27 May 2018

On growth and make-believe

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I’ve been doing a lot of introspection recently. And, by recently, I actually mean the last six months or so. I have felt some perceived pressure to change direction, and it really is perceived because, for some reason, I have made myself believe it is there, even though it isn’t.

And while thinking about this in great depth, I have noticed how easy it is to lull oneself into a false sense of growth, just because one is ticking all the boxes. And doing things simply because it checks all the boxes does not really allow for growth.

And looking back over the last few months, I have wasted a lot of time anguishing about this perceived pressure, rather than doing things as I would have in the past. And by doing this, I have killed off a bit of my mojo.

Time to return to that space outside my comfort zone, where I create things rather than consume and chase dragons rather than cuddle kittens.

Just one question: where did I hide the gummy berry juice?

19 May 2018

An interlude

I miss the simplicity
Of happy moments and
Shared joys

It has become
So uncool
To enjoy things

I miss the time when
It was okay to
Have simple fun

14 May 2018

On Science Fiction

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The first Sci-Fi I remember capturing my attention was E.T. I was all of 8 years old, almost 9, when it was released, and I made my long-suffering family take me to the cinema several times to watch it. I know they took turns, and I ended up seeing it 9 times in the cinema. By the last time, I could just about recite every word, and started crying when the yellow flowers drooped.

There have been many many stories since then, from Starman to Star Trek, Stargate and, of course, Star Wars. My love for everything with the word Star in it is no secret, really.

But even if there wasn’t Star in the name, if it was Science Fiction and set in space, you can pretty much guarantee that I watched it, and loved it quite a bit. I’m looking at you, Farscape, but not forgetting Andromeda, Battelstar Galactica, Lexx, and so many more.

Here is my confession. I have never really been big on reading SciFi. Sure, I read some of it – Dune mostly – but have, for the most part, not really included space operas in my reading, often because I steered clear of reading series of any kind, and preferred stand-alone stories.

1118full-the-expanse-posterThen, two years ago, I discovered The Expanse. A colleague told me about the books, but I had a fair bit going on in my life at the time (like planning moving my family to a new continent) that I didn’t quite pay attention. When the series was released on Netflix, I thought I would give a go. And I was hooked. In the two weeks that I was alone in the UK waiting for my family to arrive, I watched season 1 another two times through, and when season 2 was made available on Netflix, I devoured it (and rewatched). And then broke down and started buying the books, which just cemented my love for this series.

I woke up on Friday morning to the news that SyFy has decided effectively cancel the TV series. My heart has been broken since. But we, the fans, have been campaigning Amazon and Netflix since then to pick up the show, and maybe, just maybe, there is hope for future seasons.

8 May 2018

On sunny days

Summer finally arrived towards the end of last week, with temperatures soaring into the high 20s, and we had 3 beautiful sunny days over the week-end. I really hope it continues, and that this wasn’t the summer of 2018.

We did try and make the most of the sunshine by taking our favourite short human (friends’ offspring) to Legoland Windsor.

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The husband and I last visited in 2013, and it was a very different experience, as we were two adults visiting without a short human. I didn’t really take many pictures, as I was continuously occupied Smile

Here’s to a long, hot summer!

2 May 2018

On Sword Bearers

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I got to see my favourite vikings, Ensiferum, live in London last night. It is the first time in 7 years I’ve seen them live, and it was simply perfect.

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