Friday, May 17, 2019

15 Natural Healing Materials to Help Your Ailing Characters






The top medical technology isn't always available to your characters, so how do they survive without aspirin, cough drops, or antibiotics? Humanity has been using natural healing substances for thousands of years and though some entail cat dung and frogs the list I've composed include healing materials that actually do work. So whether your character is in a medieval fantasy setting or stuck in the wilderness with a hospital a thousand miles away, here are some items that can help! I'm focusing on more first aid or illnesses as opposed to beauty treatments, but many of these plants can be used to keep your characters looking fine too!


Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional, so if you do happen to personally try some of these remedies make sure to do your due research!



Images are not mine

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Interview with Skua (Red Hood)!





Me:
Hey! Thanks, everyone, for the great questions! *turns in Tonight Show desk to face Skua who is sitting on the couch next to his big kisafonn*

Skua:
*scratching his Kisafonn's leg, has an Icelandic accent* Hello.

Me:
Ready to get started?

Skua:
Sure.

Me:
A lot of people like your Kisafonn.

Skua:
Why wouldn't they like her?

Kisafonn: 
*purrs*

Me:
*smiles* Okay the first question is from Christine: What's it like to be sixty but look like you're in your thirties? Does it ever get awkward?

Skua:
No, it's common to look this way at my age for Isamaour. My grandfather lived to be 207.

Me:
Makes sense. The second question is from an anonymous inquirer: What is his relationship with his family?
And be discrete about it Skua.

Skua:
*draws his hand back from kisafonn and dusts fur off of his palms* My hjakona and I had a night together and I gave her children. I support her for that reason and my children because they're my blood. I didn't want to have a family.

Me:
I see. Emily asks: Would you like to settle down and be a bigger part of your family's lives, or do you prefer being away?

Skua:
*sniffs* Away.

Me:
*nods* Anonymous asks: What does he think of his profession?

Skua:
*shrugs one shoulder* I'm good at it so I do it.

Kisafonn: 
*pushes her horse-sized head into Skua's shoulder, closes eyes*

Skua:
*pets her neck*

Me:
The next two questions are from Emily: If you could trade being a gun for hire for absolutely anything else and still make the same money, would you and if so what would it be?

Skua:
The fur trade. I like hunting whether it be animals or people. *smirks*

Me:
*gulps* Uh huh ......... Does your family know what you do for a living? How do they feel about it?

Skua:
My hjakona does. My children do not. They're eight. They don't need to know. My hjakona disapproves, but I pay for her living so she can't say very much about it. *crosses arms*

Kisafonn: 
*licks his ear, lifts head, licks lips, starts grooming herself*

Me:
Anonymous asks: What do each of your family members think of you being gone so much/your profession, and has it ever been a point of contention?

Skua:
There is only my hjakona and children and my children want me around more and of course, I've had a few fights with my hjakona. These are personal questions.

Me:
Such is the nature of these interviews.

Skua:
Remind me not to consent to this again.

Me:
No promises. The last four are from Christine.

Skua:
*fidgets* Good.

Me:
*-_-* Would you ever consider retiring as a gun for hire? What drives you to keep living such a dangerous life instead of doing something else?

Skua:
I will retire--when I have enough money for retirement and why would I do something else that makes less money? Being poor isn't pretty.

Me:
I guess so. How did you come upon riding a kisafonn?

Skua:
*smiles* Reyndis and I have been together for nearly thirty years.

Reyndis:
*looks up from grooming, purrs*

Skua:
While I was traveling in the mountains, she found me cleaning a deer and planned to take me and it for an easy meal but--

Me:
Spoilers!

Skua:
I was asked a question.

Me:
That's a good enough answer.

Skua:
Fine.

Me:
Do you have any regrets?

Skua:
Yes, agreeing to this interview.

Me:
That wasn't--

Skua: 
Last question.

Me: 
What is your greatest hope in life?

Skua: 
Leaving this interview and I'm about to fulfill that dream. *stands* Come on, Reyndis. 

Reyndis:
*stands, follows him out*

Me:
Well, that was Skua. 

What do you think of Skua? Do you have any further questions for him? Have you ever done a character interview? Share a link in the comments!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Tag!





The lovely Christine has made a Marvel tag! And seeing as I'm a huge MCU fan and I'm reeling in the wake of Endgame I have to participate!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Questions for Skua (Red Hood)!



This is the closest picture I could find of
someone who somewhat looks like him.
He is a bit older though,


Here's another character that I need to know more about. Though he's only in the first book he has "cameo" roles in the other two, so I'd like to learn more about him. His name is Skua!

Though Skua looks in his thirties, he is closer to sixty because of his Isamaour longevity and has been a gun for hire for more than half of his life. He has deadly aim with his rifle and swift precision with his ulu knives with dozens of kills to his name and he rides upon a kisafonn, a giant snow leopard, who's as lethal as he is. He has worked for crime lords and even common folk as long as they can pay, but currently, his services are contracted to Lord Nzelt.

Skua isn't his true name, but an alias he's taken to protect his identity and his small family's. The creatures called skuas are fierce arctic birds of prey who often hunt for animals much larger than them for food, thus he took on the title of that strong beast. Skua sends a sum of money to support his hjakona (wife in all but being bonded by matrimony) and twins who live in a small home hidden in the Isriki tundra and visits them a few times a year, but the money is just too good for him to give up his dangerous profession. 



Leave your questions in the comments or in the form if you'd wish to remain anonymous or if you're having trouble with the comments. Skua will answer them next Friday! Thank you! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Writing Lessons from Movies: Ladyhawke




This is one of my favorite childhood movies. Ladyhawke was always a classic at my house. Though some of the knights' costumes are too clean and the 80s synth thrown into a fantasy setting is cringy, I love the characters, the Italian countryside, Goliath the Horse, and even the visual effects are not bad for 1985. This story is about Philippe Gaston, a thief who becomes the first person to escape from the prison of Aquila which spurs a manhunt. A man named Navarre saves Philippe from capture and Philippe becomes entangled with the mysterious black knight as they try to break the unholy curse that the evil Bishop cast upon Navarre and his beloved Isabeau that keeps the lovers forever apart.

Warning: Some spoilers. Mostly in section two in three.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019