finished Summer ’04
posted for Apr 2, 2007
The lad on show today is Mithalqua, the guy with the interest in water. His name means Grey Swan, and so he has silver wings on his helmet and a silver shield. He rides just behind Falamir. Pretty jewels, eh?
I’m baaaaack! Yay! The topics upcoming include these:
My brother’s birthday party
The Histories of Middle Earth, books 6 and 7
Legend of Zelda
Battle for Middle Earth II
Upcoming art projects
and MY DAD
Okay, so my brother had his birthday party last Sunday. We came home from church, and y’know, we’re rather Lemony Snicket fans, so we turned to the front door to see… “UNWANTED” on it. It was hilarious. ‘Bad hygiene, indeed’. Find it here (it’s at the bottom of the page somewhere). Then, we had Pasta Puttenesca for lunch, and I made the combinations FAI and RCMP with some of my alphabet pasta. His cake (besides being delicious) was decorated on the sides with pink and yellow flames, and had the VFD eye on the top. He was given a number of interesting presents, including the DVD of A Series of Unfortunate Events, three Edward Eager books, a Greek board game, and BfME II. Then I had to rush off to a concert and my piano teacher was having a party afterwards, so I didn’t get home until evening.
Via Choralis had their last concert, with some rehearsals beforehand. Gwen was the oboe player, and I think she has pretty long brown hair and I would like to draw it if I am able to. Also Mugë was the concertmaster – she was a teacher at CYMC a few years ago – and Clayton was a first violin – he was a teacher’s assistant at CYMC a few years ago. I doubt either of them remember or recognize me. The concert went well – we performed Haydn’s Insanae et Vanae Curae, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, and the famous Vivaldi Gloria. I found out that r’s arrrre easy to rrrroll when pronounced after an o like in ‘Gloria’. I must keep this in mind.
Math went fairly well. I was a bit stuck over a couple of questions, but I believe I got most of them right. We will never know which ones, though… I was hungry afterwards.
My audition went well also! The board was made of Arthur Rowe, Bruce Vogt, a lady I didn’t know, and May Ling – who of course was not voting. I played the first movement of the Mozart K310, and the first of Gershwin’s three preludes. They told me that I’m accepted if my school marks are good! Hooray!
About my weight – I am getting fat. Really. I’m noticably less skinny (to me, at least) than I was at the beginning of this year. I’m not sure whether it’s the beginning of 2007 or of the school year, but I’m suspecting it’s even from January. O_O7 Anyway, I can get a hold on it now, though I’m not about to suddenly get stronger just by going walking for a hour every day or whatever. I also like my food too much. I’m not sure how much I actually weigh, and I don’t reeeeally care, but it would be nice to be less. Especially since girls wear dumb clothes. Random note… I have started wearing more jewelry. I am beginning to remember not to forget it.
The Histories of Middle Earth are fascinating things! I just started on Book 6 Friday and finished it Saturday. I started Book 7 Saturday night and I’m going to finish it tonight, perhaps. It’s so nifty to see Tolkien laying out much of the finished detail, with mixed up characters and events, and hear abandoned side-plots like Gandalf’s trapping by the Black Riders at the West Towers or the kidnapping of ‘Odo’, and yet to know that he still had no idea where he was going (at the Council of Elrond, he said in a letter, it was still only ’3/4′ finished!!). My favourite part has to be at the end of Chapter 1 of Book 6: “‘ they have taken an unpremediated turn’” – and then… “The unpremediated turn, beyond any doubt, was the appearence of the Black Riders.”. Ooooooh! I felt shivery with excitement at those words!
On composing, I am almost done my little dance suite for viola and cello, and I’ll finish it tonight. I really need to get off my lazy bum (or at least put it into transcribing gear) and send ‘the guys’ as I’ve started calling them to myself the second movement of the Quartet. I also have an inkling of a theme for the third movement!
In the Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, I just got through a bit of storyness, and Michael, I beat that heart-shaped board with the two statues on it. Huzzah. Now I’m going to catch up on all my old friends and see where I’m supposed to go next, finding out every secret I can along the way. I think I may take a Poe-collecting holiday.
Battle for Middle Earth II (groan). If you are a fan of this game, run away. Run far away, before I release my wrath upon it. Okay. I was idly watching my brother play Rise of the Witch King, and I suddenly heard a King of Men – Argeleb by name, and apparently the chronology and history is completely messed up – Argeleb is one of Aragorn’s ancestors!!! – and I suddenly heard something like “Rally to me, Dunedayne!” (shuuuudddddder) AI is not pronounced ay, as in plain, but a-i, as in… well… no English word is spelt for an example, so it’s pronounced by saying the a long, and the i almost distinct from it. This creates the effect of the sound ‘eye’, sort of. I suppose the clueless people who were given the script to read and the clueless people who didn’t correct them still say Seleborn (instead of Celeborn (Keleborn)). Look, Dunedain was even said properly in the movie!!
Nextly, Who Is That Guy On The Front Cover Of The Battle For Middle Earth II Box???? That ugly guy with the silver hair? It’s Glorfindel! Or supposed to be! Ugh!! Glorfindel means “Gold-hair”, folks!
Nextly after that, they just took a bunch of named Elves – a bundle of Sindarin and Elrond and Glorfindel – and lumped them together as ‘Elvish heroes’. Thranduil and Legolas together, okay. They’re from the same kingdom (and are father and son to boot). T, L, and Haldir… okay. They’re all Sindarin from rather neighbouring kingdoms. Elrond and Glorfindel, yes. They have both chosen Rivendell for their home. Elrond and Haldir? Unlikely. Elrond and Legolas? Less likely. Elrond and Thranduil? Very unlikely. Neither travel much anymore. Glorfindel and the Sindarin are more okay, but still improbable. All of them together? Get real!
My last big complaint is that you can’t change the hair colour on your custom hero! I’m all right with only having archer heroes for Elves, seeing how I just wanted to make Esgalwen and she’s an archer of sorts, but all elves are apparently blonde!
See my photoshopped alteration here,
and compare the original here, and see the Rise of the Witch King version here, unPhotoshopped.
Also, Esgalwen fits in with the Sindarin because she’s from Mirkwood also. I haven’t tested her in battle yet.
I have a long list of things to do in art. I want to draw these pictures in pencil: Pent’s family from Fire Emblem 6 and 7 added together for a nice, happy, actiony family portrait, Bob (and maybe Joe) from True Magic, a better portrait of Esgalwen (taken me three tries so far) and also Captain Pondsworth. More on him in a bit.
I also want to animate Ceniro’s thingy, a short sketchy thing of Flairé, a clay-mation Ocarina of Time.
Writing: Ocarina of Time, Fire Emblem 7, just to get the silly things done, and Zela’s story, spending a great deal of time on that because I’ve been inspired by the way Tolkien just started in the middle of nowhere, made a very detailed first quarter, and then somehow it magically fitted in with the final version as if he’d known what he was doing all along.
I want to make Sculpley mini-models of all my favourite characters.
I want to finish my Tuor mini (I’ve been saying this for a while) and start my Dragon knights and Idril and I also have a wooden bird project I should finish because I started it when I was eight and it’s still not assembled – painted, but not assembled.
Finally, I discovered the joy of making cards out of construction paper, and I’m going to make one or two or more out of all my favourite characters as well.
Pondsworth is a polite, aristocratic, but highly intelligent character from a series of Warhammer 40K stories. They’re highly witty stories, and just need a little polishing on the punctuation (” its’ ” makes a frequent appearence) and the conjugations – the present tense intrudes for no reason rather often. Also, in the latest story, Don’t Argue With Me, there is a part where he could have been a little more subtle and let the actions speak for themselves. All in all, I rather approve of Pondsworth… even if he is a tea junky… especially because he’s a tea junky… although these stories are not suitable for the under-13s because of violence and language. The author’s penname is Lord Ironwolf. The Pondsworth and Griggs stories are as follows: A Different Kind of War, Spilt Tea, and the above-mentioned Don’t Argue With Me.
The last and most important topic of discussion is my dad. He went into the hospital for an operation on Wednesday. Apparently it was a simple operation (with a modern, less painful technique) that went “exceedingly well”. We visited him on Wednesday afternoon, before the anesthetic had completely worn off, and I was pretty upset by it. So upset, that when we all made cards for him on Thursday night, I got sappy. -_-7 But, no matter, because my card had a stormtrooper on the front! ^_^7 I also started making an elf card, but I guessed he wouldn’t much care for that. That ‘elf card’ turned into a Link card, and it’s very cool, really. So, he came home on Saturday at lunch, which was about a day and a half earlier than I expected. And he’s much better now. He can’t eat fibre, but this will allow him to eat more fatty foods… like cookies! And cake! Also he had some sort of infection inside, but it’s gone now.
Some other sad things happened, though. My composition teacher’s mother died, and my Mom’s Aunt Clara died of lung cancer. I seem to recall someone else dying also, but I forget who it was.