Let’s Have a Cuppa: August 2020

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful dragons to another Let’s Have a Cuppa. We’re into the final month of summer and the British weather can’t decide if it’s hot and sunny or mild and raining. Difficult to plan around. There’s not much else to say so without further ado let’s get into it.

How are you all? Safe and well I hope. After several months apart I’ve finally reunited with my two local best friends. Words can’t describe what a joyous moment it was. Video chat is fine but nothing compares to in person. Some of you must have experienced this feeling by now? Like us, I’m positive you, your friends and family were keeping safe whilst together. It may be awhile before I can travel to see my other close friends but that only makes when we next see each other more special.

For this month I have a very important announcement. My younger brother will be joining me as a content creator. If you haven’t already read his introduction go check it out. Here’s the link: https://teatime-with-dragons.com/2020/07/31/a-new-dragon-is-summoned/ We’re really close and he actually gave me the name for this blog. We have very similar interests, we’re both very proud geeks. I’m so happy to have him as part of the team.

So what have I been up to? There have been a handful of shows I’ve been watching throughout July. Still working through Batwoman. After a bit of a break I’ve really gotten back into it. Hush is now on the scene, still a bit weird considering he’s a Batman/Bruce Wayne villain. There have been a few odd story choices but otherwise a decent show. Another show on Sky I’ve been watching is Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. It’s not bad but I’m finding it a bit boring. I’ll watch it but I’m not in a hurry to. Not my first choice. Natalie Dormer (From Game of Thrones) is doing a fantastic job. The whole cast is amazing. It’s just not my type of show. Over on Netflix you have Warrior Nun. I devoured that show. Ava can be a bit annoying at times with her reluctance but the supporting cast more than make up for that. Season 2 is needed. Anyone who hasn’t watched it yet, go do that. Also on Netflix is a fun action packed film called The Old Guard. You follow a group of immortals trying to help the world and stay hidden, including Charlize Theron as the badass leader and a truly beautiful gay couple. It is set up for a sequel or TV series. I would welcome that and I’m pretty sure a good portion of Tumblr would agree. I haven’t gotten around to watching Cursed yet. Season 2 of the Umbrella Academy started yesterday and I’ve already blitzed through half of it. Finally I finished JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4. It’s safe to say I’m deep now into the JoJo’s fandom. I’ve already started Part 5 and quickly weezing through it. What have you been watching? Any recommendations? What are your opinions?

Besides my usual games that I regularly play with a friend and my brother, I’ve mainly been playing The Last Of Us Part 2. Surprise surprise. I’ve written a long post on it that you can check out here: https://teatime-with-dragons.com/2020/08/01/thought-corner-the-last-of-us-part-2/  Other than that I haven’t really been playing much. I’ve recently gotten back into a game series in preparation for this month. Be on the lookout later for a post about it. What games have you been playing? What are you looking forward to playing this month? Or planning on replaying?

I feel I’ve been more book focused through July. Even if I’ve only read one book. I’ve just been overwhelmed by this feeling of wanting to read. You know that feeling. It’s reflected in my recent purchases how book obsessed I’ve been. I aim to read more, a goal I’m forever chasing. How much I read really depends on how long the book is and how hooked on the story I am. We’ll see what August brings. I’ve finished A Court of Mist and Fury and already chosen my next adventure. You can find my post on it here: https://teatime-with-dragons.com/2020/07/31/thought-corner-a-court-of-mist-and-fury/  What have you been reading lately? What’s on your reading list for August?

At the start of the month I thought July was going to be another Celtic themed month musically for me. I was wrong. I found some beautiful pieces but I wasn’t as obsessed for as long as I thought I’d be. No specific style or new things emerged music wise. Taylor Swift recently released a new album that I want to listen to. Probably sit down and listen. No spoilers please.

So with my writing I have done some work on my first novel. There will come a point when I’m writing non stop but for now it’s a slow process. My main focus is this blog, hard to believe with the sporadic upload schedule. I’ve figured out the way I want to go with my world building but there’s still so much to do. It’s always in the back of my mind. Lately I’ve had the desire to try and adapt A Court of Thorns and Roses into a script. I just love that series can can’t believe it hasn’t been adapted yet. Alongside that I’ve been wanting to work on a JoJo’s fanfic that’s been lurking in the back of my mind for some time. I haven’t written any fanfiction before and nows probably an odd time to start. Something set in the same universe but with original characters is the kind of fanfiction I would write. Last month I set two goals related to my writing. I have achieved neither of them. This month I’m going to set the simple goal of uploading one chapter for my fanfiction. Hopefully there will be more and I can keep a regular schedule with it.

Looking back on the goals I set to achieve, July has been pretty good. 25 blog followers was the goal and that has been achieved. Thank you all of you. 25 Twitter followers was the goal and we have surpassed that with 32. Amazing! Instagram hasn’t been as successful. 55 followers was the goal and 47 is what we achieved. Still a good number. As for at least uploading 2 posts a week I think you know how that turned out.

Now we look to the future and set the goals for the month of August. First on the blog. Let’s go for 30 followers, 70 views and to maintain the goal of at least 2 posts a week. On Twitter let’s aim for 45 followers. On Instagram let’s keep the same goal as 55 followers. For the Facebook page to have 5 likes. On Pinterest to have 5 followers. All small and simple goals that are achievable. I have plans for the month of August, all will be revealed in due time.

Thank you all for being here and joining me on this journey. July has been an okay month so let’s make August even better. I’m sending you all love and light and I will see you in the next post.

-Your Hostess-

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Let’s Have a Cuppa: July 2020

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people. See, I told you. I said I’d post this on time.

How are you all? Safe and happy I hope. If not, that’s okay. To quote Mor from a Court of Mist and Fury “There are good days and hard days… Don’t let the hard days win.” I’m about halfway through that book now and I love it. A big step up from the first one. What are you reading at the moment? Anything interesting? Would you recommend it?

We are now well into summer, at least in the northern hemisphere. I do not cope well in the heat. I’m a winter baby, I melt in the summer. Funny enough that’s only when I’m inside. Walking under the sun I don’t mind the heat so much. How are all of you coping? Enjoy the sun when you can just make sure you’re also looking out for other people. Just because the weather’s nice doesn’t mean the spreading of disease stops.

The only thing I didn’t talk about in my June post was music. I’ve taken a leaf out of a friend’s book and set up a Spotify playlist for the month. Something I plan to do each month. So songs I listen to on repeat/obsessed with get put in there. I constantly add to it as the month goes on. I’ve really gotten into a style of music dubbed bardcore. Imagine your favourite pop song but with a medieval sound and old english lyrics. That’s bardcore. It’s amazing. My musical obsession for the month has been SIX. I know with Disney adding Hamilton I should be excited about that but my heart yearns for a different historical musical. One frontlined by six powerful wives that are adding the prefix to history.

So aims over the month of July. Uploading At least 2 posts a week would be ideal, even if just overall that’s what the number divides into. That would work out to 8 posts in total over July. Do able. I want to increase the number of followers for my blog to 25. Increase my Twitter followers to 20 and my Instagram followers to 55. I would include likes on my facebook page but I’m not too fussed with facebook. These may seem like small goals but slow and steady wins the race. If I set ridiculously high goals that I’m unlikely to achieve I’m going to feel very good about myself. Defeat will start deeping in. Defeat will lead to self-doubt and I don’t need more of that in my life. Away from my blog I aim to start writing my first book. I will finish my world building, know it inside and out. Then I will start writing with a goal of 5,000 words by the end of July. I see all these goals are very achievable.

July looks to be a very active month. If there is anything you wish to see a post on let me know. A movie, TV show, video game, anime, book and so on just let me know.

Thank you all for reading and being here. I will see you in the next post.

-Your Hostess-

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Let’s Have a Cuppa: June 2020

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people. No your eyes aren’t deceiving you, I am indeed back. Over the past month I’ve been dealing with a bit of a health scare. It was nothing serious and I’m pretty much back to normal now. No need to worry.

I started experiencing heart palpitations, something I’ve never felt before so first dismissed what I was feeling as heart palpitations. I was hyper aware of my heart. I couldn’t hear or feel it beating, I was just very aware it was beating in my chest. Then I’d have moments where it felt like my heart had stopped or was about to. Thankfully it hadn’t, no pains in my chest, but this wave of fear would go through me. I’d breath deeply just to make sure I was still alive and okay. I came to the conclusion the sensation I was feeling was my heart skipping a beat. Terrifying if you’ve never experienced it before. On top of that I started to feel like there was a lump in my throat, at times I thought I wouldn’t be able to swallow anything. Thankfully that wasn’t the case but that didn’t stop the discomfort and occasional lack of appetite. I looked up the symptoms online and I think I was experiencing some kind of chemical imbalance in my thyroid gland. It wasn’t swollen so the problem couldn’t have been that serious. I changed my diet to see if that would get me back to normal. I can happily say since doing that I feel like myself again. I’m ready to get back in the swing of things.

Besides worrying about my body I have been doing other things to distract my mind between heart palpitation episodes.

I’ve started doing regular walks which is very refreshing. A daily practise I should’ve been doing long before lockdown started and this health scare of mine. Even a short walk around my neighbourhood greatly benefits me physically and mentally. I encourage others to add the practise into their daily routine. A twenty or thirty mintue walk isn’t much time out of your day.

The rest of Rick and Morty season 4 started and finished. It was an interesting season and now we have another long wait for the next one. I know there are mixed opinions about it but watching film theory talk about the episodes made me appreciate them more. At last Harley Quinn has graced UK TV screens. I am so happy. Harley is one of my all time favourite characters and the show gives her her own voice. It breaks her away from the Joker with comedy and delicous violence. Plus Ivy, another supervillain queen, isn’t over sexualised. I watched a new sci-fi show called Pandora. It has a similar feel to The Vampire Diaries for me except it’s in the sci-fi genre. Plenty of teen/young adult angst to go around. I liked it and look forward to it’s already confirmed second season. It took awhile but I finally got the whole family to sit down and watch the Mandalorian. It’s such a good series. A must watch for Star Wars fans.

Moviewise I’ve been watching a lot, I mean a lot of terrible horror movies. Some were entertaining, others were boring and there were moments when you just have to ask why. I love the horror, I really do. There are some truly amazing films within the genre but there is a lot of garbage.

I haven’t been playing many games lately. In preparation for the Last of Us Part 2 I’ve been replaying the first one. I was more than excited for the sequel and overjoyed now that I’m playing it. I want to wait till I’ve finished the game before I comment but I will say I’ve found there have been more shocking moments then heartbreaking ones. The other game I’ve been playing a lot is Dead By Daylight. I only recently bought it and instantly fell in love. It’s made so much better by playing with friends, keeping the repetitive gameplay interesting with conversation and laughs.

I’ve also been working on my first book. Progress is slow. That’s fine for now. This is what I want to do and I decided it was high time I get started. I like writing for competitions, I find it good practice but I was becoming restless. I’ve started building a fantasy world not only for the setting of my first book but for many other books and stories to live in. I wanted to jump straight in to writing when I figured out the story but I quickly realised I need to establish a lot of things about my world before doing that.

We’re at the tail end of June now so there isn’t much left to aim for by the end of the month. I will definitely be doing a July Let’s Have a Cuppa, on time this month, so for now I’ll just say I’m focused on getting back into the rhythm of blog work. I have a post already written and ready to go. I have some ideas to introduce because this baby is still developing and changing. Some things will work and others won’t but I won’t know what does until I give them a try.

Let’s not forget that June is Pride month, a perfect time to discover new creatives within the LGBTQ+ community, although they should always be supported. Celebrate the characters that are good representation and let people feel seen. Happy Pride month to all you beautiful souls.

Now for the big paragraph. While I’ve been recuperating the plot for 2020 has escalated further. This time I believe it’s an important cause and working towards the greater good. We are in a time of major change and it’s not going to end anytime soon. It baffles me that the world is still smothered in inequality in this day and age. Everyone deserves the right to feel safe and comfortable in their own skin. It’s your body, not like you can leave it and get a new one. Right now Black Lives Matter protests are happening all over the world and have been happening for many weeks. Already we can see change is in motion. Yes it’s small and slow at the moment but the longer we stand together, making our voices heard, the more change that will happen. To all the people of colour let your voices be heard. Bring the change that will let you feel safe to walk down the street. To do normal everyday activities without fear or prejudice. I encourage everyone to be an ally. Be an ally for Black Lives Matter. For all the people you know and all of those you don’t. For all the future generations. Keep the change moving forward. If there are things you don’t fully understand do some research. Just do research in general. Join protests or donate, if you can. Support black creatives. There are creators posting videos whose advertising proceeds go to Black Lives Matter. Watch some of their content. Ultimately use your words and your voice. Words are incredibly powerful. Words can change hearts and minds. If all of us come together we can make the world a better place. One filled with love for all. People’s lives won’t have to be made harder because of the colour of their skin or who they choose to love or what gender they identify as. I never intended for this to be a space for political or social issues but there are some things you can’t stay quiet about. The continued unfair treatment, brutality and unnecessary deaths of people of colour is one of those issues. Reading experiences people are sharing is eye opening enough. I know I might get things wrong, I probably already have but I want to speak my piece. I want to be a good ally. I want there to be equality and racial equality is the change we are seeking now. This is the first domino towards racial equality.

Thank you all for reading and being patient with me. Please all look after yourselves. I’ll see you in the next post.

-Your Hostess-

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Let’s Have a Cuppa: May 2020

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people. This is Let’s Have a Cuppa. On the 1st of each month I’ll be doing a catch up on what’s going on in my life. Having a look at the past month, what I’m doing right now and what I hope to achieve over the next month. Kind of like a long journal entry. Who might be interested in reading that? I have no idea but there must be someone out there. I do know it’s good to have a check in every so often. Good for the mind. So without further ado let’s get into it.

April has been a month. I think we all know why. First I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed my relatively small blog. The content can only get better, I promise. I’ve technically uploaded one post a week this month but I want to do more. One problem I have is lack of confidence. I’m too focused on what others might think. Like I’m worried about posting too much of one thing. Right now I would be happy to do several posts on Anime/Otome games. Really it shouldn’t bother me and I should post about what I want. Is this entertaining? Is my writing any good? Am I giving misinformation? All self destructive questions that plague both my blog work and story writing. Even if you know that you have to keep doing something to get better at it, self doubt and the fear of failure can still hold you back. This is a battle that I know most creative people fight against. I’m just happy I no longer fall into depression. This is a mental area I still need to improve. All I can do is be myself and deal with those moments as they come. When in doubt, be yourself. Something else I need to figure out is the balance between my blog work and competition writing. At the moment I think it will vary depending on the competition rules. Over in social media world I think I’ve been doing quite well, at least on Instagram. Granted I’m not as consistent as I could be but considering before I never really posted anything. In my eyes that’s a big improvement. Follows on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are always appreciated.

So what have I been up to? Buckle your seatbelts because there’s a lot to cover. As you can gather I’ve been working on a short story. It follows an apprentice searching for a new power source to prevent her Master from losing his magic with a bit more to it. I’ve entered this fantasy tale into the Bristol Short Story Prize. It’ll be awhile before you guys get to read it but I’ll keep you updated on what happens. I’ve also had this urge to write lyrics for some reason. Bare in mind I’ve never dabbled in that world before. I’ve got to do more research before I give it a go. We’ll see what happens. I do have friends who are musicians and have beautiful singing voices so who knows. Something might come of it.

I am still reading The Vampire Lestat. Two months I’ve been clawing my way through this book. It’s not bad, I just want to move onto something else. I can already hear you asking, ‘why didn’t you just read a different book and come back later?’ Because I like doing one thing at a time and I know I would forget what I’ve already read. But I’m close to the end now. I might even post a review. I’ve also started the habit of listening to audiobooks whilst in the bath. At the moment it’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, narrated by Stephen Fry. Not my first venture through this tale but I am noticing different things when it’s being read to me. And I’m not 5 or 6.

I haven’t really thought about talking about music on here but why not? I’ve been really interested in listening to Powerwolf lately, particularly Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend and Sanctified in Dynamite. A new band discovery for me is Once Monsters. They don’t have many songs but I like everyone I’ve listened to so far. I hope to hear more from them. Imagine Dragons Natural has been on my repeat list, alongside It’s Terror Time Again by Skycycle. You know, the chase song in Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. A bit random I know. Doing music clip quizzes on Sporcle has been occupying my time as well. I’ve heard clips of songs I’ve not heard in years as well as being exposed to new things.

Game wise I haven’t played anything new, even though I have a huge backlog. I regularly play online games with my brother, Overwatch being a main one we usually play. There is a new hero that again I may or may not talk about here. Another game I’ve been wanting to revisit is Vermintide 2. Kerillian is my girl.

I’ve been dabbling with a handful of mobile games. I revisited Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery with the intention of catching up on the main story. I was greeted with events that ultimately requires you to spend money to reach the end. Oh well. I’m stuck at home, constantly connected to wifi, might as well enjoy my Hogwarts adventure. Obey Me! Is one I’ve been playing for awhile. I think since it’s release. I love it so don’t be surprised if you see full length posts about it. Another one of those card collecting games but it keeps me coming back. I won’t say anymore because I might start rambling so I’ll just move on. All of you know I’m playing A3! I’m trying not to wiz through the story since they’ve made all of it available. I just hope I get to keep all the chapters unlocked after I’ve read them and all this is over. Finally I’ve been playing Uta no Prince Sama Shining Live. Yet another game where you collect cards but it’s mainly a rhythm game. No surprise all the music is from Utapri, many songs from the members of Starish and Quartet Night. There is a story but from what I can tell it’s a means to unlock more songs. Wow! You can tell a lot about me from my choice of mobile games. I say C’est la vie.

There’s quite a bit TV wise that I’m watching. First I’ll cover new and weekly shows. Batwoman has at last graced UK screens and I’m not disappointed. Granted I’m not anxiously waiting for each new episode but I enjoy sitting down to watch it. Sometimes I envy America for having the DC streaming service. Please can I have it. Please. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is like a fusion of Glee and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I highly recommend everyone to watch it. The most recent episode featured a wonderful scene with a deaf character signing Fight Song. It’s beautiful. On Netflix I’m watching the latest season of Drag Race. Not much else to say there. Last Week Tonight is my only source of news at the moment. Honestly I’d rather stay updated on current events via a comedy show. At least it’s a little less depressing. Brooklyn 99 season 7 is now airing here. So happy to see Jake and Amy’s relationship going to the next level. Two crime shows I’m watching are Murdoch Mysteries and Miss Scarlett and the Duke. Two shows that could easily have a crossover episode but that likely won’t happen. I smell fanfiction potential. Any other Murdoch fans out there? Anime wise I have been sucked into My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Caterina is one of the smartest dumbest characters I’ve ever seen. I’m hooked and plan on reading the light novels. Finally there’s this Ghost Adventures series called Serial Killer Ghosts. They go to different locations supposedly haunted by the ghosts of serial killers. Two shows I’m rewatching are Leverage and Kim Possible. Leverage is essentially modern day robin hood and Kim Possible is a nostalgia trip for me. Two anime I’m working my way through are Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, I’m on Diamond is Unbreakable, and Fruits Basket (2019).

For May there are two writing competitions I plan to enter. Both with shorter word limits so I should be able to balance blog work better. That being said I aim to up my number of posts to the equivalent of at least two posts a week. May or may not sound like a lot but to me it might be a challenge. I also want to be more consistent with uploads on my both my blog and socials. Finally I want to learn and practise using GIMP so that I can make my own images. Baby steps at the moment.

And there we have it. The future is a bit uncertain right now but that doesn’t mean everything has to stop. Looking back helps to improve for the future. No matter how small. Let’s make May a magical month. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you all in the next post.

-Your Hostess-

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