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Escaping the Blogosphere – Stop #8

(For those who don’t know, Teen Writers’ Nook is hosting a virtual scavenger hunt and my blog is the next stop! πŸ™‚ If you’re just now hearing of it and would like to join, head here for the beginning of the hunt. There’s also a virtual giveaway going on, to enter you have to comment on the kick-off post and share your favourite book quote. You can gain more entries if you comment on each stop in the scavenger hunt. If this isn’t your thing, that’s fine! πŸ™‚ You can still read my post and enjoy a glimpse at how my characters from Roses, Thorns, and Curses interact with each other. *grins* At the end of my post is a clue that will lead you to another post of mine where you will then find an image with the link to the next stop in the scavenger hunt.)

Mist swirls on the screen. Dark shadows flit within, creating inky images. Slowly, the mist receedes to reveal a tall, dark-haired young man standing upon a green hill. His clothes are luxurious, a black silk shirt and breeches. Tiny purple vines embroidered in swirling patterns trail across his shirt and the bottom of his pantslegs. With a grand flourish he removes his dark blue fedora, adorned with a single raven’s feather, and bows, his hair splaying over his shoulders. Upon rising a jaunty smile spreads across his lips.

“Why, hello there. I’m sorry to say that Jen is not able to be here today. Thus I took it upon myself to grace your screens with my presence. Who am I, I hear you asking? Well, I am not someone who can just be described in mere words,” he waves a hand through the air as if banishing the thought, and replaces the fedora upon his head, running his fingers along the brim as he continues, “my graces, my talents, my very self is far too vast and magnanimous for such a trifle as words.”

Suddenly a young woman materializes from the mist that still creeps at the borders of the grassy knoll. Her large, feathered wings flutter as she lands beside the young man, the skirt of her grey dress rustles with the movement. Her long black hair hangs loose down her back, parted by thick, graceful horns. She puts a hand to her forehead and shakes her head as her wings droop. “Oh, Feyden, stop! You are such a preening peacock.” She turns from Feyden and faces forward, her wings folding behind her. “Now then, as the pompous idiot said, Jen isn’t able to post today. She’s off on some sort of hunt through the “blogosphere.” It seems she lost her way somewhere among all those blogs and left it up to us to post in her place.”

The words have hardly left her mouth when another form breaks through the fog. A young man dressed in royal garb stumbles forward. He blinks in the sudden light and then smiles. “Well, what have we here? What are you two doing on Jen’s blog?” He stares ahead, as if reading something, then scratches the side of his jaw. “…wow, Feyden, that is some introduction.”

The young woman groans and snaps her wings open and shut. “Oh, Sorren, not you too!”

Feyden plucks at the collar of his shirt and grins smugly at Sorren. “At least someone appreciates a masterpiece of words when they see it.”

Sorren offers a wry grin in return. Placing a hand on Feyden’s shoulder, he says, “That is not quite how I meant it, friend. Maelle is right, you are full of yourself.”

Feyden bats Sorren’s hand away in mock anger. “Wonderful. Thank you both for ruining my reputation among Jen’s readers. Can I resume posting for Jen now and possibly patch some of my tarnished reputation?”

“No!” Sorren and Maelle cry in unison.

Feyden frowns and tugs the hem of his shirt, smoothing what little wrinkles there are. “Sheesh.”

Sorren grins and knocks Feyden’s hat off his head. Maelle scrowls ad ruffles her wings, preparing to wrestle both boys into submission when another young woman with hair like pale sunlight emerges from the swirling mist.

She grips the skirt of her light pink dress and smiles at the group, wrinkling her nose at the boys as Feyden wrestles Sorren into a headlock. She directs her gaze to Maelle. “What are you three up too, besides Feyden and Sorren making fools of themselves?” She looks up past Maelle and cocks her head. “Oh, I see, we’re posting for Jen today. This looks fun!” She releases her skirt and waves a hand while dipping into a shallow curtsy. “Hello everyone! I am Aurana. Princess of Zarona and heir to–“

With a flap of her wings, Maelle is at Aurana’s side and clamps a hand over her sister’s mouth. “Aura! No spoilers!” She releases Aurana and sighs. “It appears none of you are capable of doing this post without purple prose, fighting, or spoiling.” She plants her hands on her hips and levels them all with a ‘you-know-better’ glare.

Aurana crosses her arms and glares back at her sister while the boys straighten their clothes and try to appear as if they didn’t do anything worth a scolding.

“Wow. You guys are horrible at blog posts. How ’bout a tip from a pro? Argue off-screen.”

All four jump at the disembodied voice of a young man echoing through the mist. Aurana balls up trembling fists, Feyden stands beside Maelle and cracks his neck, Sorren draws his sword and steps in front of Aurana, while Maelle summons a green flame that dances upon her fingers.

Maelle looks around, her eyes flitting from spot to spot in the mist. “Who are you? You don’t sound like someone from our story.”

The man laughs, yet he still remains hidden from sight. “Who am I indeed?” Well, since you four don’t seem capable of completing the next stop in the scavenger hunt, I shall be the one to offer the clue that leads to the next and final stop. The answer to the clue will lead you to my identity;

If you ponder and Muse, // take a Ramble through posts of old, // you’ve nothing to lose, // even if you Search at Random. // Nine choices to peruse, // only one leads to your way out, // pay close attention to the words I use, // and we shall meet face to face.”

As the final words echo over the group, the mist whips around like a whirlwind and fills the screen once more. But just before all goes dark, Feyden is heard muttering, “And you said I was dramatic…”

(Alright, Hunters! Off you go! Let me know if the clue doesn’t make sense or anything. I may have gotten a bit carried away. πŸ˜‰ )

Are you one of the Hunters? What do you think of my little quartet of troublemakers? Let me know if you need a hint!

Tell me in the comments! πŸ˜€

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31 thoughts on “Escaping the Blogosphere – Stop #8”

  1. AAAHHH THIS WAS SOOO EPIC, GIRL!!!!!!!!! I enjoyed reading EVERY SINGLE SECOND!! Your clue was GENIUS!! I found it!! I just ADORE your characters sooooo much!!!! All I wanna know is WHEN can I read their story???? I just LOVE what you’re doing with this retelling of sleeping beauty! It’s all soooo utterly GENIUS!!! How do you mange all of them? XD

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    1. EEEEEP!! THANK YOU!!! Awww, thank you so much! YAY! You found it! πŸ˜€

      Oh my goodness, thank you!!! ^_^ <333 I am grinning so hard right now, thank you so much! Oh, goodness, I hope to have the first draft completed this year but I'm kind of a slow writer. *sheepish grin* You are so sweet!!!! <333 Hah, I don't really manage them, my characters honestly just come to me and tell and/or demand me to write their story. XD But, really, you are just the SWEETEST! Thank you so much! ^_^

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  2. I love how you had your book characters do the post!!!!!! That was so creative and it was really fun to read!!!!!!!! Now as I’ve done to all the other blogs on this stop, I will be sticking around your blog so you’ll be seeing me around!!!
    I also found the next blog!! I love how you introduced your clue by having a mysterious man say it!!! very clever!!!

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    1. Oh, thank you SO much! I had so much fun playing around with my characters and I’m so glad everyone likes it. ^_^ Awwww, thank you so much, Jane! I look forward to seeing you around! *offers welcome cookies* <33
      Ahh, yay! Hehe, thank you so much!!! ❀

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      1. You’re welcome!! I’m looking forward to being around! *accepts welcome cookies* *gives you I’m-here cookies in return* (Are I’m-here cookies a thing? XD)

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  3. Jen, this post was AMAZING. Your characters are so fantastic, and I laughed so hard at the “No spoilers!” part πŸ˜‚ Man, makes me wish I’d used this same idea for my post πŸ˜† (Also, I will be racing to grab your book the moment it comes out, if you decide to publish it, because I already can tell I’d love it). Alright! *salutes dramatically* Off to find the next clue!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Haha, yes, Aurana sometimes speaks before she thinks. ;P Oh, but I LOVED meeting your MC before we got the clue! ^_^ <333 (AAAHHHH!!! Mary, you are just the sweetest!!! Publishing, traditionally or indie, is my greatest dream. Hopefully one day I can turn this story into a published book. ^_^) *salutes back just as dramatically* Best of luck and have fun! πŸ˜€

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  4. Eeeeeeekkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE GET TO SEE MORE OF JEN’S CHARACTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ I’m telling you I am in love with Roses, Thorns, and Curses!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to read it!!!!!!!!!!! Can I just say how GENIUS it was that your characters had to do the post for you?! IT WAS SO MUCH FUN TO READ!!!!!!!!!! I loved seeing the characters interact with each other!!! And the clue was amazing!!!! So much fun to search for it!!!! πŸ˜€

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    1. Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!! Katherine! You precious soul! Thank you so much!!!! I just can’t with your sweetness! Ajfksklsls!!! <333 I am smiling so big right now! ☺☺☺ I am so ecstatic that everyone loved this post and my characters! 😍 It's been such a big motivation for me to continue writing my story. I'm so glad you liked the clue and had fun searching for it! πŸ€—

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      1. Awwww!!!!😊 You are so sweet, Jen!!!!!!!!<3<3<3<3 I am serious, I can't wait to read your book!!!!!!!! Sleeping Beauty has been one of my favorite fairy tales since forever!!!!!!!! And your book sounds SOOO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Would it be alright if I did something like/similar to this with my own characters on Teen Writers' Nook? If not that's ok. I just wanted to ask first.

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        1. πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

          Of course it would be alright! I would absolutely LOVE to read a post with your characters!!! Other bloggers do posts with their characters all the time, you don’t need my permission but it was so sweet and thoughtful for you to ask. *hugs*

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          1. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!πŸ˜ƒπŸ’— I can’t wait to do a post with my characters!!!! Your blog is the first time I’ve seen this done but I love the idea so much!!!!!!!! (I think my characters like the idea too!πŸ˜‰) THANK YOU!!!!!! *hugs* <333

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            1. I’m so sorry, I don’t know how I forgot to reply to this comment. 😦

              I can’t wait to read your post!!! (Haha! Always good for the characters to like what you’re going to make them do. πŸ˜‰ Mine tend to get a little rebellious when I try to make them do something they don’t like. XD) *hugs back* <333

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              1. It’s perfectly alright, Jen. To be honest, I completely forgot about the comment.πŸ™‚

                Thank you!!! (Haha, totally true!πŸ˜‰ Oof, you’re characters need to just accept their fate. XD XD) *more hugs* <333 P.S. I think I'm going to do Fairy Tale Central's fairy tale tag this week and I'm very excited for it!

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                1. Lol! Guess we both had a Dory moment, huh? XD

                  πŸ˜€ (I keep trying to tell them that, but they don’t like listening to me most of the time. XD) Oooh, so exciting! I can’t wait to read your post! ^_^ <333

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  5. Jen, your characters are ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!!!! I LOVE all of them!!! That was sooo smart of you to write it that way and it was super fun to read!!! Also, I read the post you did with the next Blogosphere stop and Dylan is 100% THE BEST. He cracked me up so much! XD (And I just have to say I LOVE your full name!!! It’s sooo pretty!) πŸ˜€

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    1. Eeeeep!! Thank you so much, Victoria!! Oh my goodness! Thank you!!! Y’all’s love for my characters has seriously made my entire day!! Awww, really? Thank you! I’m so glad you like Dylan! ^_^ (Awww, thank you! It’s actually my pen name, but still, THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH!! <333 You're so sweet! ^_^)

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  6. OH MY GRACIOUS, JENNNN. So I’m not currently participating in the scavenger hunt (though this does look SO fun!) but I had to squeal because ALKJSDLFJLJD THESE CHARACTERS. I cannot stop grinning after reading this. FEYDEN THOUGH. Okay, he may be my favorite now??? I do so love those drama kings. He has me CRACKING. UP. And Maelle’s sass gets me every time. β€œIt appears none of you are capable of doing this post without purple prose, fighting, or spoiling.” Bwahahaha! Gold! I also love how Aurana just prances amidst them all smiles. She’s so cute!

    I JUST LOVE THEM ALL! AND ALL OF THIS. SO SO MUCH. This was such fun to read!!!

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    1. That’s totally fine you’re not participating! ^_^ That’s why I wanted a post anyone could enjoy regardless of whether or not they wanted to join. πŸ™‚

      But, AAAAAHHHH, your comment is making ME squeal!!! I am so, so happy you love my characters. Awww, yay! Feyden is by far one of my most favourite characters I’ve had, and just akfjdjak I’m so happy you like him. You are just so sweet! I am getting excited over my own characters because of your enthusiasm. ^_^ Hehe, Feyden brings the drama and Maelle brings the sass, they really are quite a pair. XD Aurana is turning out to be just as precious as Ellar and she’s quite adept at ignoring imature squabbles.

      Thank you so much!!! It really means a lot to me to know that. <333 And I am so happy you loved my post. I think I need to let my characters take over more often. πŸ˜‰

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