My Inspiration for Knights and Armor

This is my favorite spot for research on knights and armor- the Armor Court at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The pictures here are old; the museum is in the middle of a renovation that seems like it’s been going on forever, but the bits that are done are gorgeous and I can’t wait to see the whole thing. 

As you can see, it’s exactly what it sounds like- an indoor courtyard filled with armor and tapestries, with a few crossbows thrown in.  The story I’ve read a few times (don’t know if it’s true or legend) is that the founders of the museum were all Rockefeller millionaires, in other words, like the more recent Microsoft millionaires, people who weren’t born with much, but through their work with Rockefeller, became very rich and decided to give back (or, in many cases, were encouraged by wives to give back).  A lot of cultural places in Cleveland were funded (and often still are funded) by trusts from this group, and the Art Museum is one. 

 That’s all true; this is the bit I’m not sure on, but it makes a good story.  The founders of the museum wanted it to be a place that people like their parents and grandparents, people who were not rich or highly educated, could visit and appreciate.  For that reason, they wanted it to be free (Occasionally there are travelling exhibits that charge a fee, but the permanent collection is still free) and they added the armor court.  Knights and armor are something the average person understands, and Cleveland was a steel town, so metal was something lots of residents understood.  That made the armor approachable in a way that Renaissance painting or Greek sculpture wouldn’t be.  Whether or not that’s true, I remember going here in elementary school, and the knights, especially the fellow in full armor sitting on his horse, certainly made the museum fun and approachable for a bunch of ten-year-olds. 

The rest of the museum is great too.  I know the Impressionists galleries are open, and later European art, because I saw both of those when I was there early last year, but  I’m not sure what’s been opened since.  If you want to see more, their web page is

A Few Writing Resolutions

It’s a little late for New Year’s resolutions, but that means if I broke them before now it doesn’t count, right?  Well, here’s a couple I’m making about writing.  I’ll let you know how I do in a few months (if I don’t, that means I failed miserably and I’m hoping you forgot lol)

  1. Do something writing related every day.  I’m editing my next book right now, so saying I’ll write this many pages doesn’t work right now.  And with editing, some pages fly by, some need lots of work, so I’m leaving it open-ended.  After this book, I have a half-finished novella and ideas for two more books, so I have plenty of writing to do.
  2. Try all these writing programs I’ve downloaded.  I have trial versions of programs for organising notes, programs for plotting, for making ebooks, grammar checks, and even ones for actually writing.  I need to try them out and either buy the full versions or get rid of the clutter.
  3. Get my books on Pubit.  I think Barnes and Noble is the last place I want to get my ebooks on but haven’t yet.  It shouldn’t be hard, I just need to sit down and read through the stuff on their site.  I’ve started this one, and Ella is up there, so it should be easy to finish it.
  4. Use Twitter to tweet.  I follow everyone from Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Ballas to Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Llama, but I don’t tweet much myself.  I’m going to figure that out then find a level of tweeting I can keep up with.
  5. Accept that I am not a fan of Facebook.  Whenever I hear how many people are on there, I think I should be too.  Then I poke around and realise I just can’t get my head around it.  I should spend that time figuring Twitter out.

Well, there it is.  We’ll see how I do in a few months.

edited because I should know by now, every time I hit “publish”, there will be at least one more typo to fix.

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