Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pin of the Week – 14: It’s Avengers Time!

Ooh, I fell off the pinning bandwagon for a couple of weeks there. Not that I stopped pinning – I just didn’t make it over to WordPress to share my favourites of the week with you.

The Avengers Dancing Whilst I was off ‘being busy’ I did manage to see the fantastic new Avengers film – Age of Ultron – and as a Marvel comic, Buffy loving, superhero fan, the films don’t come much better than this!

So, what better to share from my pin board this week than TWO of my favourite Avengers-themed pins (*whispers* because there are just so many of them).


avengersSo, which do you think is best? Dancing Avengers or cutie cartoon ones… I have to admit, I can’t decide, which is why I shared both.

In the image, I love it that Thor is cuddling Loki, whilst Hulk has him by the ankle (“Puny god” 🙂 he he he). And Tony and Hawkeye are spot-on too.



One-way trip to space? Mars One

I saw this link on CNN today about a group of candidates that are being whittled down from the last 100 applicants, to 24, so that they can go to Mars in six teams of four, to attempt colonisation.

Mars  Having set Hope’s Daughter and The Rainbow Maker’s Tale in space, I’m always interested in these types of projects, that show how people are still looking at ways of making living elsewhere in space a reality. But, if you take a read of this article – spending seven months on a space shuttle, with the likelihood of being able to survive for just 64 days when you reach the planet – would you consider doing this?

(Image taken from the Explore Mars page at )

Pin of the Week – 13: Life and Love

Ted Hughes


As a literary student (former, current? It’s a state of mind 🙂 Probably) poetry is one of the areas I will admit that I often overlook. I can reel off the novelists I love and the books that I read and re-read, but if I’m honest my sphere of knowledge on poetry is somewhat lacking. Although usually much shorter than a book, I find poetry, for me, is often less accessible – unless it’s a limmerick 😉

Conversely, with children’s books, I find that my favourites are usually poetic – obviously, I’m a conflicted person.

Anyway, of the few poets I actively choose to read, Ted Hughes is one of my favourites and here this is one of my favourite quotes from him, on life and love.

Here’s Johnny! An actor prepares…

Random surfing this week and I came across this video on a Twitter feed. I always liked The Shining and wrote a piece on it when I was at Uni – Duality, Duplicity and Double-Narrative in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
just in case you were wondering 🙂 – which means I’ve watched it a bunch of times and then some.

I do love these kind of videos, where you get to see the reality behind the performance, especially when it’s one you’re very familiar with. I’m really rubbish at acting – think piece of wood on a stage, with make-up on, saying words like a robot – but as someone who is creative in another field, I love seeing and hearing how someone creates themselves as a new character, the processes they go through, to bring out the details and reality, just like I might write and then re-write a scene to give it believable depth. I’ve seen some excellent, lengthy videos on this type of thing by other actors, but I quite like Jack’s “I’m evil, I’m an axe killer,” bouncing up and down technique. Simple and to the point; although it’s his slow, quiet, non-manic bits in these scenes that I think are the most disturbing.