Thursday, January 28, 2016

Smashwords has approved the book for Premium Distribution

 I can't remember when one of my books went through the upload/meat grinder process without any errors (formatting) but this one did. I guess I've done this enough to know what to do without errors.

I've scheduled the release date for February 19 which is a Friday. I chose this day since most ebook sales occur on weekend days. The publishing of my book with a future release date allows me to do a little marketing, e.g. on Twitter where I've compiled a list of 458 people interested in Bigfoot and other Cryptids. At the same time the book cover, title and description get delivered to the Apple iBook store, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony, etc. so that potential readers get a chance to learn of it to develop interest.

I'm pricing it a little low at $1.99 to generate some initial sales.

The book contains 220 stories from newspapers, most of which are over a hundred years old. The articles cover activity in 42 states, Canada and a number of other countries. It's fascinating to see how  accounts of wild men encounters and sightings are described. People didn't know what they were seeing in many cases. They saw something hairy, manlike, naked, bipedal. It scared them, was often huge, looked a little ape-like.

Many were actually human. Others seemed more like beasts. They were elusive, despite pursuits by large, armed posses. Some were caught, some were shot, some were killed.

I've added a couple chapters about some related topics, e.g. what else wild men could be if they were not humans living alone in the woods.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wild Men has been published and is under review by Smashwords.

The book is scheduled to be released on February 19, 2016.
The book description is as follows:

What was a 'Wild Man' -beast or man? Gibson has compiled 220 related newspaper articles, most over 100 years old, covering 42 states, Canada, and elsewhere. Read how witness accounts of Wild Men were reported - generally a bipedal, hairy, mostly naked, and elusive creature.  Sometimes it's obvious what people saw; other times not. Some wild men were captured. Some were shot. 

The wild men-related stories include the incredible capture of a bipedal hairy creature in Wisconsin in 1839, the Leed's Devil of New Jersey, and an 1829 deadly attack by a monstrous bipedal beast in the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, and. Many incredible accounts you haven't heard or seen.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wild Men book is about finished...Almost Ready to go to 'Press'

I've pretty much completed the writing. I have one more edit to go, having been through the text and formatting at least once for each, but need to go through everything one more time. The words number 77,000+. There are over 220 individual stories from old newspapers going back to 1829, covering 36 states, three Canadian provinces and a number of countries. Most of the newspaper articles are in the 1800s. People were not sure what they were seeing.

There is the story of a capture of a creature in Wisconsin back in 1829 which is just fascinating. Also an 1839 story of a deadly attack by a beast in Georgia in the Okefenokee swamp. There is also the story of Leed's Devil in New Jersey. Wild men did exist in the 1800s and early 1900s. Some were human and some not. Witnesses reported seeing man-like, ape-like beings who walked on two legs, hairy, naked or mostly naked, fast, muscular, elusive, mischievous and often huge. These are stories most everyone has not heard before. Some of the 'Wild Men' were captured. Some were shot. Beast or human? I'll let the reader decide. Sometimes it's obvious; other times it isn't.

I've narrowed the book cover down to two, both of which are the combined artistic efforts, combining a painting of mine and a photo.

Bigfoot and Human Origin Books Read Recently

I've read all but two of the following:
When Roger Met Patty by William Munns
Bigfoot by Loren Coleman
The Best of Sasquatch by John Green
Sasquatch - Legend Meets Science by Jeff Meldrum
Bigfoot Enigma by Scott Marlowe
The Red Ape by Jeffrey Schwartz
The Hoopa Project by David Paulides
Missing 411-Western US by David Paulides 
Missing 411-Eastern US by David Paulides
Still Living? Yeti, Sasquatch and the Neanderthal Enigma by Myra Shackley
Other Origins by Ciochon, Olsen & James
Cryptozoology A-Z by Loren Coleman
The Beast of Boggy Creek by Lyle Blackburn
True Giants by Mark Hall and Lorne Coleman
Giants, Cannibals & Monsters by Kathy Moskowitz Strain

I'm more than halfway through Lyle's book on the Beast of Boggy Creek and the next one I have is Kathy Strain's book. I would have taken it on vacation (as I did two others) but Kathy's book is big with the pictures and all and I was wanting to travel light. 

All of the above books are recommended. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Status and International Cryptozoology Conference

The work on the book has resumed after several days in St. Augustine where the first annual International Cryptozoology Conference was held. It was a top notch affair, including the city, the hotel and venue and especially the speakers. I am a Bigfoot enthusiast, but there was a diverse set of speakers covering various topics in the realm of cryptids. I had a chance to meet Cliff Barackman as well as Kathy and Bob Strain. I heard some incredible stories regarding BF encounters. The next one should be held sometime in the summer of 2017 in Portland, Maine. Loren Coleman did a fantastic job in organizing, hosting and taking responsibility for this event.

The book editing continues until it is done. I have a general book cover format which will do with a few tweaks. The book length is about 79,000 words at present and may get pushed over 80,000 by the time I finish. I have some great stories from the 1800s when people really didn't know what they were seeing, man or beast.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

It's been busy, which is why I have only some small progress to report on the book. I am going through a thorough edit of format, spelling, typos and punctuation. I am a little over 20% complete. The book cover is in progress. I have some other work to do as well, including book descriptions (very important!). That is it for now.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Wild Man Book - Status Update

The compilation of articles is complete. I've organized the book in the following way:

Chapter 1 - What is a Wild Man?
Chapter 2 - The Stories by State, in Alphabetical Order (Alabama-Nevada)
Chapter 3 - The Stories by State, in Alphabetical Order (New Jersey-Wisconsin)
Chapter 4 - The Stories - Canada
Chapter 5 - The Stories - Other Countries
Chapter 6 - Conclusion and Recap
Chapter 7 - What is Bigfoot?
Chapter 8 - Origin of Bigfoot
Chapter 9 - Timeline of Evolution
Chapter 10 - Glossary of Terms

Right now the length is a nice 76,500 words. There are some great stories. In many, people just didn't know what they were seeing. There's a classic from 1839 in Wisconsin and one from outside the U.S. Both must reads. The 'What is Bigfoot?' and 'Origin of Bigfoot' are chapters added to address reader questions about "What else could a hairy ape-like wild man be?" I'm in the process of editing it all. Format, spelling, grammar, ya-da, ya-da.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Writing is Complete!

What's left is a lot of editing. Plus all the marketing, e.g. Descriptions of the book in various numbers of words, the design of the book cover, etc. I have the book cover art. It's my painting. The book contains over 130 articles from newspapers from 38 states and a number of countries. The articles go back to 1839 ( a fascinating one from Wisconsin in 1839). Be aware that WILD MEN (probably the title) are stories about humans and woodland ape like beasts like those huge, hairy, non-human primates that we think roam the woods of North America. Sometimes the stories make it pretty clear which is which. Sometimes not. The journalistic writing is different enough back in the 1800s and early 1900s that I've added a short glossary of terms you (and definitely me) were unsure of their meanings. I have also added a few pages on what I think Bigfoot is, man or ape since it has characteristics of both. I also delve into its possible origins. Fun stuff.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

WILD MAN Book draft now at 70,000 words!

I wanted to explore this topic, the Wild Man, but had no real good idea of what I'd find. It's a matter of finding old newspaper articles and compiling the stories. I had a feeling it would be a mix of mysterious sightings of something that could be man or beast. I was right, although more man than I would have thought. As part of the book, I will be: 1) compiling statistics regarding the stories, e.g. what states, wild man description, what the average/usual sighting consists of, etc.; 2) a glossary of terms and words that I ran into that serves to show how our language, or at least our journalistic writing may have changed since the 1800s and early 1900s.; 3) as a bonus, I'm working on my own interpretation of what I thing Bigfoot is, its origins, etc.

I'm closing in on the completion of the compilation of stories.

The bookcover will be a painting of mine.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wild Man Stories

The compilation of Wild Man articles from newspapers so far involve 36 states and two Canadian provinces. The newspaper sources are all based in the US so the stats are understandable. There are several countries as well, mostly Asian.

Newspaper language was a little different back around the turn of the century and before. Sometimes stilted, but usually amusing. Sometimes dismissive of some of the sightings and sometimes editorial in nature, but it's easy to see that wild men or similar creatures were witnessed often. Sometimes captured. Often hairy. Muscular. Large. Mostly naked.

Now at 46,000 words. Nowhere near complete.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Entries in the Portrait Exhibition at the Trescott Street Gallery, Taunton

I have emailed in two images, one each of the portraits I have done. There is a first line filter. Each of the pieces has to be accepted into the juried exhibition. The images are below. The top one I've named a Family Portrait. The bottom one is an Artist Rendition of the Wild Man of Bluff Creek.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Dropping Off and Entering Three of My Paintings in the Attleboro Arts Museum Members Exhibition

Tomorrow I will be dropping off two abstract pieces and a realistic-type painting in the member show. I've been reluctant to enter anything other than impressionistic or realistic paintings, but there is a prize for abstract, so why not? I have some experimental paintings that might catch a judge's eye.

Further, on my compilation of Wild Man stories, I am up to 30,000 words so far with quite a long way to go. I've added more articles from additional states and countries. I'm sure I'm over 20 states and close to a half dozen countries currently. While many of the stories might seem like fodder for Bigfoot enthusiasts, many others are truly accounts of feral humans running around in the forests, acting kind of nutty.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Trescott Street Gallery, Taunton Hosting a Juried Exhibit of Portraits

I am working on a portrait for a local competition to be held at the Trescott Street Gallery in Taunton. Digital copies of potential entries need to be sent via email. Juried entries which pass first muster will compete for prizes. I will be submitting a couple, one done some time ago, the other I expect to finish soon.

Portraits are not my strength, but I'm having some fun with the attempt.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Attleboro Arts Museum Art Auction Last Night

We attended the Art Auction last night. More pieces than last year went up for sale and it seemed more crowded with attendees.  Very impressive, again (we went last year as well). We left a little early, but both my donated works had bids, so I won't have to go pick them up.

Last year one of mine was very actively bid on and both sold. I'm sure to hear from the Museum with the results this next week.