I recently watched the classic film Rob Roy and after watching the duel at the end I was very interested in the sword Liam Neeson used to cleave open Tim Roth’s chest. I did research and discovered that the sword that Liam Neeson used was called a basket-hilted broadsword, which had a thicker and heavier blade than a regular rapier sword. Because of its stronger and heavier blade, this would be a more ideal rapier-like weapon to use against armored opponents. I am thinking of making this sword the weapon of choice for the son of a duke in my fantasy series.



The other night, I made a feast that was large enough to feed a dozen people or more. The feast included the following: spaghetti with extra meaty meat sauce, sourdough bread, sliced watermelon, a salad that consists of romaine lettuce, carrots, mushrooms, and tomatoes with zesty Italian dressing, and for dessert there was a quadruple chocolate pudding that consisted of Devil’s Food cake baked with chocolate chips, chocolate frosting, and chocolate sprinkles! At the dinner party that followed, six people ate their fill, but there was still enough leftovers or ten people! It was fun cooking this luscious meal and I hope to do so again in the future!


Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister give each other a warm greeting for GOT Season 7

Here is leaked photographic evidence from Season 7 of Game of Thrones! Here, we see Jon Snow, King in the North, and Tyrion Lannister, Hand of the Queen, shaking hands while surrounded by Davos Seaworth, Missandei, and Dothraki. This is clear, undeniable evidence that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are going to join forces, uniting the northern and southern kingdoms under a single banner! This is going to be one family reunion I cannot wait to see as aunt and nephew meet for the first time and the blood of the dragon is whole again for the first time in twenty years! Together, Jon and Daenerys are going to unleash two things: FIRE AND BLOOD!!!



I had an interesting idea regarding the overall story of my fantasy series. I am thinking of basing it on the points of view of two rival kings. There will be no villains just two powerful young men and their loyal followers competing for the same throne, which was how it has always been throughout medieval history. At first, I thought of making one king the hero and the other the villain, but now I feel that is a cliche that has been used too many times over. Instead, I will base their relationship on that of the rival kings of the past, which will make them seem more human than cartoon characters. Each king will have the love and loyalty of their followers and they will each have their own motivations for the throne. The more I picture it, the more intrigued I am on how it will develop.



I learned an interesting fact about knighthood. The most known version of becoming a knight is when someone of noble or royal birth bestows the title to an individual after proving their valor or completing their training as a squire. However, there is another way to become a knight in which knighthood is passed down from father to son. These knights would be nobles who have titles and lands, but will be of lower rank than a baron or duke. I am thinking of using this version of knighthood in my fantasy series and these knights will have a special connection with my main character.



The medieval world was organized by the feudal system with the king at the top of the political food chain. Other times, it is the Pope who is at the top of the feudal system. I already have a strong idea on the feudal system in my fantasy series such as which nobles rule the monarch’s territories and which lesser houses answer to these regional governors and so on.



I have come to a realization! The more books I read and the more documentaries I watch, the more understanding I gain regarding courtly intrigue of medieval times. I am learning about how a monarch grants favor to his loyalists, how he keeps tabs on potential dissent, how he regulates taxes, and so on. All of these things I never knew before I engaged in this new project. In many ways, researching for my fantasy project has been extremely fruitful in more ways than one and made me more knowledgeable about history than I ever was before. Out of the many projects I have worked on over the years, this has become one of the most satisfactory.