book 15 in my medieval adventure series

Hurrah! I have been stuck on writing book 15 in my medieval adventure series since October 2016. I just couldn’t find a new theme I wanted to write about. And then suddenly one came to me. In the past two days I’ve written 25,000 words / 16 Chapters. The story is flowing!

What are you guys up to?

Book 1 in the series is free here:

MySpace password

Remember a few weeks ago I got an email claiming someone videoed me watching a porn site? (as if!!) Well now someone sent a similar email and they knew my actual MySpace password. I haven’t used that site in eons. I changed my password of course, but it shows why you should use different passwords for every site. Otherwise if one site gets hacked, you’re in trouble with all sites you use.

And now that I re-instated my MySpace account with a new password … do any of you still use MySpace? What for?

Medieval Technology Changes

In medieval times, thousands upon thousands of people made their livelihood by spinning thread. Then in 1391 an intrepid man in Bologna set up a water-powered spinning mill which could spin silk. In short order he put 4,000 people out of work.

We think of changing technology as a modern thing, but the medieval folk had to deal with these issues, too!

Would you rather live in medieval times or now?

Tarot Card of the Day – The Fool

Here is the tarot card of the day! Don’t let the name fool you –


Traditional meaning:
The fool is the very first card in the entire deck. Card #0. The premier spot.

It’s about starting fresh. Without misconceptions. Without piles of baggage and negative thoughts.

Shake off that past. Smile. Look toward that future.

My Interpretation:
People can have an almost visceral resistance to the word “fool” so it’s important to look again with open eyes. This person is dressed well. They are looking ahead with clear eyes. They are nicely dressed – a warm coat, a nice hat. They carry a rod for protection and a white flower for beauty as well.

If they are a bit foolish, maybe it is because they refuse to believe the nay-sayers. They refuse to just give up. They are starting afresh, with fresh energy, and they will do what it takes to reach their dreams.

Seven of Swords

I just drew the Seven of Swords for a friend. It might resonate with some here.

Traditional meaning:
We are stressed out, overwhelmed, and we feel like a victim. Things are just not going right and it’s frustrating. However, this card cautions that as much as we might think it, we are not helpless victims in this. In part it is our own point of view and reactions which is causing this fix we are in.

Yes, life is not smooth. That’s the way life is. We must look with open eyes at the problems and find a way around them. Rather than bowing our head and feeling like a helpless victim, we must acknowledge our part in all of it, get a clear look at the issues, and then take action to make things better.

My Interpretation:
A man – some sort of an elegant noble – is carrying five swords while another two are stuck in the ground behind him. The five swords almost look like they’re going into his back and neck. The remaining two swords look like they’re pinning his cloak into the ground, so he can’t move forward.

His head is bowed, and this is quite a lot of metal for him to be lugging on his own. Even the back of his cloak seems harsh, like woven boards.

The sky is gloomy and cloudy, and there are ominous mountains ahead. Somehow he has gotten himself into this predicament. He doesn’t even seem like he was a soldier involved in the fighting – he’s dressed cleanly and nicely with an elegant hat. And yet somehow he’s here in the middle of it now. He needs to look up, see the mountains, and decide what he’s going to do.