David Sloma


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Online’s not perfect

I’ve come to learn over the years that nothing is 100% reliable online. Things happen to put services out, and email doesn’t always get through.

I’ve had people think I am ignoring them if I didn’t respond to their emails within minutes – sometimes I never got the emails. So, I always check in the case of not hearing back from someone, or if it was an important message. Those bits and bytes don’t always make it!

Still, it quite amazing how reliable online services and emails are, given the volume of online traffic these days! I started going online with BBS’s and dial-up modems, and even that was something incredible at the time. Now, the online experience is far more advanced, and we often take it for granted. But it wasn’t always like it is now…

There is now a generation growing up who have always known the World Wide Web and the Internet as we know it today. That’s pretty wild to think about! I didn’t have that for a good portion of my life, so I can clearly see the contrast to now; both pre and post-Internet.

It really is like a different world with the Internet, but one that still has its imperfections. Which is not surprising, as humans are imperfect – or maybe we are perfectly imperfect, just like we’re meant to be.

Blog Post Streak Count: Day 11

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Why do I write?

I’m sure people wonder why a writer writes. It’s often not for the money, as it’s often tough to make money as a writer (not impossible, and the chances are better today than ever, but still, it can be tough, especially during the first few years to the first decade of professional writing).

To be a writer you’ve got to like being alone and using your imagination. Those were two things I enjoyed from a young age, so no problem there.

You have to love words and reading – again, no problem, as I was reading at a young age and developed a love for words and books that is still with me.

And you’ve got to like to tell stories and get into the world of the characters you write about. That seemed to come second nature to me, so good there as well.

In the end though, ask any dedicated and true writer and they’ll often give you an answer like this: I write because I need to. It’s a creative outlet for us, without which we don’t feel as alive. It can even be a spiritual path and experience – I know I’ve felt that way many times.

I just think writing is a wonderful thing, as is reading; the two go hand-in-hand. It was a natural progression from my love of reading to try my hand as a writer. I’m so glad I did, as it brings me a lot of joy! I’m also glad that others enjoy reading what I’ve written – I’m ever thankful for my readers and hope you will come along on many more tales and adventures with me!

And writing is an adventure for me, too, as I often don’t know where it’s going or how it’s going to turn out until I get to the end. That keeps it entertaining for me as well, so you can’t lose with that!

Blog Post Streak Count: Day 9

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What do you want to do with your life?

I knew from a young age that I loved writing, reading, and words. So, it’s no surprise that I followed those interests in my life. I knew early on that I wanted to be a writer.

Some people have a hard time figuring out what to do with their lives, and I haven’t really had that problem. I’ve done many things in my life, but it’s always come back to the writing, primarily.

Writing was something I did as a child because I enjoyed it. I would often draw pictures to go along with the stories and imaginings. It was fun! I would see my favourite movies, then make up stories about them. Maybe this was early fan fiction?

Many of the jobs in my life were directly writing related, and I think this was a natural progression. I find writing comes easy to me, usually, no matter the type of subject matter. I guess you can call it a gift; I certainly think it is, a talent I was given. I wrote before I got paid to do it, and I would still do it if I didn’t get paid. So, you can say I found my vocation and passion. I am grateful for that.

I know some people struggle with their purpose in life, and if you are, I would say to follow what Joseph Campbell, author of The Power of Myth series said, and that is to “follow your bliss” and it will lead you to your purpose and passion.

Blog Post Streak Count: Day 6

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Going with the flow

The often-said adage/advice: “Go with the flow” sounds good, but how many follow it?

I’m in the flow when I write. Time seems to stand still, and I’ve having a great time. There are other experiences in life that produce this effect too, and it’s always nice to find them. Sometimes the flow can be found in regular events in life, and that’s a special gift, I think. It would be great to be able to live your life that way, or at least more parts of it (I’m still working on living it all that way).

Tonight I had an experience with going with the flow – or not. I was waiting in line in a chain-type food place, getting something mildly unhealthy to eat (but oh, so tasty! Got to treat yourself sometimes; might be the subject of an upcoming blog post), which I tend to do rarely these days, as I’m making better choices overall on what I eat.

It seemed there was only one man working in the store, not just on the counter but getting all the food orders together, too. He said a couple of words to me when I came in, then I watched him run around, putting one item on to cook, then packing up another order, and just rushing around. I was standing there for a few minutes, when he finally came over to take my order, but he wasn’t very clear on things. I asked him some questions, then he ran off again to attend to something beeping! The flow was not going well for me in that place.

It didn’t seem like I was going to get good service there, and the menu items they were offering were not at the prices I was looking for, so I was thinking to leave. But where? I was still hungry! Should I just tough it out and be more patient where I was? I noticed there was a competitor’s store across the street, offering the same kind of food, so I called out and excused myself to the busy man (if he even noticed, as he was in the back at the point), and went across the street.

The other store was calm, and someone met me at the counter right away. They had the item I wanted, at the price I was looking for, and promptly took my order. I only had a short wait until I got my item, and it was great!

So, instead of staying at the first store and trying to put my order in (if I could catch the man at the counter), I was well taken care of in the second store and got better quality food at a better value, plus they had lots of nice condiments the other place didn’t offer.

I’m not saying to give up at the slightest sign of a struggle, but it’s good to gauge if you are in the flow or not, and would be better off taking another approach. From my simple experience tonight, the importance of figuring out whether you are in the flow or not was made clear to me once again, as it has been many times in my life. I’ll be sure to be more observant of it next time.

Blog Post Streak Count: Day 5

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It seems to me that life runs in circles.

You come around again, to face things you haven’t faced before, then you move on. Well, we move on regardless, but I think we can choose to move forward on the “high road” or on the “low road” – one with more joy or one with more pain. So, which path are you on?

It seems Nature likes circles and ovals (and I am spelling Nature with a big N, as I like to give it the respect it deserves). We came from the circle ourselves, when our father’s DNA mated with our mother’s egg.

Many spiritual paths talk about this “coming around again” and some even speak about reincarnation as the big wheel of life. So, maybe there is something to it, this circle thing. Perhaps the universe is one big circle, or even a donut shape (don’t mean to make you hungry, there).

I have noticed the many circular shapes in Nature, and they make very strong structures. Some people even live in ovals, or dome houses. I think they’re neat and a great idea for many reasons. I’ve been in domes before, and there’s something calming about them; womb-like, even. It can be eerie too, like you are returning to a former, very tiny you inside your mother.

What does it mean when people from your past show up in your life again? It could be for many reasons. Sometimes it’s clear that we should open the door to them again, and it feels right. Other times, we wonder if it’s the right thing to do, and if we want to open up our lives to them again or not (they may have been out of our lives for good reasons). But people can change; not everyone, but I have seen many people change so much for the better that they have surprised me. I just take it on a case-by-case basis when I encounter one of these situations.

Life and Nature have a way of surprising us, and we often are not aware that another “turn of the wheel” is about to come our way and thrust us once more towards issues we have unresolved. I don’t think we have a choice about that. But we have the choice whether we fall in love with the process of growing and learning, or we shut down and try to block it out.

I know which choice I prefer, and I wish you good fortune in your choice of path as well.

Blog Post Streak Count: Day 4

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Gord Downie’s Change of Cosmic Address/Walk Among the Stars

Photo: http://www.metronews.ca/content/dam/thestar/uploads/2016/8/17/van-tragicallyhip1jennifergauthier-copy.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpg

It feels like I’ve lost an old friend, one that I never met.

Like many around here, I grew up listening to The Tragically Hip with Gord Downie singing. His lyrics and delivery have rattled around in my head, and on my lips, for decades.

The Hip’s music (and presence on radio/TV, in papers, and in live shows) has been a constant in most of the land known as Canada pretty much since the mid-1980’s – good thing they were a great band and I happened to enjoy them!

And while their music was international in scope, Gord and the Hip helped show us who we were, that it was OK, even cool, to be us – those of us living on the land called Canada, in the shadow of our much larger neighbour to the south, to whom comparisons were often made. We could more readily appreciate that we had things of our own, wonderful and beautiful things, to be proud of and to celebrate, when Gord and the band held them up for us to see more clearly.

People talk about music being the soundtrack to their lives; for a lot of us, the Hip’s music, with Gord on the mic, was just that.

Now, Gord has changed his cosmic address and is gone to continue his walk among the stars.

He was recently honoured at an Assembly of First Nations with the Indigenous name Wicapi Omani, which is Lakota for “man who walks among the stars” for his work in helping to bring attention and healing to the disgrace and tragedy of the residential schools, and other issues faced by the indigenous peoples of Canada.

The tears might never fully stop, all the time, when we hear his music and remember, but we can laugh as well…Let’s not forget Gord’s great sense of humour! Remember The Trailer Park Boys with him in the Hip video for the song The Darkest One? And the many others times he made us laugh, too!

See you later, Gord, and thanks…for the beauty and a lot more. I’ll be singing, dancing, feeling, and thinking to your words and music for a long time to come.

I know I won’t be alone.

Taken north of Toronto a couple days ago.

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Inspiration: David Lynch – Twin Peaks season 3

David Lynch photographed for GQ magazine, March 2017

David Lynch photographed for GQ magazine, March 2017

David Lynch, the filmmaker, painter, photographer, fine artist, coffee appreciator, and inner peace/meditation foundation founder is a real inspiration.

Later this month (on May 21st for you Peaks freaks, like me), season 3 of Twin Peaks begins which consists of 18 hours of new episodes, picking up from where the TV series left off in 1991 – about 26 years ago!

This new series is quite a feat for anyone to direct (and co-write, with Mark Frost), and more screen time than many directors have for their entires careers! What an accomplishment for David Lynch! And he’s 71 years old, too! Wow, BOB, wow! (Fans of the show will get that BOB reference.)

The date of 26 years ago also makes the prediction of the character of Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks true, when she said words to the effect of: “I’ll see you again in 25 years” – which was when season 3 was being made.

David Lynch has been a source of inspiration to me for many years, in both my creative endeavours and my life in general. So, thank you David Lynch, and I can’t wait to see the new season of Twin Peaks!

Twin Peaks – Official Series Site | SHOWTIME

The David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org

EARTH PLAN – my book

My novel EARTH PLAN has been out for a few months now, but I thought it was time to update the cover. That’s it pictured above, for the ebook. I just wanted to show it off!

Grey aliens invade the primordial Earth to genetically alter humans and enslave them. Ships from the Watchers land too, collecting DNA to preserve it from tampering. An energy shield appears around Earth from an unknown force, to quarantine the Grey infection. Eons later, the Earth is a hell. A secret society fights back with the aid of the Watchers, in a universe-spanning battle for life itself.

The original cover was by Tania Marie, and it’s still in place for the paperback for now. Read about that one here: http://www.davidsloma.com/earth-plan-on-pre-order/

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Leonard Cohen’s Change of Cosmic Address


Thank you, Leonard Cohen, from the mourning lovers you consoled with sympathy, the iced hearts you warmed with tears; thank you for the hope you gave to those lost, for showing the way to something more, out of the darkness.

Thank you from your fans (I count myself as one) for your beautiful, truthful music and words, the inspiration you gave to other artists to follow their paths at their heart’s urgings, and to spiritual seekers to follow their soul’s longings. Thank you for the kindness you shared with those lucky enough to cross your path.

I crossed your path, in a way, when I received a personal letter from you many years ago, in response to a book of my poetry I had sent you. That gesture of yours told me a lot about your depth of character and respect for other artists. That you, such an esteemed writer, took the time and effort to respond to me meant a great deal to the young writer I was at the time. And it still does.

I hope you are able to read this now, Leonard, and that you are happy and in a better place. We can play your music and read your words when we miss you, but nothing will ever replace you.

Thank you again for all you gave, and see you around.

-Dave Sloma


My Public Speaking in Front of Millions on the Radio! Coast To Coast AM March 27, 2016

I’ve heard that public speaking is the biggest fear of many people. It does make me a bit nervous too, but I’ve been getting over it by putting myself out there in front of millions of people, live on the air! I’ve done radio interviews about my books in the past, but the other day I called into the talk show Coast To Coast AM that has millions of listeners–and I got on the air!

Coast To Coast AM (or Coast, or just C2C), is the largest overnight talk show in its time slot. It deals with paranormal subjects and the unexplained, “things that go bump in the night”, reaching hundreds of affiliate stations (600 and more) from its home base in L.A., and also the world via online streaming. The number of listeners is into the multiple millions. So, when you call into this show, and you are able to get on the air, the heart starts racing and the adrenaline begins to flow!

c2c newC2C was started in 1984 by Art Bell, broadcasting to the world live from his home studio in a small town in the Nevada desert, not all that far from Area 51. Art’s show was the first I had ever known to discuss topics like aliens, UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, spirituality, prophesies, astral projection, secret military bases, remote viewing, life after death, bottomless holes in the Earth, and all sorts of other strange and wonderful things!

He was carrying on the tradition of a small number of talk radio hosts of the past who dealt with such subjects (though they were few and unknown to me at the time), but he took the subjects and the medium much further in his masterful style. Not only was he a pioneer in the use of technology in having his home studio, but his show was one of the first with a Web site, and it was often updated with pictures and links from guests and listeners while he was on the air. Sometimes his site even had a live video feed of him in his studio! Also, he had audio steaming when most had never heard of that, never mind video streaming!

art bell studio

The “Art” of talk – Art Bell, the radio host master in his home studio.

The reason I called into C2C late at night on March 27, 2016 was to ask the guest a couple of questions. He was Tom DeLonge of the bands Blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves, being interview by the esteemed George Knapp. Tom’s new projects involve books and movies, both fiction and non-fiction on the subjects of aliens, UFOs, and secret high-technology. Once I heard what he was talking about I knew I had to call in, as my novel series on D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases, Book 1 Greyland, Book 2 Oceandeep, Book 3 Rescueplan, and Book 4 Moonbase – more coming soon) touches on a lot of the same factual information Tom was mentioning. I weave the information that has been made public about these topics into a fictional story that goes off in new directions, producing novels that might not be all that fictional…

I had to wait on hold for nearly an hour to have my call taken on the air. This wasn’t so bad, as I was listening to the show on my phone. I had to shut my radio off as it was getting picked up in the background, the caller screener told me. Also, live radio is on a delay of several seconds to give a safety buffer in case anyone needs to get bleeped for swearing or saying something that shouldn’t go out over the air. I would have turned my radio off as soon as my call was on air, but since they had the show coming through my phone there was no need to keep it on. It’s safer that way, as the last thing you want to hear while on C2C is to “turn your radio off!”, as Art often had to scold callers.

c2c oldI was the last caller on the show, and Tom gave some of the most interesting answers to my questions! You can hear the entire show at this link, and I appear at the 2:34:34 time mark: https://youtu.be/vkQHSO-T9hk

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