Love is Found

“What gives us hope in life is the sense that love is not found in predictable symmetry or straight edges. The closest we can get to perfection are the moments we can’t put into words, but can still feel when nothing is left.”

Excerpt From: James Wadman. “Diamondis.” James Wadman, 2017. iBooks. https://itun.es/us/durdhb.l

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Edge of the World // Origins

The Music From Diamondis

By James Wadman

“Dark clouds sat low on the horizon, nearly taking the form of mountains on another shore. Above him, however, was only the starlit sky. Here at the end of the world he sat in peace, watching the waves crash into the white foam of a black-pebbled beach. There was an ocean before him, and for the first time he knew that there was nothing beyond the clouds cradling the moon and stars. All that existed or ever could exist in this world were figments of his memory or, much like a dream, an unconscious rendering of what was loosely captured by peripheral attention and stored away.”

-James Wadman, from Diamondis

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Music was integral to the writing of Diamondis. Even the most purely visual descriptions were inspired by the sounds of strings, ambient reverb over a piano’s resonance, and the earth’s orchestrated silence. Today I am presenting the first two songs from my Diamondis album. These songs are intended to compliment the storyline of my story.

 

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Diamondis: Official Release

By James Wadman

 

I am thrilled to announce that Diamondis is now available.

Diamondis is my first novel. I am so grateful for everyone who has supported my writing and creative endeavors up until this point. I am very proud of the work I created, and I am incredibly excited to share it (finally) with you. You may purchase Diamondis as an eBook from Amazon and Apple starting NOW!

 

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Plot Summary:

Tomas Stanton, a neuroscientist at Cornell, collapses the day before he leaves for New York City to begin a life in a lab coat. He learns that he has an inoperable brain tumor, but he will survive for as long as it remains in place. Shortly after moving to the city, Tomas gives up his career in medical research to write a reflection on his pending mortality. He crosses paths with a woman named Julia, who takes a sudden interest in his story. Just as soon as they fall in love, Tomas learns that his brain tumor has metastasized and they seek happiness together in the one year that remains in his life.


Coming Soon:

In preparation for the official release on January 25, I will be releasing a series of essays, excerpts, and multi-media projects inspired by the five year journey to writing this novel. Be on the lookout for:

  • Conscious Talks: An overview of the scientific mechanics of Death in Diamondis
  • Writer’s Voyage: The process of writing Diamondis from start to finish
  • About the Artistic inspiration behind Diamondis
  • New Music!!
  • Chapters, poetry, and quotes from the book

 

Thank you all infinitely for your support!

-Jw

To The Earth

By James Wadman

 

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If you asked me about the future of humanity I inevitably think of our place in the stars. It is natural that the minds of the conscious wander toward the things in our universe that are larger than life. But now more than ever, the debate seems to be is our destination in the sky or in circuitry of virtual realities? First we must answer, is the fate of humanity in progress or the dust of our self-inflicted ashes? And if we can cohesively strive for progress, we might find that our fate is infinite, both in the space that exists above us and in the space between transient pulses of binary gates.

Inevitably, though, we are meant to leave this earth. Will we do it together, or will we wave goodbye to lives left behind?

To the Earth is a testament to the first step mankind took toward this goal, and an optimistic gesture toward the flightpath of our ascension into the stars.


Achilleus is the collaborative project of Eric Averetta and James Wadman. A symbol of transcendence, Achilleus is a return to authentic trance as it first was intended. “To the Earth” is a testament to the first step mankind took toward this goal, and an optimistic gesture toward the flightpath of our ascension into the stars. This video was composed using mirrored time lapse footage in Austin, Texas. There are automated 180 degree and 45 degree mirrors with zoom-movement in exported footage.

The Prayer, Part II

Poem by James Wadman

And if in time, the land I know shrivels
If you forget my name and the blue of the sea
collapses into gray
I’ll believe the words you
reminded me to create:
That a lover’s touch is infinite
above the clouds, the moon, the stars,
I’ll collide into your arms
In a dream, in heaven
where ever you are.

Writer’s Voyage: Diamondis, Start to Finish

By James Wadman

 

My first novel, Diamondis, began from the seed idea of describing something beautiful and evolved into a story about death, neuroscience, and love. It was my first book and my first experience with the full writing process of a novel. In light of such an important milestone, I thought I would share the story of how Diamondis came to be.

 

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The Start

 

Diamondis began with no real goal in mind, except that I was fascinated with the idea that I could preserve an entire life with words. I have written about the seed ideas for the story before, but I will say here that dreams played a very important role in my early inspiration for the novel. I knew that I wanted to describe what happened when a person dies and how understanding that process can help a person cope with death.

 

My working title in the beginning was “Old Man Story,” and the main character was once a teacher or a carpenter, at any age from sixteen to eight-seven. But what I did that I think was so important was, instead of looking at the clouds to try to find the better starting point, I tried out each character description and watched the story evolve.

 

My early writing style was one that followed a sort of biological method (lagging strand DNA replication, to be exact). Basically, the idea here is that I would power through the get the template idea down, then I would retrace my steps and fill in anything that I missed. When I had a great idea for dialogue or a description or a plot turn, I wanted to reach that part of a chapter with confidence and in a flow state. Therefore, I skipped over any small descriptions leading up to that big idea and returned later, once the high of writing something I was proud of dissipated.

 

In a way, I credit the flow and structure of Diamondis to this early writing style. The story definitely has a “get to the point” flow to it, where the reader is taken more to highlights with extensive details being left open-ended, than the reader is being told every tiny detail of every insignificant moment. This resonates with some people and, understandably, angers a few. But in my mind, Diamondis was actually designed to be read quickly and the descriptions are meant to be more cinematic than literary.

 

The Structure

 

When I say that Diamondis took me five years to write, I do not intend to make it seem that I spent 1,825 days writing to less than 40,000 words. The making of Diamondis required writing “Old Man Story,” “Story of Death,” “A Dream of Death’s Affection,” and all the many other variations of the story that led to the final product. Not to mention, as the story evolved, I did, too. In those five years, I did plenty of research to make sure that my story fit into science as best as possible, I got my degree (everyone should get their STEM field degree!!!), I took breaks away from writing to get a clear picture of where the novel was headed, and so on. This was my first novel, and I wanted it to be perfect to my vision of what it could be.

 

When real-life obstacles stand in your way, there are a few words of advice I can give. Just because you can’t sit down at a computer and type for hours on end, doesn’t mean you can’t be progressing with your story. I would go several weeks without opening up my novel build document, but the notes on my phone would grow and grow. To be honest, this is when my best writing took place. I wasn’t trying to force anything. I was just taking note of ideas whenever the real world inspired me in some way. Then, when time permitted, I would sit down at a coffee shop with either a laptop or a journal and let loose all these ideas.

 

However, there is one requirement for this strategy: you must make time to read! In fact, I think it is always important to read whenever you are writing. It doesn’t even have to be a good book, because when you read, you are surrounding yourself with the language of different voices, and for me, I can get supremely bored when reading late at night, so my mind wanders off and I get quality thinking time for my own story. What’s the message here: any writer must be willing to read. Lots.

 

If a part of your story doesn’t thrill you, don’t try to force-fix it. Let it be for a little while, maybe meditate on it while you are not looking right at the pages. In the end, you will find the fix in the world around you, not in the pixels of a computer screen. Better yet, you might realize that you were having a bad day and it wasn’t such a mediocre passage to begin with.

 

No one ever said it was easy, so be patient when the ideas aren’t flowing. Again, and I can’t emphasize this enough, the ideas for your novel come from experience in the world. Forcing ideas never works.

 

The End

 

Do I look for an agent? Should I self-publish? How many people are going to buy my book? Is it really done? It is fair to say that reaching the end of your novel comes with far more questions than you might expect. Take a big sigh of relief when you finish, trust me. You don’t want to jump right into the next stage of promotion and publishing without it.

 

In the end, I decided to self-publish Diamondis to maintain creative control of my story, to learn about the publishing/ promotion process, and to make sure that all my ideas for multi-media integration and collaboration could be fulfilled. Did I make the correct decision? Only time will tell, but for now (1 week after online publication), I am very pleased with my decision and the feedback so far.

 

I want to conclude this post with some final advice to anyone out there who might be trying to get started or make it through an important threshold in their voyage. Be genuine. The world needs more people who are not afraid to stay true to their own voice, their own story, and the pursuit of sharing their own experiences. I can’t promise that this advice will guide you toward fame or fortune, but it will guide you closer perhaps to a meaningful existence.

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