IWSG - Writing Too Little, Too Often

Howdy peeps.

Well, it's 2013, and you know what that means -  the world didn't end!  I must say I'm slightly disappointed.  Sure it would be awful; the entire world wiped out, the end of life as we now it, a few measly survivors dotted about here and there fighting over the last cabbage.  But the thing about extinction level events is that they go way beyond once in a lifetime - the last animals this happened to were the dinosaurs.  No human has ever seen something like that happen and it's highly likely that no human ever will.  Now I'm not saying that it would be great for everyone to die, because seriously, that would suck.  But imagine waking up in the afterlife knowing you had just witnessed the most cataclysmic event in the history of the world.  You'd be the envy of all other ghosts would you not!

Anyway, I hope you all had a great Christmas and a wonderful, sober New Year!  And the best thing about the world not ending - I still get to blog and do IWSG. Yay!  The Insecure Writer's Support Group runs on the first Wednesday of every month.  Fellow writer's discuss their doubts, triumphs and offer words of encouragement to peeps who are struggling.  You can sign up and check out other participants here.

I've not been writing a lot at the moment and it is starting to mess with my head a little.  When I first started studying with the Open University, it was because I was off sick all the time, always falling behind in my work because I couldn't attend classes, and basically not getting anywhere.  The Open University has made a great difference, but I'm still struggling.  One of the first things I learnt on the creative writing course I'm currently studying, is that we need to write every day, even if it's just a little bit about nothing - all writing is learning and practice.  But at the moment I'm not doing that.  I try, but I always end up falling asleep.  I know I'm a lazy fecker!  I wouldn't mind so much though if I was already a writer, a little break every now and then is needed, but I'm still learning and I clearly need the practice.  I don't like being so negative all the time, especially at the start of a shiny, brand new year, but I'm starting to wonder if maybe I really am doomed to fail :(

Howdy peeps

Hey guys. Just wanted to let you all know I haven't forgotten about you. I'm a bit unwell at the mo, I didn't wake up til two this afternoon which is so so lazy. I've been sleeping for 14 hours a day for the past week, I know I'm a lazy bitch huh! I'm actually writing this post from my phone - I feel so fancy pants! I'm not in pain which I'm insainly grateful for, but my body is whacked.
My gorgeous lil puppy has been amazing.  He hasn't left my side all week - I can't even pee on my own haha.  He is giving me tonnes of kisses, which is cute, but also kinda grose - I woke up earlier with his tongue in my nose. Lovely! It's weird how they know lil things like that isn't it? It's almost like magic!
Anyway I'm gonna scoot, hope this post turns out ok.
Have a great weekend eveyone.
P.s - I finished hetty locklear, its amazing. Go read it.

Trifecta Challenge Week Forty-Three

This weeks challenge is based on the song My Favourite Things from The Sound Of Music.  In 33 words exactly we have tell to you some of our favourite things.  Here are mine:

Rainbows in heaven and minds who are dreaming
Sprinkles on ice-cream, eaten while storms rage with lightening
Sweet little children who laugh when they sing
These are a few of my favourite things!

Have a great weekend everyone :)

My Shortest Dream Inspires My Biggest Idea

Howdy peeps.  Does that title make sense?  When I say it out loud it doesn't sound right.  Do you ever get that with words?  You say a word over and over again, but no matter how many times you say it, it still doesn't sound like a real word, even though it obviously is because you use it all the time!

So anyway, I'm working on ideas for a story at the moment - a girl accidently discovers another world, it turns out she is destined blahdy blah, but she needs to get home before she can do whatever it is she is destined to do (not sure what that is yet!). It's been bugging me for weeks trying to come up with a decent way to get her home; I want her to go on quests to find objects, but I didn't know what quests or objects I could get her to do.

Then the other week, I had what is probably the shortest most boring dream I have ever had!  All that happens in the dream is a girl gets out of bed, burns an incense stick, puts a flower in some water then mixes that with the incense ash and drinks it.  Grose!  As far as I can tell the dream was only about a minute long.  When I woke up I was a lil confused because my dreams are normally pretty epic.

But as the day went on I started to compare this with another dream I had recently about wizard dust, then I had one of those light bulb moments - the girl in my dream was probably my main character.  In fact I'm sure that crappy lil dream was my lovely subconscious telling me how I can get her home.

So now, because of that tiny lil dream, I have come up with quite a few ideas for my story and it is now looking a lot more promising then it was a few weeks ago.  The main character will have to go on a quest to get a magic incense stick, but she will also need to get a flower, and some water.  But I'm thinking instead of boring old water, it should be a dragon tear that she has to mix the ash in.  And, I can combine this with ideas from the wizard dust dream - maybe she needs the dust as well, and the wizard can help her to find the dragon, or it could be the wizard that she gets the incense stick from.  There was a battle in that dream and maybe she has to take part to earn the wizards trust, blahdy blahdy blah....

I think that's pretty cool - the shortest, crappiest dream I have ever had, has pretty much written a story for me!

Do you use your dreams to help with your stories?  Do you believe the subconscious helps us with lil things like that?  Do the ideas I've come up with sound like a story you would want to read?  Where do pink elephants live?

Monday Movie Magic

Info stolen from Empire and Amazon, gibberish from your truly!In The Cinema On Friday:

Silver Linings Playbook(12)
Director: David O Russell
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker
Having spent eight months in psychiatric care for assaulting his wife’s lover, ex-teacher Pat (Cooper) is released into the care of his parents. Pat still believes his marriage can be saved, which he hopes to achieve with the aid of his equally damaged new friend, Tiffany (Lawrence).
I think this movie looks absolutely adorable and can't wait to see it

Director: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman
Art expert Harry Deane (Firth) enlists a forger (Tom Courtenay) and a Texan rodeo champion (Diaz) in a plot to defraud his odious employer, media baron Lord Shahbandar (Rickman). However, despite meticulous planning, the caper seems to veer off course.
I do love Alan Rickman and Colin Firth, and these two guys together with Cameron Diaz dressed as a cowgirl is sure to be a hit!

                                                      End Of Watch(15)
Director: David Ayers
Starring: Jake Gylleenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick
Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Peña) are a pair of LA cops whose days routinely consist of breaking up fights and dealing with gang members. But they get in over their heads when they accidentally discover something that could destroy a violent drugs cartel and refuse to leave it alone.
The trailers are amazing.  Not sure about Gylleenhall as a skinhead, but I'm sure I can forgive that for a great movie.

Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Patrick Huard, Antoine Bertrand, Julie LeBreton
Part-time delivery driver and full-time slacker David (Patrick Huard) is, at 42, finally about to make something of his life when he makes a discovery that changes everything - the sperm donations he made in the '80s have resulted in 533 pregnancies. Worse, 142 of his children are suing...
533 children...hahahaha!

Nativity 2: Danger In The Manager(U)
Director: Debbie Isitt
Starring: David Tennant, Marc Wootton, Jessica Hynes
St. Bernadette’s newbie teacher Mr Peterson (Tennant) is increasingly stressed out by the demands of home life and prepping a class load of warbling kids for a national singing competition.
I hate movies like this.  I really hope my lil sis doesn't make me watch it.

Out Today On DVD:

Arthur Christmas
How can Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have MISSED one child?!
To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present! Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this new Christmas classic!
Ninja Elves?  I need to see that.  With me lil sis of course!

The Lorax
The 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Danny DeVito lends his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms voices the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic young boy who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Ashley, the girl of Ted’s dreams. Rob Riggle plays financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White portrays Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.
Can't believe I haven't seen this yet, can't wait to rent it.

Two awesome movies I loved as a kid are now an blu ray.  Yay!!!

Short Curcuit
Number 5 is alive in the classic 80s comedy sci-fi adventure Short Circuit.
An experimental military robot escapes after being struck by lightening and given human intelligence. He finds a home with madcap Stephanie Speck who believes he's an alien but hot on the trail are scientists Newton Crosby and his assistant who must get to their creation before the army who plan to put Number 5 out of service permanently.

Commentary by Director John Badham and Writers S.S.Wilson and Brent Maddock
Original Theatrical Trailer
'The Creation of Number 5'
Cast and Crew Interviews
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Flight of the Navigator
Flight of the Navigator is the action-packed classic 80s adventure into another world. It's 1978 and 12-year old David Freeman is knocked unconscious while playing. He wakes up and discovers it's now 1986 and he's been missing for eight years. NASA believes he's been abducted by aliens and want to use him for their research. But with the guidance of a strange unseen entity he discovers a hidden spaceship and with the help of MAX the computer sets off on an incredible mission to get back to the past where he belongs.

Commentary by Director Randal Kleiser

I could watch these two movies over and over again, so excited already!

I Watched Last Week:

In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time.
J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right.
J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him – secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind.
gibberish5.pngThere is nothing I didn't like about this movie; hilarious from start to finish, great story, time travel, awesome soundtrack and disgusting aliens.  What's not to like!  The ending did get me though, I did not see that coming at all, and I'm gona admit it - I did have a lil tear in my eye.
Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares.
Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king’s hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion…until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope.
Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders—including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and cunning slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff)—one hero will lead the uprising, or watch his homeland fall into ruin and his Gods vanish into legend.
This is normally the kind of movie I love but I was quite bored in places.  The visuals were pretty stunning though and the baddie kinda scared the shit out of me!  Worth a watch if you get the chance.

Blog Pimping!
I'm being pimped out today.  You know what that means?  It means my lil blog has boobies, and you get to see them!  All you have to do is hop on over to Whatever, the blog of the very gorgeous Gossip_Grl, and they will be displayed for all the world to see!

Jousting Champion
Congrats to Ghost Knight, Angela Brown who is our jousting champion.  Huzzah!.  The tournament was great fun and there is talk of it becoming a yearly event which would be awesome.  Well done to everyone who took part.

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