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Sunday, 21 July 2019

Nerd Church - Trump Is A Racist, and Other Obvious Things That Still Have To Be Said





(Warning: this post discusses all things Trump, inc. racism, bigotry, and alleged sexual assault, inc. Jeffrey Epstein and paedophilia)


Trump is a racist.

He is a sexist, a homophobe, an ableist, a transphobe, an Islamophobe.

Trump is pretty much any kind of bigot or general a**hole you can think of.

I don't know why people are still surprised, but some people seem to be.



Two Muslim American women in hijabs holding hijabi US flag posters reading 'we the people'
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay



Sunday, 14 July 2019

Nerd Church - Casual Homophobia: A Thousand Cuts



(Warning: this post discusses several instances of homophobia, and the feelings caused.)

I use the term homophobia here as a catch-all for all types of bigotry against LGBTQ+ people.



When I was very, very, small, someone I love - an adult - said something that stuck a tiny dagger into my heart.





They said, "...it shows being Gay as something natural. Which it's not."


And a teeny-tiny voice in my small child brain said, 'But what about me?' and then I stamped it down very, very, hard.

Partly because I didn't know what I meant. What about me? What was I?

Well, if straight was the natural... then I was straight? Right?



Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Month in Review(s) - June 2019





June kind of flew by!

Partly because I was super-busy! Which is also why I (once again) posted less here than I wanted to.

I did manage to post a review though! Woo! I can still call myself a book blog! (Lol.) 😅



June - Mehefin graphic with blue sky and sun shape



Sunday, 7 July 2019

Nerd Church - The Writer Diaries: Turns Out, People Are Interested



I've never really had much confidence in my writing.

Like, objectively I know that people read this blog but... it always surprises (and delights,) me when someone comments, shares, etc. (Hint hint. Lol.)


fountain pen on an open notebook


Likewise, I'm always on edge about the fiction I write - it can't be something someone'd be interested in reading, right?

At the same time, not writing would be like not breathing. Unthinkable.

It's literally who I am - I breathe. I read. I write.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Nerd Church - Women In Danger Vs Men Inconvenienced: Discussing The Boris Johnson & Mark Field Stories



(Warning: this post discusses assault against women and domestic violence against women. It contains a news video where assault is shown in the thumbnail.)


British politicians don't have the best track record with women lately.

If you're not aware (I know a lot of you are international - and I utterly adore you!) we've had two serious incidents involving British politicians and women over the last few weeks.



Women In Danger Vs Men Inconvenienced: Discussing The Boris Johnson & Mark Field Stories title image in collage w/ a pic of broken glass, and a pic of a heart drawn on a concrete wall in marker




Both incidents involved aggression. One definitely involved violence.

Both politicians were male Conservatives.

Make of that what you will. I just submit it to the jury m'lud.

(Brit slang notes: m'lud is a shortening of 'my Lord,' which is what you're supposed to say to judges etc. M'lud is also used sarcastically. Because British.)



Sunday, 23 June 2019

Nerd Church - Anxiety: Worrying About Sh** I Actually Don't Care About



(Warning: this post discusses Anxiety (which you probably figured out) and Depression)


If you're worried about paying the bills when you've got no money in the bank, that's logical.

Likewise, worrying about a friend who's been going through a tough time, or feeling anxious before you give a speech, is totally understandable.




'Anxiety Worrying About Sh** I Don't Actually Care About' title image w/ multi-coloured stripes on the right-hand side



Anxiety, though?

Anxiety blows the normal sh** out of proportion, while adding some completely illogical sh** t'boot.



Sunday, 16 June 2019

Nerd Church - 5 Super-Dads (And 5 Who Aren't So Super)



(This post may have some mild spoilers for various superhero-y dealies.)


Let's have some fun this Father's Day, shall we?



Title image: 5 Super Dads (And 5 Who Aren't So Super)



Superhero media is a hazardous place to be a father...

...Either you or your kid keeps getting kidnapped and you have to save each other...

...someone changes the timeline and suddenly you've accidentally poofed your child out of existence...

...your kids get ret-conned for film license purposes so that they're no longer your kids...

...they turn out to be super-villains even though you thought they were dead...

It ain't easy!


Sunday, 9 June 2019

Nerd Church - 9 Things I Learnt From the Chernobyl TV Series



The last episode of the Sky/HBO dramatisation of the Chernobyl disaster aired last Tuesday.

When I was a kid, Chernobyl was the reason people couldn't sell their livestock.

I live over 1000 miles away from the site of the Chernobyl disaster. I was born years after the explosion.

But when I was a kid, Chernobyl was the reason people couldn't sell their livestock.

The restrictions on sheep farmers were only lifted in 2012.



'9 Things I Learnt From the Chernobyl TV Series' graphic with radiation warning sign in front of trees



Beyond that, I knew very little.

I think, in my mind, I imagined some sort of cross between Aberfan and 9/11. A chilling thought in itself, really.



Over the years, I understood a little more, but the impact was still hard to imagine - until it was on-screen.

The Sky/HBO series 'Chernobyl' was incredible. Simply incredible.

(Though obviously, extremely heavy stuff!)

And this eye-opening series taught me a few things about life, the universe, and everything:



1. Nuclear power is not safe.


Like, I kind of knew this anyway. But this series confirmed it.

Don't give me statistics about 'only X number of incidents' or 'there are Z safety measures in place.'



This happened.

This killed thousands of people, and came disturbingly close to turning the entirety of Europe into a nuclear wasteland.

This could happen again.

It only takes one incident.



2. Saving face < saving lives


People cared more about saving their reputations, not appearing politically weak, and generally covering their own a**es, than actually FIXING THE PROBLEM AND SAVING LIVES.

Unfortunately, this is still true in too many circumstances.




3. When people in power lie, people without power die


Lies from those in government can never lead to safety and happiness for the general populace.

They just lead to pain and death. History teaches us this again and again, but still governments refrain from telling the truth.

Tells you something about their priorities, I suppose.




4. The Soviet regime was never truly Communist


The problem with Communism is that it's easily abused, and all too fallible.

In principle, there is nothing wrong with notions of equality, fairness, and Socialism. (I'm Welsh, can you tell?)

A regime that would let its people - its workers - suffer for its mistakes is not a Communist regime. It's just another faux-Communist dictatorship.

The world is round - you go left for long enough, you end up on the far-right.




5. It's always the people with nothing who are called on to give the most


Regular working people were the ones who risked everything to control the disaster.

Regular working people were the ones who risked, and often lost, their lives to save millions.




6. A miner's a miner, no matter where you go


Maybe it's just that the actors etc. were British, but I've known a lot of ex-miners - they're a unique breed all their own, and these Russian/Ukrainian miners very much fit that expectation!



7. Taking responsibility for your actions is important

...otherwise you end up with clusterf**ks which nearly kill a continent.

Of course, Russia still hasn't learnt that lesson, if their plans to make their own series blaming the CIA for the disaster are anything to go by.


8. Incompetence and cost-cutting kills

Again, I live in Wales. I kind of knew this. But it bears repeating.


When it comes to safety, people have to know what they're doing. And they can't scrimp on costs.

Safety has to come first, or people die.




9. Listen to the goddamn scientists!

Strangely, they tend to know more about things like nuclear power (and, I dunno, CLIMATE CHANGE) than your average bureaucrat.


It's almost like they studied this stuff or something. Weird.






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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Month in Review(s) - May 2019


May was another month of ups-and-downs.



Such is life - we just keep moving after all!



Things are starting to kind of improve depression-wise, if you squint and turn your head a bit, so... that's good!


'May' graphic with yellow flower

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Nerd Church - The World's Exhausting Expectations of Women



Who the hell is it that's making 'the Social norms' anyway?

Cos I think we all need to have a few words with them.



The World's Exhausting Expectations of Women with a woman asleep on a bed and her pug dog flopped in front of her




I mean, the amount of stuff we're expected to be and not be doesn't make any goddamn sense. The 'shoulds' and 'shouldn'ts' are ridiculous.

(In a broad sense, I mean - I'm sure there's stuff you actually should do, like eat and sleep and go to the loo, and stuff you shouldn't like arson, theft, murder, voting for Donald Trump, etc.

There's exceptions to most generalisations.)



Women, for example, get a raw effing deal.

Just looking at ads and articles aimed at women can sometimes be goddamned exhausting!


Sunday, 26 May 2019

Nerd Church - Game of Thrones: No-One's Very Happy, Which Means It's A Good Compromise



This post has Game of Thrones **spoilers** EVERY GOD-DAMN-WHERE! Ok? Ok.

It's best to get the spoiler warnings outta the way. 😉

Also, y'know this is Game of Thrones, so general WARNING for potentially distressing content.





Sunday, 19 May 2019

Nerd Church - Is This Dystopia?


(Warning: This post discusses the general state of the world. It covers topics including but NOT limited to: the far-right, general bigotry, rape, abortion, violence.)



The year is 2019.

In America, a reality TV star, and well-documented sexual predator* (by his own admission,) is enjoying his third year of power.

*(Warning: Link discusses rape and sexual assault)

Backed by the Russians, this son of a KKK supporter holds on despite numerous scandals and allegations.

In the South of the country, cisgender women and people with uteruses (uteri..? I can never figure out which one to use,) are subjugated when Alabama decides their bodies belong to the state, to the cisgender men who legislate there.

Alabama claims to be pro-life, and supports the death penalty. They cannot see the irony.

Arkansas makes steps in the same direction. (Warning: Link discusses rape.)

Across the country people who are different are made to feel afraid.

People's rights are slowly stripped away. People have no access to affordable healthcare. Life is a pre-existing condition.

And yet many cling on to their guns despite the graves of their children, thinking that a wall will somehow solve their problems.





Sunday, 12 May 2019

Nerd Church - The Writer Diaries: Patchwork Writing and Whatever Works For You



Some people are 'plotters,' some people are 'pantsers' - and I write in patchwork.

For those who don't know, writing fiction is generally split into two camps by the people who split things (whoever they are - I'm not sure anyone's ever met them) - plotting and pantsing.



writing and knitting stuff on a desk
Image by Pexels from Pixabay



Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Month in Review(s) - April 2019




April - well, April didn't have any work-related nose-bleeds, for a start!

Thanks to everyone for asking if I was ok, etc, last month - honestly I think you guys were a lot more worried about it than I was 😅



April title image with artsy girl in red coat holding an umbrella



On the one hand, April had Easter and chocolate and spring flowers, and all that awesome stuff!

Y'know, lots of fun stuff to enjoy and smile about! 😊

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Nerd Church - The 9 Most Annoying Things That Have Been Said To Me About Being A Second-Generation Vegetarian




I was raised Vegetarian.

So even as Vegetarianism and Veganism has become more main-stream, I've been sat here in a unique kind of space, that not many people get to see.



happy cartoon woman with cooking utensils and vegetables
Image by nugroho dwi hartawan from Pixabay


I've spent my entire life as a Vegetarian.

Which, especially when I was younger, before it became popular, did create some tensions... not least because nothing used to be labelled with a 'V' or whatever.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Nerd Church - Hope Against Hatred


(Warning: this post discusses terrorism and hate crimes)

Is it me, or is the world in a free-fall of hate?

Between the Sri Lanka attacks, the murder of Lyra McKee, and the day-to-day hate crimes we see here, there, and everywhere, it can sometimes feel like there's no hope left.



single candle against the darkness


There is. There is hope.

There will always be hope.



The Sri Lankan death-toll has been revised down - this IN NO WAY DIMINISHES THE TRAGEDY.

But around 100 people less than was thought were killed. (News report here - graphic descriptions of the attacks' aftermath is included.)

Cold comfort though it is, that's still 100 people less killed by hatred.



Lyra McKee's death has led to a renewal of power-sharing negotiations in Northern Ireland. That's huge. 

(Although, the politicians should def. be ashamed it had to come to this.)



Of course, nothing takes away the pain of losing beautiful loved-ones to senseless hatred.

But there's some light in the dark. And there always will be.

And for as long as I have to, I'll be right here, speaking for love over hate, as best as I can in my own little way.

Love ya, dearest nerdlets 💖









Last updated: 7th May 2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Nerd Church - Happy Easter (or, Let's Respect Each Other, Yeah?)



Happy Easter/Pasg Hapus dearest nerdlets!


coloured eggs in nest
Image by Couleur from Pixabay



One of the most enduring symbols of Easter is eggs, dontcha think?

Chocolate eggs, painted eggs, eggs with chicks breaking out, eggs just randomly decorating everything!

But I've been noticing some egg-hate lately.

And I don't mean from Vegans - that's a whole different set of issues related to a different set of moral questions - nope, I mean from people who don't know much about history.


Sunday, 14 April 2019

Nerd Church - Give Me Gareth Thomas Over Israel Folau, Any Day



Those of you in parts of the world where rugby isn't A Big Thing™ probably haven't heard about the current Israel-Folau-homophobia situation.



rainbow umbrella



For those people, here's a quick summary:

- Israel Folau is a world-class Australian international rugby player

- He's been warned previously about his homophobic posts on social media

- He did it again

- It's likely he'll be dropped from the Australian national team just before the World Cup because they ain't putting up with that sh** any more

- An English rugby player, Billy Vunipola, has also stuck his oar in


Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Month In Review(s) - March 2019



March was blood, sweat, and tears.

...literally!



March title image with daffodils on right-hand side


March was a month in which I worked my a** off (no change there then!) and learned that apparently when my body's decided I've worked too much, it gives me a spike of Anxiety and a nose-bleed.

I f**k you not.


Sunday, 7 April 2019

Nerd Church - 4 Tips For Blogging When Busy




I've been super-busy lately, and I've just about managed to keep up with the blogging.

I haven't got everything done that I wanted to do, but I've kept it ticking over with my average of 3 posts a week, plus answering comments, blog-hopping, Twitter-ing, and all the hidden blog tasks like SEO and finding images for posts.

graphic with 'blog' written/stencilled repeatedly with artsy globe
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


Phew! When I put it that way, I wonder how I've been doing all this plus running my own business and dealing with regular life-stuff, but I have! (No wonder I've been so tired!)

Also there has been literal blood, sweat, and tears over the past month - I've come to the conclusion that I don't need to add to that with stress over blogging!