Going back to College!!!

Friday, 8th September 2017

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So, I am going back to college. Yay! Officially start on the 18th of this month. I’m hoping that if I’m able to balance my time right I’ll be able to have, maybe a weekly update about progress through the course.

 

I applied for a Higher Diploma in English sometime in July (I think) or maybe early August because at that point in time I was getting so few hours at work I was beginning to wonder if I still had a job anymore. So, I decided, what the heck, send in an application – the worst that can happen is they’ll say no and I’ll have to wait until next year. Anyway, time passes and I’d essentially forgotten about the application. I get an email to check my application because the status changed (it’s one of those online things for applying) and what do you know, they offered me a place – so I accepted immediately. I was impatiently waiting for emails about when I’d start etc. and trying to some bit of my own research.

 

I met with the course co-ordinater on Wednesday gone and made my subject choices today. I like to think they’re quite broad, like: Old English, Medieval and Renaissance Drama, European Cinema, modules about Irish literature and Victorian Literature. If this course goes well, I’ll be apply for Masters courses for next year. Hopefully the next few months will be interesting enough to warrant a weekly blog post about it.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!!!

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Friday, 1st September 2017

 

How is it September already? I’m certain my laziness has reached new heights! On the plus side should anyone need a professional procrastinator, I’m your woman! Or am I? Would I end up procrastinating my way out of it? Hmm… *shrugs*

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about what sort of topics I want to cover here, or if I want to focus on something in particular. I want to avoid being preachy in posts. How do I begin to express thoughts or opinions that matter to me? Can I do it in a rational and educated manner? How do I express thoughts and opinions in a clear concise form? Does anything on this small, irrelevant blog from this irrelevant person mean anything? Then I just start feeling like I’ve been sucked into a very dark place – just imagining what I could or, even, should be doing, things I’m not doing and my own irrational, yet wholly crushing, fears.

 

Does any in this short existence we have really matter? I don’t know, but I hope so. I hope that in whatever time I can do something. I doubt I’ll ever do something great, or big – but no matter how small it is, I hope I can do some bit of good. Somehow? I don’t know if I can achieve anything – but, one can hope right?

 

That got much deeper than I had anticipated! Sorry! And for all I know, this post will make no sense.

 

Until next time!
Morgenstern

Bucket List!

Tursday, 25th May 2017

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I feel like everyone has some sort of bucket list, whether or not it’s intentional or not. We all want to do things and have experiences to look back on, right? So I thought why not make my own little official bucket list. A small one.

 

  1. Travel – I have a giant list of places I want to travel to. I think it probably deserves a post of it’s own. Haha!
  2. Live outside Ireland for at least one year
  3. Swim with dolphins
  4. Rock climbing – actual rock climbing
  5. Feed sharks
  6. Go skydiving – as terrifying as this sounds it’d really be quite the adventure (and a good story too!)
  7. Zip lining
  8. Go on a date
  9. Donate Clothing
  10. See a ‘play’ on Broadway
  11. Write & Publish a Novel
  12. Learn to use Chopsticks
  13. See a ballet
  14. Get a tattoo
  15. Participate in a 5K race
  16. Go to an aquarium
  17. Visit a pyramid
  18. Go on a Road Trip
  19. Be an extra in a movie
  20. Attend a Masquerade

 

Is any of this even achievable? I guess we’ll see! Any suggested additions? What’s on your bucket list?

 

Until next time, warm hugs!
Morgenstern!

Release Day!!!

Tuesday, 23rd of May 2017

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Today, Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare) has been released! I’m super excited to get my hands of a copy of the book and to sink my teeth into the series (I’ve yet to read Lady Midnight). If you’re interested in purchasing a copy (if you’ve not done so already) Book Depository have it in stock, just click here. I’ve just ordered a copy of the book.

 

  1. Lady Midnight – here
  2. The Infernal Devices – here
  3. The Mortal Instruments – here
  4. Magisterium – here

 

Enough of the shameless linking, I am super excited to get back into reading Cassandra Clare’s work. She is quite possibly definitely my favorite writer… ever and I think she sparked my interest in stories and reading and I want to share that with you.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern

Book Depository

12th of May 2017

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I’ve recently become an affiliate with Book Depository. Book Depository is an online store where one can buy books… So call me Captain Obvious! Anyway, I use this site quite regularly. They’ve a huge selection of books to buy from, I find their prices are lower than in a bookshop, delivery (to most places is free) and they send you a free book mark. (How’s my awesome salesmanship going?) I, often, buy books in relative bulk and it’s my go to place for such a purchase. If you want to check out this online store, click here. I have a feeling you won’t regret it.

 

I want to make one thing clear – I wouldn’t make a decision and discuss it as such if I didn’t really believe it. I felt as someone who is a Book Depository customer normally, this could be a good opportunity to pass on this information to you and if you choose to browse the site and/or buy anything let me know what you bought. I shall be back later with a post about my escapades at Fota Wildlife Park later on, just felt this update/information was worth providing now.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!

The Future?

Wednesday, 19th April 2017

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Blog posts have been very few and far between in 2017. I’ve spent time reflecting on why I’ve been struggling with posts and I’ve narrowed it down to 3 basic reasons:

  1. I got a job – in January I started work in retail and for the first few weeks I was working full time and after work I didn’t have the energy to post or anything to post about.
  2. Lazyness – lately I’ve had much more time in which I could have posted but didn’t because I’m a lazy arse
  3. Writers Block – I’ve spent more time than I care to admit typing posts, only to delete them because I’m not happy with them. The posts felt wrong – I couldn’t bring myself to publish them

 

I sincerely apologize for the sparse posts and the excuses. I need to figure out what direction I am going to take with my posts and take the time to ensure I’m writing a post worth reading.

 

Until next time (hopefully soon), warm hugs

Morgenstern!

Game Review: The Wolf Among Us

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Release Date: October, 11th 2013

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Android, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation Vita, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Macintosh Operating Systems

Rating: 10/10 (Steam), 4.3/5 (Google Play), 4.8/5 (itunes)

The Wolf Among Us is a graphic adventure game, played from a third-person perspective. The player controls protagonist Bigby Wolf, who must investigate the murder of a woman. Throughout the game, the player will explore various three-dimensional environments, such as apartment buildings and a bar. When exploring an environment, the player may find an object they can interact with; when this occurs, they must move a cursor over the object to select and examine it. Items of interest are stored in an inventory, and can be used later in the story. The player may also talk with non-player characters, and the conversations presented in the form of dialogue trees.The dialogue options chosen during conversations will either have a positive or negative affect on how other characters view Bigby, and their perceptions will influence future events in the story. Some scenes are more action-oriented, forcing the player to respond to a series of quick time event (QTE) prompts. The player is not required to complete every QTE prompt, and skipping certain prompts may affect future events in the story.

 

I’ve been trying to figure out the, I dunno, best way to ‘review’ the game. I love Telltale’s art style in general is so cool! I also like how the story is shaped so much around the choices you make as a player. I think it’s a game that could easily be played multiple times, however as much as the choices influence the story there is a limit to how much the story is influenced, obviously.

 

What did I like?

I really liked the art style, as I’ve said, and the story. I love how they took the concept of Fables and brought them into a world we’ll all recognize. Each of the characters are made to feel so real.

 

What did I dislike?

There wasn’t anything in particular I didn’t like. Maybe this will sound a bit nit-picky, but as much as the story was altered by particular choices – I feel like it wasn’t as much of an alteration as I would have expected or imagined.

 

Personal Rating: 4/5

 

I know it’s not a very in depth review, and I do apologize for not posting anything in over a month.

 

Until next time,

Warm hugs,

Morgenstern!

National Hug Day 2017!

Saturday, 21st January 2017

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So, yesterday I finished my first ever week of work! I was exhausted! Working in retail is not what I expected (my feet were so, so sore by the end of each day and Friday… well, I was lucky to be standing at the end of the day). There were some very real tears Friday night. This is a partial reason for why I’ve had no posts (the other is: I’m lazy. Soz!).

Today is National hug day 2017! I didn’t know it was a thing until the middle of the afternoon. A hug can brighten someones day, reduce stress and anxiety (and there are some noted health benefits). Hugs held for longer periods of time increase serotonin levels, thereby causing an improvement in mood. What better reason to hug someone, right? On this day that is a day in celebration of hugging we should spread some of this free hugs (perhaps not to random strangers though – might get awkward!)

Everyday should be a hug day!

Until next time, warm hugs,

Morgenstern!

New Skills: Music, Languages

Wednesday, 4th January 2017

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This year I wanted to take up an instrument. So, I’ve decided to start with the keyboard/piano. I already own a keyboard so I’m hoping to get that set up in the next few days and perhaps even look into taking lessons (that I’ll just learn from YouTube videos).

 

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I really believe that continuing to learn is very important after finishing school or college. So I want to make 2017 a year of learning for me. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet, though I have some ideas. I’ll be sure to be researching some courses in the coming days.

 

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I took German classes in school and I sucked at it. I think that if I didn’t have the pressure of pending exams that perhaps I’d have better luck learning German. So, we’ll see what happens.

 

Do you have any plans to take up any skills in 2017?

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!

Game Releases 2017

Tuesday, 3rd January 2017

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There are so many games to be released in 2017. I want to share the one’s I’m particularly excited about. So, without further ado, here are five games that I’m excited to play in 2017 (or whenever they’re released)

Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog)

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Platform(s): PS4

Release Date: TBC 2017

I assume this is a product of Naughty Dog Productions. I don’t think this is quite a sequel and apparently it isn’t an expansion pack, but a stand alone experience. But this will follow whatever antics Chloe and Nadine Ross get themselves into. I enjoyed the Uncharted games (mostly) and I really look forward to playing this.

 

Outlast 2 (Red Barrels)

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: TBC 2017

I really enjoyed Outlast and the DLC, but I really hope this game isn’t too similar to the pervious games. In this game the playable character is Blake Langermann, a freelance cameraman and the game is set in a small town in Arizona. The demon would suggest that he and his wife are in the middle of an investigation when their plane goes down.

 

The Last of Us Part 2 (Naughty Dog)

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Platform(s): PS4

Release Date: TBC

I’ve literally no clue what to expect from this game and I shan’t be watching any trailers etc. until I’ve finished the first game. Also considering there is no date set, I don’t know for sure if it will actually be released in 2017 or not. However I am looking forward to it and I shall be keeping an eye out for the release date, I’ll try to post an update in comments when I obtain any news.

 

Crash Bandicoot Remastered

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Platform(s): PS4

Release Date: TBC 2017

Crash Bandicoot is a classic character. As a child I didn’t really play video games, but I do remember going to a cousins house from time to time as a child and playing Crash Bandicoot (and sucking at it). A remastered version for the PS4 should be such for and so nostalgic.

 

Death Stranding

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Platform(s): PS4

Release Date: TBC 2017/Unknown Release Date

I know very little about it but from the trailer it looks strange and fascinating. From what I know the game is an open world style action game for the PS4. It will star Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen (hey, look Daryl and Hannibal… heh) and was recorded with motion capture… like Until Dawn. The game seems to draw a lot on life and death and I imagine some lines may get blurred along the way, there will be stealth.

 

Until next time, warm hugs,

Morgenstern