|Note to self, it's August. Might as well call it the sunset of summer.|
One month closer to skool season. They should really put more holidays in August. Just saying.
Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 8The next step in the ceremony was holy communion. Though I was reluctant to complete this step, I agreed after the pastor's insistance.Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 8 by Agent505
Rick sang wonderfully, performing "How Beautiful", a song that I had sang for my folk's wedding that spoke of giving and being charitable in the eyes of the church. Though we didn't pass around the plate for anyone to give offering, those who chose to participate did. After Shelly and I took the first sip of Mogen David and the first bite of wafer, we sat and watched as several other members partook of the wine and bread. Ceylara and Gunther participated, even though I do not know if they fully understood the ritual.
We then returned to the altar when the song was over. Robert spoke again of charity and giving, talking briefly of exchanging everything within the promise that is marriage. He then told us to face one another.
"Both of you have expressed your love for one another. Both of you have done so m
Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 7I walked into the room, not waving or anything, but glancing at the crowd with a smile. Everyone I had invited, by and large, was here. Friends I had grown up with, family I had shared intimate and sad moments with, and anyone else I had met in my adventure. I noticed Suma Salvatore sitting with Sally Tremons along the edge first - they were the people who had been friends of Tony and Nauridia's who had stood as witnesses to our proposal. Fitting they should be here for this, too.Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 7 by Agent505
A girl buzzed around the front area to take my photo as I walked. My former photography teacher, Joanne Griggens, had been my appointed photographer, as she was a younger teacher - about my age, actually - and does wedding photography on the side. Nauridia would be taking the photos at the zoo tomorrow, but for today, she was allowed to go where she needed to take photos, provided she didn't block the video camera or stand directly in front of us. Jean would continue
Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 6Finally, by a quarter to six, all of us finally made it to the party room at the Chanhassen Amercinn. We had brisket, ribs, pulled pork, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and corn chips. Add to that the four pies that I had purchased that afternoon, not to mention all the candy, and we ate incredibly well.Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 6 by Agent505
Afterwards, the team split into two groups. My group played Texas Hold 'em - no money exchanged hands - but those who were familiar with cards were welcome and everyone got five hundred dollars in chips until it ran out. The top chip holder at the end of the night would win the ultimate prize - the box of candy cigarettes I bought at the candy store.
Those who weren't familiar with cards had their run of board games. Monopoly, Sorry, Trivial Persuit, Pictionary, Scrabble and Scattegories. Basically, I brought a few games that I trusted couldn't lose all their pieces and didn't take a lot of strategy. It was Shelly's idea
Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 5I didn't even get a cup of punch before the group of us all ended up in a lounge area off to the east from the sanctuary.Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 5 by Agent505
Shelly, Ceylara, Emina, Jean and Michelle sat in a circle around the room from me. We barely got the door closed when Jean started it out.
"Emina? I had to freeze time just now because Michelle-"
"Yes, I wondered," Emina replied. "Now then." She turned to Ceylara. "Mother, let's find a way to discuss this without anyone swimming off the reef. Okay?"
Ceylara nodded. "I'm sure you've been wondering for many years, too, Greg, why Shelly is shy about her singing."
"May I start?" Shelly asked. "I'm the one with the veil over here."
"It's really my fault," Michelle said. "I should've took a transformation pill before we left."
"No," Ceylara said firmly. "None of you are at fault. Only I am. Myself and Gunther. We thought that it would be best if Shelly was sent somewhere far away-"
Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 4After getting cleaned up and taking the time to guide Crystal and Megan on my plans - they agreed to come up with something special for presenting the taffy at the reception - those who had to attend the rehersal piled into a pair of cars and headed out.Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 4 by Agent505
Michelle, Jeanette, Shelly, Emina and Raine drove with me in the van while Ally drove Nauridia, Tony, Kiki, Ceylara and Anabelle in her rental van. Don't get me wrong, it was a tight ride for everyone, even with the car seat for Kiki.
"Michelle," I asked halfway through the ride, "Why didn't you drive?"
"Because," she replied. "I'm wearing this coat."
"That's the reason?"
"I'm the best woman," she replied as she tugged on the white sportscoat-type dress jacket. "I'm supposed to dress up a little, aren't I?"
"Sure, but neither Shelly or I are really dressed up," I replied. For the record, I was wearing khaki shorts and a polo shirt with my regular shoes.
"I'm wearing a dress," Shelly said. She
Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 3For the rest of the evening, I tried to relax and allow myself to move on from those deep thoughts. After all, Shelly could bring me to much deeper places if she chose - and the shallow end of the pool seemed a lot safer for the time being. So I put those thoughts aside, tried to relax, and moved on. And as we watched The Return of the King, that became easier.Union Shores Pt 3 Ch 3 by Agent505
The next day was Wednesday, the day before the rehersal dinner and a fine day if there ever was one. Though we had talked about it before, today turned out to be the day that Shelly chose for a plan B kickball day. So once everyone was cleaned up and ready to get dirty, we took the crew over to Christian Park and, with a kickball and four plastic bases in hand, began to select teams. Team Shelly and Team Greg.
Ladies choose first.
"I choose... Megan," Shelly said.
With a nod, I motioned to Michelle. "You in?" She reluctantly agreed.
"Alex?" Shelly asked. He went to her
The Nemaris Islands have been avoided for centuries. Those who have adventured upon their inviting shores have fought to escape... the few fortunate survivors have returned with stories of great treasure, but also frightful demons, terrible wizards and tricky traps.
Innocent of the ways of the world and the mysteries that lie beyond his sleepy harbor town, young Thomas DeLeuit will follow the path of the father he has never known. As a cabin boy on the Valiant, he searches for his legacy... a legacy filled with magic and myths.
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Acadia of Nemaris
Janna Bernson of Gryan and Amaryn the Unicorn
Hannah, Naga of Qui Kinneas
Chandra Nadinalla of Bi
Artemis Carmichael of Kelcellan
Cynthia, the Oracle of the Nemaris Islands
Koan the Kitsune
Minda, Princess of Xavier
Andrea Reinhart and the mermaid Lana
Dalia Opheris, Master Airship Chief of Gaia
Jalelle Ithdar, Master of The Three and the Fourth of Seven
Sula DeGhai, Mistress of the Seas
Marsha of Nemaris
Suggested But Not Yet Begun
Done by me
Must be redone/finished
Book Art -
Various landscape sketches:
Iyebrenne Knolls (wolves and badlands style fields)
Plains of Xavier (wild horses)
Ley Quartas (sand and more sand)
Gregarian Forest (an idyllic forest)
King's Forest (at ground level - a darker but serene forest)
Inside Illustrations for Book Two (ten b/w pencil images)
Andrea Reinhart as a mermaid
Janna, Amaryn and Coebe in the mountains with the northern lights
Wallack as a young man
Other book art:
The Sky Crescent airship
Greg, Shelly and Michelle posing as if a cover image for the series
Raine in a wheelchair
The moment when Shelly and Greg proposed
Orchid as a Dolphins cheerleader (yes, with the tail)
Allison dressed as a Hooters waitress
Nauridia, Tony and Kiki
A mermaid (Raine) on a tire swing
Shelly stargazing over the open ocean (or watching fireworks at the coast)
Marina posing with Prince Justin, Coral and Chauncy (or Anselm?)
Edea Kramer as Matron from FF8
$500/40,000 point raffle! (Backup Journal)EDIT2: Okay guys, it has been brought to my attention that DeviantART journals are rumored to cap off at 9,999 comments.. and we are rapidly approaching that mark. In order to prevent a little bit of a panic, I'm implementing something new before the journal caps: a backup journal. This also meant that the original idea of me replying to every single comment with a number will not work, as we're well into nearly 5,000 entries and 7,000 comments thus far. So, the solution is going to be a google docs spreadsheet with all of the entrants and their assigned numbers listed, and a backup place for people to post their entries when this journal has been exhausted of all possible space..assuming we actually hit 9,999! I will do my absolute best to get this up and ready as soon as possible, thank you as always for your patience! As of writing this, we are a mere 8 days before the final day to enter--August 31st! Thank you for participating!
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Favourite photographer: Rodney Lough
Favourite style of art: Digital, Pencils
Operating System: Win 7
MP3 player of choice: Sansa
Shell of choice: ...Conch?
Wallpaper of choice: Wood Paneling
Skin of choice: Mine
Favourite cartoon character: Too many!
Personal Quote: Keep out of the shadows.
For generations, the legend of the unicorn has floated around the collective conscience of the people who live on the continent of Crellan. They live out their lives, unaware how true these legends have been. Nor have they known of a great struggle - a struggle between an eternal wizard and those same guardians of the forest. When a young woman becomes entangled in an ancient conflict, she must leave her home and learn to overcome her reservations of the outside realm and what it means to be part of a larger world.
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|Just heard this one today, 8/6.|
"A person who is incapable of mistakes is doing nothing."
| SEASON OVER |
Though I would've liked to see the Seahawks go two for two in lieu of a triumphant playoff run by the Vikings, I think we had an overall good season. AP will play for the Vikes again. Teddy Bridgewater has hopefully earned a first string lineup. Coach Zimmer should be able to find the correct group of guys to work with his plays. And maybe, just maybe, there won't be any controversy in the NFL. No more inconsistency in punishments and policies, no more Deflategate, no more conspiracies that the outcome of the Super Bowl is rigged (which I've been starting to wonder since 2009...) and maybe, just maybe, the Vikes will enjoy a winning season if not the dream season we've all been waiting for since 1961 and Super Bowl 4.