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 →
Aleph-Tav and language as the foundation of Creation
Rabbi Rachel Goodman, a friend of Bill Roberts, explains to young Norea: "Rabbi Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezritch wrote in Or Torah that the Hebrew letters were created first, before anything else. This is the meaning of the 'Aleph-Tav': it is the alphabet from which all creation has sprung! Creation is made of language. We know... 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 →
Is there a mirror universe where Time runs backwards?
Recently, NOVA ran a program on the possibility that the Big Bang created both the Universe we know and a "mirror Universe," in which Time runs in reverse. It's a fascinating program. You can see it here. I have explored something similar in the cosmology of the Fire of Norea trilogy, which I can only hint... Continue Reading →
Angelology in “Fire of Norea”
This blog contains excerpts and commentary from the developing the novel, beginning with "excerpt 1": Fire of Norea: From Ashes, first excerpt. A new blog will be published periodically, up until publication. Please leave feedback, this is a work in progress! Thank you for your interest. For more information, please visit our Official Fire of Norea Facebook Page,... 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 →