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Norse Mythology

Beltane – Fire, Roaming Spirits, and Hanky Panky

When I was a kid May Day was an event. Granted it was in Minnesota, so maybe a bunch of Scandinavians and other Nordic people just really know how to have a good time. Ahem–when you are six years old. We’d get out our construction paper and make little heart shaped baskets with a handle that we’d fill with candy (one for the basket, one for my mouth – religiously upheld standard) and then go about the neighborhood and do…

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Viking Rune Stones: Unlock Your Right Brain

I was sitting in a candlelit room, trying not to cough through a haze of incense. On the table in front of me were strewn a handful of stones all carved with sharp angled symbols. I had never seen Rune Stones before, and being the more nerdy, scientific sort, I never thought to seek them out. So it was a surprise to me when one of the psychoanalysts that helped me with my first novella I’m a Nightmare, introduced them…

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Valkyrie – Nordic Bad Ass

The ‘Valkyrie’: either you don’t recognize the word at all or immediately think of that Tom Cruise movie. Or maybe it conjures images of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries (which always reminds me of the Bugs Bunny parody – who says you can’t be exposed to culture via Saturday morning cartoons?). Regardless, you are missing out on one of the best bad asses in history. I’ve been working on a historical fiction book set in 898 AD, the middle of…

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