Sunday, December 28, 2014

Towers of Midnight Read-Along, Week 6


Welcome to week 6 of our Towers of Midnight Read-Along! This week we read the Chapters 34-40. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Susan over at Dab of Darkness is hosting this week. Hop on over to check out her answers as well. :D


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1) Perrin goes through his trial. What did you think of it? Morgase provides judgement but hands off the punishment decision to Galad; why do you think she did so? What do you think Galad has in mind for punishment? Will Perrin ever see that punishment? 

The trial was kind of interesting. I would have assumed it would be a farce, but it had a positive impact on both Galad and Bornhald, which was a surprise. I thought Morgase handing off punishment was a bit of a cop out on her part. I kind of thought that even if she ruled against Perrin, the punishment would be her chance to set it right. But, then again, Galad wasn't rash with a harsh punishment, so maybe it will pan out after all. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Out for Christmas

Hi Everyone! 

Just wanted to let you know that I'm out of here until the new year. I'll actually have a couple of pre-scheduled posts going up for my read-alongs, but that's it. And for the most part, I won't be reading/commenting much.

So, everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Towers of Midnight Read-Along, Week 5


Welcome to week 5 of our Towers of Midnight Read-Along! This week we read the Chapters 26-33. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Eivind Fonn is our house this week, and will probably post his answers over at Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers. Hop on over to check them out as well. :D

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1.  Slayer prowls the World of Dreams, where a strange violet dome prevents access.  Meanwhile, gateways fail in the real world.  Is there a connection?  It's building to a battle between Perrin and Slayer very soon.  Do you think Perrin's work with nightmares will bear fruit or is it still too soon?

This is one I shouldn't comment on because it will spoil, but I think there's a good chance there's a connection between the two. It's also creepy that Slayer seems to be somehow using the dome to trap wolves. It strikes me as cheating. Not only is he hunting wolves in T'A'R' but he can't even play fair. He has to trap them. Douchebag. Anyway. I won't say much about Perrin's work except that I don't think we'd be observing his training with Hopper if it wasn't going to bear fruit at some point.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Follow Friday: Genres for Emotions?

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


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Do you have a go to genre when you're happy, sad, or angry? - Suggested by Take Me Away...

I don't know that I necessarily go read a specific genre based on how I'm feeling, but I've been known to go to my favorite books or my favorite parts of my favorite books in such times. It just depends on my mood. Sometimes I feel like something sad, so I'll go read a part that invokes that. Other times, I need to feel better, so I find something familiar that will help me with that. But I don't usually go to a certain genre. Just my faves. :D

How about you? Do you have a go-to genre based on how you're feeling?

Thoughts for Thursday: Christmas

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

This week's theme is the Holidays. Check out my other blog for more quotes.


He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. ~Andy Rooney

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis

There has been only one Christmas — the rest are anniversaries. ~W.J. Cameron

At Christmas, all roads lead home. ~Marjorie Holmes

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~Hamilton Wright Mabie




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

9 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Links Roundup

So I have a Pinterest Board called "On Writing" on which I pin memes about writing/being a writer (most of them funny) as well as links to great writing advice posts. There are some really great writing posts that get pinned to Pinterest, and I often take a lot of inspiration from them. I rarely get to share them outside of that platform, though. So, I thought I'd do a roundup of great links. I hope some of you find these enlightening. 

Nine Ways to Make Readers Care for an Amoral Protagonist

How to Create Powerful Character Combos

Why Story Beginnings and Endings Must Be Linked

The Six Defining Characteristics of Strong Female Protagonists

Five Tricks to Invigorate Your Ending

Five Ways to Write a Killer Plot Twist

How to Hook a Reader

10 Traits of a Strong Antagonist

7 Basic Plots: Tragedy

Happy Writing Everyone! :D

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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This week's teasers come from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. It's part of a HP read-along I'm participating in (details here if you want to join) and we just started book 3!
Unbidden, the image of the beast in the shadows of Magnolia Crescent crossed his mind. What to do when you know the worst is coming? 
"I'm not going to be murdered," Harry said out loud."That's the spirit, dear," his mirror said sleepily. (pg. 68)
What are you reading this week?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Writing Prompt: Dystopian Christmas

It's been a while since I've done a dystopian post, and I was trying to think if there was any way to combine the themes of dystopia and Christmas. I didn't come up with much, but I thought it would make a good writing prompt. 

How could you combine the themes of dystopian and Christmas?

I thought maybe you could do a story where your dystopia actually revolved around Christmas. Or the lack thereof. So maybe it could be a world where Christmas means something completely different than it does to us. Maybe people are expected to give gifts, but there was a steep human cost for the giving of these gifts. 

It would be interesting if the idea of Christmas actually struck fear into people's hearts. 

I don't know. Just hashing out ideas. 

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That could be interesting as well.

What do you think? How would you write a story that combined the themes of Christmas and dystopia?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Towers of Midnight Read-Along, Week 4


Welcome to week 4 of our Towers of Midnight Read-Along! This week we read the Chapters 21-25. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Sue over at Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers is hosting this week. Hop on over to check out her answers as well. :D


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1. Morgase discovers that she was manipulated by one of the Forsaken. Do you think that her discover will finally alter her attitude towards Tallanvor, or will the poor lad have to go off and die in the Last Battle all unrequited and depressed? Does this information make it more likely that she will reveal her true identity to Perrin and Faile?

Let's hope it changes her attitude toward Tallanvor. Poor guy! I won't say anything about what actually happens, but given that she had such a major reaction to the news, it's obviously something of a turning point for her. The fact that she asked Tallanvor to wait a bit before leaving suggests she's re-thinking her feelings for him. And that alone--the changes--makes it more likely, in my mind, that she might eventually reveal her true identity.

It's kind of an interesting psychological study, really. It was like, because she couldn't understand her own mindset when everything went down in Caemlyn, she couldn't allow herself to be happy, or to be who she really is. Now that she knows it was Rahvin--that she was under his influence and is kind of off the hook for the things she did--she's suddenly re-thinking that attitude toward her life.

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2. Phew! Maradon has finally opened its gates for Ituralde and his troops. Personally I could have kissed Yoeli at first, but do you think that he will really refuse to continue fighting Shadowspawn in order to submit to execution for his actions? What did you make of Lord Torkumen: Darkfriend or idiot?

Well, let's just hope someone--like Rand or Lan, perhaps?--shows up and refuses to let Yoeli submit to execution. Good men, especially soldiers like him, will be needed in the Last Battle. He seems to be the only one at Maradon that has his head screwed on right.

Normally, I would probably just call Torkumen an idiot. He seems to be the arrogant, peacock type. But I think Ilturalde makes a good point. He's a Borderlander, and a Borderlander refusing to fight shadowspawn just doesn't happen. Unless he's a Darkfriend. So, my money's on his being an evil mofo. (I don't remember how his story line goes, honestly.)

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3. Speaking of idiots . . . yet again Gawyn rushes in and ruins Egwene’s plans. Do you feel any sympathy for the poor lad, with his love-addled brain, or are you getting frustrated with his inability to let Egwene take care of herself? Any more thoughts on the identity of the assassin and Egwene’s assumption that it is Mesaana? Will Gawyn be any more sensible once he returns to Caemlyn?

I had to laugh at the image of Egwene coming out, fuming, with Gawyn hanging there. And I did have sympathy for him. I had to laugh and just think, poor guy. Maybe he's not being as logical as he ought, but what he's doing, he's doing because he genuinely cares. Egwene is still being so prickly about everything, it's her I'm more frustrated with. When he decided to go to Caemlyn, I thought, good for him. Not only will it give him some distance and hopefully help him figure himself out, but it would serve Egwene right if she loses his as both a warder and a lover. But, who knows? Maybe the distance will be what they need to finally come together.

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4. So, Birgitte entered the Tower of Ghenjei, wandered around it for a few weeks and then died. Can we expect a better outcome for Mat, Thom and Noal? Obviously they are going to survive, but apart from Mat’s luck, do they have any other advantage that you can think of that Birgitte was lacking?

Given that Brigitte is a Hunter for the Horn and a heroine of legends, that story was downright crazy. Let's hope our guys do better than that. They do have Mat's ta'veren nature. He tends to curse it and think it works against him, but really it always keeps him alive, even if it's not under the best of circumstances. Of course Thom and Noal are neither ta'veren nor possessing of Mat's luck, so I might be a little more worried about them...

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5. What is it about idiot Trakands this week?!!??! So, just for a change of pace, Elayne dashes off and places herself in terrible danger and then somehow manages to survive by the skin of her teeth. I doubt that any of us were surprised by her rashness, but what did you think of her disguise: effective or not? Was anyone at all surprised to discover that the secretary/torturer was a Darkfriend? How much do you want to see Mellor with a knife through his eye?

LOL. Yeah, I just had to laugh and shake my head at this. I would totally do this if I could--her disguise was awesome by the way!!! I would totally take any chance I could to make a Black Sister soil herself--but of course she's queen. And pregnant! And yeah it was a stupid thing to do. Even so, she was doing pretty well for a while. And no I wasn't surprised about the secretary. I can't believe Mellor escaped again! Arghh! One of our heroes really needs to dispense with that guy! Hopefully soon.

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6. It seems that Perrin may be coming to terms with his inner Wolf. Do you think that this will happen in time for the battle with the Whitecloaks, or will he need a few more ‘training sessions’ with Slayer before he can take that final step?

I don't want to say anything about what will happen with the Whitecloaks (shouldn't Perrin and Galad really be friends somehow, though?). But I LOVED his training sessions with Hopper. I love that he finally seems to be getting the hang of how the wolves inhabit T'A'R' and that he had this breakthrough where he realized it was really all about him and how he handled things. It's not like he has no choice in whether he loses himself to the wolf side. (That would be the side of the force George Lucas didn't mention: the good side, the dark side, and the wolf side.)

And Slayer's back! And surprised that Perrin is so good at chasing him, unlike before. Chump. This is an epic showdown in the making. (Yea!)

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7. Lan’s little army is growing steadily and he is thoroughly annoyed by it! How funny is this? I was disappointed that we did not get to experience the swapping of his Bond to Nynaeve in this section: am I just impatient, or are you looking forward to that scene as well?

I think I said this before, but it still cracks me up that he doesn't think people will or should turn up for this. Why wouldn't they? It's Lan. And lost Malkier, which is a wound people in the Borderlands still feel keenly. And the Last Battle. And the Dragon Reborn. And just, why wouldn't they come? And after it keeps growing (1, 2, 10, 30) but he's still thinking that it really will start there. Isn't Lan supposed to be largely...logical? Realistic? Yeah, gotta tell ya, Bud: I love you, but it's time to look at the bigger picture!

Yeah, I wish we'd have gotten his thoughts on the bond as well. I can't remember when we do. But what I really want is a Lan/Nynaeve reunion. Probably won't happen until after the Last Battle (and that's assuming the both survive--highly unlikely) but still. 

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I love that Rand is finally taking responsibility for everything. I loved when he told Min that, though he was sad for the things he did wrong before, it was okay, because opening himself up to the joy also opened him to his failures. He's so wise and insightful, now. And I loved that he was able to find unspoiled grain to feed the people. And that when called upon by him, suddenly soldiers and stewards who had all but given up suddenly snapped to attention and started helping him save the city. Just a cool scene overall.

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I loved the image, during Elayne's fight with the Black Ajah in the cells, of her picking people up and throwing them at other people:
"She did the only thing she could think of. She picked up Chesmal in a weave of air and threw her at the secretary. Both went down in a heap." (pg. 373)

Other lines I enjoyed:
Ilturalde to Yoeli when he refused to fight trollocs: 
"I see," Ilturalde said. "When did you turn to the shadow?" (pg. 388)

It's just so matter-of-fact. Ilturalde is very intelligent. He makes lightening-fast deductions and isn't afraid to voice them. And he does it in a voice that could be used discussing a prospective deal over a business lunch. In a way, he smacks of Tyrion Lannister: He shoots from the hip but is so blase about it, you just have to smile.

Perrin's epiphany: 
"Perhaps he wasn't like the wolves because he was a wolfbrother. Perhaps he was a wolfbrother because he was like the wolves." (pg. 393)

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Follow Friday: Favorite Reading Spots

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


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Do you have a favorite place to read? - Suggested by Liberamans

I'm kind of boring on this subject. Because of my work schedule, I have to read where and when I can. That's most often on my living room couch before work, or lying on my stomach on my bed before I got to sleep. No fancy nooks or over-stuffed chairs or anything, but it works for me. 

How about you?

What's your favorite place to read?

Thoughts for Thursday: Telling the Truth

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

This week's theme is Telling the Truth. Check out my other blog for more quotes.


In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.--George Orwell


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One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.--Ramakrishna

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Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth. --William Faulkner

For more truth quotes, check out my other blog.

Which quote about truth-telling do you like best? Do you have one to add?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The One Hard-and-Fast Rule of Writing and How NOT to Break It

Okay, this subject has been percolating in my mind for a little over a week now. I started thinking about it mostly because I was angry about something that happened on one of my favorite TV shows. It was one of those things where they killed off a character (and hence a story line) that I really didn't want them to kill off. I was so angry! And of course, that was mostly personal preference. I simply didn't appreciate where they went with it. And that's just how it goes sometimes.

But, the more I thought about it, the more angry I became. Not just because of where they went with the plot, but because of everything that came before. They broke the one cardinal rule of writing that, as far as I'm concerned, ALWAYS applies.

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”--W. Somerset Maughham
So what are the "rules" of writing. As the quote above says, there really aren't any. There are plenty of established and well-respected "rules" in writing, but as our Disney pirate friends are known to say, "They're really more like guidelines anyway." With pretty much any "rule", you'll find a story--be it a book, short story, film, or TV show--that has broken that rule and been better for it. Let's face it: it's art. You always make it your own. Some things work, other things don't. We all know all of this.

But.

There is one rule I feel always applies. Never betray your readers' (audience's) trust. Now, that may sound like a no-brainer, but writers do it way more often than you might think. How, you might ask? By setting up certain expectations, and then failing to deliver on them.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Hello All! We've just finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in our Potter Head Read-Along. It's being hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey, and it's not too late to join in if you're interested in reading with us. Details here. As most people are all kinds of familiar with our boy-wizard's world, this won't be your average book review. I'll just talk about points that struck my fancy while re-reading. 

It was super-fun to re-read The Chamber of Secrets, as this is one of my favorite installments of the series. I remember thinking that the film for book 2 deviated from the book more than the first one did. And while that's true, it was more true than I remembered it being. Especially with the dialogue. I swear every line in the film came straight with the book, which is really cool. 

And, after seeing the films so much, I totally picture most of the actors. Especially Kenneth Branaugh as Lockheart. He did such a great job! And I don't think anyone but David Bradley could possibly be Mr. Filch. :D


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Another reason it's really fun to explore both the book and film is that you get a double dose of hilarity. There are certain things--like watching the car throw Ron and Harry out after they've abused it, or watching Errol bash into windows and the like, or Colin Creevy's face when he almost gets hit by a bludger--that are funnier in the movie than in the book. But other things are definitely funnier in the book. For example, Filch's on-going reaction to his cat, Mrs. Norris, being petrified.
"When Filch wasn't guarding the scene of the crime, he was skulking red-eyed through the corridors, lunging out at unsuspecting students and trying to put them in detention for things like "breathing loudly" and "looking happy." (pg. 146)
LOL.

Some things I enjoyed in the book that are absent from the film include Nearly Headless Nick's "death day party" which included a whole bunch of ghosts and rotting food. (I understand why they would have cut it from the film, as it isn't particularly important to the overall narrative, but it was still a fun scene.) I also would have gotten a kick out of seeing the de-gnoming of the garden. (Again, not super-important, but it would have been entertaining. :D)

Other than that, the story in the book pretty well follows the book. Almost to the letter. And I loved every word of it! Can't wait to dig into book 3. 

What was your favorite Harry Potter installment?

Monday, December 8, 2014

3 Tips to Help You Settle into a Writing Schedule

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o this year I started working again and sort of got out of the habit of writing. It's hard to work a difficult day job, come home exhausted, and try to find the energy to write, so I struggled for several months.

Recently I switched to a job that will give me both more time and more ability/inclination to write. Still, I had to get used to the new job, work around the hours, and settle into a routine. It can be challenging. So, here are a few tips for those of you who constantly struggle with finding time to write.

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. Sit down, map out your schedule and find your free time slots.
It really doesn't matter how long these slots are. With work, family, and the holidays being upon us, no one has much free time. Even if you can only find a few fifteen minute time slots a week to write, at least you'll be moving forward and getting some writing done during the holidays. Just find wherever you have, and mark them down on the calender.

2. Commit to them. Set them aside and don't plan anything in those slots. You'll be tempted to do other things during this time: shop, do chores, catch a few winks. And I get it. The holiday season can be downright exhausting. Keep the planned writing times you've made, though. Success comes to those who work harder than everyone else.

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. Follow through. Don't allow yourself to get distracted during these time periods
. This is definitely a mind set. Just determine that these times--especially if they're small--will be used for writing and nothing else. When they come, set everything else you're doing aside and write for as long as you can. Then you can pick everything else back up again. You'll thank yourself later.

Hope these steps help you. They definitely have me.

What helps keep you on track during the holidays? Have any tips to add?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Towers of Midnight Read-Along, Week 3


Welcome to week 3 of our Towers of Midnight Read-Along! This week we read the Chapters 14-20. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. I'm hosting this week!


1. Egwene gets Nynaeve and Elayne to agree to obey her as Amyrlin. Then she slays a member of the Black Ajah and catches a glimpse of Alviarin. What do you think Alviarin is up to these days. How big a part will she continue to play? How will this turn of events change the relationship between our girls?


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I personally prefer when our super girls conduct themselves as BFFs rather than superiors and inferiors, but that said, I think this had to be done at some point. Egwene needs to establish her authority and, as she said, she desperately needs the full, 150% support of her friends. As long as she's cool with them in private, I think this was necessary. Despite her strength as Amyrlin, her position is still quite precarious. I was glad that both Nynaeve and Elayne saw the necessity of it, falling into line to support Egwene rather than digging their heels in, as they usually do.

The whole Alviarin thing was pretty intense. I sort of remember what happened to Alviarin...kind of...a little bit. So I won't spoil. :D

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Walking Dead Recap, Episode 5.8: Coda



Episode 8: Coda


Okay, so I'm SO depressed about this episode! This is exactly what I DIDN'T want to have happen and I'm really sad about it. So, sorry if this recap is a bit superficial and shorter than usual. I'm too depressed to do an in-depth analysis.

So we left of last week with one of the hostages, Lambston, rushing Sasha and getting away. We start with him running, still cuffed, and Rick chasing him. Rick gets in one of the cop cars, orders Lambston to stop and when he doesn't, Rick runs him down. This was seriously gross. His back was supposed to be broken, and it looked like it was. Ew.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Towers of Midnight Read-Along, Week 2



Welcome to week 2 of our Towers of Midnight Read-Along! This week we read the Chapters 5-13. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Susan Voss is hosting this week over at Dab of Darkness. Hop on over and check out her answers as well!

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1) Gawyn and the Warder Sleet are playing detective over the murdered Aes Sedai. Care to compare them to other literary detectives? Do you think Egwene is correct in thinking a Forsaken is behind the murders? 

I never would have thought to compare them to other literary detectives, and I'm not sure they could come up with great comparisons. They do seem to make a good team, observing in different ways and using one another as sounding boards to hash out what they're picking up on. But neither of them is completely brilliant at playing detective. At best, I think they be the the bumbling (and much hotter) cousins of Sherlock and Watson. Uh, without the English accents as well. :D 

The fact that no one senses channeling before a murder seems to point to the Forsaken, as they are (as far as anyone other than Rand knows) are the only ones who can use the True Power. It's been mentioned that Mesaana is in favor with the DO so she might be using the TP to kill, which keeps anyone from knowing it's happening until the bodies are recovered. So yes, I think Egwene's conclusions are logical.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving (with some Laughs)!

Hey Everyone, 

I'm taking the rest of this week off to focus on Thanksgiving. Wish I could post more, but I just started a new job and I've got a lot of cooking to fit into my schedule. I hope everyone has a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday! Here are some fun holiday images for you. Hope they make you smile. I'll be back next week. (All pics courtesy of Pinterest.com unless otherwise linked.)







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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Harry Potter Read-Along: Book 1 The Sorcerer's Stone

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Hello All! Here is my first post for the Harry Potter Read-Along I've joined. It's being hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey, and it's not too late to join in if you're interested in reading with us. Details here. As most people are all kinds of familiar with our boy-wizard's world, this won't be your average book review. I'll just talk about points that struck my fancy while re-reading. 

I actually finished book 1 last week (and am well into book 2 now) but it's been crazy and I'm just now getting the post up. :) 

So, book 1! I haven't read it for about ten years. Not long after I started college, I decided I wanted to read the Harry Potter series. I'd heard a lot of the hype and I knew a movie was in the works, so I picked up book 1. 

At the time, only the first four books were published. I was rooming with my sister and I remember her making fun of me for reading "a kid's book." (Never mind that she's now more of a Potter Head than I am! Hehe.) Anyway, I remember really liking book 1. I wasn't immediately a fanatic, but I liked it enough to pick up book 2, and the rest was history.