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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Boredom vs Suffering

At first glance, the choice between boredom and suffering seems to make no sense. Surely boredom is a form of suffering? But when looked at deeper, the real distinction is choosing between a simple hassle-free life that feels mundane, and a purposeful life that requires pain.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

The Importance of Being Polite

Politeness and decency towards people is a sign of maturity. Maintaining decorum is not always easy, especially when you feel you have been wronged or mistreated by someone else. However, in the long-run, dealing with people in a polite, well-mannered and courteous way - even if you don't like them - will serve you much better.

Discussing characters on Breaking Bad

Time for another character discussion post! After a few years of watching the first season then stopping, watching the first and second season a few years later and then stopping, and finally completing seasons three, four and five, I finally finished Breaking Bad. And what a phenomenal show with an incredibly original story. It definitely gets better as time goes on; seasons four and five were brilliant. Post will contain spoilers.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

University wasn't for me.

My A levels dragged most of my desire to succeed academically out of me. Most of this was through the stress and pressure I put myself through; obsessing about my grades like it was a religion. By the time I sat my final A levels exams I was drinking by myself at home, no longer giving a shit. (I got two A's and a B). Since then, time and time again I have asked myself; why did I go to university - twice? 

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Has life gotten better?

A hundred years ago, young men would have been returning home after fighting in the first world war. Their wives/girlfriends/mothers took care of things while they were away. The level of emotional and physical resilience these people would have had far surpasses anything of today's young people. They had no internet, no social media, no globalisation. They simply got on with life as it came.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Margaery Tyrell: The 'Perfect' Vixen

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Margaery Tyrell is one of those characters on GOT that I have never worked out if I like or not. On the whole, I don't dislike her and believe she is fundamentally a caring person. But what makes her character great is that she is neither purely sweet like Sansa nor vindictive like Cersei; she is kind but slyly cunning.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Abortion doesn't care about your feelings

The argument most pro-lifers make when it comes to being against abortion is that it is 'immoral to kill an unborn child.' There is a difference between killing a child and killing a fetus, but yes, one can argue that a fetus is still alive and so terminating it is a form of murder. However, just because this makes many people upset and uncomfortable, doesn't mean that it is a valid case for claiming that we should scrap abortion.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Cersei Lannister: A Complex Villain

Beautiful. Manipulative. Narcissistic. Paranoid. Maternal. Incestuous. Hateful. Distrusting.
Cersei Lannister is one of the most interesting characters (for me) on Game of Thrones. Cersei is a bad, selfish person; no doubt about that. But had George R R. Martin simply made her a cruel, menacing woman that had no humanity, she would have been quite boring.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Facts vs Feelings

As an author, I have to balance between intuition and logic. It is creative intuition that enables me to freely write my stories, and logic that enables me to carve away the parts that may lead to plot holes or not make sense. Without creative free-writing I will have no story, but without logical editing I will have a story that is confusing and doesn't make sense. Such is the way of emotions/intuition, and logic/reasoning. Both are needed in their own right.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The problems with strict parenting

Parents often want the best for their children, but good intentions don't always lead to a positive outcome. Developmental psychologists have classified parenting styles into four categories: authoritarian (being too strict), permissive/indulgent (being too lenient), authoritative (just right), and neglectful (barely around).

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

An Interview With Author Lauren Alder

A few days ago this author in a writing group I am a part of on Facebook suggested a co-interview where she would send a set of questions to an author to answer and that author would send her another set of questions to answer, or she would answer her own. I answered her questions and as they were well-written and relevant I found it would be easier for her to answer her own set of questions. Here is her response!