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A Month In Review: September 2016

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Well, school is back. So things have been very busy for the last month. I haven’t had as much time for art recently, but I still got several pieces done that I’m really happy with. I did some palette requests on Tumblr, which was fun, and I got all the Blue Team redesigns done and redrew the height chart! I also started an Ask Blog for the characters so I can work on character development/consistency. You can find it here and leave questions if you like!

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We watched several things this month. My sister’s friend came round fairly early in the month and as usual she brought her Studio Ghibli collection. This time we watched Laputa: Castle in the Sky. It was good, with a lot of cool animation and stuff. Not my one of my favourite Ghibli films, but still a lot of fun and worth watching.

We borrowed Batman Begins from our neighbors and watched that. I’ve never watched a Batman film before so that was fun. It was good, and quite Batman-y.

My sister got Iron Man for her birthday, so we finally watched that! It was great.

We also started watching the tv series, Victoria, which is about Queen Victoria (if that wasn’t obvious). It’s very interesting and well made.

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This section isn’t going to be a permanent fixture, but I played enough games this month I thought it was worth giving it it’s own section. After drawing fan art I succumbed to playing Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, since we own it and there was a free save slot. I haven’t played strategy games in a while so that was pretty fun. It’s pretty hard too though.

I got a new phone this month! And I can play games on it 😀 (what do you mean that’s not very important). Most importantly Pokemon Go. Woo! It’s fun. And also makes walking fun. So that’s good. Yay for exercise (and Pokemon)

I also got the Love Live School Idol Festival game. It’s a lot of fun. My sister has it too so we can nerd over it together.

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I finished the Ascendance Trilogy, which I started a long while ago. It was good!

I also finally got round to reading The Hidden Oracle, (which I finished literally like a week before book two was released :P). It was a lot of fun. Lots of good Rick Riordan-ishness.

I didn’t write any blog posts this month.

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Fandom Stuff:

We got some more episodes of Steven Universe. Then it went on hiatus again. But at least we have some shorts to look forwards to!

Moana got yet another trailer.

RWBY got a character short! It’s amazing. So much hype for season 4

Other Internet Stuff:

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Wow, there is so much stuff I’m hyped for in October!

RWBY Volume 4 begins on the 22nd! The character short released recently has me super excited for that!

Haikyuu!! Season 3 Begins!

The final Ruby Redfort book comes out! Hopefully it’ll be good!

There’s Halloween as well of course.

My Little Pony Season 6 ends! I haven’t been all that impressed with this season so far, but from what people have said about the leaked first part the finale will be amazing.

So that’s what I’ve been up to in September! Have you watched, read or played any of the things I did this month? Anything you think I should try? What are you looking forwards to in October? Hope you all have a great month!

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A Month In Review: August 2016

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Wow, it doesn’t feel like it’s been a whole month since I last wrote one of these. Yet here we are. So, the Summer holidays have ended. A lot of stuff happened this month. I went to Sweden with two of my siblings towards the end of the month, which was a lot of fun. When we got back my best friend came up to visit, which was even more fun. We mostly fangirled over Akagami no Shirayukihime and analysed anime OPs (which is tons of fun btw). She also got me a Naruto poster and some other stuff I’ll talk about later.

I worked more with Clip Studio paint and I’m really used to it now. It’s a fantastic program. I feel like I really got a lot better at shading, and practiced drawing comic pages. I also livestreamed my art for the first time! A bunch of people came and it was a lot of fun. You can follow me on Picarto if you want to get notified every time I do that again. I also opened Commissions! Only for DeviantArt points at the moment but I hope to do it for real money eventually. You can find more details about that here. Best of my art this month:

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Things I Watched

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We watched quite a few movies this month! First my whole family went to see Finding Dory in the cinema. It was a lot of fun and quite a bit of a tear jerker.

Then we watched Spider Man, which I somehow have not seen before now. It was fantastic. Very Spider Man. (who’s one of my favourite superheroes)

While we were in Sweden we rented The Peanuts Movie and watched that. It’s a really lovely movie. I think it really captures the feel of the comics in a very fun, heartwarming way.

Just like last year, my friend brought up the latest Mission Impossible movie, which this year was Rogue Nation. It was good. I don’t really have all that much specific to say about it, but it was a good action movie.

I also rewatched Voltron: Legendary Defender (with my brother), and Patema Inverted (with my friend and sister)

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I read all of two books this month. I know. It’s amazing. But anyway. The first was The Scorpio Races, which I’d read the first few pages of a few dozen times in the library before finally deciding to borrow it. It was great. Man eating water horses are cool. So that was cool.

The second book I read was The Screaming Staircase, which was a creepy ghost hunting thing. I’d kinda got the impression it was going to be a Victorian themed thing? Which it wasn’t? But that was okay. It was good and creepy. It’s fun to read creepy things once in a while.

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I did an appearance themed Beautiful People with all of Blue Team. Because I couldn’t choose just one character.

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The Steven Universe Summer event came to an end. It was incredible. And wonderfully, it hasn’t gone on hiatus! And we’re actually getting weekly episodes for a while. Yay.

Miraculous Ladybug will return next year, with two whole back to back seasons with weekly episodes (so that’s 52 episodes! Wow). It’s also apparently getting a live action movie, which I have mixed feelings about.

It looks like Naruto Shippuden is finally actually coming towards it’s end, so I should really catch up on that.

Haikyu!! is confirmed to be getting it’s third season this October! Season 3 will only be ten episodes long, which I assume will be just long enough to cover the Shiratorizawa match. Some people have been complaining about this but honestly I get why it is and I’m fine with it.

Lastly, the  Bleach manga finally ended and it was terrible. Like honestly I can hardly think of a worse way to end a series. Seriously. On the plus side, this means the fandom for the most part skipped the idiotic shipping wars that would have happened no matter how it ended. Instead everyone went on to uniting over how truly terrible the ending was and picking and choosing between their personal headcanons of how it should have ended and ignoring canon. So in a way the terrible, horrible, disastrous ending was almost a blessing.

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Well, school is back, of course. I can’t think of all that much important happening in September. It kinda feels like an in-betweeny month before a whole ton of stuff happens in October. (which I’m really, really looking forwards to!)

So that’s what I got up to in the Summer holidays. How was your August? Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month? Anything you think I should try? What are you looking forwards to in September? I hope you all have a great month!

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A Month In Review: July 2016

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This is very late because we were away camping, but here we go! I didn’t do one of these for June since not much happened so a couple of things from then will be included here.

I have Summer Holidays now! Which is nice. I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo this year with one of my friends, which was fun. I got a lot of planning for Blue Team done. I also got headshots done of the main cast. Hopefully I’ll be doing an updated height chart soon.

I also got Clip Studio Paint! It’s amazing.

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Things I Watched

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I watched Love Live! School Icol Project because my sister said to and the spin-off was coming out soon. It made me way more emotional than I thought it would.

Then I started watching said spin-off/sequel, Love Live! Sunshine! which is more or less the same premise but set in a small seaside town instead of Tokyo. The characters are lovely so far. I think my favourite is Yoshiko/Yohane, she’s hilarious.

We bought Kung Fu Panda 3 and watched that with our cousin. It was a lot of fun, but the second film is still my favourite.

Lastly I watched Voltron: Legendary Defender because literally everyone on the internet abruptly became obsessed with it. I’m not into giant-mechas-in-space myself, but it was still very enjoyable. The characters and plot are great and it gives me lots of feelings, which makes an automatic winner for me. It’s also surprisingly funny.

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Behold, the Universe’s last hope. Just, go watch this show already.

Things I Read

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I didn’t get many books read this month. However I did manage to read the entire Bleach manga within a few weeks, because I’m insane. It’s very addictive (as you can probably tell), and pretty dang good. I do think there are too many fights? Like I know it’s a shonen so fights are pretty much a given but we end up having fights between random secondary characters we’ve only known for a few chapters and jump between like ten fights at a time, so it gets a little tedious. Still, there were a lot of good characters and it did succeed in making me cry several times, so it still qualifies as a good manga I’d love to watch the anime for.

I also read Twinepathy, which I started reading as it was serialized on the internet and decided to buy so I could read the finished thing. It was great! There were a lot of creative super powers, which is one of my soft spots so I was bound to like it. Also I need Blaze’s backstory immediately, please and thank you. Looks like the second book’s going to be centered more around him so hopefully I won’t have to wait too long.

On the Blog

I did character interviews with both Adelle and Elliot over the last two months, as well as doing Beautiful People with Cass.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Steven Universe is back with the Summer of Steven, new episodes every weekday for four weeks! Some serious stuff went down, including new fusions, backstory, and friendships, as well as boatloads of angst. It’s wonderful.

My Little Pony also returned, though I haven’t had time to watch the new episodes yet.

Love Live Sunshine started, and like I said it’s been lovely so far.

San Diego Comic Con was a thing, so lots of fandoms got new information, including a confirmed second season for Voltron and teases for new characters, kwamis, and episode plots for Miraculous Ladybug

Moana got several new trailers and I’m super excited for it!

Next Month

I’ll be going to Sweden towards the end of the month with two of my siblings! Which will be exciting.

There’s also the Olympics, so that’s fun.

So that’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of months. Have you seen or read any of the things I did this month? Anything you think I should try? Planning anything fun next month? I hope you all have a fantastic Summer!

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A Month in Review: May 2016

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Well, May is finished! It’s been a fairly busy month. It was my birthday on the twelfth! I was slightly ill at the time so that was annoying. It wasn’t too bad though. I got Thor and Captain America 2 on blu-ray (it still feels weird to me that we can actually use blu-ray now), and a cool t-shirt.

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This one, in fact.

We also went to a circus, which was cool, and rode a steam boat around a lake. I went to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Rheged. There were a lot of fantastic photos there.

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This was my favourite one. It’s so confusing to look at.

I got a ton of art done, mostly requests and birthday presents. A Fairy Tail Reversed!AU (where everything’s the same but the roles are switched, so Lucy brought Natsu to Fairy Tail, Erza turned evil instead of Jellals, etc.) popped up on Tumblr, so I also did some fan art for that, which was a lot of fun. I also worked some more on my Naruto OCs.

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Things I Watched

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We watched Captain America: Civil War in the cinema! It was great. Go watch it if you haven’t already.

I’ve also been rewatching Gravity Falls with my dad. It’s really interesting spotting all the tiny pieces of foreshadowing.

Things I Read

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I got lots more reading done this month than I have in a while. I continued reading the Naruto manga, and I’ve gotten up to the Sasuke Retrieval Arc. Some things are much better done than in the anime, but I think some parts are actually better in the anime.

I also finished the Fruits Basket manga! It was great. I also started reading the sequel, Fruits Basket Another. Yuki’s son is so fabulous it’s ridiculous.

Lastly I read the entire Harry Potter series within just over a week. It was good, but I’m slightly unsatisfied with the ending. (I have so many questionssssssss)

On the Blog

I didn’t have time to do Adelle’s character interview what with being ill and busy, but I did do Beautiful People for the first time in a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to do the interview in June.

I also made a guest appearance at Stori Tori’s Blog in a post about writing characters from England and Scotland

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

My Little Pony Season 6 continues with a couple of very cleverly done episodes, including a Christmas Special in May.

The Beauty and the Beast live action movie got a teaser trailer

Steven Universe is finally back! We ended up seeing some of the soon-to-come episodes early. They’re fantastic. Peridot and Lapis Lazuli are the Best Thing.

Naruto Shippuden finally returned to the plot, with an extended version of Kaguya’s backstory, which has been very interesting.

Other Internet Stuff:

Next Month

Go Teen Writers is holding another 100 for 100 challenge which starts on the 1st of June!

And I’ll be collecting questions for Adelle’s character interview.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this month. How was your May? Have you seen, read or done that I have, and is there anything you think I should try? Looking forwards to anything in June? I hope you all have a great month!

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A Month in Review: January 2016

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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

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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

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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: December 2015

A Month in Review - Dec. 2015

Happy New Year! I can’t really remember much of what happened this month besides Christmas. Christmas was great, by the way. One of my brothers got Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 so we’ve been playing that a lot. It’s fun.

Art wise I got a fair bit done. I did a silly meme with Blue Team and did some requests for people. The best of my art this month:

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So, let’s see what else went on this month!

Things I Watched

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I watched a fair bit of anime again. First up was Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, and it was cute and hilarious.

Next I watched Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, a very sweet and interesting medieval-ish anime (I want to say fantasy but I don’t think there were any magical elements. It’s a different world though so maybe it counts?)

Then I watched Show By Rock!! since a couple of people said it was kinda fun. It’s was pretty cliche and silly but it was fun I guess. The characters were so adorable though.

I also caught up in Naruto Shippuden and then went and read what was left of the plot in the manga. This thing was fantastic people. It’s very long and there’s a lot of filler arcs to dredge through in the anime but I’d still say it’s definitely worth watching.

Movies wise, we saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the cinema earlier this week. There were a couple of things I was a little iffy about but overall it’s really good. Go see it if you haven’t already.

Lastly my brother borrowed Mockingjay Part I from our neighbors so we watched that. It was incredible, and I actually liked it better than the book.

Things I Read

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I caught up in the Fairy Tail manga, as well as reading the Fairy Tail Zero spin-off. This thing is destroying me people. I love it.

I also got Howl’s Moving Castle for Christmas. Just like literally everyone told me, it was quite different from the movie. I loved it at least as much as the movie, possibly even more. (The movie is one of my favourite films, so that’s saying something)

Nothing really happened blog wise in December.

Elsewhere on the Internet

The Fairy Tail fandom was utterly crushed with feelings after a huge amount of massive reveals in recent chapters. The Tartorus arc came to an end in the anime, and Fairy Tail Zero is starting on Saturday.

Noragami Aragoto finished. I assume there’s going to be a third series but I have no idea when it’s expected to come out.

Next Month

School starts again. 😦

On the brighter side of things, Steven Universe will be back with Steven Bomb 4! Fairy Tail Zero starts, as does Akagami no Shirayuki-hime season 2! I expect other cartoons will be back as well.

Happy New Year! Did you have a good December? Looking forwards to anything in the coming year? Any books, movies or shows you think I should try?

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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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A Month in Review: September 2015

A Month in Review - Sep. 2015

Blogging took a bit of a backseat this month, since the holidays are over and I wanted to focus on my art a bit as well, so I only posted twice this month.

It’s mostly been pretty quiet this month. Art wise, I’m getting better with Paint Tool SAI, and I’ve actually shaded a couple of pictures, which I almost never do. The best of my art this month:

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Writing wise, I’m finally getting a more coherent plot, and now I’m trying to get as much done as possible in preparation for NaNoWriMo.

Things I Watched

We watched a bunch of stuff this month. I watched another anime, Fruits Basket, which was cute, funny and surprisingly emotional and sometimes somewhat dark. We also caught up to Fairy Tail, which unfortunately also means we have to wait a week for each new episode. I’ve started re watching the first few story arcs with my siblings since they missed some of them.

My sister got Cinderella for her birthday, so we watched that. It was very sweet and visually gorgeous.

We liked the first Sherlock Holmes film so much we decided to watch Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows as well. It’s quite different from and feels much bigger than the first one, in a good way, which is what sequels should be.

I watched X-Men First Class with my brother. This was my first time going into a Marvel movie actually being familiar with the characters and so forth beforehand, and it’s actually even more fun than going in ‘blind’. (if you’re wondering why I’m familiar with the X-Men in the first place, my knowledge comes from oldish cartoons and spending too much time on the Marvel wiki.) It’s a little darker than the average Marvel movie, but still very enjoyable.

Continuing the Marvel spree (which started December last year), we finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy, which doesn’t take itself too seriously and is hilarious as a result.

Lastly, I watched Howl’s Moving Castle and liked it so much I bought it literally a couple of days after seeing it, along with My Neighbor Totoro (the collection begins…) It’s a really gorgeous film, like the other Miyazaki films. Apparently the book is even better, but annoyingly the library doesn’t have it. (wow. Big surprise there. Darn you Cumbria libraries.)

We’ve also been watching more of the other series we’re following, and my brother and I have been re-watching Beyblade (an oldish, badly dubbed anime we were obsessed with when we were younger – come to think of it it was technically the first anime I ever watched) for nostalgic reasons.

Things I Read

books read Sep. 2015

I didn’t read very much this month, partly because I’ve been doing other things and partly because I’m running out of books to read that the library actually has.

I’ve been reading a fair bit of Sherlock Holmes, partly inspired by watching the movies and remembering I’ve only read one before. (this happens a lot with me)

I finally finished the Gallagher Girls books with United We Spy. I’ve heard Ally Carter has another series besides this one and Heist Society, so I might check that out.

I also read Prodigy, which I loved. I awkwardly thought it was the last book in the series when I first read it. It’s not. So that’s awkward. I love how it decided to do something differently from the other dystopians I’ve read. (I won’t mention what it did because of spoilers)

On the Blog

Like I said, I only posted twice this month. (excluding the Month in Review post for August)

I was nominated for the Infinity Dreams award, and did the Curious Wren Bookish Tag, and I did my Favourite Female Characters for Top Ten Tuesday.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Fandom Stuff:

My Little Pony returned with three Rarity episodes in a row, including several new characters and a reappearance from Coco Pommell. The third Equestria Girls film, The Friendship Games, came out last Saturday, and it’s much better scripted than the first two films. Still not fantastic, but getting closer to the level of the show. The Halloween Special, Scare Master, was accidentally released early, though it was taken back down quickly. I’ve decided not to watch it till it officially airs though.

Steven Universe also returned, and we got character development for several side and minor characters, as well as more information on the Homeworld and an episode that actually got me to make fangirling noises over Peridot, which has never happened to me before. (seriously, she was so adorable in Catch and Release)

There’s also been more Gravity Falls, which has had one plot development episode and one character development/random silliness episode. It’s also been hinted that the show will be coming to an end soon, so the fandom is freaking out big time.

Star vs. the Forces of Evil has started to become surprisingly mysterious and deep, so that fandom’s freaking out too.

Other Internet Stuff:

  • How It Should Have Ended celebrated it’s 10th anniversary with a silly, nerdy Taylor Swift parody:

Next Month

I’m starting College! It’ll only be a couple of days a week at first, because the college is so awesome it’s actually okay with letting me start slowly because of my social anxiety.

NaNoWriMo is on the way, so I’ll be running around trying to have Wolf Cry ready to be written by then.

There’s Halloween, of course, though I don’t think we’ll be doing anything in particular for it.

So that’s what I did this month. What did you do in September? Have anything planned for October? Which animes do you think would be good for me to try next? (nothing gory please) Any books you think I should try?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Female Characters

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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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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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