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Books I Have Read

Cathedral of the Sea- Ildefonso Falcones. :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 11-27-10. Finished 12-11-10

The Lost Throne- Chris Kuzneski. :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 12-12-10. Finished 12-18-10.

The Blade Itself- Joe Abercrombie. :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 12-22-10. Finished 1-23-11

Good Omens- Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchet. :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

Before They Are Hanged- Joe Abercrombie. :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 2-4-11. Finished 2-26-11.

Last Arguement of Kings- Joe Abercrombie. :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 2-26-11. Finished 3-22-11

Best Served Cold- Joe Abercrombie :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 3-22-11. Finished 5-8-11

The Witch of Portobello- Paulo Coelho. :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 5-12-11. Finished 5-26-11.

The Heros- Joe Abercrombie. :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 8-12-11. Finished 9-6-11.

First Born- Astra Crompton :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 9-22-11 Finished 3-11-12

Touch of Power- Maria V. Snyder :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 5-4-12 Finished 5-5-12

Red Country- Joe Abercrombie :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

Clockwork Angel- Cassandra Clare:star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

Clockwork Prince- Cassandra Clare :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 11/11/2013 Finished 12/10/2013

Clockwork Princess- Cassandra Clare :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 12/11/2013 Finished 12/27/13

The Queen's Captive- Barbara Kyle :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 12/27/2013 Finished 2/17/2014

The Lost Gate- Orson Scott Card :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 1/10/2014 Finished 1/14/2014

The Warded Man- Peter V Brett :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 1/14/2014 Finished 1/23/2014

The Desert Spear- Peter V Brett :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 1/23/2014 Finished 1/28/2014

Devil's Trill- Gerald Elias :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 1/28/2014 Finished 2/25/2014

The Day Light War- Peter V Brett :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 2/1/2014 Finished 2/1/2014

Game of Thrones- George RR Martin
Started 2/25/2014

The Gate Thief- Orson Scott Card :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 2/27/2014 Finished 3/10/2014

The Casual Vacancy- JK Rowling
Started 3/11/2014

Ender's Game- Orson Scott Card :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 3/23/2014 Finished 4/6/2014

Going Postal- Terry Pratchett :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 3/31/2014 Finished 4/17/2014

Thud!- Terry Pratchett :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half:
Started 4/24/2014 Finished 4/29/2014

Equal Rites- Terry Pratchett :star: :star: :star: :star:
Started 5/5/2014 Finished 5/14/2014

Making Money- Terry Pratchett
Started 5/14/2014


Contest Entry for Lindsey Stirling's Concert by mandaren
Contest Entry for Lindsey Stirling's Concert
Here is my eleventh hour submission to Lindsey Stirling's concert in London at the Forum in November.  I love watching her perform.  Her passion and enthusiasm for what she does is just contagious and inspiring.

When I designed this and created this picture, I wanted to capture just how beautiful her music is to me.  Mucha's style has always been the most influential and for me, one of the most beautiful styles of art out there.  I wanted this poster to tell a story of being trapped and scarred of the world outside of our own and breaking free to discover a far more beautiful world than we could have ever imagined outside of our cage. 

Over all time spent on this... 20 hours.



The voting has begun!
To vote for mine click this link here!…

This is the link to the submissions…
There is a lot of awesome work there!  Great job to all who submitted art to this competition!


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Amanda Renee Hanson
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I am a 24 year old female, studying Music and Management techniques on the fly and learning how to live life to the fullest while I am at it. I am a writer, artist, musician, and dreamer all wrapped up into one brilliant package.

I love reading, listening to music, watching musicals, writing, drawing, learning, watching stupid, old cartoons, silly animes, and doing whatever I can to better myself and to help others

Favorite Quote-
‘At the age of five years I had the habit of sketching things. At the age of fifty I had produced a large number of pictures, but for all that, none of them had any merit until the age of seventy. At seventy-three finally I learned something about the true nature of things, birds, animals, insects, fish, the grasses and the trees. So at the age of eighty years I will have made some progress, at ninety I will have penetrated the deepest significance of things, at a hundred I will make real wonders and at a hundred and ten, every point, every line, will have a life of its own.’

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Gone Gone Gone
  • Reading: The Truth- Terry Pratchet
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Skyrim (high elf. Blech. )
I have the house to myself for one week!  Is it sad that the first thing I think of doing is cleaning it?

Here is what I want to do with my time-

Bake cupcakes!
Practice my oboe late at night
Clean my room
Clean my Office
Dye my Hair
Get new betta (I finally got a fish, but it died after five days. I think that it was sick when I got it.)
Buy Plant for aquarium
Play video games
watch movies
Blast my music and not give a damn what anyone else thinks or what time it is
Update my iPod

Alright.  In other news, I am saying goodbye to Wal-Mart.  I put my two weeks in and haven't been happier to be leaving it.  My final day there is July 5.  I am taking an almost blind leap of faith and have applied for the United Blood Services.  The job I have applied for is to be a Donor Care Specialist.  Should I get the job, I would receive paid training to become a flobotomist (that type of training usually runs in the $1500 range to receive it anywhere else), I would be traveling all over Montana and the surrounding states working the blood drives and my travel would be paid for, I get to work with people who are volunteering to donate their blood to save lives- so no sick people allowed!  And I don't have to deal with annoying kids!  I get to work with people as well. 
At first, the notion of stabbing people with needles didn't really appeal to me, but one of the workers I was talking to told me that for every person that she interviews and successfully donates, she saves a life!  How cool is that?  So instead of enabling people to steal from my company, I would be helping to save 20 or more lives a day!  To me that is just fantastic!  And I love traveling as well.  I would get more of a chance to write and read and draw with out interruptions.  So I have my fingers crossed as my application is jumping the hoops at the moment.  I can say that I can see myself doing this job as a career, especially since the pay is salary so I can work as much as I like a a good solid living wage.  There is room to grow in the company and opertunities to move around and they also have programs to help with college.  So if I get this job, it is GOODBYE SUBWAY!  Finally.  And I will finally be able to pay all of my bills and no longer have to live pay check to pay check.  I would be making a difference in my community and saving lives and helping people!  And...

You can see that I am excited, can't you?

I want this.  I want this so badly I can't even express in words how badly I want this. 

I have taken the steps I need to take and then some to get this position.  And for the first time in a long time, I have hope for my future and what it holds.  It feels like for the first time in a long time, I am finally moving forward.  Like I have finally crawled out of my cave of obscurity and am stepping out into sunlight for the first time and realizing that I am no longer lost.  I know where I am. 

Seven years ago, my mom and I saw our home for the first time.  We knew that it would be ours.  Both of knew within our hearts that this place was ours long before my mom signed the paperwork.  It had only been on the market for a day when we saw it.  My mom put her bid in without talking to my dad first.  And our bid was going against seven other bids as well.  But mom and I?  We knew that we would get it.  That feeling in our hearts- that hope and certainty told us we would.  I remember standing on the sidewalk in tears with her.  After ten years living in this city, living in a rental nightmare with a chain smoker, his controlling girlfriend with wild children below us, we had a place to call home.

I haven't felt that feeling since that day- that glowing certainty- until a few days back.  Sure I am taking a risk, but I know that everything will work out alright.  How can I say this?  I don't know.  All I know is that I have never wanted anything more.  This is the key that unlocks the gate to my future.

I have no limits.     


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Freyalibra3 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome! XD
mandaren Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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