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Attempting to Develop my First Visual Novel! (Romance/Otome genre)

Hello everyone!
I’ve decided that I’m going to create a visual novel. I’ve spent about 5 hours learning how to do it and then started a project. My project is an old story I started but have never finished. However all my character bios are beautiful and it would be a shame for them to go to waste. I hope that some of you on here will be interested in it.
I’ll be posting a link to Lemme Soft Forums once I’m farther along and you can check the progress there. Seriously, this game isn’t even close to started beyond having a folder for it lol.

The basic premise of the game starts in Panrisa, a realm between the demon and angel realms. There are different species that live in each realm. Humans and Talents live in Panrisa. You play a character named Divina Grison (renameable) who just started at Panrisa’s Talent University to learn how to protect her realm from being torn apart.

Hopefully this sounds interesting to you! If you have any comments please let me know. This is my first attempt at a game and I’m open to suggestions.
Also, if you’d like to help with production, send me a message. I can’t pay anything so you’d be a volunteer and your work would be credited. 🙂 I am currently planning to do as much of it on my own as possible. Thanks for taking the time to read!

Updated! Dragon Age Origins – Circle of Magi Quest – The Fade Walkthrough

I’ve recently edited this walkthrough since it was published in September 2013. I was playing recently and noticed that I was missing some of the fonts! Here are the recent edits:

  • All directions were made clearer, and 2 font locations were moved to the appropriate areas.
  • The Templar’s Nightmare added with font discoveries.
  • A font was added to the Darkspawn Invasion area.
  • A font was added to the Burning Tower Area.
  • The Mages Asunder fonts now have better directions.
  • The Mages Asunder fonts are completely listed and 2 have been added.
  • Niall or the Raw Fade area was made clearer and moved.
  • Ordered the Walkthrough by the areas that should be completed first for the quickest completion for this part of the quest.
  • The total number of fonts that can be found is placed in “Tips.”

Here is a walkthrough for those Dragon Age Origins players who need a head getting through the Fade quest in the Circle. Hopefully, this helps!

The Circle of Magi Quest: The Fade’s Essecnes (Fonts) Walkthrough

By: Naiad-Rose (www.bluerosesandnaiadsongs.wordpress.com)

NOTE!: This walkthrough is only for finding all of the fonts in the Fade during the Mages’ Tower quest and to quickly get you through the quest without running around in circles. There are NO TIPS to beat bosses.

TIPS!

  1. I recommend gaining all of the forms first before looking for fonts. It may be slower, but then you won’t be running everywhere to obtain a missed form.
  2. The Darkspawn Invasion and Burning Tower can be done interchangeably. To save time, do the Burning Tower First to gain the Burning Man Form. 
  3. Go to the PARTY MEMBERS LAST! This may not seem like a big deal, but helping party members last will ensure that you’ve gotten all of the fonts.
  4. Don’t collect the forms out of order, you’ll spend more time than you want here if you do that. If you want to finish quickly, just follow the numbers!
  5. ONLY BOSS TIP I WILL GIVE!: On the last boss, use your forms to kill him. The enemies that hurt you the most will have the same effect on the boss when he changes into other forms.
  6. If you think you missed a font, there are a total of 22 fonts in the Fade.

I’m going to tell you the fonts by the areas they are in and in the order that I recommend them being completed in. You DO NOT have to collect the fonts in this order!

  • Your Dream/Start: There is only 1 Font here.
    • Doesn’t it suck that you had to kill Duncan? This is only one Font here, but it will require the SPIRIT FORM. It is the only font at the very beginning, it will be on the right side of the chamber from where you entered when you began your quest in the Fade. You’ll need to use Spirit Form to use it.

 

  • Dark Invasion: There are 3 fonts here.
  1. One will be behind the “massive door” near the entrance. By “entrance,” I mean before you save the Templar, once you save the Templar you will have to run back to get it. Use the Golem Form to break down the door and reach the font.
  2. There is a mouse hole in the room where the fade pedestal is when you began. Use the Mouse Form. In the next area, it will look somewhat like a “T.”  Go straight and use the mousehole at the end. There will be a font. Then, leave the way you entered and take a right to use another mousehole. This mousehole will shortcut you halfway through the maze to just before the room you found the Templar in.
  3. There will also be a font in the room where you saved the Templar. You’ll need to use Spirit Form to get it and it will be behind a pillar.

 

  • Burning Tower: There are 5 fonts here.You may have to hunt, and I’m sorry about that, but the Maze Area is tough to give directions in with all the fire.
  1. There is a mouse hole by a pedestal at the beginning room. Use it, and there will be a Font of Cunning in it. You shouldn’t need any other form other than the Mouse to gain this font.
  2. Before using the stairs to enter the Maze area, there is a “massive door” to the left of the stairs, or straight ahead depending on how you entered the room. Break the door down as the Golem Form. It should look like a library, and inside on the right side of the room there will be a font of magic. Leave the room and use the stairs to go to the Maze area.
  3. In the Maze area, go straight ahead from where you entered the first time. Use the Burning Man Form to get through the flames and take the most direct path to the door. You should be able to spot it. It’s a spirit door at the end of the corridor. Use the Spirit Form to enter here. There will be 2 fonts.
  4. The last font in the Burning Tower is at the end. It will be with the demon of the realm, Rhagos, or at the end of the dream. It is a Font of Strength and on the right side of the room when you enter.
  • Mages Asunder: There are 8 Fonts here.
  1. The very first mouse hole, at the beginning, has a Font of Strength in it. There may be an enemy in here if you haven’t killed it yet.
  2. The second font will be a Font of Magic and is in the second room down the hall. There will be two mages in this room who will probably try to kill you. The font should look like a pile of books, and you’ll need Spirit Form to use it.
  3. Return to the room where you saved the dreamer here and move towards the quest. There will be a “massive door” that you’ll need to break down with the Golem Form. This is the start of the Maze for this dream. Go straight and take the first right. There will be 2 golems and a priest in the room, in addition to a font. Kill the enemies and then use Font of Willpower.
  4. From the room above, make a right and then a left. Kill the Golem in your path and then continue past the “massive door” that will be on the right. At the end of the hall is a door. Behind the door are 3 Golems. Be fully healed before going through this door!  In the back right corner of the room is a Font of Strength.
  5. After you’re done with the two rooms mentioned above, go back the way you came to the massive door you passed earlier. There are 2 arcane horrors (if you haven’t killed them yet) and a spirit door behind it. Use the Spirit form to enter the door. There will be a single Golem in the room in addition to a font. Stay in this room.
  6. In the same room you killed a Golem and gained a font by using a Spirit door, there is a mouse hole. Use the Mouse Form to enter the hole and be ready to fight 2 more Golems. After killing the 2 Golems, use the font of cunning on the right side of the room from where you entered via Mousehole. Then, break down the “massive door” in the same room.
  7. After you break down the “massive door,” there will be two fonts. One of constitution and the other of dexterity. Use these fonts and then head back through the mousehole and spirit door. These are the final fonts for this dream.

 

  • Niall or the Raw Fade: There are 2 fonts here.
  1. Go through the portal that is to Niall’s RIGHT. There may be one Rage Abomination here, just kill it and then move on to the next portal. After going through the second portal, go down the long “corridor”  until there is a spirit door on the right side, it shouldn’t be too far from the beginning. You’ll need to use Spirit Form to go through; it will not be the spirit door in front of Niall, behind you if you’re talking to him. You’ll know you’re in the correct area by here being a ship in the middle of the room. The little balls of energy will try to kill you. This will tell you that you are in the right spot. This is the only area like this in the Fade.
  2. If you think you went through the door in front of Niall, there will be 3 demons; one of these demons will be Yuvana, who is the purple demon and is partially naked. After slaying her, grab the only font here. It will be a font of willpower and will be to the right side of this room, and you’ll need to use the Spirit Form. This door will open the portal to the final boss and only unlocks after helping your party members
  • The Templar’s Nightmare: There are 2 fonts here.
  1. The first font will be through the door away from the Fade portal next to the Fade pedestal in the room you start in. Go through the door and enter the first room on the left, there will be 3 abominations in here. Kill them and then use the Mouse Form to use the mousehole at the end of the room. There will be a blightwolf as soon as you exit the mousehole. Kill it and then get the font of Dexterity.
  2. At the end of the dream, where you fight this dream’s demon Vereveel, there will be a font on the left side of the room from where you entered. It will be a font of cunning.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have now collected all the fonts.

 

Green: Fonts here Numbers: Go in this order Symbols: Form Gained Orange: Party Member Blue: Paths Arrows: Way that you can go on paths (Both ways on all)

**** The rat = rat, Ghost = spirit, Burning head = burning man, Symbol = Golem ******

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Finals Week: The Pre-Winter Break Blizzard

For me, finals week has arrived like a freaking blizzard that you know is coming but you forgot to go and buy supplies for. I’ve been having to work on project after project but the thing is, the end of the semester is close at hand… then break will arrive!

I thought I’d share 5 of my tips for how I survive the Finals Blizzard. May the knowledge you hold and your memory help you through this finals season. Good luck and I hope my tips help you out! Read the rest of this entry

The Sailing Rocks of Death Valley

All over the earth there are many geographical and historical landmarks that baffle us. Such as Stone Henge, which we still don’t understand how it was built all those thousands of years ago, or the Great Pyramids. We have ideas of how they were built but there’s not one theory that has come out on top and crushed the otherse. As for geographical landmarks, Death Valley’s sailing rocks have been difficult to figure out. No one has seen them move, but they do since their trails are the only things that show us.

As of August 27, 2014, however, 3 people have solved the mystery of the Sailing Rocks.   Read the rest of this entry

Lysistrata by Aristophanes and Greek Life

I wrote a small creative paper responding to Lysistrata without turning it into a book report. While it’s probably not the best piece in the world, maybe it can help inspire some of your own writing.

This is the book I used and I read all the plays in it. The Acharnians is my favorite and reminds me of Monty Python.

The Story:

Following the stream of energized Mycenaeans out of the theatron where Lysistrata by Aristophanes had finished its first performance, I walked with my husband, Thanos, to my father’s home for the meeting that had been arranged only a few days earlier. The agora of Mycenae was crowed as merchants hawked their wares and criers shouted the daily news. The acropolis rose above the busy scene, with men bartering for the best price and women staying near their men, occasionally gossiping with other women near them about the daily chores and their neighbors.

Lysistrata performing in the theatron today! Aristophanes present for today only!” A crier shouted at the base of the path that led up to the acropolis. Another enthusiastically shouted closer to the center of the agora that Aristophanes had been waiting to release the play in 413, only 2 years earlier and when a peace treaty between Laconia and Attica was far from the horizon. Thankfully, Caerus, the god of luck, had been on my side as Thanos escaped military service and assisting in Attica’s war effort, using a favor to end his military career by 4 years in order to marry and help Mycenae prosper as a merchant (greek-gods-and-goddesses.com). Thanos ignored the criers, occasionally stopping to talk politics with a fellow merchant before we continued down the path to my small family home just outside of the agora. When we reached the modest home, my father, Dorian, stepped into the doorway and my younger brother ran out to greet me.

“Irene!” Alexander shouted as he ran toward me, his sandals crunching on the ground “Guess what happened to me today.” He stopped in front of me as Thanos continued to the door now that my brother, in his 10th year, was with me. Smiling, I walked the small distance to my child-hood home with Alexander at my side.

“You finished your lesson in school and you were praised by your teacher?”

“Yep! Though father is upset because I didn’t get all perfect marks on the speech I did last night.” Alexander grumbled under his breath. I chuckled quietly at his disgruntlement and moved to the back room where my mother, Nani, waved me over while she worked on the base of a raw piece of pottery. She didn’t look up from her work as I took a seat beside her on the stool where she’d taught me as she worked on how to be the best Mycenaean I could be.

“Hello mother, Thanos took me to see Lysistrata this morning.”  I spoke as I remsoved some stray scraps of clay from the table she was using. Without looking up, she gave me a sharp signal to be quiet. I waited for her to invite more conversation, using the time to organize my thoughts on the play. Nani blew a short puff of air near the bottom to clear away any remaining pieces of clay, then she turned on her stool and brushed away the clay dust on her shift.

“How was the play, Irene? Have you and Thanos started a family yet? I can’t wait forever to see the future of Mycenae you know.” Nani spoke softly, her lips turning up in a maternal smile.

I cleared my throat delicately, “My husband and I have yet to conceive the future of Mycenae, mother. As for the play, we were in Athens and the women were going to stop the men from going to war, in Laconia and Attica, by no longer having sex with them.”

Nani’s eyes widened some in mock disbelief, “Not having sex? Why, that’s tragic!” She barely kept the laughter at bay.

“It’s true! I think it suited Athens perfectly because of the overall silliness of the play.” I paused to let my mother catch her breath as mirth rocked her 35 year-old frame. Once she had regained her composure, I continued. “And it was not just the women of Athens, Lysistrata brought women from every polis into this pact. Mycenae, Sparta, and Thebes were all brought into this pact to be celibate (Aristophanes, pg. 142).” I paused when one of the servants came in, dropping off some unwanted supplies before returning outside. I brushed aside an irritant strand of hair. “While I enjoyed the play greatly, mother, Aristophanes exaggerated some of our… weakest points. For example, a man in the play calls women ‘sub-human creatures’ (Aristophanes, pg. 159).” I crinkled my nose in disgust.

Nani nodded in that all-knowing fashion that only mothers could. “I think that was his point, Irene, to make us want change. Of course, without us women, there wouldn’t be any men or sons for the foolish wars that Laconia and Attica seem intent on fighting.” Nani’s voice was dry as she moved the prepped vase off of the table and began to knead another ball of clay. “Your brother would probably welcome the chance to speak with you about the play, just don’t tell your father. You know how he has been in his old age and sticking to the traditions. Alexander has been going on about how he has been learning about the ‘fine arts’ due to Lysistrata’s release. I can hardly get him to be quiet for dinner with Dorian, always chattering about Sappho of Lesbos and Pindar of Thebes from times gone by.”

My lips curved up in a small smile. “He has always enjoyed the lyrical poetry of the past, mother.” I quietly slipped out of the kitchen and past the men in the main area to the front yard where Alexander could be seen drawing in the dirt with a slender stick. I stood behind him so as not to interrupt his work. As he finally looked up, he nearly jumped away in surprise but stopped himself for he was only a couple years away from being a man fully grown.

“By Zeus Irene! You should not sneak up on people.” Alexander scowled for a minute before brushing his sandal across the dirt scribbling he’d done. “Did mother send you out her because you were pestering her?”

Shaking my head, I kept a straight face for my brother, “Mother sent me to be your audience. She stated that you’d enjoy hearing about the ‘impossible fantasy’ that is Lysistrata (Aristophanes, pg. 135).”

Alexander’s irritation vanished in a blink of an eye. “Really? Well it is an impossible play. Can you ever imagine that happening, Irene? The summary of the play is that women stop the war between Sparta and Athens. That could never happen in reality. And how could women just stop and…” He continued and I just sat quietly in front of him. Listening to what he thought about the play, seeing hints of Dorian in his speech. By the time he finished his analysis of the Lysistrata, when he had yet to see the play and was basing his argument on the criers of the agora, Thanos was stepping outside to join us in the front yard.

“Irene, it is time to return home. Dorian is taking Alexander to see Lysistrata to teach him how to truly learn from a play.” Thanos said this as he walked toward me, gently ushering me in the direction of our home, even as my mind whirled with the conflicting stances of Nani and my brother. Nani, agreeing with me that the basis of the play was amusing and silly; while Alexander thought it was “ridiculous and unfounded.” Chuckling quietly to myself I thought of a line in the play that had struck a chord in me. “I didn’t realize we were such a total lot of nymphos” (Aristophanes, pg. 146) had rung in my soul. Are we truly so weak that all we women are capable of is listening to our older husbands and letting them make the decisions? I thought, as I prepared dinner. Shrugging, I hummed softly to myself. If we truly are so weak, then why must they rely on us for the sons of war? Perhaps there is more power in women of Mycenae than the men know and Aristophanes emphasized this in Lysistrata by having other poli? Shaking my head, as if shaking the thoughts free, I ignored them. No, we remain in the shadows. Quiet as the shades that prowl the Underworld, and peace will come when death stops his meals.

Notes:
According to babynames.com, Thanos means Death, Irene means Peace, Nani means Grace, and Alexander means Defender of the People in Greek.

Hello everyone!

I have started an e-Bay store that, I hope, takes off. Feel free to take a peek and share the link with your friends. If you’ve been looking for an item, let me know. I may have one to sell but haven’t put it up yet because I want to see how this selling thing goes.

Thank you!

Naiad-Rose

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Shakespeare’s Sonnet 62

Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
And all my soul and all my every part;
And for this sin there is no remedy,
It is so grounded inward in my heart.
Methinks no face so gracious is as mine,
No shape so true, no truth of such account;
And for myself mine own worth do define,
As I all other in all worths surmount.
But when my glass shows me myself indeed,
Beated and chopp’d with tann’d antiquity,
Mine own self-love quite contrary I read;
Self so self-loving were iniquity.
‘Tis thee, myself, that for myself I praise,
Painting my age with beauty of thy days.

Dragon Age Origins: Mage Tower Walkthrough

I’ve recently edited this walkthrough since it was published in September 2013. I was playing recently and noticed that I was missing some of the fonts! Here are the recent edits:

  • All directions were made clearer, and 2 font locations were moved to the appropriate areas.
  • The Templar’s Nightmare added with font discoveries.
  • A font was added to the Darkspawn Invasion area.
  • A font was added to the Burning Tower Area.
  • The Mages Asunder fonts now have better directions.
  • The Mages Asunder fonts are completely listed and 2 have been added.
  • Niall or the Raw Fade area was made clearer and moved.
  • Ordered the Walkthrough by the areas that should be completed first for the quickest completion for this part of the quest.
  • The total number of fonts that can be found is placed in “Tips.”

Here is a walkthrough for those Dragon Age Origins players who need a head getting through the Fade quest in the Circle. Hopefully, this helps!

The Circle of Magi Quest: The Fade’s Fonts Walkthrough

By: Naiad-Rose (www.bluerosesandnaiadsongs.wordpress.com)

NOTE!: This walkthrough is only for finding all of the fonts in the Fade during the Mages’ Tower quest and to quickly get you through the quest without running around in circles. There are NO TIPS to beat bosses.

TIPS!

  1. I recommend gaining all of the forms first before looking for fonts. It may be slower, but then you won’t be running everywhere to obtain a missed form.
  2. The Darkspawn Invasion and Burning Tower can be done interchangeably. To save time, do the Burning Tower First to gain the Burning Man Form. 
  3. Go to the PARTY MEMBERS LAST! This may not seem like a big deal, but helping party members last will ensure that you’ve gotten all of the fonts.
  4. Don’t collect the forms out of order, you’ll spend more time than you want here if you do that. If you want to finish quickly, just follow the numbers!
  5. ONLY BOSS TIP I WILL GIVE!: On the last boss, use your forms to kill him. The enemies that hurt you the most will have the same effect on the boss when he changes into other forms.
  6. If you think you missed a font, there are a total of 22 fonts in the Fade.

I’m going to tell you the fonts by the areas they are in and in the order that I recommend them being completed in. You DO NOT have to collect the fonts in this order!

  • Your Dream/Start: There is only 1 Font here.
    • Doesn’t it suck that you had to kill Duncan? This is only one Font here, but it will require the SPIRIT FORM. It is the only font at the very beginning, it will be on the right side of the chamber from where you entered when you began your quest in the Fade. You’ll need to use Spirit Form to use it.

 

  • Dark Invasion: There are 3 fonts here.
  1. One will be behind the “massive door” near the entrance. By “entrance,” I mean before you save the Templar, once you save the Templar you will have to run back to get it. Use the Golem Form to break down the door and reach the font.
  2. There is a mouse hole in the room where the fade pedestal is when you began. Use the Mouse Form. In the next area, it will look somewhat like a “T.”  Go straight and use the mousehole at the end. There will be a font. Then, leave the way you entered and take a right to use another mousehole. This mousehole will shortcut you halfway through the maze to just before the room you found the Templar in.
  3. There will also be a font in the room where you saved the Templar. You’ll need to use Spirit Form to get it and it will be behind a pillar.

 

  • Burning Tower: There are 5 fonts here.You may have to hunt, and I’m sorry about that, but the Maze Area is tough to give directions in with all the fire.
  1. There is a mouse hole by a pedestal at the beginning room. Use it, and there will be a Font of Cunning in it. You shouldn’t need any other form other than the Mouse to gain this font.
  2. Before using the stairs to enter the Maze area, there is a “massive door” to the left of the stairs, or straight ahead depending on how you entered the room. Break the door down as the Golem Form. It should look like a library, and inside on the right side of the room there will be a font of magic. Leave the room and use the stairs to go to the Maze area.
  3. In the Maze area, go straight ahead from where you entered the first time. Use the Burning Man Form to get through the flames and take the most direct path to the door. You should be able to spot it. It’s a spirit door at the end of the corridor. Use the Spirit Form to enter here. There will be 2 fonts.
  4. The last font in the Burning Tower is at the end. It will be with the demon of the realm, Rhagos, or at the end of the dream. It is a Font of Strength and on the right side of the room when you enter.
  • Mages Asunder: There are 8 Fonts here.
  1. The very first mouse hole, at the beginning, has a Font of Strength in it. There may be an enemy in here if you haven’t killed it yet.
  2. The second font will be a Font of Magic and is in the second room down the hall. There will be two mages in this room who will probably try to kill you. The font should look like a pile of books, and you’ll need Spirit Form to use it.
  3. Return to the room where you saved the dreamer here and move towards the quest. There will be a “massive door” that you’ll need to break down with the Golem Form. This is the start of the Maze for this dream. Go straight and take the first right. There will be 2 golems and a priest in the room, in addition to a font. Kill the enemies and then use Font of Willpower.
  4. From the room above, make a right and then a left. Kill the Golem in your path and then continue past the “massive door” that will be on the right. At the end of the hall is a door. Behind the door are 3 Golems. Be fully healed before going through this door!  In the back right corner of the room is a Font of Strength.
  5. After you’re done with the two rooms mentioned above, go back the way you came to the massive door you passed earlier. There are 2 arcane horrors (if you haven’t killed them yet) and a spirit door behind it. Use the Spirit form to enter the door. There will be a single Golem in the room in addition to a font. Stay in this room.
  6. In the same room you killed a Golem and gained a font by using a Spirit door, there is a mouse hole. Use the Mouse Form to enter the hole and be ready to fight 2 more Golems. After killing the 2 Golems, use the font of cunning on the right side of the room from where you entered via Mousehole. Then, break down the “massive door” in the same room.
  7. After you break down the “massive door,” there will be two fonts. One of constitution and the other of dexterity. Use these fonts and then head back through the mousehole and spirit door. These are the final fonts for this dream.

 

  • Niall or the Raw Fade: There are 2 fonts here.
  1. Go through the portal that is to Niall’s RIGHT. There may be one Rage Abomination here, just kill it and then move on to the next portal. After going through the second portal, go down the long “corridor”  until there is a spirit door on the right side, it shouldn’t be too far from the beginning. You’ll need to use Spirit Form to go through; it will not be the spirit door in front of Niall, behind you if you’re talking to him. You’ll know you’re in the correct area by here being a ship in the middle of the room. The little balls of energy will try to kill you. This will tell you that you are in the right spot. This is the only area like this in the Fade.
  2. If you think you went through the door in front of Niall, there will be 3 demons; one of these demons will be Yuvana, who is the purple demon and is partially naked. After slaying her, grab the only font here. It will be a font of willpower and will be to the right side of this room, and you’ll need to use the Spirit Form. This door will open the portal to the final boss and only unlocks after helping your party members
  • The Templar’s Nightmare: There are 2 fonts here.
  1. The first font will be through the door away from the Fade portal next to the Fade pedestal in the room you start in. Go through the door and enter the first room on the left, there will be 3 abominations in here. Kill them and then use the Mouse Form to use the mousehole at the end of the room. There will be a blightwolf as soon as you exit the mousehole. Kill it and then get the font of Dexterity.
  2. At the end of the dream, where you fight this dream’s demon Vereveel, there will be a font on the left side of the room from where you entered. It will be a font of cunning.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have now collected all the fonts.

 

Green: Fonts here Numbers: Go in this order Symbols: Form Gained Orange: Party Member Blue: Paths Arrows: Way that you can go on paths (Both ways on all)

Green: Fonts here
Numbers: Go in this order
Symbols: Form Gained
Orange: Party Member
Blue: Paths
Arrows: Way that you can go on paths (Both ways on all)

**** The rat = rat, Ghost = spirit, Burning head = burning man, Symbol = Golem ******

 

 

Try This Game for a Party!

 

SEEING!

 

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Take pictures blindfolded with a friend of the following descriptions/items. Afterward, look them over and pick your favorites.

  1. Something that makes you smile. 
  2. Something that reminds you of a song. 
  3. A different perspective. 
  4. Something you want to remember. 
  5. Your childhood ♥ 
  6. Something that makes you sad/unhappy. 
  7. Your imaginary friend. 
  8. Something that you feel right now. 
  9. A large space important to you. 
  10. Something that makes you laugh. 
  11. Something that makes you feel warm. 
  12. Something that you wish for. 

Lyrics to a Song: Skeleton Key (In Progress)

These lyrics were written by a blossoming artist who is just getting started. She hasn’t written much but these are the lyrics to the first song that she is doing right now. What are your thoughts and what instrument would you have with them?

 

Skeleton Key
By: Rosalia

“Everywhere I go,

and everything I see,

you’re always there with me.

You’re my skeleton key,

so why can’t I be yours?”

College

I just attended an orientation preview for the college that I am going to attend, and, while I am excited to be on my own, I also am trying to make decisions on my own right now before I get there. Some tips I have for future freshmen may be helpful for you, or may be utterly useless; either way though, knowing about some of these may help someone else that you know. If you have any questions for me, fill out the contact form at the bottom.

THE TEN THORNS EVERY COLLEGE FRESHMAN SHOULD KNOW

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
    Just because you are going to be in college and more on your own, doesn’t mean you have to take the world on alone, asking for help (I’m asking for help on choosing a computer for my classes) can save you a lot of trouble in the end.
  2. ASK QUESTIONS!
    A math teacher I had in high school told me that the only dump/stupid question is the one that you don’t ask. I can guarantee that someone else has the same question.
  3. Start working on making your OWN decisions.
    Once you start making some of your own choices, and not just the little ones but some of the bigger ones, such as taking a class that your parents don’t agree with but that you would really enjoy, you are starting to become more independent and college will probably seem less scary. Start small though and don’t freak yourself out. 🙂
  4. Make Connections!
    When I say make connections, I mean make connections with someone at the college. An older student, a professor, or your advisor can all be a connection. I connected with my orientation leader who is attending to become a history major and now I feel a bit more of the college community and less like someone just showing up.
  5. Try something new.
    Don’t stay in your box, come out of it and try some of the activities the college has to offer, and I don’t mean anything crazy. Just maybe try a class that you’re curious about but are unsure of taking. Just do it. I’m thinking about becoming a Resident Assistant, which means I would help students in my residence hall, and while I’m unsure about it, I’m going to do it.
  6. Research!
    If you don’t know what a class is about or if you don’t know anything about the area, learn about it. Learning about where you are going to be can take a lot of stress off of you and can make the area seem less foreign and more exciting.
  7. Be ready for homesickness.
    Even if you are only a few hours away from home, still say good bye and be prepared to miss your family, even if you say that you won’t miss them, you most likely will. To make the transition easier, say a proper good bye and send letters, e-mails, phone calls, or whatever you want to stay in touch. They’re just a phone call away.
  8. Balance your classes.
    Don’t try to take all the same type of classes at once and don’t try to take them all in the morning or on one day. You can overwhelm yourself and finding a happy medium can make studying for classes and experiencing college life much more enjoyable.
  9. Think things through.
    Remember that you don’t have your parents around to get you out of the messes that you create, so think about what you are about to do and ask “Is this really a good idea?” If it is go through with it; if it’s not and you do it, just be ready for the consequences.
  10. Have fun!
    While you may be in college to prepare for the business world and your life after learning, don’t forget to ENJOY yourself. You can’t go back to these years and you should experience  what there is around you. It’s not all about studying but socializing and making connections that may last forever or help you later in life.P.S. While some of these tips seem like common sense or just a “duh!” one, some people really don’t know about them. Just take them into consideration. I AM NOT TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO! (Okay?)

 

TRUE OR FALSE?

To Give a Chill

I’m feeling a little dark today. It’s snowing and I felt like posting the Genesis of my book. 

Drip.

Drip.

Drip.

“Come here, little hunter. Taste.”

Blood in the air, on the walls, under her feet. “Ari?”
“Ari’s having a nice nap.” A giggling laugh that made her want to run, run, RUN! “Mmm, I think I prefer Belle.” A red-dipped finger lifted to her mouth, pressed against her lips.
Blood seeping onto her tongue.
Her sister’s blood.
That was when she screamed.

From Archangel’s Kiss, By: Nalini Singh

Advice for Life

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

 

Cleansing

With the rain comes cleansing,

Cleansing brings a fresh start.

A fresh start brings peace.

 

Peace of Mind.

Peace to the Heart.

Tranquility to the Soul.

 

Rejoice! Rejoice!

A Riddle for You

Let me be the answer to your frail truth, let me take your hand and become peace, let me summon you peacefully, with a startling rise, let me take care of you in any form of mine. I am used by many, and used by none, yet ready to serve the old and the young. Meloncholy suits me, and nothing can erode me, as we all are to eventually become one. What am I?

Answer: Death

**The number of question marks is the number of letters in the answer.**

The Good Night

Well one was red and the other white, and then the Rea went off to bed.

Where she fell to sleep and had a dream.

Will her prince join thee?

Who knows!

Who knows!

Off to bed the little angel went.

Sleep tight Dark Prince,

The demon of the night and the vampire of the blood.

Good night!

Good night…

Rain Rain… Come My Way?

Rain Rain... Come My Way?

Do you feel the rain?

Truth

Everything changed,
I just knew it would.

But how can you know the truth,
when there is no light to show it?

That’s simple, said the man.
You just follow your heart.
And the truth will come at you,

Probably with a two-by-four.

Believe And You’ll Find Magic

What kind of magic do you expect to find?