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Good Morning, Vietnam – Not a movie review


Last night, after watching Good Morning, Vietnam for the very first time, I took to Facebook and wrote this post:

Just finished watching Good Morning Vietnam!

What a great movie. A classic movie. And, the very first time I’ve ever watched it. Yes, I know. I’m slow. (Unpopular opinion?) Not the best movie I’ve ever watched, not even the best Robin Williams movie (Dead Poets Society still holds that award for me), but a fantastic movie nonetheless. Moving, and definitely classic Robin Williams. And anything Robin Williams is gold.

I now want to expand on that post with several thoughts.  I must stress, though, that this isn’t a movie review, as such.  Just my thoughts on a movie that I enjoyed, seen through the lens of my thoughts and fuelled by discussion with my husband after watching.

If you haven’t watched this movie (who hasn’t though?) please be warned there may be spoilers from here on out. Continue reading “Good Morning, Vietnam – Not a movie review”

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Flu season and writing season

So, I wanted to write a bit about my fiction, but before I do, a comment that needs to be made about winter.

I do not like winter in Perth.  The number of viruses I’ve had over the last three months has been ridiculous.  And this one I have now? It’s the last straw.  For now.  The doctor ordered the rest of the week off and I’m to stay warm and rest.  I can do that, but at the same time I feel that I need to exercise my mind at least.

Hence the reason behind this particular blog.  I want to talk about my fiction writing. Continue reading “Flu season and writing season”

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July Blogging Challenge – Word a Day

Day 28 – Young

When I was young I wanted to be a vet, an animal doctor.  It was something I really truely wanted for as long as I can remember.  
I loved animals, I would talk about them all the time.  I would read every book I could get my hands on about the animal kingdom and then tell anyone who was willing to listen.   I think I was the annoying kid who wouldn’t shut up about something she thought she was an expert on.  I could tell you random facts that you didn’t really care about.  I cared, though.  
I still love animals today, and I think that’s one of the reasons why I gave up on the idea of becoming a vet.  I don’t think I could handle the not so pleasant side of the profession.  I was enough of a mess after Mischka and Roxie were put down… And I fall in love too easily with animals.  
I think my favourite animal changes depending on my mood.  But, from when I was young cats, dogs and horses were always top of the list.  Followed closely by big cats.  
Young animals are cute, by the way.  So, very cute, and it’s interesting how we respond to the adorability of baby animals.  The big eyes, the little cries.  The fluffy fur/feathers.  Everything that seems to tug at the “motherly” instincts even in us humans.  
Another thought on being young, it’s a choice.  I choose to feel young.  I choose to not allow my age to dictate how I think and feel about my life.  As the saying goes, “you’re as young as you feel.”  
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July Blogging Challenge – Word a Day

Day 27 – Climb

Today I’m going to write around the word ‘climb’.  Actually, I’m sitting in the staff room at work, and what comes to mind is the low surfaces in all the rooms here.  Especially in the babies’ room.  The children in my room are at the age where they want to just climb on everything.  The amount of times I and my colleagues have had to say “feet on the floor” seems excessive.  But, they are just exploring their world.  
Climbing is a natural inclination for many of us.  We want to see the world from a different vantage point, or we want to rise to the next level of our lives.  So, climbing can be physical or metaphorical.  We speak of the corporate ladder, so going from worker grunt to CEO.  Or we speak of climbing the mountains of our lives.  Reaching the pinnacle.  Many mountains are more like mole hills, however we want to traverse all sorts.  
For me, climbing isn’t really the focus of my life.  I like to be grounded and not have my head in the clouds so much.  I think my life generally travels along a flat plane with valleys and hills along the way.  And all that way I walk with God.  
Interesting that of late my blogging and journaling keeps returning to my faith in God.  Well, a lot of the time.  
If I want to face a challenge I always place it at the Cross first.  I need that strength and peace that only God can give me to get through life.  Challenges will come and they will stretch and grow me.  However, I do not need to fear for my God will go before me.  I think of Moses who climbed Mt Sinai and received the Ten Commandments from God.  A worthwhile trek to make.  I thank God for His Commandments and for His love.  Because of Him, no mountain is ever too high to climb.
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July Blogging Challenge – Word a Day

Day 25 – Gather

Gather, to gather… It’s a grouping word.  Right?  I think it’s important to get likeminded people together at times so they can bounce off each other.  So, that they can talk and be themselves.  That’s how I work at least.  When I’m amongst people I am comfortable with I come out of my little introvert shell and you cannot shut me up.  However, put me in a room filled with people that I have no connection to?  I become reserved and quiet.  
The term “gathering” invokes in me an image of a large group of people, though it can mean small groups too.  I prefer the smaller type, though as I feel safer in small groups.  However, by the same token, a large group is easier to hide in.   I like to observe others in larger crowds; people-watching can be fun.  The different personalities in a room can liven the atmosphere.  
I’m not really sure what I’m trying to get at in this post, just writing what springs to mind, I guess.
Gather can also mean to draw together, I guess that’s why they call it gathering flowers, hey?  But yes, back to the groups of people, particular events can be the reason people are drawn together.  
Parties, concerts, other life events.  All my family and friends gathered for my wedding; friends gathered at my bestie’s for her housewarming.  Events such as these mark special moments in life.  And then there are spontaneous gatherings such as those that form when people are playing Pokemon Go around Perth… Someone found a Pikachu! 

Speaking of Pokemon Go…I haven’t downloaded it and I want either…I have this game to play instead…
Yes, that’s Pokemon White, Version 2.  Who needs Pokemon Go when you have a 3DS?  I’m “old school”.  Haha.  Whatever that means.  I am 30…. Three months until I turn 31.  Scary.  And I still play Pokemon.  Go figure.  Still, not surprising.  The majority of Pokemon Go players are in the 20s to 30s anyway…so I’m in good company.  Haha.  So, gather away.  
One of the best gatherings though is that of the Church.  I went to church yesterday, on my lonesome. Hubby was sleeping.  The message was on point (Life may hurt, but God will use it to bring about His purposes in our lives) and worship…wow.  It was what I needed to remind me of God’s providence and that He is central to everything in my life.  Some beautiful songs of praise and worship are coming out of the Riverview Worship Team.  Your Love and Deeper are so uplifting and covered by God’s grace.  Awesome.
I leave you with these lyrics from Deeper 

‘Your love is taking me deeper,
Your love is pulling me closer…’
‘Deeper’ by Riverview Worship.
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July Blogging Challenge- Word a Day

Day 21 – Moment

I’ve just arrived at work and decided to take a moment for myself in the prep room.  Sometimes, it’s a good thing to do as the chaos of a day can be overwhelming.  Though, the chaos doesn’t usually happen at the beginning of the day, but apparently I’ve just walked into chaos.  There’s going to be twenty-fiv children in the older kids room today and they have the visit from the nursing home today.  
As a blessing, we only have six in the babies room today, so I’m looking forward to a bit of peace in that regard. But, right now I want to take a moment to consider what will happen tonight at home.   We are going to have our second Connect tonight and I’m praying that God will move as I know He always has done in the past.  
I know it is early days, but I am trusting God to draw people close who we need in our lives and who, perhaps, need us in their lives.  It is a challenge that I am excited to step into.  After the initial disappointment I realised that I have to stop trying to do things off my own back.  God has got us in this as He has had our backs in everything.  I can only bring to the table what I have in my hands and then let God do the rest.
A shorter post today, but, I think I’ve said all that’s needed.  
God bless. 
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July Blogging Challenge – Word a Day

Day 16 – Blaze

So, I missed day 16 as I was in a bit of a mood, yesterday.  And then we went out for a work social night, which was actually exactly what I needed.  Anyway, the word for 16th of July was ‘blaze’.  The first thought that comes to mind when I see the word ‘blaze’ is fire.  
Fire is actually quite an amazing…element?  Well, I can’t really explain fire to be honest.  It is a chemical reaction I think? It’s caused by the combination of chemicals with oxygen in the air and gives off heat, and light.  Blue flame is hotter than orange.  
When humans gained the ability to harness fire…that was when civilisation began, really.  That and agriculture.  But, being able to use fire to cook with, and to clear land for use…that was a big thing.  
I love sitting in front of a fireplace in winter, and enjoying the warmth and also watching the flames leap up and fill a dark room with light.  It’s quite hypnotic…and relaxing.  
When I was at school and we went on camps, we used to do this thing where if the smoke moved toward us, we would say ‘white rabbit’ and it was meant to make it move away.  Half the time it didn’t, but it was fun to just yell out ‘white rabbit’ while sitting in the dark and watching the smoke.  I think the teachers indulged us in this activity, until we were tired and headed to our bivvies.  
Fun times.
I’ve seen another use of the word ‘blaze’ when people say ‘blaze it’.  And maybe I’m getting old, but I really don’t get it.  There’s some connection with 4.20?  And I really don’t know.  Sometimes I wish words just had one meaning and we stuck with that… 
Day 17 – Unfold

Today is the 17th of July, and the word of the day is ‘unfold’.  And, right now I’m attempting to write more of my story The Aviators.  I really want to know how the rest of the story is going to unfold as I began writing it in 2008? I think?  No.  2009.
Wow.  Just.  Wow.  That’s longer than the length of time I took to write Adeline’s Choice (You Don’t Mean Anything).  Granted, I’ve experienced massive breaks between writing.  Lots of writer’s block going on there.  But, I think I know how I’m going to end this.  And, maybe I’ll regret how I’ll end it.  But, I need to finish writing the story because…well, otherwise I never will.  
So, I guess we’ll see.  I’m throwing in the “M” word.  Cliche, perhaps….but, you know.  I’m the master of cliche.