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The Marquis of the Blue Dolls

2 May

A short piece for: 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week #131

The Marquis of the Blue Dolls

He once went by the title of Marquis, but that was a lifetime ago. Back before his lands were infested with shadows and hollow places.

It started when the Night Demons visited, promising compromise, trade, and safe travel. They crept in like a sickness. Slow and subtle they worked their malicious schemes until they had wormed their way into the very fiber of the land and people.

Now they call him Sorcerer of the Night Puppets. Although he never did have any magic or any control over what happened. He is as much at the Night Demon’s mercy as the rest of his doomed kingdom.

Sora’s Quest – Free Kindle Book

16 Mar

Sora's Quest (The Cat's Eye Chronicles, #1) I’m in love with this book Sora’s Quest.  It is currently available to download for free on kindle.  Not sure how long that promotion will last, but go get it while the gettin is good.

Impressions and why you should read it:

Not an entirely unexpected plot, but it has some new twists and a wonderfully developed world full of history and atmosphere.  It lives up to expectations and is a thoroughly engrossing ‘fantasy quest’ type story.

The characters were not what I expected them to be.  They constantly surprised me and gradually showed sides of themselves that made me forget that they were not real live people.

Original impressions of the main character were that of a spoiled rich girl, which she is.  At first this annoyed me, but as the story develops, she grows and changes into someone relatable and likable.

The description from amazon:

Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man–and is kidnapped.

Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go–not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power–or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)

There is a story here somewhere

27 Sep

Current fascination – this image right here – Meeting between crosswalks by ~sylphielmetallium

What if its a trap?!

12 Jun

It’s undoubtedly, a trap says Gandalf to Radagast in the new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer.

Giddy with excitement!  Can’t wait!  Can’t wait!  Can’t wait to see this!!!

It will be out on December 13th.  Mark your calendars.

1 Girl, 20 Geeks, 1 Magic the Gathering Tournament = All Kinds of Stereotypes

24 Mar
DnD Ranger

DnD Ranger

I have a story to tell you about my adventures last Friday.

In search of DnD books (because yes, I am an uber geek) I ventured into the oddly crowded game store. No one noticed me milling about the book area because there was a Magic the Gathering tournament being setup for the evening.

About 20 young men sat around two long tables chatting as they waited. At the very end seat, with her back to me, sat a girl with the loveliest dark chestnut hair. She wasn’t skinny, but the soft type of round that reminds me of a teddy bear. She was talking animatedly and looked completely at ease.

My first thought – ah! See, all those geek stereotypes were WRONG. Geek culture is going mainstream. (Look at Big Bang Theory. It is one of the most popular shows on TV now.) There is a girl participating in this boy’s world of geekery.

As I round the table looking at a Walking Dead board game against the wall, I noticed something important. The girl with the really nice hair was actually a guy with really nice hair. So nice in fact, that I was a little jealous of his straight locks full of volume.

DnD Drow

DnD Drow

The one girl in the store, besides me, turned out to be a rouse. Oh the disappointment.

Then I began to notice other things, like the fact that the store clerk refused to make eye contact with me. Behind his glasses, he looked anywhere but at me. The floor, the cash register, the bag. Not at me – and I assure you I had no food stuck in my teeth. I think I made him uncomfortably shy although I can’t understand why beyond the fact that I’m female. (I was being really nice too. Turned it into a game and tried to get any sort of eye contact, but he beat me. None to be gotten from this fellow.)

When the second clerk came to stand at the head of the tables where the tournament was being held, a hush descended on the group faster than you could say “girl.” He read out the names of geeks that would play each other. Everyone turned into all business, shifting seats to face their opponent, delicately pulling out cards and fancy mats to set them on. You could have heard a pin drop. The concentration, and internal strategy plotting were suffocating in the silence.

I’m pretty sure I could have lifted my shirt up, jumped up and down a few times, flashed the entire group – and no one would have noticed. They were that focused.

Normally I identify with geek culture. I love video games, grew up playing Magic the Gathering and Pokemon, cosplay rocks my life, and I adore all things fantasy. However on this day, I felt apart from the group.

They really did look like the stereotypes I see on TV. Red curly hair, scrawny dude with buck-teeth. Tall, wide, gentleman with a slouch and a slightly ripped t-shirt. Flowing hair guy. Glasses, glasses everywhere.

DnD Cleric

DnD Cleric

Now, let me say this – because I think its important. I don’t care how you dress, what you look like, or what you do. Be whoever you are and be proud of it. I met my very geeky husband while we were both playing World of Warcraft. (If thats not geek enough for you I don’t know what is.) So if it seems like I have any prejudices against geeks, let me assure you that I love them to pieces. They just make me laugh at the things they do and the way they do them.

I really thought that the TV stereotypes were exaggerations. Caricatures of the “real” geeks. I guess my head has just been in the sand this whole time, or I’ve never participated in a Magic the Gathering tournament, but somehow this all comes as a bit of a shock to me.

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