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A Month in Review: July 2015

A Month in Review July 2015

Hey look I actually managed to post more than twice this month! Quite a lot happened in July.

The Summer Holidays started about half way into the month. Two of my younger siblings have gone camping this week, and my oldest brother is backpacking across Europe up to Russia (I think it was Russia. No one actually bothered to explain to me, but I heard someone mention Russia).

In the world of art, I’ve been working on my MLP NextGen, and an AU idea I had. I learnt how to do clean lineart in GIMP. Yesterday I got Paint Tool SAI on my laptop, and it is wonderful. I’m still working out how to use it.

Kilala97 on DeviantArt started a thing called Next Gen High School, which is a sort of roleplay/art sharing group thing for My Little Pony Next Generation fan artists, and I met a whole bunch of artists through that.

The best of my art this month, in approximate order of creation:

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You can find the rest of my art on my DeviantArt account.

Writing wise, I’ve decided to scrap the little bit of writing I have now and re work the plot and develop the world and characters a bit more.

Things I Watched

Well, I’ve done another of the things from my list of things I want to do before I’m 18, watch anime! I think we (my three oldest siblings and I) actually started Naruto last month, but we didn’t really get into it till this month. Man that anime is so long! There’s no less than 220 episodes, followed by a sequel series with 421 episodes and counting. Somehow I get the feeling we’re never going to catch up to this one.

Several friends of mine recommended Fairy Tail as a good starting place for fantasy anime, and I finally got round to watching it. It seemed kind of random at first, but it ended up giving me a lot of feelings. I’m about 103 episodes in (there’s a bit more than 300 episodes to this one, I think, which isn’t as long as Naruto but still pretty flipping long), so no spoilers please! 🙂 I’ve been watching this one in Japanese with subs because I can.

My sister found out about Ouran High School Host Club from a friend, and practically forced me to watch it with her. It sounded incredibly stupid the way she explained it, but it turned out to be pretty good. It’s also much shorter than the other two, at just 26 episodes altogether.

I found out about RWBY (pronounced ruby), an american made indie anime, from a blog post (which shall be linked to below), and it was awesome. I’m not quite sure if/when the third volume comes out (volume two made it seem like there was going to be a third volume, but I haven’t heard anything announced about a release date).

I’ve only seen about seven episodes of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, but what I have seen was delightfully ridiculous. There doesn’t really seem to be a coherent story line thus far, but seven episodes isn’t always long enough to tell.

Things I Read

books read in July

I read less books than I’d hoped this month, mostly because I kept forgetting to order books in from the library.

I ‘ve wanted to read The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet for a while, so when it was free for a few days I had to get it. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure this is the first YA contemporary I’ve read. (Wait… She is Not Invisible was YA, wasn’t it? Although… the writing felt pretty Middle Grade, so maybe not?) Anyway. it was very sweet (pun not intended) and enjoyable. I especially loved the writing bits.

I bought Snow Like Ashes knowing practically nothing about it other than it was high fantasy and every one I know who read it thought it was amazing. And sure enough, it was amazing. Kind of hard to put my thoughts on it into a few sentences.

I’m moving into the end of both the Percy Jackson books/Heroes of Olympus and Gallagher Girls. I remember when I read I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You for the first time and thought the books would be a series of light, fluffy, mostly unrelated stories. I was wrong. Also, the dedication in The House of Hades was hilarious.

I also started reading a web comic called Stand Still, Stay Silent, and it’s unique, Scandinavian (!), somewhat horrific, and over all amazing.

On the Blog

Look, I posted six times this month (the sixth being to announce the winner of the giveaway)! Much better than the usual two or three.

The weirdest search term used to find this blog was:

images of shelf in room to keep teddy and books

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

San Diego Comic Con happened, and it was a glorious week for fandoms everywhere. (No I did not go because a) it’s too expensive and b) flight tickets to San Diego from England are also too expensive) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic got a new song reveal and a teaser for the season finale. Unfortunately it also went on a mid-season hiatus till September, when the next Equestria Girls movie comes out.

Steven Universe got an extended theme song thing. Later in the month we got Steven Bomb 3 (which is a week with a new episode every day) and it gave me so many feelings.

Gravity Falls started up again with an episode containing so much backstory the fandom probably exploded. (I don’t keep up with the Gravity Falls fandom so I don’t know for sure)

I’m sure the other fandoms did stuff that week too but I wasn’t paying attention so I don’t know what they did.

Ant Man came out, which I haven’t seen yet. Apparently it’s very funny. (this is from the one person I know who’s seen it)

Inside Out was also released in the UK, which I haven’t seen either. According to my one friend who saw it the other day, it’s amazing.

On Other Blogs:

Next Month

I’m going down to Surrey next week, and at the end of the month one of my friends from down South is coming up for a visit 😀

More Gravity Falls coming up on the 3rd, and more Steven Universe on the 6th.

I’m pretty sure my brother comes back from Europe next month.

Phew! That took a long time to write. What did you do in July? Have anything fun planned for August? Have you read/watched any of the things I did this month?

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Double Liebster Award

So, recently I was ‘unofficially tagged’ as it were by both Writefury and Annika @ Writer and Proud. (both left an open tag) Thank you both!

The rules are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions given to you by said person.
  • Choose eleven questions of your own.
  • Nominate eleven more people!

First, writefury’s questions:

You are given plane tickets to and from anywhere you want. Where would you go?

Right now, Hungary. If I was older and had friends there, probably Japan.

What kind of music do you usually listen to?

Oh darn. I listen to pretty much anything clean XD I do listen to a lot of movie soundtracks, if that counts as a kind of music.

What’s your favorite crayon color?

I don’t know the names of crayon colors 😛 My favourite colour in general would be yellow, or maybe pink.

Would you rather be a pilot or the captain of a ship?

Pilot. Being the captain of a ship comes with too many responsibilities, and I don’t think it’d be as fun.

You can have one day with any book character. Who would you choose and what would you do together?

That’s hard. Can I cheat and say Urchin and all his friends (Mistmantle Chronicles)? In which case a tour of Mistmantle would be fun (assuming I can go to their storyworld)

Why did you start your blog?

Well, it actually started to just get all my Almavavlia stuff written down somewhere I could reach it wherever I was. Then it just gradually grew into what it is now.

What is your favorite thing you’ve written or drawn?

Whatever big project I finished last XD At the moment it’s probably this:

Two of my MLP OCs, Jubilee and Orion

Favorite author from days gone by? (Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Twain, Jane Austen…)

Oh gosh that’s also hard. I’ve read so many! Maybe L M Montgomery

Favorite quote from that author?

I’m terrible at remembering quotes. One I remember I love is:

A tragic event occurred last Tuesday. Mrs. James Frewen came to tea and there was no pie in the house. Felicity has not yet fully recovered. (The Golden Road – bet you weren’t expecting that quote XD)

What’s your favorite part of the landscape where you live?

The waterfall/river/cliff/forest thing nearby. It makes me think of the Lord of the Rings every time we pass it.

Can you play an instrument? If so, what?

I can play a little bit of piano. I haven’t for a while though.

Now for Annika’s questions:

1. What got you into writing?

Books. Narnia especially. Not exactly a deep, interesting answer, but it’s the only reason I can really give.
2. How many projects have you written/are you working on?

Depends, are we counting collaborative stories as well? In which case I’m working on two of those, as well as Wolf Cry. I also have a couple of projects that are hibernating till I find the right way to approach them.
3. What is some of the weirdest research you’ve ever done – for writing, school projects, whatever?

I haven’t really done all that much really weird research. I did once look into how seal skin is made and what you can use it for.
4. Who is your favorite fictional character ever, and why? (I know, it’s a toughie).

First character I think of that I could call my favourite would be Iko from the Lunar Chronicles. She’s hilarious and adorable. I’m going to leave this now so I don’t think of a thousand other characters I love as well.
5. What are you passionate about apart from writing?

Art. Drawing, crochet, painting, whatever. If you want to see some more of my art, you can check out my DeviantArt page
6. Post a link to your favorite song.

I rarely have a favourite song, but at the moment I actually do. 😀 it’s Lullaby for a Princess by ponyphonic. Pretty much everything about it is gorgeous.
7. What is your favorite blog post of all of the ones you’ve ever written?

Probably the Bookshelf Tag. Taking photos of all those books was really fun.
8. What do you think of as your best trait?

Another thing I don’t really think about much. Maybe my generosity? I love making things for people.
9. What is your favorite candy/sweet?

Pretty much any chocolate with nuts in.
10. Out of all your character babies, who is your favorite?

Ooh that’s a tough one. Probably Galileo (who I created for an RPG and now follows me around everywhere – and that statement totally makes sense, by the way) From Wolf Cry, maaaybe Red? She’s like the one ‘normal’ person in a group of fairies, half-fairies and talking animals and doesn’t really seem bothered by it. I also have a bit of a soft spot for Caelan (which you wouldn’t expect given the fact I keep killing off every one he loves – mwuhahahaha)
11. If you could choose any author to be your writing mentor, who would you choose?

Nope. XD having an actual author as my own mentor would be way too terrifying, so I’m going to skip this question.

Now for my eleven new questions:

1. If you could spend a day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do? (writefury already asked something similar, but I’ve been planning on asking this for ages now so what the hey)

2. What was the last movie you watched?

3. Do you have a favourite super hero, and if so, who?

4. Tea or coffee? (or neither?)

5. What’s the weirdest fact you’ve learnt while researching something (for writing, school, whatever)?

6. What’s your favourite ever book/book series?

7. Are you in any fandoms, and if so, which ones?

8. What’s your favourite place you’ve visited?

9. Author you’ve read the most of?

10. Strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

11. What was (or is) your favourite children’s show?

Pretty much everyone I would tag has already done this as far as I know. So I tag anyone who wants to! You can link to your post in the comments, or even just answer the questions there if you’d prefer. 🙂

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Giveaway Winner

Just a little post to announce the winner of my blogoversary giveaway: Philomena! Please let me know which character you’d like me to draw in the comments below. 🙂

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Beautiful People: July Edition

It’s time for Beautiful People again, and this month it’s a lazy, Summery theme. I’ll be doing Gwen again, since Caelan and Red are usually too busy killing things to have holidays. (this is Gwen before the book begins)

Gwen full body

I finally have a larger picture of Gwen. This is her questing outfit, that she wears for the majority of book one.

1. What’s their favourite ice cream flavour?

They don’t really have ice-cream in her world, but if they did, her favourite would probably be raspberry.
2. Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?

The closest thing to a night out would be if there was a ball or something, in which case she’d be wearing an elaborate ball gown, probably blue. She’d most likely be going with her friend Connor (who was previously called Bran)

something I imagine Gwen might wear on such an occasion

3. Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Do they wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Are they in socks that are ratty and full of holes? What do they consider comfortable and what do they consider agony?

Indoors and on formal occasions, she usually wears custom made Felician dancing shoes, since they’re very comfortable. If she’s training or outdoors she’s more likely to wear boots, as they’re far more durable. (the average Felician will go through about a dozen pairs of dancing shoes a year)
4. Do they have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did they get them?

She has a few small nondescript birthmarks in various places, but none really worth mentioning individually.
5. What kind of music do they listen to? Does it change depending on their mood or is it always consistent? (Feel free to share samples!)

She doesn’t really ever listen to music just for the sake of it. She used to enjoy her mother’s singing though.
6. Do they have any musical talent? Play an instrument? How’s their singing voice?

No she doesn’t have any musical talent whatsoever. Her singing voice is terrible XD
7. What kind of book would you catch them reading?

Recently you can often find her reading pretty much anything about magic and fairies, though the different accounts vary so greatly she’s almost given up on the subject. For fun she likes to read old folktales and legends (of which almost any could be true, considering the world she lives in)
8. How would they spend their summers (or their holidays)?

She always spends the summer in Felicia with her twelve cousins (all of them girls), which generally involves a lot of girlishness and ridiculous amounts of festivals.
9. It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. Ex. If they’re eating breakfast, what’s on the menu? Are they hiking, shopping, lazing around?

She’s likely training with Connor. If he’s busy or the weather is especially bad, you can usually find her in the library, reading.
10. Is there anything your character wants to be free of?

Calanthe. (if you don’t remember who Calanthe is, I wrote a little bit about her here)

Lastly, I have a couple of things to announce.

First, Wolf Cry has a new cover:

it's still not quite how I want it, but I like it better than the old one.

it’s still not quite how I want it, but I like it better than the old one.

I decided to go for a more minimalistic view, because the old cover was a bit of a mess.

Secondly my Blogoversary Giveaway ends on Monday morning (20th July – GMT), so if you haven’t entered yet, now is the time to do so.

So that’s that. Did you do Beautiful People this month? If you did, I’d love to see your post! 😀

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Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books I Bought/Received

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Wow, I haven’t done one of these since May! Anyway, this week’s theme was the last ten books that came into my possession, including ones from the library, but that would just end up being the last ten books I read so I’m going to do the last ten books that I bought/received instead. So, starting with the most recently bought: (this might not all be in exact order)

1. The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill (downloaded onto my kindle today because it’s free for a limited time)

2. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy (downloaded for free onto my kindle in early July 2015)

3. Heist Society by Ally Carter (bought from Carlisle Waterstones late May 2015)

4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (also from Waterstones at the same time as Heist Society)

5. Urchin and the Heartstone by M I McAllister (received as a belated birthday present)

6. Fairest by Marissa Meyer (received for my birthday)

7. Double Crossed by Ally Carter (downloaded for free on my kindle recently-ish – I haven’t actually read it yet.)

8. Cress by Marissa Meyer (bought from Carlisle Waterstones on boxing day 2014)

9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (received Christmas 2014)

10. Mastering Manga by Mark Crilley (received Christmas 2014)

Lastly, I just want to remind people that I’m holding a giveaway which ends Sunday night, so if you haven’t entered feel free to do so now. 🙂 What books did you buy recently?

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Random Fridays: Fun Facts About Me

Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

So apparently this week I just have to share a bunch of random facts about myself, so this should be fun. 😀

1. I’ve been to at least 15 different countries, most of them in Europe.

2. I’ve moved house twice, first from Copenhagen in Denmark to Surrey, England when I was two, and then from Surrey to Cumbria a little less than a year ago.

3. My dad read me the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy before we watched the films, and I still find them easier to listen to than read.

4. I’m much better at drawing women than men, and I have no idea why.

5. I actually hate using the term Pegasister for a female My Little Pony fan, which has led to me feeling really confused as to what the heck I should call myself.

6. I’m really bad at choosing favourite episodes/scenes of anything, so don’t ask.

7. I find it easier to concentrate on something if I’m multitasking, so I frequently watch cartoons or listen to music and do art/school work at the same time.

8. I’m super sensitive to blood, but strangely I had almost no problems with that one scene in Spirited Away when that character (who shall go unnamed because of spoilers) bleeds all over the place.

9. I prefer going out to buy books to buying them online, but I rarely do because it’s more expensive.

10. I’m kind of obsessed with details, which is part of the reason I love drawing fan art so much.

So that’s 10 random fun facts about me. Did you join in Random Fridays this week? If so I’d love to see your post! 😀

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1st Blogoversary Giveaway

Hey look, it’s been exactly one year since I started this blog. And I was so ill I almost missed it. (feeling better now though). So since I don’t have much time to write this, let’s go straight ahead and look at… stuff… (wow I’m so eloquent today)

First of all, thanks to all 27 of my followers and everyone who’s commented over the year. By the way, sorry I’m so terrible at replying to your comments. I have an annoying tendency to obsess over tiny pointless details, freak out, and then end up not replying (I’m trying to over come this). But I really do love it when people comment, so thank you. 🙂

My three most popular posts have been:

Writing Music

Beautiful People: Sibling Edition

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Wish Could Get Their Own Book

Now, because you’ve all been so nice as to read my blog, I’d like to host a giveaway (which is something I’ve never done before). I’ll be giving away a half-body drawing like these:

of any humanoid character of your choice, be it one of your own or one from a book/movie/fandom/etc. The way this’ll work is, leave a comment saying which character you’d like me to draw (it would be helpful if you could provide pictures/a description) , then I’ll give you a number and next Sunday (19th July 2015) I’ll use a random number generator to choose a winner. If you win I’ll draw the requested character, upload it to DeviantArt and provide you with a link. Then you can download it if you wish and do whatever the heck you want to with it (within reason).

So, hopefully the giveaway will work out. Do you have a blog, and if so, how long have you been blogging?

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A Month in Review: June 2015

A Month in Review - June 2015

Wow, it’s July already? I only posted twice! And I had so many plans… Well, let’s see what did happen in June.

Blogging aside, I actually got a lot done this month. I got a bunch of commissions done, and crocheted another two ponies, though they both lack eyes and cutiemarks. I finally have photos of Rarity, but the photos of Sokka and Katara came out really badly so I’ll have to re take them. Here’s the best of my art this month:

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I… Still haven’t written much on Wolf Cry. I haven’t completely ignored it though, I did spend a fair bit of time developing back story and whatever. Also I had a bunch of new characters I had to work out. Which is probably procrastination, but at least it’s productive procrastination, right? Right?

We didn’t really do all that much in June that I can remember. (maybe I should start writing things down so I can remember more) So, onto the lists.

Things I watched:

First I watched Over the Garden Wall, a quirky, slightly creepy mini series reminiscent of Gravity Falls and Alice in Wonderland. Definitely worth a watch.

Several people I know were fan-girling over Steven Universe, so I decided to give it a try. It takes forever to get to the plot, but it’s still a very interesting, generally lighthearted TV show, though it can get a little dark (by children’s TV standards) from time to time.

Then I discovered Studio Ghibli’s films, and they were lovely. The first one I watched was Arrietty, which was a very sweet adaption of The Borrowers, and probably my favourite adaption of it I’ve seen so far (I’ve seen at least four altogether)

Shortly afterwards I saw Spirited Away, which was a little strange, yet beautiful at the same time.

Last I saw My Neighbor Totoro, which didn’t have much of a plot but made up for it with realistic characters and large doses of adorableness (wow… That’s actually a word?).

Things I read

books read in June

I’m finally back to about my usual amount of books read. There are too many for me to talk about all of them, so I’ll just mention some of the highlights.

It’s hard to choose a favourite book out of these since all but one got four stars. The Heroes of Olympus books were good. I don’t think I liked them quite as much as the first series, but they’re still a lot of fun.

Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight were awesome, although there was a little too much violence in the latter for my taste (still, they are about an assassin, so what can you expect?) I’ll definitely be reading the third book.

The Gates of Zion, which is about the fighting in Palestine just after World War 2 (I know there’s a name for it but I can’t remember), made me feel some righteous fury (though it didn’t cause me to shoot starbolts from my hands – and whoever gets that reference is automatically amazing). Religious War is one of the most awful things in the world in my eyes (seriously, killing people because they disagree with you? What is wrong with humanity?). I feel it did a fairly good job of showing that there were sickeningly good people and awful people on both sides (though since it’s from the Jew’s point of view we don’t get to see all that many ordinary Muslims)

She Is Not Invisible was a bit of a let down. It wasn’t really what I expected and the ending was rather annoying.

On the Blog

I did the Bookshelf Tag, where I basically posted a bunch of photos of my books. (that’s pretty much everything I did this month blog wise)

Elsewhere on the Internet

WarpOut released a beautiful animation called Lullaby for a Princess, which they were apparently working on for over two and a half years (this was actually released at the absolute end of May, but whatever)

(I’d just like to clarify that this is a My Little Pony Fan Work, but it’s absolutely gorgeous and worth watching even if you’re not familiar with the show  – I’m also interested to see what non fans think of it)

Speaking of MLP, the 100th episode aired and it was full of awesome, including Doctor Who references and Derpy’s first speaking role since the Last Roundup fiasco.

Uhhh… I really want to put something non pony related here but I can’t think of anything 😛 Oh, Pixar’s Inside Out came out, but we won’t get it in the UK till the 24th of July. I think another Jurassic Park film came out, but I wasn’t really paying attention.

As for blogs:

Stori Tori talked about Lessons from Anime: My Neighbor Totoro

Deborah @ Road of a Writer did a whole bunch of tags

Aimee @ To The Barricade! listed 5 ‘Nice Guy’ Characters with Personality

and Annika @ Writer and Proud suggested 9 1/2 Ways to Get to Know Your Characters

Things to Look Forwards to In July

Camp NaNo starts today! I don’t think I’ll join in, but we’ll see.

Summer Holidays start on the 16th (I think)! Woo!

As I mentioned, Inside Out comes to the UK on the 24th.

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