Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beautiful Balloons

It seems to me that everything is so much more fun, more beautiful, more delightful, more precious,
when balloons are involved.

In seeing a balloon,
my mood suddenly changes.
For the better.


Monday, October 24, 2011

All Black

I blame the All Blacks for my mega hangover.

Well done lads, you did us proud.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


In a conversation I had tonight I voiced the sentence;
"just fuck off and enjoy your life".
And after a bit of thought, I realised just how many people out there haven’t travelled, or wont, because of what, or who, they are leaving behind.
I understand that leaving the comfortable and secure can be a tad daunting...

But what do we have to lose?

Memories are very rarely lost, and so often made.
Money can be earned overseas, (and obviously easily spent).
Friendships will still be here when ya get back.

And if people really are the only thing stopping you, take them with you.
Like I did....

I want to go further; I want to see more;
and sometimes,
I just want someone to take me back to New York.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St Augustine

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Jennifer Egan:
"My advice is so basic. Number one: Read. I feel like it’s amazing how many people I know who want to be writers who don’t really read. I’m not convinced someone wants to be a writer if they don’t read. I don’t think the problem is that they need to read more; I think they might need to readjust their life goals. Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work. To be reading good things. I feel that you should be reading what you want to write. Nothing less.

The second thing is, I feel like getting in the habit of it is huge. I guess that was my one accomplishment of those two years [with the first failed novel]— making it a routine is a gigantic part of it.

One corollary of that— and this is probably the most important thing for me— is being willing to write really badly. It won’t hurt you to do that. I think there is this fear of writing badly, something primal about it, like: “This bad stuff is coming out of me…” Forget it! Let it float away and the good stuff follows. For me, the bad beginning is just something to build on. It’s no big deal. You have to give yourself permission to do that because you can’t expect to write regularly and always write well. That’s when people get into the habit of waiting for the good moments, and that is where I think writer’s block comes from. Like: It’s not happening. Well, maybe good writing isn’t happening, but let some bad writing happen. Let it happen!

So, just write and be happy that you did it. You stuck to the routine. You’re kind of holding the place so that you’re present for when something good is ready to come.

And then it’s all about rewriting. Re-visiting, re-visiting and re-writing. I think it’s a mistake to be too precious about one’s words. I feel the same way about the criticism. You’re not going to break! It’s pretty tough to stick it out, to do this. So, get used to it! People are going to not like it. Okay! You’ll live. So, it’s bad. Okay. You’ll live! They said ‘no.’ You know what? Everyone gets said ‘no’ to a thousand times. If that is really something that you can’t tolerate, this may not work. "

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Singing in the Rain

There is something kind of wonderful in a rainy day. Whether it be the extra warmth of your duvet and the heat of the fire; the “pitter patter” of the rain on your rain jackets hood; the way it ripples when it has fallen, they enjoyment of jumping in puddles, intimate moments (usually found in rom-coms and soppy chick-flicks), watching a car glide through a large puddle, umbrellas...

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." Gilbert K. Chesterton

I wish my camera was good enough to take great photos of rain.
It is not.
Flickr and Google will have to make do.

My friends all hear me constantly complain about the rain and the cold and the horrible Wellington spring weather, but the truth is, I actually quite like it.
I secretly adore it.

After the first initial hatred of being outside in the wet, the experience is one of a kind,
Exhilarating .
And it’s fun.
That is, after the hour of procrastination before leaving your house.

Flickr users have beautiful rain moments captured on camera.

It makes sense to me why so many songs exist around the topic of rain.

It’s worth a smile.

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Langston Hughes

Monday, October 3, 2011

Born like an Artist

I found this through a friend's facebook page.
So I researched...
Created by JellyVampire for an online "deviantart" competition.

Its Wonderful
(To view this wonderful artwork larger,
 click here, or zoom.)