Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award: Yay!

Yay! An award! Thank you, Orphu!

Wait, it’s a sisterhood award? Then that means I’m Orphu’s sister. Hello, my long lost sister!

Rules

  • Acknowledge the person who passed the award to you and provide their link.
  • Include the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions posted below.
  • Make up your own ten questions for the next people.
  • Nominate blogs and link those you have especially enjoyed reading. The number you can select is up to you.
  • Notify each individual that you have nominated them

1. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I ask you this question?

I get to answer questions!

2. What’s your favourite flightless bird?

After some Wikipedia searching, I’ve deciding on the New Guinea Flightless Rail.

A popular answer may be penguins, but they’ve gotten a bit overrated in my opinion.

3. If you could no longer be a mammal, what creature would you be? (No idea why you would have to stop being a mammal but it’s a legitimate question, all right?)

Well, a bird obviously! But not a flightless one…because the whole point of being a bird would be being able to fly.  Hmm….probably a Golden Finch.

4. Have you ever misread a word that drastically changed the meaning of the sentence? What was it?

I’ve done this a lot, but sadly I can remember.  I’ve also written a word wrong when roleplaying.

It’s a bit embarrassing.

5. Stargirl or Pippi Longstocking?

Pippi for sure. I love her– I even dressed up as her when I was…eleven for Halloween. I had the crazy braids and everything.

Why did the dub of the television series they made of it have to sound so weird?

6. If you were forced to leave this world in favor of a book-world, which world would you pick?

This will take some careful consideration….probably Artemis Fowl’s world. I like Anne Shirley’s, but it’s more dangerous. There were less treatments for illness’ and such.

7. What are your feelings about Pluto?

Pluto is nice. It’s a very pretty planet, and a name of a dog. I’m not sure which dog.

8. If you had to get a tattoo, what tattoo would you get?

It would be a tattoo that had a little house with gables on it. I kid you not.

9. Would you attend Frodo and Sam’s wedding if they invited you?

Oh, of course! And Aragon could kiss Merry to make Frodo and Sam less embarrassed(you all know which video I’m talking about.) Though I don’t really think they would be embarrassed…they would be actually getting married after all.

10. What would you have been named if you were male?

This is awesome question. I love this question? Have I mentioned that this a great question?

I would have been named Francis, and I’ve always loved the name after hearing that. I used the girl’s version of Frances a lot in stories, back when I had about five names that I usually used.

Francis. Francis.

Such a nice sounding name….

NOMINATIONS!

Kiwi

and

Miriam who’s a published author now!

TCWT Blog Chain

So, I was sure I was the 10th, which is why this post is later in the day then I intended. Apologies for that.

Now, I’ve already written a very long post about a book that changed by life, Anne of Green Gables, and I doubt you guys want to read more gushing about Anne, lovely as she is.

Luckily, there’s another book that changed my life. Currently, it’s in a battered form of blue paperback book, sitting on my book shelf. It’s the first book I properly read that wasn’t a ‘Early Reader’ book.

The book in question, is Bunnicula.

Hare today, gone tomorrow.

Golly, I love this book. It makes me laugh so my sides hurt. It’s about a vampire rabbit(he drinks vegetable juice), a slightly crazy(oh, come on, extremely crazy) cat, and a dog that just wants to relax. And then we get a another dog, who’s a werewolf.  According to Chester.

And it reminds me of Artemis Fowl, for some reason. Maybe the humor?

I first read this when I was…seven? Again, I didn’t want to admit I succumbed to reading. I was being taught how to read…and learning was boring. In my opinion.

But this really fueled my love for read. So thank you Harold. Please bring your editor another book soon, and have a chocolate cupcake(with cream in the center) from me.

Participants In This Amazing Blog Chain:

January 5th – http://fida-islaih.blogspot.co.uk – Muslim Spirit by Fida

 January 6th – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com – The Teenage Writer

 January 7th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com – Miss Alexandrina

 January 8th – http://cinderscoria.blogspot.co.uk – Between The Lines

 January 9th – https://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com – Avon’s Babbles

 January 10th – http://www.nonconformistwriter.blogspot.co.uk – Life.

 January 11th – http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com – Inside The Junk Drawer

 January 12th – http://notebooksisters.blogspot.co.uk – Notebook Sisters

 January 13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com – Musings From Neville’s Navel

 January 14th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com – The Loony Teen Writer

 January 15th – http://mirrormadeofwords.wordpress.com – A Mirror Made Of Words

 January 16th – http://epistolarygirl.wordpress.com – Epistolary Girl

 January 17th – http://www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.co.uk – Inklined

 January 18th – http://zarahoffman.tumblr.com – Zara Hoffman’s Blog

 January 19th – http://sydneyjoto.wordpress.com – SydneyJoTo

 January 20th – http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com – Reality Is Imaginary

January 21st – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com – The Little Engine That Couldn’t

 January 22nd – http://www.katrinakennedy3.wordpress.com – Writers Response

 January 23rd – http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com – John Hansen Writes

 January 24th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com – Miriam Joy Writes

 January 25th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com – Teens Can Write, Too! (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)

 


Who’s the Good Guys?

Who are the good guys?  Sometimes in books, or tales, I have trouble figuring that out.

“Wait, what, Avon?” you say. “Isn’t that usually obvious?”

Yes, it usually is actually. But at the same time it isn’t. The good guys are often fighting for a good cause, or are just the good guys because one of them happens to be the main character. But they often kill, and hurt too. Most of the times the main character doesn’t do that(or if they do, they have a hard time with what they did.) But the side characters usually do.

Often(which makes it less obvious perhaps) it is random-groups of fighting men that the good characters hurt. But the good guys still have killed and injured a great deal of people, even if we don’t really ‘know’ them. That’s the thing. They could have had redeeming qualities, who knows?

The bad guys are almost always called simply ‘bad’. But there is usually a grey morality in some part of them. I find this confusing sometimes, but at the same time, impressive. Though I often wish the heroes were more black and white. This a funny thing for me to say, considering I adore Artemis Fowl(eh, well. Not in a crush way. But…anyway) and I love anti-heroes.They seem more realistic…it’s just, the ones where the author pretends they are good that I have trouble with.

They never have angst. Or when they do something really bad, but it’s excused because it is done to the villain. Artemis never did anything terrible, though he was wonderfully flawed. He changed. It is pointed out that he wasn’t ‘good’.

It’s also ones that do really bad things, but are on the slightly better side(they have a cause, or it’s their moral stance).  I support them more then the other side(which I don’t at all, usually. Even if their are some characters I feel sorry for) but I still have trouble fully liking them. This is often a good and interesting way of creating a character though.

I’m going to take some examples now, and fish through them. Before I do so– these aren’t necessarily bad things. A well done character is flawed. We all know  that. But…I think this will be interesting.

Twilight: I must first start saying I have never read or watched this, so feel free to yell at me about inaccuracies.  The obvious choice for this study is Edward. Edward is sparkly, possessive, and creepy. His author(unless she has been playing a grand joke on us, or the fan girls completely missed what she intended) portrays him as the “bestest boyfriend evar! Yeah!” He really isn’t. He isn’t flawed in a good way, unless this book was about a girl who realized how possessive her boyfriend was and ends up splitting from him. Or she stays with him, but it’s treated like a tragedy. Bronte-ish.

Lord of The Rings:  First of all, I like Lord of the Rings. Especially The Hobbit. And the hobbits themselves.

But let’s take a look at them. Most of the villains are, well, villains. No doubt about it. Gollum/Smeagal is one you can feel sympathy for.  He was once a Hobbit, and who doesn’t feel a touch of sympathy for him when he starts crying for ‘precious’? Even if he is really creepy.

Now we come to the heroes. Bilbo is a good hobbit. He kills the spiders, but that’s about all…still…

Gandalf does kill some goblins, and like I said, I have trouble accepting characters like that as a completely good character. But Gandalf is mostly good, but he is dangerous when he wants to be. He is not someone I’d want to be like, or even be a follower of, but I would trust him. I’m the kind of person who would just stay happily in the Shire, with my family and in my hobbit hole.

Harry Potter:

Obviously Voldemort is bad. Like, evil, evil, evil kind of bad. As are most of his followers. Draco, as well as other younger ones are the exceptions. I’d say there are probably a few other ones, ones that fear for their family and friends unless they obey him.

Harry is mainly good. But we all know he has the capability to be a Slytherin.

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English: Alternate coat of arms of Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry from Harry Potter book series, by J.K Rowling, with added shading effects. For a reference i used a drawing found on the internet, probably an illustration from one of the books. The motto translates to “never tickle a sleeping dragon” vector drawing,.SVG format. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But he choose Gryffindor. One issue I have is the sorting hat and the houses(okay, that’s two issues) as that if you didn’t put anyone in Slytherin, but just made a note that they had the potential to be evil, wouldn’t they turn out better? You could try to make them show their smarts, or something instead. Say they are bad? They’re more likely to be evil

I guess Dumbledore is our main one to focus on. The man manipulated Harry throughout the series, almost went into dark arts, and certainly is dangerous. Luckily, this isn’t passed off as ‘okay’. Harry was hardly pleased.Though, no matter how un-pleased he was, he shouldn’t just go abandoning his quest. On the other hand, I can hardly blame him for wanting to.

Now, that’s all for now. What books or stories have you noticed this in? Do you like things grey? Do you prefer a clearer black and white? Do you have problems with some heroes?

Tell me! Tell me…precious.

Interview With Holly Short-The End of The World

Hi, I’m Miss. Isanut from The Daily Prophet! People are saying it’s the end of the world, and we’re here to talk to Miss. Holly Short, Artemis Fowl the Second, and Foaly…Foaly who?

Foaly: Just Foaly. Foaly appears very nervous, and is wearing a hat that seems to be made of tinfoil. I nod to him.

Holly: Captain.

Miss. Isanut: What?

H: She acts frustrated. Captain! Captain Holly Short. Not Miss. I don’t mind Miss too much, but call me Captain.

M.I: Ah, well. Captain Short, what do you think of the world ending?

H.S: Interviewee is laughing hysterically.  I watch her awkwardly.

Foaly: He is whimpering.

H.S: Has recovered somewhat. Trolls. Literally. The world is really not ending. Crazies.

Foaly: May I remind you that I believe this?

H.S: Like I said, crazies.

Artemis: First time he has spoken. It is untrue–there is not one ounce of truth in it. Believe me. Smiles in a way that is reminisce of an actually scary Edward Cullen.

M.I: Sure, we believe you! I smile brightly.  Now, Foaly, I saw someone earlier who I think could be related to you–in disguise perhaps? Is this a family tradition?

Foaly: Appears to be happy. No, but she shows great taste!

H.S: Foaly…snatches his own hat, greatly resembling the womans, off his head.

Foaly: Starts to shriek. Holly!

Artemis: mutters under his breath–can just make out…Foaly…thought…friend logic…Holly…not…five…

H.S: Shut up Artemis! Apparently she can understand his muttering.

Foaly: tries to reach for his hat I need to check on Australia…he takes out his phone.

Mulch: The dwarf suddenly appears, putting the phone in his mouth. Eats it.

All Three: Mulch!

M.N: And this interview is over! Hope everyone has a good day, and enjoys the apocalypse..

~Miss. Cleo. Isanut

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THE END OF THE WORLD

CHARACTER INTERVIEWS

Participating Blogs

Magic and WordsPost

Ramblings of a Young Kiwi WriterPost

A Mirror Made of WordsPost

Want to join? Let me know in the comments!

Oh, It’s The End of The World Is It?

“Yes, it is,” says the 10%. “No, it isn’t,” says the 60%. “No, it isn’t, but I’m still nervous,” says the 30%.

Well, the world ain’t ending(bad grammar be darned). Just saying. If it was, I somehow think aliens wouldn’t care-their planets might be ending too. Or if not, it seems a far bet that they’d sail down in their spaceship and rescue a bunch of people from a mountain. They’d probably just give you a map, and say, “Second rock to the right, and straight on till morning. Then you’ll find the end of the mountain.” Maybe give you some food and more climbing gear.

And if the apocalypse is coming, then it had better be a steampunk one. Let me die with zeppelins and gears in the sky.

Not mine at all–by VooDooDollMaster

Talk about an Apocalypse. Now that’s cool.

But all steampunk aside–if the world does end in my lifetime, I’m not going to rush to a mountain. I’m just going to the Second World(I hope I’m good enough to make it to Heaven–I think so) and I’m not scared.

But the world isn’t ending anytime soon, if ever. Why end now–we’ve come pretty far. Look at all the progress that we’ve made in the past few years. People of every race have equal rights(well, the USA’s policy towards immigrants could be better), QUILTBAGPIPES(I love that acronym) people can marry in many states(it won’t be long until everyone can marry anywhere in the States), and this generation is so much more accepting of them than past generations, even the ones only a bit older than us. , I’m speaking of the USA, since I live there, but I’m sure it’s true of other places…things are looking up anywhere. So many countries in the Middle East have gotten their dictators off the ‘throne’. Something they’ve been waiting for years.

We aren’t ending now.

Beautiful song, isn’t it? And, also, stay tuned for interviews with Holly Short, Rachel Lynde and more about the End of the World. What do they think?

If you’d like to interview a character/s just let me know in the comments. I’ll give you a nifty badge.

“Uncle Roger,” said the Story Girl, the golden notes of her voice threaded with fear and appeal. “the Enterprise says that to-morrow is the Judgment Day? Is it? Do you think it is?”

“I’m afraid so,” said Uncle Roger gravely. “The Enterprise is always very careful to print only reliable news.”