Today marks one week out of quarantine. And what a week it has been!Continue reading
Since I do not yet possess a driver’s license (Monday) or a car (also Monday), I had limited options this weekend. I could have taken a taxi into town, but I opted to start learning my way around the base first.Continue reading
My quarantine period ended yesterday and I have been set loose on Okinawa!Continue reading
The toughest part about being in quarantine is not being able to explore my new home. I am not generally a patient person and I so find it frustrating to have to stay put and not go explore my new environment (particularly since the beach is sooo close).Continue reading
I had a whole other post ready to go in continuing with this month’s fantasy theme. (In fact I have a couple.) But as I was writing, I realized some will discuss space, aliens, or other things that could be considered “science fiction” and not “fantasy.” And if you look back at my Wyrd and Wonder TBR, some of the books might be considered sci-fi. So I thought I’d step back and talk about what I mean when I say fantasy.
What is the fantasy genre?
That’s a question with many answers and no one consensus.Continue reading
I finally received my April 2020 OwlCrate box yesterday.
The shipment was understandably delayed by the stay-at-home orders. Team OwlCrate took a bit longer to pack and ship the boxes to adhere to social distance safety requirements. And I’m guessing that the May box will also be a bit late too. But the important thing is, it arrived.
For those who have not received or opened your box yet or if you just don’t want to know, stop here. The rest of this post discusses the contents of the April box.
For those who want to see what’s inside, click to Page 2 below to continue.
You enter the cottage and you tightly grip your sword. Darkness shrouds you as the door closes behind you. As you pause to let your eyes adjust, you see a faint light in the far corner.
With your sword in front of you, you slowly ease your way toward the dim light. As you approach the corner, you see a tiny glowing figure sniffling. Wee wings on its back shine iridescent from the miniature lantern sitting beside it. You think it’s a fairy. But fairies don’t exist. You shake your head in confusion and take a second look. It seems to be about six inches tall with wings and silvery-blond hair.
Since you don’t sense any immediate danger, you kneel down and ask, “Are you okay?”
The tiny figure looks up through silvery-blond hair. “I’m Petal Juniperglow. A goblin took my family and now I’m all alone” The fairy starts to cry again.
“Hi Petal. I’m . . . ” you pause. You can’t remember your name. “I’m actually not sure. The first thing I remember was waking up on the beach. I don’t know who I am or how I got to this land. But I will help you if I can.”
Petal wipes her eye. “You will? Oh, thank you. Thank you so much.” Her teeny hand grabs your index finger. She takes a long look at you. “Since you are lost but are willing to help me, I shall call you Aine because Aine was a great helper of my people.”
She stands up and flitters to your shoulder. “Okay, we should go get supplies, which are to the west. And we should try to recruit some more reinforcements from my clan, which is to the east.”
What do you do first?Continue reading
The fantastical adventure continues.
You chose to go into the dark, spooky forest. As soon as you step into the forest, you notice the air cooled instantly. The tightly packed canopy doesn’t allow enough sunlight to reach the forest floor, which also means there’s minimal flora or other underbrush that you’d typically see in a forest. The forest floor is covered with a strange, almost glowing moss that also seems to dampen the sounds. The scent of something (or many things) decomposing fills your nostrils. You look around but see no trace of humans or other beings.
You start along the narrow, winding path, occasionally stumbling over unseen roots. After walking for what feels like hours, you hear a small whimpering sound. Almost like someone crying. Walking toward the noise, you see a small cottage. You can tell the crying is coming from the cottage. You grip your small, rusty sword tightly.
Do you enter the cottage or keep going along the path?Continue reading