D&D Session 9 & 10

Session Nine 

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL7) and Basile (LVL9)
  • Lorn (LVL 9)
  • Marven (LVL8)
  • Neebs (LVL 9)
  • Dwayne (LVL8)
  • Alkaid (LVL 8)
  • Kass (LVL 8)

Story:

Shortly after returning back in town, the group spends the next few days collecting themselves as they try to understand the strange new rules of Dwarvenshire, now renamed “Neebsenshire” after their King Neebs.

  • The Neebs Fan Club has disbanded and has now been restructured as the government. Jennifer has taken control and has implemented new laws to help make Neebsenshire a safer place, including a weekly 10 gp tax and a 10PM curfew. Sleeping outside is no longer allowed, and anyone homeless or unable to pay the tax must leave.
  • Neebs has also disbanded the Church of Neebs, effectively kicking the ship off the side of the cliff, as his preaching was to teach the town to “believe in themselves, and not in him.” He spends most of his time walking around town giving morale speeches to keep up everyone’s spirits.

Xi-Long resurrects Duarph, who is confused about what happened. When he learns that Neebs will now be in charge, he is thrilled and leaves to go adventuring again. He takes Shale along with him, abandoning The Last Call. The group return their borrowed items to Xi-Long before heading to The Three Shepherds.

The group meets with the dragonborn brothers inside and promise that they will assist them with their quest to clear out the rust monsters as soon as they rest for a day or two from their battle with the dragon.

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AOF: Book Covers!!

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While waiting for my turn to come around for the editing process, the publisher and I are starting to brainstorm cover ideas for The Art of Falling! 

This is by far one of the most important parts that I have been dying to get my hands on. I am definitely one to judge a book by its cover, and I naturally want to help them design a cover that I think will grab a reader’s attention.

A few years ago I had come up with a book cover concept that suited my needs at the time. It put a face to the novel as I continued to work on it and try to gather readers.

Of course, as we move forward, this idea will most likely be scrapped for something new.

My homework has been researching Urban Fantasy/Romance book covers on the Amazon Top 100 List (and on pinterest) to see what covers are popular, what themes and styles seem to work, and to find ideas that would translate well to my novel.

For fantasy, covers with people on them are very popular. While I am not a fan (as I feel this can sometimes look tacky when editing is awful) I do understand why this style is used. It allows young readers to identify with the character! However, I’m personally a huge fan of covers with a symbol or image (think Twilight’s apple or Hunger Games’ mockingjay.)

I’ve got quite a few ideas saved in a pinterest board for reference as I continue to work with the publisher. However, I thought I would share some of the covers that jumped out at me with you guys!

What covers jump out to you when you’re browsing the library or bookstore? What themes do you enjoy? What traits do you dislike? Let me know in the comments!

 

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ART: Painting as a Past Time

When I’m not in the mood to write or read, I find myself itching to draw. Sometimes, I’m not even in the mood to draw. That’s when I turn to painting to let go of some of my creativity.

This weekend I’m going to my friend’s house warming party. As a gift, I’m giving her a painting that I did over the course of a few days. Giving a painting as a gift has become a tradition over the last few years. It’s been a great way for me to paint subjects that I normally wouldn’t have considered, and to test my limits with new styles of painting.

This trend started with watercolor 5×7 prints that I painted for my fiance’s family one Christmas. I looked up flowers that represented the birth month of his mom, grandma, and aunts. They were quick and easy, each taking about a half hour to finish as I listened to Cover Drive on YouTube.

 

Then, my friends started buying their first homes. One couple even had a baby shortly after getting an apartment! At this time, I was into acrylic painting. So I asked them what they wanted for their house, and created 16×20 paintings over the course of a few days.

Next thing I knew, my friends were getting married! Of course, I offered to paint them a gift to celebrate their marriage. One even requested that I paint a canvas for their guests to sign as a guest book alternative. For another, I painted a rendition of one of their favorite engagement photos (which I also took for them.)

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Next thing I knew, it was my turn to get married! Finally! So, naturally, I painted little watercolor invitations for my bridesmaids (and they said yes, of course.)

 

Overall, painting has become one of my favorite hobbies when I’m not deep into a book or writing. Of course, I still have a lot to learn! I know how to paint with watercolors, acrylics, and oils (thanks to several painting classes in school) but there is always room to improve.

D&D Session 7 & 8

With Midwest Media Expo cancelled, we decided to do an impromptu session, followed by our regularly scheduled session the next weekend. Gotta love when you have more D&D than originally planned! Things are really starting to pick up (especially behind the scenes for Basile.)

Note: This session is mainly battle heavy, although plot and story is involved. This session is also designed for players to drop in and out depending on their schedule, so while everyone is in the same party, characters may not be active during certain sessions.

Session Seven 

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL5) and Basile (LVL7)
  • Lorn (LVL 7)
  • Marven (LVL6)
  • Rhaegar (LVL6)
  • Neebs (LVL 7)
  • Dwayne (LVL6)
  • Alkaid (Lvl 5)

Story:

Back in town, the party chooses to rest for a while before completing their final task for the Lady of the Lake. Unfortunately, Kass has food poisoning and is at the Three Shepherds for most of the session recovering.

  • Ciaran spends most of his time hanging out with Lorn, assisting the elf as he organized Duarph’s books and records. Lorn notices that the Neebs Fan Club has been purchasing a lot of land and reselling it, and quickly brushes it off. Duarph offers Lorn a position to help run the town, and gives Ciaran the job to sweep the floors (which was dirt) to Ciaran, who asked if he could have a job. While looking through Duarph’s contract book, Lorn notices that the Neebs Fan Club has been purchasing a lot of land and reselling it.
  • Meanwhile, Marven and Rhaegar visit Duarph to discuss purchasing a plot of land for Rhaegar’s home on the shoulders. Nervous, Rhaegar wants Marven to be the mediator, but has to talk to Duarph himself. The founder of the town doesn’t seem to remember his first encounter with Rhaegar (though Rhaegar’s testicles sure do remember.) After purchasing a plot of land, Rhaegar goes to meet with two young builders: Redwald and Jamie. He offers them 10k gold to build his house, but Jamie demands 50k. In the end, they don’t take the job offer.
  • Marven asks Duarph about Shale, curious as to why more people don’t go and eat her salted pork. Duarph explains that when he was an adventurer, he had met Shale and offered her to open up a dwarven tavern in his new town. However, her alcohol was too strong and people didn’t like her bold personality. She quickly became jaded of most people, as no one accepted her dwarven hospitality. Marven suggests that Shale should own her business rather than run it as a bartender, hoping that maybe he can get out of the enormous debt he racked up from eating too much salted pork.
  • Neebs spends most of his time around town helping the poor and giving to charity. He works as a carpenter and helps an elderly man build his library in town. In the meantime, he also starts to grow a beard (but how, he’s an elf!)
  • Dwayne assists H’rathen with building his church to Kord, which includes a sparring arena in the center. The two talk about themselves, and H’rathen learns that Dwayne came from an island northeast of Dwarvenshire that had broken apart into four smaller islands. Dwayne had left to grow stronger until he could return to stop the civil wars among his family.
  • Alkaid finds Ellerd and Torg in the Three Shepherds and talk to them about Avandra. Alkaid suggests that they find a good place in town to set their way stone. During the conversation, Ellerd is clearing upset about Neebs and his obsession with himself as a god. Alkaid somewhat defends him by saying the fanclub offers delicious baked goods. Dwayne comes in after working with H’rathen and tells Ellerd that he will pay off the hefty tab the drunk has accumulated. At that moment, a member of the fan club comes in with a giant bouquet of roses from Neebs to give Torg. Ellerd orders more to drink, but Dwayne casts Glibness to convince Ellerd that if he takes one more drink, he will die. This stops him from building up his tab and from fighting Neebs.
  • Meanwhile, Basile takes advantage of everyone scattered around town to go visit Ashisa in private. There, he tells her about a poison that killed someone close to him and asks for her assistance in figuring out what it was. He told her the symptoms: paralysis, asphyxiation, and glazed eyes. She accepted to help him and told him to come back in a week for an answer.

That night, Marven speaks with H’rathen about Krissa. H’rathen uses divination to speak with Kord and tells Marven that he is safe. (H’rathen then tells Marven that Lorn is a “punk ass bitch who is not wise and close to the Earth” (but I can’t remember the context, it was just hilarious.)

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