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So… er… hello everyone. I haven’t been around much. Now I’m back with a super-long text post which is possible the lamest way to return to a poor, ailing blog. I will still finish the Shakespeare cartoon series, but it’s really hard to do that and try to keep up with all of my academic work at the moment.

Anyway, I stole this post from Beth over at Hear a Snippet Here, whose blog name I invariably type as “Here a Snippet Hear”. And I wrote this on Thursday night – I did not have class today! (more…)


Random and really long-winded rambling on The Hobbit movie [vlog]

I finally recorded my opinions on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but instead of writing, I recorded a vlog, because, trust me, you don’t want to read the amount that I would gush write on this topic and you probably don’t want to watch this long video either, but it is probably less torturous than the writing would be.

And yes, this totally counts as this month’s book review! I didn’t post one last month anyway, so I’m declaring that this movie review counts! 😉 I wanted to write a review on either A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin or American Gods by Neil Gaiman, but I’ll leave those for a later stage when I have a shortage of time to read new books to review!

So, here’s the video! It’s really, really long, but it’s the shortest I could cut it to. There were just so many things I wanted to talk about! The original video I recorded was 30 minutes long (8 minutes of which was really long pauses during which I wondered what I meant to say next), so I’m quite proud of getting it to under 16 minutes.

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Random vlog

In which I talk for 7 and a half minutes about nerdy obsessions, hobbits, NaNoWriMo, get distracted by absolutely everything flying past and look everywhere except at the camera.

I know I sound weird to most of the world. Sorry if it’s annoying! Also, I seemed to have developed an allergy to breathing lately, so my nose is all stuffy and… yeah.

Why does my voice sound so weird?

I look like a school kid doing a speech.

Just look at the camera, will you?

Bad quality, ergh. Glare. Ergh. Why does it lag there. Hate lag…

Why am I doing this?

Why am I such a boring conversationalist?! I only ever use one tone of voice!

 

Doubts and random pointless videos aside, there’ll be a new cartoon on Monday!


My Handwriting is Crabby

I have pretty terrible handwriting. I always used to get in trouble in first grade over my inability to write exactly on the line. Guess what, I still don’t write on the line. I write between the lines (and read, hehe. Sorry. *cough*) but my letters don’t exactly touch the line. And I hold a pen wrong apparently, but that is neither here nor there. In fact, sometimes it looks as if a crab, or a spider, got in some ink and walked all over my page. Random thought: a crab would probably be better at this than a spider, seeing that they walk sideways already…

*drumroll please*

 

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If you still don’t believe me, here is a shot of my recent class notes:

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My habit of sometimes writing three lines inside one printed line is not helping matters either…

 

Hope you enjoyed those drawings without even a single stick figure! The other thing is…

You may have noticed something a little different round here. I hope none of you thought that you ended up on the wrong blog! Yes, I changed my theme and did a complete redesign, using my own header and background this time. My old theme has bothered me for a long time. I like the playfulness and the fun of it, especially in the details, but I long felt that it was too “busy” for my content. My content is already so bright and varied that the large, bright header and background felt too much. I needed something cleaner, because I want people to come to my blog for the content and not have that overshadowed by my theme. I also did not like that my old theme did not display my images very large. I draw them much larger than you ever saw on the blog before, and I want to utilise that. This theme has a huge display, yay! Open-mouthed smile

I also added some follow buttons over there in the sidebar –> (I think you may have to scroll upwards at this point). Yes, I made them too. I have Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Bloglovin’, RSS feed and, of course, a Tumblr in there. Feel free to follow me there! I don’t use my Tumblr much – usually only to “like” or reblog and follow other Tumblrs. But sometimes I post quotes that I decorate on there that I do not post here.

 

See you again soon!

Oh, PS. New origami tutorial is (finally) up!

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Go check it out! (Click on the picture.)

 

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Awards

Well, hello blog. Yes, I am still alive.

 

Kreativ blogger

 

Remember that I said I still have to acknowledge all of the people who are far too good to me and decided to honour me with awards? No? Well, it has been far too long ago. Anyway, whether you remembered and anticipated or not, this is that post. Yes, just like that.

First up, the Versatile Blogger Award. (Which I keep referring to as the Awesome Blogger Award and then embarrassing myself.) After Freshly Pressed, three people decided to overwhelm honour me with this award. However, as I’ve said before, I received this award once before and it feels too odd to do the whole acceptance post-thingie all over again (also, I’m lazy), so you can just go and read my gushing post of last year. However, I am very grateful to those three people, Char, Yoongz and Showard76, for thinking of me and I thank you all humbly.

 

Secondly, and last for this post, at least… The Kreativ Blogger Award, awarded to me by Justin Kirby. Thank you so very much!

So now, the rules:

1) Thank the blogger who presented you with the award.
Check!

 

2) Post a photo of the award.
Oooohkay. Let’s Google it:
Kreativ blogger

Oh! I like that wallpaper! It looks almost like fleur-de-lis. Or some heavily stylised plant anyway!

 

3) Share ten things about yourself readers don’t know.
Darn it. Right. Okay.

Char helped me out again a little here, by giving me some questions to answer in my last post. (I tell you, she’s far too good to me!) Thanks, it helped a lot!

1–What are you majoring in?
Pure languages. Winking smile My personal focus is on English editing, because that is what I want to be when I grow up (Why do I keep on using that expression? I’m 20, for cat’s sake!) – an editor. Well, actually I want to be a writer, but I need a day job as well!

2–What food disgusts you?
Ugh… my mother would tell you in detail what a picky eater I am. I don’t think I’m that bad, but there are still some things that I refuse to eat. Tomatoes are one of them. But the chief thing that I cannot believe how people can eat it is offal. Oh goodness no, the smell alone is enough to send me running for the hills. Blergh!

3–What’ the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Fie, fi, fo, fum, fo, I don’t know. When I was 14, my father had a heart attack. That scared me badly and I had to grow up fast, but it could not beat what would happen later. In the subsequent years he had several illnesses. When I was 18 and writing my final exams at the end of high school he was in hospital again. He had a bad reaction to the intravenous antibiotics and spent a very bad night. The next morning, when I had to leave for school to write History, it was still too early to call the ward to hear how he was. So I had to go without news until the afternoon. Actually, I was pretty convinced that he was dead, that’s how bad he’d looked the previous evening. I’ve never been so scared before.
(He’s fine now, by the way.)

*puts on thinking cap*

4. I’m a teetotaller and have been one since I was about 16. No, I did not have a drinking problem before. Smile with tongue out

5. I had braces when I was 13-14. Some of my teeth are still crooked, but at least it’s better than it was before!

6. I recently made this key ring and I’m very proud of it!
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7. I’m counting the days until the release of the Hobbit-movie. Ack, it’s still over 200 days. So far! Such torture!

8. I own 16 of the Discworld-series stories by Sir Terry Pratchett. (16/39 – yay!) Well, actually it’s 15 books, because my first two stories are in the omnibus edition.

9. I still have some of my soft toys that date from my childhood on my bed. I’m not getting rid of them, whatever anyone says – they’re way too much a part of me.

10. Measured from the top of my head, my hair is about 12 inches (30 cm) long.

 

Bleiighdsfo, why was that so hard?! I’d rather talk about books than about myself.

 

4) Choose six people to present this award to.
Let’s pretend I cannot count…

  • http://joyinthemoments.com/ – I’d like to pass this on to Charissa to say thank you for all the comments and also great blog!
  • http://mcolmo.wordpress.com/ – I really enjoyed their latest post about inner nerds. I could so identify with it, and also the rest of this “kreativ” blog.
  • http://dearoptimists.com – I think it is pretty obvious why I would like this blog. If this is not creativity…
  • http://eccentricowl.wordpress.com – This is because I can. And also because I admire Mara’s ability to reinvent her blog in new and creative ways.
  • http://teenagetaste.com – There is something about Erika’s blog that simply draws me. Talk about being creative about food, exercise and teenage life!

Well… I did better than last time! See? Come comment and I’m going to consider your blog for merit. Now you know how to get your blog nominated for awards! Winking smile

5) Let the six bloggers know they have won!
Check! Now I’m officially going to be outed as a stalker! Winking smile

 

And that wraps this humongous rambling post up! I’ll try to be back soon with some drawings, but until then: keep safe everyone and be creative!

 

PS. This was my table in the library today. Thought you’d enjoy the amount of thick books that just suddenly materialised on it.

 

Now I’m going to go break my head over some more Middle English. (Not really. I’m probably going to go to sleep.)

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Happy Leap Day!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to quickly post a random aside to say,

Happy Leap Day!

That is, before I get back to work…

 

Leap day

 

You can’t let this extra (literally…) special day go by you without a little celebration. Go on, do something extraordinary today. Because you can. And you’re worth it. But you can leave the L’oreal out of it if you want. Winking smile

 

Enjoy your day!

Sig2


A Simple Origami Box

Hey all!

 

I just quickly wanted to share with you that I wrote up a new origami tutorial earlier today. You can go view it over at my origami blog: How to Fold a Simple Origami Box. Just click on the picture to be taken straight to it!

Go learn how to fold one and then use it as a gift box for your special someone on Valentine’s Day! Go on! You know you want to… 😉

 

Also in that post, I show off my own smallest origami crane, after being challenged by a commenter in relation to my previous tutorial. It’s small enough to sit on my fingertip!

 

Oh, by the way, before I sign off, I received one of the funniest spam comments that I’ve seen to date recently. Some of these things are funny simply because of the odd language they sometimes use, but this one was funny because of the irony. Placed only to promote its link:

I was curious if you ever considered changing the structure of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

The post that this was left on? The Idiocy of the English Language, which you have all probably read by now, you know, Freshly Pressed and all that. I found it hilarious because of the unintentional irony – that post basically consists of pictures! I’m counting 8 pictures and about 3 paragraphs’ worth of text. 😆

Someone should really teach these bots to place their spam in places where it will be less ironic… Now, if this comment had appeared on my last post about writing and music, I might even have taken it seriously…

 

Still laughing,


10,000 Thank You’s

Hey guys! Great news!

Cartoons and Creative Writing just hit 10,000 hits today! (No pun intended.) This is something that I have dreamed of for a long time, but I had no idea how soon it would happen. Fact: my previous blog is still only at 1,300 views, even though it is a year and a half old. I stopped posting on it a year ago now. This blog is… 226 days old. That is, if the site that did the math for me is correct. That is 7 and 1/2 months. There are 33 posts (this is the 34th). The average per day is 44 views. The current average is quite a bit higher, of course. Close to double in fact. But the starts of this blog had a lot of bumps and hiccups in the works!

Right. Enough with the statistics. We all know I know how to read my blogging dashboard. (Really, Google Chrome, you are allowed to grow up now and stop underlining “blog” and “blogging” in red for me. Those are accepted words, you know.)

The French have a saying that they use when “Thank you very much” just doesn’t seem to cut it. They then say “mille merci”, which, obviously, means: “A thousand thank you’s.” Today, I would like to modify this a little and extend 10,000 thank you’s. One for every view of my blog. Like I said in my last post, all the statistics mean nothing without the readers. So here is my big

Thank You

from my least misanthropic persona, which does sometimes win the battle and come to the front.

I feel so grateful for everything right now.

I’ll be back soon with more making fun of the idiocy of the English language!


Oh, and a Merry New Year! Of course.

I had a post all planned out for today, complete with a summary of things that happened during the year, achievements and low points. That was so that I could close off the year neatly and… and yeah. But… then I got sick and spent most of the day on the couch watching TV. That is not something that I have done in years – I hardly ever watch TV.

So, that post will just have to wait, or I’ll just leave it and do a post for the future instead.

 

Here is a picture of some fireworks:

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And a quote…

New year's wishes

 

Now, I cannot believe that there is less than 2 and a half hours left of this year. Welcome 2012! 2011 was a nasty year in many respects – let’s hope you will be a better one. Although it does not look like it at the moment – it looks as though it will be a hard year financially and politically in many parts of the world – we can never know what the future may hold. Much of how you experience the year will be brought about by your manner of looking at things and how you choose to make it. So – choose to make it a great year. Choose to give it your all. Choose to not be brought down by your circumstances. That is my New Year’s resolution and my wish to everybody reading this right now.

 

Right. Signing off till next year ~

Sig2


What the holiday season means to me

I just remembered that I still had a blog…

 

Me in the holiday season

 

I’m not much good at excitement anyway, and there is nothing about the “Christmas spirit” that makes me really excited. Too old, I guess… Ha! 😉 The actual reason is that my family doesn’t go in for Christmas that much. The younger generation obviously yes, but the rest of us just tend to get on with it. Our Christmas generally consists of avoiding the shops, getting annoyed at all the Christmas commercials and complaining about consumerism and materialism… and going to church on Christmas Day. Which already makes us odd. I don’t know many people who attends the service that day. Most stay in. It kind of makes me sad.

I never believed in Santa Claus either. Or in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. (I always type “Eater Bunny” and then I giggle!) Oh, my parents participated in these make-believe games, but I knew it was them. For instance, my mother is fond of recalling the story of when I lost my first tooth (I was in 2nd grade! Freak of the school!) and she sneaked in to put the money in my slipper, I told her that she must walk more quietly next time because I heard her.

However, even if I never believed, my cousins did. They believed in Santa Claus until they were quite big actually. This left me with a problem during holidays with the family, because I would forever be having slips of the tongue.

Awkward moment...

 

A further part of my awkward Christmases around family was the presents. In the last years I have always known what I was going to get. And it was normally only one present. Heck, of course I know what I am getting this year – a book that I picked myself in the bookshop, which my mother then paid for and immediately confiscated. That was months ago. The same went for last year’s Christmas with the family. The awkward part, however, is to feign surprise when I open the present around the little cousins, because they’re not supposed to know that I knew beforehand. And everyone who knows me knows that I am such a good actress. I can get stage fright on a balcony and there doesn’t even have to be an audience.

I probably ruined my little cousins’ childhoods…

 

Anyway, enough about my boring and awkward Christmases. What about you? How do you feel about Christmas and Santa Claus? Are you excited for it? Tell me in the comments! 😀

 

To end off this pointless post… at least my presents are all done and wrapped. And now I have to show off! 😉 My advantage is that I have very few friends. *cue evil laugh* And I made our origami Christmas decorations. We have a paper tree, paper baubles and other miscellaneous things lying about.

Origami Christmas tree

Our Origami Christmas Tree

Prezzies

Yes, I did just use a collage to make my friends’ prezzies look more than they actually are. Ah Pinterest… where would I have been this Christmas without you? Just about  everything on, in and with those prezzies I found through Pinterest one way or another. The tags, the origami boxes, the contents…

Oh, and that is indeed Bill, my origami pigeon photobombing that last picture. Typical. Remember him?

And another thing, speaking of origami, I am working on the new site and hope to launch along with the new year. I’m excited!

 

Well, well, that is all for now in this miserably exciting season. I hope you all have a good build-up to Christmas!


NaNoWriMo: One for the bucket list

That’s right! I won NaNoWriMo 2011!

 

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I was finished with my 50,000 words with 20 minutes of my 30 days still to go. Last time I did it I finished with half an hour to spare. You cannot say I am not stable in my WriMo habits! Winking smile Last time I won, lying in bed in a holiday resort, with only a small bed lamp, a clock on the microwave and my exercise book and pencil to accompany me. Oh, and my father’s snores for background music.

 

It feels… awesome.

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Ha! I beat last time’s word count with 16 words – epic huh?

 

I really also don’t have one single word left in me for this novel. It is also now finished. I was really just rambling to fill up words because there was really nothing left to say.

Do you know I’ve never actually finished before? That’s right: I. Have. Never. Finished a Novel. Before. But I just did! Open-mouthed smile

Oh, I have started hundreds of things, but I have never finished a whole novel. Even last time I ended up being so long-winded that I finished my 50,000 words but being only a quarter through the story. Though I did repeat a lot in that thing. Every time I didn’t know what to say next I had the people repeat the same ancient legend to each other. I should finish it someday – I like that story!

 

Anyway, here is what my stats for the months looked like:

National Novel Writing Month

Please ignore it on those two occasions where it says I did not write for the day. I wrote every day. I was just twice too late to update my new word count before midnight so then it ended up looking as though I did not write one day and then wrote heaps the second.

I find it especially amusing where it says “At this rate you will finish on December 1, 2011”. I very nearly did, having validated my novel with 10 minutes to spare! Phew! I was quite nervous there that it would not go through – I had heard the site can get pretty laggy on the last day and I was scared it would crash, but it was just as fast as always for me. I guess it is because I am ahead of the USA (where the most WriMos are) in time zone, so the lag hasn’t started yet!

 

Anyway, this is what I look like at the moment:

 

I also earned my NaNo badge in 750words.com today. I decided to go for both at the same time, because I might as well paste my novel in there as a sort of back-up! Yay! Smile

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Anyway, it is now very early in the morning of the first day of December. November is over – can you believe it?! I even passed my final French exam excellently well (for me) through all this novelling going on. And now… with all this over, this new novelist will be off to bed. Yes, I am that boring.

 

I’ll try and be back tomorrow in my old capacity (as a cartoonist and creative writer and not a WriMo) and try not to brag about my victory too much. Sorry, I know all this nagging is annoying.

There are quite a few things I have to say!

 

Cheers!


NaNoWriMo: halfway

You can see my progress over there in the sidebar! ——>
Yep, I finally got a word count widget! Smile

 

Ah… it’s halfway. Now it is only downhill from here. Je dois être folle…

Anyway, I wrote myself back into the game. I fell behind after my English exam, on which evening I was too drained to reach my word count. Which left me about 400 words behind, when I had been 600 ahead from the first day. It didn’t look too bad at that stage. I could easily catch up the next day, right? Many other people are thousands of words behind. Last time, that was me… It didn’t happen. Lots of unexpected stuff happened instead the next morning, which meant I lost ground with about 200 more words. After that, I was able to keep up, but I couldn’t catch up. The backlog remained ahead of me. But now it’s gone! Buried under the onslaught of religion!

 

I feel I should clarify that last sentence. My novel is not a religious novel. What genre it really is, is a question that has been puzzling me for some time now. It is definitely very far removed from my usual satirical fantasy, but not 100% exempt, I should say. At the NaNoWriMo site, I classified it as Historical Fiction, but it does not really fit there either. It is not about a certain period in history, nor many periods either. It is more a collection of glances at historical happenings, but it is not so much about the history, but the feelings of my main character as she experiences it. Then there is the element of portals and time-travel, which places it in the field of Science Fiction. And there is quite a lot of time-travelling. Every time I get bored of a particular scene, in fact. Then, lastly, the religious element. I prefer not to pertinently call it Christianity. Don’t get me wrong, I am and remain a Christian. But I want my novel to be more universal than that, therefore I do not want to name and pin it down. I would prefer to think of it as a Spiritual element in the novel.

So, there it is! What do you think? Which genre fits this thing the best?

 

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Stuff I learned this time round:

  • The internest is your enemy.
  • As is Angry Birds and other people’s blogs.
  • I really shouldn’t read Harrypotterconfessions: it never stops at just one page. That probably means I should avoid Pinterest as well…
  • Oh, and just make that social networks in general.

  • writeordie.com is your friend. Especially if you’re like me and you need some incentive to start writing and stop procrastinating. Correction: make that hit over the head with a hammer before you start writing. Not a real hammer of course – an internet writing hammer. I don’t think I’d be able to write anything much after anyone had really wacked me one.
    It’s amazing how I can suddenly write with Dr Wicked blowing down my neck.

  • It is not easy to write exams and NaNo at the same time. Yes, yes, it is physically possible for me to type 1667 words in an hour. That is what I said at the beginning of the month. So that is all I’d need to take off from studying, right? Yeah.
    Sure, it is physically possible. But mentally? No, not usually. And how about procrastination-I-have-a-heap-of-blog-comments-and-emails-also-to-answer-in-that-hour wise? Nuh-uh. Not at all possible. Which means I waste hours in front of the computer, make everyone in the house mad, by just staring at the screen or by looking at fashion blogs and downloading new stuff, when I could have been studying.
    Just an hour? Yeah, sure.

  • Practise beforehand really helps. As you should know by now if you’re a stalker follower, I write daily on 750words.com. Which means, obviously, that I write 750 words every day of my life. I’ve written 250,000 words on there. Okay, since this month, a lot of that’s my novel… (I’m hitting 300 days in a row tomorrow!!! Open-mouthed smile Remember when I posted on how excited I was to get 200 days in row? No, probably not. But it feels so long ago!) Best habit I ever started. Yes, sure, most of it is private journaling and rambling, and story-writing takes up only 1% of my words over there. But the point is that you practise writing and typing. 750words has taught me that I can write 750 words in 15 minutes if I really type and ignore typos and punctuation. And most caps.
    Because writing is like running a marathon, you need to get fit beforehand. So, I am so used to writing 750 words by now, that writing that much of my novel is easy and fast every day. After that, it goes downhill at bit. I start getting like a runner who is out of breath and with a stitch in the side. However, at least I can write half my word count for the day easily, because I’m fit for that portion. And a good beginning is halfway to a win, right?

  • I’m not giving up yet. I’m far too stubborn for that. And I like my story. Even though I have run out of plot a few times now. The one time that happened, I just threw a rotting corpse in there. Well, it worked. It gave my story new life (no pun, or other silly innuendo intended). But I did give myself nightmares later that night. Correction: make it that morning. Well done, me. [Yes, I did just steal The Bloggess’s line.]

 

Anyhow, I write two exams tomorrow, so I should skedaddle now.

 

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↑↑ Even though I don’t even halfway agree with the people who made this thing, they still deserve credit for making it, so go look at them if you’re a NaNoWriMo-hater too. Maybe you’ll find a friend. Smile with tongue out I could write a whole blog post on why I disagree with them, but instead I’ll just give a link. And another comic that reminded me of it (and made me read Pinterest again…).

12 reasons to ignore the naysayers: Do NaNoWriMo

I agree with every word in that article. NaNoWriMo gives me the freedom and the excuse to escape from the agonizing of my inner editor and just write. Editing comes later. Because if I don’t stop agonizing, then I will never finish anything. I won’t have time, if all my thoughts are occupied by the difference between “who” and “whom”.

 

Have you noticed? I’m so lame today, I’m posting other people’s pictures instead of my own. I think it is the first time ever!

 

Now I really am off!

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A silly post

I am actually blogging! Yay! Even though this is a silly post. But I’ve been wanting to share this, and now I have an excuse. I’ve been so busy that I didn’t have a chance to draw much. But firstly, I did do an illustration of what I looked like this long, crazy week:

 

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“Oh hai! I’m Nick the Headless Chicken!”

Nearly Headless Nick? What?”

“No, Headless Nick, the Chicken…”

 

Story of my life. Week. Whatever. Smile with tongue out

 

The other thing is a writing exercise (I guess…?) that I found by random tag-clicking over on Bethie’s blog. And I’ve been dying to do it myself. So here it is:

 

A Story I Wrote in the Tub

Thomas Bergersen and I stood staring at the transparent stalker that had taken residence in the corner of my bedroom.

“Curse your intolerable good looks,” I said angrily.

It replied with, “Shut up and kiss me, fool!”

Upon hearing this, I was so brave, that I took up my collection of Broadway programs, and stroked the intruder’s face with the object(s) clasped in my hand. Pink and white rose petals issued forth from its fingers as a result of my action.

Wounded, but not mortally, it opened it’s mouth and said, “I know you did not mean to harm me, so I forgive you. Here is the Dark Gift as a token of my true feelings for you. It is a symbol of the deepest kinds of regret.”

“Thank you,” I said. “I will treasure it until I find something better.”

And then the world exploded.

The Creature Who Stole My Heart.

 

Now I’m off to catch some lost sleep! Sleep! Come here…

 

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Three little annoyances and Murphy’s Law

Status update: I totally forgot it was Friday this week. I don’t know how I managed to do that. Usually I am so aware of how many minutes still left until the week-end!
Eating: Coffee-cupcake. Yum!
Drinking: Tea.
Listening: “Farewell to Dobby” – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 soundtrack ~ Alexandre Desplat Crying face
Reading: “Going Postal” – Terry Pratchett. If this is not my favourite Pratchett-book, then it is a very strong contender for that title!

 

This post was inspired by my love for Murphy’s Law. Ask anybody who knows me – I just love the quiet truth of sayings such as… “When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.” According to my experience, this one is especially true when you are home alone and cannot yell at anyone else to get the phone.

Now, with my new experience of forgetting Friday, I am adding one to the Murphy’s Law list:

The law of writing: The amount of time you have to write is indirectly proportional to the amount of inspiration you have.

When I have lots of time to write a post, then I will have absolutely no clue what to write it about. But when I have an amazing idea, then I have no time to finish it in. The same goes for my creative writing. When the inspiration is pouring off me, I have a heap of homework to complete and a class to attend in half an hour, but when I am sitting outside bored for hours, I have no interest or ideas to write.

 

Now, some hasty cartoons about little annoying things in life!

 

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Because this is only true in the movies:

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In real life the spaghetti does not end up twisted neatly around the fork like that. No, it is more likely to end up splattered all across your plate and the table. Do not EVER order spaghetti in a restaurant! That is a sight meant only for your home, not for the general public!

 

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Because when you come out with your most witty saying, the response you are most likely to get is this one:

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Spare yourself that!

 

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Because it will be late. Because you were early. But the one day you were slightly tardy… oh boy! Then you will find out how speedily that bus can actually arrive. Or possibly also how fast you can run up that street…

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The speed of the bus is also indirectly proportional to the amount of time you have spent at the stop. If you have been waiting an hour, then the bus will be late on top of that. And when it finally comes, it will approach the stop at a snail’s pace. But if you were late, and still looking for your money, ticket and/or bag, or possibly still running up the street, then it will approach the stop at something close to light speed.

 

Now, to end off, my favourite sayings from Murphy’s Law. Go here for more. Actually, I’m just going to paste them all in, because they are too awesome. And now you know what my source for them was!

  1. Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to go to the rest room.
  2. Law of Gravity – Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
  3. Law of Probability – The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
  4. Law of Random Numbers – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.
  5. Law of the Alibi – If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tyre, the very next morning you will have a flat tyre.
  6. Guy’s Variation Rider – If you change queues or traffic lanes, the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now. This also works in supermarkets and shops.
  7. Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
  8. Decree of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with. This is also the case if you are female and you have gone out with no makeup and wearing your worst clothes and with greasy hair.
  9. Murphy’s Office Law – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will. Will also finds this when he shows someone that something on the computer is easy and it doesn’t work.
  10. Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
  11. Law of the Theatre – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.
  12. The Starbucks Edict – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
  13. Murphy’s Law of Lockers -If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
  14. Law of Physical Surfaces -The chances of an open-faced marmalade sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet.
  15. The Conundrum of Logical Argument – Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.
  16. Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance – If the shoe fits, it’s ugly.
  17. Oliver’s Rule of Public Speaking – A closed mouth gathers no feet. Will’s favourite!
  18. Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
  19. Doctors’ Law- If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better. Don’t make an appointment and you’ll stay sick.
  20. Will and Guy’s Law – If you don’t save things on your computer you will, sooner rather than later, delete them.

 

Thanks for reading!

Sig2

 

PS. How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?  –Christy Whitehead


Don’t tell her!

Hi guys, it’s Bill here…

Don’t go splittin on me now, will ya? Don tell Elana but I stole her password so that I can come post tis pic for ya.

I learned a lot of stuff last week, you know. I also learned to activate te webcam when she dont think it’s watchin her. And I sit right next t her keyboard, so she only have to enter her password a few times before i know wat it is.

 

So… here is Elana looking how she would never dream of showin to ye. I told ye Im gonna embarrass her.!

I know ye all will look forward to when I come back. I’ve still got more gossip to share wif ye!

~ Bill.

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Bill. You little bast— blighter. You little back-stabbing, double-crossing — yeah. This is a family-friendly environment, so… I’d better stop right here. At least that pic was when I had make-up on… Oh wait, I should probably not have said that…

Oh, and William my dear? Couldn’t you at least have tried not to make spelling mistakes? You sit next to me everyday, jeez dude! Have you still not learned proper spelling?! By the way, I’m changing my password and moving my seat.

 

Anyway, readers, you lot had just better keep your mouths shut today, because now I’m asking you not to tell Bill that he actually saved me because I don’t have anything to say today. All I have to say is a few random things. So, coming up…

 

1.) You may have noticed I changed my tagline. How do you like it? I am rather chuffed with it, even if I have to say it myself. I like the alliteration, and the previous one was just me being too lazy to think up something catchy. All in all, it’s a win!

 

2.) I made a hat. No, I have no millinery training. I just jumped right in, as is my usual method for my crafts. I might write a how-to on how to make one of these. But it’ll have to wait until I have more time, or am in a particularly bad procrastinating mood.

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Right, I think that is more or less it for now. Oh yes, some shameless advertising: the new article I started on wikiHow: How to Avoid Distractions Online. Now, if only I could follow my own advice…

 

To finish off (rather than start, as normal – thanks Bill! Baring teeth smile):

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Status update: I forgot what I was going to say. It’s a pity, because all that I can remember of it is that it was witty.
Eating: Pizza! Yum!
Drinking: Tea.
Listening: “Ode to Our Fallen” – Kerry Muzzey
Reading: “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. Another prescribed one. Yay.

 

Sig2


I broke a promise today…

… the promise I made the day that I finished school that I am never going to wear a tie in my life again. Well. Today I went on a shopping trip and picked up a little bargain. In fact it was a kind of satiny scarf, but I, immediately on getting home, tied it like a tie around my neck and wore it like that for the rest of the day.

Now, you may be wondering why on earth I am rambling on about scarfs and that I may have worn a tie for the first time since finishing school. And the answer is because I did not finish the Harry Potter cartoon that I was working on in time. And if I do not post today, I will probably never get round to doing anything about it. So it will have to wait until sometime during the week. I hope it will be good one. And I also hope that it will finally be finished before all the excitement related to the final movie goes out of fashion. Else I will look like a behind-the-times-fool. Which I usually am. But anyway! Winking smile

So instead of the long awaited (not!) Harry Potter cartoon, you instead get this insignificant and facetious (Thanks to Mara for teaching me this word. I may have to put it in my blog header one day – I love it so much!) post about ties. Perhaps a rant too…

 

I seriously love yellow things. Especially when they are accessories. Now, along with the scarf, I own yellow earrings, two pairs of yellow shoes, yellow hair elastics, a yellow sweatband, and yellow hair bow. Somewhere anyway. It can’t be missing! Oh, and to go along it all this yellowness, I also own several yellow shirts. I think the only things that I do not like in yellow are nail polish and makeup. Oh, and banana-flavoured stuff, for they are also usually yellow. But I am rambling on again without rhyme or reason. Now you know why I can never finish a post when I am supposed to. I am here to talk about ties in school uniforms, not about “I like yellow”! Sarcastic smile

 

When I was in high school, a part of our school uniform in winter was a tie in the school colours. Yes, for girls too. I hated that thing. Apart from attempting to strangle me every day, it always hung in the sink when I tried to wash anything of me in the morning. And it always got dirty and stuck in things. And the hard-collared long-sleeved shirts that you wear with ties have never been synonymous with comfort. (I just spoiled my previous post of being a Grammar Nazi by starting so many sentences with “And”!) My tie had a rip it in courtesy of a cat, it was rather dull from all the dirt, and it was water-stained from all the times it fell in sink in the morning. Here it is (sans the rip, the dirt and stains):

 

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Oh joy!

Then, in the final year of high school, because we were seniors, we got new ties. These were no better in looks nor temperament, but the good news was that we had to wear them every day! The delights of that! Only in winter was bad enough, but the old ties never had the opportunity to experience the hate that we attributed to these new ties during the course of that year. Here it is:

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So this is what led to my promise to myself on the last day of school: Never in my life again am I going to wear a tie. This promise lasted nearly two years, in fairness to it. But today it was shattered. Now, I imagine you think that my new tie looks like this:

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No it doesn’t! Nothing as stiff-upperlipped as that. I may have conceded to wear a tie but I am never again conceding to being strangled by a dumb piece of cloth. I wore it a lot looser than school rules or my mother allowed during my school years.

Finally, the grand reveal!

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Hah! How can you not like it?

What is the conclusion of my rant on ties in school uniforms? Well, seeing that I never really got started on that, I can’t really draw any conclusions about it! Smile with tongue out All I am going to say about it is: ties in school was a great nuisance, and a greater pain. But at least it did not cause me any lasting scars! If only we could have worn school ties like in the above picture, I might have liked it. Especially if they were a satiny yellow!

 

Ah well, no rambling blog post can last forever, and I still have stuff to do. Like what? Well, sleep, definitely. And doing some homework. Oh, and finishing that Harry Potter cartoon. “If not now, then when?” And I have to work on a short story that will hopefully end up on here as well. (Too many “And’s” again!)

Sig

 

PS. This is how wearing my new scarf makes me feel:

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Excuse the lack of hands. Yes, I do have hands, but I am too lazy to draw them right now! Smile