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Giveaway Time! The Meldling

Giveaway Time! The Meldling

It's been an interesting and busy few weeks! Time for a giveaway, of course, seeing as I haven't done one for my handbound books recently.This is a copy of The Meldling, bound in nice parchment paper with a leather cover. It's definitely bigger, thicker and heavier...

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The Origins of Werewolves

The Origins of Werewolves

In a discussion with my most esteemed friend, Mab Morris, the topic of folklore and the underpinnings of fantasy as a genre came up. She takes the view that fantasy as we know it is nothing without folklore, whereas I take the stance that the genre has long since...

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Breaking a Sword

Breaking a Sword

The Shards of Narsil Edge damage is a big thing among swordfighters. It's a given that any kind of sparring is going to result in your weapon taking a beating. But it's an interesting question to ask - is it possible to break a sword, like they do in the movies? Is it...

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The Nameless Knight is now available!

The Nameless Knight is now available!

I'm fond of soft launches, so it's likely that some of you will know this already, but The Nameless Knight has been released! It's now available on Amazon, and will be available soon on Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo Books, and a bunch more through Smashwords'...

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The Making of The Nameless Knight

The Making of The Nameless Knight

With the release of The Nameless Knight getting close, it's time to make the first print copy.  I've been looking around for a new binding style that'll work better with the paper I can get through my printer, and with the help and advice of /r/Bookbinding on...

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The Physics of the Cut

The Physics of the Cut

It is a truth universally acknowledged, by swordfighters at least, that a curved sword is superior at cutting. But why? Why should the curvature of a blade have such an effect on the effectiveness of its cut? Today I'd like to delve into the physics of swordplay, and...

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Who is Captain America

Who is Captain America

You know, I don't like ranting. Sometimes it's cathartic, but mostly it's just venting because, once again, the world has turned out to be a crappy place that I wish would just get its shit together. Which brings me to this new insanity: the latest Captain America...

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The Tower of Joy Fight

The Tower of Joy Fight

So I got talking to one of my swordfighting buddies about two-weapon fighting again, and he mentioned that the latest episode of A Game of Thrones had some pretty silly swinging going on in a fight at some place called the Tower of Joy. Of course, I had to go and look...

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A few things you probably didn’t know about archery

A few things you probably didn’t know about archery

So, I went back to the range on Sunday, and had a lovely time putting sharp pointy things into a crappy target made out of masking tape. My groupings are getting better, thank you for asking. But it got me thinking about the stuff that people don't know about archery,...

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Washed Out and Fed Up

Washed Out and Fed Up

I admit to being jaded sometimes, and it's not without reason - see all my previous posts on popular media, for example. So call this the latest in a long, stupid string of failures which has most certainly ceased to surprise me. Hollywood has a problem with...

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