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Friday, December 8, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: 100th POST + Southern California Fires


THIS IS MY 100TH FANGIRL FRIDAY POST GUYS!!!!!!


Never in a MILLION YEARS would I have thought that I would've reached this far when we first began for the past who knows how many years now. This is amazing and I just want to thank you guys and both Sophia and Anelise for sticking around and tolerating my insanity! I truly appreciate it!

The fire that is happening in Southern California is INSANE!
If you live in or near Southern California and are in an evacuation zone, PLEASE evacuate and take safety precautions. Safety is KEY. Always wear face masks when you go out so you won't breathe in the bad air caused by the fire. My thoughts and prayers are with those who are dealing with the fire disaster in California.

New Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Official Trailer is here!


We are getting another John Green book adaption of his latest novel Turtles All The Way Down!





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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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The Nutshell on All the Sophias (and then Some) Lately | Questing Shenanigans

Things About New Computers and Bad Memories: They don't go well.

At least this new computer is working fine in the few weeks I've had it. IT'S ABOUT GOSH DARN TIME. Ooo, and so, so spacey. *sighs happily*

I'll take forgotten photos over a computer that gives connection problems. They're not lost - I just can't get them until 2-3 years from now because my mom has laid claim on all old computers to wreak havoc on. (Not literally.)

Soooo instead of breaking it all up into different posts as originally planned... here's the rundown of what's been happening lately with ALL of my characters, with maybe some photos. Are they teasers?! Maybe....

Sophia IceHeart/Hannah DarkBlood (Ice/Death)

Yep. I have a death character and ice character being worked on at the same time. In all honesty, I really enjoy having a death character over ice despite the fact ice isn't a bad school either. They're catching up to Legendheart pretty quickly since they're working together, but I do want to avoid questing on her since she has a team who are currently busy with other things. I suppose I've learned why some people like running two accounts at the same time though... and it's not just because there are seven schools and each account only has a maximum of six.

They recently finished Marleybone and are making their way slowly through Mooshu at the moment. You probably thought Sophia DeathHeart would be the name, didn't you?

Sophia LegendHeart (Myth)

I haven't made much progress on my myth, but she's been going through Celestia lately. However... I might set her aside until summer before I work on her again unless I'm going through Grizzleheim and Wintertusk. Ohhhh and she finally made it through Sunken City.

*sighs* I had some good screenshots from that as well.

Sophia Waterheart (Balance)

I've been making a LOT of progress with my main character. After a million years, she's finally made it through Azteca and has been making a lot of progress in Khrysalis. And by a lot of progress, I mean a whole lot than what I've done on the others (slowly, it seems). Admittedly I had help as well.
Sometimes I take decent game photographs. Also I have a pet change! They shall make an appearance in the near future.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Avengers + Mulan + MORE!


Happy December first! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your friends and family and scored awesome deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! I didn't buy anything in case you guys were wondering. #BrokeCollegeLife

We were gifted with an incredible (pun intended) teaser trailer for The Incredibles 2!


There's a beautiful new cover for Gayle Forman's new novel I Have Lost My Way which EW released earlier this week. It will hit shelves on March 27, 2018!

There's another beautiful new cover for Richelle Mead's final novel of The Glittering Court Series, The Emerald Sea, which was released by HEA earlier this week! It will hit shelves on June 26, 2018!

There's a new trailer for Love, Simon!

WE FINALLY GET AN AVENGERS POSTER AND TRAILER FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!



Guys.... Sophia is excited that Chinese actress Liu Yifei will be Mulan in the upcoming live-action movie! THEY ARE NOT WHITE WASHING THE MOVIE GUYS!




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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Wendy @ What the Log | Novel Newcomers

Hellooooo!

This month means big, BIG things:
  1. NaNoWriMo
  2. Thanksgiving which is secretly code for lots and lots of yummy food but also trying to catch up/get ahead in school work.
  3. WE TURNED FIVE EARLIER THIS MONTH. AHHH. I am, at least. Lupe is three, Anelise is one.
*screaming ensues in distance*

It's been a busy week (all those projects due and there's more next week #someonehelpmenotprocrastinate 😭), but I'm trying to Novel Newcomers back on track so I finish on time this year. However, it looks like I'll be carrying this over to January of next year. I'm completely okay with this. Maybe I'll get a few stray ones I forgot to message or my email got lost in the year or... or...
OH. And there are laptop issues. I'm sick and tired of my laptop spazzing on my internet. It's not the school WiFi, it's not the mobile hotspot. I've tried everything to the moon and back, including searching Google.
Disclaimer: While I am frustrated with my computer (I brought it earlier this year! Gah.), no computers were harmed.

My current mission in the gaming world has been (that post has been put off for way too long) accomplished, so time to get my little self in gear and try to schedule as many posts as possible throughout Thanksgiving Break. I mean, I now have a questing buddy as well, so I'm hoping new laptop will actually NOT be annoying and I can do blog things while the game is doing its spell animations that I've seen 20 million times.

Okay, I'm done complaining.
This week's Novel Newcomer is Wendy from What the Log.


Whatthelog’s Epic List of Bisexual Books

My name is Wendy and I blog at www.whatthelog.wordpress.com and @whatthelogsaid. September is bisexual visibility month*, and as an out and proud bisexual lady myself, I thought an EPIC list of bisexual books would be very appropriate! Now, please keep in mind that I haven’t read every one of these books, so I cannot always vouch for their representation. However, to the best of my knowledge, none of these books contain harmful rep.

*Note from Sophia: Wendy wrote this post for September, but it is never too late for book recommendations.

I have a pet theory that the best representation is often found in young adult novels. So here’s a couple of young adult novels that have bisexual main characters.
  • I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
  • Wild by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Science fiction and fantasy are great genres for exploration of sexuality. Here is a couple of books (all of them young adult, sorry about that!) where bisexuality is a key aspect of the novel.
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  • Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee
  • Hold by Rachel Davidson Leigh
I love historical fiction that talks about bisexuality, especially when they’re about actual people. So often we forget that bisexual and queer people were around throughout the whole of history, and I love it when these stories are celebrated!
  • A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
  • Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham
  • Goddess by Kelly Gardiner
  • The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
Graphic novels often also push boundaries in theme and content. Here are three graphic novels in which bisexuality meshes with other important topics such as mental health and interracial marriage.
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
  • She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya
  • Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Resume by Mari Naomi
And finally, there is non-fiction! All of these are on my TBR for when I need a good bisexual kick up the butt! I especially like the idea of a bisexual revolution.
  • Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World edited by Robyn Ochs & Sarah E Rowley
  • Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out edited by Loraine Hutchins & Lani Ka-ahumanu
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

I hope that you have been inspired to pick up some books with bisexual characters, and if you ever need recommendations, give me a shout! I’m always here to yell about diverse books, particularly about bisexuality and mental health.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Fantastic Beasts Sequel + RAMPAGE

Next week is finally THANKSGIVING! You know what that means.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC!

I'm all up for Christmas music, but only AFTER Thanksgiving. Although, I will contradict myself by saying that I would not mind listening to it year round.
Time for the big news of the week.

We have a title for the new Fantastic Beasts sequel that will be released on November 16, 2018!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

"At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world."

RAMPAGE Trailer
Check out the FANTASTIC trailer below!






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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Krokotopia, Wysteria, Sunken City (Myth + Ice) | Questing Shenanigans

Lately, I've been focusing on gaming a little more because we had a group post about villains taking over the world, and I wanted to get some shots of the second storyline villain, which meant I had to get my act together and power my balance wizard as much as I could until she got those shots at the end of Azteca.

She made it, peeps, but didn't enter until a few days later

So I basically abandoned reading a little in the past few weeks. (I promise I read a little because waiting to choose a card is very boring when you're in a team, even though I had to pay a lot more attention since I'm the healer/support/tank. Life as a balance is wonderful, as you can see.

Here's a cool screenshot right before entering Xibalba, which, goshdarnit I forgot the shortcut. One day on a future character I will come here and find that I have very bad shots of early Wizard Photography.
OMG is that really one away from 5K health on my tank gear? 🙄

Now we're moving on to the actual topic(s) of the post: Ice and Myth. I wonder why I'm so behind on these but I did power through lately so that might be why I feel very ahead of myself.

Sophia Legendheart (Myth)

Surprisingly, my myth actually has a questing team of three, but we're all a little ahead/behind each other with promises to catch each other up during our school breaks (sometimes I wouldn't mind if they got ahead of me because then they can catch up to my balance and we'll have a support/tank on our team with the occasional heal). Legendheart trekked a little into Celestia (more on that in the future), but has been sidetracked to get some side quests in earlier worlds out of the way before I venture on (there's a lot to do for me).

Speaking of side quests, I finally got the Bookworm badge on Sophia Legendheart! I almost always have this badge on because I'm a book nerd and I'm proud of it.

I did take a screenshot, but I'm not posting it because I don't have anything to edit out the number of crowns I have on my account at the moment aka I don't feel like showing my stats either.

First up, Sunken City! I'm actually a little surprised I didn't do this earlier, but I'm also not surprised since this is a dungeon and soloing a dungeon is unadvised. Sunken City is also a side dungeon, so there wouldn't be any who would venture into this place.
This probably wouldn't be as bad if I didn't press X before CTRL + G.
I think I took off the dialogue box by then, so it's not as bad the first but still... I haven't been here in a long while so I've forgotten about this place entirely. The last time I went through Sunken City was about 5 years ago?

After that, Wysteria. I actually took a photo from the Great Reading Places Around the Spiral on this character, so it's only fair I brought it up again, haha.
I've been experimenting with environmental shots in game lately (ever since trying to work on that post) when I'm not failing at pressing CTRL + G. It's harder in a dungeon because I'm likely not the first person to go to the next destination, triggering a worthy scene to be shot.

I'm also experimenting with spell shots, which is really helpful when you have a pet that has may cast Unicorn (I can fail the first shot and succeed on the second). I'm being blessed by the fairy. The pet my myth has was also an accidental find from years ago when I set her aside to work on a good snake in a basket pet.

I also took Legendheart back into Krokotopia since I focused on the main storyline most of the time rather than doing both sides and main. Let's be honest though: when I first created Sophia Waterheart, there was no main storyline quest indicator.
Bird's eye view is super cool sometimes. I'd love to have a photography option rather than trying to figure out which shots are best, but I suppose the fun is in this photography puzzle?

Speaking of Krokotopia, time to switch characters.

Sophia Iceheart (Ice)

I started her a few months ago when Legendheart finished Dragonspyre, but I didn't quest much on her. I still don't go on her a lot, as I wanted to focus on getting my main (balance) past Azteca (it's kind of my priority to get her to max level) and Legendheart to level 60 before continuing with Iceheart.

Sometimes, however, I get bored of questing, so I hop on my ice to knock out some basic quests and maybe take a funny photo or two.
Pop! Goes the snowman! Also 999. Ha, I just noticed this.

For a tanking and resist school, I'm currently failing. Also death spells are nice to save me in a pinch in the second part of Krokotopia. I hate the second part of Krokotopia on my ice.

And finally...
I found this in my files. Wizard Photography is all about taking multiple shots and trying to find the best one, but this one is perfect for a Caption This if I learned to press shortcuts on time.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

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Great Reading Places Around the Spiral (Pirate101 Was Totally Fair Game)

Other than steering clear from the Commons of Wizard City in general, some wizards take time out of their questing and wizardly duties to catch a quick read or two.

We're not counting audiobooks here. Sorry. Audiobooks are great for questing by your own, lonely self.

Every wizardly book nerd has to go to a reading place - while that dorm room is nice and cozy, not everyone wants to stay cooped up in their rooms (and let's be honest: that dorm room is boring if you don't decorate it because you're too busy saving the spiral. Sadly, that is the case with my myth and ice wizards).

Here are six great places for catching a quick page or two in:
Upstairs in the Wizard City Library
If you want to hide from everyone (unless they look up), the second floor of the Wizard City library is a great place to get some reading done assuming you don't get tempted to check out all the other books on the shelves.

The Forbidden Area in the Wizard City Library
You know that one place when you go visit Harold in Wizard City? Have you always been curious what was hidden behind those lights that led to infinite darkness? If you're an adventurous wizard daring to jump over the rope, you might find an action-packed book or two hidden among those shelves.

Behind the Waterfall (Nightside, Wizard City)
If you want a quiet little area with nothing but the rush of water and the faint chatter of wizards talking in the Commons, worry not: there's a place for you. All you'll find behind the waterfall are death wizards scurrying by you as they speak to Dworgyn and test their luck in the Sunken City.

Maybe you'll even catch a rainbow or two.

Dragon's Mouth Cave (Golem Court, Wizard City)
If water isn't your thing or the sounds of the waterfall and chatter of wizards is too much for you, the Dragon's Mouth cave is another place for your reading enjoyment. As long as you don't mind a stone dragon staring down at you menacingly or dim lighting (lest you set your book on fire), it'll be perfectly quiet and warm.

This is a good place to hibernate, isn't it.

Halley's Observatory (Royal Museum, Marleybone)
Unfortunately for young wizardlings who want to gaze at the stars in between breaks of reading or want to risk their lives balancing around in a library with no railings and a rotating dino, this won't be accessible until you finish Avalon.

Pigswick Library (Wysteria)
Mari mentioned it during our very public conversation on Twitter about reading places, but I didn't find a really good place for photos until I started questing through there on my myth.

The Community Chimes In

Over on Twitter during the summer, I asked the rest of the community about great reading places. Here's a select few:
Autumn forgot a pic! (She is also no longer on Twitter, but please know this does not give any rights to take and claim as your own.) But anyway, here's a pic of Autumn running around Jade Palace.
If you don't mind a little music while reading...
Mari volunteers her library as a tribute, wizards. Hit her up if you want a quiet place with the occasional owner popping in to make sure you're not causing havoc in her home. Thanks Mari for letting me sneak around your library for pics to use for the post header! (And probably for Spiral Reads, because Mari's library is fabulous).
Misty took some amazing pics over in Pirate101. I mean, Pirate101 is totally fair game. No one else chose to take it but Misty.

Do you have a favorite reading place in the spiral? How about in general? 

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