As some of you may know, I’m heading of to Uni to study ‘Bachelor of art: Media & Communications.’ later this year (Still need to do my entry courses as education has changed a LOT since Me and the Dinosaurs walked the earth!)

As well as that I am now enrolled to do my ‘Diploma of Business’ this year!

That with work and trying to have a social life, matty’s going to be a busy boy this year! Oh yeah, and writing.

I’ve got NaNoWriMo2014 in November to look forward to and I’d like (hopefully) to get another book published later this year.

My God! where am I going to find time to post blog entries? I’ll just have to…. LOL

Sin Cere

A New Look and a new Direction!

Posted: January 14, 2014 in 2014, General, Rant
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Okay, some of you may have noticed a new look to the blog, I hope you like but if you don’t TOUGH! I like it and that is really all that matters.

So that handles the new look, what about the new direction? Well, As some of you may know I was looking to do a University degree this year. That is no more, I will not, now or in the future, be pursuing this line of study.

Just quit it, will you! My minds made up and that is final!

Right, now that that’s out of the way; I am currently following a 365 day writing prompt but I have missed the last few days. I will pick it back up tomorrow and I will enter the missing days as I get the time.  Along with the new look to the blog, I will be, over the next week or so, be updating sections of the site which will include a serial (don’t worry, I’ll tell you later in the week), I’ll also be uploading some video and audio blog entries  during this year as I am exploring my comedic side this year as well as a new Interactive Fiction and some new poetry.

Some parts of the blog may disappear and some will just change but this year It will continue to grow in continuing it’s primary mission of being a showcase of my writings as well as a place for me to promote my meager but soon to be growing stable of self published works.

Come on 2014, throw what you can at MattyJ cause he’s ready to rumble!!!

Sin Cera

This is your life

Posted: January 12, 2014 in 2014, 365writing prompt
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Yeah, Yeah, I know. I’m a day late with my ’365writing prompt’, so shoot me! Today’s prompt will be up later today, just need to find that pesky camera app on the phone :-)

 

This is your life If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

Without a doubt, YES! of course I’d read it. The opportunity to know everything that’s going to happen in my life, What better way to prepare myself for it. That’s all.

32 flavors

Posted: January 10, 2014 in 2014, 365writing prompt
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32 flavors Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?

This is a simple one, Chocolate mousse flavored EVERY-TIME! Is is the combination of the two best, heavenly desserts in the world.

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I know this is a short one today but what more can I say about Chocolate Mousse Ice Cream!!!!

1984
You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

This one’s an easy one for me, and I’m sure I’ll cop a lot of shit over but I DON’T CARE!!!

The thing I fear being locked in a room with is actually two people and a figurehead. These three people, honestly, scare the fucking shit out of me. Just thinking of being in a locked room with them is giving me goosebumps.

So who are these people; David Miscavige, Adolf Hitler, and the Pope(any pope in Catholic History). Two are heads of the two most dangerous Cults  of the 20th and 21st Centuries and the third is one of the  greatest, if not the greatest, Orator of our era.

Imagine a fraud with a couple of billion followers, a conman who is the head of the most dangerous Secret police of modern times, and someone with the oratorical skill of Hitler putting all their skills and talents behind either Catholicism or Scientology! If that thought doesn’t send shivers down your spine, check if you have a heartbeat!

First, we have a man who has the documented ability to brainwash groups of people with nothing more than the power of his voice.For god sake, he convinced an entire country, not even his country of birth, to go to war with the entire world.

Secondly, there is the only man whom, I think, would make the German Stasi blush with the crimes that he has, reputedly committed and had committed in his name and the name of his cult.

Although, to be fair, it is unkind to all cults, including the five major religions to call Scientology a cult. The original, and true meaning of the word cult is; “To worship”, nothing more, nothing less. And by that very definition all faiths are cults.

And finally, we have the officeholder of the office of the pope. The person who’s word are listened to with a rapture bordering upon worship by billions around the world. The man who has the ear of the Ten or Twenty most powerful world leaders.

Even with the wonderful decline that Scientology has suffered in the last ten years. If those three were alive at the same time in history (Hitler is dead, ya know), the world would witness the greatest religious army to ever walk the earth with a general who’s psychosis is only second hitler’s, and the blindly followed dogma of a mythically created 2000 yr old religion and you have a recipe for religious fanaticism that would make an Islamic extremist weep for joy at.

Yes; It may be an irrational fear as the scenario as  written could never happen but that makes it no less valid as a fear and, as a writer, I believe that it is through the written word and the ability to make people  question and to think about such issues that such a grouping of such evil could never take place.

Teacher’s pet Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

This one’s a funny one. Not haha funny, more amusing than anything else.

I find it amusing because I cannot for the life of me limit myself to just one inspirational teacher, I can think of three just off the top of my head that were an inspiration or made such an impact that they are still with me, or contributed to who I am now.

Mr. Smith (yes, that was his name) and there were two Mr. Smiths in my school. I’m talking about our, what you would now call industrial science teacher. Back then it was woodwork and metalwork. Mr. Smith was also my form teacher, I think for yrs 9 & 10, it may have only been for year 10. Anyway, It was Mr.Smith who, I think, first noticed my propensity for taking on projects and tasks that I had neither the skills nor the aptitude for and nowadays whenever I’m about to embark on a big project or idea, I can hear his voice “Matt, are you sure your able to handle such a big job?”. Now he, as far as I can recall,  never said those actual words but it is not the words that are important but the sentiment.

Just as an aside, It was While Mr. Smith was our form Teacher that He was awarded the Teacher of the Year award (Nationally, I think) and It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving teacher.

Now, Mrs. Wiltshire was rather unique in my eyes. Not only was she my Maths teacher but she also had the distinct and dubious honor of having taught two generations of my family. She, I believe, is still teaching to this day. It was this wonderfully patient woman who taught a mathematical illiterate the beauty and wonder and usefulness of maths and numbers.

Finally, There is Mr. Matthews; My English/History teacher, If memory serves for both yrs 9 and 10. Trust me, by this stage of my life I had understood the beauty of a good book but it was Mr. Matthews who instilled an eternal love of the written word and an understanding of how powerful the written word can be. It was Mr. Matthews who also fanned the flame that is my love of history and wonderful lessons that can be learnt from past events.

Now I know I had many more teachers than that, but it will always be those three who will always stick in my mind as the living principles of what makes a good teacher.

Okay, the first of 365 Writing prompts , and my accompanying post. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be faithfully posting every day for the full 365 days. Each entry will begin with the prompt for the day in maroon text and my related post will appear below it. So here it goes…..

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Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it?

Okay, Helplessness! Could I have picked a worse day to start my 365day writing prompt on? Helplessness is not something that can be felt only under specific conditions; for me, I can feel a sense of helplessness at anytime and it can vary from feeling helplessness over my inability to be able to stop my children from feeling pain and hurt to being placed under a general anesthetic to feeling helplessness (and sadness) when watching a news report about hundreds of people losing their lives through natural disaster hundreds, or even thousand, of Kilometers away.

The first situation, which I can control, to a small extent by controlling what activities and events my children attend and the types of people they associate with is not something that will benefit them in the long term. This is something that only a parent, or someone with parental control, can understand. As children grow up we feel the need to guide them to not make the mistakes and misjudgements they we made, It is only, generally,  when those children head out into the world as adults themselves that we, the parents, begin to grasp the idea that holding them back from making those mistakes hurts them more then helps them.

Now, it may seem logical and common sense that you can not do anything to stop that sense of losing control when under a general anesthetic and you would be right. But, for the majority of my life, that sense of giving up conscience control of my mind and body to another person, frankly, scared the living shit out of me and it still does.

The way I now cope with that feeling of helplessness is by acknowledging the feeling, accepting that,  for my body to heal and repair properly, I must give up that control to someone who has more knowledge and experience in regards to all matters medical.

Finally, in the last situation Helplessness is an aspect of empathy and being able to acknowledge that empathy for what someone else is suffering is a part of what makes us human. So Accept that and as an outward showing of that empathy, and sense of helplessness, I do what I can. Even if it’s donating a little to a recovery fund or a charity.