I live in a Hobbit Hole in Middle-Earth (or Clingman Hall, Klingemann).
I was born on August 1
My occupation is trying to live Life to the Glory God by Dreaming, Canonballing, Writing, Reading, Researching, Studying, Wiki-editing, Blogging, Listening to Celtic Music and The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack...
Hey, J.S.! I've been looking around for a new suitable favicon, since the one we have currently isn't an official TGE image. I settled on the Cloud Mountain double-diamond crest. What do you think? If you don't like it, we can change it back. :)
I love it! Good work! I think we should totally keep it!
Your changing the favicon reminded me to change our theme back to the original, which is what I've attempted to do. I'm not sure I got the colors all right, though... Would we like to change the header image back to the original as well?
Also, perhaps since you used the image I used to replace the default "edit pencil", perhaps I should replace our double-diamond edit thingy with another image, say one like this?
Good! Oops, I forgot that was the edit pencil! Ack. :( Well, then, yes. I think the flame would look cool!
Hmmm, the colors don’t seem quite right. I screenshotted the original colors before I changed them to the blue theme; I’ll see if I can fix them a little, maybe? And yes, I do think we should change the header back as well. :)
Well, it took me forever, but I think I finally got the colors back. Or, mostly back, anyway. The header color is still a tad off -- I simply could not nail the color. But the rest is good, I think. I'm writing down the color codes this time, so it won't happen again. ;)
Yes, that's a great idea! How about late February, when it's warmer? It's still pretty cold up here, and it snowed here just a few days ago, so it still feels like winter! I'm thinking that I'll have to make a new snowflake cursor for next year... I'm actually not so sure I like this one. XD
Thanks for putting up the featured media for me! I was gone all day Friday for weekly orchestra practice, or I would have put them up then.
I love your new avatar, by the way! It's the new Simba, I see. He looks so cute!
Lol, it's all gone now! It seems that as soon as it comes it melts away! I'm sorry that you're not having snow up there. I recall that once my parents wanted to move to Texas, and I totally voted against the idea because I feared we would not see any snow at all living that far south! ;)
Thank you! The practice went well... we have been assigned three new pieces and are expected to intimate ourselves with each one of them within a week and a half from today. So that, along with other things have kept me thoroughly occupied!
No, my family and I are really, really not into sports and that sort of stuff. Myself especially, mostly because I found it difficult to learn the rules of the game, so I've never been interested.
Aw, no! :( Heh, I gotcha. Although we do occasionally get snow. It's very light, though, and goes away fast. If you moved to northern Texas, you'd get more! xD
Great! Glad to hear it! It's nice to have something like that to keep one busy.
Ah, okay. Gotcha. Well, you didn't miss anything. It was utterly boring. xD
BTW, have you ever heard of the Young Writer's Workshop? It's an online program/resource designed to foster and encourage young writers. A few of my online friends are already registered; I don't know of registration is still open, but if it is, you might consider checking it out, since you like to write as well. I'm very new myself, but I can already tell that it's going to be amazingly helpful. :)
Not my wall, but I'm also in favor of returning to the old theme. Be careful what you wish for Pinkpeony; I'd thought we were done with snow for this winter where I live, and then we got a foot of it over the course of two days or so. Had schools closing down for snow for the first time in twenty years.
By the way, have either of you picked up a copy of/heard anything about the new story from The Green Ember Live?
I have never heard of the Young Writer's Workshop, Peony. It does sound like it would be a good thing for me to do, once I get to writing regularly! Thanks for mentioning it! Are you required to fulfill a writing quota?
A foot of snow, Kilmarnock? You certainly beat us here in Missouri. I think the most we could boast is about a half foot over the course of the entire winter!
What is this "story" you two are talking about, though? I feel like I missed something. XD
Oh, sorry about that. I probably should have informed you, or attempted to discuss the matter prior to removing it. At the time, I thought that it didn't pertain enough to wiki-events to be included on a template that I had created for events concerning the wiki. Now that I've thought about it some more, I think perhaps that I oughtn't make such a big deal over it, considering we put up the release and announcement of TWaRoWM on the template. Sorry about that!
Sounds like a wonderful idea to me! But if we put it right below the wiki-news template I think it would seem a little repetitious, if you know what I mean. So perhaps we could pull the wiki-news template below the Polls of Natalia, and put the franchise-news template in its former place?
Thank you! I'll add that to the main page immediately.
Sorry for my late inactivity around here, by the way. You're doing great work, and I'll strive my hardest to aid you as much as I can, but I've been bombarded of late by a good many things to do. So thanks for all you do here, even in my absence. :)
Guess what? I reached out to S. D. Smith a few weeks ago to thank him for reaching out to you and the wiki, and he wants to call me as well! Tomorrow morning, to be precise. I can't wait, I can hardly stand it. Of course, I'm nervous as well. I just thought I should tell you, since you informed me of your call. I'll let you know of what he says! :)
Wonderful! I'm so glad you had a great time! Isn't it great to get to know him? I think he's my favorite living human author!
Lol, if there was anything I could have done over in my talk with Mr. Smith, I would have also taken notes and asked him writing advice. But I haven't been writing lately, actually. It's a habit I need to redevelop. Do you write regularly?
It really was. I wish I could remember every single word he said! He might be one of my new favorite people too.
I know what you mean. Pretty much as soon as we hung up, a thousand more questions burst into my mind and I was basically banging my head against the wall for not thinking of them before! XD
Oh, not as regularly as I’d like to. I need to make a habit of just sitting down and writing a few words a day just to keep myself into it. I was actually thinking I might try to work up to submitting an article of some sort to Story Warren! Are you still working on that story of yours? It was about Promentory, right? :)
Yes, I actually tried to get myself started once again a couple weeks back. I'm still working on the first chapter, it's been so busy. But I'm working on it, which makes a difference, even if in the smallest way! ;)
Pretty good. I was hoping to have started the rewrite of the first book by now, but that hasn't happened yet. Right now I'm just trying to take it slow and really "get to know" all of my characters and their world before I launch back in. It's slow going. :P However, I was actually thinking it might be fun to try for a graphic novel instead, which would be a lot more work, but I would really get to portray my characters accurately. *shrug* Still in the works. XD
I just noticed that, on the page footer/comments header we have set up, the quote there is still listed as being said by Lord Ramnor rather than Smalls. Do you think you could change that when you have a moment? :)
It is very good, isn't it? I like it a lot more than Black Star, to be sure, especially with more focus on Whitson, Lillie, and Massie. S. D. Smith truly is an artist. I can only hope someday I'll be half as good as him when it comes to writing.
Haha, my thoughts exactly! He simply doesn't cease to amaze me. I used to write as a hobby, but after a while I sort of slacked off. I'll have to get back to it...
I think writing stories is second nature for some people, especially people of the INFP personality type; many great writers were INFP, including William Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien, most probably C. S. Lewis, and S. D. Smith!
Hey! Just wondered if you would be interested in making a second spoiler template for Ember Rising? It probably doesn't have to be any different, other than maybe a slightly different color, but I'll leave that up to you. :)
Lol, thank you so much! But really, there's nothing to it. All I had to do was look my problem up, do a little graphic stuff, upload some photos, and test the results!
By the way: Story Warren, LLC has contacted me via email just a little while back informing me that they loved our work here and that Mr. Smith wished to speak to me by phone (he happens to know that I am a co-administrator of this wiki because of prior communication on things regarding The Green Ember). He'll be calling 9:00 a.m. Central Time. To say that I'm very excited would be an understatement! I have told him about you and Kilmarnock, and I'd like to arrange for him to call you too (and hopefully Kilmarnock as well) since you are also an administrator here, and Kilmarnock has been such a big help.
In truth, I feel a little guilty of taking this call alone. I mean, you've done nearly half of all the work on this wiki, and I'm only one of the two administrators. I'll be sure to make it clear to him tomorrow that I'm only 1/2 of the management here at the wiki, and if you like, I can ask him to call you too. :)
Well, thank you for that. You are a good friend, I must say. Thank you for being so understanding. :)
Mr. Smith actually suggested that sometime in the near future we should all get together on a Google Hangout or organize something similar. Now I know you have a policy against chatting... But perhaps you could make one exception if this someday ever comes?
Anyhow, Mr. Smith told me how much he loves our work on this Wiki, and would like to thank us for it. I told him all I know about you and Kilmarnock, and of how we all loved The Green Ember series and came to manage this wiki, and he told me about his book-writing and his life in general, including the time he lived in South Africa as a missionary kid. Mr. Smith mentioned that he's planning to write more "Green Ember Story" books for each and every main series book (lol, I guess it is a series!), and that Ember 4 will be the final book in the series. He also said that he thinks this wiki will be very useful to him as he writes, as we aggregate information about certain characters, locations, etc., which enables him to simply look up something via the search bar whenever he needs more information on a certain character, location, etc. We mentioned each of our own denominations, and I found out that he was an Anglican and actually knew a few people from my denomination (the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches).
Mr. Smith also inquired as to whether our wiki could use any publicity to the fans of The Green Ember-- a question to which I responded with a "yes" since I think it's obvious that we could use a few more editors. :)
Altogether, he struck me as a surprisingly quiet man (which I can totally appreciate being extremely introverted myself). In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he were also an INFP.
Anyhow, I think that our talk went very well. I found that I like him a lot, and he would like to extend repetitious thanks to us for our work here at the wiki. :)
Ooh, by the way: when Mr. Smith called, I happened to mention to him that one of my younger brothers (the next one down from me, to be exact) was a big fan of his. Mr. Smith then told me to give my brother especial warm greetings from him. When I told my brother what Mr. Smith said, I think he became suddenly rather motivated.
I could certainly make an exception for a case such as that. Any group chat that doesn't involve a Skype-like aspect is fine with me! That's really nice of Mr. Smith to suggest that; I would love to chat with the both of you.
Wow, it sounds like the talk went wonderfully! I'm so glad; honestly I was kind of afraid he might have been calling to request that we take down info from Wreck and Rise or something along those lines. That's ridiculous, of course, but I tend to get paranoid about things like that. XD
Ooh, do you think he'll be promoting the wiki via an email sendout, or something? That would be awesome!
Lol, I know what you mean. I have an aversion to those types of chats too. XD
To be honest, I had an inkling of a fear that told me that he'd do something like that. But no, he seems to be a really nice guy. He did say that he did want us to rename Smalden Joveson to Smalls simply because he thought the former gave too much away, but that he respected our position here at the wiki.
Lol, I understand completely though. Fears are often worked up to be a lot more than they really are, aren't they? XD
We can only wait and see what he'll do. In truth, I have absolutely no idea how he'll do what he's proposed he'll do. It's exciting to wonder what that is, though. :)
Anyhow, sorry for my late absence. I've been kept busy since last week's Tuesday by Christmas hullabaloo and whatnot. I noticed I missed your message about our chat on the 21st; we had had a late start that day, and I was probably having breakfast then. Fridays I have violin lesson, and I can never know when in the afternoon we'll get back because my mother may or may not have an errand planned... In truth, Saturdays would be somewhat better for me, since I'm always at home then. So perhaps we could reschedule the chat for 5:00 or 4:00 p.m. CST this Saturday?
Well, the holiday season is underway, and a lot of wikis are beginning to decorate for Christmas/winter. Any ideas on how we could decorate our wiki? This would be a good time to add that snow, if you want to. We could also do falling snow around the background, like the TLK Wiki has done. :)
I really like that idea! In truth, I haven't given it much thought, although I did consider creating a snowy background for the wintertime and a firefly-ridden background for the summertime. I did try making the latter, and it did work, but it is a very large GIF file, and for some reason, I was unable to upload it to this wiki. So I'm not sure how we'll accomplish the snowy background. :/
I do know that w:c:narnia has a perpetually snowy background... I wonder how that was accomplished. Do you happen to know how you and the other administrators at The Lion King wiki did the snowy background? I really think we ought to apply it to our wiki. :)
Besides doing that, perhaps we could change one or two of our theme colors to white/red, or add a Christmas greeting to the homepage, or both?
Lol, I'll have to give it a little more thought to come up with more ideas. Perhaps we should consult other EmberWikians' opinions regarding this matter? :)
No worries! The background doesn't need to be changed. ;)
Yes, I think I can get the falling snow. I'll have to do some digging.
I like the idea of temporarily changing the colors! Red and white would look very pretty, especially since it would still match the green that would be left. I like the idea of a Christmas greeting, too. What about, "Season's Greetings from the Green Ember Wiki!" or something of the like?
Good idea! I'll start a Discussion on the subject.
I love it all! Nice work, Peony! Sorry I wasn't here to help. We've been more than a bit busy out here, and internet has still not been fixed. We've been preparing for Christmas programs and been trying to juggle in homeschooling and everything else as well. :/
I've been busy practicing my 2nd Violin pieces that I have for a homeschool orchestra, and we'll be performing in Springfield on the 1st. So just in case you happen to be in town on that date, know you're officially invited. XD
Regarding a cursor: how do you feel about a snowflake? ;)
I have just one suggestion. May we change "Season's Greetings" on the header to "Merry Christmas"? (Assuming Christmas is the holiday we are referring to! XD)
So sorry about your internet. That really is annoying; it's happened to me a few times. Oh, don't get me started on Christmas activities. Plus Thanksgiving and relatives and buying gifts and wrapping and trying to decide who to send cards to and ACK. So yeah. I can relate. XD
Congratulations! I do actually wish I could come. Violin music is so relaxing. ^^
A snowflake sounds great!
Oh, sure, we can do that. The only reasons I went with "Season's Greetings" is because firstly, I thought it sounded kind of old-fashioned, and secondly, because even though S. D. Smith is Christian, the book series isn't necessarily a Christian series, so I didn't want to do "Christmas" because I didn't think it would be entirely consistent with the series itself. But it really doesn't matter. I'll go ahead and change it. :)
Lol, we'll be busy tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving, by the way! Hope you enjoy your day! ;)
Haha, yes! I love the pieces we're playing, and I think you would too. Among other pieces, we'll be playing "Somewhere in My Memory", and "Unspeakable Joy" (the latter of which is a rendition of "Joy to the World"). A choir will also be singing! They sing beautifully, and it always fills me with such happiness!
I'll start looking for a snowflake, then! :)
Thanks for understanding about my wanting to change the header. I just thought that since Christmas is really all about celebrating God coming in the form of man to rescue us from an eternity in darkness, we should perhaps honor Him by calling the holiday by His name, as it ought to be. It seems to me that Christmas is inherently a Christian holiday, and it should be designated as such. We do owe God all that we have and love, and nothing will ever change that. His love never fails!
Anyway... I didn't mean to sound preachy. I just wanted to elaborate on my perspective, to show you why I wanted to change the header. :)
Of course. I completely understand your viewpoint and agree with it as well. I will always say Merry Christmas to honor God’s name and the true meaning of the holiday. I just didn’t want to actually use the phrase for the header because Green Ember isn’t a Christian series (and by that I mean that there’s no God, praying, Bible, etc.). But again, it really doesn’t matter and I’m happy to have Merry Christmas. :)
Hey there J.S., had a thought. According to The Green Ember, Jupiter was the third son of King Walter Good, Bleston being the first. That means that there was at least one currently unnamed brother between them; think it might be prudent to add him to the tree?
Wow, wonderful insight, Kilmarnock! I never caught that. XD I'll be sure to add him. Thanks for sharing your opinions, Kilmarnock and Smalls fan! Your work in building this wiki is always appreciated! ;)