#WordlessWednesday ~ Random Images #Photography

I love getting glimpses of beautiful and interesting places I’d probably never see otherwise.

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A Thousand Miles of History XVIII: The path through the sea…

Can’t go to this amazing place in person? Sue Vincent provides the next best thing! Enjoy this amazing visual and historical tour.

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The tide was still in when we reached Marazion, and yet a line of people snaked between the shore and the island half a mile into the sea, seemingly walking on water. We were going to join them, walking the old pilgrim route to St Michael’s Mount, one of the first points on the Michael Line, that runs from the westernmost tip of the land to its eastern shores.

The Mount rises from the sea topped with a fairytale castle and is now completely cut-off from the mainland. The castle, like the island, has belonged to the St Aubyn family since around 1650, although it has been gifted to the nation, the family still lives there and manages the mount and the tiny village at its feet. Aside from the thousands of visitors, it is a peaceful place, though it has not always been so, and for a thousand years…

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Medieval Monday: The Philosopher

It’s the beginning of the month, so here’s another episode of Medieval Lives with Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. He talks about the medieval philosopher, which was really more of a scientist or alchemist, and also about the medieval physician. Were they really as backward thinking as we suppose? Or were the seeds that eventually grew into the age of Enlightenment planted during this era? There is some fascinating stuff in this episode, including why people in the Middle Ages were so preoccupied with the idea of changing other metals into gold–it’s not for the reason you might think!


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My New Book Has Finally Arrived!

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You’ve been waiting patiently, and now it’s here–book 3 of the Wind Rider Chronicles!
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It has been six months since Cailean’s death, and Elowyn can’t get his special clifftop in the mountains out of her thoughts…or her dreams. Something is drawing her there, despite the danger, and time is running out. The new spring growth is threatening to cover what’s left of his foot trail forever, but getting there is going to be more challenging than she imagined, especially with the thieves still lurking along the mining road.

Morganne is having difficulties of her own. The monks are making plans to send the tomes away, Braeden’s tax demands are increasing yet again, and Morganne’s once prosperous shop has been noticeably empty. On top of that, the Kinship is getting ready to leave Minhaven—seemingly for good this time.

With political unrest building, and the Black Shrine still intact, Glak and Bane want the girls to go with them. Elowyn is eager to leave her sorrows behind, certain that Aviad is calling them to follow the road beyond Minhaven, but Morganne isn’t so sure. She’s not ready to abandon everything they know for an uncertain future, and Elowyn finds herself at a crossroads. Will she be able to convince Morganne that it’s Aviad’s voice she is hearing, or will she be forced to go on alone?

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Fantasy Art Friday

Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Friday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing.


In this pristine, untouched landscape flows a river of fire. It is said that from it one of humankind’s greatest enemies–the dragon–was raised. Born from fire, they do not fear it, but instead wield it as a weapon. All but the bravest and the most foolish live in fear of their reign over these mountains.

But the river of fire is also the key to their defeat. It is said that any blade or arrow tip forged from the river’s heat, then cooled in the frigid waters at its end, are strong enough to fatally pierce a dragon’s thick hide.

Beware to those who dare seek out this place of legend, for it is carefully guarded. Many have tried, and most have failed. The heat of the river is not the only challenge you’ll find waiting…

Artwork by A. Rocha


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Fantasy Art Friday

Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Friday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing.


A cavernous opening yawns in the mountainside, beckoning the brave and the foolish to enter. Above it hangs the ominous carving of a dragon–perhaps a warning as to what lurks in the shadows beyond. Will you dare to cross the rickety wooden bridge and test your fate? If so, what do you find on the other side?

Title and Artist Unknown


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Medieval Monday: The Knight

It’s the beginning of the month, so here’s another episode of Medieval Lives with Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. He talks about the evolving role of knights in medieval society and the emergence of a code of chivalry. Sadly legend and reality are two very different things! There is also an interesting section on horses and how they were trained to be used as weapons on the battlefield. Additionally, he talks about coats of arms and learns what his own might look like. It’s actually pretty funny. So enjoy this episode of Medieval Lives.


Learn more about the daily life in Middle Ages by browsing previous posts in the Medieval Monday Index.