Todays Work

I think this Sunday is going to be an odd one for what I manage to get done. I’ve got my Grandad ¬†and my great aunt/Godmother coming over for dinner today. Dad and I will also take down an old shed that’s in our garden, where it currently stands is where we want to place a new henhouse, so it has to come down. I’m not expecting that to take too long though. We’re actually going to dismantle it as opposed to knock it down with sledge hammers.

I think it’ll be this evening that I get the bulk of my writing done though as I’ll be being social (okay come about 2:30 I may come upstairs and write whilst listening to the football ūüėČ ) But I’ll have my iPad downstairs with me and I’ll be able to get some plotting, outlining and brainstorming down whilst downstairs. I’ll probably do a little comic book reading too. I’m lucky in that I can multitask like that but I can’t write in those circumstances. I am still aiming for a 2000 word day as well as getting some outlining done for a novella I want to write in 2015.

That’s how my day is looking like it’s shaping up, and by the end of the day hopefully it’ll have been as productive as I’m hoping it will be.

Have a good Sunday everyone ūüôā

Eased Off

These last two nights have been real slack off nights. Last night I watched Guardians of the Galaxy (still, an awesome movie!) and tonight I’ve watched a bit of football, but I did manage to get a couple of key points well outlined. I’ve also been working for half an hour or so in the mornings before work.

This outline is nearing 4000 words now, and I’m maybe about halfway through it. I’m not really sure if an outline is meant to be this long but I’m guessing it’s like writing in that each person has a way that works best for them.

Tomorrow night I’m going to try and crack on and get this outline done. I’ve had a couple of nights off (for the most part) so I want to get back in the saddle tomorrow.

The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells

This is a book that I knew I would read one day but it was not up high on the list of books that I wanted to read, but my granddad¬†gave me a copy of it before Christmas.¬† One of the things that I¬†was worried about when I started reading this was that I thought it would feel dated and¬†I tend to struggle with books which are not close to our own time.¬† This was not a problem what so ever!¬†There was little that really drew my attention to the time era, although¬†I did note that the reaction to the invading Martians¬†by us humans would not be any different today, aside from us filming the fleeing masses we were part of with our smart phones.¬†¬†¬†There had obviously been nothing quite like it and the way that it was written, in the style of a personal account being shared after the event, gave a real ‘being there with him’ feel to it.

The vision that Wells had is breathtaking!¬† Bearing in mind this book was published in 1898 the things that Wells created is amazing.¬† I would have loved to see how his tri-pod fighting machines with their heat-rays were received¬†by the people of the time.¬† Aliens are such a large part of our lives¬†today but back then it must have still been a whole new concept for the man on the street to be introduced to.¬† The way that Wells describes it all is page turning despite there not really being much about the characters (most don’t¬†even have names) but that did not really click in my head till after I read the¬†book.¬† I was caught up in the drama of the narrator as he tried to first return to his wife and then as he tried to survive and evade the Martians.¬† His humanity is pushed to its limits by other characters as is his concept of how the world has changed around him and while he is stranded in a house which, unfortunately has a martian cylinder pretty much in its back garden.

One of the major points to this novel which I’m not sure was really mentioned in the research that I did about it is that mankind has no weapons that can defeat the Martians¬†own weapons.¬† Their technology is far more superior to that of the time that the rare victories that humanity has are quickly squashed by the Martians.¬† This has made me think about films like Independence Day where the invading aliens have technology far superior to that of ours and there is nothing that we can do about it.¬† This fear of an invading intelligent species has lasted since Wells wrote this novel and it sells! Us readers like to see the little guy win, as long as we can see ourselves as that little guy.¬† There is talk between the narrator and another character, the artilleryman, about how mankind are only ants to the Martians and if we’re in their way they will just kill us.¬† That is what us, mankind, does as a species.¬† We colonize what is not ours because we want what ever there may be.¬† In Avatar this point is explained in a real simple way and I think a lot of people don’t really realise that we have done it since we crawled out of the oceans.

The Influence War of the Worlds has had is numerous.  Whether it is in movies and Television, radio or the written word we can see how this novel has touched us.  I wonder how H.G. Wells feels about how his novel has affected the world that we live in.

Where Is The Love???

In 2003 the Black Eyed Peas asked us this question ‘Where is the love?’¬† And I’m going to ask the same question here.¬† We are living in A world full of hate.¬† Whether its religion or football rivalry or even for someone in our social circle.¬† I used to think that I hated A couple of people but this week I’ve realised that I don’t¬†hate them, I wont go into details but both wronged me but I am not naive to assume that there are people out there that do not hate me.¬† I know for a fact that some do, that’s¬†to be expected in life though.¬† Why can’t¬†we get past it though? In my social circle there are people the I’m not close with but that’s not because I dislike them, we just havent clicked.¬† I get along with them but am not close with them.

I’m also thinking of people’s¬†hatred of things in our cultures.¬† I’m A Arsenal fan and some of the hatred that this brings out in people is rather surprising at times.¬† I suppose it’s because of the clubs success (granted not recent success).

We hate celebrities because they’re living extravagant¬†lifestyles that we¬†can only dream off.¬† We hate¬†A footballer who leaves the club we can only dream of, or the footballer who refuses to play for his country because¬†¬†he’s not first choice.¬† God forbid that A referee gives a decision against our team even if it’s the right one.¬† Sport fans never forget.

We hate someone because of the colour of their skin, their religion (dont worry¬†I’m not going there)¬†or their sexuality.¬† We hate them because they went to That school or because they have ginger hair.¬† We hate them because they are blonde, or brunette.¬† Because we think they are better looking or have had an easier life.¬† We hate them because¬†they have the courage to make that leap and take a chance that we never could.¬† We hate their confidence or that they are cool and look¬†laid back.

But we (me included) put too much thought into these hateful¬†thoughts.¬† Yes I do not truly¬†hate anybody and definitely¬†no one that I don’t¬†personally know but hatred and resentment is part of everyday life.¬† It is A huge, but disappointing¬†part of being human.¬† Can we change this aspect of our genetics? No, because there is always a difference of opinion.¬† Politics, Religion, personality all create hate.¬† It can be drummed into¬†us from birth or by¬†A single action.¬† Love is the finest line of all.¬† Love can turn into hatred in A heartbeat, but hatred doesnt¬†turn into love in A heartbeat.¬† This is backwards.¬† Hatred should not dominate our lives in the way that it does, Love should.

I’m trying to live my live without hatred, I’m fighting humanities nature.¬† Society expects the worse of people, lets change that ūüôā

Well Done Manchester United

 

Just a quick post.

I am not a Manchester United fan at all, I am a proud Arsenal fan but I just needed to give a big well done to Manchester United for another title victory.¬† This is a team that can play ugly as well as beautiful.¬† Even when they play bad they play badly they still pull a result out of the hat.¬† This is something that Arsenal need to learn to accomplish, needless to say I am used to saying¬† “We’ll win it all next¬†year”

Sir Alex Ferguson¬†is someone i¬†used to hate, but as¬†I’ve matured¬†I’ve come to appreciate¬†just how good a manager¬†he is.¬† He has¬†rebuilt his team so many times and got the best out of some of the best players in the game.¬†Giggs, Cantona, Scholes, Schmeichel, Vidic¬†and so many more.¬† He seems to make even squad players feel like an essential part of the team.¬† Some say he’s bad-tempered, but I just think that he is passionate and committed¬†to the club, and the game.¬† I can’t¬†really recall a time where he made a massive mistake which has cost him or the club.¬† I believe that he said that selling Jaap¬†Stam¬†was a mistake but nothing else really comes to mind.¬† I’m sure that there will be people who¬†can tell me other instances, but they are by far out weighed by his sheer achievements.¬† His Wikipedia page states that he has won 47 trophies which is a massive achievement, I’m a little curious if the rest of the managers in the Premiership combined.

I am looking forward to seeing United against Barcelona in the Champions League final.¬† I’ve said since before Barcelona beat Arsenal this season that whoever beats them will win the trophy and after seeing them against Real Madrid I still believe this.¬† Should be an interesting final.

congratulations to Manchester United for winning another championship, its well deserved and with how a few other teams are growing next season should be a good one.

One day, hopefully I will be writing a post about how well Arsenal have played in A season, and won something.

Fabregas

I’m going to have A bit of A rant here and say who does Cesc¬†Fabregas¬†think he is!¬† He could be an absolute legend for Arsenal but he just wants to go to Barcelona.¬† If they wanted him as much as they make out then they would have found the money to buy him last summer.¬† I keep hearing quotes attributed to him about how we need to start winning trophies and so forth but what has he done to aid that this season, the most memorable is giving the ball to Messi when we got knocked out of the champions league.¬† Start showing Arsenal fans what you are capable off and if you are going to go in the summer then have A little respect for the people who have been paying your rages and start performing on the pitch.¬† Arsenal molded you into A world-class player, maybe you should remember that.

(rant over)