Saturday, March 9, 2019

Hug a Medievalist Day 2019 ~ Giveaway!

Welcome to my annual Hug a Medievalist Day Giveaway!



To celebrate, I'm giving away 3 medieval themed prizes this year! First up, a copy of my sweet medieval romance, Illuminations of the Heart
This prize is open to both USA and INTERNATIONAL entries. (USA will receive a print copy, INTERNATIONAL will receive an e-copy.)

Prize 2 is a tote bag with a medieval rooster-dog illustration on it. This prize is open to USA entries only.


Prize 3 is a 100 piece puzzle of a medieval illuminated manuscript known as The Geese Book. (Read about The Geese Book here.) Again, this prize is open to USA entries only.


Of course, to celebrate Hug a Medievalist Day, you must have a medievalist to hug. So when you enter the giveaway, be prepared to answer this question on the entry form: Name a medieval person (real or fictional, dead or alive) you would you like to hug on Hug a Medievalist Day. It can be someone real (like King Richard the Lionheart), someone fictional (Robin Hood, King Arthur, a character from a favorite novel), or even someone alive today who likes to dress up in medieval garb and attend medieval faires (a husband, a son or daughter, etc). Just have fun with the answers.

Extra entries if you share the link to this giveaway page anywhere on social media! Here's the link to share for this page: https://bit.ly/2XNlnYx (the previous link here didn't work--this one should. Thanks for your patience!)

My Hug a Medievalist Day Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on March 31, 2019

(If you don't see a Rafflecopter form, just click on the Rafflecopter link below)



NO PURCHASE NECESSSARY. Entrants must be 18 years or older, or entry must be submitted by a parent. Deadline to enter is 11:59 pm PST MARCH 31, 2019. Winner will be selected on APRIL 1, 2019 and have 48 hours to respond to an email notifying them of their win. PRIZE 1 IS OPEN TO USA/INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES, PRIZES 2 & 3 ARE OPEN TO USA ENTRIES ONLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Questions? Contact me at jdipastena@yahoo.com

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Caption Me(dieval)

I recently played a game with my newsletter subscribers. It was so much fun I decided to share it with you so you can play too!

This is the old-fashioned "caption me" game, but with a medieval twist using medieval paintings, like this one:


Here are just a few of the captions my subscribers came up with.

Remember dot the i's & cross the t's!!!

Dude, you totally misspelled that word.

On a wing and a prayer

Let me help you . . .

Come on Dad please hurry and finish that chapter – I really need to go out!


Are you writing about me this time? You promised!

Paws and check the spelling

What else do we need at the market?

And even today, cats will help write the stories!

Are you looking for a feline proofreader?

Excuse me sir, but I do believe it’s l-i-o-n and not d-o-g

Tell me again about the day you found me!

“Don’t forget to include the plagues and fire-breathing the world ends”

And you are declaring all animals are safe. I don’t see you writing it down.

Your hot breath is making the ink smear!

I think you forgot something . . . Right here.

Are you done yet? Can we play now?

Saints and Gargoyles: History rewritten

The writer and the muse

"So are you making me a character in your book? Am I a good guy or a bad guy, huh?  What are you saying about me? When can I read it?"

"Oh get down Rex, you've made me blot the page."

"It says it's time to feed me, right? Right???"

Psst...you misspelled gryphon!

“I toldest thou we wouldst play with thy toy after mine work hath been finished. Go and chaseth those ginormous winged mice that doth plague our kitchen, Kitty Kitty.”

I can't wait till they invent email.

Wanna play? Leave your caption in a comment!