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I’m holed up in a room for most of the day enjoying the delicacies of chemotherapy infusions and sleeping and whatnot, so I have been able to achieve a number of things. Firstly, I have written a few blog posts, as you have seen. Thank you for engaging!

Secondly, I have got back into doing a few talking head videos for my A Tippling Philosopher channel on You/tube. Yes, they are merely restating some previous blog entries. There is no point inventing new stuff for one medium and not the other. However, I would love it if you could subscribe and watch them anyway.

YouTube video

YouTube video

Thirdly, I have finished creating the cover for the completed children and young adults book that I have written with one of my ex-colleagues. It is called The Curse of the Maya: A Truth-Seekers Story. Here is the cover:

Details from the Loom site are:

Johnny Pearce and Andy Loneragan are embarking on a project for 9-year-olds through to 13-year-olds or so. In UK terms, this is Year 5 through to Year 7 and beyond. Heck, even adults should enjoy this one. The book fits in within the loose remit of Loom in being fiction from a skeptical or philosophical perspective.

Let’s set the scene of the book.

It centres around the actions of two twins, Verity and Ethan, twelve years old. The twins mother has passed away recently from cancer and the twins live with their father, an archaeologist. With no one to look after them one holiday, they have to accompany their father on an archaeological dig to Guatemala to work on a newly found site. There is some excitement as the dig uncovers an ancient mask that could possibly explain the end of the Maya civilisation.

The Curse of the Maya

The twins have quite different characters in that Verity is a girl who enjoys learning at every opportunity. With a sceptical mind, she likes to look at evidence and science. She is not one to jumping around and being exciting, preferring to concentrate her energies on more intellectual matters. Her brother Ethan, on the other hand, is a very sporty boy with a penchant for conspiracy theories. He takes risks and courts excitement.

It is in this context that they both approach the mask and its discovery. Things get tricky as they become embroiled in a plot that involves danger and the kidnap of their father. Can they save their father? Do they have the skills to escape the clutches of some very unsavoury characters? Can they unlock the mystery as to the end of the Maya civilisation? – all set in the context of Guatemala, the forest, and the Maya civilisation, the story is an exciting romp that also involves touches of philosophy that should provoke thought for the reader and leave them questioning and wondering.

It should released within a few months.

Lastly, I am continuing to write the sequel to my first fiction book Survival of the Fittest: Metamorphosis. Stop the title to this one is Adaptation instead of Metamorphosis. I am about 30,000 words in and should get a fair bit done over the next week or so, sleep notwithstanding.

Please do me a massive favour and grab yourself a copy to help me along my way. Help me feed and clothe my children… or something. It’s going cheap just now. [UK]

So that is where I am at. Busy, busy, busy. Bear with me. If you want to help with any guest posts, then please let me know!


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Jonathan MS Pearce

A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...