In the last couple months I finished a couple books: The Magicians of the Gods and America Before, both by Graham Hancock. Magicians is the book to start with.

But before you read it, make the time to watch the video linked below — Randall Carlson on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

The discussion is wide ranging but it centers on catastrophes and how impacts (meteors, comets) have radically affected life on Earth — and not just in the distant past, but as recently as ~13,000 years ago…and even a few hundreds of years ago. But watch the video. I can’t do it justice. Carlson’s breadth & depth of knowledge is impressive.

Hancock has also appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Those interviews are equally intriguing.

Hancock posits the existence of an advanced human civilization that predated the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, Olmecs, etc. This civilization, if it existed, may have been wiped out in one of the catastrophes Carlson describes. But, some of those ancients survived…and maybe what we consider the beginning of our history is actually its rebooting.

But, start with Carlson.

#501 Joe Rogan: Randall Carlson

Summer reading…

So, spring’s been a real drag. Lots of real life stuff getting in the way of my writing time — enough that I pushed my end of April deadline to late August.

When I have time to write, the overhaul of the book is moving. Slowly. But it’s moving.

At night I’ve been working on my Lit-RPG idea — outlining, developing plot and backstory, revising my notes, etc., with pencil and notebook. The change of medium is nice since I’m drawing crude maps as I go. It’s also nice to not stare at a screen.

So far I’m creating my own RPG game system…which is totally derivative (how could it not be), but I do have some interesting twists on the conventional class tropes. IMO šŸ˜›

There is a way to use D&D 5th Edition rules via their open gaming license: check it out here. I’m hesitant to do that b/c of legal stuff…and if I spend the time reading TFMs then that’s less time making stuff up. For now I’ve decided not to decide.

Speaking of reading you can see the tome The Viking Way by Neil Price pictured above. According to the publisher’s site, the book “examines the evidence for Old Norse sorcery, looking at its meaning and function, practice and practitioners, and the complicated constructions of gender and sexual identity with which these were underpinned.”

Cool stuff.

I first came across an excerpt of Dr. Price’s work and was intrigued…and then I stumbled across a lecture of his in YouTube which was fascinating. He’s an archaeologist so his take on Norse myth is informed by dig sites, etc.

I usually try to wrap these posts up in a tidy fashion but today…I got nothing. Enjoy the summer! Or winter (if you’re on the other side of the equator)!

More on ancient peoples…

This time from tools found in India. According to the article, the big question is: How did the techniques get there?

Full story here.

And an excerpt….

researchers described thousands of stone implements uncoveredĀ at Attirampakkam, an archaeological site in southern India. The tools span about a million years of history, they say, and illustrate the evolutionĀ of big, blunt hand axes into finely sculpted stone points. Starting about 385,000 years ago ā€”Ā long before modern humans are thought to have arrived in India ā€”Ā it appears that an advanced toolmaking culture was developing there.

Full article is well worth a read.