Lost Song: Music and Magic With a Healing Message At Its Core

lost_song.jpgWow.

Just wow.

So, I recently finished watching this anime called Lost Song. A friend of mine had wanted me to watch a different anime, but I wasn’t really feeling it at the time, so I come across this one instead. I saw a medieval fantasy setting with a music-based magic system and thought, “Cool, okay, I’ll give it a whirl. Makes me think of the series I’m working on right now, The Gailean Quartet.”

Again, wow.

I truly don’t want to give away any spoilers, because it’s definitely a show you should experience for yourself. But allow me to at least praise it without giving too much away.

The series did remind me of my Gailean Quartet for the musical magic aspect. Its fantasy setting and world-building also reminded me of Zelda, my favorite game series. But the emotion is what really set it apart for me. By the end of episode one, you already know what kind of show it’s gearing up to be; much like Game of Thrones, it isn’t afraid to be intense and do things that have you covering your mouth, staring at the screen wide-eyed. As much as I wanted to keep watching, I had to brace myself for each episode because I knew some new emotional happenstance was about to go down, whether something beautiful and whimsical or something unbelievably tragic. That’s not to say the series doesn’t end well, because it does! But it’s not what you think it will be starting out; about half-way through, you learn a major plot twist and some truths are revealed that are SO GOOD I could talk about them all day…but again, I don’t wanna spoil anything.

Overall, the characters are great–I was very emotionally invested in them–and the artwork and music are gorgeous. One song in particular is quite haunting; I’ve taken to listening to it on repeat and crying. Lol. I do think I connected with show as well because I could see myself in both the main female characters, especially due to recentish events in my own life.

Lost Song carries with a lovely message of love, forgiveness, healing, and the importance of finding one’s passion and purpose. The message of healing especially touched me on a personal level. The truth that in order for real healing to occur we must face our feelings, face all of the pain, love, and memories, instead of pushing them aside or throwing them away, is a powerful one that I think many need to hear.

I 1000% recommend this show. Even if you’re not an anime fan, if you’re a lover of medieval fantasy and/or shows that will really make you feel and think and dig deep inside yourself, then this is the show for you. I can’t even start another show right now because I’m still processing all the magic and beauty that is Lost Song.

Book Review: Puzzle of the Two-Headed Dragon

dragon_frontHullo, readers!

I am happy and honored to share the latest review for one of my children’s books, The Puzzle of the Two-Headed Dragon. Below is my favorite snippet from reviewer Aimee Ann:

“The Puzzle of the Two-Headed Dragon is one of the most well-developed children’s stories I have ever come across, and so I am so happy I have discovered this book because books with such a high quality such as this one are rare to come by!”

What high and humbling praise!

Feel free to read the full review here:

https://redheadedbooklover.com/the-puzzle-of-the-two-headed-dragon-christine-e-schulze/

Thanks very much to Ms. Aimee for taking the time to read, so thoroughly enjoy, and review my work.

God bless, happy reading, and may you all be inspired!

 

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Hey there, Zelda fans!

This week’s post is a reminder that my free download of Demon Queen, my second Zelda fanfic, will indeed be available at long last come this December! It’ll be available to read through Smashwords, meaning it’ll also be available through sites like Barnes and Noble.

The fanfic is a cross-over of characters from Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time, and offers my own take and backstory on some of your favorite Zelda villains, namely Lord Ghirahim (my personal fave) and Koume and Kotake. It is not related to my other fanfic, Silent Hero, which happens during a later time period.

Be on the lookout for Ghirahim to make his lordly debut this December.

Till then, God bless, happy reading, and may you all be inspired!

Narwhal Day!!

pottery3Yesterday, I had the fun honor of getting some of my ladies together for Ladies’ Night at Pottery Hollow here in Swansea, Illinois. Meaning that I finally got to do my narwhal!

Pottery Hollow is a super fun and relaxing experience, from the art creation to the laid-back atmosphere. It’s my second time going, and I’ll definitely be going back again. There are still so many fun shapes I wanna paint and take home with me! If you’re in the greater St. Louis area, I highly recommend checking them out!

While I adore my narwhal, I really did also enjoy my friends’ creations: Amy’s sunset bowl, Sarah’s super-detailed fairy (she’s a real artist and did some of my illustrations for One Starry Knight), and Bethany’s bat with the cutest lil face EVER. Can’t wait to see ’em all cooked up in about a week or so!

Diverse Characters by Diverse Authors

While taking one of my Trinity clients on a trip to ye ol’ library, quite a few of the young adult books in the “New” section caught my eye. Not only was I super excited to see so many books featuring main characters of color, but I was especially excited to see many were actually written by authors of color.

Below are some of the titles that you might wanna check out; I’m personally intrigued to give Shanna Miles’ Willow Born a go.