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Friday, April 30, 2021

Character Profile and Interview: Chang

 Introduction

When I’ve written character profiles and interviews before, I’ve always put them on one page along with a spoiler alert. However, in order to ask the best questions of each character, I had to reveal key plot points in either the questions or the answers, so for the character profiles and interviews for Terra Sea Merge, they will be split between here and my website. At the end, you’ll find a link to a private post page on my website with the interview portion of the post that you’ll need a password to access. The password will come from a line in the book. At the bottom of each post, I’ll specify where it can be found.

 

Character Profile

Name: Chang Lee

Age: 16

Height: 6’0

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: Deep Brown

GPA: 4.0

Marine Interest: Deep-Sea Engineering

 

Personality Description:

Chang Lee is a quiet, pensive teen who only speaks when he has something important to say. Highly intelligent, he prefers to spend most of his time in solitude tinkering with various gadgets and exploring the principles of engineering. Although a loner, at times he can switch to being an ambivert to survive necessary social interactions before returning to his normal introverted state. Constantly striving for perfection, Chang will take any amount of time necessary to excel in everything he does. He takes the same attitude with his friendships, going above and beyond to be the most supportive, loyal, perfect friend he can be.

 

Chang has the ISTJ-A or Logistician personality type. If you want to read more about this personality type, you can visit https://www.16personalities.com/istj-personality.

 

To read Chang’s interview, click here, and for the password, enter the fifth word in Chapter 33 of Terra Sea Merge.  

Friday, April 23, 2021

Character Profile and Interview: Tessa

 

Introduction

When I’ve written character profiles and interviews before, I’ve always put them on one page along with a spoiler alert. However, in order to ask the best questions of each character, I had to reveal key plot points in either the questions or the answers, so for the character profiles and interviews for Terra Sea Merge, they will be split between here and my website. At the end, you’ll find a link to a private post page on my website with the interview portion of the post that you’ll need a password to access. The password will come from a line in the book. At the bottom of each post, I’ll specify where it can be found.

 

Character Profile

Name: Tessa Abbott

Age: 17

Height: 5’9

Hair Color: Blue-Black Ombre (Natural hair color dark brown)

 Eye Color: Sky Blue

GPA: 3.6

Marine Interest: Medicinal Properties of Enzymes in Deep-Sea Fish Digestive Systems

 

Personality Description:

Tessa Abbott is a die-hard adrenaline junkie. Fearless, she goes after any opportunity to participate in heart-pounding experiences that would paralyze most other people with fear. On the surface, people often dismiss her as reckless, but in reality, she’s a studious individual. Confident, she quickly makes a decision and sticks to it without any reservations. Both her curiosity and fearlessness led her to an interest in all things deep sea and the desire to dive into the abyss one day. Although she enjoys furthering her knowledge, if given the choice between staying indoors and doing extra studying or practicing an extreme sport, she’d chose the latter.

 

Tessa has the Entertainer or ESFP-A personality type. If you want to read more about this personality type, you can visit https://www.16personalities.com/esfp-personality.

 

To read Tessa’s interview, click here, and for the password, enter the fourth word in Chapter 26 of Terra Sea Merge.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Character Profile and Interview: Ava

 Introduction

When I’ve written character profiles and interviews before, I’ve always put them on one page along with a spoiler alert. However, in order to ask the best questions of each character, I had to reveal key plot points in either the questions or the answers, so for the character profiles and interviews for Terra Sea Merge, they will be split between here and my website. At the end, you’ll find a link to a private post page on my website with the interview portion of the post that you’ll need a password to access. The password will come from a line in the book. At the bottom of each post, I’ll specify where it can be found.

 

Character Profile

Name: Ava Samai

Age: 15

Height: 5’2

Hair Color: Jet Black

Eye Color:  Dark brown (mocha-colored)

GPA: 3.9

Marine Interest:  Marine Mammal’s Diving Physiology

 

Personality Description:

Ava Samai is a quiet, reserved, brilliant individual. Shy, she often hides her intelligence for fear of being singled out. Not one to boast, she often downplays her accomplishments. Highly inquisitive, Ava loves to learn about the world around her. Although technologically savvy, she also is interested in the natural world. Her curiosity can sometimes lead to a crack in her shell, but she quickly returns to being shy. Having a big heart, Ava finds it hard to say no to someone in need and will go out of her way to help a complete stranger.

 

Ava has the ISFP-T or Adventurer personality type. If you want to read more about this personality type, you can visit https://www.16personalities.com/isfp-personality.

 

 

To read Ava’s interview, click here, and for the password, enter the third word in Chapter 23 of Terra Sea Merge.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Character Profile and Interview: Thamina

 Introduction

When I’ve written character profiles and interviews before, I’ve always put them on one page along with a spoiler alert. However, in order to ask the best questions of each character, I had to reveal key plot points in either the questions or the answers, so for the character profiles and interviews for Terra Sea Merge, they will be split between here and my website. At the end, you’ll find a link to a private post page on my website with the interview portion of the post that you’ll need a password to access. The password will come from a line in the book. At the bottom of each post, I’ll specify where it can be found.

 

Character Profile

Name: Thamina Barnes

Age: 17

Height: 5'6

Hair Color:  Medium Brown

Eye Color: Brown

GPA: 4.0

Marine Interest: Coral Reefs

 

Personality Description:

Thamina Barnes is your typical go-getter. She doesn’t allow anything to stand in the way of her success. A quick learner, she easily picks up new languages and skills, making it easy for her to adapt to the shifting lifestyle of her ever-on-the-move family. With her life experience and outgoingness, she easily makes friends wherever she goes. As a loyal friend, she’ll stick up for others but always tries to see both sides of an argument in true diplomatic fashion. Fascinated with gaining new knowledge in every possible subject, Thamina is always eager to learn something new.

 

Thamina has the Protagonist or ENFJ-A personality type. If you want to read more about this personality type, you can visit https://www.16personalities.com/enfj-personality.

 

 To read Thamina’s interview, click here, and for the password, enter the second word in Chapter 18 of Terra Sea Merge.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Character Profile and Interview: Brodie

 Introduction

When I’ve written character profiles and interviews before, I’ve always put them on one page along with a spoiler alert. However, in order to ask the best questions of each character, I had to reveal key plot points in either the questions or the answers, so for the character profiles and interviews for Terra Sea Merge, they will be split between here and my website. At the end, you’ll find a link to a private post page on my website with the interview portion of the post that you’ll need a password to access. The password will come from a line in the book. At the bottom of each post, I will specify where it can be found.

 

Character Profile

 

Name: Brodie Thompson

Age: 16

Height: 5’11

Hair Color:  Dirty-Blond

Eye Color:  Gray-Green

GPA: 3.7

Marine Interest:  Hydrothermal Vents

 

Personality Description:

Brodie Thompson is a focused, determined individual who will do anything to pursue his dreams. He thinks he always knows what’s right or better over others and is quick to dismiss another’s ideas, which makes him come off as judgmental and sometimes offensive. Often suspicious of others, he’s convinced most people have an agenda when in reality, he’s usually the one with an agenda. Very inquisitive about his environment, Brodie often spends time learning about the ecology of his home in Guam. Interested in all sorts of water sports, whenever he isn’t studying the natural world, he’s enjoying water skiing, surfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, and sailing.

  

 

Brodie has the Entrepreneur or ESTP-A personality type. If you want to read more about this personality type, you can visit https://www.16personalities.com/estp-personality.

 

To read Brodie’s interview, click here to go to my website and for the password, enter the first word in Chapter 9 of Terra Sea Merge.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Samantha’s Land Log

Introduction

 

The entire series Oceania: The Underwater City is written from Allie’s perspective. Everything is seen from her eyes and tinted by her own beliefs and worldviews. When she first sees the city of Oceania, it’s through the eyes of a Land Dweller. In Terra Sea Merge, we hardly get to interact with or read about Samantha, someone who has become a major character in both Allie’s Return and Shark Station. So, for this blog post, I wanted to switch things up and tell a bit of the story from Samantha’s point of view. In the book, we only get a small glimpse of what she’s experiencing on land in her part of the exchange program. So to go with the theme of switching things up, this post will be told from an Oceanian’s viewpoint on the Land Dweller world. It focuses on Samantha’s first entry into what she calls her “land log.” It’s essentially a diary, but she doesn’t want to call it that. Keep reading below to find out what Samantha thinks of our world. 

Land Log: Day 1

Saturday, August 9th, 2279

 

I once learned that sailors of old would keep a daily log of their adventures on the high seas. Okay, maybe it was just the captains and it was a daily log of weather, events, and other important occurrences upon a ship, but I think it’s a good idea to keep my own log of my daily adventures in the Above World. I’m calling it my Land Log. So for this first entry, I will detail what has occurred since we landed on Guam.

We first arrived at a port which I can’t remember the exact name of. I was so overwhelmed by the people who greeted us at the dock and all the gifts and welcome we received. Everyone here is so nice and welcoming. They’ve given us big smiles and warm words of welcome. They started by taking us to a huge feast being presented in our honor. A few of the typical Land Dweller foods I recognized like pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, and salads. Others were different foods local to the Guamanian region such as (which I of course had to ask the names of) kelaguen, kadon pika, and red rice. Regardless of how anything looked, I tried everything and felt so full by the end of the feast that I felt like my stomach would burst wide open. It was worth it though, everything tasted absolutely delicious.

Afterward, we were taken to the capital of the island, Hagåtña. There I met my host family, which consists of a married couple and their twelve-year-old daughter. She’s already asked me a million questions; throwing them out at a mile a minute until her parents told her to calm down and take a breath. I didn’t mind though, I loved answering her questions and knew I’d soon be asking her several of my own. When I arrived at their home, I realized that here on the island, it was very common for people to have individual houses of their own. It was weird to see and even weirder to go from the outdoors straight into a home without having to walk through a corridor or take an elevator. It was nice and I kind of wish we had homes like that in Oceania, no matter how impractical it might be.

After they gave me time to settle in, we joined the other host families and my fellow exchange students and went shopping at the local supermarket—a place I remember hearing about last time I was on land. It’s basically one store that has everything. My host family was nice enough to allow me to pick out foods I liked to enjoy while there. However, I was confused by signs that said “organic” on them for fruits and vegetables. This greatly confused me because for something to be organic it has to have carbon in it—which every living thing has. I asked and discovered that it is food grown without any pesticides or genetic engineering. Odd.

When we’d completed shopping, I had time to once again gather with my fellow exchange students. They seem to be adjusting just as well as I am. Most of them are looking to me for guidance because they know I’ve been here before, but there isn’t much I can counsel them on. Allie, Devon, Max, and I spent most of our time at Talia’s house if we weren’t at the hospital. I hadn’t gotten to experience that much of Guam the first time. The last time, it took some getting used to seeing the different clothing styles of the Land Dwellers. But now that we’ve been given clothes like them, I have to say wearing such short shorts feels kind of awkward. At the same time, I’m a little grateful for it because it is hot here…very hot compared to Oceania. I’d forgotten about that.

Next week, we will attend high school just like the regular Guamanian students. I’m so excited that I can hardly wait. Unlike most of the world, the islands of Oceania weren’t hit as hard during the Second Great Plague. Governor Atao ensured that every citizen infected with the plague had been given the cure well before we arrived. The island is essentially a safe haven away from the plague, which is good news for us because we won’t have to wear any personal protective equipment while in the school. We’ll get to experience everything just as it should be. We haven’t been given our class schedules yet, so I don’t know what kind of courses I should expect. Based on what Allie’s told me, schools on land are much easier than in Oceania, but I hope they aren’t too easy. I do like a challenge. But then again, maybe it’ll be a good thing if they’re super easy. It’ll give me more time to explore this amazing, wonderful new world I’ve found myself in.

 

            Well, this log has gotten long enough. I’ll have to resume with my musings and thoughts next time.

 

You’ve reached the end of the blog post for this week. The next blog post will be released next month. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and if you have any comments, you can leave them here on my blog or email me directly at elizataye@gmail.com. As always, I love hearing from my readers.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Guamanian Flyer About Exchange Program to Oceania

 Introduction

 

In Terra Sea Merge, you get to see the advertisement promoted by Mayor Cho for the Oceanian Exchange Program, but what did Guam send to its students? Below, you’ll find the actual flyer that was posted around the island on the digital boards and also sent to individual schools.

 Note: As the book is fictitious, the link below is not real and the pandemic mentioned is the fictional Second Great Plague, not the current coronavirus one we are experiencing.

 


 

Have you ever wanted to visit the underwater city of Oceania? Do you have an interest in the marine sciences? Well, here’s your chance to be an exchange student to the one and only Oceania. Ten lucky students will be chosen to participate in the exclusive Guamanian-Oceanian exchange program. Eligible students will range from 9th to 12th grade and must be 14-18 years of age with a GPA requirement of 3.0 or better. Applicants must apply before the June 31st, 2279 deadline.

 

To apply you must submit these guidelines to the form on oceaniaexchangeprogram/guam/submissions.gov by the due date:

·        ·        Age, grade, GPA

·        ·        Copy of School ID, Driver’s License, or ID card documenting that you are a Guamanian resident

·       ·         A 3-5-page double or single-spaced essay detailing your interest in marine science and why you should be chosen for this exchange program

·        ·        A picture of yourself doing something related to marine science

 Due to the worldwide pandemic, valid proof of vaccination by a licensed practitioner and physical examination will be required upon being chosen. Any students showing signs or symptoms of the plague virus or any cold, flu, or other ailments will not be allowed to participate in the exchange program and a runner-up will be chosen instead.

 

 

You’ve reached the end of the blog post for this week. The next blog post will be released next month. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and if you have any comments, you can leave them here on my blog or email me directly at elizataye@gmail.com. As always, I love hearing from my readers.