"...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

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?

International Disney – My Top 10 Favorite Songs

Everybody loves Disney – but have you ever listened to the international versions of songs? Even when I was still a teen, back in the 1990s where Youtube was still distant future, I already collected Disney songs. Whenever I visited a country, I made sure to buy a few CDs of my favorite Disney movies that contained songs in the language of the country I visited. I got CDs from France, Italy, Danmark and even Poland. Later on I even ordered some from Japan. But then Youtube came along and things became a lot easier for us collectors of foreign Disney music.

J-Drama: Taiyou No Uta (2006)

Taiyou no Uta is the story of 19-year-old Kaoru Amane, whose biggest dream is to become a singer. However, fate is standing in her way. Kaoru suffers of a rare illness called XP. Her skin is highly sensitive to sunlight, and even the slightest exposure causes severe burns. As a result, Kaoru lives during the night, where she mostly sits on streetcorners to play the guitar and sing songs.

Tutankhamun – His Tomb and Treasures

This exposition was very impressive and it never made me regret the money that I spent on it – despite original concerns about the exposition items being replicas. It was enjoyable and is definitely recommended for people of all ages. Even children will find it entertaining due to the shortness of the introductory movies that aren’t overwhelming, as well as the ability to actually touch the exposition items (which exceptions of course).

COSMOS – A Spacetime Odyssey (starring Neil deGrasse Tyson)

COSMOS tackles the very basics of science and cosmology without being simplistic. It doesn’t teach how the world works, and while it does give answers to a few of the common questions that might arise, it teaches something a lot more important: critical thinking!

Writing – Stuck Between Guidelines and Creativity

Writing… sometimes it’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. If you are an author, writer or storyteller yourself, you probably know the dilemma that I am talking about. You have your story all set in your mind, and you sit down and write your heart out – but then you come across some writer’s guidelines that tell you, you’re doing it wrong.