New Year’s Resolutions

31 12 2008

Another year ends.  So much seems to have happened in the past year, doesn’t it?  I’m not sure I’m even the same type of person I was last time I wrote a new year’s post.

I’m not normally big on resolutions, but last year I did set myself the following goal:

I’ve resolved to work harder and more efficiently this year, and hopefully become a better person for it.  That means no more wasting time sitting in the study area playing video games and bitching about people.  If I’m going to achieve anything, I’ve got to strive for it.

So, how did that work out?  Well, I certainly put lots of effort in last spring and summer, but then I kind of burnt out at the end of the school year.  This year I’ve been nothing short of apathetic a lot of the time.

These past months, I’ve really not been happy with myself, and I haven’t really done anything about that.  So I’ve decided that this year, I will make some proper resolutions, and I’ll do my best to stick to them.

  • I will not be too critical of other people, or make judgements based on events that are beyond other people’s control.
  • I will not wallow in self pity.
  • I will not let other people push me around.  I can make my own decisions.
  • I will think before opening my mouth.
  • Statements such as “I don’t think you could ever offend anyone” will be interpreted as compliments, not challenges.
  • I will have a part-time job by the end of March, and a full-time job by the end of the year.
  • I will not procrastinate.  Well, not too much.
  • I will take the time to get my head around technology, rather than allowing myself to be mystified by it.  I’ve got an A-level in Media Studies, after all!
  • I will learn to play the guitar properly.
  • I will never allow myself to become narrow minded.
  • I will not drink more than I can handle.
  • I will never lick a table.
  • I will not lose my temper.
  • I will revise for my exams.  Might help.
  • I will get some sleep.
  • Most importantly, I will not be a prat.

There, I think that’s everything covered.  Now for the hard part – living up to them.  That starts now!

…Well, tomorrow.  Yeah, I’ll start working on those tomorrow.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of my readers.


Special thanks go to sulz, museditions, gentledove, Catcjwriter, timethief, Will Rhodes, crazyasuka, raincoaster, bevchen, JRoller online book reviews, theunhappycamper and everyone else who has commented here over the past year.  Your comments mean a lot to me.  Thank you all so very much!

Happy New Year, everybody! 😀


Chapter 80 – the rant

31 12 2008

Some days it really sucks to be Clouds.

Blogging in a moving vehicle probably indicates some degree of Internet addiction.  This isn’t the first time Bradley has written a post while travelling, but it’s definitely the most hectic.

The Swords, in case it wasn’t apparent, are a dangerous criminal organisation based in the South Docks Area.  They’ve been mentioned a few times now.


Current listening: Green Day, “Walking Alone”

Chapter 80 – Auld Lang Syne

31 12 2008


happy new year, folks. i am in shock.

i’m just now out with iaru and megan, and we’ve just been to see the new marid film, and we’re just now driving away as fast as we can and very much hoping the police aren’t following us, because we’re carrying stolen goods.

we were just about to get into the car when one of iaru’s mates who works as a police officer comes hurtling out a side alley, in full police uniform, forces this lump of what looks to be brass plated marble into iaru’s hands, says the police are after him and says we have to take it to el draque. as in, el draque the freaking sword boss. who apparently iaru is on speaking terms with, nice of him to tell me.

then the police guy legs it, the three of us get into the car, iaru starts driving, a bunch of police have ran after iaru’s mate, i’d be very surprised if they don’t come after us, this is crazy.

we’ve just pulled up outside megan’s house. poor girl doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. iaru told her not to worry, it’s all under control. liar.

so i’m back at my house now. i kept telling iaru not to go to el draque, but he said he might be able to clear his brother’s debt this way. and i’m like, ‘you guys are in debt to the swords?’ and he’s like, ‘adam needed the money,’ and i’m like, ‘holy crap, this is insane.’ so now i don’t know what we’re going to do. he’s just driven me back to my house, and he says we’ll discuss this this evening. we’re supposed to be partying this evening! i want to discuss this now! it’s so confusing. i think i’ll text iaru again and try to make him see sense. he can be so stubborn sometimes!

Chapter 79 – the rant

31 12 2008

Some days it really sucks to be Clouds.

Some people say “fifth wheel”, which probably makes more sense if you think about it, but I used the expression I was more familiar with.

A marid is a type of jinn, but to the people of Hercynia, Marid is the hero of a series of movies, none of which is titled Just Marid.  However, he did star in a short lived comedy TV series called Marid with Children.


I’ve finished The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and concluded that it is certainly an unusual book.  It would probably be unremarkable were it not for the Harry Potter series.  If you have read the Harry Potter books, however, it’s great fun.  It’s also, I was slightly surprised to discover, not for very small children.  These are fairy tales of the old fashioned, blood ‘n’ guts variety.  “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” is particularly nasty.  Amusingly, the book purports to be a collaborative work, translated by Hermione Granger, with notes by Albus Dumbledore and an introduction and footnotes by J.K. Rowling.  I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoyed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, which have a similar sense of humour and a similar charm.

Chapter 79 – Third Wheel

31 12 2008


Remember how I told you I couldn’t go out to that party on Christmas day? Well, my friends were all going to go to the cinema today to see Marid Awakens. We were all going to go during the daytime, so my parents let me go. We were all going to make a big party of it.

Unfortunately, a bunch of people dropped out at the last minute. And since a couple of people are away anyway, that leaves me with my friend and her boyfriend who drove us out here, so I’m left feeling like a third wheel at their “date”, as it were.

We’re in the cinema lobby now. My friend and her boyfriend are just getting popcorn. I borrowed her pocket computer to write this.

There was one other person who said she might meet up with us here, but there’s no sign of her yet. This whole thing is feeling like a bit of a washout at the moment. I didn’t even particularly want to see this movie, I just thought it would be nice to see everyone again. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the people who are here, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed.

And it’s all right for them, because they’re all meeting up this evening. Hmph!

Chapter 78 – the rant

30 12 2008

Is this foreshadowing?

Well, I’m not going to say.


With the Angels had their finale yesterday.  If you haven’t watched that series, I strongly recommend it.  I’m sad that it ended, because it’s not often you come across a web series with this kind of believable, high quality, character derived drama.  It’s everything lonelygirl15 could have been if they hadn’t gone off the rails and allowed a poorly-planned subplot to become the main plot.

Chapter 78 – Unease

30 12 2008


Location: Hercynia (south docks area)
Mood: uneasy
Music: Sunday Showdown ~ Bizzaria

Ever have a feeling like you can’t put your finger on it, but something is wrong? Or something will go wrong in the near future?

It’s hard to describe. Like right now, I know everything isn’t great, but I also have this odd sense of foreboding, like there’s much worse to come. Know what I mean? It’s not rational, you can’t justify it, you just somehow KNOW.

Something is not right. Something is very wrong.

Maybe I’m sounding paranoid here. Perhaps I need to explain myself better. You know when you go outside, and it’s a warm day, and briefly a cloud or something might go overhead, and it’s like everything is grey? It’s only for a moment, but it unsettles you. Or you know how sometimes you just randomly shudder, like someone walked over your grave? And then you’re fine, but you feel unnerved.

I dunno, maybe I am just rambling here. I’m not sure what the point of this post was. It’s just something I’ve been feeling like recently, but I can’t explain myself. I’ve tried. My brother said that I should just forget about it. My girlfriend said it was probably nothing. And I guess it is probably nothing, and maybe I should just forget about it.

But I can’t.

Does anyone have any idea what I’m talking about? I’m not even sure I do anymore.