Friday, 27 December 2013

Camel Train Harp Cover!

Hey there!

This is going to be a short post because I'm running over my head trying to pack for my trip! I hope to have some feedback from the trip with you guys afterwards. But it will cross into the New Years, so don't expect the usual Saturday post! Instead I would like to share with you my latest harp cover. I know we all like camels :3

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpKX8d2aJJA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUCO-uDTGqZ1MqE0KfCG2Hbg

Happy Holidays!

Olivia-Savannah x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

How to make: Lemon Cupcakes

Hey there Catastrophes!

If you've checked out my latest post of how to be the best babysitter ever then you know I did some baking with the children yesterday! I thought it would be nice to post the recipe so other people could try them too. The results were pretty good. You could taste the lemon, and the shapes were fine. They were a bit crusty though, next time I'll put them in for a shorter amount of time so the texture is nice and fluffy! Right, in the future I will make a youtube video of how to make them if people find that easier than reading the recipe (I know, a lot of future blog post promises!) On to it then:

To make 10-13 muffins you'll need:
300 grams (10 oz) plain flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
150 grams (5oz) caster sugar
1 lemon
50 grams (2oz) butter
225ml milk
1 medium egg
Some jam
A 12 hole muffin tin (or more if need be)
Decorations (small sweets and so on)

For the icing (optional)
175 grams (6 oz) icing sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice squeezed from lemon from the main mixture.

*Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius or gas mark 6. 
*The muffins should be stored in an airtight container and eaten within two days time.

Instructions: 1. Butter the muffin tine, or use oil.
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the casting sugar and mix everything together.
3.Grate the lemon, and cut it in half and squeeze all the juice out of it. (put aside the juice you will use for the icing later)
4. Cut the butter into pieces and put it in a pan with the lemon juice and rind. Add four tablespoons of milk and heat until the butter melts. 
5. Pour this mixture into the bowl with all the flour, and add the rest of the milk. Stir thoroughly.
6. Pour the mixture into the muffin holes. Let them bake in the oven for fifteen minutes.
7. Loosen them and cut each muffin in half. Spread jam on the inside of each muffin, and then close them.
8. Sift the icing sugar into a separate bowl and mix with the leftover lemon juice. Spoon the icing onto the muffins and decorate with sweets.

Bon appetite! Video coming in the future. How did your muffins turn out? These are my results undecorated and fresh from the oven:
 
 
Original recipe: Fairy Cooking by Usborne ISBN: 9780746056660

Olivia-Savannah x

How to be the best babysitter ever

Hi there everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about being a babysitter. I know quite a bit about it because I have a family I babysit for regularly, as well as some odd jobs of babysitting on the side as well. I'll do a post later on about how to babysit effectively, how to find people to babysit for and also, what you might be expected to do. Babysitting is a common job many teenagers try to do for some extra money. It isn't too bad when all you have to do is watch the kids going to bed and then stay at the house all evening, but what about babysitting in the day? These are some things I would like to address in the future. For the time being this post is about: how to be the best babysitter ever.
Everybody likes getting something for free. And parents especially like having a break from their kids and having some time alone together. Isn't that why they need you in the first place? But a great idea is to give them some time in the day where you watch the kids for free! It's awesome if this happens regularly really, perhaps anything between once every two or three months. The parents will love it, and whenever they need a babysitter they will surely call you.

So what do you do during the day with the kids? A good idea is to invite the kids to your house for a change. They'll be super excited; I know mine were! We did all sorts of things. We made lemon cupcakes (recipe in next post), went to the park, played animals and train set. We did so much, the time flew by. Of course I was exhausted, but I hope their parents enjoyed their time out. It was especially good at this time of year because they got to do some Christmas shopping while the kids were unsuspecting.

I hope you have fun with the children when you invite them round!

Olivia-Savannah Roach

Thursday, 19 December 2013

My Tardis Earrings!

I must admit, I'm a total Whovian!

Okay, not the Whovians who know every single episode title and many doctor who facts or whatever, but one who has watched every episode since Christopher E. began and can do some quotes. And I absolutely adore the show! <3 You can just imagine how pleased I was when I got the tardis earrings. (Well I was sick in bed but I bothered to get up and out, show everyone, and then retreat to bed again. A mighty achievement, I know ;D)

So, pictures anyone? I was excited the moment I saw the package from the Royal Mail!

 

This is what they look like:



 
And that's me wearing them! Haha, selfies till the end (more like I can't find anyone in this house who would photograph me in them)
 
I feel like Christmas came early! Now I will be wearing them during the Christmas DW special when I say goodbye to Matt Smith of course. Although, David Tennant was undoubtedly the best doctor, duh :P
 
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Paramore: Fast In My Car (How to make friends)


Hey there folks! Everyone and everywhere is bubbling with Christmas. It’s in smiles, the last exam you have to do before the holiday and the thoughts of sleeping in. It’s in the snow that covers the streets (but not mine! Hehe :D) the tree sparkling with lights and of course – the gifts as they start to pile up under the tree.

But maybe you’re the Scrooge type, where Christmas is too commercial, too awaited for and you have just really had enough of it. I can understand how you feel.

But what I also find important is knowing the true meaning of Christmas. What are we all actually celebrating? I know many of you do know, and I know many of you don’t. If you would like to, you can read the story here: http://www.whychristmas.com/story/the_christmas_story.shtml

Okay, enough about Christmas! Let’s go on to the actual post hm? I want to talk about.. PARAMORE. You heard right! They’re very amazing, and I just got their new album. I’m going to break it down from song to song. Since the first track is fast in my car, let’s talk about! If you still need to listen to the song, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaiOTGEnuJk

The song is actually about the group and how they’ve been through so much together, and still stuck with them. They’re ready to face anything coming their way and they just want to have fun! Personally, I’ve not had one friend that’s been with me in every difficult situation, which is partially down to having moved at one point. But I do have a dear friend who I’ve known since birth, and is a dear <3 I also have a cousin who is practically my twin! And now I have some awesome besties who I love so much <3 That all counts for something.

What happens when you’re best friends move away or you don’t have a bestie? Don’t panic no one is entirely friendless forever. It may be a bit hard when you need to make new friends. What’s important is not to lapse into the ‘I feel so sorry for myself I can’t make friends’ state. Yes, you can miss your buddy, naturally. But don’t go preaching to every single person about it. Join in conversations and be generally friendly to everyone. Someone is bound to notice how funny or nice or unique you are. It can definitely be hard to join in conversations, especially when you’re a naturally shy person. The best thing for that is to join a book club or whatever-your-interests are club, and you’ll be a lot more open when you’re within your hobby comfort zone. Go out and invite others out if you both like the same something. If you like shopping and someone else does to, then go! Same interests are a good key to making friends.

What you shouldn’t do is change yourself or opinions for the other person. If they are trying to do that to you purposefully, walk away. They aren’t the kind of friend you want. If you are changing yourself, just remember that your true personality will shine one day and you might lose that new mate if you are deceiving them.

And finally, don’t forget to try too hard!

Until the next time catastrophes! And the next Paramore track :D

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters DVD (Review)


Hey there my catastrophic buddies! Today I decided I would do a bit of a longer post. I just finished watching a movie, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. While I was watching, I noticed a few things, and I decided to blog about them! Beware though, there will be spoilers! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya ;)

Was this film better than the last one? It really depends on how you are going to judge it. It was more based off of the book this time, which was good. And somebody finally made Annabeth’s hair blonde, as it should be! Thank you! I on the other hand, liked the first film more. It’s because I see the books and movies as based off each other, but separate. I don’t mind how far off the book they go, I just want a good film :D

But during this movie, I noticed quite a few funny things that just kept bothering. It kept me noting how unrealistic and sometimes, bad acting was involved. For example, Percy’s friends always suddenly and conveniently walk off when someone is about to say something personal. At one point Hermes is talking to Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson, and then when he’s just about to say something personal about Luke Percy’s friends turn and walk off! They’re not supposed to know what’s coming, and they have no reason to be leaving. I mean, seriously?! It would never happen in real life. Why do people only want to have heart to hearts with Percy anyways? How about Annabeth?

When Kronos came alive, all these rocks flying around, he was so easily defeated! All they actually needed to do was drag a sword down his chest. So why did no one think of that? Also, all of Luke’s men didn’t have any weapons. But if Kronos wasn’t resurrecting, and it was just Percy and his friends, they sure would have weapons at the ready to capture them. So I don’t understand why they didn’t have weapons around Kronos. I’m telling you, anyone could’ve defeated a moving pile of rocks. I know Kronos said something, but I didn’t really understand him. A deep voice coming from a talking volcano? It shall always be a mystery…

Speaking of monsters, all the monsters in the Sea of monsters (don’t you love how many times I said monsters there? xD) were easy to defeat. It wasn’t just Kronos actually. To defeat the bull you had to throw a sword through its throat… (okay I admit that one is hard). A dog with a scorpions tail is defeated if you cut the tail... the giant Cyclops is dealt with using only one big rock and running power. Gah, pathetic monsters.

Let’s not get me started on Luke. From other movies like the Host, I haven’t really liked his acting. He is okay here. But as a villain? And his cheesy lines. Like, “Percy, it didn’t have to be this way…” or “I summon you O Kronos.” Just get on with it! Less talking and more fighting. However, I will admit he has some funny moments. Like telling Percy to get off his roof. Was he supposed to be say that?

And the last thing I’m going to pick on has to do with Thalia. First off, something to do with the book series as well. If Thalia dying and the tree falling making the safety barrier, then why did the group of little kids need to get to Camp Half-blood before. It couldn’t have been safe yet.

I didn’t really like the ending. Thalia couldn’t remember anything that happened while she was a tree, but without being told she was a daughter of Zeus, she suddenly knows? Why couldn’t there have been an ending like the Hunger Games? Y’know, Thalia’s eyes opening and then dun dun dun music and all that suspense? Instead of well, what they gave us…

I hope this review was helpful to you :D And I hope you go watch the film! If you have, what did you think of it? Am I judging too harshly? Don’t worry, there is Logan Leerman in it, and that makes it all okay ^^

Bye for now lovelies! Olivia-Savannah x
 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

50 Bloglovin' Followers!

Yay! I just (well maybeeee two days ago) hit 50 bloglovin' followers! I know some of the other bloggers are doing that giggling thing, going, she's only got 50? Well, 50 and proud, honey. And it will grow on from there!

I just wanted to thank all my bloglovin' followers, and I hope to see you more of you guys. I've been checking out some of your blogs too, so if you have any new follows or comments, you know where it cam from.



Bloglovin' is a site where you can link up your blogs, whichever creating site they come from. And everyone can follow you, your blog and make comments. It's really handy... and of course, no one can find the follow button on blogger! Which makes it all the more useful ^^

Really, this post was just to say thank you. But you shall see me updating later on today as well with a new video..?

So, do stay tuned! Bye catastrophes!

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Generally Lazy

Hey everyone. I know we all feel like this sometimes:

 

So what should we do? It's good to be lazy when it's time to relax... but what about when you have something you just know you should be doing?

Reward yourself and then work. You can watch a film... as long as you get back to work afterwards. But it must be a limited reward. Not when you go onto Youtube and endlessly watch videos. That just doesn't help xD

Take breaks often. Work for half an hour, have ten minutes off. Works for me!

Get up and do something active. Play a sport, take a quick jog, anything that sharpens the senses for a little bit so you are active and focused afterwards.

Listen to upbeat music because it's less slow and relaxing than smooth music. You're trying to wake up!

Do not eat. Just snack. What do most people do when they're bored? That's right, they eat. So don't! But do keep your mouth moving. Most people using chewing gum... but if you want a healthy action, just put some dried cornflakes in a bowl. Slowly crunch away and work on what you need to do...

Turn off social media sites Definitely one of the hardest for most people. But I did my work so much faster when I managed this. You wouldn't be able to believe how much time you save.

I hope this helps! Right, I better stop being lazy myself and get to doing some homework. Adieu!

Olivia-Savannah x

Friday, 22 November 2013

How to write a book review

Hello again! Just because I said I would post weekly at the very least, it didn't mean at the very most :3


This may seem obvious, but first you have to read the book! I know lots of people skip this step, but it can never make the review as good as it can be. Also, if you start out reading knowing you’ll have to write a review at the end, a handy thing to have is some sticky notes so you can mark quotes or interesting phrases. All through the review, write to an audience who has never read the book before. Explain even the simplest of things.

Writing the review:

1.      Introduction: Start out with listing the title and author. Give a brief synopsis of the book. If your book isn’t the first in the series, this synopsis needs to fill in all that is necessary to understand this book as well.

2.      Who are the main characters? Anything unique about these characters that are different from the usual human? Maybe there are more than one, and it would be ideal to show the relation between the two. You could focus on their personality, role in the book or outward appearance. This depends on you and your taste.

3.      Time to tackle setting. This could be simple because it is based in modern times. If this is the case, why do you think its set in this time period and not some other? If it’s a fantasy book, does the setting reflect this in any way? You would need to explain the setting as well if it is set in the future and the past.

4.      You’ve given a brief synopsis of the whole novel or series, but now it’s time to dig in and give as many details as you can. Pull as many quotes out of the hood as you please. They’re perfect for now. What happens in the story? How does the genre fit in there? How do the characters react to the climax of the plot? Break the story down into beginning, middle and end. Is there a theme to the novel? A message that is trying to be brought across? Mention what it is, and how the author sends this message in his writing. (Quote!)

5.      Now it’s time to either compliment or insult the writer. Not from you to the author, but you to the style of writing. Which person is it, which tense? Does this work or not work, and for what reason? Are all the sentences long or short, is the language too complicated? It’s time to bug the technical side of the work…

6.      Last but not least, we finally get to hear the words ‘In my opinion.’ What did you think of the book? What rating would you give it, and who would you recommend it to? Did you love it or hate it, and why? This is basically the conclusion.

I hope this helps with writing any reviews that you need to! Do you think I left any important steps out, or would you do it differently? Have some reviews you would like us to read through for you?
 
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 16 November 2013

School grades: Make you or break you

Hey there~

I'm so sorry for my infrequent posting! I promise you will get to hear from me very Saturday at some point - and hopefully with something new, not just an apology post! This one is about school grades, especially just because I got mine in school. They were pretty good, but I was torn up anxious about them. So, do school grades make you or break you?

First of all, when it comes to waiting for reports, my advice is not to panic. If you've done your best (and even when you haven't) a grade is just a number in the end. And you can't change what you've done. So breathe, the report will come whether you want it to or not.

But PARENTS! What will mine say?! I got a 4 out of 10! GAH! - Calm down! Everyone is entitled to one bad grade, and as well as this, how have your grades in other subjects look? If not too bad, don't panic. Just work harder at the next assignment. Parents might yell at you, or ground you, but really they just want you to do well. Hopefully the idea of not being grounded will motivate you during your work. And the grades are for you actually, not them.

When you've got your grades, whether good or bad, reward yourself. I mean, you've just been through a whole semester of work! Gah, homework... it put aside your social life, sleeping hours and freedom. Although you should be taking breaks and giving yourself small rewards while you do it, I think report time = big reward time. Have a day to relax, a day shopping or buy that expensive box of chocolates that you've wanted for a while....

What's my reward you ask? I haven't actually thought of that... but a Primark is opening nearby soon, and when it is, I'm spending a day in town! And I'm going to focus on this blog a lot more... I promise!

Till the next week ;)
Olivia-Savannah

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Happy November!

Hey! It's a new month, it hasn't snowed yet, what are you waiting for?
...
The Christmas holidays of course :P

But don't fear, to keep you entertained until then I will be firing you with blog posts and videos! So when you need a break from all that stress, just jump over here!

Let's get it started by welcoming the new month with all the events :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LRvALm_vFQ&feature=youtu.be

Olivia-Savannah x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

How to write an deadlined essay

You're probably thinking: Olivia, enough with the essays!

I'm sorry catastrophic people, but I love writing essays. Not lab reports mind you, essays. So excuse me but this might pop up a lot.

I just finished writing my own advice on how to write an essay effectively with a seven day deadline. Of course, it also mentions YWS where you can post your essays. If you post them within deadline time, you can get valuable feedback that can help you. So what if you're not a fiction writer? Non fiction or simply schoolwork works here too. Here's the site for you: youngwriterssociety.com

Anyways, my article:


Most of us have to write essays for school or some other reasons. But most of the time, there is a deadline for it. So how do you write a good essay with limited time? Well, usually get about a week, so I shall map out 7 steps which can be very handy for writing your essay effectively.

Day 1: You may have just got the assignment, but do a lot of research. In fact, do all your research and save possible quotations in a document. Remember to keep the links of all the websites you use to make your bibliography later on.

Day 2: Analysis and thesis time. You have your knowledge base, so now start using the information to prove your argument/answer the essay question. Create your thesis (your main point) so that you know what the essay is based around.

Day 3: Time to write the actual essay. You can start with an outline, and then decide the topic sentence of each paragraph. Once you have those, you can easily write what follows in those paragraphs.

Day 4: Write the introduction and conclusion today. Then post the essay on YWS and put a link in these forums! Time to get some outside feedback before you do the final draft!

Day 5: Your day off. You’ve worked hard so far (and you probably have other assignments/homework.)

Day 6: Do the final editing! Take in all the advice, but remember not to stray too far if you’ve been given some guidelines from the teacher. Also, if you need to put your bibliography and footnotes in MLA format then a site I use is easybib.com . I’ve also heard that bibme.com is good too.

Day 7: All ready to hand in!

Any steps you think I missed? How much time do you usually have for an essay? Or do you just sit down and do it all in one night?

Bye loves <3 Olivia-Savannah

Monday, 14 October 2013

Writing - How to write essay introductions


Hey there my lovely Catastrophe's! Time to do something different on this blog. I'm going to talk about one of my hobbies - writing. I love it so much and am hoping to get somewhere with it in the future :) Of course, that's with fiction writing. But lately I've unearthed a love inside of me for writing non fiction and essays. I know, weird right?

So I wrote this how to write an essay introduction little article piece. It's posted on my beloved young writers website, and I wanted to share. But you can't view it unless you have an account. I'm sharing on my blog instead. Hope it's handy for all those struggling to start their essays!

Writing an introduction to an essay can seem like something difficult. You want to say something impressive and hooking to set the tone for the rest of the essay. So where to start?

1. The first thing to note is that you do not write the introduction as you start the essay. Why not? You never know what your essay is about until you know what you've put in it. So once the whole essay is written, go back and write the intro. No one knows what the movie will be called until they know what the movie is about, right? ;)

2. Basically there are three steps to the introduction: put something everyone knows. Then impress the reader by putting something no one knows. And then intrigue the reader by saying why they want to keep reading. Let's look at the beginning of a history essay.

"World War One was the first outbreak of a war that spread across the world. It included many countries and many battles. [everyone knows] There was a great build-up to this war with events such as the Moroccan crisis and the numerous alliances. There was also Balkan Crisis, which led to the Murder in Sarajevo. [not everyone knows] I will discuss these events in my essay and explain how industrialism, colonisation, nationalism and many other concepts were involved in the root of WW1. "[why you should keep reading]

What impresses the reader will always be dependent on the question.

3. Still stuck? Maybe you could start the essay with an interesting quote, which could ignite some inspiration.

Writing an introduction can be easy or difficult. How do you like to start your essays, and was this helpful to you?      

Until next time!
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 5 October 2013

INFJ


INFJ = me. And I'm saying, it is very befitting indeed. I would like to explain why, and as I do, perhaps you'll get to know a bit more about me?

First off, let's use the picture. I must apologise for the spelling of loneliness up there. Gah, it annoys me too. And yes, I do feel lonely, even when I'm with my friends. Not because they leave me out. But because we talk about well "stuff" and just stuff. I don't know what I mean, really. But I think this picture pretty much sums it up itself. I hope I'll find this person who shares the connection.

Apparently, only 3% of the worlds population score INFJ. 2% female and (you guessed it) 1% male. I'm in there with those other rarities... And I actually only know one other INFJ.

"INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities." I would like to see myself as having those traits... And I am fairly creative. I mean, my major hobby is writing and reading. Creativity is involved, and a big part of my life. I have a vivid imagination, always did have, playing games with nothing but air and what I believed I could see as a child...

They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions.  This may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other types tend to be for example a consistently messy desk. I do not have a messy desk. I love to be tidy and clean. But tidy and clean in my opinion, which is why my mum always thinks I have a terribly messy room >< Heh, I kind of agree with this paragraph. :/

Well, I'm not going to add more and more and blab on. But if you are interested, here's the rest of the article about INFJ's http://www.personalitypage.com/INFJ.html

And also, if you want to know your personality, just check out any quiz online! Best to take three and get a valid answer though. I would love to know what personality you are, or how well you think it matches up. :) Adios, my catastrophic people!

Olivia-Savannah x

Sunday, 22 September 2013

MBIT in the Month Of May?

Hello lovely person reading this ;) Just another post from my Catastrophic life ^^

So! I've been pretty busy with school. Yeah, so that's why there hasn't been a post in a while. But I'm here posting now, and I suppose that's what matters! Let me make it count then.

I'm a member on YWS, the Young Writers Society. If you write, then you definitely need to go there. It's something you absolutely won't regret! If you do, then don't blame me. I said nothing :D So, yes, there I've heard a lot about something called the MBIT test or something or the other. So I looked into it and took three to get a result.

And MBIT test is a personality test. you're result stands for four letters. And there are 16 different personalities that you can score. Every human can fit under the 16. It's always best you take more than one MBIT test to get an average result. I took three. You could take more. Basically my results led me to INFJ. And apparently, INFJ is the rarest one you can possibly score.

3% of the worlds population is INFJ. 1% male and 2% female [I'm female by the way. Just so y'all know it]. So yeah, I just happen to be rare. Anyways, afterwards I looked up what it means to be INFJ and it kind of fits me! I will post more about being INFJ soon, and how closely it relates to me. But first, I want to hear some of your results for the test! Which do you fit under?

Oh, and while we're at it, I know you want another video of me playing my gorgeous harp. The song is called In The Month of May, although it's kind of September. Ssh, don't tell anyone. Just watch it :D

Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_DoelmoyRU

By my little catastrophe chums!

Olivia-Savannah x

Monday, 9 September 2013

Harp time!

You want to hear me playing harp? Well, just go right ahead! It's a short song, nothing special, but do enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYmDIX1qWW4

Olivia-Savannah x

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Inspiration


Inspiration can be hard to find. Maybe it's in a quote, or watching someone do something, or staring at an object long enough. Maybe it's a flash of an idea that suddenly hits your brain. Than a poem, a story, a song - it all comes pouring out. That's the hard thing for writers though, when the inspiration stops.

I had been having a hard time with editing my story. It's called Eyes Wide Shut. Let me give you a snippet of the beginning.

The book was open, resting on my knees. My fingers squeezed on the sides of the pages. I glared at the book for a second and then slowly read the first sentence. Nothing happened. So I continued reading, my eyes gliding over the printed words. Then it started. I felt the tingling feeling as small pictures began to grow larger, less blurring. I could see the servants and the enemies, the old families fighting while their youngsters secretly fell in love. The descriptions started to wrap themselves around my mind, weaving pictures of faraway lands, of majestic characters, of happy endings.

I slammed the book shut, almost catching my nail. My eyes swiveled around my room, as if I was looking for a witness. I couldn’t allow myself to be lifted up higher and higher by those intriguing images and then be dropped back into reality. Do authors really understand the power that nestles in their words?

It was another failed attempt at reading my English book for class. I would rather fail or scrape a pass than be immersed in unattainable worlds.

It's always hard to keep motivated, keep writing when you're not entirely sure where the story is going. My story is about a girl called Avril, and her younger sister, who finds themselves kidnapped in China after a horrific terrorist attack. They face a lot of consequences, but together, can they manage to escape and return home?

One major problem with me writing this is that I've never been to China, never been in a terrorist attack, and never been kidnapped. But other people have. Whether in fiction or real life, they have.

So I've been researching all I can, reading all I can and gathering as much information as possible. Today, after church a man came and he lived in China for six years. Somehow the conversation turned to my story and he gave me lots of tips and new viewpoints and ideas to think about. And he told me what China is like, and the appearance to an outside. If I was rich I might go and visit myself, but hey, that's not going to happen :P

However, I did find a good source of inspiration. Let me know what yours is? And thanks for reading thus far. Turned out to be a long post than expected!

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Procrastination

Hello fellow readers!

So this is my third post, and I have a lot of thank you's to say! I honestly didn't expect to have seven followers by now... more so zero. So thank you everyone who is following and reading!

So for ages everyone's been on about procrastination like it's some new trend. I've never really had a problem with it. I'm usually able to see my work, and get it done. I'm a doing person, and I don't like wasting time much. Maybe I'll chat a little to the side of work, but it's done early, or on time. Till now. I'm so procrastinating, so then I stop, do a little work and drift away from it again. No matter how much I pull myself back to it, I can't focus! Ugh, it bothers me :P

Have any of you lot had problems with procrastination? Because, I'm blogging when I shouldn't. Not, that blogging is a waste of time. I should just do it afterwards, not now. Anyways, here is a video that is full of my... procrastination...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXkhH6g6zDc

Hope you like it ^^ Do comment and like and the such :)

Here's some handy tips that I shall hope to follow myself now and get back on track with homework.

1. Stop thinking about it, and starting doing it.
2. Don't blow the task out of proportion. Honestly, it's not as hard as overthinking it makes it look.
3. Just take the first step. You'll be surprised how easily the others all follow
4. Start with the hardest task. Then the others will seem easier.

Want some more tips? Want these in more detail? Then just click here: http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2009/04/23/how-to-stop-procrastinating-7-timeless-tips/

Till the next time! ^^ Olivia-Savannah Roach x

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Real Life - dreary and boring?

 Is life boring? Can life even be boring?

Personally, I like to think my life is never boring. I've been to interesting and unique places, I learn more about culture and in school (yes school) I learn a lot about various things everyday. Especially things that matter to me personally, which is one of the benefits of international schools. I also have a loving family, but even if nothing eventful happens in one day, I can definitely say my life is not boring.

Many people believe their life is dull and grey, and they don't experience anything fully. I believe these people are often looking at things day to day, instead of gathering the big picture. I mean, imagine all the friendships, knowledge and skills you're growing every day, just waiting to spill out and affect the world on a large!

Can living even be boring? There's eating and moving and breathing and the brain and body parts just in this category. I don't see how you can go a whole day without wondering how any part of your body, inner or outer, works. I mean, did you know that you breathe from one nostril at a time? You swap approximately every four hours! And breathing more from your left than your right may be related to diabetes! Interesting huh? And that's just one nostril, or part of what a nostril can do. If you can't enjoy life, might as well enjoy at least living to the full, by appreciating it.

Don't look day to day, look at the big picture. Is your life really dull and grey? If you believe that, tell me why! Maybe I can help you see things my way, or vice versa. I also like a good discussion.  can relate to more than you think~ Try me!

Olivia-Savannah x

(photo creds: http://weheartit.com/entry/20409793, fact creds: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/03/about-85-of-people-only-breathe-out-of-one-nostril-at-a-time/)

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Catastrophe

Hello, hello and hello to you too.

I'm not really sure how you're supposed to start off a blog. I guess I should start by why it's called Catastrophe. Well... I couldn't think of what I wanted my blog to be called, and I like the word catastrophe. It's so nice to say isn't it? Or maybe I'm just weird. Anyways, that's why it's called that. I do not have some big life problem happening right now. Luckily for me.

What shall I be posting about, you ask? Lot's of things. Stuff I do, things I'm interested in. It may be totally random. Expect to see quite a bit about nail polish in there because that's one thing I love. And reading. And writing. Hmm... basically a lot about my hobbies will be here. Fun facts and random other stuff. Basically: expect the unexpected.

I can't tell you much about myself. I'm a fourteen year old girl who has just started school (as of today) I listen to all types of music and when I say all I mean ALL. I play the harp and I cannot sing to save my life. I play basketball because it's the safest way to release anger. (If I have any...) Mostly because it's just fun! But if you really want to know more about myself the best thing to do would be read the rest of this blog!

So I shall end here and stop the awkward reflecting thoughts I am having on myself before they splurge into this blog. See you around, folks.

Olivia-Savannah x