Thursday, 30 April 2015

That's Not Good

I don't know if I announced this or not but I was weighed this past Tuesday. As you might be able to guess from the title of the post it wasn't great news. It was a loss, which I guess a lot of people would class as good, but of only two pounds.

Two is the loneliest number it's the loneliest number after number one
I know a lot of people would feel like I should be happy with any loss. That two pounds is still good. I'm not a lot of people though. Two pounds in five weeks isn't good at all. I will do better next time. I should be much further along than I am. Instead I have less energy and a higher appetite which is pretty much the opposite of how it should be. Losing weight should result in a smaller apatite, and more energy.

It's time I whipped myself back in to shape and did as good as I know I can. The next time I'm getting weighed is the 26th of May. It's only four weeks rather than the usual five, but it's also a very specific day. It happens to be my birthday, and I'd like to get weighed before destroying my body with drinking alone.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Sincerely, The Breakfast Club

This might come as a surprise to most of you as you're older than me (Fang is probably the only one younger) but this past Saturday was the first time I've ever sat down and watched The Breakfast Club. A friend wanted to watch it and so I decided to watch it with her.
You can only fit so much 80's in to one photo
I was a child of the 90s more than the 80s so I never saw it growing up, but I have heard it's reputation. It's regarded as one of the best movies ever and definitely one of the best "coming of age" movies. After watching it I can say that, yeah, it probably does deserve that reputation. It was a bit weirder than I thought it would be, and it was a lot different from what I expected, but the theme and the tone of the movie was about what I thought it would be. Five people who are perceived as being different from eachother being forced to stay in a room together for a day and realise that there's actually not a whole lot of difference between them.

I think that for it to have the most impact on you though you have to watch it when you're growing up; when you're about the same age as the characters. I really did enjoy it, but for me it wasn't as "life changing" as I've heard some people describe it. The things the movie tries to teach you and show you are things I already knew. If I ever have kids I'm going to make them watch it when they're about 15 or 16 and struggling with finding themselves. It'll help and affect them a lot more than it did me.

That said; still an excellent movie and one I'd recommend.

Friday, 24 April 2015

I Have A Big...Vocabulary

I think as a writer I'm expected to have a big vocabulary. The truth is I kind of do. I'm aware it could be way bigger though. I don't know if "vocab-envy" is actually a thing but hey, it might just be. Not saying that I really have such a thing. One thing I am actually envious of those is people who can just create a lot of different words. When I read a story and there's a glossary/dictionary in the back I know the person who wrote it is pretty creative.
This motherfucker practically invented the English language.
The real problem with my vocabulary though? It's that I know a lot of words; I just can't define them. There are a lot of words I can use in a sentence but if you asked me what they actually mean I don't think I could tell you. My vocabulary is of a pretty decent size but I can't really tell you what most of them mean. It's kind of odd to me. I imagine I'm not the only one like that though. I just grew up with the words and know how to use them in context. I think that's one reason I'm so accepting of words only having power when used in the correct context but that's also a whole other subject entirely. It's also one that covers a lot of issues I don't really feel like touching.

Can you define most of the words you know? What's the most obscure word you know, that you can use and define?

Thursday, 23 April 2015

They Didn't Take Your Job

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and it seems her country is going through the same issue a lot of countries are; there's a whole lot of immigrants "taking jobs". It's become perhaps the most popular battle cry of every anti-immigration person there is. Unfortunately things are a bit more hectic in her country than in a lot of others and the people are taking it to a rather insane degree. So it's important to take a step back and see that no, the Mexican or Polish person did not in fact take your job.
No they didn't
The jobs that immigrants take come in two kinds; menial labour and really advanced things like being doctors. Most doctors who work for the NHS are foreign born and that's not bad at all. These are people who are fully qualified for the jobs. When it comes to employing skilled foreign workers people make sure that the people they're hiring are going to be the best for the job. When more natives go through with university and training then more natives will become doctors or whatever else they want to be.

Then you have menial work. You have cleaners and builders and the like. These are the jobs that natives are usually not willing to do. If they were then they would get the job. Provided they have experience and all of that. It costs money to hire a foreigner. You have pay for work visas and in some cases even financially support their move to the country. It's far cheaper to hire a native. If a company hires an immigrant illegally to save money then it becomes an entirely different issue.

When your job is outsourced, or when you're actually fired and replaced with an immigrant then yes, they did take your job. I will listen to you then and agree that it is a shitty situation. When you just cry that immigrants are taking jobs because they have them, then I assure you that they earned that job.

Monday, 20 April 2015

I Think I'm Having An Off Day

To be honest I'm not entirely sure what to write about. I have a few ideas floating around my head but nothing that is really staying in my head long enough for me to write about it. I think I'm having an of day really like the title suggests. I had a weird and strange mix of a day. I went to bed late, woke up early, and had a busy day. So generally more of the same for me really.

I think I'm just not doing too great at the minute. I'm in for kind of a long week too. My boss is busy in another shop all week so he won't be able to go to the gym. That means I'm going to have to motivate and drag myself there this week on my own. I also should get a lot of Immortal Space done because I had to put it on hold so much in the past week or two. Busy times ahead for me I guess.
I'm going to be a busy bee.
I did finish the first major part of Immortal Space though. I've split it up in to three main sections; The Future, The Past, and The Present. See what I did there? Well last week I finished the last chapter of "The Future". "The Past" is more on an interlude than anything so don't think I've only just reached a third of the book. I'm much further ahead than that, but you'll have to wait for an actual update in a week or so to find out just where I am.

Friday, 17 April 2015

I Walked Too Much

Yesterday I did something that, by now, I'm quite probably regretting. The fact of the matter is I already sort of do. But not totally because I try not to regret things and despite the number it did on my legs and feet I think it also did a lot of good. That stupid thing I did was go on a walk. A seven mile walk. Ish. I had to walk to my bosses house first and then walk past my house, to go to his house, to go back to mine. I did see a cool cat while I was at his house though. She let me stroke her and everything.
So that was nice.
Barring personal or business related reasons I tend to go to the gym with my boss every Monday and Thursday. Those are the days he has off work. I go on my own when he can't, and he sometimes goes on his own too, but we generally keep eachother going. Today though I had the bright idea to go on a walk instead. He wanted to do one before but it was after we'd already been to the gym. It was getting kinda late and I was super tired. I felt bad about that and offered to go on a walk today. Doubt I'll be doing that. It was a walk to a place where we got some food and then walked back. I live in a very hilly area too so it really took it out of my feet. There were a lot of twists and turns as well which is why even though it was seven miles the whole journey there and back took close to three hours.

I did see some nice things though and we talked a whole lot, which was nice. You can't really hold a conversation in a gym. It's hard to talk over the sound of pounding techno music. We just talked about whatever the hell came to mind, including the time I got a ride home from a stranger when I was 14. I don't know if I've told that story before. I also saw some sheep and some lambs so that was nice.

Kinda hard to see them but they are there.
All in all I don't really regret it. I guess I'll see how I feel later though. I mean, the last time I did a seriously long walk like this I was stuck in bed for almost a week. At least being stuck in bed means I can do a lot of work on Immortal Space eh? I'm getting to the juicy bits now.

When was the last time you went on a really long walk? 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Explaining Female Armour

Disclaimer; I'm not being entirely serious with this post. It's the kind of weird shit I think of is all.

When it comes to video games, comics, TV shows, pretty much any form of visual media there's one common complaint that seems to entice the entire internet; the revealing nature of female armour. Or just the way female characters dress in things. It tends to be highly sexualised which, understandably so, tends to annoy some people. Over the years a lot of female heroes have actually worn more and slowly dressed themselves more. There are even some female characters who wear completely non-revealing armour. Of course there are male characters who also wear revealing armour, but who gives a fuck about that?
Kaim "Bondage Gear" Argonaur. Not revealing, but hardly practical. 
The thing is though; there are a lot of women who deliberately play up their sexuality to do something they want. People can try and deny it but it's true. Just like there are men who do similar things. Humans are pretty much hardwired to do anything they can, and use everything they have, to do anything they want. Remember how Batman justified being insane and dressing as a bat by saying he wants to instil fear and terror in to his opponents? It's kind of the same thing for female armour and female superheroes. It adds a layer to their characters by, almost ironically, taking some off. It's highly distracting in a fight and even though it isn't very practical for stopping actual attacks, it can sure as hell stop someone who is easily distracted.
If you don't look at her fist it'll hit you in the face and she knows it. 
I actually have a female friend who has admitted she once get in to a fight with someone and took her top off to distract him and win. She did it to me too actually. There are women who will do that kind of thing and there are men who probably would too. Female characters are not actually just being overtly sexualised; they're really just using everything they have to their advantage and utilizing something they have to get the job done. Everyone does that. 

Because I can imagine someone might get pissed off; I'd like to reiterate that nah, I'm not being entirely serious. But, hey, for all we know this is actually why it's like this. 

Monday, 13 April 2015

Another Idea I Had

I've been talking a lot lately about ideas I've been having. I guess I've been having a few. This time though it's not really my idea as I'll be stealing one. I'll be stealing an idea from the fabulous boys at A Beer For The Shower to be precise.

They recently went through a whole new redesign.
Late last year they went on a trip together back to school. They put on a presentation for a lot of the kids at a school near them and ended up spending quite a lot of the day there having fun. I got it in to my head for some reason that it might be fun for me to do something like that myself. Every school I went to is actually within walking distance of where I am. Except for my second high school ('Murricaning it up a bit for the sake of simplicity) but I wouldn't want to go back to that hell hole anyway.
A fairly accurate representation of my science class. 
I don't think I'm going to do it until after Immortal Space is released, but I do think it would be something neat to do. I've also not been able to get the idea out of my head and typically when that happens it means it's something I should probably do. Normally I'm very good at accepting something as stupid or impossible. Perhaps a little too good at it. This does mean I could do with some ideas of what to do though so hey, if you have any ideas of what I should do at a presentation about writing and being an author in front of kids aged between 10 and 13 you let me know.

I was thinking about doing like a fifteen minute presentation including an introduction and how I got in to writing and some of the basic concepts of writing, then having them do a fifteen minute exercise where they write a story themselves, and then a fifteen minute Q+A. This is of course assuming any principal at a local school even lets me in and accepts my offer. Which is one of the reasons I'm waiting for Immortal Space to hit the shelves.

So hit me up with your suggestions to keep something like this fun and engaging. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Background Checking Is Way Too Easy

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I was doing a small writing job. It's the same small writing job it always is; writing articles. Nothing but never ending articles. At least this time the articles do end and I can see hope. It's always good to have an end point. Something tells me I really lack the mentality to work a regular 9-5 job even if I really wanted to.
Today I learned this movie exists. 
One of the sets of articles was about background checking services. It was kind of fun but at the same time really quite scary to realise just how easy it is to get a background check done on someone. Just how much information you can get about someone on something as simple as a phone number is insane. From a phone number you can get a name and from a name you can get EVERYTHING. Past addresses? Criminal convictions? Marital status? Current address? It's all right there and, in some cases, free.
It's one thing to have a vague knowledge that all of your information really is collected and available. It's a whole other thing to see some real evidence of it like that. Heck for fun I looked up the name of one of my friend's mothers. From just her name I found a list of relatives and a list of cities she had lived in including the city she currently lives in.

Stalking is super easy nowadays yo. Never been a better time to stalk someone. 

P.S yes I'm aware there are plenty of good uses for services like these. It's just scary how easy it is to abuse them. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Ideas For More Stories

I mentioned before that I had gotten an idea for something to do with my next story. That was the idea to write it out by hand, which actually had very little to do with the story. This time though I do have an idea for the actual story I'll probably be writing next. I still want to write The Spirit, which is the story I began writing in order to tell, but to be honest I'll probably go ahead and write Caspian next after Immortal Space.

Which is going to be a grand pirating story arrr. 
One major problem I had when coming up with that idea was a real motivation for Caspian; something for him to go after. In a pirate novel it's almost always a treasure but I couldn't think of one. I can now say that I have thought of something that I feel would be a pretty cool motivation and a way to go about pulling it off. Of course it's cliché-ridden but what good story isn't? It's not really about the story but how you present it. Well that's not exactly true, but it is important to remember that tropes and clichés exist. Almost everything you can think of has been done. It's all about how you present them and tell that story.

For as bad as Twilight is, I at least respect Meyer for using her own versions of vampires. 
It's going to be quite a commitment though because I have ideas that cover not one, not two, but three stories. It's a hell of an undertaking to commit to a trilogy. I think I can do it though and that this deserves to be a series. The really scary thing is that I considered making it a series of seven books. Seven was way too much though. I don't think I could pull off a seven book series unless I got a really great idea. I don't even know if Immortal Space will get a sequel even though I'll give it an ending that leaves room open for one.

Speaking of Immortal Space; progress on it has been halted for a week due to taking on a small writing job that's going to keep me busy this week. I know some might be disappointed but, hey, I'm a whore above all and will write for money. 

Monday, 6 April 2015

I Think I Can See Through Time

Okay I'll be totally honest here; I'm writing this at half past midnight, about nine hours before it actually goes up. I'm also operating on four hours of sleep, two giant cups of coffee, and a hot chocolate. I had the hot chocolate in the hopes of helping me come down from the coffee and maybe getting to sleep. That plan seems to have failed. I think I put too much sugar in the hot chocolate. If there's no post on Thursday I think you can conclude I died. I mean, I even lost vision in my left eye earlier. It didn't last too long though. I have Strabismus anyway so I only see out of one eye. I'd be cool losing vision in one eye.
I have derpy eyes. These are not my eyes.

Well anyway I hope you all had a good Easter. I didn't really get a whole lot done. Nothing Easter-y anyway. I didn't have any chocolate eggs or anything at least. I might get some today on offer for cheap. I'm at the age where I really kind of have to buy my own. I did have one last week though because my boss was nice enough to buy me one. I went to bed at 8AM, was up at 1PM (throwing in how long it takes me to get to sleep it works out at about four hours sleep) and I actually walked to work within about fifteen minutes of waking up. Turned out they were closed. I have no clue why I thought they'd be open.

Well I should really get to sleep before my heart explodes or something. Also don't worry for my health I'm pretty sure I'll be fine and I'm never really very serious when I talk about my health. I think I'd outright say if I was concerned. If I don't I'm mostly kidding around. There's only been one time I was actually concerned I might be having a heart attack. I called an ambulance and everything. They took so long to get here I calmed down, came to my senses, and cancelled it. I lived that day, so therefore was not having a heart attack.

I really have no idea where my heart's fortitude comes from. I've put the little bastard through so much.

I < 3 my heart.

Seriously I hope you had a good Zombie Jesus Day

Friday, 3 April 2015

Being Desensitized

While I was visiting Morgan and getting weighed we ended up having a bit of a chat, as we always do. She's a vegetarian herself and we kind of got in to a bit of a discussion about the fact I eat and enjoy meat despite loving animals. I pretty much have one simple rule when it comes to eating meat; I wouldn't eat an animal I could keep as a pet.
Except pigs. I wouldn't mind a pet pig but I still love bacon. 
Rather than bore you with the whole vegetarianism thing I'll just focus on where the conversation went from there. It somehow ended up with me talking about how desensitized I am. Pretty much nothing I see really affects me. The only thing that still does is animal abuse. I still can't bear to see animals get hurt. Unless I'm going to eat them I guess. I'm not stupid; I know what an animal goes through before it ends up on my plate. She has a friend who actually refuses to eat chicken legs because she doesn't like the reminder it was a chicken. That's just dumb.

If you can name it I've seen it. In fact I can't even name some of the things I've seen. It would make people worry about me too much. I'm oddly empathic for the plights of people I know given what I've seen people I don't know go through. I've seen pretty much every ISIS video in their entirety and things a whole lot worse than that. There was even a time I got curious and sought some of it out. I'm not talking movies here either. Some people see a lot of things in movies but then get disturbed by the real thing. To be honest I feel I should already shut up here. I'm just saying; I'm really, really desensitized at this point. It's probably the reason a movie, show, or book has never really made me cry. If they can't disgust me, I doubt they can make me feel on the other end of the spectrum.

Would you class yourself as desensitized? 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Another Few Pounds Gone

As well as working hard on Immortal Space I also worked hard on my diet. I'm just kidding. I was a terrible dieter last month. I made some terrible choices involving a lot of pizza and other things I shouldn't really have eaten. Oh I can't tell you how bad I was without feeling incredibly guilty. Which I suppose would be good because it would shame me out of ever doing such a thing again.
I could never stay mad at you pizza. You're the only one who truly gets me. 
Despite all of that I was weighed last week. Morgan had been on holiday so there was a six week span instead of our usual five. That extra week probably saved my ass. I worked myself half to death, going so far I even pulled an ab muscle. Yes folks I pulled a stomach muscle. It just sounds so retarded to say I pulled my stomach. It hurt like a bitch for days. I couldn't even laugh without it hurting.
I'm not sure which one of these I hurt. My guess is ALL OF THEM.
Like I said though it really saved me and I managed to pull off another loss. It was only three pounds but that's still something. I might be disappointed by it, but a loss is a loss. It's my own fault it wasn't as big as it could have been and I can accept that. I just have to do better this month and pull out an even bigger loss for the next time I get weighed.

Seriously though how does pulling an ab even work? 


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