Writing sets me free and lets my mind explore the universe. I often use prompt challenges to get me motivated about a topic, but every day when I get up, or even when I am still sleeping, I am thinking about writing. I don’t have any well-defined characters that I can rely on and most of the time I am starting out with a blank slate. I decide what direction I will be going and I form my stories from research. I love looking things up and learning new things and if I can explain something to my readers, that makes me happy.
My first book Man’s Footprint in Water started out with one story about water from a river being diverted to two towns that were located on opposite sides of a river. From this story, I got the idea of going back to the beginning of history and finding stories related to water. My book became a collection of short stories that are centered on man’s connection with water. I wrote this to become a coffee table book, something that anyone could pick up and open to any page and start reading. Water and History are both very large subjects so I made an attempt not to get too deep into any of the stories, as I strived more for inspirational conversation to alleviate boredom. It is meant to have pictures and be placed in a waiting room for people to entertain themselves, instead of being on their phones. Without the pictures, I could never sell this book, but I feel that water is the most beautiful substance on Earth and many people would enjoy seeing pictures of waterfalls, rainbows, lakes, rivers, ocean waves and storms.
The book was written in chronological order, so if you start reading from the first page and reading till the end, then you will see how man begins to advance, develop, grow and make progress as he gains more knowledge of water. You will notice that society builds on the previous thoughts of its ancestors and people start to look for deeper meanings as science develops. My book covers many of the ingenious methods by which ancient societies gathered, transported and stored water. Many scholars and wise men make profound statements about water and their significant contributions to mankind have enabled us to better understand and eventually to control water.
You will see man evolving, forming civilizations, and you will learn about numerous famous people who made major accomplishments involving water. There are many observations and interpretations about precipitation, evaporation, convection, condensation, clouds, rain, snow, hail, fog, storms, vapor, moisture and rainbows. It is also about boats and ships and sailing and explorers. It deals with washing, soap, toilets and umbrellas. This book covers the advancement of water technology and the history of hydraulics, flow measurement, fluid mechanics and steam. It is about irrigation, aqueducts, dams, water measurement and water treatment.
This book contains stories about people that were kings, emperors, rulers, statesmen, military generals, conquerors, sailors, explorers, astronomers, inventors, engineers, philosophers, alchemists, mathematicians, physicians, sculptors, poets, orators, story tellers, historians, theologians, musicians and polymaths. It also has stories about civilizations including the Israelites, Mesopotamians, Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Phoenicians, Persians, Egyptians, Chinese, Japanese, Mongols, Indians, Minoans, Greeks, Romans, Macedonians, Carthaginians, Europeans, Africans and Americans. If you read this book, you will learn about man’s struggle to tame powerful rivers and see his ability to harness water from settlements in the Euphrates Valley to ancient Greece, Rome, China and all around the world. There are also many stories from the Old Testament in the Bible such as Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, David, Solomon, Elijah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel and Esther. It also has many stories from the New Testament about John the Baptist, Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, Paul of Tarsus, Thecla, Pope Saint Alexander I, Saint Irenaeus Bishop of Lyons, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Saint Christopher, Saint Gregory, St. Patrick, Saint Brigid, St Severus of Antioch, Saint Benedict, St. Columba, Saint Isidore of Seville, Saint Bernard, Saint Hildegard, St Thomas Becket, Saint Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Rita, Joan of Arc, Saint Francis of Paola, Saint Teresa, Pope Pius V and Bernadette Soubirous. Many other religions are also mentioned such as Hindus, Vedic, Zoroastrian pagans, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Muslims, communists, socialists, Marxists, Utopians and atheists.
This book is filled with tragedies of damns breaking, people drowning, floods, hurricanes, monsoons, tsunamis, shipwrecks, blizzards, avalanches, fires, wars, torture, water borne illness and droughts. There are many serious stories and many ridiculous ones also. This book also has stories of courage and beauty and love. Water is the most pervasive substance on the earth. Everything needs water. A history teacher that I know, told me that no one in their right mind would ever attempt to write a book with a topic as vast as dealing with all aspects of water and it took over two years of my life and it became 438 pages consisting of 220,413 words, but it was never published. This post is already too long so I won’t mention my second book Ancient Book of Eli, or my third book So You Want To Learn Calculus, which are also unpublished.
Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August FDDA #12 where the prompt is something that brings you joy.