The Global Treasure Hunt

In the coming weeks, I am moving to London for a master's degree program. While over there, I will have the opportunity to travel to a variety of countries in Europe, each with a history, longer and richer than that of America. It is a perfect time to create a treasure hunt. For those of... Continue Reading →

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Modern Dialogue in a Medieval World

The most popular setting in the fantasy genre is by far medieval times. Whether in our own world or a world fabricated by the author, there is no shortage of stories in the Middle Ages. However, writing a medieval story poses some problems. How do you create an authentic world without alienating the modern-day reader?This... Continue Reading →

Making it in Monterosso

Having enjoyed a busy trip in Venice and in Florence, I decided I needed a place to relax. What better place than Cinque Terre? As the name suggests, Cinque Terre is a group of Five Lands: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. I stayed in Monterosso, the largest of the villages. Now then, when I... Continue Reading →

Godwin’s Love Song

A love song by Sir Godwin Fulcrum from my fantasy series The Ashborne Chronicles: I’ve walked beaten paths Through thorns and thistle While clouds cracked On nights so fickle. I’ve cried in fields Drenched in shadow, Alone, forgotten, Left to fallow.   But never did I know How our love would grow Ere I took... Continue Reading →

Florence, the Best Italian City?

Rome may be the most famous city in Italy, but Florence is often considered the best Italian city to travel to. It is a city of amazing history, architecture, art, food, and shopping. Florence centers around its famed landmark, the Florence Cathedral, commonly referred to as Il Duomo (the Dome) for its massive dome, which... Continue Reading →

The Glittering Grottos

Frosted lips swim Through the glittering Grottos of my dreams While pale fingers beckon From under the violet waves. A siren Coos, its voice A caramel ooze Down my throat. Overhead A pair of lashes Flutter. They wink And vanish. My head spins As does the sea, down Down in a spiral skirt Of froth and... Continue Reading →

A Stop in San Gimignano

Just an hour southwest of Florence sits a small town upon a hill. Walk through the gates and down the cobblestone streets. Medieval towers and stone churches surround you.  No doubt, you will feel a part of the past because San Gimignano truly is a place preserved in history. Admittedly, there aren't many things to... Continue Reading →

Two Tuscan Wineries

As a gorgeous to the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is one of the most famous regions in Italy. Its food, art, and history are all legendary. But best of all is the wine: Chianti, Brunello, Super Tuscan, and many more. So it was imperative I visited a couple wineries while in Tuscany. Although... Continue Reading →

A Stroll through San Marco

See my first day in Venice here: Italian Trip Stage One: Venice On my second day in Venice, I woke early for a stroll through Piazza San Marco. The square is Venice's main attraction. One look and it's easy to see why. There is the beautiful St. Mark's Basilica with its great arches and elaborate marble... Continue Reading →

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