Before and After

As I wrote that title I realized that with the recent talk of diets, one might think it’s going to be photos of me. But too soon, my friends – too soon!

Bailey gets very furry when you don’t cut it down (think forest troll), so recently I had him shaved. His fur grows like weed, so he looks a little silly for like a month, then it gets a bit longer again. Also helps not to wear that huge fur coat in the summer heat, I’d think. 

So, here’s Bailey before and after his visit at the pet groomer. I swear it’s like I’m going home with another dog. 

  

Positive Things

Since I’m actually rather unhappy and worried at the moment about a myriad of reasons, I figured I will write a list of Positive Things About Being Unemployed. Because I need something positive.

So without further ado, there are the Positive Things About Being Unemployed:

  • I can sleep in and/or stay up late
  • Walking around in pajamas all day long is now possible (cause I’m classy like that!)
  • I get to write a lot of bad fanfiction (seriously, I’m just shy of 50 pages written so far… I need this motivation for my books!)
  • Catching up on TV-shows is easier with more spare time (I watched the entire first season of “The Last Man on Earth” in like two days)

Okay, I’m out. That’s all I can think of. Can anyone think of anything to add?

Weekend Away

This past weekend my mom and I drove down to visit my sister H and her boyfriend. They live in Malmö in the south of Sweden, about a five hour drive from where I am. The weather wasn’t great, but at least the rain held up for most of the time, but you can tell from the photos that it was very cloudy.

Still, it was a very nice visit. I hadn’t been down to see her for years (she usually comes here since she visits mom and all the other family). She had a new apartment together with her boyfriend that they moved into in October last year. I’m kind of jealous of it, because it’s really big and very nice. In England the places in general seem a lot smaller. I guess it’s because the lack of space compared to Sweden. We’re kind of spoilt by it, after all.

It was a nice weekend, we did a little bit of sightseeing, but mainly just hung out, watched a movie, went out to dinner etc.
  The Turning Torso, an apartment building in Malmö known for it’s peculiar shape.
The old Limestone Quarry in Limhamn, just outside the city.

Gah!

It’s so frustrating when you’re in the mood for nothing but lazily browsing the net, and the net. is. not. working!

slow-internet

I also want to write or play games, but my back is in a bad mood and doesn’t want me sitting by the desk. Some days I dream of hooking my PC up to the tv, and using a cordless keyboard to write from bed. My back would approve of such decadence!

Yes, I know there are laptops, but I hate writing on one, the keyboards are so small. I should probably just suck it up and do it though. My back would thank me.

Little Things

Something positive coming out of my renewed interest in fanfiction is that I’ve remembered how much I love writing. I’ve been writing upwards of 10 000 words the last few days, which admittely isn’t that much – but it’s more than I’ve written in years! So, I’m happy.

It’s also renewed my resolve in getting my novels out there. I think that the goal should be to publish the first novel no later than January 2016 (preferably before the end of this year, but January-16 works as well). That gives me the remainder of the year to proofread and edit it. I know grammar is one of my issues, and there are also some things in general that I want to change. Hopefully someone else is still up for helping me a bit with the grammar, once they’ve recovered from tax season?

cute-eyes-o

My sister also mentioned that she might be able to look over it during the summer, and I need all the help I can get, so I’m grateful for anyone willing to help.

The goal for myself is 1-2 chapters per week of editing, starting next week since this week is going to be insanely busy. That should have the editing done in enough time to still let me figure out how to convert it to Kindle format, make a cover etc. before the deadline. Fingers crossed I can keep this going!

I also created a Tumblr account, because reasons. Actually, basically I wanted somewhere that I can post the little, silly things that I find while browsing that just don’t need a whole blog post. Mainly focused on silly things like fandom etc. though, maybe some writing inspiration.

I’ve been browsing around a bit today, and OMG there are so many awesome Dragon Age screenshots and art out there that I’m squeeing at times.

Beautiful art by anivy.tumblr.com  /fans self

Beautiful art by anivy.tumblr.com /fans self

 

Oops…

After finishing Dragon Age: Inquisition, and loving the romance element so much, I wanted more. So I actually went onto fanfiction.net and read around a little. The quality of work there really varies a lot, but some of it is really quite good/interesting. By the way, I think we need more Duncan fanfic… The very first time I played Dragon Age, I was raging because Duncan wasn’t a love interest. I barely got anywhere that time though, because my hard drive died and I lost interest. (I don’t think I’d even done the battle at Ostagar, that’s how early in the game I was.)

I’ve especially enjoyed playing through both the Alistair romance and the Cullen romance. Sometimes I think I should try some of the others, and I do, at least for a while – but then I end up back with Alistair or Cullen anyway.

They’re just really well-written characters. Not that the rest of them aren’t. I don’t know, there’s just something about those two. At first glance one might think that they’re the same type of character. They do have similarities. They’re both blond, warrior type men. Both brought up in the Templar Order. But other than that, I think they’re actually quite different – and their romances reflect that.

Alistair is very funny, he likes to joke a lot – and when talking to him in DA:O and asking questions, he often won’t give you straight answers. If you’re nice to him, as a female, he will generally pursue you – despite being inexperienced at these things.

Cullen is a much more serious person, he has baggage. While I realise it’s partly because of the way the game is played, you have to pursue him rather than him coming to you. He admits to having liked you for a long time, but that he felt that it wasn’t his place to pursue you – since basically you’re his boss. You’re more or less friend-zoned in the first part of the game, only after nearly dying to a dragon does he seem to notice you.

Side note: The way the Inquisition romances play out… Does anyone else feel like we’re a law suit on sexual harrassment waiting to happen? As the Inquisitioner you’re basically everyone’s boss, and here you are, propositioning them left right and center! I also found some of the romance options to be very forward, and my characters are usually a bit less so. Alistair’s romance worked well for me that way, because I could be sweet to him and teasingly flirt a bit – and he’d come to me. With Inquisition I have to sometimes choose very forward options with the romanceable companions.

Anyway, this got a lot longer than planned. Basically, what I wanted to say was that after finishing Inquisition and thinking about Cullen as a character who has been with us all the way since Origins… I started going “what if..?” and then I couldn’t stop myself. So I started a fanfic. /facepalm

In the end though, I think it might be a good experience for me. I’ve not written properly in years, and I do want to get back into it and get my novels published (even if that means doing it myself as e-books). Writing this fanfic will hopefully get me back into the swing of things. Which is definitely needed, cause as I’m writing this little fanfic, I’m feeling very, very rusty!

 

Long weekend

This has been a pretty long and trying weekend, though I suspect even more for my brother than I. At the moment I’m staying in his house, and on Friday we picked up his two kids (he has my nephew every other week, and my niece every other weekend, so basically we pick them up together, but she goes back to her mother sooner). As it turned out… My nephew had the stomach flu, so we spent the entire afternoon and evening on Friday taking care of him.

He was in such a sorry state as well. It had apparently started already on Thursday morning, so by the time he came to us he was exhausted. To the point where he would just sort of fall into a heap on the floor, and you had to carry him. This is a kid that’ll be four in August and usually wants to prove that he can do everything himself. Whether he can or not.

Saturday he had stopped vomiting at least, but he was still exhausted and spent the entire day lying on the couch/in bed half watching movies and half asleep. We figured at that point that the worst was over.

Ha!

Around 10pm on Saturday the niece woke up in her cot, sat up… And started vomiting. Since she’s just over one year old, it’s a lot more difficult to deal with. Panic, since she doesn’t know what’s going on… Inability and unwillingness to vomit into something tidy, like a bucket. You get the idea.

Today (Sunday) she was at least not longer vomiting, just very tired and feverish. She spent the majority of the day plastered to me on the couch, too tired to move. Normally she’ll be running around touching everything. For once I could actually leave the dog’s food and water bowls on the floor, she didn’t even think about messing with them.

Poor kids. I feel bad for my brother though, as well. I helped as much as I could, but obviously he did most of the work – cleaning up, washing bedclothes… I’m just glad that both of the kids seem to be getting better now. Hopefully they’ll both be feeling better by tomorrow.

Finished!

So, I finished Dragon Age: Inquisition last night… I really enjoyed this game! And the romance. I’m such a romance nerd… It’s one of my favourite parts of the game. Sadly, I forgot to take much screenshots of the last half of the game, it’s definitely a feature I miss from Origins. Maybe it’s for the best though, I can’t accidentally spoil something with images!

It’s a great game, and I think anyone who likes RPG games should give it a go. Obviously, you’d have to start with Dragon Age: Origins and also play Dragon Age II. Okay, okay! I realise you don’t have to… but you should, it’s such a great story! And even if you can easily play each one as a stand-alone, they work so nicely together!

breach

I’ve enjoyed them so much that I’m actually tempted to go back to Origins and do a full playthrough from game one through three!

And also, the romances… If you’re not into that, you can ignore it… But I love, love, love the romances. They’re so well written. BioWare definitely knows how to write good and interesting characters. Even if you’re not romancing anyone, just walking around your base and chatting with your companions can be hilariously funny. I loved the little cut scenes you got with your companions.

Now, I just need to decide if I should do the full Dragon Age playthrough… Or maybe get something useful done… Hmm…

Because every post needs a Cullen picture.

Because every post needs a Cullen picture.