Robert Treskillard is a Celtic enthusiast who holds a B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies from Bethel University, Minnesota. He has been crafting stories from his early youth, is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith. When Robert’s son wanted to learn blacksmithing and sword-making, the two set out to learn the crafts. This lit the fire of Robert’s imagination, and so welding his Celtic research to his love of the legends of King Arthur, a book was forged: Merlin’s Blade, the first book of The Merlin Spiral. This wa followed by Merlin’s Shadow and the just-released 3rd book, Merlin’s Nightmare. To join the battle, visit the author’s website dedicated to the series: KingArthur.org.uk.
How To Make Your Own Fantasy Sword – Author Style!
by Robert Treskillard
My son said it-and it changed my world: “I want to make a sword!”
“Well”, pop thought, “a real sword is a bit ambitious!” So being a hobbyist woodworker, I made a wooden one. Did that satisfy him for long? Not a bit.
Metal? What did I know about metalworking? Nothing! So after buying a few bladesmithing books, an anvil was mail-ordered, a forge was built, and vague knife-like shapes were being drawn on some flat O2 steel. We learned the process by making knives, and it wasn’t easy.
Tom Merritt co-hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast and book club with Veronica Belmont. He also hosts the award-winning daily technology show Tech News Today and Frame Rate, a show for cord cutters, along with several other podcasts. Merritt has written three novels and a Chronology of Tech History. His new novel is Lot Beta.
“Lot Beta” is King Arthur…in Spaaaace!
by Tom Merritt
In 2010, for the 8th time, I attempted National Novel Writing Month. I’d finished the 50,000 word in one month challenge exactly once. But I always tried. That year, I cheated and won.
That year I had just finished reading Mists of Avalon and The Once and Future King for the Sword and Laser book club. I’m a fan of the Arthurian legend. I don’t so much love the Malory romantic stuff as the folklore of a Roman soldier defending the Celts and the remnants of the Empire against the Saxons.
So with my own historical readings now mixed up with two very different takes on the legend, I had a very clear picture in my mind of the essential elements of Arthur’s legend.
To extremely oversimplify it, a young boy has his true heritage hidden, befriends a wizard, becomes a King, fights against spirituality, assembles a team of heroes (one of whom betrays him) and falls by the hand of his illegitimate son.
So I decided that would be an excellent scaffolding for a story.