Interview with Allan R. Wallace

Published 2020-09-20.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Everyone likes using an appropriate phrase to delineate a thought, occasionally I have a good one. I love it when exactly the right word appears or a perfect phrase comes together. It is like art found in an unlikely place. Sometimes others appreciate that joy of a well framed thought and quote what I've said. That is also a pleasure.

"Our massively interconnected yet fiercely independent future will favour prepared (your responsibility) and adaptive (your opportunity) minds." - Allan R. Wallace

That one makes me think first of this emerging indie book marketplace, whence unto the freedoms to be acquired through initial decentralisation technologies like Bitcoin and Burstcoin, and then beyond. There is so much more coming. Prepare for the shock of constant iteration. Keep moving. From this point on you may want to emphasise growing your know-how over studying the bypassed contents of hesitantly evolving proclaimed-what. Prepare yourself for futures where self realised wisdom and demonstrated action are more rewarded than mere credentials.

Don't seek permission -- start it now!

"We are surrounded by easily perceived barriers that limit our achievement. Most such walls were erected using substantial appearing mists of ignorance. We need to discover and acknowledge these boundaries, and then run through them." - Allan Wallace

Have you at a distance seen a friend but as the person gets closer you realize there is small resemblance? Try to discover where reality hides and move towards its enlivening challenges. Why not be your best?

"Public education is designed to breed layers, fryers, and broilers. You are a song bird capable of flight, while the common curriculum traps like a small cage. No singing is allowed except when required."
Allan Wallace

'Citizen' has become the punchline of officialdom’s inside jokes. Behind closed doors they are laughing at you, then they come out and pretend to care. A country's malevolent control of it's citizen-slaves reveals a core insecurity of authority losing power: individuals awakening. Unless the bureaucrat servicing industries of maths and science are your calling, you're screwed.
Therefore: Vote with your wings.
Ascend and flee to where your human rights are more respected. Do not let what you were taught or what you worry others may think determine your altitude. Celebrate your heart's desires with spontaneous song.
Fly too high.
Cavort!

"Did Adam have a belly button?"
Allan R. Wallace in Freedom And Responsibility

As a creative what happens before you craft your awakening book, script that emotion rousing movie, or code an immersive simulation?
Could the crafting of universes and dimensions have been like preparing to write? A back story is both the history and the mind of a story to be told. It can be discovered in what will be written. Did an author ("Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." Galileo Galilei) have implicit as well as explicit back-story woven into our layered worlds prior to creation's first chapter? Show don't tell motivations.

"First: free your own self."
me to me

Live ahead not behind,
crafting not replicating,
choose adventure rather than to be sure,
for much of life's joy is found in surprises that overtake us as we dare.
Allan R. Wallace
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I sought longevity and reach for written words.

Our renewing world has already changed us. It is not different this time, it is merely another painful, monumental climb up improvements. Once again governance will be reworked. More so than spouses, governments can be abusive: It's not your fault. You are valuable. Don't stay.

We live in a world with almost seven billion disregarded cultures, each unique and important. You are important.

History is relevant. Our world is changing; combining the power, sweep, destruction, and renewal from discoveries of the metal age, through the invention of the printing press, and within the still spreading industrial revolution. We have a messy history. We are stumbling along in a criminally darkened present.

We are the renaissance. You and I will influence what is coming. Find your best and live it. I am writing.

Decades ago I was asked by a publisher to write a non-fiction book on subjects I covered in my public speaking. Once the outline and some content was done I began the process for submission, then immediately stopped. The contracts and loss of expressive freedom were too oppressive.

Years later I volunteered as a beta tester for a new web-based writing platform. I found people enjoyed what I had written, and many asked for more. A few of the over one hundred entries I wrote did very well. They reached hundreds of thousands of readers, and received thousands of comments and likes. Out of millions of such pages on that site, mine about coercion-based education being inappropriate for our futures was a top ten lens for years. Many of my views have since become conventional.

I slowed crafting new articles there when interruptive advertising became pervasive and stopped when they removed some of my best work without telling me why. That site sold to another where I am allowing my few, remaining, modified pages to languish then disappear. In contrast, thanks to Smashwords and other international publishers, my books listed below will remain available unless I modify or remove them. How long will the Internet last? (read Hacker School Trilogy for a chilling prospect) Expect my short stories, novels, and non-fiction to be available even longer.

Before I stopped writing articles I began writing fiction to salve an itching desire to entertain and satisfy story lovers. I created an online book proposal for a novel about pursued hacker warriors. That book is called Complicit Simplicity based on the following observation, "Human Rights bless all through their complicit simplicity, by placing people above unjust law." - Allan R. Wallace

Complicit Simplicity = Human Rights > unjust rule of law

First came an exploratory chapter. Then I wanted to write another chapter, and another. We (those creative characters and myself) knew a surprise awaited us at novel's end. Those hackster heroes needed to tell their full story.

When that draft was finished I wrote a prequel (Hacktivist) and then a sequel (Abacus Brief). These stories are not a direct sequence but like Isaac Asimov's Robot stories drifted into the spread of his Foundation novels they are speculative points of one possible future. Those online manuscripts morphed into the trilogy < cyberhug.me > once rewritten and formatted for distribution. That adventurous cyberhug.me trilogy is a progression from the attacks on single hackers and whistle-blowers we have witnessed; to protean, proactive teams like Anonymous could become; to leaderless movements that will sustain gains while facing violent opposition.

Cyberhug.me readers did raise questions. Some answers can be found in three soft-apocalypse short stories, The Hacker School Trilogy, which can be downloaded here on Smashwords at no charge.

Other works followed, but like most of my life I started climbing a ladder before I knew against which wall it leaned. On Smashwords' ladder I discovered the wall was around previously hidden gardens just blossoming into independent writing. Exploring, I found open portals beckoning. Life, she is good!
Is there a consistent theme to your books?
Two Words: Awareness and Attitude

Be A Young Dragon!

"We are sages cosseted by knowledge of a-dying bureaucracies millennia reign
And children made wary about our a-birthing futures of individual empowerment
This dark place where we hatched is not relevant to your future flights
Leap forth
Spread your wings
Start a-soaring to personal harmonies as the shifting wind sings"
Allan R. Wallace

This Too Shall Pass
We are now exiting through the burning gates of an old era -- many adventures await us before we can explore our awakening bright futures.

All my works are about breaking free from a life scripted by others into a future freely chosen by individuals for themselves. You were told to walk marked paths to make your life safer but you were not taught to look where paths lead that will ultimately make life worse. Instead find or create and travel paths that are true to yourself to develop lasting benefits. To be free you have to be willing to make choices and if wrong (suboptimal results), advance with new choices. That is called learning; as opposed to restrictive education where you must be right and obedient.

Freedom guarantees nothing but the right to exercise personal responsibility.

To become a mature dragon, free your own self. Your life gains meaning the moment you determine to question all indoctrinations. Expand your choices beyond just selecting the offered A or B -- make decisions, evaluate them, accept personal blame for errors, then repeat with better decisions. Your life may be viewed as your own long term project.

Many of my fictional characters enjoy what they do even if it is socially disapproved; or perhaps because it is their own choice rather than one powerfully directed at those who are led.

In a novella set in the international financial and resort center of Punte del Este, Uruguay, South America titled Uruguayo Shade (available in English, Spanish, and French) the hero is a computer cracker who makes his living by stealing the hidden bank accounts of corrupt politicians anywhere in the world. Not only is hacker “Bob” free, he gets a kick out of punishing evil. Then he trips a trap during an exploit and meets a tortuous henchman who changes his whole life, and may end it. After two lovely co-hackers are kidnapped Bob reasons, “I punish, I profit, but I do not try to protect – except today.”

Our beginnings and past do not matter; what matters is how, starting today, we push ourselves to grow.

So here is my theme offered to you:
You thought dragons didn’t exist.
Crack your egg to find one. Struggle free.
Rise to your rightful domain, the skies.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As Mahatma Gandhi said "My life is my message."

I choose not to define success by what I've done. If that were the case I've not yet taken the first step of my journey of a thousand miles; I'm still looking under the bed for my walking shoes. Instead I define success as acting comfortably in my world and in myself. My life is my message.

Smashwords has not only given me a platform to express myself to my world, but to change that world for the better. All I can control is me. But I have found if I strive to help others open their minds it helps me open my own mind. Smashwords is a tool. I will use all such tools while enjoying building something of importance for the long term.

Smashwords also makes it easy to recover if when swinging that tool I hit my thumb. That makes life much more comfortable, and continuing success more achievable.
Do you have any long term projects?
Daily Thought Provokers. At least that's what I'm calling them. The official title is Long Trips To Nowhere – Quick Quotes, Deeper Thoughts, and Imperfect Poetry. Each day's read is about one page long. They are constructed to find argument as often as agreement -- fun but deep stuff.

Five months of Daily Thought Provokers are available almost everywhere. Sample the first today; buy it, enjoy it, and the next LTTN will be waiting for you. A three-month big print collection has been crafted for study (with room for notes), book clubs, and gifting.

They say "When the student is ready a teacher will appear." I'm growing as a teacher and already finding students arriving. Consider Long Trips To Nowhere your day-by-day challenge. You certainly won't agree with every quote, poem, or thought – but by maintaining an open mind every read will prove, again and again, your increasing aptitude for harvesting wisdom from any source. Discover and then seize your personal calling. Do it.

Long Trips To Nowhere.

These daily thoughts will guide your entry to many rewarding paths.
Your series title, Long Trips To Nowhere, is cool. Where did it come from?
When my children were young we would occasionally pile into a car and drive off in whatever direction seemed interesting at the moment. Without plan we might arrive at the Grand Canyon, or Las Vegas, or at a previously unknown mountain cabin by a lake. We had many excellent adventures.

We lived in serendipity – a much better neighborhood than living in ignorance. Together we learned of each other, our world, and the many surprising opportunities that hide over just one more hill, beyond one more curve in the road.

As I was starting to write the first LTTN my younger son, now grown and living half a world away, told me he was going to take an extended car trip. Matthew wrote, “I miss those long trips to nowhere.”

I miss them too.

I therefore welcome this opportunity to have your open mind journey with mine on a daily serendipity quest.
Will you share with us a sample quote, thought, and poem?
Sure. I drafted this page of thought and poem last night and this morning for a future LTTN, based on one of my above quotes. This may see an edit prior to publication. I tried rewriting it and I'm glad I saved this original. The rewrite was terrible. I'll probably try again later; as Becket said, "Fail better."

Long Trips To Nowhere
Grandeur

"We are surrounded by easily perceived barriers limiting our achievement. Most such walls were erected using substantial appearing mists of ignorance. Discover and acknowledge these boundaries, and then run through them."

Why does it seem so hard?

Could it be that since you were a child you were taught limits instead of being taught opportunities?

Do we then in harness search for limits and find comfort in the flimsiest of declarations – “Here you stop – Go no further – There be dragons.”

“Wait to be led!”

I would ask you where you want to go, but you have not been allowed to look far enough to see something sufficiently different. Run through the barriers, look around, and realize you can look the rest of your life and still not understand all. That's a good thing! You and your mind are now free.

This way lies peace. A world without walls, where options increase.

You will never learn it all, so go at your own pace and take any desired detours. Knowing you'll never fully understand, let go. Escape the pressure. Decide yourself when and what to explore. Freedom at last. Self-direction.

Oh to be a scholar rather than an academic. To allow curiosity and imagination to guide rather than narrowly segmented knowledge confine.

Freedom!

A new day awaits your dawn's dismantling of ephemeral walls.

If you think about it, life is not a tool that needs to be daily sharpened and applied in specific measured steps. No. Life is a gift from God. Perhaps a toy or sports equipment that can be enjoyed, with a future spent in gaining mastery of the sport of living well. Start today. Live a life abundant!

The tool of life is an addiction. A steady job, dependent on others, led about by manipulated desires planted by the greedy. Let it go, grab the toy.

Your feet want to wander.
Your mind longs to wonder.
Your life needs the grandeur.
Far beyond these insubstantial walls.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In third grade I read very little. Mr Gulotti (sp?) gave a summer course where we students read out loud an adventure story staring a small boy and girl. I eagerly awaited each day so I could continue the adventure. By the end of the course I was an avid reader. Mr. Gulotti, a Russian expatriate, was later my junior high school teacher in civics. He challenged me again and my reading interests broadened. For the next dozen years or so I read on average a book a day; science, finance, biographies, histories, &c – and lots of fiction in most genres.

I write now as my younger self once read; to be enthralled. Only later did I learn to first quickly read for pleasure, and then with great books, to re-read slowly and carefully while seeking deeper insights.

To some my stories listed on the bottom of this page will seem on first read to be simplistic and poorly edited. Perhaps they are. But no apologies; what I have written I have written – and finished. In the future I will need to instill greater craftsmanship. I have however met a personal challenge, to write, finish, and publish twenty books; when I wish I can write twenty more, ever improving books.

I suspect I will return to writing as my attitudes mature (I am still less than 100 years old) and may then pointedly write to deeply engage readers of that second read. That will require a different mindset and far more interest in immersing myself in craft wisdoms and techniques. If you are a literary critic you may want to wait for that day -- or today submerge yourself within the pleasures of horrified gloating at my lack of "properly trained and constrained" professionalism. An alternate path is to laugh today and enjoy the stories as they are told.

Either way; savour life.

For you who wish to be an accomplished story crafter, start *now* and perhaps start here:
If you have a story telling talent write a book that will make reticent kids say,
“I want to learn how to read, starting with that book."
Then finish your book and publish your book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Since writing regularly, I read less. Unless a fiction writer engulfs me in story I end up dissecting the construction and story arc and lose interest.

I remember sauntering up to an art class where I watched oil panting students looking from a cliff over a breathtaking view of a protected estuary. They were analysing colors, shades and other constructive aspects of splendor. I decided then not to study art giving up that creative pleasure for the overwhelming awe of singular, engulfing experiences. As a writer I currently find it difficult to disassociate myself from analysing content arrangement and instead uncritically relax into a seamless read.

I usually have three or more books open, at least one of which is non-fiction. My habits vary, but recently I've read more finance, fantasy, and science fiction. Next year, who knows?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The easy answer is that I spend my time thinking about writing. I imagine though I spend more time trying to not think about writing. It's at quiet times, walking along the beach, or daydreaming over lunch with friends when I get an idea that moves me. I try to write those ideas down quickly. If thoughts keep blowing about in my mind, words tend to pile up like autumn leaves. I then seek a quiet place to joyfully jump and kick through the drifts.

ie:
Freedom instills justifiable paranoia and requires a thirst for personal responsabilty.
It is also what separates those who *choose it* from herd animals and hive insects.

Saunter to inspire.

Walk to consider.

Run to discover.

Sprint to achieve.
What is your writing process?
I want you to understand the context of my communications.
It is not production.
I'm a futurist.
Much of what I write will best be understood when the dark age we are in reaches its final crescendo.

"Doing something is not important. Doing right things in preparation for the right time is crucial."
Allan Wallace

For me, at this time, writing is not for submission (# of meanings) to any English language or philosophy department's rules -- it is to communicate to my chosen audience (no matter the size). That process is more like crafting poetry than labouring over prose. I change words, spellings, dialects, sentence structures, influences, and leave out chunks of connective verbosity. Freedom to express is more important than conforming. This irritates many, but it pleases me; The Artist. So be it.

This may be a good place to start. Craft your own art according to your own tastes and by your own techniques. Be The Artist. First and maybe forever.

The English language is a communication tool not a prison.
ie: Using a double dash -- instead of a ., or; can be a timing choice to control pace. The reader's flow through a sentence is part of a writer's art form. Each attempt I try to better control the nuance of when and why.

Most days I sit at the computer and start writing. Some days it's easy, others it feels forced. On days when it's not a pleasure I'll stop quickly and take a walk or a nap and try again later. Even when all is flowing, it's rare to write for more than a few hours. Perhaps my most productive periods are when I wake in the middle of the night with an idea and write well past dawn.
What book marketing techniques do you suggest?
I have to agree with several authors, my favourite technique is to write more books. For myself, when I find an author who entertains, satisfies, or informs me I buy more of their books.

As my list of satisfied readers lengthens I hope they will try more of my books. I'm excited by unlimited, book reading subscription services like Oyster and Scribd that allow a leisurely browse through my books and series to find those which capture attention. I expect to read a lot of Smashwords author's works in just that manner.
Do you have any advise for those considering self publishing?
There are perhaps two billion people with access to the internet. Write a quality story and some may like and even pay for what you wrote.

Enjoy the story telling.
Your book will never be good until it is finished. Finish it.
Your book will never be perfect. Never.
Finish it.
Provide a powerful cover and description.
Publish it in both e-book and print (there is no cost to you with Smashwords, createspace, and others).
Distribute your art widely.
Keep learning.
Write your next, even better book or short story.
Finish it!
You've written over twenty books, which one is your personal favorite and why?
I guess my answer will vary based on how the question is asked. Which book is most entertaining, which has the most satisfying conclusion, which one might open a reader's mind the most? If I'm limited to one of my books, today I'll say it's Abacus Brief. That novel is act three of the Complicit Simplicity trilogy. It also reads fine separately.

Abacus Brief is action. An abacus is an elegant calculating device, an amicus-brief is a document to present legal opinion before a court. Abacus Brief is an adventure. Abacus Brief has hidden hackers playing a cat and mouse game against a malevolent government fighting a civil war. Abacus Brief is Romance. The location is set on a sultry Pacific island where a well trained hacker meets a surprising culture and a brilliant native activist. For our young hacksters their mental abacus sums to an opinion: Individual humans are more important than devouring bureaucracies, or the hacktivists own entwined lives. Abacus Brief was fun to write and as I've been told by some, fun to read

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There are too many hidden agends in our world. Please unveil two of your major life goals we haven't discussed.
The first is easy. I want to grow in my personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God is smarter than me, wiser than me, and he loves me more than I love myself. I'd be a fool to ignore his direction. Humans can study and research to understand the complicated; only God can understand and solve for complexity. I cherish my multifaceted interactions with the living God.

"My trust is in God Himself -- not in my explanation of who God is." AW Tozer

That leads to the second. God gave us humans free choice, make your choices, change them as you learn. That is freedom, but with such freedom comes the responsibility to accept the consequences of your choices.

We were raised as part of a hive: a center instructed and led group think. Due to technology and personal choice you can now function as an individual. You can by your choice join with others while disowning those who use force and fraud to claim your life for themselves.

Join your individual power with other powers wisely!

I seek to help people find those amazing metamorphoses born of personal freedoms.
What Is this NNP thing you've talked about?
When I was a young observer of the world's economy the standard measurement of productivity was GNP, Gross National Product. It was a fair measure, and therefore discarded in favor of the easier to manipulate GDP that declared government was part of production; this change allowed cheats like hiring more government agency employees, thus causing both officially stated employment and productivity to magically increase. A lie, but useful for politicians and their captive economists looking toward elections.

A truth:
Capitalism is not a fight of rich vs. poor
it is a fight of opportunity vs. corruption

condemn choice stealers enticing offers
of these perfidous self-indulgent leaders

seek to distribute an equal opportunity
celebrate those who succed thru effort

Our massively interconnected yet fiercely independent future will favour prepared (your responsibility) and adaptive (your opportunity) minds.

I propose we go back past GNP to what we can call NNP, Net National Product. This metric (a cool way to say 'measurement' used by modern, assumption based, paid or sponsored by government satraps, pseudo economist erudites -- see Nassim N. Taleb's excellent "Intellectual Yet Idiot"). NNP would give a truer picture of national and hence world productivity, after the competing and draining government waste and costs are removed.

This initiative reflects what actually creates productivity and so enhances all our lives. Where GNP equals national productive output, and GC equals all costs to support government, then NNP as Net National Product follows:

GNP - GC = NNP

And yes, this number can be negative (and life style decreased) when actual productivity is displaced and and the remainder minimised by corruption and aggression (high taxation, government agency creation and growth, un-backed bond issuance, heavy regulation, etc.) that disrupts individual citizen initiative.

You will know this idea has merit by the volume of screams generated from those who have an interest in maintaining a corruptible system of false valuations. They will laugh, shout, and pout against this or your better ideas for sane, non-heuristic tools for economic measurements -- they prefer the malleable lies concocted and supported by manipulators of the citizenry.

Worth noting: Most countries treat tourists or foreign investors better than their captive citizens. Go shopping.
What else are you working on?
"Our lives are quickly burning matches. We believe in building and lighting bonfires. We will let others add fuel and be silhouetted by the flames. They are welcome to the credit or blame for the illumination and creative destruction. That leaves us free to build the next important bonfire."
"Chicas Bravas"
The Heroines of Uruguayo Shade
(started, coming eventually)
Any last thoughts?
Just two of the ways I may say goodbye in my letters, the first I got from my eldest son Phillip.

Love, blessings, and peace.

The second is my honest request.

Find your best in life -- then live it and expand it,
pops Allan
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