That's my book!

This is actually a great review of my book! It really is such a random mess at times, kinda like paint splattered on the wall and calling it art. Some people "get it" and some people don't. But the problem with that is that I don't try to make the splatters, i'm trying to paint a real picture but i'm learning how to paint like that. I'm more of a finger painter, pounding my hands on the keyboard hahaa. It also didn't help that a lot of my book was written at different times in the year, in different frames of minds, and with different intentions. A lot of it was rushed, where i felt forced to finish asap. And besides, I wasn't a professional writer, and my editing skill are like maybe freshman year of college or worce. BUT, i've learned SO much these past few months. I have my own writing process now and I get a little better each time. My writing also improves, I'm a lot more careful AS i'm writing because I know i'm going to have to go back and fix any errors and i HATE doing that. So it's easier to just do it right to begin with. I write REALLY fast. Like 100wpm or more sometimes and since i learned to write by keeping journals, i never worried about grammar or spelling. I never even spell checked! Now i'm just trying to break my bad habits, and develop some good ones - yet keep my Socratic (See I spelled spuratic so wrong, "Socratic" came up in spell check!) charm and eccentricities. Cause i mean seriously, I would rather write a book that surprises people than bores them. Roll your eyes all you want, but don't fall asleep..

But what's cool about this is it's actually from a professional book reviewer and web site. Here's the link They used the wrong book cover, but what's funny about that is the cover they used "Math and the Mona Lisa" is actually a book i've read! It was one of the books i randomly bought the day before I started all of this, and didn't read until a few weeks after. It was the first thing that made me realize I might not be completely crazy, because in his book he talked about the same things I had just been figuring out!

Book Review: Discovering Da Vinci's Daughter by Derek Bair
Written by Scott DeitchePublished August 23, 2007

In the wake of The Da Vinci Code, the cottage industry of historical conspiracy books exploded. I initially thought that Discovering Da Vinci’s Daughter would be a rehash of previously trotted-out tales. I was pleasantly surprised at the theories involved and really taken aback at the structure of this nonfiction work.

As author Derek Bair notes on his website, “This isn't like a normal book. I'm not like a normal person. I don't try to be.”The crux of his theories lie with his expertise in graphic arts. Bair worked with the Mona Lisa, as well as The Last Supper, looking for hidden meanings in the paintings. What he found were hidden layers underneath, use of stereo-grams, and way to view the paintings revealed only the applications of high-tech software.

He also revealed the true subject of the Mona Lisa - Da Vinci’s daughter. There are some other theories, and interesting takes on Da Vinci’s life. Bair asserts that the artist may have been autistic, more specifically afflicted with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. Bair believes this because he reveals that he is also afflicted. One of the main symptoms is an obsession with a particular topic. You can see his determination in this book.

Discovering Da Vinci's Daughter is a sprawling mess at times, yet it’s intriguing in its randomness. The author flips between backstories on subjects like speed reading and training your vision to see hidden images with application to Leonardo Da Vinci’s work. It’s a novel way to approach his theories. By giving the reader the background on the mechanisms, it gives the narrative extra weight. Bair also drops in chapters, called “Interjections,” which combine personal stories with the author’s thoughts on his life and journey writing the book. I was initially taken aback by them, thinking they would pull from the theories. But they serve as an insight into a mind that works differently than most.

Part of what brought me to enjoy this work was that, although Bair was breaking into new territory and using unique methods to look at Da Vinci’s paintings, he comes across as amiable and accessible. Most importantly, he is obviously not full of himself - an unfortunate trait that clouds a lot of books you’d find under “Speculation” on your local Borders’ book shelves. His amateur passion for the subject cuts through a lot of the technical jargon and sometimes confusing theories.

Discovering Da Vinci's Daughter could have used some tighter editing. There are some typos and grammatical errors. But other than that, this is one of the more surprising and interesting books I've read about Da Vinci and the “conspiracies" surrounding his life.
Discovering Da Vinci’s Daughter is only available at Derek Bair's website.

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