December Give-away: Demons and Dragons

Hey there, readers, friends, and fans! It’s time for my quarterly give-away, and December is all about demons and dragons!

This month’s winner will receive autographed copies of Bloodmaiden, my award-winning young adult fantasy novella featuring all things dragon, and Demon Queen, my newest Zelda fanfic. Of course, with Zelda being property of Nintendo, I can’t actually sell the paperbacks (not out to get sued anytime soon); I’ve created them just for funsies, while the free ebook download should be available for download via Smashwords soon. Point being, if you want an actual hard copy, my give-aways are the only place that’s possible!

To place an entry, simply leave a comment on this post anytime from now through December 31st. God bless, happy reading, and best to all who enter!

 

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

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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.

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!

Ebooks Coming Soon!

Hullo, Dear Readers!

Just wanted to give y’all an update on my latest upcoming publications. Thanks to the help of the lovely Laura Shinn, I will FINALLY be publishing ebook versions of the following titles, starting in the next couple of months! This will also allow me to start doing Goodreads give-aways for Kindle ebooks. All of the below titles are currently published as paperback prints, with the exception of Demon Queen, my newest Legend of Zelda fanfic, which will, of course, be available only as a FREE download, just like Silent Hero. I mean, I’m not trying to get sued by Nintendo lol, just spreading my love for Zelda and sharing that love with my fellow Zelda fans.

I also want to update everyone by letting y’all know that I’ll be closing http://authorchristineschulze.com down as soon as I get everything I need transferred over here. I want to have all of my info organized on one site, along with my blog, to keep things organized for all my readers, friends, and fans.

Thanks so much for your support, and be on the lookout for my ebook releases, starting in the next couple of months!

To the Castle!!

hever4Greetings, readers, friends, fans, and fellow adventurers!

For those who are unaware, I just returned from a two-week trip to England. It was my first trip overseas, first time in a plane, first time seeing the ocean or riding a boat or doing a lot of things! I’ll be thrilled to tell you all about fun highlights like punting, my layover at the Iceland airport, London’s awesome zoo with its close-up animal encounters…but for today, I’d like to start with my favorite: the Hever Castle and Gardens.

One of my main goals for visiting England was that I had to see a castle. Just one castle, and I’d be satisfied. Boy, am I glad that THIS is the castle I chose. Pretty sure when y’all help me become a rich and famous author that Imma buy it and move in. I’ll be like Enya; she’s an artist who lives in a castle too.

Anyhoozles. So, I had taken myself a lot of places on the train up till then, but Hever was a new experience. I get off the train, and there are literally no humans. At first, I’m thinking, “Well, this is sketch lol.” But I quickly realize it’s not sketch at all; it’s so quiet because I’ve stepped into my first experience of English countryside. Soon as I realize this, I’m STOKED. This is about to be a true adventure.

One great thing about England is there are signs everywhere, so getting lost isn’t a super easy option. I followed the little signs for Hever Castle, and they soon lead me to this lovely footpath through the countryside. It was like playing Zelda, my favorite video game; I had to follow the signs and find the next kissing gate to progress.hever3

My favorite part about this footpath? SHEEP! I’d been wanting to see the black-faced sheep for DAYS. They’re so adorable. They led my way to the castle, and they were still there to lead my way back to the train at the end of the day.

hever5The castle and garden themselves? Phenomenally beautiful, magical, and whimsical. I chose the castle itself because I wanted to see an older castle; it’s also one of the places Anne Boelyn grew up, and I’ve always been interested in that period of history, particularly as it relates to Henry VIII.

hever14One thing I’ll say is that the English definitely know how to garden! I could just live in this garden, never mind the castle, with its sprawling rose garden (roses are my fave, besides lilies), relaxing willows by the lake, and massive, massive trees! I met so many lovely trees in England. They really appreciate nature and are much more environmentally conscious and friendly than we are in the States.

Well, that concludes this chapter of my England adventures. I’ll be posting more, so stay tuned for the next chapter!!

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist (Part 1 of 3)


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I love instrumental music, in particular anything orchestral–and especially soundtracks that carry me inside favorite stories and remind me of all the things I love to feel and see and experience while inside those stories.

Over the past few months, I have quite quickly accumulated a collection of arrangements of songs from two of my favorite video games of all time: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. These games, as well as those that followed in the series, have provided great inspiration to my writing, particularly in my younger years. It is through this series I developed a love of exploring vast fantasy worlds with unique, diverse races and quirky characters.

Thus, in my recent boredom combined with my recent explosive creativity, I decided to finally compile these songs into two coherent soundtracks and share the songs with you. None of these songs are of my own creation; the original composer is Koji Kondo of course, but I found arrangements of many of the games’ songs on either Youtube or Newgrounds from various artists who are masters at coming up with some of the most beautiful arrangements and groovy remixes.

I am going to separate this playlist into three posts, just as I separated the songs onto three CDs. The first disc I made ends as Link pulls out the Master Sword, Ganondorf arrives–and then Link is sealed inside the Sacred Realm. It is quite a dramatic moment to end Part One on, and the timing worked out perfectly! Disc two will begin with Link as an adult, and Disc Three will begin once he is ready to return to the Temple of Time, meet Zelda, and fight Ganondorf to save Hyrule.

I’d like to thank the following artists whose songs feature on my playlists; if I have left out your name or given any misinformation about which songs are yours, please feel free to send a message correcting me!

Artists whose songs feature in this massive playlist include:

Artists I found on Youtube:

Hylian Ensemble

Theophany

Jam2995 or Jake McCoy

Synthetic Orchestra

Tanner Voloshin

Zelda Reorchestrated

Elspeth Eastmen

Rebecca Tripp

M. Bulteau

Artists I found on Newgrounds:

Kreepman

Zorathan 

Neon-Bard

Reploid Ciel 

GenoWhirled 

Dreyfus2006

Artificial Fear 

Kenneth Boxall

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On that note–no pun intended–let the listening begin!

Ocarina of Time “Perfect” Playlist, Part 1: