history, humans have ad infinitum found ways for speaking to their spiritual plateau—their God. They built alters, and temples, and complete religions around this one obscure need. They do this because they lack information and therefore, no matter how hard they try, all constructions for portals to Gods are inherently human and riddled with error. The only way of connecting with God is by the use of something created by God. Your soul is one good immaterial example, but too few in history have ever mastered this knowledge. They are known as prophets.

“There does exist several material objects that have served as portals. The Arc of the Covenant, for one. Though the Bible alludes to its creation by the hand of Man, this is only an interpretation. The Arc was created by that which it has a connection with: God. As Dr. Belloq from the Indiana Jones movie so eloquently put it, ‘It is a radio for talking to God.’ But, as I said, everything in this world has an opposite and opposing force.”

“The Cubit,” Billy guessed. “A radio for talking to the Devil.”

“The Devil, again, is a Christian construct. Let’s just say that the Arc is to Good as the Cubit is to Evil.”

“And what emerges from the Cubit is Evil in its purest sense,” Janine said, confident by experience.

“Yes. One touch and from it emerges the anti-you, a construction of all the Evil that resides within your human vessel.”

“Albert Stine,” Janine moaned. “He is the Devil himself.”

Alixel still had a hold of Janine’s hand and again gave it a light patting. “You might be more right than you imagine. Stine has his sights set on visions of grandeur. His desire is to be the Antichrist.

“You mean from Revelation?”

“The references in the Bible are not of the Antichrist, Janine. That is the interpretation. As is the interpretation that there have been other Antichrists in the past. Nero nor Napoleon nor Hitler were Antichrists. The only thing those men had in common was the possession of the Cubit. There can be only one Antichrist and there can be only one time in history that he or she can be born.”

Can be born,” Billy questioned. “Does that mean we have a chance?”

“There’s always hope, Billy, just as there is despair.”

When it All Comes Together

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I’ve been asked many many times about the process of writing and I have always been more than happy to offer my thoughts about it, usually from a process-perspective or from the position of struggle and triumph, of loneliness and fortitude. Never do I relay what it feels like when everything about writing is perfect because it happens so rarely. There are euphoric moments when time seems suspended within a single flap of a hummingbird’s wing and I was trying to think of a frozen-in-time analogy that would help describe such moments.

When I was a teenager, I was an avid dirt bike rider (both the pedal kind and the motor kind). I remember taking chances, way too many chances, particularly when it came to jumping things. You can look at the scars on my legs for the facts. I could, and did, set up artificial ramps, but the best kind of jumps were those that were naturally there, taunting you to take a chance. I remember once, and this is the frozen-in-time moment referred to earlier, when my brother and I were riding in the Sonora Desert dunes outside of Yuma, Arizona, when I sped up this sharp slope of sand that was so inclined I couldn’t see what awaited beyond it. Of course I didn’t care…who does when they’re 17? So up I went. Up and over. Southwestern deserts look a heck of a lot like those vast wastelands in Africa, particularly when you’re airborne on a tiny motorcycle flying high above its unforgiving granularity.

A perfect moment in writing feels just like that, floating at an apex where no one should be floating, a transcendent moment when human machines and Nature and God are all on your side. Human devices got you there, Nature’s power allowed the endeavor, and God decided if you’d live to experience it once again.

How I wish I could have made such an analogy when I was 17. This novel writing thing might have come so much easier…or…I might have taken the saner approach to life and avoid the endeavor all together.