Geeky Inspirations Builds Characters

Hey all, Dani here.

I think one major part of my life that helps to inspire my writing is my involvement in a lot of geeky hobbies. In fact, I always find it amusing when I refer to myself as a geek or a nerd around people of older generations because they act like I’m insulting and degrading myself.

In today’s society, geeks are actually pretty cool, and I so love that. There are so many books and comics/graphic novels that are becoming movies and television shows, and the world of board games and RPGs seems to be getting more and more attention. It’s amazing to see, and to be a part of.

This past weekend I had an amazingly geeky weekend. As soon as I got off work Friday night, I went to a friend’s house, where a few of us participated in another session of Dungeons and Dragons. It was only our second time meeting, but it’s just fun to hang out with fellow geeks and delve into this fantasy world. For this particular game I am playing a Dwarf Cleric, and I am traveling with a Gnome Warlock (who faithfully follows Cthulu) and a Human Monk (who is of a sect of monks that specialize in brewing alcohol). In our first session, if it had not been for my healing ability, we would have definitely had a TPK. This time, the adventure is a longer one so we’ll need one or two more sessions to finish our job.

This Dwarf Cleric of mine is really interesting for me from a character standpoint. She is eternally optimistic and definitely falls into the category of a goody-two-shoes, most of the time. If you threaten her friends or companions then she is quick to defend them. But she is so many things I am not…something that became obvious when my friends commented on how my instinct was to rush in, blackmail, steal, and deal violence, but I had to restrain myself for the purposes of staying in character.

I love that participating in RPGs allows me the chance to try out different characters, different personalities, different backgrounds. And the interaction with other personalities also helps me to think and plot and create even more.

I have another D&D group that hasn’t started yet and I am playing a Half-Elf Druid in that one. Unlike my Cleric, in this other game I already know that my Druid is incredibly neutral in a great many things. She is very protective of her Elf Bard brother, and I also know that she likes to keep secrets. But since we haven’t started playing, all I know about her for the most part is the brief backstory I wrote up, and the random personality traits, bonds, and flaws I rolled up during character creation. I really can’t wait to delve deeper into her as a character and see who she truly is.

Then, on Saturday of my geeky weekend, I traveled to a local park and was able to participate in a LARP group. This group is a part of Amtgard and you choose a name for yourself and then you can take a class, each of which has different limitations on weapons and armor and skills. As it was my first time, I had to come up with a name before the end of the session, and I am currently without a class (aka a peasant). I had a great time, even if I couldn’t feel my feet at all after almost four hours running around in the cold.

When I got home I read over the Amtgard rules a bit and started to pull together some details about the character I’ll play in the LARP group. I can’t completely solidify the character until I settle on weapons choices. I’d really like to try my hand at archery though. Currently I’m leaning towards being an archer or a scout…which in D&D terms would certainly put me in a Ranger class.

Anyway, spending a weekend jumping into many fantasy worlds has helped me to get my creative juices flowing some more, and hopefully that will help me to finish my current writing project so I can jump into writing my next book.

2016 Convention Appearances

So…big news everyone. I’m very excited to announce that Mousai Books (Signy Cullen and Danielle Thamasa) will be appearing at two conventions in 2016.

First will be Ohio Comic Con at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. It is a Wizard World convention and it is being held this year from July 29-31. You can get more details here.

Then we will be going to Cincinnati Comic Expo, held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. This event is being held September 23-25. More details can be found here.

We will have more details coming over the next several months, including some new book announcements, so stay tuned.

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Note from Dani: I’m also pleased to say that I’ve teamed up with Colorworld Books for both of these cons, so I will be featuring a number of prints from the Colorworld artists, as well as having copies of Rachel’s books available for purchase. You can learn a lot more about Team Colorworld by visiting their site, or by finding them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Welcome to Mousai Books

Hey everyone, this is Danielle Thamasa. I’ve been looking for ways to increase my online presence for my writing and books for the past several months, and this is what I came up with.

I can honestly say that I was inspired by the amazing duo of Rachel and Brad Kelly from Colorworld Books. I met Rachel in 2014 at Ohio Comic Con, where I bought her first three books, and I’ve become a huge fan of Colorworld Books ever since. In 2015 I got to attend Ohio Comic Con as a part of Team Colorworld, and it was an amazing experience.

One of the big draws to Colorworld Books is that not only do they sell Rachel’s books (now available in e-book, paperback, illustrated, and–coming soon–comic), but they also team up with a number of amazing artists to sell paper and metal prints and bookmarks as well.

I like the idea of creative types helping other creative types, and that was where the idea for Mousai Books was formed. In college, my friend Signy Cullen and I tried to start up a new sorority on campus, Mu Psi, but delays with the Greek Council kept that from being a reality. Still, we kept Mu Psi alive in our hearts, and consider ourselves part of a sorority, even if it is unofficial.

Mu Psi–or Mousai–means Muse, and in Greek mythology, the Muses were goddesses of the arts. That idea now comes full circle with the creation of Mousai Books, which will be about far more than books. Signy Cullen and I are starting this group, but I hope to have artists and musicians and all sorts of other creative people to join on.

Mousai Books is a creative support group. We strive to help spread the word about the work of creators, whether that is just online, or at book signings and conventions. We will help each other out as we draft and edit and proof our works, and then help signal boost the final projects.

I’ll have a lot more to say about Mousai Books and the writing process in general soon, but until then, Welcome. I hope you all enjoy the site. If there is anything about the members of Mousai Books or the creative process you’d like to know more about, feel free to let me know.

You can find me (Danielle Thamasa) on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Goodreads, or e-mail me at danielle.thamasa@yahoo.com.

You can find Signy Cullen on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.