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A Month in Review: January 2016

Month in Review - Jan. 2016

Well, it’s a new year, and I have a new laptop! It’s wonderful. The year’s been pretty good so far. So let’s see what’s been going on.

I’ve been fiddling around with a bunch of new techniques and so on art wise, which has been fun and super helpful (finally I know how to do gradients in Sai) So while I haven’t gotten all that much art done, what I have done I’m really happy with.

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Things I Watched

things watched jan. 2016

I watched more contemporary anime this month. First I watched Kimi Ni Todoke (which I actually started in December), and it’s very sweet.

Fairy Tail Zero began at the beginning of the month! It’s absolutely fantastic. I loved that spin off in the manga and the anime version captures it perfectly. (also the theme song is my favourite Fairy Tail opening yet)

I started watching Haikyuu!! with my younger brother. It’s about volleyball mostly, which is actually something I know next to nothing about, but it’s good anyway.

I also started watching a new anime, Prince of Stride, which is also about sports, though this one being about something that’s basically parkour relays (which is cool. Although apparently it’s not a real sport.) While it’s not technically particularly original, I love the characters so I’m watching it anyway. (Riku is just. the best thing.)

Movies wise, we watched Insurgent. It was good. Not nearly as fantastic as Mockingjay, but still good.

I also finally got to watch Inception, which I’ve been wanting to watch for like a few years but never got to till now (which is weird since we actually own it), with my dad. We’ve actually only watched about a third of it so far but I wanted to include it anyway. It’s been freaking amazing so far.

Things I Read

books read jan. 2016

I got a fair bit of reading done this month. I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes, and some of the old Naruto manga.

I also started reading the Rave Master manga, which is what Mashima wrote before he did Fairy Tail. It’s actually really good, and less cliche than I thought it would be.

I read some comic books for the first time, including an old Spider man comic, which wasn’t particularly good; and much newer Batgirl comic, which was considerably better.

Non-comics wise, I read:

  •  Darkness Reigns, the first part in Jill Williamson’s new fantasy series, which was good and very unique, if a little darker than my usual reading.
  • Castle in the Air, the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, which was quite different from the first book and quite good.
  • The latest Ruby Redfort book, which was considerably better than Book Four but perhaps not as good as the first three books.
  • Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new Norse-Mythology-Based series, which was good. I don’t know nearly as much Norse mythology as I do Greek (which is weird considering I’m actually Scandinavian), but it was still fun.

On the Blog

I posted about my Top Ten Anime I watched in 2015. No prizes for guessing what came first.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

As mentioned,the Fairy Tail Zero anime began, and it’s been fantastic so far. In the Fairy Tail manga, the fandom angst continues.

The second season of Akagami No Shirayuki-Hime also began, as well as the above mentioned anime Prince of Stride.

My Little Pony is confirmed to be returning some time in Spring, and we got a teaser clip.

Steven Universe had another Steven Bomb, which was amazing as usual, and then disappeared again.

RWBY continues, and the season is getting considerably darker and more depressing than any of the previous seasons.

Marissa Meyer’s next book, Heartless, got a cover reveal and excerpt

Next Month

The final book in the Lunar Chronicles series, Stars Above, comes out tomorrow!

The Gravity Falls finale airs on the 15th, after a full series marathon and a bonus feature thing.

So that’s what I’ve been up to so far this year. How’s your year been so far? Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month, and is there anything you think I should try? What are you looking forwards to in February?

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A Month In Review: May 2015

A Month in Review May 2015

This is rather late because I needed to find the cable for my camera so I could upload photos. Sadly I still haven’t found it, but this is late as it is so I’ll have to go ahead without the photos. Anyway, this month I’m going to switch things around a bit and put the stuff I did first, followed by the lists, rather than the other way round. I’ll also have a little bit about interesting posts elsewhere on the internet. Let’s see how this goes.

First of all, I turned seventeen on the twelfth, which I posted about earlier. Then we ended up doing my birthday outing no less than three times since the first two went really badly. (taking a long walk on a rocky English beache on a cold, windy, wet day was a terrible idea) Eventually I ended up going and buying books, which was fun. Although it turns out Cumbria’s book store stock is as pitiful as it’s library’s. I did manage to get my hands on The Princess Bride and Heist Society, neither of which I had read.

Last week we had half term (a week long holiday in the middle of a school term, for those of you who don’t know), and it was mostly pretty boring. Wow, so far this post’s been pretty depressing. Let’s move on to the good parts.

My bedroom is pretty much completely done! I just need a desk and a little more decoration. My sister has decided to decorate her entire bedroom with Rapunzel-style art, which was one of the things I wanted to show you but can’t. I also can’t show you the shelves I now have in my room. *sigh* oh well.

I finally managed to stop procrastinating crocheting wise, and actually finished Rarity! I also managed to make dolls of Sokka and Katara. Again, no photos because I can’t upload them. Now I’m working on Rainbow Dash.

I can, however, show you the rest of this month’s artwork (well, most of this month’s artwork)

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I haven’t written any further on Wolf Cry, since I realized I didn’t really like the plot I had and now I’m re-plotting pretty much the whole thing. Also a bunch of characters turned up and demanded to be worked into the series. Oh, and I got an idea for a sequel to the series involving Sleeping Beauty 😛 Depending on how quickly I write, I might end up writing that for NaNo rather than Raven Call (book 2)

Now onto the lists:

Things I Watched

  

We finally finished the first season of Once Upon a Time, and it was amazing. One of the best TV shows I’ve seen in my life. What was with that ending though? You can’t end a season like that! Well, maybe you can, but it’s still annoying. We’re still debating whether or not to watch season two though. Apparently it’s a fifteen, so my brother probably won’t be able to watch it whether we do or not.

I actually watched The Battle of the Five Armies in April, but I forgot to include it in my wrap up post. Sadly I found it pretty mediocre. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and some of the action was rather unrealistic. And that bit on the ice was so cliche! D:<

Lastly, I watched Star Trek Into Darkness with my dad just because we felt like it. It was pretty flipping awesome, though I’m still slightly confused about a couple of things. Maybe it’s just because I was tired.

Things I Read

MLP Comics

Books read in MayI actually managed to read a fair bit this month. Not quite as much as I would have liked, but it’s an improvement on the last three months.

I discovered the My Little Pony Comics early on in May, and they are awesome. Some have a fair amount of plot holes or are badly explained, but for the most part they’re pretty good. They’re also stuffed with references to just about everything, which is cool. A few I’ve noticed are references to Doctor Who, Marvel, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Disney. My favourite comic(s) so far has been the Nightmare Rarity arc.

Book wise, I managed to get The New Recruit for free on kindle, and it’s pretty good and quite cleverly done.

I got Fairest (Lunar Chronicles 0.5) for my birthday. It’s quite different from the other books in the series, since it’s entirely from Levanna’s point of view. As a result it gets rather dark at times, but not too much so. I would highly recommend reading it after Cress, as it explains a fair amount of things mentioned in the other books. The first few chapters from Winter, included in the back, were a nice way to keep myself alive till November.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about SplinteredIt was a good book, but it wasn’t really my sort of thing. I might not bother with the rest of the trilogy.

The Princess Bride is a book I’ve heard quoted and referenced so many times I thought I’d better read it, and it was a very fun read.

I bought Heist Society on a whim really. I’ve read a couple of Ally Carter’s books before, and this one sounded like fun. It was as good as I expected (if not better), and I have no regrets in buying it.

Blog Stuff

My Most Popular Posts in May

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Fictional Siblings

Beautiful People and Fiction Friday: Gwen

My Favourite Posts On Other Blogs

Cait @ Paper Fury celebrated her 4th Blogversary

Annika @ Writer and Proud posted about the difference between villains and antagonists

Dreaming Hobbit gave 4 reasons to write fan fiction

Ashlee Willis revealed the cover for A Wish made of Glass

and Stori Tori talked about Writing Lessons from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Things to look Forwards to in June

The 100th episode of My Little Pony airs next Saturday, and it looks like it’s going to be awesome.

Go Teen Writers is planning a Summer Challenge that starts on the 8th

I can’t really think of anything else happening in June.

What did you do in May? Do you have anything fun planned for June?

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A Month In Review: April 2015

A Month in Review April 2015

All kinds of awesome happened this month 😀 First of all, our house is actually finished! Well, there’s still one room that needs doing, but other than that it’s done. In case you’re wondering, the reason our house actually needs finishing is because we’re converting part of an old convent into an apartment type thing (cause we’re strange like that). For Easter we went all the way down to Devon for a camp type thing like we usually do. I didn’t have as much fun as I usually do, but there were still some enjoyable parts. Anyway, on to the post!

Things I watched

We went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron the day it came out (23rd April in the UK) and it was amazing! Seriously, go and watch it as soon as possible (although remember to watch the first film beforehand). I really need people to fan girl over this with. I would go into details of it’s awesomeness, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Just go and watch it. (America gets it tomorrow. Yay!)

While we were at that Easter thing, we got to see a performance of White Rabbit by Rise Theatre, which was really good. I’m not sure whether it’s still playing or not though. 😛

Season Five of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic started near the beginning of this month, and it’s been great so far.

Lastly, I discovered Teen Titans via some people on DeviantArt. At first it seemed a bit meh, but it turned out to be pretty good. I ended up watching about thirty episodes in a couple of days because I was ill. That last episode made me cry. Why did the series have to be cancelled? Oh well. Moving on,

Things I read

I swear Cumbria Libraries has about the worst selection of books in the universe (obviously an exaggeration, but still) They have practically nothing that I actually want to read! Grrr… Never before have I missed Surrey this much. At least I just found one trilogy that they actually have, so hopefully next month won’t be quite as bookless (the fact that my birthday’s coming up doesn’t hurt either). By Darkness Hid was free for a little while, so at least I got that on my kindle. It was actually even better than I expected, so that’s good.

Things I did

I already mentioned that we went down to Devon for the Easter Holidays. As I mentioned last post, I started writing Wolf Cry. Go Teen Writers had a Word War, so that was helpful for getting words down.

I’ve done eight pieces of art for Marianne’s 30 day OC challenge (not all of them are uploaded yet) My favourite so far was this one, which I did partly to celebrate Age of Ultron coming out:

Marianne as Captain America, Age of Ultron version

I still haven’t sewn the eyes onto my Rarity doll (what is it with me and procrastination?), but I will eventually!

Things I’m looking Forwards to in May

It’s my birthday on the 12th of May! 😀 So obviously I’m excited for that.

There’s more MLP to look forwards to as well.

I think there was something else happening in May but I can’t remember what it was 😛

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How was your April? Is there anything you’re looking forwards to in May?

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