Scriptorium

Writing, reviews and tutorials by Chris Rosser
Scriptorium

'Secret tunnels' near Tintern Abbey →

This landed in my RSS reader today. I modelled Hafran Abbey in my fantasy setting on Tintern Abbey on the English-Welsh border, and since it plays a big role in forthcoming novel The Weaver's Boy I am sorely tempted to add this into the story!

A mysterious network of tunnels has been unearthed accidentally in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire.
The previously unknown structure was found by a team of electrical technicians close to the 12th Century Tintern Abbey.
BBC Wales

Electricians discover ‘fascinating secret tunnels’
While working in the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, the team discovered a network of medieval tunnels.

I've visited Tintern several times (the cover photo is one I took about 12 years ago). It's one of the most haunting and picturesque ruins on the British Isles.

Site update

After six months of using Ghost, I update my site's theme and introduce the ability to create link-posts.…

Blood of the Spear →

>Two brothers. One prophecy. A world in peril.

Good friend and fellow author, Mark Timmony, is gearing up to publish his first book, Blood of the Spear. He's shared his book's blurb for the first time over on his website.

Mark loves classic, epic fantasy in the tradition of Robert Jordan and it he demonstrates that passion throughout his book with a joy for the genre that few writers have. If he's not on your radar, I'd definately head over to his website and keep you're eye out for its release.

We have a blurb!
Due for publication in on May 3rd, 2021, I finally have a blurb for the book! So, here it is: The Blood of the SpearThe Eye of Eternity Book one Two brothers. One prophecy. A world in peril. When Kaiel loses his chance to become part of the legendary Daemon Hunters, joining the Bronze Guard…

Rediscovering RSS

In the wake of Facebook restricting Australians from sharing news, I extol the virtues of RSS as a means to build a curated news experience without all the noise and invasive tracking of social media.…

Facebook vs Australian Media

With Facebook now restricting Australians from sharing news on its platform, I question the value of propping up a dying business model, while pondering the impact on Australia's democracy.…

Where did kindlegen go?

I dig around in the guts of Kindle Previewer 3 to search for the kindlegen, a nifty and much-missed command-line utility for creating Kindle books.…