For My Readers
I guess it goes without saying that the Fated Blades demand a lot of research. That’s what you sign yourself up for when you write books that span seven hundred years of Japanese history. (So far, I might add.) In the course of writing these stories I’ve run across some handy web sites, and I’m going to keep a running catalog here of the ones I think my readers might be interested in.
A Chronology of Japanese History, clickable by era
Samurai Archives, a wiki on Japanese military history
Japanese Castle Explorer, exactly what it sounds like
Walk the Tokaido, an interactive map of the Tokaido road
Japanese Armor, exactly what it sounds like
ARMA, overflowing with information about sword combat
Sword etiquette, courtesy of the Japanese Sword Society of Hawaii
The traditional Japanese time system, replete with Zodiac animals
More to come!