Skip to main content

The Big Fat Holiday Four

And the boys from the NYPD choir were singing Galway Bay, and the bells were ringing out for Christmas Day. So a merry Santa Day to the blogosphere - I hope you're feeling as fatty as I am after my Christmas dinner (and that was two days ago).

Just in case you took a spin around in the TARDIS and lost track of time, a couple days ago the world celebrated Christmas. It began at 6 AM for me - I took out my mouthguard, drank a cup of tea, and then went back to bed. I then reattempted Christmas morning at 8:45 AM precisely, for my brother's alarm clock woke me up. It was a fair haul - Fujifilm camera, Doctor Who 1-5 Seasons, DVDs (Inception, Se7en, Iron Man 2, Supernatural, etc), a dozen or so books (DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, BEHEMOTH, LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, etc), art supplies, money for Thailand...It goes on. Like I said: fair haul. Thereby, I give you a few shots from my Christmas with my brand spanking new camera.

1: my little cousin Jimmy in the Batman getup I bought him. 2: my aunt's, where we have lunch.3: a part of my Dad's annual Christmas challenge (you kick a soccer ball into one of the three goals and you get a gift. you hit three, you get three presents). 4: the reindeer on the roof of my aunt's neighbour's. 5: my family's nativity scene (yeah, that is indeed Mulan's horse you see). 6:another part of my Dad's annual Christmas challenge (you pick out a paper and open it, you then either miss a turn or are told to kick a soccer ball)

Just in time for the holiday season, I finished revising the first volume of my book! RETURN is halfway through its sixth round and I'm developing and falling in love with my characters more and more as I creep closer to its core. (:

The only thing to remember is to keep motivated, and to stop reminding myself of the impending end to the holidays, which ends earlier for me (as I am going to Thailand on the 14th). I've begun re-sketching some of the concept art in regard to said characters, which I might thrown on up soon (for the time being you should check out the gallery link under the Portkeys sidebar menu).

So, I am a recent convert to Whodom, which you probably didn't know, and I got the entire five seasons of the reboot for Christmas. This morning, I began the fifth season, which I hadn't yet seen and I must say, impressive. New theme, new TARDIS, new Doctor and assistant. I must say, I'm loving all four. Especially Ms. Pond's Scottish accent and the banter. However, there are the down falls, such as the Teletubby Daleks, and Amy's trout pout. All in all, I'm glad I recorded the Christmas Special last night and that I heard the Doctor's impersonation of the TARDIS landing noise.

And the customary rant begins. Yesterday, I rented Return of the Joker from the video shop, which is a movie linked to the Batman Beyond/of the Future series. And I loved it. To hear Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong - the classic kids. It got me thinking about a matter that my friends will tell you will have me ranting for a solid five minutes without breathing. The new superhero cartoons. have you seen Batman: the Bold and the Brave? Ew. Compared to the Animated Series, I could do better.

All the cartoons are, nowadays, terrible animations, anime rip-offs, or that strange rounded balloon-type Pixar stuff. What happened to the classic WB style? I love that style. I grew up on that style. And now I must seek out a boxset of the Animted Series or never watch another Batman cartoon again.

#end Nerd Out.


  1. I completely agree with you about that cartoons bit - we had all the classic 90's cartoons. Happy christmas!

    I laughed hard at the Mulan horse. XD Congrats on the finished revisions! And have a great time in Thailand. I heard the food is to die for.

  2. I agree, I hate today's cartoons. UGGGHHH! and for me too, the classic 90s cartoons are where it's at! :D

    That's awesome about your revision!! I found myself a little forlorn recently because I realised I might need to do some drastic things to my novel...which would of course be better in the long run, but I felt momentarily lacking in energy when standing in that particular mountain's shadow. :P

  3. How interesting! One of my daughters is a huge Dr. Who fan--her college buddies got her started. And my other daughter just returned from a trip to Thailand. Hope yours is fantastic!



Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

"In 900 Years of Time and Space, I've Never Met Anyone Who Wasn't Important Before" (Problem: Boring Lead, Riveting Supporting Cast)

I received an email the other day from a reader (who wanted to remain anonymous in this post - but we'll call her Sarah) who told me that she was having trouble getting into her protagonist, despite this being her most prominent POV.
She is dynamic as many Young Adult characters are, but at the beginning she's anxious and self-doubting because she's in that adolescent phase when you realise everything you know about yourself is completely wrong and you're just starting to discover who you REALLY are. There's not much that makes her like me (or am I kidding myself?) even though I've been in the same position as her. Well maybe not exactly since this is YA SF, but as far as her emotional state goes, I've been through that. But I just feel like she should've developed more by now, and she still feels like a faceless stock character.
Bildungsroman is the nature of YA above all, and that relatable trait for the protagonist is necessary. To some extent, ther…

Your Workspace is All Wrong (And What's Essential to Boost Productivity)

The way we writers work is peculiar, and actually, particular. Though I've found that one method for one novels doesn't always suit another novel. Some of us are fully digitised, others still handwrite half of their work, and many of us are an amalgam in between. 
Me? I like to outline with tangible plot points, create and reshuffle, and I do this with post it notes on cork boards. I can keep track of pacing, interlocked story lines and character frequency. I can sketch landscapes and statues therein. But when it comes to writing, it has to be in Word.
But today, I want to talk about healthy creative environments.

So, at the moment, I'm on the floor in my living room, more from my uncanny ability to sit cross-legged for extended periods of time and the fact that I just spent the better part of a year extricated from my family in HSC mode (and I'm attempting to quash complaints that they never see me despite my nearly always being home). That, and the wifi conks out on…

Don't I Look Darling In Red? (Or, HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY)

This Christmas, I'm celebrating YA in a big way. Despite our differences, YA has brought me some great characters, some great plots, and writing and all-round inspiration. I definitely have some favourites or books I'm dying to read and for the season of giving, I want to share with you. I'll be giving away a book, some are pre-orders, current releases, sequels, from the list below. 
Go on, pick one. Any one.

Truthfully, that list is more like a recommendations list. Really, any book that you want, be it a pre-order, current release, sequel or whatever, I'm willing to hear whatever it is that you're dying to read this holidays.

Now, just some details.
This giveaway is open internationally, as long as Book Depository delivers to you.You must be a follower of this blog.You must comment below with a book you'd like to receive or give away this Christmas.You must be at least 13+ to enter or have your parent email me with permission.One entry per person.Open until m…