A Very Modern Map of Britain’s Ancient Roman Roads…

Let’s take the VII from Londinium to Letocetum.

Cartographer Sasha Trubetskoy didn’t set out to create a subway-style map of the Roman roads of Britain—not specifically. He had seen plenty of fantasy transit maps online and, he says, “I figured I could do better.” He just needed a subject, and he landed on ancient Rome, which no one had tackled before, despite its extensive network of roads across its vast empire.

His first fantasy transit map covered the whole empire.

After he published it, fans clamored for another installment, specific to the network in Britain.

See the result and read the article at:

Roman Roads of Britain

Source: A Very Modern Map of Britain’s Ancient Roman Roads…


Tackle your TBR pile in September – Sign up now!

A little something for both readers and writers, shared from Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. Join the Read-a-thon, or if you’re also an author, host your own giveaway or challenge.

September 11th to 24th sees the fifth TackleTBR Readathon, thanks to Tressa at Wishful Endings.

The goal you set is entirely up to you – maybe you don’t even want to set a goal.  

Apart from reading books to shorten your list, though, the read-a-thon includes challenges from participants (with prizes to enter for), activities to join in, and general fun and mayhem.

Read all about it at Wishful Endings and sign up at any time through to 20th September.

I’ll be doing a Goals post on the first day of the Readathon, so you’ll see what I’m planning to read then.

I’ll also be setting you a challenge on 19th September, for which I’ll be giving a prize.

Sign up now to reduce the length/size of your reading pile.  

Source: Tackle your TBR pile in September – Sign up now! ~ Jemima Pett

How to Get Hundreds of FREE Photos for your Blog by Terri Webster Schrandt

You don’t want to miss this post! Terri talks about her experiences looking for “free” images for her blog, and warns of the dangers of using photos from google image searches. But the best part is that she offers  bloggers actual FREE use of her own photography. (Thank you, Terri! And thanks to Chris the Story Reading Ape for sharing this post.)

This is a great, and generous resource for bloggers. 

For those of you who have followed me for years or just recently, you may know that I am an avid, hobby photographer.

Frustrated with “free” stock image photography sites that promise photos that need “no” attribution, I take all my own photos for my blog and websites. My phone and now, my new camera, go everywhere I go. I’m always looking for interesting photo ops!

Truth be told, I am leery of stock photo services offering free images. Recently, Margaret at Sticky Readers mentioned Unsplash, a site boasting free stock photos.

I decided to check it out and found this article from 12/16 on Snappa Blog, 21 Amazing Sites with Breathtaking Free Stock Photos.

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution.

We’ve done our best to identify which license they fall under but we still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used.” (emphasis my own).

No thanks, who has time? So much for “free!”

Click to keep reading: How to Get Hundreds of FREE Photos for your Blog


Mnid Msytres…Can you read this?

Another reason why we need help editing our writing–and why even when a piece has been proofed numerous times by a handful of different people, we can STILL find mistakes. Obvious errors that make us marvel at how in the world we could have possibly missed them. Well, mystery solved! You can thank your well-designed brain.


My thnaks 2 teh Vrnmt Vramnt for this (I thnik)

Here’s another trick from the Doctor to test your skills. Can you meet this challenge?
We’ve seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time we’ve seen it with numbers.
Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind. And better than that: Alzheimer’s is a long long, way down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you!

7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 7O PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!

1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG 17 WA5 H4RD BU7 N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,

B3 PROUD! 0NLY C3R741N P30PL3 C4N R3AD 7H15!

PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F U C4N R34D 7H15.

To my ‘selected’ strange-minded friends: If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to your friends with ‘yes’ in the subject line. Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting!

If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid, too.

Can you raed this? Olny 55 people out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it.

Source: Mnid Msytres…

Advice for Writers from a Reader Who Loves to Support Writers: Guest Chris Graham (TSRA)

Hey all! Happy day! I’m so excited to introduce to you (and you to) Chris Graham aka The Story Reading Ape as a guest on the blog. Chris is a super supporter of authors and if you haven’t you’d do well to swing over and follow his blog. Chris offers so many free services to authors as well as helping with book design. He’s encouraging and helpful, scouring the world of blogs for worthwhile information to share too. I appreciate his hard work and his dedication, not to mention his insights. And today he’s here to answer some questions and offer some helpful advice.…

Source: Advice for Writers from a Reader Who Loves to Support Writers: Guest Chris Graham (TSRA)

A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism – Infographic…

Halloween is over, but its spirit still hangs on the air, and there are plenty of reminders about…the jack-o-lanterns on my front porch, candy and wrappers lying around, and kids’ costumes crumpled in the floor right where they peeled them off. Today we move into All Saints Day, and many use today to think back on those who have passed before us. Be certain, this post is not my attempt to be macabre–I enjoy the historical aspects of the topic. When I have time to work on it, I love doing genealogy research, and when I saw this graphic, it reminded me of some of the odd things I’ve seen on very old graves from my own family, and also from my travels in Europe. Some of them sad, some heart warming, and others just bizarre. For the most part, cemeteries now use just small metal plates with minimal information as grave stones, and, well, it’s rather boring, don’t you think? Old grave stones are fascinating in their variety, and in the messages written upon them. They tell us something about the life of person now lying there, and even about the trends of the time in which they lived. So enjoy this graphic–have you ever seen any of these symbols on an old grave stone? Now you know what they mean if you didn’t already.

Reblogged on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog, originally from the Atlas Obscura site:

Source: A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism – Infographic…