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A Month In Review: February 2016

Month In Review - Feb. 2016

Wow I didn’t really blog at all this month. Oops. Hopefully I’ll get some done in March. Anyway! On with the post!

There’s been more college this month. Now I’m doing Mondays as well. We went down to Surrey for a community retreat (again), which was actually pretty fun for once since the more… annoying… people weren’t there. My sister somehow managed to convince people to watch Attack on Titan with her. That was unexpected.

I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff for the two webcomics I’m planning (One being a fairly short MLP fan comic and the other being Blue Team)

Art wise, I’ve been working on developing my own art style more, which has been really fun. I’ve also gotten better at shading, and worked out how to do colour changes and use stroke stabilizers in Sai. I did a bunch of art I’m really happy with.

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Things I Watched

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I watched a ton of stuff this month.

Movies wise, I finished Inception with my dad. Wow that movie’s amazing people. Go watch it if you haven’t already.

My sister’s friend came over for a sleepover and brought every Studio Ghibli film ever with her, so obviously we watched some of those. First we watched The Cat Returns, which was a fun movie. It had quite a different style from the other Ghibli films we’ve seen, which was interesting. We also watched Kiki’s Delivery Service, which was also pretty fun, and in the more classic Ghibli style.

Then at the retreat we watched Source Code, which is another one of those Confusing Sci-Fi Movies. It was really good, other than the… rather odd ending.

I also watched a whole bunch of anime. First up was Akatsuki No Yona, and wow. That anime was amazing. Definitely one of my favourites. Go watch it already. (also don’t get put off by the abrupt bloodiness in the first episode. It’s way worse than anything else in the rest of the anime)

Next I watched Shirobako, which is an anime about, well, anime. As in it’s about making anime. It was a lot of fun, and also really interesting.

Then my sister finally got me to watch Chihayafuru, which is about a competitive card game, but is structured like a Sports Anime. It was actually surprisingly good.

I also watched the Fairy Tail Movie. It was pretty bad to be honest, but then anime movies are pretty much never good.

I literally only watched Sword Art Online II because I needed something action-y in between the calm, slow-moving episodes of Chihayafuru. And wow. It was actually way better than the first one (the first story-arc, anyway. After the first 14 episodes or so it seems to lapse into a bunch of less interesting mini-arcs). Still not amazing, and there were a few things I didn’t really like, but not something I regret watching.

RWBY Volume 3 ended on Valentine’s Day, and wow. It hurts so much. And not in a fun, this-hurts-and-it’s-amazing-can’t-wait-for-more way. No, just exhausting, emotional, agonizing pain. Let me just, cry in a corner for a few hours.

I also re-watched Ocean’s Eleven at the retreat, and started watching Noragami with my brother, who hadn’t seen it yet.

Things I Read

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I hardly read anything this month. I continued reading the Rave Master manga. It’s hilarious spotting all the things that are referenced or reused in Fairy Tail.

I won Heartless in a giveaway, and man I’m so freaking confused. I didn’t really understand anything that happened in that book and it annoys me. Please, someone explain.

My friend gave me Scorpion Mountain, so I finally got to read that. It was good. Not sure whether it’s supposed to be the last book in the series or not, but I’m happy either way.

Nothing really happened on the blog.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Gravity Falls came to a satisfying conclusion. Kinda sad that it’s over though.

Volme 3 of RWBY ended, and like I said it was painful. The fandom is coping with puns and fan art of dead people.

My brother and I caught up in Haikyuu! and… stuff happened.

Zeref made his appearance in Fairy Tail Zero (which I think is almost over), Akagami No Shirayuki-hime killed me with cuteness, the painfully long and pointless filler arc in Naruto Shippuden finally came to an end, and Prince of Stride continues with a whole lot of hilarity and angst.

The Lunar Chronicles are getting Graphic Novels, and Stars Above came out. (I still haven’t managed to obtain a copy, though)

and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is confirmed to be returning in May!

Other Internet Stuff:

  • Imogen @ Gossiping With Dragons described the Elements of a Good Romantic Subplot
  • Stori Tori’s So Your Character is From… series kicked off with a post about Australia!
  • And Leonardo Di Caprio finally won a freaking Oscar.

Next Month

Fairy Tail Zero will probably come to an end, but I’m not sure if we’ll be heading onto the Avatar arc straight away or if there’ll be another filler arc.

I have a feeling I’ve forgotten something important but oh well.

How was your February? Have you seen or read any of the things I have this month, and is there anything you think I should try? Can someone please explain Heartless to me? What are you looking forwards to in March?

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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: November 2015

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This is pretty late, but oh well. I’ll pretend I’m writing it on the last day of November anyway XD

The main thing that happened this month was NaNoWriMo, which I won for the first time! I reached 50000 words on the absolute last day, but I did it! Because I was so busy writing, I did practically no art this month, so no gallery this time.

Things I Watched

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First we watched X-Men Days of Future Past, which was really good. I think I like First Class better though.

Then we watched Eagle Eye a couple of weeks ago. I actually saw most of it muted a long while ago (for reasons), but it’s freaking amazing.

I finally finished Naruto at the beginning of the month, and moved onto Naruto Shippuden. It’s so much better than the original, unusually. The first series is great, but it was also pretty flawed, and Shippuden fixed most of those flaws. The animation is better, the soundtrack is better, and they don’t waste nearly as much time on replaying scenes and having ridiculously long flash backs over and over and over again. Definitely recommend. (though you really should watch the first series first, at least the actually relevant parts, because I don’t think it’ll have the same emotional resonance if you’re not familiar with the characters)

Things I Read

Books read Nov. 2015

(this is actually a relatively small portion of what I read this month. There’s a good 20 more volumes of manga I read XD )

As you can see, my reading this month has been somewhat dominated by one thing. But let’s look at the other things first.

I read the second and third Nine Princess Novellas, Coralina and Heidel. Both of them were good.

I also read Winter! It was fantastic, and a perfect ending to the series, though so incredibly long. There’s still a short story collection to come out before the series is quite finished.

But what I read by far the most of this month was the Fairy Tail Manga. I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with this series. I’d definitely count it as my favorite fandom besides My Little Pony (It’s hard to word that in a way that makes sense 😛 ). I think I read a little less than 40 volumes altogether this month.

On the Blog

I managed to post four times this month, including the October Month in Review, despite NaNo.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

Season Five of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic came to an end, and what a season it was. Definitely my favourite one so far. The season finale included time travel, multiple apocalyptic timelines, and the first look at actual warfare in Equestria, and it was really fun to see all of that. The ending was pretty rushed, but the sheer creativity of all the alternate timelines has me itching to make fan art.

The Fairy Tail manga got a Christmas special, and I haven’t read it yet but apparently it was completely ridiculous.

The apocalypse continues in Gravity Falls. There’s now only the hour long finale to go before the series ends forever.

RWBY Volume Three continued, though the release schedule has been somewhat sporadic.

Next Month

Next month is December, which of course means Christmas and everything that comes with it!

Both Star Wars Episode VII and The Good Dinosaur come out, at least in the US. I actually have no idea when the UK release dates are. I should probably go find that out.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this month. Did you do NaNoWriMo this year, and if so how did it go? Have you seen or read any of the things I have this month, and what do you think I should try next? Have anything planned for December? I hope you all have a fantastic month!

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A Month in Review: October 2015

A Month in Review - Oct. 2015

I didn’t really blog at all in October. I had been planning on a couple of posts but I ended up being too busy. So what have I been doing this month? Well let’s see.

We went down to Surrey for Halloween like we usually do. I ended up spending most of that time reading manga for various reasons. During the drive down we discovered that Studio Ghibli films are fantastic for spending long car journeys.

There’s also been college, though only a few hours a week. Not much to report on that front. What’s really been keeping me busy is art and getting ready for NaNoWriMo.

So art wise, this month there’s been a thing on Tumblr called OC October, where you draw one of your OCs every day in October and post them online, which I’ve been doing. You can find all my posts here. I came third place in a fan art contest held by Looji on DeviantArt, and as a prize she drew Gwen for me:

My favourite artist on DeviantArt drew one of my OCs! I think I almost died fangirling 😀

Speaking of Looji, she’s founded a group where people can make ocs for her world, Gelea, so I made a character for that and it was a lot of fun.

I also made a height chart for some of my characters from one of my projects (not a book exactly – I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. I’d love to turn it into a webcomic some time but I’ve got a lot of work to do before I’m ready for something that big) As usual, here’s the best of my art this month:

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Writing wise, I’ve been preparing for NaNoWriMo, which didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but I feel much more prepared than last year.

Things I Watched

First we continued the Marvel movie spree with The Amazing Spider-Man, which was really good. I haven’t seen the original trilogy, so I have no idea how it compares to those movies XD Then at the end of the month we watched the sequel, which was also good, though I feel like there was slightly too much going on at the end. (only one more movie to go before I’m completely ready for Civil War!)

Then, while we were down in Surrey we watched Jurassic World. Again, I haven’t seen the original trilogy, and I feel like there were a few ‘nerd moments’ as my dad calls them that I missed out on because of that. Nevertheless, it was pretty good.

Anime wise, I managed to watch no less than five different anime this month, as well as the new episodes of Fairy Tail and RWBY and a bit more Naruto. First I watched my first contemporary anime since OHSHC, Toradora!, and it was fantastic and adorable. I’ll definitely be re-watching it several times.

Then I watched Noragami, and wow. That was probably the best anime I have seen so far. It was darker than I thought it would be, and it can be fairly bloody at times, but it was truly fantastic. I actually watched it twice, once by myself and again with my sister, who also loved it. Also that finale. I think I watched it like three times altogether XD The sequel series started this month and it’s been fantastic too so far (maybe even better than the first season).

A Certain Scientific Railgun was the first anime I discovered myself, rather than have a friend or my sister suggest it. It’s actually a spin off series of another anime, A Certain Magical Index, which I haven’t seen because I can only find it in terrible quality, but you don’t need to have seen the original to enjoy this one. (there are a fair amount of references to the original though, as well as having some of the same characters) It’s a fun, creative and interesting science fantasy with, which I’d recommend. (if you do watch it, skip episode two. It’s pretty much completely pointless and considerably more inappropriate than anything else in the series)

Sword Art Online was another one my sister recommended. It’s really good, though I liked the first half a lot more than the second half.

Lastly I watched Your Lie in April, and it was wonderful. It’s about music, but also about living life to the fullest and how the way you live your life can effect the lives of others. It also gave me all the emotions, which I always love. You probably want to have some tissues handy if you watch it.

Things I Read

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This month I only read one new book, Champion. To be honest I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first two books in the seires. I think it was an interesting and original way to end the series, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea.

I am, however, re reading the entire Lunar Chronicles series in preparation for Winter coming out next month. I’ve read the first three (chronologically speaking) and it’s just Cress to go.

I also started reading the Fairy Tail Manga because I can. The anime sticks very closely to the manga so there isn’t much difference plot wise, but it’s really interesting to get the same story in a different medium. I’ve also been reading the Fruits Basket manga because the anime only has the first half or so.

Nothing happened on the blog this month, though I’ve apparently had visitors from Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei so that’s interesting, and apparently the search term ‘anime girl books’ frequently leads to my blog.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

There’s been more My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and we’ve had some exciting stuff going on, including the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally getting their cutie marks after four and a half seasons of crusading, and the official reveal that Shining Armor and Cadence will in fact be having a baby.

Steven Univese had some more Peridot episodes, then went on hiatus with the rest of Cartoon Network for the rest of the year.

In Gravity Falls we just had the literal apocalypse, and it looks like the show might be coming to an end soon.

RWBY began Volume Three, and despite people’s concerns, it hasn’t dropped in quality and in fact has even risen in quality in some respects (most noticeably the animation).

Other Internet Stuff:

Next Month

NaNoWriMo begins! I will be participating so there won’t be much blog activity, though I do plan to do another writing music post like I did last year, and I have an award I need to do.

Cartoon Network might be on hiatus, but My Little Pony, Gravity Falls and RWBY still have new episodes to look forwards to.

So that’s what I’ve been doing all this time I disappeared from my blog. Did you do anything fun in October, and did you have a good Halloween if you celebrate it? Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and/or do you have anything else planned? Any books, movies or shows you think I should try? I hope you all have a great November! 😀

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Female Characters

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Well, this is a day late but oh well. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, so I decided to do my favourite female characters, which is something I’ve been wanting to post about for a while now. Knowing me, a good half of these will be from TV shows rather than books. I’m only going to use one character each per book/show so we don’t get a bunch from the same thing. So here are my favourite female characters:

1. Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Katara is one of my favourite characters ever. I could go on for a while about how why I like her so much, but I love how she’s a mature, powerful waterbending master but still feels very much like a real girl.

Fanart by Laura Hollingsworth

2. Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Iko is hilarious. I don’t think a character’s ever made me laugh as much as she has. I cried when Spoilers she ‘died’ in Cinder. Spoilers ended

Rarity being as fabulous as always

3. Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Yeah I’m sure anyone who knows me well was expecting My Little Pony to show up on this list. Although Fluttershy is my favourite pony, I do like Rarity best as a character. She’s utterly fabulous, and can be rather whiny at times, but she makes up for it by being hardworking, intelligent and generous. Unusually for a show aimed at small children, she even runs her own business, and is getting really good at it.

4. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables and it’s sequels by L M Montgomery.

The Anne Books were my favourite childhood series along with the Chronicles of Narnia, and the main reason was Anne Shirley herself. I think I’ve mentioned what I love about her before, but I especially love her quirky, poetic way of talking and wild imagination.

5. Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail

I love almost every character in Fairy Tail, but Erza’s one of my favourites. At first glance she seems like your stereotypical ‘strong female character’ who just kicks butt and that’s pretty much it, but she actually goes a lot deeper. She can be kind and gentle, and she can sometimes be completely ridiculous and go along with whatever silly antics the others are up to.

6. Jo March from Little Women and it’s sequels by Louisa May Alcott

Jo has always been my favourite of the March sisters. She’s funny and smart, and very independent and forward-thinking for her times.

7. Pearl from Steven Universe

Pearl is my favourite gem in this show. She’s graceful, intelligent, and organised to a fault, the last of which I can really relate to. I’m not sure why, but the Pearl-centric episodes are often the ones that make me cry. (I love it when fictional things make me cry)

Fan art by Viria

 8. Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson books and Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Ah, Annabeth. Unfortunately it’s difficult to put my thoughts on her into words and I’m running out of time, so let’s just say I love everything the rest of the fandom loves about her. (approximately)

9. Starfire from Teen Titans

Again, Starfire is another character who can kick butt but is also kind and gentle. (I like these kinds of characters, in case that wasn’t obvious) I love how she usually tries to take the peaceful route if she can, though.

annoyingly, this is the best picture I could find.

10. Ssilissa from The Larklight Trilogy by Philip Reeve

Ssilissa falls into the same category as Erza and Starfire, (I’m really running out of time on this post, so sorry for being rather brief in my description for the last few) but she also gives excellent advice when needed and happens to be the only female alchemist in the Solar System (at least for the first book and a bit)

So those are my ten favourite female characters. Who are your favourites?

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Infinity Dreams Award and Curious Wren Bookish Tag

I have two tags to do today (one’s referred to as an award but it’s more like a tag).

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First, I mentioned in my last post that a new blog, Curious Wren, has opened, and among other things is hosting a tag to celebrate. The questions for this one:

1. What was the last book you read, and would you recommend it?

The last book I read as of starting to write this post was The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, and yes I’d totally recommend it. Read the 9 books that come before it though!

2. Describe the perfect reading spot.

There are so many different ways it’s impossible to just choose one perfect one. A couple of nice ideas I’ve seen:

up a tree can be a surprisingly nice place as well, if you can get comfortable enough. (Why yes, I have read books up trees on multiple occasions)

3. Favorite book beverage? Tea? Coffee? Hot chocolate? Tears of your readers?

Tea, if anything. I haven’t drunk much tea in a while but I do like it.

4. Share favorite quotes from four books.

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 by L M Montgomery

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder. – Cress by Marrisa Meyer

“A popular song?”
“Yes. One that the feeble-minded can remember the words of and those ignorant of music can whistle or sing.” – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L Frank Baum

I can’t think of a fourth quote that I can remember correctly.

5. What is your most loved fantasy read? Dystopia? Contemporary? Sci-fi? Classic?

Fantasy: The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

Dystopia: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (not so much the sequels though)

Contemporary: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

Sci-fi: The Lunar Chronicles by Marrissa Meyer

Classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

6. List three authors you’ve collected the most books from.

Caroline Lawrence – 16 books

L Frank Baum – 16 books

Anne Digby – 11 books

7. What are your thoughts on magic in literature?

Depends on how it’s handled. If it’s witchcraft or something similar, I don’t like it unless it’s only used by villains and isn’t described in great detail. I’m usually fine with fairy tale type magic, or if the ‘magic’ is something innate or creator-given, like bending in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

8. What types of book covers capture your imagination most strongly? Feel free to include images.

I love almost all kinds of covers. Some of my favourite covers:

9. Mention the first book character that comes to mind. Elaborate on this.

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. Perhaps because she was one of my first favourite book characters. I love Anne and her imaginative, quirky and flowery personality and way of speaking. I’ve read every Anne book there is and loved all of them.

10. Do you lend out your books? Or is that the equivalent to giving away your babies?

Although I’d never refer to my books as my babies, I won’t usually lend them out unless it’s to someone I know I can trust. I do have a couple of books I wouldn’t lend out under any circumstances, like my copy of Anne of Green Gables.

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This is the copy of Anne of Green Gables I have.

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Next, Write For the King tagged me for the Infinity Dreams Award. (My first time being officially tagged! 😀 ) Thank you!

The rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you.

-Answer their 11 questions

-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

The questions:

Who is your favorite villain (either the one whom most love to hate or the one whom you actually cheer for)?

Hmm… This is a hard one. Maybe Levanna from the Lunar Chronicles. She’s wonderfully evil, but everything she does has a reason. (not always a completely sane reason, but still a reason)

Do you have a favorite food, and what is it?

I don’t really have one favourite food. Chocolate’s always nice though.

So if you had to choose one element (fire, water, air, or earth), which one would you choose and why?

Water. I love rain, and the ocean, and swimming, and gahhh. *flails uselessly* Am I seriously fangirling about water? Oh well.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Not sure. I love Hungary for holidays, but I’m not sure I’d want to live there all year round.

Who is your favorite supporting character (movies, TV, or books)?

Darn it this is even harder than the villain question. There’s so many. I’ll just list some of the first that come to mind.

Jellal from Fairy Tail, Brother Juniper from the Mistmantle Chronicles, Marvel’s Hawkeye, Clancy from Ruby Redfort, and Regidor from the Dragon Keeper Chronicles.

What is one interesting or weird quirk about you?

I’m allergic to cut grass. My feet get swollen and itchy if I spend too long in recently mowed fields or lawns.

What is your favorite topic to learn about?

Art, I guess. I like to learn about pretty much anything though.

I think all of you write, so who is your favorite character that you have created?

I remember having difficulty with this one last time I did a tag like this. At the moment it’s probably Gwen or Caelan, for completely different reasons which I can’t be bothered to go into now.

If you could bring one person from the past to the present, whom would you bring?

I don’t know. The first person that comes to mind is Arthur Conan Doyle, but I think he’d mostly just be irritated. (apparently he once said he’d be disappointed if the only thing he was remembered for was Sherlock Holmes, and to be honest I have no idea what else he did or wrote XD)

You can jump into any one fictional world. Which one would you choose?

Equestria. (the world where My Little Pony is set, for those of you who don’t know) Probably not most people’s first choices, but it’s such a gorgeous, peaceful world and it would be lovely to visit.

What is your favorite drink?

Hot chocolate, generally speaking.

I can’t think of eleven people to tag who I know hasn’t done it before, so I tag anyone who feels like doing it. I’ll leave the same questions I did for the Liebster Award since no one grabbed it and I don’t have time to make new ones:

1. If you could spend a day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

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?

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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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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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Bookshelf Tag

Deborah @ Road of a Writer tagged EVERYONE for the bookshelf tag (which of course includes me) and it looked fun so here we are. I even bothered to photograph all the books (which I’ve never done before), which was fun. Anywho, onto the tag!

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from: 

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I actually have a photo 😀 (see above). I think my shelves are from Ikea, and I’ve had the teddy bear book stops for years. I also have some books on top of a book case (also from Ikea, I think). No that is not my art hanging above it (though I do have a couple of canvases that need to be hung up).

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books? My favourite books (the ones in the photo) are arranged in alphabetical order according to author, with series put in reading order. I used to organize them in height order, but that got tedious and made it harder to find things. The rest of my books aren’t in any particular order.

What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf? Cress by Marissa Meyer with 550 pages.

Cress

What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf? Dragonology (author unclear), at 28 pages.

Is this book not gorgeous?

Because what self respecting fantasy nerd doesn’t need a reference book for dragons in their life?

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift? DragonSpell by Donita K. Paul

DragonSpell

What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Fifth Year Friendships at Trebizon by Anne Digby

Trebizon

What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? Dragonology (funnily enough it’s effectively both the largest and smallest book I own)

here's what it looks like on the inside

here’s what it looks like on the inside

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf? A friend of mine gave me almost the entire Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence for the New Year before last.

the last two books are missing, but this is a pretty impressive gift

the last two books are missing, but this is a pretty impressive gift

Most expensive book? Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

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The last book you read on your shelf? Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read? The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis, which I first read when I was about seven.

tLtWatW

Do you have more than one copy of a book? Alice in Wonderland is actually the only book I have multiple copies of, one physical and one on my kindle.

Alice

Do you have the complete series of any book series? I actually have annoyingly few complete series, but I do have the complete Bush Boys series by James Tierney courtesy of my Australian second cousins.

Bush Boys

The first two books have gone walkabouts, but I know they’re somewhere.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf? The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Princess Bride

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER? Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (the physical copy)

Alice physical

What’s the most recently published book on your shelf? Fairest by Marissa Meyer (published January 27th 2015)

Fairest

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)? The Borrowers Omnibus by Mary Norton (my copy is from 1966)

Borrowers

A book you won? The only book I’ve ever won was The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan, which I got for completing the Summer Reading Challenge. (and I am eternally grateful to said Challenge since it introduced me to Ranger’s Apprentice)

Ruins of Gorlan

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)? Anne of Green Gables, since not only is it basically irreplaceable (I don’t think you can get this copy any more), but it has a lot of sentimental value, since I got it for my birthday in France and it’s pretty much my favourite book ever.

Anne 3

Most beat up book? The Lost Stories by John Flangan. Our copy is a wreck:

lost stories

lost stories inside

we actually had to tape pages back in

Most pristine book? Considering it’s second hand, Urchin and the Heartstone by M I McAllister, which is still in perfect condition.

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A book from your childhood? The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis. It’s these books that got me into reading in the first place.

Narnia

A book that’s not actually your book? I’m pretty sure my Father Brown Collection technically belongs to my dad, although he doesn’t seem to remember owning it. It has his name written in it anyway.

father brown

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)? Monsterology (by the same person as Dragonology) has an awesome cover:

monsterology

A book that is your favorite color? The Charioteer of Delphi by Caroline Lawrence is a lovely shade of purple

Charioteer of Delphi

Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read? The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson. Man, and I thought The Lord of the Rings was hard to read. I’ve read bits and pieces but still not the whole thing. Amusingly, this book makes it very, very clear where Tolkien got the names for his dwarves from (there’s even a dwarf called Gandalfi!)

prose edda

Any signed books? I have a couple signed by people I know, but none signed by authors.


Phew! That post took most of the afternoon to create. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing all my books. I hereby tag Picklesthehamsterproverbs31teen (if either of you have already done this/don’t do tags, feel free to ignore this), and anyone else who feels like doing it.

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