Greetings Fellow Traveler!

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I’m glad you’re here.

Grab a steaming cup of tea…or mead if you wish.

Sit a spell.

Lets talk of things that are…and things that were.

If we’re fortunate, we may find ourselves in a forgotten age.

An age where cattle lords vie with foreign jarls for dominion,

Where bards spin tales, brehons establish law, monks inscribe annals…


And maids alter the course of kings!

Whether you’re a writer, avid reader,  or lover of all things Viking era Ireland, I endeavor to make this a center to connect for insight, encouragement…

…And a peak into the past.

In ancient Ireland the hearth was central to the home. There, family gathered to discuss the day’s goings, latest news, or to welcome weary travelers and hear the tales of their journey.

Hospitality arose above all else.

I hope you find that here. If you’re new to this site, I invite you to slip in “hearth-side” and check out the latest news. Feel free to explore. If you decide to stay, you won’t regret it. Our clan is growing, and we’d love for you to become a part of the community. Learn more below!

Slán Leat! (Health and Safety with you!)

M.N. Stroh

Latest News Hearth-Side



Writers Chat: Why Writers Need a Website

Hey Clan!

This past week Writers Chat embarked on a new series focusing on a key element of the writer’s platform…your website. Spearheading this ambitious endeavor is our fantastic trio: Rhonda Dragomir, Joshua J. Masters, and Matthew Brough.



Renovations in the Works

You may have noticed some visual changes to the site. Behind the scenes I stay busy, keeping things current. With digital shovel in hand, I’m plotting. New things are in the works. But seeing as how I’m a “pantser”, the process is random and gradual.

There’s much to do.

I promise, though, to keep things running as smoothly in the forefront as possible. A user-friendly site is important to me. Hopefully, by the time I’m done, you’ll find it more focused and better than ever!


No Longhouses in Ireland

My latest forays in Viking era Ireland took me on a road of discovery.


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6 Thoughts

  1. Ha! Too right, Ian! The temptation to play historian and expound on your research is a strong urge. But a dangerous one to indulge in fiction if you want to sell books. Many wise mentors of mine have said, use research like you would seasoning in your story.

    Now I have dabbled a little in historical writing on this website. Occasionally, I like to write a post on certain research topics so those visiting here can get an insight into some of the fun tidbits I’ve learned and maybe make a few discoveries themselves. It’s a big bonus if I find individuals who share a love of my chosen topic and engage in fun discussion. Thanks for your comments! I wish you all the best in your writing endeavors! It’s always nice to make acquaintance with fellow historical fiction writers.


  2. Hi M.N. Stroh. It’s great to hear that you’re a writer like I am and that you aspire to be an historical fiction writer.
    Remember, historical fiction is very challenging and the urge is to just be an historian. Why not give in to such an ambition? Try some historical writing for a while.

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  3. Hi there,
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the Blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoyed you visit and look forward to seeing more from you.
    Have a great day, 


    1. You’re welcome, Eddie, and thank you for visiting/following too. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen of your site thus far. The photos are great! What I wouldn’t give to check out Ireland’s ruins personally. That has to be an awesome experience.

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  4. I dropped in from CWGI to say Hello! I am a former homeschooling mom–kids are all grown now. And of course, I am a writer. I also have a WordPress blog (two, actually, but I only keep one up) and a website based on WordPress that desperately needs updating. ( It looks like you are off to a great start here! Keep up the good work!

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