A Genie is Out of His Lamp and Lives Among Us…

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Teresa leaves her fiance for a new man that she doesn’t realize is part of a secret cult of genies. She eventually discovers the truth about her new beau and now members of the sect want her dead to preserve the secrecy of their cult.

 

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Book Review From a Historian’s Perspective – The Testament of Solomon

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

Everyone is familiar with the Song of Songs in the Bible; however, The Testament of Solomon is a little more obscure.  It is considered a non-canonized version of Solomon’s life and it covers the topic of Solomon’s magic more extensively than the scriptures do.

Is this person an authority on the subject?

The version of the book I read was translated by F.C. Conybeare but it is ascribed to King Solomon, son of David.  Since it was supposedly written by King Solomon himself, the author is definitely an authority on the subject.

What do peers think of this body of work?

This book is not a part of the Old Testament but is associated with with that period.  It was not included in the canon but it does give insight into Solomon’s life outside of what’s included in the Song of Songs in the Old Testament.  The Testament of Solomon was not canonized as a religious text so I believe it is left to assume that this body of work is not really taken seriously, at least from a religious standpoint.

Does the writer remain objective?

The entire book is subjective.

Are the writer’s sources reliable?

There are no resources since this book is attributed to King Solomon – allegedly his own words.

Overall Impression of the Book

This book is a simple tale that is probably not as interesting as Biblical or Koranic interpretations of the life of King Solomon.  However, it does seem to be the only source of insight into how the Temple was built – allegedly by the demons Solomon controlled using his ring known as the seal, or Pentalpha.  The book even includes a confession by King Solomon about his fall from grace from the Lord of Israel due to his involvement with women who practiced idol worship.

The Testament of Solomon was a quick and easy read but I get the impression that the book has no authority whatsoever.  I’ll admit that this would have been a good book to read when I wrote my first book, The Vital Sacrifice, because it delves deeper into the mystical and magical aspects of Solomon’s life that are rarely seen in religious texts.  But, outside of exploring magic, this piece of work is not something that I would recommend as a serious work to study.

 

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Sometimes The Grass Isn’t Greener on The Other Side – It’s Undead

Ali does all that he can to get Teresa’s attention but he is unsuccessful.  After an unfortunate turn of events with Teresa and her fiance, Ali finally gets his chance.  However, as things begin to sizzle between Teresa and Ali, she will find out things about Ali that will make her wish never invited him into her world.

 

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Part II: The Making of The Vital Sacrifice – Creating a Mythical Secret Society

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

As you may recall from my previous blog topic, Part I: The Making of The Vital Sacrifice – The Invisible Race of Djinn, I developed my main character, Ali, as a Djinn.  After developing his character and my female character who becomes his lover, I had a big question mark looming over my story: “Why should audiences care about these two people’s relationship?”  Over the years of learning writing and screenwriting, I discovered that if there is no conflict, there is no story.  I knew that I had my two main characters, but now was the time to add conflict to their lives — and lots of it.

I formed the overarching conflict in my novel developing Ali’s character.  As you know by reading or from my previous post, Ali is a paranormal creature but I had to develop a world around him that would make him off limits to my female character, Teresa.  I did this by creating a Order of Djinns that he belongs to who play by specific rules that they themselves created in order to avoid conflict with humans.  One major no-no is for them is not to have too much involvement with humans and settling down into relationships with women is strictly forbidden, not just because of the rules of the Order but also because these men never age.  Thus, too much involvement with anyone over a period of time will cause people to wonder why they never age.  This is why they must live their lives in secrecy.

I also created the Order because I wanted to explore the topic of secret societies.  My research in this area over the years intrigued me and therefore, I wanted my characters to formulate their own secret society.  I studied about secret societies but much of the information that I discovered seemed originate with King Solomon.  His magical powers seem to be the cornerstone of all secret societies.  I delved into the Biblical and Koranic interpretations of King Solomon and other books about Solomon’s magic in order to build my secret mythical society of genie men.

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How Useful Are Your Post-It Notes?

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

Do you use Post-It notes? I find them repulsive because even though they are meant to keep me organized, they end up looking like a bunch of colorful clutter with words on them that are obscure or obsolete once I go back to review them. Their original intended use may not work well for me, but I have discovered the perfect use for them within my writing process. I am currently working on the sequel to my novel, The Vital Sacrifice. I was pleased with the finished product of my first novel, but I admit that I wasn’t very organized in the writing process the first time around. Since I have many more books to research and write soon, I thought it would be a good idea develop a writing routine that I can apply to each of my projects so that I won’t get tangled up in the production process.

One way that I have planned to keep my book layout and writing plan on track is a technique that I learned in a screenwriting class. Excellent screenwriters (film writers) lay out their scenes using index cards. They usually lay the cards out on the floor or they may have a large cork board on which they pin the index cards.  This method of organization allows them to move scenes around easily if and when they need to make changes to the script before they start writing the screenplay.

While most screenwriters use the index card method, I have found that using the poster board and Post-It notes method is more convenient. I find this process very useful and satisfying because I can see everything that needs to happen in my book scenes laid out in front of me, similar to an outline. Unlike an outline, it is easier to move scenes around as I change my mind about the storyline. Also, having the Post-It notes on poster board is great because, as all you writers know, we need a change of scenery sometimes and this is a light, convenient thing to carry around the house or around the world.

I’m not sure what your approach to writing is but I usually start by laying my book out in acts or parts.  I create a Post- It for each of the acts and put those on the poster board.  From there, I start filling in scenes under each part.   I have moved scenes and gotten rid of them by just moving a Post-It note.  Once I am comfortable with all the things laid out in my acts, I then group scenes together to formulate a chapter.  But I loosely create chapters at this point because I don’t want to restrict my creative process too much. The goal with my poster board and Post-It note method is getting organized enough to avoid writer’s block.

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