kippurbird: (Chibi Greywolf)
Chapter Three: Plot Armor and Spear Proficiency

In which Eragon is grateful he only has to kill three people, among other things.




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kippurbird: (Eyeball sees me.)
To the Very Nice Person who ordered the Science of the Discworld book. I received in the mail an invoice but not the book. I tried to email their customer service and they wanted information that I didn't have. I hope that you can figure that out on your end. <3


On the Dreamwith front: I do not think I will actually really be moving over sort of things. Still, I am making back up journals for my folks. (Slowly).

Also I created Alec's Inn community over there: [community profile] passages_inn which I hope to get off the ground?

New patrons always welcomed.









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STUFF!!!

Nov. 8th, 2011 04:37 pm
kippurbird: (*_* SHINY!)
I have been irritatingly productive the past two days.

Yesterday I got my car smog checked, did all my laundry, washed the pile of dishes, took out the trash, took a walk, got my homework done and did 4,000 words for NaNo.

Today, I balanced my checkbook, put in a new shelving unit thingy in my closet and rearranged it, cleaned off my art desk and regular desk and have yet to start my NaNo writing but I'm sure I'll be writing fantastically. I have this weird sort of bubbling energy in me. I don't know where to put it.

In the mean time: Book covers!

For my graphic design class. The assignment was to draw a book cover with a close up and with at least two people standing. I figured why not do covers for the books I've written/am writing? Easy enough right?

two book covers )

Meanwhile the cat is yowling at me to feed him because he doesn't understand the concept of Daylight Savings time.

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kippurbird: (Oooh Shinny! Dragon)
Hey look!

Eggs!


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kippurbird: (Kitty in a box!)




Candid cat picture. Silly thing decided to usurp my position on the comfy arm pillow thing. So, I nabbed a picture.





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kippurbird: (>:D Heh)
Why Alec is so screwed up:


picture underneath )

Taken from this conversation at [livejournal.com profile] dear_mun



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kippurbird: (Hamster on Keyboard)
I haven't really been posting much of anything, have I?


Art below ho! )

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kippurbird: (Plot What Plot?)
November is rolling around (Gosh already!) and I've been plotting my NaNo ideas.

I've got two.


1. After having spent ten years as a falcon as a result of trying to rob a wizard's place, the half-elf Falk returns home - to his human side of the family - and discovers that he no longer fits in. Too much time has past and the aging difference between him and humans has become highly apparent. He decides to take this as an opportunity to discover who his elven father was, having only a name and that he was a member of the royal gaurd. The night before his mother's wedding, he came by and had the night with her, without knowing of the result - at least as far as Falk knows.

I'm sort of thinking about making the elf society more technologically advanced than the human one since elves have plenty of time to perfect things. I'm not to sure what else to do with it.


2. Alexander the Great's body was never found. There is a good reason for this. He never died. A young fairy, he insinuated himself into the Macedonian family and took over the mortal world. When his fairy father -Oberon (for right now) found out - he had his son 'killed' and then punished by binding his powers and keeping him in the mortal realms. For thousands of years he wandered among mortal kind unable to gain any sort of power until modern day when he stumbles upon the way to return to his rightful birthright. The question is, what is cost and is he willing to pay for it? (Yes. He is going to go for the power.)

and there is a third option.

I'm working on that meta-fictional Alec story. I've actually gotten about three chapters in already. It's a story where Alec gets stuck in a Typical Fantasy World and can't leave until he finishes his duties as the Chosen One. THRILL as he tries to seduce his sidekick Tristan (Yes, named after the Fifth Sorceress Tristan. Yes, Alec does comment on that). Be AMAZED as he tries to keep his old mentor alive because he really doesn't want to be left alone and the mentor is semi-aware of the circumstances. LAUGH as he deals with the Designated Love Interest! And GROAN at the cliches thrown at you left and right!

I'm going for a sort of deconstruction/lampshade hanging of the fantasy story.


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kippurbird: (meme lemmings)
Asked by [livejournal.com profile] gehayi

1. Reply to this post with "HOMEWORK SUCKS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.




I don't remember where I got this one from. But I liked it. It always seemed appropriate for a lot of my sporking material. Just some chapters, especially near the end of a book, would be very 'oh god if I had any hope left it would be gone'. It kind of served as a warning to my readers too.




MYTHBUSTERS! Yeah. I like them. I needed an icon from them. Someone - I don't remember whom- said here's one! I was yay! I don't have much use for it, but I like it.




This one I made myself, back when I was doing the Fifth Sorceress. It sums up everything I felt was wrong with the books and by extension everything that was wrong with the Bad Fantasy Genre in general. I should re do it and make it nicer.




This is another one I made when I started reading [livejournal.com profile] deleterius I would write little vignettes about Feanor with his spork: the Mithril Spork of Eru's Doom going and killing lord of the Ring Mary Sues. It seemed to be very useful for just spiteful things. Because if Feanor hates you, well, you might as well just die and get it out of the way. You're going to die anyway.




There is a story called Eric and the Gazebo. About a D&D player who didn't know what a gazebo was and thought it was a monster of sorts. And tried to talk to it and then attack it. Which did nothing, of course. So eventually the DM gets annoyed and has the Gazebo attack and destroy the character. This icon is from from the Munchin card (by Steve Jackson games) based on the story. The monster level and card stats are: Level 8 monster: Gazebo. No one can help you. You must face the Gazebo alone. Bad Stuff: Lose three levels. It's worth two treasures. Great game. Encourages cheating.



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Random

Oct. 2nd, 2011 07:03 pm
kippurbird: (Oooh Shinny! Dragon)
I did not just buy this because it was on sale at Toys R. Us. Nope. That would be irresponsible of me.

I am not going to build the Lego Set I didn't buy until after I finish my homework.



Meanwhile, someone on the Dragoncave site gifted me this ---> Adopt one today! because they recognized me from the Eragon-sporkings I do. Which is kinda yeah.






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kippurbird: (Chibi Greywolf)
Why did I think that a crypt would be an excellent thing to do for my perspective free sketch?

*pulls hair out*



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kippurbird: (Deadpool little yellow boxes)
Okay. Whose ever idea it was for me to do illuminated letters for my "free sketch" on lettering should be shot.

It takes about ... twenty minutes to a half hour to do a letter. I just did twelve letters and it's taken forever. There's no way I'm going to do the remaining fourteen, especially in time for class.

I will scan them in later. I do think they've come out really nice. Not the greatest, but nice.


No one can say that I'm not putting in a lot of effort into this class.

OH and the marker fumes... o_O


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kippurbird: (white tit head tilt)
Street Magics

An Urban Fantasy Magazine. Quarterly.



Y/N?



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kippurbird: (Hogwarts Yeshiva)
Random Role Play Game Plug: [livejournal.com profile] au_hogwarts It's a dressing room game. Some continuity between posts some not. You can just sign up and join a game or create your own version of a Hogwarts. We take OCs and Canons.

It should be fun, hopefully.




And of course, gratuitous Eggs.



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kippurbird: (Fantasy writers)
I have been rereading Terry Pratchett’s Nightwatch. In it Samuel Vimes ends up going back in time to when he first joined the Watch and ends up having to mentor himself by accident. There is in the book one part where Vimes goes into one of the watch house’s jail room and finds that it’s been pretty much turned into a torture chamber. He finds people in there that have been hurt so badly that they just aren’t there any more and he puts them out of their misery.

While reading this there is one point where Vimes, contemplating the horror before him, finds and picks up a tooth. I immediately flashed back to Eldest when Eragon is walking amongst the fallen in the battle field and picks idly picks up a tooth and bouncing it around in his hand with his typical blandness.

The differences between the two scenes, though they have a similar action - that of the tooth in the midst of appalling things - their reactions are completely different.

Vimes is actively disturbed at what he finds. He’s fighting back the rage to do things to the few people he’s found in charge.

In a strange kind of dream, he walked across the floor and bent down to pick something that gleamed in the torchlight. It was a tooth.

He stood up again.

A closed wooden door led off on one side of the cellar; on the other, a wider tunnel almost certainly led to the cells. Vimes took a torch out of its holder, handed it to Sam, and pointed along the tunnel -

There were footsteps accompanied by a jingle of keys, heading toward the door, and a light grown brighter underneath it.

The beast tensed...

Vimes dragged the largest club out of the rack and stepped swiftly to the wall beside the door. Someone was coming, someone who knew about this room, someone who called themselves a copper...


He doesn’t bash the guy coming in with the club. The sight of his younger self - Sam- stops him. But still there’s a certain anger that you can see in these words. Vimes lives and breathes being a watchman. It is what he is deep down to the bone and these men have violated this. There’s a certain tenseness in the language and the tooth encapsulates what it is that is wrong here. But he doesn’t play with the tooth. It’s a symbol here, not something to be held and played with.

In Eldest, on the other hand, the tooth is picked up and used much like you would hold a pebble contemplating something. He finds the tooth and no significance is attached to it. It’s just a tooth, much like a pebble would be a pebble in a stream. It’s put there as an action for Eragon to do, but there’s no reason that it has to be a tooth.

He bent and plucked a tooth, a molar, from the dirt. Bouncing it on his palm, he and Saphira slowly made a circuit through the trampled plain. They stopped at its edge when they noticed Jormundur - Ajihad’s second in command in the Varden - hurrying toward them from Tronjheim. When he came near, Jormundur bowed, a gesture Eragon knew he would have never made just days before.


Now honestly, you really could swap out “tooth” with “stone” and there wouldn’t be any difference in the paragraph’s impact. (Also, looking at the sentence I have to wonder why “in the Varden” has to be there. Is Ajihad in charge of other things that require second in commands?) There is no reason that this has to be a tooth. There’s no reason it should be a tooth.

The tooth in Nightwatch is symbolic of what has happened there and what Vimes is going to face. The tooth in Eragon is nothing but an object found in the battlefield but has no significance placed upon it. Which, as a tooth belonging to a human - at least I think it is a human - should at least bring some comment beyond the fact that it is a molar.



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LINES

Sep. 7th, 2011 02:11 pm
kippurbird: (Fish Fish Fish Fish)
I've started my graphic design class. This is my first assignment! Twenty different kinds of lines!

It's hard coming up with twenty different kinds of lines.


lines! )


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kippurbird: (white tit head tilt)
I can has art supplies?

Yes I can!

I bought about $45 worth of art supplies today. Most of the money went to markers. Really, really nice markers. That bleed a lot. I imagine they won't do that on the marker paper. They also have fumes. Happy fun times!

And I got marker paper and a color wheel and spent fifteen minutes trying to figure out how I'm going to carry it all - with my colored pencils and other stuff - to class. I gave up eventually and will try again later.


---

My brain has been fluttering with ideas lately, which is better than it has been in the past couple of weeks. It hasn't settled down with anything coherent yet.

One is a novel about Alec with his Gary Stu-powers. I'm thinking of calling it "The Adventures of Alec Troven, Gary Stu" but I haven't a clue as to what the plot would be. The big problem with this is that Alec is a Gary Stu with unlimited power. How do you write a story about that? I guess it would be something that deals with something his powers can't handle.

I got the idea from reading "How to survive in a Science Fictional Universe" by Charles Yu. The book tries to be meta-textual and play with the idea of narrative and things that are common in Science Fiction stories, but in my opinion doesn't quite work because I don't give a shit about the narrator. The guy is trying to be an Arthur Dent everyman but he's ... dull and uninteresting.

So I was all "I could do a hell of a lot better meta-textual with Alec who already has no concept of the fourth wall."

The starting line I came up with was , "I woke up next to a woman who wasn't my wife, but she didn't know that."


more random rambling )

Does anyone want the paper egg?


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