Friday, 23 November 2018

My top 5 ideas for alternative dates.

I'll start by saying that I have been single for a very long time and have been on my fair share of dates, and the formula always seems to be the same, dinner, maybe a couple of drinks afterwards and that's about it. Sometimes maybe a film is thrown in, which to be fair is a good thing because while you can't talk in the movie, you do have a guaranteed topic of conversation afterwards in case of awkward silences.

So, in no particular order are my top 5 ideas for dates that break out of the usual pattern.

1. Comic Con

Obviously this is an acquired taste, but if you pick something small and local then you'll get the fun of seeing some of the people in costume, see all of the stalls and things but you won't get the huge pressing crowds of a bigger convention. You and your date don't have to dress up obviously (although I probably would), but maybe challenge each other to wear your geekiest t-shirt or something.

2. Live Comedy

I don't mean huge arenas to see a hugely famous comedian, not that there's anything wrong with that. I mean comedy clubs or small gigs by new comedians. They might be hit and miss, but if the comedy is bad then you and your date can have a laugh between you about how much they bombed. If they're good then that's even better, and like I mentioned with the cinema, if you grab a drink after then you have a guaranteed topic of conversation, which is great if it's a first date that you met online.

3. Live Music

Small local bands or singers in pubs are a great place to go because you can have a drink while you're there, and if the conversation isn't flowing then you can just listen to the music rather than trying to fill the silence or force things. Plus you might discover a new band to love and if you end up together you'll be able to bond by going to their gigs together.

4. A Museum

Most local museums tend to be free or reasonably cheap, and you get to learn more about the area together. Obviously it isn't for everyone, some people find museums boring, but there's one near me that has a real mummy which is amazing. You get to learn something, and it gives you an easy topic of conversation as you walk around.

5. Go Ape (or something similar where you live)

Obviously this doesn't specifically have to be Go Ape, but I mean something physical that can have you active and having fun together. If you and your date aren't into heights or anything that strenuous then perhaps a walk in the forest instead which is a lighter pace than an obstacle course in the tree tops. Perhaps set some sort of list of things to spot to add a bit more of a challenge to your walk. You could even go and feed the ducks just to get out in the open air.

So there you have it, my top 5 alternative date ideas. A couple of these are things that I've done on dates and some are things that I enjoy doing that I think would make good dates. If anyone has any other suggestions then why not add them in the comments, I'm always open to good ideas.

As a bonus idea for the festive season (not available all year round which is why it didn't make the list) why not go to a Christmas market. Music and stalls and food and beer, what could be better then wrapping up warm and getting in to the Christmas spirit for a night.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Merry Christmas - Christmas Bundle Giveaway!!!

Well guys, I was a bit useless with blogger through October and the beginning of November, I started a new job, so all the amazing plans I had for blogging every day went out the window, and I didn't get to watch all the films I wanted to watch. I did do my giveaway of course and congratulations to the winner Sam Cornford. My Halloween costume also changed, but he it is for you guys to see.
Me as a harlequin and my friend Cheryl as a zombie bride
So, I'm not going to make any big promises on my blog for the festive period, although given that I've already finished pretty much all of my Christmas shopping, I'm feeling pretty organised so I intend to get my blog back in order, not to mention I have a Comic Con at the beginning of December that I will need to tell you all about.

Right then, down to business.

Since the festive season is upon us (I don't care that it isn't December yet for any of you naysayers who think it's too early), that means it's time for another giveaway. Now this one is slightly different because rather than there just being one prize, because it's the season of giving, I'm going to be giving away 3 prizes.

The main prize will contain at least 1 Nightmare Before Christmas item, a family friendly Christmas DVD, a Christmas stocking, Christmas crafts, and sweets. The 2 smaller bundles will contain a family friendly DVD, Christmas crafts, and sweets.

It's open now, and will run until the 18th December so that I can get the bundles out before Christmas, I will send them 1st class recorded to make sure that everyone gets them on time. Entry is at the bottom of this post.

If anyone has any festive themed blogs or reviews that they would like to see then feel free to comment and let me know. Best of luck guys and a very merry Christmas to you.

Christmas Bundle Giveaway!!!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Hepworth


So, it's coming up to that time time of year, Christmas, and with Christmas comes Christmas party season.

Now I know some of you might complain that it is only November and you don't want to think about Christmas yet, however; when booking your work Christmas party (or any Christmas party for that matter) the earlier the better since you don't want all of the best places to be booked by the time you finally think it's acceptable to get in the festive spirit.

With that in mind, a slightly unexpected, but amazing place to hold a Christmas party is The Hepworth Wakefield. It might seem like a slightly unconventional place to hold a Christmas celebration, but a four course meal, drink upon arrival and some great entertainment, it is excellent value at £45 per person.

It's a beautiful place, full of wonderful artwork that you can look at while you mingle (and that in itself offers a great in-built topic of conversation for anyone who isn't great at smalltalk). And then after drinks and dinner you can dance and just enjoy the evening.

It will certainly make a change from a daytime party in the office, or after work drinks at the local pub with a few sandwiches and sausage rolls.

A Christmas party at the Hepworth includes:

- A celebratory drink upon arrival
- A four course festive dinner
- DJ entertainment
- A chill out lounge

It costs £45 per person.

Dates available are - Friday 7th December
                               - Saturday 8th December
                               - Friday 14th December
                               - Saturday 15th December

Other dates are available for private/exclusive bookings.
They can accommodate smaller office groups to larger organisations and companies.

How to book
Email: hire@hepworthwakefield.org
Phone: 01924 247362

*Image is from Blog Up North
*Full disclosure, this post is written in return for an evening at The Hepworth, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Halloween Giveaway!!

Right guys, as promised this is the first post of my Halloween month and my giveaway is officially started. Unfortunately I don't actually have a photo of the bundle, however, just to say that it will at the very least include a copy of The Melancholy Death of Oyster and Other Stories, plenty of Halloween sweets, and of course plenty of cool decorations including a fake skull, and quite possibly some sort of crafts.
So, as I previously said, I will be watching a scary film everyday this month and reviewing all of them for you guys, and here is the list of films that I will be watching, in no particular order (although I do think I'll save Halloween for actual Halloween night).
1 - Halloween 1 and 2 (a double feature on Halloween night)
2 - Scream (possibly the trilogy)
3 - Friday 13th part 1 and 2 (another double feature)
4 - The Exorcist
5 - The Conjuring
6 - The Babadook
7 - The Shining
8 - It Follows
9 - The Blair Witch Project
10 - Nightmare on Elm Street
11 - Texas Chainsaw Massacre
12 - Insidious
13 - The VVitch
14 - Psycho
15 - Hellraiser
16 - Poltergeist
17 - It
18 - Saw
19 - The Omen
20 - Silence of the Lambs
21 - The Grudge
22 - The Quiet Place
23 - Paranormal Activity
24 - Misery
25 - Don't Breathe
26 - Carrie
27 - Rosemary's Baby
28 - Child's Play
29 - The Evil Dead
30 - 10 Cloverfield Lane
31 - The Pit and the Pendulum

Hopefully I won't scare the pants off of myself too much. Halloween Bundle Giveaway

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Six Weeks to Halloween!!

Well guys, we are officially coming up to my favourite time of year. I absolutely love autumn. There are 6 weeks to Halloween and then once Halloween is over it will be Christmas in my house. They are my 2 favourite holidays so I'm very very excited.

Since we are now in the run up to Halloween I thought that this would be a good opportunity to show you all some of my cosplays from the past few years since you already saw the one from this year, plus I'll tell you all about my Halloween plans.

So, first, the cosplay photos. Enjoy.
LFCC 2015

LFCC 2016

Ultra Con

LFCC 2017

LFCC 2018
Right, well now that you've seen those, it's on to the Halloween section of this post. I have 3 things to tell you all, and one request.

Firstly I thought I'd let you all know that my Halloween costume this year is going to be a ghost bride. I plan to wear a wedding dress and veil, paint myself white, with a really long white wig, white make up with dramatic eyes, white contact lenses, and a black bouquet. Hopefully it will look awesome for the party that I'm going to. If anyone has any tips on contouring on white face paint in order to make it look more dramatic then that would be awesome.

The second thing to tell you which leads in to the request is that throughout October I plan to watch one horror film everyday and then review them all on my blog for you guys. Not necessarily every day, some might be 3 days of films in one blog post depending on how much time I have. The request is that I would love it if you guys could comment with film suggestions for me to watch, and I will compile a list.

And finally, on the 30th September I will be doing a blog to list all of the films I will be watching, but also on that day I will be starting a giveaway running until the week before Halloween, to win a little bundle of themed goodies. So keep an eye on the blog to see what the prize will be and to enter.

And now for one last photo, this was the first costume I ever put together myself, it was about 10 years ago, but I was really proud of it at the time.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Movie Comparison: Kingsman v Infinity War

So guys, this is the first post in a section that will be titled Miscellaneous Ramblings. Basically my random thoughts on books and movies, or in this case comparing similarities and differences in 2 films that at first glance are very different but have similar ideologies behind the villains.

So before I start I should mention that there are going to be spoilers ahead. I usually try to keep my posts as spoiler free as possible, but since I will be talking about the villains in both of the films, if you haven't seen them then I would probably just leave now.


Right, now that's out of the way, on to the main thought behind this post. Obviously Kingsman is a funny and charming spy movie, and Infinity War is a comic book movie so you wouldn't think that there would be parallels between the 2 if you hadn't seen the films. However, watching Kingsman actually makes me think that Thanos is not necessarily as evil as I first thought.

Don't get me wrong, I still hate Thanos because he killed all of my favourites, seriously I saw the film 3 times and cried my eyes out every time Spidey bit the dust (pun intended). But if we compare Thanos to Richmond Valentine who is the villain in Kingsman, then he doesn't seem quite as bad, or at least his intentions seem more pure.

Both of them have the same basic idea, wipe out half of the population in order to improve the quality of life of the ones that remain. I can kind of see the thinking behind it even if I completely disagree with them. However where they differ is the way they go about achieving their goal.

Thanos of course does some awful things to get the infinity stones, and Loki might even be more heartbreaking than Spidey (seriously that film had me shouting at the screen by the end), but when he did get them he snapped his fingers and half of the planet ceased to exist. He had no say in who went, it was completely unbiased.

Valentine on the other hand was incredibly elitist and saved those that he determined as worthy of saving and left the rest to rip each other apart. He saved the wealthy and influential, he was completely biased. The rest of the world didn't just cease to exist, had he succeeded their end would have been full of pain and bloodshed, because he designed it that way.

That right there is why I think Thanos had the more pure motives, what he did was wrong, but I think in a warped way he genuinely thought he was helping. Valentine pretty much had a God complex (not saying Thanos didn't), even comparing what he was doing to God sending the flood and saving Noah.

So, by now you've probably figured out why this section is labelled ramblings. But the basic conclusion here is Thanos is a d*ck, but Valetine was worse. If you agree, or if you disagree then feel free to comment and tell me why.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Blog Tour: Class of 2008 - Review

After surviving the near death experience at the hands of her husband, "cold eyes", Rosario and her feline friend Balou are trying to get some semblance of normality back into their lives. A new home, new surroundings, old friends, and plenty of rest is just what the doctor ordered, had he been consulted. Balou's law of minimum effort means days spent licking his paws in the sun, but Balou's practice is soon shaken to it's very foundation. When a dear friend's innocent class reunion goes horribly wrong, their peace is shattered. In a race against time, the amateur sleuths navigate the muddy waters of old secrets and friendships to try to save the day, but the clock is ticking and it might very well be too late...
As always this will be a spoiler free review so I won't be going in to the actual plot of the story because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who decides to read it.

The book is actually the second in a series of books, and although it can be read as a stand alone novel, there were some references to the events in the first book so it did make me curious to read book one.

It was a very unique read since it is definitely the fist book that I've read where half the chapters are from the perspective of a cat. I'm not much of an animal person so I don't know how accurate a cat lover would find the narrative in those chapters, but it was a new and interesting experience for me.

I'm not sure whether I will read book 1, however for anyone who already has this book is a must read, and a welcome look at how life has progressed for the characters since the events that happened in it.
Author Bio: I live in sunny Spain and have been writing for about six years now. I started with a collection of cat stories to raise funds for a shelter and then moved on to my first suspense novel. I write in both Spanish and English and have series in both languages. Though I am a biologist, writing is my true passion. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

London Film and Comic Con!

What and amazing day! Seriously, I had such a good day, even though I was dying from the heat in my cosplay, and my feet were killing me, and I had a 22 hour day after only 2 hours sleep, I still loved every minute of it.

We drive down on the morning of the day that we go, and I didn't want my make up to melt off before we even got there, so I waited till we got to the services for breakfast to put my Vanellope face on, which may have made people at Macdonalds think I was crazy. Especially since I didn't get dressed till I got there meaning I just looked like I was drawing on crazy black eyebrows.

We got down there at about 8 meaning we were in the queue for just short of an hour after we got through the bag check and in that time I gave Ralph (my mate Andy) a little surprise, I had made him the cookie medal that Vanellope gives Ralph in the film. Although I do think he was a tiny bit disappointed that I used air drying clay and not an actual cookie.
So I suppose without further ado, I should show you guys my finished costume, you've been with me for the whole time I made it, so it only seems fair. Here is my costume, and me with Ralph. Then of course me with the guys I go with (and Steve the chest burster)
 My friend Tristan was by far the most popular cosplay of the day (he always is), he was Peter from Deadpool 2, and he was such a crowd pleaser, he could barely walk 10 feet without being stopped for a selfie. Although he said that if he took the goggles off no one asked, so I can suddenly see how Clark Kent disguised himself just in glasses.
For once we actually had quite a stress free day at London, usually at this comic con we all have crazy schedules because of all of the guests. But this year I only had a 1 photo and 1 autograph to get both with the same person, which was Jewel Staite, who was lovely by the way. The guys didn't have too much to do either so it was a fairly steady day for us which was nice because it meant we could actually just relax and have a laugh together.

As always I got chatting with people in queues which is always fun since at comic con you can pretty much always find someone you have something in common with, especially if you are queuing to meet the same people. I met a cool guy in one queue who has a podcast that I now follow, which is great.

I think the best addition this year is that they kept a huge space clear in the centre of the main hall for people to sit down and rest, which considering the heat was much needed, I found myself there a few times taking a break. In the hoody I was extremely warm which is always a risk as at a comic con, I don't know how people do it in the full body and face costumes.

Jewel Staite was absolutely lovely when I met her, for both autograph and photo shoot. She was chatting with everyone at her table, shaking hands and being sweet, and was equally welcoming at her photoshoot. She was probably absolutely exhausted by that time in the afternoon, but you would never know that she was anything other than 100% pleased to meet every single person.
Other than meeting her, the other highlight of the day for me was attending the talk by Zachary Levi. If I could have afforded to get a photo with him then I would have, fortunately his talk was free to attend, and I'm so glad I did. He was funny, nerdy, and seemed genuinely excited to be there. Not only that but he genuinely seems like a good human being, so sweet and enthusiastic about everything, it was just a joy to watch him (he even seems to have melted my cold cynical heart).

By the end of the day we were absolutely exhausted, but we got a final lift when we were headed out of the venue and were shouted to stop by someone who wanted a photo of me and Ralph, which was a perfect end to the day.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Blog Tour: Future Movers - The Series

Five Futuristic Romances

For three generations the genetically altered Corban family have hid their talents from the Defence Department to avoid conscription.

Genetically altered at conception, William and Belinda begin this saga and pass their genetic cocktail to their children. The mixture of talents each character develops can at times be a blessing and, at other times a curse, preventing them from giving into their heart's desire. Intelligent, multi-talented, yet pretending to be boringly normal these characters continue to live their lives under the radar.

Follow the family's trials, loves, and achievements in this thrilling series of paranormal romances.
Well, due to the fact that it is the summer holidays and I've been busy keeping my kids entertained, I haven't been able to read the entire series yet. Although based on what I have read so far I most definitely will.

Despite the last book being the most recent, I decided to start at the beginning rather than just read the latest one for the blog tour, and so far I'm very glad that I did.

Just the prologue had me intrigued, in fact I'd go as far as to say that the 7 year old versions of the characters actually made me preemptively love their older counterparts, and that was before I even started the chapter one.

The premise behind the books is a great idea, children hiding their gifts in order to escape and live normal lives, and then going on to become a romance.

The main characters of Wills and Belinda are charming so far, and their first encounter was a perfect example of a 'meet cute'.

I definitely can't wait to continue with this series and see what other characters and romances I am yet to discover. I may add another review to my blog once I complete the series, although as always I will attempt to keep it spoiler free.
Author Bio:

I write futuristic and fantasy fiction, spiced with romance and adventure. This allows my imagination to run free, to create interesting characters caught in unusual circumstances and events. Sometimes I have the pleasure of watching science and technology catch up with my imagination.

I also write Young Adult, short stories and flash fiction; articles on writing and I am published in these genres. I self-published a children's rhyming book and once won a prize for a short screen script.

I'm a published poet and I endeavour to put my poetry skills into my fiction writing to enhance the word pictures I create.

I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand which lives up to it's name. I belong to the Romance Writers of N.Z., Tauranga Writers, and Spec.Fic.NZ (speculative fiction NZ).

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Blog Tour: The Bookshop Detective - Review

When a ghost ship is spotted on the horizon one spring evening, bookseller Eleanor Mace decides to investigate the myths and legends of Combemouth, the seaside town where she runs The Reading Room. As Eleanor digs deeper into the town's history, she becomes intrigued by a Victorian crime report and is determined to find out what happened to a boy at the centre of the case - one with intriguing links to the present.

As Eleanor begins to uncover the truth - aided by the vicar but somewhat stalled by the local librarian - she has an unexpected challenge on her own horizon. Daniel - her husband of six months - is determined that they give up their separate homes and find a new place together. But Eleanor adores her cottage by the sea and resists, guaranteeing that things turn a little frosty as summer begins.

A celebrity book launch, an exploding dress and some salsa dancing pensioners make this a mystery with a difference.
After reading the blurb I wasn't 100% sure what to expect when I started reading The Bookshop Detective, which was quite nice, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

I definitely enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story of course, I mean who doesn't love a good mystery, especially about a ghost ship, however, since I don't want to spoil the story for anyone I won't say much about that.

Although I did enjoy the mystery as I said, the thing I enjoyed as much, if not more than that, was the rest of Eleanor's life outside of it. I've said in a previous review that the thing that will really endear me to a book and make me want to keep reading is when I fall in love with the characters, and I did that with Eleanor.

There was so much happening in her life outside of just the main story that it made her feel incredibly real which is what I really enjoy. Her relationship struggles and her friendships are what had me risking my tablet to read it in the bath because I wasn't ready to put it down yet.

I honestly really enjoyed it and would probably read it again even though I already know what happens (I always find myself going back to characters that I love), so I would definitely recommend it as a good read.
Jan Ellis began writing fiction by accident in 2013. Until then, she had led a blameless life as a publisher, editor and historian of early modern Spain. She fell into fiction when a digital publisher approached her to write a history book, then made the mistake of mentioning women's fiction, which sounded more fun.

In 2017 her four e-novellas were published in paperback by Waverley Books who also commissioned a brand-new title, The Bookshop Detective.

Jan describes her books as romcom/mystery with the emphasis firmly on family, friendship and humour. She specialises in small-town settings, with realistic characters who range in age from young teens to 80-somethings.

As well as being an author, Jan continues to work at the heart of the book trade. Jan Ellis is a nom-de-plume.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Countdown to Comic Con - It's Finally Here!!!

Guys, it's comic con tomorrow!! I'm so excited. There's been another guest announcement that is crazy exciting for me. Zachary Levi, the voice of Flynn in Tangled and of course the title character in the great show Chuck. I can't afford to meet him sadly, but he has a free talk scheduled that I will most definitely be going to.

Important announcement now ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please, my cosplay is officially finished! I'm not going to add a complete photo on here because I want you to see it to full effect with my friend as Ralph when we're at comic con.

I painted the white stripes on to the leggings which took a while, although it was ironing it to heat set the paint that was particularly tedious, however I think they turned out rather well in the end, and of course you've already seen the finished hoodie.
I've now glued the painted hair bits to some hair grips and tried them in my hair. I have also done a run through of my make up which went much better than expected, although on the day I will be adding false lashes as well. I actually had the side fringe cut in and dyed my hair black just for comic con.
The schedule for the day has been announced, as has the floor plan. I would recommend that anyone who is going check which photo area their photo shoots are in, and then check the floorplan in advance so that they know where they need to be.

This year they have also added rough ideas of which batch numbers are likely to get done in each shoot, which makes it much easier to plan your day.

I am pleased to announce the lucky winner of the Kaylee Frye teddy bear is Claire Davies. Congratulations, I very much hope you enjoy your prize!
Now, I have one last tip for anyone that is going to comic con, and that is to try to relax and have fun. It can get a bit stressful if you have a lot to do, but try to keep calm and take some time to take it all in.

So, you all know what I'll be wearing, if any of you see me on the day feel free to say hi. And if you don't see me on the day then keep an eye on my blog ready for my post about the day including plenty of photographs.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Wicked!

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!! Guys, I went to see Wicked last week, and it was absolutely amazing. Honestly, I don't think I can find the right words to describe it, but of course I plan to try.

I went to see it at Leeds Grand Theatre, which is a beautiful venue, and the staff were incredibly lovely and helpful. Me and my friend missed our train and were very nearly late, but the lovely staff member got us to our seats pretty quickly and assured us that we had missed mere seconds of the show.
For anyone who doesn't know what it is, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. I won't go into details of the plot of anything because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might want to go and see it, but I have to say that the whole story was completely amazing and not at all what I expected going in to it.
The songs were absolutely amazing, and Amy Ross who was playing Elphaba was phenomenal. It was really warm in the theatre, but I still had chills and goosebumps as she was singing. The most notable song was Defying Gravity, which even if you haven't seen the show you might have heard elsewhere. It might be a controversial opinion, but I honestly think I preferred Amy Ross' version to that of Idina Menzel.
At the interval once again the staff were lovely, even if me and my friend were a bit of a pain at the bar because we couldn't decide what we wanted. The bar was a bit expensive, but not as bad as I expected compared to other places that I've been.

The second half of the show was just as amazing as the first, and I left feeling absolutely amazing. The ending was absolutely wonderful, and I must say I absolutely loved Fiyero.
I definitely plan to see more musical theatre in future, in fact I very much want to see Jersey Boys which is also playing at the theatre in the near future, but the one I'm most excited to see is Full Monty which I believe is playing there in March 2019.
Obviously tickets to the theatre aren't the cheapest thing in the world so sadly I doubt I'll be able to see all of the shows I want to see, but it's definitely something I want to treat myself to (or get as a birthday gift) more often in the future, and I highly recommend it to anyone else.

(Thank you to Leeds Grand Theatre for allowing me to use their photographs in this post)

Friday, 20 July 2018

Countdown to Comic Con - 1 Week to Go!

Holy crap, I can't believe it's only a week now until London Film and Comic Con. There have been more announcements, but once again sadly the only one I'm interested in is a Sunday only, so to any of you that get to meet Matt Smith, know that I am incredibly jealous.

So, I'm sure you must be wondering whether I'm once again going to tell you how little I've done on my cosplay, which based on the past couple of posts would be a pretty fair assumption. But you would wrong, I've finally made some progress with it.

My skirt is finally finished, although I ended up not using my friends sewing machine. I did it by hand, which is all well and good, but I stabbed myself under my fingernail by accident and it really bloody hurt. Seriously, I was worried about bloodstains on the skirt the amount of times I stabbed myself. Or course sewing with a can of cider may not have been my best move.
I didn't use the fabric pens in the end, they would have taken forever and I probably wouldn't managed to get even coverage. I found some washing machine dye in aqua green, which has turned out to be the perfect colour.
Rather than trying to colour match fabric paint to colour in white tights, I also got some white leggings and dyed them alongside the hoodie. So rather than painting white leggings with coloured stripes, I painted coloured leggings with white stripes, which was much easier colour-wise. But you'll have to wait to see those since the paint is still wet.

I used some pink string for the stitches on the hoodie, and tied 2 pink shoelaces together to make the cord for the neck of the hoodie. The string was slightly lighter than the shoelaces though so I used a pink sharpie to colour it in so that they look better.

So my hoodie is done and the leggings are almost finished, my skirt is finished, I've done my hair bits just got to get them sorted for putting in my hair. Which means that now the main things to sort out are the hair and make up. Vanellope has side fringe bits down at the front, so I need to either get myself a fringe, or find a way to pin my hair in such a way that it looks kind of like one.

Hopefully in the next few days the schedule for the comic con will be released, at which point we can start to plan the day, looking when our group has photoshoots. Plus we can see when the free talks are, which are always a good source of entertainment, not to mention great if you need a sit down.

With one week to go you don't have much more time to enter the contest to win the Kaylee bear, so take the chance to enter now. You've got to be in it to win it.


Kaylee Bear Giveaway

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Blog Tour: To Snare a Witch - Review

To Snare a Witch by Jay Raven

No one dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England's most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the devil himself.

But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty, intelligence and guile. Coming from and influential family, she believes she is safe.

What she doesn't understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity - leaving them both staring into the face of true evil...
After reading To Snare a Witch I wasn't 100% sure whether or not I was happy or disappointed. That sounds rather negative, but that's not how I mean it. The premise of the book was actually interesting, and I did enjoy reading it, but because it is only 77 pages long, I felt like I didn't have enough time with the characters.

When I read a book the thing that generally catches me isn't the wonderful writing or complicated plots, it is the characters that I fall in love with. So even though this book was well written and had a great plot, I would have preferred it to be longer so that I could fall in love with Elizabeth and her beau more before the dark turns begin.

That being said I did enjoy reading it, I love history and horror so I suppose I count as the target audience for this book, and I do think there is potential for a follow up to it based on where the story ends, which I would read since it would allow me to spend more time with the people in the book, and also enjoy an extension to the story.

My favourite thing about the book though is actually the chapter titles, which might sound a little bit silly, but they are all lines from various rhymes that you learn as a child. I don't know why, but I found these little childlike titles juxtaposed with the dark content to be quite enchanting.

Overall a good little read, I would just have preferred a little more build up to the events of the story.

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Countdown to Comic Con - 2 Weeks to Go! (sorry it's late)

Firstly I need to apologise for this post being a day late, I was rather busy and forgot that I hadn't scheduled it to post. I will make sure it doesn't happen again next week. Sorry everyone.

Well guys, it's 2 weeks to go, just 15 days until comic con and I am not even close to being ready. But before I get to that, something devastating happened this week. Not devastating for everyone, but it was for me. Aidan Turner was announced for comic con this week, and I was so excited, until I saw that he's Sunday only, and I'm going on the Saturday. I went from be still my beating heart, to heart broken in a matter of minutes. I'm gutted guys, although considering how much it is to have a photo with him it might be for the best.

So, as far as my cosplay goes, my sewing machine has busted so I haven't stitched the skirt yet, I'm hoping to borrow my friends machine this week or next week. So It's stilled just pinned, although I'm considering just doing it by hand so that I get it finished. I did however re-pin parts of it to get the pleating more in line, so hopefully it will look better than it did.
I've made some more hair bits now, and they're coloured now so it's closer to being done. I was toying with the idea of getting a wig rather than dying my hair, but I'm not sure I'd be able to style a wig properly, which is a shame because if I used a wig I'd be able to glue the hair bits straight on to it. So I've went out and bought the hair dye and I'm going to dye it and do a hair run through this week.
I'm also going to do a make up practice run this week I think, so you might end up with a photo of me looking like a clown next week. Although I suppose it's better to look like a clown now than just do it and look awful on the day.

So, I've been having trouble finding the right coloured dye for the hoodie which is a pain, I got some fabric pens that might work, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to just sit and colour it in, so I'll have to keep working on what to do about that one.
Honestly, with 2 weeks to go, I am so much further behind than I ought to have been, but over the next 2 weeks I will be getting everything ready as quickly as I can whilst still making it look good. I'm hoping by next week I'll have a rough costume to show you with just the finishing touches. Fingers crossed.

I can't believe comic con is only 2 weeks away now, I'm getting crazy excited. This year I don't think any of us have any diamond passes that we need, however for anyone that is going, the order I would suggest for the morning is to go to get any virtual queue tickets you might need first, the if you have any diamond passes go get those, and then once you've done those 2 things you can sort out a plan of action for the rest of the day.

Also, make sure you look at a map to have a rough idea of layout, and if you have talks and photoshoots then I would recommend either printing a schedule of saving it to you phone so that you can keep an eye on times for what you're doing, and so that you don't accidentally go to the wrong photo area.

Don't forget that the contest is still running to win the Kaylee bear guys, good luck, and to anyone else going to comic con I hope your cosplay is going better than mine.