Things I Love Thursday

C. Spike Trotman‘s talk from xoxofest about succeeding in indie comics even though everyone told her it wouldn’t work. Inspiring on lots of creative, kickstarter, indie levels:

Fangirl and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. My third time reading Fangirl, and this time aloud to Anna who is loving it, and we both keep laughing. Carry On is kind of a spinoff/sideways sequel ish thing and I am looooving that too. Rainbow is such a fantastic writer ❤

Rainbow's End Night Rides when it's really quiet! Anna and I were right in figuring long weekend + Armageddon + rainy day would mean less people at the park and our waits for rides were minimal, and we got to see a fire dancing show! Also I got a candy floss which was not only substantially bigger than my head, but it glowed!

all hail the glow cloud

Armageddon was also fun and I got to catch up with some friends. Saw lots of super cool cosplays, bought some really great merch, got a bit ragey at the crowds and overall found the experience a bit draining, but fun!

My little herb and vege garden doing really well


Honourable Mentions: Seeing people using playlists I made on Spotify, watching Glee, playing Rock Band, eating homemade donburi, colouring in, Heroes for Sale comic shop, new books, writing motivation and energy, my workmates and the lovely, wonderful and sweet Anna.

Alarms in the Heart ~ Dry the River

Letters from the Sky ~ Civil Twilight

Robocop (1987)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Written by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
(number 408)

It’s a very 80s movie. The suits and the hair and the makeup. Also the cheesiness of the dialogue and the violence. To be honest I don’t think I’ve actually watched this film before. But I did play the Amiga 500 Robocop game quite a lot. All I remember about it was that there were riots in downtown Detroit and I liked the mini games which came up in between levels – identikit picture matching and stuff like that, and the save the hostage bits.

Okay, my first problem with this movie is: Why on Earth would they give the robot live ammunition for a Board demonstration? It makes no sense at all. Did they have no testers at all?? Ridiculous.

I found the torture sequence of Murphy pretty gross, but also it was drastically undercut by the half hearted ‘ow, ooh ow’ pain acting Peter Weller. He sounded more like he was getting a dead arm rather than limbs blown off. Also Anna got mad that he was shot in the head and somehow still alive and savable. Like, come on, he shoulda been dead.

Does it make me love the people? I really liked Anne. It’s sorta like, yeah you’re meant to care about Murphy but I found his acting pretty wooden, even before he became a robot. I guess yeah, I mean, he’s fighting the good fight. I found there was a bit too much action/explosions and not enough story to really care. I felt pretty meh about the sequence where he explores his old house and remembers his family. Like, watching it and going ‘yes, objectively this is sad, but I feel nothing’.

I did like the little sly jokes, the advert for the ‘nukem’ family game, that sort of stuff. I laughed.

Bechdel test: There are two women in the scene with the bad guy, they talk about coke and compete for his attention but they are neither of them named, also they talk through him. Anne Lewis is a pretty great character – a bad ass, moral cop whose gender is never brought up in any way (positive or negative) so that’s pretty neat, but she doesn’t talk to any other named woman.

Best line:
Bob Morton: What are your Prime Directives?
RoboCop: Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law.
( shown on screen 4th Directive: – classified –

Woman hostage ( hugging Robocop): Oh, God. I was so scared. Thank you. Oh, thank you.
RoboCop: Madam, you have suffered an emotional shock. I will notify a rape crisis center.

State of Mind: Why did it have to be so gross? There’s some high octane nightmare fuel from the moment he takes off his visor onwards. I know this movie had a huge impact on the popular culture and it’s a huge milestone for 80s movies. I didn’t love it though, not sure I’d watch it again and only half tempted to watch the sequels.

Watched movie count

Things I Love Thursday

Having Anna back from holiday is the best thing. It has been more than a week now, but it’s just so nice to have her back. Love my Anna.

Rainbow’s End a bunch of us went the week before last to ride ‘after dark’ in the spooky in the Night Frights late opening. It was so much fun! I discovered on the log flume with Nick that shouting ‘FLUUUME’ at random times makes the flume even more fun, and it also makes the roller coaster less terrifying. Basically yelling ‘FLUUUUME!’ is just really fun.


Roleplaying on our weekend flying visit to Wellington we managed to convince Paul to run us a session of Masks which is a new apocalypse world hack where you play teen superheroes. I played a ‘whatever, I don’t care’ Delinquent teleporter and it was so much fun! Also I think I’m getting the hang of how to run Monster of the Week, three sessions in, and that makes me very happy.

Rock Band 4. I got the Band in a Box set and it’s so much fun.

Honourable Mentions: See’s Candies, birthdays and birthday presents, Face Off, Ribena, driving my car and Nightwing.

Things I Love Thursday

Spring blossoms

Spring blossoms

“The following products have been shipped:
1 x Rock Band 4 Band in a Box Bundle (PS4)
1 x free Microphone Stand”


On the weekend I went to the Tinderbox conference for children’s authors and illustrators, and it was a really solid, really useful thing for me to have done. Despite being sick as a dog with a cold which turned into a chest infection, I took copious notes, did some networking and made myself a really practical to do list for publishing.

I have started on my to do list by making myself an author page. There’s not much on it right now, but please like it and watch along as I put my journey into high gear. I also signed up for GoodReads so if that’s a thing that you’re on, add me there too! There’s a chance I will also make an author blog but… I’m aware that I already talk about my writing on here, and also it’s possible all these things may take my attention away from actual writing, which wouldn’t be ideal. I haven’t decided.

Also the convention gave me a massive boatload of story and project ideas, so that’s aces as well.

I’ve been playing this browser game called A Dark Room and goodness me but it’s compulsive. I’m so close to finishing I can taste it but I can’t quite beat the last challenge…

This is my jam is dead which is a bit on the sad side, but they’ve done a pretty neat archive.

This is a pretty great vid on where to start with Batman comics (she mentions a couple I hadn’t read, so had to order, heh)

Honourable Mentions: Sunshine, sprouting seeds, birds, antibiotics, good books, electric blankets, lego and my lovely Anna who I miss terribly but she gives me a smile every time she messages me and she keeps on buying me presents so I’m even more excited to see her next week because presents!

Could Have Been Me by the Struts

You ~ Keaton Henson
(it gave me feels about last year’s big Monsterhearts ship)