Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.
Half-Elves have the curiosity and ambition for their human parent and the refined senses and love of nature of their elven parent, although they are outsiders among both cultures. To humans, half-elves are paler, fairer and smoother-skinned than their human parents, but their actual skin tones and other details vary just as human features do. Half-elves tend to have green, elven eyes. They live to about 180.
Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.
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1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I made any last year. I did some of my 101 in 1001, but I think I'm going to create a new list because the old one no longer suits.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Ali, although Vancouver isn't really "close". My cousin Lydia was hopeful, but she's not due until the 17th.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My cat Zack, and (although not directly close to me) a friend's father.
5. Which countries did you visit?
The USA, twice (Cleveland and Cambridge, Mass.).
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
7. Which date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 27, for Reasons, and October 27, for Related Reasons.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Quitting the airport job, probably. (I know that doesn't sound like much of an achievement, probably because it isn't, but it took a hell of a lot of stress and effort to finally make it happen, so.)
9. What was your biggest failure?
I haven't actually finished a single book this year. :/ I'm halfway through two.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing really serious. A bad hangover on July 28, a couple of colds.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Pickle fixin's. People love those pickles.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Dr. Ben did pretty awesome things this year. Like becoming Dr. Ben.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, followed closely by my car (if I include all expenses for it) and dining out (very bad habits there).
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Oof. The Cleveland trip, although due to illness we were unable to meet up with Ferrett and Gini! It was still an awesome trip, though, and really a short drive (maybe just in comparison to Cambridge). And of course seeing the Circlet people is a bright spot, always! <3
16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
I don't connect music to time, usually, but Imagine Dragons (specifically "Radioactive" and "Demons") are up there.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier, if only because this time last year we were dealing with the death of my grandmother.
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same.
iii. richer or poorer? About the same. Maybe a little richer, but I think I spent more because I made more.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading, exercise, "exercise".
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Haha, well, I SPENT Christmas the way I always do - bouncing between three families and their celebrations, plus wrapping an ungodly number of gift baskets.
21. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
Patrick and I are going to Del Dente's for their NYE shindig. Should be fun.
22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favourite TV program?
Game of Thrones, House of Cards.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
26. What was the best book you read?
See also: did not finish a book this year. :(
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Imagine Dragons, probably. A lot of stuff I like came out, though. (Patrick may not like it but I like the way indie rock is going right now.)
28. What did you want and get?
Massages, somewhat improved income.
29. What did you want and not get?
30. What was your favourite film that you saw for the first time this year?
Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Frozen.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I ran the first game of my Mage 1920s campaign, and I was 29. (The next day some of us went out for karaoke.)
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having the blowout in early October.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Geeky tees and jeans, or casual work.
34. What kept you sane?
Have you... met me?
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Chris Hemsworth, RDJ, and Jennifer Lawrence spring immediately to mind.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Sotchi/Russian Olympics/state of the queers in Russia. :/
37. Who did you miss?
Ben, what with him moving to Germany and all.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Technically I didn't "meet" Ben this year, but we only started hanging out with him a lot in, like, February. Other than that, I don't think I met anyone new...
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
I have a tendency to let things at work go way beyond what is healthy for me before giving up on them. I should really not do that, my time and effort are worth more than that.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Like the legend of the phoenix
All ends with beginnings...
So basically, over the last I-don't-even-want-to-think-about-how-
(Okay, now that that's out of my system... allez cuisine!)
( Day 1: Where do you create? What does your work space look like? )
( Day 2: What's your first spark of inspiration? What makes you decide to work on a new project? What's your first step? Is it always the same or does your method change? How do you begin when you create? )
( Day 3: Do you work on multiple projects at once? If you do, how do you juggle them? Do they fight for your attention? Or are you singularly focused? Do you set aside specific time for one project or many projects, or do you let yourself be guided by what you want to work on the most? )
( Day 4: What do you consider a challenge for you? What is something that's hard for you? What part of your process trips you up? What do you wrestle with? What's always in your notes from your beta? What's the part of your process that makes you throw your hands up and go 'This? Again? ARGH!' )
( Day 5: Tell us about your go-to creative buddies. You don't have to name names, but this is the place to talk about what your collaborator brings to your creative process, how the two-or-three-or-many of you work together, how you figured out how to work together, and why it works. None of us create entirely alone, so who gives you a hand when you stumble? Who helps you get unstuck? Who is that person who always understands what you were trying to do and helps you make it happen? )
I'm gonna leave Day 6 for later, because... again... trying to avoid the negative... (so well, as you can tell. :P)
(There was the hope to visit with theferrett and zoethe, but alas, plague fell upon Casa McJuddmetz and it was not to be. However, I discovered Cleveland is only like four and a half hours away! Some other time, then.)
Cleveland was pretty awesome. The city itself was kind of unusual; it felt like neither a suburb nor a downtown core, but some weird amalgamation of the two. (Also it seemed really empty on the weekend; unless we were in the area of the Hall of Fame or at a restaurant, the streets were basically people-free... on the other hand, there were baseball games all weekend which might have accounted for it.) I have also never seen a city with (simultaneously) such large, untraveled streets and so much need for valet parking...
We left Ontario Friday mid-morning, pausing only briefly in Pennsylvania to eat at a Cracker Barrel. (Patrick was insistent upon this point. I got the best score on the peg board with 2 remaining.) We made landfall in Cleveland around 5:30, stopped at a Starbucks to poach wifi and get a hotel.
We wound up staying at the Intercontinental (thank you, William Shatner) - which seems to be part of (or at least affiliated with) the Cleveland Clinic. The hotel itself was beautiful, and for the amount of service we got (in-and-out valet parking being the big one, along with free wifi), we paid a pretty amazing price.
Friday evening we ate at Gusto! in Little Italy, which was quite good. I had the osso bucco. Pat had lasagne.
Then Saturday was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was pretty awesome and neat, although people tended to bogart the listening stations (which to me were the most interesting part, being able to track influences and stuff like that).
Also, I was somewhat miffed that Alan Cross/The Ongoing History of New Music was never mentioned in their radio broadcasters section. RECTIFY AT ONCE, ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.
Saturday evening, Ferrett had suggested Lola's for dinner for us, but Pat is not really into French food; instead we wound up going to DANTE.
And oh my god.
I got the prix fixe "Chef's Whim" menu (where they let you state allergies/food preferences, but then it's up to the chef). I also got it with the wine pairing.
It is probably up there as one of my top three meals, with Corduroy in Washington being tied with it for first. (LIV at White Oaks in Niagara-on-the-Lake is #3.)
Did you know Ohio has a winery that makes ice wine? It does! And it was actually pretty good!
Then Sunday we went to the Cleveland Museum of Art and the gardens surrounding, which was a lot of fun and gorgeous. We also wanted to go see the Archives for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but when we got there, they were closed? (Despite the website saying it would be open. We weren't really sure what that was about.)
We also saw the USS Cod, which was fun except Pat and I are tall people not designed to be submariners. I hit my head multiple times going between parts of the ship (SOLID METAL BAD FOR SKULL) and Pat almost couldn't get back out of the ship because he couldn't effectively bend his knees to climb the ladder (the hole was too small) and so had to kind of pull himself out.
And then we drove home, and waited like three hours to cross the fucking Peace Bridge WHY GOD WHY.
But all in all, an excellent trip, A+ would do again!
I really want to do a 'ask me anything about my characters', but 1) does anyone left know about them? 2) even if you did, it would have to be somewhere you were reading about them, which leaves FB more or less and that has family on it, so I couldn't really talk about the interesting shit.
(Like, is a man who you love who is now made of arachnids in a man suit with all the memories of that man, still the man you love? The eternal question.)
Anyway, he is insistent that I should join! But that involves Doing Things On The Internet, which sounds like something I don't do much of anymore. However, I conceded that I would at least answer the comm's sorting questions for all and sundry to see. :P If you have no interest in what is basically a meme with a distinct Harry Potter flavor, don't click through...
( Sort Me? )
Usagi: So... Seiya...
Usagi: I never asked before, but... who designed your senshi uniform?
Seiya: Um... Princess Kakyuu did.
Usagi: (sweatdrop) ...and you thought she DIDN'T have feelings for you?
(Kakyuu walking away whistling innocently, Seiya sweatdropping)
Seiya: When you put it like that, it does seem kind of obvious.
2. Turn Coat, Jim Butcher (book 11 of the Dresden Files series)
3. Naamah's Kiss, Jacqueline Carey (first of the 3rd trilogy of the Terre D'Ange series)
4. Naamah's Curse, Jacqueline Carey (second of the 3rd trilogy)
5. Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, William Davis, MD
6. The Hellbound Heart, Clive Barker
7. The Traveller's Guide to the Duat: Amenti on two Deben a Week, Kiya Nicolls
8. Changes, Jim Butcher (book 12 of the Dresden Files series)
9. Snuff, Terry Pratchett (book a lot of the Discworld series)
10. Naamah's Blessing, Jacqueline Carey (third of the 3rd trilogy)
11. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
12. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (book 2 of The Hunger Games trilogy)
13. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (book 3 of THG trilogy)
14. A Dance of Dragons, George R.R. Martin (book 5 of the A Song of Ice and Fire series)
15. Bite Me: A Love Story, Christopher Moore (apparently this is #3 of the series. And now I'm reading #2. I don't even think I have #1...)
16. Best Erotic Fantasy & Science Fiction, ed. Cecilia Tan and Bethany Zaiatz
17. Carmilla, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
18. Money-Smart Kid$, Gail Vaz-Oxlade
Dec 21: Work in AM. Find out grandmother died. Work in PM. Went to parents' place after work for comfort/grieving/etc.
Dec 22: Help stepdad start clearing out grandmother's house, pack up 55 years of stuff. (Admittedly got some beautiful old china out of this.)
Dec 23: Continue to help clear out grandmother's house.
Dec 24: Work in Waterloo. Return to Brampton for Christmas Eve.
Dec 25: Go to mom's in Brampton for presents, then to dad's in Vaughan for Christmas afternoon/evening dinner (it lasts five hours from 1-6)
Dec 26: My "day off", went to IKEA to get a couple of items and put them together in a three-hour frenzy with Simon, then unpacking the rest of my stuff manically in prep for the 28th
Dec 27: (I was supposed to work in Waterloo today, too.) Funeral in the afternoon; pre- and post- funeral (and dinner) will be manically prepping for...
Dec 28: Work 5 hours in a row (no break) and then rush home to make sure everything is ready for my hosting Christmas dinner
Dec 29: Work 5.5 hours in a row (no break) and then rush to Guelph for another Christmas dinner
Dec 30: Go to Beamsville for a third holiday dinner (I may opt out of this in the interest of not having a screaming meltdown)
And then I have plans on the 31st to see a comedy extravaganza in Toronto, followed by dinner.
And after that, I quit the universe for a month.
So things have been stressful around here. August was amazingly fantastic! And then September was all, you don't need to brain. Here, start forgetting, losing, misplacing and/or destroying everything.
Plus I think my winter crazy is oncoming! Which bodes well for house hunting
and my mother's survival.
I dunno. Maybe October will be better. I'm not holding my breath, though.
(ETA Meg's visit, however, was a bright, zombie-filled spot of sunshine. <3 if only she could stay and be my personal chef.)
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So I am at the point where I should pick my grade 7 songs, and it's turning out to be surprisingly hard.
For starters, the RCM book is not the only book that I have the option of taking songs from - it's actually a much longer list, especially for List A. I have one of those books, thankfully, but that still gives me 11 songs to pick from, which I have to narrow down to two.
On the other hand, List B is a short list. Thankfully, my teacher agrees with me that Dolente immagine di Fille mia is pretty much the best choice, and also covers my non-English requirements (although I'll probably wind up with either another Italian song or a German one, which will be HI-LAR-I-OUS except not really)
List C right now is in a toss-up. The problem is: do I go with a (fast) song in French, or do I go with Danny Boy, which 1) is probably insanely overdone and 2) All The Emoting. (I have trouble with Emotions in music. In real life too, but.)
List D is going to depend strongly on how high What I Did For Love goes. (I need to get my hands on the Hal Leonard book to take a look.) Otherwise I'll probably go with Far From The Home I Love.
--Also just realized that in order to get my grade 6 certificate, I need to do my Intermediate Rudiments, and for grade 7, I need to do my Advanced Rudiments. I mean, I get five years to do it in? But, hork. I haven't thought about musical theory in a looooong time.