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A glimpse into Volksian life - summary 1

Extract from the journal of Marxus, Arbiter of the 2nd platoon of the Palace Guard.

I haven't slept all night.  This is not uncommon.  My sister, second lady in waiting to Lady Tertia is much in the same situation as I.

We both would have much preferred the exhaustion to have been caused by yet another raucous and passionate guest (or guests) of our Lady Tertia.  At least there we know to keep our eyes forward and allow the ladies to tidy up (mop up really).  Ocassionally, we will politely escort or 'roll' an exhausted guest down the stairs and onto their palanquins but such is the lot of cosy palace guard life.  I must admit in my first year I always felt dread when I was shifted to guard Lady Tertia's quarters.  I was always apprehensive of the... noises that drifted past her doors.

It wasn't just her epicurean tastes in lovers, it was the strange magics she would dabble with in her studies and the strange mentors she would gather in her chambers.  I fear she wil…

Some people are calling it a respect gap

There’s a lot to get off my chest, today is fitting.I know, I’m being preachy, even patronising at times.I have re-written this 5 times because, yeah, I know what I’m like.But sometimes, you speak out and would you look at that, I’m already apologising for my opinions.So, just try not to roll your eyes too hard, just a bit.It’s hard in the era of 150 characters or less, but let’s try and give it a go.Also, before some of you get in with your ‘yeah but’s’ and ‘whatabouts’ – I hear you. Keep reading because guess what, it gets addressed, and I can only hope I can make it all make some sense for you. Feminism is an ‘F’ word now, because Feminazis are going to steal everyone’s penises and fly us all to the moon, where BBQs are banned and you can only eat sourdough and avocado, or something.Because an angry woman who is so done with the world is shrill, and extremist, and most of all wrong. /s (You ever wonder what happened to make her so mad?).  I can't even begin to scratch the surf…

Still writing - this time a fake script!

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A few months ago - I met some new people by attending this fun social workshop where people proposed their script ideas for fun.
I, of course, arrived late - and, of course, was also feverishly sick.

Anyway - everyone's ideas were fun and outlandish.  The vast majority of pitches were sci-fi or fantasy based and involved gratuitous amounts of imagined CGI.  Needless to say - the budgets for these movies would have been extreme. 

I actually didn't really come to the workshop with any ideas.  I mean, I know nothing about pitching a script or story, so I went along just to rub elbows and bask in the glow of other people's talent.

To my horror, I was still asked to take the stage and there I stood, red faced and wobbling slightly from fever as I pitched an old idea to a relatively unimpressed crowd.  One girl even vocalised that my idea, and those of others as well (so in this case I wasn't singled out, and I certainly wasn't offended), were pretty crap.  Can't ple…

What ho y'all!

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Will you look at that....

I have made a post.  Its taken me two or three years.  I have also finally changed the layout of this place.  Is this fancy enough for you? 
I think I want to do a few more changes, but it might not count for much if I don't really end up posting anything on here.

Ugh guys... adulting is hard! Every hour of my day is used up like sand in a... sand bucket...

But last week, my social media feed got inundated with information about the casting of my favourite game dad, Geralt of Rivia for the upcoming NetFlix series. 

I had feelings as a result.  Weird ones.




Anyway - I mentioned that I had an essay's worth of thoughts and a friend told me to write them down.  So here we are. 
Its a preliminary set of thoughts, and I truncated a lot of it and cut out loads of paragraphs because the article was meant to be for publication in another online thing.  But it didn't happen so I might as well archive it here. 

Having said that, I could expand on what I'v…

Quarter one achieved

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Ok man, what is happening. Its April! I am trying the blogger app. Its a bit weird and I have no idea if the pictures are showing properly.  Are they? I have no idea, I'm back on a browser now so hopefully this post will look a little more coherent than what I can see on my phone. Yes - April - goddamnit where is all the time going? Also - let's not panic... So I am becoming exceedingly lazy of late.  My weekends are full of events that while I may look like I am turning into a social butterfly, remember that appearances are deceiving and really, I am turning into a social slug.  I get there, I end up just lying about, and leaving a mess. I also went diving - and I really would have loved to share my photos of the lovely underwater world I encountered in Manly but my camera failed me.  But, I did go paddle boarding too - I was slow, I was wobbly and I forgot my sun-cream and I fell but you know what - I saw jellyfish float alongside me while doing it so it was an excellent …

The Epic Saga of the Filo Trip: Came for the bad jokes, stayed for the photos

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So – 2016 is happening huh? Holy shit do you know what that means?!
We are going to have a third Captain America movie.And a third Star Trek movie. And we just had the latest instalment of Star Wars as a glorious X-mas gift. What a time to be alive.

But we've also lost a bevy of awesome people - seriously, was there a statute of limitations that we didn't know about with regards to the coolest music and film icons ever?

Nonetheless, I can only feel grateful even as I’m slightly panicking that I have somehow gotten through 16 years of the new millennium and still have no idea what the hell I’m doing.
And there’s so much to do!! So much to see!! So many places to go! I want to continue travelling of course and have recently capped my travels of 2015 with a three week stay back home in the Philippines – the beautiful, beautiful homeland.
Except for the times when it isn’t.

But you know what – I missed my family, I missed the weird culture bubble that is Manila, I missed the godawful te…