Viking Exploration Part 1 by Rob Shackleford

Viking Exploration Part 1 by Rob Shackleford The Vikings sailed from America in the west to Constantinople and Asia Minor in the east, and perhaps even farther. It was the seaworthiness of the Viking ships, together with the Norsemen’s knowledge of navigation and seamanship, which made it possible for them to conquer the ocean. The Vikings’ understanding of the sea is also reflected in the Old Norse language that has about 150 words for waves. As impressive as the Vikings’ accomplishments as raiders and warriors were, their accomplishments as explorers and settlers were equally magnificent. The Vikings ventured far from…
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Viking Trade by Rob Shackleford

Viking Trade by Rob Shackleford Would you believe it if I suggested that Vikings were traders more than they were rape-and-pillagers? While the reputation of savage conquerors might be relevant for some peoples, such as the literate British and Irish who wrote many of the histories relating to their contacts with the Norse, but the peoples who were often referred to as Vikings (which means pirates) were also highly motivated explorers and traders. Not only had they developed cutting-edge technology in their raiding ships, but they also built highly efficient trading vessels that sailed most of the known world. Commerce…
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Writing and Research – Byzantines, Romans and Vikings Oh My! – by Rob Shackleford

Writing and Research - Byzantines, Vikings and Saxons Oh My! Originally submitted as a guest post to N.N. Light's Book Heaven in October 2021: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/post/writing-and-research-guest-post When I wrote my first novel, Traveller Inceptio, I became engrossed in issues of which most writers would be sympathetic: Was my story original? Was my writing style readable? Did I really have a clue? After all, I wasn’t a Stephen King, Andy Weir, Michael Crichton or Bernard Cornwell. What the heck did I know about innovative stories, sci-fi or historical fiction? As my storyline looks at the survival potential for 21st century researchers sent…
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Rural Living: Brooster and the Chooks

Rural Living Blog by Rob Shackleford Author of the Traveller Series Brooster and the Chooks We have made the decision … we are leaving life by the beach in beautiful Burleigh Heads and are heading west to a more rural lifestyle. Things here are just getting a little too hectic. One of the best things about living in a rural of semi-rural setting is the opportunity to own and care for chickens – or chooks as we call them. Chooks are brainless, silly creatures that can be truly lovely and entertaining. At a previous property my kids used to hug…
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“Old Woman Island” – a short story by Rob Shackleford

Old Woman Island By Rob Shackleford   Keith’s reaction was predictable, that mix of hope that what I told him was true, and that the tale was real, and, of course, tinged with doubt. “Are you sure?” he asked dubiously, his face screwed up with his old policeman’s tendency to weigh the truth on whatever anyone told him. I could imagine, in his mind’s eye, the scales held at arm’s length by Themis, the blindfolded goddess of justice, were beginning to tilt into the realms of falsehood. “I have no idea,” I added quickly, almost reassuringly as I also wanted…
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