11 Jun

It doesn’t matter what you are thinking, or what fear you have, if you just do it!  Action is the only thing that matters…  I can see that at the end of my life, I am not going to look back and say, “I wish  I had taken more action”.  – Diana von Welanetz Wentworth

Seven Lines of Damnation – 2

9 Jun

“Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.”  – Dr. Samuel Johnson

I cannot speak intelligently about what it’s like to chase your goals when you are healthy.  I can only speak from my experience; if you are battling your body and mind [along with whatever life throws at you] accomplishing your dreams can, at times, be very daunting.   <Exasperated sigh!>

(And now I’m out of coffee, just when I thought things were tough enough!!)

I refuse to hide behind excuses, and I will push forward.

Seven Lines… oh, the seven lines… What to say about the seven lines?

  1. Angels live in Heaven and Demons in Hell.
  2. Man lives in confusion about where they belong in the structure of the cosmos.

(I’m going to make a bloody coffee, be right back… There we go, with a coffee in hand, I can now concentrate.  I also went to the restroom so there will be no more interruptions.)

I was raised in a home that was supposed to be Roman Catholic, which meant I was sent to an RC school and an RC high school.  Making the necessary Sacraments when I was supposed to, it would have been easy to see me as your average, faithful member of our Congregation.  Looking back, I hope not, but considering my attendance in church… it looks like perhaps I was.

Faith not-withstanding, I am a logical being [Spock I am not, as I do not have pointed ears] and my logic tells me that there is a problem between what the church says, and does.

(Just for the record, I am writing about my own perceptions and beliefs.)

So, here I am, a young man trying to follow what the bible says and what the church says.  The ensuing contradictions and, ultimately, holes were most definitely not filled when I brought questions to my pastor.  Deciding that politics was the main driving force behind even the damn Roman Catholic religion, I was left in a faithless limbo.  Do I believe in a God?  Maybe.

It is my consideration that a God, would be beyond our scope of understanding.  It would be akin to an ant looking at an elephant on top a mountain on a different continent.  It is laughable that the priests are telling us what something so far and above us is saying and wishing, and that such a being would actually give two shits about our questions or prayers.  Would the elephant care about the ant or care that the ant wishes for a good scouting job tomorrow?  I think not.

Again, just my views, don’t get all upset because I may have a different opinion.  The Roman Catholic Church has some of the greatest riches in the world.  There have enough wealth to feed every man, woman and child for several generations.  Yet, they horde the riches and ask us for donations to help our fellow man.  The truth is, the basket that is collected goes to the church and the Priest’s wages.

(Let’s not even get into the cover-up the church was involved in with pedophile, child molesting priest.  You can probably see why I had a problem with the church and the politics.)

Let’s move onto the Bible; it is probably the earliest Fantasy ever written.  Again, I am simply speaking my mind and not trying to insult anyone’s beliefs or faith.  Personally, I admire someone with faith.  Seriously!  I’ve read the bible and it is riddled with flaws and contradictions.  The meanings behind the stories are great and they intrigued me.  In fact, it was these holes in the stories within the Bible that inspired me to write a story that explains the holes.

Have you ever asked someone a simple theological question, like, who is in charge of Hell?  I have and these are the most common answers:

  • Satan
  • Lucifer
  • We are living in Hell.

Well according to the Bible, Lucifer is locked in the Abyss.  Not in Hell, in the Abyss.  What is the Abyss?  Further, according to the Bible, one third of the entire Angel population fell from God’s Grace.  They were removed from Heaven.  Eblis refused to listen to the Lord and was punished by removal from Heaven.  What the heck did Lucifer do to get chained up in the Abyss?  It must have been really bad.

(Neon sign pointing to some of the holes I was talking about.)

I have been told that Bible stories are just parables to teach us, well I say, why are they only stories.  What if they are real?  What if we are the ants and we are trying to see that bloody elephant?  Sometimes, we need to see the trees and not the forest.

(Sip coffee…)

Seven Lines… oh, the seven lines… What to say about the seven lines?

  1. Angels live in Heaven and Demons in Hell.
  2. Man lives in confusion about where they belong in the structure of the cosmos.

This cannot be truer for my protagonist.  The story is going to center around Ryan Weir and a group of his friends and the revelations they experience regarding life and, more importantly, the afterlife.  I will try to weave a variety of fantastic elements, beliefs and legends, from our shared supernatural mythology, into a unique tapestry in order to fill those holes in the Bible.

According to the bible, God gave a man named Moses a list of rules that, if we [the people of Earth] follow, will allow us to enter into Heaven upon Judgment Day.  Well, my story is wrapped around the belief that the Angels also received a list of rules.  I am calling them the Seven Lines of Damnation.  If the Angels do not follow them, they get kicked out of Heaven.  It is within the Seven Lines that we can begin to see how the Lord created the universe and our part in it.

(More to come, as I am out of coffee.)

Rook Eli Cobb


7 Jun

“People become successful the minute they decide to.” – Harvey  Mackay


“Victory is always possi…

4 Jun

“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” – Napoleon Hill




2 Jun

“Courage is facing your fears.  Stupidity is fearing nothing.”  – Todd Bellemare


When it comes to writing or art, many are afraid that their stuff is good enough yet.  Well, that is a good thing.  I forces us to put that extra effort with touch up or re-writes.  Others spite out there stuff with no fear that it is good enough; at which point are surprised and shocked at all the criticism.  Fear is a good thing and should be harnessed.  Now just to contradict myself, fear is a bad thing if it cripples you from actually finishing your piece.  A little dash a fear and handwork goes a very long way.

Seven Lines of Damnation – 1

1 Jun

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.  These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” – Vince Lombardi

We are currently living in the crossroads in life.  The ‘computer age‘ or the ‘information age‘ whatever you want to call it, has changed things in life greatly.  This is not a bad thing, it simply means that we need to be like the willow tree and be flexible in our approach to nearly everything.  New ideas are needed for adaptation and for success in not only our financial world, but our personal ones as well.  Family structures also have changed, businesses have changed and more specifically (for me anyway) the publishing world has changed.  I was at my local mall the other day and walked into one of its book stores.  Admittedly, it has been many years since I frequented one (due to my health).  I was blown away by what I saw or pointedly, what I did not really see.  That be books!

Well know, I was forced to ask myself, why am I writing my novel if the future of books are in such peril (and the futures of books are in peril make no mistake).  Well for one, books as in the paper form (I hope anyway) and for two, the lack of interest in reading novels.  I really hope the second one is a cyclical phase.

I write, because I have something to say.  It is my core’s self way of expressing everything I have seen, thought, learned, comprehended, pondered and dreamed.  With that be said, I write for me.  If in the end someone enjoys what I have written, so much the better.  In adapting to today’s world and the two points I have just indicated I have spend many hours reformatting my novel into what I think will work in today’s marketplace.  I changed my novels into many segments novellas, ask most people will not spend the time to read a 500 page book, but will push through 100 pages if they are interesting.

My first novel’s title was The Seven Lines of Damnation.  The story is absolutely original and has never been conceived before.  Who am I kidding?  There are only new concepts not new stories or is it new stories and not new concepts… Oh, that does not really matter.  The stories premise is not a new one; it is old in fact; very old.  It started way back when some woman told some man to eat an apple and we have been apologizing for that act ever since.

The first novella is titled Man of Destiny, followed by Assilem.  In no particular order Shadow of Fire, Man of the Hour, The Forgotten, The Halo Truth, and Crossing the Line.  These novellas will be approximately a hundred pages making up my original manuscript.  Most of this is already written as I have been writing them for nearly two decades.  For health reasons, they are not yet finished and I am not rushing to put out crap.  I want to put our quality.

What are the Seven Lines?  Good question.  God (according to some religions) gave man the Ten Commandments.  These commandments need to be followed as the word suggests.  Failure to follow them, will bar your passage back into the gates of Heaven upon Judgment Day (Again, according to some religions. I, in no way, am trying to challenge anyone’s belief system in writing these books.  I, in fact, was raised with a strong RC belief, but like many, started to challenge that belief due to all the holes I have found over the years (that and the politics)).  Thus, the SLD and all the books that are in my Dark Side of Man series are trying to fill the holes with logical (and somewhat fantastic) pliable reasons for the holes and so, my first hole filler, The Seven Lines of Damnation.  The stories will center on a group of characters, which will become entrenched into what is said to be the longest lasting war.  That war is the battle between good and evil.  Not only am I trying to explain away problems in my raised religion, but I am trying to explain away all myths and urban legends (where I can).

To all those that have helped me over the years, my thanks.
More to come…


1 Jun

“Don’t you get it?  This very second you could  be doing something you love and dream about doing.  So do it!
NOW!” – Unknown

A writer writes, an artist arts… err, well, they draw paint ink create sketch, you know… arts!  The point is, don’t talk about what you want to do, do it.  Don’t wish it, live it.  Stop saying one day, and make today that day.  I know someone that continuously says tomorrow they will start.  My question is, what is going to be different about tomorrow compared to today.  That is the reason tomorrow never gets here.