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Genesis of a Novel – Part VI – Characters Going Awry

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . I started pre-writing Misfortune of Vision on July 23, 2016. On August 23, I

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Genesis of a Novel – The Scene List – Part IV

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. . I did the next step on Misfortune of Vision (Book 4 of The Druid’s

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The Genesis of a Novel, the Beginning – Part 1

This is the first installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond. Although I’ve already started on the process, I thought it might be interesting to

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Maps of Britain and Ireland’s ancient tribes, kingdoms and DNA

I found this absolutely fascinating. I’ve always loved maps, and this is the first time I’ve found a succession of maps showing the differing tribes of the isles throughout time in such a clear progression. At the bottom are some

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The VIKINGS are back! Meet King Björn, ruler of Sweden’s modern day beserkers who live just as their ancestors did (but luckily raiding is banned) | Daily Mail Online

Björn Jakobsen, 66, is the king of a modern-day group of Vikings who live as their ancestors did in a small village near Malmö in Sweden. Source: The VIKINGS are back! Meet King Björn, ruler of Sweden’s modern day beserkers

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The dark side of the Anglo-Saxons | History Extra

The new film adaptation of The Hobbit will no doubt reinforce the widely held image of Anglo-Saxon England as a lost rural idyll. Yet, says Ryan Lavelle, the reality was far less cuddly, blighted by s Source: The dark side

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Anglo-Saxon and British Kingdoms c. 800 – Interactive Map – HeritageDaily – Heritage & Archaeology News

Interactive map of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms and British kingdoms around c. 800 Source: Anglo-Saxon and British Kingdoms c. 800 – Interactive Map – HeritageDaily – Heritage & Archaeology News

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A song and a secret

Originally posted on Spontaneous Deliberations of an Ordinary Girl:
Hi Everyone! We’re taking a slight break from the “Angry Birds Movie” and I’m going to do reviews for two movies: Images found at: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/song_of_the_sea_2014/ (song of the Sea) and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485601/…

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Homesteading and Heathenry -Honoring the Gods through Self-Sufficiency

Great article on Self-sufficiency as honoring your ancestors!  Read more here!   ***** Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books. – Better To Have Loved

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My Full Trip Report from Iceland, July 2015 – with photos!

I’ve made a 2017 calendar of my Iceland photos! Available on Lulu!   The plan: 15 days around the Ring Road. My husband and I, in our mid-40s. Rent a 4X4 so we can go on the F-Roads. 2-3 nights

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Photos from Alftanes and Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

My journey to Iceland in July and August, 2015, consisted of: 3 nights in Reykjavik 2 nights in Skogar 2 nights near Jökulsárlón 3 nights near Lake Myvatn 3 nights in Holmavik 2 nights in Alftanes In total, I took

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The historical truth behind Ragnar Lothbrok

An excellent article on History vs. TV from TheDockyards.com While it is without doubt that Ragnar Lothrok is a Norse legendary hero, being mentioned in various sagas and several poems in Old Norse, the character played by Travis Fimmel in History

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The historical truth behind Lagertha

The historical truth behind Lagertha. A great article on the histrocity of Lagertha, Ragnar Lothbrok’s wife in Vikings on the History Channel. **************** Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden

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My Final Full Trip Report from Iceland!

The plan: 15 days around the Ring Road. My husband and I, in our mid-40s. Rent a 4X4 so we can go on the F-Roads. 2-3 nights in each area. July 17th, Friday: I was able to get out of

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Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen

Apologies to the fantastic show, M*A*S*H, for stealing the title of their final episode.  Today was the bittersweet farewell to Iceland, a country that has welcomed me and made me feel at home. While Ireland will always be my soul’s home,

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From the Wilds of the North to Civilization

 As I left the Westfjords this morning, I gazed at the barren landscape with poignant longing. Miles and miles of nothing is beautiful. I cannot imagine the challenges that those few brave souls who eke out their living in this

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Top Ten Things to do around Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland

It isn’t easy to get to, being on the Orkneys in the North Sea, but it is well worth a trip

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Top Ten Things to See near Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland

While I don’t live in Kirkwall, I have visited on holiday, and enjoyed the town very much.  It isn’t easy to get to, being on the Orkneys in the North Sea, but it is well worth a trip, and there

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