Hopefully your weekend has been amazing so far. Mine consisted of going out to an Italian restaurant with friends and then having a dance party at my house. Then, last night, my friends and I went to the jazz festival that my school is hosting. This evening, my J-Term class is coming over to my house, and we are planning to watch one of the "so-bad-it's-good" movies, so that should also be fun.
Because of the amount of work that I still need to get done, as well as my schedule being all busy this week, I will not actually post anything about my novels this time around. I am very sorry for all of you who always get excited when I post something, but it won't happen this week.
Also, I will be unable to blog on the weekends of March 20-22 and March 27-29 because I will be away in Ireland over Spring Break, and I will probably be pressed for time while I'm there.
As for the "interviews" that I was planning to post, I will not actually post the interviews per se. This is because my characters use real artists and movies to say what they like to do. This could pose some potential risks, and I don't want to risk anything if I don't have to. Or, if I still go with the interviews, I will cut out anything that could pose those risks and add some more vague ideas instead. However, what I am greatly considering in my future blogs is a character profile. It is similar to the character sketches, but I will include interests and favorite things, as well as more detailed information about what they like to do.
I will probably even include pictures of my characters.
If I decide to do this, then I will most likely start with characters from the Rockybado series. I'm sure a lot of you would like to see pictures of my characters!
And, as for Rockybado 3 and Rockybado 4 (The Revenge of the Naughty Blue Aliens and Running Up a Hill respectively), I am three chapters away from completing The Revenge of the Naughty Blue Aliens and six chapters away from finishing Running Up a Hill.
Next week, please expect an "interview" or profile.
Have a great Sunday Funday!
Hello! Good Morning! Happy Day After Valentine's Day, Singles Awareness Day, and/or Heart-Shaped Pizza Day!
Yesterday, being Valentine's Day, made it next to impossible to blog, so I am going to explain the other characters from The Magic Video Game this weekend. Last week, I talked about Marty the polar bear, Sporto the walrus, Cosmo the penguin, Jack McFrost the snowman, and Jefferson the Eskimo pig. And, of course, you know a lot about Levi Cranston, his family, and his friends (from the same series).
Well, here we go with the rest of the main characters from The Magic Video Game.
Wachnuka Kaloi is a very close friend of Marty and his posse. Even though he does not live with them, he visits them on a frequent basis. Kaloi often goes by his last name, and he is a forensic scientist. Marty shows a lot of interest in Kaloi's forensics equipment, as does everyone else in the posse. Kaloi is characterized by having a fuchsia afro and soul patch. He is also often seen wearing a lavender suit and a hot pink tie. When he is not looking for evidence from any given situation, he likes to lie on his hammock and ready mystery novels. He graduated from the University of Wakahakai with a major in Forensic Science and a minor in Basket Weaving.
Darveda Davucci Illiona is the main enemy of Marty and his posse. She wants part of Winderplassic Estate, which was rightfully given to Marty as a token of gratitude. Darveda is a short heavy-set woman who has blonde hair. She is often seen wearing a turtleneck and a long jumper. Darveda's most disgusting habit is picking mud from her shoe and throwing mud at her chosen victims. When the victims get mud thrown at them, they become "ugly" until they wash off the mud. Darveda was once arrested for jaywalking, but she was released the next day. She started college at the University of Wakahakai but dropped out because she found a great job in crocheting mukluks before she could finish college.
Nelson is one of Darveda's henchmen. Even though they are not biologically related, they are often confused for siblings for whatever reason. Nelson has a brown afro and a large nose. He is tall, making Darveda look tiny with his stature. He, like Darveda, is also after a portion of Winderplassic Estate. However, Nelson does not have the "nasty" habit of picking mud out of his shoe. Instead, he is the one who cracks all the weird jokes and tries to get Darveda to laugh, since she is often seen as intense. Nelson graduated from the University of Wakahakai with a degree in Stand-Up Comedy.
Hilda is a henchwoman of Darveda's. She has the same motive as Darveda and Nelson. However, she is considered the quiet one who wants to learn how to speak Italian. Hilda looks more Mediterranean, as she has black hair and darker skin. Her favorite color is purple, which she is seen wearing all the time. At the end of The Crazy Chicken Escapade, Darveda flees the scene and goes to another country. She loves to explore the world, but her favorite country is Greece. She graduated from the University of Wakahakai with a degree in Multi-Languages, with specific concentrations in Italian, Greek, Latin, and Serbian.
Barangio "Bug" Dingaling is another henchman of Darveda's. However, he does not appear until The Crazy Chicken Escapade. He is short and pudgy, and he also has wavy black hair. It is apparent in the end of The Crazy Chicken Escapade that Bug and Hilda end up dating when they leave for another country. Bug got his nickname because he liked to say "bug" in a very goofy voice when he was younger, and he has gone with that nickname ever since. Bug did not go to college. Instead, he got a decent job at an ad agency, where he draws crazy cartoons for advertisements around Wakahakai, and he didn't think that he needed a degree to have this job.
Shirley S. Sherlock is a minor character in The Magic Video Game series. She does not play a role in the story; she is just someone who Olivia and Levi encounter in the first novel. Shirley has short brown hair with big thick-frame glasses. In The Crazy Chicken Escapade, it is revealed that Shirley S. Sherlock is not her real name. You will find out when you read that book!
Radcliffe is the leader of the chicken community in Wakahakai. He does not make an appearance until The Crazy Chicken Escapade. He is held hostage in that novel by Darveda, Nelson, Hilda, and Bug. Marty and his friends need to find some ways to get Radcliffe out of that sticky situation. Also, Radcliffe makes another appearance in the later novels of The Magic Video Game series.
Voila! Here are the rest of the main characters from The Magic Video Game series. Starting next week, I will not post regular blogs. I will still keep the blogs weekly; however, I will write a little bit about each character and attach an "interview" with those characters for you to read. I had started writing them, and I didn't just want to keep them to myself! Right?
Also, next Friday and Saturday, my first sci-fi compilation, The Crazy Chicken Escapade will be #FREE on Amazon, so please check out the summary below!
The Crazy Chicken Escapade: "Three boys meet at a birthday party and realize that they have more in common than what they have previously thought. David Ingram, from Crown Point, Indiana, Andrew Grzedek, from St. John, Indiana, and Levi Cranston, from Valparaiso, Indiana, then play a magic video game at Levi's house. They all eventually meet Marty and his creature friends in Wakahakai, Dacston and his dinosaur comrades on Galavanti Island, and Rockybado, the King of Texamilio. Everyone finds out that the nearby chicken community has been taken advantage of, and they all set foot to free Radcliffe, the elected leader of the chicken community, as well as bring the overall group back to normal."
Have a great Sundae!
Good afternoon and Happy Friday!
Happy Friday. Happy February. Happy February 6th. Whatever you'd like to call it. It's the weekend, and it should be a good one at best. I have a dinner to go to with friends from the Honors Program at my college, and then I have to take a GMAT practice test tomorrow morning. Fun stuff, I know.
However, I have been unable to write as much as I was hoping to this week. But, with the crazy schedule headed my way, writing will be next to impossible until the weekends. Even though this may be the case, I will never forget to blog every weekend.
You can probably understand why I'm blogging on Friday and not Saturday.
Well, for this weekend, I will be talking about Marty the Polar Bear and his comrades (The Magic Video Game). So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Or blog post, rather.
Well, Marty is a polar bear. He is considered the leader of the pack, yet he is slightly naive. With the supposed lack of resources that they might have (nothing substantial, such as water or technology), Marty does not know much about goes on in the world besides in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands, as well as Texamilio, Galavanti Island, and Wakahakai. Marty seldom mentions Texamilio and Galavanti Island in The Magic Video Game novels. He is pretty "chill." Marty is not uptight at all. He is very relaxed and always wears thick-frame glasses, a polo shirt of some sort, and khaki shorts. He eventually learns how to play the alto saxophone.
Sporto is a walrus who is very athletic. He enjoys pretty much all sports, especially tennis and arm wrestling. This is very obvious when he arm wrestles and plays tennis with Levi. He is also an avid bowler on Wakahakai's well-known bowling team. They seldom have tournaments, but they still call themselves well-known.
Cosmo is a penguin. He is very hysterical and has a bizarre sense of humor. He shouts pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth and he works at a drink vendor in Wakahakai. He likes to go tubing and enjoys a pina colada. Any day.
Jack McFrost is a very sophisticated snowman. He wears a top hat all the time and speaks elegantly. Jack McFrost likes to go bowling as well, but he is more partial to mini-golf. He and his snowman friends go mini-golfing all the time at the local arcade room.
Jefferson is an Eskimo pig. He is the complete opposite of Jack McFrost in that he is not sophisticated. He is always seen wearing an Eskimo suit, and he says everything very simply. Jefferson enjoys playing the xylophone and snowboarding when there is actually snow on the ground. Most of the time, though, he has to travel to Alaska with his comrades to snowboard.
Next week, I will talk about the enemies and other characters from The Magic Video Game series. Also, The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs and its sequel, The Sound of a B Flat, will be on Amazon TODAY and TOMORROW, so please check them out!
The Jazzy Island of Dinosaurs: "It is June 2006 in St. John, a town in Northwest Indiana, and five siblings find out about the existence of dinosaurs through their neighbors who actually visited them. At a swimming party, the neighbors give the three younger siblings a book with a T-Rex's number on it. When all five kids visit Galavanti Island, they help Dacston, a T-Rex, Valpatic, a velociraptor, Jokie, a brachiosaurus, and Sammy, a stegosaurus, locate a case of saxophones that Selfish Arnie, Dacston's cousin, has taken from all of the citizens of Galavanti Island."
The Sound of a B Flat: "Summer of 2006 commences in St. John, a town in Northwest Indiana, and Caleb Grzedek's band is starting to get known. Andrew, his older brother, starts his first tennis season in high school. He also spends time with his girlfriend and best friends, and Caleb finally comes up with the band's name with his best friends. And, coming from a big family, the Grzedek's are often visiting their relatives, and the five kids are always learning new things. Therefore, summer is off to a good start."
Have a great weekend!
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