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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday Tales: Laris Takes Over!



Happy Tuesday!

So a while back, I put out the call for questions for my characters from The Crystal Bearer to answer, so I could get into their heads and hone my writing a little more. I've had some great questions and am having a lot of fun answering them. Click here to read back on previous ones!

Today, I have Prince Laris back to answer a question from Heather Holden: What are some of your favorite stories to tell? Are there any stories you'd refuse to share with others?

Ooh, another question for me? How nice!

Hello, Lady Heather Holden! For as far back as my mind will let me remember, I have always loved a good adventure tale. Have you a genre in your world called magical realism? 'Tis fun to tell tales of other imagined worlds or tales from our history; howbeit, I love to watch a child's face illumine at the thought of hidden magics greater or stranger than we already encounter in Teorre. A childhood favorite I enjoyed reading to my baby brother Ariel was The Sprite Child's Epic. 'Tis set within a hidden layer of Teorre where the trees and waters actually speak to the main character Lenne and guide her back to this side of Teorre after a faeriefly bite splits her consciousness from her physical body. Ariel and I spent many days talking to the pines of our woods just hoping one would reveal a hidden face to us and send us on a magical journey. Howbeit, you do not want to be bitten by a faeriefly. 'Tis easy to believe our fear is what kept us from that magical layer.

Are there stories I would refuse to share? Well, I admit I do know a randy tale or two, but I haven't spoken of them since I was a young teenager. I am sure the young he-Sprites still tell them in the bath halls and snicker to themselves. To be young again.
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Laris is 26, mind you. lol Thanks again, Heather! Next week, Brodie tells us why she chose to become a watchman.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fast Five Friday: Movies!

Happy Friday!

Every Friday, the Cover Girls, Dani and Jax, give us a question for us to answer in list-form. You can click on their pages to see the questions for the next couple of months and their answers, and you can also join in! This week is an easy one for me, so here we go!

5 movies you always watch when on

1. Forrest Gump
2. The Matrix
3. Jurassic Park
4. I Can Do Bad All By Myself
5. Fast and Furious

I could honestly keep going with this list. There are several Madea movies I watch whenever they're on, and as USA plays the Fast/Furious movies almost as frequently as they play Law & Order: SVU, I watch whichever one is on whenever nothing else is on lol.

Have a good weekend, everyone! Let me know if you've answered these, so I can visit you. :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday Tales: Ghuli Takes Over

Happy Tuesday!

So a while back, I opened up this day to my characters to answer questions from readers, and people are giving me some good questions!

Heather Holden, creator of one of my favorite comics, Echo Effect, asked a few questions for each character, and this week, I'll let Ghuli return to answer Heather's question for her: "What is it about the forest you find comforting?"

Here she is to answer!


What is it about the forest? I don't believe I have ever stopped to think of it, really...Did you ever have a place where you felt as though no one could see you if you hid in just the right place, or a place where everything felt as though it were in perfect harmony? In the forest I can rest in the willow branches, swing among their switches, and when the wind blows just right, I can listen to them breathe. It may sound strange. Howbeit, the forest has a way of making me feel...like nothing could ever hurt me again.
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Thanks for the question, Heather!

If anyone else has questions, keep 'em coming! It's really helping me get into my characters' heads. :)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Final Fantasy Friday: Themes


When I started writing The Crystal Bearer way back in 2004 (goodness grief), I was in the middle of playing Final Fantasy IX for the first time. I absolutely adore that game, might play it for a third time. I moved onto X shortly after, and I noticed recurring themes that often took place in these games, some of which I incorporated into my story.

Orphans - I feel like only one game explained why there are so many orphans in the games, and that was FFVIII. The Sorceress War took out several parents. Many moms died during childbirth. Sadly, both happen.

Separation - Whether at the start of the game, or somewhere in the middle, many of the games feature a moment where all of the characters get separated somehow. Whether it be Cloud falling into the Lifestream or Yuna's guardians being jailed in a maze-like prison, and you have to find each other to get out alive, FF characters aren't allowed to remain together 100% of the time.

Airships - Though I've always seen them as more steampunk, only one of the FF games had a steampunk feel in the technology of its world, and that was FFIX. Medieval royalty with steam-powered machines and vehicles made for whimsical scenery. Many of the games were more fantasy, and sci-fi only came into play a little more once FFVII was released.

Fantastical creatures - Chocobos, moogles, very memorable creatures that can get you from one place to another safely. They also come with fun sounds. Kupo! The monsters the FF characters come across on a regular basis also ranged from the normal to the bizarre. A green seal with glowing eyes and a butcher knife? RUN. A floating ball of fire? Kill it before it explodes! As there are a million games, these creatures have evolved over the years and remain fan favorites.

Unrequited love - Someone's almost always already dead before a character can tell them they're in love with them. In FFVI, Locke's girlfriend was in a coma and preserved for eternity by a crazy scientist (might I also add that crazy scientists are a recurring theme, too). Let's not forget Cloud and Aeris in FFVII *sniff*.

Actually, I don't think that's one of themes I use, but it's still a given in FF games.

Last but not least, epic battles before the epic battle - There was almost always a hard boss to fight before the final boss. Sometimes, like with Ultima Weapon in FFVIII and Ozma in FFIX, they're optional and harder to fight than the final boss, so you have to decide if you're going to be that fan. With VIII, I was. With IX, I didn't care anymore.

Writers: do you have themes you like to incorporate into your writing?
Readers/gamers: what have been your favorite themes in books or video games?

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday Words: Am Reading "On Writing" by Stephen King


We are back to Wednesday, and every other Wednesday, I try to showcase something I am reading. This past week, I began to read Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.


First off, I want to point out that one thing we have in common is being stabbed in the ear, although his stabbings were by a doctor draining pus from his ears, and my stabbings were by my mother deciding to pierce my ears with a surgical needle and using ice only after the first ear hurt too much.

Secondly, I'm not used to seeing Stephen King as a person--is that bad? My first movie memory was Carrie walking out of the high school gym after she had set it on fire. I know Stephen King to be the "King" (giggle) of horror. And the occasional story that makes me die crying like The Green Mile. Reading things about him, such as he plays in an occasional band with Amy Tan, and that he got in trouble for the things he wrote about and being made to feel ashamed of it, humanized him so much for me, and I'm not even halfway through the book yet.

I usually use Random.org to pick a page for me, but I felt like, because this is a book on writing, I should share a piece of his advice, so here it is, the beginning of part 15 on page 37.

Let's get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.

So what are you currently reading?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday Tales: Cyan Finally Has a Break

We're back to Tuesday and giving my characters some time to speak for themselves. Laris has Ghuli for the day, so we have a moment to ask Cyan all the questions we want.

Well, at least three. lol

Heather Holden and Sheena-kay Graham had questions for Cyan, so I thought I would let him answer them. Thanks, ladies!

*sigh* Hello, Lady Heather, Lady Sheena-kay.
From Heather: What kind of relationship do you have with your half-brother, if any?

I don't have one at the moment, but I would like to meet him one day. When the metal army attacked my town and killed my parents, Grey had recently become Commander of The Council and was across the continent, so he didn't even know I had survived until after I left to join Sir Aleksandyr. I believe they traded letters for a time, howbeit. So as I said, I would like to meet him one day.

From Sheena-kay: What kind of trouble has the princess caused Cyan and what are his favorite hobbies?

Teorre, where do I start. When we were children, Ghuli took it upon herself to climb the white willows of Snow Hill, which she knew to be weak. She tried to jump from a branch to grab one, and it broke off instantly. She fell twelve heads and was fortunately only shaken up; howbeit, I heard an ear's worth from Sir Aleksandyr when I brought her home crying her eyes out.

The others act as though I do nothing besides watch Ghuli. She and Laris know full well I like to read. Laris bought me a copy of his people's entire history when I turned seventeen. 'Tis nearly twenty books.
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I have plenty of questions left from Heather that my other characters will answer over the weeks, but please feel free to keep asking questions! This linked link here has tidbits about my characters which can help you think of something to ask them. :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group: When Did June Happen?


So, June is here, and I haven't done much of what I said I would do when May popped up! How do full-timers get anything done? I don't even have children!

My luck with beta readers is about the same. Something always happens to them so I'm left waiting and trying to also be really patient. I'm half leaning towards "Maybe this just won't ever happen" and half towards "This is an obstacle you've just got to push through."

I forgot to save all of the A-to-Z Blogs I was trying to catch up on, so hopefully I can find them and get back to them. I hardly remember to post my own posts the night before now. Getting into a new routine is difficult. When I was little, I used to create a daily schedule for myself, so I don't know. Maybe that's a good idea to try again.

I'm just throwing my thoughts out there today, so I hope everyone else had a good May. See you soon!