I have just got back from a week in Egypt (with Simon Cox - read into that what you will... Smile) and would like an opportunity to respond to your comments now that I am able.
Okay, go ahead and make me jealous!
While we're on this topic, what do you make of Zahi's promise to let us all know what's behind the doors in the Great Pyramid's relieving tunnels? Did your trip have anything to do with that?
In other circumstances I might feel flattered that you have named me as one potential source of the recent Oak Island 'news' story, however, bearing in mind that I feel it has been badly constructed I actually feel a little slighted.
Gee, only "a little"? (:^D)
In response to your quote from Andy that I hate it and that I think it is a fraud, that is not the whole story. I do think it is an out and out fraud, but I don’t hate it, I just don’t think it is that well written or put together.
As I mentioned in Andy's Poll thread, I reserve the terms "fraud" and "hoax" for situations where someone is trying to gain monetarily from a situation. The Hitler Diaries, where an enterprising author created fake documents and tried to sell them for a small fortune, were a pretty clear hoax and/or fraud.
This situation with "Will" is much less significant, and contains nothing of any monetary gain. In terms of other current Oak Island theorists who are attempting to gain significant investment behind their particular theories: those could definitely be termed "frauds" if their evidence is fabricated and knowingly faulty.
"Will" is merely taking us for one very detailed, very wild ride. I doubt if anyone following this story has ever felt "taken" or suffered any kind of loss due to this story. Hence, I don't criticize "Will" too hard. I just think he needs to be honest with us, now that a better light has been shined on the particulars of his story.
I would like to think that if I was indeed a part of a campaign to launch a new fictional work about Oak Island that I could come up with a much more original and inspiring work than whoever is behind this! For the record, to the best of my knowledge it is none of the people you also mention; Simon Cox, Mark Oxbrow, Ian Robertson or Greg Taylor. Again, all of these people could come up with something way better and less full of holes than the story Will has thrust upon us.
I agree. I too have a fictional work that touches upon Oak Island, and I could see right away how full of holes "Will's" story is.
However, there are plenty of ways to patch up "Will's" story, and make it a perfectly satisfactory fictional account. Here's just one:
I've hit "Will" hard on his idea that a mini-sub could just "pick up" some fragile, millennia-old relic from the bottom of the sea, with no special preparations, and without knowing before hand what it was exactly that they were picking up. There's a simple rewrite to get out of this problem. First, you have your "team" be privy to some ancient documents, preferably Templar in origin, that makes cryptic reference to the tube beneath the waves. You can suggest at least a geometric size and shape, even if the documents don't disclose plainly what is inside the "cylinder."
Next, have one of your team (I nominate Jackson, the supernerdy geek that so far hasn't appeared useful at all) to be complaining about the lack of proper accouterments on the trip so far. In particular, how someone keeps leaving the top off the tube of toothpaste, allowing the contents to become hard as a rock.
"Will," in a moment of insight, holds the concrete-like substance up to his face as the camera closes in. "Jackson, you're a genius!" he yells, to which supernerd Jackson replies, while pushing his glasses back into place, "Well, I'm glad SOMEbody finally realizes that!"
We cut to the underwater scene between Oak Island and Frog Island (Note to self: NEVER mention Birch Island in any of my future scripts. It's a dead giveaway -- DGA -- for buying into the Rantville Fallacy. Frog Island is much closer, and actually has some OI legends already attached to it).
We watch as the submersible sidles up to the silt-encrusted tube, passes a certain type of device back and forth to denote the tube's densest section, which would suggest the location of its most important contents. Two pairs of arms drop a half-cylinder of vertical plasteel on one side of the tube, then another section on the back. The pairs of arms retrieve two specialized saws with hydraulic tubes attached. As the arms saw through each end, the hoses release a special hydraulic expanding foam that fills the cylindrical interior with a protective cocoon.
The arms then drop a pair of end caps into place, and, after a few tense minutes spent sweating while the expanding foam solidifies (while the team prays it desn't expand too much), the whole contraption is picked up by the submersible like a loaf of bread.
"How do we dissolve the foam once we get it back to Brisbane?" osupernerd Jackson asks.
"Easy," says the team leader. "We just pour some of your coffee on it. That'll dissolve anything."
For dramatic effect, the low-level lights on the sub can be spotted by some people in a passing tour boat on the surface, who wonder if it's a UFO. The tour boat captain radios it in, to which the local equivalent of the Coast Guard replies, "Burt, we've told you before: no alcohol allowed on tour craft after midnight! Now get your butt ashore before we call your wife!"
Anyway, I just wanted the chance to clear my name and put an end to these rumours that I am behind this because I really don’t want my name associated with the story any more than absolutely necessary. I do have a reputation to keep up you know.
And seeing the excellent work you do for Sub Rosa, I know it's a very high reputation. BTW: Do you do your own graphics work? The art direction on SR is incredible, and I come from a magazine publishing background.
I was going to keep my thoughts to myself during this saga, but now that you have named me in public as being the possible author of the story I felt that I had to respond.
Y'know, Mark, I feel a little bad for that. I hope you can see, dispassionately, how you and Andy were logical choices for being involved. I mean, here's a story that has all the earmarks of a screenplay or a novel, and Artifice-Design is connected with so many excellent writers, all of whom are more than capable of creating such a tale. And Andy, besides having the necessary writing skills himself, is also connected with talented writers who call the subjects of "Will's" tale their own.
I think now would be a good time for me to say that you and Andy appear to have no involvement in this continuing saga, other than wanting to uncover "Will's" true identity. In that, we are all equally guilty. For any damage done to yours or Andy's reputation over my comments, please accept my sincerest apologies. Let me know if there's any way I can make it up to you.
I'm a pretty fair hand in Quark, P-Shop and Illustrator, if you think I need to work off my debt. (:^D)
PS I haven’t really had much time to follow this on other sites, are you saying Will is revealing info elsewhere? Could you highlight those sites, that would be interesting to me.
Again, for those who are following this story closely, one of the sites is not at all difficult to discover. There have already been quotes made online in another forum detailing the possibility -- unproven, at this point -- that the person(s) behind "Will's" tale may have tried to use that forum over a year ago, before approaching Andy and his Arcadia site late last year (2006).
I'm theorizing, from "Will's" actions, that the gap in time between that first approach (early 2006) and his contacting Andy (ten months or more) must have included at least one additional attempt to place his story online. Again, this is only a theory on my part.
Thanks for being so gentlemanly about this, Mark. When you have time, tell us more about your Egypt trip. I'm all ears.