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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: Favourite Fictional Siblings

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

As someone with five siblings, I love it when I come across realistic sibling relationships in books, tv shows, movies, etc. Since this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, I’ve decided to list my favourite fictional siblings.

dipper and mabel

1. Dipper and Mabel Pines from Gravity FallsThe Pines Twins have probably the most realistic sibling relationship I’ve ever come across (which is understandable since it’s based on the creator’s relationship with his twin sister). They tease each other and have arguments about completely pointless things, but they’re still very close and in the end, will do almost anything for each other. I could go on about this all day, but we have a list to finish.

2. Nani and Lilo Pelekai from Lilo & StitchI personally think Nani and Lilo are the best developed siblings in Disney. Even though they drive each other crazy, they’ll do almost anything to stay together.

It was surprisingly difficult to get a good picture of these two, so here have this instead.

3. Sokka and Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender I love these two. They’re very different and wind each other up a lot, but they’re also very much capable of working together and they’re (almost) always there to back each other up.

Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg

4. The March Sisters from Little Women I loved these books to pieces, and the March girls are fantastic. They’re all very different and I love all of them (Amy was annoying at first, but I grew to like her as she matured). They do all sorts of bonkers things together and fight and write plays and fail at housekeeping. Probably my favourite literary family ever.

another set of siblings that were hard to find pictures for

another set of siblings that were hard to find pictures for

5. Art and Myrtle Mumby from LarklightThese two are hilarious. They’re probably about as different as they can possibly be and get on each other’s nerves pretty much all the time. Despite their apparent dislike of each other, they do worry about each other and I think they’d rather be together than apart in the end. (however much they claim otherwise)

6. Katniss and Prim Everdeen from The Hunger GamesI’m sure I don’t have to say much about how much these two care about each other. I will mention how sweet just about every scene between these two was though.

7. The Baudelaires from A Series of Unfortunate Events I never finished this series, but the Baudelaires are amazing. They’re intelligent, unique and interesting. (In fact, I think it may well have been mostly them that kept me reading as long as I did)

8. Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic There are a lot of sibling and like-sibling relationships in this show, but I think Twilight and Shining Armor’s is my favourite. They clearly care for each other deeply and get along very well (although I somehow suspect that Twilight’s statement that they ‘never had a single fight’ is a bit of an exaggeration). I also love that according to the comics, Shining used to be a dorky nerd while Twilight was a socially awkward bookworm, since that’s basically the definition of my youger brother and me XD

I think this is actually a picture of their parents, but whatever.

9. Tide and Swanfeather (and Fingal) from The Mistmantle chronicles We don’t see all that much of the twins, but what little we do get is adorable and extremely well characterized. I decided to include Fingal here as well, since he acts more like an older brother than an uncle most of the time.

10. Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) from Avengers: Age of Ultron Not going to say too much about these two because spoilers, but I loved how protective they were of each other.

So that’s it for my list. If you would like to join in on Top Ten Tuesdays, just click the picture at the top. Who are some of your favourite fictional siblings?

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The Beginning

This story first started when we were watching my hamster, Misty (now dead), climbing around in her cage. She was actually pretty awesome, and my brother suggested making a story about hamsters, but setting it in a world a little like Mistmantle. Now, I’d better explain just what Mistmantle is. It’s a small island in a medieval-style time inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, mostly squirrels, hedgehogs, otters and moles, that features in the excellent book series ‘the Mistmantle Chronicles’. I would highly recommend this series for anyone 8-16, possibly older. Anyway, back to the whole hamster thing. I pointed out that although hamsters would be pretty epic heroes, most people would probably have a hard time taking them seriously (I know I would), so we decided on using mice and other rodents instead. One thing my brother was very big on was, we should try to be original in assigning alignments to different species. Hence we had a whole country full of good-guy rats (not wanting to go down the clichéd ‘rats are always evil’ path), and assigned Egyptian Spiny Mice as the main villains, at least to start off with.

Egyptian Spiny Mouse

Then we added some Capybaras for the Spiny Mice to ride, and hamsters did make it in to the story eventually, but not as major characters.

Capybara

We decided that Almavavlia would be the name of the country where the story is set, and it would be inhabited by three kinds of mice, (house mice, known as ‘grey mice’, yellow-necked wood mice, and field mice), European water voles, and shrews. There would also be chinchillas, which would not be anthropomorphic but used as riding animals.

Admittedly, the story did not instantly become a book, but started out as a kind of RPG-type game we’d play. I also started on a little booklet about the country and drew a few maps, one full colour, the others black and white. Then the whole idea was practically forgotten for several months, before re-emerging with my idea of actually writing a book about it as originally planned. It’s still in the concept stage, but I do have a basic plot which I am currently sorting out properly. So that’s the basic idea so far, and I hope you’ll enjoy the concept art, country and character information, and, eventually, book chapters, that I will be posting from now on.

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