"Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?" The internet widely attributes this quote to Groucho Marx, but the gist of the joke is that the line was spoken by Chico Marx, while dressed as Groucho. In a movie (Duck Soup, 1933). In other words, you cannot trust what you see or... Continue Reading →
Fire of Norea Novel Excerpt: The Undying Man
In this excerpt of Fire of Norea, from "1992", a young man named Clint unfortunately got lost in the woods of West Virginia and, more unfortunately, has been found by a witch and her kin: Clint dangled from the rafters of the barn, a thick length of woven hemp twine wrapped around his wrists and shoulders.... 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 →
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 →
Norea’s only three years old, but Jeremiah was also a child
Bill slowly sighed. "We all have that power in us, don't we? To build up or destroy the people around us with merely a word." Mr. M smiled wryly. "I'm quite sure I do not know what you're talking about, Mr. Roberts." Bill met his gaze. "The prophet Jeremiah said that when God came to... Continue Reading →
It’s official: 2014 NaNoWriMo winner!
51,779 words written for Fire of Norea: From Ashes in the month of November. Even though I was within 500 words of completing my goal last Wednesday, I wanted to complete the scene I was working on. I relaxed, enjoyed the holiday with my wife and son, and then spent some time the last two days... Continue Reading →
Wow, what a feeling. I've never "won" NaNoWriMo before (50,000 words written in the month of November for National Novel Writing Month). I've been working on my novel for roughly four years and this is the third year I've participated in NaNoWriMo. The problem has always been that I was still doing research for my... Continue Reading →
NaNoWriMo nearly finished!
Sorry, I know it's been a while since I've posted a blog...well, okay, no one's sorry about that, are they? I blog to increase web presence for my novel, so, when it's finished, I'll have resources, complete with history, in place to advertise my product. Good news today, however! A reason to blog! I've been... Continue Reading →