Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Madam! I have a fake badge!"


 Eomer: I am supposed to do this.

 Fine, have it your way. But stop eating my cookies then!

 Eomer: *Munches one*
 We have winners! For Best Fantasy Mount. Unfortunately my mount wasn't ALLOWED IN THIS VOTING ROUND! But am I upset? I'm not. I am sure judges know what they are doing. *Shifty eyes*

 Now to the winners!

Best Fantasy Mount 
118 out of 123 people answered this question

Bree (The Horse and His Boy) 44 / 37%
Fledge (The Magician's Nephew) 33 / 28%
Tug (Ranger's Apprentice series) 20 / 17%
Llyan (Chronicles of Prydain) 12 / 10%
Hwin (The Horse and His Boy) 9 / 8%

As you can see, some of my Narnian companions had their steeds as winners, which pleases me.

 And now I give you Jack.

 Hi again. I hope everyone had tons of fun. Again, I am so sorry this didn't go as smoothly on my blog as it was supposed to. I am again buried under lack of sleep and too much going on. Thankfully no DMV was involved this time.

 I hope all of you have had a wonderful week and I will see you next week.

 Quote is from Zootopia again


Sunday, July 17, 2016

"I may just be a dumb bunny but we're very good at multiplying."

 Post this week about my new book....




 I really did mean to, but I left the house at seven on Wednesday and didn't get back until ten. Friday I had to leave at six forty five and didn't get home until six. By then I was so exhausted I could barely do y chores. I ended up climbing into bed and watching two episodes of Avatar before falling asleep.

 Now here I am, awake at three. I dozed for an hour before I gave up and decided to edit my newest book and write an apology post. (In fact, if anyone could spare a prayer or two my way. I need to start sleeping, and also this week will be busy. Fun, but busy. So I need to get through it on my continued lack of sleep.) Then I get to take a week off from work and life and just be lazy for a while.

 Life hasn't been horrible this month. No DMV visits. No phone calls to people wanting more of my money. Just friends, adventures, getting escorted to my car at ten at night, ice cream, sunshine, and writing. Still, a mini vacation sounds so nice.

 I still plan to start revealing title and blurb on my new book next week. And there are still voting chances until Monday.

 So here are the two clues which should have appeared on Wednesday and Friday.

 And a random clue.


 Guess away

 Quote is from Zootopia. 


Sunday, July 10, 2016

"Sand, I like sand."


 This week I will give you three chances to guess what my new book might be. I will post hints on the days I blog, and next week I will reveal the plot. You can guess things like Genre, Plot, Characters, Title, anything and everything you like! And you can guess as many times as you like in one post.

 Winner will be made Major of my World Domination Army. (Sorry, Second in Command and Captain are taken already.)


 Guess away!!!

 Quote is from Finding Dori


Saturday, July 09, 2016

"She hustled you good!"

 Wherein Jack is awake

 It is five in the morning. I woke up at four and couldn't go back to sleep. Tried for a full hour. So why am I posting instead of trying to sleep? Because it is obvious I can't go back to sleep and I might as well be productive rather than toss and turn in bed and accidently kick Dog over and over. This is me being productive....

 A bit of an update.

 Nat has gone from "Nat" to "NATASHA!" Sometimes even "NATASHA ROMANOFF!" When she runs out the door or steals my fountain pen or breaks my sonic screw driver or my ink or my writing buddies or get the idea. Someday I have the very bad feeling I am going to go to college and have to tell my teacher, "I'm sorry, my cat ate my homework." Still love her though.

 I am thinking about getting a bird. A finch I can name Mrs. Fench. Or.....a hamster since....HEDGEHOGS ARE ILLEGAL HERE!!!!

 I have started to have the summer I've always wanted. July has been brilliant, which if I was a Time Lord that would be my special word. And I would be called the Author and I would wear a mix of patterns and my companions would be sad and lonely and adventurous children who need ice cream and love. I would also wear a lot of hedgehog designs.

 I can see the sun trying to rise outside my kitchen window. It needs to hurry a bit, I am bored and need the world to be awake and suffer with me.

 I have new battle scrapes, all from Nat.

 I HAVE NEW BROTHERS IN ARMS REVIEWS! For those who have reviewed, if you would like to help spread the word, if you could also review on Amazon and Bucky and Donnas that would be brilliant.

 I am writing again, a lot, in notebooks. And next week I plan to start editing my next to be published book. I will start to reveal information next week.Because that is how I roll, like a doughnut, and I don't feel like starting now.

 I plan to try and catch up on my book reviews again soon. Also I have a movie review coming because...I FINALLY SAW ZOOTOPIA!

 And that is all I have. Now I am off to see the Wizard.


Monday, July 04, 2016

"So long, farewell, I'll even say good night."

 I kind of want to use the same quote again as in my last post. I still want to get off the planet, but not as much as I did in June. July is SO MUCH more relaxing already than June was. And I found out I don't have to work as much this week as I thought. Which means....Naps? Naw....READING THE FABULOUS BOOKS I HAVE ON MY TO READ SHELF! Because I have fabulous books now, AND TIME TO READ THEM WHILE I LAY IN MY HAMMOCK.

 Yes. Hammock. I strung it up myself. Which means two things. One...I AM DANGEROUS WITH A HAMMER. Two....It is likely to fall down before summer is over but oh well.

 But before I fall asleep as I type and leave you with aghjklkjhgfdfghjklkjhgfghjklkjhgfghjkjhgfghjkkjhgfghjkjh

 I will leave you with this.


 Eomer: Aren't I supposed to do this?

 I guess, even if you did eat all my cookies.

 Eomer: I've been in exile, and you were the one who said cookies make things better.

 Fine. Just get on with it. I want to sleep.

 Eomer: The top five for Best Mount are...............

 Bree, Hwin, Fledge, Tug, and Llyan

 But your work is not yet done. We must have only one.

 If you would please click on this link HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and vote we would be most grateful!

 Jack again. There you have it. Wonderful choices. Because......TUG! AND NARNIA HORSES! Sadly I don't know Llyan yet.

 But vote away!!!!

 And good night.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Stop the planet, I want to get off!"

 This is me

 No, really. You want to take someone, keep them running around for ten hours a day, studying and writing for five, and then attempting to sleep for six..(that doesn't make 24 but give me a break), when in reality they only get about two or three good hours of sleep on a good night. Do that, and you get me these last two months.

 I hate to complain about having bad days, weeks, but especially months. But May and June were just that. There were nice bits. Beaches, reading, book shopping...tiny bits of relaxing between the running around and almost falling over from lack of sleep.

 Basically, I'm kind of done with life right now and I refuse to let my summer pass like the spring. 

 Summer is too short and fabulous and I MUST do summer things. Dig in the sand, swim, mountain bike, pet wild bears...sit outside in the evening in my little garden.

 I just need a long holiday. I plan to start it in July. All I have to do in July is play with little kids and go and get my eyes checked. I can handle that. No more tests, no more applications - I am praying - no more rushing across town for interviews. Just me, my insane pets, sunshine, and good books. (BECAUSE STEFAN BUCHMANN'S NEWEST BOOK IS MINE AND IT IS GOOD!)

 I am not going to just vanish from the blogging world. But I do need to relax. At the moment I am a coil of on edge nerves and am more jittery than a cat. I need to find a way to start sleeping, to get some time to myself, to unwind, and to stop stressing about all the things which were piled up on my head. I plan to do just that this week. Thanks to my best friend I have good books to read now, pretty chimes to listen to, and just snug little homely things which make me feel I'm not just staying in my flat over the winter.

 Because of how hard life hit, among other things, I got behind on a special blog award tour I am taking part in. I am sharing with you all the lovely and fun information and hope you will like joining in! It is going to be a ton of fun, and it is all about Tolkien, so even better.

 Welcome to the first ever Silmarillion Awards!

The Silmarillion Awards have been created by DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt as a way to honor J.R.R. Tolkien as the Father of Modern Fantasy, open up a discussion about some of our other favorite fantasy works, and to have a ton of fun this summer.

When we started thinking about creating a sort of “Fantasy Oscars,” we found it difficult to fathom any award that wouldn’t be won by a character or item from The Lord of the Rings... so, to make things a bit more interesting, we decided to call them “The Silmarillion Awards” and have characters from LOTR and The Hobbit present the awards as examples of the ultimate standard for each award. Hopefully that will even the playing field a bit.

Joining our team are eight other bloggers and authors who will each be hosting one of these awards, called Silmarils, on their blogs towards the end of July.

But before we get there, we need YOUR help! Starting today, June 20th and proceeding through July 1st, the nomination period for each award will be open. Please visit the participating bloggers (found in the list below), read the descriptions of the awards and make your nominations!

Nominate characters in the comments of each blog post. If someone has already nominated the character you would have nominated, you may either second that nomination, open a new nomination, or do both. We will be picking the 5 characters with the most “seconds” for the final voting period that will take place between July 4th - 13th, so you may also “third,” “fourth,” “fifth,” etc any nominations you particularly like.

Fine print:
  1. Please do not nominate anything from one of your OWN books!
  2. You may nominate a character AND second, third, fourth a character... but please only vote once. You can nominate and/or second as many characters as you would like in each award (i.e. You cannot nominate a character and then also second that same character)
  3. Please share about the Silmarillion Awards on social media to spread the excitement far and wide across Middle Earth. Use the hashtag: #silmawards2016 wherever possible!
  4. Don’t nominate a Tolkien character for the awards, as the characters presenting the awards are already the standard for each award
  5. Don’t stress if a character you nominate doesn’t win this year. We are hoping to make this an annual tradition, and these awards are LIFETIME AWARDS, meaning that they cannot be won by the same character more than once!

Official Schedule:
Phase 1 - June 20-July 1: Award nominations open
Phase 2 - July 4: the final nominees will be announced and voting will open and last through July 14th
Phase 3 - July 16-28: Presentation of the awards, 1 per day, each award will be hosted on a different blog each day
Phase 4 - Celebration! July 29th was the official publication date of the Lord of the Rings back in 1954. We invite you all to celebrate with us the 62nd birthday of this masterpiece of Fantasy Fiction. Congratulate the winners, take and post a photo of yourselves with LOTR paraphernalia, write a blog post about your favorite LOTR moment, scene, character, quote, or memory... get creative and have fun!

List of Participating Blogs:

 And now for me. I have with me Eomer....YES! Horse Master. Nephew of King Theoden, brother to Eowyn. He stayed for envious. He will be presenting the award for Best Fantasy Mount. 

 *Stands up, peers at the microphone, frowns, clears throat, removes helmet, looks fabulous.*

The Best Fantasy Mount Silmaril should go to a creature who is loyal, steadfast, noble, and fleet of foot or wing. This steed should be something special and play an important role in his or her story. 

Let the voting begin!!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"Old, alone, done for!"

 The longer I do adult things the more I realize...I'm just not cut out for this. 


 Medical insurance?

 Job applications?


 Trying to get into government buildings for things you can get into trouble for not doing but not sure how you will get in since they are only open during the hours you work?

 Not. Fun.

 That is why I am not going to adult anymore than I have to. If you need me the rest of this week you can find me in my hammock, drinking strawberry milk, and eating frosted animal cookies. Oooooo, and I will be adding a nap in there somewhere, because if I am going to not grow up let's go all out. Naps, lots of snacks, and some cartoons. Maybe I'll make a blanket fort, except Nat would probably tear it down because she is a twerp.

 Other than the adult stuff I've been up to, I have also been writing again. Slowly, because I am usually really, REALLY sleepy....(Happens when you wake up, wide away between three and four in the morning.) I am trying to write first drafts in notebooks, just to see if a different writing form can help me start up again.

 I was very brave and called the nearby Bucky and Donna's (Barnes and Noble for those who haven't caught on yet) if I can come and do a book signing. ADMIRE MY COURAGE BECAUSE I FREAKED OUT MAKING THE CALL AND THEY SAID I COULD DO ONE WHICH MEANS TALKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT MY BOOK! *Packs more snacks into the blanket fort.*

 I started to study Morse Code so I can randomly tap out messages when I am in public. Anyone who knows it has permission from your Evil Overlord to tap out replies, so long as you pardon the fact I seem to get M and A mixed up....

 I DO know how to do the SOS signal though finally! I am so happy. One never knows when one will be kidnapped and strapped with bombs and forced to pretend to be your best friend's arch enemy. Comes in handy during times like that.

 Other than all of that. I am again behind on emails, I am taking part in a blog party this month which I am still trying to get the hang of, and this weekend I am running away from home to eat all of my best friend's cookies.

 I leave you with another Peter Pan quote...why? Who knows. Just enjoy it.