Monday, June 28, 2010

12 Angry Characters

First, list twelve favorite characters, then answer the questions below.
1. Rindar (Lonoma's Map)
2. Lauren Holbrook (The Lauren Holbrok series)
3. Thomas Hunter (The Circle Trilogy)
4. Jason Bourne (The Bourne Trilogy)
5. Eowyn (LOTR)
6. Kale Allerion (The Dragonkeeper Chronicles)
7. Mr. Tumnus (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
8. Einar Nightsword (my character, Nightsword)
9. Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice)
10. Brehlia Zulfyr (another of my characters, Daybreak)
11. Sterling "Mac" McRae (Expect the Sunrise)
12. Kieran (The Restorer's Son)

1. Who would make a better college prof, 6 or 11?
Oh brother. Kale could teach dragon care 101, or Mac could teach me undercover tactics. Hmm…tough call. Probably Mac, cause he'd be more organized and level-headed than Kale.


2. 12 sends 8 out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed?
So Kieran sends Einar out on a mission? How does that work? Both of them are do-it-yourself type of guys. But that doesn't answer the question. I guess that Kieran would send Einar out to contact his buddy Tristan about some kind of trouble he's gotten in, because he's been banished from Lyric and can't blow his cover with the king of Hazor anyway. Even though Councilmember Cameron's thugs are in the way, Einar would get through because he's a former assassin.


3. What is or what would be 9's favorite book?
Elizabeth Bennett enjoys many books—I'd say that if she lived in modern day, her favorite book would have to be something by Dee Henderson—featuring a cool guy, a pretty, witty girl, and lots of danger. So, say, The Guardian.

4. Would it make more sense: for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around?
LOL...Lauren would swear fealty to Kale, definitely. Kale wouldn't like it, but Lauren would be so wowed by Kale's magic and dragon-handling skills that she'd do it in a heartbeat—as long as Kale promised to magically make coffee for her.

5. For some reason, 5 is looking for a roommate. Should (s)he room with 9 or 10?
Eowyn wants to room with Elizabeth or Brehlia? Hmm…. Eowyn would probably do OK with either one. Elizabeth's sarcastic wit would make her laugh, and she'd appreciate the struggles Brehlia goes through.

6. 2, 7 and 12 are going out to dinner. Where do they go and what do they discuss? Lauren, Mr Tumnus, and Kieran. Hmm. Could be interesting. They'd probably go to an Italian restaurant. Lauren and Kieran would like spicier food and Tumnus would appreciate the fine wines. Lauren would want to talk about coffee and the latest update on her hypochondriac dad. Kieran would want to talk about wars. Tumnus would want to talk about books with maybe a mention of the war he's been in. Basically, I think Lauren would get mad at Kieran for being so serious, Kieran would smart-mouth back, then they'd refuse to talk to each other, and the whole evening would be ruined.

7. 3 challenges 10 to a duel, who wins?
Thomas against Brehlia. Um, Thomas. No question. Breh's a Judge, not a Warrior.


8. If 1 stole 8's most precious possession, would (s)he get it back?
If Rindar stole Einar's most precious possession, he has no chance. Einar could track him down and defeat him in a heartbeat.

9. Suggest a story title in which 7 and 12 both attain what they desire.
Tumnus and Kieran? Brother. Tumnus wants to live in peace and Kieran wants to bring Hazor to the One. Maybe The Faun of Hazor?

10. What kind of plot device would you have to use if you wanted 1 and 4 to work together?
Jason Bourne and Rindar? Hmm. A murder. Rindar would be suspected of murdering someone, and Jason helps him hide and figure out the culprit.

11. If 7 visited you for the weekend, how would it go?
Awesome! Tumnus and I could have so much fun discussing books and Narnia. I'd be hyperactive for weeks afterward thinking about everything we'd discussed.

12. If you could command 3 to perform any service or task for you, what would it be?.
Thomas! Give up your secret and let me know how you travel between Earth and Otherworld!! LOL…also, while you're at it, make me a Forest Guard captain and introduce me to Michal and Gabil.

14. If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, what side would (s)he choose?
If Lauren had to choose sides between Eowyn and Jason Bourne, it'd be a toughie. She'd like Eowyn because of Eowyn's attitude, but she'd like Jason because of his movies. Probably Eowyn, because essentially (I think) Eowyn and Lauren both believe in God and Jason doesn't.


15. What might 10 shout out while charging into battle?
"Veritas Lives!"

16. If you had to choose a song to best describe 8, what would it be?
Oooh, perfect! I pick songs to describe characters all the time!! But for Einar… "Without You (I'm Not Alright)" by Article One, "Torn" by All Star United, and "Set Me Free" by Casting Crowns.

17. 1, 6 and 12 are having a dim sum at a Chinese Restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets it?
That's easy—Kieran. Kale would be too distracted wondering about her dragons and Bardon, and Rindar might make a snatch at it, but Kieran would intimidate Rindar (that is, if Kieran wanted it in the first place, which I doubt).

18. What would 5 most likely be arrested for?
Eowyn would be arrested for disturbing the peace by riding her horse through the streets and yelling Rohirrim battle cries

19. What is 6's secret? 
Kale loves Bardon!!

20. If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first?
Elizabeth wouldn't race anyone, so Mac.

21. If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, who would you feel more comfortable walking with, 7 or 8?
Mr. Tumnus or Einar? Definitely Einar. The guy has tons of weapons.

22. 1 and 9 reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4's sinister secret organization. 11 volunteers to help them,but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4. Meanwhile, 4 has kidnapped 12 in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5, they seek out 3, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic?
Translation: Rindar and Elizabeth Bennett team up to save the world from the threat posed by Jason Bourne's sinister secret organization. Mac volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that he is actually a spy for Jason. Meanwhile, Jason had kidnapped Kieran to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of Eowyn, they seek out Thomas Hunter, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic?

OK, first off, what's Jason Bourne and Sterling McRae doing on the bad guys' side?!? Secondly, how in the world did Kieran let himself get kidnapped?

Those are my story questions. Brother, and what story questions they are!!

OK, so Jason and Mac have teamed up…aside note, these guys could definitely be lethal together if they could get along…to destroy the U.S. secret intelligence operations. Mac has enough knowledge to do so and Jason has a grudge because he still doesn't know exactly what's been done to him.

Rindar and Elizabeth accidentally find out about it, as Jason asked Rindar's best friend Minxa to be a spy and Minxa tells Rindar everything. Elizabeth is dragged into it when Rindar comes to the local library and asks for books about the CIA, FBI, and NSA and she happens to overhear him.

Minxa finds out what they're doing, he tells Jason, and Jason quickly sends Mac to keep an eye on them (they don't know that Mac's part of it yet because Minxa only dealt with Jason). Jason also shuts Minxa up, permanently.

Rindar also asks Kieran to help them because he's an expert in international intrigue (sort of). Mac knows that Kieran is the real threat to him and Jason, so he blows his cover and kidnaps Kieran (drugging him to do so, because Kieran doesn't go down without a fight). When he and Mac are safely hidden away with Kieran, Jason videotapes himself threatening Kieran and sends it to Elizabeth and Rindar, with instructions to give up their quest.

Rindar almost backs down, but Elizabeth convinces him to be stubborn. They find Eowyn and she suggests they look up Thomas Hunter. Upon asking Thomas to help, he goes to sleep, visit Otherworld, convinces Michal and Gabil to tell him about the outcome of this situation in the Books of History, and returns saying that as long as they find out something about Jason's past, then he'll give up the fight. Oh yes, and don't worry about Mac. He's really an undercover agent keeping an eye on Jason with instructions to arrest him if he goes nuts.

Armed with that knowledge, they visit the CIA office in Washington D.C. After convincing the CIA that their information is correct (and that yes, people from Tessamandria and 17th century England DO work together sometimes), the CIA gets in touch with Jason and gives him the information he wants.

Jason gives Mac the slip and disappears. Mac releases Kieran and apologizes to him, Elizabeth and Rindar. They celebrate in the Bennett's house and receive a message from Jason letting them know that after things settle down, they'll see him again. THE END.

Title: The Bourne Threat
This makes me curious to try this story now…LOL. Just kidding.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Apologies to Limwen that it took me so long to post this! And thanks very much for the award!! :0)

So, the deal is, I have to list 5 random things about myself, then award 5 people. However, I can't think of 5 people...

1. I've never traveled out of the continental U. S. Sad but true!
2. I don't like regular coffee but I love lattes, frappucinos, and Panera Bread's Icee Caramels...yummy!
3. I have a secret liking of hippy-style outfits.
4. I like shabby chic decorations.
5. I almost never watch TV by myself

Awarding:
Mary, LoriAnn


Sunday, June 20, 2010

MacDonald, Tolkien, and Lewis: Their Influence On Me






These three men are the ones who have influenced my writing the most. Period. Of course, every fantasy writer out there says that Tolkien influenced them in one way or another. But what about MacDonald? What about Lewis? They all have their unique additions.

George MacDonald taught me that you don't have to beat someone over the head with the spiritual side of the book. It can be deep, so deep that no one but you might ever understand it, but it still makes them long for it. But it's still there. Once my friend Rachel and I were talking about a MacDonald story we'd recently read, The Grey Wolf. Rachel said, "It drives me crazy! I know there's something in that story-something deep, something I should grasp--but it's buried and I can't get at it, and all the time my brain is saying, 'You should know this. You should know this.'" Every time I read a MacDonald, I keep trying to dig into the spiritual side of the story. It makes each visit to the book unique because each time I discover something new.

J. R. R. Tolkien taught me that my world doesn't need limits on its stories as long as my passion continues with that world. Look at Tolkien. He spent his entire life designing, redoing, writing, and drawing Middle Earth. He even wrote a semi-autobiographical story about himself working so much on one world (called Leaf By Niggle, a fabulous short story). Tolkin even intertwines some of his stories together. So, if the master of fantasy should do it, why should I be satisfied with less?

C. S. Lewis taught me that no matter what, your faith will shine through. He didn't set out to write allegories. In fact, he denied that his Narnia books (especially The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) were allegory. But tons of people see Lewis' strong faith through those books, and as a result of them he had the opportunity to minister to many people.

Which of these authors are your favorite? Who influenced you the most?

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson & Christopher Hopper

Storyline: Eight hundred years ago in the world of Allyra, the Elves suffered a devastating loss. Their capitol Berinfell, was destroyed by the warrior Gwars and their leader the Spider King. Worst of all, the Spider King's assassins known as the Drefids have stolen seven babies—the descendants of the Seven Elf Lords.

Present day, the Seven are scattered around the earth, adopted by human parents. Their lives are cruelly shattered when, one by one, the Drefids try to hunt down and kill them.

Their only hope are the Sentinels and Dreadnaughts, exiled Elvish warriors who have dedicated their lives to regaining the Seven. The teens have a terrible choice in front of them: do they go back to Allyra as the final hope of their people, or do they stay to be forever hunted?

My Take:

Readers beware—this book will give you arachnophobia for life! I'm never going to look at spiders in the same way.

Wow! I've been hoping for a Christian author to write a book about Earth and another world, one populated by Elves. And finally one came!

Batson and Hopper tend to switch povs in the middle of scenes, and sometimes even include omniscient pov, but that's fine. I wasn't ever confused about anything.

The writing besides that was well done, the book tense, the world well built. I liked the kids (and their gifts), I liked the Elves who help them (especially the Dreadnaughts), and I liked the enemies they face: the wraith-like, shape-shifting Wisps and the clawed, humanoid Drefids. The Elvish history books were very, very cool too!

Since I like so much of the book, I'll forgive Batson and Hopper for killing my favorite Elf. :0) I'm looking forward to the sequels! The second book in the series, Venom and Song, comes out on July 13th.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wedding Pictures Part II--Ceremony


From left: Ben T, Jonah T, and my brother Josh


my favorite wedding ring picture ever!





Hannah T


Sarah T


Hannah S





Justin


Jake


Josh S


Josh T


The guys' "band picture"

Josh escorting my mom


Jake escorting Tammy

















with Justin's family


with my family











Justin shoved the cake into my mouth to be a turkey, so...


I smeared his cheek with icing. :0)





our car





"I'm broke after this..." :0)


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