Jack-O-Lanterns have been around for centuries and probably originated from on old Irish Folktale about Jack who was pretty much a jerk when he was alive so when he died he was condemned to walk the earth with a lantern and that creeped the townsfolk out so they carved scary faces into turnips, potatoes and pumpkins, lit them up with candles, put them outside their houses and tried to scare old wandering Jack away with them.
Super busy right now. A quick color study from my sketchbook. I’m currently in rigorous training for the Tour De Donut… which basically means I’m on a first name basis with the folks at the local donut shop.
I have a bandmate (Robert Johnson) who is also a historical fiction author. He is currently working on a trilogy of books based on the old Roman Empire and an actual fellow named Gnaeus Pompey Magnus… and being a bit of a history buff myself, I thought I would toss out an idea or two for Robert’s third, historically accurate book in the series.
I’m thinking maybe Magnus finally gets fed up with Roman politics, grabs a boatload of corn and heads for the Bahamas with Curiosity his pet cat… (the poor cat sadly comes to a tragic end… SPOILER ALERT!!) …and without Curiosity to guide the way, Magnus drifts aimlessly until he is HIJACKED by Blackbeard The Pirate!!! …but ESCAPES when Blackbeard’s ship pulls into Miami for the Dolphins game. Magnus stows away on a Greyhound Bus headed for Texas where he helps Davey Crocket defend the Alamo against the dreaded Nazi menace…
…and this is all historically accurate, of course (according to my Mountain Grove, Missouri public school education) and free for you to use in your next book, Robert… no charge.