That basically says it all. I really want to thank everyone for reading this humble little blog. 2012 has been a wonderful whirlwind of a year!

Happy holidays to all of you and a happy new year! Stay tuned for more blog posts!
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In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Wow. Just... wow. This book was so deep and powerful that I cannot say anything. And yet I must. For the sake of my readers... or lack thereof.

Ender - it's impossible to describe Ender. I don't want to say that I love him, or pity him, or hate him, or anything. I just connected with him so well that I can't say anything but that - I am Ender. Everything he felt in the book, I have felt, maybe less drastically but still, at one time in my life. Orson Scott Card has truly done an amazing job at creating a person who is so like a person that it made my heart just.... ache.

The premise is also very well-done. I mean, it's creative, even by today's standards! The Battle Room was an amazing thing to imagine and... wow... I mean, it's serious. Seriously amazing. Awesome. Whatever.

I'm on vacation so my brain has been turned off, pretty much. One thing - read it now, please.
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Peter is thrilled to join his parents on an expedition to Greenland, where his father studies global warming. Peter will get to skip school, drive a dogsled, and - finally - share in his dad's adventures. But on the ice cap, Peter struggles to understand a series of visions that both frighten and entice him.

Thea has never seen the sun. Her extraordinary people, suspected of witchcraft and nearly driven to extinction, have retreated to a secret world they've built deep inside the arctic ice. As Thea dreams of a path to the earth's surface, Peter's search for answers brings him ever closer to her hidden home.

I read When You Reach Me first. First Light has the same element of science mixed in with a realistic setting, a really nice read.

The story was very well-plotted, though I couldn't help liking Thea's world, Gracehope, a little better. It has a very interesting matriarchy that I think is really creative. A lot of symbolism is involved, as well as some intricate more fantasy elements.

The bonds of friendship across such impossible boundaries were very powerful. The alien aspects of each new world were extremely well-written, and the way the characters adjusted together in each new situation was very heartwarming. Overall, I liked When You Reach Me better, but this is definitely worth reading for anyone who's looking for something decidedly new. :D
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So this is a two-piece package post, of two photo edits that I did on PicMonkey.

This is "In Fear of the Witch". The look is partly inspired by Elphaba in Wicked - which is a great book, BTW. The I made it using this picture on deviantART -

On that note, I have a dA now! Check it out at It's a stock account and I'll be posting backgrounds and such.

And the next one:

This one is a bit more creepy, I guess. This one is called "Demon Witch". It was made using this stock image on dA -

Hope that was good!
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This is another bunny piece. That's a very intrepid news reporter right there :D

Art policy is the same as always, though I would love some feedback!
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This is more surreal, and it's hard to tel what it is at a glance. But I think it turned out okay.

Remember, whatever you use it on, abide the Creative Commons rules. Writing prompts and art prompts - go for it!
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