Pentru ca Mexic, peones, mariachis… si La Llorona imbracata in huilpil, ca cea din cantecul Chavelei Vargas (sau al lui Nat King Cole, ca tot aceeasi este, nu chiar cea din legenda).

ore de drum

Paris, 2016

Parisul mi-a făcut un cadou premonitoriu cu trei ani înainte să vizitez Mexicul.


Cel mai frumos e atunci când un sentiment te asaltează când te aștepți mai puțin.


Ar trebui ca, înainte să călătorești în anumite locuri, să faci un test pre-îndrăgostire,


ca să fii pregătit pentru ceea ce urmează să vezi.


Și ca să fii sigur că te întorci acasă cu sufletul teafăr.


Pe un zbor scurt, doar de o oră, în vestul Europei, mă așez pe locul la culoar care-mi fusese atribuit.


Ceilalți doi pasageri care urmau să-mi fie companioni de zbor nu sosiseră încă.


Scot cartea pe care o aveam cu mine, Mehmet le Conqérant de Nedim Gursel, și mă pun pe citit.


Apar și vecinii.


Tineri, educați, se scuză că mă deranjează, eu fiind la margine.


Un cuplu în jur de treizeci de ani.


Băiatul s-a așezat la mijloc și își pune pașaportul în…

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Ancient Travels

I am sure you all wanted to know it.

Nicholas C. Rossis

I came across an interesting question on Quora the other day: What was the approximate travel time between London and Rome in the 13th century?

As Frank Melling, author of “A Sixpence in the Settee,” points out, this is not a simple question to answer, as it depends on the circumstances. Are you a merchant, a peasant on pilgrimage, a priest, or a courier? Will you be walking, riding, or taking a Cog?

Read on to find out the answer – and check out Stanford’s Orbis, the great link in the end!

What a difference 900 years make

At the peak of the Roman Empire, an Imperial Messenger would cover 50 miles a day – and from all over the Empire. There are tales of Roman riders covering hundreds of miles in 24 hours when there was a desperate need. However, that was with as many…

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Free Online Character Name Generators

Very interesting!

I use sometimes certain generators too, but for medieval names the San Gabriel Academy was the best.

Nicholas C. Rossis

I have an unusual relationship with character names, probably because I have such a poor memory (as Electra likes to point out). Quite frankly, I don’t particularly like the process of coming up with names. As the saying goes, you don’t know how many people you dislike until it’s time to name your child. Or character. Plus, once I finish the book I forget the characters’ names within a few days at most (which makes reading Game of Thrones exhausting).

My way out is to name people after their role in the book. For example, in Runaway Smile we meet the boy and his mother. Neither has a name beyond that. Similarly, many characters in A Heaven for Toasters are called “The Professor,” “The Captain,” etc. Easy to remember, if not so easy to write, as I always struggle with capitalization.

When I do need to come up…

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Unknown Medieval Weapons

Maybe you want to know. .

Nicholas C. Rossis

Everyone’s heard of swords and spears. But how about the Goedendag, the Ahlspiess, or the Hussite flail?

If you write historical fiction, you may appreciate this opportunity to spice up your weapons, courtesy of Quora.

The Goedendag

Essentially, the Goedendag (Dutch for “good dagger” or “good day”) is a baseball bat-shaped weapon, with an iron ring to add weight and a striking edge around the tip. A stout, pointed spike out the end of it let it stab through relatively heavy armors, while it struck with the authority of a heavy mace. Not exactly an elegant weapon, it was famously used to decimate French dismounted knights at Courtrai.

The Ahlspiess

The Ahlspiess is a simple polearm, designed for one purpose only: penetrating plate armor. About the length of an average poleax, it deleted the striking head to focus entirely on the lethal penetrative capability of a…

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Telendos sau dovada că dragostea se poate scrie și pe apă

O legenda asemanatoare celei cu Leandros si Hero…

Iubim Grecia

Există povești în această lume care ne schimbă, fac să ne tresalte ceva în inimă și lasă acolo o fărâmă de tristețe. Sunt poveștile unor oameni care și-au găsit și împlinit iubirea nu aici, pe pământ, ci dincolo de viață și de moarte. Sunt acele povești care ne învață iar și iar că dragostea fericită se încheie ”la adânci bătrâneți”, în timp ce iubirea sfâșietoare dăinuie dincolo de timp.

Îndrăgostiții din Telendos

Romeo și Julieta sunt doar doi eroi-prototip pentru o poveste tristă de iubire, în spatele lor ascunzându-se multe cupluri care și-au găsit alinarea înr-un alt mod decât o nuntă.

Pothea si Andronicus sunt doi astfel de eroi care au lăsat în bazinul Mării Egee urma iubirii lor.

Insula Telendos văzută din Kalymnos. Sursa foto:

Telendos este o mică insulă de lângă Kalymnos, atât de aproape încât uneori, când apele mării sunt liniștite și cerul senin, se spune…

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Writing on Labor Day? Here’s the Easy Way…

It is funny and it might be sparking an idea…


Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is an American holiday (though with different names throughout the world) dedicated to the achievements of American workers. Take today to think about it. Me, I’ll take it literally–labor! A keyboard, three screens, four tasks, and a six-pack of Red Bull. I’m ready!

If you’re devoting Labor Day to your writing but need a kick start, last year I posted Wrong Hands plot generator matrice. I know it says ‘Christmas Movie’ but it works well for writing:

I thought I’d update this year and was surprised how many plot generators are out there:

OK, seriously, if you’re writing today, maybe you’re doing it on your iPad, so it’ll be more versatile, more portable. Here are some suggestions to make that easier:

  • Double-tap the space bar to add a period.
  • Double-tap the shift key to turn on CAPS LOCK.
  • Double-tap the Home button…

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Free Historical Mexican Recipes

Good appetite! You know, for me, anything Mexican is interesting.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Mexican recipes | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

I love Mexican food and cook it regularly (including today, actually). So, I was thrilled when I heard on Atlas Obscura that The University of Texas at San Antonio was digitizing the largest collection of historic Mexican cookbooks in the United States. While the project started prior to the pandemic, it is now meant to inspire home cooks during it.

The UTSA Libraries released the first of the mini-cookbooks earlier this month. Postres: Guardando Lo Mejor Para el Principio, or “Desserts: Saving the Best for First,” brings recipes in English and Spanish from generations of Mexican cooks to foodies at home looking to whip up some historic sweets.

Churros | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksPostres’ churros recipe comes from an unpublished 1928 manuscript

Recetas: Cocinando en los Tiempos del Coronavirus

The e-book series, Recetas: Cocinando en los Tiempos del Coronavirus/Cooking in the Time of Coronavirus, is the culmination of a 20-year collection effort by the…

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Every Swordsman Cheats

Nicholas C. Rossis

When writing fantasy, we often have to describe fight scenes. Swordfights, in particular, make for great descriptions. But we often forget one crucial aspect of fighting: when it comes to life or death, everyone cheats. Even the good guys, as Martin Lloyd points out on Quora.

Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksSource: Vagabond fandoom

Miyamoto Musashi is one of history’s most celebrated swordsmen. But he was not the quintessential samurai. He was the quintessential anti-samurai. Where samurai went right, he went left. Musashi was famous for a unique style of double-bladed swordsmanship (it wasn’t unique if other samurai were doing it) and winning his duels through trickery (which other samurai fell for).

Musashi’s philosophy was essentially a “strategist” beats a “sword fencer”, so he probably cheated on principle to prove it.

Before he entered his first duel, his father started apologizing to the guy Musashi was supposed to fight. Musashi surprise-attacked him…

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Free Author Resources

For all of us who need it… thank you, Nickolas and Fros! Evharisto poli!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Wow | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

In my last post, I wrote about some of Dave Chessson’s, aka Kindlepreneur’s, free author resources, including his Free Amazon Book Description Generator.

Today, I have more free author resources that can prove invaluable to your author promos, courtesy of my author friend, Effrosyni Moschoudi. She has compiled a list of free author resources that include two invaluable Word files:

  • Dozens of websites and Facebook groups to submit your books for FREE! (Word file) and
  • A FREE task list for your promo (Word file)

Even better, she keeps the lists regularly updated. These two were only updated last week, so you can rest assured they’re as up-to-date as humanly possible!

Check out Effrosyni’s full post for more author tips and resources!

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