Who am I? Can anyone really answer that question? I don't know who I am. I'm undefined.
My Interests? Are many and varied, and my posts reflect my diversity.
Will our interests correspond? Only you can answer that question. Or will you, like myself, remain undefined?
We’re alive, but not living, not really. We’re stuck in some endless play and can’t find our way from the stage.
History Time: 1000AD -A Tour of Europe
Medieval History Documentary
Isolated Scene February 2021
Snow freezes, seeping into your bones, swallowing sensation and suppressing your instinct to survive.
The Pelican History of Medieval Europe by Maurice Keen: Dot Points
Random Snippet February 2021
When he woke in the woods in the dark and cold of night, he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him.
Seven Watchmen by Rudyard Kipling
Seven Watchmen sitting in a tower,
Watching what had come upon mankind,
Showed the Man the Glory and the Power,
And bade him shape the Kingdom to his mind.
A small, unacknowledged, part of your heart despises the serenity, welcomes its transience, eagerly awaits the coming chaos. Before the war, in the world-that-was, you despised the cold spread of adrenaline. Now you crave the exhilaration and terror of combat, the struggle to eke out one more moment of existence.
I came across an awesome website while looking for recipes. It’s called Recipe Roulette.
You perch on the side of an overturned Coles truck, carefully scanning the crumbling homes and weed-choked footpaths for any sign of movement. The air is oppressively still, the silence palpable. Almost painful. Your ears strain for any hint of life. You desire movement and you dread it.
Read in 2020
Virus: Day of Resurrection by Sakyo Komatsu * * * * ½ The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman * * * * ½ The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert * * * * On Writing: A Memoir… Read More ›
Forgot to Post on Monday
It has been poined out by a regular reader that I forgot to post this week’s Miscellaneous Monday. Apologies for that. I had it all typed up. I simply forgot to post it. I shall do so now!
Random Scene January 2021
The alleyway was damp and narrow. Slivers of sunlight filtered through drab stone buildings, creating shadowy alcoves, concealing the clandestine dealings of thieves and cutthroats.
It’s that time of year again. A new year, and an opportunity to turn a new leaf.
Sixty Seconds (Revised)
How much can change in sixty seconds? An idea. A thought. A text received. A text answered. A life can end. A life can begin. A proposal – the beginning of a lifetime together. Perhaps the apocalypse could happen in sixty seconds.
In a classic example of the bad luck that seems to have become a normal part of my life, my internet died right after resurrecting this blog.
My New Haircut
Just my luck that the bloody weather cooled back down after I had this done.
Sixty Seconds (Original)
I took a course at uni entitled Writing Apocalypse: Histories and Speculation. Our first assignment was to write a 500 word piece with the theme of ‘apocalypse’ inspired by, or in response to, our course readings and tutorial discussions. We were allowed to interpret the word ‘apocalypse’ rather broadly. This is my piece as it was submitted. Next week, I will re-post this piece incorporating the changes that were suggested by my marker. I recieved 76% for this assessment, but I personally feel like I should have scored much lower because I failed to convey to my marker that the piece was meant to be a person mourning a loved one killed after texting and driving, rather than a conventional apocalypse.
Medieval Europe Recommended Reading
My reading list for ‘Medieval Europe: Crusades to the Black Death’. There is no way in hell I’ll be able to read all that before classes start in March! I’m going to have to prioritise those which look the most… Read More ›
Magpies strut, did you know? They carry themselves with the arrogance of the snottiest aristocrat, prancing about as though the very ground beneath their feet was laid down with the sole purpose of them one day gracing it with their presence.
Site Update December 2020
Rafferty’s Rules is being resurrected. It has been a dead site for about a year and a half and it was, for all intents and purposes, dying for several months before that. Here’s why:
Top Ten ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ Posts 2013-2015
I’ll start out this post with yet another apology. I was unable to post yesterday due to a shitty internet connection. Sorry, folks, but until it gets fixed even I don’t know from one day to the next whether I’ll… Read More ›
Fandom: Harry Potter
Summary: Harry was known by many names throughout his life, but he always held to one constant. No matter what, he would do what was expected of him. Harry/Ginny; Harry/?.
Just a quick apology for not posting a Top Ten Tuesday this week. I’ve had problems with my internet. It appears to be working now, though it is incredibly slow, so I will attempt to get a story out tonight… Read More ›
Review: Ash Road by Ivan Southall
Ash Road by Ivan Southall is an Australian Young Adult (YA) novel set in country Victoria. First published in 1965, Ash Road tells the story of two separate groups of children and their various reactions to adversity. Wallace, Graham and… Read More ›
An Isolated Scene
The tent stood tall in the clearing, a grunting roo its only company. A rusty pot lay abandoned in the mud, ants feasting beneath the mould and grime. Frost coated grass stretched to a horizon made sharp by the early… Read More ›
Top Ten Things I’ve Learned in My First Semester of University
After moving from Sydney to Adelaide near the end of last year, I was having a hard time finding work. With my already low self-image plummeting, and growing frustrated with my lack of progress, I decided to take the huge… Read More ›
Yasmine at CFS Cadet Training
I’m Blogging Again
Hey all. I’m finally back after my long absence. The last time you all heard from me, I was getting ready for my flight to Adelaide. I had intended to post before now, but every time I planned time to… Read More ›
Only a few more hours
Well, we’re all packed, ready to go. Well, mostly. I still have a couple of loads of clothes to go through the dryer before I can pack them. I’m going to have to shove them in Storm’s bag, as he’s… Read More ›
Top Ten Will Smith Movies