Going Medieval

Going Medieval


I’m always amazed at how many people are so quick to argue that people of color did not exist in Europe during medieval times or that black people, for instance, weren’t around during the Greek and Roman eras. And to include said PoCs during such time periods would be unrealistic and another example of shoving a PC agenda down our throats OH-EM-GEE.

This usually comes up in medieval fantasy stories. Like say for instance, Guinevere in BBC’s Merlin. Actress Angel Coulby caught heat for daring to be a beautiful powerful black queen.

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How Much Do You Know About Irony?

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember some of Reedsy’s awesome creations such as Writing Dynamic Characters and Third Person Limited vs Omniscient PoV. Well, Ricardo Fayet and his team have done it again with a long-form post detailing the three main kinds of irony in literature, and how authors can use them to add more suspense, depth, or fun to their novels. As usual, they have illustrated it (literally) with a few memorable scenes from Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and Romeo and Juliet.

Reedsy’s post covers the following subjects:

  • What is irony?
  • Dramatic Irony
  • Situational Irony
  • Verbal Irony
  • And even a fun quiz!

Here’s a quick summary, but I do advise you to head over to Reedsy and read the whole post whenever you have a moment. And while you’re there, check out Reedsy’s free writing course: How to Write a Novel!

Learn What Irony (Really) Is and How To…

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The 30 authors of the 30 day challenge… Meet them all here!!!

Mercedes Prunty Author


I’m slowly getting to grips with this challenge, how it all works, cross promoting others work and finally (I know it’s late) getting to know Twitter and use it better (Gosh I know, never thought that would happen lol) but what I thought would be great would be to have all the 30 authors names and author fan pages in one place (Easy for me to find but also easy for you guys to find them and read their works if you fancy reading something new from an author you probably wouldn’t really know before).

So let’s start it off with the woman who created the assignments and the leader of all things 30 authors…

  1. Lucina Moebius – https://www.facebook.com/LucindaMoebiusAuthor/
  2. Morgan Smith –  https://www.facebook.com/morgansmithauthor/
  3. Author Gibson – https://www.facebook.com/ProtectedBooks/
  4. Greg Alldredge –  https://www.facebook.com/G.Alldredge/
  5. Mark McQuillen –
  6. Jason Nugent – https://www.facebook.com/jasonjnugentwrites/
  7. Assaph Mehr – https://www.facebook.com/AssaphMehrAuthor/
  8. Merri Prudich Halma – https://www.facebook.com/authormerrihalma/
  9. Ryan Batla –…

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Author Interview with Nicole Luttrell…

Mercedes Prunty Author

Please give a warm welcome to the lovely Nicole Luttrell who is another author I have met during the July, 30 days 30 authors challenge, hope you all enjoy getting to know her.

Question one – Why did you personally choose to take part in ‘Lucinda’s 30 days 30 authors promotion and writing challenge’ and what do you hope to accomplish at the end of it?

I love introducing my readers to new indie authors. I feel like indie writing is about to explode. We’re more respected more accepted and taken more seriously than ever before. I want to work with other indie writers reach as wide of an audience as possible.

Question two – Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your other job if you have one? Where are you from? What skills do you have other than writing?

I live in Butler, PA with my husband…

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Author Spotlight: J.S. Frankel

Author Spotlight: J.S. Frankel

(Almost) Average

In my year long quest to bring you new and “new to you” authors, I’m please to present young adult fantasy author J.S. Frankel, author of The Titans of Ardana (and many other YA Fantasy novels).

Hi, J.S., thanks for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

My real name is Jesse Frankel, but I never cared for it, so I go by my initials most of the time. I was born in Toronto, Canada, a long time ago, and grew up there, attending university and graduating with an Arts Degree, which is about as useful these days as an empty beer bottle.
When I was twenty-six, I moved to Japan to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and never really went back. I got married a long time ago, and my wife and two sons make our home in Osaka. I teach English…

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Living in Space


A fan of science fiction, like me, enjoys reading about space travel in space operas and other fictional adventures where humans leave the planet. But, occasionally, I wonder what kind of experience it would be to actually travel in space.

To answer this question, I’ve gone to astronaut training websites, and read experiences of actual astronauts. I was surprised to learn that there are issues around, eating, sleeping, exercise, cleaning, and dealing with bio-breaks.

First up, some food will be different. All meals that aren’t solid, like fresh fruit, will be stabilized by being drained of liquid. Think of freeze dried food, or MRE’s. Drinks will be sipped through a straw, to reduce the chance of spillage. Even the taste of food might be different. Remember your air is recycled and your stomach has to accommodate to space travel.

Next, sleeping might seem surprising at first. To keep from drifting around the cabin, you will probably fasten your body into your sleeping bag. Remember to strap your head in, so your neck muscles aren’t working all night against a swinging head.

Clothing only presents one small problem; with no loose water to wash in, you might want extra pairs of underwear. Plan on having a big laundry day, upon your return to terra firma. Other types of ablutions face similar hurdles. You won’t be spraying liquids around, so wash your body with damp towels and wipe yourself to clean up. You can use soap, but don’t let stray bubbles float around. Liquids can get into operating systems where you can’t clean them up. You especially don’t want to cultivate any unplanned bacteria in your living environment.

Exercise becomes even more important in space. The human body is working 24 hours a day against the force of gravity. In space, without gravity, the muscles, and tone will be quickly lost. Each person will need a daily regimen of exercise to keep the body fit. If you are short, congratulations, you may gain a few inches in height. But, you may feel weak as a baby when you step back under full gravity.

Also it seems, when first leaving the planet’s surface, much of the blood will rush to your head. Your head and stomach will be unstable for a few days. It might be a challenge to avoid throwing up. You head will suffer, until you can pee some fluid away. Which brings up another issue. To get rid of bodily waste, you will need to strap yourself to the toilet, using a vacuum sucking tube to pull the wastes away from you.

So, are you ready take off into space? There are a few considerations, but fortunately, some people can do it. Think about these details the next time you crack open a space opera.

I made a quiz to test your suitability for space travel, take it here:



https://www.wired.com/2014/11/marsha-ivins/ An Astronaut Reveals What Life in Space Is Really Like

http://iss.jaxa.jp/kids/en/life/ Life in Space


L. C. Mawson’s Diverse 99c Spotlight



L. C. Mawson is doing a Start Reading Diverse 99c Spotlight over on her website. Some of the books included in the Spotlight are always 99c, but some aren’t, including The Complete Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone Chronicles. Yep, you can get the entire Lady Ruth series for just 99c. But, act quickly.

Looking for some historical/steampunk, diverse reads? This weekend, we’ve got four diverse books in the historical/steampunk category, all priced at 99c.

Check them out!


The Crone in Hollywood


Three big budget movies have come out in the last year, with memorable, grotesque, and striking females as the main villain. The films feature Enchantress in Suicide Squad (2016). Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers (2017), and Ahmanet in The Mummy (2017). These representations made me think of the role of “the crone” in Western culture and literature.

Crone in modern America is most often taken to represent an old and unappealing female. The term, in English, derives from Middle English, as a term of abuse, from Anglo-French caroine, meaning dead flesh. The contemporary meaning for the term crone refers to an older woman, such as a witch or hag, and is certainly derogatory and demeaning. The crone is commonly used to describe useless or evil females. The concept of a crone incorporates the stigma of both age and inferior gender into one term. However, long ago it could also mean “wise woman” or “holy one.”

Watching Power Rangers, this week, I was reminded of visual similarities of the villains in the three movies. Taking a look at historical representations of unattractive females we find witches, crones, and hags in fairy tales, and other literature. In the West, these traits perhaps are connected to not being married, or not bearing children. In Great Expectations (1861) the novel by Charles Dickens, the villainess is a woman who was jilted at the alter, and who nurtures a lifelong plan to wreck her vengeance on men. Perhaps the male writers of the past were channeling the cultural role of females as wife, mother, and object of male domination by showing women outside of those norms as evil.

Some scholars believe this schism between wise elder figures and evil elder female figures are a carryover from the change in cultural values after female dominated societies were overthrown by male dominated warrior leaders, as during the Bronze age.

The pattern was formed, and it apparently persists to this day. Enchantress in the Suicide Squad movie is a witch-goddess with a desire to destroy the world. The Squad must defeat her as she uses her power to ravage the earth. Rita Replusa in the Power Rangers movie is an alien entity that wants to end all life on planet Earth, for some unknown reason. Ahmanet in The Mummy is represented as a former princess from the Egyptian New Kingdom era who sells her soul to the god Set for mystical power. The heroes must defeat Ahmanet’s plan to release Set on an unsuspecting world.

Perhaps this year will exhaust the idea of having so many villains who are evil, bitter females with power and a distorted appearance. I hope Hollywood grows tired of its reliance on the crone as a go-to villain in action blockbusters. Let’s reprise, instead, that other mythic character, the wise women, from whom many gifts and blessing arise. But then what will the box-office dictate?