Updates, Quotes, Scotland

Fast Updates:

Wishing you all a safe and happy July!

We met some amazing creative folks and had a blast at the events we participated in during the month of June!

Added Events: The Cedar Rapids QuadCon, Des Moines QuadCon and Icon47!

During the month of June there was a limited time sale on The Blood Inheritance Novels Series Two-Book Set (For Kindle). This countdown deal is available through Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. It began on the 23rd and ended on the 30th.

On July 1st a second edition of The Warning Signs: Tales Of Horror and Dark Fantasy (Ebook ISBN 978-1-0879-3868-4) became available in epub format. This edition is available through many online stores including such as Barnes&Noble,

As a bonus, this new edition includes an extra short story that is not featured in the first edition.

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readersfavorite.com will have four of my available books listed as prizes in the monthly book giveaway. If you are interested in winning some amazing books by great authors you can check out the monthly giveaway here:  book giveaway /Rise or/and here: book-giveaway/lost and here: book-giveaway/endow and here for The Warning Signs: giveaway/the-warning-signs

Upcoming Event Reminders:


Concealed Realms plans to participate at Midwest Monster Fest on September 16th ,17th , and 18th. This event is scheduled to take place in East Moline, IL at The Rust Belt: mwmonsterfest

We will be returning to the Des Moines Merle hay Mall for Quad Con on Sept 24th and 25th!

We plan to return to Milwaukee, WI for Sci-Fi Family Day at Discovery World! This years event is scheduled to take place on October 1st.

We plan to return to Iowa for ICON47! This event takes place from October 14 to the 16th at the Marriott in Cedar Rapids.

Concealed Realms will be at OddMall:Hallowondrous in Akron, Ohio. The event is set to take place on October 21st and 22nd.

We plan on returning to the Burlington, IA QuadCon! This event is set to takes place on November 19th and 20th at the Westland Mall.


Concealed Realms plans to participate at the Ceder Rapids QuadCon on February 5th. This event takes place at the Cedar Rapids Convention Center.

We are scheduled to participate at the Hall of Heroes Comic Con on March 4th and 5th. This event takes place at the Northern Indiana Event Center, located in Elkhart, IN.

Quotes Regarding Myth and Legend:

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved.

So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.

It all exists, even if it’s in your mind.

Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares

aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon

 “Sometimes legends make reality,

and become more useful than the facts.” – Salman Rushdie

“All those old myths and legends and fairytales

didn’t just appear out of nowhere for no good reason,

you know.” – H.M. Forester, Game of Aeons

“The more real things get,

the more like myths they become.”

– Rainer Werner Fassbinder

“Myths and creeds are heroic struggles

to comprehend the truth in the world.” – Ansel Adams

“Fiction isn’t made by scraping the bones of topicality

for the last shreds and sinews,

to be processed into mechanically recovered prose.

Like journalism, it deals in ideas as well as facts,

but also in metaphors, symbols and myths”. – Hilary Mantel

“Humans live through their myths

and only endure their realities” – Robert Anton Wilson

“Like legend and myth,

magic fades when it is unused.” – Charles de Lint

“All the great legends are Templates for human behavior.

I would define a myth as a story that has survived.” – John Boorman

“I think the more you understand myths,

the more you understand the roots of our culture

and the more things will resonate.

Do you have to know them?

No, but certainly it is nice to recognize how deeply these things are

embedded in our literature, our art.” – Rick Riordan


Definition of wanderlust:


Noun “a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.” www.dictionary.com

Merriam Webster.com


the wish to travel far away and to many different places:”- dictionary.cambridge.org

Scotland 2019

Early in 2019, we took our family on a trip divided between Ireland and Scotland. We planned it to be our last big family adventure for a few years, not because we had some precognition of the pandemic to come, but rather because both of our children were set to graduate from high school within the next two years and we were anticipating varying schedules and helping with college expenses.

Trying to get the most out of our limited time in each place, we mainly planned to stick with major family friendly tourist spots such as Bunratty and Blarney Castle‘s, The Cliffs of moher, the kelpies, and Loch Ness. However soon after reaching our first destination (Ireland), we found it hard to maintain our planned itinerary.

The sights from our rental car were so wondrous to us, that we began stopping every few miles to photograph ruins of bygone ages and the astonishing scenery that surrounded them as they came into view.

With much of the landscape left seemingly untouched, it wasn’t difficult for us to imagine that we were the first people to visit these lesser documented sites in decades, and although we enjoyed the larger attractions shown to us on tours, those spontaneous stops soon became the highlights of our trip. Needless to say, by the time we made our way to Scotland, our travel plans had become more a list of suggestions than a set itinerary.

Clava Cairns

Link: Clava Cairns

When we returned home to the states, we quickly decided that four days in Ireland and four days in Scotland were not nearly enough. They may appear to be small destinations, but every square inch seems to be filled with myth, mystery, and legends, so much so that we felt we had barley scratched the surface of the rich history of either place and we look forward to returning to both destinations, when we are able.


Link: Cringletie Estate

I had fun sharing some images from that previous trip in a Castle post from May of 2019, but this time I wanted to approach sharing a bit differently in order to offer you the opportunity to explore the area in a more self guided manner.

There is so much to see and learn about the geology, history, and mythology of the area that I couldn’t possibly explain each image in a timely manner, so in this post I will focus on images I captured of the Isle of Sky, some of the interesting sites we visited, as well as sights we encountered on our way to get there, a few interesting facts about Scotland, and a few short legends.

I have included links to for you to follow after many of the images, so if they strike your fancy, you can learn more.

Edinburgh Airport

Link: edinburghairport.com

A Return to Scotland 2022

This year we managed to make our way back to Scotland for a ten day adventure. On this trip we mainly focused our time in the Isle of Skye, since we hadn’t made it there at all on our previous visit.

Link: Dornoch Beach

5 Interesting Facts – Regarding Scotland

1. There are 790 islands that are part of Scottish land.

2. Edinburgh Castle is built on top of the remains of a volcano.

3. There are three official languages recognized in Scotland: English, Scots, and Gaelic.

4. College is free in Scotland.

5. There are more than 1,500 castles in Scotland.

The Isle of Skye

Although the climate is mild, wet, and often windy, Skye has provided the locations for various novels and feature films and has been celebrated in poetry and song over and over, and it’s not hard to imagine why. The islands rocky slopes, dramatic mountain scenery and tall waterfalls that plunge directly into the sea are breathtaking.

Links: The Old Man of Storr and The Quirang


The Old Man of Storr is said to be the burial site of a giant, who lived on the Trotternish peninsula. When he was put to rest, his thumb was left sticking out the ground, creating the ridges that you see in the photo.

Abut 13 miles further along the Trotternish peninsula is a series of linear peaks and valleys known as the Quirang. Dinosaur footprints and other fossils from millions of years ago are relatively common in this ancient region, so it’s not surprising that tales tell how the area used to be the home of dragons that guarded the island from invaders.

Link: Mealt Falls and Walking in the footsteps of Dinosaurs

An Observation

From the viewpoint on a windy day you can hear a haunting sound echoing from the weathered columns of basalt, as you watch the water of Mealt Falls tumble over the cliff at Kilt Rock. They say the instrument emitting the noise is actually the fence that surrounds the lookout, but given the otherworldly view, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine that the sea was speaking to you or that a supernatural creature was to blame for the eerie tone.

The Eagle Stone
Pictish Stone – Dunvegan

Links: The Eagle Stone and mysterious pictish stones

Residents of Old

Rich in history, Skye has been occupied since the Mesolithic period, and over time has been home to various Celtic tribes at different points including the Picts and the Gaels, Scandinavian Vikings, and the Norse-Gaels clans of MacLeod and MacDonald.

Links: Dunvegan Castle and Fairy Flag

In Dunvegan Castle, the most precious treasure of the MacLeods, still remains. It is a tattered flag, made of faded and carefully darned brown silk. This is the Fairy Flag. There are many tales of how it came to be there, and several more about how its magical properties have helped the clan in the past.

Link: Glenbrittle and Fairy Pools

A Mystical setting

The Fairy Pools, a glen of small waterfalls, rocks and pools of clear water, is said to not only attract fairy’s, but selkies as well. Legend says that these mythical creatures would visit the pools at night, changed into their human form, in order to bathe in the light of the full moon.

Neist Point

Link: Neist Point

Final thoughts

I would love to return again! Scotland’s natural beauty combined with its amazing history and intriguing legends, make it a wonderful place to explore, find inspiration, exercise your imagination, and learn.

When your there it can easily feel like your traveling through time. Whether you would like to walk in the footsteps of the Dinosaurs, visit the Fairy pools amidst the Black Cuillins, travel to a Neolithic settlement to steal a glimpse at ancient artifacts, visit crumbling ruins, or just take scenic walks and relax on the shore.

I want to thank you for your continued support. I hope that you enjoyed this post! Stay safe and keep being awesome.

Want to Learn more facts and history of Scotland?
Check out these other sites:
scottishgeology.com, aberdeenshire.gov, isleofskye.com, vikingeskibsmuseet.dk, northcoast500.com/the pictish trail, visitscotland/standing-stones and Stone Circles

Additional images include: Strathclyde Country Park (Image1:Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort, Image 2: bathhouse and Image 30: medieval bridge), Culloden (Image 3: Structure), Center of Scotland (Image 8), Carr-Bridge (Image 31), touchstone-maze (Image 35), Eilean Donan castle(Image 36), and more.




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