To the Next Step

So having boldly stated my intentions: to write more, I thought I would try something I have never done before. I am going to attempt to write an interactive story. The one small hiccup being you need a good few people to read what you write for this to occur. As it stands this will likely be a tailor-made story for my self-professed number one fan …. my older brother.

 

Here is to hoping that is not the case. Hopefully, as this story evolves, I may attract a growing number of people to the workings of my, at times, over active imagination. Hints, tips, criticisms and interaction are all encouraged in the near future when I get this off the ground.

 

I am going to restrict the genre to fantasy or Sci-fi, I know them better than any others and I am more comfortable within those realms. But there are a few things that do need to be decided, they are as follows:

 

Sci-fi or Fantasy?

Hero or Heroine?

Orphan living on the streets or Son/Daughter of a rich high-born family?

 

Hopefully I will get a few answers to the questions posed. If not, I’ll choose and start the adventure. The first installment will be arriving shortly.

 

Ain’t Nothing To Do But To Do It

I was given a good bit advice by one of my university tutors recently. It’s simple, so simple it may seem pointless to write about it. He said something along the lines of: the only way to get good at writing is to write.

I know, I’ve rendered you speechless, it draws parallels with being hit in the face by a freight train, no? Why had no one though of this before? Of course you have thought of it before, so have I, it’s terribly obvious. But as he pointed out, the fact of the matter is that this simple fact is overlooked somewhat, especially by students. After all why should writing a blog post help me write a better history essay? For example.

But then again isn’t that obvious? Perhaps it will help with my presentation, sentence structure, punctuation and how I phrase things. Syntax, fluidity and impact, these are the things that take practice. They call for a diligent level of rehearsal to command and in turn apply to any form of written communication.

And so here I am, attempting to enrich my capacity to write, engage and entertain. Expanding my mind, in a sense, opening my imagination, in a sense. Well what I mean by that is I have harbored the desire to write a story, about what and where, I do not yet know, but perhaps committing to this idea will enable me to write more effectively in the realm of academia? That is yet to be seen. What I do need now though is the confidence to write absolutely anything about anything, and the confidence to write often, something I believe I am starting acquire.

So, to that end, watch this space.

The Plight of Same Sex Marriage

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On Monday the 20th of May the House of Parliament will debate the issue of same-sex marriage. Is there really much left to debate? Is this really a matter of Religion? Or is it just an issue of Equality? Will the world end? Will your God turn his back on our little planet if same-sex partners are granted the right of marriage that is so coveted?

The answer is simple. NO. The debate is archaic in nature, it is not a matter of morals or ethics but an adverse reaction to progress, change and acceptance. The more potent question is what impact will same-sex marriage have on our day-to-day lives? Again there is a simple answer to this question. NONE. If two men, or women, are wed, it will not effect your life in any manner, you likely will never hear about these marriages, you will never meet these people, it poses no threat to your way of life.

Around the world same-sex marriage has found its way, rightfully I might add, into legislation. The Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal and most recently France, to name a few, have openly legislated in favor of equality and against unnecessary discrimination. This flurry of fourteen countries have championed the common cause of civil rights and human liberties since 2001 highlighting the global change in attitudes towards homosexuality. It is almost incomprehensible that in this day and age same-sex partners must still suffer such unwarranted  prejudice.

The political institutions of the United Kingdom, in this debate, are presenting themselves as a backward and inflexible. It presents itself and an unequal illiberal democracy out of touch with the beliefs and perceptions of its citizens. If the proposed bill does not pass into law, I will have lost my already shaken faith in this British government.