A blog about everything I love! From Astronomy to music and everything in between. I cover 'sudoscience' - We've got aliens, and conspiracy theories, disclosure, want to ascend? Me too..... Then I spin it the whole other way and give you 'factual science' with cool stuff I've been learning at university. I share choice music, books, funny websites, silly hobbies, people, fun and food. Join me on a crazy ride through my life on this wonderful planet we call Earth!
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Sunday, 21 September 2014
About a week ago I was on eBay looking through the candles section for something pretty and exotic to put on my coffee table and I happened to come across a candle holder that is frekin awesome! I basically ummmed and ahhhed over spending $60 on an antique dog candle holder - seriously there was way too much time and energy that went into this thing, but lets just say it was a "must have" moment and making a definate decision to buy it was something that crossed my mind on and off for the next week.
I actually wrote a full blog post about it, going into specific detail about my newfound obsession for a candle holder, and why despite it being $60 I couldn't make my mind up due to other commitments that require a decent amount of money, but somehow I just stupidly deleted it before I posted it and its gone forever.
In its place you have this. Im not sure I believe in its ability to live up to that post but ill give it a go....this was the follow on blog post to the never to be viewed 1st eBay post......
I would just like to say, well gloat about not having yet purchased the dog candle holder that I discussed and obsessed over in a previous blog post.
I showed exceptional restraint as the last hours, minutes and seconds ticked by on the auction and then while it was relisted at the same price. However, after being so adament about not buying the candle holder I did purchase 3 small pendant lights for my lounge room, which as it turns out were only the globes, so I've had to go back and match up globe number with corresponding light fixtures and purchase these as well, they are totally amaze and well worth the extra effort i had to go to to get it right - silly me for assuming i would just get it all in one transaction. I also secured a retro pod green picnic set and currently am highest bidder on a moose head decorative pillow for my lounge, all of which exceed the cost of candle holder that i am still considering. I know - this stuff happens! I also managed to add 100+ things to my watch list, due to a sudden but justified obsession with bento box's of every size and shape and then obviously various bento cookbooks - because i have never eaten it or them or whatever it actually is. The pictures of the bento box's full of exotic ingredients looked pretty convincing at 2am last night when i became instantly obsessed with watch listing everything that encapsulated bento box's and related products. In the height of my frenzy I was actually picturing all of them sitting on shelves in my walk in pantry waiting for me to use them and it made me feel good!
As my bento box obsession started to wain, or maybe it was that i had viewed almost every possible page pertaining to bento box's, i decided that i would see what was happening in the picnic basket category because i suddenly realised that the one i already own isn't enough. By itself it is not nearly big enough to transport all the food i would need on this phantom future picnic. So i sent time choosing my favourites and added them to my watchlist. Then I only naturally moved onto picnic blankets , because where the hell would i sit?
As well as books, candles and a $200 Bento Box Jewellery stand that wont go with anything in my house or bedroom but I just needed to watch -you could say I might have had a bit of a moment of insanity - I'm just glad i didn't get paid until the following day or it could have been ugly!
So I've finally started Yoga! Well, not officially, my first class was supposed to be last week, but it got cancelled because the hall was being used for something else apparently more important than me starting my fist yoga session!
Anyway, I realised I'm like probably 15 years behind the times, but i have never been one to go with fads... better late that never I suppose.....
Sitting here wondering why accommodation to stay on snow in Australia is so fucking expensive!! (There obviously isn't many places where snow falls in Oz, so they charge through the nose for cabins and chalets because they know people will just pay it for the experience)
It actually costs less to leave the country and go to the South Island of New Zealand than it does to travel too the Koziosco Mountains in Victoria. It's a 16 hours drive from my house or a two hour plane flight and a two hour drive.
But, as a patriotic and possibly somewhat stupid Australian I have decided to pay the price too get the experience.
Other than coming to terms with being fucked out of my moulah - I have to decide if I want to join the masses at a hotel, brave a B and B that could very well see me being stuck with a small group of strangers who hang around in communal areas hoping to chat about the amount of snow that fell overnight or god forbid what I'm doing for dinner, and could they join me because they are at a loose end.
Then there's the cabins or chalets that cost you the big bucks and I'm guessing for privacy. And if I choose a house - am I sharing it with all my friends which isn't exactly private is it?
Im halfway through a book that is fairly mediocre, but I have a thing about giving a book a more than decent chance of convincing me its worth my time! Mostly out of loyalty to the author, I end up reluctantly finishing it and wondering, not for the first time why the 400 page, over descriptive story wasnt condensed into a much more reader friendly 200 or so pages. There are definately moments in every book that are worth reading, but i found the tedious job of waiding through the bullshit not great. Instead of not being able to just walk away, I plod along wondering if I will ever get there, and thats no fun when I have a bookcase full of "too reads" waiting for me, that could very well hold one of those "this is the best book" moments. It can be a bit frustrating, plus there is so much life to live, work to do, sex to have, finding the time I need to dedicate to it is hard!
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
So Gold Digger is almost ready to be released - just waiting on the printers and the press release, and despite this being such a fabulous time, there are so many things I need to prepare myself for.
Firstly I will say - this is an amazing, exciting, fantastic experience...it is everything!
Now bout the preparation thing.... I know Gold Digger is going to get some great publicity from the press release and the interviews and the websites and the publisher marketing, as well as my blog and on all my social medias and hopefully I can sell heaps of copies and make lots of money and buy a new bed, but the thing is I have to also try and prepare myself for the shit part too, the fall out!
Today - publishing a book is different to the old school pre internet era - you released a book, you got reviews in the paper and people bought your book if they liked the sound of it. Now a writer is faced with everything! I mean there is so many avenues to get your book put out there, which is great to attract readers and sell books, but in return you have to face the wrath of a truckload of haters! The people who will actually turn on my book, and me, the ones that write bad reviews on purpose like its their life's dream to go around crushing new author spirits. The people who will just hate me for no reason.
You might ask yourself why would i even be thinking like that and i know i shouldn't be, I am proud of my book and myself and i guess I m feeling vulnerable - i know its not going to be everyones cup of tea and some people will hate it and thats okay but i still want to prepare myself or actually harden myself to what could very well be a big fat emotional orgy of hurt feelings and head burred under the pillow moments amongst the triumph and victory. I have a lot of support and its my defining moment in my career, but I don't know if that actually prepares someone for being bombarded by a group of bloggers, other writers and the general public judging you!
I don’t just have one book in me. I have hundreds. I have thousands. I am large, I contain multitudes. Whole libraries where every book has my name on its spine, motherfucker.
TEN THINGS TO NEVER SAY TO A WRITER
“YOU KNOW, I WANNA WRITE A BOOK SOMEDAY.”
“GOSH, I WISH I HAD TIME TO WRITE.”
“HEY! YOU CAN WRITE MY IDEA.”
“YOU SHOULD WRITE MY LIFE STORY.”
“I DON’T READ.”
“YOU MUST BE RICH.”
“HAS YOUR BOOK BEEN MADE INTO A MOVIE YET?”
“WILL YOU READ MY NOVEL?”
“DO YOU KNOW STEPHEN KING?”
“WE’RE OUT OF COFFEE.”
BONUS: “WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?”
If you follow me, you'd know that I have just published a book called Gold Digger. Its a contemporary Romance novel about three women whose lives intertwine through lies cheating and betrayal. Yeah, sounds pretty intriguing doesn't it!
It will be available for purchase in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for all the details ....
So when I first started this blog I wanted it to be a culmination of everything that made me, me! (Well almost everything, a girl has to have a little mystery) Writing, reading, books, thoughts, feelings, music, my spin on certain current events in my world, pictures, shoes, life, anything, everything!
It was and is a place to go to share parts of me - my writing, my quirky personality, my life.... to document my struggles, my achievements, my book. I share writing tips from my personal journey and from other authors, both successful and struggling like I was for some traction.
If you delve into the extensive archives - its me talking about wanting to get a book published, and what I was doing to try and make that happen. Then what happened once it did! It's basically a play by play of the process I went through to publish my first novel. You will also find funny posts I have written, and posts about life from a different point of view.
I really like being able to come here and write what I think, what I like, what I am into. Its just another release, a way to express myself - I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am!
Monday, 15 September 2014
So I don't know if you heard about the girl in Australia who died at the hands of a technology clusterfuck, but let me assure you it was fairly grim.
The poor girl was found electrocuted (murdered) in her Western Sydney home surrounded and connected to her killers - the very things she worshipped!
Apparently the dodgy laptop charger she had purchased online from some scum bag company in China who made it their business to skimp on actual safety approved merchandise making cheap ass imitations and putting all our lives at risk was to blame!
Anyway, she had her laptop plugged into mains power sitting on her lap with headphone buds in,listening to music whilst simultaneously charging her iPhone and playing on it.
Basically the laptop exploded on her lap electrocuting her through her legs and ears resulting in a heart attack and severe burn to her legs chest and ears.
I mean - HOLY SHIT!!!! This could have happened to anyone!
We all love our technology, and are all probably guilty of having many devices on the go at once. Maybe not quiet the combo this poor victim had going, but we've all basically been there at some point. I don't know about you but It scared the fuck out of me when I read it, as did the ten other related articles on things that had happened to other people whist using their laptop or phone. There is some pretty messed up shit going on that you wouldn't know about unless you went looking. So, in this girls memory and for my safety, I have vowed to stop sleeping next to my phone, to not talk too long on my phone, never use any device while it is charging if its not completely necessary, and to never use my laptop on my lap. I also wont be talking on my phone while its charging, or rest it on my leg or any other body part for any length of time and I definitely wont be walking around with it in my bag for long periods. Oh and I won't be ever buying a charger from china!
Its time to get real people or we will all be dead from some sort of Tuma or heart attack.
The Only Way is Essex
Courtney Loves Dallas
The Singles Project
The Block - Glasshouse
Million Dollar Listings NY and Miami'
Rich Kids of Beverly Hills
The Carrie Diaries
So you're thinking 'Holy Shit' thats a fair amount of shows to be invested in on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, and you're right.
Well they should stop making such great, and not so great 'but I just have to watch shows!' The writers and actors should be held accountable! Its so not my fault! Plus it should be noted that I don't sit in front of the tv all day watching these shows with an alarm set for when the next one is due to start I have a thing called series link, and it allows me to record the shows I like to watch and even the whole series and i can view them when it suits me. Also, In my defence and as previously mentioned in past blog posts. as a writer i find inspiration in many form. Mainly ether books in my genre, rom com movies, music and TV Obviously real life comes into play along with other factors but I am trying to justify my TV habits ad I think I gave it a fair go and came out not looking like a house bound inbred stuck at home watching trashy TV with my hands down my pants.
Sometimes I forget about the thrill of writing until I'm back in front of the pages with a fully inked pen supply and time on my hands. I love the smell of ink on paper - its a bit of an addiction. I thought it was just the writing and the thinking and the creating but its also about the ink....
So, as you may or may not know, I am a regular contributor on Google Plus, where you will find twice daily photo montages of personally hand picked things that i find either funny, inspiring, twisted, sexy or just completely fucked up! Amongst all that you might find links to a blog post, music, photos of High Heels, photos of me and much more.
You should know that These photos aren't just your run of the mill photos, they are some of the coolest, funniest, strangest sexiest pictures i can find in the deepest realms of web discovery.... and i would like to think my followers and viewers appreciate the effort in put in to find them.
If you aren't yet on Google Plus then you should check it out - if you are and want to follow me or check out my feed then just type in Tara Anderton.