Sunday, 22 December 2019

Nerd Church - My Favourite Time of the Year (...Despite Everything)


(Warning: this post discusses bereavement, & other bad stuff that's happened to me at Christmas)


This week has been... difficult.

That's the polite way of describing it, anyway.



I don't want to go into the detail because I'm just gonna get really upset again -

- but basically, there's a serious and significant - though thankfully fixable, although in the long-term rather than the short-term - problem with my grandfather's grave.



'Happy Christmas! Nadolig LLawen!' with red background, and Christmas tree with presents on the left-hand side



So, yeah. That's what I've been dealing with in the week before Christmas.

I guess it could be worse - last year, in the week before Christmas, we buried him.

A few years before that, my other grandfather died on Christmas Eve, followed by his wife, my grandmother, four days later.


Friday, 20 December 2019

I Watched The Film First! *Gasps* - 5 Books That I Read Because I'd Seen The Adaptations

You know the voice that's just like: 'you've read the book, now see the movie!'

...that voice doesn't know me at all.


'I Watched The Film First!' projected on a screen at the front of a cinema


I read a butt-tonne of books. 

Like, I read at the 200-per-year kind of speed.

But I watch loads of film and TV adaps. before I read the book.


Sunday, 15 December 2019

Nerd Church - Hope, Politics, and the Zombie Apocalypse


Something important happened on Thursday, dearest nerdlets!

What..? The UK election..?

Yeah, that happened too.

We now know which brand of f**ked we, as a country, are stuck with *sighs*



What I'm talking about, though, is yours truly watching a truly bizarre, but amazing, film, called Anna and the Apocalypse.



'Hope, Politics, and the Zombie Apocalypse' with a sprig of holly on the left-hand side, and the silhouettes of 3 zombies on the right-hand side. The first zombie has a santa hat, and a wreath around his neck. The second zombie has a reindeer antler headband. The final zombie has a gift tag and a bow. (...And I clearly got carried away making this graphic!)



Have you ever thought, 'wouldn't High School Muscial be better if it was combined with Shaun of the Dead... and it was in Scotland... at Christmas...?'

No? Well apparently someone did!

No, really. That is what this film is.


Sunday, 8 December 2019

Nerd Church - The Writer Diaries: Dealing With Self-Doubt



If you've been around my blog at all in the past (love you!) then you probably know that I struggle with...

...Well, that list could take a while, but for the purposes of this post, I struggle with self-doubt.


illustrated White girl with no face (artsy, no?) holding notebook and scratching head with pen
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay


So it's probably not that much of a surprise that I also have doubts when it comes to what I'm writing.

(Even blogposts - this is like my 6th attempt at writing this week's Nerd Church, and about the 3rd possible topic I came up with)



Thursday, 5 December 2019

Month In Review(s) - November 2019



November was... it was ok.

I spent most of the month with a revolving-door of colds and viruses, so business as usual I guess! 😅



November - Tachwedd title graphic



Sunday, 1 December 2019

Nerd Church - London Bridge


(Warning: this post discusses the terror attack on London Bridge and related issues)


single candle in the darkness



Sometimes, when one bad news story follows another, when one terrible event after another plays out on our screens, you can get the feeling that the words no longer have meaning.

But the words have meaning if you give them meaning.



London Bridge was an act of hate by someone who had previously shown themselves to be hateful - who had served their time for planning terrorist attacks and training camps.

But that doesn't mean parole, bail, license, is a bad thing.



Not everyone who makes a mistake will fail to learn from it.

People are people, dearest nerdlets. People are people.



Just as one ex-offender fails to change his ways, another saves so many lives.

The London Bridge attacker was held back and disarmed by a convicted murderer on day release, a guy with a fire extinguisher, and a Polish kitchen-worker named Łukasz who grabbed a narwhal tusk off the wall.

And the family of Amanda Champion are well within their rights to feel all sorts of ways about the fact that her killer was on day-release, and saved who-knows-how-many lives.

Lord knows, it won't bring her back.



But there are other families who have been spared that grief.

Two people were killed. Several were injured (and I wish them all the best and a speedy recovery.)

But it could have been so much worse.



Rehabilitation is possible. 

Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones believed in it.

No, not everyone is going to be a reformed character.

That's simply the way it is. But I'm in favour of helping people, of encouraging ex-cons to live, not just exist.



I'm in favour of love and a helping hand. Every time.









Last updated: 2nd December 2019

Friday, 29 November 2019

Friday Fics Fix - Angsty Bear


'He set his jaw and raised his eyes at Steve.

“How did you know what it feels like?”

He was genuinely afraid and somehow calm at the same time.'



Fics Fix! title image with purple background and white lightning bolt shape




I'm sure I've mentioned (probably waaay too much) that, at heart, I'm a li'l emo child.

I love the dark sh**, ok? It cheers me up! 😅

And luckily fanfiction has enough Angst (yep, with a capital 'A' - we mean business dearest nerdlets!) to keep even the most gothic of emo children happy.