CHRISTMAS RABBIT

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For Christmas Eve dinner, I had grilled rabbit. It was not like any meat I ever had, but it was better than I ever could have expected. It tasted similar to chicken yet had a smokey, bacon-like taste as well. It was lots of manual labor to work through the skin, bones, and tendons, but it was worth it. It was gamey, but it had plenty of meat to be filling. Rabbits were common game in medieval times and Henry VIII often hunted rabbit himself on his royal estates. Therefore, this was an ideal opportunity to try it, analyze the smell, taste, and texture, and incorporate it into future fantasy stories. It was a successful experiment and an enjoyable Christmas Eve dinner.

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INSPIRATION: IVAR THE BONELESS

Because I am of Scandinavian descent, I am thinking of naming several of my future characters after Vikings. Among these Vikings will be the infamous Ivar the Boneless, one of the most ruthless Vikings who ever lived! I will consider naming one of my characters “Ivar”, but I won’t say what noble House or kingdom he will come from. All I can say is that he will be just as scary as his namesake.

RIDING A DRAGON

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I have a rather unique way of describing what it is like to ride a dragon. Believe it or not, I have compared it to riding a rollercoaster. I was scarred for life at an early age when I was forced onto a rollercoaster and I will NEVER forget the sensation. My face became numb and my eyes constantly dried up as the wind blew in my face. The extreme torque and unpredictable turns made me so nauseous that it felt like my innards were being squished hard against my spine. That is pretty much how I summed up riding a dragon. Riding a dragon is essentially the most extreme rollercoaster imaginable. When my editor read Numen the Slayer, they said they had never read a description of dragon riding like that before.

A RAINY BATTLE

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In the second volume of my fantasy series, I decided to include a battle that will have one unique factor that will set it apart from the others. Instead of being sunny and dry or dark and cold, this battle will take place in the middle of a rainstorm. Rain can have several unexpected hinderances during a medieval battle. The ground will be so muddy and slippery that cavalry charges will be useless. Bowstrings need to be dry in order to work so firing arrows is also not an option. Therefore, fighting on foot is the only option and even that is difficult because the ground would be muddy and slippery so the soldiers cannot get an even footing and the rain and wind would constantly blow in their faces. From the way I see it, this is going to be a grueling and filthy battle where victory or defeat can be decided with one misstep or one missed attack.

PRIVY COUNCIL

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Many monarchies in history had their own council of advisors or privy council to help them with the day-to-day affairs of their kingdom. When I wrote Numen the Slayer, I did the same by incorporating a similar kind of council for the kings and emperors of Gradaia. In the case of the ruling emperor or empress, their Privy Council consisted of a representative from each kingdom in the Empire, the Lord Chancellor, and the emperor or empress themselves. This would give the Privy Council a grand total of eleven members and I drew inspiration from the Knights of the Round Table for them. I even included a scene of how the Privy Council operated in Numen the Slayer.