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Early Modern Witch Hunting and Modern Crime Investigation

I got to do lots of interesting research for the historical setting of the Werewolves in the Renaissance series. Crime and punishment for witchcraft are at the heart of the first novel, and I learned that the Early Modern period … Continue reading

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What is an empath and how this identity motivates my writing

Empathy is a state of perception that allows you to actually feel the emotions of others (people, animals, plants, the Earth). An empath describes an individual who has a natural ability to detect and absorb the emotional energies of others. … Continue reading

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Equestrian tourists ride stallions in wide open spaces of Morocco

As someone who has some modest experience with riding horses, I can appreciate the allure of those equestrians competing in the an endurance horse race called the Gallops. In 2014, the first Gallops challenge took place in Oman. This one … Continue reading

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The Secret is Out: The Right Music Boosts Productivity

I’ve known for many years what this article from Popular Science reveals. Listening to a certain style of music improves focus and helps me write. It can help people concentrate on other tasks too. For example, the article says that … Continue reading

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Bayeux Tapestry and how images shape historical views

As the article shared below explains, the Bayeux Tapestry is an exceptional example of historical propaganda. The 230-foot tapestry that depicts the Norman Conquest of 1066 from the Norman point of view is headed for display in England, the country … Continue reading

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Surplus killing behavior of wolves represents food stockpiling

I came across a headline recently about shocking wolf attacks in France. A sheep-raising couple lost 15 animals in a night. They had been willing to accept the loss of an occasional animal, but the carnage alarmed them badly. This … Continue reading

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Disney going hog wild with Star Wars

I’ve really been pleased so far with how Disney has developed the Star Wars universe. “Rogue One” was an outstanding movie. I cry every time I watch it, plus it has such bad ass Darth Vader scenes. I’m very much … Continue reading

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Extinct human species inspire fantasy races and monsters

My whole life I’ve been fascinated by human ancestors or prehistoric members of the genus homo. Neanderthals are the most well known. Their disappearance from Europe at the same time that modern homo sapiens moved into the continent has held … Continue reading

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Archeology a constant source of inspiration for my fantasy writing

This article about a 1,000-year-old Viking sword found by a hunter in the Norwegian Mountains easily suggests a story to me. Unlike the speculation in the article that someone dropped the sword while lost in a blizzard, I like to … Continue reading

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Predators and Prey react to molecule in spilled blood

This article about the E2D molecule shows how the microscopic world influences the macro world. The process of fats breaking down in blood exposed to air creates the molecule. Scientists have concluded that E2D provokes interest and excitement in predators, … Continue reading

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