Sunshine Blogger Award!

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This year has been wonderful for interactions with other bloggers, cementing friendships and even learning new facts about each other. You know already I’m a huge fan of Lee’s Hall of Information, and his commitment to writing never ceases to amaze me.

Have you read Jack Thorn: A Story of the Future:

Jack Thorn: A Story of the Future
Jack Thorn: A Story of the Future

He’s kindly nominated Thinking Moon for the Sunshine Blogger Award and I couldn’t be more humbled. He is always out there supporting other indie authors by reviewing their work, keeping up his blog, writing books and plays.

He has published four books which are available on Amazon.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

My questions for nominees:

  • Why did you start blogging?

Sometimes when I’m writing my blog I ask myself the same thing. Am I adding value? Is my writing good enough? Are people enjoying it? Eventually, I realised that it didn’t really matter because two things were happening. I was practising my writing skills and I was joining a wonderful community. 

To make a long story short, to practice and have a portfolio to show people.

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Thinking Moon

  • Who is your go-to blogging influence/blogger that inspires you?

There are a good few, and Lee is definitely one of them. I adore Megan from A Geeky Gal, she is so inspirational. Finally (there are more these are just the main ones), A Stoner On A Rollercoaster. She published her own poetry book this year and it is genuinely beautiful.

  • Name 3 music albums that shaped your life?

Ooohhhhhh really hard to narrow it down but definitely “Hotel California,” by the Eagles, “Jagged Little Pill,” by Alanis Morrisette, and finally “Fumbling Towards Ecstacy,” by Sarah McLachlan. I grew up listening to the Eagles and still love them to this day.

Alanis has many excellent albums, but this was the first one that made me realise that women can be badass rocks stars too. Finally, two of Sarah McLachlan’s song were featured in Buffy The Vampire Slayer season finales, so, need I say anymore?

 

  • Is there something out there who you think is underrated?

There is so much out there that is underrated, especially when it comes to art. There are so many musicians I love that are just scraping by. However for fun: Mooncake is totally underrated! Final Space is a great show and I just don’t think it gets the love it deserves.

Mooncake.
Mooncake.

  • Which season of the year do you prefer and why?

I was born in Spring but I’ve always felt like an Autumn child. I love the colours, the cosiness and of course, HALLOWEEN! Last year throughout October I had some very special blog posts and stories. So look out for that again this year.

Halloween.
Halloween.

  • Name a television show or film you couldn’t live without?

Hahahahaa BUFFY! The show, not the movie.

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What Would Buffy Do?

  • What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading new and rereading anthropology books. I am currently writing that section of my thesis at the moment. I just reread “The Forest People” by Colin M. Turnbull. This is the third time I read it and I still love it to this day. I highly recommend it you don’t need to be an anthropologist to enjoy it.

  • What are you currently writing?

My PhD confirmation transcript! I have an exam in November where I basically present my research so far and they say whether or not it’s good enough to go on! This is me below presenting my research to the faculty back in May so they can review what I’m doing.

  • Name something you don’t like but ‘everyone’ else does?

People are obsessed with pancakes and I just don’t get them. I’d much prefer something else for breakfast. Don’t worry if you’re offended by that Le’Boo thinks I’m crazy.

  • Do you have a profession outside of writing/blogging?

I’m an academic, and a trained anthropologist.

  • Name a place you’ve always wanted to visit but never have?

The Atacama desert in Chile, because it’s reportedly one of the best places to view the night sky and all the stars.

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Nominees

These nominees have less than 100 followers because I would like to spread the love for those working hard regardless of the size of their blog.

  1. Parufog – Paranormal UFO Group
  2. Dalen – Dalen Flynn. (Dalen how do you not have thousands of followers!?)
  3. Va Va Voom Vintage.
  4. Lynnie – You Are Strong For Surviving.
  5. Adnke – Bruxa Livra.
  6. Mytutosblog – Technology News
  7. Not Sorry Feminism.
  8. The Fandom Jumper.
  9. Pussy Tantrum – Bunnula TV.
  10. Psychobitchslytherin – Bipolar Rollercoaster.
  11. Anovicescribe – acolourofme.

Eleven Questions

  1. If you were an animal(real or mythical) which would you be? Logically, not what you’d want to be. 
  2. When you get up in the morning, what is the first thing you think? Is it positive or negative?
  3. Which fictional world, book or otherwise would you like to live in?
  4. If you could meet your favourite fictional character, but only as their villain, who would that be? 
  5. If you could build a theme park of any theme which would it be?
  6. What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled? In Kilometres (or Miles, if you’re into that).
  7. Do you have any animal or plant friends?
  8. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever worked?
  9. Do you have an obsession others find strange?
  10. The ultimate 90s question. Oasis or Blur?
  11. Finally, can trees hear what we’re saying? Opinions?

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10 Random Facts About Me. Part II

Preamble

Soooooooooo I should have posted a 500 follower special here but I didn’t. Why? Likely because of the kind of human being I am. I also filmed the below video in April of this year, yet it’s only been edited and uploaded this week.

Why is this? Please Moonlings, no more questions I am simply too inconsistent to explain myself. I’ve written a post like this before, and that can be found here.

10 Random Facts About Me!

The facts are stated below without fanfare or pageantry. However, if you are interested in learning more about said facts then you will need to watch the video my dear moonlings.

  1. I love baking!
  2. I keep growing my hair long then cutting it short.
  3. Diagnosed with depression & anxiety 3 years ago.
  4. I’ve always wanted to be bilingual. (Beyond speaking Irish and English).
  5. I play a couple of musical instruments.
  6. I love YouTube!
  7. I’m obsessed with mental coloured lipsticks. (I love colours).
  8. I’m very into the Zero Waste lifestyle, sustainability and alternative food sources.
  9. I’m a trained Anthropologist.
  10. I’m enjoying getting older.

 

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Indie Sundays: Dada Moon’s Birthday!

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It’s Dada Moon’s birthday today! Let’s wish him a very happy 62nd birthday. You’re at level 62 now Dad, fair play to you. Pun entirely intended because my father is like a child when it comes to video games. Even before we were born, he loved video games. My mother got him an Atari the first Christmas they were married.

He passed his love of games onto his children, and we’ve not stopped since. Although we all have access to gaming computers, PS4’s and Xbox One’s, I can’t help but yearn for the time when games were 2 dimensional! Oh nosalgia, you cruel mistress, why must you give me these feelings?

Our father had an old dos run computer for many years until he finally got his hands on one that could run windows(computers were expensive in the 90s no judgement!). So he did what any reasonable father would do, he set up the old computer for his children with a rake of old dos games on it.

So I thought as a thank you to him, we would look back at 6.2 of the games myself and my brother played on rainy (and not so rainy) days. Hey, listen we turned out just fine!

The Games

1. Alley Cat

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Alley Cat

Exactly what is says on the tin. You were a little black alley cat and your goal? You needed to eat, as we all do. However because you lived in an alley, and not a forest, the only food you could come by, were people’s pets. So you would climb up on the fence and jump into people’s windows (you little rascal you!!) and try and eat their budgies, fish and other pets.

However, it was not all as easy as that. Many of the houses had guard dogs, and you needed to be as quiet as possible to get around them, or you yourself, would become the food.

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Alley Cat

2. Commander Keen

Commander Keen
Commander Keen

Myself and my brother adore Commander Keen to this day. I’m not so sure what was so particularly special about it, but we loved it none-the-less. We played Keen 1 – 3 which had graphics like the gif above. Then when 4 – 6 came out we played those.

Commander Keen was an extremely intelligent young lad, who snuck away from his babysitter one night to go save the galaxy from impending doom. Sure how could you not love him and his pogo-sticking ways?

Commander Keen
Commander Keen

3. Joust

Joust
Joust

What a wonderfully simple yet crazy game this was. All while on the back of an ostrich you would ‘joust’ with your opponent (player 2). In the meantime, there were other birds and pterodactyls trying to push you into lava. Maybe this game is where I get my terrific fear of lava? Perhaps we will never know!

4. Lemmings

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Lemmings

The need was too great to include the gif with John Travolta in it. Sorry too funny. This game was both entertaining and good for the brain as it made you engage your problem-solving areas to help save your fellow lemmings. Otherwise, they would keep walking after their fellows and meet certain doom.

5. Dangerous Dave In The Haunted Mansion

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Dangerous Dave

I’m guessing from my adult attempt at this game that dangerous Dave was investigating the mansions to gather up some trinkets to sell on the black market. Armed with a double barrel shotgun(my favourite weapon in any dame), and a red baseball cap, Dave wanders on into the haunted mansion. Inside you face Frankenstein-esque monsters and Renfield knife-wielding lunatics.

You have infinite bullets but you do need to reload once in a while, and in order to do that, you need to stand perfectly still.

6.2 Hocus Pocus

Old Dos Video Games
Hocus Pocus

Who doesn’t love to play a game where you are a wizard trying to each your wizard strips while performing the many tasks required? You shoot lighting out of your hands to defend yourself against the lizards, mushrooms and flying devils. A game for the ages.

Did you like this list? Might do more in the future, and let me know did any of you play these games in the 90’s?

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“A Life Less Throwaway…” Part I

Author – Tara Button

Preamble

*This is not a review, not yet anyway*

There is a book I’m carefully reading this month called “A Life Less Throwaway,” by a lady called Tara Button. I included it in my 2019 sustainability goals which you can read about here. So far I’m really enjoying it and I plan on reviewing it completely once I’ve finished it.

In the meantime, Button offers wonderful exercises at the end of each chapter, and I thought why not share some with my Moonlings? The first one is very introspective, you write an email to yourself. The topic? The importance of non-material things.

The best things in life, aren’t things.” Art Buchwald.

Now while I wouldn’t go full on Madonna and call myself a material girl, I do like things. Especially now that I’m writing a gratitude list every morning for 3 things I’m grateful for whether they are material or not. I find this helps me appreciate the things I already have and curb superfluous spending.

This opportunity awakened something in me, and rather than email it to myself, I thought I’d share, so here goes.

Dear Jaycee

Warmth and family is not a place. It isn’t four walls, windows and doors. It’s not the couch or the kitchen table, or the framed newspaper cut out of Michael Collins. Neither the ceramic bulldog in the porch or the hum of the computers. It isn’t between the books on your shelves or the clothes in your wardrobe.

It’s your mother’s hug in the morning when you come downstairs for breakfast. It’s the sound of your father’s laments as he loses his video game. It’s your brother sending you funny memes because he wants to share his laughter with you. Sharing with another makes it better, more real, even funnier. It’s the sleep talk of Le’Boo when he is deep in his REM and asks you “terra forma?” (When did he learn Latin?)

It’s the chorus of birds in the morning when you awake again. You remind yourself to be grateful. For a long time, a mantra you repeated to yourself, as you awoke to go to a job you hated was, “I’m awake but I’m not happy about it.” Almost like a joke, you told yourself, but in reality, that was wrong. Even though the job was awful, getting to wake up again was not.

It’s the love in your heart and soul when you make a darling laugh. The gratitude you feel when someone cooks you a meal. The joy of a family gathering, and the sorrow of a loved one passing. When we are old and dying we will not hold onto things. Not the brass doorknob we polished relentlessly, the extra hours put in at work for no extra pay or even the money in your account

It’s the memories, thank you all, for the memories. For the joy of now, and the promise of tomorrow.

*I invite you all to do the same. You don’t have to blog about it if you are too uncomfortable, but you can send yourself an email! If you do try it tag myself and Tara Button in it on Twitter!*

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A Life Less Throwaway - Tara Button
A Life Less Throwaway – Tara Button

Blog Tour (Day 6): Thinking Moon

Thanks for the opportunity Steven!

Perfect Chaos

Greetings, all! Welcome to today’s episode of the God’s Grand Game blog tour. Today I’d like to introduce Jenni (also known as Jay C / J.C.) who runs a diverse and very interesting blog entitled Thinking Moon.

Jenni has a background in anthropology and is currently teaching as well as studying for her PhD. She has a Philosophy section on her blog and we have been connected on Twitter for some time, so it was a no-brainer to ask her to be involved with the blog tour. I’m grateful to Jenni for agreeing to review my book.

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Message #15: Updates & YouTube!

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Good morning my Moonlings, how are you on this fine Wednesday? I am feeling very creative today, and although I am still a small creator over on TouTube I’m optimistic. I feel as though the internet rewards both consistency and growth. For me, this is my general learning curve anyway, but for those of you who are used to immediate results, you must have patience.

YouTube

Also in case you didn’t know I have a YouTube channel, and I post there about twice a month. You need to bear with me I only have time for that, as a PhD student whose side hustles, have side hustles.

It felt like I needed to update you on what is coming for the channel in April, and in general for the channel. I’ve also got some featured friends so please check them out and subscribe if you are interested.

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Also, do you remember Marie Keane? I interviewed her here, and her album came out in January. Well, it’s finally on Spotify, so there is no excuse not to listen now my friends!!! Here is a review of the album if you’re curious, honestly it’s so beautiful.

Thanks for reading guys!

Love Jaycee. xxx

 

 

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Indie Sundays: N.F Mirza’s “Swinging Sanity.”

Preamble

Welcome to Thinking Moon’s new category, Indie Sundays. I have pledged to read more indie books this year. I would like to discover and promote indie creators. They who are the next big thing, waiting in the wings of art to be propelled into the spotlight, and who am I to deny them their break? So please enjoy this new, albeit sporadic category. Filled with authors, movie-makers, poets, artists, and just the general misc of cool people the world would be grey without.

N.F Mirza

Speaking of grey without, our inaugural Indie Sunday extraordinary brings such colour to my life. N. F Mirza is the blogger Stoner On A Rollercoaster, and I have been following her for around two years now. They blog about their journey through depression and anxiety which I sadly empathise with. They create beautiful works of art, and I have been a fan of their aptly touching prose and gentle craft since I discovered them. When I heard that they had a book of poetry in the pipeline I immediately pre-ordered it.

Today I will be reviewing their debut poetry collection “Swinging Sanity,” which I devoured this weekend, over cups of coffee. Here is that review in all its finery, and can I say, dear Mirza, it gave me life.

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Swinging Sanity – Review

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Indie Sundays – Swinging Sanity

As far as debuts go, this is up there with the greats for me. I am a poetry fanatic, and very sensitive about its conjuncture. This wonderfully cathartic, yet tragic piece of work filled the gaps of my broken heart, as she waxed about pain, love, life, and the pursuit of elusive joy.

The work is divided into five parts, each a protective canopy over its subject matter. Beginning with “Screaming Numbness” we are treated to exquisitely painful lyrics about suffering and mental illness.

“I am numb, I miss pain, Oh Pain!” – Just Like  A Drop Of Water

“Then I hold the little spear, like a plume in the hands of a poet.” – Celebrating The Curse

“That horrid vortex finally spat me out I am stunned to be alive.” – Anything But Sane

We press on into the pages of “Love & Loss”  as she tells her tales from the world of love. As humans, we are never free from pain. We are allowed moments of beauty as a reprieve between the senseless chaos of the universe.

“My ebony hair free from confines, as you like it, now don’t rush, watch how the end unfolds.” – A Poem I Can’t Name

“I saw a glimpse of excruciating agony.” – “A Dying Heart

“And I saw your last breath, Ascend to the sky, flying away, with a piece of me.” – When You Slept

“Where Earth would cradle my soul, to the rhythm of screaming water.” – This Is How I Want To Sleep

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Indie Sundays – Swinging Sanity

When the flushes of pain and joy are over we are treated to poems about the “Day and Night“. Her suffering mind remembers these times so vividly, and her fascination of the night sky appeals to fellow insomniac in me.

“The sun tirelessly shone all day, Still failed, To Ease this murky dark abyss, That’s made my mind it’s home.” – A Long Wordless Day

“I Remember those tiny fireflies, chasing each other into the darkness.” “When time wouldn’t fly, and the clocks were noiseless.” – Those Enchanting Nights

“Squalling for mercy.” – Nightmare Again.

Life is a dazzling series of confusion and clarity. Mirza’s section, “C’est La Vie” has some hard truths about the world we try to live in. When I read these lines they ignite in me my own fears, wonders, and imagination.

“My smouldering blistering tears…were ignored and denied, now sear my skin, in the dead dark cave of my anonymity.” – Cave Of My Anonymity

“They didn’t tell me, This demonic ritual, will slowly morph me, Into another fierce royal blue dragon.” – Fierce Royal Blue Dragon

“My nails look dirty too, Like I dug my way, Out of a grave.” “But I look great, prettier, happier than I ever looked, just like the rest of the crowd.” – Carnival

Indie Sundays - Swinging Sanity
Indie Sundays – Swinging Sanity

The final section “Random Thoughts,” is just that, and we see the author grappling with the suffering of now, hopefully, one day leading to the freedom of tomorrow. Out of struggle, so will the time of quiet victory, and self-assurance be born. Where those of us with kindness, walk alongside those of difficult persuasions. She closes the collection strong leaving us both elated with hope, and sturdy with solidarity. Please buy this poetry collection, it is too exquisite to remain unread.

“And one day, we will wake up, From this grim nightmare…Embellished with grime…But Hearts, Clear as glass.” – One Day

“Fueling my soul, I wait for my turn, I don’t waste tears.” – Waiting For My Turn

“Or to be, Like Ocean, Deep and blue, Holding a chunk of universe, In its womb.” – Blue

“And I see you…High on ignorance.” – A Million Dead Stars

“I pull out the last scroll, And scribble few enduring syllables…” – Last Poem Of October

Swinging Sanity on Amazon

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To The Woman Who Raised Me

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Recently I received the new Audible original series by Scarlet Curtis called “To The Woman,” in which women read open letters to other women. One of the letters was heartbreaking, spoken to her mother who had recently passed away. I was driving home from work at the time and I sobbed openly in traffic while people stared. I’m newly moved out of my family home to live with my partner and this letter hit me where none other could have.

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Dear Mama

So this is an open letter to the woman who raised me, the mother that everyone should have, and my humble tribute to her today, on her 55th birthday. Mama, I love you more than these words could ever convey, and it’s you that made me this way. So if you are feeling down about your age today, just know no matter where I stray, I’m your little girl from May.

Dear Mama

Most people find their first big love when they are older, and that’s their partner. How lucky was I that from the day I was born, I already had one of my big loves. As I grew you loved me, and I loved you too. How fortunate for us to have one another. I don’t have to worry about sounding conceited because I know how much you adore me, it’s a fracture of my adoration of and for you.

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Dear Mama

Although you didn’t have it easy, money was never ample, the times were tough and the climate was tougher. In a world where being a mother and a wife was not celebrated as it is now, you were expected to bear children and be happy about it. Not only did you do this with grace and love, never for one moment making us feel like we weren’t your priority, but you instilled in me my own worth.

Dear Mama
Both of my best friends.

The women I am today is a fragment of the woman you’ve been all your life. Your resilience, beauty, and elegance astound me. Your laughter and humour have filled me up when I was emptier then wine bottles after we’ve been at them.

You are the wind beneath my wings, the sky to my star, the sea to my boat. I love you more than my luggage and I miss living with you every day. Thankfully you taught me to seek a love that is strong and supportive like yours. So even though I’m on my own, I’m still loved.

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Dear Mama

You taught me that you can spend all your time making money, or you can spend all your love making time. That you should sing your lungs out, and dance in the kitchen. Cry when you need to because sometimes life makes you cry. That when I had nothing, I had you, and Dad, and Chris so I had everything I ever needed. So really this letter is for them too. You picked me up and taught me that there is more room in a broken heart. I believe in love because I was loved.

Dear Mama
Dear Mama

I’m telling you this because when I heard that woman, crying for her mummy, I cried for mine. I wanted to squeeze you and tell you how wonderful you are, how beautiful you are, and how perfect you are in all your imperfections.

I’m always coming to the edge and willing myself over it. I’ve made so many moves I could never have done without you. Oh, my heart is aching, but no you stand behind me and tell me to go on. If you fall, I will catch you, time after time.

Here I am Mama, begging for you to recognise your worth because in my eyes you’re everything, you’re all I’ve ever wanted to be. Fierce little woman. Forgive me for any time I’ve hurt you, you broke your body for me, and I unaware tore you asunder. You let me go my own way, but I’ll always find my way back to you.

My first big love, my Mama. Thank you, and happy birthday.

I love you.”

I know.”* I hear you whisper.*

Dear Mama
Dear Mama

*This is from The Empire Strikes Back, in case any of you troglodytes didn’t know.

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To The Woman” – Scarlet Curtis

 

 

Message #14: Nearly 500 Followers!

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If you didn’t know already, I have this messages category where I talk to you all directly and give you updates to my life. If you are behind and want to catch up on them you can check them out here.

500 Follower Special

So I am fast approaching 500 followers, and for me it’s surreal. This time last year, I had my most viewed post at the time about snow, which had 56 views! I added my Buffy the Vampire Slayer category, and my follower count was around 30.

Now as I sneak towards 500 I once again reflect on how lucky I am, and how much I want to celebrate each one of you. The first 10 people to comment below on this will be made part of my 500th follower special.

What does that mean do you ask? Well hold on, I’m getting there friend. Basically, you comment and tell me something you want me to promote for you (your book, blog, art), and I will promote it in my 500th follower special.

Housekeeping

A very emotional blog is coming on Friday, I mean it made me cry while I wrote it. So stay tuned for that.

My book is coming along nicely, and I hope to have it published by the end of 2019 so when my first draft is finished I might post a little portion of it for you guys, would you be into that?

Finally I will be adding a new day, and it will be called… *drum roll* Indie Sundays! I’ve been reading a lot of indie books as of late, communicating with a lot of indie creators, and just all round realised how important it is for indie creators to support each other.

This will be debuting this Sunday so I hope you’ll tune in and support the creator I’ll be showcasing. Until then, stay safe my darling Moonlings.

Love,

Jaycee

xxx

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