Life is Sometimes Not So Simple…

If I ever become famous, infamous, slightly more well-known that I am today or bored with just blogging, I will make videos like this:

 

Happy paying.

Oh, and it seems lots of people liked my wee forray into the world of publishing. I’d love to be all “watch this space for more work!” but the last five times I’ve tried that in posts, said space has shrunk to a size similar to that of the UK’s dry land. One day, snowflakes, one day…

I Have a Piece of Work Published! On An Site That I Don’t Run!

The overly obnoxious title wasn’t kidding (although I did want to attract as many of you social media fairies as possible).

Ta-dah!

Nail Varnish, written by me, illustrated by Sherri Oliver, published on The Story Shack.

You’ll never make it, they said. Writing is a difficult career to catch a break in, they said.

Lots of thank-yous to the excellent Sherri for the artwork, and for putting a Starbucks in the piece (this is relevant to nobody except me, as I had been to Starbucks the day I received the art and was feeling pleasantly pro-tax avoiding corporations after their nice service), and to The Story Shack itself, for not telling me my work is crap or ignoring me completely. Please let us know what you think of the collaboration, and give it lots of nice +1s and Twitter/Facey shares. Check out the other work on the site too while you’re there – Nail Varnish sits next to a piece about a gay goat herder in Jerusalem, which can only be a good omen.

It’s time to update my CV, methinks… How many UCAS points will I get for this?!

World News, Comic Music, Six Words.

The issue.

The solution:

 

You’re welcome.

Article Appreciation Post #1

I read a lot (surprise!) and in the last few weekes I’ve come across a handful of articles that I’ve really wanted to Tweet about. As there is now quite a collection, it’s time for a new type of ‘appreciation blog’, methinks…

‘The I’

Well, it made me laugh…

‘You’

Of course, worried lady, your daughter having a stable relationship with a woman instead of a man means she will miss out on life-long love and children. Of course it’s also a characteristic that can be changed with counselling. Too bad ignorance isn’t.

TheGuardian.co.uk

The rest of the article is here. I’m not sure what the author’s getting at entirely (I think he’s pro-reading and possibly pro-God), but it amused me.

‘Kerrang!’

I would like to let it be known that Taking Hayley were rather a decent band, especially after The Dead Betas, whose music was good but lacked the ability to make the crowd move from its neatly formed rows. I would also like to let it be known that Jimmy is – unfortunately – as funny as he thinks he is, and that Lyn-Z was laughing along, when I could see her at least. I have a drawing of Steve, in those cat ears that’s more telling of how excellent the show was than that article.

‘Kerrang!’

Trust me, the front row was ugly. I was in the second.

Let’s Get Political for a Moment

  Disclaimer: as a politics student, I am aware of the U-turning and/or evil nature of all politicians. I work on a ‘lesser of several evils’ principle. Or rather, the ‘lesser idiot of two people’ principle, in this case.

Roll up folks, because you can all vote in the US presidential election! Sort of. The BBC has just allowed for choice of two parties, for one thing (I only found out a few days ago that there are several candidates), and it’s not real, for another. Who would I be voting for if I were an eligible American citizen, I hear you all ask.

Well.

I’ll discount the non-Democrats and Republicans because I get the idea that they’re a bit like the Lib Dems, and voting completely uninformed is bad anyway. That notwithstanding: ObamaObamaObamaObamaObama. Because, well, the other choice is a guy who, as far as I can tell, mostly cares for white, straight men who are probably wealthy and monotheistic-god-fearing (I’ve not actually read any manifestos; this is the vibe I’ve gathered from every news report since the words ‘Mitt Romney’ entered my vocabulary last year). As somebody who is not a white, straight male with money-owning, monotheistic-god-fearing tendencies, I would be voting for the current president. If you give a toss about healthcare and equal rights for all (and can actually vote in this thing!) I urge you to do the same. Please. I mean come on. He likes marriage, which is good and he likes women and our rights, which is also good. He doesn’t come across as a complete twat in interviews either, which is always a plus. I realise that the economy isn’t in great shape – but did people seriously expect him to wave a magic wand and fix the recession within a day of entering office? It hit countries worldwide and was just getting started this time four years ago… We don’t know if anyone else would have done a better job were they President instead, and in four years time we won’t know if the loser would have done a better job than whoever wins tomorrow.

Judging by what has happened, though, I know who I’d prefer to see leading the world’s biggest superpower – and it’s somebody I think I could talk to over drinks without getting that itchy feeling that I’m being looked down upon for being myself.

I can’t even find a suitable funny cartoon to punctuate all the writing, I’m getting so wound up over this. Please vote for the decent guy. Please.