Medieval-Style Doodles, Marginalia, and Manicules

Marginalia. That is the official name for the edges of pages in medieval manuscripts. These are filled with anything from intriguingly detailed illustrations to random doodles. And they are far more important than you may realize, as both tell us huge amounts about a...

A Brief Guide To A Fantasy Arsenal

I hosted the other day a guest post by my author friend, Charles E. Yallowitz, but today I’m sharing his excellent series of posts he has written on fantasy (Medieval) arsenal. Charles has recently shared posts on the types of swords, shields, and projectile...

August 15 in Greece: Dormition of the Virgin

Not many people may realize this, but today’s celebration of the Dormition of the Virgin is the third greatest celebration in Greece (and the Greek Orthodox tradition), after Easter and Christmas. Although nominally a religious holiday, it is celebrated in the...

Book Clubs: The Book Is The Excuse, Not The Point

I’ve never actually belonged to a book club in the traditional sense. Yes, I do belong to some great ones like the Rave Reviews Book Club (#RRBC), the Fantasy and Science Fiction Network (#FSFNet), and eNovel Authors At Work (#eNovAaW), but these are online book...

Happy July 4th: A Culinary Celebration

Happy 4th of July to my American readers! Throughout the States, Independence Day is celebrated with barbecues and fries. And hot dogs. Lots and lots of hot dogs; some 155 million tons of them are consumed on July 4th each year, according to Huffington Post. One...

A Fantasy Tip From History: The Infamous Gu Poison

Fans of the film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the television show Sleepy Hollow may remember a powerful poison, used as a method to manipulate lovers and cause death. Atlas Obscura has the fascinating history of this legendary toxin — and I use the word...