Hello everyone,

Research is a constant, ongoing process while writing historical fiction. Sometimes a fascinating tidbit surfaces that might be of particular interest beyond its use in a novel. As I continue to work in the historical fiction field, I will post those occasional points of interest here. Occasionally I muse on the writing process as well along with news to keep readers informed of what's going on with my books and other writings.

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The photo above is of Snowdonia in North Wales, which plays a large part in the setting of the Macsen's Treasure Series.


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Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter Solstice

The poem that follows reflects an old Celtic tale about the change of seasons at Midwinter, or the Winter Solstice. The Holly King represents the "dark" half of the year. He defeats the Oak King at Midsummer by stealing the light and driving the world towards winter. Likewise the Oak King represents life and the "light" half of the year. When he defeats the Holly King at Midwinter, he brings the rebirth of the world and the plenty of the coming summer.

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