Category Archives: Strange stuff

Some Fashions I Just Don’t Get

Amazing what you can learn just skimming your Facebook news feed. Someone posted an article about tuberculosis on its effect on fashions in the nineteenth century. It seems that the elaborate cravats popular among men had another purpose. They hid … Continue reading

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Seven Odd Musical Instruments

Travel anywhere in the world and what do you find in every culture? No, I’m not thinking about alcohol (but that would be true). I’m thinking of musical instruments. So as I build the setting for my fantasy novels, I … Continue reading

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Sights, Sounds and Smells of a Medieval Market

Much of the action in my work in progress occurs in the markets of Elcneido, Inshulco, and Trofmose, three of the towns in the land of Tlefas. I decided to do a little research into medieval markets to discover just … Continue reading

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What Not to Feed a Chicken

The villain in my work in progress is a chicken farmer. No offense to chicken farmers. I have nothing against chicken farmers. In fact, my brother-in-law keeps chickens. But my villain, Mazat, had to have some kind of profession, and … Continue reading

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Strange Winter Sports (Olympic or Otherwise)

Have you ever noticed there are so many strange Olympic sports? I confess, I love watching them all. The whole spectacle fascinates me: the opening ceremonies, the ice skating and ski jumping, and, of course, the curling. Maybe it’s because … Continue reading

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Strange Delicacies

What do people eat in Tlefas, the setting of my novels? Good question. I thought I’d look around for some strange delicacies that could inspire some dishes I’d set on their tables. As always, I came up with some truly … Continue reading

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Truly Odd Alcoholic Drinks

Just about every society has its alcoholic beverages, so I set out to come up with some unusual ones for Tlefas, the world I’ve created for my novels. I searched the internet for some ideas, and found some truly odd … Continue reading

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