Nine reasons I ignore SEO

How many of you agree???

Notes from the U.K.

Let’s start with basics. SEO is short for search engine optimization. Bloggers (along with other people, but never mind them) obsess about it. Our goal is to lure in innocents who are searching the internet. Won’t you step into my parlor, said the blogger to the fly. Won’t you read 107 of my posts and hit Follow and stay here forever, thus bumping up my stats.

Stats? They’re the things that tell you how many people read what bits of your blog, and what country they’re from, and assorted other stuff, and they’re never high enough. We all want more, more, more.

So to get more people to stop by, you try to make yourself as visible to search engines as possible. You optimize yourself. You dig a niche out of the crumbling riverbank of the internet. Or maybe that’s the crumbling riverbank of what was once your creativity. The metaphor’s a little…

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Just one more for luck

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Here’s the first book I ever wrote back in 1995. It is the precursor to my epic science fiction novel Onet’s Tale which some of you are reading here on my blog.

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For thousands of years, man in his arrogance, has believed that he is unique in the cosmos.
During the last decade of the twentieth century, the day finally arrived when a warlike alien species called the Drana returned to our solar system, intent on re-establishing their rule over the Earth once more. The last time they were here they left a subordinate race in charge of our early ancestors. When the Drana moved on to conquer more planets in the name of their emperor, the Khaz began to create a stronghold here on Earth, hopefully large enough to one day challenge the Drana. Over countless centuries all memories of the Khaz and their masters the Drana vanished from the minds of man. However, the Khaz are still calling the shots through a secret government they set up consisting of the world’s political and military leaders, as well as the heads of all the major business cartels.
Meanwhile, our New Zealand born hero Tom is enjoying a well-earned break, hiking through the beautiful mountains of South Westland in New Zealand’s South Island, totally unaware that he is being deliberately drawn to a specific place.
In a valley somewhere in South Westland, artificially hidden from the outside world he meets a dying race of peaceful people from another world called the Nephile, who are hiding from the Drana and falls in love with one of them. Through her and others like her he is made aware that everything we have ever learned or assumed is untrue. He learns that the ancestors of all the various branches of humanity were brought here from other worlds as slaves of the Drana millennia ago.
After being enhanced, our hero is tasked with bringing in all the other human beings, chosen like him by the Nephile, to be taken back to the valley in New Zealand to form a new species of Nephile/human. While picking up the various groups of humans dotted across the world, his actions inadvertently starts World War Three, days before the Drana return to reclaim the Earth, throwing the Khaz High Command here on Earth into total panic.
How to save the Earth and humanity from this nightmare situation? What kind of earthbound weaponry could possibly defeat the Drana? The battle between the army of resistance fighters, led by our hero Tom, and the Drana in New Zealand’s South Island, ends when a worldwide cataclysmic event set in place by the Nephile living in the hidden valley occurs. Will anyone survive?

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on March 27, 2012

Take one adventure story, give it a sci fi twist and add world war three. Mix in some answers to historical myths and legends and you have Turning Point. Take a journey with our hero Tom as he crosses the world rallying support to overthrow the evil aliens, you won’t regret it.

I highly recommend this book for all lovers of a good adventure story and if you like sci fi, you’ll find it realistic and entertaining.

Carol Wills
Author of A Titus Adventure

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on April 8, 2012
Jack has produced a very interesting novel with “Turning Point.” It is far deeper than just another Science Fiction Story. Apart from the struggle between good and bad, and the development of the main characters stories and profiles, Jack explains a lot of the World’s great mysteries. One of these, is the visibility/invisibility of UFOs.
It also references the electromagnetic grid, as calculated by New Zealander Bruce Cathie. This grid covers the earth and its full power has not yet been realised by we modern citizens of Earth. However, in Jack’s story, its secrets are partially unravelled, including the mysterious ancient sites that coincide with the grid, such as the great pyramids and Stonehenge.
Towards the end, the story touches on the concept of the Gaia theory as presented by Dr James Lovelock. The Gaia theory proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. This put simply, means if we stuff things up, the Earth will take its revenge, wiping most of us out so other life forms may continue to survive.
The story was easy to follow, although at times I did get confused by the characters and their names, but perhaps that is just me, not the fault of the story.
In all a cleverly structured and well researched novel, and can be considered truly Science Fiction, rather than “Science Fantasy” which most stories of the genre are, since Jack points strongly towards the mysteries of the Earth becoming unravelled.
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on March 3, 2012

In a world full of authors, it’s a delight to know there are still those few who can tell epic tales. Turning Point by Jack Eason fits this bill completely. Set in New Zealand, the tale unfolds of how a likeable young man,Tom, stumbles upon a secret that will change not only his life, but of all humanity. Starting with his discovery of the Nephiles, which then leads him to the dangers posed by the Drana and Khaz, he joins in the fight for survival.

It’s a tale on a grand cosmic scale and so well told, the characters leap from the page at you. A highly recommended read for those who love science fiction and classic adventure tales.

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on April 6, 2012

This reminded me of the tales from world War II, the little groups of men and women desperately fighting the Axis powers, doing little more than pinpricks as to a voo doo doll, but each bringing an annoyance of pain to the conquerors.

A rousing tale of desperation and courage and hope. Guts beyond measure, and sacrifice as true to man in this story as it was in the various resistances of old.

The Sci-Fi aspect finally answers some age old questions, one being ‘are we alone?’

A must read for adventure lovers as well as Sci-Fi. Well done Mr. Eason!

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on December 20, 2012

It did not take long for me to get into this book, but it took me on a wild ride. I enjoyed the book greatly for its ambition in offering alternative explanations for paranormal events, world government failings, and a host of other topics which are included in the story. It starts out reading like a rather pastoral story about a man named Tom who is fond of going out into nature. I was nearly lulled into thinking this would be a fairly routine story about a man’s adventure in the wilds of the Southern Hemisphere. The descriptions of the flora and fauna of the New Zealand country side were quite enough to keep me reading. The very subtle hints of what was to come went nearly unnoticed until the main character was thrust into a fantastic world. Then I’m thinking this is sort of a lost continent type story which would have been fine with me. It is, however, much more compelling and suspenseful than merely that.

In the course of the adventure, the author takes us on something like a virtual geographic tour and if I decide to read this book again I have resolved to do it with google earth open on a laptop near me. The adventures in this book span the globe and take the reader many places they may never had heard of.

The book also takes the reader along on a fictional geopolitical and historical adventure. I didn’t know how well researched some of these aspects where, but I found I didn’t care as I was taken far enough into the fictional world to suspend my disbelief. One minor quibble was in the area of the fictional President of the United States who as describe was too young to hold that office. This will no doubt be noticed at least casually by the American reader. Though in this book, a president which is only 32 is not in anyway important to the much bigger story.

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on September 13, 2014
I have been brought up on the legend of Mu and Atlantis, the secrets of the Giza Pyramid, universes that exist and contain intelligent life, planetary travel etc. It was therefore easy to appreciate the breadth of vision of Turning Point, a fable and a science fiction novella by Jack Eason. The story is based on the legend that planet earth had been seeded by intelligent life from other planets and universes. So we have here an alien race of people known as the Drana, and a subordinate race they seeded known as the Khaz, to rule over our ancestors, and who still control our very existence by manipulating our governments (the cartel who call the shots on earth?).
We have here an explanation for ancient secrets like the electromagnetic grid which surround the earth, the reason for the pyramids, the seeding of the earth, the limited use of our minds capacity. We have here remnants of a peaceful people known as Nephile (Mu) who want to contain the Khaz and the secret designs of Drana to return to earth and form armies and slaves to conquer and colonize other planets. But they find that they are incapable of performing that task, without the supporting DNA of earthlings who have acclimatized themselves to the pollution and life on earth. This can only be accomplished by choosing earthlings who is more conducive to their needs (traces of Shambhala here).
Enter Tom, a man on a holiday in New Zealand, who does not know that he is being watched and manipulated, so that he finds the entrance to their homeland.
You will be enthralled by this story as I was, and appreciate the deeply researched book, the scientific mind of Jack and a possible explanation for the seeding of man on planet earth, and other scientific folklore.
I highly recommend Jack’s book, Turning Point. It will a turning point in your life, from the mumbo-jumbo that is today passed off as science fiction.
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on February 22, 2013
It’s enjoyable, easy to read, and more of an adventure story than anything else. Tom is the hero who goes trekking and finds himself in a completely different world like he’s stepped through a magic door. The place is filled with prehistoric animals which can talk and reason plus there is a race of people from another galaxy who want to save the earth. If you read it I guarantee you will like it.
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Beaten By the Heat

We’re all feeling the heat no matter which side of the Atlantic we live on…

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After mowing the yard in one hundred and nine degree heat index today, I’m still a little peaked.  I took breaks to drink water, but after three hours, it wore me down.

My gas powered trimmer and push mower, didn’t like the heat either, and were balky–sort of like I felt.

Relief came mid-afternoon with booming thunderstorms.  I was finished by then.  Salty snacks and plenty of water helped.

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Two Outstanding American Novelists Are Attacked On Amazon!!!

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John Griffith (Jack“) London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.

Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories like To Build A Fire, An Odyssey of the North and Love of Life. He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as The Pearls of Parlay and The Heathen, and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf, the latter being the first book of his that I read.

London was part of the radical literary group The Crowd in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of The Abyss, and The War of the Classes.

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Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on twentieth century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American Literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school, he worked as a reporter for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist as an ambulance driver in World War One. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell To Arms in 1929. It was the first of his novels that I read. After he returned from the Spanish Civil War he wrote the second of his novels to be read by me, For Whom The Bell Tolls in 1940.

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London and Hemingway are two of my literary heroes. Just occasionally a country produces writers worth reading like them, and yet these days even dead novelists of their calibre get attacked:

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This review is for The Sea Wolf: The Star Rover (Illustrated) (Kindle Edition)
Totally rediculous book. Read half of it and could not tolerate finishing.
Just too boring to stand., June 10, 2016
This review is from: For Whom the Bell Tolls (Paperback)

I imagine that the reputation of this book as a classic has others afraid to admit that it is truly terrible.

The book has a few, fleeting moments of absolute genius (El Sordo’s fight, Pablo’s first uprising, etc.), but overall the book is horribly boring and completely unrealistic, at least to any American who has perhaps never experienced early 20th century Spanish culture.

This entire book is basically a love story between main character, Robert Jordan, and Maria, set against the Spanish Civil War. What makes this so unrealistic is that the book takes place entirely over only three days, and at the beginning of the book Jordan and Maria have not yet met. So, in the course of just THREE DAYS, we are expected to believe that they go from complete strangers to in love in a way that defies comprehension. Not only is this unrealistic, but it is also SO BORING. There are literally entire chapters of just Robert Jordan and Maria telling each other how much they love each other.

This book is described as a war novel, but its only a war novel in the sense that it takes place during the war. There is very little actual war that happens in this book.

Basically, the book is boring. It was a struggle to get through, and I only finished it because my OCD forces me to finish books I have started. But I hated it.

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Were they both still alive, I have no doubt that London and Hemingway would be suing Amazon’s boss Jeff Bezos for allowing so-called reviews like the above examples to appear, from individuals who quite clearly have never read anything more complicated than a bodice ripper or a comic!!!

Céleste: Love, Hate, Revenge and Danger among the Stars

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Now for my latest science fiction novella

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Falling in love is always complicated especially for a disembodied artificial intelligence like Céleste, aboard the exploratory spaceship Apkallu. For her to be able to physically express her love for the man who means so much to her will be impossible to achieve, or will it?

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Eason’s best work yet, his new book Céleste combines romance and science fiction in a story that has a twist on every page – Nicholas Rossis

Romance beyond the stars abounds in this sensuous sci-fi, entwined with mission, morals and lust. Eason takes us to a place where human desire dwells in mankind and aliens alike, no matter how many light years away – D.G. Kaye

Jack Eason never rests. When he is not knee deep in archaeology, or wandering around forests in elf fables, he is busy combining sci-fi with a little added romantic spice – Derek Haines

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Céleste – a review
I’ve been following Eason for a while now, and have read most of his books. Like most of us, he has a few central themes that dominate his writing. In his case, these include the idea of aliens having helped humanity advance – aliens whose names survived the ages in the guise of gods.
Another theme is human greed and the devastation this will inevitably cause on our planet. Eason is convinced we will be forced to explore other planets to ensure the survival of our species, whether we like it or not.
His last passion is relationships, especially those breaking traditional gender boundaries. Humanity’s sexuality is fluid, and Eason enjoys reminding us of this fact.
These core themes of his are all present in Céleste. Without revealing too much, humanity’s hopes at finding a new home face two unexpected twists.
First, the ship’s AI not only becomes sentient, but also falls in love with the mission leader. Realizing that a non-corporeal relationship can only entice a human so much, she creates a body for herself, and starts exploring what it means to be human.
The second twist is a surprising encounter with a deadly threat, left over from an ancient conflict. This leads the team to a meeting with one of mankind’s early gods. As expected, this god has her own agenda, and soon humanity’s explorers are embroiled in a war they’re woefully ill-prepared for. All they have is their wits and Céleste.
In my opinion, this is Eason’s best book so far. Some of his previous books offered too much background information in conversations, which can lead to unnatural dialogue. This is kept to a minimum in Céleste ,and the book benefits greatly from it.
If you’ve enjoyed Eason’s works in the past, you’ll love Céleste . It builds on his trademark combination of science fiction and wild romance, touching upon universal themes such as love and humanity’s past – and future.

Nicholas Rossis- author of the Perseus series

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on February 26, 2016
In this science fiction tale of intrigue, love and unexpected female hormones, the crew of the Apkallu has their hands full!
Celeste is an artificial intelligence whose body is the spaceship the crew travels in. Becoming interested in the human emotion of love she soon begins to evolve into a fascinating temptress. Fabricating an android type body, she soon has the whole crew evaluating their relationships.
In a detailed and interesting voyage, the crew seeks to fulfill their mission of finding a new home planet. An encounter with ancient aliens brings to light some old Earth history and another shift in the crew.
An even paced story that will keep you wondering what is around the next star. And just when you are sure there is going to be a happy ending after all the adventure and love, there is a twist.
on March 20, 2016
An easy science fiction read with plenty of twists. Any book I enjoy reading from cover to cover in one hit is a good book! I look forward to a sequel!

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Why not read books simply because they’re well-written?

Be brave… 😉

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Not because they’re written by a man or a woman,

Or by a non-white or a person of a particular ethnic group,

Or written by someone from a specific country … or not THAT SAME country, yet again.

Or because someone else has told us that we MUST read it, or it has won a big award. (Awards are not always the best indicator of the quality of the writing.)

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Why not read a book that’s from a different genre than you usually read?

Or non-fiction instead of fiction (or vice versa), poetry instead of memoir, children’s books (to recapture your childhood!) instead of academic and scholarly.

Or how about choosing a book with a different setting, one you’re not familiar with, or possibly a setting that doesn’t exist in this world at all?

Or read a book about people and events you don’t relate to in your life, but…

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One More

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Following on from my best selling novel the Seventh Age and its sequel, the Forgotton Age, is this pure science fiction novella – the Next Age.

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Prepare yourselves for a wild ride as you read about an apocalyptic possible alternative future for mankind. The Next Age follows our fight for survival in the thirty-second century. It’s not too late. We still have time to change our ways. This story need not become a reality…

For countless millennia we swallowed the myth perpetrated by the world’s many religions that we were the only sentient species in the cosmos made by an all-powerful God. As it turned out it was an arrogant belief. In the twentieth century, during the period known as the Cold War, between America and its allies versus the former Soviet Union and its acolytes, we revealed our existence to the universe by launching two probes into deep space. The whole event passed into history and was completely forgotten until the thirty-second century, when mankind got a wake-up call that none of us were prepared for.

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on October 12, 2013

Very entertaining sci fi thriller which takes place in a distant future where mankind seems to have made few advances politically which may account for our disappointing advances scientifically. When we have the advantage of contact with a more advanced species basically dumped in our lap, our old habits seem to ruin any positive outcomes for us.

I liked, very much, the relationship between the main character and the alien ship which becomes a very real character over time. Interesting study in geopolitics on a broader scale and a worthwhile, thought provoking read. I’m a little vague on some of the math involved in wormhole propulsion, but its an idea worth suspending your disbelief for and essential to the story.

on October 11, 2013

Jack has shown us again that there is no limit to the boundaries of the imagination . Creating worlds , universes and the means to operate within them along with a host of lovable characters . Stretching the boundaries of imagination to open the mind to possibilities perhaps not considered . A must read series.

 

on October 7, 2013
As one of the fortunate Beta Readers, I can tell you that this is a science fiction book in the best tradition’s of Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asimov, written for the thinking man, but that doesn’t mean that it’s dull or slow reading – far from it.
The story starts by reminding the reader of our past endeavours to announce our presence to the Universe at large (bearing in mind one of our emissaries has just recently left our solar system and is now in interstellar space)
Did we REALLY think that all advanced extraterrestials HAD to be friendly?
Were we WRONG?
Warning – this story may have you diving for the chequebook, to sign up for the next spacecraft leaving Earth…..
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