Monthly Archives: July 2012

Music and Telepathy

Whether you are part of the one third of humanity who believes in telepathy, or part of the one in four who has no belief in the paranormal at all, when you enter the world of x0 you are asked to believe in order to enjoy the story.

To that end, the book x0 tells tales of telepathic transmissions that even a skeptic will find familiar.  You’ve heard a song playing in your head all morning. You’re sure you haven’t sung it aloud.  Out of the blue, the guy at the desk next to you starts to whistle it. Was it on the radio earlier?  Did you maybe sing it under your breath after all?  Or ….

The fictitious organization x0 claims that in modern society, popular music seems to have a surprising ability to transmit directly from mind to mind, and is often a person’s most concrete encounter with telepathy.

Several reader’s have shared their own similar stories with me after reading x0. One writes ” My favorite brain/music thing is the old Beatles song, You’ve got to hide your love away.  It was in my head, going round, then I was at a bar with music playing that sublimated the rest of the song, and just Lennon singing “Hey!” kept coming around in delayed, perfect time sequence.  Then I had others doing it.”

Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper is one of main character Lola Zeitman’s all time favorite songs and she frequently hums it while she prospects for oil and gas using the 3D visualization techniques on her computer.  She always thought that the lyrics said “If you’re lost and you look you will find it, time after time ” which made it a great song to prospect by.  It turns out that the lyrics actually say “you will find me.”  But Lola still sings the song in her head and is always surprised and delighted when someone else joins in and begins to hum it as well.   See, hear and buy the song at Cyndi Lauper’s website.  Hear the song on YouTubeBuy the song at


Posted by on July 30, 2012 in telepathy


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Dynamite and world peace

World peace  ….  that favorite topic of beauty pageant contestants and those attempting a serious drinking toast ….. was also an obsession of the inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel.

His personal recipe for world peace was to use part of the fortune he amassed from his invention to present an annual award to the human or humans who had done the most in the past year to make peace happen.  Along the way people as diverse as Mother Teresa, Leo Tolstoy and  Henry Kissinger have been honored. The award is presented every year in Oslo Norway, and a few days ago the author of this blog got to visit the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

I and the character I created, Lola Zeitman, both share Alfred Nobel’s obsession with the concept of world peace. Lola believes that empathy is the key to getting along, and that if we could all just walk in each others shoes (or feel each others feelings) hatred would be difficult. I like to think that she is right. However, I may be less of an idealist than Lola. Humans are remarkably clever and I fear that even if we all became telepathic tomorrow, we’d still find a way to hate, not to mention figuring out a hundred new ways to manipulate and take advantage of each of other.

I do now know, however, that Norway is a stunningly beautiful country (see waterfall at right), Oslo is a fascinating city (see statue above) and the two exhibits at the Nobel Peace Center during July 2012 were truly moving. I walked away with a few trinket souvenirs, and the belief that if even the man who invented dynamite can reach out for a solution to war, maybe there really is an answer out there somewhere.

Go here for more information on the Nobel Peace Center and here for details on the Nobel Peace Prize.


Posted by on July 23, 2012 in peace


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Seeking Kindred Spirits

Face Painting for World Peace (the official blog of the novel x0) is seeking other indie authors of speculative fiction to feature on this blog.  If you know someone who has written or is writing a novel, whatever the subject matter or style, pass this link along and ask them to contact me. They may be a kindred spirit!

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Posted by on July 7, 2012 in other authors


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Consider entering the world of “The Green Stone Tower”

x0 is delighted to feature another new fantasy author this week. Would you like to enter yet another new world?  Consider that of “The Green Stone Tower”.

Long ago in the legendary time, at the very dawn of civilized days, the Old Gods sang the Green Stone Towers into being as bridges between two worlds. By means of the Towers the workers of magic, descended of the gods, escaped the wrath of the rest of mankind. Into the land of Faerie the mages fled, the gods followed, and the doors of the Towers were sealed behind them. In the ages after, the makers of magic evolved into the immortal faerie-folk. Now once in a while a faerie will brave the Green Stone Towers and visit the world they left behind, often for love’s sake, if a mortal takes their fancy.”

This is an epic fantasy, first volume in the series A Tale of Two Worlds. The story begins with Johnny Silverbell, the young son of a wealthy merchant in the city of Watercourse in the Kingdom of Grandlock. Johnny’s father means him for a fast-track to a noble title by way of a lieutenant’s commission in the Royal Army and service in the coming war. But Johnny has other ideas inspired by his secret, forbidden magical studies and the influence of a red-haired faerie girl he met and loved by the Green Stone Tower. His struggle to find the door into the Tower that will lead him to another world is only the beginning of the journey for him, little though he knows it.
Meanwhile, unknown to Johnny, his faerie girl lives under a doom of prophecy: to be the unwilling bride of the dark god Malatant, Lord of Shadow, and bring him victory in his ages-long struggle with the gods of light.
“The Green Stone Tower” is available here at Smashwords and here at Amazon.
Author Brian Rush says:  I was born in Texas but have lived on the West Coast since 1978. I’ve been writing fantasy fiction since I was 15 years old; it’s an obsession and a mental necessity — when I can’t write for any reason I become depressed. I also have a strong interest in spirituality and the occult, and am a Neopagan worshiping solo at this point but in the past involved with two different covens and a Druid grove.
Check out Brian’s blog at
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in other authors


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