This is a quick post to let everyone know I have posted a short story on my other blog (1000 words) called Into the tale which you can view by clicking the link.
Have you ever read a book where the characters jump out of the page and your world is transformed as you travel through each scene?
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So, it’s been almost eight months since the last time I really engaged in the world of blogging. I managed to not write a single blog post in those months. Sad, right. So, what have I been doing? Well…quite bit of procrastinating…a fair amount of getting myself together…making a few new discoveries (new for me anyway)…and, most importantly getting back to writing (as weird as that may sound). Now you will have to be prepared. As this is the first blog in ages, it’s going to be really, really, really, long!
I’ll start with the new discoveries bit – because that was what I was doing whilst simultaneously procrastinating instead of writing :) . The first discovery I made was that of Japanese anime (Yes you can laugh if you want) but there are so many fantastic shows and a lot of those shows have spawned from Japanese manga. Now I won’t lie to you, I cannot read a word of Japanese and have never read one of those manga before but if the shows are anything to go by the manga must be good too. (Well, that’s what I want to believe anyway.) Those stories, written by some talented authors and then brought to life by some amazing artists…well what else is there to say. Of course, not all anime comes from manga. Some are derived from games or otome games (which are story-based video games) or from graphic novels or visual novels and there are many anime series and movies that are simply, well, anime!
I thought it’s been so long since I posted anything that people are going to start wondering what happened to me. Truth is so much is happening right now that I simply don’t have the energy or enthusiasm to post anything of real significance right now. And I hate posting things just for the sake of posting.
This is how I have been feeling lately:
Nevermind. I’ll be back on top of things before you can say
And yes, I have got the love to see me through :) Happy monday everyone!
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A quick post to remind everyone that I have another blog now called 1000 words. I post short stories, poetry and the like.
My posts so far are as follows:
Sound interesting? then what are you waiting for? Head over to 1000 words and check them out!
Please note all my work (both writing and drawings) is copyrighted. If you wish to use it, send me an email or comment in the comments. thanks.
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I read a rather sad article today about a woman who died after attempting self surgery. She injected Vaseline into her breasts to enlarge them. As women we are under enormous pressure to look ‘right’. Pressure is loaded onto us every day from magazines and TV ads that portray these so-called perfect women. I read the comments under the article (as I always must!) and many of the comments referred to the pressure to feel wanted by men, with many men commenting that us women should stop feeling that pressure because they want natural women, etc etc.
Then I read one comment, which I think is the one I was actually hoping to find as it follows my point of view, which is that it is not really men who put pressure on us women. No, it isn’t. How many women will ask a man what he thinks of how she is dressed, how her hair is done, what her makeup looks like, etc, and then totally ignore whatever he said? Or get angry and then totally ignore whatever he said! The reason is because most men actually don’t have a clue when it comes to us and most of us know that (Okay, I am generalising a bit for the sake of MY argument. I know there are women who constantly seek the approval of men!).
So if most women don’t really seek a man’s approval, then why are we getting all flustered about external ‘beauty’? Because of other women. Women can be extraordinarily judgmental. They judge each others clothing: not the latest fashion, not branded, too revealing, too closed, too tight, too loose, too frumpy, too young or too old. They judge each other on hair: too thin, too wild, too short, too plain, wrong colour, unwashed, left to dry on its own (yes I actually overheard someone say that about a woman with wet hair who walked past her one morning). They judge each other on makeup: too much, not enough, skin too yellow or too orange, so fake, makes her look old.
And where a man would make a throw away comment like ‘She looks fat in that’ or ‘god, could that skirt get any shorter?’, they are generalised (still hurtful if the person heard)comments but a woman would analyse every bit of another woman she noticed. ‘Her legs are bumpy, gross’ or ‘shame, she is quite flat-chested, maybe her friend with the boobs falling out her top can help’ (yes, I have heard both those things being said).
What we women really need to be doing is standing up for each other instead of running each other down. Maybe if we stopped being so judgmental about each other, the magazines and TV ads would stop Photoshopping the hell out of their models (Here is a short video about magazine retouching (thanks to HLN TV)). And maybe we would actually start to grow in confidence and really become the fairer sex.
I know men do it to men too, with bigger muscles, more hair, larger other things. Maybe a man can do a post about that one ;)
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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”
― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary
I love Bridget Jones’s Diary. So much of what she says and does, resonates with me as I am certain it does with you too. One thing I really love about Bridget Jones is that, for all her faults, she is ALWAYS herself.
I also have a universal truth:
If you try to change who you are to suit what others think you should be, you will lose your inner happiness.
I think it must be hard when, really, you are a wonderful person but because you always want to please everyone, you find yourself constantly trying to change who you are to suit them. And that can make you sad inside and angry on the outside. When you are who you are, you could probably be the happiest person alive!
Sound familiar? I’ll bet you are either sitting there thinking, ‘That’s me!’ or ‘Hey, I know someone like that!’
So today’s lesson: be who you are and anyone who doesn’t like it, well, they know what they can do…
And if you aren’t that type of person but know someone who is, especially if the person is still young, perhaps try to help them realise that it’s actually okay for them to be who they really are. They may even thank you one day :)
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Another quick drawing one. I had to give the drawing a break for a while as I have a tendency to hold my pencil too tight anyway and with the graphics tablet pen, I hold on even tighter, resulting in one injured finger. But I am back to doing it and have done another face sketch. I am far happier with the nose on this one. And actually all the features appear to be quite in the right place!
Here it is:
Just got to work on the hair a bit more now :)
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This is my latest graphics tablet drawing. Not brilliant but an improvement I think :) The eyes aren’t quite straight and I’m not thrilled with the mouth but the face shape seemed to come out rather well. The shading was a bit much perhaps but the end result did give me an idea for a short story.
You can read that on my other blog, 1000 words. The story is called Fortunate me.
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