Saturday, February 12, 2011

Time for a Hiatus . . .

This blog has slowed considerably in the last few weeks and that's due to alot of real life stress. I haven't touched my writing in months and feel I'm only now coming out of my funk.

Strange time I know for a hiatus, then isn't it? But in my stressed moments I've gone back to what I love most - poetry. And I also hope that I can now also get back to writing.

I think this blog, as much as I love it, is a distraction from writing so I'm stepping back for a while. Once I've made some decent progress i.e. finish the story completely then I think I'll make a return.

So this is more a 'see you later' than Goodbye.

I'll be about the blogosphere though, reading all your amazing blogs so I won't be completely gone! And I'll be posting book reviews on theBookBundle and FITG.

Just wanted to say you are all wonderful and super supportive!

So see you guys around your blog comments :)

A lil pride. . .

About a month ago, I posted the DAA ad, which was all very Irish Proud.

Here's hilarious Paraody of that:

DAA Pride Barry Murphy Parody from Ciaran McCarthy on Vimeo.

Here's original:

DAA - Pride from Ciaran McCarthy on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Killing us softly. . .

Jean Kilbourne's Killing Us Softly 4.

A must see for everyone, especially young women. A real eye opener.

Important to bear in mind that Jean Kilbourne's focus is on women. She mentions men briefly (more about how feminine virtues are not viewed positively in men and how media portrays violence to men as being manly) but obviously there are issues (even more so now) concerning male body images too but this isn't the focus of this video or Jean Kilbourne's studies.

I will try and see if I can get a video about men and advertising/media too or article.

And can I just add that when I was uploading these videos here - I had to say I was over 18 for the third video - because the video (due to the 'porn' photoshoot image she shows) was flagged, but its ok to be in a fashion magazine?!?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

7 things you didn't know about me. . .

The wonderful wise Anne R Allen has given me the Versatile Blogger Award!! YaY! As part of this award I have to tell 7 things about myself that you might not know and then pass this award on to a few lurvly people!

1. My real name is . . . Mary! Yes, I know incredibly dull name, but tis a family name. My current nick name is Fairy Mary - because I'm away with the fairies. An improvement on previous names such as mad mary, scary mary, hairy mary (pre-tweezers pre-teen eyebrows - this one hurt). Other nicknames include Maud (something about mystic maud - a tabloid psychic), Mare (shortening of Mary but also because of my love for horses) and Moy (a weird mixed version of my mothers name/my irish name).

2. I never played with dolls as a kid - I ALWAYS played with My Little Ponies. Before I was allowed MLPs (due to my mothers fear I would choke on the hair) she had to go into local shop (which thankfully sold little plastic farm sets separately) and buy little plastic ponies for me!!

3. Building on the doll vs. pony theme. My mother (bless her!) had to go into the local video shop when Chucky first came out (as they had big stand up of him in the window) because I would throw a FIT, a hysterical fit every single time we went past the shop. My mother for peace of mind (because the video shop refused to remove it from the window) spent the next three weeks take a 9 mile journey home instead of a 3 mile journey because of yours truly. To this day, I HATE those freaky evil things that are porcelein dolls.

So yeah, I still don't like dolls. not mad about teddies either. But my little pony rocks!

4. I am a SERIOUS arachnophobic. I can't even type that word *****phobic without quivering. This results in alot of fastforwarding and closing of eyes for certain scenes of certain movies (because Hollywood has a festish for giant tarantulas - the bastards! Like Chucky wasn't enough trauma!!!!)

5. In first year of my Arts degree, I took Ancient Civilisations. I have a thing for ancient civilisations . . . something about men in flowy robes ;)

6. I'm a pisces, whose ascendent is in aquarius (but is sometimes pisces??), whose moon is in Capricorn.

In short: BirthChart

7. I was meant to be born on my uncles birthday - 12th february. I bypassed valentines and 12 days later was born on 24th - my Granny and Grandads wedding anniversary. My sister was born on this Grandad's birthday (missing my other by a day) while my brother is born on my Granny's birthday. Quite cosmic.

My other brother is a freak and was born on his own birthday!

So there you go - 7 rambling too much information truths!!! See what happens when you make me talk about myself = Scary Mary makes an appearance!!!

Emily is a much more stable persona!

I have to pass this award onto some people now:

Laura Jane Cassidy - the nicest author I have ever meet!!
Clare Greenstreet - because she always comments :)
White Rabbit - It's nice to know I'm not the only one who lands themself into awkward moments!
Claire Hennessy - Irish Prodigy
Parajunkee - Talented does not describe!

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