I was wondering if you would be interested in making a template to put at the top of pages that contain content that hasn't officially been released yet, such as The First Fowler and Ember's End? Here's an example from The Lion King Wiki. :)
Hey, Peony! I'm doing rather well, thanks for asking! I'd love to make that template, and thanks for the idea! I would never have thought of it. ;)
By the way, I'll be reading two chapters from Celta. I'm really sorry for neglecting to read one this week (even though you did say I should take my time about it). Unfortunately, as usual, I had many things I wanted/needed to do, but not enough time to do them. *facepalm*
I really like what you've written, Peony. The characters feel very real to me; their personalities are well drawn-out, and I think that is what I like most about it. They're lifelike, interesting, and you have a way of making me care what happens to them, especially Aífe.
To be 100% honest, I do personally feel like the setting and various locations could have been more interesting and unique. Also, I feel as though the point of the story wasn't really introduced very quickly or isn't very clear. I wasn't really very certain until now what the whole story is mainly about: before, it seemed to be an intriguing fantasy/romance tale, but now it appears as though it's more about our beloved characters finding a way to defeat Diabhal. But that's just me. (Please ask me to elaborate if you'd like a fuller explanation. I sometimes don't make sense. XD)
Also, as much as I love how they resolved their issues so wonderfully, some might say that Eoin's and Aífe's conflict resolution came too early in the book, since readers reading for the purpose of discovering what happens to them in the end won't have a reason to read anymore after that.
Nonetheless, I find your book to be a very enjoyable read. There are no flat characters who are annoyingly boring; I can't help but feel something for each of them, whether that be intense hate (Diabhal), pity (Aífe and Eoin), or love (Domhnall). And, now that we've had a glimpse of things from Cathal's perspective, I think of him now as more than an intriguing/mysterious character with a secret backstory; now, I feel rather sorry for him, on account of his troubling situation as little more than a slave to Diabhal.
I feel as though you've excelled me in this regard, and writing in general. You seem to have a natural flair for creating interesting characters; mine always felt grievously flat to me (then again, it's been a while since I took up that pen). All that to say, I'm not exactly a professional writer, so the best I can offer you in terms of advice is merely my subjective opinion. I think I know a good book when I read one, though, and what you're writing certainly is, albeit imperfect (but then, what on this earth is not?). You're a talented writer, even if you can always be better. Whatever you do, keep up the good words! ;) (A lame joke, I know. XD)
I hope you've been doing well, and that life hasn't been too busy for you. I'm sorry for not more frequently visiting this wiki of late. I've been working on opening up an Etsy shop of my own, which has, along with everything else that normally happens around where I live, taken up much of my time. :/
So J.S., I've noticed there's a link on your user page for a "Master Smith (Halfwind Citadel)". Do you happen to have a page reference or anything for that? I don't recall a Master Smith at Halfwind; only the two from Ember Rising.
Thanks; I like to get rid of red links/wanted pages. I’m hoping to get all or most of the story ones cleared before First Fowler releases. There’s a few Wikia-based ones I’m not sure what to do with thought.
It’s been a long time. Kinda. The wiki looks good pal, And seemingly gaining more users. I have to say well done. Now I know it’s not just you but the whole administration team. But still a job well done. Running a wiki is hard. Easy to loose motivation. I hope to help around on this fandom, soon. Just weathering storms at the moment. This summer hasn’t exactly been the greatest, and new school year. But I wish to help with anything so, maybe you could tell me something that needs to be done? Or I can look for gaps.
Also, love the profile picture, it remindes me of Strider (Aragorn) when he was at the Inn at the beginning of the LoTr adventure.
Hey, thanks for the message and for the encouragement! Yeah, to be totally honest, I haven't been article-editing recently. Peony and Kilmarnock have been the ones at it of late. Unfortunately, busyness in real life has prevented me from doing everything I'd like to do when I'd like to do them, which is something I desperately desire to change. :/
It would be great to see you around more often! I totally understand if you can't do it now or anytime soon. I hope you are doing well, and not feeling discouraged about a not-so-great summer. I hope you're liking school, as well, and that it's going nicely. How are you? :)
Thanks for asking about what can be done around here! At the moment, I suppose that which strikes me as high-ish priority tasks is writing a synopsis of the lives of our main characters. It's something I really want to get to soon, but it is a formidable and long-term task, so much so that I haven't gone very far in my past attempts. But really, any help you would be willing to offer would be most appreciated. Thanks so much!
The profile picture is actually fan art of Aragorn. I'm a big fan of LotR! Did you like the films? :)
I've been well, thank you for asking, although I suppose I've been a bit discouraged over multiple things of late, including the fact that I have so many things to do and not enough time to do them all. Sometimes I wish I could be more carefree and sociable, like some other people I know, even though I know it's vain and not good for me to do so, because when I compare myself to others, I can begin to think less of myself than I ought, which can give way to unproductivity and depression. Do you ever feel like this?
Y'know, things are rough, but I know that God's in command. So its easier for me to breathe when I let out all my struggles to him. I have my moments of discouragements but thats normal. I'm not perfefct but He knows what it feels like. Jesus went threw everything we did. And he wants to help.
I've never actullly watched the films. I do hope so to watch them in the future to compare them. The books are great! I love them! Aragon is my favorite character, I knew that your profile looked simaler :)
Hey, I know exactly what your feeling. I used to be a missonary, I don't know if I've mentioned this before. And once we came off the feild, quiet recently actully, I felt very discouraged. Like I had no time for anything and I was horrible at comeing out of my shell. Atop that I was trying to get into school, move into our house figure out what the heck I wanted to do with my life. I felt like I had no me time. And I'm going to say that I became kinda depressed. SO yes, I know what your feeling. But, there are ways around that. Even though you may not be as sociable or carefree that doesn't make you any less of a person. I've been in your place, I used to compare myself to everyone. And you're right it does lead to unproductivity and depression, so best avoid it. WHich is easier said then done I know. What I decided to do was just...ask God for help. I turned my troubles and struggles to him. And y'know what, I find more time every day, I find that I'm not as sad or homesick. Sure there are moments were I get sad. But my tactic is to look at one thing of my day, and thank God for it. That usally cures my ungratefullness and vainity. Also, I tend to say one thing good about myself, like " DSL, you talked to someone new today. Your working your way into a bigger step."
I have a saying i made up and I think it applies to life well.
"Life is like a dark tunnle. Pitch black. Most wander around in the darnkess knowing nothing and ignoring the light at the end of the tunnle. But, there is a light at the ned of the tunnle. ALl you have to do is walk towards it. And look for the blessings amongst the struggle."
"The light at the end of the tunnel shines still. Look for the blessing amongst the struggle and keep moving forward"
Thanks so much for your personal testimony regarding this matter! And it did help, thank you, especially since I haven't had the best day.
I have come to the realization that I need to be content that I have God as a friend, and that he will love me unconditionally no matter what I do or what other people think of me. He knows me from the inside out, and I can trust Him to direct my future toward better things. Thanks for reminding me to remember God in my struggles. I love how you thank God for something good in your life in the midst of hard times, and how you congratulate yourself (in a way) when you take a step forward; those are great ways to find hope in the midst of darkness, and I think I'll apply them to my own life (if you don't mind). ;)
I love that quote, as well! May I post the shortend version on my user page? (I have a list of my favorite quotes there.)
I didn't know you were a missionary once. Where did you go to? :)
No problem. Be my guest, you’re more then welcome to use the quote and my tactic. I know life is extremely hard, sometimes your floating on an inner tube and then the next moment you find yourself dog paddling. Just trying to keep your head above water. Remember that you don’t have to swim without breaks. Take time for yourself, read a book, watch a movie, read your bible or talk to God. Keep it up, life’s not easy. There’s one person that will never leave nor forsake you. And that’s God. I know it’s hard, I feel it. Keep the faith. Remeber it only takes the faith of a mustered seed to move a mountain. Or something like that xzD
I was a missionary in the Philippines practically since I was born.( also I tend to make a lot of typos on mobile so sorry about that)
That's so cool! My mother is from the Philippines, and I visited Cebu with my family in late 2016. America and the Philippines (at least where I visited) are extremely different; I can understand why you were having a hard time adjusting to life in the U.S.
That's fine! I know that it can be extremely difficult to write on a mobile device. XD
Well, as someone who had lived in the U.S. for all of his life (and as someone who had never before set foot outside the country), it was a strange experience. The culture over there is extremely different; I felt like there was no such thing as privacy, and I disliked the crazy streets and the litter laws (or the lack thereof). I found the heat to be nigh unbearable, as well. I suppose part of the reason I didn't have a great time there is because I didn't (and still don't) speak either Tagalog or Cebuano; it must have been annoying to hear everyone chattering in those languages, languages which were and are completely foreign to me. (To this day, I know only know three Cebuano words: "guapo", "salaamat", and "po".) In Consolacion, Cebu, the roosters crowed at 3:00 am, so it was also difficult to get good sleep. I also met a Canadian-Filipino who was a bit overfriendly and unwittingly ruined my camera with sea water.
Anyway, I suppose I'm glad that I went; I got to experience a new culture, a new way of living, and my mom's 1000 relatives. XD I'm sure if I'd grown up there my feelings about the Philippines would be quite different.
The food, like everything else in the Philippines, was foreign to me, so I didn't enjoy it especially; although I did love that we could get dozens of mangoes at a fraction of the cost in the U. S. You can be certain that my siblings and I ate a lot of mangoes while we were there. ;)
It's funny that the things one dislikes can be loved and hold deep memory for another. I'm so sorry you're experiencing a type of "homesickness"; I can imagine that you feel very much as I did when I was in the Philippines. Everything was so strange, unfamiliar, and meaningless for me, and when I returned home on Christmas Day, I felt like I'd just visited another world; it was so strange to hear American Christmas songs on the radio after a month in the Philippines, and I had many mixed feelings--I probably couldn't have told anyone how I felt. Anyway, I suppose I wanted to say that you're not alone in how you feel. I will be sure to keep you in my prayers. I hope you get to visit the Philippines again soon. :)
Homesickness really is a terrible feeling, in a way, as it is a deep longing to return to the place one loves most, a place housing golden memory and ancient beauty, one that can be found deep within the heart. I recall that I also missed my former home in southeastern Missouri. I had lived there all my life, until about a year ago, when we moved to Springfield to be closer to the church we now attend. And then we went on a camping trip and we drove past the place I once called home. The memory of a thousand moments came to me all in an instant--and then it was gone. I was left with a deep-seated sadness which made me long to live again as I once did, to reexperience the memories I hold dearest. I suppose it is wrong to wish for things to be as they once were--for we were meant to live for the hope of the future, and not in the past. Nevertheless, I do not believe it is wrong to reminisce in precious memory--to dream of better things; for when we look into the past in this manner, I believe our hearts are turned to our everlasting future in the place God has prepared for us. We live to hope for a better day, when all sorrow is gone and we live in the light of Love undying--forever. We have nothing, if we do not have hope--a dream for the future. May God be our eternal hope, and may we always cherish His love above all things this world has to offer.
Anyway... I wasn't trying to write a sermon. XD Just wanted to share what came to mind. :)
By the way, on which island is Cayonan spoken? (I couldn't find it on Google for some reason.)
Sorry for the late reply. Schools getting rather heavy
The first part of your ‘sermon’ described what pretty much goes on in me from time to time. For me, it was really hard and I mean, man it still is. I still go threw new emotions almost everyday. I get so confused xzD
But, your points are valid and true. And, what I have to do is.. go threw the feelings and memories. No matter how much it hurts or exhausts me. In the end I know it’s gonna bring healing. Even though that seems so far away.
As well as it’s true that, my rite of passage. And everything that’s happening to me now. Makes me yearn for Heaven. And It will feel so good when that day comes.
Cayonan is spoken on the island that I lived. You wouldn’t find it on Google. xzD
No, that's fine. Sorry for this really, really, really late reply. ;)
I'm glad that you were able to relate. It looks like we have much in common, and I'm glad I "met" you. I hope you are well, and that life is treating you well. Is there anything you'd like me to pray for you about? :)
Hey J.S., I was curious; are we keeping track of the various quotes and images that have been featured on the mainpage of the wiki? I know we have a category for articles, but I'm not aware of any means or mechanism by which we've been tracking the other two. Might be good if we could set something up if we haven't already, so we don't suggest the same quotes and images over and over again.
I second that! Thanks for bringing this up, Kilmarnock. I suppose we could create a category for featured images, and an article listing all featured quotes. We could also create an article listing all featured media by month like The Lion King wiki, as you suggested, Peony. :)
Hello LuvGreenEmber! Have you ever edited a wiki template before? All you have to do is enter visual editing mode and click one of the headers in the text. (Each of the three headers and the normal text below them are part of three different templates; you can only edit one at a time, though.) When you click a template, the template will become highlighted; at this point, a little white rectangular thingy with the name of the template on it will appear over the right part of the selected template. Then you can simply click on the template name on the aforementioned white thingy and fill in the form.
Hello, I'm just your regular old Green Ember megafan. Just wanted to say thanks for putting this wiki together and keeping it going. While it isn't a center for debate or discussion on the books (like another site I know), this is certainly a good resource when studying for the Green Ember trivia rounds!
Just a random get to know you question: How many times did you have to read the books to put this together??
Welcome to the wiki! It's so wonderful to meet another fellow Green Ember fan, and to have you here. As Kilmarnock said, I have been busy of late, so sorry for not replying sooner! You're certainly welcome; but, I must admit that I've hardly done all or even most of the work here--all that you see here is the product of a collaborative effort undertaken by many faithful 'Ember fans, including (but not limited to) Pinkpeony73, Kilmarnock228, and TheNickofTime (not exact username). Many of the major pages were created before Peony and I took over the administration of this wiki, although we've added quite a bit since then.
In answer to your question: I truly can't say for certain. I think I've read The Green Ember and Ember Falls at least three times over, and I've read Ember Rising about two or three times. As for S. D. Smith's anthology and prequel books, I think I've read The Wreck and Rise and the Blackstar of Kingston twice, and The Last Archer once. And I wait in anticipation, as any faithful 'Ember fan might, for the release of 'Ember 4!
Just out of curiosity, did you recently create a user for yourself under the username "LuvGreenEmber"? :)
Sorry, one more question I just thought of: Is it all right with you if I use your Quote coding on the Onward Wiki? Of course I totally understand if you'd rather I didn't, seeing as it's yours, but I just thought I'd ask. :)
By the way, regarding the quote template: I actually borrowed the coding from the Inkheart Wiki; I think that all I did was change the color, so technically, most of the template was created by an Inkheart fan (just to let you know). But it's fine with me if you use the coding on another wiki. Thanks for asking. :)
Just spitballing here, J.S., but I wanted to see how you and Peony felt. On some wikis, characters have sections of their pages or even separate pages dedicated to their relationships with other characters. Do you think this is something we’d want to implement, or does it seem unnecessary? I’m cool either way, but the idea struck me and I thought I’d bounce it off you.
*runs in* Phew! I'm late; I meant to pop in on this a couple days ago. Hewwo.
Personally, I think having pages/sections for relationships would be a bit tedious. Even major wikis, like the Disney Wiki or the Harry Potter Wiki, have trouble keeping up with it. The only way I'd be in favor of doing it is if we do sections that stick only to close relationships (i.e. Picket: Heather, Helmer, Emma, Louise), but even then I think it would be a huge task to do that on every character page. That's just me, though.
Well, Kilmarnock, I would actually be in favor of the idea, now that I've thought about it. It just seems more meaningful to read about a character's relationships with other characters than the character's various appearances in the books (not to say, of course, that those summaries are unimportant). It may also prove helpful for some to see how various characters impact the lives of other characters in such a concise and purposeful fashion. But as Peony said, this may be too much for us to take care of, although I personally think it would be worth it (if we find the time to finish the relationships sections, that is); I believe if we all came to a consensus in favor of writing the relationship sections, I believe it would be best for us to stick to the close relationships only, as Peony suggested.
That seems pretty reasonable. We’d probably want to establish some sort of criteria for who would appear. I’d say family, close friends, any significant love interests, and particularly personal antagonists. For instance, on Heather’s page we might include a section for Jo, but not one for Cole, as I don’t recall if the two of them have even spoken in the series. Strange as it may sound, I also don’t think a section on Morbin would go on any of the heroes’ pages, as only Heather is known to have interacted with him-once-and I wouldn’t say that encounter constitutes a relationship.
A fair point; that's a good way to start edit warring. At this point I'd say only Heather and Smalls qualify; anything regarding Picket, Emma, or anyone else would probably just be speculation at this point.
Hey, J.S.! I saw your edit summary on the Kylen article, and I must say I like where you're going with the idea. What would you say about doing what you suggested, but more along the lines of a brief summary of their known life? An example of that would be Simba on the TLK Wiki, albeit ours would probably be significantly shorter. xD
Hmm... that might be good, as a summarized version of the events of a character's life would better prepare the article reader for the whole thing. However, it might seem a little repititious, and the summary may not be all that different from the rest of the article. So, I truly can't decide which would be better. We can do it, if you want, though. :)