Volcanoes are among the most amazing natural events on earth. They play a large part in Awakening of the Beast, the sequel in the Beast series. To make volcanoes come alive, I’ve put together a photo essay on volcanic eruptions. Double-click the pictures to expand them.
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
Greek Fire plays an important part in Awakening The Beast. It was such a devastating weapon that the recipe was a closely guarded secret. Actually, the secret was so well kept that the formula was lost and never rediscovered. Below is an excerpt from an online article about Greek Fire from www.lordsandladies.org/.
…There are several possible] formulas for creating Greek Fire. Some accounts suggest that petroleum and oil were used as an ingredient. Other … formulas which seems far more likely include a combination… of ingredients such as Quicklime, Saltpeter, Bitumen, Sulphur, Resin and Pitch. … This terrifying fiery substance stuck like glue to almost any surface and was nearly impossible to extinguish except with sand, salt, or urine. Throwing water alone on Greek Fire only fanned the flames. The history of Greek Fire [dates] back to the 7th century and was first used against the Arabs at their siege of Constantinople of 673. [Greek Fire was used in land and sea battles against the Arabs with devastating results.] Continue reading
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
QUOTES FROM AWAKENING THE BEAST
Awakening the Beast, the sequel to Soul of the Beast, has been completed. It answers all the unanswered questions in the first book. Awakening the Beast is currently being prepared for publishing on Amazon.com. Below are quotes from the book and a taste of what the book offers.
I will take your hearts. Then you will watch as I offer your gifts to my god.
Fool, you say the words, but you do not understand.
It was like a monster engulfing the ship.
We cannot wait …We must save ourselves.
When there’s only one choice, you choose it.
I cannot explain what I do not understand.
In the desert, to share water is to share life.
That was never my destiny.
Like a sea of locusts, they devour everything in their path.
Her body moved in and out of curves to music only she could hear, music her face said was beautiful beyond words. Continue reading
What is Archeology?
Archeology is the study of ancient cultures and people. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia.
Archeology… is the recovery and [study of what ancient cultures left behind. This includes bones, pieces of pottery, statues, figurines, buildings, pictures.] Archeology studies human prehistory and history from the development of the first stone tools… 4 million years ago up until recent decades.
Excavations were also carried out in the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both of which had been covered by ashes during the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. …[the towns were complete with] utensils… human shapes,and ancient frescos, (wall paintings)…
Development of the archeological method
William Flinders Petrie… was the first to scientifically investigate the Great Pyramid in Egypt … Petrie developed the system of dating layers based on pottery and ceramic findings…[and trained] a whole generation of Egyptologists, including Howard Carter who went on to [discover] the tomb of… pharaoh Tutankhamun…
The first… excavation to reach wide popularity [was the discovery] of ancient Troy…by Heinrich Schliemann…Archaeology became a professional activity in the first half of the 20th century [when it became] possible to study archaeology as a subject in universities … By the end of the 20th century nearly all professional archaeologists, at least in developed countries, were graduates.
THE ART OF WAR by SUN TZU , the ancient Chinese master of war, plays an important part in Awakening The Beast, second in the Beast book series. There was a recent blog about Sun Tzu. Now you can read excerpts from his book, The Art of War.
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
If [the enemy] is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he [has] superior strength, evade him.
Pretend to be weak, that [the enemy] may grow arrogant.
If [the enemy] is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.
There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
Bring war materials with you from home, but forage on the enemy… One cartload of the enemy’s provisions is equivalent to twenty of one’s own.
In chariot fighting, when ten or more chariots have been taken, our own flags should be substituted for those of the enemy, and the chariots mingled and used in conjunction with ours. The captured soldiers should be [treated] kindly… This is called, using the conquered foe to augment one’s own strength.
The camel plays an important role in Awakening the Beast. They are unique animals that can survive in the extreme heat of the desert for long periods of time without water. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia on the subject:
Camels are [a hooved animal with] distinctive fatty deposits [on their backs] known as “humps”. [There are two types-] the dromedary, or one-humped camel …of the Middle East and … Africa; and the bactrian, or two-humped camel … [of] Central Asia. Both species have been domesticated; they provide milk, meat, [and hair for cloth]. [They] are working animals with tasks ranging from human transport to bearing loads.
The term “camel” is derived [from a] Hebrew [word [meaning] going without… This refers to [the animal’s] ability to go without food or water …
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: