May 16, 2016
His father is a New Zealander and his mother is Australian. He is of Maori (Te Arawa and Ngati Kahungunu), as well as English, Scottish, Israeli, and Irish ancestry. I can definitely see that all that ancestry coming through in this photo.
May 9, 2016
~ Manu is a New Zealand Maori name that means “bird”. He was given the name after his uncle who was the Bishop Of New Zealand.
~ Mother was a Queensland beauty queen, father, an entertainer in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
~ Offered ballet scholarship in New York after finishing high school, but chose to travel Europe and the US instead.
As big as Manu is physically, I can’t picture him being a ballet dancer, but, uh…I’m sorry I lost my train of thought while drooling over this picture.
May 2, 2016
It’s May and another month of hotness, people. Mother’s Day is coming up on the 8th and I can’t imagine what it’s like being the mother of this dude’s children. She is one lucky sonuvabitch.
Welcome to the Society….MANU BENNETT.
Birth Name: Jonathan Manu Bennett
Date of Birth: 10 October 1969, Rotorua, New Zealand
Where You May Have Seen Him: Playing Marc Antony on XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS (2000) [used to love watching that show], as gladiator Crixus on the Starz series SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA (2011) and SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED (2010-2013) (previously titled SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND), as evil dude Slade Wilson/Deathstroke on ARROW (2013-2015) and as Azog, Orc Leader in THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012), THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (2013), and THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2014)
Where You Can Currently See Him: playing a druid on MTV’s series THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES (2016-2017)
Where You’ll See Him in the Future: BETA TEST (2016) and DEATH RACE 2050 (2016)
I was first introduced to Manu as gladiatior Crixus when the hubby and I were watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand (they’re now calling it War of the Damned, but whatev). That show had some SERIOUS eye candy, and Manu was just one of three guys on that show who had me doing a lot of eye banging. For the record, Andy Whitfield will always and forever be Spartacus. Then Arrow started and lookie-lookie who showed up on Ollie’s doorstep? It was good to see Manu again even though he was playing the villain.
I had a chance to meet Manu a couple of years ago when he appeared at Phoenix Comic-Con. Me and my friends got a selfie with him and he was so cool. He talked with us and his accent is to fuckin’ die for. When I heard Manu was going to be part of another series, I had to check it out. The Shannara Chronicles is adapted from the Terry Brooks novels and Manu was able to film from his homeland of New Zealand. It was a pretty cool series and I hope it comes back next year.
Welcome to the club, Manu.
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April 28, 2016
You may have noticed that I’ve been slacking a little bit on blogging. Yes, the WPS posts are still in tact, but everything else has gone by the wayside.
That’s because the WPS site is in the midst of getting a facelift. I feel like I’ve been saying that for a while, but now it’s finally a reality.
Which means I’ll be writing soon.
Which means WPS will be no more and will be replaced by my author/writing site, Evolet Yvaine.com
I’m very excited for this change and looking forward to the new journey that is writing serial fiction and writing contemporary adult romance.
Hope you decide to join me.
Peace, lurve, and wet panties,
April 25, 2016
~ He broke his ankle in 2012 when he was locked out of his apartment building in London and fell while trying to climb to his flat. During Season 3 of GAME OF THRONES the film crew had to figure out how to shoot around the injury, including the use of stand-ins in “Jon Snow wigs”. Harington felt so guilty that he bought the production manager a bottle of whiskey.
~ His recent ancestry is English, as well as Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish, and Dutch. His distant roots include German, French, and Spanish, and, going back to the 1400s and 1500s, he also has remote Italian, Polish, Lithuanian, Austrian, and Danish ancestry. Many of Kit’s mother’s ancestors lived in India and South Africa as part of British colonialism and Dutch settlements (through his mother’s Dutch ancestry, Kit descends from Count Jacob van Reenen).
~ Used to work in a book store where he often had to lift heavy copies of the ”A Song Of Ice and Fire” series and grew to dislike George RR Martin as a result. [Heh. Heh. I’m sure he doesn’t dislike him as much as he used to now]
~ He has a fear of spiders, needles, and flying. He gets around by car or train.
And a final quote:
The best people to have power are the ones who don’t want it.
And now it’s time…to say goodbye…to the hottest knight in the Knight’s Watch.
Get your final drool on, ladies (and gents, if you swing that way. There’s no diss-crimination ovah herre).
Hope you enjoyed the month of April and the eye candy that was Kit Harington.
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April 18, 2016
~ Kit wanted to be a cameraman, a war correspondent and a journalist when he was young.
~ He wore a wig for filming the GAME OF THRONES pilot but grew his hair out for the rest of the first season.
~ Sees himself first and foremost as a theatre trained actor.
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April 11, 2016
~ His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name Harington prefers. Additionally, he didn’t know his real name was Christopher until he was 11.
~ Harington’s uncle is Sir Nicholas John Harington, the 14th Baronet Harington, and his paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Harington, the 12th Baronet Harington.
~ Through his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Kit’s eight times great-grandfather was King Charles II of England.
~ Through his father, Harington descends from politician Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, the bacon merchant T. A. Denny, clergyman Baptist Wriothesley Noel, merchant and politician Peter Baillie, peer William Legge, 4th Earl of Dartmouth, and MP Sir William Molesworth, 6th Baronet.
So, basically, he was born to play royalty.
And he ended up portraying the bastard son of a king.
Ain’t that about a bitch.
April 5, 2016
As I’ve been telling you for the longest time, I’m new to the genre of adult contemporary romance. I can use all the help I can get when it comes to writing in this genre, so needless to say when Kaitlin Hillerich posted her two part series (Part I and Part II) on techniques for writing a romance, I definitely took notice. Each post had 15 tips, so I’m just gonna paste them altogether here.
1. Cute & Memorable First Meeting
2. Rocky Beginnings
3. Similar Backgrounds/Common Interests
4. Complimentary Personalities
5. Taking Care of Each Other
6. Protective of Each Other
7. Respectful of Physical Boundaries
8. Learning Quirks and Habits
9. Learning Likes and Dislikes
10. Thoughtful Surprises
11. Learning to Trust
12. Being Vulnerable with Each Other
13. Rescuing Each Other
14. Learning to Depend on One Another
15. Comforting Each Other
16. Making the Other Laugh
18. Making Sacrifices for Each Other
19. Accepting Each Others Flaws/Past
20. Encouraging/Supporting Each Other
21. Verbal Confessions and Affirmations of Love
22. Humble Enough to Apologize
23. Forgiving Each Others Mistakes
24. Sharing Their World with the Other
25. Sharing a Life & Death/Traumatic/Emotional Experience
26. Sharing Hopes and Dreams
28. Devotion and Loyalty to Each Other
29. Showing Concern for/Worrying Over the Other
30. Physical Displays of Affection
I can use this like a checklist for my own stories, which is pretty convenient.
So, is there anything you would add to this list? This inquiring mind wants to know.
Peace, lurve, and wet panties,
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April 4, 2016
Welcome to spring, everyone. And how fortuitous that this dude was next in the WPS line-up. By fortuitous, I mean, his show is coming back on at the end of the month.
AND HE’S NOT DEAD.
Welcome to the Society, the sexiest knight in the Knight’s Watch…KIT HARINGTON
Name: Christopher Catesby Harington aka “Kit”
Birthdate: 26 December 1986, London, England
Where You May Have Seen Him: As doomed slave Milo in POMPEII (2014), as the voice of a (how ironic) dragon killer in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (2014), and as the bastard son of a king and part of the Knight’s Watch in HBO’s popular show GAME OF THRONES (2011-2014).
Where You May See Him in the Near Future: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN (2016 pre-production), BRIMSTONE (2016).
Like everyone else, Kit zoomed across my radar the minute he appeared in GAME OF THRONES. If you’re not watching this show, then I don’t know what the fuck is wrong with you. The one thing I’ve learned, though, is that this show is like THE WALKING DEAD.
No one is safe.
If you get attached to a character on this show, he or she is going to end up dead. You’re going to find yourself screaming “Noooooooo” at your TV screen and then yelling “FUCK YOU, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN. YOU OL’ TURD!!” at the room in general.
You may even find yourself boycotting the show if they don’t bring a certain someone back.
Yeah, that’s good television right there. LOL
I’m really hoping Jon Snow’s not dead, that it was just a bad fucking nightmare, because it would be a damn shame to never see Kit Harington again.
Winter is coming and they’re going to need this dude.
Welcome to the Society, Kit.
Peace, lurve, and wet panties,
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March 29, 2016
When we create our characters, we want to make them perfect.
In every way.
We want them to be gorgeous, flaw-less, talented, and have our readers love them.
Now hand me your rose-colored glasses. <wiggles fingers in a gimme motion>
This only happens in the Perfect Writer’s World, people! And, spoiler alert, that place doesn’t exist.
In the real world, that is.
Characters like that, according to Kaitlin H, are referred to at Mary Sue’s. Her post, Is Your Character a Mary Sue? offers six warning signs and how to fix them:
1. Beautiful, Yet Plain
A Mary Sue usually sees herself as plain or average, but really she’s beautiful or even gorgeous. Guys don’t fail to take notice, and her friends and family reassure her of her beauty even as she laments about how plain she is. Often, she’ll have a special hair or eye color to make her more unique, or exotic features.
Solution: Try to avoid words/phrases that describe characters as beautiful/handsome unless it’s important to their character or the story. Also, if it’s not important don’t give your heroine gold or violet eyes in an attempt to make her more unique. Not only do these colors not exist in real life, but I feel like it screams trying to hard to make the hero “special.”
A Mary Sue is extremely talented, often in more than one area. She doesn’t have to work at her skill, it just comes to her naturally.
Solution: This doesn’t mean that you can’t give your hero a talent. It’s good for heroes to have a strength, and in real life people usually have something they’re really good at. But it’s usually one thing, and they have to work very hard at it. Often, there are others who are better at it than they are.
Try to limit your hero’s talent to one thing, make him work for the skill, and consider not making him best person in the world at it. Also, offset his talent by showing other areas in which he struggles. For example, he may be good with a sword but can’t shoot a bow to save his life.
In Fantasy, it’s not uncommon for Mary Sues to have some sort of destiny or prophecy to fulfill. They’re often “The Chosen One,” the only one who can stop the villain or save the world.
Solution: This is the hardest issue to fix because it involves changing your plot. See if you can avoid making your hero The Chosen One. Instead, try to find a way to make him commit to defeating the villain, saving the world, etc. without being cornered into it by destiny.
4. Without Flaw
Mary Sues have few or no flaws. They can do no wrong, and are often very moral or “goody-goody.”
Solution: Give your characters real flaws. This is often one of the hardest parts of creating a hero because we’re afraid of making him unlikable. But strangely enough, a flawed character is actually more likable because he’s more relatable and more interesting. He has layers, different sides to him that contrast and conflict. Need ideas? Check out this list of character flaws.
5. Loved by All
Mary Sue characters are surrounded by people who adore them–except the villain, of course. They might even have several love interests clamoring for their affection. It doesn’t matter what they do or how rude they’ve been, everyone will still love them. The Mary Sue doesn’t even have to give them a reason or earn their trust/friendship/admiration.
Solution: Of course your hero will be loved by friends, family, and maybe a love interest. But not everyone they meet should automatically like them. It’s just not realistic. Give them enemies besides the villain, or have them meet people who just aren’t fond of them. And make sure there’s a reason why people like him–whether it’s friends, a love interest, or strangers.
6. No Struggle
Everything is easy for the Mary Sue character. She doesn’t have to work for anything. Everything she wants falls into her lap, and defeating the villain is a breeze. If she makes a mistake or does something wrong she doesn’t have to face consequences for her actions.
Solution: Don’t make things easy for your hero! Let him struggle, fail, and make mistakes. Don’t give him everything he wants like some spoiled child. Make it difficult for him to defeat the villain so that he “earns” his happy ending.
Kaitlin says that if your characters fall into one or two of these categories, don’t fret. Your character is far from being a Mary Sue (or Gary Stu if it’s a dude). The problem occurs when your characters fit into several categories. With that being said, I can gladly state that my heroine is not a Mary Sue. Yes, she’s got the unusual eye color. But that’s it. And I was a tad worried about #5 (because yes, she’s loved by family and friends and eventually the love interest), but the villain doesn’t exactly hate on her. Thankfully, Kaitlin provided a solution: have them meet people who just aren’t fond of them. I can do that.
So, have you written any Mary Sue’s? This inquiring mind wants to know.
Peace, lurve, and wet panties,
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