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How to survive when you realise you can’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday.

Published March 30, 2013 by ElisaChristy

Game of Thrones is starting again tomorrow – which I’m sure you already knew – but while I am ridiculously excited about this. Turns out I have no way to watch it, at least not live anyway, so this is my advice.

The advice still stands if you have read the books – as I have, do you really want to know how quickly they’re going to do things for the TV show? Which bits they’re going to miss out and move around? Because people who have watched it will tell you – At Length.

And because you’re such a polite person, you will not be able to think of a way out of the conversation, you will just have to sit there and listen to the spoilers, vainly hoping someone will sneak up behind them and knock them out with a frying pan.

Anyway…

1. Wear Headphones.

Constantly at all times. Even in your sleep. Whether you’re actually listening to something is up to you, people will be less likely to talk to you if you’re wearing headphones, because they’ll realise you’re a anti-social weirdo and avoid you because of that. Mutual avoiding, you can’t go wrong really.

2. Shun The Humans

This is extremely useful as it will make you want to watch the thing as quick as you can, not just so you can be the one giving out spoilers, but also so you can have human contact again. Shunning humans is very important for spoilers though, because people are idiots. Chances are even if you tell them you haven’t seen the programme yet. They will then say something along the lines of:

“Oh well, when you do, you’ll cry when this happened!” 

The mere fact that you told them you didn’t know what happened made them tell you exactly what happened! Why? Because people are idiots. I am a person and I have done this, so I have proof.

Even if they don’t tell you exactly what happens, they might just say “you’re gonna cry when you watch it!” that is still just as bad, because I’m going to watch the entire thing waiting for something sad to happen, which will inevitably make it less sad when it does, because I’ve been expecting it for the last half an hour! Again, people are idiots, shun them until you are sure you are safe from their idiocy.

3. Do Not Go On The Internet.

This is pointless to even try, you will go on the internet, and probably end up finding the exact thing you’ve been trying to avoid, but this time it will be worse, because you’ll know that it wasn’t someone else telling you the story against your will. It’s your fault. You clicked the link, thinking “maybe t won’t have spoilers in it, I can just read the first line! The first line will be fine!” But, then the first line isn’t a complete sentence, so you read the next line and the next, and then you know exactly what happens by your own stupidity, I did say people were idiots didn’t I.

Forget it, just go to sleep for a day and half, that’s the only surefire way to not find out what happens, also you get to sleep for a day and a half – and who wouldn’t want that?

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Writer’s Block: Anti-Fanfiction

Published March 24, 2013 by ElisaChristy

While I have nothing against fan-fiction at all, I tend not to read it, as I usually believe the author knows what is meant to happen in their own book, better than I do, so I shouldn’t try to re-write it just because I don’t agree with whatever happened.

However, writing fan-fiction can be a brilliant way of getting you writing about anything, and therefore writing something.

Anti fan-fiction probably isn’t the right name for it, Fictional fan-fiction might be better, but anyway, if I am failing to write anything, it’s a good place to start.

Rather than just writing about my version of events for a story, I will put in one of my characters into the story to see what they would do in the situation. If, for example, I had a character terrified of the dark, what would happen if they were in the library with Vashta Nerada from that episode of Doctor Who. Or if my character was obsessed with Harry Potter, what happens if they find out Hogwarts is real?

While, it’s usually impossible to incorporate my anti fan-fiction stories into my actual story, as I’m sure that’s some sort of weird plagiarism thing, it does help you: a) understand your character a little better – and who doesn’t love character development?

And b) It gets you writing something. What you do with it afterwards is entirely up to you. But you wrote something and once you’ve done that, there’s nothing to stop you. So now stop procrastinating by watching Doctor Who and carry on writing!

50 Book Challenge: I did it!…Just.

Published March 2, 2013 by ElisaChristy

As I started the 50 book challenge on 1st March last year, I had wanted to try and finish by January, so I could start again in the new year, but that didn’t work, as I am one of those people who reads constantly, but doesn’t read very fast.

However, considering that during this year I also graduated, went travelling around Europe for a month, and that seven of the books I read were from the Game of Thrones series which could easily be a year long challenge on their own. I will do the 50 book challenge again this year.

One of the most interesting things I found was the amount of books I got given by people who knew I was doing this. Either books they’d read and liked or had bought for me as presents as they thought I would like them. The other interesting thing was how much more I paid attention to what I was going to read next, I would actively seek out books, rather than just paying attention to the one I was reading. For the first time since I was about 14, I have had a To Read pile on my desk all year, and I miss my To Read pile!

 

So, this year I am starting the 50 book challenge with Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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