You know that expression—You can’t judge a book by its cover. Well, I agree with that. I’ve never bought a book based upon what the cover looks like. To me, the title of the book is more important; further, I tend to read non-fiction. As much as e-books, regardless of platform, are a great idea what with all the devices and e-Readers these days, I’d still prefer a paperback or hardcover book. And I am not the only one who thinks this way, as I recently sold a paperback of my trilogy to a neighbor who preferred actual books over e-books. And another thing: an e-book I purchased from Amazon a couple of years ago on the history and doctrines of Scientology (for research purposes) suddenly disappeared one day from my Kindle App! But hard copies can last forever, soooo…
Anyway, onto how I designed all of my novel covers.
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In a previous snippet series exposing the truth about the music industry, including a post using facts about so-called ‘suicides’ of dead rock stars that are more likely actual murders, featuring Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, and Swedish DJ Avicii among others, I researched the history and facts about the music industry regarding handlers and managers, producers, concerts and venues and who owns them including organized crime syndicates, and others backing various recording artists, to discover the sinister agendas and ways of the industry. In other snippet posts I exposed other evil doings regarding the occult practices including ‘master rituals’ that former head of Zodiac Productions, John Todd (now a Christian) that supposedly even channeled demonic spirits in the ritual, and other rituals calling forth demonic spirits exposed within trilogy snippets. And New Age cult religions as well that influenced rock music from the 60s onward. And, of course, the evil ‘secret members’ of these satanic groups that ultimately control the industry and most media in general.
One of the most evil characters is a banker dynasty controller named Baron Torquay-Lambourgeau who is descended from the Normans who took over Britain around 1066 (Battle of Hastings). Other financial leaders are involved, but Torquay (as I tend to call him for short) is the one who also leads the satanic Corion-worshiping Hellyon Society. Why a banker and not some other occultic leader?
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This post is not about how, in the 60s and 70s and 80s, I came up with the characters as a gang, and then as a band. This post is about how I developed the final plot involving good vs. evil spirits and entities using the prodigal band for good or evil purposes, how I was inspired this way and how I managed to write the three novels, the final one (The Prodigal Band) twenty years after the second one (The Prophesied Band). How I turned just an entertaining piece about the foibles of rock stardom into a spiritual plot using the Parable of the Prodigal Son of the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15 as a guide. Finally, it is about actually creating the novels using various software including ClarisWorks (for Mac) and Corel WordPerfect, Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat conversions for PDFs on both Mac and PC desktops and laptops. I reviewed the “why” in the previous post; now is the “how.”
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When one writes a novel or a series, one has to make up the names of the main characters. There are all sorts of reasons one names the main characters particular names. I could probably name a hundred reasons, but for this post I will only name the reasons why I named my main characters—the prodigal band members and their women and a few others—what I named them.
I came up with these names for the most part in the mid-60s, but instead of a ‘prodigal’ rock band, they and the girls that hung out with them were a clique or a gang of sorts, and were ‘locals,’ fictitious teens living on Long Island which is where I grew up. They had no particular ethnicity or religion, but were as if they were the same kind of teens as the actual teens where I lived, and where I lived the population was almost all white (a few blacks or Hispanics or Asians where I lived), about 40 percent Italian and about 20 percent Jewish, with the rest being a mix of mostly northern Europeans (mostly German, British, French, Polish, Scandinavian, Czech, Slovak, or Russian). The most common boy’s names were John or Jack, Tom, Pete, Joe, Bob, Bill, Mike…typical common boys names. In fact, the surnames for the band members didn’t really come up until the latter 60s when the clique turned into a rock and roll band—a band from England, a year or two before I actually visited England as a high school graduation gift, along with the friend who suggested this trip, who happened to be Jewish (but not religious about it).
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Two new MENU pages have been added to the site Menu above.
Links to All Snippet Posts. That way, one doesn’t have to scroll all the way down the Home Page to find Snippet Posts one might be interested in reading. All the Snippet Posts are listed, and it is likely that I am done with posting snippet posts.
About the Trilogy Characters. That way, you don’t have to scroll down the Home Page to read about the various characters: the band, their women and support characters, and the good and evil characters, and the spirituality involved.
This Character page will be added to, since I plan to write more posts about the characters, such as why did I come up with their names and other stuff. Cheers!
Welcome to 2022! Happy New Year!
There is a possibility that in the near future I will be publishing a ‘guide’ or ‘manual’—call it what you will—for Christian authors, called (maybe) Talent for a Mission, based somewhat on the Parable of the Talents in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25, verses 14 through 30. Remember the one who received a talent but hid it? Well, guess what? The giver of the talent took the talent away from the one who wouldn’t use it!
In other words—Christian author or not—if you don’t use the talent God gave you, God will ‘take away’ that talent, which, in this case, is the talent of writing and being an author.
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In terms of what most would call a “climactic event” within a novel, this snippet scenario in this post might not classify as a climactic event in strict terms, but for the band members that witness this event, it should be, seeing as how they react when they find out a secret they had no knowledge about.
Note: I removed the “spoiler alerts” in these snippets.
The climactic event to finish Battle of the Band, where singer Erik and bassist Keith are in comas at a local private hospital in their home city of Walltown and encounter good vs. evil in their spiritual voids as their fellows watch over them and as the evil Swami Negran attempts to capture their souls for the satanic Corion (thwarted by God’s angels, the Tooters, and their agent, the ‘witch’ of the Hovels), gets recounted within Chapters Four and Five of The Prophesied Band.
In this snippet, it turns out that Swami couldn’t capture their souls, as hard as he tried. So Corion, the devil character, punished Negran by causing him to disappear from the hospital. Negran was in fact taken by Corion into Corion’s abyss where the Creator had placed him in Chapter One of Battle of the Band as punishment for Corion’s rebellion against God. But Negran wouldn’t be the only one Corion takes into the abyss. In 50 AD, Crynnwagg, high priest of the cannibal Crag-Dweller cult, was also done that way. Why? And then he escaped the abyss. Why? Hmmmm…. From Chapter Five of The Prophesied Band:
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Each of the three novels that make up The Prodigal Band Trilogy has at least one seemingly random or even somewhat meaningless event that would, likely at the conclusion of the novel, play a key role in the overall spiritual climax of the novel and the trilogy as a whole. The first snippet post in this topic comes from the first novel in the trilogy, Battle of the Band.
When I incorporated this event that just popped into my head, an event in Chapter Four that is somewhat based on the seemingly endless ‘war’ between British troops in Northern Ireland (aka Ulster) and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that pretty much concluded in the late 90s (or just went underground so to speak), I figured, before creating the final version of the novel in 1995 for publication in 1996, that it was just some random novel event that would not have broader implications as to the novel’s climax. But what makes up this snippet set does indeed play a key role at the climactic event ending the novel; while suffering a mild heart attack and in a state of physical coma yet spiritually existing in a void where good vs. evil reigns, the prodigal band’s bassist, Keith, is visited by two deceased ‘gang brothers’ who deliver to the bassist a powerful message.
Before I get to the snippets, let’s review what this Northern Ireland conflict was about. It was mostly nationalistic what with Ireland having separated as a Republic in the early 1920s from the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Ireland), but most Americans anyway were ‘told’ that it was mostly a Catholic vs. Protestant issue, which according to events summarized in this Wikipedia post, was not the main cause of the conflict. It wasn’t just Protestants that wanted to stay in the UK and it wasn’t just Catholics that wanted to join Ireland; mostly, it was nationalistic mixed with politics between the Irish Sinn Fein (Provisional IRA) and the Ulster pro-Britain political groups, while Catholics did tend to support the IRA and while Protestants tended to support the UK. The roots of this conflict go back to the early 1600s when mostly Scots from the southern portion of Scotland moved to northern Ireland and were given ‘plantation’ land rights, lands that may have been stolen from the native Irish (and these Scots eventually would make up what became known as the Scots-Irish, many of whom wound up in what would become the USA in the 1600s and 1700s as indentured servants (note: I am part Irish and part Scots-Irish, as well as part German). Oh, and I was once Catholic as well! Still, I didn’t really support one side or the other, for the most part. Starting in the late 1980s, both sides apparently tried to end the conflict, which didn’t end until the late 90s; cease-fires began to happen throughout the mid-90s.
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‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’ (Ephesians 6:12)
I have memorized a few Bible verses as they are key to my mindset and way of living, and this verse from the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, Chapter Six, Verse 12, is one of the most important Bible verses, in my opinion. It basically summarizes the spiritual battle I and many others face daily. It basically says this: as evil as some folks are in this world within the criminal psychopathic elites as well as within the society or community each one of us lives in, including work places, the true spiritual battle is against the ‘rulers of the darkness of this world,’ that is, the spiritual rulers of evil, the spiritual wickedness in high places that rules over their evil minions, the minions that claim to ‘rule’ the world governments, economies, popular culture, etc. Name any evil person or ruler or authority, and it is true that something spiritually evil is ruling over them. Further, it is this verse more than any other Bible verse noted within The Prodigal Band Trilogy that summarizes the reason for this trilogy.
For an example of how the spiritual wickedness rules over the minions of evil within the trilogy—Baron Torquay-Lambourgeau, the Duke of Effingchester, Swmi Negran, and the members of the evil Novordo Club—this snippet from Chapter Four of The Prodigal Band was chosen; the time frame is spring, 1987:
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