Fantasy Fanatics Take Medieval Make-Believe to Bill Schupp Park

Fantasy Fanatics Take Medieval Make-Believe to Bill Schupp Park
By Amy Nichol Smith
September 17, 2009
The Monitor

Bill Schupp Park in McAllen has become a battleground.

A warrior clutches his shield against his chest and lunges with his sword toward an enemy. His opponent, a besieged wizard, quickly casts a spell that freezes his nemesis in place – for a few seconds anyway.

The war between two groups continues until there is a victor. The Reeve, or referee, picks up a padded sword that’s been cast aside and tosses it to its owner, instructing each team to go back to its base. A young boy grabs the dagger his mom helped him make out of foam and cloth and heads back to a tree with his group.

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My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine,, and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

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