Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
The red dragon stared down at the shapeshifters, scarlet eyes studying them. Slowly its massive head came down upon the soft ground and the newly born flowers. A puff of smoke rose from its nostrils as the dragon snorted in disgust.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I’m really new and I have yet to find all the interesting blogs out there, so I had to spend some time looking. Here are the great blogs that I’m passing the Liebster Award onto:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Quester’s log, day one:
The journey by the ship was uneventful. No vikings (just a Viking Line ship), and we didn’t get stuck in the ice like last winter. A travelling merchant sold us some cheese puffs and a magical box that fills up with chocolate cookies whenever you open it.
We visited an Irish bar with a fake English minstrel. Turned out he was from Denmark. They had good non-alcoholic drinks, though.
Quester log, day two:
We woke up at sunrise and set out for the concrete beach of Sweden. The beasts of the magical forest bade us passage for a gift of mämmi; they quickly ran away when someone said it wasn’t chocolate. Mämmi (click here for a picture), if you’re wondering, is a finnish dish that’s considered a delicacy by some, and traditionally eaten during Easter.
The orange serpent called Metro took us to Queensway (Drottningsgatan); from there we made our way to the Old Town. Many a siren tried to lure us to spend our well-earned gold, HM and Ikea to name a few.
Finally we set our eyes on the beautiful Old Town:
You have to know the secret handshake before the door will open to you (that’s not even the Fantasy bookstore door!)
Feast your eyes on the grandness of Science Fiction Bokhandeln!
Once inside I had to keep my eye on the list. Search for the three Terry’s, Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey and books on how to draw monsters. And the sequel to The Magicians, but alas the books were arranged by the writer’s name! Luckily I knew the magic words that would summon his name to my mind:
The Magician was written by a really gross man… Oh, Lev Grossman!
On the side of the bookshelf I found the fabled sequel: The Magician King. Quickly I snatched a copy and began searching for other books. Though the sea of books was daunting, I found the three Terry’s: Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind and Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks. The last one is a present for my dear mother, though I will read it as well.
I also found The Earthsea Quartet (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore and Tehanu) by Ursula Le Guin. I couldn’t find a paperback version of Intrigues and I am becoming tempted to just buy the hardcover, but until we buy another bookshelf, space continues to restrict the size and number of books.
I’d left my comrade in charge of finding the non-fiction books and he found a useful one. The Celtic Design book by Aidan Meehan; we’re going to learn to draw cool squiggly things and perhaps decorate the pages of my story with said squiggly things.
Last time he found a book called Drawing Dragons by Sandra Staple and a wizard whispered to me of a second book by her. One that delves into the art of drawing sea serpents, but alas I could not find it here. Perhaps the internet will yield more information.
We left with our bags full of books to read and learn from. Should you visit or live (damn you!) in Sweden, here’s the linky to their site.
P.S. Here’s the mountain of books I’ve yet to read!