You’re never weird on the internet (Almost) – Panda Review


It seems, novels take me ages to read. They can take anywhere from up to a week to a few months from start to end. Some I don’t even finish.

Memoirs, biographies and similar, take me a couple of weeks total to finish. A good one, a week. An brilliant one 3-4 days. Felicia Day’s memoir – 2 days.

That is how much I was absorbed in her writing, her story, life, ups and downs and ups. It is funny, poignant, charming, nerdy, geeky and full of good humour. 

It was a pleasure to have read this memoir, even though it took over a year to finally convince myself to buy, and I am now glad I savoured the moment. (Truth be told, I kinda regret waiting).

I first came to love her acting in Dr. Horrible and then later in a Town called Eureka. Both tremendous programmes if I may add. She has also done the amazing The Guild, I have even over the last year or so caught up on some Table Top videos on YouTube. 

If you’re a fan of Felicia Day’s or not, it is worth the time and money. Indulge, get absorbed and come out the other side with a smile on your face and determination to match.

I give this book the maximum prize:


5 Pandas.

Happy reading, folks.

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Decisions…and learning from mistakes.


Where would we be without mistakes? What if everyone was right? You could ascertain that it would be one perfect world. Everyone would be cheerful, roaming around in a state of euphoria, glad that there is no wrong in the world. But, it wouldn’t work.

It would be impossible for everyone to be right. For everyone to be right, they would also have the same thoughts and feelings. There would be no healthy disputes, no making mistakes, and one vital thing of all, no progression.

We all need to make mistakes to progress further, at one time or another we must fail to better ourselves, to become stronger individuals and we must accept that we are human and make mistakes.

I have learnt from my mistakes. Some I have let hold me back, but then realising, it is ludicrous to let them take over my life. From the mistakes I have learnt from the Siblings (things I will change next time around), to ludicrous decisions I make in the Fantasy Football (removing key players who turn out wonderful performances once I let them free) and day to day mistakes and getting things wrong on a professional note and in my personal life.

This post may seem a little bit of a rambling session, and in some ways that is exactly what it is. But also to let others know that it is okay to make mistakes and fail. It helps us to improve. 


This blog post stemmed from a futile moment of frustration that I only remembered recently. In the fantasy premier league football I am apart of, I would get down, annoyed and frustrated by the way I managed the team, the choices I made and being beaten by a few points. It could have easily put a downer on my day. I would start to think about the what ifs? Then one week, I mulled it over and realised I was being ridiculous. It’s meant to be a fun game. Yes I made mistakes, but nothing to beat myself up about. It wasn’t life or death. So I picked myself up, dusted off my clothes and have enjoyed it much more since. Turns out, it can be best not to let it get you down.

Another time, was after I had published The Siblings and was annoyed by a few things I missed and some decisions I made. It had really gotten me down and I chose to ignore writing for some time. And then I took a walk and cleared my mind. I realised that this was my first attempt and that I shouldn’t allow that to define me. There will be lots of opportunity and goals that I wish to complete, and no doubt I will fail at many, but that doesn’t mean I will stop trying. I will just try and make sure I don’t make the same mistakes again.

And nor should you.

Is there anything that you have done recently that has gotten you down? Or in the past? How have you overcome these things? 

Oh, and I wish to leave you on this positive note. It only took until this year to realise, that Seperate was actually spelt, Separate. True story.

Happy reading. 

Step-Up Saturday 


Good morning,

I hope everyone has had a great week and is looking forward to a nice refreshing weekend.

Motivation can be hard, set backs difficult and self doubt crippling to your goals. Everyday, one time or another, be it writing, work, my awkward personal skills or something else happening in my life, I think, “I can’t do this,” “I’m going to fall,” “No one wants to hear me,” “This writing is terrible.”

Some of it is true. Some not so much. But I need to will myself to continue and get through. So, on many occasions, I turn to my friend, the internet and search for help.

Compiled here, are some quotes that help me through. These can be used for fun, help with creative choices, motivate through a fitness regime, or hopefully, help step up and get through.

Many may not need these, but if you are similar to me and need something, I hope that these help.











Have a great weekend all.

Twisted by Design – Sum 41

Good afternoon all.

I hope all is well. I have been working through some projects recently and heard this song from the brand new Sum 41 album, “13 Voices”.

It struck a chord for a WIP I was working on and thought I would share. Definitely worth checking out the album and the song. 


TWISTED BY DESIGN 

I’ve got my scars to bear
Stitches just can’t repair, woah
There’s no one to blame this time
Absolution’s waiting on a prayer

I’m breaking down the walls
Unveiling my share of faults, woah
This blood on my hands, is a blessing
In a lifetime, twisted by design
(But I’m so alive)

Is it a threat or the cure
Cause it’s a brave new world
I don’t know if I’m ready for
Just a test

Cause I’m miles up above you
Flying with no safety net
I don’t believe in fate although
This time I think I’ve met my match
Why are the dreams so hard to catch


Cause you forget in time
What it feels inside
You live right on the line
(But I’m so alive)

They say believing is the hardest part< b>But I say with every beat of my heart
I alone will find my way
And get right back to the start

They say the fire in your heart is gone
But I say it’s really only just begun
All along you know that I’m
I’m twisted by design
I’m twisted by design

I’m taking the days as they come
But now I’m seeing the world as if it had a thousand suns
I admit that there’s somewhere along the lines
I guess I lost my grip
But luck has turned the page
And time is all I need to get things right
One more chance to catch the light

Cause you forget in time
What it feels inside
You live right on the line
(But I’m so alive)

They say believing is the hardest part
But I say with every beat of my heart
I alone will find my way
And get right back to the start
They say the fire in your heart is gone<!–
But I say it’s really only just begun
All along you know that I’m
I’m twisted by design
I’m twisted by design

Starting over again, but the further I get
I can’t stop these walls from closing in
Going out of my head, all the tears that I’ve bled
They’re not enough to take my pain away<


They say believing is the hardest part
But I say with every beat of my heart
I alone will find my way
And get right back to the start


They say the fire in your heart is gone
But I say it’s really only just begun
All along you know that I’m
I’m twisted by design

In some ways I’ve changed
And I’ve left it all behind
But I can’t change the way
That I’m, I’m twisted by design


Monday Music – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog

Good morning all.

I hope that you are all well and had a lovely weekend. It is start of a fresh week and one that hopefully will be full of fun and laughter.

The last couple of posts have been dedicated to  a book and a film, so I thought why not offer a music recommendation. That is in the form of a Sing along blog.

From the minds of the brilliant Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon and starring the charismatic Neil Patrick Harris, the brilliant Nathan Fillion, pretty and lovely Felicia Day and the hilarious Simon Helberg, this is one Music extravaganza not to miss.


It is a musical, comedy and drama all wound into one which is split into three separate acts. I purchased the whole lot via iTunes and watched them in one sitting (around 45 minutes in total) and loved every glorious minute of it. As a fan of musicals, this displayed everything.


If you are a fan of this type of entertainment or not, I truly recommend checking this out. It’s fun, it’s thrilling, it’s glorious. The acting can be seen over the top but that is to be expected with characters as such on display.

The story is about a wannabe Super-villain, Dr. Horrible, who has an interest in a pretty young do gooder called Penny, a dislike for his arch nemesis Captain Hammer, who also has his eye on the girl, and a desire to join the Evil League of Evil. Add in Moist and the Bad Horse chorus group and you have a riot.

With great songs such as ‘A man’s gotta do’, ‘Brand New Day’ and ‘Everyone’s a hero’ to name a few, you could easily have these stuck in your mind for time to come.

I hope you check this out and enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you for reading. 

Blog Update & Film Recommendation for October

BUMPER SUNDAY EDITION

Good day, one and all, from a sunny, wet, miserable, glorious, close to the coast town in Deal, Kent. I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday and a great weekend. 


UPDATE

Today was meant to mark the start of a Sunday Serial, however, things happen out of our power, and quite literally, knock us off the road.


In the last week, I have had time to ponder things I would love to achieve in my writing career, life in general and things that aren’t so important. 

This blog I neglect on a regular basis and would like to make it more funky, fun and a have a nice smell (the third, please sit by a Yankee candle or bathe in a beautiful lush bath bomb to get the desire effect, or anything that you deem as blissful and nice).


I have been pushed out of my funk out of the event that had happened but slowly getting it back. It has also meant that I have had time to enjoy reading and watching films. So, Serial Sunday will return, blog posts will be more reliable, my novels and stories will be written and I will get back into reading more blogs too. I am a keen believer in supporting the things I am fond of and also support me (indie writers, authors in general, blogggers, amongst other things).


Film Recommendation 

I have been watching the Harry Potter back catalogue recently to be fair, that could be a futile recommendation as many, many people have seen it.

So I decided to cheat, and pick a film that was adapted from a novel I loved and starring the lead of Harry Potter to boot. It is also October and Halloween is approaching, so this film ticks all the right boxes.


The book was written by Joe Hill and I remember reading this whilst on holiday in October a couple of years back at Elveden Centre Parc. 

When I heard the film was being released, I couldn’t wait to watch it. Daniel Radcliffe portrayed Ig Perrish just as I pictured the character to be like, Juno Temple (big crush here) was amazing and as Merrin Williams and the film played out without any form of disappointment. It made me want to re-read the book immediately.

So this is the film suggestion of the month.


Everyone have an amazing day.

Book Recommendation – October

Good morning.

I hope you are all well and had a terrific week. I am still recovering from my aches and pains from a terrifying ordeal but we will back to working order in no time. 

The time recuperating has also gave me time to ponder certain aspects in my life that I can change around and make better. One of those things were blog and I am in the midst of looking into making it bigger and more fun. Keep an eye out for that. 

I will start with offering a book recommendation of the month. This months is Hex by Thomas Olde Heivelt. It is classed as a Horror and Dark Fantasy. 


His words grab you, are smooth and brings the story to life. I have been hooked since the first line. I suggest anyone for the love of the genre to invest time in this and check it out.

Blurb

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds for nights on end. So accustomed to her have the townsfolk become that they often forget she’s there. Or what a threat she poses. Because if the stitches are ever cut open, the story goes, the whole town will die.

The curse must not be allowed to spread. The elders of Black Spring have used high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break the strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into a dark nightmare.

It can be found in bookstores and on Amazon at a reasonable price. Check it out now 🙂

Be safe everyone.