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Public Service Announcement!

You may have noticed I’ve been gone a while. That was due to several factors including illness, a very busy period at work, trying to write more, a vacation and general laziness (not in that order).

However, I’ve since got over my bronchitis, killed my work assignment and had a blast on vacation in St. Vincent (My first 5 star resort! Pictures to come!). When life gets that good, it follows that something not so great might happen and that was this week, when I tried to put on my computer and return to my writing schedule.

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Suffice it to say, I paid $1,000 to fix this thing in May, and it’s not working. Again. I was heartbroken. Especially since my vacation has left me with cashflow problems the like of Bear Stearns before it died a swift, painful death.

Worse, I have no computer to write on.

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But there are angels in the world, and one of them is my sister. So I am getting an early Christmas/Birthday present in the form of my very first laptop ever. I’m a bit nervous about using a smaller device and I will also need stuff like a new desk, but I’m incredibly happy to be getting a new machine.

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Unfortunately, this means writing and blogging will also take just a bit longer before I start up again, but hopefully this time I’ll be able to keep at it for a while. My priority these days is writing though, so I’ll not be as frequent a poster as I used to be, as you probably already noticed.

In the meantime, I’ll post cool stuff I find on the internet when I can. So here’s a link to a helpful blog on 51 things that break reader immersion for my writing friends out there. 

Till we meet again…stay thirsty, my friends!

A Wonderful New Review for LEX TALIONIS in Caribbean Beat Magazine

I’m really over the moon about this one!

Caribbean Beat magazine is produced by Caribbean Airlines and given away free on every flight they have, both in and out of the Caribbean, for two months. I’m extremely lucky and grateful to be included in their bookshelf. In the past, I’ve heard about great books like ‘A Brief History Of Seven Killings’–which won the Man Booker prize, among others–from reading the magazine while traveling around the islands on business.

You can read the review here, just scroll down a bit. 

My favourite part? The closing lines:

‘Lex Talionis sings a bloody song of both forgetting and redemption, and of the price we pay for a little tenderness, when least we expect to be taxed for our freedoms.’

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*Squees with joy*

*Dances around*

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled programme!

Yes, Virginia, There Are People Of Colour In Your European Past

Been following this awesome Twitter account called Medievalpoc for a while now. The writer does amazing and important work identifying people of colour in European art history, especially during medieval times.

(Source: http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/)

A lot of people have studied history and art and not been taught just how integrated the world was, and continues to be (do yourself a favour and look up the Silk Road). It’s a huge reason why when shows like ‘The Musketeers’ are produced and have people of colour as a main character, people come out of the woodwork to declare it ‘unrealistic’ or ‘inaccurate’. Truth is, we have the Victorian era to thank for erasing a lot of the multi-cultural eras that came before it, along with a lot of cherry-picking by historians who were more interested in finding ways to make the past fit their present.

Just so you know, ‘The Three Musketeers’–you know the book the series was based on–was written by a black man. Yes, Alexandre Dumas was black.

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Anyway on both Twitter and Tumblr, Medievalpoc has been working hard to compile evidence from the art and documents of times long past showing that the world has always been, and will always be, inhabited in every corner by people of colour. It’s important work, and fascinating, and I’ve learned a lot.

Take a look for yourself and tell me you’re not surprised and amazed by how much you didn’t know.

Have fun, and stay thirsty, my friends!

Skeleton Trees & Bad TV

So in really odd news…

A skeleton came rising up out of the ground thanks to a really old tree tipping over.

Now, if that isn’t a story just waiting to be told, I don’t know what is.

Violently killed young man given a proper Christian burial ends up nourishing a tree for over 200 years.

I sense an urban fantasy coming on… Possibly Arthurian, but hopefully not as pointless as five seasons of Merlin was.

I do still love Morgana, however…

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Katie McGrath deserved better than to die badly in Jurassic Park, especially after spending so much time as a criminally underused and excellent Morgana. But the world isn’t fair sometimes.

As the guy who used to be that skeleton no doubt knows.

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201 And Counting…

I have discovered I now have 200 WordPress followers on my blog!

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Thank you, thank you. I appreciate the coloured paper.

I want to welcome the newbies–and those of you who have been here from the beginning–to the fun house and thank you all for including me in your day. I know I don’t usually address my followers, but you guys mean a lot to me. You keep me from talking to myself, after all.

I don’t want this to end up being too serious between us, but you should know…

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Oh, Benedict, so do I…

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Have a good weekend, see you Monday and remember to stay thirsty for life and good beer, my friends!

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Meme Explosion: Doctor Who

I always want to put a question mark at the end of that, like, Doctor Who? Yeah, yeah, it’s just ‘The Doctor’ but you know, grammar and all that…

I have to be honest. The show’s not what it used to be. But I guess I’m a Whovian who became a Renewvian, and there were some good times…really good times…

Here’s hoping the new season can reignite the passion that leads to memes like these.

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Jack...Rose...Mickey...The Doctor.........I MISS THEM SO FREAKING MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, Ten...

Rory and Amy Pond.

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Doctor Who quote battle. Hilarious. Also, I've had these battles. With supernatural quotes, I will not be defeated

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Stay thirsty, my friends!

So You Think You Can Dance – Alien Robots!

I just had to share this.

Last night I saw what is one of my favourite routines of this cycle of SYTYCD, and probably one of my faves of all time. Virgil and Hailee are definitely two dancers I’m rooting for, but Hailee came in on the Stage team, while Virgil came in on my personal fave, the Street team. Hailee admitted just before the routine that she has training in Hip Hop. Boy does she ever! Check out their amazing alien robot routine below.

And because I can’t just give you one moment of amazing art, here’s a routine called the Hummingbird and the Flower, from season 3, which was just voted one of the all-time greatest routines on the show.

Stay thirsty–and keep dancing–my friends!

Meme Explosion: Shit No One Should Memorize (But You Will ‘Cause You Won’t Be Able To Resist)

Busy week here, so I’m just going to let my Pinterest page keep you company for a while. Without further ado, my favourites from ‘Shit No One Should Memorize’ (but really, they should, ’cause it’s damn interesting).

33 Facts About Famous People You Won't Believe Are True Article | James Doohan

If you actually take time to read this, like I did, it's very interesting

History: being more awesome than now since prehistory.

Stay thirsty, my friends!

A Cannibal and His Food

This is a great article about the lady that styles the food on “Hannibal”.

“Hannibal” is one of my favourite TV shows, and one of the things I love about it is the luscious cooking and presentation of food–even if sometimes, that food happens to be longpork. Mads’ Hannibal Lecter is even more stylish and sophisticated than Sir Hopkins. In fact, I rather think Mads would have eaten Hopkins’ version of Lecter because he would have been just a bit too crass to let live, but interesting enough to taste good, you know?

Sure, it unnerves me sometimes that a show about an unrepentant monster that eats people works so well for me, but once you’ve seen the visually original way they shoot it, and the lack of apologies they have for taking their time with the plot, or throwing out the kind of twists that would usually kill any other show, you really can’t imagine this story being told any other way. Could any other show on television leave every major character at death’s door due to the villain–with the certainty at least one of them was a goner–like had Hannibal did at the end of season 2? Even Walking Dead fans would have rioted!

Anyway, it’s fascinating reading how she comes up with the meals and the fake meats that are so important the story. And it was really cool to find out Mads does his own stunts and most of the fake cooking. I did wonder about that, as he seemed so good at it in the show. Glad to know it really is skill and not just skillful editing.

Sadly, the show has already been cancelled (yes, it wandered a bit there at the start of season 3, but last Thursday’s episode picked things up immensely). Still, I’m hoping Netflix or someone else steps up to the plate and saves it. More than any other show in this golden age of television, Hannibal deserves to carry out it’s delicious vision to the possibly bitter end.

And this sick thing is, I’d probably show up. ‘Cause that man can COOK.

Stay thirsty–and hungry–my friends!

Meme Explosion: Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead

I’m a huge fan of both GOT and TWD.

And yes, I’m still a fan of Game of Thrones and waiting anxiously for next April, despite all the complaining about this season.

However, I can understand why some people are up in arms, so instead of getting into all the ways season 5 made you angry, let’s have some fun with some of my favourite memes from Pinterest. And since I have The Walking Dead to look forward to in October, let’s also look back at what made us fans of the Ricktocracy and beyond.

If you aren’t up to date on both shows, please leave now, because I will be indiscriminate about what memes I post and there may be spoilers.

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Game of Thrones:

#GameOfThrones Poor Robb Had No Idea | Red Wedding Meme | Game Of Thrones Memes and Quotes

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Game of Thrones (TV series): What are the funniest Game of Thrones meme images? - Quora

JK Rowling vs George Martin haha aww... fuck I really have been trying not to attach myself to characters knowing they're probably gonna die in Game Of Thrones

Joffery Batman  Game of Thrones Memes. No wonder he looked familiar when I first saw him on game of thrones

Robb and Ned Stark, Renly Baratheon, Oberyn Martell... the list goes on.

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Game of Thrones funny meme. Daenerys and her brown eyebrows

The Walking Dead:

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30 Hilarious Walking Dead Memes from Season 4 from Dashiell Driscoll and Memes!

Rick on the phone: | 46 Things You'll Only Find Funny If You Watch "The Walking Dead"

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LOL. I love this pin!!! I like how it brings humor into a situation that also shows that Daryll has grown. People are a product of how they were raised, so I can see how the brothers would both label Asians as "Chinese" out of ignorance. But I like how the show allows Daryll to evolve. It makes me love his character even more.

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Introducing the Walking Dead to other people LOL!

I'd have a box for Nutella.

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Glenn

And that’s all she wrote.

Stay thirsty, my friends!