All posts for the month April, 2011

Not only is it a brilliant title for a chapter in any self respecting fantasy book series, Inn At The Crossroads is a brilliant food blog. Two amazingly dedicated George R. R. Martin super fans (in the best possible way) have taken on the monumental task of cooking their way through the foods mentioned in his Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. Not only that, they take fabulously mouthwatering pictures of the foods they cook which makes me both desperately hungry and desperately wish I could cook. Given the rich medieval tone of the series it is little wonder that some of the recipes should they be truly faithful to the source material might not be completely comparable to the modern palate (i.e. not what we’re used to and occasionally sort of gross) they also offer altered recipes as well that maintain the spirit of the original and are super tasty.

A fabulous example of Inn At The Crossroads tasty looking fare. (Pic from their blog.)

Right now I’m dreaming of the future medieval style feasts I may someday have with my friends thanks to the wonderful work of the ladies at the Inn At The Crossroads. And I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if my description of the foods in Threa might become more detailed either.

Check them out!

This must be the twentieth post I’ve started this week. I’ll finish this one…it’ll end one way or the other.

Writing is a funny thing. Sometimes it’s the easiest most exciting thing in the world, and sometimes it’s worse than pulling a tooth. At least the tooth usually comes out quickly, words on the other hand don’t, and there are a lot more of them.

I’ve always heard of the beast known as writer’s block, but until recently I’ve never met the horror face to face. The tricky bit about recognizing the wee beastie is that it has this amazing camouflage. Sometimes it dresses up in “things that must be done first,” other times it changes it’s color to “wouldn’t you rather do this other fun and easy thing,” then there’s the old “white page = black hole, words are typed and then mysteriously disappear,” my personal favorite “aaauuughghhghhgh” which is just the sound of me procrastinating, and the classic “I have no idea what happens here in this unexciting bit of the story” trap.

Solution? None. Just keep pulling words out until the book is done. It never hurts as bad as I think it will.

It’s nearly May. If I’m not golden by the end of May… King Midas owes me one. lol

I was saving all of these for the new blog I’m working on for the Mercator Mapmaker website, but I’m getting tiered of all the open tabs in my browser. I have a tendency to keep “important” webpages in open tabs for months at a time, time for a bit of clean up, and as a bonus my boring little blog gets new content! Yay!

First we have a fantastic BBC Series The Beauty of Maps. It’s brilliant, check it out and see for your self the awesome power and beauty of maps!

Here are the rest of the episodes conveniently organized on a single webpage over at

Next is a little time-lapse video of making a map of the London Underground out of string. As with nearly everything on Vimeo, it’s beautiful and creative. Perhaps I’ll play with the idea myself someday mapping the movements of all my characters across Threa.

String map from fsm vpggru on Vimeo.

And finally a couple of super cool posters. Words and maps together at last…er…again! Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for this one!

You can buy them here along with other cool literary themed posters.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m still working on all that video from Mount Ayr and StarFest, my computer is getting old and cantankerous and my patience is limited. Hopefully I can wrangle it into spitting out what I want soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll post later this week about my StarFest adventure in Denver this weekend. Look for video! ๐Ÿ™‚

In the mean time…

THIS JUST IN: Dragon Riders of Pern Series by Anne McCafferey being adapted to film.

Here I admit my one true love for…*gasp*…DRAGONS. Yes, you heard me. I love dragons!

BUT…. only Anne McCafferey’s dragons.

I was spoiled. The Dragon Rider’s of Pern was the first “adult” fantasy book series I was ever introduced to. Before I go any further, I admit freely that I have not read the entire series, not by a long shot. But I was completely obsessed with Dragonsong and Dragonsinger in sixth grade. On long road trips suring my middle school years these two audiobooks were constantly playing on my walkman and my own ridiculously fantastic story woven into the fabric of Pern. I really identified with Menolly (the main character of Dragonsong/singer) at that time in my life. I suppose it was a fandom very similar to many’s obsession for Harry Potter. It was so ridiculous that when we were in Ireland and in the county Anne McCafferey lives in, I actually tried to find her in a random local telephone book. At the time I had NO idea how creepy that was. I’m better now…I hope. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s funny, I’d almost forgotten how big of a Geek I was about those books.

… well, ok, just IN Mt. Ayr, but still awesome just the same.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with my cousin Sue (Teacher Extraordinaire) Buck’s seventh and eighth grade classes. My tongue and throat are still sore from the 6 classes I spoke in, and my writing had is a little sore from signing all those bookmarks, but I had a blast. It was my first experience speaking to a school group, quite a few of the kids have actually read East To Adonia, and it went better than I could ever have expected. The kids were great, even the one or two that fell asleep. I didn’t mind, I remember how hard it was to stay awake by the end of the day (and the beginning, and the middle). ๐Ÿ™‚

Look for exclusive footage featuring some of the students to appear on this blog in the next week or so!

NEXT UP: Denver StarFest Apr. 15-17!

So I’m back from my first Science Fiction/ Fantasy Convention in Wayne, Nebraska!ย  All in all I must say that it was a pretty great weekend. I took tons of pictures and video, which seem to have disappeared into the black hole of random data loss otherwise this post would be much shinier.

The highlight of my weekend was getting to hear Harry Turtledove read his short story “We Haven’t Got There Yet.” (Link to The story answers the question, “How would Shakespeare react to a performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard?” Mr. Turtledove confessed that the idea for the story struck him after seeing the play with his daughter, and I’m confident that he’s not the only one to have asked the question, but I’m pretty certain no one else has answered it nearly as well.ย  As a Theater Geek, I was hooked from the premise and fell in love with all the little pieces of Elizabethan English ( I love the word groundlings) and Shakespearean quotes scattered throughout the story. Fantasy, history, theatre, Shakespeare, if any or all these subjects catch your fancy you’ll love this little tale. Check it out.

And if you happen to be near Wayne, Nebraska for Willy Con 14 check it out!