Top Ten SasuNaru Doujinshi

Many fans of anime and manga also enjoy reading doujinshi. For those who aren’t in the know, doujinshi is the Japanese term for self-published works. While doujinshi can feature an original cast, they are also often used as a type of fan fiction. Many people who create doujinshi publish on the internet, either on dedicated websites or, in many cases, edited together with background music to make a video. It is video doujinshi that are the subject of this post.

Many fans of Naruto are perfectly happy with his relationship with Hinata. However, as with any fandom, fans like to explore relationships other than those shown in canon. Even fans who are perfectly happy with the canon relationships sometimes like to explore other scenarios. It is just such a pairing that is the subject of this post. Continue reading

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Running Away

All kids run away from home at some point, right? I know my siblings and I did so a few times. There are two times in particular that come to mind. Continue reading

Sunlight

Sunlight filtered through the partially closed blinds, creating a pattern of artificial lines across her pale skin. She lay still upon the bed, arms out-stretched, hair framing her face, like a sacrificial offering. His eyes roamed her body, flawless, save for a small yellow tattoo above her left ankle. Leaning closer, he noticed a small yellow star smiling up at him, dressed as a cowboy, with a ten gallon hat on its head and a gun in each hand.

He snorted, amused, reaching out to caress her leg with a calloused, but gentle, hand. Such exquisite beauty deserved to be displayed, admired, like a priceless work of art. He took a step back and gazed at the traces of confusion still lingering in her warm brown eyes.

“Perfection,” he whispered.

Silently, he placed the photograph carefully between her developing breasts. Satisfied, he made his way to the street, blending seamlessly with the crowd outside. Leaving the door open would ensure that she would be found quickly. He smiled.

Let the games begin.

Top Ten Fanfics That Made Me Cry

image by kai Stachowiak, CC0 Public Domain, PublicDomainPictures.net.This blog post may contain spoilers for various fandoms and some stories may be triggering. You have been warned.

Fan fiction stories are a staple of any fandom. They allow fans to re-imagine all the parts of the original work they didn’t like or place their favourite characters in different situations. Authors, like the Gods, can be quite cruel to the characters in our stories and, in this, fan fiction authors are no different. It is the goal of any author to make the reader feel and if, by placing our characters into terrible situations, we cause the reader to shed real tears, then we have definitely succeeded at our job.

In the world of fan fiction, this can be done in a number of ways. Whether it is killing off a favourite character’s lover, subjecting them to a terminal illness or simply examining a canon situation in a more personal way, many fan fiction authors have a particular talent for ferreting out that one thing that will devastate the hearts of their readers. Continue reading

The Man From Ironbark by A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson

barbers brush, George Hodan, CC0 Public Domain

It was the man from Ironbark who struck the Sydney town,
He wandered over street and park, he wandered up and down.
He loitered here, he loitered there, till he was like to drop,
Until at last in sheer despair he sought a barber’s shop.
`’Ere! shave my beard and whiskers off, I’ll be a man of mark,
I’ll go and do the Sydney toff up home in Ironbark.’ Continue reading

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Tick

The room was quiet, oppressive. The sound of her own breathing filled her ears. Continue reading

Top Ten Songs That Make Me Cry

Music is a brilliant way to enhance or express our emotions. It can liven up an otherwise dead party, cheer us up when we are down or sink us into the depths of despair. Playing music that resonates with our soul can help us to cope with the ups and downs of life.

On occasion, we connect with a song so deeply that we find ourselves in tears. This can happen for many reasons. Sometimes the lyrics themselves, or the story behind them, are depressing, sometimes the song reminds us of a sad story or a difficult time in our lives. Longreach is Praying is one such song for me. Continue reading

News Break

Well, I’m back to my usual blogging schedule. As many of you will know, I took a break over the holidays. I decided that this year, I would have a stress-free holiday. So I did all my shopping early, I did very little cooking, and I took a break from everything, including my writing and blogging. Continue reading

Blogging Resumes Monday

Loyal readers may have noticed that I decided to take a break from blogging over the Xmas / New Year period. I decided that I wanted a completely stress free holiday period this year. This meant no blogging, no writing, practically no cooking, early present shopping and lots of alcohol.

For those who, inexplicably, stick with me through my periodic absences, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish you all much happiness in 2018. May your lessons be endurable and your days filled with love.

Normal service resumes Monday.

Top Ten Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

Harry Potter Gift Ideas

It can be quite difficult to get the perfect gift for that special someone. Especially if they are really into a fandom that you don’t know much about.

While some people prefer traditional gifts like jewellery or books, others prefer their gifts to be themed to their current obsession. One fandom that inspires a lot of loyalty, sometimes bordering on fanaticism is Harry Potter.

Non-fans buying for their Harry Potter obsessed loved ones can sometimes find the experience a bit overwhelming, so for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I’d create a kind of gift guide for family and friends of Harry Potter fans. Continue reading

Silhouette Designs

Saw a design that says:

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, but if the white runs out I’ll drink the red

See this and other Xmas designs for cheap at:

https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/view-shape/105970

Top Ten Xmas Displays 2016

Every year, families and governments around the globe decorate their homes and cities to celebrate the Xmas season, and every year the best of such displays are posted on YouTube. I won’t be writing about each individual display, as I think each video speaks for itself.

You will notice, by the date, that I am posting last years displays. I do prefer to show the displays from the previous year, rather than the current one. After all, I don’t want to miss a beautiful display simply because it was uploaded the day after I put my list together, do I?

So sit back, relax, maybe sip some eggnog and enjoy my top ten list of 2016 Xmas displays, from ten to one: Continue reading

Xmas Playlist

My Xmas playlist on YouTube. I hope you enjoy the music and that you have a safe and happy holiday. Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Movies For Kids

A Happy Christmas Infant Flowers Victorian Xmas Card

Xmas is a time for family, yes, but when you add children to the mix, it becomes extra special. Nothing can build holiday excitement faster than seeing the wonder on small faces as they watch the Xmas lights or visit Santa at the store.

One way to build your children’s anticipation is to sit down with them and drink a delicious hot chocolate while watching a much-loved holiday movie. Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Movies

 

 

Vintage Sign Old Car with Christmas Tree 700px

The holidays are almost upon us. As they approach, we will engage in many pastimes peculiar to the season. We will shop for gifts, sing Xmas carols, decorate our home and indulge in the treats we might normally deny ourselves.

One of my favourite activities in the lead up to the holidays is relaxing with my family in front of the television, with a glass of Xmas cheer, and enjoying a good Xmas movie. Continue reading

Dear Jesus

As an apology for not posting anything last Monday, I am giving you a second post today. This post is to promote a website I came across, called Christmas Day. They have loads of information about Xmas, decorations and celebrations around the world. Best of all, they have some pretty funny Xmas jokes.

Here is one of them: Continue reading

Coconut Ice

‘Tis the season to indulge, and what better way to do so than with a classic Xmas treat, Coconut Ice. Pleasing to the eye, and containing enough sugar to satisfy even the sweetest tooth, this is a holiday snack your kids will love to make. I haven’t made my first batch of the season yet, so I don’t have a picture to share, but as soon as I do, I’ll post it here. Makes approximately 18 squares.

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Tree

I got to help Dad pick the tree this year. The one I chose took up the whole backseat. I didn’t mind. It meant I got to sit in the front with Dad. Still, we drove home slowly, ‘cos the trunk was sticking out the window. We’re lucky there weren’t any cops around to give Dad a fine. When we got home, my brother helped Dad carry the tree inside and put it in a bucket. I held it up while he and Dad filled the bucket with dirt from the garden. Continue reading

Gifted

You close your eyes and take a deep, shuddering breath. Your ears strain as you try to convince yourself that the house is empty. A low moan sounds from beneath the tree, causing your breath to hitch. Slowly, softly, you caress the brightly wrapped gift as you gently remove the paper an inch at a time. Continue reading

Top Ten Things I Hate About Renting

For Rent Sign on Beach, Pixabay, Raven_C, CC0 Creative Commons

With more and more people being locked out of the housing market, renting is on the rise. For those who chose to rent rather than buy, renting does have some advantages.

Renting can often be cheaper than buying, allowing renters to live in areas they can’t afford to buy. For example, the current loan repayment on a three bedroom home in Penrith¹ is $570 per week², while the rent on such a home is $400, and that isn’t taking into account such costs as rates, maintenance and insurance.

Renting is more flexible for those who need or want to be able to move quickly. If you are transferred at work, for example, you don’t have to wait for your home to sell. The fact that renting doesn’t require a long term commitment is a positive aspect for people who like a constant change of pace.

However, for those of us who rent out of necessity, rather than by choice, renting does have many disadvantages. Therefore, without further ado, here is my personal top ten list of things I hate about renting, from ten to one: Continue reading

Questions From Donna Revisited

 

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No. I was originally meant to be Rebecca but my cousin used it for her bub and Mum didn’t want it anymore.

 

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Yesterday.

 

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No.

 

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH MEAT? Silverside.

 

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes.

 

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Maybe?

 

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Yes.

 

8.. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yeppers.

 

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Oh HELL no.

 

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL? I don’t eat a lot of cereal, but I like Coco-Pops, Rice Bubbles and Corn Flakes. I only eat Kellogg’s brand for all three, and lots of sugar for the rice bubbles and corn flakes, which is why I hardly ever eat it.

 

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Nope.

 

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? No.

 

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Homer Hudson Chocolate Rock, though nobody sells it anymore 😦 . I also love Coles brand Macadamia & Caramel ice cream. It tastes like maple syrup. 🙂

 

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Personality.

 

15. RED OR PINK? Purple. Or Black.

 

16. WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE OUTSIDE? Time: 8.00pm, Conditions: Partly cloudy, Temp: 20°C, Dew Point: 13.2°C, Relative Humidity: 65%, Wind Speed: 9 km/h (4.9 kt), Wind Gusts: 15 km/h (8.1 kt), Wind Direction: ESE, Pressure: 1024.7 hPa, Rain Since 9am: 0.4 mm, Fire Danger 3.2 (Moderate), Today’s high/low: 26°C – 15°C.

 

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Mum.

 

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? I don’t really care.

 

19. WHAT COLOUR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Shoes????

 

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Red Velvet flavoured ice cream.

 

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Leah, Otherworld.

 

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE? Royal Purple.

 

23. FAVOURITE SMELLS? Freshly baked bread, rain, chocolate.

 

24.WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My Mother in Law.

 

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes.

 

26. FAVOURITE SPORTS TO WATCH? I don’t really watch sports, though jousting and quidditch can be fairly exciting.

 

27. Hair Colour? Brown

 

28. EYE COLOUR? Blue

 

29.. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No.

 

30. FAVOURITE FOOD? Sushi

 

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Scary movies.

 

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Tangled.

 

33. WHAT COLOUR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Green T-Shirt.

 

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs

 

36. Car or truck ? Car

 

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? N/A as I’m not sending this to anybody.

 

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? N/A as I’m not sending this to anybody.

 

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? ‘The World Without Me’ a Harry Potter fanfiction by Eternal Cosmos.

 

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? My mouse.

 

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? ‘Monsters and Mysteries’, ‘Untold Stories of the ER’ and a documentary about ‘War of the Worlds’.

 

42. FAVOURITE SOUND? My children laughing, magpies, currawongs, kookaburras, whipbirds.

 

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles.

 

44. WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TO NEXT? Anywhere but here. Visiting my brother in Switzerland might be nice.

 

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I think I’m a fair writer.

 

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Blacktown.

 

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? No-one as I’m not tagging anybody.

Getting to Know Me Revisited

Nurture dressed s a businessman for halloween

This is an old picture, but I don’t have anything more recent.

Name: Nurture
Age: 40
Gender: Female
Marital status: Married
Romance: is wonderful.
Hair colour: Browny
Eye colour: Blue
Long or short hair: Just past my shoulders
Favourite thing to eat: Sushi
Favourite thing to wear: Leggings
Favourite perfume/cologne: Musk. It reminds me of my Great Grandmother.
Favourite food: Sushi
Favourite drink: Wine
Favourite colour: Deep Purple or Forest Green
Favourite music: Aurelio Voltaire, The Indelicates, Buddy Holly, Karliene, The Cog is Dead, Damh the Bard, Sara Storer, Elton John & a bunch of others that can be found on my playlists.
Favourite movie: He Died With a Felafel In His Hand, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Road to El Dorado, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, pretty much anything by Studio Ghibli.
Favourite TV show: I’m not really sure. I don’t watch a lot of television. I do enjoy crime shows like NCIS or Law & Order. Orange is the New Black is also good, as is Doctor Who. I don’t mind a good documentary series like Conspiracy, Haunting Australia or Chef’s Table. I don’t think I’d describe any of these as favourites, though.
Favourite pastime: Reading
Favourite place to eat: My previous answer to this was Sizzler. Damn, I miss Sizzler. Oh well, these days, I guess, Sushi Hub.

Most memorable moment: The birth of my children
Most embarrassing moment: Way too many to pick.
If you could kiss anyone, who would it be?: I actually can’t think of anybody I’d like to kiss right now. Unless fictional characters count?
What makes you smile?: My kids
What makes you smile?: Baby animals
Will you post this on your blog?: Yes

Planet X Sneak Peak

I have been so busy concentrating on NaNoWriMo this week, that I completely forgot to write something for today’s Fiction Friday. Instead I have decided to give you a sneak peek at one of the earlier scenes from Planet X, the novel I am currently working on.

If you decide to read it, please bear in mind that, besides a basic spell-check, this is completely unedited, un-revised, un-refined and un-beta’d. You read this at your own risk. Continue reading