Friday, May 26, 2017

Final Fantasy Friday


Happy Friday!

It is the last Friday of May already, so that means I am bringing you some Final Fantasy obsessions.

So, the thing they tell you about Final Fantasy XV is that it's a game about friendship and brotherhood. Yada yada yada. What they DO NOT tell you is how fricking depressing it is!

I'm two chapters away from the end (tired of doing side quests, so I'm just gunning it until I'm not strong enough to beat something and have to go do a couple side quests), and here is a list of things that have happened to me: Noctis, Prince of Lucis.

  1. My father, the king, is assassinated (I knew this already because Sean Bean is the English voice actor, and he dies in everything, but still).
  2. Our country is taken over.
  3. I find this all out by reading a newspaper that says my father, my fiance, and I have all died, so when I call home, they're like, "Well, your dad is dead."
  4. When I finally get up with my fiance, she gets stabbed, and the Hydrean Leviathan drowns her! (See R.I.P. My Fiance for the graphics.)
  5. My guardian/chef is blinded in battle.
  6. My guardian/trainer acts like I'm being a spoiled brat and not manning up. (Bitch, my dad and my fiance have died in the span of like, a week!)
  7. My best friend gets kidnapped by the man who killed my fiance (oh, and he also kills my fiance's brother!).

I can't imagine what else happens! And this chapter I'm currently in trying to save Prompto (my best friend), it's SO dark and scary! Rogue robots are jumping out and grabbing me, then exploding, daemons are popping up, and the murderer is taunting me over a loud speaker every few minutes.

I can't take it!

But anyway, here are some screenshots I took. lol



Have a great Memorial Day Weekend! Hug a soldier, think of those who died for freedom. <3

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Tales: Hidden Facts with Ghuli


It's the third Tuesday of the month again! This has been a long four weeks. For a second I could neither remember what I posted last month nor think of anything to post for this one. Then, I remembered Q&As and went to searching. I stumbled upon these Character Development Questions. One that struck me that a few of my main characters from Fractured Princess could answer was: What facts about your characters do they prefer to keep hidden?

Let's start with Ghuli and see how far we get.


Oh, my. Well . . . There is a part of me that I have unfortunately kept hidden even from myself. To explain how I've done it will be a very long story. Just know that deep within me lies a fearsome temper. I wish it were blind, blackout anger, but it is an anger throughout which I am always conscious, therefore I always remember. While it is rare for anything to anger me so strongly, when it happens, it is quite disastrous.

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I hope I created a bit of mystery.

This is as far as I'm getting today (the evening before this is posted). I just finished the Once Upon A Time season finale and learned Jennifer, Ginnifer, Josh, et freaking al aren't returning for the seventh season, so I'm beside myself. I also have to rewatch because I wasn't paying attention to the little girl in the Enchanted Forest. *sigh*

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday Words: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope



It's the second Wednesday of MAY, can you believe it?! That means, it's time for Wednesday Words, where I share with you what I'm reading and/or writing.

I've actually been doing a little writing in my series for Fractured Princess. I have another CP from the AQC, and he's helped me see little things that had been plaguing me but I needed confirmation. I'm glad I went back to AQC. It had been a while. I'm also trying to write in Divided Princess, and I found myself writing even more for what will either open the third act of DP or the first act of Broken Princess, what I'm calling the third book if it comes down me writing one. I now understand why Natalie Whipple only gave us two Transparent books. lol

I've also started reading L. Penelope's Song of Blood & Stone. Here is the AMAZING cover.


I've been waiting to read this for so long. It was the Winner of the 2016 Self-Publishing Ebook Award for Best Fiction, which is so cool. I'm really enjoying it so far. Here is a little more about it on Goodreads.

There are 252 pages in the Kindle version, so let's see what Random.org wants me to share with you all....Page 206 (Come on, man). Yeah, I definitely just spoiled something for myself. Maybe I'll forget by the time I get there.

"What have I done, Usher? The woman I love in the dungeons. Allowing the refugees to be sent back. What does this make me?"

"It makes you a prince."

Well then! What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

IWSG: It's Already May?!


It is also the first Wednesday of the month, where we insecure writers throw our doubts into the wind and discuss our insecurities, give a little encouragement, etc. Visit Alex J. Cavanuagh, founder extraordinaire, and stop by the official website to join the fun!

This is that time of the year where time flies. It's not only May already, it's also 6PM now, and I usually do these in the morning or the night before. But I was busy with work. Blugh. So, this will be quick.

I hope those who did the A to Z Challenge enjoyed themselves and made friends. I enjoyed my vacation but had a cold, and then came back to mayhem, so I need another vacation. I'm two weeks away from applying to a job in the IT Department and praying they give me the job and the midpoint salary. Patience isn't my best virtue, but I'm hanging on.

How's everyone else doing?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Final Fantasy Friday: RIP My Fiance!


It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time for Final Fantasy Friday!

Also, I enjoyed my vacation but got hit with my allergies and a cold, so I need another vacation where I can sleep through the night without not being able to breathe. I wanted to play a little more of FFXV before I left and didn't get to, but I did get to spend some time on it when I got home.

Most people who run out and by these games spend the weekend or a whole week or so playing it. I have a some semblance of a life, so I don't have that luxury. Thus, the portion of the game I finally got to play was spoiled for me by fans weeks ago: my (Noctis's) fiance, Lunafreya, dies helping me retrieve Leviathan, long story short a summon. The papers say Luna died drowning, but I witnessed her get stabbed by a shady NPC we'd run into a few times! My sister, who was watching, was just as shocked as I was!

First off, Leviathan had an attitude. I guess because she was asleep and Luna woke her, but I needed her to chill. The battle was quite scary, as she kept diving in and out of the water and coming straight for me with her mouth agape! I actually screamed and then laughed at myself.

Secondly, the visuals in this game are just everything. Here is the saddest cutscene since Tidus's death/disappearance in FFX. Notice the different shifts, first the atmosphere, then Noct's shift from young Noct to current Noct. It's so wild! The scene is also very reminiscent of Aeris's death in FFVII. The homages!


I have a few more chapters before I finish the game. I might be done with side quests for now, lol. That's where most of my hours have been spent! I just want to get to the end, so I can play the DLC for Gladio!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Tales: Creation Stories


I am most likely just waking up on Cruise Day 3, but vacations don't stop blog posts! Because of scheduling. lol

On the 3rd Tuesday of the month, I have shares stories, character conversations, and poems from the world of my manuscript. Way back when I started writing Fractured Princess, my goal was to write a standalone book, no sequels, no prequels, nothing. Just one story. THEN, I started writing little short stories based on stories Ghuli had read. Then, I had an idea for a prequel. And THEN, ideas for a sequel popped into my head. Stupid gears turning in my head.

As I work on the plot of this story, which is coming much easier than the first one, I am begrudged to say, I also developed three origin theories for the world of Teorre. They open the sequel, so I thought I would share them with you all.



The Falcon Origin

(This theory is also from where we get the story of the Dove’s Tail Constellation)

Before we began, Teorre was uninhabited, devoid of any structure or natural resource. Above Teorre floated the Energy, which kept the planet turning in the skies. As time passed it by, the Energy decided it wanted to do more with the planet. And so, the Energy split itself into parts.

A portion joined Teorre and began to create earth and stone out of the surface. Next, it cracked the earth and filled the void with water for nourishment. The sun above further nurtured the wet earth, and plants began to grow. Pleased with this, the Energy molded the plants into different shapes and sizes, colors and textures.

Another portion wanted to live among these new plants and reshaped itself into falcons. They flew above and oversaw the land, living among the trees when they needed rest. As time passed, some of the falcons decided they wanted to walk among the land. And so, they reshaped themselves again. Their feathers fell off, and their bodies grew tall, their legs long. They became the First.

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The Quickening Theory

Before we began, Teorre was uninhabited, devoid of life but made of solid earth. Within Teorre, willing it to move and remain in the air, was the Energy. It pushed against the surface of Teorre as a growing child within its mother, stretching the planet until it finally began to crack. As the Energy met the air, it melted in ecstasy and burst forth from its lifeless prison. It fell back to Teorre as the first rain, rose again and fell again, until the cracks in the earth filled with water.

The earth, delighted in this interaction with Teorre’s Energy, began to soften and grow life. Some stood still, except to grow tall and blossom with the sun’s rays. Others moved around on the surface, happy to stay close to their creator but wanting to explore the reaches of the land. Others dwelled in the waters of Teorre’s Energy, wanting to be within the rain that caused their creation. Others wanted to roam the air above the earth and water, and so they flew about, happily returning to their parents when they grew tired.

And when Teorre’s Energy was happy with the children it had made, it created again: the First People, to watch over all its older siblings. Teorre’s Energy, tired from all it had done, returned to its now-open prison within the earth, to rest there until their children needed it again.

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The Crystal Formation Theory

Before we began, the sun was young, and Teorre floated around it, uninhabited, but encrusted with minerals and elements. As the sun grew, its energy desired more room to grow and settled around the atmosphere of Teorre. Heated by the sun, the energy began to react with the minerals and elements, and crystals formed. The energy gravitated to these crystals and gained more sentience and cognizance by dwelling within them. Through the crystals, the energy decided to shape the other elements into different creatures and plants, into air and into water it envisioned through each different crystal it inhabited.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday Words: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

 

It is time for Wednesday Words! On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, I share with you all a piece of what I'm reading.


This week I am reading N.K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate, the sequel to The Fifth Season. The latter won the Hugo, and this one is nominated for one this year. I'm only 80 pages in and can see why. It's already so good. Visit my thoughts about The Fifth Season in my posts below.

Wednesday Words: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Wednesday Words: A Final Look into The Fifth Season


Long story short, the world is still ending, but let's see what else I can show you and hopefully not spoil anything too major for myself. There are 391 pages of the story (I see why Goodreads says that, even though there are 434. There's an appendix and extras), and Random.org has chosen page 245. Let me brace myself for a spoiler.


"No one touch me," you say softly. "No one speak to me." Without waiting to see if they understand, you plunge into the obelisk.


Not too spoiled, and now I can't wait to see why I (Essun) am doing this again! When Syenite did it in TFS, my soul's jaw dropped.

I am on vacation next week, but I will most likely schedule Tuesday Tales early. I have an idea of what I want to share with you all. Hint: It's the opening to my next book in The Broken Chronicles (series name still pending because of this, The Broken Earth series).

What are you reading this week?