Rome wasn’t built in a day: why you DO have a novel (or any other enormous project) in you!

I've been working on the Fire of Norea series for...sigh...how long, now? Four years? In a way, it's sad to think it's been so long. On the other hand, I'm working on (at least) a trilogy, and I love intricately woven plots, so I've spent quite a lot of time on the "world building" phase,... Continue Reading →

That Time I Met Satan, A Character Of My Own Imagining…

In the Hebrew Bible, he was simply Satan, but rarely that. In apocryphal (non-canonical) literature, Jewish writers referred to him as Sammael, Asmodeus, Satanael, Belial or Beelzebub. Later Christians called him "the Devil" and then "Lucifer." Folk tales of the Middle Ages gave him names like Old Horny, Old Hairy, Black Bogey, Lusty Dick, Gentleman Jack,... Continue Reading →

Back to novel writing! 

  I earned my master's degree in Religious Studies with a near perfect GPA last week and then headed out west to visit the desert with one of my closest friends. I'm back to writing for Norea today, excited to get some new fiction under my belt. The next scene is Norea, 10 years old,... Continue Reading →

Getting my Masters Degree: “Write What You Know”

   I'm about to graduate with a degree in Religious Studies. Thursday, I submitted the final paper of my graduate degree: this one an attempt to salvage the reputation of second century Alexandrian Christian (often called "gnostic") Valentinus from the heresiological reports of Church Fathers like Irenaeus and the resulting orthodox historical narrative that shapes... Continue Reading →

Fever dreams

My family has been sick lately, including myself. This keeps me from doing one of the things I love so much about life: writing. Sorry I've been away. What little concentration I've had available for the craft has been focused on my novel, and I now have a backlog of notes for blogs. (Backblogs??) My... Continue Reading →

Self-reflection as Creation in Apocryphon of John

Apocryphon of John contains one of the most complete and detailed narrations of a gnostic cosmogony, explaining how the invisible and visible realms emanated from the original monad in a highly sophisticated narrative. The tractate takes the form of the popular "apocryphal acts of the apostles," after the Greek "romances", pseudepigrapha attributed to the disciple John,... Continue Reading →

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