Question of the Week: 9/18/16

<–Question of the Week: 9/11/16          Question of the Week: 9/25/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite accent?

Unsurprising to no one who’s followed this blog for five seconds, my favorite accent is the English one, but saying something like that without qualifications is akin to saying “My favorite accent is the American one.”  There are numerous English accents.  I recently located a video that explained all of the different ones, which was invaluable to someone who was currently using British and English interchangeably. in all areas.

One day I’ll edit my videos or more like upgrade my blog so I can use audio, and you’ll all hear my “video recording” accent.  Since I’m from and live on the US east coast and Pennsylvania specifically, we have some very nasal vowels that are entirely not conducive to singing, which I used to do much more religiously until a little bit after college.  We were taught to round out our vowels and make them sound more Latin, but I discovered it was just much easier to sing with an English inflection.  There’s apparently a connection between musical inclination and the ability to emulate accents.  I think I’m okay at it, and unlike many people I actually like my speaking/recorded voice, which makes me worried I sound like a big snob or (wait for it) narcissist.

If I had to specify my favorite British accent, I think it would have to be Received Pronunciation.  During a wiki walk a while ago I stumbled upon the concept of the rhotic R, and everything about English accents just came together for me.  Knowing about that, I could also attempt to hone my emulation.

If anyone from the UK is reading this, please know I’m a total anglophile, and mimicry can be considered the sincerest form of flattery.  I don’t attempt this for mockery or the like, especially since I’ve experienced bullying and detest cruelty in all it’s forms.  I do love talking about accents though and what defines/differentiates them.


What’s your favorite accent?  It can be your own (no shame in liking who you are!).  What draws you to the accent?  Can you emulate it?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

<–Question of the Week: 9/11/16          Question of the Week: 9/25/16–>

The State of the Writer: 9/17/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/10/16          The State of the Writer: 9/24/16–>

A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.

Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 278,963
Prior Word Count: 277,651
Word Difference: +1312
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st Edit of Chapter 4

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The picture is actually more connected to Chapter 3, but I really haven’t found much for Chapter 4 yet.  I’m still looking for an image for the chapter itself.  The stairs aren’t exactly as I envision them in my head either, but the fanciness and the chandelier are fairly equivalent.  In the story, the split happens after a single set of marble steps that lead to an opulent landing.  Pictures of that setup were sadly lacking though I found plenty of the opposite where two stairs converged into one.  I like the image above though as it fits with how I envision the second floor sort of balcony layout leading to more rooms and halls.  If I can’t afford opulence in my real life, I’ll damn sure write about it!

Last week Chapter 4 was in progress.  I manged to finish writing it and do the third edit of Chapter 3, which I stalled on in order to make sure it would flow nicely into 4.  I’m in the midst of Chapter 4’s edit right now.  I’m still hoping to finish that before the end of this weekend since Monday is when I return to work.

Quote: Sephiroth stopped before the set table.  Turned his head with tightly sealed eyes.  The general feared nothing except for his darkness, save corruption that lived in that light.  It could burn down the world and once nearly did, but now he was in control.  They could not be dormant, those alien cells.  They were part of him, bound to his blood.  That entity eldritch though no longer ruled.  Its destruction had been long assured.  The cells that existed no more felt the pull for there was no horror to draw them.  And yet the Great General never lost fear for in his heart now was dark fire.  To hear the last Ancient, the one he had killed, whose death would not cease from his soul, to hear her say men whom she’d died to save had done this turned him to a monster.  A nightmare to stalk those crumbling slums where laughter would drown in raw screams.


Project: Story
Title:
The Threads of Sorrow
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retold Fairy Tale
Type: Original Short Story
Prior Word Count: 6787
Current Word Count: 6787
Word Difference: 0
Status: Critiques received
Progress: Need to review critiques

I looked over a few critiques in the beginning, but I can’t say I’ve made any progress on this story.  I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things soon.  The second edit still needs to happen with the critiques received in mind.  I really wanted to write the new Chapter 4.  I suppose it must be odd to people that I’d spend more time on a fanfiction that will get me nowhere rather than an original story that might, but I’ve never been one to only look at it like that.  While I obviously can’t do anything with the fanfiction in terms of “legitimate” publishing, that doesn’t mean the message in it isn’t important.  Plus it’s not like I’ve had much luck with “legitimate” publishing anyway.


Project: Vacation Essays
Genre: Various
Status: In Progress

Completed:

I attempted to work on my Half a Tragedy FFVII comparative post, but when I sat down to write it, I drew a complete blank on how to begin.  I worked on an outline yesterday though so hopefully in the coming weeks, I’ll have something to show for it.

I didn’t work on the “Wide Awake” slideshow.  I was just…too tired to try to look for images for the words.  I also kind of want to transition to making AMVs, which is another kind of challenge.

No character analyses happened either.  I really feel like this year I accomplished much less on vacation, but then again last year I only really worked on my Editing Notes posts.  This year I tried to get out a variety of articles, and I’m still dealing with this chronic fatigue and dizziness, which I’m attempting to define (we’re not going to get into my horrible endocrinologist appointment right now.  Maybe in another post).

Oh, and I managed to finish a decade long reading of The Mystical Qabalah and post a review.


What are you currently working on?  Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else?  Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?

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Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – IV The Emperor

<–III The Empress                                                                        V The Hierophant–>

This is my current Final Fantasy Friday post where I’ll be discussing which characters I think exemplify each card of the Major Arcana.  If this is your first time here, please head over to my Final Fantasy Tarot page for explanation.  Now onto the next card!

IV The Emperor

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Emperor Gestahl from Final Fantasy VI is my pick for The Emperor card.  So I was being a bit disingenuous last week, but I need to keep you on your toes!

Before I even say anything else, I think it’s a pretty safe assumption to believe SquareSoft (now Squeenix…unfortunately) took some inspiration for the Major Aracana card itself just from looking at the pictures side by side up.  Like wow…it’s pretty obvious (or a really convenient coincidence), and once I go into the card’s symbolism, it will make even more sense.

So despite the Emperor clearly being the Emperor (I’ll let you figure out which one is which *cackles*), I actually was a bit torn on which character would best fit the mold.

The Emperor sits on a ram-adorned throne, a symbol of Mars (mythology). He holds an Ankh scepter in his right hand, and a globe, symbol of domination, in his left. The Emperor sits atop a stark, barren mountain, a sign of “sterility of regulation, and unyielding power.”[1] He symbolizes the top of the secular hierarchy, the ultimate male ego. The Emperor is the absolute ruler of the world.
-From Wikipedia

The bolded words not only made me think of Gestahl from VI, but also President Shinra from VII; however, since they’re equivalent characters in numerous ways (greedy, power hungry despots killed by the the “villains” they helped create) and since I haven’t yet used FFVI, I decided to go with the eponymous emperor, though President Shinra is just as good of a fit.

I really don’t have to say much else.  The words in bold do it all for me.  Ego, greed, despotism, war, domination.  Gestahl and Shinra encompass them all, and they’re both cast down and destroyed by their own hubris/”creations.”  I do so love stories where avarice begets the authorship of destruction, and justice is meted out in the most karmic of ways.


Alternates: Baku (IX)

When I first conceived of this list I initially picked Baku, Zidane’s surrogate father and the leader of Tantalus Theater Troupe.  At the time I was only thinking about the Emperor as the quintessential father figure and didn’t consider the other aspects, which informed my better choice(s) above.  Baku doesn’t really fit this mold, which would equate more with Queen Brahne in this particular game anyway, though it could be argued that he is at the “top of a secular hierarchy.”


Well, well, Mr. Panda wins again in guessing a character from the same game as my pick! He went for Kefka, which in examining the descriptions of the Emperor isn’t a terrible choice, but it wobbles a bit at the “secular” bit.  Kefka actually achieved apotheosis!  That’s more than we can say for any Final Fantasy character even my beloved Sephiroth.

Next week is V The Hierophant, which is a bit of a counterpart to The High Priestess.  Is that a clue?  Find out next week 😉

<–III The Empress                                                                        V The Hierophant–>

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The Stringer Bell Paradox Test

Let me put this out there right away.  I’ve never seen The Wire.  It’s on my list, and I know it’s considered one of the best shows on television, but I’ve never seen it.  Second and more importantly, this test was created by D. F. Lovett, the writer of the blog What Would Bale Do. I asked him more than a year ago if he’d be okay with me using this, and I was happy to receive a yes 🙂

The link to the original article contains aggressive spoilers for both The Wire and Game of Thrones, so click at your own discreation.  I decided to let myself be spoiled for The Wire in order to read this, though I still intend to watch it at some point.  I’m caught up on GoT, which is the focus of the WWBD’s post in regards to the SBP Test.

The Stringer Bell Paradox Test is when one of your favorite characters kills another one of your favorites.  Can you guys guess where I’m going with this?

There are five questions to be answered and a bonus that doesn’t really figure in to the characters/fandom I’m going to use.  That fandom is obviously Final Fantasy VII and the major characters are Aeris and Sephiroth.

1. Did one major character kill another major character? – Most definitely yes.

2. Did the world they live in prevent any possibility of them both remaining alive? – Hm, this one is interesting.  Nojima says in the Reunion Files that “Since Sephiroth exists, Aerith must exists.”  In order for Jenova’s plan to come to fruition, Aeris would have to be out of the way, because the last Ancient was the only one who could stop it.  Since Jenova essentially took over Sephiroth (see here for the reasons why I think that.  It’s too much to go into on this brief post), its desires became his desires.  Aeris arguably had the ability to destroy Jenova with the power of Holy.  Maybe…seeing as Advent happened, this is up for debate.  The main portion of it was destroyed with only a few pieces left, but it’s such a virulent parasite that that was all that was needed.

I’m going to go with yes on this question.  Since Jenova and Sephiroth pretty much became the same entity and since Jenova’s modus operandi is to devour the life energy of planets thus destroying them before moving on, and since Aeris is the protector of the Planet, there’s no way they could survive together once that unholy merging occurred (poor Seph).

3. Did you like the character who did the killing? – Sephiroth is my favorite fictional character of all time.  Now if we go with the idea that Jenova killed Aeris in Sephiroth’s guise (which is apparently a big enough idea that it’s on some of the wikis), I fucking hate that eldritch abomination.  Since I generally go with Sephiroth was a part of the killing, I think I can still say yes.

4. Did you like the character who died? – Another yes.  Aeris is one of my favorite characters.  I love people who face their destinies undaunted.  My hatred of her in Crisis Core is due to her terrible voice actress and characterization.  She’s fantastic in the original and in Advent.  There’s a reason I pair her and Seph together 🙂

5. Was the character who died on a path toward redemption? – No, but she was certainly on an important mission that she still managed to accomplish after death.  I could argue that she might have been seeking redemption for herself because she felt like she needed to do something to prove she was worthy of being the last of her people and worthy of the White Materia her mother, the last full Ancient, bestowed upon her, but that would move this into the shaky condition of head canon and at best speculative interpretation.

6. Bonus: Did it occur during the penultimate episode of the season? – Aeris’s death occurs at the end of the first disk of the game, which is hardly penultimate.  It’s odd to think that a character who wasn’t even around for 2/3 of the story had such an effect.  I have quite a lot of feelings and thoughts about why that is, but this post is not the place for them.

I believe Aeris and Sephiroth fulfill many conditions of the Stringer Bell Paradox.  Questions 1, 3, and 4 are definite yeses, and question 2 is at least accurate up to 90% if you believe my arguments.  Even question 5 and the Bonus 6 are up for debate/interpretation.  If there’s any wiggle room, I think I can fit the puzzle pieces in.


Do any of your favorite narrative provide you with the ability to apply the SBP Test?  I think someone could definitely apply this to Harry Potter (you know the two).  Let me know in the comments!

Thank you again from the writer of WWBD!

The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune

Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Date Added: August 13, 2012
Date Started: Unknown
Date Finished: September 12, 2016
Genre: Theology/Mysticism

Mystical Qabalah, ThePages: 360
Publication Date: January 1, 1957
Medium: Paperback

Dion Fortune’s classic, The Mystical Qabalah, explores all aspects of the Qabalah, including the esoteric sciences of astrology and tarot, which form the basis of the Western Mystery Traditions. It provides a key to the practical working of this mystical system for both novice and initiate alike.


Let me just put this out there right now.  I read this book because of Final Fantasy VII.  It’s about the Tree of Life, which is made up of the Holy Sephiroth, the emanations or “God-names” that focus principle archetypes behind evolving human activities.  I had no idea the rabbit hole I was diving into, nor did I realize either how well SquareSoft (now Squeenix…unfortunately) had done their research or had managed to align their usage of that term with the appropriate symbolism.  The Qabalah seeks to solve the paradox of “the Many and the One,” speaks about microcosm and macrocosm, and essentially serves as a guide through the metaphysical and esoteric.

This is not a post dedicated to me espousing the virtues and glory of FFVII (I do that often enough), but it has to be mentioned that the game led me to this study, and one of the first definitions of “Sephiroth” I found was “the path that leads to God.”  It’s clearly present in the game’s narrative, and reading The MQ showed not only how much the symbolism of the Tree is present there, but in so many other stories as well.

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The State of the Reader: 9/14/16

<–The State of the Reader: 9/7/16          The State of the Reader: 9/21/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Finished This Week: 1

Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Date Added: August 13, 2012
Date Started: Unknown
Date Finished: September 12, 2016

Mystical Qabalah, TheAfter more than a decade, I finally finished this book (pay no attention to the date added.  I attempted to read this long before Goodreads existed).  I’ll say what I said in my (currently drafted) review.  The reason I read this is due to Final Fantasy VII.  This is probably the first thing I ever read because of that game (I really should make a list of all the volumes I can say this about; both read and TBR).  Since the Qabalah concerns the Tree of Life, which is made up of the Holy Sephiroth, you can probably divine why I made such a choice.  So yes, a video game caused me to take up (more) theology studies.  What’s this about them being worthless wastes of time again?

While I can’t even say that I’m remotely adept in Western Occultism, I do have a wonderful, metaphysical diagram for how I think (at the very least).  I believe with every problem you can’t just look at one issue but how it connects with everything else, which is integral to understanding the Tree of Life.

I should have my review of it up by this evening.  I’m desperately trying not to just talk about how it equates to FFVII, because ASOIAF deserves so blog time, too :p

Suffice it to say that (with only a few caveats) I highly recommend this volume, if you’re looking for a comprehensive study of the Qabalah/Jewish Mysticism.  While it’s not something you can just skim through, Fortune does break it down as simply as something so esoteric, philosophical, and metaphysical can be rendered palatable to those willing to consume.

Now I have to pick another reference book, but I think I already decided on The Poetic Edda (which is another volume I’m reading due in part to FFVII).


Books Currently Reading: 3
Change from Last Week:
-1

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 14%

I finished the first book or “branch” yesterday and started reading the next part “The Children of Llyr.”  I only got through two paragraphs because I had other things to do, but Walton’s writing is so engrossing plus I’ve head the name Llyr before in The Prydain Chronicles.  One of the books is called The Castle of Llyr.  I think Pwyll is mentioned in the Chronicles, as well, but I can’t quite recall where.  Either way, I’m going through this much faster than I thought.  It’s not nearly as stodgy and stuffy as you might expect such a compendium to be.  If the book keeps up the momentum, it’s on its way to a five star rating, and I need to look at some of Walton’s fiction/fantasy works.

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Series Title: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Date Added: May 11, 2016
Date Started: August 24, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 54%

This book is so damn good, and it gets more interesting with every reading session.  I’m now at a point where I have an idea what might go down, and I can’t wait to see how the author handles it.  It’s probably going to be heartbreaking and brutal.  I won’t give anything away.  I’m so happy I started reading it before I knew anything about a movie.

Title: Sigil
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: August 23, 2016

Medium: Kindle
Progress: 81%

I feel like I’ve slowed down in reading this because I’m not at work (ironically).  There seems to be a ceasura in the action, the deep breath before the storm.  I hope I’m right.  Reid delivered very well before with Spectrum, so history is on his side.

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The Editing of Northern Lights – Chapter 8 Should Bring Happiness

These are the Editing Notes for my FFVII fanfiction Northern Lights (which you can find at the end of that link).  I will be discussing a myriad of topics along with my frequently tangential and harried editing process.  You should be able to garner some enjoyment and insight from this without having read the story and/or without prior knowledge of the original game, but if you’re a fan of paranormal romance and/or dark fantasy, you may find it to your liking.  The story will be spoiled in this editing examination, though I will do my best to mark spoilers for any other narratives I mention.  Thanks for your interest and enjoy!

<–The Psychology of Chapter 8          The Box Contains More Chapter 8–>

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Still no picture 😦  I might have to poll the audience aka take to social media.  Before that though and before we continue the edit, I have to mention one of my many revelations.  I was in the midst of my exercise class when this happened, and I just stared dumbly forward while going through the motions.  Revelations while doing that or jogging are quite common.  As I mentioned before what happens to Aeris’s ribbon was an endorphin fueled miracle while running on Betzwood Trail, and it was both sad and amazing.  This latest one is a meta-reference (of course).

One of the major themes in FFVII is truth vs. lies/knowledge vs. ignorance. In the Qabalah the Tree of Life is about following the path to esoteric and arcane knowledge (seven for a secret that’s never been told…). In the narrative of the game Sephiroth never has the knowledge of who is true mother is and this is a contributing factor to his insanity and subsequent fall. He lacks this esoteric knowledge, which I’m calling such because only a few people know it, and his name is a reference to the Tree of Life and the path that leads to knowledge/enlightenment. So the OS has managed to make not only a profound meta-reference, but also an ironic one as well. #mindblown Goddamn…I wish there were someone I could tell who’d be as excited about this as I am about this.  Whenever something like this happens, I run through my list of people I can text or message, but I know no one who is both a religious symbolism/allegory AND FFVII nerd.  If they’re one, they’ve generally never heard of or thought as much about the other.  It makes me feel very lonely.  I hope some of you more insane and studious fanboys and fangirls will be.

But I should be joyous; I’m currently at one of my favorite parts of this story.  I’ve previously admitted that romance and fight scenes are my favorite to do (“fucking and fighting;” I’ve mentioned that before), and this is a LOT of the former (not the parentheses one.  Be patient!) so without further ado…

“…what…is it?”  The cadence of this question comes from an episode of Aeon Flux, which again I’ve mentioned before.  God…you guys must be so bored with me.  I keep repeating the same shit.  It’s the same episode that I brought up before, too “A Last Time for Everything,” which you can totally watch if you click the link.  If you’ve never seen Aeon Flux before, be prepared for…oddness.  It does not lend itself to simplicity or easy issues/interpretation.  I first started watching it in high school, and I believe it was integral in my desire to dissect the abstract.  I’m going to go into more depth with this since the reference actually refers to something in the narrative and not just the title.  And in an even more meta-reference to align with the one I spoke of above, Aeon’s name of course refers to the Gnostic Aeon or emanation of God.  Aeons are the Gnostic equivalent of the Sephiroth (dare I mention both characters run around in what’s essentially leather bondage gear and have gravity defying hair.  Just saying it…).  Wheels within wheels.

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Game of Thrones: 30 Day Challenge

One of the YouTubers I follow made a video of this, doing them all in one day.  I shall do the same here in blog form and invite anyone who wishes to share their own answers and tag me so I can see them!

I know this is supposed to focus on the show, but since I’ve read the books some of my answers may incorporate that.

***Spoilers for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire***

Content Warning: Some discussions of rape as it pertains to the narrative.


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Day 1: Favorite Male Character – Tyrion Lannister (living), Rhaegar Targaryen (deceased)

Day 2: Favorite Female Character – Daenerys Targeryen but Brienne of Tarth is a close second.  Also Lyanna Mormont is the baddest bitch.

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Day 3: Favorite House – Team Targaryen all the way

Day 4: Favorite House Motto – “Winter Is Coming,” but “Fire and Blood” is a close second.

Day 5: Favorite Moment – Hm, this is a bit tough.  Well in the fourth book A Feast for Crows, I absolutely love when Cersei gets her comeuppance, at least the beginning part of it when she realizes the High Sparrow knows all about her lies since he tortured the Kettleblacks, and Osmund (or one of them) spilled the beans.

In the show I get chills when Dany obtains the Unsullied army, speaks to them in Valyrian, and has Drogon burn that slave master to cinders (that scene provided some inspiration for one I wrote for my latest project).  I can’t spell out what she was saying, but I can still hear it, and the memory is chill inducing as well

.Finally, the scene in the latest season where Jon beats the ever loving shit out of Ramsay Bolton is like Christmas Morning on repeat.  The Winterfell banners coming down again was sweet icing on a bloody cake, nor can I leave out Sansa’s satisfied smile as the bastard’s own dogs eat him alive.

Day 6: Favorite Song – I love the opening theme.  I have quite a few versions on my writing playlist, and I often listen to it on repeat.

Day 7: Favorite Episode – I really don’t think I can name one.  I don’t really think of the episodes as separate entities, but part of the greater whole for the story.  The season finale to 6 was pretty boss though.

Day 8: Least Favorite Male Character – Randyll Tarly.  This took some doing because while I detest Ramsay Bolton, think Euron Greyjoy is a complete monster, and am obviously not fond of Joffrey, they at least either have some Freudian Excuses (Ramsay and Joffrey) or are intriguing enough in their depravity (looking at you Euron) to warrant my interest.  Randyll is an absolute ass who exemplifies the Dickhead Dad motif even better than Tywin Lannister.  He threatened to kill his son Sam literally because he’s fat and scholarly, not considering that the latter is something the world needs and the former isn’t a crime.  Granted in this medieval based feudal society, I get the fat hate…kind of.  I mean it makes more sense than the fat hate we still have since people back then couldn’t understand all the mechanisms, but all the same, Randyll would’ve wasted an immense amount of genius just because his son didn’t live up to his literally bloody standards.

Shit I completely forgot about Qyburn!  The show paints him as much more charming, but holy fuck is he a Josef Mengele copy.  I have a pretty major issue with characters who experiment on other humans and treat them like specimens in case you didn’t know.  I think I may hate Qyburn more than Lord Randyll

Day 9: Least Favorite Female Character – Cersei Lannister, but I really don’t hate her.  Out of all the female characters I can think of I definitely like her the least.  Like some of the above, she does have some Freudian Excuses along with living in a deeply misogynistic society where the doorways don’t even exist if you’re a woman.  I believe this very mechanic made Cersei what she is, vindictive, spiteful, and wanting power for the sake of having power.  Because the belief exists that women can’t rule, Cersei thinks people are opposed to her rule due to this when in reality they’re opposed to it because she’s a shitty ruler.  It’s cyclical and maddening.  She doesn’t care about anyone other than herself and her children as extensions of herself, and while I think Tywin and feudal society shaped her into this, there are other female characters like Catelyn, Brienne, and Dany who defy it for the sake of ruling fairly.

Day 10: Stark or Lannister – Stark all the way.  Ironically, since my favorite character is Tyrion, but he’s sort of a Lannister outcast.  I like Jaime, too, but he’s on the outs as well since he lost his hand and defied his father.  I don’t like the Lannister attitude of superiority.  Tyrion never had it and Jaime lost it with his hand.

Day 11: A scene that made you cry – The Sansa rape scene.  That’s all I’m going to say.

Day 12: A scene that made you laugh – I laugh quite a lot with the show.  Anything with the Hound is often hilarious, and I quite enjoy the Jaime/Bronn dynamic and the Tyrion/Bronn one.  Bronn’s a good foil.

Day 13: Favorite Quote – I reference this one all the time.  It’s spoken by Tyrion in A Clash of Kings  and is frankly the way I view reality until and unless we can break the cycle..

“It all goes back and back,” Tyrion thought, “to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance in our steads.”

Day 14: Favorite Ship – Rhaegar and Lyanna.  Should I break out some pictures?

I don’t think he abducted and raped her like Robert believed.  The dead king was a spurned lover; of course he’s going to think the worst.  Ned’s thoughts are the most telling as he doesn’t seem to harbor any ill will towards Rhaegar and it was his sister who was supposedly a victim of the prince’s desire.

I also love Brienne and Jaime, and I’m not averse to Dany and Jon.  I think the Jon/Sansa pairing is icky.  Even if they are cousins, they were raised as brother and sister.

Day 15: Favorite Friendship – Tyrion and Bronn as mentioned above, but I like the friendship/respect aspect of Jaime and Brienne’s relationship, too.  Also Sam and Jon.  Arya and the Hound was pretty bad ass.

Day 16: Favorite Scene – Um I just answered this in “Favorite Moment.”  I equate them to be similar enough.

Day 17: Most Annoying Character – Robert Arryn (Robin in the show).  Again he has the Freudian Excuses (it’s really common in this story, refer back to Tyrion’s quote).  He’s even more annoying in the books, but there are some interesting theories out there about his “seizures.”

Day 18: Most Naive Character – Sansa in the beginning.  She’s supposed to be the deconstruction of romanticism so it makes sense that she’d initially be naive.  Tommen is up there, too.  Poor sweet Tommen.

Day 19: A character that you like but used to hate – Jaime Lannister, but that’s the way his arc is shaped.  Also Melisandre.  While I still can’t stand the sanctimony of her Red God religion, her crisis of faith followed by the resurrection of Jon Snow made me see the Red Woman in different (fire) light.  Theon is in this category, too.  I can’t hate Theon after all he’s been through.  Yes, he did do some terrible things, but he did not deserve what he received.  No one deserves that.  Maybe Ramsay…

Day 20: A character that you hate but used to like – Catelyn Stark/Lady Stoneheart, though I can’t really say it’s hate.  I pity her, but disagree with what she’s doing.  Death turned her into the dark mother, and I can’t blame her for that, but now she’s pure vengeance without course or justice, and someone will eventually have to take her down.

Day 21: A character that you’d bring back to life – Is there any question that it would be Ned Stark?  He’s the number one, but I’d also love to see a world where Khal Drogo still lives as well as Dany’s and his child.  I wouldn’t have said this in the books, but Show Oberyn is on that list, too.  I loved his portrayal.

Day 22: A character that you’d kill – Euron Greyjoy.  He needs to be stopped like NOW.  False advent and dark apotheosis is on a bloody horizon.  Trust me.  I’m kind of an expert on the signs.

Day 23: Dragon or Wolves – This is literally a fire or ice question hehe.  I love all the direwolves, but I have to go with dragons.  Since I also think there’s going to be an ice dragon we may get the best of both worlds.

Day 24: Favorite Place – I’m partial to Winterfell, but I’d also hang out at the Citadel, since I’m a fan of libraries.  Of course I’d have to pull a Sarella/Alleras the Sphinx and masquerade as a boy, but it’s well worth it for the abundance of knowledge at hand.

Day 25: Best Warrior – Jon Snow is considered the best swordsman in the land, but the Hound was up there, too, and Brienne of Tarth beat the candy of him.  I would love to know if Jaime would’ve been a match for her when he had both hands.

Day 26: Best Strategist – Stannis Baratheon.  Pay no attention to what the show did to Stannis.  The technically rightful king of Westeros is a brilliant tactician and general.

Day 27: Favorite Death – Ramsay Bolton.  I really hate him.

Day 28: Saddest Death – Is there any question??!!!  Hodor D:  Like this poor man saw the instant of his death when he was a young boy and THAT’S ALL HE COULD SAY FROM THAT MOMENT FORWARD.  The more I think about it the more horrifying it is.  He said his last words for the rest of his life.

Day 29: Best “Game of Thrones” player – For now I have to give it to Littlefinger.  He’s playing everyone like a harp, though Sansa is (hopefully) becoming a tune to his game.

Day 30: Who you want to win the Game of Thrones – Okay so there’s not gong to be a “winner” per se, at least not in the books.  I think the entire feudal order is going to be completely obliterated, the Wall is coming to come down like Jericho, fire may rain from the sky, and the world will be made anew (like Euron says, but fucked if he’s going to be the new god.  Hell to the no).  In the end an entirely new order will be established by those who survive, and I don’t think there’s going to even be a throne, but if there is, Dany’s going to win it.


If you decide to do this, please tag me in your post so I can see your lovely answers!

The Goodreads Book Tag

This is one of the many “tag” posts I found months ago that I saved for when I had more time.

I found this on Callum McLaughlin’s blog a while ago and put it aside to do later.  It’s currently later, and I’m excited to finally do this tag.  Like Callum, I encourage anyone to add me as a friend on Goodreads!

Let’s get to it.

  • What was the last book you marked as “read?”

The Red Rose by Fia Black from the Submissive Beth Mysteries.

This book and the one before it got me into the mystery genre, something I need to do since I want to write in it at some point.  It also has the extra bonus of portraying the BDSM scene a lot better than some more well known series out there.

  • What are you currently reading?

Four books right now:

Since I discovered that I could easily fit some Kindle pages in during lunchtime at my job, I’ve added an additional book to my reading trio.  Oddly enough, now that I’m on my vacation I’m reading less of Sigil than I was during work.

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Question of the Week: 9/11/16

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The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite type of cookie?

Years ago I was gifted the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world.  It involves using butter flavored Crisco instead of butter, which means the cookies remain soft for eternity.  Let me see if I can remember it in its entirety…

3/4 cups Butter flavored Crisco (so 3/4 of a stick)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 T Milk
1 T Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
3/4 T Baking Soda
1 T Salt
2 cups Flour
1 cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (Fahrenheit).

You mix the Crisco and brown sugar.  Add the milk, vanilla extract, and eggs.  Then the baking soda and salt, and finally the flour a little at a time.

For the chocolate chips you can use all milk chocolate, but I like to do half milk and half white.  I wouldn’t recommend all white since I think that makes the cookies a bit too sweet.  You can also make these cookies without chocolate chips, and they’re still just as good.

The recipe called to bake them for 10 minutes, but I knocked that down to 7.  Remove them from the oven and let them sit on top.  The residual heat will bake them a little more, leaving you with gooey goodness.

I don’t know if I can say that chocolate chip is my favorite type of cookie, but I love this recipe.  I tend to only make them around Christmas time, because they’re so dangerously good.

There are also these guys…

Lofthouse cookies omg

Lofthouse Cookies omg

I don’t make these; I get them from my local supermarket.

And this weekend I decided to make this recipe for cake batter fudge, which I wholly blame Cupcakes and Machetes for due to her Peanut Butter Fudge recipe.  How DARE you??!!!

cake-batter-fudge

It’s so good and way too easy to make.  I was going to do cookie dough fudge, which would’ve been perfect for this post, but that was more complicated, and I’m a lazy baker.


What’s your favorite type of cookie?  Do you typically make it during a particular time of the year or is the entire cycle fair game?  Is there another dessert/confection you prefer?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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