There were many ways of attacking a medieval castle, and almost as many means of countering such attacks. Ways to Attack The first step was to batter the walls with a variety of “engines”, the most common being the catapult or mangonel. Its throwing beam would haul a massive stone, a pot of flaming “Greek … Read moreCastle under siege!
Like most early civilizations, the ancient Egyptians measured the passing of time by the phases of the moon. Their first calendar was based on the lunar cycle – the 29 or 30 days from one new moon to the next. A year consisted of three four-month seasons, and the new year was heralded by the … Read moreMarking Time
Multiple viewpoints are very useful in any novel! In the third person, several viewpoint’s allow the reader wider access to knowledge and events not necessarily involving each character in the story. In addition, changing the viewpoint will often increase the pace of the story and can be used to create mystery and tension. It is … Read morePOV: Who’s telling your story?
The horse was an essential part of the knight’s equipment. Although the knight sometimes fought on foot, he was mostly considered a horse-soldier or cavalryman. He took the greatest pride in the breeding, training and skill of his war horses or destrier. His horse was the knight’s pride and joy. It was carefully chosen for … Read moreThe Medieval Horse
Bread was full of grit because bits of the grindstones got into the flour and sand was added to the grain to speed up the grinding. The sand and grit wore away people’s teeth. Fish and pork were ‘unclean’. That meant they were not acceptable as offerings to the gods. People who were able to … Read moreFood & Shopping Facts
Except in rare famine years, no one starved in Egypt. The Nile’s flood and constant sunchine produced such good crops that even peasants with tiny patches of land could grow enough wheat, vegetables and fruit to live on. Those who could afford meat ate pork, mutton, goat, goose, duck or wild game. Beef was a … Read moreShopping
Writing the Perfect Scene – When I read this it made perfect sense to me. A light went on in my head – “this is something I’m doing wrong”. I will learn to write using the Motivation Reaction Units within my Scenes and Sequals. Motivation is what the character sees, hears, smells, tastes, and feels … Read moreWriting the Perfect Scene
Writing the manuscript is the easy part. Getting noticed is the challenge! A friend of mine received one too many rejections where it was obvious that her manuscript had not been read. This was after she did the right thing and queried the agent first and she was asked to send in the chapters. After … Read moreInside Information