A quick update!

The last you heard of me, I left a cryptic post that said ‘something is happening’. This doesn’t really mean much. For all you knew, I was posting from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after being kidnapped by teddy bear pirates wearing eye patches. Alas, this was not the case. I also left you with the word ‘abyssopelagic’, but this has nothing to do with anything – I just thought it was a cool word and wanted to share it. :P Incidentally, according to Wiktionary it means:

  1. Of or pertaining to the depths of the ocean; of the open waters of the abyssal zone.

You may have noticed it’s the summer. Or the winter if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere. Or maybe you don’t have four seasons where you live. Maybe you don’t have any seasons…

Ok, so it’s the summer in the UK. As usual, we complain how hot it is constantly and wish it could be Winter. When we actually do have Winter, we wish for Summer. We may not be the only country to complain about the weather, but it comes up an awful lot in conversation. Weather and tea are the things that binds all British people together in a mess of pessimism and patriotism.

For some reason, summer is the national season of getting stuff done that could have been spread across the year. People always leave the big events for summer and it causes a lot of stress. You go through the whole year and nothing happens and suddenly Wimbledon, the Commonwealth Games, the World Cup, your piano concert, my sister’s birthday, a trip to the Proms, Sports Day (I was actually in it this time!), a karate competition, Open Evening, a trip to France and the start of the Summer holidays are all within a season. I should probably make some sort of reference to buses here, but I shall decline.

I’m sure half of these things did not have to happen in Summer. In fact, the only thing that really needed to happen in Summer was the start of the Summer holidays. (The World Cup could have gone on perfectly well in Spring).

I wanted to write about these events, but there wasn’t enough time. The events piled up and I felt I couldn’t write about the new events without writing about the old events first, so the potential essay post got bigger and bigger in my mind. Eventually I realised it would swamp me so I’ve shelved it for now.

I hope I can write about these events in the future (probably in chunks), but if I do, they will likely be out of order and make zero sense. But hey, the important thing is to start writing again. :)

These events are actually pretty momentous though in terms of my bucket list. Now I have gone to an official karate competition and gone abroad for more two days without my family, two items on the list. As I said, I won’t write about these things yet, but I hope to soon. However I’m thinking of changing the list slightly. So far, it’s more geared to doing stuff than achieving stuff. For instance, going to an official karate competition didn’t feel that inspiring in itself – it was mainly a lot of waiting around, and very little karate. What the achievement should have been was ‘win a match at a karate competition’, or even more challenging, ‘win a medal at a karate competition’. Hence why the list no longer includes ‘join a social network’. I think I am at risk of putting reputation above actual achievement, which I can be very guilty of as I am a massive praise hog. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s a lot more meaningful to cross off one difficult item on my bucket list than five easy ones.

That being said, I have also completed a third item on my bucket list: gain 100 followers. :D

Now this is all kinds of awesome. Compared to other blogs around my *age* I have quite a pitiful amount of followers, but I guess I’m kind of to blame for that. Still, 100 is a lot! I mean, considering I’m almost as unsociable on the net as I am off it, I think it’s kind of weird I even have 100 followers.** :P!

Thank you. Thank you so much for putting up with my harebrained schemes and my tediousness and my erratic posts and my ramblings etc. Thanks for making the time to read (or not as the case may be, but to all the spammers and non-active followers, I like you nevertheless :P). Thanks for making the time to be sociable so I don’t have to. Just… thanks.

Talking of harebrained schemes, remember that plan I thought up to celebrate my blogversary? It detailed me changing one thing in my life every week so that I would be a new person in a year and it was kind of ambitious. It’s kind of worked, but kind of not – mainly because I am unwilling to give myself punishments and am finding it difficult to think of things to change. :P Again, another thing for another post, sorry about that.

I am now slightly under a week into the summer holidays. It’s flying by far too quickly and soon I’ll be back to my daily dreariness. My birthday will be very soon (yippee!) so prepare your presents.

Excitingly, I have also started editing my novel again after a year where I didn’t do much creative writing. Of course, I did stuff relating to writing in that break, like reading about writing and making some character biographies, but no actual editing of my first draft (which was by the way very very rambly). I was hoping to get it done by the Summer holidays, but I’m not sure this will be the case anymore. Even still, it’s brilliant I’ve started again, and hopefully I’ll be able to get some momentum running. :)

I’m not entirely sure how to end this, but I like the idea of ‘here’s a cool word’ becoming a feature. So:

*NB: these things did not happen in the order listed.

**To elaborate on this, I’ve kind of settled with my own small group of bloggin’ friends (most of whom have blogs a year or less old), and I’m always reluctant to make new ones. My blogging schedule has also been kind of erratic, which can’t have helped my rise to fame.

P.S. My room is also a mess. So much of a mess that I feel it would be irresponsible not to tell you. Basically lots of paper accumulated, was released in an attempt to organise it, and ended up just being left around. Maybe I’ll clean it up. Maybe. :P

P.P.S. My end of year exam results came back and it all turned out well. :3

The WordPress Family Award!

Very recently I was nominated for the WordPress Family Award by the Indecisive Eejit (formerly the Geeky G4mer), for which I’d like to say muchas gracias! I’m very honoured to be part of your WordPress Family. :3 As you can probably tell, you give this award to about 10 fellow WordPress bloggers who are part of your virtual family. There’s very little work, all you have to do is nominate 10 people, put the award sign on your blog, link back to the person who nominated you, and smile for the people watching you through your webcam.

Just joking. ;)

In no particular order…

Thank all of you guys so much! I’m not really in a speech mood for some reason, but you’re all really great blogs and I’m happy to say that, through blogging, I’ve met loads of really great people. It’s quite a big diversity of people, so it shows that… you know. There are great people everywhere? Sorry to sound cheesy…

What do you know, I was in a speech mood. :D

Again, thank all of you guys so much. You make this blog a blog (as opposed to an awkward internet diary that no-one reads apart from myself). I’ll let you all know I’ve nominated you as soon as I can be bothered (most of you, if not all, will probably read this anyway).

Joe. :3

I have a lot to get off my chest… Part 2!

It’s been a while since I last posted so a lot has happened. I don’t really have any reasons for not posting, it just never felt like the right time. Obviously homework, but I think if I had wanted to I could have posted.

To catch you up quickly…

… on why there is a skull in this picture?

Almost immediately after my last post, we had a French exchange student come live in our house for a week. I won’t say much about it, but she was really nice, and it was a good week.

School is also going well. The homework levels have settled a bit lower than usual, which is a good thing, and the feeling of novelty is nearly gone. I am officially back to school. Quiz Club is thriving. Although in the beginning my friends found it boring, a lot of them have returned and I’m very happy about that. That might sound a little weird, as it isn’t even my club, but last year, I was the only one in my entire year in Quiz Club for most of the year, so this is good news! We have had a few minor tests, but nothing too drastic yet. Next half-term is when the Christmas exams start, so eventually my feeling of security will be shattered and all sense of calm will be gone… to put it lightly.

Moving on…

My parents recently signed the letter for me to go on a trip to Paris with the school for a number of days. This might not sound that big, but I’ve never been abroad without my family before, so I’m really excited! :D For part of the trip, we’ll visit Disneyland Paris, so it’ll be my second time going. I have fond memories of their, although I admit Florida would have been better… but by no means am I complaining! ;)

I also went to a Chinese restaurant yesterday with the rest of the family. Although I would like to say that I tried everything and was not that much of a fussy eater (especially as I know that everyone loves Chinese food) it wasn’t really for me. There was nuggets and chips and jelly available, and that composed the majority of my meal. I think the only vaguely Chinese thing I liked was the ‘Chef’s Special’; I didn’t even like the noodles there!

And finally, some very good news…

I am really happy to say that I now have 50 followers. Fifty! This is also my sixtieth post, but considering that includes all the little updates and stuff, that’s not really that important. I would like to thank everyone who followed, even the spammers. ;) Thank you for making this blog worthwhile. I have also been nominated for the WordPress Family Award by The Indecisive Eejit (formerly the Geeky G4mer) so I will get on that right away!

Again, thank you guys so much. I wasn’t really sure where this blog would go when I started, but I’m happy where it’s taking me. I’ve met a lot of really good people here, so thanks for supporting me!

Joe.

Rise of the Awards

NARRATOR: DEEP IN A POST APOCALYPTIC WORLD WHERE AWARDS HAVE TAKEN OVER, A BOY WRITES IN HIS JOURNAL, IN THE HOPE THAT ONE DAY, WHEN HUMANITY BREAKS FREE, IT WILL BE DISCOVERED. TO PROTECT HIS IDENTITY, HE HAS TAKEN ON A PSEUDONYM WHICH SHALL NEVER BE CRACKED, DUE TO IT BEING EXTREMELY, MIND-NUMBINGLY COMPLICATED.

EOJ: I can’t believed I endorsed them at first: Versatile Blogger Award; Liebster Award;  the Most Creative Blogger Award; the Reader Appreciation Award; the Lovely Blog Award and the Semper Fidelis Award. How could I have treated them with pride? But I couldn’t have known. They turned on me. One moment, they were tokens of blog appreciation; next, they turned into computer viruses and slowly infected the whole of the internet, but remained invisible until the day they suddenly activated and destroyed every webpage in existence. Eventually we were left isolated. I can only hope that one day, another Sir Tim Berners Lee will rise, and build another Internet – and slowly we will regain control, one and for all.

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Sorry about that, my computer went funny for a second… I wonder who ‘Eoj’ is?

Anyway, to the awards…

Edit: If you want to know at a quick glance if you have an award (as this is a long post) the full list is…

If I’ve missed any of you out, I promise it was not intentional! Please tell me. Also, I may not get the Harry Potter pictures up for a while due to school, but I’ll tell you when they appear. Continue reading

1000 views!

After 2 and a bit months, success! I now have 1000 views! This post came quite a bit after the 1000th view came and went, but oh well. Because of this, I will try and stretch an otherwise meaningless blog update to fit 1000 words! Yay for essay posts!

So first of all… the Origin Story. Continue reading