7 (Mostly Stupid) Nostalgic Computer Games


So, when I say ‘nostalgic’ games, I’m not actually referring to Pac-Man kind of games. Sorry. I AM NOT OLD ENOUGH TO CLAIM PAC MAN IS MY CHILDHOOD. And I am also still in my childhood. But luckily for me, the internet changes fast enough for this to seem Sufficiently Old. *nods*

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who knows that coolmaths.com is the site to go to if you want to fool the system into thinking you’re on an educational site. (Let’s just pretend I’m not writing this list during NaNoWriMo. I HAVEN’T BEEN PROCRASTINATING AT ALL, what are you talking about?!?)


1. Fireboy and Watergirl Oh my goodness this game was my favourite. It’s…still my favourite two player game. It’s pretty much the only decent one, in my opinion. ;) Because I’m really bad at Minecraft and ‘Actual Video Games’. The two-player element was especially useful when there was practically a bloodbath over the two computers in the library after school. (In retrospect: why is the boy the fire? But anyway, yeah.)

bloons td5

2. Bloons Tower Defense The sound of computerised balloons popping is weirdly stress-relieving. The best part is when you get, like, the robot laser eye monkey right at the end and raze through all the rainbow coloured balloons. (It was actually quite a violent game, to be honest. And who even thought of ninja and sniper moneys? Are they a metaphor for humanity? What did those weirdly sentient balloons ever do to the moneys? Is there a whole backstory to this game? *gasps*


3. Cookie Clicker SO SO POINTLESS. Probably the most ridiculous game on this entire list. I don’t know. But it’s really fun. Just. Even more pointless than all the others. I think there are copies of it with other items, too? Ah well. Someday I’ll look it up.

papa louie

4. Papa Louie Evil pizza monsters, duh. And what is more important than delivering pizzas whilst being attacked by evil pizzas??

circle the cat

5. Circle the Cat This is actually a pretty clever game, even now. Stopping the cat from getting out requires actual thinking. (Some of it is luck where the starter squares are placed. But it’s more intellectual than, say, Cookie Clicker.)

celtic village

6. Celtic Village AHAHAHA. This game is the weirdest. It wasn’t ever really a popular-at-school thing like some of the others, but my cousin and I would play it at Christmas at the same time and see who could last the longest. It’s weird as hell, and it has terrible graphics, and it glitches all the time from what I can remember: random children would just turn into green aliens?? And then, like, the gods would come and age all your people up? Who even knows? *shakes head* Anyway, I just liked naming all my villagers. I had some pretty cool ones. Even if they all ended up dying at the end or something.

shopping street

7. Shopping Street OH MY GOD the competition with this. Way to introduce children to the retailing market. It was another kind of stress relieving one, though — maybe listening to money chink from all the little people pass is less good than balloons popping, but hey. (Not that balloons are particularly normal either. Oh well.)

What computer games did you used to play? Recognise any of these? I’M SO BAD AT ALL VIDEO GAMES NOW PERSONALLY. Except for Wii Sports. ;)

Top Ten Quotes Worthy of Memorising

Top Ten Tuesdays

Ha. I am well known among my friends for my  tendency to memorise my favourite quotes… (And/or gett them on t-shirts *coughs* and scrawl them onto every surface I can find *coughs*) So this Top Ten Tuesday was of course excellent for me! The prompt was favourite quotes from books you’ve read over the last year or so — I mean, I HAVE PROBABLY COMPLETED WRECKED THAT TIMEFRAME. But ah well. Here we go!

“Quick, make a wish.
Take a (second or third or fourth) chance.
Remake the world.”

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson HOW COULD I NOT? I’ll Give You the Sun has so bloody many beautiful quotes, ugh. It’s honestly ridiculous. (But this one has stuck with me in particular. I think I might have stolen it at one point as a prompt.)

“There is no good word for the opposite of lonesome.
One might be tempted to suggest togetherness or contentment , but the fact that these two other words bear definitions unrelated to each other perfectly displays why lonesome cannot be properly mirrored. It does not mean solitude, nor alone, nor lonely, although lonesome can contain all of those words in itself.
Lonesome means a state of being apart. Of being other. Alone-some.”

2. Blue Lily, Lily Blue Another impossible decision — because Maggie Stiefvater’s prose is practically littered with quotable lines. Ugh. This is just a piece of writing I think about a lot. (God. ADAM.) (I like the Ronan one too, at the beginning and end of the dream thieves. Such nice circular imagery. *sighs*) I love definitions, and I love the poetry you can build from them.

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”

3. Vicious by VE Schwab *gasps* HOW DRAMATIC IS THIS?!? Vicious is probably one of my favourite books, ever. And VE Schwab is one of my favourite authors. She doesn’t write as poetically as some of the others on this list, so there’s less pretty prose, but I don’t adore her writing style any less.

“People believe, thought Shadow. It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.”

4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman actually is one of those insanely quotable writers. (I really should read more of his books.) American Gods was a slow read, for me, but it had so many complex ideas — and what I really enjoyed was his exploration of belief and the existence of gods. The idea that belief can bring something into existence, which is something that I connect with a lot.

“They rolled up the maps of their bodies until they were two continents of interlocking roads and rivers and dreams, and she thought, ‘This is how I will learn to live again’.”

5. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa HI HI HI WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT MORE POPULAR. It’s Eleanor & Park but with way more diversity. It’s awesome. And this is a lovely quote from it. Like, woooow. <3 <3

eye_brows i don’t think i ship them, i just want them to go shopping for curtains and eat eggs for breakfast
and play cluedo forever
vaticancameltoes that is the legal definition of shipping

But our interconnections are basically Sherlock and a declared fondness for girlkissing.

6. Tumbling by Susie Day / Love Hurts Anthology edoted by Malorie Blackman I have probably professed my love for this short story before. It’s just an adorable thing about two girls who meet on Tumblr through Sherlock and then have their first date in Speedy’s Cafe. pleaaase someone write this as a full length novel! I need more Shirin and Candy! There are so many fandom references and aah it’s just such a lovely pick-me-up. And, um, I couldn’t pick my favourite quote sooo… HERE ARE TWO. There are many more. Sometime in the future, I need to make a t shirt with a Tumbling quote.

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern May I suggest ‘ten gorgeously written books’ as an alternative title for this list? Because that’s what it totally is. The Night Circus could practically be an exercise in description. And there is beautiful magic and dreams and just….HELP ME.

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”

8. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Okay, there are a lot of quotes I could choose from Les Mis. But I love a lot of them simply because they’re from Les Mis — they don’t mean anything if you don’t know the characters and the context. The Amis descriptions can make me cry; it’s terrible. (And I wanted to find that one about, like, insurrections? But I have to wriiitteee eep sorry!) (I love you, but NaNo haunts my every step with YOU COULD BE WRITING NOW.)

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”

8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Well, duh. Obviously I had to put this. Simon and Baz and Penny have so much great banter, because Rainbow writes the literal best dialogue, but I LOVE THIS LINE. Call me a sap, but it embodies so much about the book and my poor oblivious Simon like honestly would you like to feel sad today? THINK ABOUT SIMON. And it just makes me thinking of Carry On and carrying on and all the songs with carry on in them and basically my feels are overwhelming me right now. *takes a deep breath*

“By this point Viviane Lavender had loved Jack Griffith for twelve years, which was far more than half of her life. If she thought of her love as a commodity and were to, say, eat it, it would fill 4,745 cherry pies. If she were to preserve it, she would need 23,725 glass jars and labels and a basement spanning the length of Pinnacle Lane.
If she were to drink it, she’d drown.”

10. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton I didn’t enjoy this book tremendously, but it had soooo many lovely quotes! I’m a sucker for angel wings, guys. And I’m a sucker for romantic things. It’s just a lovely quote! <3

AND THERE YOU HAVE THEM. I’ll probably look back at this list later and wonder at how I managed to miss out some obviously very beautiful quote, but oh well. ;)

What are your favourite bookish quotes? Do you end up writing them all over your books in class like I do…? XD

The Faceless Characters That Inhabit My Bookshelves // On Facecasting


You know when you read a book, you usually end up playing out the scene in your head — what do the characters look like? And that’s not just general descriptions. Can you actually picture their face?

If so: ARE YOU A MAGICIAN? How do you work this wondrous piece of imagination? I never picture real people. I hate facecasting. I’m pretty much never satisfied with an actor — I mean, there are good ones, but they’re never perfect. Instead of describing from a photograph when I write, I’ll piece together descriptions from people I know until I find what I want.

I like to get the feeling of a character being there. Like, Levi from Fangirl — he’s just a sort of perpetually hazy and sunny presence in my imagination. For some reason, even though I hate to picture people, I can work with illustrations way more easily. Where I can’t find a perfect facecast, I often can find my ideal fanart. And when I play out scenes from a novel, it will always have the vague idea of a place I’ve been before. Example: I will always picture school halls as my junior hall. ALWAYS. I have no idea why. And for any book set in US high school, my brain will probably pick a room from a bad high school movie/possibly a Disney channel show and uses that. Because obviously those are accurate representations of school. I DON’T EVEN KNOW. Sometimes my brain just conjures up random buildings and rooms to feed my reading habits and I don’t even know where they come from. Everything just sort of blurs together.

Buuut I think that sometimes the movies/art become meshed with the books in my mind. I’m kind of upset the Harry Potter movies got to me before I read the books, and I’m upset for kids reading them now — because I defaulted to a weird blurred face of Daniel Radcliffe. I’d rather be able to headcanon characters myself! Even if, like, I don’t headcanon them whilst reading, because I am a Strange Person with invisible people walking around in her head as she stares at pieces of trees. When a series become so intermeshed with the image of someone (or when they have a ton of faces on the covers, yeugh) the image becomes intermeshed with the character. *nods* If I enjoy a romance in the book, I’ll probably be less into it when I watch the movie. My brain doesn’t like seeing people in images that it has already seen in words.

I don’t know why I have such a disconnection between the appearance and actions of fictional characters. I’m a rather visual person; I always picture my friend’s faces rather than their names. I think I often find it hard to get past a first impression… Maybe that’s why I enjoy books so much. Because you’re connecting empathetically with the characters right from the very start. (It’s not that I don’t sympathise with real people, because I do. It’s just difficult to see into someone’s soul at first meeting, you know?) (Not that the reader always experiences that in books. But it’s closer to that than to meeting your average stranger on the street.)

How do you picture fictional characters? Do you have a dream cast for your favourite book? Writers, what do you think of describing from images?

Writing Playlist: static/silence

I am weird about writing playlists — I absolutely love them, and I think they help me so much, but they’re really bloody difficult to create. Usually with a playlist, I’ll choose a few songs and then see a connecting story; that’s why I’m awful at sticking to themes. And probably part of all why I’m awful at finding what I actually want in a writing playlist. I end up describing characters as ‘this artist plus this artist plus some of that one’. XD

Not to mention all the different facets you have to cater for in a writing playlist: songs with lyrics that actually make sense with a character, mood songs with irrelevant lyrics, all the different plot points and emotions in a book. UGH. Anyone else who manages it, you’re fabulous. It’s taken me, like, several months to concoct this one. Whoops. It’s been working really well for my NaNoWriMo project so far, even if my plans have gone entirely out the window haha.

static silence cover


for when the white noise becomes as familiar as your heartbeat. for running through darkened streets. for desperation and deceit and trying to find a reason to stay alive when your world is falling apart.
listen on soundcloud

female robbery – the neighbourhood
creep – scala & kolacny brothers
take me to church – ellie goulding
blood on my hands – danielle parente
control – halsey
forest fires – lauren aquilina
shadow preachers – zella day
forest fires – lauren aquilina
laura – bat for lashes
broke – lauren aquilina
little dawn – ted leo and the pharmacists

I had to condense it down a bit and remove some Lauren Aquilina songs, because, erm, I think I had most of her discography on it. Even if I could only get covers on Soundcloud. And also, the Ted Leo track isn’t there either, sorry! UGH I still haven’t found a good site to curate playlists on. Any recommendations, guys? :)

Do you like to use writing playlists? If you’re doing NaNoWriMo too then how’s it going?

October Favourites!

october faves

October is now… Octover. (Hush. Let me quote stupid Tumblr posts in peace.) Still: November! The month of NaNoWriMo! And 2016 is in 2 months! This is so weird!

1. Hamilton *flings open window* I AM NOT THROWING AWAY MY SHOTTT So, everyone on Tumblr was talking about this musical. It sounds like it shouldn’t work — uh huh, a hip-hop opera about the founding fathers of America? I guess? — but IT TOTALLY DOES. It’s awesome. The lyrics, guys. (I think I just really like musicals about dead revolutionaries, full stop. History is always improved by overdramatic singing.)

2. Always Human by walkingnorth I hadn’t really been reading any good webcomics lately… UNTIL I FOUND THIS ONE! And it’s an adorable sci fi thing with girls falling in love and awesome art and asfdjkl did I mention how cute it is. Seriously. Go read it nooow. (I started reading it in summer? But then it got taken down so it could be featured in October. And now it’s updating again, yay!)

3. In Perfect Light by Benjamin Alire Saenz Yep, it’s the author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe… It turns out he has written a bunch of other, seriously awesome books. Like, wow. The best book I’ve read in ages. His writing style from Ari and Dante definitely shows through here too. I mean, I definitely enjoyed that, but I think I liked this one more. I have zero idea why people aren’t all over it because WOW CHARACTERS AND POETIC WRITING DAAAMN. *whispers* I loved it.

4. MCM Comic Con Yes. That is a pack of tea with the Doctor on the front. A HAUL POST IS COMING! But I wore my Penny Bunce cosplay and spent too much money and the world was in its rightful nerdy place. *nods*

5. The Big Lie by Julie Hearn It’s Britain, but if the Nazis had won WW2. Plus political disobedience, queer characters, and awesome writing. ‘Tis good.

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell AHAHAHA. No surprise here. My love affair with Watford is no secret. <3 Carry On was a little different to what I expected — and not perfect, but I totally loved it. ALL MY SMALL MAGES, WHY DO YOU PINE SUCH. *shakes head* (Though, people: Carry On is not Cath’s fanfiction. It’s not designed to be in her style, or in the style of fic.)

7. Oceans by Lauren Aquilina Yep. Lauren’s new EP aah! Her style has definitely grown since her last EP, and I’m so in love with it. :) I also got a SIGNED CD. And a POSTER WITH MY NAME ON IT!! I’m totally cool! not omg Lauren SIGNED MY EP

Stuff from around the internet:

  • This month my top posts were Should We Judge Books By Their Authors?, I Am a Person Too and Poetry: Ashore.
  • It was asexual awareness week! I was hoping to write, like, an actual blog post rather than a few links but… I was pretty disorganised, and life got in the way. You should totally visit the site though, and here is cute comic drawn for last year’s ace awareness week which I think explains asexuality myths nicely. (Sorry, but A does not stand for Allies.)
  • It was the Les Mis 30th Anniversary! I didn’t get tickets to a show or anything, but. There you go. It was on the same day as the Carry On UK release, weirdly. Speaking of:
  • There were a lot of Rainbow Rowell interviews, because, well. CARRY ON WAS RELEASED ASDFJKL
  • There’s going to be a new Solitaire novellaaaa.
  • Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages shared her Raven Cycle character playlists.
  • Okay, I was really bad at reading blogs this months. I’m really sorry. And I’ll probably be bad at it next month too because NaNo. UGHHH.

In the diary:

  • I got a haircut! I don’t normally take selfies, but I thought this one was nice, so: here, my new short hair. :)

  • Sooo I started attending a Japanese club at school with my friend. I mean, I’m progressing rather slowly because it’s just one lunchtime a week, but we’re trying to learn some out of school too. (And I might be going to Japan soon! I actually haven’t been back since I left when I was about six, so I am VERy EXCITED OMG.)
  • I went train-hopping, finally — I just ended up riding the Tube until I got to a nice station, and then sat down and did some writing. Okay, I know that sounds like the literal craziest thing ever but I’ve wanted to do that for ages.

If you didn’t see my moany and/or panicked tweets, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month! Weirdly, this is my third year — even though it still feels so new. I’m hoping to get some decent writing done, but it does mean that I’m probably not going to be around the blogging community as much. I’ll (hopefully) see you guys on the other side, though, hehe. ;)

How was your month? Did you do anything for Halloween? Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo?

The Milk Tea Book Tag

milk tea book tag

I was tagged for the Milk Tea Book tag by the lovely Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout!I’ve never had milk tea, but now I definitely want to. (Note to self: never start writing a post about tea when you have actually run out of it.)

tea: foundation of your reading life

north child

This is probably going to sound ridiculous, but…I’ve pretty much always enjoyed reading. North Child by Edith Pattou was my favourite book for a really, really long time, though. It’s a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, except with more trolls and a lot longer. I don’t know if I’d like it as much now — I was more tolerant of feisty girls with purple eyes at that point in life — but it was probably my very first bookish love. The library copy is very well-read, I assure you. ;)

milk: a rich, smooth book

american gods

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT FOR THIS. *huffs* But Alyssa already chose that one, sooo… I’m going to go with American Gods by Neil Gaiman, a recent read of mine. I don’t think I understood about 90% of it, but it was awesome. And there were cons. (The criminal kind. Not the one where people dress up and discuss nerdy things. Though those are awesome too.)

sugar: a book you love but is controversial


I first tried Beauty Queens an age ago and hated it. I had no idea what was happening. I think maybe I didn’t quite get the satire? Anyway, I tried it again and it was awesome. But the reviews seem to be rather divisive — some say that it lays the girl power on too thick, or that it plays up to American stereotypes. I guess I have no knowledge at all of steretypes by US state, so that would have probably passed over my head… I DON’T KNOW. I can see I first tried Beauty Queens an age ago and hated it. I had no idea what was happening. I think maybe I didn’t quite get the satire? Anyway, I tried it again and it was awesome. But the reviews seem to be rather divisive — some say that it lays the girl power on too thick, or that it plays up to American stereotypes. I guess I have no knowledge at all of steretypes by US state, so that would have probably passed over my head… I DON’T KNOW. I can see why you might not like it, but I personally loved it. *pumps fist*

ice: a book just for fun


Everyone was recommending The School For Good and Evil to me. I FINALLY BORROWED IT OFF MY FRIEND, yay! It was so fun. Sophie was hilarious. It was a little sad, too (and also can someone just turn Tedros into a toad already) but it the best MG book I’ve read in ages. FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS, Y’ALL.

silk stocking: a book that’s much better than it sounds


I actually…really enjoyed The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. I thought it was going to be another annoying typical high school book with a romance that annoyed the heck out of me. And, I mean, Wesley did annoy me a bit

yinyang: a book with foreign influence


I’m guessing this a book with influences not from my own country? (Or non-Western. I don’t think a book set in the US is that different from one in the UK.) That’s what I’m going to go with, anyway. I’m going to go with The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott — which isn’t my favourite book ever, but it’s has snark and sword fights and totally awesome Japanese mythology. The whole book revolves around Mio’s, um, sentient ancestral swords. (KITSUNE AND SWORD FIGHTS HELL YEAAH.)

Thanks for tagging me, Alyssa! I’m tagging Lola Lana Lily Blogs, Elly @ Hufflepuff Thoughtsand Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff, if you’d like to do it. :)

Do you like tea? Which books would you have chosen for this tag?

Should We Judge Books By Their Authors?

solitaire books by their authors

I am 100% guilty of buying books because of their pretty covers. I know that the author has no part in the design, and that a good cover doesn’t always equal a good book, but all the same… I WANT PRETTY BOOKS ON MY SHELVES.

I’ve started thinking that I’m also quite guilty of judging books by their authors. It’s not quite the same, because, y’know this time the author actually is responsible for changing my opinion, but I’m still not just basing my opinion off a book. If it’s by an author I already think is cool, I’m waaay more likely to enjoy the book. Maybe we should all cover our books in brown paper so we can’t judge them before reading…

My opinion of a book can change so much once I look more into the author. When I read Solitaire by Alice Oseman at the beginning of this year, I didn’t enjoy it that much… It was okay. I think I dove into it a feeling bit jealous because A BOOK PUBLISHED AT 19?!?! (The same goes for The Catalyst by Helena Coggan. I spent a lot of time wondering how on earth she managed to write a cohesive novel at the age I am now.) Now, though, I will tell you that I ABSOLUTELY ADORE SOLITAIRE AND ALICE AND I WILL READ EVERYTHING SHE WRITES. Diverse characters and Welcome to Night Vale and amazing art, what a cool author?!? (And also she is cute as heck.) I’m super excited for Radio Silence.

Social media has really connected me. I’ve seen how badass Maggie Stiefvater is. I’ve even found new authors and actually gone out to read their books! Being in the book community has led to me attending so many book events, and I seriously just respect Patrick Ness even more than I did before. I enjoy seeing that writers are actually HUMAN BEINGS and not unicorns with mystical powers. (Because how else would you create worlds, right?!)

I think I enjoy many author’s work more because of their online presence; Alice Oseman is only the start. For instance: is it not awesome that Rainbow Rowell loves Sherlock too, and that you can literally go and read her favourite fanfiction? And Malinda Lo does so much work for diversity in literature beyond writing awesome books. And Samantha Shannon answers all the crazy asks on tumblr about the world of The Bone Season.

Maybe I should be judging books on just their content. But I think if all the books I read were just stories covered in blank paper… I wouldn’t enjoy them as much! I love getting excited about books and authors and seeing behind their writing process. It’s really cool. It isn’t even always a conscious thing; sometimes I can enjoy one trope in a book by my favourite author and utterly dismiss it in another, without realising. I’m a terrible reviewer because I’m so biased. :P

Despite all the lovely benefits of authors on social media, I don’t think it should be used to excuse you from faults in yours book. I love Harry Potter, but it really annoys me that JK Rowling announces diverse characters all over her twitter that she didn’t include in the books. I’d be cool with it if she admitted her mistake, but as far as I know…she hasn’t. I respect her, but even if you’ve written the most popular modern series of all time it’s not okay. (But as this excellent tumblr text post will tell you, Harry’s complete inability to notice literally anything allows for a lot of fandom headcanons.) Yep, it works the other way, too: I know that many people who experienced all the Cassandra Clare Harry Potter fanfiction drama don’t like to read her books out of principle. I wasn’t there; I don’t feel I can make a judgement on it, but I like to keep that knowledge in the back of my mind.

I like that I can make emotional connections with authors. Sometimes I find that I love the text far more than the person behind it, sometimes it’s the other way round — it’s still a lovely relationship to have.

Which authors do you look up to? What do you think of authors on social media? Have you read any books with beautiful covers but disappointing contents?