Friday, May 31, 2019

Monthly Wanderings: May 2019

What do you think of the new name and logo for these monthly recaps? I thought little Inukshuk needed more spotlight. If you don't know him from Instagram, Little Inukshuk is my little travel buddy I got in Canada. He's made of star marble and nephrite jade. Inukshuks are structures made by Inuit to lead the way in the Canadian tundra. They're a symbol of safe travels, so Little Inukshuk accompanies me on my adventures. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Book Review of Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation--and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen-before she is lost to him forever.

Series: Throne of Glass (Book 7)
Genre: NA Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition (October 23, 2018)
Page Count: 987 pages

I've made it to the end! Seven books later and I've reached the climax and it's been a wild ride, but I was so nervous about the fates of all of the characters!

Friday, May 24, 2019

MegaCon/Summer Florida Trip 2019 Report!

I'm still in shock at the epicness that occurred this past weekend. I had such a wonderful time, I checked off so many things off of my bucket list, and I just feel so rejuvenated. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Language of Worlds: Belated March April 2019 Edition

Late again, but I just couldn't miss out on these questions on Liv's Link-up! Today I'm talking about Nzelt who is one of the main villains of the Red Hood series and he's a ... special fellow. He is an Isamaour which is a humanoid being that lives in the north and can manipulate matter at will, though Nzelt is nearly completely black because he's used his abilities too much. I have a full bio and interview centering around him too!

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)!

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*

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

Ready to get started?


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.