Top Ten Postmodern Jukebox Covers

Ever since my husband introduced me to Postmodern Jukebox, I have been a huge fan. Begun by Scott Bradlee in 2011, the hugely popular Postmodern Jukebox is basically popular modern songs sung in vintage music styles. While the concept may sound odd at first, it works surprisingly well and has proved so popular, artists have gone on to tour five continents as well as releasing several albums. Continue reading

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5 Things I’m Watching on Netflix

So, I’ve been watching a few shows on Netflix recently. Well, if I’m being honest, my daughter has been watching them, and I’ve been caught up in the shows while attempting to work on my laptop. Here are some of the shows we’ve been watching. Oh, by the way, there will probably be spoilers, so consider yourself warned. Continue reading

Luck

‘Fake’.

That’s what we all thought when we saw the video of the homeless guy tearing out the cop’s throat with his bare teeth. Two point three million views and not one person thought it was real. Sure, the word ‘Zombie’ was jokingly bandied about in quite a few comments, but no-one was insane enough to truly believe it. Anyone who did sure as hell wasn’t wasting time watching videos on YouTube. Continue reading

Top Ten Animated Shorts

Anyone who has spent any time at all on my blog or social media accounts will know by now that I enjoy reading short stories. What you may not know is that I also enjoy watching short films. Short films, like short stories, can say an amazing amount in a brief amount of time and, as with short stories, short films often pack a more powerful punch than their full length counterparts. Continue reading

Easy Tasty Side Salad

This is a super easy, economical salad that is quick to put together and will be popular with the whole family. My sister showed it to me when I stayed with her for a couple of weeks. I loved it and so do my family. It has become our new go-to side salad.
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Echoes

Peering over the rusty gate, she noticed patches of moss growing on a broken stone path. Dandelions and toadstools littered the overgrown grass hiding the dens of field mice. An old tyre rested between the roots of an ancient oak tree, the frayed remains of rope still swinging from a strong branch. Ghosts of children’s laughter echoed on the breeze.

Top Ten Holocaust Movies

A person would have to have been living under a rock to be unaware of the terrible tragedy known as the Holocaust. Despite the efforts of ‘deniers’ and the fact that genocide has occurred far too frequently both before and since, the Holocaust remains a black stain upon human history.

As a major historical event that affects our collective psyche to this day, the Holocaust is a favourite theme amongst writers and film-makers alike. I tend not to seek out films about this topic as I find them incredibly upsetting. Nevertheless, it is impossible to live long in today’s society without coming across at least some, and I have seen more than a few worth recommending. Continue reading

Infestation

Infestation: noun — the presence of an unusually large number of insects or animals in a place, typically so as to cause damage or disease.¹

I slam the dictionary closed. The word certainly describes my life at the moment. Infestation. The only question now is what to do about it. I’ve tried traps, but they only catch one at a time, barely making a dent in the population. Continue reading

Top Ten Revenge Songs

As long as there have been humans, there has been revenge; the act of punishing another for a real or perceived slight. Humans are not the only animals known to exact vengeance, but we have certainly honed it to an art form

Speaking of art forms, the concept of revenge is such a common instinct that almost all forms of art include at least one example. From oral histories to Shakespeare to novels; from tapestries to paintings to Japanese woodblock prints; from plays to movies to TV; revenge is one of the most universal themes in existence and music is no exception to this trend. Whether you are in the mood for a classic opera, a popular Broadway musical, or the latest pop song, it is almost guaranteed that you will find more than one themed around revenge. Continue reading

Atheist or Not?

Let me just begin this post by apologising in advance. I’m just going to be posting my thoughts rather than attempting to put together a structured post. That may cause my musings to be a little disjointed or difficult to follow. So, sorry ’bout that. Continue reading

Blogging Resumes Soon

My normal blogging schedule resumes Monday. For the newbies, the schedule consists of:

Miscellaneous Monday: Anything that takes my fancy from quotes, to jokes, to opinions — anything goes.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Tens listed from 10 to 1.

Fiction Friday: Flash Fiction.

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 30

A WIP that you constantly check for updates

Normally when I catch up with a work-in-progress (WIP), I just wait to read the updates until I feel like reading the story again, or until the story is complete. However, there are three stories for which I am anxiously awaiting the next update. I recognise that the authors have a life outside of fan-fiction. Still, I cannot help but check every other week in the hope of reading a new chapter. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 29

An unusual pairing or trope you didn’t think would work but turned out well

I am a big fan of unusual pairings in Harry Potter fan-fiction, but even I can admit that some pairings seem strange at first. However, I always give these pairings a chance, no matter how strange they sound because you never know when you just might find a gem. Continue reading

30 Fanfic Challenge – Day 28

Favourite quote from a fan-fiction

“There’s [sic] isn’t really any such thing as heroes and villains, Sirius. Good and evil don’t exist. Very few people get into this stuff because they’re legitimately evil. People have goals and motives and when someone is willing to fight for their ideals it’s because they believe in what they’re fighting for. They believe that they are the good guys. Everyone believes that they’re the ones in the right and the people fighting against them are the ones who are wrong. It’s all about perspective in the end. History is written by the victors, which is why the history books are always able to peg one side as evil while the other side – the winning side – were the heroes and saviors.

Everyone has goals and objectives that they believe in and are willing to fight for, and no one fights with the goal of destroying the world unless they’re an insane sociopath or something…”

— Harry Potter speaking to Sirius Black in Descent Into Darkness by Athey

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30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 27

Story you wish someone would write

Some stories that I really want to read are:

  • A Harry/Flitwick story with a cheerful Harry falling in love with, and wooing, Filius Flitwick
  • A Harry/Griphook story with a sarcastic Harry being subtly wooed by Griphook
  • A (complete) Harry Potter/SVU crossover in which Vernon rapes and/or almost succeeds in killing Harry and he comes to the attention of Elliot and Olivia. There is actually a story like this in which Vernon rapes and attempts to kill Harry in an American hotel room before attempting to flee the country. It begins well but was abandoned after a few chapters.
  • A Harry/Lucius time-travel story in which a traumatized Harry leaves a devastated world, travelling back in time in the hopes of fixing everything. He suffers PTSD throughout instead of just getting over it in the first few chapters. He is an adult trapped in a child’s body so, instead of waiting for Ginny to grow so he can marry her again, he finds himself falling in love with Lucius Malfoy.

These are all stories I would love to read, but don’t think I could do justice to them if I were to write them. I do hope someone sees these and decides to write them for me. If you do so, or come across a story that fits the bill, please, please, please, give me the link in the comments below.

If you want to participate in the 30 Day Fanfic Challenge, you can find the daily themes here.

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 26

Story that made you laugh out loud

There are quite a few stories I would love to include in answer to this question — Make a Wish by Rorschach’s Blot and A Black Comedy by nonjon are two that come immediately to mind.

I think, however, the funniest story I have read — one that had me cackling from beginning to end — is Muggle Sarcasm and Rita Skeeter Don’t Mix by jessica499499, so that’s the story I’m going with. It’s only short — just 943 words — so it won’t steal much time from your day, and I highly recommend it to any fan of Harry Potter.

If you want to participate in the 30 Day Fanfic Challenge, you can find the daily themes here.

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 25

Head-canon you’ve accepted that, while not necessarily supported by canon, isn’t contradicted by canon either

My answer to this question can be summed up in one word — Wolfstar. For those who don’t know, Wolfstar refers to a romantic relationship between Remus (Wolf) and Sirius (Star) in the Harry Potter universe. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 24

Head-canon you’ve accepted that is not supported by, or directly contradicts, canon

I believe the best answer here would be the names of Hermione’s parents, Harry’s grandparents and Gringotts’ director. The reason I’m choosing this over any other head-canon I’ve accepted is because most of my head-canon is fairly fluid according to the type of story I am reading at the time. The names, though, are something that I always, always believe, to the point that I feel wrong-footed when they are different. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 23

Best story you read for the first time in the last twelve months

There are three stories that have really stood out to me in the past twelve months. It is interesting that only one of them is written in third person, given that this is generally my preferred perspective. Continue reading

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 22

Least favourite plot device used in too many stories you otherwise enjoyed

Independent Harry stories are amongst my favourite Harry Potter fan-fiction tropes. Unfortunately, despite my enjoyment of this type of story, there is one plot device that is often employed within them that I find a little irritating. That is the inclusion of a room or, in some cases, trunk with some kind of time distortion allowing Harry and, occasionally, his friends to complete years of training in a matter of months, or even weeks. This is definitely my least favourite plot device utilised in stories I otherwise enjoyed.

If you want to participate in the 30 Day Fanfic Challenge, you can find the daily themes here.

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 21

Fandom you haven’t read but might one day

Firstly, just to clarify, the word ‘fandom’ in this case refers to fan-fiction, not the source material. I had a lot of difficulty with this question because if I have read/viewed/played the source material, chances are I’ve read at least one related fanfic.

After pondering the issue for a while, I finally settled upon the movie Love, Simon which is based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I have not read the book yet, but I absolutely loved the movie.

I have not checked my favourite fan-fiction sites for stories related to either the book or the movie. However, it is highly likely that I will do so after I get around to reading Albertalli’s novel.

If you want to participate in the 30 Day Fanfic Challenge, you can find the daily themes here.

30 Day Fanfic Challenge – Day 20

Favourite long story (5,001 words or more)

Once again, I find myself completely unable to choose just one story in answer to this question. Hell, I can’t even choose just one fandom. Considering I have hundreds of favourites saved on my kindle, most of which would fit today’s topic, I feel quite accomplished for keeping my list as short as I have. Continue reading

Been Sick

I’ve been quite unwell the past week. I’ve barely been able to muster the energy to read fan-fiction let alone compose blog posts. Even my fiction writing has suffered and, as anyone who knows me would tell you, that’s really saying something.

Anyway, I am still feeling poorly, but I am on the mend, so I will attempt to resume my Fanfic Challenge tomorrow. Not much of a 30 day challenge, given how often I have missed days. Still, I want to answer the remaining questions, so I shall continue to make the attempt.