The Secrets of Medieval Fonts

would love to be able to write like this


One of the fundamental things in a medieval book is letters – those symbols that fill up page after page and that make up meaning. Each one of us human beings writes differently and considering that medieval books were made before the invention of print, it follows that the scripts they carry show a great variety in execution styles. This is perhaps the most amazing experience of spending a day going through a pile of medieval books in the library: the immense variation in the manner in which the text is written on the parchment pages.

No surviving artefact underscores this point of variation better than advertisement sheets of commercial scribes. The one in Fig. 1 was produced by Herman Strepel and through it he shows off his expertise – and in a sense his merchandise – to customers who visited his shop. The blank back shows that the sheet was hanging on the wall, like a menu in a fast-food…

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…sleepless in Hong Kong… shades of ‘Streets of London’…

He can write

Seumas Gallacher

…the trouble with short, fleeting visits to anywhere with a time zone difference of five hours is the dreaded jet lag… local time in Hong Kong touched 11.00 p.m. when this ol’ Jurassic tried to get some slumber… sure enuff, within minutes, out like a light I went… heavy duty ZZZZZZZZZs… then, bolt upright, owl-eyed, fast awake… the clock had advanced to only 2.20 a.m….the next two hours was an exercise in attempts at every sleeping position known to Mankind and hibernating animals… all to no avail… 5.00 a.m. arrived, and still dark outside the hotel window… and the stomach rumbles demanded food of some sort… NUTHIN to do but get out of the room, clad in typical wannabe-iconic-author-gear of T-shirt, floppy cotton basketball shorts and flip-flops… the accommodation is one-o’-them joints with no restaurant, so where to go?… easy… the ubiquitous open-all-night McDonald’s, not fifty…

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Guest Post: How to Get Your Blogging Spark Back and Inspire Community

When Women Inspire

Hi everyone! Today I have blogger Felicia of Thoughtful Minds United over for a visit. Please help me welcome her! I hope you enjoy her advice for how to get your blogging spark back. Her words are inspirational and ones you can start to apply today in your own writing, if you feel it needs a bit of a boost. Let’s get to it! 🙂 Here’s Felicia:

Since you are most likely a writer, author, or both, by now, you may have heard this spiel- “Tell your story, your voice is important!”

typingActually, this may be one of the reasons why you blog here on WordPress. But sometimes, even on this platform, it can be hard to remember that, right?

The longer we blog, the harder it can be to remember why you started doing it in the first place. It can be hard to remember that you aren’t…

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Wednesday Wing – #TwitterTips Part 2 Expanding Your Reach by @TerryTyler4 #wwwblogs

As usual very good advice….

Rosie Amber

Here on Wednesday Wing we bring you all sorts of post and tips to do with blogging, marketing, and writing.

Rosie's Notebook

Today we’re looking at Expanding you Twitter Reach

Thanks To @TerryTyler4 for this post.


Twitter Tips

 Part 2: Expanding your ‘reach’

Last week we looked at how to get more followers,  and today I’d like to offer some ideas about how to expand the ‘reach’ of your tweets, and thus your blog, if you have one, too (my personal blog has had 336,778 views since I started it 4 years ago, and my book review blog 82,392 views since I started it 16 months ago; I daresay some get tons more than that but they’re quite respectable numbers, so I hope these tips help!). Please note that this post is orientated towards writers/bloggers, but the same principles apply whatever your area of the Twittersphere.

Say at the moment…

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT FLESH by @dylanjmorgan #Horror #TuesdayBookBlog

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Teri, she blogs at

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Teri has been reading Flesh by Dylan J Morgan


Five Stars

I’m officially a Dylan J. Morgan fan.  From his previous two books I’ve read, I knew I loved his novels.  As of now, I’d read anything he put in front of me.  Grocery list, errands to do – anything!

As a warning, I’d advise some of you not to eat while reading the first several pages of this book – but for me?  I found the opening scene morbidly delightful, and could only imagine the type of research the author conducted.  Vacant is full of some vile, twisted people who perform some reprehensible acts to keep a creature fed and away from their town.  Sheriff Andrew Keller is one of the more flawed MCs I’ve seen, an absolute wreck of a man – and yet I didn’t find it…

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Ausone’s notebook, instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Hello humans. As expected and promised (not by me, mind you) here I am. Again, you may say, but it would be better to get used to it. I am a cat.

Last week I told you how to annoy your fellow human. Today we will start with the other side of the coin. Yup, pleasing your fellow human. It is quite easy, humans these days need something they call stability. And, we cats, we can provide that. No problem for us.

So open your antennas and get how your human is feeling. Stressed? Angry? Annoyed with life in general? Your turn. Be cat. Don’t do anything of last weeks measures. Be there, purr. Sneak close to your human (you could nap a little). If you have a light coloured fur. Don’t rub yourself extensively against your human who’s wearing dark colours. May leave some hair, may annoy your human. And as we want to please him (or her), we are not doing this at the moment. Leave this for later.

Just play role model cat for a while. Don’t demand special treats. Eat whatever you’re served. Come home on time, don’t let your human wait for you. Be there and provide some stability. No presents, even if you feel the urge to please your human by providing some food. Don’t deliver a dead mouse, now. We have time for this later. Even if you are a beginning hunter and you want to show your human what you have caught. Not at the moment. Humans do not like our food and, in general, do not understand the meaning of our present.. I repeat it again. We never see you hunt, so we, from time to time, deliver one of our preys to You. Because you are not hunting and you must eat. So, we deliver. This is called a friendly gesture. Yes, it’s a sign of our affection. If your human works from home and has a special place to do his work. Do not occupy this place, don’t nap in his favourite chair. Don’t sleep on the keyboard. Don’t demand urgently to leave the house when he (or she) is doing something at the moment. As we are in pleasing mode at the moment, we try to not disturb our human. Don’t sharpen your claws on furniture. Don’t rearrange pillows. Certainly not with your claws (in French they call that: “Faire du pain.” Making bread.). Your toilet is for the time being clean enough. Try to be the perfect companion, put the human in the centre! You will get it back, no sorrows. And after your human has calmed down, when he’s less stressed. We can show him again, why he loves us really. Not because we are the perfect piece of decoration or furniture. Because we are cats. Unpredictable, independent, living in the moment. And we show humans that multi-tasking is against nature.

This week’s photo wasn’t an easy choice. I do have a photo of a fellow cat from the UK. But my personal photographer (the female) took a series of me, slowly waking up on Sunday morning. So, which one to choose? Kitteny, you’ll have to wait.

Ausone waking up 2

See you next week



Nominations for the Annual Bloggers Awards are Now Open @sacha_black #WeekendBlogShare

Rosie Amber

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Nominations for the annual Bloggers Awards are Now Open



Best OverallBest Overall Blog

This award is for the blogger who has the best overall blog. Who is the blogger that for you, excels in a variety of categories? Perhaps they’re sociable and engage with readers, maybe they share others posts, or have a writing style that keeps you coming back time and time again.

Whoever you choose needs to be an all rounder, a blogger that for you is head and shoulders above the rest.

FunniestFunniest Blogger

Which blogger continually makes you laugh out loud? Has someone made you laugh so hard you cried? Maybe you snorted drink through your nose at one of their jokes. Who’s the funniest blogger of them all?

InspirationalMost Inspirational Blogger

Who consistently inspires you? Is there a blogger that’s thought provoking and inquisitive?…

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A Progress Report: Mokelumne River 50k


FullSizeRender (6) Photo: Michael Cortez

“Be nice to people and always respect your rivals. But when the gun goes off, flip the switch and come out swinging.”

– Mario Fraioli, taken from a recent issue of his excellent Tuesday missive, The Morning Shakeout.

Normally, I couldn’t agree more with this racing philosophy. Granted, I have a hard time not silently cheering on my fellow competitors for their efforts, even when they’re beating me. Ultrarunning is hard and deserves respect. Yet when push comes to shove, out comes the inner competitor in me, and I’ll fight to finish a step ahead.

Every now and then though, the situation calls for a somewhat different approach.

When the opportunity arose for me to race Mokelumne River 50k in Valley Springs, CA I jumped on it. That’s in the Sierra foothills to those who, like me, had never heard of it. Not only did it…

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