Court Sword of Dauphin Louis, Duke of Normandy

  • Dated: 1789
  • Medium: steel, agate, silver,vermeil jewels
  • Techniques: Forged Polished
  • Place of creation : France
  • Measurements: height: 0.67 m

This sword would have belonged to Louis-Charles of France (1785-1795). Second son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, it is not destined to rule, but the death of his older brother, Louis-Joseph (1781-1789), made him the Dauphin of France.

This sword of reduced proportions, is that of a princely child: the handle and pommel are agate, enriched in silver with precious stones. The blade, of triangular section has etched flowers on the three sides. The scabbard is made of shark skin, also fitted with gilt trims, all adorned with precious stones.

Source: Copyright © 2015 Musée de l’Armée (Dist. RMN-Grand Palais) / Photo: Christophe Chavan

Let’s Get It On
Lyrics by Jeremy Fury // Music by ROMANS

Drive away with me through the New York night
Forget about the world it’ll be all right
Come on, come on, come on, come on
The city won’t mind if we disappear
And never look back in the rearview mirror
Come on, come on, come on, come on

I feel free as an unhinged wheel with you near me

I wanna run with you
I wanna come with you
I wanna fly to the middle of the sun with you
So come on, come on, come on
So come on, let’s get it on!

Let your hair swim through the humid breeze
Blow a cigarette kiss to the midnight sleaze
Tonight’s a ride and I got the keys
So come on, come on
Lean on back in your leather chair
Leave the drivin’ to me cause I know where
This is goin’ and we’re almost there
Come on, come on

I wanna run with you
I wanna come with you
I wanna fly to the middle of the sun
I wanna do it right
I wanna take all night
I wanna dance with the devil in my arms

Pre Chorus
I feel stronger than steel with your near me



Romance is Random~

I’ve been working on this game for the last three days. I have set a goal of having it finished by Valentine’s Day. I’m about half done.

The game itself will be very short - about 10 minutes worth - but the replay value will be quite high. The game is based on those old Dating shows where three bachelor/ettes are hidden from view but answer questions and the player has to pick the answers they like the most. The person with the most points (given per liked answer) gets to go on a date.

The characters in this game are all people who signed up in the thread on rpgmaker.net. All up there’s 50 names. This means that, bar the player, there’s a possible 49 people to date.

Everything is random bar the choice of the player (though there is an option to not use forum characters and instead use a new character, for those who didn’t get to sign up but would like to ‘date’ someone on the forums).

Gender-preference isn’t a thing. It’s a short simple game and frankly, those who signed up understood that they’d be ‘dated’ by men and women.

The screens above show the title screen, the forum character selection for the player (yes, you can play as any person who joined in. no, you can’t date yourself if you’re playing as yourself. Self-cest not supported.) and the room in which the main part of the game takes place.

There will also be dates (chosen by the player) where random, silly things will occur. It might be something along the lines of fighting an evil overlord together in order to save the world, dealing with a naughty pet who wouldn’t stay home or just watching the sun set while in a hot air balloon. Either way, it’ll be short and sweet.

Keep an eye out for it come Valentine’s Day, if you’d like to try a short, silly bundle of randomness and romance.

Beating Writer's Block

At one time or another, every writer experiences writer’s block. It’s rather frightening not to be able to come up with new ideas, even if it’s just for one piece in particular, especially when you’ve been writing for what seems like your whole life. Not to mention, it’s frustrating, disheartening, and can even strangle a writer’s creativity and passion for writing if it persists too long. So what can you do to prevent writer’s block?

Well, while there isn’t a sure way to prevent it from ever happening (that I know of at least), there are ways to keep it from coming often and from staying long. So here are some reliable methods to help keep your mind sharp and your creativity at it’s peak, nipping any lurking writer’s block in the bud.

1. Be creative in other areas.

Why it works: Allowing yourself to dabble in other creative hobbies frequently gets the creative part of your brain back in shape, and new ideas will come about for your writing.

2. Practice writing exercises.

Why it works: Though it can seem silly and pointless (I’ve been down that road myself), doing writing exercises actually will help you evolve your writing quite a bit. By trying new methods, you can develop new skills and improve old ones.

Whatever the specific issue you’re having for your particular piece of writing, there is guaranteed to be a writing exercise for it. Even if you’re just having trouble in general, I’ll advise the same path.The Internet is a haven for these types of exercises. Here is one good resource I’ve found for such purposes: http://mysite.du.edu/~bkiteley/exercises.html.

3. Read.

Why it works: It’s simple. The more you read good writing, the more you will be able to produce it.

In doing this though, there you want to be careful to avoid plagiarizing. Though it’s said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I don’t buy it. Most people get pretty ticked off if you steal their ideas in my experience.

You’ll also want to avoid reading poorly-written books if you’re looking for examples to follow. This can be a bit more challenging. With books such as the Twilight series and 50 Shades of Grey at the top of the “best-sellers” list, it’s easy to be deceived about what is good writing, and what isn’t. A good place to start is with the classics. Yes, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, and not all of them are great, but there’s a reason for them being categorized as classics; they’re timeless, and most of them are quite beautifully and elegantly written. It’s quite a different story for most of the garbage that’s published today. Of course, you can always use the poorly-written books as examples of what NOT to do.

If you are searching for a superb modern book though, there are ways to find good ones.

a. Search online. Amazon is a surprisingly good resource for determining whether or not a book is worth reading/buying. The reviews of a book are truthful; the customers who comment have no reason to be dishonest about something that they spent money on.

b. Sample the book. Flip through the first few pages/chapter. If you aren’t hooked by that point, you likely won’t be for the rest of the book either. Though there are instances where this isn’t true, good writing generally applies throughout the entire book, not just sections of it.

c. Check for spelling and grammar errors. If you have trouble deciphering the writing on the first few pages due to back grammar and spelling, or you notice that the book is written at an incredibly low reading level with no sense of detail, originality, or a distinct voice, toss it aside! If the author can’t get the most basic writing right, they certainly aren’t going to be able to create an intricate story line that proves to be interesting and innovative.

I hope these few pointers will help you not only to improve your writing but also to hinder the evil leech that is known as “writer’s block” the next time it decides to latch onto your brain and suck all your creativity out.

For the full version of this blog: http://rmnsediting.blogspot.com/2012/11/beating-writers-block.html.

Also, for another great idea on beating writer’s block, check out my friend’s blog: http://smwright.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/redux-tarot-for-writers/