Posts Tagged ‘William Gladstone’


Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Sunday, October 19th,  at 11:07am Pacific time Titus Jay  Gladstone entered our world at  eight pounds seven ounces. Titus is super cute as you can tell from the pictures. He is also super strong. Titus came out  with  eyes open and ready toTitus take on the world.  Mom Natasha, after thirty hours of labor, was  less sparky but in great shape. Dad Cyrus seemed the most in need of a  nap of the three as he took his birth coaching tasks quite seriously and was up most of the thirty hours with Natasha.

Titus is my first grandchild. Everyone tells you how attached you are going to be to your grandchildren and they are right. Titus and I only had an initial brief conversation with me doing all the talking, but I can already tell we are going to be great friends.  Titus has a really strong chest for a newborn, a strong grip and good control of his legs.  He smiles a lot, opens his eyes to look at you and seems to understand everything you say.  He prefers sleeping to talking but does emit little cries when he is passed from parent to grandparent.  We are limiting visitors for the first couple of days but that is more for the benefit of Cyrus and Natasha than Titus.  Titus doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. Good thing since the world has enough cares already.

It will be interesting to see how Titus contributes to the world.  He clearly has shown up with lots of knowledge, most of which no doubt he will forget as he is programmed to survive human interaction.  You can tell from a newborn that they are totally aware on a higher plane of everything that is happening.  They seem somewhat puzzled by having their small vulnerable human body, but other than that they are blissed out beings.  At least Titus is.

We welcome Titus to our family and our world.  No doubt he will be blogging and participating in all sorts of activities in just a few short years. Until then he can just lay back and relax and let his parents and grandparents spoil him with love.  Every  baby is a miracle baby.  How just two small cells can produce such perfect marvels is beyond comprehension.  We all have an obligation to ensure that the world that Titus and his peers grow into is viable and sustainable.  The really big solutions  will no doubt come from Titus and those being born at this time with great spiritual strength, but in the meantime the rest of us need to do our best to maintain the best of what already exists.  If a new born baby will not inspire us, nothing will.  Let’s continue to be inspired.

Way to go Titus!!!Titus 2

Happy Un-birthday to Me

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Today, December 12, 2013 (yesterday for those reading the day this is posted) is my birthday. Happens to be my 64th.  Who images-2would have ever thought such a time might arrive? I always thought the Beatles’ lyric “Will you still love me when I’m sixty-four” was indicative of an incredibly old age that we teenagers at the time would never reach. Visions of worse- for- wear white haired old men accompanied my idea of that age. And of course except for other old people, who would love you at sixty-four?

As it turns out I have more love in my life from more people today at sixty-four than at any previous birthday. I also am winning golf tournaments, having more bestsellers than ever as a literary agent, interacting with ever more interesting people, doing more radio and speaking events, and generally having a very happy un-birthday every day of the year. Life is golden and not because I am entering my golden years. I doubt I will be slowing down much and see the next twenty years as possibly the most productive and joyful of my life. Part of this may be due to modern science. I had a cataract operation several years ago and see better today than I did when I was twelve and first had to wear glasses. Be it what it may, sixty-four seems a very good year to celebrate and it seems young, not old.

In Europe the tradition is to give a party and give rather than receive gifts from your friends. I like this custom and am giving a small party for some of my friends this Saturday.

Birthdays can and should be special. They mark the passing of time and they celebrate the unique circumstances of our unique personalities. Each one of us was born on a special day. Each one of us was conceived and created not just biologically but at a soul level in which many elements play a part. The unique circumstances of our birth and the timing of our entrance into this world guide us throughout our lives. Wherever you are in your journey, have a happy un-birthday today and remain forever young.

Late night owls unite

Monday, October 7th, 2013

This evening from 11 pm to 2 am California time (PST) I will be on Coast to Coast with George Noory for three full hours. Not burrowing_owl_by_dingo84dogs-d5u1m7isure how many  east coast  readers will be staying up from 2 am to 5 am, but if for some reason you are  up please be sure to tune in. For  those with more normal sleeping schedules you can  view the archived interview at a later date by subscribing to Coast  to Coast

Also, this weekend a wonderful and inspiring three minute video  capturing the essence of  the big picture reasons for writing The Power of Twelve  has been posted on the  web site Take a  look at the video and let us know what you think.  And may everyone, whether joining me or not this evening, make productive use of the time they do sleep.  As my mother used to say, “sweet dreams.”

Author book Signings

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

This coming Saturday at  2:00 p.m.  I will be  talking about my new novel The Power of Twelve and, concurrently, mysterious-galaxydiscussing parallel universes, feminine power, the shift in energy since 12-21-2012, doomsday prophecies, the existence of the Illuminati, and more – and of course I will be signing copies for buyers at Mysterious Galaxy at 7501 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego.  I have never been to this bookstore but have been told that for sci-fi, thriller and mystery writers, Mysterious Galaxy is the best venue in all of San Diego. I am looking forward to this event and encourage everyone to attend.

I remember the very first author signing I ever did. It was in 1977 at a bookstore in Baltimore Maryland. I had authored a book titled How to Test Your Own Mental Health. I was still a graduate student at Harvard University, studying cultural and medical anthropology, when I wrote the book. My professors disapproved since the book was a bit of pop culture. They may also have been a little bit jealous since the book sold more than 250,000 copies. One of the reasons the book sold so well was the press kit which was sent to 500 radio and TV stations throughout the United States. The book was solid enough and had been chosen by the Psychology Today book club, but  the attraction for the radio and TV stations was the claim made in the press kit that I, William Gladstone, the author could test the mental  health of  the on-air host  in less than five minutes and share the outcome with their  live audiences. The producers just loved this angle and almost every major show asked me on. I remember some of the guest hosts of these morning shows included the actresses Stockard Channing, Angela Lansbury, and one of my idols, Shari Lewis (creator of the puppets, Kookla, Fran, and Ollie). I did explain that the results were approximations only, but everyone had lots of laughs since no one I tested came out neurotic or psychotic but many were in the “neurotic coping” category. (more…)


Friday, July 26th, 2013

Ready or not, massive change is in the air. As a literary agent specializing in books in the mind/body/spirit genre, I receive proposals and self-published books from authors who have spent their entire lives focused on spiritual development. My existing clients – including Neale Donald Walsch, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard and many others –  send me their students  and colleagues who are also doing books in this genre. I am able to take on very few of these referrals, but I do skim them all and am finding that the pace and depth of submissions has increased exponentially in the last several months.

Intriguingly, the basic message of almost all of these submissions is fundamentally the same. Humanity must change its basic belief system about the nature of reality and the tools and information to do so have been revealed and are being revealed by hundreds of authors in unique ways at this time. Some of these authors, even if unknown, have spent decades pursuing spiritual truth. Many of them have been teachers and have had awakenings in which their own individual life purpose was revealed. For most of them their destiny includes writing a book and sharing the specifics of what they have learned with as many people as possible.

I do not doubt the sincerity and importance of these authors and their messages. Not all of them will reach large audiences but it is impossible to know which of the dozen or more that I personally receive will become dominant cultural catalysts. Having represented Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch and other bestselling authors who started with no platform and no formal recognition, I have learned that even with first time authors it is the message and not the messenger which is key to ultimate success. Of course this is contrary to the current practice at major book publishers of caring almost exclusively about the author platform and not so much about the actual book.
Ready or not the change is coming. I can see it and feel it in these authors and their works. When writing my own novel, The Power of Twelve, to be published by BenBella this September,  I posited this  change in our evolutionary cycle as predicted by the end of the Mayan calendar. I did not know at the time of writing my work of fiction that I would witness in reality the essence of this change happening so rapidly in real time.  From the perspective of awakened individuals, this sea change in perception and consciousness is a long-awaited event. For those less attuned, the coming changes may at first  feel disruptive. In the end all of humanity will benefit. Ready or not the change is upon us. I suggest you get ready.In the end it is not so important which individual author reaches the largest readership. From the perspective of the dynamic consciousness which has created the universe and is creating this moment in time, the strategy is to provide thousands of identical messages clothed in different languages and different traditions. Whether the fundamental shift in consciousness comes from a few books which each reach millions or from thousands of books which reach only thousands or some combination of the above, does not matter. The consciousness of ordinary people will be raised and that, in my mind, is a fundamental directive from the  universe itself at this time.

Crashing Wave Better


Monday, July 15th, 2013

Saturday was the annual member guest golf tournament at the Encinitas ranch Golf Course. I enter every year and three Golfing_Ontarioyears in a row I have been able to convince my son Cyrus to play as my guest. Cyrus only plays golf two days a year. One of those days is the week before the tournament and the other is the tournament itself. Cyrus might be a good golfer if he played regularly but he doesn’t so he rarely breaks 100, which, with par being 72, is not a great average. He does however hit the ball far and is a streaky but good putter.

On the second hole of the tournament he hit his driver out of bounds so we decided he would only hit his five iron from the tee on the remaining holes. He could hit his driver closer to 300 yards but probably out of bounds fifty-percent or more of his drives.  Since he can hit his five iron 200 yards and generally can keep the ball in play, moving to the five iron is not a big sacrifice.

Anyway, Cyrus was having a pretty good day, getting some pars on the long par fives which are easier for him because of the distance he gets with his first and second five irons on those holes. Unfortunately, around our ninth hole of the day Cyrus pulled his five iron out of bounds. This was a team competition and I was not too concerned as I had hit one of my best drives of the day right down the middle with no more than a seven iron to the green. I was expecting to make par or even a birdie so Cyrus, who had to re-tee, was unlikely to matter even if he took a seven or an eight.  I hit a very poor second shot and landed in the rough just short and to the left of the green. I was disappointed and focused on hitting a really good pitch so that I could save par. I executed my shot perfectly with my sand wedge, and the ball landed softly and rolled to within five feet of the cup for what I was sure would be an easy par.  Then came disaster. I looked at the ball and realized I had hit the ball of our competitors. Although I was able to put his ball back exactly in place and then hit my ball, I was assessed a two-stroke penalty. I was somewhat rattled and did not hit nearly as good a pitch shot and left myself fifteen feet from the cup and missed the putt for a five that, with the penalty strokes, would have to be recorded as a seven. This is a triple bogey and two strokes worse than the worst score relative to par I would have all day. In a tournament two strokes is usually more than the margin of victory. I felt bad for Cyrus and just plain stupid since hitting the wrong ball is really just a lack of focus. (more…)

What Would Jefferson Do?

Monday, July 8th, 2013

My good friend and client, radio host Thom Hartmann, wrote a book entitled What Would Jefferson Do? For Thom 484px-Thomas_Jefferson_by_Mather_Brownand for me Thomas Jefferson embodies the true genius of American Democracy.  President John F. Kennedy was reputed to have remarked to a collection of noble laureates dining with him at the White House that the last time there was so much brainpower eating in that room was when Jefferson dined alone.

Jefferson was of course much more than just a politician. He founded the first public University, the University of Virginia; he planted the first vineyards in the United States; and his book collection, which he donated to the federal government, was the most important initial donation for what was to become our national library.  Jefferson was not without his faults, but his brilliance and visionary wisdom cannot be overstated. And yet there is no doubt that Jefferson could not possibly be elected to any public office in today’s pedestrian, petty, self-serving political environment.

I haven’t been overtly political in neither my blog nor in my life. To some extent I have given up on politics and politicians altogether. Not necessarily a trait of which I am proud or want to share with others but it does work for me on many levels. Fundamentally I believe in massive political change, which will rise from small groups of people with shared values protesting, when necessary, outrageous practices of our government and institutions. But those in power seem to have lost their center and their reason. Business as usual goes on and no one seems to notice that business as usual is approaching unsustainability if not insanity. (more…)


Monday, July 1st, 2013

Gratitude has been a major theme in my novels and film projects for the past several years. In filming Tapping the Source we learned that having a sense of gratitude and verbalizing gratitude to oneself and others, or even just in meditation, is the most important single act anyone can do to increase their sense of happiness and connection to their source. This short Ted talk video presentation captures, as well as any presentation I have viewed, the essence of gratitude and why it is so easy to  sincerely feel gratitude simply for being alive. Enjoy!!!


Friday, June 28th, 2013

More importantly, why does anyone write?

One of the unique aspects of being human is the desire to communicate with others. With the development of writing the 15704ability to communicate with people overcoming the obstacles of time and distance was magically created. No other animal species has ever been able to duplicate this magic. With the development of the Internet the incredible ability to overcome time and distance became instant. We can instantly communicate with people in any part of the world on any subject. We can store our communications for future reference if necessary, and we can leave a legacy for those yet to be born.

Quite amazing when you think about it; and from the perspective of human beings inhabiting this planet even a few hundred years ago, almost inconceivable. And yet the question remains: why do we write? Why is communication so important to us? (more…)

Radio and TV—No writer should leave home without them

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

I’ve been doing lots of radio and film interviews. I enjoy doing them and have been nicknamed “Bill one take” since, with Wejit_logo_with_sloganrare exceptions, one take is all the filmmakers ever seem to need. The film producers and radio hosts are generally pleased, and although I do sometimes feel the need for an energy boost after an hour or longer interview, for the most part being interviewed or interviewing others is a seamless process for me. I just talk as I normally would with a friend or colleague and that seems to work just fine. One of the reasons these interviews are fun is that I am asked about a variety of topics that somehow intertwine in unexpected but insightful ways.

One of my more recent interviews was on a Chicago radio show that wanted information about the Jodie Arias trial. I happen to be the accidental publisher of the book Killer Girlfriend: The Jodie Arias Story. Originally we were only planning on doing an ebook, but media response has been significant and we decided to partner with Beaufort books and released the print book to bookstores last week. The Chicago radio host was interested not just in the book but also in the use of WeJITs in the ebook, a device that allows readers to communicate directly with other readers and with the authors. The WeJIT in the Jodie Arias book actually allows readers to vote on whether they think the death penalty is the appropriate punishment. The obvious topic after discussing the case itself and the WeJITs was to discuss the appropriateness and efficiency of the death penalty itself. The radio host and I agreed on more than we disagreed on regarding the use of the death penalty, and after the break he decided to ask me what else was happening in my world as an agent and author. (more…)