To Reign in Hell [was: How did you discover]

Mon Jun 17 19:04:37 PDT 2002

On Monday, June 17, 2002, at 09:53 PM, Steve Simmons wrote:

> Steven Brust writes:
>> At 01:46 AM 6/15/2002 -0700, David Goldfarb wrote:
>>> Just so.  The "-el" suffix derives from the Hebrew for "God" and in
>>> angelology is on the end of just about all the angel names.  So, any
>>> character with a name ending in "-el" I knew would end up on Yahweh's
>>> side (frex:  Abdiel, Uriel, Raphael) and any who didn't (Asmodai,
>>> Mepistopheles, Lilith, Harut) would end up aligned with Satan.  It 
>>> worked
>>> for the pair of "grunt" angels, Kyriel and Sith.
>> What's funny is that *I* didn't realize that until you pointed it
>> out.  This is kinda weird.  I mean, I remember as I was writing that I
>> didn't know how Kyriel and Sith would jump.  Strange.
> Taylor Caldwell wrote in a preface to `Dialogs With The Devil' that at
> some point the characters seemed to take over the novel.  Other authors
> have reported similar actions by their characters, but in this 
> particular
> case Caldwell found it quite disconcerting.
That happens to me all the time. Characters appear I hadn't planned for, 
etc.  I find it disconcerting sometimes but that's one of the joys of 
writing: sometimes things write themselves
> Perhaps you should try a sequel and observe more closely . . . it would
> be sort of a cross between `Paradise Regained,' `Only Begotten 
> Daughter,'
> and Vidals `Messiah.'
> :-)
> --
>    "Every time I see [name deleted], I get the urge to drop my pants
> and water him.  I'm hoping he'll either grow up or take the hint."
>      -me
Chris Turkel
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