Revisiting the Shenmue Saga 

Excellent analysis on what makes this series great


I’ve wrote about Shenmue quite a bit recently, but with the year now being 2018 and a producer of the game reconfirming on Twitter that the game will be released later this year … damn, I’m excited! 

Although I’m grateful that we are finally getting a third installment of the game, I do strongly urge Sega to allow the first two games to be remastered in HD as a way of of allowing new gamers to experience the adventure on current-gen consoles, and existing fans to relive their Shenmue experience one more time before embarking on Shenmue 3. 

Fans of the Shenmue franchise have been waiting almost two decades for the third game to be released, and as we are reaching the end of our journey to play it – much like how Ryo Hazuki is reaching the end of his own journey – we must remember why Shenmue is…

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Open Mic Night’


This week’s prompt: Write a ‘recognition’ poem

Open Mic Night

I scan the crowd as I speak,
Hoping to claw a chuckle
Or at least a little snicker
From the expectant faces
Of my vast and sudden audience,
Praying that some will relate
To my own rambling take
On society’s sorry state,
Finally with relief I spy
A brief flash of recognition
In at least one pair of eyes
And with relief I sigh
Thankful that someone
Gets what the hell I’m trying to say.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Chasing the Days’


This week’s prompt: Write a ‘big event’ poem

Chasing the Days

With bated breath we await
Some achingly distant date
Whether an exotic escape
Or simple shift in daily fate.
The weeks before all fade
Into gruelling hours of grey,
Then colour returns upon the day
That vague desires have made,
Ceasing the torment and pain
Until there is another day to chase.

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The ‘To Read’ List (Updated 8th May 2017)


EDIT: Updated 8th May 2017 – Ah – been a while since I’ve updated this, hasn’t it? Apologies for that. In the time since the last post I have since completed Good Bones and Profiles of the Future, and may post some brief thoughts on them shortly. I have also added Pompeii and Switch Bitch to the list.

…As for the subject of this post; yes, it is the dreaded ‘To Read’ pile that, for those like me who enjoy a good book, seems to grow ever bigger due to the heavy demands and committments of our everyday lives. It became a bit of a problem for me last year, as I was constantly buying books from second-hand bookshops/charity shops, thinking ‘I’ll get to all these someday’, only to find I had so many building up in my room, still unread. It was at that point I literally sorted them into a ‘To Read’ pile, and began, you know, actually reading the blasted things, further vowing to not buy anymore until I had finished them. I’ll admit I make the occassional exception – if there is a new Margaret Atwood coming out I will either buy it or ask for it as a gift, for example – but I’ve generally managed to keep to this pretty well. So, in order to keep an actual list for myself, here are all of the books that have amassed in the pile, with links to their Goodreads pages (I will give my account on there some attention as I work through all of these as well!). Click to read on…

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Is It Time to Quit Your Day Job and Go Pro

Gave me something to think about this morning…

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

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Are you a Creative? Do you write, do you paint, are you a dancer, an actor, a crafts person, or like me a photographer? Whatever your creative pursuit you probably have dreams or fantasies of doing it full-time. Some would call it going Pro (professional), where your hobby morphs into a full-time career. It’s a wonderful dream and a scary proposition (or at least it can be). I think it’s helpful to listen to others who have made the leap or the transition. It can be done, in fact it’s being done all the time, but it’s not all pie-in-sky. This short video by Matt Granger, professional photographer, gives you some great insights into the process. But it’s equally applicable to other Creatives (not just Photogs).

I think you can have it all in life, just not all at the same time. Life (at least in…

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2016 Nov PAD Chapbook Challenge Day 1 – ‘Red or Green’


So like last year, I am taking part in the Writer’s Digest November Poem-a-Day Chapbook Challenge – with a prompt set every day in the month. I put a selection of the poems I wrote last year into a collection after a little bit of tweaking, which I still need to look into submitting to publishers – must get on that, not quite sure where this year has gone! Anyway, here is the first poem for this year – enjoy!

Today’s prompt: Write a ‘stay’ poem and/or a ‘go’ poem (I combined both into one)

Red or Green

Sit and stew on it a spell.
Get up and grab the day.
See it through to the end.
Escape before bitterness begins.
To do the sensible thing.
To strike one for spontaneity.
To play it safe for now.
To roll a riskier pair of dice.
In that comfortable, familiar sweater.
And rip the old you to shreds.
Stay or go, the fact remains
That it could tighten those bonds,
Or finally break you free.

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