So apparently I was the fifth person in the southern hemisphere to finish this superb game, and I’m real proud of the review, so if you like it, reblog! I want as many people to read as possible. Plus I’ve been nominated for a gaming journo award and REALLY wanna win it. I love writing about games and this could take me from semi-known to known. Many thanks, guys!
You’ve gotta be careful with your words, kids. You might think that words are harmless, but when you say negative things towards another person, you can hurt them. The next time you feel like saying something bad, try to imagine that instead of words coming out of your mouth, it’s something hurtful. Like a spear. Imagine your words are like a big old wooden spear coming out of your mouth. You’re just gagging that thing up like a mama bird feeding her young. Yakking up a big ol’ splintery spear. That don’t feel so good now does it?
Stay on the internet all day and all night and don’t eat anything. Let the infinite supply of information nourish you. I just read an eHow on how to de-seed a pomegranate and clean out an Inspiron 1500 fan and I am absolutely stuffed.
Huddle round, you guys. That’s it. Get in real close. I’m only going to say this once and real quiet, so you gotta get right up in my face now.
(WHISPERS) Everything’s gonna be alright. With hard work and dedication, you can be whatever you wanna be. Why, just last week, I decided to become a rock, and look, I’ve already got all this moss growin’ all over me. I’m almost there.
Alan Clay is a 54-year-old failed business man. He’s divorced and he can’t afford to send his teenage daughter to college. ‘A Hologram for the King’ tells Alan’s story as he travels to Saudi Arabia to take one last chance at success - selling hologram technology to be used in the King…
More book reviews coming at you, all up in your face.
Set in depression-era Illinois, ‘The Adventures of Augie March’ is a sprawling novel covering the life of the titular character from boyhood through to his thirties. As we follow Augie throughout his life, we witness the changes in American society as the economy worsens and war begins.
My friend Ben Pobjie what writes on the papers and sometimes speaks on the telly and on the wireless also runs a podcast called Gather Round Me with his full-time mate Cam Smith who also does things as well but I don’t know him as well but…
If you set yourself a crazy big target (like 30,000 words in one weekend), even if you don’t hit it, you will end up writing more than you ever thought you could in that space of time.
Having a team of people with the same goal is incredibly helpful. They set such an amazing pace that you feel compelled to keep up with them.
It is a good idea to take a break from editing. In the past, I have been a compulsive editor. I will write a sentence and immediately delete it to try and write something better. And then delete that as well. When you’re trying to write 30,000 words, you don’t have time to be constantly fussing over your words. And by continuing on without fixing things, I’m pretty sure I’ve taken my work in some directions I would never had thought of if I kept stopping and starting.
It is so important to set aside a good chunk of the day and dedicate it to writing, and only writing. Multitasking is great, but it doesn’t belong near my story drafts.
Heat packs are indispensable.
Over the course of this weekend, despite writing around other commitments, I’ve written over 12,000 words. There’s two hours to go yet. I’m going to try my hardest to crack 15,000. And while I’ve come out well under what we were all shooting for, I am awfully pleased. I managed to crank out the following:
A decent draft of a short story called “Mine” – 8,607 words
Two blog posts for my infrequently updated music site Learning! – 1, 809 words
A draft of a short story called “We Don’t Know How to Talk” – 667 words
The beginnings of a little story about a kid named Second Place – 623 words
And attempt to restart an old novel, which didn’t really go anywhere – 221 words
And this here blog post – 316 words. No, 318. Wait! 321.
But more importantly, I discovered that I have not been pushing myself anywhere near hard enough with my writing. If I can crank out this many words over 13 or so hours of writing, there is no damn reason why I can’t be putting in at least an hour every day and coming out of it with 1,000 words. Heck, make it two hours and 2,000. I have got myself on a roll, I’ve just got to keep it up every day.
So thank you, Rabbit Holers and EWF and the amazing Patrick O’Duffy and Samantha Van Zweden for all the support these past couple of days! I may have been participating online, but it really felt like we had a community working together on this thing. This has been a truly amazing experience.
Harry Haller, the Steppenwolf, is a man who feels he has reached the end. He is unable to resolve the constant conflict within his personality, and is unable to function as a member of society. Wandering through the city, Haller stumbles across a door to a magic theatre that declares it is “FOR…
I’m currently working my way through my ridiculous “to read” pile at home. Here’s a little review of Steppenwolf, the first book I pulled out of the hat.
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow is up next, so if you have it in your pile as well, why not read it too?
I’d like to take a moment, if I may, to draw your attention to this very important issue. The Astor Theatre - a Melbourne landmark and cinema icon - is under threat. The cinema has not been given an option to renew its lease past 2015, after which time St Michaels (the current owners) want to close it and turn it into a private school arts space and uniform shop. If you love the movies, and love seeing them in a gorgeous 1930s art-deco theatre, this CANNOT be allowed to happen. So many classic cinemas have already been forced to close, and if The Astor goes too then we will have lost an irreplaceable treasure. If The Astor closes, we will never be able to get it back. Ever.
So that’s why I’m asking all of my Melbourne followers (and others too if you’re inspired by this cause) to check out www.fota.net.au and sign the petition to save the cinematic heritage of this city. If you’ve already signed the petition, you are awesome. If you haven’t, you too can be awesome - just head to the website, follow the links and add your name to the growing numbers of Astor supporters. It only takes a few seconds and will make a massive difference.
Thanks for your support everyone.
The Astor is the greatest cinema in Melbourne. Hands down.