I’m Paul Vitols (“vee-tolls”), writer-creator of the popular 1990s children’s adventure-fantasy TV series The Odyssey. (If you’re a fan of the show, or just sufficiently interested, there are some limited-edition DVD sets of The Odyssey available from the producer.) This website is my online atelier. My inspiration is the workshop of the ancient artisan: a place where he worked, taught, sold, entertained, and lived. Here I present my thinking on a range of topics (especially the Great Ideas), talk about my creative works in progress, and offer my finished works for sale.
I am part of the e-book revolution, publishing my works through this new and evolving medium, interested to see where it will lead. This is not to say that they will not be appearing in print in due course, for I love paper books! But e-books now provide the best means for an author to connect with his audience quickly, completely, and affordably. So that’s the means I’m using.
My Published Works
These are the books I’ve published so far:
Truth of the Python, a literary thriller in which a Vancouver hypnotherapist and his young client discover they have unfinished business with each other—from 25 centuries ago. In doing so, he opens a Pandora’s jar of life-changing consequences. For it emerges not only that Greg may have been the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, and Philip himself a key figure in that remote time, but that Greg, in trance, can act as a channel—someone who gives voice to nonphysical entities. And an entity appears who has knowledge of a painful secret from Philip’s past. . . .
The Hermit, my first serious short story, in which Alex, a disaffected university student, goes for a walk and unexpectedly arrives at a crossroads in his life. (Download it for free when you sign up to my mailing list at the top left-hand side of this page, just below the menu bar.)
My Upcoming Works
These are the books I’m bringing out next, in planned order of publication:
The Mission, episode 1 of my epic series, The Age of Pisces. Set in 48 BC, amid the turmoil of Roman civil war, the series follows the adventures of four men (one of whom will be remembered as Herod the Great) who find their lives intertwined around a project to restore the lost monarchy of Israel—a project that one day will be known as Christianity. This series is my magnum opus; I have lavished thousands of hours in the researching, planning, and writing of it (and I continue to lavish them!). I’m excited to be finally close to launching it with this first episode. I’m also planning previews and discounts for members of my mailing list, so I invite you to join up if you haven’t already.
Planned publication date: September 2018.
The 20 Best Movies Ever Made: A Viewer’s Guide, a distillation of the insights I gained during the informal History of Cinema Festival that my wife Kim and I enjoyed (at home) over the course of 6 years. From The Birth of a Nation (1915) to The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), we watched 539 of the “best” movies (and I will go into detail as to how I selected these), and I rated each one based on how much I enjoyed it. This book will take an in-depth look at my personal top twenty, explaining exactly why I think they’re the best movies ever made and how you as a viewer might get the most out of them.
Planned publication date: October 2018.
My blog is where I publish thoughts and views that are not (yet) ready for publication as e-books: book reviews, film criticism, prose sketches (renderings of my surroundings recorded in my “prose sketchbook”), and reflections on the Great Ideas—along with progress reports on my projects, including discussion of the ideas, issues, and conflicts underlying these. For in a sense a writer is like a duck (or, perchance, a swan!) swimming on a lake, its calm progress on the surface giving no hint of the work going on below, out of sight. My blog lets you glimpse the inner workings of the creative process leading to the finished product.
My Mailing List
For a still deeper engagement with what I’m doing, you can join my inner circle by subscribing to my mailing list. You’ll receive (infrequent) mailings with special updates I don’t post to my blog, along with previews, discounts, and even multimedia content—along with anything else I can dream up or that you might ask for. As a subscriber you’ll get the earliest information—and the best deals—on my books. Sign up now using the form in the sidebar and receive a free copy of my short story The Hermit as your welcome bonus.
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