A Prediction of Games and Thrones

Before the battle between the living and the dead occurs, I wanted to get my predictions out there, and instead of writing, I thought I’d make an audio post.  It’ s just me talking for 45 minutes unedited because there’s just no time.

Here are the links I promised in my talk:

James of Thrones

Grey Area

Lucifer Means Lightbringer

Ideas of Ice and Fire


If I discussed something that you originated and didn’t credit you, please let me know so I can remedy that.

I hope you all enjoy!


I must really love you guys, or I love the sound of my own voice (let’s be honest…I love the sound of my own voice), because this gave me so much trouble.  I couldn’t just add the media to WP because it kept giving me an error message even as an mp4 so I had to upload it to SoundCloud and embed.  Regardless, it’s done, and I have cake.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea #1)

Title: Half a King
Series Title: Shattered Sea
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Date Added: July 14, 2015
Date Started: May 27, 2017
Date Finished: June 18, 2017
Reading Duration: 22 days
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Grimdark

Pages: 385
Publication Date: July 3, 2014
Publisher: Del Rey
Media: eBook/Kindle

Shares Paradigms With: Hamlet, The Lion King, ASOIAF, Radiance (Wraith Kings), An Ember in the Ashes


“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”
 
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
 
The deceived will become the deceiver.
 
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
 
The betrayed will become the betrayer.
 
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
 
Will the usurped become the usurper?
 
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.


If life has taught me one thing, it’s that there are no villains. Only people, doing their best.

Prince Yarvi lives in a society very similar to the Ironborn of George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: harsh, cruel, and unforgiving of weakness.  They follow Mother War, eschew Father Peace and present a juxtaposition within the two ideals, as the mother or feminine side is usually associated with tranquility whereas war and battle are typically portrayed as masculine.

Seriously…you don’t get much more “masculine” than this, and he’s literally the God of War.

As the second and youngest son of King Uthrik, Yarvi had neither hopes nor ambitions for the throne.  He was meant for the ministry, studying under Mother Gundring, where having only one good hand would make no difference.  Yarvi’s bitterness bleeds on the page, because he cannot live up to his culture’s expectations, and neither of his parents let him forget this.

A man swings the scythe and the ax, his father had said. A man pulls the oar and makes fast the knot. Most of all a man holds the shield. A man holds the line. A man stands by his shoulder-man. What kind of man can do none of these things?

I didn’t ask for half a hand, Yarvi had said, trapped where he so often found himself, on the barren ground between shame and fury.

I didn’t ask for half a son.

His mother isn’t much better in the beginning.  She has nothing but scorn for her disabled child, but considering their culture, his parents’ behavior makes perfect sense.  It doesn’t exist in a vacuum, but rather is a product of the harsh climate and culture they live in, which could be overlooked through the lens of presentism. This is not to say that Yarvi deserves his plight.  He doesn’t.  No one does whether from ancient history or far flung future; however, his misery fits into that zeitgeist, and his reaction to the emotional abuse and gaslighting is timeless.

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I saw this tag on Getting Through Anxiety’s blog and thought I’d participate in the fun (I’m also trying to catch up on the list of tags I still have unfinished, and this looks like a quick one hehe).  Feel free to participate if you wish!


EBOOKS OR PHYSICAL BOOKS?

Hm.  I adore the feel and smell of the pages, but I can read books on my Kindle on my lunch break at work or anywhere, and I love that convenience.  I know theoretically, I can read a physical book anywhere, too, but the e-reader makes it so much easier.

PAPERBACK OR HARDBACK?

Paperback.  Less expensive.

ONLINE OR IN-STORE BOOK SHOPPING?

In store book shopping.  I love bookstores, and I try to patronize the local Barnes and Noble at least once a month.  If there was an independently owned bookstore in my vicinity, I’d shop there.  I don’t want to see brick and mortar bookstores go away.  Sometimes I just go there to bask in their “bookiness.”

TRILOGIES OR SERIES?

Trilogies.  I don’t hate series.  Hell my favorite (book) story is a series (ASOIAF), but overall, I like it when narratives have a finite and defined ending.

HEROES OR VILLAINS?

Villains of course.

A BOOK YOU WANT EVERYONE TO READ?

This book was paramount to my understanding of symbolism, narrative, and mythology.  It shows the ways all narratives are tied together and is the origin of The Hero’s Journey/Monomyth,

RECOMMEND AN UNDERRATED BOOK.

I’m going by my favorites list on Goodreads and their average rating.

I really can’t believe this book is rated so low (3.73), but I guess YMMV when it comes to angelic lore.  Even though I haven’t read it in years (and reread could potentially change my point of view), it has a Paradise Lost vibe to it insofar as the devil is painted as a sympathetic character, but Ms. Rice does it not only on purpose, but for that purpose (unlike Milton who would’ve never purposely done such a thing).  This book was probably integral in my obsessive sympathy for my favorite Luciferian character.

THE LAST BOOK YOU FINISHED?

Oddly enough, the last book I finished is by the person from whom I got this tag, and I wrote a review for it here!

WEIRDEST THING YOU USED AS A BOOKMARK?

A black feather

USED BOOKS, YES OR NO?

I just bought two used books on Amazon yesterday.  They were $0.01 each.   I paid more for the shipping than for the books themselves.  I have no problem with used books.

TOP THREE FAVORITE GENRES?

Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Magical Realism

BORROW OR BUY?

Buy.  I want my own things.

CHARACTERS OR PLOT?

I tend to like plot driven stories, but you have to have good characters who are going to know what to do when they’re thrown into precarious situations.

LONG OR SHORT BOOK?

There’s nothing more wonderful than a long, fascinating novel, but I’ve been breezing through a lot of shorter works lately, which is helping me reach my 2017 reading goal.  So I prefer long books, but short books are good for practical purposes.  It also depends on how much I’m enjoying the story in question.

LONG OR SHORT CHAPTERS?

Short to medium.  Granted I’m a hypocrite when it comes to chapter length in my own work.

NAME THE FIRST THREE BOOKS YOU THINK OF.

The Last Unicorn, Prospero Lost (it’s sitting right in front of me), and The Raven Boys

BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR CRY?

Anything by Douglas Adams is hilarious, and I cry during Iza’s death scene in Clan of the Cave Bear every single time I read it.  I’m tearing up right now thinking about it.

OUR WORLD OR FICTIONAL WORLDS?

Fictional.  This world sucks.

AUDIOBOOKS: YES OR NO?

Only if I’ve already read the book.

DO YOU EVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER?

I think we all do every now and then.  I have definitely been drawn to a book based on its cover, which has led me to read the blurb and potentially make a purchase.  Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin is a perfect example of this.  I found it in a used bookstore, had never heard of it or the author, didn’t realize at the time the title is based on a play by Shakespeare, but the cover caught my attention.

BOOK TO MOVIE OR BOOK TO TV ADAPTATION?

Book to TV can generally fit more of the book in (if done properly.  I’m looking at you Game of Thrones).

SERIES OR STANDALONE?

Series if the writing is compelling.  For example, I absolutely love The Raven Cycle series.

 

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The State of the Reader: 9/21/16

<–The State of the Reader: 9/14/16          The State of the Reader: 9/28/16–.

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: Sigil
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: August 23, 2016
Date Finished: September 16, 2016

This is tough.  As you all know I usually review books on Goodreads and Amazon after I finish them. I want to do that with this one, but I had some major issues with it, and this is an indie author who could be really hurt by a bad review.  I know how tough the publishing world is since, well, I’m not even in it due to failure/rejection, and I don’t want to bring anyone else down, BUT I always want to give honest reviews.  If I can figure out a way to do this tactfully, I’ll definitely write one up.

For now I’ll tell you that I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.  I think it’s a great portrayal of how small towns can hide huge secrets.  The main character is very likeable and admirable, and the book is $0.99 and fast paced.


Books Currently Reading: 4
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: 16%

I am well entrenched on the second branch of this book.  It’s a little bit more complex what with matrilineal kingship.  The first book was about the New Tribes that were more patriarchal whereas the Old Tribes follow a matriarchal line. There is a character named Bran though, which is something Martin borrowed from in his Song saga so I’m excited.

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: 81%

I’m really hoping this book doesn’t let me down with the ending.  I can see the direction it may be leading me into, and I’m hoping the author is clever enough to pull a bait and switch.  So far Mr. Riggs hasn’t let me down.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 66%

Though this book is a new addition to this week, I was reading it before.  I took a hiatus, but picked it back up when I (finally) finished my last reference The Mystical Qabalah.  This compendium is the history of Westeros from GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire, my favorite (written) fantasy series and my second favorite story of all time.  If you’re a Song fan and you want to know more about the world of Westeros (and Essos and Sothoryos…collectively called Planetos in fan head canons), I highly recommend it.

I’m currently on the section about the Tyrells and before that Old Town, which was a bit chilling as the maester “writing” it mentions that ubiquitous black stone found all over the world.  There’s something very eerie about that black stone not the least of which is its connections with Lovecraftian horror.

TWOIAF only has around 330 pages, but it’s a large book nonetheless.

Title: Khalarea the Fallen
Series Title: Tales of Yagath
Author: Claus Augustus Corbett
Date Added: April 3, 2016
Date Started: September 19, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 12%

I’m trying to remember who recommended this book to me, and I’m failing miserably.  It’s not on my “Blogger Recommendations” shelf, but someone I was talking to mentioned this author because they were willing to risk less sales in order to put a content warning on their work.  Dammit…I think it was someone on WP, but this was before I kept track of who recommended what.

Another draw was how the “Tales of Yagath” sound a bit Lovecraftian to me, too.  Yagath reminds me of shoggoth, but that could also just because I’m weird.  They both end with -th.  I really don’t know.  There is a trope about that though under Names to Run Away From (yes “Sephiroth” is there.  I can’t talk about sinister names that end in -th without mentioning my favorite fallen angel), and Lovecraft, er, loved using it.

This story is about a wandering bard looking for to recount what she knows of the Legend of Khalarea to her friend, but there may be even darker truths to reveal.  This is another book written by an indie author.  I’m trying to keep up my reading with one of those on my Kindle as I go along.  So far it’s a little muddled with tons of character and place names, but I’m hoping things will fall into place soon.  It’s not very long so I don’t envision me taking much more than a week to finish.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 1

Title: Children of Light and Darkness
Author: Chibi Neko
Fandom: Vampire Hunter D
Pairing: N/A

Holy shit.  I’m reading a fanfiction that’s not only not Aeriseph but also not even Final Fantasy VII.  What the hell is going on?  Well first off I added this today after checking my email.  Chibi Neko, the author, had added my Northern Lights to their Favorite Stories list.  Whenever that occurs I always check out the person’s profile to see if they write my fandom and to see what other stories/authors they have as their favorite so I can potentially add more stories to my TBR list.  I didn’t find any fics that way, but I noticed the author has one story to their credit about Vampire Hunter D.

This is D. Yes, he's very beautiful.

This is D. Yes, he’s very beautiful.

I gave the prologue a read, and it’s interesting enough for me to delve into.  Plus pretty goth boys are my specialty whether they have black or silver hair.  There doesn’t seem to be a pairing marked in the story info, but it is designated a drama/romance.

Fanfiction.net doesn’t have a place for content warnings, and the author didn’t put any near the beginning, but if you decide to check the fic out, there’s rape/sexual assault in the prologue (not done by D, ugh, god no).  I’ll never forgot the one story I read by one of my favorite fanfiction authors where she shocked me with it.  It was absolutely harrowing, and I’m not typically triggered by rape/assault, but that particular story bothered me and still does today when I think about it 😦

Anyway, I think I’ll enjoy this.  Though FFVII is my favorite and really the only fanfic I read, there’s no harm branching out.


Books Added to Goodreads To Read List This Week: 8

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Series Title: Chaos Walking
Author: Patrick Ness
Date Added: September 16, 2016

I have to thank the lovely Writing Hufflepuff for this addition, and for giving me another tag post to do (one day lol).  This series was ranked as the most amazing book that defies all other descriptions.  Of course I had to check it out, and the blurb instantly hooked me.  Silence in a world of endless thoughts, and a heart-stopping revelation.  I must know more.

Title: Crane
Series Title: The Legends Saga
Author: Stacey Rourke
Date Added: September 16, 2016

A terse and explosive review from Cupcake and Machetes made me add this one with the added bonus that the book is free on Kindle.  I love reworked fairy tales and folk legends, and this is an add just in time for Halloween.  Not that I’m going to even start it by then (it’s highly doubtful), but I can always load up my TBR list with spooky scribblings for scary soirees.

Title: A Tale of Two Airships
Series Title: Take to the Skies
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Date Added: September 16, 2016

I already owned this book, but hadn’t added it to my TBR list for some reason.  It’s the sequel to my friend and fellow writer’s novel An Airship Named Desire.  I still need to read the first Airship, which is conveniently on my Kindle.

Title: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Date Added: September 16, 2016

I was immediately interested when the first line of the blurb stated that the MC lived in the land of Canaan, which is often equated with the Promised Land so VII Sense tingling even though I know it’s just a shared reference.  I still like it. Then the “forgetting” thing happened.  Every 12 years all memories are forgotten and lost forever unless they’re written down.  Memory is a huge thing for me in stories (it also tingles my VII sense for various reasons, too), and only the main character Nadia retains hers in this strange land.  As the time of forgetting approaches, she has to stop an unseen enemy with an ally who will forget her if they don’t do it before that time comes.

Title: Wicked as They Come
Series Title: Blud
Author: Delilah S. Dawson
Date Added: September 17, 2016

I haven’t read a sexy vampire story since I was into Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series before she went totally porno, and prior to that it was Anne Rice.  I don’t like Twilight for reasons beyond the writing style, and though I did enjoy Elizabeth Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series, I haven’t had a chance to get back to it.

I have Cupcakes and Machetes to blame again for this addition.  Her review of it was all I really needed.  Not only is it about a sexy vampire, it also features another hidden world.  Those are kind of my favorite as I’ve been trying to get off this planet fervently for the past few years.  Also, the vampires aren’t the bad guys (so it would seem), and in fact may soon be the victims of genocide!  I love tales that mix up paradigms.

Title: The Wonder
Author: Emma Donoghue
Date Added: September 19, 2016

This addition came from a fantastic review of By Hook or By Book.  Emma Donoghue is also the author of RoomI’ve neither read this nor seen the movie, but I hear nothing but wonderful things about the prior mentioned and the author. This particular novel is about a girl who supposedly subsists on “manna from heaven.”  The phenomenon is not that uncommon dating back to Victorian times; however, it may be the precursor to what we know now of as anorexia.  I’m both fascinated by the possibility in the story itself and the sad origin.

Title: Halfway to the Grave
Series Title: Night Huntress
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Date Added: September 19, 2016

I can’t even really put a link since this was recommended to me in a comment by Cupcakes and Machetes.  It has a vampire bounty hunter (as in a bounty hunter who’s a vampire a la D from Vampire Hunter D), and I just can’t say no to a hot vampire dude.

Note: Hilariously, I added this prior to finding the Vampire Hunter D fanfiction above.  This is clearly a vampire week.

Title: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Date Added: September 20, 2016

I really can’t believe I didn’t already have this on my TBR list for classics.  I was scrolling through my Goodreads newsfeed, and someone had added The Sign of Fours, which made me check to see if I had Doyle’s famous detective on my reading list.  I thought I had it there and on my Kindle, but I was wrong on both accounts.  Well both wrongs have now been righted.  I purchased the complete works for a paltry $0.99.  I’m not sure what my next classic reading will be, but I’ll be sure to fit Sherlock in at some point.

Side note.  I sincerely doubt I’ll be able to read this without thinking of Benedict Cumberbatch’s beautiful rendition of Sherlock *swoon*

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Books Added to Goodreads To Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 2

Title: Solid Ground
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Date Purchased: September 16, 2016

I actually read this prior to its release (I was a beta reader), but hadn’t purchased it yet, which I did today.  It’s a quick read at only 26 pages about best friends in love and the distant between stars that could divide them.

Title: Crane
Series Title: The Legends Saga
Author: Stacey Rourke
Date Purchased: September 16, 2016

As fore mentioned it was free on Kindle so I guess I didn’t purchase it per se, but it is now in my possession.


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 9/14/16          The State of the Reader: 9/28/16–.

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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!

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 State of the Writer: 9/10/16

<–The State of the Writer: 9/3/16          The State of the Writer: 9/17/16–>

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: 277,651
Prior Word Count: 272,701
Word Difference: +4950
Status: Writing
Progress: Chapter 4 in progress

broken-rose

In this additional chapter, I am literally writing about how broken Aeris is.  If I take a step back and really examine it, this part is a bit extraneous. Generally you want each chapter to pull the story along, further the plot, or introduce a new idea.  In all honesty, I’m just throwing this in because I can and I want to.  That’s the good thing about fanfiction.  While I definitely stick to the same rules of editing that I use for original works, there’s a little bit more wiggle room when it comes to fanfiction, because there are no threshold guardians.  Granted, I could probably make an argument for the narrative validity of this chapter as it really delves into how horribly abused Aeris was and how a redemptive and guilty Sephiroth does everything to help her heal.  I definitely wave some fore mentioned plot coupons around in this earlier section that will be cashed in later.  The truth of it though is I thought up some dialogue and interactions that I absolutely adored even as they broke my heart, and while some have found there way into earlier chapters, I knew that I’d need an additional one to bring the vision to fruition.

I’ve been plugging away at this chapter all week.  It’s like putting together the pieces of a very large puzzle, sanding the ends and/or adding enough glue to make them fit.  I had a lot of notes for this, many of them redundant, but I did manage to write almost 5k words this week.  I didn’t yet do a third edit on Chapter 3 (though I need to) as I decided I’d write 4 first, do the third edit, and then continue on with the process in Chapter 4.

I’m still planning on starting to post chapters once I get through Chapter 5, but I don’t know if this will occur before the end of my vacation.  If I can finish Chapter 4 by the end of this weekend, it may be a possibility.  I’ve been working on TBR every day since I can, but next week I have a slew of doctor’s appointments.  It might not be that bad since they’re only on Monday and Thursday, and my brother is driving me to the one on Monday since parking is $20 (blech).  Plus it’s in the city.  I hate driving in the city.  I can do it, but it wears me out even more.

Quote: In the crook of his neck, silvery spill made a soft nest for the weary.  The general shifted those thorn thin pupils, but they would never cut her.  Benevolence warred with rage within.  She was safe now and always would be.  *Would that she believed.  It’s my job to show her as much as to keep her safe.  My sins can’t be cleaned no matter how much the misted past might fade.  At least I can serve her.  Let me be your angel.  Even the fallen can beg…*

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