Bethsheba Ashe is an INTJ, so sometimes things get weird.  In 2019 she was ranked among the top 0.5% of authors by Academia.edu. 
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My 'want to read' list

By Bethsheba Ashe posted August 22, 2019

I set out today to make a want to read list for myself.  I decided that I wanted to read more women non fiction authors (when I can finally afford books again).  

After some helpful suggestions from social media, I'd quickly compiled a list of my 'want to read' books.  I decided that I wanted to read more women authors who write specifically about the Torah, but that authough I wanted to read more books by women authors, I didn't want to read books written for women readers.  I didn't want to read books that felt constrained to express themselves in a stereotypical female centric manner.  I wanted to read mind's that had more freedom than that.  So I compiled a list of a handful of books, and then I started checking out the carousel "Customers also bought", that out of 66 suggested books, 15 had been authored by women. That is, out of the people who bought The Jewish Study Bible, 22% of them bought books by women, and 78% of them bought books by men.

To check the stats, I chose 'The Jewish Hebrew Bible' by Adele Berlin because it is number 7 in the Amazon charts for Hebrew Bible books (Best Sellers Rank: #26,695*). It's a best seller of it's category It looks like female authors are missing out of over half their share of the sales (28%) if gender equality equals 50%.

But might the numbers reflect the actual percentage of female authors in comparison to male authors? Are female authors 22% of all the non fiction authors writing in this category, and all's right and gender equitable in the world? Or are there many many female authors out there with wonderful books for sale who don't sell a single copy or whose rankings are too low to be included in the Amazon suggestion box? 

This is why I didn't want to get into feminist books. I start methodically and systematically counting the injustice and unfairness and getting myself inwardly furious!

My want to read list.

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* selling 5 to 15 books a day

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Do you see a pattern emerging here?

By Bethsheba Ashe postedAugust 22nd, 2019

When researcher Gerard Cheshire said he’d broken the cipher of the Voynich manuscript there were stories all over the newspapers about it. 15th-century manuscript with 'alien' characters finally decoded screamed Fox news. Years later his work was roundly debunked but at least he was given a fair hearing. He was read. He was taken seriously. His work was reviewed. Even if he was barking up the wrong tree, he was given a chance.  And that's how it should be.

When the absolute crackpot Michael Drosnin claimed to see code in the Bible predicting modern events, people took him seriously for a while too. He was news and his books still sell a respectable amount for such hokum drivel. Also debunked, but given his 5 minutes by the Press is the archeologist Phillip J. Silvia who claimed Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by an asteroid. Silvia's claim was based on yet another claim by Steven Collins who claimed that Sodom was located at Tall el-Hammam but this was disproved by Professors Bill Schlegel and Eugene Merril.

Although he doesn’t know the difference between gematria and numerology, a popular conspiracy theorist Zachery Hubbard claims the recent spate of American shootings over the last few years is coordinated by people who want the date of these events to correspond to some type of numerical code.  For some unknown reason Mr Hubbard also believes these shadowy figures conspire to fix major sporting events too.  Mr Hubbard is too low brow for anyone to spare the effort in actually debunking him, but nevertheless he attracts the attention of thousands of eager fans willing to buy into his ghoulish nonsense.

Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, Rabbi Kaduri, Pastor Jonathan Cahn have all received press coverage for their predictions of earthquakes, the coming of the messiah and the end of days. They may have been wackodoodleoutthere but they weren’t ignored.

So have you seen the pattern yet? No?

Let me tell you my story (since no one else will trouble you with it).

There is a numerical secret to the Bible. Ancient scribal authors used a form of gematria that was unknown until I rediscovered it in 2015. My discovery means that today I am able to uncover the hidden text of the bible. I can demonstrate that Genesis 1-2 was composed according to an alphabetic framework. I can show you the Wheel discussed by Ezekiel. I know what the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge actually was, and why the Bible says there was light even before God created the Sun, Moon and Stars. And I can teach you how I do all of this so you can unearth your own fresh discoveries from the Bible. I’ve even provided a special calculator so you have all the tools you need ready at hand. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Yeah, it is.

These are genuine groundbreaking discoveries backed by years of solid research. There’s just one problem. I have the wrong shape of genitals and therefore my discoveries are not worthy of reporting. Unlike all the people I mention above, I have an inny rather than an outie. That was the pattern. Despite sending out press releases and countless emails to reporters, I’ve had crickets in the way of press interest in my work. Nothing. Nada. Ziiiiiiiip.

It has also been a struggle to get reviews for my latest book (The Genesis Wheel). Men are much more likely to read male authors than female authors (90%/10%), so I realize that when my work is ignored it isn’t personal. It wouldn’t matter as long as women were reading me but unfortunately gematria is a subject that hasn’t shown up so far on the pink radar.

What feels completely wrong and unfair to me is that merely on the basis of my gender it is frequently assumed that my research must be less credible. After all, there are so many male experts on the subject and everyone knows that men do better research and write better non-fiction books… don’t they? So how can a woman find these things if a man has not? – goes the unconscious sexist rationale. In the minds of many men, there is as much likelihood of my work being kosher as there is in finding a unicorn on their lawn, and on the basis of this assumption a lot of men will not even give me a chance.

So that’s my story. I’m just another women with a major discovery that is going unnoticed and unacknowledged through her life because society really can’t stand it when women are better than men at anything except babies and feelings.

https://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Wheel-other-hermeneutical-essays-ebook/dp/B07TT4N5ZZ/

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Lament to Flash

By Bethsheba Ashe postedAugust 14, 2019

I wrote my first, and probably my last Flash swf just a few months ago.  I'd created a writing script (I called it Galay) that was both logographic and alphabetical, and I needed a keyboard to write it in.  Every key needed to be set according to the spatial positioning of the paths and palaces of the Seven Palaces.  So I designed the Galay keyboard to work in flash.  You can see it working here.  It's a complicated little program with thousands of lines of code, to produce a Galay typewriter.  You can write notes in it, and save them to Jpegs, and do with that... whatever you do with any other note.  But Adobe is killing flash in 2020.  Oh woe is me.  I'll never be able to recreate this code again with that new fangled version of Flash they have.  Why must they get rid of it?  Why can't it work side by side with Animate and HTML5?  Are Adobe just being cheapskates?  They're killing an entire writing script!  Ok.  That was a bit much, wasn't it? Lament to Flash, my paintbox of all interesting apps has descended into the electronic aether.  My Adobe have mercy upon your soul.  This is my funeral for the platform.  I shall have to find another way to make a Galay keyboard.  Perhaps I could do exciting things with an image map instead?  I'll look into it in 2020.  That's when I'll have time.  And I'm sure I speak for the 17% of us that still have websites running Flash.  Writing a Flash app can take a mountain of time and I'll sure be sad to see all that hard work go down the drain.

“It is well that you come here to whine over the desolation that you have made. You throw a torch into a pile of buildings, and when they are consumed you sit among the ruins, and lament the fall.”  ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: the Modern Prometheus.

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Making your own ARC page [Author talk]

By Bethsheba Ashe posted August 13th, 2019

Making a page for your Advance Review Copies isn't difficult and you can do it for free - saving you your hard earned royalty money.  With this tutorial you can design your own page by downloading a free website builder from Mobirise.  You'll also need to sign up for a free account with Pythonanywhere.com, as they will be hosting your Arc page for free.  Use your author name or the name of your new book as "your_user_name", because that is the address that will show in the URL.  For example; https://johnsmith.pythonanywhere.com.     

Mobirise is a flexible website editor with a drag and drop interface.  You can create mobile friendly websites in a few clicks, and best of all, it sends forms from your website directly to your email address.  This page was created with Mobirise and went live a few hours later.

Pythonanywhere.com gives you access to machines with a full Python environment already installed. You can develop and host your website directly from your browser without having to install software or manage your own server.

Step 1:  Once you have signed up for a free account with Pythonanywhere, its time to set up your Flask app.  This is the python program that will serve up your arc page to your readership.   The WEB tab links to a page with a button that says "+ Add a new web app".  Press that and select the option which says Flask.  Agree to the default settings, and voila, you should now have a webpage that says "Hello World".  Now its time to give your server some real content.

Step 2:  Install Mobirise and start working on your Arc page.  To make your page have the most  impact you'll need a picture of your cover or a book mockup.  I love the gorgeous mockups from Covervault.    You'll also need to customise one of their forms.  Instead of a field for a phone number, replace that with a Star Rating 1-5, and change the comment box to a review box.  Look for another element which has an email address and a download button.  We'll use this to collect your reader's email address and in return they'll be able to download your Arc into their eager hands.  To accomplish this we'll have to modify the html of your arc page, and do a little bit of tweaking to the server's set up, but first lets publish your new site to your local drive so we can upload it to Pythonanywhere.

Step 3:  Take a look at the local folder on your drive where you've saved your Mobirise page to.  You'll see a project file, your html page (which should be named arc.html if you specificed that with Mobirise) and a folder named 'assets'.  We need to recreate this folder on the server.  Go to FILES and select the folder 'mysite'.  Create a folder named 'templates' (using only small letters) and under 'templates' create another folder named 'assets'.  Under 'assets' you need to recreate the folder structure exactly as it is on your local drive, and then upload all of the css, js and other files into the correct folders.  Finally, upload the project file and your html page to the 'templates' folder.

Step 4:  Go back to the WEB tab, and look for the section which says  STATIC FILES.  Type in (without the quotes) "/assets/" under the URL heading, and "/home/your_user_name /mysite/templates/assets/" under the Directory heading.  Next we're going to tell our Flask_app.py what pages it should serve up.  Go to the FILES tab and under the mysite directory, open the file called flask_app.py for editing.  Delete everything in the current file and paste this code in instead, being careful to preserve all the tabs and spaces because Python is sensitive to such things.  

#! /usr/bin/python3.6

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

from flask import Flask, redirect, render_template, request, abort

app = Flask(__name__) 

app.config["DEBUG"] = True

@app.before_request 

def before_request():

    if not request.is_secure:

        url = request.url.replace("http://", "https://", 1)

        code = 301

        return redirect(url, code=code)

    if request.path != "/" and request.path != "/arc" and request.path != "/arc.html" :

        abort(403)

@app.route('/') 

@app.route('/arc')

@app.route('/arc.html')

def arc():

    return render_template("arc.html")

Save your file, and press Reload (the button with the circular arrows at the top right of the screen).  Your page should now be live, so go and check it.  If everything has worked so far it will be at:   https://your_user_name. pythonanywhere.com.

Step 5:  We still need to modify our html page.  Right now it will accept an email and a review but it won't allow the reader to download their Arc.  So go to FILES, 'mysite', 'templates' and open up the file called arc.html.  Look for this section in the code, and insert the BOLD characters.  You'll also need to replace the name (YOURARC) with the name of your PDF;

                        <div class="col-auto input-group-btn"><button type="submit" class="btn btn-success display-4" onclick=window.open("/yourarc.pdf"), '_blank' >Download Book</button></div>

  And the last task to do is to upload your arc.pdf to the "assets" folder.  And voila!  You have yourself a page for your Advance Review Copy, and whatever else happens you will know you gave your paper baby the very best start in life!  Good luck!  I hope your book finds favour in the savage lands of literature.  Feel free to contact me if you get stuck, or if you have any suggestions.  

DEMO ARC PAGE

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Note:  You use the code above at your own risk and I do not accept any responsibility for accidential or deliberate loss or damage to your site, your book, your reputation or whatever else.  These suggestions are written in good faith and intended to help fellow authors, but this is a very basic ARC page with minimal security to start you off.  I also wish to state that I am not affiliated nor paid by any of the companies mentioned in this guide. They're just my favourites. ~ Bethsheba.

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Welcome to my journal/thing.

By Bethsheba Ashe posted August 12, 2019
This... thing is for thoughts that don't merit an article, but that I want to journal anyway.  I did fb for years but I found it to be very distracting.  There'll be news about my publishing escapades right next door to snippets from my private meanderings, photographs, the odd story or poem...  you get the picture.  You're welcome to follow and comment but this is a space for me, so if you don't like some of the content, get back on your horse and adios!

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The Genesis Wheel & other hermeneutical essays

A preview of The Genesis Wheel was ranked in the top 0.5% of papers by academia.edu. This book is an exploratory romp around the biblical world that introduces a new paradigm to debunk the documentary hypothesis.

Presenting evidence that the creation story of Genesis was constructed upon an alphabetic framework, she demonstrates ancient scribal conventions and the elegant mathematical notation of biblical authors.

Chariot

If you want to know:
* How to recognize and use the gematria of the bible to interpret the text -
* Why the merkabah was hidden and kept secret -
* In what way the merkabah influenced modern kabbalah -
* How secret and fraternal societies have used the merkabah as the basis of their esoteric systems of magick -
* Why biblical gematria and the merkabah is important to the modern academic study of the ancient near east -
* And why understanding the merkabah may be crucial to the Israel/Palestinian conflict -
- then this book is for you.

Five: Adventure on Islay Island

Inspired by Enid Blyton, Five: Adventure on Islay Island, is a 40,000 word picturesque murder ‎mystery adventure with a cryptographic twist to the plot.‎

Students Avery, Emily, James and their cousin Sunniva were all set for a ‎summer of sun, sand and lashings of marijuana by the beach, but when their Uncle ‎Heston is found murdered in the study it’s clear that an old fashioned adventure is in ‎progress.‎

As James put it “I rather think the only way we’re going to ‎get through this with our sanity intact is by the virtue of a ‎copious amount of weed”. ‎

Aleister Crowley's Secret Temple

This second edition of Aleister Crowley's Secret Temple is more informative and has been updated to reflect the major discoveries made by the author in the last few years.  It takes a close look at the ciphers, puzzles and cryptograms of the Book of the Law and other A.'.A.'. texts, and solves them.

When Crowley once referred to a secret yet "complete qabalistic system of greater depth and sublimity than any other" - he meant the Merkabah of the A.'.A.'.