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Oh no, not yet another to sell ‘his’ meaning of life… but what about we stop for a second; what gives a meaning to your life? Many suggest living every day as if it was going to be the last one. Sure, our priorities would change, but I find the suggestion has a flaw and might lead some to extreme choices. After all, if this were your last day, tomorrow would no more be ‘your’ problem, “who cares then.”

What instead if today was the last day of 99.99% of the population? Then, tomorrow would be ‘your’ big problem; and the day after tomorrow, and the next one, and the next one…

What would keep you going? What would keep you from committing suicide? What values would give meaning to your life when everybody else is no more?

This is the situation faced by Dan Amenta in “Daimones” Vol.1 of the “Daimones Trilogy.” As many of us in our societies, we are distracted by ephemeral things; a promotion, a new car, the latest fashion apparel, whether or not we wear a Rolex at 40, and we forget what makes our lives meaningful.

What if you had to walk alone in your city, where every house, every apartment has become a tomb? Would you feel like Dan?

“The window displays were magnificent as ever, but there was no one to attract anymore. Business shut down for lack of customers. I had the impression of walking onto a movie set, all perfectly staged down to the smallest details, yet deserted as the actors and crew had not arrived. The parallel streets of Rue du Rhone and Rue du Marché, becoming Rue du Rive further east and Rue de la Conféderation to the west, made up Geneva’s most famous shopping area.

Designer retail stores and world-famous watchmakers lined the streets that used to be packed with window shoppers. The entire district resembled a fashion runway, perfect and beautiful. The resemblance though was loathsome, as if fashionable jewels and clothing brands had finally admitted they did not care whether customers liked them or not. They reclaimed a reason to exist for themselves, becoming altars and shrines to vanity and vacuity.” – “Daimones” Vol.1 of the “Daimones Trilogy”

If we were to ask children what are the most important things in their lives, the adults would smile and think how banal, how trivial those answer are; children know nothing and need to grow to ‘understand’ what life really is… Really?

Dan discovers what keeps him alive, and it’s not easy for him to think again as children. It’s those banal, those trivial, and those precious things that are unrelated to what life ‘really’ is.

Dan discovers what our world is: we focus on money, career, we show-off our ‘social status’, and we live to fine tune the image we want to project to the rest of the world while we couldn’t care less of this last.

We’re not looking at what happens around us, we lack empathy; we live already in a spiritual apocalypse. Our world, though, tells us we have a spiritual-death apocalypse already in place.



Vol. 3 – The Rise of the Phoenix – will hit virtual and physical shelves in May 2014. Join Massimo Marino for the COVER REVEAL LIVE EVENT on Facebook.



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The “Daimones Trilogy” explores the apocalypse and its consequences: the physical death of humankind, the rebirth of the society, dystopian or utopian, and the moral and ethical tensions of the survivors.


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A guest post by Abigail Owen

There are two extremes of writers out there – the ones who plan and detail like crazy and the ones who fly by the seat of their pants. Much like other polar opposites – like liberal/conservative, shy/outgoing, hot/cold – most people fall somewhere in the middle but lean more toward a particular side. Neither side is perfect or more right or more wrong. It’s what works for you as an individual.

Me? I lean more toward the “pantser” side.

I recently read a book release by an author where she talked about writing the book. She mentioned things like, “I laughed out loud when Mike (the male lead) whispered in my ear.” I love that mental image because sometimes that is exactly what I feel like happens to me. My characters and story talk to me.

I have tried to map out every detail of a story before, and I really struggle to write it after I do that. I feel so restricted, so hemmed in by what “has to happen” that the story doesn’t flow for me. I can’t hear my characters talking to me. But if I leave it too loosey-goosey, with no plan on where to go, I spend a lot of time spinning my wheels.

So now I do a little planning. I always start a book with a general idea of the key points – characters and their development, major turning points, beginning and end. I will often have specific scenes in mind and I know where I want those to go in the book. But all the stuff in between… it comes to me as I go.

Sometimes where a story goes is as much of a surprise to me as it is to you. And I love that. I love discovering my characters and story along the way. Do I frequently have to go back and change parts I’ve already written to go with my new direction? You bet. Do I believe the story is better because I’m flexible enough to roll with it? Absolutely.

So to the writers out there… which are you and why?

Author Bio

Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

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