A Poem For The Masters

I place a barrier that none can pass,
Barrier of the gods, that none may break,
Barrier of heaven and earth that none can change,
Which no god may break,
Nor god nor man can loosen,
A snare without escape, I set for evil,
A net which none can escape, I spread for evil.
Whether it be evil spirit, or evil demon, or evil ghost,
Or evil devil, or evil god, or evil fiend,
Or hag-demon, or ghoul, or robber-sprite,
Or phantom, or night-wraith, or handmaid of the phantom,
Or evil plague, or fever sickness, or unclean disease,
Who has attacked the shining waters of Spicewood,
May the snare of Spicewood catch it;
Or who has assailed the peace of land,
May the land  trap it;
Or any who broke the barrier,
Let not the barrier of the gods,
The barrier of heaven and earth, let it go free;
Or he who does not revere the great gods,
May the great gods entrap him,
May the great gods curse him;
Or he who has attacked the house,
Into a closed dwelling may he be damned;
Or those who circle round about,
Into a place of darkness without escape may they be cast.

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5.25″x8″ Interior Book Page

The opening chapter page of a 5.25×8 print book. The font is Cormorant Garamond 12pt on 13.5 pt leading on a measure of 19 picas which allows approximately 55 characters per line. The page margins are calculated with the Van de Graaf canon using Rosarivo’s method of nines. The outer margin is double the inner margin (2/9ths of the page width vs 1/9th) and the bottom margin is double the top margin (2/9ths of the page height vs 1/9th of the page height) For a 5.25×8 book, this works out to top: .88 inch, bottom: 1.76 inches, outside: 1.16 inches and inside: .58 inch. The resulting text area is in the same proportions as the page proportions and the text area height is equal to the page width.

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The Parts of a Book

The Front Matter

The front matter includes the following:

Title page — the full title and author’s name closely resembling how they appear on the cover with the publisher imprint. In a print book, the title page is a right hand page.

Copyright page — includes information about copyrights, edition dates, ISBN, as well as your publisher and printer. Usually appears on the verso (reverse) of the title page.

Dedication page — a page where the author names the person or people to whom they dedicate their book. This is normally a right hand page with the verso blank.

Table of contents — a list of chapter numbers or titles and page numbers where they begin. The table of contents should list both the body and back matter.

Preface — an introduction written by the author.

Foreword — an introduction written by another person.

The Body

The body includes the following:

Prologue — a chapter-like section sets the stage for the story to follow.

Introduction — a few pages which introduce the reader into the subject matter.

Chapters — sections into which the narrative is divided.



Afterword — final thoughts on the book written by the author or someone familiar with the content.

The Back Matter

The back matter includes the following:

Acknowledgments — a section to acknowledge and thank all those who made contributions to the book’s creation.

About the author — this is where the author gives a brief summary of their work and personal life.

Appendix — additional details about the book.

Endnotes — supplementary notes that relate to specific passages of the text, and denoted within the body by superscripts.

Glossary — definitions of words or other elements that appear in the text in alphabetical order.

Index — a list of terms used in the book along with the pages on which they appear, almost always in alphabetical order.

Bibliography — a comprehensive breakdown of sources cited in the work.

Not all books contain every part listed above. Novels and other works of fiction usually have a title page, copyright page, a dedication, and table of contents in the front matter. There might be a prologue before the first chapter in the body. End matter may list only information about the author and perhaps an appendix listing other books by the author.

Nonfiction may use many more of the parts such as introductions, glossaries, indexes, and bibliographies.


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A Test Post With Windows Live Writer

Testing writing and posting from Windows Live Writer…the real Live Writer circa 2012, not the new fake Open Live Writer! I had to jump through hoops to get this since Microsoft doesn’t allow an installation on Window 7 with the web installer.


Test of posting a photo.