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Game review: NCIS Hidden Crimes

You know how on Sunday, we were going to go out and do something really fun for mothers' day...? Well, we didn't in the end, because my mum was feeling ill. So we stayed at home, doing things around the house and stuff. So I was just sitting on the sofa, feeling slightly miserable because I was stuck at home with nothing much to do, and I went on my phone, onto the Play Store... and I found something amazing... a game that has to do with the TV show NCIS! Now I know I don't have to go into detail about how much I love this show because I've already enthused about it in other posts, but I'll just say that it's one of my all-time favourites. So a game where you have to solve cases alongside the NCIS crew?? *squeeeeeaaaal* THIS IS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE! ... I realise I'm starting to sound like some sort of deranged fangirl, but whatever, my finger was on that install button faster than you could say "autopsy".

So in this post I'm going to attemp…

My karate grading: I have a cold and I was half-asleep, but I managed to PASS, woohoo

So today I had my second karate grading. It... didn't go quite as well as I'd hoped it would. The reason for that is that I've got a cold, and I haven't been feeling so great lately. And this morning at 10am, which was when the grading took place, I was half-asleep. But it didn't really go so badly - I passed! I got my orange belt. It's so nice, and... orange! Though I kind of liked my blue belt better, I like the colour more. Oh who cares, I just want to keep getting better at karate. Gosh I was so glad I passed, I was convinced I'd screwed up, I really didn't do as well as I could have done. I felt so proud of myself. It's my third belt, jeez, not exactly an incredible achievement, but what the hell I was SO HAPPY.

I feel like I should say something about what I've been up to the past few days, but... I haven't really been doing much lately, since I've had a bad cold. I pretty much spent all week feeling to ill to do any studying in th…

Five rules on how to create really awesome characters

I originally wrote this as a guest post on The Blog of The Young and Enquiring, but I've decided to share it here as well because I'm a lazy slob and I can't be bothered to come up with an interesting and original post right now.  Enjoy!
I love reading and creative writing, and I know that one of the hardest parts of writing a story is coming up with good, realistic, believable characters. So I’ve put together a list of rules to follow when coming up with characters:
Rule 1: People aren’t perfect. It can be very tempting to make your characters have only positive characteristics and no negative side, especially if you’re writing a romance story, or something to do with superheroes. Don’t. It’s not realistic. Everyone has negative aspects; it’s what makes us human. And let’s face it – who likes a goody two-shoes who only does good things? Give your characters a dark side – it makes them a heck of a lot more interesting, and convincing too.
Rule 2: People don’t behave in ways …

Movie review: "The Karate Kid"

Since I started doing karate a few months ago, I'd really wanted to watch The Karate Kid movie. So a couple of weeks ago my mum and I bought it off Amazon, it only cost a couple of pounds. We got the 1984 one, it was one of my mum's favourite movies when she was about sixteen. Apparently she had a crush on the main character or something. Sigh. To be young and in love. Anyway, we watched it last Sunday but I couldn't be bothered didn't have time to review it until now. I guess this will be my first movie review? Well, it can't be too different to reviewing a book can it?

So... The Karate Kid is... about a kid... who learns karate. OH MY GOSH I BET YOU TOTALLY COULDN'T GUESS THAT FROM THE TITLE RIGHT?? Okay, seriously now. It's about this teenager, called Daniel, who moves from New Jersey to California. And at his new school there are some very mean guys who do karate and keep beating poor Daniel up. So Daniel decides he has to take karate classes (he alread…

Book review: "Prodigy" by Marie Lu

Hey kids, it's book review time. I've just finished reading Prodigy, the second book in the "Legend" trilogy by Marie Lu. Aaaand I'm gonna review it! Let me just warn you, this might contain some minor spoilers, so if I spoil anything for you, you can't blame me because I warned you, mwa-ha-ha. Anyway, let's get on with the show!

Since Prodigy is the sequel to Legend you kind of need to know what happened in the previous book to understand what's going on. To cut a long story short, the two main characters, June and Day, are on the run together, after June helped Day escape from his execution. They escape their city, and end up working for the Patriots, who are basically an organisation of rebels. The Patriots promise to help them escape the country, but they have to do something for the Patriots first - they have to help them assassinate the new Elector (who I guess is kind of like the president or something). Doing so would start a revolution, and a…

Six reasons why I really, really don't like chain messages

I get A LOT of chain messages from friends. And don't get me wrong, it's not that bad. Some of them have a cute message at the beginning, and I appreciate my friends thinking of me and sending me something telling me they care about me. If I receive one I usually send it back to the person who sent it. Sometimes I send one to a friend I haven't heard from in a while, as an excuse to start a conversation. But. Mostly, I absolutely hate chain messages. They're annoying, and let's face it, there are other, more sincere, ways of letting your mates know you care. So today I'm going to write down the reasons why I really, really don't like chains.

Reason 1: "Forward this and you'll be very lucky for the next few days!"
Okay. So I'm meant to believe that, by sending a message which is basically just a few lines of text, I'm magically going to have amazing luck. Like. How. Why would I believe this. Is it a "magic message"? No. It'…

My favourite TV shows: a typical rambly review

It occurs to me that I haven't talked much on this blog about my favourite TV series. This feels like an awful oversight considering how much I like watching certain shows. When I was younger I didn't like watching TV, I wouldn't go NEAR the TV, I hated it. I guess I was at an age where the majority of kids my age were obsessed with telly, and I've always been a bit of a rebel, so not watching TV was my way of rebelling against what was considered "normal" by my peers. I liked reading and in my opinion, smart people read books and dumb people watched TV. Nowadays I am MUCH more open-minded and while I still love reading and I don't watch a whole lot of TV, there are a few series that I really enjoy so what I'm going to try and do today is review them.

So... wish me luck, here I go!

Okay, so about a year ago I had a minor obsession with this series, so while I'm going to try and sound calm and rational here, I'm not making any promises. It…

Greenwich park, cool astronomy photos, creepy birds and cute puppies

Today my mum had a dentists' appointment at midday. We used to live near Greenwich Park, and our dentist is still near our old house, so whenever either my mum or I have a dentist appointment, we go up to Greenwich Park and go for a walk. So that's what we did today, even though it was slightly raining a little bit.

We walked around the park a bit, then went into the Observatory since it had started raining a bit more heavily. There was an exhibition showing the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition (I think that's what it's called? I don't actually remember, I have the memory of a particularly forgetful goldfish) and WOW! Those photographs were just... out of this world! (Out of this world, cos it's astronomy, get it? Never mind.) I stared at them like an idiot for about twenty minutes, they were amazing. The skill it must take to take photos like that, the dedication too. I could never be a photographer, myself - I don't have enoug…