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#atozchallenge J is for Jousting

by Lillian Csernica on April 11, 2019


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I worked at the first Medieval Times dinner theater in the United States. It was in Buena Park, which is famous as the home of some Hollywood-based companies. The big draw of Medieval Times is having your dinner while watching two knights on horseback engage in a jousting match with real lances.

I managed a crafts booth at the Agoura Renaissance Faire for a jeweler. My boss managed to get a spot in the Gift Shop, which was out in the small courtyard ringed by the stables. Yes, my shop was in a converted horse stall.

Oh, the stories I could tell about what went on while I worked there. The Head of Security was a fascinating fellow with a military background. Each of the knights had tales to tell. The owner was a gentleman from Spain. I loved this place for the same reason I love international airports. You just never knew who might show up from one night to the next. We had a lot of celebrities come to see the show, actors and sports stars and other Big Names.



Working at Medieval Times did cause me cognitive dissonance as a writer. The production designer must have done some reading on what an actual joust looked like in terms of arena design, how the horses were caparisoned, and what the armor looked like, along with the lances. Other than that, historical accuracy went out the window. It was all down to whatever looked good and sold souvenirs.



This is an occupational hazard when you write historical novels. I strive for historical accuracy, I really do. There have been times when somebody in an editorial position has pointed out to me that I occasionally get carried away with realism at the expense of story. The first time I wrote a medieval novel, that involved six different languages. Why? I had everybody speaking the language he or she would have spoken at that time:

My agent told me I’d better stick to French, Spanish, and English.

If you’d like to get a look at the jousting match, there’s one episode of Cake Boss where Buddy takes his family to Medieval Times. He made a cake for a special occasion being celebrated during the tournament, and the cake alone is impressive.




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Come and See Me at RadCon!

by Lillian Csernica on February 9. 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I’m happy to announce that I will be making my first guest appearance of 2015 at RadCon this coming weekend, Feb. 13th through the 15th.  Yes, that’s right, you can come on over and hang out with the writers, artists, media pros, gamers, cosplayers, fans, and all the other cool people who will be gathering at the Red Lion Inn in Pasco, Washington.


As part of the RadCon Guild’s ongoing support of local schools, I will be participating in presentations for Language Arts classes.

7 p.m.  Opening Ceremonies


3 p.m.   Reading — “A Demon in the Noonday Sun,” soon to appear in Twelve Hours Later, the convention anthology from Clockwork Alchemy 2015.

6 p.m.   Panel — Heroes with Handicaps

How to write believable heroes who have to overcome physical or mental challenges, and may even turn their handicap into another tool at their disposal.


10 a.m.  Panel — The Magical Atheist

How is is possible to believe in magic, but not in a theistic religion? Come find out in this panel which seeks to examine a magical world view that is consistent with both science and the idea of god(s).


RadCon does a lot to bring the wonders of science fiction and fantasy to the younger generation of readers, writers, and dreamers.  I’m proud and honored to be part of these efforts.



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