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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fast Five Friday

Geez, when did I last do one of these!? Fast Five is brought to us by the Cover GirlsDani and Jax. They provide us with questions that we answer in rapid succession, and I've missed a couple of these, so you get a ten answers today. :)

May 13th - 5 fun things to do with your bestie

Watch movie marathons
Go to a restaurant
Hit the beach
Drink (lol)

May 20th – 5 ways to get yourself motivated

Pump yourself up
Listen to music that gets you going
Watch other people who you admire
Dance break
Keep focused

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Tales: Laris Takes Over!

We are at the midpoint of my characters answering Alex J. Cavanaugh Sensei's question of what they each think of each other. Today, we get to see what Prince Laris of the Sprites, 2nd Lt. Watchman to Ghuli, thinks of her and his counterparts. Take it away, Laris!

'Tis a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Sir Alex Cavanaugh.

The Princess, I believe, could have been a Sprite in another lifetime. She is very charming. She remains a child at heart. You have not seen pure joy until you have seen my lady swinging from the blue willow trees in the forest. Though Ghulien has lost much in her young life, she continues to shine and thrive, making the most of her situation. I feel quite blessed to have been assigned to her.

I am told Cyan was not the most open of interviewees, and I apologize. Have you heard a saying of one being a tough nut to crack? That is Cyan. I believe he has always felt that he must be, howbeit. I try, to no avail, to loosen him at times. My Sprityn humor falls flat on his Trollic ears, which is to be expected. At any rate, he secretly has a big heart. You see it most when he is with the Princess...when she is not the cause of his grief in the first place.

Scholars have always intrigued me, and Madam Brodie is indeed intriguing. She is a very intelligent young lady, and quite focused for her age. I enjoy speaking with her. She intimidates many of her peers. Howbeit, she is of a kind heart, gentle and considerate. Although, I would not want to anger her. She is fierce with a rifle.

Sir Andyrsn also strikes me as being of a Sprityn mind. He has a glint of mischief in his eyes, whether it be sarcasm or a game to pass the time. Howbeit, 'tis clear he wants the best for everyone around him. I enjoy his company. I was fortunate enough to meet his father, Sir Aleksandyr, shortly before he passed. He was a great man, and I believe he would be proud of the man his son has become.

Two more watchmen to go! Thank you again, Alex, for the question! Brodie is next to answer.

If anyone has more questions to ask my characters, please feel free to post them!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Final Fantasy Friday: The FFXV Trailer

I didn't want to go another week without posting on Friday! This has been a long, fulfilling week! I hope everyone had a great one.

We're drawing nearer and nearer to the release of Final Fantasy XV, and I'm so excited! I thought I would share the trailer to at least get my Friday posts rolling again. So, enjoy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesay Tales: Cyan Takes Over!

This is a continuation of answers from my characters to Mr. Alex J. Cavanaugh's question: What do you think of the other characters? Last week, my main character Ghuli answered. This week, we get to hear from her 1st Lt. Watchman, Cyan.

(She's short, but he's over 7 feet tall.)

I told them I don't have time to answer these questions, but I guess I'll do it, if they'll leave me alone. Humans.

Hello, Sir Alex.

I guess I shall start with Ghuli. This is something she would do, after all. Ghuli likes to stay busy, which makes her hard to watch at times. Howbeit, I know she does it with the hopes of forgetting her worries for a time. Overall, she means well, I guess.

Laris is a good man. He will be a good king one day. He always has a wise word. He is a great swordsman, though he likes his crossbow more. He tells Ghuli way too many stories. I don't know how he knows so many.

Brodie doesn't seem to like me, which makes for obnoxious times with her. Ghuli likes her, howbeit, so I believe I am stuck with her. I will say she is very smart. She retains a lot of information on both The Scholarship and The Watch. 'Tis the first time we have met a scholar who is also a watchman. She seems the type who would do it.

Andyrsn keeps trying to get me to play cards with him, and it aggravates me. What do they do on Viveno Island all day? I'm not yet sure what to make of him. Half of what he says seems to be sarcastic. I don't know whether I should punch him or not. Ghuli may not appreciate it anyway...but that is just another reason why I want to.

So, it was a little hard to get a non-Cyan answer from Cyan, but next week, Laris will answer, and he's a little more open. :)

Thanks again, Alex!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday Words: The Star of Istanbul

Good morning, and welcome back to Wednesday Words!

This is the day where I share with you all what I am currently reading (or writing). I've been picking up speed on my reading challenge, and hopefully I catch up.

Today, we're looking at one of my favorite authors, Robert Olen Butler, and his second thriller from his Christopher Marlowe Cobb series: The Star of Istanbul.

I read The Hot Country one or two years back now, and the way Prof. Butler can work his words always keeps me interested. Still wish I'd stayed one more semester at FSU to take his class. But oh well. ha

Using, I will turn to a page and share a line or so with you all. There are 369 pages in this book, and Random chose page 296. I'm not quite there yet, so hopefully not much is given away for me.

Maybe that saved my life. She probably had her pistol in her little bag. Maybe she would have liked to shoot me dead there in the Kubbeli Salon for endangering her plan.

I could see how that plan would seem mortally important, once you'd committed to it.

Love it. I made the common mistake I make of looking further down the page, so I gave away something for myself. Can't wait to get to it, though!

Are you reading anything good?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday Tales: Ghuli Takes Over!

Tuesday Tales have returned!

A few...*looks at the date* the end of March, I decided to have my characters answer questions from blog readers, potential readers, anyone who wanted to know a little more about them. (Find that post here.)  I decided last minute not to keep posting here during the A-to-Z Challenge, so after Andyrsn talked to Sarah about his favorite dish to cook, we're back with a question from your sensei and mine, Mr. Alex J. Cavanaugh!

Here's a question that I saw a couple years ago and it really helped. Applies to all of them. What do you think of the other characters?

A great question, Alex, thank you! I will pass it to my main character Ghuli first!

Hello, Sir Alex!

Well, I suppose I should begin with Cyan. I have known him the longest, and he is a brother to me. Many do not know this, but he was picked on as a child for being smaller than the other Trollics--can you believe that?*--so, he is very shy. He can be a bit overbearing; howbeit, he has trained to protect me since he was a little boy. I can only hope he will be able to have a real life one day. He deserves it.

Prince Laris has been a true blessing for us. Without him, I don't believe Cyan and I would have survived Sir Aleksandyr's death. He is very sweet and always has a gentle word, even when Cyan wants to scold me. I love the stories Laris tells. He promised to take me to meet his wife, the Princess Ylana, and his father, the King, one day! He misses them sorely, but he remains a very good watchman.

I have only known Brodie for a short time, but I already love her as I would a sister. She is so smart! I believe, as a scholar, she is also very bored. She joined The Watch a couple of years ago. That is unheard of for a scholar. Howbeit, she is very strong-willed, and I believe The Watch does her good. She has a big heart, though she maintains a tough exterior. I hope we can be friends for a long time.

I have also known Andyrsn for a short time; howbeit, he is very kind. He saved me from drowning and dropped everything to try to get me home. He has a mischievous streak in him--I can see it in his eyes, but he is a good man. He makes me laugh often...Oh, I must stop smiling so much when I speak of him! It annoys Cyan.

*Cyan is a little over 7 feet tall, still short for a Trollic, but scary tall even for the Humans of Teorre. Next week, we will hear what he has to say about Ghuli and his fellow watchmen!

Monday, May 9, 2016

A to Z Challenge Reflections Post

Click Here to Visit the A to Z Challenge Website!

Congratulations on finishing the A to Z Challenge this year, people!

If you would like to visit my A-to-Z Blog and learn about Final Fantasy and/or analyze my obsession with Final Fantasy, click here to begin at A!

As many know, I do my April posts on another blog. It's a neurosis I have about my posts accurately reflecting my normal schedule. Unfortunately, many thought I wasn't participating, so I had many an edit on my post that said I was on break, so that people knew I was in fact participating! That's my fault.

Despite other setbacks I had in April, I am so glad I started scheduling my posts months in advance. I had a lot of time to look over them, add to them, detract from them, fix things, etc. And I'm glad a few readers rekindled their love of Final Fantasy.

This year, I had decided to read all of the gaming challengers' posts (GA). Unfortunately, all of the ones I started to read were about Dungeons and Dragons or other tabletop RPG games. So by the sixth one, I got bored with them and gave up.

There are a few I plan to return to so I can finish reading their A to Z posts, such as The Halls of the Nephilim, where the drinks of D&D were highlighted, and The Sea of Stars, which I wasn't sure about what exactly it was, but I knew there was world building happening and was really interested, and The Word of Stelios, where the life and aspects of a tabletop gamer were highlighted, which interested me as someone who only hears about D&D through cartoons, movies, and occasionally Vin Diesel (yes, he is a Dungeon Master).

Some, like the author of The Word of Stelios, were kind enough to post a list of other gamers on the challenge (they even mentioned me, yay!), so perhaps I will find another VIDEO gamer in that group. Kudos to those who are just social enough to sit with other people and play tabletop games with them, though. It would take me a whole day just to set up my character and backstory.

After giving up on the (GA) tag, I moved onto the entertainment tag for a moment (ET) and found some cool blogs about music and one about Star Trek (I don't remember how I got there, actually). I also found a great one highlighting God from A to Z! So for the next few weeks, I will be finishing the blogs I started and maybe even branching out to read some more of them!

If you visited my blog last month and stopped by my A to Z Blog, thank you so much! :-D