Monday, 29 September 2014

I Am Officially (But Not Literally) Prostituting Myself

The time has come for me to really take some things seriously and really put myself out there. I'd like to really do some more voice work and also still write things and keep up with that too. For now I'm more likely to do something with my voice because I'm confident about my voice than my writing. Which seems a little strange given that I've released books.

Books that you can buy!
I'd like it to be known that I want you to consider me the next time you need something voice over'd or if you need something written. I'm versatile as far as both things go and most of you know my voice. You know it's calm, soothing, and best of all, British. Because having a British accent rocks. Everyone wants a British accent.

So if you have some kind of voice work (or writing work) you need doing then keep me in mind and let me know. Or keep me in mind if you know of someone else who wants something done. After all, what's the point in having a network if you aren't going to use it?

Friday, 26 September 2014

Well Yesterday Didn't Suck That Much

Contrary to my original estimation of yesterday, it really wasn't all that bad. When I went to get weighed I was expecting the worst and thought I would have gained weight, but I didn't in the end. I didn't lose weight either, and stayed with a maintained weight, but hey that's not bad. Technically my streak of continuous losses is still alive.
Not every losing streak is bad
My weight loss has actually been getting me a little depressed lately if I'm honest. I've lost a lot of weight and I can't take that way. But I still have a long way to go and when I think about that I get depressed. Plus I was always wearing the same clothes so I wasn't feeling like I was really losing weight. Even a friend of mine who's lost a ton of weight says she feels fat in her old clothes. So yesterday I did something I haven't done in a while; I went clothes shopping.
It helped they were on sale.
I only bought two shirts in the end but that's really all I needed. The shirts were two sizes smaller than the clothes I normally wear. I've dropped two shirt sizes and that feels pretty great. One of the shirts is a button up shirt that doesn't quite go all the way around my gut, but it fits as an overshirt and that's fine. Plus when it does button up it means that I've lost another good chunk of weight. I also had a smile because when I gave the shirt to my dad to scan it, he said it was his size, thinking I was confused, and congratulated me when I said it was my size now too. So let that be a lesson to you folks; if you're losing weight keep updating your wardrobe. It sucks I still can't fit into the largest pairs of trousers they have but that's just another goal. 

I can't really think of a question to take away from this, so when was the last time you bought new clothes?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Today Is Quite Possibly Going to Suck

There's an extremely good chance that today is going to be one of those days that just goes wrong in a lot of ways. Practically the only person I really talk to these days is going to be working late. It's not her fault or nothing and she's going to miss me as much as I miss her. She's also sick so actually there's a chance she won't have to work but that still sucks because she's sick.
Being sick sucks unless you have friends to share your germs with.
I'm also getting weighed today and I'm kinda nervous about that. I last got weighed before I left for my holiday last month. I lost 7 pounds in three weeks which was quite a result. I don't think something like that is going to happen this time. I spent a week on holiday not eating very well, and I don't think I've done enough in these past four weeks to overcome that. It would be a shame if my streak of constant losses came to an end now. I'll let you guys know the result tomorrow, as I always do. Most people would be able to tell themselves that it's not their fault, and a bunch of other things that would probably be true, but that's never worked for me. Even with legitimate reasons I've never been much of a comfort to myself. Especially when I perceive myself as having done something wrong.

Oh well.

You ever had a day you knew was just going to suck?

Monday, 22 September 2014

New Ideas

In a quick update to the post I made on Friday, I haven't heard back from the people at the writing competition but it's only been a few days since then, and so I wasn't really expecting anything. To be honest it was only being mentioned as a cunning plan to attempt to extend this a little bit. The English aren't evil; we're just crafty.
I like foxes.
Although I suppose the main point is also a bit of a continuation from that post. I mentioned that unfortunately I'm not much of an idea machine. I don't really get a ton of ideas. Kind of lamentable for a writer I know. I DID however get what I thought was a pretty decent idea in the last few days. I'm going to finish up Immortal Space before starting anything new though, don't worry. Sheesh I really want to get that done. Especially because I am getting close to the end. And I've been working on it for way too long. Then again I remember how long it took me to finally finish Tulips. I think that took about a year.

Of course that was partly down to insanity. Wheee.
This new idea means that all in all, I actually have a solid three ideas for what to do after I finish Immortal Space, which should see me going for a while. If we use my current output I should be finished with those ideas in about six years. Damn. Though of course I'm going to make sure that isn't the case. My new idea is a much more mainstream story, but I reckon I can pull it off. It's something I should be able to make a novella out of at least. If not a full length novel. Heck with the right kind of development I could probably make it a series. The same is true of Caspian actually. I guess when you think about it that idea was pretty mainstream too.

Dammit thinking about all these neat ideas I have makes me want to write more. 

What was the last great idea you had?

Friday, 19 September 2014

Writing Contests

I don't know how many people remember this but one of my favourite stories that I've done, Tulips, originally started life as an entry in a writing contest. It was the Lascuax flash fiction contest and the way it worked is that there was a picture prompt and you had to base your story off of that, and it had to be flash fiction too if I remember rightly. The original version of Tulips was mostly the crash scene and some of the stuff that came after.

Of course you can buy Tulips yourself from Amazon! Now in paperback format.
There's one problem I have with writing contests though. Well actually there's a couple with some things that really stand out. The main one, other than there being so many it's hard to pick one or two, is entrance fees. The ones you have to pay to enter have more of a prize fund but I'm a poor bastard. For the next month or so I'm going to have literally no income outside of book sales. So go buy those books! Even if I did have money I'm not really much of a gambler and I'm very conservative about my money. I wouldn't be likely to pay an entrance fee at all even if I had the money spare.
I need more of them. Preach it mister Sloth. 
The other is that I'm not really much of an absolute idea machine. I can and sometimes will just get random bursts of inspiration. I'm not the kinda guy who can sit down and say to myself "What should I write about?" and then be filled with ideas. It doesn't help that I'm supposed to be working on a novel too. I still have no real idea how I was able to write a collection of short stories one after the other, and then release those separate stories. Actually the main reason I stopped writing and publishing those short stories is also because I couldn't really think of any more ideas. I have a few ideas jotted down but I'd rather finish Immortal Space before I really tried to run with them.

Having said all that I did actually enter a competition yesterday. I submitted that piece I wrote called The Bullet. I've subsequently taken it down from my writing blog. If I don't hear back from them in 90 days I'll put it back up. There was another one, complete with a theme I could work with, but it turned out I couldn't actually work with it which kinda sucked for me. The story I had to write was one about martyrdom, with the main character attempting to attain perfection through becoming a martyr. I don't think I'd be able to really do that. So let's see where this goes, and keep writing Immortal Space and other things in the meantime.

Have you ever entered a contest? Did you win? 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Scottish Independence

Today is a very big day for the UK and to be honest it's one I'm surprised I've not talked about before now. I don't really have much of a Scottish readership though so it's not like I could have really swayed their opinions. It seems a lot of people also already have their minds made up so I might not have been able to change them anyway.
Is this the end, my only friend?
Scotland will today hold a referendum for independence from the UK, and to become their own country. Much the same way that Ireland did way back when the Republic of Ireland was formed. While at first it seemed a no vote was secure the tables have turned and the race has been too close to call for some time now. The no campaign has been absolutely abysmal and if there's one thing that can really be inspired in people it's national pride and patriotism. The number of independence referendums that have succeeded is way higher than the number that hasn't. Heck, even America wanted nothing to do with us.
Why does nobody love us?
To be honest I'm against Scottish independence, and not for any kind of political or economical reason. I just find it sad that it's 2014, almost 2015, and countries are still wanting to be separate and be apart. They still want to draw lines in the sand. Quite frankly I'd like it if more countries chose to stay together, and agreed to drop their borders. We're all one race, in one world, why should we still act any differently? Have we really not grown at all? It'd be nice if instead of saying Scotland can leave, we said "Alright guys, there is no more Scotland, but there's also no England or Wales. We're all just Britain now." I wouldn't mind losing my "English identity" but I imagine I'm part of a very small minority there.

I expect a yes vote, and for Scotland to get their independence. I expect this to come of patriotism and national pride. I expect this to make me sad.

Where do you stand on independence? How would you react if a part of your country wanted to leave? 

Monday, 15 September 2014

That Was A Productive Week

Even though last week I admittedly played a lot of video games, I also ended up doing quite a lot of productive stuff which was pretty good. Especially for me. I tend to sometimes get stuck being unproductive. If you've ever found yourself being inactive then you know it can be very difficult to get out of that slump and kick yourself into gear.
Sometimes I thoroughly believe it to be a disease
One of the ways in which I was productive (jeez that makes this sound like a high school essay) is that I managed to get a lot of exercise. I had a lot to do over the week though which contributed. I'm one of those people that has a hard time going on a walk for the sake of exercise. But this week I had to make about four trips into town which meant four long walks and, in terms of calorie loss, pretty much a whole day wiped clean.
Given the week I was on holiday I needed a week like that.
I also managed to do quite a bit of writing which was pretty awesome. I got two or three sessions of writing done which was a good 3k words or so. If I was able to write as much as I did way back when then I'd have an incredible output. I can only dream of 6k words a week at this point. But progress is progress. As long as I get there eventually it'll all be good. Probably. Shit's happening though yo. I capped my week off by writing this post.

When was the last time you had a super productive week? Or a week of complete inactivity? 

Friday, 12 September 2014

This Is Not Okay

I was looking for a picture of an English flag for reasons. Reasons I've actually forgotten now I think about them. I went to Google Images and I found this;
THIS IS NOT OKAY

The big red, white and blue flag you see there isn't the English flag at all. That's the Union Jack. It's the flag of Great Britain. For those of you who don't know I will now explain the difference between the UK and Great Britain. The UK is technically the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Great Britain is the big bit on the left where England, Scotland and Wales are. The UK is essentially the British Isles. To be honest I could almost forgive that, and then I saw something that really made me lose my shit.

THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT OKAY


It's a grammatical catastrophe AND an incorrect use of the Union Jack. Yes this actually annoys me. But don't worry, I'll forgive you if you weren't aware of the difference. Consider yourself educated. Plus if Scotland does get independence next week the Union Jack might cease to exist anyway, thus eliminating the problem.

Were you aware of the difference between the English flag and the Union Jack?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Goodbye For Now Hair

In a sign that I really do seem to be changing I had my hair cut yesterday. It's weird enough walking past goths and thinking they used to be my people, now I'm voluntarily having my hair cut before it reaches halfway down my back. This is actually my second hair cut this year. It used to be I'd have one every two years.
Although honestly it's not actually much shorter than it was
It reached that annoying part of hair growth where it's so long it gets in the way but not long enough that you can tie it back and keep it out of the way. So I had to make a choice between putting up with it for a while or getting it cut and I just got it cut instead. It was going to be a little shorter but, honestly this actually happened, there was someone else waiting to get their hair cut and I felt bad that I was making them wait so I said it was good how it was rather than having just a little bit more taken off.
I'm English, it's what we do.
The thing is I actually have a psychological reason why I like my hair long. First of all; I think it looks good long. I like how it looks. Second; for reasons beyond my understanding lice really liked me when I was a kid. When I was growing up the most effective way to get rid of lice was to just shave your head so that's what happened a lot of the time. I hated it being short and I hated the memories associated with it so I always liked to let it grow long and just leave it. So there you have it; why I don't like getting hair cuts, but also that I actually got one.

When was the last time you got a haircut? 

Monday, 8 September 2014

So I Was "Hacked"

In the world of celebrity nude photographs and the fappening, let us not forget that regular people are the targets of hackers too. Let us also not forget that in the fappening no actual computers or phones were hacked. What was hacked was the online storage those phones and computers were connected to. Frankly if you store your nude photos online then I have little to no sympathy for you.
That is pretty much everything I have to say about The Fappening
So I gets me an email a couple of days ago telling me that there has been some suspicious activity on my hotmail account. Yes folks I'm the one person in the world who has a hotmail account. I guess, given that I never sign into it, the suspicious activity was that it was signed into at all. I connect my gmail account to my hotmail account and access everything from there you see. So I never bother logging into the hotmail one much anymore.
If this got hacked I'd be fucked.
I logged on to my account and saw that indeed, someone other than me had been logging in to it. I poked around and also saw that they hadn't sent any emails in my name. Unless they cleared the sent box. There also wasn't any new email or anything. They hadn't even opened up any of my old emails. They must have been the most boring hacker ever. Unless they immediately marked everything as unread to cover their tracks. Remember folks; a paranoid person is just someone who has all the facts but no proof.
Sometimes they really are.
Thankfully the only thing I have hooked up to my hotmail account is actually my Facebook account. There might be a few other things but I don't remember them. Therefore I clearly don't care about them. There hasn't been any activity on my Facebook account either so they really must have been the most boring hacker ever. I changed the passwords on both my hotmail account and my Facebook account, to be safe, and it seems like everything is back to normal and frankly; nothing happened.

Not that I'm complaining.

Have you ever had a run in with a hacker?

Friday, 5 September 2014

A Friendly Reminder That German Can Be Beautiful

Let's face it; of all the languages out there German is by far the angriest sounding one. My German teacher in school herself admitted that one of her favourite things to do when angry was shout "Bleistift" because it sounded like a swear word. Bleistift is the German word for pencil. PENCIL. Regardless of that though, there are some words and terms that are pretty beautiful. Just, you know, not if you say them in an angry voice.

This is, of course, assuming that "weltschmerz" is an actual German word. I did pick it up in a comic book after all. I just checked and it is indeed a real word, and that is what it means. Way to go comic book.

There are several words out there with no direct English translation, so what are some of your favourites? Some of you might even have some that are your own native language. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Learning From The Best

It was only after I wrote it that I realised that Monday's post would most likely not get much reading, because Monday was Labour Day (I refuse to spell it that way, sorry guys) for the Americans. Yay America. I'm not actually sure what Labour Day is really about but that's neither here nor there.
This is what I think of when I think of "Labour". Well childbirth too but it wouldn't be right to post a picture of that.
This is about something I did on holiday and has nothing to do with that other holiday. I took a number of things with me for me to do during the down time, and there was plenty of it. I watched an entire TV series, half of another, and did a fair amount of reading too. I read a book and also read that story that I consider to be my best work. You know the one; that piece of fanfiction I wrote that I refuse to give the link to because of it's origins.
It's somewhere here.
It's still an amazing story if I'm honest. I found myself laughing and feeling the feels like I was a reader. I had trouble reading some of the more emotional bits because I knew they were coming and, honest to God, the ending still made me cry. ME. THE WRITER. But having said all of that there were three things I could take away from having read it again;

1. I write some excellent villains. Sure I borrowed another character but hey I made them my own.
2. Speaking of characters, I make pretty good characters too. There were a couple that were my original creation.

Perhaps the most important thing that I took away from it though, was this;
3. I can do better

Now of course comes the difficult task of actually doing it.
As I was reading through it I saw parts where I told myself how it could be improved. I showed myself that I had become better than what I considered my best. It was almost liberating in a way. Nah, screw that, it was pretty liberating. If there's something you have that you feel is the best you've done, then it's pretty great to look back over it and tell yourself it could be better. More than that; tell yourself how it could be better. Acknowledge your growth, and see it in action. I can do better. I know that now.

Now, as I said, I just have to do it.

Have you ever looked at what you consider to be your best work again and found it lacking?

Monday, 1 September 2014

And I'm Back

Yes folks I am indeed back! Did you miss me? I can say I missed you. Huh, I actually mean that. Well that makes me sound a little callous doesn't it? I suppose the reason I've never stopped is the companionship. Anyway, I'm back from holiday. A little worse for wear if I'm honest. It's probably going to take me a few days to recover, but it's a few days I can't afford to waste. Gotta get back up and at it and be on my feet.

Farrrr too many of these lately
I wasn't eating too well and that's one reason I'm a little worse for wear. It's been so long since I had so much fatty food that it really did a number on my stomach. I'll be fine though. I'm a lean mean weight loss machine after all. I've got four weeks to work all that off and I'm sure I can do it. Just to be safe maybe I should go to the gym and weigh myself to check the damage. Nah I'll just depress myself too much.
My home for the past week
That bed was pretty cool. I love a good fold out sofa bed. It's the third best invention after pizza and sliced bread. Or was it pizza third? Oh I can't remember. Unfortunately we only realised that it was a fold out bed on the second day. I had a really rough night's sleep that first time. See the website said that it wasn't a sofa bed so we never bothered to check. The bed was soft but I still had some sleeping problems which is another reason I'm in rough condition. I had way too many energy drinks and way too much sugar to keep myself going. I'm already feeling better though. Just gotta make sure I exercise and not eat so much sugary stuff. Best of all, my cats are alive and well, which is great news. Next year I really need to find a cattery or a place that let's me take them. Well I'll let you go for now. I had a few adventures but I guess they'll have to wait for another time.

Have you had a vacation this year? 

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