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Not sure what to think.....

Okay, here's my thoughts now that we're at our new home.

I'm not sure what to think. The site is cleaner and less cluttered, but it's also a lot harder to navigate and use. It seems to be more akin to social media than a gaming forum. Speaking of forums, I sincerely wish we could switch back to the older version of the forums. Or at least darken the website (white hurts my eyes). I lost like 300 posts, although that's not such a big deal. Either way, I'm really not sure what to think...and I'm pissed off that our levels our gone.

I'm done with ranting. To recap, the site has some good pointers, but some bad ones. I'm uncertain if I like it or not....

Almost too busy to care...and a new novel

You know when you hit a certain point in your studies/work when you really don't care how it'll turn out; you just want it to be over and done with so it can go to hell/the rubbish bin/the back of your memories?

Yeah? You know that feeling? Great. So do I. I've having it right now.

And it's not even half way through the semester....*sigh*

In others words I've been as busy as I've ever been. My gaming and reading time has taken a massive slash and reduced to the bare minimum. All my teachers seem to love giving me the toughest assignments in the sane bloody week. It's a real turn off.

But when I do have a few spare moments (note: very few) it's spend reading a little Raymond E Feist, re-playing Silent Hill: Downpour (I never actually finished it the first time; it was too scary), and of course, writing. I'm working on a new novel that's aimed more at young adults than mature audiences. I'm 20,000 words in so far. I can't tell you much, but it is sci-fi, and has lots of aliens. And violence. Otherwise I'm silent.

Oh, one more thing: I've had two of my short stories published in the local university paper and online. They'll be available soon.

At this point it's safe to say I'm a published author. :)

Take care everyone!


From the South African director of District 9 (one of my favorite movies of all time), we get yet another fantastic sci-fi film. It's nowhere to near as awesome as D9 is, nor does it have a lesson or originality to the same degree, but it's still amazing.

Go see it. :)



My Book Collection!

I've created a thread for this already, but I wanted to post it in my blog anyway. :P

I have a lot more than in these pictures in my house; these are just the ones I spent my cash on, and are, therefore, mine :P


So here they are. Sorry for the quality.

A Song of Ice and Fire, my Halo novels, and a few other sci-fi books:



Most of my fantasy books. A stack of Asimov is hiding on the left. :P

All the Feist books are signed. :)


More Asimov, Eragon, and a few other books:


A pretty shaky photo, but here's The Witcher: The Last Wish, the LoTR trilogy, Ender's Game, Stormdancer, I am Legend, some Jeffery Archer, and a Tom Clancy and Peter James book that I haven't touched yet.



....and some books from when I was a younger reader. Except The Road. Not really a kid's book. :P


Books from when I was a hell lot younger.....


...not really books, but I thought I'd add my magazines and art books anyway :P



So, thoughts? :D

My purchases

Well, I've finished the first Semester of University ( :D ) so I told myself it was time to pick up some blu-rays, games and books. This is what I got:


Dexter is awesome. I can't wait for the 8th Season...which should be starting today.


A fantastic anime series. Only a few such as Death Note have beaten it for me.


Wow. What a game. I haven't finished it yet, but I'm really, really enjoying it so far. :)

I'm also reading this.....


I haven't started it yet, but I plan to.

I'll take a photo once I get my @rse off the chair. :P

Anyway, I hope you guys are enjoying your holidays. :)

Uni life and writing...

One of the best things about university is that you're told, no, commanded, to let your imagination go free. Work as hard as you can; achieve whatever you can. Publish, research, propose, discover, conclude, produce theories, launch websites, yada, yada, yada. It's great stuff.

The negative part?

You're hemmed into a specific method of doing something - such as writing. You can write what you want, but it has to be about this [insert random topic here]. You can have whatever colour you want, as long as it's black. You know what I mean? Sure, I love some of my classes, (and hate others) but as a writer I feel that we aren't given enough freedom. While others might write about themselves or their lives, I'd rather write about alternative universes, aliens, magic, the future, and whatever else comes to mind. It's partially because my life isn't that interesting, but it's also because I feel there's more to literature and university than complying by the rules. In some boring lectures I think about a new short story and by the end of the 2 hours I have about 1.5k of words down. Probably not something I should admit, but whilst university is a great place to expand your mind, they should allow you to think freely in how you do so.


Anyway, enough of my ranting: I've got some studying to do and some lectures to attend, although my mind will likely be elsewhere....

Finished my book!

Yep. Yesterday I finally finished my science-fiction novel at exactly 156, 213 words long. It was an incredible jounrey, and I'd be lying if I said I loved every moment of it, but the most part I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would.

Now I just have to get it edited asnd published. And for those of you who don't know: getting your book published is a hundred times harder than writing one. There's submissions, agents, query letters, synopsises, summaries, contacts, posting, printing, and the best part: waiting for a reply. One publishing group said they take around 12 months to reply. Yeah, fvck that.

So if you guys know any publishers or agents I'd appreciate it. So far all I've gotten is "no" or "Thanks, it's interesting, but no" or some other crap like that.

So yeah, if anyone wants any additional information about it or even the first chapter let me know.



One Year Anniversary on GameSpot

Yep...I've been here for an entire year...and in that time I've gotten this:

  • Friends: 196
  • People Tracking Me: 213
  • Games in Collection: 79


  • Forum Posts: 8616
  • Comments: 0
  • My Blog Posts: 23
  • Union Blog Posts: 2


  • Written Reviews: 5
  • Rated Games: 90
  • Videos Uploaded: 0
  • Images Uploaded: 0
  • Digg Referrals: 0
  • Tags: 156
Not a bad list, I have to say.Anywho, it's time for some booze. :P

Now Official A University Student..and maybe even a published writer.

I got in! :D

I never thought I could actually do it, but my Year 12 mark was high enough to be let into Uni to study a bachelor of arts degree. :)

My majors include English, Media Culture and Techology, Film Studies, and Sociology. Not bad, eh? :P That's just for the first semster, though.

And for those of you who know I'm writing a book, I sent the first few chapters off to a few publishers today. I'm now gonna send it off to TorForge, the same people who published the Halo novels. I'll have to mail 'em, and they'll take 6 months to get back to me. A long time, I know, but still. If I get published by them it'll be worth the wait.

And the book is science-fiction, in case you're wondering. A sci-fi version of Game of Thrones, but not as good. :P

Anyway, thanks for reading guys. :)