Monday, 30 January 2012

I is Kreativ

Thanks to T. B. McKenzie over at Magickless, author of TheDragon and the Crow, I’ve even got the sign to prove it. Isn't it pretty? ^_^

With it, I’m supposed to list ten things about myself and pass it on to six other bloggers. Not sure how interesting those ten things will be, but okay ...

1. I’ve a deep-seated love for dragons and little ponies. I seem to have unwittingly passed this on to my daughter as she now owns a bigger collection than I ever had.
2. My favourite colours are blood red and black. No I don’t dress like that ... okay I do lean towards a shadowy ensemble. Though I'm not shy of some shades of purples, I draw the line at pink.
3. I hate arriving late. Anywhere. Come to think on it, I don’t like being just in time either. Early is what I’m gettin’ at.
4. Despite trying, I just cannot seem to write YA. I put this down to never being one. ^_^
5. I like to put my things in certain places. My other half says I’m compulsive, but then I’ve never lost the car keys.
6. At last count, I’ve around 377 books (not including my other half’s meagre collection). A large portion being fantasy or science fantasy. Then again, I’m still looking for 200 more books. However I'll manage to find the time to read'em all is another matter. 
7. On the other hand, I’ve ten eBooks. (Guess who got a kindle for Christmas!)
8. I’ve a fear of going up ladders. Yet I’m fine with most heights.
9. I used to be able to watch horror/thrillers without restless sleep, not nightmares per se, just a disturbance in my deep REM. Last such movie I watched was The Grudge.
10. We’ve a pony called Rabbit (it came with the name). Figure that one out.

Now for some people to give this award to ...
S. B. Stewart-Laing over at Writing the Other. If you don't follow, you should.
Rebecca Enzor. You just know her pony custom of the week is just feeding my pony addiction. ^_^
Jillian at Writing on a Limb. Because rejection really is for the bird. ^_^
Angela Cothran, Sara Bulla and Amy Dahkle at Live to Write ... Edit when Necassary. Because, seriously, all three deserve it.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Introducing ...

Name: Katarina
Story: Dark One’s Mistress
Status: Councillor’s Daughter

Of the five women I shoved into the carriage, I’d already a short and angry tomboy; a meek giantess of a girl; a title-grubbing snob; and the reluctant Main Character – Clarabelle.
So into this fray, I did shove Caring Katarina.
She’s the bleeding heart of the village who, despite her privileged upbringing, opts to spend her days trying to better the lives of the less fortunate, both human and animal. She is the one considered as the best fit to be the Lord’s Mistress by everyone (except the man himself, of course) and only one willing to accept the burden if she is so chosen.

I tried to capture the perpetual state of sereneness she seems to be in. But I’m sure she’s been into those mushrooms instead.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Your Favourite Dragon

T.B. McKenzie over at Magickless is giving away a signed copy of his recently-published book, The Dragon and the Crow.
All you have to do is tell him, in 200 words or less, who your favourite dragon is. A winner will be chosen on the 13th of February.
Easy as!

Now go for it!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Introducing ...

Name: Eltina
Story: The Rogue King Saga - The Shadow Prince
Status: Mistress of Magic at the Draconic Estate Academy

Yes, there's an academy in The Rogue King.
Yes, it does happen to teach its pupils magic.
No, it is not a magic academy.
Eltina is one of the few non-predator-based characters in this story (the other being avian). Not that I’d suggest saying she was prey. Anyone who can pick you up and throw you the length of your average block then flay you alive while not moving a muscle is certainly not to be considered as prey. Not for long, anyway. Not if you're wise.
Yet, despite her station, she's not all that magical from the point of view of what she can do. Control over air doesn't sound all that tough. It's not like fire which can burn you, or earth that can crush you, or even water which could drown you.
Then you remember that air equals wind and that wind can do things like put a stick through sheet metal. And she's very adept at making such a finicky thing do as it’s told. Just like she is with her students.
After all, teenagers are the same no matter where, or what, they are. ^_^

It took me the best part of the day just to configure her clothing, no kidding there. Literally hours trying to manipulate various pieces of virtual cloth. So naturally, I'm jazzed on how this turned out. ^_^
On the other hand, there are others waiting in the wings ...

Monday, 16 January 2012

Review of Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

Title: Interesting Times
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: 5/5

Heh. Good to see things come full circle for Twoflower after the events of The Colour of Magic. This time, we’re transported to the Agatean Empire, otherwise known as the Counterweight Continent, where revolution is afoot. Kinda. Sorta. A little bit. If it’s not too much trouble.
This get muddled as Cohen and his Silver Horde are added to the fray. There’s just something about a ninety-year-old barbarian that is rather amusing. Maybe it’s because they’re still being barbarians even now. Or perhaps they remind me of my grandfather a little too much, especially with his views and the occasional near psychic (at least I thought so at the time) way he was right about people and events.
There’s one among their group who’s trying to civilise them for their current task, which makes for some downright hilarious scenes. All of the scenes in fact. Even the more serious ones weren't all that serious. Being set in their ways doesn't even explain it. Though fixation comes to mind.
And there’s Rincewind. Poor, poor Rincewind. A natural coward who’s luckier than most and often forced into situations that risk his head. Even fleeing, he’s entertaining. Far better than he was in Colour of Magic or Sourcerer and a little reminiscent of him in Eric.
Can’t wait until we see more of the little continent of XXXX. ^_^

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Introducing ...

Name: Harbinger
Story: The Unborn Trilogy - Golden Dawn
Status: >_>

I’ve long considered Harbinger as the opposite of his twin, Herald – the Main Character. Where he’s gung-ho, his brother’s considering. If he’s itching to kill, his bro’s probably not. And when it comes to women ... well, let’s just say he’s definitely the forerunner there.
But even being manic and a little, ah ... base, he still has a soft spot for his brother. It’s quite likely the only soft spot he’s got left.

Since this is Harbinger. There was only one place I could put him. Although, I do kind of half expect him to draw a third sword from somewhere. ^_^ On the other hand, not sure how he’d hold it and I refuse to think about what with. o_O

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Blogfests and Hops

I’m seriously thinking about making it a goal to do at least one of these a month. Due to timing, I missed a lot of them last year and they looked fun.

So first up, from the 6th to the 10th of February, is the I’m Hearing Voices Blogfest. Hosted by Angie over at Live to write…edit when necessary and Cassie at Reading, Writing, and Lovin' it!

Next, on the 14th of February, we have the Is it Getting HOT in Here? blog hop. Again, hosted by Cassie, along with Hope at My Protector: The Calling.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Introducing ...

Name: Lord Laiyn
Story: Dragon
Status: Knight

A lot, roughly 75%, of the human characters from my original plot of Dragon got the chop. I went through the cast like some madwoman, knocking characters down with manic gusto.
Being bound to Jaimin – one of the Main Characters – it was only natural that Laiyn would be one of a handful that survived.
His name didn’t. It used to be Lain.
He was also younger. Mid-twenties, maybe early thirties. (He’s in his mid-sixties here. What? Can’t you tell? ^_^)
He, like his dragon, got older. A lot older. He gained a family, but managed, somehow, to keep the same humour. Strange that. He’s had more experiences, suffered through more loss and different trials, yet he still kept the humour. Guess he’s got more to laugh at now. Or less, depending on your point of view.

I quite like the light in this one. It is one of my weak points, so I’m glad it came out looking more-or-less like it’s partially lit from the fireplace.