Hi folks, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I have been busy with work, kids, writing, etc. Good news on the book process: the final layout is being examined for mistakes, so it should not be too long now. In the mean time, I have been making some freebies for people who are interested in signing up for my mailing list to learn about my book releases and related stuff. A Q&A sheet full of Arthurian details, and two short stories that expand on events in the book.
One of my quirks is that I am a stickler for authenticity. On the second short story, I need to describe a letter. There are several ways these might have been sent, but I settled on a parchment scroll for this story. Wanting to ensure I had the details right, I spent a lot of time researching that one little item. Materials used to write on, how letters were sealed, what kind of inks were used, and so on. But how were scrolls packaged for transport? What about those little wooden dowels you always see them wrapped around in the movies? Something didn’t strike me as quite right about it.
Luckily, I found the answer, in an excellent article by Carla Schodde, which you may find here:
Great article, and it confirmed my suspicion that scrolls were just rolled up. Thanks, Carla!