Author has written 21 stories for Merlin, and Harry Potter.
I go by Ocean Mint Leaves here though most people know me as just plain Ocean. Before you ask (a lot of people do ) what's behind my pen-name I'll clarify right away: it is actually a mashup of two of my favorite scents: salty ocean water and peppermint leaves. Other scents that I enjoy are chocolate and the smell of new books.
A little bit about 'moi':
I am a practicing Catholic. There is nothing more relevant or more enlightening about me. Jesus Christ is the most important person in my life and I'll always seek to stay close to him. Though, by no means, do I hate or look down upon people who don't share my view of the world. If there is one thing that Jesus always besought from those he loved was 'to love one another as I have loved you.' and I've never lost sight of that nor do I intend to.
I have a big thing for brotherly love. No other brotherly bond can ever come close to Merlin and Arthur ( BBC Merlin.) and that's why I am so in love with their relationship. I cannot stress enough how wonderfully beautiful and heartrendingly tragic they are. Their selfless and pure love for one another is something otherworldly.
Under 'random facts about me' I'll say my favorite color is blue and my favorite drink is Starbuck's Peppermint Mocha. I adore the Disney classic Bambi ( hence the deer obsession.) Actually, I adore the classic Disney all around. I want to live in one of those southern brick houses when I move out and love chocolate with passion.
I tend to be an overachiever and over-thinker, normally taking five to ten minutes to pick the ice cream flavor I'll have and then spending the next ten thinking if it was the right decision before I actually go on and eat it. For those who are like me you'll understand that it is both a blessing and a curse. This quality saved me in a number of situations and got me in a number of others. :P
As my favorite AP English teacher once said: "Without the written word what are we?"
Forgive me if I prefer a book and a mug of hot chocolate to playing video games any day ( dear little brother I am looking at you.) but there is a magic in books that cannot be replaced with anything else. Every book is a world in which one rediscovers a little spark of childish contentment and delight that we thought gone. Personally, I believe nothing can replace a good book and the truth is, no matter how or when, we'll always return to them for comfort. I know I've re-read classics of my childhood innumerable times because somehow, along the way, they became old friends. :)
I've read an extensive amount of Literature but this are, in my humble opinion, the best written works you'll find out there:
- Harry Potter. ( there's no explanation needed.)
- Agatha Christie's books.
- Narnia by C. S Lewis
- Fire Bringer ( this is a book about deers, I know. You can figure out how much I love Bambi, though) by David Clement- Davies
- Until we have Faces by C.S Lewis
- House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker
and I could go on and on and on...because good literature seems endless. :D
Books that should-they-ever-cross-your-path-be-warned-before-you-scar-yourself-for-life:
Sadly, among all the amazing works from amazing authors there are some things that I believe aren't quite...right. Poorly chosen plots, huge amount of shameless inconsistency and/or too much rambling. These choices reflect my own personal opinion and I'm not seeking to offend anybody. The ones below are books that I shuddered before putting back on their respective shelves and let them dust for eternity.
- Twilight. I will not attempt to explain why. If you want to know what I think about it go read Dan Bergestein's blogs in Sparknotes. You can find them. Click it! Have a laugh!
- The Scarlet Letter. I wonder if this book was made just to annoy people who pay attention at the beginning of a paragraph and realize that he's rambling on an on about the same thing.
- Gone With The Wind. Seen the movie, have you? Beautiful characterizations, amazing story, compelling characters. Ha! But once you get pass a couple of pages of the actual book you'll feel cheated. Because the eternal love between Miss O'Hara and Rhett Butler is a tiny little flame that does not last since our dear Miss O'Hara gets married at least twice before and acts like a spoiled child. Yeah, it ruined the character for me.
Merlin: "Maybe I should go around wearing a pointy hat!"
- The Mark Of Nimueh.
I looked at him for a long time.
“You’re sure of that?”
“Parbleu, I know it! They tortured you with a lie.”
I turned my head aside; Poirot put his hand on my shoulder. There was something in his voice that I’d never heard there before.
“You like not that I should embrace you or display the emotion, I know well. I will be very British. I will say nothing, nothing at all. Only this, that in this last adventure of ours the honors are all with you and happy is the man who has such a friend as I have.”
- Hastings and Poirot,The Big Four.
Poirot on Hastings: If only ce cher Hastings were available. My first friend in this country--and still to me the dearest friend I have. True, often and often did he enrage me. But do I remember that now? No. I remember only his incredulous wonder, his open-mouthed appreciation of my talents--the ease with which I misled him without uttering an untrue word.
-Mrs. McGinty's Dead.
After a few moments he [Marcus] looked up. "I suppose I should feel guilty about you, Esca. For me, there has been the Eagle; but what had you to win in all this?"
Esca smiled at him, a slow grave smile. There was a jagged tear in his forehead where a furze root had caught him, Marcus noticed, but under his eyes looked very quiet. "I have been once again a free man among free men. I have shared he hunting with my brother, and it has been a good hunting."
Marcus smiled back. "It has been a good hunting." he agreed.
- Marcus and Esca, The Eagle of the Ninth.
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