• Thinking Different 1997-2019

    Writing Online 1986-2019 • Parsing Greeks 2014-2019

  • Newly Released

    Available in Amazon paperback, iBook and Kindle editions
    as well as .epub and .pdf formats, below.

    'I Searched Myself,' Heraclitus & Socrates' Lessons On Thinking Excellently is a seminal offering in the fields of Philosophy & Self-Improvement. Considered 'nimis obscurē' or 'too obscure' by academics for more than 2,500 years, he is presented clearly here in lesson format for those who would profit from the teachings of the man who, it is now evident, was a major influence on no less a thinker than Socrates, shown in new context supporting the author's interpretation.

     

    Scholars may sniff at my uneducated take from their ivory towers, but I in turn am inclined to gently point out that they admit, freely, to having failed to fully parse him for some twenty-five hundred years now, so perhaps a fresh approach and perspective were what was needed all along.

    I Searched Myself iBooks edition
    My Amazon and Kindle books.

    Power to The People – American Cultural History and Revolutionary Values Revisited, written with the conceit of naming Thomas Jefferson as co-author, as he is quoted extensively, is a narrative look at America today through the lens of Jefferson's thoughts on a wide range of relevant and timely topics, with further commentary from the author’s perspective and modern point of view.

     

    An unflinching, informed and unbiased take on the issues at the forefront of current affairs and several which should be, Power to The People is a love letter of sorts, written to the people of a once-great nation in the hope that an injection of much-needed context and perspective might contribute to a new American Revolution.

    My Amazon and Kindle Books
    Power to The People iBook
  • My Works In Progress

    Having finished and published both 'I Searched Myself' and Power to The People, I'd planned to take a break from writing and focus on My Miao, but I've been editing for a friend (who does my laundry) and have decided to list all of my unfinished business here, including my planned attempts at novels, which will be published, assuming no major house comes knocking, not as a Bubo Book (non-fiction) but under the Neuromancy Online imprint.

    An Afternoon With Socrates

    Remembering Steve Jobs' Wish For

     

    Work In Progress.

     

    New context and insight into Socrates' thoughts, lessons and other questions that have puzzled those who've studied him since his death, excerpted from my book 'I Searched Myself.'

     

    Intended to blow Steve Jobs' mind, albeit tragically too late to do so, this collection of coherent, convincing and compelling new insight into Socrates, gleaned entirely by accident while parsing his great influence, Heraclitus of Ephesus, is intended to be a free, hopefully widely-circulated pamphlet, so that minds far greater than mine and voices far more eloquent might begin a discussion that, I hope, in time will both delight and enlighten, as well as bringing attention to the 'famously obscure' Heraclitus' teachings as well..

     

    Est. publication date mid 2019.

    Quoting Inspiration, Genius And The Ways They Have Influenced Me

    Inspired by a modest collage I assembled in 1997 and recently tripped over for the first time in years. Other than being great spirits and geniuses of one variety or another, what they have in common is that SJ stole their shine for Apple's 1997 Think Different ad campaign, which being the sucker I was I duly obliged, with these four as my carefully chosen role models.

     

    Michelangelo, as always, remains well beyond my comprehension, if not my abject awe. If I see anything in his work it's because it was meant to be seen.

    A Novel

    Very much an early cover & title.

     

    My new candidate for 'The Novel I Will Try To Write While Studying Neil Gaiman,' this one is more Young Adult-oriented, or is thus far. I've never written a children's story, but I've read my share.

     

    Est. publication date late 2019/early 2020.

    Il Divino, Michelangelo’s Hidden Legacy

    Working title and cover.

     

    I am very aware just how much I might appear to be presuming when I suggest that I have certain insights into Michelangelo – my closest equivalent to God – and his intentions. I struggled long and hard with the notion of offering anything relating to Il Divino for public perusal but in time I grew more confident.

     

    If I see something, it is because it was meant to be seen by the greatest communicator in human history. If I fail to convince, to 'show my work' then, well, I might well be wrong. It won't be the thousand and thirty first time.

     

    My humble insights into Renaissance artist and singular thinker Michelangelo's famous lesson, as manifested by his sculpture David, with regards to the type of mind he considered possibly worth his time to teach and one intensely personal way in which these minds can and have tended to seek expression today, as well as a narrative take on his famous painting of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling frescoes.

     

    Est. publication date 2019.

    A Novel

    Very much an early cover concept.

     

    Too early for me to write an effective summary of my first science fiction novel. I will say though that I am making a serious attempt to deliver what the best of the genre does, without implying that I belong among said esteemed company.

     

    Which is to say using future-set fiction to frame and address issues troubling, or otherwise fo importance to humanity today.

     

    Est. publication date late 2019/early 2020.

    The Vatican Mythology, One Atheist's Understanding

    Working title and cover.

     

    While certain to be unpopular in many corners, members of my own family likely included, this book is not written from any place of hate whatsoever. I also have nothing but respect for individuals possessed of sincere faith or spirituality of any flavour or denomination.

     

    This is an attempt to examine the origins of the Vatican theocracy, not Christianity itself, to separate truths from fiction in order to present what the author believes to be important, relevant, reasoned suppositions concerning this millennia-old, horrifically corrupt, repressive and at times outright murderous institution, both in light of its past and ongoing transgressions and with an eye to its role, if any, going forward in these hopefully more tolerant and inclusive times.

     

    My convictions, however, coupled with research done both while writing previous books and specific to this topic has proven too convincing to me not to express my beliefs and observations, supported by as many facts and relevant anecdotes or quotations as I can assemble, including what I hold to be a cohesive, compelling and condemnatory 'last judgment' rendered by none other than Il Divino himself, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.

     

    Est. publication date late 2019/early 2020.

    A Novel

    Placeholder cover.

     

    While I've been toying with the idea of writing a dark, modern fantasy-style novel for years, having immersed myself in those milieu while role-playing kind of burnt me out on it for a long time.

     

    Originally resuscitated as the intended project I would work on while absorbing Neil Gaiman's MasterClass on writing, I suspect it might be a bit too dark and even a little smutty (I plead 'cohabitation with living, breathing porn), so while I may not use it as my Gaiman project, I do plan on finishing it, inspiration having struck and/or overcome my long-standing writer's block in this field.

     

    Est. publication date late 2019/early 2020.

  • About The Author

    Much Ado About?

    Wattpad account

    Newly published both 'I Searched Myself,'Heraclitus & Socrates' Lessons On Thinking Excellently and Power to The People. I've been productive! I also need to devote time to my online venture so getting those two written was past due.

     

    My name is Ross Coburn. I am a writer, self-publisher and aspiring social media founder from Montréal, Québec, Canada.

     

    I am also neuro-atypical, being both on the Autism spectrum (opinions vary as to just where and any diagnosis came much too late in my life to matter much in any event, other than to give friends and family cause to nod sagely and tell me they're not surprised), Hyperlexic, which ordinarily wouldn't be of much use once I did learn to read and write, however unusually early in life (age two) but, in my case, I suspect might play a role in some of my lingually slurvy talents, and saddled with other, less pleasant labels such as BPD and social anxiety disorder.

     

    None of which really explains my by now predictable talent for putting together widely disparate facts and concepts in new and occasionally significant or relevant ways. I have a few additional thoughts concerning this topic but, I hasten to point out, not the slightest grounding in any relevant neurological or cognitive sciences.

     

    This is no accident. I've developed a healthy respect for what I believe to be my subconscious mind's penchant for seizing on some concept or topic and obsessing over it behind my back, as it were. When that topic is one of interest to me, it can result in apparently unnervingly quick relating of otherwise disparate facts or ideas, effectively presenting me with fully-formed ideas or observations which occasionally prove to have significance to people who have studied or practice the subject matter in question.

     

    But, should it seize upon some stray fact or theory concerning matters of, for example, neuro-atypical diagnosis or (likely mis-) understanding of mental illness, then I may instead be presented with a uniquely unpleasant and difficult to shake type of hypochondria, whatever fragment of scientific research material or utterly uninformed notion I'd tripped over having screwed itself down tightly, as it were, again while I wasn't looking.

     

    The term Savant Syndrome has been advanced, though I refused to be poked or prodded any further on the subject, but if it is in fact somehow related to that less than fully understood manifestation of uncanny talent, typically as I understand it involving counting, grouping, associating... Then I may have some insight worth at least some consideration by actual scientists in the relevant fields.

     

    Or I could be following my navel-gazing tendencies towards the cliff's edge, which is another reason that I rarely dwell on these idea(s).

     

    As to my skills as a writer, two decades of intensive, extended immersion in what would come to be labelled as social media has left me with a number of bad habits which I am working to correct, so I'm not as polished or organized as I should be, all things considered, though I'm not a total hack or anything.

     

    I'm removing the Blog section of this page, as I don't update it often enough and will probably be reposting the better efforts to my new Wattpad account.

  • My Online Venture

    My Miao is a project I would like to launch, a venture into online businesses with socially-conscious values and an unapologetic philosophy of embracing everyone, whatever their gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, political, cultural or religious beliefs, etc., as long as they respect others equally in turn.

     

    If you'd like to learn more, please use the contact form at the bottom of this site or email me at ross@my-miao.com. There's a fair bit I haven't shared on the site, in the interests of not giving everything away for free, but I am pretty confident that I can show how and where and why My Miao will be the next iteration of certain social media niches and very confident that I have, or can design her to be all she could be, and to communicate that vision effectively to coders, graphists, etc.

     

    I am particularly interested in meeting potential co-founders and/or mentors, and of course possible investors would not be unwelcome. I believe that for modest initial funding, followed by a very reasonable seed round once partially established, that My Miao can, if development, deployment, partnering and advertising efforts reach their intended audiences, reasonably target eight- to, if scaled wisely and the many pitfalls of startup successes navigated, in time low ten-digit annual revenue figures with the potential to continue growing both horizontally and vertically.

     

    It's about design and staying lean, curious and clever, with vision and values properly aligned, not reinventing any unnecessary wheels, technologically speaking.

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  • Odds & Ends

    If I trip over something that might benefit from a new home I'll post it here.

  • Social Media Presence

    Insofar as I have one.

  • Reach Me

    The form should do, but my address, number and email ought to seal the deal.

    4418 rue Dupuis
    Montréal, Québec Canada
    H9H-2Y5
    (514) 909-6556
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