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30 Days of Me: Day 12

“How you found out about blogging and why you made one”

Have sketchpad, will write

Even now I usually have a sketchpad/journal & a pen on me. This shot's from our epic New Years detour. It was amazing.

As a child I wasn’t the sort to go out and rough house with the neighbourhood kids, mostly because there weren’t any my own age but also because I loved living in my own world. A world reached by losing myself in a story, be it a book or one of my own devising.

So, naturally, I kept journals. Writing for hours on end about everything I’d seen, heard or experienced that day. Or fanciful tales. Either were just as valid.
As I got older I didn’t write as much about what I’d observed or invented, I wrote more about how I felt and what had happened.

One day I came home from football training to find my Mum sitting on the floor of my bedroom, reading my journal.
I had, stupidly, left it sitting on my desk in the morning instead of hiding it away. There were some heated words exchanged and I vowed never to keep a paper journal again.

So I didn’t. I registered with LiveJournal (after googling “online journal”) and posted to my little hearts content on there. Continue reading


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30 Days of Me: Day 08

“Short term goals for this month and why”

Considering there’s only one day left of July, they’d have to be very short term goals indeed!
However I’ve got a few things already lined up for August, so let’s go with those.

One of the biggest is that I need to do more writing. A blog post a day is a good start, that’s true, but I haven’t written a piece of prose outside of my blogs since NaNoWriMo. I’m considering WeSeWriMo, which takes place over August, with the goal of writing 2 podcasts a week and getting at least 4 recorded by the end of the month. I also need to start mulling over my framework for NaNoWriMo this year, although I’m not sure if I’m going to enter yet due to November being our major assessment month and all.

So many shinies, so many flawed points

-Not my picture- For those of you who aren't familiar with Steampunk. Go google it. Do it now and squee.

On the other hand, I’ve thought of a dozen new ways to kill zombies and several new characters. So we’ll see.

Next on the list is finishing my update of Kult, gathering the other 2 players we need, and getting a new RP group together. I haven’t done much gaming at all over the last year or so, so it’s going to be interesting being the GM. Fortunately by the time I’ve finished the re-write, I’m going to know it inside out! And I’ll have a handy, dandy cheat sheet! HUHZAH!

The why for both these goals is simple: it keeps my brain fed. Continue reading


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30 Days of Me: Day 04

“A habit that you wish you didn’t have”


The structure of my lifeblood.

Hurr… well I’ve spent the last few weeks kicking one habit that I wanted to be rid of.

My C8H10N4Oor caffeine habit.
At one point I was drinking 5 or 6 cups a day, plus a large can of rockstar. Then there was the sporadic cans of V, bottles of coke and cups of tea as I fought an increasingly difficult battle to stay alert.

So when my last show closed, I made a decision. I went cold turkey for a week, it was hellish. Caffeine detox is a pretty nasty thing, although it also demonstrated how reliant I’d become.

Now I’m allowed a serving of caffeine a day. Just the one. So I’m back to drinking coffee because I like the taste of it, rather than because I need it. It’s been a good change. My habit was too pricey to maintain. Not to mention the mood swings and chemical dependence on my morning cup. Or three.

So. Onto the next habit I wish I didn’t have.

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30 Days of Me: Day 3

“A picture of you and your friends”

There’s no one picture that truly captures the insane glory of my friends.

These pictures below are of a rare breed of people, known as MUDS-kids, who are the most amazing people I’ve ever come across. They were the first group of people that I called friends, as opposed to a few individuals who were friends and the rest were “those people I hang out with”.

Madmen I tells ya!

A few of my beloved MUDS kids. Adams in the front. Sachan to my left, Jessi to my right and blood covered zombie me in the middle.

MUDS is the Massey University Drama Society, a performing arts group based at Massey in Palmy. While most of the members are students or alumni, it is possible for members of the public to become involved with the club.

My first show with MUDS was Vampire: Bride of the Isles in 2009.
I’d met a few of the members during the Festival of New Arts in 2008 but Vampire was my first introduction to the madmen that were going to become my family.

The show itself was a melodrama complete with ridiculous acting, stylistic mono-chromatic backdrops and stage-crew dressed as ninjas holding up the castle’s stained-glass window.

I don’t remember much of the show itself anymore, bar the boat and William’s Wig, but there was a lot of fun backstage. We sang, danced, played cards and ate enough candy to drown a bear. Continue reading


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30 Days of Me: Day 2

“The meaning behind your blog name”

For those times when hitting yourself in the face just won't do


Headdesk : Verb
Definition: The unification of ones head with the nearest hard object, usually horizontally, as a means of venting frustration. Often used online, however physical instances have been known to occur.
See also: Facepalm

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National Poetry Day…

I don’t care that it’s coming up 3:30am.
You know why? Because I’m just going to call drinking rules on anyone who brings it up. That’s right.  (For those of you who don’t know, drinking rules in regard to a ‘Day’ state that a Day only ends when the last person has passed out OR the sun has completely risen) I haven’t been to sleep yet. Rather I’ve been watching fabulous movies and whilst thinking long and hard about this post.

You see, while I’ve really enjoyed the choices that have come floating through my twitterfeed, they’ve all been similar styles. Which is to say delightful ballads, written word, both new and old.

So I thought it was only fair that I share a few of my favourites. Continue reading

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The new image of Tearaway Magazine: Part II

But wait, there’s more!
I don’t usually get responses to my ranting and raving on here, so imagine my surprise when I log in and find TWO comments in response to my post from the other day ( One in the form of a comment on my page. The other was a thinly veiled rant from another blogger by the name of Brendan Malone, a predominant pro-lifer.

I felt so validated!

Unfortunately Mr Malone had misunderstood significant aspects of my blog post, so I set about setting him right.
For some reason he took such offense that he deleted not only my comment but the entire post!!

Fortunately for you I had already saved the text, enjoy!
(Edit: A huge thanks to Fox for figuring out a sweet way to pull the entire image of the page. Isn’t he amazing?)

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