…and this is French for ‘Are you fucking kidding me?’

Seriously, maybe I should listen to my intuition sometimes. So I’ve read (or should i say skimmed?) through Anne Bishop’s Dark Jewels trilogy over the last three days (I tend to speedread when I don’t really like the books) and honestly the French applies :p

Yes, there were a couple of good ideas, but mix a handful of good character ideas with an overdose of angsty whininess, utter reliance on prophecy, an abundance of sex and any effort to prove that your villains are the baddest and meanest around et voila…

Alright, that’s maybe a little harsh, but honestly, parts of those books just made me cringe and want to throw the books against the wall. I mean, seriously, after all that angst and character destruction and decimating your novel’s population by forty percent, mixed with some more angst and nervous breakdowns, then coming up with that kind of cheesy happy ending that almost makes me think of Lackey’s Last Herald Mage books as far as the chessyness goes? Seriously?

Alright, I shall stop ranting. I know there are many people out there who like Anne Bishop’s books – no offense there – but it’s just not doing it for me other than inspiring me to rant 😉


More Paintings!

Actually, I was planning on doing a sketch of Arturiel Valyr yesterday – I promise to get that done still – but then I ended up finishing a portrait of Ares:

– He thinks he’s way too pale, and I’d second that, but hey that’s his problem. After all he always gets himself into those situations…and no I don’t care that I‘m the author, YOU are the damn protagonist – deal with it 😉

Oh and for everyone who was wondering how Raeyn looks like, here he is (even though he usually doesn’t look that grim, but…)

Originally I wanted to put Damian into that picture, but somehow Raeyn decided to show up. Personally, I don’t mind and the scene’s quite fitting 😀

I’m not the most detailed painter as you can see (nor the most experienced, heh…), but painting character art is just a fun thing to do that lets me think about scenes and where I want to go with characters in general. Relaxing so to say 🙂

Besides that, I’m happy to have accomplished something besides reading absolutely horrible books that came to an utterly horrible and cheesy end…I’m not even going to write a review about those, because…honestly it would be a waste of time.

Let’s just say that I’m glad I didn’t pay more than $1 per book for that trilogy and that being one of the ‘big’ fantasy authors doesn’t automatically make you a good writer. Really. Just look at Goodkind. I shall file Lackey in the same category unless you show me something better than The Last Herald Mage. What really irritated me was that she actually has some good ideas, but the way she goes through with them, the horrible narrative, wooden flashbacks and scenes that don’t contribute anything to her plot… Do I really need to say more?

Uni application…

Good Grief!

Yes, you guessed right, there’s another paperwork-rant coming from my side. I mean being a newly acknowledged individual, now equipped with a number, a driver’s license and not to forget alien registration number I’m merely waiting for them to come up with the idea of tatooing a barcode to my respective backside (seriously, it’d work like the self-checkouts at Wal-Mart: one swipe and here’s how they know who you are…)

Anyway, so I finally got my foreign credentials evaluation back from Florida, listing my cumulative awesomeness (49 credits and 8 of those for math for whichever reason…i.e. I suckat math, but if this prevents me from taking it again and enduring hours and hours of agony and braincell decrease at uni, so be it!).

Of course I’m going right to my future university’s website all eager to apply and be accepted for the fall semester of 2008 but there are two problems: a) What am I? I’m not an international student because I have a GreenCard thus being a Utah resident, but am I considered a Transfer student or not? One call to the admissions office confirms that yes, I do fall under the latter category, but will have to submit a ton of additional documents. Oh joy.

Problem b) Help, my previous college doesn’t exist! Seriously, the online application’s drop-down-menus of doom aren’t even listing Germany among the countries to choose from. Really weird, given that they list countries like Austria and Nepal….eh, may I quote Colleen Lindsay here: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!? So indulgent me is writing a rather confused email to earlier mentioned admissions office hoping for a swift reply to solve this dilemma.