What Makes the Perfect Home for a Cat?
“So?” laughed the dog as he sat by the rat, “What does make the perfect home for a cat?” The rat whose answer was short and sweet,
A Job That Escapes Reality
It’s a very funny question to answer these days; “what is your job?”, because my answer isn’t as simple and self explanatory as, for example, “a waitress” or “a shop assistant”. My job title is, and has been for the last few months: a Games Master.
Stuck in the Eternal Traffic Jam
The year is 3034. I have been stuck in this traffic jam for three weeks now. If you want to know how and why you find this letter, and myself, stuck in what I know to be an eternal traffic jam, by all means read on. But I warn you now that what you learn here can never be unlearnt.
A Survivor's Comeback
Most people have, to varying degrees, their own demons. Demons that have been slain and demons that are winning their battles. My demons? They live on inside of me, but they are not alive. They lie dormant in the pits of hell where I have left them to waste away the rest of their days. You may wonder why I have never slain these demons, why I let them live on knowing full well that if I don’t do something now their power may overwhelm me one day and return? It’s down to one rather unusual belief I have.
I Belong in the Middle
Life is a continuous journey of ticking boxes. Tick one. Tick two. Tick other. Check all that may apply. Boy or Girl? Popular or Nerd? Academics or Arts? Introvert or Extrovert?
Cosplaying is a Superpower that most People Underestimate
It’s hard to miss when a comic convention is happening near you, especially when you pop down to the shops for your weekly groceries and bump into Spiderman casually picking up his lunch with his palls Link, Super Mario and Sailor Moon. Cosplaying, for those of you who are knew to the concept, is simply the act of dressing up as a character and then bringing them to life. Cos = Costume, Play = roleplay. One of the best parts about cosplaying is that you don’t need to be a fashionista or costume maker to participate; many people will pay pocket money for an already made costume online and manage to pull off as good an experience and character as someone who has spent the prior two months turning a sheet of fabric into fantasy armour. Cosplaying is simply the enjoyment of becoming a character you admire and loosing yourself in a fictional world for a couple of days where no one will judge you. At the convention at least.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Queer
My whole life I have been so sure of one thing: I am straight. So much so that I knew that if I were a guy I would be gay. There’s not a lot in this world that you can be so sure of, but I knew that the one thing that I could always count on was my identity and sexuality. For sure, an accolade for being two of the biggest contributing factors to my two-dimensional world goes to both the very traditional life I have been brought up in and the unaccepting representation of the queer community in films, tv shows and books that I divulged in when I was growing up. I had always felt that when the world was coming to accept the LGBTQIA+ community the media wanted to be a part of that world but in so many cases the writing of queer characters were so clumsily done it reeked of ‘we need to fit some form of queer into this so that we aren’t seen as prejudice’. In almost every teen drama there was a background gay couple – commonly the comedic duo – and their clumsily written presence and overly advertised queer appearance made way for so much on-screen sexual chemistry that there left no room for genuine character development and in turn love for the characters, their journeys and their representation. It was also frequently an unrealistic portrayal for the vast majority of the community they tried to represent, especially when they conformed to the well-rehearsed stereotypes.
Gemini's Horoscope June 2021: The Month of Prosperous Change and Patience
“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” - Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book