Happy new year

Welcome to 2015, long live the new year!

My year in blogging started with a realisation that I only wrote 5 posts last year. That is a tiny amount, especially considering that I hoped my new phone would lead to me writing more.

Life is a funny thing. It can get in the way and take you by surprise. Last year was busy and there were a lot of things that made me think of blogs to write, but I never got round to them. Both Guardians of the Galaxy and the Lego Movie stood out as original mainstream movies worthy of comment (I’m a still a little unsettled by the Lego Movie’s condemnation of all who obey the instructions) but that I never got around to writing about.

I would like to write more this year, but I’m not promising anything. I just want to assure you that I am still here and will still be writing when I can.

I leave you with one of the positive things from last year. The headlines constantly spoke of the dire state of the world, but this video brought a smile to my face. There is no reason why the partnership should have happened, yet it did. The result is something completely silly and purely made for fun.



It’s once again been a while since I’ve last written and usually I’d make an apology for this. I have however come to a realisation that this is no longer the most important thing in my life as it is changing. I have many other writing commitments, social things and at the end of the day, this is going to suffer, so this week, I’ve prioritised other things.

I think it’s fair to give you a hint of what these other things are. One of which is writing a short story, and this is where most of my energy is being focussed. It’s the first short I’ve written outside of education and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I hope to include it in a short story collection with a number of other authors I know and its turning out to be a lot of fun.

However, I wanted to assure you that I will not be giving up blogging. Blogging is an all together different activity and is not going to conflict with anything that I can imagine. For one thing, as opposed to my other writing, it is non-fictional. There is also absolutely no limit to what I can talk about, something I have been keen to hold onto. I know some sites prefer to keep a theme but I was never keen to stick to that.

The thing with blogging that I have come to love is that it is only as strict as you want it to be. I started off wanting to make a website that had a very clear structure and theme, with reviews being the main focus. This has changed however and I have allowed the theme to be far looser. This was in part due to me new found love for writing about deep subjects and due to the time required to keep watching films. I always wanted the ideas to drive the writing and to keep on schedule, posting one entry every three days. On several occasions, I have failed to meet this goal, but I kept going and felt the goal was still achievable. It has however in recent times become harder and harder to meet this deadline, and seeing as I am the only one who is setting myself this goal, I think I will be dropping it.

That is another beautiful thing about blogging, the freedom. I am very clearly only writing to satisfy myself, though about subjects I want others to think about. I want to produce quality work, but I’ve not got any schedules or goals. Even within a piece I can write until I want and just stop whenever, even if it’s mid sentence.

So, I wanted to reassure you that although I may be infrequent in future, I will keep writing. I have lots of ideas to come, some you will love, especially