I Need Another Holiday

Once again I find I must begin with an apology. I missed Fiction Friday again this week, for the same reason as last time. My day was spent saying my goodbyes, flying home, unpacking and spending time with my family. I had neither the energy nor the inclination for blogging anything, let alone a story that was likely to take me an hour to write.

I should, hopefully, be able to post something this week. Unfortunately, I am unable to make any promises. It depends on how busy I am with cleaning out my home. You see, I have returned from holiday to a plethora of problems. Continue reading

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Top Ten MAFMAD Winners

MAFMAD, short for Make A Film, Make A Difference, was a campaign run by the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, Australia from 2003 to 2013. It called on young people under the age of twenty-five to make a short film with the theme ‘Your Mates Life is in Your Hands’. Continue reading

Monato Zoo and Other Places I’ve Seen

First off, I just want to begin by apologising for not posting this yesterday. I’ve been feeling unwell the past couple of days and I just didn’t feel up to doing much of anything yesterday except sleep and read. Still, better late than never, right?

Aside from that, my holiday has been going quite well so far. On Tuesday, we took Wolfie (my sister’s dog) to the beach for a walk, along with a neighbour whose dog he is friends with. Afterwords we went for a drive to check out a few little towns. We drove through Victor Harbour, Port Elliot and Goolwa. Continue reading

Ashfall

Ash.

I am so sick of the sight of ash. It’s worse than sand, you know. It gets into everything. Cleaning it is a never-ending chore, since it just keeps on falling. It’s in my clothes, my hair, even my food. I can’t remember the last time I ate anything that didn’t taste of ash. Continue reading

Top Ten Breakfast Cereals

Whether it’s a broiled egg on toast or a full English, everybody loves a home-cooked breakfast. Unfortunately, we are often in a bit of  hurry and do not have enough time to sit down to a delicious meal. This is where breakfast cereal comes into its own. It’s quick, it’s easy and there is enough of a variety to please almost any taste-buds. Variety, being what it is, also means choice and everybody’s choice of favourite cereal is different. Continue reading

Mt Barker

First off, let me apologise for not posting a story for Fiction Friday this week. I spent the morning travelling to the airport and, due to a delayed flight, the entire afternoon at the airport. By the time I arrived in Adelaide, I was simply too damn tired to write anything.

Anyway, I’ve been here a few days now. It’s been great seeing my mother, sister and brother-in-law. Today, Mum and I took the bus into Mt Barker. The route took us through Harndorf which seems like a pretty little town. I hope we get a chance to visit while we are here. Continue reading

Top Ten Fan Songs

Anybody who regularly reads my blog will tell you that I am heavily into fan fiction. However, fan fiction is not the only form of fan labour out there. Fans of almost any show, book, movie, game, or even band or actor, can continue to get their fix in almost any medium. Continue reading

Middle Names

A conversation with my son:

Son: It totally sucks. Everyone at school has three names but I have four. I don’t have a middle name.

Me: You have two middle names.

Son: No I don’t. I have two right names and two left names.

They Came

The day before they came was the same as any other. I woke to the sound of my alarm blaring at six a.m.. Grumbling about the unfairness of life, I stumbled blearily into the bathroom where I performed the usual morning functions before showering and dressing for school. Continue reading

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

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

Writer

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