"...there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

Netiquette for Online Content Creators (Blogger, Authors)

Let me take a moment today to rant a little bit about a disturbing trend I’ve been noticing among people in online communities lately (writing, blogs, fandoms, etc.)

I’ll call it the “Become an involuntary billboard” trend.

Some of you may already know what I’m hinting at here. That’s right, WEBSPAM.

For quite some time now I’ve noticed that some blackhat SEO practices have been adapted by everyday internet users and website owners. Maybe because those practices are what they have come in contact with (because they themselves were victim of those methods, or they’ve seem them used on the web). And for some reason those spammy practices seem to gain a foothold as something that’s acceptable.

A Little Overview of Tools and Grammar for the Writer

Writing… it’s one of the cheapest, yet most rewarding activities out there. It thrives from our imagination. Everything is possible.

If you’re a writer like me, you surely have come in contact with other writers. And each of them undoubtedly had his or her own little toolkit. Sometimes those toolkits were quite extensive (and frankly, intimidating).

The best authors I’ve met though, among them French bestselling author Marc Levy and English poet John William, told me they use very little. Over the years (and frankly, due to a lack of funds) I’ve adapted to that philosophy. So here’s a little overview of the basic things I need and use for writing. (Along with a little list at the end of what I think one definitely doesn’t need.)

Reading Diary – Fifty Shades of Grey #1

So, I did it. I promised to read Fifty Shades of Grey, and so I am. I like BDSM romances. I read them avidly, and I like to write them even more. Therefore, I was willing to give this book the benefit of the doubt, even though I’ve heard from acquaintances in the BDSM community that it’s horrible and portrays the classic “Don’t”s in a BDSM relationship.

The Sims 3 meets Stargate SG-1 (Teal’c, Daniel Jackson, Jacob Carter and Vala)

When I posted Sam Carter and Jack O’Neill as Sims 3 characters a few weeks back, there was lots of positive feedback, and some of you asked for other characters. So I decided to create some more Stargate characters: Teal’c, Daniel Jackson, Vala MalDoran and Jacob Carter.

You can download all of them, and Sam Carter and Jack O’Neill are available here. Please remember to follow the download instructions, and read the info about the mods you’ll need to keep some of their physical features such as difference in height, etc. (see the end of this post for details).

The Sims 3 meets Stargate SG-1 – Photoshoot Fun

For the creation of my Sims 3 characters (or rather for their presentation online), I played around with a new mod which allows posing of Sims characters. Of course, I also downloaded a number of poses to come with it. The Mod I used to take the pictures was the Pose Player from ModTheSims. After I took the pictures with the screenshot function, I tweaked them a little bit using Photoshop CS5. Enjoy the images…

The Sims 3 meets Stargate SG-1 (Sam Carter and Jack O’Neill)

So, between writing I decided to play my Sims game again every now and then. And last weekend I finally did something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I built Jack O’Neill’s cabin in the Sims 3. You can download Sam Carter as a Sim, Jack O’Neill as a Sim, and Jack’s cabin for free.

Movie: Coraline (Autumn Edition #1)

Autumn. It’s getting darker outside, and the weather doesn’t exactly encourage outdorsy activities either. It’s the perfect time for movies. So I will present you one movie every week to watch on rainy Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Cuddle up in your favorite chair or on your couch, have a hot chocolate or café latte and enjoy.

The first one in this collection is one of my favorites for this season: Coraline. Coraline is a dark movie by the director of ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’, and as such, it should be clear that it isdefinitely not addressed at children. Coraline is, in a way, a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland.

So, what’s with this hiatus?

In the past couple of months, I was very insecure about my writings. I knew they lacked something, but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was. Then I met a wonderful author and very inspirational editor named Raven Clark. She showed me what exactly I am doing wrong. It was as though a fog lifted. We worked over “Fantasy” and “Reality” together, both of which are the last parts in the Sweet Surrender series. With her help, I managed to turn them into something a lot better. Raven turned my style into something dazzling, something breathtaking.

However, the break to my style as it was before is too big. For that reason I want to revise the stories dearest to me – which are “Stargate Aschen” and “Sweet Surrender”. The first revised chapter of “Stargate Aschen” is already posted. However, this revision process means that later chapters which aren’t finished or haven’t been revised yet will have to be put on hold.

Channach’s Minute: The Dreaded TV Show Summer Break

I don’t know how about you guys, but I just hate the television show summer break. The worst part about it is: almost every show goes on a break at the same time, while the makers torture us with cliffhangers. Seriously, that is my personal big “no, no”. If it were up to me, I would stop the season finales all together! Think about it – after all, they have the same scenarios to them. Something exciting, absolutely unexpected happens again and again and then you are left in the cold not knowing how it will be resolved…you pretty much get the idea.

Most shows end in heart attack moments, leaving the viewers hanging for four months or even more! I then always have to read about new season and am almost obsessed with thinking – what could happen? After the first two months of summer break, that I spend in a terrible black spot the dates of airing for the new seasons are released. So I always mark them in my calendar and sigh: “Come on summer, be over already!”

Anime: Sailor Moon Crystal – An Old Legend Revisited (2014 Sailor Moon Remake)

It has been 20 years since Naoko Takeuchi published the first chapter of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” (Japanese Original Title: 美少女戦士セーラームーン) in the Nakayoshi magazine by the Japanese publishing house Kodansha. And even 20 years later, Sailor Moon and her friends are well known and loved.

Now, in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary, Toei Animation has released a re-make of the original Anime series. This is not the first makeover that Sailor Moon has received during the course of the past decades. In 2003, all 18 Sailor Moon mangas were re-released in a digitally enhanced version in 12 new volumes which feature new artwort by the mangaka. Naoko Takeuchi also re-drew countless scenes for the release.

In 2013, Sailor Moon was again re-released. The 2013 release has not been translated internationally yet and is only available in Japan. But why are so many people fascinated with a supposed children’s television show? Where does the fascination come from?