1,000 Likes! Thanks Everyone!

1,000 Likes! Thanks Everyone!

My one year anniversary of living in the WordPress blogosphere is in a few weeks (April 11th), so you can imagine my delight when I saw this.

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A great big WISH I COULD TAKE YOU ALL OUT FOR A COFFEE, BEER OR WHATEVER OTHER BEVERAGE YOU WOULD PREFER thank you to everyone who follows me, or even just drops in once in a while.

You are all awesome and have excellent taste.   😉

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Now, I am writing stuff here that I should probably be saving for my anniversary, but since the opportunity is here, I’m just going to take it.

First, some numbers.  Including this one, I have done 118 posts, with over 2,700 views and over 1,400 visitors.  My countries list is big, and stretches from here in Canada to the US, the UK, Hong Kong, South Africa, France, Australia, UAE, Russia, Japan….I think that you get the idea.   😉

All that said, I never planned on trying to create a huge blog.  This forum is my break from whatever is going on in my life, so that’s exactly how I set it up.  I have changed things a bit since I started, such as how often I post, but at its creamy, milk chocolate center (mmmmm, chocolate), ©Written In Geek is all about offering a place where you can just pop in for a bit.

Here are a few things that I have learned along the way:

1. Online friends may not be the same as real world, “known them for 20 years” kinda friends, BUT they are friends none the less.  Thank you to my online friends for sharing a bit of your life with me and allowing me to do the same.

2. I can actually write stuff.  Heh, who knew?  I started this blog to get out of a very long dry spell and now I can proudly say that I did NaNoWriMo and am actively pursuing writing stuff that I want to see published.  On that note, the book is on hold for a bit right now.  I really need to work on some of my writing weaknesses, so I am turning my attention to short stories and such.  I will occasionally pop over to the novel to see if my characters are still speaking to me.  😉

3. I’ve taught myself how to do a podcast, and actually did one as an interview.  For someone who is as shy as I am that is HUGE!  I have actually done five interviews on this blog so far.

4. I have written about horror and I have written about laughter.  I’ve shown my dark side and my lighter one.  This forum has given me the chance to do that.

That’s pretty cool.  🙂

5. I am TOTALLY using this post as an excuse to avoid homework right now.   🙂

Well, I guess that I should stop here or else I won’t know what to post on my actual first anniversary.  I have some ideas, but knowing me, I will probably make a decision around 10 o’clock the night before.  No one has ever done a blog like that I’m sure.    😉

Thanks again everyone for hanging out with me.  I hope to keep you amused for a very long time!   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Now, as many of you know I love my music, so today I will leave you with the following.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!!!

– Tina

 

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Ten of My Favourite Sci-Fi TV Theme Songs

Ten of My Favourite Sci-Fi TV Theme Songs

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Top 10 list and given my love of music, I think that this type of list was due.  I have more songs than this but to keep it simple, here are 10 of my favourite sci-fi TV show theme songs.  These are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER because I kept changing things around so much that I drove myself crazy. 🙂

All the videos are courtesy of YouTube and the composer information is courtesy of Wikipedia and Memory Alpha Wiki.

 

Buffy the Vampire SlayerNerf Herder – I have the soundtrack for the series plus The Chosen One collection.  Yeah, I liked the show.   🙂

 

Babylon 5Christopher Franke – Yeah, I have the series and the soundtrack for this one too.  I used the themes from Season 1 and 3 in my  W.I.G.’s Top Ten Sci-Fi Captains but I had to go with the Season 4 here because it was just so powerful.

 

Doctor WhoMurray Gold version – This is from the BBC Proms 2010.  What better way to listen to the theme than with a few of the Doctor’s “friends”.

 

Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine – Dennis McCarthy – Looking at all of the Star Trek themes out there, I picked this one because it just seems to “tell a story”.

 

Stargate SG-1 – Joel Goldsmith – Loved this show and had a total crush on Amanda Tapping.  🙂 – I own the series collection too.

 

Stargate Atlantis – also by Joel Goldsmith – A great spin-off to a great series.

 

Angel – Darling Violetta – The Sanctuary – I’m taking liberties here.  This is an extended version (from a Youtuber called BuffyIsRock) and mixes the seasons, but it does such an awesome job that I just had to choose it.

 

Firefly – Sonny Rhodes/Joss Whedon – The Ballad of Serenity – I could not find a copy of the opening credits AND the theme song anywhere   😦  .  Brilliant show gone before its time….thank goodness for the movie and DVD.

 

Xena:  Warrior Princess – Joseph LoDuca – The opening credits’ narration drowns out the music, so I found this video instead so that you can enjoy the amazing song in its entirety. Cool fact from the show’s Wikipedia page….

The theme music was developed from the traditional Bulgarian folk song “Kaval sviri,” sung by the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. The original “Kaval sviri” can be heard where Xena races into battle in the Hercules episode “Unchained Heart.”

 

 

….and sometimes you just have to go with a real classic…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Stu Phillips – This show was one of the reasons that I fell in love with sci-fi in the first place.

 

 

If you liked this post, and my sci-fi captains post above (see Babylon 5), feel free to click below and see who I think are some of Canada’s top sci-fi film stars.

W.I.G.’s Top 20 Awesome Canadian Sci-Fi Film Stars

 

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The Rest of the Story: The Tales of Paul Harvey

The Rest of the Story:  The Tales of Paul Harvey

When I was younger (MANY years ago), I loved to listen to stories on the radio.  Paul Harvey‘s The Rest of the Story, was one of the ones that I remember the most.  Harvey’s stories were great, and I would try to figure out who he was talking about before his story finished.  For this kid, I loved his voice and how he told his tales.

Now to just get off topic for a minute….

As a kid, I never listened to any of Mr. Harvey’s views on politics and religion.  Checking him out for this post, I found things that I agreed with and things that I didn’t.  What I will say is, he made you think.  It’s no wonder that he made such an impact.  It’s unfortunate that he passed away in 2009 (he was 90 years old).  He would have a field day with today’s world views.

Now back to The Rest of the Story….

Excerpt from Wikipedia (full article above)- …consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story (usually the name of some well-known person) held back until the end…

Thanks to YouTube and another link below, you can find some clips of some of his tales.  I thought that it would be fun to share a few of them with you.  Keeping with the GEEK and WRITER themes, can you guess who Paul is talking about?

You may be surprised.    🙂

 

This is a link to a list of many more of Paul’s tales.  His books and audio cds can also be purchased on Amazon.

 

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The Blue Sky Tag

The Blue Sky Tag

Thanks to the amazing Devereaux of Creative Writing of a Baltimorean for this nomination.  If you want heartfelt posts and beautiful poetry, his site is definitely worth checking out.  My oldest has Aspergers Syndrome, but was diagnosed at a younger age. Reading these posts and seeing the similarities and differences to my own teen’s experiences, makes me appreciate having the chance to connect online like we all do.

So, the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions.
  3. Tag 11 people.
  4. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.

Here are my answers to the questions:

1. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Working back in a library.  I should be finished my Library diploma in a few years.

2. What’s more important: courage or honesty?

Definitely honesty, although I guess I could say both in a way.  Admitting to fear and being true to yourself takes courage.  Honesty can sometimes be frightening.

3. What’s the best place you’ve visited?

I have been fortunate enough to have traveled a lot.  It’s a toss up between the UK and my home turf of Nova Scotia.

4. Favorite season?

I am definitely an Autumn girl.

5. Worst memory as a kid?

Being bullied to the point of wanting to give up.  My oldest was also bullied when he was younger, and seeing him go through some of the same emotions broke my heart.  He’s tough though, and made it through the other side a stronger person.

6. If someone gave you $200 million to stop writing, would you?

No, but I would do it for $200 million and fifty cents.  Just kidding.  😉  I gave up writing once and no amount of money would ever have me do it again.

7. Did dinosaurs really exist?

Of course and the coolest part is that some still do!  Sharks and crocodiles haven’t changed a whole lot in thousands of years.

8. If you could be president for a day, what’s the first thing you’d do?

Well, it would be Prime Minister in my case, but I am honestly not sure what I would do first.  Given the current political climate, I’m glad to not have that responsibility.

9. Worst college experience?

My university life was actually pretty great.  Met many of my life long friends there.  If I have to pick something, it would be getting so drunk at a BBQ that I don’t remember how I got home.  It turns out that it was my new boyfriend who made sure that I was okay.

We now have two teens.  🙂

10. Favorite sports team?

I am not a sports person, but I would have to say Gryffindor’s Quidditch team.

11. Faced against King Kong, pick three animals to fight alongside you.

A bear (for strength), a wolverine (those things can be nasty) and a cheetah (the animal kingdom’s answer to The Flash).

Now my nominees….this was tough to narrow down.  There are some amazing people out there.  🙂

Barsetshire Diaries

lizalizaskysaregrey

HM Waugh

sinisterdarksoul

Jade M. Wong

Roberta Pimentel

Mom of Two Little Girls

Terrible Minds: Chuck Wendig

X-Men: The Animated Series

Rationalising the Universe

Freaking Out and Geeking Out

 

…and here are my 11 questions

  1. What frightens you the most?
  2. Coffee or tea? (I am not addicted to coffee, I just have a VERY strong appreciation for the bean.  😉  ).
  3. Have you ever traveled outside your country?
  4. Would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
  5. Name one thing on your bucket list.
  6. What’s the thing that you are most proud of?
  7. Would you ever travel to outer space?
  8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  9. If you could have a superpower/mutant ability, what would it be?
  10. Do you have a phobia?
  11. Do you use a lot of social media or do you just have your blog (and maybe one other account, such as Facebook).

 

 

That was fun!  🙂

Check out my nominees and I look forward to seeing everyone’s answers!

 

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A Writing Update

A Writing Update

So, since it has been two months since I gave an insight to my first book, I thought that it was time for an update.

Well, the “horrific incident” idea went out the window.  This is the main turning point for the story and the effect that it has on the relationship between my main character and the individual involved is key to how the rest of the story plays out.  It’s still there, just different.

My main character, Raiman is an average woman.  A waitress at a diner, she goes about her day in a quiet way.  While she gets along with everyone, she is close to no one.  Then she meets Tony.  Let’s just say that I am not making their relationship a typical romantic one.

The turning point comes with “the incident”.  Raiman is approached by someone she trusts and in a confrontation that becomes physical, she is injured.  The injury, although serious, is not life-threatening.  It does however, change her, I mean REALLY changes her.

The werewolf idea is not a new one and I wanted to take a slightly different approach to it.  First of all, you don’t automatically become a werewolf if you are scratched.  Think about it.  The physical transformation that you go through has to take a toll on you mentally and physically.  In my world, it’s like a DNA-changing virus.  Survive the virus, then you have a chance to survive the transformation.  Survival of the fittest and all of that.

Secondly, werewolves don’t do the pack thing.  They’re loners.  They are however, loyal to each other, and the connection between a wolf and the wolf that he/she creates is strong, similar to that of a vampire and his/her progeny.  The bond is complicated, as its origin is often the result of an unintentional mishap and not a deliberate attempt to create a “child”.

Raiman ends up with allies, however, not everyone’s intentions are noble.  She has to step outside this cocoon that she has built around herself in order to get through this ordeal.

So, that’s it in a nutshell.  For those of you who blog about writing, I have been trying to keep up on all of your tips about character development, sentence structure, setting up your “world” and so on.  Thanks for giving me some food for thought, it really helps.

I have just gotten over the worst writer’s block I’ve had since I started this.  Snapping out of it has resulted in my first ever submission to a publication.  I have submitted a few poems to a UK publication called Under The Fable, that my longtime friend  Lynn is involved with.  She is a published author and I appreciate the opportunity.  It’s not the first one I’ve had (I’m looking at you J.R.!), it’s just the first one that I’ve had the nerve to give anything to.  I don’t expect to be selected, but it’s a start.

I have also started a new short story.  It may make it’s way to Under The Fable‘s next submission if the chance arises, or maybe another publication.  The confidence, much like my story, is still a work in progress, but I will get there.

In the meantime, I have been doing my best to keep up on everyone’s posts, even if it’s just a few here or there at a time (man, some of you post a lot, I don’t know how you do it but you have my respect.  🙂   ).  You all give me a break from school, writing and family (yes, I do sometimes need THAT kind of break too).  THANKS!

Well, I think that I have babbled enough for one post.  Back to the keyboard pounding, once I grab myself a very large cup of coffee.  🙂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

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Reblog: History behind Her-story

Reblog:  History behind Her-story

Think you know all about International Women’s Day? It’s history may surprise you. Reblogged from http://www.needull.com. Feature image from the article.

Needull in a haystack

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) and the social media is abuzz with banal wishes, cheeky forwards, forced hashtags and shopping deals. There are some who are claiming that behind every successful woman is a subservient man; while some are ruing the fact that there is just one day for recognising the efforts of women in our society and life. To avoid taking any stance, let me just direct you to today’s Needull – a brief history of this event.

The story is not as simple. There is a possibility that the claims that the original holiday was established to mark the golden anniversary of a brutally repressed female protest in New York might be a just a plain lie.

In fact, research that emerged in the 1980s suggested that origin myth was invented in the 1950s, as part of a Cold War-era effort to separate International Women’s Day from its socialist roots.

Socialism and Feminism…

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