MISTRESSES AND BASTARDS

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I had an interesting idea for my fantasy series and it concerns the idea of mistresses and illegitimate children. In my medieval research, I discovered that Vikings and Normans frequently had many mistresses in addition to their lawful wives. As a result, they would have a lot of illegitimate children. William the Conqueror was one such illegitimate child and look what became of him. This was before Christianity insisted that having mistresses and illegitimate children were shameful. To the Vikings and Normans, there was no discernible difference between “illegitimate” or “legitimate” children. They would often give their illegitimate children their own land, wealth, titles, and lands. Also, I discovered that the ancient Chinese emperors had concubines and since my fantasy series takes place in an empire, all of these concepts would fit well with the setting. I am thinking of incorporating these ideas in my fantasy book, but with my own unique twist to it.

FIRST AUTHOR GIVEAWAY COMPLETE

Good news! I have completed my first giveaway as an author today. A winner was declared; a very nice woman from Virginia who frequently participates in online giveaways in order to get new items for her kids. I hope she and her family will enjoy the prizes I have sent them. This has been a great marketing tool that has captured the attention of over 500 people. I may try this again in the future.

I LOVE WEDNESDAYS!

I discovered something interesting about Wednesday. In Viking culture, Wednesday was known as Odin’s Day because it was associated with Odin, the All-father of the Norse gods. I realized that in a strange way I still celebrate Odin’s Day due to my Viking heritage. The reason for this is because Wednesdays are when I receive new comic books and when I meet with my Writer’s Meeting. I may not get into any fights or offer human sacrifices to Odin like my ancestors did, but I think these good things that happen to me on Wednesdays could be Odin smiling down on me. Who knows?

WRITING UPDATE: FANTASY BOOK (CHAPTER 22)

I am about to begin writing the next phase of the siege battle in my fantasy book. At this point, the siege has been taking place for several weeks so a lot can happen in that amount of time. Both the invaders and defenders will have taken casualties and their tactics will have changed over time. It is going to be an interesting battle to write especially with what I have learned about siege warfare. I will keep you updated on any further developments.

SUPERCONTINENT SETTING

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For some time I have been planning to build the setting of my fantasy book around a supercontinent. A supercontinent is essentially the only giant landmass on a planet. The most famous supercontinent is Pangea, which eventually broke apart into the seven continents that exist today. I like the idea of a supercontinent because is symbolizes a form of unity. If Pangea never broke apart, our nations would have been brought closer together. In my fantasy book, the supercontinent will be divided up into many kingdoms under a single empire. This would be similar to how England and Ireland were divided up into petty kingdoms. Due to my past as a prehistory buff, this would be a good way to reconnect with the distant past.