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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 194, more Documents Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

21 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 194, more Documents Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  So, if you didn't already guess, I teach classes in the scientific method, the legal historical method, and logic.  You can find my classes on You-tube. 

The first evidentiary test is the bibliographical test.  This test relates to the quality and accuracy of the text itself.  It really doesn't tell us anything about the contents or claims of the document.  However, claims of authenticity go down sharply when a document that has been entirely unknown suddenly appears.  Numerous manuscript copies that are close to the original define the authenticity--that lack brings the document's antecedents quickly into question. 

There are two other evidentiary tests.  The next is the internal test.  The internal test looks at the document's claims and contents.  All written evidence must pass the bibliographical tests.  Once it has passed that test, a document claims are accepted unless contradicted.  So, if a document claims to be a first person account, it is always accepted as a first person account unless there is another overriding claim or problem.  For example, a document that passes the bibliographical tests, but has internal contradictions or incoherent parts might be rejected to a degree.  Remember, if the document passes the bibliographical tests, it must have some strength as an historical document.  A document such as the Egyptian Book of the Dead is a book with good bibliographical antecedents.  We have 7 extant copies that are all wildly variant.  They are from different eras.  They do not claim to be historical but rather to be spells used by the dead to enter the afterlife.  In this regard, the Egyptian Book of the Dead is a quatriary source.  It is not history in any way shape or form.

On the other hand, Marcus Aurelius' Meditations is a primary source document that does recount some miracles and sacrifices.  It is considered a primary historical document.  We have a few copies and those are about 1000 years from the original.  It internally claims to have been written by Marcus Aurelius and also that it is a history of his thoughts.  There is another test for historical documents.       

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 193, Documents Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

20 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 193, Documents Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  All documents in antiquity are judged by a process that can be used for all evidence.  This process allows the historian to grade and qualify historical evidence.  As I mentioned, all documents in antiquity go through this process, however any piece of evidence can be judged using it.  There are three steps in validating historical documents.  The first is the bibliographical test.

The bibliographical test measures the quality and the accuracy of the document that we have.  Usually, the bibliographical test is only applied to manuscripts.  Manuscripts are hand-written originals or copies of documents.  The method can also be used for printed documents.  In the bibliographical test, we look first at the number and type of manuscripts that have been passed down to us.  The most important thing that most people don't know is that there are no extant originals of any document written in antiquity.  All the documents we have are copies.  Antiquity is variously defined as from about 700 to 1400 AD.  700 is when we begin to get some originals.  1400 is when the printing press came into use.  The number of manuscripts allows us to compare the differences between copies to determine the most accurate and approximate original.  For most documents in antiquity, we have only one copy.  That's too bad, but that's the way it goes. 

The second bibliographical test is the nearness of the copies to the original.  If the earliest copy is only 200 years from when the document was originally written, this is considered excellent.  The average time of the earliest copy to the original in time is 1000 years.  That's too bad too.  Here's how the bibliographical test is used.  Josephus' Wars has about 51 copies extant.  The earliest copy is about 900 years from the original written in the first century.  Compare that to the book of Luke.  There are over 200 copies extant of the book of Luke.  The earliest copy is about 200 years displaced from the original.  Both of these documents were written in the first century.  Josephus is a secondary to tertiary witness, while Luke is a primary to secondary witness.  Compare these to Pliny the Youngers History which is a tertiary document with 3 copies and about 900 years from the original.

Your history professor should be giving you this data for every primary, secondary, and tertiary source she/he uses in your classroom.  And remember, a tertiary source is not considered good history unless there are no other sources.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 192, Documents Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

19 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 192, Documents Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  Did you notice that though I started with the most direct evidence: photos, videos, and recordings, it became very clear very quickly that without context, they weren't worth much.  The context for all of this evidence is written.  You can guess then that the most important evidence is written documentation.  In general, the evidence is just called documents.  Documents give context and record details.  Documents are relatively difficult to fake--although they can be faked.  Documents can be used to demonstrate the evidentiary tests that are used for all evidence.  I'll get to that tomorrow.

Remember, we look at evidence in terms of primacy of witness.  A document can be a primary, a secondary, a tertiary, and I add in the quatriary source.  If you have an eyewitness account of anything in history, that is primary. If it is from an eyewitness, but by another source, it is secondary (the report of an eyewitness).  If it is anything else in history, it is tertiary--a history book is a tertiary witness and worthless for historical evidence.  Quatriary means fiction or opinion--about the same thing in terms of history.  As an historical fiction author, I'd like to point out, that although a tertiary witness is not good for historical research, a well researched historical fiction or history book can provide excellent information in a palatable format.  That's one of the reasons I write historical fiction--to make history entertaining to my readers.  I just don't want anyone to get the wrong idea about the value of a tertiary witness.  

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 191, more Witness Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

18 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 191, more Witness Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  Once you determine the primacy of witness for the evidence, then you can begin to determine the truth about something that happened in history.  Evidence comes in many varieties.  Some of the best evidence are videos, photos, and recordings.  As long as these can be corroborated as accurate and the individuals identified on them, they can be near perfect records of the past.  Unfortunately, they only have existed for a little more than a hundred years (photos a little longer), and they are easy to fake--especially now.  Photos and recordings don't usually give a story--only a part of a story.  They tend to be incomplete in ways other evidence is not.  Videos are good, but they also have a problem of reference.  When viewing a photograph, have you ever wished to see more?  Have you wanted to see behind the camera or at another angle?  When viewing a video, have you wondered what was going on outside the video?  What was going on behind the scenes?  Recordings have the same problem from the standpoint of sound--just what is that sound outside the reference of the scene?  Where is the recording being made?

The important information for photos, video, and recordings is context.  Context is critical.  The context for all of these either comes on the record itself or in words attached to the record.  For example, the caption on a photo, the identification or introduction of a recording or video, or the document attached to the recording or video.  In every case, it is the words either attached or part of the record that gives context and brings understanding to the record.  This documentation is the greatest basis for all evidentiary records.   

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Friday, October 17, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 190, Witness Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

17 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 190, Witness Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The primacy of witness is the first and most important test of the legal-historical method.  If you understand this method, you can understand historical proof.  Historians don't use anything except primary and secondary documents--at first.  Once they understand the times, they may move to tertiary documents from the time (or later) to see what other historians thought about the period and then to quatriary documents (from the time) to gain an appreciation for the period. 

For example, Oliver Twist is not a good historical document.  It is a good document for understanding what a person thought during the time and to understand what people were willing to spend money to read--at the time.  It is a source more about people's thoughts and commercial ideas rather than any information about the culture or times.  It is not a record of history, but it is a source for some historical information--mostly opinion.  That doesn't mean it is not a good document to get a feel for the times, but any historian will recognize it is not a history but an opinion.  It is only the opinion of one person.  It doesn't represent the era or the ideas of the average or the not so average person.

This is indeed a problem in looking at the wrong documents in time.  For example, the writers during an historical period many times come from a single strata of the society.  In ancient Greece, the writers were mainly men from the upper class.  In ancient Japan, the writers were women from the noble class.  Today, many writers come from the very educated class.  In the Victorian era, many successful writers were upper to middle class women.  The Victorian era was definitely not an era of dead white men as writers, and neither is the modern era. 

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 189, Tertiary proof Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

16 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 189, Tertiary proof Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The first test of a Legal-Historical method proof is the primacy of witness.  Witnesses are judged as primary (eye witness), secondary (hearsay witness), and tertiary (everything else).  A tertiary witness is everything else.  That means that every history book you have ever read is a tertiary witness.  That means that everything that isn't directly from an eyewitness (either direct or hearsay) is a tertiary witness.  A tertiary witness has almost no value in history.  Every history book you have ever read is considered a poor historical witness.  Historians never use a tertiary witness--let me rephrase that--good historians never use a tertiary witness. 

Good historians take and use only primary and secondary witnesses (documents) in the development of history.  Unfortunately, there are not a lot of primary and secondary witnesses.  Most documents from the past are tertiary. 

I'll write more about this, but before I move on, let me mention one more category.  I also note a quatriary category.  This is a document completely removed from history.  For example, a document that purports to be history can be considered primary, secondary, or tertiary.  A document that has no direct connection to history, I call a quatriary witness.  This is a document that is opinion or fiction.  These documents have value to historians and can be studied for their historical value.  For example, the Egyptian Book of the Dead is a book of spells to be used by the dead to enter the afterlife.  This is a quatriary document--of no value as direct history, but of value as historical information on the ideas of the Egyptians.  An opinion piece from a paper or Oliver Twist are both quatriary.  They are the opinions of a person in history and not necessarily historical.  You can judge all documents and witnesses in history as: primary, secondary, tertiary, or quartriary.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 188, proof Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

15 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 188, proof Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  In using the Legal-Historical method, we look for witnesses and evidence.  When studying witnesses and evidence, using the Legal-Historical method, we rate witnesses and evidence in terms of primacy.  Primacy is a measure of the closeness of the witness and the evidence.  We measure this witness specifically by the closeness of the witness and the evidence.  A witness (or evidence) that is an eye witness (or the record of an eyewitness)--a direct witness to an event in history is called a primary witness.  A primary witness is always the best witness and is considered the highest level of witness.  One very important rule in the Legal-Historical method is that primary witnesses are always considered better than any other witness.  Primary witnesses are always considered of equal weight unless one is proven to be wrong by other primary evidence or witness.  A primary witness is always considered more accurate than any lesser witness.  By the way, it is significantly difficult to disprove a primary witness.

The next level of witness is called secondary.  A secondary witness is called a hearsay witness.  A hearsay witness is the record of a witness who interviewed or heard the information from a primary witness.  In a court of law, hearsay witness is not allowed.  In history, many times the best witness we have is a secondary witness.  The most common secondary witness is a newspaper report.  Bet you didn't know that a newspaper report is considered less accurate than any primary witness, and that it is hearsay evidence.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 187, still more Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

14 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 187, still more Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  Although the example I gave yesterday was all about a trial, the Legal-Historical method can be used to prove any event in history.  Let's put it another way, the Legal-Historical method is used to prove historical events.  Some events have fewer witnesses or evidence than others, so you can't prove every event, but you can prove any event that has sufficient evidence and witnesses.  This is true of a trial as well.  Sometimes it is impossible for the state to prove a crime beyond a shadow of a doubt--this level of evident and witness is true of other historical events.

In history, those things that are not recorded are the every day and the ones everyone knows.  I ask my classes all the time if they could reproduce any church service based only on the information in the churches prayer book and their bulletin.  The answer is always no.  There is not enough documentation to describe the entire service as it is enacted by the people and the pastor (priest). This is largely true of any religious service.  This is largely true of any led, hosted, or directed event.  I use this church example because it is an easy one for most people to understand.

In history, we would like to know how each of these daily or weekly occurrences took place.  Today, we have videos of services, so a historian can recount them and understand them.  In the past, there is usually less documentation that today.  The point is, that for even relatively simple and yet important events, like a religious service, we don't have enough data in history to perfectly reconstruct it.  Historians wish we could.  The understanding of religion and religious events in history is very important to the understanding of a people.    

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Monday, October 13, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 186, more Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

13 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 186, more Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The Legal-Historical method is the method used to convict people of crimes and to prove historical accuracy.  It is also used to document all scientific data.  The Legal-Historical method is sometimes called the documentary method, because it is the means of recording (documenting) history and historical fact.

The method relies on witness, evidence, and corroboration.  Very simply, the better the witness, the better the evidence, and the better the corroboration between witnesses and evidence, the more accurate (factual and true) the information.  I'll discuss each area individually, but imagine a trial.  In the trial, the lawyers present evidence, witnesses, and cross-examine the witnesses (evaluate the evidence) to make their cases.  In most cases, contrary to what you might see on the boob tube, the evidence against the accused is usually very damning.  This is why you rarely hear about most trials--only if there is odd or controversial evidence or witnesses.  Plus, in the US, many trials are about discounting or having evidence sequestered.  In other countries, the trial is about finding the truth and not just about innocence or guilt.  My point is that by comparing witnesses and evidence, one can usually easily come to the correct (and truthful) conclusion.  For example, Billy took a knife to a bar, and Billy said he would kill Jack at the bar.  Billy finds Jack at the bar, attacks, and plunges a knife into him.  You have witnesses who heard Billy's claims.  You have witnesses who saw the knife in Billy's hand.  You have the knife.  You have witnesses who said they saw Billy attack Jack.  Based on this evidence and witnesses, you could conclude that Billy attacked and stabbed Jack.  This might seem like a no-brainer, but this is the essence of the Legal-Historical method.  

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 185, Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

12 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 185, Legal-Historical Method and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The scientific method can only be used to prove repeatable events; however, most events are not repeatable.  Almost everything in the natural world is bound by time and only occurs once.  For example, a person is only born once.  A person only dies once.  I can use the scientific method to study births and deaths, but not to study a birth or a death.  All I can do for singular non-repeatable events is to record and describe them.  This is how the Legal-Historical method got its name--it is first about historical events and documenting them in a fashion that they meet a legal criteria.

The Legal-Historical method is used to document everything.  It is used to prove non-repeatable events.  The proof comes in the form of evidence.  For example, the evidence of your birth might be a birth certificate.  The certificate itself might be enough of a legal document to prove your birth.  A historian would evaluate the certificate in terms of the signatories, the material (paper), the date, the evident age of the materials, the information on the certificate.  The historian could go further and research the time of your birth.  She could compare your certificate with others from the same time.  The historian could check and find the original or the record of your certificate.  Each of these are bits of Legal-Historical evidence that becomes the proof of your birth at a specific time, place, to specific people, etc.  The Legal-Historical method is the most powerful means of proof--and it is the least taught.  It is the means that the court system uses to convict people of crimes and it is used by the government to document your wrong-doing and your tax payments.  The Legal-Historical method is the most important means to prove truth--we shall look at it in some depth.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 184, Spidey Sense, Logic, Data, and Scientific Sources Ideas and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

11 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 184, Spidey Sense, Logic, Data, and Scientific Sources Ideas and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The scientific method can only be used to prove repeatable events, so every scientist and researcher needs to keep their spidey sense going to spot the evidence of the misuse of science and the scientific method.  Spidey sense is what I call it for my students.  If something doesn't make sense in either, the use of the scientific method, the data, the means of data collection, the logic of the science itself, then there is likely something wrong with the paper.  I mentioned some great examples in the last few days.  There are many many more.  Lawyers and politicians use science today to try to prove their own populist or not so populist positions.  It is as if they were trying to prove the earth is flat to prevent exploration or to call some silly idea settled.  There is very little in science that is fully settled.  In my own field, there is no complete agreement on the mechanisms of lift production.  Lift is produced by Bernoulli, F=ma, and momentum turning flow.  Which is more powerful and which dominate--it depends on the situation.  Bernoulli doesn't work at all on a symmetrical wing--whoops.  The NASA website claims Bernoulli is the way lift is produced--is NASA wrong?  Yeap, NASA is wrong.  In reality, NASA wants to simplify the subject for the less educated in the field of aerodynamics.  On a symmetrical wing, F=ma is one of the main means of lift production, but even that doesn't explain all the lift, so we have momentum turning flow at the leading edge.

So, if you want to study aeronautics, don't depend on NASA.  If you want to study the atom, all those atomic models you learned so long (or short) ago, are simplifications.  You see, when you are young and or uneducated, someone determined that less knowledge of science was better than complete understanding.  So kids in Harvard don't understand why there are seasons on the earth and can't describe an electrical circuit.  Children today know how to put on a condom, but don't have any idea why--if you don't believe me, just ask an average one.  The smart ones don't need condoms.  Unfortunately, the smart ones need a better scientific education than they are getting.  Well perhaps they'll learn at Harvard--not.  Just keep your spidey sense going and learn all you can about the subject you are writing about.  There is another tool we use to know truth, and this one relates directly to writing and learning--the Legal-Historical method.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Friday, October 10, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 183, more Logic, Data, and Scientific Sources Ideas and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

10 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 183, more Logic, Data, and Scientific Sources Ideas and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The scientific method can only be used to prove repeatable events.  If we are using the proper method (scientific) to prove the proper type of event (repeatable), then the next question is the reliability of the data. 

The concept of trust, science, and logic is kind of like economics.  You might have heard the Milton Friedman quote: "There's never a free lunch."  This means that is something sounds unreasonable in economics, it usually is.  For example, the statement, increasing the minimum wage helps low wage workers.  In economics, apply the concept of "no free lunch."  Increasing the minimum wage means a business has to pay its workers more, which always leads to less employment and more automation.  When the cost of robots (like auto check-out stations in supermarkets) becomes less than the cost of employing a human, the business will move from human employees to robots.  This means when a government increases the minimum wage, many low wage people will lose their jobs and those jobs will go away for ever.  This doesn't just affect minimum wage people.  When wages are artificially increased by any means, people lose their jobs.  For example, an increase in union wages always precedes layoffs.  There never is a free lunch in economics.

Science, data, and logic are like economics, I just don't have a simple and pithy means to test them like the idea of a free lunch.  I do have logical reasoning that I can use.  For example, ghosts--as Ambrose notes, I can imagine the idea of a human spirit remaining on the earth, I cannot fathom the idea of the filaments of their clothing also having a "spirit."  In other words, ghosts can't ever have clothing on.  If a ghost had clothing, you would have to conclude that the clothing had some kind of spirit.  Therefore, ghosts must always be naked.  Do you get the logic here?  That same logic applies in every scientific concept.  I tried to illustrate it in drugs.  Until a drug (of any kind) has been through a double blind placebo experiment, there is no way to know if the effect of the drug (material) is due to a placebo effect (20% in most experiments) or due to the material.  If a drug has not gone through the FDA process (or a similar process in another nation), I wouldn't touch it.  As a scientist there is no basis in science unless the drug has been through the appropriate testing.

Let's be even more direct--not only is FDA type testing assuring you scientifically that the drug has at least a 51% confidence (minus placebo) of effectivity, it also assures you of drug safety.  As recently seen with the many liver failures caused by a "natural" substance young people were taking for muscle enhancement, some natural things can kill you.  Try hemlock, or too much vitamin D.  A drug overdose is bad--what about the overdose of a substance that is unproven and undefined in the human system.  As a scientist, you need to have your spidey senses working all the time.  A good scientist does not trust anything without reasonable proof.

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 182, Logic, Data, and Scientific Sources Ideas and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

9 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 182, Logic, Data, and Scientific Sources Ideas and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The scientific method can only be used to prove repeatable events.  If we are using the proper method (scientific) to prove the proper type of event (repeatable), then the next question is the reliability of the data. 

I'll get more into logic in the future, but for right now, let's look at logic and data a little more.  I mentioned five different things you can evaluate about a scientific paper that immediately tells you that you should look deeper into the paper.  Deeper in the sense of mistrusting the paper unless there is something else to recommend it.  Usually, if the paper doesn't meet the five initial tests (even one), it is not worth the paper it is written on.  The fifth check is logic.  Until I write about logic in a more refined sense, I'll define it as common sense. 

If the paper doesn't make sense, it is likely made up and not trustworthy.  For example, if the paper claims something completely out of reason--ever running machines, natural substances with curative powers, crystals that cure, pyramids that heal or preserve, turning elements into other elements without fusion...I mean there is a lot of stuff that doesn't even begin to move the logic meter.  People advertise all kinds of natural substances that are supposed to do all kinds of good--the problem is that every time these substances are tested using a double blind placebo test, they fail.  None of the natural substances you read about in the papers do any of the things they claim to do.  There is no science to back any of it.  If you find such a paper, you need to read it very carefully and check it. 

I'll mention another check--the double blind placebo test.  This is a clinical test that is accomplished on every drug certified by any Western government for human and animal use.  The double blind placebo test is not usually used in China.  This type of test uses three groups to test a drug: the group that gets the drug, the group that gets a placebo, and the group that gets neither.  At the end of the test period, the effect of the drug is evaluated in terms of the hypothesis and a statistical confidence is applied to the results.  If this type of test is not done on a drug or any other substance that claims to help human health--it isn't worth using or trusting. 

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 181, yet more Data and Scientific Sources Ideas and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

8 October 2014, Writing Ideas - New Novel, part 181, yet more Data and Scientific Sources Ideas and Other's Conversation, Methods of Revelation How to Develop Storyline, Rising Action

Announcement: My editor sent a round of emails last night concerning the back cover materials.  That included the book teaser and the author bio.  They looked good.  They also sent the covers for the individual novels.  I'll put up the covers when I can.  The proposed 3 in1 cover and info can be found at www.ancientlight.com.  I'll keep you updated.  I should have three new books out soon.

Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.

I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, visit my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.

The four plus one basic rules I employ when writing:

1. Don't confuse your readers.
2. Entertain your readers.
3. Ground your readers in the writing.
4. Don't show (or tell) everything.
5. Immerse yourself in the world of your writing.

All novels have five discrete parts:
1.  The initial scene (the beginning)
2.  The rising action
3.  The climax
4.  The falling action
5.  The dénouement

The theme statement of my newest novel, Valeska, is this: An agent of the organization becomes involved with a vampire girl during a mission, she becomes dependent on the agent, and she is redeemed.

Here is my proposed cover for Valeska:
I decided on a white cover style.  You can see more at www.GoddessofDarkness.com.

The purpose of a novel is to reveal the protagonist and usually the protagonist's helper, the author needs to place them in circumstance that allows them to reveal themselves.  The means can be conversation, exploration, discovery, other's conversation, confession, accidental discovery.

There are three ways to know truth: the scientific method, the historical-witness method, and logic.  The scientific method can only be used to prove repeatable events.  If we are using the proper method (scientific) to prove the proper type of event (repeatable), then the next question is the reliability of the data. 

When you look at a scientific paper, the first thing you need to look for is the sample size.  If it is large, that's good.  Second, you look for the confidence interval.  If the confidence interval is low, the data is suspect and the conclusions are suspect.  You might ask, what about papers where the data is not available.  Any scientist who hides their data is trying to make a conclusion without any support.  A paper without attached data is worthless.  Fourth (third is the data), look at the event that is being proven--it is highly unusual for a paper to be published for an event that can't be proven by the scientific method, but it's happened before.  Fifth, apply logic.

I know logic is the third method to know truth, but logic can be used in every field to test the truth.  For example, the salmon diaxonene paper that was put out by lawyers noted that salmon in salmon farms had about 10 parts per billion of diaxonene while salmon in the wild had 2 parts per billion of diazonene.  In this case, we use logic.  In every study of chemicals and toxicity (or any effect), you look for concentration (dosage) and effect.  The dosage of diozanene that is required to show an effect on a human child is about 10 parts per million and that's pushing it.  Ten parts per billion is meaningless in terms of dosage and effect on a human (or any other animal).  In other words, the writers of the paper were counting on the lack of scientific knowledge of journalists and reporters in reporting that salmon in the wild and in farms have different levels of the chemical diaxonene.  It worked, most journalists and reporters are clueless about the most basic science--they were fooled and continue to be fooled.  I'll write more about logic in the future. 

More tomorrow.

For more information, you can visit my author site http://www.ldalford.com/, and my individual novel websites:
http://www.aegyptnovel.com/
http://www.centurionnovel.com
http://www.thesecondmission.com/
http://www.theendofhonor.com/
http://www.thefoxshonor.com
http://www.aseasonofhonor.com