An Expensive Week and NaNo Talk

It’s been an expensive week for me. My laptop, which had survived many overseas trips, adventures and stories, finally decided to give up. After three hours of me trying to restart it and getting nothing but a flashing icon I knew that I had to shell out for a new computer. So I am typing this from my (refurbished) new MacBook Pro. I almost went back to Windows but, for what I wanted, the prices were very similar. My new laptop arrived on Thursday and, although I hate parting with money, it has been well spent.

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Currently as an update…

What am I currently doing?

Everything and nothing. Do you ever get to that stage where you just are stalled because you’re not sure what you really want to do. You have ideas, mood boards, lists, and a gigantic map that highlights your next steps but you’ve kind of stalled and have pulled over while you try to figure it all out.

I’m stalled.

So, while I try to figure out my steps I will update you with my currently list.

Reading: I just started Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I’m barely started but already I am loving the satire. It has been described as the female version of Lord of the Flies and, it may well be, but I am loving the commentary that it provides. Imagine a plane full of wannabe beauty queens crash landing on a “deserted” island… and that’s all I’m going to leave you with.

Playing: Wordscapes and Fallout 4. The first one is just a free game on the app store where you get a circle of letters and you have to make words out of the letters and they fit into the crossword type puzzle at the top. And Fallout 4 currently has been going round in circles. I just sided with the Railroad for the time being before I plan to fully side with the Minutemen… well, I think that’s my plan. I died six times in a row last night trying to take out a Courser.

Watching: I’ve finally gotten around to watching Teen Wolf. So that has been playing in the background while I try to write. I’ve also just introduced my nieces to Stranger Things which has been fun. (If you haven’t watched it yet please get on top of it…)

Listening: I watched Matilda the Musical recently and have been listening to that soundtrack on repeat. Not gonna lie – loved “When I Grow Up” and “Revolting Children.”

Doing: Trying to figure out how to get my car back on the road… metaphorically…

So there we go. A quick update and hopefully some clarity will come eventually.

Peace and pancakes.

 

Why I loved Wonder Woman.

I will be the first to admit that I am not as knowledgeable about Wonder Woman as I am about Batman and that side of the DC universe. Of course I remember watching re-runs of the 1970s show and I loved watching the Justice League cartoons when I was younger and, although I know about her character and the basics of her story I never seemed to get as invested as I feel like I should. I guess seeing her as a background character more than an equal had a strange effect on me.

I’m righting that wrong, though.

Wonder Woman’s “cameo” in Batman vs Superman was the highlight for me and when I learned that they were making a Wonder Woman film I began to research into her history. The more I read the more excited I became. Of course there is so much to her history that I don’t know but I’m excited to find out.

Now, onto the review.

I. Loved. This. Film.

My mum loved this film. So far, all my friends who have seen it have loved it.

Here there be spoilers.

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Alien Covenant (No Spoilers Quick Review)

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I watched Alien Covenant last night and I’m actually not sure what I thought of it.

I lie. It left me with some serious questions. I feel like I need to go back and watch it again. I’m sure there are things I missed but, overall, it left me with a feeling of confusion…

The story was fine. It was rather similar to the original and I don’t mind that. I like that little bit of fan service. It worked for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it works for this.

The music was great. I love the sound editing and the score for this film. There are some very nostalgic sounds in this film. It had the haunting notes from Alien and some jarring sounds that just worked well.

The scenery was beautiful but I’m totally biased. It was filmed in New Zealand so… But it was beautiful. The landscape was just different enough for you to feel like you were in a different world.

The acting was good though I’d like to have gotten to know some of the characters in a little more detail. Michael Fassbender was brilliant though.

Definitely see this film on the big screen if you’re a fan of the series.

There were some things that didn’t sit right with me but I will do a proper review over the weekend as I wanted to get my thoughts out quite quickly.

Overall I give it six and a half face huggers out of ten.

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Things I am not good at…

…regular blogging. I get all excited and then I forget things and then this happens… Then again, I’m not that good at being regular… well that could be TMI.

In order to motivate myself to write more and take more time for me I actually paid for a domain name and everything…now that I’ve actually invested money in blogging maybe I’ll actually do something with it. I mean, I have been blogging on and off for the last fifteen plus years so I may as well try to make it more official. Or at least make myself feel a little bit guilty about putting money into something and then leaving it to collect dust.

The next thing is to figure out what I really want to do with this blog. If you click on the about page you’ll see that I’ve made a separate blog for my teaching. Partially because I want something else that I can write about than just teaching. I mean, I love teaching but I am more than just a teacher. I need a proper outlet for my geeky endeavours, right?

So, I am toying around with a few ideas. Some along the lines of more reviews – films, novels, shows etc.

I want to have more of my Five Things lists as well.

If there are any other things that you would like me to write about let me know.

In the meantime you’ll notice that the layout will be changing over the next few weeks while I figure out how I want my blog to look. I’m just fussy – I’ve already spent most of this afternoon fart assing around with the layout and I’m still not happy.

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Today I learned that Carrie Fisher died – that strong, sassy, quick witted and freaking talented inspiration from my childhood that I grew to admire more for her openness about her personal struggles. That woman who showed me that I can be a kick ass human being regardless of gender. That woman who reminded us of the ageism and sexism problem that infiltrates our lives through the screen and the woman who constantly spoke her mind. There are few celebrities who have passed and left a strange void in my heart and Carrie Fisher is definitely one of them. She is one with the force and the force is with her.

I posted this on my tumblr earlier and thought it fitting to post here. I admired Carrie Fisher greatly. She was my first science fiction heroine inspiration. For the longest time I was obsessed with being Princess Leia. It was a name that I always used when I was playing make believe as a kid. (That and Ariel and Belle – I would alternate.) I even grew my hair as long as possible so I could wear it like she does in Return of the Jedi. Unfortunately, long hair is difficult to manage so, eventually, that hair was cut off.

As I grew older I grew to realise the significant impact that she’d had on my life. Fiercely independent, headstrong and not willing to take the crap that society handed her lying down. This inspired me. It inspires me…reminding me that, like her, I am so much more.

As I became more well read, educated, and articulate I came to see how important she was in framing a lot of my critical thinking around women in science fiction and women in film. She was a Princess but she was more than that.

There are many things that I want to say about this woman and the impact she has had on so many people. How she talked openly about mental illness, addiction, ageism, sexism and so much more…How she could laugh at herself and be so brutally honest…but the world knows how important she was (is).

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She is Princess Leia, Leia the Huttslayer, General Organa. She is an actor, a writer, a comedian, a powerhouse…she is brilliant, beautiful, talented and an inspiration…and she will be missed by so many.

My thoughts go out to her family at this time.

May the force be with you, General Organa.

 

Of Tattoos and things…

You know how I talked about crossing things off your bucket list last post? Well, I crossed another thing off.

I got a new tattoo.

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Yep, it’s an origami stegosaur with a splash of water colour.

I now have three tattoos and this is the most visible one. I love it but it is also so new that I still haven’t really come to grips with the reality of it. (It’s on my left forearm in case you were wondering).

I’ve always loved tattoos but have always been apprehensive of getting them in overly visible places. However, I have been through a lot this year and I decided that I wanted to control the next visible change to my body. I have so many scars from various surgeries that I’ve had no choice in receiving (and I don’t regret them at all, let me state that up front right now) so I wanted the chance to control the next “scar” that I got. I mean, my scar from my gallbladder removal is shockingly huge… Not that I really need to justify why I got this… just wanted to explain some of my thought process…

So, I got a dinosaur. Those who know me, irl, know about my obsession with dinosaurs. Heck, I wanted to be a palaeontologist all the way through primary school and then most of high school. Unfortunately, money played a huge part in my decision to go to uni in New Zealand. No regrets though.

So, another thing crossed off the bucket list.

Also, I start a Post Grad Course next month. It’s all to do with Digital and Collaborative Learning.  It’s  done through Unitec and The Mind Lab. It also counts toward 1/3 of a Master’s Degree.

Not to mention that next month is NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month – where the aim is to write 50 000 words in the month of November. I’m managed to successfully achieve this for the past five years.

So, all in all, I’m setting myself up for a busy few months. I’m looking forward to the positive changes.

Oh – and I’m still going with the whole #31daysofhorror – and it’s getting a little tedious but I am still loving it.

Until next time…peace and pancakes.

Also, question: Do you have any tattoos?

What goals are you setting yourself for the last two months of the year?