March 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Dragon bits ready for assembly! I need to pick up an airbrush this weekend.
Confessions of an Altoholic
March 26, 2015 1 Comment
My Friend Vaildor
This essay is about my friend Vaildor, he goes to school here at Fairsong Academy. He also goes to the art school in Silvermoon sometimes, because he’s really good at drawing. Even if he just drew it with a pencil, it looks like a real thing. He said he’s going to teach me how to draw like that. I hope he can but I really don’t think I can do it, it looks way too hard. His Ann’da and Minn’da work in town and they heal sick people. I hope I don’t ever have to meet them because I’m sick, but I have seen them before and they seem all right. Lots of times we work on homework together, it’s easier when there’s someone else because you can ask if you got the right answer and stuff. He also knows some other boys at the school who are older, they have girlfriends. They let us eat dinner up there with them which is really nice. I don’t know what else to write about my friend Vaildor.
Writing class is pretty good, I like reading so that makes writing not so hard because it’s easier to think of the words. I know sometimes Vaildor has trouble with that so sometimes I help him. That’s allowed right? I’m not actually writing it for him. Numbers class is okay, history is interesting though. Vaildor said there’s a death knight around here, so he could talk to us about what really happened because he was there. He said maybe it could be like an educational trip. I hope we can do that, there are a lot of things I’d want to ask a death knight. I wish you could ask questions from any person in history, that would be a neat way to learn about it. That would definitely make things seem more real.
Vaildor said there’s going to be a ball here soon. I’ve never been to a ball but I think I would like to go because there’s always a lot of good food. Vaildor says that Tik makes tons of it. I should be invited because I’m a student, but he said I should see if my minn’da wants to come too. I think she will once I tell her about the food. Last time when she came to talk to the Magister, she didn’t eat any food because it wasn’t a meal time. Vaildor also said that Terellion always makes a fancy cake. I can’t wait to eat that too. They have cake here every night, all different kinds. I don’t think I will dance with any girls because for one there aren’t any girls my age and for two, I don’t know how to dance. I think I would be too nervous and mess up, even if I did know how. I will just watch other people and see if I can memorize what to do.
And that’s a whole page so that’s all I know about my friend Vaildor.
March 24, 2015 Leave a comment
Starting to gear up for my summer sewing frenzy! I am hoping to have all three of my tests finished by then so I can start making the “real” ones in June. I may be a little slow on writing because of it, but I’ll do my best to at least get one every couple of days!
Here’s the dragon cut out, he is short green plush with yellow minky.
March 24, 2015 1 Comment
Orledin came to speak with me last night. To get things started, I asked him about what sort of books he had been reading, and which he liked the best. He said that some of the rangers had been borrowing them for the school on his behalf, since he’s still not allowed to go there himself. He likes the cookbooks the best, because he can find new recipes to try out, though I must admit I’m not sure how is able to tell whether or not they’ve turned out well. I suppose he can have the rangers try it for him, and tell him how it is. It does seem that they’ve accepted him well there, which is very encouraging. He is able to live — well, not live exactly, but stay — among them, and is part of their everyday routine. I know that he patrols with the other undead ranger, simply because they are both able to patrol in the middle of the night without ill effect. He doesn’t speak much about her though, so I don’t know how close they are. Orledin is still seeking someone that he can be closer with. The cat is some help, he said, but it’s not the same. I would never come out and say it’s impossible, because it isn’t. There very well could be someone willing to look past his condition — unlikely, but not impossible. After all, as I mentioned, the rangers don’t seem to mind it much. There are still few enough people here that it isn’t easy for anyone, alive or not, to find someone. I reminded him that I was alone for more than ten years, myself.
He told me that he’s been collecting bones from around the forest, raptor bones according to him. I’m not entirely sure how he can tell just from one little bone what it belonged to, but perhaps he knows a lot about raptors. There were certainly a lot of trolls in the area until recently, so it’s not unreasonable. My only worry would be some sort of spirit or curse laid on them; trolls are notorious for that sort of thing. Orledin said that was only an issue if you touch their jars. I hope he’s right on that account, I’m certain the captain would be displeased if troll spirits were haunting the ranger building. Orledin was a bit sheepish about it, worried that people might think him odd. I don’t think it’s odd, most everyone has some sort of hobby, and collecting bones happens to be his. I suppose some might see it as morbid, but there are many others who would appreciate the educational value of such a thing — the Reliquary in Silvermoon, for instance, or perhaps even Hethurin. Mounted, a raptor skeleton would make an impressive decoration for the school, and could be used to instruct students about anatomy.
Vaildor met a friend in town, and he has begun general education classes at the academy. I was able to speak to him briefly, I didn’t recognize him because they are newly arrived. His mother works for one of the nearby estates. That was about all I got out of him before they disappeared again. They’ve only known each other a short time but they seem inseparable. I have seen them working on school work together often. I hope they can remain friends, I know at times young relationships can be puzzlingly volatile to us adults. He seems like a responsible boy though, and I don’t think he and Vaildor will get into too much trouble together.
March 22, 2015 Leave a comment
Hethurin has been sick for the last few days. Any time I don’t have work to do, I run up to check on him. He says he’s dying, but I think he’s just exaggerating, because he did have a little fever but it was nothing too serious. Tik’s been making soup with the leftover chicken, and I’ve been bringing that up a few times a day. Tik also said I should bring the herbal tea, which I did. I don’t know if it really does anything, but it tastes good at least. I’m a little worried that he won’t be well enough for the ball, or worse, that he doesn’t even want to go. Last night he said he’s just going to stay up here in his room instead of being at the party. It’s awful because I can’t tell him why I want him to be there but he has to be! I told him I wanted to dance, which is true. He did at least promise to have some cake, but what if he gets it and just goes up to his room? That would ruin everything! I’m also worried he won’t like it now, like what if he’s decided that he is mad at me for wanting to have all these parties? That would be even worse!
I did talk to Mae about it a little. I was vague but she figured it out pretty fast. She’s been here to help with papers, since Magister Firewind has been busy doing the arcane tests since Hethurin has been sick. She’s really excited about the party too, because it’ll be the first time she can dance with Gael since the baby’s been born. I mean, she could at the winter ball, but she was really big then! It’s going to be so fun seeing all the babies together. There’s going to be a room where they can play and be held and stuff, I definitely need to stop in and see them. My sisters and mother will probably want to see them too, they love babies because they have dolls and they’re like real life dolls. Also they never got to hold real babies much, unlike me!
The new student has taken Mae’s old room, which is a little weird. I mean, I know she lives with Gael now but it’s still her room to me. The new girl is lucky though, I think it’s the best room besides Hethurin’s because it has its own bathroom and tub, and the little reading window. I haven’t had too much time to talk to her, because I’ve been taking care of Hethurin, but hopefully she is settling in well. She seemed excited about the ball, anyway. Des did say that she’d talked to her, and she was eager to have her first arcane class. I’m not a healer, but I think he’ll be well enough tomorrow. He was well enough for cake last night! Not just a little piece either, but two big pieces. It was strawberry cake, that probably helped.
March 20, 2015 Leave a comment
There’s a great deal to be done this time of year, now that the ground has thawed and it’s warmer during the daytime. It’s still rainy a lot, which means it’s very muddy. Everyone has to do their share of mopping to make sure the floor doesn’t get too dirty, and to ensure that boots come off before people come inside. At least I’ve been pretty good about that one, it’s my house so I want it to stay nice. I need to check Rylad’s miniature house for dust and leaves, probably sweep it out, and make sure there are no spiders hiding in the corners. Speaking of spiders, this week we need to go find their nests and destroy the eggs before they hatch. There shouldn’t be as many as last year, but there will still be some. I’d be inclined to leave some just so we can have spider legs to eat, if they didn’t cause trouble getting into houses and such. It’s impossible to find all of them, anyway. Noblegarden is soon, I know there’s going to be a ball at the school but I think Rylad is old enough to go looking for eggs this year and he’d really love it. I need to ask if they’re hiding eggs or if we should do it here. I guess he could look for eggs twice, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. Then again, some of the rangers might enjoy it too! The other big project is the cabins, of course. We need to get started on the foundations right away, they have to be raised to keep the floors dry, given how muddy the Ghostlands can get. Everyone’s eager to get started on that, even Gael said he’ll help out when he can. They should be finished pretty quickly even with regular patrols, since we’ll have so many people working on it.
Sunashe was asking me about it last night, he’s eager to have their own private place to go and I don’t blame him one bit. A tent is all right, but it’s wet and cold, and not exactly roomy. A nice warm bed is much more comfortable. I asked him about it, whether he was nervous or not. I mean, living together is a big step. This way is good too, because they both have an input on the house and decorations, rather than it belonging to one or the other. Kes’s house never really felt like mine for that reason, not to mention the room I wasn’t allowed into. Sunashe said he was thinking about asking Lin to marry him, but he wasn’t sure. I don’t know when I became the expert on women around here, he should probably ask Arancon or Ty but maybe he already has. I told him that it’s not a good idea to wait too long because she might find someone else or something. He said there wasn’t anyone else around, so he wasn’t worried. Really? I hope he never said that in front of her. He also said he wanted to help her take care of her moth. I don’t know if that was like a code or if he actually meant her moth. I don’t think it’s that hard to take care of, but I really have no idea. Sunashe is worried that Lin has already heard the things he wants to say from other guys. Obviously some of it’s going to be the same, I mean I am sure Vessen told Nessna that she was beautiful. Some of those are just things you always say to a girl that you’re with. So he said he’ll try showing her in other ways, but he wasn’t sure what they are yet. I said to get flowers, but I don’t know if that’s enough. He said I don’t know Lin well enough to say, which is true, I don’t. Maybe he could ask her brother or something.
I wish I could hire someone to help with all the reports I have to fill out. Who knew that being a ranger involved so many forms! Even if there’s nothing to report, I have to fill out a report that says nothing happened. I suppose they’re checking to make sure we are actually doing our jobs. I don’t mind, except when it keeps me from going home in the evening. I should start bringing them home, hopefully Rylad won’t write on them too much.