Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Going Back on Wattpad and Getting Back to Writing my Novel




Hello! So for a while I have been going through a creative writing slump. I have been writing blog posts and working on social media and brand relations for my blog but I just haven’t felt the motivation or inspiration to write my book. Earlier this year I started posting my current work in progress, Through the Portal, on Wattpad. This is a novel that I have been working on, on and off for two years. I have almost half of the novel written and I was editing those chapters and uploading them regularly on Wattpad. However, I got to a point where I seemed to have lost my writing muse. It was as if the writer in me had hibernated.

However, lately I have been seeing others publish their work and working on their novels and it has helped me to recollect the love I have always had for writing novels.

I am hoping to start editing chapters again and to keep going. I would like to keep posting on Wattpad. I will be focusing on Through the Portal in order to give it the attention that it deserves and to finish it.

I was looking into doing a masters in creative writing but I think now that I won't be able to do one so I decided to create my own 'course'. I have come up with a writing routine that works for me. I don't like schedules; they make me feel stressed and anxious. I work a lot but I go through a job list throughout the day and if there is something that I don't feel in the mood for I will leave it till later or shift it to another day. I want to dedicate time to writing books alongside my blog so I have set some goals for editing/writing a certain number of chapters a week and I feel quite good about it. I like having a flexible schedule and I can write alongside everything else that I do. 

If you write, how is your writing going?


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Monday, 21 May 2018

Avoiding The Sale Of A False Hope

The very first time a product comes off the manufacturing line is a cause for celebration. So many companies that have made it and become worldwide recognised names have had a small party when they had this moment. Little did they know they would reach the stars and have such massive acclaim with consumers from all over the world. It's only right that you expect yourself to one day, be just like them so have yourself a small huzzah. They got to where they are now because the made sure to tread carefully. Although they believed in their product, the knew that they couldn’t oversell it and give customers any false hope. The marketing campaigns could be hugely expensive and make the product and brand look like the saviour of the customers’ dreams. Yet when every person bought the product they were left in no doubt about what it could and could not do. Avoiding selling a product that promises more than it delivers could cast no doubt over your reputation as a trustworthy business and a lawsuit.

Wording the label

Almost every product you can think of comes with a label glued onto it somewhere. The label is there to do simply one thing and that’s harbour product information. A pasta sauce bottle will not just list the ingredients and the levels of sugar, fat, carbohydrates and so on. It will also give consumers instructions on how and where to store it. How to cook with it and how long you can leave it alone in the fridge once opened. It will also make any disclaimers such as saying that although the company works hard to make every bottle the exact same, results may vary. All of this is taken for granted by consumers because we’re all just used to it. Maybe we don’t care or we don’t have the time to care, but all businesses cannot take a chance on selling a false hope to anyone. Your product isn’t invisible and nor is it going to always satisfy customers. So clearly state in the label on your products these declarations.



Source US Army


Not achieving optimal results

Sooner or later you’re bound to get an unhappy customer at some point. Even if you have done everything to protect yourself and be truthfully open to consumers, someone somewhere is going to be dissatisfied with your product and hold your solely responsible. It's just human nature to complain about something benign and then act like it was something detrimental to the quality of your life. For example, if you sell food products and you have clearly labelled the use by date and sell by date. If a customer wrongly consumes the product and gets ill, they may take legal action against you despite you not having done anything wrong. Despite not selling them a false hope that the product can last a long time you’ll need a good corporate litigation lawyer on the same levels as Slater Heelis. The services you’ll need is negotiation, presiding over court proceedings and mediation.

Any person who uses your product potentially has the ability to press charges against you for
not delivering what they think you promised. Be clear and honest about what your product can and cannot do and always have a great legal team on standby just in case a complaint gets taken to the next stage.


Sunday, 20 May 2018

What I Have Been Up To #3


Hi everyone! Today I am going to be talking about what I have been up to lately, let me know what you have been up to in the comments!


1. Education:
I am hoping to do a masters in creative writing! I have been writing for years, I started with poetry and then also began writing short stories and potential novels. I have been thinking about doing a masters for a while and if I can that will be amazing. I would love to develop my writing skills, learn more about writing and get a masters (hopefully I could pass!).


2. Blogging:

I have been spending a lot of time on my blog. I love blogging and I have been posting every other day. I have been posting more on Instagram, you can follow my social media accounts by clicking on the names in the sidebar.


3. Gaming:

I really want to start gaming more again. I haven't had much time to play at the moment but I am hoping to fit more gaming in to my schedule. What are your favourite games?

Overall, I have had a busy time lately but I am excited for potentially doing a masters and for playing more games. Additionally, I have as always been having a lot of fun blogging and I am so happy that so many of you are enjoying my blog too.




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Friday, 18 May 2018

My Favourite Pokemon Games and What Is Currently Missing from the Franchise




I want to talk about my favourite Pokemon games and what I feel is currently wrong with the Pokemon games that have been coming out. Here are my top 3 Pokemon games:



1.       Pokemon LeafGreen 


This was the first Pokemon game that I ever played and it will always be my favourite. If I could only play one Pokemon game it would be this one.



2.       Pokemon White/Black 2


I loved the Pokemon Black and White games and their sequels. It was the first time I felt like I had seen a lot of new Pokemon and the story definitely picked up. Furthermore, there was an amazing feature of seeing how many Pokemon are available to catch on each route which made catching many different Pokemon a lot easier and more fun.



3.       Pokemon X/Y


This felt like a relaunch of Pokemon with a brand new French inspired region and a new Pokedex. I enjoyed this game so much. I remember spending a long time hatching Pokemon and it was the first time that I could globally trade, including wonder trade (trading random Pokemon with trainers from around the world) and it was amazing.




So, those are my favourite Pokemon games. However, I have some issues with the way that Pokemon games have been going and I wanted to see if others feel the same way.



I didn’t really enjoy Pokemon Alpha Sapphire even though I loved the original and I still haven’t completed Pokemon Ultra Sun and I figured out why. Pokemon games are becoming too gimmicky. They are adding all these extra features in and expanding dialogue. It used to be that you could quickly speak to all of the people in a town and gain items or useful information. Now you can be there for a long time tapping through pages of useless dialogue. Additionally, the focus has been taken off of having enjoyable battles through adding additional features such as mega stones and z moves which take time to use and honestly, I barely ever used the mega stones.



What I love about Pokemon games is going through routes, catching new Pokemon, training them up, evolving them, battling a ton of trainers, getting gym badges, becoming a champion and unearthing a legendary Pokemon. However, recent Pokemon games have been obscuring this. I don’t want to spend half of the game talking to characters that I will never see again. I don’t want to be forced to play mini games when I would rather be catching and battling. I want more of what Pokemon games used to hold. Do you feel the same? Let me know in the comments.


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Why I Want to Listen to Audiobooks More


I haven’t listened to many audiobooks in the past. I absolutely loved the Pride and Prejudice audiobook, having wanted to read this book for a long time but I was put off by the writing style as I had read a sample during my studies that I did not like. The audiobook was a great way to go.

I’ve been in a reading slump for a while and I have realised that I am almost always doing something else. If I have spare time I try to work on my blog. I want to start fitting in gaming again and I thought that it would be a great idea to listen to audiobooks whilst I play games (not when there are big dialogue scenes in the game). This would also mean that I am reading more and I can listen to audiobooks whilst doing social media which I spend a lot of time doing.

My library doesn’t have that many audiobooks which is why I love that Audible can give me access to so many great audiobooks. I am planning on listening to some books that I have wanted to read for a while and hopefully this will enable me to read more.

Do you like audiobooks? Which is your favourite?

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Getting a Replacement Birth Certificate



Recently, I went for a job interview that required me to produce a birth certificate. However, my birth certificate had unfortunately been lost. I looked at how to order a replacement birth certificate. Ordering a replacement birth certificate through my local registry meant that the birth certificate would not be sent for 14 working days and that it would get to me even later. This would have taken too long as I needed the birth certificate much sooner.

I found https://www.uk-birth-certificates.co.uk/ who can send you a birth certificate within 10 working days. With over 40,000 certificates sent out to date, I knew that this was a website that I could trust.

Additionally, if you make an error through the registry website, your certificate can be delayed but UK Certificates are experts in birth, death and marriage certificates and they make sure that all your information is correct during the application process.

If you need to order a replacement birth, death or marriage certificate, I would recommend UK Certificates. You can also order replacement certificates through the gov.uk website.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

So Shape: Healthy Meals and Snacks on the Go



So Shape sell shakes that are not only good for you in terms of nutrients but that can also help you to lose weight. There are three different challenges which cover either 5 days, 14 days or 28 days. They offer both snacks/desserts and meals. I opted for the 14 day challenge and 6 different flavours: chocolate, brownie, stracciatella, mint chocolate, vanilla and white chocolate and caramel. So basically all of the chocolate related flavours. In my package I received a shaker, an instruction manual and 30 different powdered flavours. You pour some water into your shake, add the powder and shake. The shake also comes with a diffuser which you can put fruit in and have a fruit flavoured water.

I had some friends try a bit of each flavour to do a taste test. The majority of people loved the flavours! If you are a picky eater you might not like these but if not then you may love this. The chocolate definitely shone through and you could have it cold or heated. Having it heated was like having a hot chocolate. In fact, one person even said that the chocolate flavour was the best hot chocolate that they had ever had. The only issue that I had was that sometimes there were still lumps in the shake so I just sieved these out.

The great thing about So Shape is that the meals are packed with nutrients. When I looked in the instruction manual at the ingredients I was amazed. There were so many vitamins and I noticed that one shake actually had green tea in. So you can have something sweet tasting that actually has nutrients in!

Overall, I was really impressed with the quality of So Shape’s products and I would really recommend them if you are looking for a healthy alternative.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Why I Love Going to the Beach


With the weather warming up, I’ve been longing to spend days at the beach. I absolutely love going to the beach. Here are four reasons why:


The sea

I have always loved being near the sea: the sound of the waves, the water hitting the shore, the calmness in its retreat. I enjoy walking in it and paddling in it. One time I even saw a seal up close! I think there is part of me that still hopes to find a mermaid or a loch ness like creature, that would be so cool. 


The air

I love the sea air. It always smells so fresh and it makes me sleep better at night.

The adventure

Going to the beach is always an adventure: packing up what is needed, taking food and drinks. Walking to the beach and then across the sand or stones, finding a perfect place to sit and exploring rockpools and watching the tide.


The quality time
Going to the beach can also mean time spent from loved ones without distractions. There is no internet or television or work to do. Even just sitting near the people you love is so nice and relaxing.


Do you like going to the beach?


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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Disney Loungefly Bags UK

I previously wrote a post all about the Pokémon Loungefly collection. Today I am going to discuss the Disney Loungefly products!

This is a really cute Toy Story Loungefly bag. I have recently discovered a new love for Toy Story and this bag is so cute!


This is an Alice in Wonderland crossbody Loungefly bag. I love how the blue strap fits in with the design.

This bag features Stitch, one of my favourite Disney characters!
This Lilo & Stitch makeup bag is gorgeous.

This Mickey Mouse backpack is so stylish, I would love to own one of these.


And finally, this little mermaid bag is just perfect. It features Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian.


What do you think of these bags? Which one is your favourite?


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Thursday, 10 May 2018

May TBR





Hello! So I thought I would do this month's TBR post a bit differently. Above are some books that I have either been sent to review or have had on my shelf for a while that I would like to try to read this month. I don't usually end up reading all of my TBR books but it is nice to have an idea of what I might feel like reading! I am also doing a buddy read of City of Bones.


I have been in a reading slump lately but I am hoping that I will read at least one book this month! I am really looking forward to most of these books so wish me luck!

If you would like more information on these books, just click the corresponding picture.


What are you planning on reading in May? 



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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Life Update: I Opened a Sticker Shop!




I have always loved digital art. For years I have admired the work of others and wished to be a great artist. Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to obtain a drawing tablet. I started drawing fanart and then moved on to my own designs. You draw on a tablet with a pen and the picture comes up on the screen. I thought that it would be difficult to draw on one thing and watch the results on another device but it actually isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I really enjoy drawing different designs and after speaking to Eleanor (eleaanormay.com) about business ideas, I decided to launch an art shop!

In the last couple of years, I have been seeing people selling stickers and pins and I thought it would be really cool to be able to do that. So I am now selling stickers of my designs here. If you would like a custom listing (e.g. certain stickers or a certain number of stickers), please comment. You can keep up to date with all my designs here and I will be adding more often.

I love seeing my designs on actual stickers! If there are any designs that you would like to see, feel free to send me suggestions. I am having so much fun with this process.

What is one thing that you have always wanted to try? 

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