John T. Cullen's giant webplex of linked websites started 1996 for writing, editing, publishing


About My Holidays Site SONDJ

Update Autumn 2021. Welcome to my renovated Holidays site. Originally, a few years ago, it was a subplex of thematically linked subsites on my webplex. Huh? Right… I've been having fun building and linking websites in my webplex for 25 years and counting. As a child, I loved building model railroad systems (a hobby I still enjoy, but now as a model website architect in support of my writing and publishing).

Originally 5 Sites. It started as a subplex containing the separate, linked sites October Mood, Autumn Planet (November), Christmas Novel (December), and YANAPOP for New Year's Eve. The overall site is meant to portray September, when a true New Englander senses the powerful change of seasons (like being hit by a truck, very suddenly end-August or early September, give or take a few weeks of Indian Summer some years more than others). I think the initial kernel of inspiration was the fact that, even as a teenage poet and author (professional journalist, novelist, etc.), I felt at my most profoundly moved as the days grew shorter and the leaves glowed golden-reddish in the cooler, fading light. I used to call it Football Weather. So exhilarating! [JTC]

NOTE: I wrote the (below the line) intro about myself as author, and my fellow authors doing pioneer work in Internet publishing in the mid 1990s, earlier in 2021 or even 2020 (the Vision Year). I updated the following intro when I acquired the NET and ORG extensions for my primary personal anchor website, John T. Cullen (JTC) dot COM. As a separate, more recent matter relevant to this Holidays site, I combined the several Autumn/Winter Holidays subplex into one subdomain website of that JTC dot COM site. My plan now is to (probably) devote the COM site primarily to my journalism and nonfiction; the NET site to my fiction; and the ORG site to my poetry.

Poetry (johntcullen dot ORG). I began writing poetry at age seven in Luxembourg, after learning how to read and write. Over the next twenty years, until about age 27, I wrote over 400 poems of varying tones and lengths. A few were published in literary magazines by my 18th year. Most gathered dust until I was in my late sixties and had a friend type them. I feel very good about my poetry, and will devote the ORG website to publishing them. Note that age 27 seems to be the burn-out year when poets generally concentrate on writing prose, and rock stars sometimes meet a dark, memorious fate (think Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, and too many other tragic poets-singers).

FICTION (johntcullen dot NET). I've written over forty novels and many short stories over the years. Ray Bradbury sent me a personal rave in January 2008 after reading my seasonal, holiday dark fantasy The Christmas Clock. I've had positive readings and feedback from famous authors including Andre Norton, Terry Carr, Joe Haldeman, and more. I published the world's first HTML novels, as I like to call true proprietary online fiction, and I'll describe the criteria for that on the NET website. HTML novels on the Internet include Neon Blue: Girl, Unlocked (1996, suspense); This Shoal of Space (1996, VR SF); and CON2: The Generals of October (1998, political thriller). Lots more info soon.

Nonfiction (johntcullen dot COM). I've researched and written about topics of popular and academic interest including: the andcient Sator Arepo palindrome; the 1892 true crime/famous ghost legend at the Hotel Del Coronado near San Diego; the mysterious vanishing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in 2014; the mysteries of cosmology in Exogravitation; and (among other subjects coming soon) the mystery of why Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last decades of his life working (free without commission) on his famous Mona Lisa painting. All that and more soon to appear at my COM website.

Galley City (Bookstore Metaphor). Based on early publishing experiences online in the mid- to late 1990s, I created Galley City as a website (in 2018) for readers to 'read half free/try-buy.' You can read over a million words free (half of most books and/or novels) on my webplex at Galley City.

Academics & Travel. Aside from a lifetime of professional writing, editing, and publishing experience, I have a B.A. in English (Univ. of Connecticut) with Relateds in History, Modern Languages, and Classics; I have an M.S. in Business Administration (Boston University) earned while serving with the U.S. Army in West Germany for six years during the Cold War; and I used the rest of my G.I. Bill to earn my 'practical degree' as I call it, a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems (National University, San Diego). As an academic and as a journalist, I avoid sensationalism, scandal, conspiracies, magic, and general illogic while pursuing objective truth, logic, science, and intellectual honesty. I was trained in the traditions of Objective Journalism (mid-20th Century). As a teenage summer intern reporter working at The New Haven Journal-Courier, I appreciated the tenets of Objective Journalism, but recognized with a sense of ominous apprehension 'could the End be near?" when newspapers in general began publishing front-page editorial articles with a recusive sub-head like 'Editorial Analysis.' I knew we were doomed when I saw that, more and more… I have stayed with my vow to honestly state when I might be offering an informed guess or opinion (never just idle speculation). That is my promise to you, the reader, as you read my nonfiction. One more note on journalism, which for the reporter means going out, getting the facts, and returning to the office to type up the story for the readers. I later realized this applies to all forms of writing except poetry, which is from the heart, not from the external reality. Whatever prose we write, it means getting the story (fiction or nonfiction), typing it up in readable and logical form, and publishing it for readers to enjoy.

About Author John T. Cullen (Brief Info)

Update Autumn 2021. I recently acquired all three major JohnTCullen domains (COM, NET, ORG) which I plan to link together as a subplex on my overall webplex. Accordingly, I am rearranging the information about my author career (poetry, fiction, journalism/nonfiction) across all three domains in a top-down, optimized fashion. More info soon. [JTC]

COM, NET, ORG. My anchor website for decades has been johntcullen dot COM. Note the toggle for all three (COM, NET, ORG) installed late 2021 in the main navigation bar on all three. I am moving the info from johntcullenCOM to johntcullenNET to make room for my most important announcements at the COM site. So far, I am only moving my Holidays subplex to the ORG site. I created the Holidays group a few years ago under the rubric SONDJ (Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan/New Year's) to celebrate our movement into the autumn/winter holidays each year, culminating with New Year's Eve.

John T. Cullen. My English-speaking name (John) is my main author name in North America (USA and Canada). I don't seek publicity of any sort but a minimum of information seems necessary to help readers with BRAND and related considerations. My birth name (European) is Jean Thomas Cullen, Jean being the French version of John. I get along well in Quebec, Canada as Jean but it causes all sorts of confusion in the Anglophone world. I have published one or two of my 50ish books (novels, poetry, journalistic nonfiction) as Jean Thomas Cullen. My nonfiction and my major novels (e.g., Siberian Girl, Orbital Sniper, and CON2: Washington Under Siege are all John T. Cullen titles.

John Argo. In the late 1990s, when digital and online publishing broke through the concentration camp wall of New York cartel publishing, those of us who had been struggling outside the pomerium for years could celebrate. By 'us' I mean those men and women who were born to write from wonder and passion, the way birds are meant to sing in the forest, for the sheer joy of it. For me, it brought back that science fiction Sense of Wonder to finally be able to reach readers without having the money claws of the print cartel around our necks; long story for another day. It's just the real, often dark, and sadly inescapable history of publishing if one is interested in truth.

My Classics background (B.A. in English, Univ. of Connecticut, with relateds in comparative Literature, History, Languages, and Classics) handed me the inspiration of a lifetime: Argo was the Bronze Age ship of wonder, on which Jason and his Argonauts (literally "Argo-Sailors") launched forth into the deep space of their age (mainly the Aegean, Pontic, and Caspian Seas) on exhilarating adventures. Those Bronze Age exploits are still celebrated in modern times, as in the popular 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts (with famous special effects by Ray Harryhausen). That's how I became John Argo in publishing my science fiction and suspense fiction, with a tiny bit of fantasy and science-horror sprinkled in. You can find all that on the developing John Argo website, which has its own subplex for Speculative Fiction (Empire of Time, DarkSF) and Suspense (Thriller Street).By the way, Argo Navis (Ship Argo) became the largest constellation in the southern skies until modern astronomers divided the unwieldy giant into its component ship-parts (keel, sail, poop deck, etc); story for another day.

About the Webplex

Overall View. I am consolidating a lot of linked websites in my webplex, turning them into folders on this website. As I add content on this website, please look on the Contents page for links to that content. More info soon. [JTC]

Terminology. As a Web publishing pioneer since 1996, I have constructed a *webplex* of several dozen linked websites. Some of those are linked thematically at a subordinate level (making them part of a *subplex*). Quick example: the overall anchor for my webplex (group of linked websites owned by me) is San Diego Author. Most of the linked websites link directly to that site. A few, like these holiday sites (for September, October, November, December, and New Year's) form a *subplex* in that they are linked to each other for easy navigation.

Brief Clocktower Books Info

World's First HTML Novels. In the mid to late 1990s, joined by other pioneers like Brian Callahan, A. L. Sirois, Dennis Latham, John K. Muir, and Shaun Farrell among others, I began publishing my work and that of submitting authors on the internet and in print/digital book formats. We published not only the world's first HTML novels, but also the first professional SFFH magazine starting 1998 (Deep Outside SFFH, later Far Sector SFFH). Museum sites can be found online at the Clocktower Books Museum website. Many of our authors went on to win every major award in the Speculative Fiction world, not just Nebulas and Hugos in the USA, but globally across the Commonwealth as well.

I take pride in stating that I wrote and we published the world's first HTML novels as I call them, by these criteria: (a) proprietary, owned by the author, not public domain, which rules out the Gutenberg Project types; (b) published free, given that there was no significant e-commerce yet; (c) published entirely online to be read online, not on portable media like floppies, disks, etc; (d) published entirely in HTML code. Also: we used an innovative format of weekly chapter releases, usually on Sunday afternoons PST; so for example a certain lady arriving at work in the morning in Johannesberg, South Africa could sneak a quick read on her office computer with her morning coffee (relatively few people had home computers yet, even among the technically advanced who were often my best audience, especially for advanced SF). Brian and I made my novels available for quick TXT format download because many readers sent breathless notes begging for more because they couldn't wait to learn how their current novel (by John Argo) ends. Speaking of advanced SF, many non-tech savvy readers including at least two Ph.D.s (one in Literature, the other in Drama) could not comprehend This Shoal of Space, written 1990, way before the SF movie The Matrix brought the Virtual Reality (VR) concept into public awareness.

The first of these HTML novels, as I call them, or the world's first real online e-books, was my suspense thriller Neon Blue (Girl, Unlocked) (Neon Blue Fiction, April 1996). This was soon followed by my SF novel This Shoal of Space (The Haunted Village SFFH website, July 1996). Among the many to follow was my prophetic political thriller CON2: The Generals of October warning against a Second Constitutional Convention (CON2). After the 6 Jan 2021 insurrection in the U.S. Capital (and U.S. Capitol Building), I quickly re-released an edition of CON2 under the title Washington Under Siege: Autumn of the Republic, a Prophetic Constitution Thriller. Sadly, although I first wrote CON2 (original title) in 1990, and it received 109 rejection slips from the print cartel, even today it remains in the nebulae beyond public and expert awareness; so I dread to see the day that the oligarchs currently tearing the USA apart (divide and conquer) will go beyond the 6 Jan 2021 insurrection and invoke Article V of the U.S. Constitution with catastrophic results…again, you have to read the novel, in which I thought the whole process out in terrifying detail.

You can read a lot more about our history as publishing pioneers online at the Clocktower Books website and also at the Clocktower Books Museum website. Bottom line of all bottom line: let the work speak for itself. We were violently trolled by the print cartel and the smaller SF pulp cartel plus whatever onhangers, but ultimately we made history and deserve to be read. In the late 1990s, before e-commerce, and before the print cartel caught wind, I had avid readers around the world on all continents except Antarctica (penguins don't seem to read English).I I received enthusiastic, rapt fan mail from all around the globe, some of which I printed out and now feature in the Reviews section of my website Caffeine Books—see sample page and read on from there. Lots to discover.

Our professional online SFFH magazine is mentioned in the SF Encyclopedia and we're hoping for more historical coverage as researchers get past the print industry and look for the truths about this vitally important (digital and online) branch of modern publishing. I am a member of several professional author organizations, including the International Thriller Writers (ITW). I am an Active Member of ITW, and Clocktower Books is an ITW-recognized publisher. More info: Clocktower Books Museum website.


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