Friday, April 25, 2014

Fun Friday 15 ~ What is Your Favorite Fantasy Wizard?

Mulluane | Friday, April 25, 2014 | 17 Comments so far
Stormy Fridays Never Get Me Down!!

I have no idea where this week went. It wasn't spent sleeping though not for lack of trying. I did get a review up but the next one isn't looking good for Monday. Too many pages, too much time playing around with graphic programs. However, here is what I did do.



But enough of all that!

This week again depends on viewer participation.






I want to know who your favorite wizard of all time is! 


I've got a varied list to get you started. 

*Note I did pick wizards who played a major role in whichever media they played in. And only wizards. We'll do their female counterparts another day.

Now, this is how I'm going to work this. As you leave your commented choice I will move the answer up the list. (I've tried polls in posts and they don't work very well.) First come, first serve until I get a duplicate answer. Once a wizard gets 2 votes, he will then move up to #1. As votes add up, I will manually tally the numbers and slot the wizard accordingly. Ties will be placed in order of deciding vote. In other words I am your personal poll assistant. 

*1 vote per commenter please.* 

I suppose if you have multiple accounts you can cheat but I wouldn't. Several of these wizards are personal friends of mine...

Oh and your answer does not have to be on the list. Feel free to add your own or suggest I add any others to the list. But only your first choice counts as a vote.


♥ Wizard List ♥


♦ 1 ♦
Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings) ~ 2 votes

♦ 2 ♦
Raistlin Majere (Dragonlance) ~ 1 vote

♦ 3 ♦ 

Merlin (To many Arthurian Legends to count) ~ 1 vote

♦ 4 ♦ 
Belgarath the Sorcerer (Belgariad/Malloreon) ~ 1 vote (Mine)

♦ 5 ♦ 

Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

♦ 6 ♦

The Crimson King (Dark Tower)

♦ 7 ♦
Harry Dresden (Dresden Files)

♦ 8 ♦ 
Vanyel (Valdemar)

♦ 9 ♦
Elminster Aumar (Forgotten Realms)

♦ 10 ♦
Mighty Mouse (Disney The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)

♦ 11 ♦
Allanon (World of Shannara)

♦ 12 ♦
Tim the Enchanter (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

♦ 13 ♦
Albus Dumbledore (Double Duh...)

♦ 14 ♦
Dr. Strange (Marvel Comics)

♦ 15 ♦
Jafar (Aladdin)

♦ 16 ♦
Pug (Rift War Saga)

♦ 17 ♦
The Wizard of Oz (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) ~ and before you correct me, he did become a wizard in later books

♦ 18 ♦
Harry Potter (Well Duh...)

♦ 19 ♦ (Added by Sparkling Blue)
Red Mage (Final Fantasy)





So how about you? Who is your favorite Male Wizard?


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Weekly Quote #3 ~ Neil Gaiman

Mulluane | Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2 Comments so far

“I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.”
-- Neil Gaiman --


Poster Art Quote ~ Neil Gaiman


About: This is going to be a weekly feature here in the old belfry. Until I run out of inspiration anyway. The quote of course is Neil Gaiman's but the design is all mine. Sorry about the slow load but it is an high resolution image

I'd kinda like to see this happen myself-- wouldn't you?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Fun Friday 14 ~ What is your favorite Fantasy or Sci-fi joke?

Mulluane | Friday, April 18, 2014 | 8 Comments so far
Three cheers for Friday!

I had another of those "play chauffeur" weeks. Three doctor appointments (not mine), shopping trip, visit to easter bunny (He says Hi! btw.) Combine that with several of those "I can't buy sleep" days and I'm a tired puppy. But I got a little done.



Anyway, lets get to the fun part of this post!

This week is all fun and totally depends on viewer participation.

Laughing Alien

I want your funniest Sci-fi/fantasy related jokes! 



Any joke contributed, on facebook, twitter, pinterest or the comment section below, will be added to this post. No NSFW jokes please.Well, you can send them to me if you want, and I'll likely fall over laughing, but I won't add those to this post.


You can stick with one joke, or do several if you want. It is all good because my goal is to come up with a whole list that will keep readers laughing for days.

So get to posting people! This can't succeed if you don't help.



♥ Answers ♥


♦ 1 ♦
I read recipes the same way I read fantasy. I get to the end and I think, "Well, that's never going to happen." (Me)

♦ 2 ♦

Q. Do you know why G.R.R. Martin never uses Twitter? 
A. Because he killed all his 140 characters! (Madalena @ Space and Sorcery)

♦ 3 ♦ 

What has an IQ of 12
13 dwarves.
Don't you mean 12 dwarves?
No - there's bound to be one thick one. (Author David Burrows, Prophecy of Kings)

♦ 4 ♦ 

Two dwarves in a field and one says -"Look at that dead crow!"
The other dwarf looks in the sky and says "Where?" 
(Author David BurrowsProphecy of Kings)

♦ 5 ♦ 

What do you call a field full of dwarves - a thicket. (Author David BurrowsProphecy of Kings)

♦ 6 ♦

Fairy God Mother joke: An elderly lady, rocking on her front porch wistfully reflected on her long life. Abruptly her Fairy Godmother suddenly appeared before her and said she'd grant her 3 wishes and sorry for the delay. 

"Well," said the woman, "If you really are my Fairy godmother make me rich beyond my wildest dreams.

"She was amazed as her house turned to solid gold with emerald decorated windows.

"Wow! Can you turn me into a beautiful, young princess," she said.

Without a word the Fairy Godmother waved her wand and the elderly lady was transformed into a beautiful young princess.

"Your third wish?" asked the Fairy Godmother. Just then the old woman's cat wandered across the porch in front of them. 

"Oh," the woman said, "please turn my cat into a handsome young prince?

"With a swish of her wand the cat was transformed and standing before her was a handsome young man with long flowing hair.

She looked up at him, love reflected in her young eyes. 

Smiling, he bent down and said, "I'll bet now you're sorry you had me neutered!" (Author David BurrowsProphecy of Kings)

♦ 7 ♦

Genie Joke: A guy was walking on a beach when he found an old lamp. He rubbed it to get a better look at what he'd found. Pow, out pops a genie.

In typical fashion, if you've ever met a genie, the genie said "I will grant you three wishes, but your ex-wife will get double."

The man was shocked that the genie knew he had an ex-wife, but then again he was a genie.
After thinking for a while he said "I wish I had a mansion." The genie granted it, and of course his ex-wife got two mansions.

The man said "I would like a million pounds." The genie again granted it and his ex-wife got two million pounds.

Then the man said, "Scare me half to death." 
(Author David BurrowsProphecy of Kings)

♦ 8 ♦ 

Fairy joke: A married couple in their early 60s were out celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic restaurant.

Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table and said,"For being such a wonderful married couple and for being faithful to each other for all this time, I will grant you each one wish."

"Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband" said the wife.

The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! - two tickets for : the Queen Mary luxury liner appeared in her hands. 

Then it was the husband's turn. He thought for a moment and said:

"Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me. 

"The wife, and the fairy were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish. So the fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! -the husband became 92 years old. (Author David BurrowsProphecy of Kings)




So how about you? What is your favorite SFF joke?


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weekly Quote #2 ~ Charles Schulz

Mulluane | Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 5 Comments so far

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
-- Charles M. Schulz --


Poster Art Quote ~ Charles M. Schultz


About: This is what happens when Mulluane gets bored while feeling creative! This is going to be a weekly feature here in the old belfry. Until I run out of inspiration anyway. {grins} The quote of course is Charles Shultz's but the design is all mine. Sorry about the slow load but it is an high resolution image

This one turned out better than the first (I had the upper right corner slightly off on that one.) What do you think?

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun Friday 13 ~ What Type Of Fantasy Character/Race Would You like to Be?

Mulluane | Friday, April 11, 2014 | 11 Comments so far
TGIF! 

I didn't do too bad this week.



But enough about all that.

I know that this is a mere variation on previous themes but my Muse was tired this week and I couldn't wake her up. Still should be fun but I'll try to do better next week... 


This time around I want you to imagine that you've been awarded a part in a fantasy novel. And you get to choose the type of character and race you wish to be. 

(I'll do Sci-fi the next time my muse takes a nap.)

Can be anything. King/Queen, Witch/Warlock, Dragon Tamer, Court Jester, Knight, Merchant, Blacksmith or Pirate. And pick a race like Fairy, Elf, Orc, Troll, Goblin, Dwarf or Human. The possibilities are endless. You can even name your character if you want but that is optional.

And for you Urban Fantasy fans it can be anything from teenage Werewolf to decaying Zombie.


♥ My Answer ♥


This was an easy one for me. Back in the far distant past I used to play Everquest. It was a sweet addiction and I still miss it. My very first character was a Wood Elf Druid. She had cute pointed ears, could charm animals, cast spells, and was second only to a cleric in her power to heal.

If I was ever offered a chance to be immortalized in a book she is EXACTLY what I'd choose to be. 

So how about you? What is your favorite type of character and why?


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekly Quote #1 ~ Mark Twain

Mulluane | Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

"Classic' a book which people praise and don't read"
-- Mark Twain --


Poster Art Quote ~ Mark Twain


About: This is what happens when Mulluane gets bored while feeling creative! This is going to be a weekly feature here on the old blog. Until I get bored with this too that is. {grins} The quote of course is Mark Twain's but the design is all mine. Sorry about the slow load but it is an high resolution image

It isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination but its mine and I like it! Hopefully you will too.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Typo Conspiracy

Mulluane | Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | 7 Comments so far
Yes folks, you read that right. There is a hidden typo conspiracy. Now this is not a government conspiracy. There are no grammar killers on grassy knolls. Nope my dear friends, this is an alien conspiracy of the worse kind!

But first let me explain how I made this life altering discovery...

8 years ago, when I first started blogging, I had quite a few delusions. First, although I only have a HS education, I thought I had a pretty good vocabulary. Atleast that is what friends and family told me, usually followed by "You read way too many books."

Secondly I thought I could spell. Please don't ask me why. I already told you I was delusional.

Thirdly, even though my last grammar class was 36 years ago, I thought I had enough of a handle on it to get by. Boy was I really wrong about that one.

Or was I...

Then it hit me!


It was so obvious and yet, so simple.


Aliens!


And not your "run-of-the-mill, we-come-in-peace" type aliens either. These are Nanobot Aliens!

Yep folks, they are here and they intend to drive all of us screaming over cliffs so they can move in and take over.
Alien Making Peace Sign

Know those strange commas that appear all over your sentences? Yep, Nanobot Aliens.

It all starts so innocently. First commas begin to infest your sentences. But it doesn't stop there. These nefarious creatures multiply at a prodigious rate. Soon whatever you have written is densely populated with poor punctuation, misspelled words, disappearing letters, mixed tenses, and improper contractions. They will replace "their" with "there" or even "they're" and if you listen really closely, you can hear them giggling as they run amuk. 

(I bet you thought that whirring sound was your computer or your desk fan didn't you. Nope, Nanobots -- laughing.)

And you know what is worse? They automatically hide all errors from even the most meticulous and expert of proofreaders and editors! It is maniacal, it is horrific and it is brilliant!

But wait! It gets better...

Did you know that these sneaky, dastardly, evil geniuses add worthless code to HTML too!

Oh my heavens yes. They surround any and every random piece of code you can imagine with span tags, div tags, font tags, color tags and there is an annoying trail of amp and nbsp pooped all over the place.

It is truly a nightmare.

And if all this wasn't enough...

They don't do any of this until AFTER you have hit the publish, post, send, or whatever button it is you use to release your wonderful hard work loose into the world! 

Bastards.

So next time you stare in mortification at the screwed up results of your literary endeavours, please don't go running off of any cliffs. Oh and try to resist the urge to toss your computer out the window too. Just comfort yourself with the thought that it isn't you, or the poor computer. It is actually an infestation of marauding Nanobot Aliens set on driving you crazy.

Or atleast that is what I keep telling myself...

So what do you think. Have I been watching too much Sci-Fi channel or am I really onto something here? Inquiring -- and somewhat demented -- minds want to know.



Friday, April 4, 2014

Fun Friday 12 ~ What Character From A Favorite Book Would You Like To Be?

Mulluane | Friday, April 04, 2014 | 6 Comments so far
Yay! It is Friday! Whirlwind week on the homefront. I think everybody in the house something going on this week and since I'm the driver for one of my roommates, that meant I wasn't at home much. Add to that a bunch of weird computer problems I spent hours unsuccessfully trying to fix and I'm just plain old tired. Got some reading done though. Did some more future review post prep. Got the review of City of Dragons up.

But enough about me.

This week I want you to think really hard and tell us which character from any of your favorite speculative fiction worlds you would most like to trade places with.

Oh and of course, for those of us possibly unfamiliar with said character, explain who they are and why you'd like to be them.


♥ My Answer ♥


Surreal SaDiablo by chanandra on DeviantArt

If asked what my favorite fantasy world is I'd blurt out "Anne Bishop's Realms Of The Blood" without any hesitation. Now the rest of my answer is a bit more complicated. I basically had two choices for favorite. Jaenelle Angelline is the main character and for alot of reasons I'd love to pick her. But that poor girl goes through such horrible trauma I don't want to actually BE her. I'll stick with admiring her instead.

The one I'd like to actually trade places with is Surreal SaDiablo. Surreal is a kickass assassin with a unique cover. She is a high priced prostitute with the rare privilege of picking her own clients. And oddly enough, alot of her clients end up very very dead. She is funny, smart and deadly but can also be kind, compassionate and loyal. What a woman! I could write a book about all the reasons why I love Surreal but if you really want understand it thoroughly I highly suggest reading the books. Or you can just check out Chanandra's rendition of her. Who wouldn't like to be Surreal!


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