Thursday, May 1, 2008

Imagining the novel

This is one of the most fascinating periods of time that I could attempt to comprehend…the earth before Noah. What would it have been like to live at the same time and on the same interconnected land-mass as the dinosaurs (assuming a literal understanding of Genesis)? Would they stay in their places? As part of a “very good” creation, they should not be a menace to man and probably were territorial, maybe testing their perceived boundaries at times. The animals’ fear of man had not been implanted until after the flood. But with the fall of man and the curse, could the animals already have been affected? Maybe some of them were becoming the T-Rex and saber tooth tiger. I’m also fascinated with tree houses. What an opportunity to live in one, with all the clever gadgets, passage-ways and stair-ladders. There is also the practical value of living above-ground, where who-knows-what might roam at night, not to mention the gorgeous view. And let’s be within sight of the coast and that mystical sea, where Leviathan dwells. Everything grew to giant size back then…the same basic forms of animals we have today along with many more. Some were genetic composites of the varieties we have today, like a horse/mule with zebra stripes. Some could have been small. But, generally, things were much larger, even insects. How would that have affected family life? Foot-long roaches...How would you go after one in the house? If meal clean-up wasn’t thorough, they would be attracted, along with sizable rats.

This all may be interesting, but where is the compelling story and what am I trying to accomplish?...more to come…This begins the journal of thoughts which resulted in the publication of The Ninth Generation, an adventure novel rooted in Biblical history. What value is there in such a journal? It helped me to identify my passion in writing a book and prevented writer’s block (by way of review). After spending decades writing ad copy to promote other’s products and services, I wanted to express something for my own satisfaction, and hopefully for the benefit of the readers as well.

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