“This or That”

It likely comes as no surprise that I’m not wonderful when it comes to making decisions. I mean, there are just so many options to consider, even with things that should be simple, like being asked my favourite colour. (Am I wearing it? Looking at it? Is it for a car or a house or for something artistic? What mood am I in, or what mood do I want to be in? Etc., etc., etc.)

Due to my inability to give a straight answer, the following video clip with me responding to a “This or That” game (filmed while I was at Sydney Writers’ Festival last month), is somewhat hilarious. You’ve been warned!

Moana = Happy Sigh

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I (finally) went to see Moana at the cinemas on Thursday and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. Honestly – it was sheer brilliance. I laughed, I cried, I felt like being one of “those people” at the end and clapping my heart out. Above all, I remember sitting in my car afterwards, preparing to drive home, and thinking two thoughts.

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“How To Speak Australian”

It boggles my mind to see just how many people are now following this blog, and believe me when I say it is incredibly humbling and not just a little bit overwhelming! I know many of you are from all over the world, so I wanted to share this short video clip with you from my country, Australia. It has “gone viral” over social media this week and for good reason, since it’s kind of hilarious. The title is “How to speak Australian: Abbreviate everything” – and that pretty much tells you everything you need to know. I wish I could say we don’t speak like this, but really, we actually do. (Which just makes it even more funny.)

I hope you enjoy learning a little of the language of my people! And prepare to have a bit of a giggle while doing so! :-)

Quiz Time! Which YA Novel Do You Belong In?

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I clearly have too much time on my hands today, but fortunately (or not) I stumbled upon this little BuzzFeed gem. I’ve done the quiz three times (again, too much time!) and I’ve ended up with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Divergent, and Fangirl. Let me know if you get something different!!

You can find the quiz by clicking here.

Oh, and BTW, if you can pick Hogwarts for the “ideal travel destination”, why-oh-why wouldn’t you go there?!

Comic-Con Craziness

So, I spent the weekend at OZ Comic-Con (and also at the Brissy Writers Festival—but I’ll write up a post about BWF for next time since so much happened at both). Comic-Con was AMAZING! I seriously can’t believe how great the convention was! I was definitely not expecting it to be so full-on! And I also wasn’t expecting it to be so much fun—but again, it was!

I got there first thing in the morning naively presuming it wouldn’t be that busy… But I was so wrong. The place wasn’t even due to open for another half hour and there were thousands of people waiting (if not more!). The crowds were insane! And at least a quarter of the people were dressed up in crazy, amazing, out-of-this-world, mind-bogglingly-awesome costumes. I couldn’t believe my eyes! People got super into it! It was really super cool!

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What was also cool was how nice everyone was. I made so many ‘insta-buddies’ there since we spent a lot of time in queues for various things, and we just bonded over geeky fantasy/sci-fi stuff while we waited. It was awesome.

In fact, the entire event was just in the realm of oh-my-gosh-amazing. I got to meet Orlando Bloom, who was, (quite surprisingly), a seriously nice guy. Very softly spoken (again, surprise), and very British (sorry all you hard-core fans out there, I had no idea he was English! I just presumed he was American!)…

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Then after the seriously cool moment of meeting Orlando, I took my star-struck self to see an Q&A thing with Colin Ferguson. I’m a huge ‘Eureka’ fan but what was so amazing was that Colin is JUST like the character he plays – Jack Carter – in real life. He’s so flipping funny! And so animated! And super amazing with people; he was just extremely relatable and communicable. He was also so down-to-earth, or at least he came across that way. And when I met him in person a bit later, he really showed that to be true. I got to have an actual proper conversation with him which was awesome and I basically just said something along the lines of, “Thanks for seeming so much like Jack Carter in person.” And I kind of said it flippantly, but he looked at me with the most genuinely pleased expression on his face and said the most whole-hearted, “Thank you!” Then I went on to tell him how much I enjoyed his Q&A and how great a communicator he is, and, no joke, he almost looked like he was getting emotional. (In a good way). He even said something like, “That means a lot—thank you so much!” and it wasn’t a flyaway comment either, he really truly appeared to be grateful! He seems like he’s just such a super nice guy. In fact, of the day, I think one of my highlights is meeting him, since he was just so nice! Here’s a pic of us:

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I mooched around for a while after that and then I ended up getting to see Jason Momoa too, which was pretty cool. I’ve never watched ‘Game of Thrones’ but I love ‘Stargate Atlantis’, so seeing him was really awesome too. And, wow, he is ripped. As in, muscles-on-muscles. Very impressive. (Don’t judge me! That kind of physique earns the respect these few words provide, haha). But he seemed really cool too – almost like a big teddy bear. I saw him in a Q&A thing later in the day and, golly, he has a foul mouth! (But he did apologise for it, at least – and he kept trying to talk in code once he realised kids were in the audience. It was pretty funny!). He also came into the Q&A carrying a cardboard box which he said was to “brew his coffee” and he ended up ‘sneakily’ pulling out a beer and pouring it into a coffee cup (aka, ‘brewing coffee’). Very amusing for us in the audience, especially since he’s great with his facial expressions and made it even funnier anytime he needed a “sip of coffee”. And, funnier still, when he was asked about the most important thing to do when directing, his answer was: “Make sure your cooler is full—of ‘coffee’.” Hehe… Little bit amusing. And speaking of amusing, he also gets points for telling a story that involved a Korean bathing house and required him using the word “hoo-haa” in an extremely inappropriate manner. It was hilarious with a capital H.

But anyway… See how big he is here—his arm muscles don’t even fit in the photo!

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Later on I also got to see two of the dwarves from The Hobbit in a Q&A—Stephen Hunter (aka Bombur) and Dean O’Gorman (aka Fili)—and, oh wow, they were so entertaining! Some direct quotes from them:

Question: What was your inspiration to become an actor?

Dean O’Gorman: Inability to do maths.

Stephen Hunter: Make a lot of money without having to do a lot of work.

Question: What was the hardest thing about dwarf boot camp?

Dean O’Gorman: Exercising. Just exercising.

Stephen Hunter: The shoes. It’s like running with a three-year-old on each foot.

Question: Why do you think you were chosen to play the roles of the dwarves?

Dean O’Gorman: Extreme handsomeness.

Stephen Hunter: We were cheap.

As you can see, they were great fun to watch. (Or maybe you had to be there? Just trust me, they were great!).

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But yeah, so many other things happened and it was a crazy-crazy-fabulous convention, but those are the highlights that I can remember. One thing is for sure, I’ll definitely be going again!

That’s all I have to say for now, but stay tuned: in a few days I’ll write up a post about everything that happened at the Brisbane Writers Festival. That was also fabulous!

I Laughed… I Cried…

… And I clapped like a complete dork at the end.

What am I talking about, you ask? Why, Disney’s Maleficent, of course!

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This movie was beyond anything I could have expected! I’m such a happily-ever-after kind of girl, so I was quite apprehensive about it, especially since I’m also a huge Disney classics fan and I adore the animated version of Sleeping Beauty. But I have no words to describe just how stunning this movie was!

Angelina Jolie was incredible in it. She made it so easy to fall in love with her despite being the ‘villain’ of the story… And she made it easy to root for her, too! I won’t say any more on this since I don’t want to give anything away, but seriously…

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It was also visually captivating with gorgeous fantasy elements that seemed to come to life and burst straight out of the screen (and I didn’t even see it in 3D!).

To top it all off, the story itself was singularly unique and beautifully redemptive. All in all, it was breathtaking!

I cannot recommend this movie enough, so you’ll just have to go and experience it for yourselves! Here’s a link for the trailer just in case you haven’t seen it yet. It looks pretty ‘dark’ in this clip, but while there are definitely those elements in it, overall the movie itself is just beyond gorgeous. And like I said earlier, it’s beautifully redemptive. So, give it a go – you won’t regret it!

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Only One Day Left…

… For you to participate in the writing game by adding your own sentence to our interactive story. In twenty-four hours, I’ll be tacking on a “The End” and soon after that I’ll publish it in a post for us all to read. How exciting!

If you’re new to my blog, you can find out what I’m talking about and join the fun by adding your own sentence to the story here.

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Let’s Play A Writing Game!

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*Blinks* … Wow! There are officially over 5000 people following this blog as of today – which is insane! How incredibly humbling – and mind-boggling! I simply have no words to describe how amazed I am!

To celebrate this crazy moment in my blogging life, I was thinking we could play an interactive game, of sorts. Since I’m a writer, I had this idea that it might be fun for us to write a story – together. Here’s what I had in mind:

Basically, it’ll be a sentence-by-sentence sort if deal. Using the comment section below, Person 1 will write a sentence, and Person 2 will read that sentence and write their own sentence that follows along. BUT HERE’S THE CATCH: Person 3 can only read Person 2’s sentence (just as, say, Person 78 can only read Person 77’s sentence). So, you can only read the sentence directly before your own. Your sentence has to flow straight on from it, but because of that, it might not necessarily be within the context of the whole story, since you can’t read the rest yet! (See how much fun this is going to be? Yay!)

We’ll play this game for seventy-two hours (three days), and I’ll post a reminder every day until we’re done. When that time is up, I’ll tack on a ‘The End’ and then publish the whole story in a blog post for us to all laugh over (because I’m sure it’s going to be messy with a capital ‘m’).

To keep it a little more structured, here are some rules:

1. You can only write one sentence at a time. Feel free to come back as often as you want over the next three days to add more sentences to the story, but let others have a go in between your additions so that the story is a joint-effort by multiple people.

2. Only read the sentence directly above yours and try to keep the story flowing in a natural progression. Dialogue is great, too, so don’t forget that option! And there’s no specific genre here, just fiction, so go wherever you want with your sentence!

3. No inappropriate scenes. Think Disney-level as a guide, in case there are some younger readers out there. Let’s be sensible with our words!

4. No swear words. Again, think Disney-level as your marker.

5. Have fun! Put your creative hat on and get quirky with your words. This isn’t serious – it’s a celebration. And let’s face it, it’s probably going to end up being a colossal jumble of insanity by the end, anyway!

Now, one last thing: this story will be kept as intact and ‘original’ as possible when I write it up for the blog post after the three days are over, but everything will be subject to editing by me if I find it needs a little help to be readable. No matter what, it’s bound to be a mess, but hey, it’s not about the result, but the journey!

Also, just in case you feel awkward, please know that you don’t have to be a writer to add your own sentence to this story – you don’t even need to be overly creative! Just act like you’re reading a book or watching a movie or chatting with your family or friends. What sentence would you like to come next? There’s no pressure and no judging – it’s just pure, simple fun!

Let’s begin, shall we? I’ll kick us off with the perfect opening cliché:

Once upon a time, there was a girl who dreamed of having her very own adventure.