youtube tales: back in time

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Hello to the old and new readers! Welcome to this week’s Youtube tales. I hope you enjoy!

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right, let’s go back in time to when I was creating the artwork for this weeks video!

 

This is going to be a little short, that to my mom dragging me around, from shopping to cooking, to installing a new refrigerator which requires removing draws and doors. So a whole day has gone to doing that, so there is a day full of work I need to catch up on.

*sigh*

So this week’s video had been the last part of episode two of  a readers view w series, a video I had miraculously finished last week along with the first part which is both good and bad 😛

I had not meant to finish it last week, but I had not been able to sleep and after realizing a big mistake of mine, I kind of refused to put the art down, or I felt I would give up on it entirely.

What had been the big mistake? I had accidently used an ink pen, of a brand I had recently started using, that I had forgotten to test with water.  And so when I had decided to use water paint on my already lined work, the ink started to bleed.

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But like I said, I refused to put it down and continued to finally get the piece to where I am happy. Though there are places where I felt there was more I can do, I could not change anything more with the current skill and art supplies I have. Its one of the reasons why I am saving up for an art tablet, as mistake such as the one on this pice would be easy to fix and clean up.

But as for now, I felt I should leave the art where it is, so I don’t actually mess it up any more than I already have 😛

The worst thing about this mess it thought, I had actually liked the inking of it, which is rare since I usually mess up inking a piece, specifically with things like hands, but I didn’t find these do bad

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You can also get the coloring page here, along with last weeks chibi art for your own personal us. Just follow the instructions below the art and that free page will be yous

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And that is all I have for now! I have a lot to catch up on and so I am going to get to it ^_^

Make sure to check out the links

Also don’t forget to check out my first book review, which I created based on this series ^_^

I would love to hear what you think of it!

and as for now, Storyteller out!

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Prompt Piece – Life (#5)

With all life, comes death

it is a cycle forgotten,

sometimes until our last breath,

but it is never unwritten…


join in in the comments if you wish ^_^ I would love to read your short pieces (remember, it can be in any form you want, no need to mimic mind 🙂 )

The Syrena Legacy – Book Review (^_^)

 Warning: possible spoilers (though I will attempt to avoid them, though read at own risk!)

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Genre: YA, Paranormal

Number of books: 3

Number of shorts stories: 6

Note: I have not read all the additional stories, so I shall be reviewing the main three books in the series, with some mention of them at times where I feel it needs to be mentioned.

Book one: Of Poseidon

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Blurb:

 Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

Book two: Of Trident

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Blurb:

Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half-Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen’s points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.

Book three: Of Neptune

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Blurb:

Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.

Characters:

Emma:

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  • Main character

  • Pale skin

  • Blonde hair

  • Purple eyes

  • was voted the sweetest out of all of them, in class, but won’t hesitate to throw you through a glass door if you irritate her.

  • Galen’s Mate

Galen:

  • Emmas Mate

  • Prince of Trident

  • Syrena

  • Black hair and Purple eyes

  • a strong protective streak

  • Pretty sure he is wanted by any readers, straight or not 😛

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Toraf:

  • Rayna’s mate

  • Galen’s best friend

  • Syrena

  • Black hair and Purple eyes

  • the guy next door type, I imagine with the floppy hair and infectious smile

Rayna:

  • Galen’s twins sister

  • Princess of Triton

  • Torafs mate

  • Syrena

  • Black hair

  • Purple eyes

  • Love to paint her nails.

  • Very aggressive, childish but entertaining none the less

Rachel:

  • red hair

  • Kickass woman with all the deets

  • Seems like a second mother to the syrena

  • Human

  • Her never ending need to help the kids, even Emma even though at times I felt she may dislike her, did not make sense to me but she is still a lovable character

  • I think everyone needs a Rachel in their life – then our lives will be SO much easier!

Dr. Milligan:

  • human

  • blue eyes

  • blond hair

  • the helper/knowledgeable character who I kept shipping with Rachel 😛

Nalia:

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  • Emmas Mom

  • Free-spirited but kind of psycho in my opinion

  • Black hair

  • Blue eyes

Grom:

  • Galen and Rayna’s older brother

  • King of Tritons

  • Syrena

  • Black hair

  • Purple eyes

Reed:

  • Blonde hair

  • Blue eyes

  • Don’t really have a proper opinion on him – neither like nor dislike him – but I would love to see more of him

Fav characters:

It has to be Galen’s twin sister, Rayna! I just love the way things she says, even though I did find her annoying at the beginning. I think my most favorite of her lines was

“Did you hear what I said, Princess Cheater-Cheater-Whale-Dung-Eater? Show my brother your pathetic Gift.”

I just found it hilarious at the time, and as a response to the situation. Her childishness is refreshing, especially when the scene is supposed to be serious.P

Best book of the series:

I adored book two ‘of triton

Why? Because kind of predictable and kind of not. Plus, I adore the way Emma and Galen’s relationship works. Their playfulness is adorable and the scenes in the book were something that definitely entertained me

What I loved about the book:

  • Emma and Galen’s relationship. It was just adorable! They are both never too serious when together, even in serious situation. Like when she faint and they joke around, even though he is worried for her.e and g quote2 They do the same in book two during a trial, it’s almost like they give each other a bit of normalcy, allowing them to ground themselves when tension is high. I think my most favorite line occurred when such a scene occurs, is at the end of book two, when they are getting ready to fight and Emma just has to comment on Galen’s fin, telling him it’s Sexy, right before he strikes his part of the attack.
  • Rayna’s character. As I said before, I did find her slightly annoying, and she does do some insensitive acts, but she is stubborn-hearted and can be right if you listen to her. But because of the ways she come across, and the manner she uses, it’s logical why people don’t listen to her 😛

  • The characteristics of the female characters. I like that the girls in this tale are not completely ‘feminine‘ or ‘ruthless‘, there almost a mix of both. Take Rayna for example. She’s really interested in doing her nails, but she definitely isn’t afraid to punch someone.

  • One other thing I do also love about Rayna is that at the end of the series, she finally learns how to do a decent mani-pedi! That there, my readers is great character development 😛

  • The way the book started: ‘I smacked into him as if shoved from behind’ – very different and unexpected.

Things I have loved to see better/differently:

  • The way Rayna and Toraf relationship is presented. But I feel I cannot speak much on this one, as I have yet to read the short story that looks into their relationship, but if taking just on the main books, I feel there was a lack of reality to their relationship, especially with the way it changed from hate to love with one moment, in one night.

  • I really do wish there was a piece from which I can read more from the perspective of Emmas mother, Nalia, as her character is both confusing and seems slightly delusional

  • I wish there was an additional book based on Reed and the journey to possible peace that was hinted at, at the end of the book series – it would be interesting to read.

  • I would have loved to have seen more scenes with Dr. Milligan. He was an interesting character I would love to have read about.

    Overall?

I haven’t read many books about mermaids, but this one did not disappoint.

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This is defiantly a book I would recommend. As a debut series, it is a good one. Though there are many moments where I felt things could have been worded differently and such, I think that was majorly because I am currently in the process of editing my own book and so I read everything with an editing eye.

2fab1be7f595a58815389c0ff90ca1fbI would love to get my hands on the author’s more recent novels. I know she had recently released a book called Nemesis and I absolutely adore the cover of it. Though unfortunately, the library close to me has stopped ordering new books, so I need to find another way to get my hands on it.

Also, as I final note, I loved the Q and A at the back of the books. Here’s a little extract I feel you should read:

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to get back on track?

I call this writer’s constipation, and reading is the laxative. Read and read and read until you can’t bare to read anyone else’s words until all you long to do is make your own words.

What should people know about you?

That sometimes during our relationship, no matter how brief it may be, I will try to scare you

what do you like best about yourself?

Not to brag, but I’m pretty good ar eating beef jerky

I also handle stress well, I don’t throw up until after the stressful situations

do you have any strange or funny habits? Did you when you were a kid?

When I was a kid, I never watched tv shows. I would only stop what I was doing to watch the commercials

now that I’m older, I don’t do anything strange expect for everything:P

There was also a question if I remember clearly (I had thought I had noted it down but it seems I had not so I am power phrasing it now) about what she wishes for her audience to receive from the book, and her answer was them to laugh out loud.

And I have to say, Ms. Banks, you succeeded

vdayThis book series was a joy to read so I thank you, Ms. Banks, for writing it.


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I also read this book as part  of my Youtube series ‘A readers view

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Make to check out speed art here:

Part 1 – Chibi Characters

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Part 2 – Emma and Galen

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Make sure to check out the free coloring pages here

Also check out  my Youtube tale, where I go into detail of the behind the scenes works of each product, where I go into detail on what going on, the formation of the art, and any comments on the art from my own perspective, where it can be improved and such

As for now, I guess that’s all. This storyteller is out! Until the next review!

Youtube Tales: Stupidity and reasoning :p

Click here to go to the video of this week where I draw Chibi versions of the characters from ‘The Syrena Legacy’

 

Why do I always try to do more than what I can? Because I think I can of course. And surprisingly? I did it just that… though it did mean I am a little late on blog posts this week, Sorry!

*smiles satisfactorily *

As I had tried to do before, I attempted to create more than one video. Though I did do something differently this time. I did not put it in my mind I needed to complete the videos this week. Instead, I out it in my mind, I am just getting started on videos,  but I only just have to complete one.

And somehow, that worked. And somehow, that resulted in one video completed,  one and a half edited, and 2 and a half recorded.

Though I did have many problems, like always; but this time I refused to stop creating.

The original video I had planned to upload this week, now going out in two weeks time, was a kind of fail, but I refuse to stop without having a decent piece to show (and even then I think I will still show to video, as who doesn’t want to see people fail?)

vdayThis week and the next, I am, as you can tell, posting a two-part episode from a readers view series, where I take people writing and create artwork based on it.

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This week I am working on ‘The Syrena Legacy’ By Anna Banks and I WILL be posting a review on it soon (*screams nervously* my first proper review!) it should be out tomorrow.

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(yes I know that picture is bad :/, it was taken in the dead of the night, where I rushed my work as I had misread some dates and I needed to return the books the next day (well that day, by that time) and so I had not paid attention to the darkness and shadows until I looked through the pictures after I had returned from the library where I had just dropped off the books 😛 meaning what I had was what I had – I do promise to work to get better at taking those picture as even thought I was tired that was fun to create with all the little pieces and artworks included)

It is all planned but, like this blog,  I had put the writing on hold due to the fact I was working on multiple videos as well as the fact I have now decided to write a short story every week along with prompt pieces every now and then (which you should check out and join in with if you like – they are more fun then I thought they would be!)

This week’s video, I am drawing and coloring Chibi characters – with an intro that took decades to edit  (and it was only 11 minutes of footage to shuffle through ) but I seem to have an inability to talk straight and clear.

You can find the coloring page here – which will also include the coloring page for next week’s art as I had already shown it in the video so saw no point of not posting it.

I have not posted the final pieces on Red bubble as with chibi art, I seem to always smear something, which does not look entirely good. But next week’s art should be uploaded, and I would love if you guys checked it out! Maybe even purchased something small, like a sticker! I can so with the financial support right now. I am currently trying to save up for an art tablet to expand into digital art, for more clearer and better quality work, I feel would do better on stuff to sell.

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As for now, I think that is all (^_^)

Now I need to sleep so I can get up six hours with a fresh mind to tackle this book review.

Oh! Also before I go, do remember to follow me on my socials or subscribe to my youtube channel to be notified about the up and coming give away!

I know I have been talking about it for weeks, but have yet to post it but I have been switching between things to give away, but now I have some form of idea of what I wish to do which might be of your interest! So look out for that soon!

As for now, Storyteller out!

(Like the new sign of?  happy reading was getting a little old and that fits right in! (^_^))

(Also, apologize for any spelling mistakes, I cannot seem to detect anymore as of now, but I know, with the way I type, there will be something I’ve missed)

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The storytellers journey: Chapter 7 (final) Continuations.

‘One thing you might also wish to think about, before writing your story, is whether or not you wish to write a singular book or more’ The book wrote.

‘It is something important to keep in mind whilst writing your book as it determines how much information you placed in the book.

Also, this may direct the storyline. For example, if you were to write a series, you may write multiple lines of conflicts. One of these plot lines may occur throughout the series, hinted through clues or spoken through direct mention, and is finally resolved in the last book, while you may have one or two that occur throughout individual books in the series, resolving in the part of the series where it was introduced’

‘That is interesting to note… I thought as more words appeared upon the page.

‘The best advice upon continuation can come from other storytellers, do you wish to read wha they have said?’

‘Yes please, ‘ I wrote back, immediately.

As you wish‘ it wrote before flipping the page. Bullet points appeared.

  • ‘it’s important to note in series, to not give away everything in the first book. if your character has a suspicious past and you know you want to write a series, then maybe hide a few parts to reveal during the course of the new books. have the newfound knowledge play into the main conflict, maybe. show that you have more to offer, but the reader would see it in the next book if they’re interested

  • It’s always good to plan out each book separately including the individual points which interlock the tales

  • introduce plot devices from later books in the earlier books. if a world-destroying weapon gets lost in the third book, introduce it in the first or second. if the villain for the fifth book suddenly pops out of nowhere, make a mention towards them in the third or fourth book. that’ll make everything seamlessly flow together.

  • Don’t make it do the books are a repetition of each other. Change up the story line from time to time. If they visited an island in the first book, for example, don’t repeat this in book two and three and so on

  • Think about the elements which unify a series such as the characters, setting, and type of plot. Are the searching for something? Maybe different gemstones? Or are they hunting down someone or a group of people? Maybe the search for people in each series has a different sort of problem? Maybe in book one, when searching for someone, they are required to travel far. Maybe in book two, they have to search their own town, looing for someone who seems familiar but doesn’t look it. Each will have their own elements but the fact that they are searching for someone connects the series.

  • Each novel, though in a series, should be able to stand alone to make it a good series. Readers should have a sense of completion and self-containment – even if the main plot has not been complete.’

that is interesting…’ I thought as the words faded and more came to sight.

‘Do you wish to see more?’

No‘ I wrote upon the book ‘I think I’m ready to jot down my final ideas and start writing’

Excellent‘ the book replied ‘time to start the main width of your journey then, storyteller…’


Thank you for joining this journey ^_^

This is the last part to this series, and I hope what you have read has been a helpful read ^_^

If you are new to the series click here to take you to the collection of chapters available

The storytellers journey: Chapter 6 – Good guy, bad guy

‘What do you wish to work on next, a storyteller’ The book wrote.

How about good guy and bad guy? I thought as I clicked upon the words.

The pages flipped once again. Soon they landed upon an aged page before words started to appear.

‘When creating a story it is important to keep in mind who your good guy (often the protagonist) and the bad guy (often the antagonist) is. This may change over the storyline, but it important for a story line to have a clear definition of who this for the reader’s satisfaction. Though it should also be noted, there may not necessarily be ‘a’ bad ‘guy’ – this may be a situation or a constant theme in your characters life that may cause the conflict in your story.

Here are some points other storytellers have suggested to keep in mind:

  • it is important to note that your protagnosit may not always be the good guy just as the antagonist may not be the bad guy

  • it is important to attempt to make the protagonist relatable to the audience as possible – this will make it easier for your audience to connect with the character

  • Remember, though they play the bad guy role, do not make them two dimensional. They play a crucial role in the story. Give them backstory, give them depth, give the reader a reason to hate them, but at times understand why they do what they do, even if it is not completely justified. Give your readers a reason to both hate and love them, just as you might do for your protagonist. No one is completely good or bad. These sort of stories, that involve these imperfect characters are what entice a reader to keep reading on.

  • If you are writing a series, just one antagonist/bad guy may not be enough. Having multiple, as well as the main antagonist, will keep your readers entertained.

Would you like to read some more?’

‘No thank you, I would like to continue to write some notes’

‘As you wish, dear storyteller.’

Prompt Piece – Wings (#3)

She tested them out, lightly. Bone cracked and yawned with each moment, as if unused for so long.

Even though they only grew yesterday…

The shiny, clean feathers, seem a world away from her tattered, mud splattered self. As if they belonged on the shoulder of rich royalty, then the likes of her.

But they are hers. There is no denying that.

She can feel where the bones and skin merged to her back. She can see the brown feathered wings reacting to her mental instructions as they moved up and down.

How am I going to explain this to mum?!

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Hi! I hope you enjoyed this short piece! (^_^) 

Haven’t done one of these for a while, due to haveing a lot to do, with my phone breaking, a change of plan and a birthday party to host – and let’s not forget the never ending book I am currently editing

2fab1be7f595a58815389c0ff90ca1fbI do hope you participate in the comments bellow, whether with your own short story, paragraph or poem

 

Youtube tales: Broken phone, missed time and fan art

This week’s video wasn’t really the one I wished to produce, but it turns out as one I didn’t mind doing.

I had originally planned to create the next episode in the picture with a tale series, eager to write another short story. But like all things in my life, something must go wrong.

I had thought I would take off Sunday to visit my brother in hospital and attend my brother’s birthday party, which was being conducted with my cousins at their house. There I made the mistake of handing my phone, which I record my videos with, to my sister (who keeps insisting I didn’t, even though she had replied, twice, and said she would). Don’t really know why I did, when I know nothing of mine is safe in her hands.

Don’t really know why I did, when I know nothing of mine is safe in her hands.

So of course when I come back, from helping my aunt with stuff in the kitchen, I returned to a missing phone.

b216cc6d3942273b1668655f528c08I didn’t say much at the time since they had started cutting the cake then. But when it was found, I  wished I had tried to find it, since when I did finally gert my hands on it, it had coke (the drink) spilled over it.

I originally didn’t know what to do, but when we arrived home I placed it in rice and, thankfully, it had survived. But that ment for three days I couldn’t record, so there just wasn’t enough time for my original idea, so decided to do something different.

I changed my idea to some quick fan work, that could also act as an additional gift for my friends birthday, for which I will be currently celebrating as this goes up – also another constriction of time and why I changed the idea. Usually, I wouldn’t mind recording until Friday and into the night, if I am late on a video due to one problem or another, and then I would post the video Saturday morning. But I had taken on the responsibility to host a birthday party for an old friend, as our group of friends couldn’t meet up anywhere else but there, due to strict parenting.  For some lucky reason, their parents don’t seem to mind me,  even though half of them haven’t really met me

2fab1be7f595a58815389c0ff90ca1fbThe fan art (for the show Miraculous Ladybug) did not take long, thankfully, as I had thought it would. I think It took a total of about two or so hours, which is really short compared to my other art, which might take up to six hours to complete sometimes.

I quickly drew up a simple sketch, with an attempt of drawing Chibi characters.

vdayThankfully, it turned out good, though there are some evident mistakes in my eyes, but I doubt my friend will take notice of them.

And that is all for now! I really need to be getting going

ea6eb3ae938928d859df9ac9783e2488Make sure to check out the video here – be sure to leave a comment or a like if you like it, and subscribe to see more!

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The storyteller’s journey: Chapter 5 – Structure.

Returning to the library, I tucked myself back under the covers, ready to get writing once again.

‘Hello Storyteller, what do you wish to work upon today?’ the book wrote.

Hum… I thought as I tapped the pen against my lip.

How about the beginning, middle end (conflict, climax, resolution)…

Upon clicking the words, the pages flipped. Once relaxed, more words appeared

‘Here are some points to keep in mind when working on the structure of your tale:

The beginning:

  • here it is imporant to introcduce the main character and any other important characerts.

  • You should also set their goals, the setting and introduce the main conflict.

  • Keep in mind not to fill the beginning with an overload of information, it can all be shared throughout the story so its not necessary to keep it

  • Keep in mind the mood and tone you set at the beginning of a story should be consistant throughout the story

  • Here you may also want to start introducing the conflict of the story – a story without a direction is hard to follow so it is important to establish what this is clearly. The type of conflict can veary depending what they story genre is and where you wish to go with the story. Sometimes conflicts can arise from themes in the story as well, such as if a theme is good vs evil, the conflict can be between a hero and a villan.

The middle:

  • here the main events and conflicts should start to occur

  • there should be an increase of tention until the climaz of the story, creatuing an emotional build up.

  • Remember: the climax is the motional high point of the story, where event are the most intense

The end:

  • here the conflict resolves

  • make sure to leave the reader satisfied that there is an end, even if they do not like the way it ends.

  • Your conlict of course, does not need to have a positive solution all the time, a negative can still be an end as weel, sucha s what happenes in tragedies.

  • If you have a single book, not series, it is imortant to end all ties at the end – avoid leaving any lose strings. However these lose stings may be helpful if your story is part of a serial. But do not leave too much that each book in the series does not leave the reader staisfied and the book cannot stand alone.’

Interesting… I thought as more words appeared.

‘Would you like to read some more, or jot some notes?’

‘Write some notes please’