**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 three tests used for all documentary evidence in history are: the bibliographical test, the internal test, and the external test. Let's see how we can use these tests.

The main purpose for logic is mathematics. Mathematics is a subject that is not part of the empirical world. Mathematics can't be proven using the scientific method. Mathematics is not repeatable in the sense that an experiment is repeatable. In fact, mathematics does not exist in the physical world. You might say, I use math to calculate or count things all the time. That is true, an engineer uses mathematics all the time too, but most engineering comes out of bound equations. If an equation isn't bound in the physical world, it can't be solved. Engineers bound math so the problems can be solved. Then they figure out how accurate the bounding was or wasn't.

Let me try to explain it like this. You should know that addition is set theory. In set theory, you bound the input and the solution sets to add things together. The set of apples for example. Apples can be a set, but what is an apple. If I define an apple, I can define the set. Unfortunately all apples are different. I could define a set as fruit, but do you get the point. A mathematical set and a real world set are tow different animals. We use mathematics as an analog in the real world, but mathematics, especially at higher levels is all about logic and not the physical world.

If you remember back to the first mathematical proof you were given as an example--it was likely if a=b and b=c, then a=c. Do you remember that--this is logic and logic in mathematics. This is the basis of all proof in mathematics--not just that principle, but the concept of a logical argument. Logic is used to prove mathematics. Mathematics is a concept outside the physical world. Logic defines mathematics.

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

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