August Update – I know, I’m Terrible!

It’s been a while and I apologise. Below I’ve written an update to everything that’s going on with me. Blog posts will be more regular very soon (hopefully).

Writing is a very important part of my life. It’s what I love and want to do. But juggling everything can be hard. Blogs, Littlewolf, scripts and now I’ve started a new podcast with my good friend Sammy! Some would say I take on too much, but I never think that’s the case. I enjoy what I do, so doing more is surely better?

Episode 1 of our new podcast is just over an hour long and we talk about (surprise, surprise) writing! We talk about our writing process, our favourite books, our least favourite and so on. We plan to release an episode once a month to start with (with different topics every month), as we are both busy little ladies, but the next episode should be coming out within the next week or two and hopefully I’ll get a blog post out along with it! So, if you’re struggling with your writing process, or just curious as to how other writers do things, tune into our podcast, it might help you. Or who knows, maybe you’ll even have tips for us.

On top of this, I have also entered Littlewolf onto Inkshares. The first two chapters are available to read and you can even pre-order it. I’m working hard on the third chapter, but for some reason I’m finding it difficult as parts just aren’t meshing together. But I’ll get it done soon.

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

My writing life is quite hectic at the moment and I always end up writing more than one piece at once. So for now, I’m concentrating most of my time on Littlewolf and using my breaks to write a thriller script. I think it’s always good to break up big projects with smaller ones and keep those creative juices flowing.

I am also taking part in a play with a theatre group I have been with for five years now. Last year I took a break away from acting due to my ill health, but now I’m back into it and have rehearsals 3-4 times a week for now. But after September, the play will be over and my evenings will go back to writing. Until the Pantomime beginnings (if I decide to be a part of that).

I’m trying to get a new schedule in play so that I can squeeze blog posts in between everything else. Keeping everyone up to date is hard, but it’s very important to me that my readers know that I am still here, I’m just neck deep in writing!

I’ll try and give you all a little blog post about Littlewolf soon.

I’ll talk to you all soon!

 

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You Have An Opinion, Just Don’t Be a Jerk

Last year I wrote a blog post about opinions and how you should probably behave when you have one that differs to someone else. But it seems that more and more people have a burning desire to voice their opinion and that would be a fantastic thing, if they weren’t being unbearable jerks about it.

Three or four times in the past two or three weeks I have come across people who disagreed so much with my opinion, that they felt the need to create an argument about it. Because they felt that they were right and I was wrong.

Now, if I am wrong (and I’m proven wrong with solid facts), I will happily hold my hands up and admit it, I have no problem with being wrong, because we’re all wrong at some point. It’s how we learn. But even if my opinion is wrong, it doesn’t give you the right to lecture me. What difference does it make to you, if I am wrong? You would know that you were right, so why create an uncomfortable and frustrating situation out of nothing?

I am entitled, just as you are, to my own opinion and if my opinion is wrong, that’s on me. For example, if you thought Brexit was a bad idea and I thought it was a good idea, we should not argue about it, we should accept that we both have different opinions and different reasons for those opinions.

It’s very easy to accept someone’s opinion and not be a jerk, but for some reason people love to make their opinion known to you and won’t quit until they’ve “won”.

I’m sorry, I don’t use social media to ask for you to weigh in on my opinions, I use it to express myself and whether you like it or not, I’m allowed to make my opinions known. I’ll happily welcome someone to say, “I politely disagree, because (whatever they have to say), that is all.” But I cannot accept people approaching me with “You’re wrong, because this, how can you possibly be right?” That’s just rude.

Everyone is allowed their own opinion, it’s a basic right, freedom of speech and all that jazz. But you do not have the right to criticize and talk down to someone because you think you’re right. That’s not having an opinion, that’s just being a jerk for the sake of being a jerk.

We are all allowed to comment and have an opinion on whatever we want, whether it’s something personal, or if it’s an incident in the World News. As an English person I’m allowed to comment on the gun crisis in America, just as Americans are allowed to comment on Brexit. We can talk about whatever the hell we want and have the right to say it freely without being attacked for it.

What I’m trying to say is, can we just stop causing conflict for no reason? Can we stop creating arguments and being jerks to one another? I’m allowed an opinion; you’re allowed an opinion. Hell, we’re even allowed to disagree with one another. You’re allowed to disagree with this blog and I’m fine with that…unless you’re being a jerk unnecessarily.

It really isn’t difficult to get on with someone who has a different view to you, all you have to do is move on and go on with your life. Whether it’s with that person in your life or not.

So let’s get on with our lives. Because there’s enough conflict in this world already, without us adding to it.

But once again, that’s just…my opinion.

 

Opinion On Opinions

Opinions are important, having them is a part of what makes you unique. If we all shared the same view then the World would be painfully dull. But there’s an important rule when you express your opinion and that rule is very simple. Don’t be an arse about it. I’d say that’s a pretty easy rule to follow right?

Alas, people seem to forget that their opinion is not law, just because they have an opinion doesn’t mean they’re right and that goes for everybody. When expressing an opinion, it’s important to know when the line has been reached and when it’s been crossed.

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Hunting Woes

There’s a lot of conflict over the British tradition of hunting and don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why people are against it. Dogs would be mistreated, foxes were pushed to near death and were not put out of their misery for quite some time. However laws have changed, people have changed and most importantly the way all the animals involved are treated, has changed.

It is very rare for hunts to actually involve any form of real “hunting”, the majority of them are now “drag hunts” and the reason for this is quite simply that the law has changed and it is now illegal to hunt foxes.

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Hit or Miss? Borderlands: The Pre Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel

Crazy enemies, insane guns and horrific creatures are just a few of the aspects we are all used to in the Borderlands universe. Two games have provided players with hours of unlimited fun, with unusual driving controls and over powered guns that literally blow your enemy into a hundred pieces.

I, like many others, have spent countless hours in front of my screen shooting psycho’s and reviving my friends as we get over run by raging goliaths. But I never thought that anything was really missing. Sure the game would sometimes make you rage, but a lot of games do and that’s a part of the fun.

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel has crash landed into our homes and I was very excited to see what new additions Gearbox had come up with. A new location, new characters and a younger Jack are just the tip of the iceberg and needless to say I had high hopes for this eagerly anticipated installment.

The story takes place before Jack turns into, well…Jack, before he goes power mad and before we try to shoot him in his handsome face. The new vault hunters are unique and fun, while I currently favour Wilhelm I have no doubt that whatever character you choose to play as, you will enjoy the game and storyline.

As well as new characters and weapons, there is also a new survival element you have to keep your eye on. You need oxygen to be able to survive in this new world and it can come in handy if you find yourself surrounded by lunatics with laser guns. Using your oxygen kit to jump, you can ground slam your opponents and push them away from you while dealing damage to everyone in the immediate area.

Oxygen is a great addition to the game and adds a little bit more difficulty to survival, but while oxygen isn’t in short supply, when surrounded by enemies I did often forget about my need for O2 and found myself running to the closest oxygen vent in a panic.

But were these additions missing from the previous games? Does Borderlands need O2 kits, hoverbike style cars and aliens? The game hasn’t grasped my attention like the previous two have and a part of me can’t help but wonder if Gearbox lost the Borderlands charm with adding all of these new mechanics. The brilliant humour is still very much alive but I can’t help but miss Pandora and all of its unique locations. There is something about Pandora that makes me want to go back to it time and time again but Elpis is missing that, it doesn’t feel like home and it’s scenery is extremely repetitive.

While my heart isn’t in the game or with the characters just yet, I will keep following them in the hope that I will fall in love with Elpis just as I did with Pandora. If you’re a hardcore Borderlands fan I recommend this game, you will enjoy the new characters and of course running over enemies, but to those that are new to the franchise, I’d advice you start with the first game, introduce yourself to the psycho’s and watch the skies for those pesky rakk’s.

A Sequel that’s not a let down? How To Train Your Dragon 2

Sequels; they are often an unnecessary follow up to films that have smashed the box office. While some franchises pull the plug after the second installment, others insist to milk it for everything they can. How To Train Your Dragon 2 breaks the tradition of mediocre sequels and remains exciting for audiences of all ages.

The characters we know and love have grown a little older but their personalities are still the same. They all continue to have their own little quirks and with the addition of dragons living on Berk, the cute Island and it’s residents have become even more charming.

If you thought the first film was amazing and if it left you wishing you owned your very own toothless; but you were still left thinking there weren’t quite enough dragons, then this sequel will not leave you disappointed. New dragons, new locations and interesting new characters truly add to this magical world.

While the film may not be perfect; I thought Hiccup’s reaction to his mother being alive was a little relaxed, he was a lot calmer than I would have thought possible for someone who thought his mother died twenty years ago, it is certainly not far from the mark. The animation is breathtaking, the soundtrack is dramatic and the story will keep your eyes on the screen until the very end; and then you’ll wish for more.

The new additions to this franchise fit into the world perfectly, even the villain had a place and he posed a real threat to the world. And while we learn that there is always a nice way to control a dragon army, you’re still left wondering if our power hungry villain, Drago could have ever changed for the better.

I certainly don’t think this sequel was unnecessary, just like the first film it left me wishing Berk was an actual place and that dragons were real. I personally cannot wait for the third installment; if Dreamworks devote the same amount of passion into the third as they have with the first two, it will undoubtedly be another amazing piece of art.

Why Am I Blogging?

It seems strange to me, to sit at my PC, writing a short piece to share with the World. I never understood why people do this, tell people about their day or what they’ve seen. Then again, I was never that kind of person to keep a Diary. Yes I tried, but there was something about it that seemed odd to me. Writing to a piece of paper and hoping it would fix things? I didn’t see the point.

Hmm, maybe there was something wrong with me and the way I was looking at it? Was I over thinking things, or not putting enough thought into it? I guess people blog for different reasons, but what is mine? Continue reading