At the time of the Beast series, the British Empire had divisions between the social classes that were like impenetrable walls. A person remained in the class into which she or he was born. Members of the upper social classes generally saw those in the lower classes as inferior and deserving of the struggles that came with their lower status.
John Sexton was born into the Knight class of the British social structure. Mick Kelley’s father and family were in the laborer class, the lowest class. It is sad to say, but without the extreme circumstances in his life, John would never have become mates with Mick or Zhong. There would have been no interaction between them.
Below are excerpts from Wikipedia that list the social classes of Great Britain in 1886. Continue reading
Tigers Live In the Himalayan Mountains as well as rain forests, evergreen forests, mangrove swamps, grasslands, savannas, and temperate forests.
[Tigers are the] largest of all the Asian big cats…tigers typically hunt alone and depend primarily on sight and sound rather than smell …to stalk prey. A tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time…tigers give birth to 2-3 cubs every 2-2.5 years. If all the cubs in one litter die, a second litter may be produced within 5 months.
These writing tips are from an unusual source; a guy who studied nothing but science in college and never had an English or writing course (other than the mandatory Freshman English). I also never seriously wrote anything until I was in my 30’s. I have written four novels, and one of them, Soul of the Beast, has been published by both Clemson University Digital Press and Amazon.com.
Now on to my TIPS…
Have a story worth telling.
Write what you want to write.
Write about what you know. If you don’t know something, you can learn about it. (i.e.-Google it) Continue reading
WHAT IS THE BRITISH EMPIRE?
The British Empire is the world of Soul of the Beast, and the greatest empire on earth in its day . Below are excerpts from an online article about the empire from New World Encyclopedia. Click the link to read the full article.
The British Empire is the most extensive empire in world history and for a time was the foremost global power. …By 1921, the British Empire ruled a population of [approximately 500] million people… one-quarter of the world’s population. It covered about 14.3 million square miles [which is], about a quarter of Earth‘s total land area. …The British Empire was… “the empire on which the sun never sets” …[because] the empire’s span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous colonies.
WAS CALCUTTA POVERTY REALLY THAT BAD?
The main characters in Soul of the Beast travel to Calcutta, India and experience the extreme poverty that still exists today. When someone says the poor of America are rich compared with Calcutta, Americans often scoff. But Mother Theresa knew this was true and spent her life giving comfort to the poor of Calcutta. Below are excerpts from an online article on the subject by Backpacking Tips Asia:
India is an amazing country to travel in …But unfortunately, the poverty [ in India is overwhelming.] Poverty can roughly be divided into absolute poverty, [what we see in India] or relative poverty [what we see in the United States].
Absolute poverty is what you see on television … when they show skinny children from… Africa…the absolute poverty line is $1.25 per day.In other words, if a person is living on $1.25 or less per day, that person is living in absolute poverty. Continue reading
This is a Photo Tour Through Israel. The photo above is a tomb and one of two possible places where Jesus was placed after His crucifixion. My wife and I visited in April 2012. Israel is smaller than most states but packed with history and significance. Photos can’t capture the power of walking the ground or seeing the sites for yourself. Click on the photos below to enlarge them.
SLAVERY- In Soul of the Beast, John and his mates are captured and taken somewhere to be sold as slaves. What is a slave?
The usual concept of a slave is someone who is owned by another person and treated much like we would a horse or a dog. That is not saying a slave is no better than a horse or dog because all humans have infinite value. But the similarity of a slave’s treatment to animals is a terrible truth. The slave has no rights and must do anything the slave owner tells him or her to do. The owner can punish the slave as often and as severely as he or she chooses. The owner can kill the slave for any and no reason. Using this definition, many people throughout history were in fact slaves even though history and society called them something else:
Himalayan monks play a huge part in the Beast Series. This is part of the collection of monk photos I assembled during my research for the books. The collection is extensive and very interesting. The photos come from National Geographic and other online sources. To see the rest of the photos, click here: MONK PHOTOS.
John Sexton is a central character of Soul of the Beast and the person who tells the story. He was born into an aristocratic British family and grew up with all the benefits of wealth and social status. His life was perfect until the Curse began.
The Curse. One by one, the adult men of the Sexton family die mysteriously. After the last Sexton adult man dies, the sons die on the first day of their eighteenth year. John Sexton is the next to turn eighteen. With his doom just months away, John attempts to escape his fate by sailing to South Africa and hiding among the gold fields.
David is John’s mate and the son of a poor South African farmer. He has a claim in the gold fields near John’s. When miners attempt to kill John, David fights them off and saves John’s life. The two become mates and work their claims together. When John sails to Australia, David goes along to protect him.
Mick Kelly is another of John’s mates. He is the son of an Irish convict sentenced to ten years of forced labor in Australia. Mick’s mother and father both die, and he is forced to live on the streets of Derby. Mick teaches himself to read and, with his street smarts, becomes a reporter for the local newspaper. Mick says, “A good reporter knows where the bodies are buried.”
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