Introduction: I realized that I need to introduce this blog a little. I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. The working title was Daemon, and this was my 21st novel. Over the last year, 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.
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/.
There is a lot of information about the demon Asmodeus. The concept of Asmodeus may have started well before he appears in literature. When he does appear it is in the ancient document Tobit. Tobit is a non-historical document found in the Apocrypha. Asmodeus is a demon who murdered the seven bridegrooms of Sarah. He murders Sarah's husbands before the marriage can be consummated. From this information, the mythus of Asmodeus built and made him the demon of luxuria. I mentioned yesterday that luxuria is an inordinate desire for the good things in life. The demon Asmodeus is especially concerned with sensuality. His power is the temptation toward sensuality.
Using a demon in this fashion allows me to explore temptation. I already told you the picture of Aksinya is a young woman who desires sensuality. She wants power, clothing, love, good food and drink and the demon Asmodeus can give her all of these things.
Asmodeus shows up in a few other ancient and less than ancient documents. He is in the Testament of Solomon, a pseudographia from the first to third century. Milton also mentions Asmodeus in Paradise Lost. You can already see the personality of the demon developing.
We'll continue to explore the concept of the demon, Asmodeus, for the novel Aksinya, tomorrow.
I'll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.