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Blame Someone Else Day 2013

It’s September the 13th (and coincidentally a Friday) which means it’s Blame Someone Else Day! So I’m blaming Tamora Pierce of all this fantasy nonsense I’ve been putting out. Here’s my picture of Alanna of Trebond and you should check out other peoples influences/scapegoats at United Webcomics.


Tamora Pierce is a fantasy author who has been a big influence on me, particularly her ‘Song of the Lioness’ quartet. Her books literally saved my life and inspired me to create my own stories.
Alanna of Trebond is a red-headed heroine who disguises herself as a boy so that she can become a Knight, rather than being schooled as a Lady as is expected of her.
Alanna is true to herself and overcomes gender discrimination.
My character Amuletts was originally based on another character in the series: the lovable rogue George. (She’s changed a bit since meeting Loki).


Should I henna my hair?


Henna is a plant whose leaves produce a red dye.  It’s translucent and conbines with hairs natural tones.  It’s supposed to be a very good conditioner, making hair strong and smooth.  In addition to this it apparently soothes headaches and migraines (I’m a terrible migraine sufferer myself).

You can see from my picture what colour my hair is now. What would you call it – dark blonde? To be honest I’m not sure, it certainly used to be blonde but has gradually been getting darker.  I’ve sort-of wanted red hair since reading The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce.  The heroine – Alanna – was a huge role-model for me in my teens.  My sister dyes her hair red and it looks really nice.

I have never, ever dyed my hair.  I don’t like to fuss over my appearance and rarely wear make-up.  If I started using henna would I be reapplying it all the time?  How tedious is it to do?  Is it worth it?  Do you think it would suit me?  I’d really appreciate hearing peoples experiences and opinions.