This is relevant to my interests. O_o Could you explain the cake a bit more? It sounds a lot different than my recipe, and very tasty.I usually do it the opposite... I have a whole cake but before it gets baked, we put the jello mix into the cake in tiny wholes. When it gets cooked the jello bakes/expands. I imagine they still taste the same either way.
I think I would get claustrophobic. Or be deathly afraid that I would fart directly into my own nostrils. O_oGet an L Sectional and then you can sleep with you legs and face pointed the same direction!
Monarchies or democracies or dictatorships? (though to be honest dictatorships are similar to monarchies)
Eh...over the course of several books, it's a lot...but I wouldn't think it would be too hard to follow. To me, that sounds like a pretty awesome set of fantasy novels. They need to be sorta complex.Well, the problem I have is not that they are happening at the same time, but after each other.
Let me give you a high level overview of what I've got so far (Obviously this would be spread out over several books):
Guy (Blacksmith's apprentice) has a pretty normal life.
Guy's village is sacked by an evil sorcerer.
Guy swears vengeance, and drags his best friend (Blacksmith's son) to a city to seek training in the art of war.
Guy's friend becomes a skilled sorcerer himself, guy becomes a kind of spellsword (decent at martial arms and magic, but not a master of either).
Guy meets a general who thinks the sorcerer is manipulating events, and they team up to make a raid on the sorcerer's stuff.
Raid succeeds, but now they're public enemy number one, so they flee to the far side of a desert.
There, a palace of a powerful sorcerer that has been sealed for 1,000 years has been re-opened and a sort of gold-rush has emerged.
They get suckered into exploring the ruins (Hoping to get money to hire men to wage war), get trapped.
Meet mercenary, save mercenary, mercenary offers services.
They escape, only for an ambush!
They win the fight, and gain the loyalty of some other mercenary groups.
With a small army, they go and take the sorcerer's tower.
The spell broken, all seems to be well, but the sorcerer escaped.
They hear that the blacksmith is dying from an illness, so they rush home.
The medicine man treating the blacksmith is the sorcerer in disguise, having seemingly-poisoned the blacksmith to get revenge.
Scuffle ensues, results in the death of the sorcerer, but the blacksmith dies anyway.
<Some sort of narrative break>
Some while later, guy has seen some moderate fame for what he's done, but the world has moved on.
Guy gets recruited into voyage across the long ocean by a merchant (Who is unbeknownst to the reader or heroes possessed by the spirit of the sorcerer whose palace was sealed for 1,000 years).
Voyage nearly mutinies, but makes it.
Strange things on the island scare the crew, but guy continues on with his companions.
Find city reclaimed by the jungle, including giant pyramid.
Inside pyramid is a mysterious scepter.
According to inscriptions, scepter is part of a mysterious key to the realm of the gods (this is what the merchant/sorcerer wants, again unbeknownst to everyone else).
Decide to go get the other pieces, only to be attacked by weird not-quite-human figures outside the pyramid.
Party is separated, and lost in a strange land.
....and that's all I've got so far. See what I mean about an abundance of plot threads? XD
I'm not a huge fan of shows in that vein. I'll watch cooking shows and craft shows from time to time, but DIY/housing shows tend to bother me for some reason.Very well stated my programmable compatriot.
One of my favorite bagged snacks. <3 I can only eat a handful at a time though. I tend to get the Aldi brand more often too, since they're cheaper.Fuego Takis?
I think I like it. I only hesitate because I am very much a Disney kid; I like happy endings. XDWell, I'm glad it's not too complicated. I have a vagueish outline of what happens after that, too:
Basically, sorcerer-possessed merchant steals the completed key, and tries to open the realm of the gods. The gods easily dispatch the sorcerer, but are confused about what to do with our heroes. They reveal that the world they know (the place they sailed from) is the second of two created worlds, and the land they found the key on is the first. The first creation failed because the interdiction of the gods into everyday life. The gods wantonly began doing as they pleased, and the world fell into chaos. They created the second world to start again, this time with no intervention.
But one of the gods did not follow the rules. This rogue god gave the first sorcerers the ability to use magic. The magical talent became part of the human race, and disastrously upset the balance of the world. The head of the pantheon, the god of justice, dilutes the magical power of humanity to stabilize the world. The rogue god instilled one sorcerer (the one whose spirit has possessed the merchant) with power almost rivaling the gods themselves. The god of justice retaliated by sealing his palace, and condemning him to be a wraith who wandered the empty halls (he did not anticipate the wraith learning how to possess someone). But this rogue god took their revenge, by granting the sorcerer who antagonized the village lots of power.
Now, the gods appear to have the problem solved, but they still do not know who among them is the traitor. Guy realizes that he knows who it was. When he was reading the books in the palace, the books mentioned that some servants saw an apparition of the goddess of love. He had dismissed it as drunken hallucinations, but now he wonders if it were real. The god of justice finds this out, and the pantheon erupts into a brutal civil war. The party manages to leave the realm just in time to avoid being killed.
Keeping the key safe, they resupply the ship and return home. Things seem to be going alright (except for a surge of natural disasters and curious changes in the weather), until one of the messengers of the gods appears before the guy. The messenger mentions that the god of justice wishes to see the guy. The guy agrees, and is transported to the devastated realm of the gods. The god of justice is mortally wounded, and is about to die. He is the only one still living amongst the pantheon. The god of justice explains that the world is dependent on the gods realm, and the death of the gods will destroy the world. The god of justice gives the guy the power of the pantheon combined, and asks that the world be safeguarded. He then dies.
With vast power, temptations start to work their way into the guys mind. He thinks of all the things he could do, how he could shape the world in his image. But he hesitates. He remembers the story of the first creation. How the gods succumbed to their power, and destroyed that which they created. The guy thinks of the example set by the second creation, and how even though the gods did not intervene, their avarice is ending the world.
He comes to a better conclusion: he will fix what the gods have ruined. He creates a new world, the third creation, and moves all living in the second creation to it. This third creation is not tied to the realm of the gods, and will be self-sufficient forever. Magic no longer works, as it relied on the realm of the gods to operate. Having created a world for humanity to exist in peacefully, the realm of the gods collapses around him, making him one with oblivion.
The final scene would have a priest talking to a small group of children, telling them that the legend of the great balancer is how the world was created. A child asks "if there are no more gods, then why are you a priest?" The priest explains that the role of the priests is to teach the lessons of the great balancer. He also adds at the end "Besides, who created the gods in the first place?" with a wink.
And...that's my outline. A very, very rough one. I think it needs lots of rework, but I'm rather happy with it conceptually.
What do you think of it as a whole?
I think For Honor looks pretty cool too.
As for the cake, I'm not sure. My mom always makes it but I can try to explain.
She makes the normal cake and bakes it about 3/4 the way through, she pulls it out and pokes holes randomly through it, then she pours jello in the wholes.
After that she bakes it until it looks ready and all the jello sort of melts to the cake so it tastes like jello, but isn't in a gelatinous form.
That weird moment when you see somebody you haven't seen in 10 years at work?
The broadway show Hamilton?
Es true, es true. But for me, that's part of the magic of writing. Especially in a fantasy setting: it's not real. It's fiction, so I can craft a happy ending where it would never be in real life. Bad guys can die horribly instead of going on to rule empires, and good men and women don't have to fall to corruption. They can be the wall that doesn't fall, a dream which rarely happens in reality.Well, good to know I haven't completely made a terrible story there. XD
I'll admit part of me wants a "disney" ending, but I don't think it thematically fits all that well. Plus, Disney endings rarely happen in real life.
This is one of the easiest songs I know how to play on Guitar, but I still kinda like it. What about you?
That's when you say, "No hablo francaise, senor. Guten tag!" and run from the scene singing 'A tout le Monde'. >_>I sort of messed up the context.... BUT I know exactly what you're talking about. I can't change my appearance... I dress like maybe 10% of my states population.
I saw him at his work, didn't recognize him, and would've said hi anyway XD. It was still... when he somehow recognized me I was stunned. My hair is a different color and style, and I wasn't smiling like usual. This kid took an accurate guess.
As for the jello, it's the liquid stuff.
Best jello flavor?
A question from the ages. And the answer will always be cold pizza. Hot pizza is great for a meal, but it get's finicky for a snack since most of the time you're watching a movie or playing a game, and trying to handle hot pizza is a bear. Cold pizza is a solid mass, it isn't greasy, doesn't drop a lot of crumbs, and is delicious. <3The perfect snack?
Wow. As bad as it would be, now I kinda want to read a fantasy novel that ends with "and after defeating the Lord of Darkness, the Paladin got a real job, worked for 50 years, and died alone." XDI mean, in the grand scheme of things, I feel like my ending isn't the uber depressing "AND THEN THEY HAD TO GO GET A REAL JOB AND DIED ALONE" thing that real life tends to throw at you. My intent with it is to illustrate that change requires sacrifice, that the needs of the many may outweigh the needs of the one. The theme I also want to highlight is the corrupting nature of power to all mortals. Be in power long enough, and it will corrupt you. So the only way a heroic character can avoid the corrupting influence of power is to either lose the power after "good" deeds (Which might inspire a craving for power), or to die in a self-sacrificial act that creates a change that elevates them to true legend status. So even though the hero dies, they have done one of the most noble things a heroic character can do: lay down their life for others.
Anyway, here's some music for you:
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