26 July 2013

The Philosophy of John Locke: Sherlock Fanfics

There is a thing in Sherlock fanfiction called "Johnlock." It means that the writer has created some kind of romantic plot/subplot pairing the two main characters. It's like when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie get called "Brangelina." Now, I don't think Johnlock makes a lot of sense. It is very difficult to write Sherlock being romantic without him being wildly out of character, and I really, really hate when one my favourite characters is written wrong.

However, the (non)word "Johnlock" was bugging me with its familiarity. Something told me that I had heard it before, years ago. Then, I remembered: in university, I studied an English philosopher named John Locke. The pronunciation is the same, or at least so similar as to make no difference.

Now, my brain doesn't work the way other people's brains work. Most people who don't like Johnlock fanfics would never consider doing what I decided to do. I decided to write some Sherlock "John Locke" fanfiction. Yes, I know I'm weird. Normal is boring.

I went on brainyquote.com and looked up John Locke quotes. I was delighted to find seven that fit perfectly. I proceeded to write a 150 word "one-shot" for each of them. I posted these on Archive of Our Own (AO3) as a series, and on FanFiction.net as seven separate stories as that site has few options. If you're interested, links are below.

The pictures link to AO3, and I couldn't seem to get them to open in a new tab/window. Sorry about that. The text links below should open in a new tab/window though.

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."
~John Locke

"An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards."
~John Locke

"All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it."
~John Locke

"One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant."
~John Locke

"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours."
~John Locke

"The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good."
~John Locke

"I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment."
~John Locke

The Philosophy of John Locke on AO3
Part 1: Details
Part 2: Variable
Part 3: Errors
Part 4: Proof
Part 5: Thinking
Part 6: Breathing
Part 7: Missing

The Philosophy of John Locke on FFnet
Part 1: Details
Part 2: Variable
Part 3: Errors
Part 4: Proof
Part 5: Thinking
Part 6: Breathing
Part 7: Missing

17 July 2013

26 Random Things About Me

At work, we were asked to share random things about ourselves. Of course, I had to go a little crazy, and I wrote an acrostic.

About Me

A – Art: I write poetry, short stories, and music.
B – Brave: My sister thinks I look like Princess Merida from the Disney movie “Brave.”
C – Cat: I used to have a cat named Oliver.
D – Dog: I used to have a dog named Lucky.
E – Elves: I love the world of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
F – Food: I am willing to try just about anything once.
G – God: My relationship with Him is very important to me.
H – Hearts: I used to collect heart-shaped earrings and pendants.
I – Imagination: I’m always making up stories in my head.
J – Jerks: I can’t stand rude drivers.
K – Kids: I am the oldest of eight.
L – Language: I love to study words.
M – Mushy: My husband and I are very affectionate, even in public.
N – Nails: I love to do my nails. I have a box full of polishes, stickers, and stuff.
O – OctPoWriMo: Last year, in October, I participated in October Poetry Writing Month. I wrote a poem each day.
P – Poetry: I love the form of rhyme and rhythm. I’m a poetry geek.
Q – Queen: I was named after a queen.
R – Reading: My dad used to say the house could burn down and I wouldn't notice if I was reading a book.
S – Science fiction: I read and watch a lot of this. I’m such a geek.
T – Thunder: I love thunderstorms.
U – Ukulele: My husband plays the ukulele. I play piano and guitar.
V – Vampires: I own the entire series of Buffy on DVD. Also the entire series of Angel.
W – Weird: I am not normal. Normal is boring.
X – Xmas: Christmas is my favourite holiday.
Y – YouTube: I recorded myself reciting one of my poems and posted it online.
Z – Zombies: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, I’d probably play dead (or actually be dead). I can’t run or fight.

13 July 2013

Review of The Orb of Truth by Brae Wyckoff

The Orb of Truth (The Horn King, #1)The Orb of Truth by Brae Wyckoff

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I downloaded this book because I heard that it was similar to The Hobbit. Well, it does have Elves and Dwarves, and the main character is a halfling. And they go on some kind of quest. I guess that's similar. But J.R.R. Tolkien was a good writer. Brae Wyckoff, unfortunately, isn't.

I couldn't finish this book. It was painful to read. It really needs a professional editor. The grammar is so wrong I cannot help but wonder if English is Mr. Wyckoff's second language. If so, it is understandable, but I still need some serious editing before I will be able to force myself to read this.

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11 July 2013

Book Release - A Light That Burns

When I clicked "publish" on A Light That Obscures, my hands were shaking and I found it difficult to breathe normally. Even though it is only a short short story and it's free to download (and always will be), it is the first ebook I've ever published.

I thought that my second ebook would be different, but I was just as nervous/terrified when I clicked "publish" on A Light That Burns yesterday. This one is over 4,000 words, so I decided to set the price at $0.99; this also allowed me to publish it on Amazon as well as Smashwords.

If you've read the free one, and enjoyed it, you will love this book. It is the same characters, the same story, but more "fleshed out." If you wanted to know what came before and after, now you can.

If you haven't downloaded A Light That Obscures yet, what are you waiting for? It's free, and it will be free forever.

Add to Goodreads here: A Light That Obscures - A Light That Burns.

03 July 2013

Review of The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, #2)The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I highly recommend reading The False Prince before reading this book. Not because the story cannot stand on its own; because the "big reveal" in the first book is ruined if you read this one first.

In this book, Sage is now king and nothing is going right. You'd think that winning the throne and convincing everyone he is the lost prince Jaron would be the end of the battle, but no. His troubles have only begun.

Sage is a wonderful character; Jennifer A. Nielsen has done an amazing job of of crafting him. Although I didn't always agree with his choices (sometimes I wanted to reach into the pages and shake him), I always understood his motivations. Supporting characters are well-done too. We don't see their motivations as clearly, but that's because we are seeing everything from Sage's point of view. There is one character who switches side without enough motivation in my opinion, and Sage trusts him, which I wouldn't do if I were him.

The plot isn't too predictable, although the ending isn't quite as much of a surprise as the first book was. But really, what is?

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