Sci-Fi, Character Death, War, Broken Hearts and Plot Bunnies.

•04/06/2012 • 4 Comments

For the first time (I think…), I’m going to attempt to write Sci-fi (I don’t like to write it usually because I’m worried about messing it up) and true to my usual content, it will contain much character death, war and broken hearts. Because, y’know, we can’t have the characters being happy in the end or anything… *sarcasm inserted here* I’ll be combining this idea with my previous plot bunny to create a brilliant storyline.

But not until August. I have lots of stuff to do before then and lots of research to undertake. Or maybe November. My one and only subject will be finished by then.

I love it when I’m able to use events from my life as inspiration for stories. It makes it that much more meaningful to me and at times, it’s easier to write. Not all the time though. Sometimes it becomes much harder, especially if you are writing about something you’d rather forget about, something that caused you pain or to become miserable. But we push through that, write it down and eventually we finish up with a fantastic story that many will enjoy (after the edits and re-writes of course ;)).

Until next time,

The Nocturnal Philosopher πŸ™‚

You Are You, Not Someone Else

•31/05/2012 • 2 Comments

It’s been a quiet five days. Sorry about that.

Of course, when I say quiet, I mean on here. The blogging world. In everyday life, it hasn’t been so quiet.

Armouring, Heavy Combat, Photo Shoot Planning, Essay Writing, Persona Research, Dance…

So many things.

I made a piece of elbow/knee (depending on who it’s for) armour on Sunday with a bit of help. For my first try, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It took me a bit of time to become happy with my effort though. Being the perfectionist I am, I kept getting frustrated with myself for various things at the time, for little mistakes made. It’s ridiculous to expect myself to be able to get it perfect first time round, but when you’ve spent your whole life putting expectations on yourself that are probably too high for you to reach because it’s what others have expected of you, it’s hard to break away from that. I don’t just mean challenging myself either…

There have been so many times in the past when people have said to me “so-and-so can do it, why can’t you?” and so I’ve pushed myself to try to achieve the same level of success. The majority of the time, I would fall short and add my disappointment in myself to the disappointment coming from other people.

Afterwards, I was told that I had done a good job given that it had been my first effort.

By the end of the day, I got a new point of view (one that will probably seem really obvious, but that had never really come to mind due to my perfectionistic mindset). It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay if you aren’t perfect. No one is able to do things perfectly first time round. It can take ages to get things to the point where they are even close to perfect, never mind perfect in themselves. We are constantly learning, constantly improving. You are you, not someone else. If someone else can do something to a certain standard and you can’t, it doesn’t mean you are a failure, it just means you haven’t reached that level of ability yet.

It’s something for me to keep in mind and remember next time I get frustrated with myself for not being perfect.

Until next time,

The Nocturnal Philosopher πŸ™‚

Plot Bunnies…

•26/05/2012 • 4 Comments

I just got hit in the face.

By a plot bunny.

It jumped out at me fromΒ Georgette Graham‘s post and now it won’t leave me alone. But I’m not planning to do Camp NaNoWriMo in June! Just August…

 

Hmmm…

Finding What You Want In Life Is Like A Taste Test

•23/05/2012 • 1 Comment

“Finding what you want in life is like a taste test. You won’t know if you like something or not until you try it. Sometimes, the things you think you’ll like are the things you end up hating. And sometimes, the things that you don’t think you’ll like, or the things with flavours that you think sound a little odd together are the things you end up wanting. Then again, sometimes it works the other way around.

But you won’t know ’til you try and see.” – Thoughts from the mind of The Nocturnal Philosopher as she is about to drive home from the city.

A Left-Hander’s First Try Of Heavy Combat

•21/05/2012 • 4 Comments

Hello everyone!

Yesterday I got my first taste of Heavy Combat. It was brilliant, although my arms (especially my right arm) are hurting a lot right now. I borrowed most of the armour I wore from another Heavy Combat fighter (who has the same name as me, well in the SCA anyway) and it fit pretty well. It was actually quite nice to wear and was fairly easy to move around in. People kept on telling me that I looked good in the armour, which was nice to hear.

Then there was the fighting. It was interesting, because I was paired with a right-handed fighter who also fights right-handed and I’m left-handed. It was confusing and I got hit on the head quite a bit. But I also successfully defended myself quite a bit too. All in all I was pleased with my first attempt.

I would write more, but, well, ouch… I think the rest of today will be spent reading the Fighter’s Handbook and stretching my arms. And drinking tea. I’ll get into weights training tomorrow.

Until next time,

The Nocturnal Philosopher πŸ™‚

The Good, The Bad And The Dead

•19/05/2012 • 2 Comments

This Friday K, N and I had a (kind of successful, since it was so loud that we had difficulty hearing each other half the time) conversation about what is good and bad and death and our views on those topics (maybe I should make this a weekly series. Friday Nights with K, N and C ;)).

It all started off with a simple question about how to tell whether something is good or bad. N said that it depends on the situation. For example: if you are in a survival situation, you aren’t going to be thinking about whether what you’re doing is good or bad, you’re just going to be doing what you have to in order to make it out of that situation alive. However, if your life is not at risk, then there is room for thoughts of right and wrong and there will be consequences for doing the ‘wrong’ thing that there wouldn’t be in a life and death situation.

The point that society conditions us to see certain things as good or bad was also raised. Given how many different cultures there are in the world, this means that what we might think is okay, might be totally unacceptable by someone else and vice versa. For example, a child in a culture where stoning people is the norm will probably be horrified by the sight of it the first time they witness it. But by the 10th, perhaps 20th time they see it, it will have become acceptable and the norm. Their society conditions them to accept it. Whereas people outside that culture would be horrified every time they heard about it, simply because they don’t see it as a normal part of life, but as something terrible that shouldn’t be happening. Deciding what is good and bad depends on your point of view and the society you live in.

I personally don’t agree with the idea of stoning someone, but then again, I have grown up in a society that doesn’t consider that acceptable. If I had grown up in a society that did that, I would probably think that it was okay too.

It’s all about perspective.

A bit later (probably after the short conversation about how the three of us ought to learn sign language so that we could still have conversations in loud places without having to ask each other to repeat ourselves all the time), we talked about death and our views of it. K said that when it comes time for her to die she’ll accept it rather than trying to fight it. She also said that she hopes that there is an afterlife, a paradise if you like, but that, in reality, there probably isn’t. K believes that when you die, rather than coming back in another form-whether human or not-you are gone, but that you live on in the memories of others and the things you leave behind. I personally believe in reincarnation, but I agree that the person that has passed will live on in the memories of those that knew them and what they left behind.

We also talked about the ethics of death. N said that if he had been injured, however badly and could be helped, then he would want the help. But if he were dying and anything done, rather than helping, was prolonging the suffering, then he would want to be allowed to pass quickly. I absolutely agree. It’s much kinder that way.

 

We spoke of other things as well, but given how difficult it was to hear each other most of the time, I don’t know if I could successfully recount them. If I remember anything else that I think you all would find interesting then I will let you know πŸ™‚

Until next time,

The Nocturnal Philosopher πŸ™‚

If You’re Going To Oppose LGBT Rights, Then Be Honest About What You’re Really In Favour Of.

•16/05/2012 • 2 Comments

A friend shared this on Facebook yesterday and I felt that it was important to share it with you all. In the words ofΒ The Athena Tree:

When discussing LGBT rights, it’s important to remember that there is more to that than just marriage equality. There are many rights that the LGBT community are excluded from, things like discrimination protection in employment, rights of inheritance, parental rights, protection in schools. In a country where an entire segment of the population is treated as if they do not have the same rights as others, it creates an environment that allows for hate crimes to increase.

Everything is connected, stories like those pictured will not stop happening until there is acceptance, equality and respect as the standard in our society.

I’ll let the picture speak for itself now.

The Nocturnal Philosopher.