Friday, June 15, 2018

Brand New Writing Folios...I'm addicted!

I love me a good compendium or folio, and I've bought many in the last year. 

I was using old diary covers for my notebooks, but wanted something a bit more appropriate.

A few years ago I managed to get an A4 folio from ebay, and then nothing. No one was selling them. And then, all of a sudden, everyone has them. I've been buying up Lilly Pulitzer agenda folios, and started buying from Aliexpress. I finally managed to find a red one. 

It's not full red red, but a toned down red with grey on the inside.

I've bought so many this year alone. Pinks, blues, greens, they're fantastic for writing notebooks, which I use, and I can fit paperwork, pens, paperclips and bull clips, along with anything else needed for writing that current book or series.

I have one for each name, Tiara King (pink), T. K. Wrathbone (green) and L.J. Diva, red, of course.

Unfortunately an A4 folder for spare planner paper doesn't fit unless the corners dig into the material, so it has to go into the back pocket. I'll have to track down a smaller alternative for my paper.

What have you guys been buying up on these days? Any addictions, obsessions, collections?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Amazon changes it's rules for Australian shipping, so I'm glad I got my Jackie Collins books on time, and her interesting interviews about Hollywood.

This week, Amazon has changed it's rules concerning Australians buying from it's .com site. 

We can no longer buy from America!

As simple and cut throat as that.

All because of our new GST (goods and services tax) that came in this year. In an effort to get more GST out of foreign stores selling in Australia, the government brought in new legislation for goods purchased under $1000. We never paid GST on them before, but thanks to arsehole store owners like Gerry Harvey of Harvey Norman stores, we now have to pay, and we now cannot buy.

Thanks a fucking lot for nothing you arseholes.

So that means, to skirt around paying the GST, Amazon has cut us off. They claim our Aussie Amazon store will now have over 60 million goods to buy from, not the 500 million they currently sell. It means, we cannot get most things, and what we can get, some things seem to have tripled, if not quadrupled in price.

Unfair on all counts.

Before long, all overseas stores will stop shipping to Australia as a way around paying taxes here, so that means we go back to the old ways of shopping, where overseas stores don't ship here whatsoever.

It sucks, and we only have stupid Gerry Harvey to blame.

So, I'm glad I managed to buy the last book that Jackie Collins self-published via paperback before it happened, otherwise, I wouldn't be able to buy it.

She obtained the rights to at least five of her books back before her death. I'm unsure if there were any more, but five of them came out in paperback and e-books with awesome new covers. She also updated The Bitch for the current times, and I'm glad I bought them.

Last year, her publisher released a special edition of Thrill. White covered hardback with animal lettering and gold edged pages.

It has an interesting interview, apparently one of her last, in the back of the book along with pictures. The interview is interesting in the fact she mentions the Hollywood casting couch, and since Harvey Weinstein was in the press last year, and is again, I thought I'd post a pic of that part of the interview.

In tracking down some of her older versions in paperback, I bought this US version of Lucky from the 80s or 90s, I want these covers because of the jewellery theme they went with, and found another interesting interview in the back of the book...

Jackie often said she knew all the secrets of Hollywood, but toned them down for her books. She never named names, often combined several celebrities into one character, but the celebs always thought they knew who they were in her stories.

She clearly knew more than she told, and here we are with Harvey Weinstein having his go round again. If only Jackie was still alive, the stories she could tell about this...

Friday, June 1, 2018

MOVIE REVIEWS: Wonder Woman and Justice League

Yes, I know these came out last year, but I don't go to the cinema and I'm usually waiting for them to come to dvd at my local library. I also completely forget about watching movies because I'm so damn busy.

So here are my reviews.

Wonder Woman...

Chris Pine 10 out of 10

The movie, meh, 6 out of 10. 

Maybe it's just because I found most of it boring. I get that movies, like books, need a slow build up, and we needed to see Diana as a child and how she came by her powers, but blimey, the whole, going to Europe thing was as boring as!

Are her powers awesome, yes. 

Is her outfit awesome, not really. 

I get that she's half amazonian half god, and on an island like that they're not going to wear much, and they need to swing from things and jump from horses, so, the less the better. And Linda Carter didn't wear much more, but at least her outfit has colour.

And by the way, why is her hair so damn perfect even when she's fighting? It's like a Clairol ad!

And Chris Pine...naked...

I'll leave you with that thought.

Justice League. 


I really only watched this to see Henry, and sped through most of it because, hey, boring.

What was the threat? Steppenwolf, a threat that barely had a mention in Batman V Superman, and yet here he is, just suddenly appearing. I think I really did speed through this section. Clearly I need to watch this movie again because Henry Cavill....shirtless.... seriously, how disgustingly good looking can one guy be...? And why is his voice so much deeper? And unfortunately they CGId his face because he was filming Mission Impossible at the time and had a face full of hair.

Finding new heroes, yeah, okay, I got used to The Flash on tv, so this dude, Ezra, was on my nerves a bit, but by the end of it, I was warming to him and found him kinda cute in a nerdy funny way.

Some gags were so obvious, some jokes, meh, I can see why Marvel has worked much better. I can also see why DC's cartoons and Superman/Batman movies worked better. I just don't think these characters are meant to be a big series like Marvel. It was really just one big long running joke of a movie.

The writing is blah, the acting is blah, unless you're just watching for Henry Cavill, I mean, seriously... But he was only in it for what, forty minutes? And even then, shirtless....yeah, right, where was I....mmm, shirtless, wait, the movie, it was boring mostly, some funny bits, some meh, I could have written that myself, and so not big movie series material.

I can see why they constantly remade Superman and Batman movies...but Henry Cavill....mmm, right, I gave Henry 10 out of 10 and the movie 6 out of 10.

What did you guys think of these movies? 

Are you a DC or Marvel fan? 

Or do you even give a shit?

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