Storyboarding/Byzantine Lectures/Book Hunting/Irreverent History/Justinian II/Carthage

Hello, my lovelies.

I’m sorry that I haven’t written anything recently. I really need to do better about that. I’ve been writing up a storm in other places, however. Like on my story Terra. Things are becoming intense. I’ve also been doing more Byzantine Empire research to beef up said story, and so far it is working. I’m worried that there will be too many battle strategies and not enough romance/fast-paced plot. It would be cool if I could be able to turn it into a 7-part epic series, but I doubt that that will happen. I think that it would also be better if I storyboarded it – and storyboarded it intensely. 

Speaking of my Byzantine Empire research, my dad got me an audio recording of a series of lectures on the Byzantine Empire for my birthday, and that’s where I’m doing most of my research. 

Other parts of my research come from my Half-Price Books hunting excursions – that I probably should not be doing. Not because my hunts are inappropriate, (except for last time, but it was because of an irreverent book, not because of anything I personally did) but because I go there and get a bunch of history books that I’ll probably read in a year…or never. But they are so awesome-looking and fascinating. At least they will be when I read them. 

I did make some headway in the irreverent one just because it was so funny. It’s called Badass and it covers some of the most ruthless/courageous/insane people in history in a way that would make a sailor proud. I don’t think that the book dropped any F-bombs, though. I may have made some heads turn in the store because I was laughing so hard while reading the section on Justinian II. 

Basically Justinian II spent his entire reign picking fights, like Otto Von Bismarck but more ruthless. This ruthlessness got him exiled and then executed. He was a weird, weird person. 

I’m surprised that the author did not cover Hannibal, the guy who invaded Rome by going over the Alps. I don’t know much about him, but he seems like an interesting fellow. I know that the Romans hated Carthage – the rival empire where Hannibal hailed from – so much that they sowed the fields of Carthage with salt so that nothing could grow. Their battle cry was also “Hannibal’s at the gates” for a great many years. 

Anyway, I discovered that I had a gift card to Barnes & Noble, so you probably know what that means. I have license for a Barnes & Noble hunt now! Things should get interesting. 

Have a lovely day, beauties. 

-Ryon xx




Twitter/Upper Peninsula War/Nika Riot/Fictional Intruder

Hello, my dears.

I am very curious to see how people react to my Twitter page. For example, I posted ten tweets yesterday about this Wikipedia chain that I completed. I was very surprised to find that not a single soul unfollowed me after that. If you are curious, it takes 10 moves at most to get from Constantine VII to Antarctica. I’m also curious to find out if the Wikipedia page for the Upper Peninsula War is still up.

Well, I just looked it up and it’s not. Curses!

For those of you who are wondering what in the world this Upper Peninsula War is, it was a Wikipedia hoax a few years back. I don’t know the specifics, but someone wrote an entire article about a war in the upper peninsula in Michigan – that never actually happened. I thought the idea was hysterically funny, but I’d never do that myself.

Anywho, I am excited to see what today will bring. I’m listening to “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House – I have no idea what is with old music and I this week – and it’s too early to call or text anyone without being rude. I hope to begin listening to my course on the Byzantine Empire from the Great Courses today. It will feel good to learn something.

May we all stop for a moment to appreciate the Byzantine Empire? I know that I am obsessed, but I find it superior to obsessing over fiction books (guilty) or heaven forbid – boys (guilty about that, too).

I discovered the Byzantine Empire back when I was on my Roman kick. I think that I was seven or eight at the time. I remember quite vividly that I was very angry at the Byzantines for succeeding my beloved Roman Empire. However, when I took an excellent world history class, my love affair with the Byzantine Empire began.

To quote the excellent John Green, I fell in love with them “slowly, then all at once.” I think that it was the Nika riot that sealed the deal for me. These shenanigans began when there were two political parties in Constantinople called the Greens and the Blues respectively. These parties rarely agreed, but when they did, they AGREED. One such agreement was over one problem – the emperor. So, they decided that it would be a good idea to riot and wander the city burning and destroying things and shouting “Nika!” which is Greek for “victory.” Now, the emperor at the time was Justinian the First. This frightened him greatly and he wished to flee the city. However, his wife Theodora decided to give an incredible and rousing speech that essentially said, “Oh, no you didn’t. You get out there and fix this.” So, Justinian and his general put down the rebellion and the day was saved. For some reason unbeknownst to me, that made me howl with laughter. I was hooked from then on.

So, the daily prompt at the Daily Post is called “Fictional Intruder,” and I am supposed to write about 3 fictional moments that I’d like to intrude on. I understand fully that this has nothing to do with the previous topic, but chances are that I will tie it in.

Here’s the link to the post if you are curious:

My three moments are:

3. Go to Rivendell with the Fellowship of the Ring
2. Meet River Tam from Firefly/Serenity.
1. Fly Spit Fyre with Septimus from the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage

Here is why.

3. I grew up with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was raised amid Lord of the Rings marathons and other such geekery. I’ve also been fascinated with Rivendell for a long time. It’s so beautiful and I’d love to meet an actual elf. Just not Arwen. I dislike her. It is my personal opinion that Aragorn should have married Éowyn, but that is one girl’s opinion.

2. I was also semi-raised on the amazing Joss Whedon film Serenity, the follow-up for his TV series Firefly. River Tam is my favorite character from the series, so maybe I could sneak onto the ship if it were real and shake her hand and tell her that she’s the greatest.

1.Two words are all that are technically necessary for this section of the post: Septimus. Heap. I’ve been in love with Septimus ever since I was nine, and unfortunately he is fictional and cannot age along with me. However, in the new series I hear that he’s 21 years of age, so there’s still hope… That aside, I also like his dragon, Spit Fire. It would be nice to ride a dragon with pretty much my favorite fictional character of all time.

I think that this is all for today, sorry I didn’t tie it back in.

See you around!

-Ryon xx

A little introduction/Thunderscuzzing/Writer’s Block/Half-Price History

Hello, lovelies. I am Ryon, and this is my blog.

I am a musician, writer and history fanatic. A word of warning before I continue:

I probably will not post every day, and I probably will not post every week. Or every month. However, if I do post every day of every week of every month, it will be a miracle and I will be eternally grateful for it.

Now, back to the post.

As I was saying, I love history, making music and writing. I am also a Mormon, so I will make references to my religion from time to time. This blog will be quite random, so some posts may not have any rhyme or reason.

I would like to establish a rule for myself – I will do my utmost not to complain about anything, even if someone/something makes me very angry or sad. I don’t want to depress anyone, including myself. If I do complain, I will do my best to put a positive spin on it.

So, onto my life.

As well as being a musician, I love to listen to music. I sometimes have two or three songs stuck in my head at the same time. So, I am a notorious “thunderscuzz” – a word that means that I skip songs like nobody’s business. I have no idea if that is an actual word, but I like it.

So, a song by the band Echosmith just came on with a rhythm section that reminds me of “High and Dry” by Radiohead, so I think I shall listen to that now.

Now that that is playing, I can again concentrate on blogging.

It seems as though writer’s block has set in for every kind of writing except for blogging/journalling. Writer’s block is a funny thing. My friend and I have this theory that when writer’s block comes in the middle of a story, it is the characters shaming the author for past wrongs.

I agree with this. I agree with this wholeheartedly.

I am currently in the middle of the second draft of my story Terra – draft one can be found on Wattpad if you’d like to see where I am trying to go, only with much more detail – and it is giving me trouble. I am in love with my main characters, but it just seems to be stalling because I’m never sure of how I want to connect plot points. On the bright side, it gives me time for other pursuits *cough* Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc. *cough*. I really should do other things. Like read my history books which are becoming quite dusty over in their box.

How I got them is quite an interesting story.

I was browsing in the World History section of my local Half-Price Books when I decided to look up at the top of the shelf. There they were. Almost an entire set of history books from a series that I loved, some not even unwrapped yet. Alas, I only went to the bookstore with 20 dollars. There was no way that I could afford all of them. So, I went to the guy at the counter to see if he could cut me a deal on at least some of them. He told me to pick my favorites.

Cardinal Rule of history nerds: NEVER ask a history nerd to pick her favorite time period – it’s like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. Although I do have a favorite, but I already owned the book from that series that covered it.

So, I returned to him and said that I could not pick my favorites. I also informed him of my fiscal predicament and he ended up selling them to me for under twenty dollars.

This is why I love Half-Price Books. It’s like Christmas every time I go.

Well, lovelies. I think that’s enough for one day.

‘Til next time,

-Ryon xx

PS. It’s Bastille Day today. Does anyone care to storm a prison with me??