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Hey guys!
I thought I'd do a quick post to update you about my previous one where I wrote about a 32 year old innocent man getting shot because of something called swatting.
Today I woke up to the news that the person that made the call to the police is now under arrest and will most likely be charged for several crimes. There's also been talk about possible charges for the two players who started all of this because of an accidental team kill in a COD game.
You can watch an interview with another team member, as well as the unsettling phone call made to 911 here.

I'm not by any means a news reporter, journalist och running a news station here, but I do want to highlight this story and share it because I see myself as a member of the gaming community and I want to say to everybody that gamers aren't all like this. This isn't gaming, this is being an asshole who doesn't think things through and lets anger control their mind. This story doesn't have anything to do with gaming, except for the fact that this feud started in a game.

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Hey guys!
I had a pretty good evening until now; me, mom and Sebastian played a PC game that we played many, many years ago. The game is called Sverigespelet (or The Swedish Game), and is about a group of musicians looking for a drummer, and then each player has to find a drummer. You walk around the playing field, which is a map of Sweden and every major-ish city, answer questions, work, travel and look for clues. After you've found your drummer, you head to the band and whoever gets there with their drummer first, wins. Fun game, it was released year 2000, and it made for a good evening. We also watched Honey Boo Boo, and Extreme Couponers.
We had a shitload of food for dinner, some of it wasn't great but not everything is a win when you try new stuff. Me and mom had semi-home-made pizza (pre-made which we heated in the oven because we're lazy and I'm totally cool with that), my brother had ostrich and kangaroo because a store close to us sold it surprisingly cheap and he likes to try weird stuff. We also bought fried chicken, chicken being the best thing in the world for me. The ostrich was.. Not great. It was like brown-ish chicken but a lot rubber-ish and it tasted a little sad. The kangaroo was like wild boar, but not as tasty. The chicken, though! GARBAGE! It was fat as frick, it smelled like feet and I felt both disgusted and disgusting while eating it. Over-all not a great experience.

Then I went online, I looked through Youtube, read some news and I came across this absolutely aweful incident that happened a couple of days ago. I'm only going to write briefly about it and you can find a full interview with the person responsible for this here, among other places, but I need to get this off my chest. A couple of days ago, a 32 year old parent of two kids was shot dead because of a failed attempt at swatting. Swatting is when you call in a threat (bomb threat, hostage situation, etc.) to the police, who then sends a SWAT team to the address you have given them. This is a popular thing to do online because people think that it's "fun" or "creative" or "shows that you're superior to the person being swatted", you're "pranking" them. And I'm putting quotation marks because swatting is the absolute opposite of these words. Not only is it dangerous, it takes up both time and resources from several different instances, such as the SWAT team, in some cases a bomb team, the closest hospital gets a call about potentially recieving a large amoung of patients and has to prepare for that, which can then delay the emergency help for other patients, and so on.
Back to the story; two Call of Duty players, ON THE SAME TEAM, had a bet of some sort for $1,5. They both thought that the other person did something wrong, and started to argue about it. Then one of them says that he's going to swat the other player, who then pushes for him to do it, and even releases his address. A "professional" swatter, got the request to swat this player with the address given. The swatter calls 911, sounds hysterical and says that he just killed his dad, holding his mother and brother hostage in a closet and that he has a gun. He also threatens the police to pour gasoline on the house and set the whole thing on fire. Gives the address. A team shows up at the door of the player, and when he opens they shoot him down because they thought he had a gun. Obviously the police could, and should, have handled it differently, but the fault lies with the swatter. The biggest tragedy? The 32 year old man they shot was not the player. He was innocent, didn't play anything and he was completely surprised by the cops. The address the player had given was completely random.

The swatter is now under arrest for death by proxy, fake threats, and a bunch of other stuff. Then it comes out that the same guy, who enjoys doing this, also swatted a big Call of Duty tournament by calling in a bomb threat. They had to evacuate an arena because of this, and it cost a shit ton of money for every party besides him. Still, the guy doesn't at all feel like the blame lies with him, he's just doing what he likes and "it wasn't like I pulled the trigger or held the gun, I just did what I got paid to do". No, he didn't pull the trigger, but if he hadn't made the phone call and put the cops or this man in this situation, he wouldn't have died. This situation only happened because of him. Again and again he says that he's not to blame, putting the blame on him is debatable and especially, several times, saying that putting him in jail isn't going to bring the dead man back, so why do it since it wouldn't "justify" it.

This news is gonna get twisted around many, many times and it's gonna open up for debate on several different topics that aren't related to this incident. What happened here was that two petty guys argued over a pathetic amount of money, then a man called a in a SWAT team to prank someone, and then the police that recieved the call didn't check the caller number, nor the address they were given, drove there, shot and killed a man that they thought was armed.
We're now gonna hear

  • gaming is dangerous and we should ban it because it ruins the brains of the youth!!!
  • police are so full of themselves and shoot first and ask questions later, typical American gun violence!!!
  • millenials are ruining the world by thinking they can get away with anything!!! If only they were spanked into obedience and respect, but no, we have to hover over them and do everything for them, then this is what happens.
And the worst part about this is that these discussions aren't the least relevant. Somebody lost their live. A mother lost her son. Two kids lost their father.
Millenials aren't ruining the world, in fact, we're trying to restore what was left when it was given to us in a very poor condition. Yes, gun violence is a big problem, especially in the US, but not all of the cops are bad people, and in these situations when they think that someone just killed a person, is hysterical and is holding somebody hostage, as well as carrying a gun, they have to react quickly based on what they know. It was a bad call, but we have to take into consideration how they experienced the situation with the information they had while going into it.
Gaming ruining people is a really bad lie. In fact, many studies have shown that gaming can be very good for you; it helps you develop and maintaining your memory, you get faster reflexes, think more problem solving and strategical, as well as develope a moral backbone. This is not gamings fault. People going out and hurting or killing other people because they have seen it in a game, isn't doing it because of the game, they're doing it because there's something wrong with them. They have a very serious issue, that would probably almost definitely show itself sooner or later either way, but it gets blamed on gaming because it's easier to blame something that we're still researching, and something that is new to especially the older generation that doesn't understand the appeal, than blame humans being flawed. People who do bad shit didn't get these thoughts from gaming, but they had these thoughts before.

This is just my take on this whole thing, it's been a long time since I did a political- or news related post but I wanted to put my two cents in because like I said, this is going to get a lot of attention and it's going to open up for a lot of debates that aren't necessary in this case.
It's currently 01:29 a.m. and I'm getting ready for bed because ever since I started taking my anti-depressant medication I have fallen asleep much earlier, and woken up earlier as well.
My point in this post is that chicken tastes weird, ostrich is not worth the money, and before you do something stupid that might seem harmless, think it through hard to make sure that nothing can go wrong and, possibly, affect someones life. If you do find yourself in a situation where somebody got hurt because of you, own up to it because that's the least you can do. It can also help people move on and they deserve it. The only thing stopping you from not being a douchebag is you.

Love you guys
Love you mom
❤️
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Hey guys!
When I'm bored I usually watch some documentary on Netflix. This is not a paid post, I just really like documentaries and thought I'd write a little about the ones that I like.
Netflix currently has a theme called "72... animals". There's three types;

  • 72 Cutest Animals in the world
  • 72 Dangerous Animals Latin America
  • 72 Dangerous Animals Australia
Each episode is about 45 minutes, and there's 12 episodes per theme. Each episode consists of a countdown list that ranks 6 animals, and then one move on the either the cutest or the most dangerous top list. I like the concept, it's very simple, there's a lot of info about the animals and the pictures and video clips are stunning. And best of all; Polly loves watching it with me!

I decided to write this small post yesterday when I found a picture of a Maned Wolf, which are native to Latin America (specifically Brazil, Paraguay, northern Argentina, Bolivia east and north of the Andes, and far southeastern Peru). I love this animal so, so much because it's basically just a weird, wonderful mix of animal parts. It has the legs of a deer, body of a fox, and behaviour of a wolf.

Picture borrowed from WWF.

Picture borrowed from Shamans Wiki.

Unfortunately, these gorgeous animals are near endangered status, which is devatastating. To help them continue living in their natural habitat you can donate to several different animal preservation programs, or even adopt a wolf from Endangered Wolf Center. (Note, you don't actually get the wolf, I looked it up).

So, watch the shows, adopt a wolf, and please comment what your favorite animals are!
Love you guys
Love you mom
❤️

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Hey guys!
Nothing much has happened these past days, I'm starting to feel a little better but I don't wanna jinx it.

One thing I'm struggling with when I write is that I have so many ideas that might not fit into the story. Although your inspired state is awesome, it can ruin your story if you don't keep track of where you're going.
Obviously, not all ideas are harmful to your story, in fact, it can be a great tool to find new inspiration and maybe see if your story can evolve in another direction than you might think. But if you already had a story in mind and you've written down your synopsis and started with your timeline, a new idea can ruin everything.
I noticed that my story was going down the drain because I always found more and more things that I wanted to add, exciting things, things with strong feelings, and things that might not fit in with my original idea that I had already worked so hard with.

I decided to do the only thing I could think of to try and focus, by releasing the ideas that came to me. I took a notebook (the one in the picture is my favorite notebook, it has pink pages and everything just feels so easy when I sit down with it. I've written before that write paper can be pretty hard to write on if you're like me and think that the empty page is mocking you), and this notebook I have next to me whenever I write. If I come up with a new idea that I think is great but might not fit into the story I'm currently writing, I write it on an empty page in the notebook. Once it's out there, I can let it go and focus on my current project.

This is also a good idea if you're struggling to fall asleep at night because your ideas and thoughts are bugging you; keep a notebook next to your bed, and when you come up with something that you just can't get out of your head, whether it's an idea or just a thought like I have to call my dentist tomorrow, write it down and then it's out of your head. You know that you've saved it, and you can move on.

Right now I'm sitting here, with my notebook, trying to make sense of the stuff  that doesn't fit into my story and thinking this is a shitload of projects, what the frick am I doing with my life. I would love to become a best selling author with a hecking big collection of books under my belt, and maybe this is the way to go, or maybe I won't be anything more than a pathetic dreamer the rest of my life, and maybe just one of these ideas might actually turn into something. But for now, having this idea book and trying to calm my crazy head is the best I can do.

So, that's a tip for the new year and I hope it works for you too.

In other news: I used to try out a diet consisting of drinking apple cider vinegar before every meal, and if you know what it is, you probably know that it smells like old, sticky, empty beer cans. It tastes even worse. I stop using that method of diet because it affected not only my breath but also my will to live and eat ever again. So last night I tricked my brother into tasting it and it was glorious. He's the type that likes to show off how great and strong he is, and there's nothing wrong with being a daredevil, so whenever he tries something that he doesn't like he just plays it off like pff, that's nothing, I bet I can eat more of this than you can. But last night, he went this is gross, I'm gonna throw up and nothing that tastes or smells like this should ever be consumed. Then he whined about it the whole night. Amazing.

Now I'm gonna return to American Horror Story: Roanoke and I hope you guys have a great day!
Love you guys
Love you mom
❤️

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Yep, let's start counting down right away!
Hey guys!
So Christmas is (finally) over. Like I've said I haven't had the Christmas spirit this year, and neither has my family, so we didn't make a big deal out of it.
Ate some food, surprisingly not too much like we usually do, opened presents and then we kinda went our separate ways. I ended up watching TV, which is also uncommon in our household because we mostly watch Netflix. I saw "Say yes to the dress bridesmaids" which is an absolute garbage show. It's about a bunch of bridesmaids visiting a shop with the bride and then they all have to decide on the dresses and they always argue, someone always cries and someone always like omg I can't believe you're willing to sacrifice our friendship because of your wedding, how could you.
I also saw FirstBorn, which is about a couple who get pregnant and then their kid is haunted by something that is driving her family crazy. There's not really much happening in the movie, the plot is pretty basic but it's still worth the time.
I also (unfortunately) watched The Family Stone, which airs every Christmas, and it's driving me mad because the movie is 110% cringe and I feel sorry for Sarah Jessica Parker's character and I just hate it. I hate that movie. But I still watch it.

I just got done watching Temple, which is a movie about three Americans who visits Japan because one of them likes temples and another is a film maker and the third one is an asshole boyfriend to the first one. I'm gonna spoil the movie now so if you want to see it, don't read this. They go to Japan, they're all awkward, one of them (Chris) speaks Japanese and he tries to buy a book that is written about a haunted temple which they're dying to go to because the characters are somewhat stupid. Chris sees a kid several times, and despite this kid clearly being able to teleport, Chris thinks nothing of it. He likes this kid and the kid leads them up to the temple from the little village they sleep in, in the middle of nowhere. An old man ran up there when he was a kid, and came back down holding his eyeballs in his hands, and still they go up there. Supposedly, several kids went up there and never came back down, and then the villagers went up and found a monk living there and killed him. The americans and the boy sees a kitsune, which is a human/fox hybrid, that later comes alive and kills the rude boyfriend in a cave, where his girlfriend, the temple lover, also runs in to help her boyfriend James. In the meantime, Chris is attacked first by the ghost/spirit/demon of a monk and he runs back into the temple where a bunch of the same kid climbs through the floor and stare at him, despite having no eyes, and growl with their super long pointy teeth before attacking him and leaving him disfigured.
We get to follow the story progress via a questioning, where a police officer/military/teacher/professor/we don't know, questions a guy in a wheelchair with a crazy disfigured face and body sitting in a wheelchair wrapped in plastic. Together they watch some film that Chris (the supposed wheelchair man) recorded that showed that Chris killed James, which doesn't make sense. And then he finds out that this kid was actually a ghost/demon/spirit/we don't know, so he gets up (which is weird since he's a fucking wrech at the start of this interrogation), stabs a translator in the neck with a pen and then runs out. If you read all of this, then you now know what happened in the movie. It doesn't make sense and it bothers me. I don't like open endings, but especially not this one since we don't get any info at all. There's nothing. And apparently it isn't just me either, since the entire internet seems to wonder what the frick happened. So save yourself some 78 minutes and watch literally anything else.

Now I'm gonna sleep, but I'll try to write soon again.
Love you guys!
Love you mom!
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Hey guys!
So today is Christmas which I'm usually very excited about. Christmas is the best thing ever and I start celebrating in October, I start counting down to Christmas the day after Christmas and it's just... It's amazing. We haven't had all the traditions that Christmas usually brings to other families, instead we've celebrated on a smaller scale since we're usually just 3 people now. I guess the reason I like Christmas so much is because my family used to get along during this day, so we used to be my mom, dad, me, Sebastian, grandma and my extra grandpa. Since then, both grandma and my extra grandpa has passed away and my dad is remarried and celebrates with his family. Obviously I do miss the rest of my family very much, but I'm very thankful for the family I still have and even though we don't follow every tradition from start to finish I still think that our Christmases are amazing.
This year, however, I haven't had any Christmas feelings. I've had a stressful year and I've been sick a lot and I've gone through stuff, so the fact that it's Christmas already is insane. Wish I felt otherwise, but I guess not every year can be the best year ever.

I thought I'd write a little about the basics of a Swedish Christmas because like I've said before, I have been asked a couple of times if and how Swedes celebrates.

Advent
We start preparing for Christmas the first sunday in December/last sunday in November. This is called First Sunday of Advent and this is when we slowly start to decorate our homes with various smaller decorations like small Santas and the Nativity sceen, lights etc. It's like the beginning and then you can do your decorations kinda when you want before Christmas. You usually don't take in and decorate the tree until closer to Christmas; some taking it in two weeks before and decorate it, and some take it inside the day before Christmas and decorate it.
Advent is usually celebrated with family, and we a candle for each Advent. Some celebrate it, some just light a candle and have breakfast together, and some doesn't really care. We have a specific candle holder that has room for four candles (one for each advent) that can look something like this.

Picture borrowed from fyndiq.se

Decorations
So when it comes to decorations, we all have some similar stuff. We have the Christmas lighting which can come in different shapes. The other advent light holder we use, which are usually electric. There's different styles but the basic one is this.

Picture borrowed from Rusta.se

Instead (or also) you can have a Christmas star, and both of these are placed in windows.

Picture from Lampan.se

Christmas tree
There's not really much to write about the Christmas Tree since we have the same type that almost every other country has. It's either real or plastic (our is plastic), and then we decorate it with electric lighting, glitter, balls and some ornaments.

"Julskyltning"
I couldn't find a perfect word describing this event but it's like a market/small festival with focus on Christmas. These usually happen in the beginning to mid December on different places in Sweden, and they last one or two days. Stall vendors sell candy, decorations, postcards, scrapbooking, food, and so on. Then there's lotteries, and on the one close to us that we visit every year, there's also something called a Christmas Train. It usually consists of santas, a school orchestra, kids dressed up as ginger bread figures and santas helpers etc. It's basically a carnival floater train.

Presents
Like everybody else, we give Christmas presents. What separates us from the rest of the world, literally, is that we don't open the gifts on Christmas day, we open them on Christmas eve. Some of us play present games with lottery deciding which gift you're getting, usually if you're in a bigger party to save money. Some give gifts directly to certain people. For example, here at home we give to each other, but if I celebrated with my dad and his family we would probably have some kind of lottery because it would be freaking expensive otherwise. When we visit my grandpa we have secret santa instead . Kids usually get gifts just for them though, like any other kid, with toys and clothes etc. We open this after dinner.

Donald Duck
Another actually pretty important tradition we Swedes share is that at 3 p.m. we gather around the TV and watch Donald Duck. This consists of an hour filled with Christmas greetings from various Disney characters such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Chip 'n Dale, Ferdinand, Jungle Book among others.

Food
While the kids (and adults banned from the kitchen) watch Donald Duck, food is being prepared because we usually eat after Donald Duck.
Swedish holidays are celebrated with the Swedish Smorgasbord! This is basically a buffet with Swedish food. We have this for easter and midsummer as well, with almost the same content for every dinner.
For our smorgasbord we usually have:
Gravlax, herring, Jansson's temptation, Christmas ham, meatballs, a smaller type of sausage called "prinskorv" (korv means sausage or hot dog), more herring, a lot of cheese, egg, cale, and so much more. People then add or remove stuff based on what they like and what traditions they have. For example, we also have potato gratin since I don't like Jansson's temptation. We also have a lot of babybel.
Alcohol is also very, very common on our holidays. Mostly snaps and vodka, and then we usually sing small songs and toast before each shot.

After the main course we have Rice á la Malta (rice pudding) with fruit sauce. If you're in a larger party, there's usually an almond in the pudding, and the one who gets is, is not allowed to show that they have it until everybody is done eating, then we guess who got it and the one who got it gets a "pudding gift" (chocolate or a small ornament).

Obviously this are traditions that are common, but every family has their own values, preffered traditions and their own ways of celebrating.
No matter how you celebrate, if you celebrate, I wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays! ❤️

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Hey guys!
I complained in my last post about being sick, aaaand I still am. It's actually worse now because it literally hurts - a lot. Everything I do hurts; breathing, eating, sneezing... I had hoped that the worst would have passed by now because I don't want to spread it to other people and I just really want a good, healthy Christmas. I think I was sick last Christmas as well with something similar, and mom had to wake me up when we were gonna eat and unwrap gifts and I just don't want to have it like that this year as well, BUT THEN it turns out that I spread it to my mom as well. Sorry mom.

I spent the day buying the last of the Christmas presents and I just got done wrapping them. I honestly didn't think that we were gonna celebrate this year because this year has been so hectic that I haven't really understood how close we actually are to Christmas. Then it hit me like yesterday that we have to get ready if we wanna celebrate. I put up the Christmas tree, decorated it, baked 128 Swedish saffron buns (recipe is coming up), bought gifts, wrapped gifts, the whole shebang.
Like I said in the last post I have been getting questions about Swedes and Christmas so I want to do a separate post about our Christmas at a later point (hopefully tomorrow or Christmas), but I just.. I haven't gotten to it yet.

Our Netflix account has been used a lot lately, and I've watched a couple of "new" (to me) comedians as well as some movies, so I thought I'd recommend them for you guys.
I literally got done with the movie The Haunting Of Helena like three minutes ago, and it's about a young girl who starts to lose her baby teeth and then the "tooth fairy" shows up. Helena (the girl) starts to act strangely and her mother thinks that she's just acting weird, until she meets the fairy too. I saw the trailer and thought this movie is gonna be pure garbage, but it was actually really good and although there's not any super duper known actors and it's not "grand", it's surprisingly well done. It's 84 minutes long and even though it's set in Italy, they do speak English so do not fear.
The second movie (which I've watched several times before because it's kinda "soft horror" so it's nice to have on while you're playing) is Neverlake, which is about another young girl who visits her father in Italy (sensing a theme, guys) and while there, her complete world turns upside down and everything she thought was real was complete bogus. 86 minutes long, speaks English and it's a good gateway to heavier horror movies.
Standup comedy is something I love. LOVE. My Netflix list is probably 80% standup and I recently found a standup special with Judd Apatow which is sooo amazing. I've watched it probably three times already and I'm trying to convince my mom to watch it with me because she's usually not into standup and Judd's standup is very clean, family friendly but still very grown up and I just recommend it so so much. The trailer makes it look a little too serious than it actually is though, so keep that in mind. One thing that bothers me when it comes to some standup comedians are the ones who completely relies on sex jokes. Sex is easy to make fun of, so I don't see that as a great achievement so if you're able to have a whole special without joking about sex too much, then that's really a win in my book.
Not usually into Judd's movies, but his standup was so great and it feels like you really get to know him.

I'm gonna go and take a nap now before going to bed (what?), but a Christmas post is on it's way, and Christmas IS on it's way so MERRY CHRISTMAS (or HAPPY HOLIDAYS if you don't celebrate).
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Hey guys!
As the title says; I am sick! Haven't been this sick in years so I'm guessing that I get all the other years health retroactively now. To start my rant I would like to say that I've had mucus in the throat for a couple of days, so I knew that something was up, and then today I made the freaking biggest mistake you can make when you already have a throat filled with disgusting mucus: I went outside, wore to little clothes and walked around for hours.

Today I had a doctor's appointment concerning a lump I found in my "below-area", and I was so scared that I was cancer because we have a lot of cancer in my family. Turns out that I have a minor gland problem in my groin. Absolutely nothing deadly, serious or something to worry about.

After the visit I decided to take a walk around town to get some pokéballs before heading home. If you don't know how it works; you go to certain locations, usually landmarks, that are "marked" as a gym or a stop. You get to the mark, spin a "coin" and get pokéballs, berries and other goodies. I was out for one and a half hour, in snow and ice, open coat because I don't think things through, completely bare neck and throat and I strained myself pretty hard. On my way home my ear started to hurt, and by the time I got home, both ears, throat and head hurt. I went to sleep for a couple of hours and I woke up recently and it was even worse. I can barely speak, swallowing either mucus, food or drinks are unbareable, cold air hurts when I breath and everything is pounding. So, so tired of this already.

Now I'm gonna try and soften the pain with ginger tea and honey, so wish me the best!
Love you guys, don't go out in the cold weather undressed!
Love you mom, the same goes for you!
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Etiketter: sick, tired, unhappy, cold, snow

Hey guys!
I've been slow af lately but I thought I'd share an "easy" (easier) way to get your inspiration flowing using music. Something commonly known when it comes to writing is that the more you write, the easier it gets because your inspiration is starting to flow better and you get "in the zone". One way to do this is by doing small writing exercises, and for this example I'm using music.

So what you're gonna do is find a song that has a point or a story, and then write a story based on that song. A great example is Cats in the Cradle by either Harry Chapin or Ugly Kid Joe, and it's about a dad who's too busy to think enjoy his son's childhood and the son keeps asking when his dad is coming home, but the dad never knows but he promises that when he does, they'll hang out. The kid promises that he's gonna be like his dad when he grows up because like most kids do, he admires his dad. The dad eventually gets old, as well as the son, and now the when he has time to hang out, the son is always away but promises that they'll be together when he has time.
Another example can be Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac, These Dreams by Heart, and Fly by Night by Rush.
Also note that this absolutely doesn't have to be a long story; it can be just 500 words, but it can also turn in to a complete story with 300 pages and suddenly you've created a bestseller! (Pretty sure you're gonna have to pay the artist/s though unless you keep your inspiration a secret).

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Hey guys!
So yesterday was our first Christmas this year which we celebrated at my grandpa on my mother's side. He's the only "older generation" relative that I still have left, so celebrating Christmas with him and the rest of the family is really important to me.
Bought a new long t-shirt dress yesterday together with mom, who bought a cute top for herself, so we were really out late with getting dressed. We still managed to get there on time, despite a long drive and driving later than we hoped we would, and then the afternoon-evening went perfect. It was just like always nice, cool and all smiles and we left there really happy. While driving home it started to snow, which we didn't anticipate, so a drive that takes roughly an hour took us almost two hours.

As a tradition we each year get assigned a person that we're supposed to buy a present to, Secret Santa-style, and me and mom got two of my cousins and my brother got my grandpa. Turned out good. I got gifts from my grandpa's wife, two books (Lee Child's Nothing to Lose, and Three Minutes by Roslund & Hellstrom), as well as a notepad. Haven't read the books but I've looked up Lee Child a couple of times before so I'm happy to have been given something different than what I usually read, (and also my book collection grew with two books, which is a big freaking win).
Me and Sebastian went out after we came home and took some pictures of the snowy landscape, but bare in mind that I'm not a photographer. I would like to be one but I don't have the patience, money or enough interest. Or things to take pictures of. But here are a couple from yesterday, shot with an HTC U Play.

I'm trying to write shorter posts since I usually write so, so much, and I know that it can become boring when faced with a massive wall of text, but there's probably gonna be a longer post for Christmas so stay tuned for that. (Brace youself). I've been asked a couple of times if and how Swedes celebrate Christmas so I thought that hey, why not talk a little about Swedish traditions?

I love you guys
And I love you mom
❤️

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Hey guys!
I haven't posted i three days now because absolutely zero has happened since last time. I've barely written anything, I haven't been outside and I've spent all my time either sleeping or playing games. Don't know why, this is just the way it is sometimes.

Tomorrow is thursday, which means that I am going to visit my psychiatrist, buy some Christmas presents and play some Pokémon Go because there's no Pokéstops where I live so I have to go into town to be able to get new stuff. A little boring, takes some time, but it's worth it. I think it's fun, which is why I keep playing it.

I don't have anything planned for friday so far, but we're celebrating Christmas with my grandpa on saturday. Then sometimes next week I'm celebrating with Rebecca; exchanging gifts and eat together, nothing big. And then, of course, there's the real Christmas, which I'll be celebrating at home with my mom and brother as usual. I don't complain.

So what's new besides this? Snow hit us for the first time this year! Since I live in the southern part of Sweden, we get snow later than the rest of Sweden. Everything was completely snow covered yesterday morning, so me and Sebastian played with Polly in the yard which was such an amazing sight. She really loves snow, and she's so freaking beautiful when she's all happy and playful. Unfortunately we didn't take any pictures because we wanted to live "in the moment" (we were too lazy to go inside and get our phones).

Love you guys
Love you mom
❤️

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Etiketter: weekday, boring, tired, lazy, christmas

Hey guys!
Today I'm sharing an android app that can be super helpful if you're not a native english speaker and want to become more fluent and sound "smarter". Or if you are a native speaker and want to outstage your friends, then this app can also help you.

It's called Vocabulary Builder and is released by Rishabh, and like the name suggests; it let's you enhance  your english vocabulary.

The app suggests a daily word that you can both read and listen to, and of course learn the meaning of the word. There's also a randomizer if you want to learn even more words, as well as two different type of practice quizzes.

Fun, easy to use app that doesn't take up much space or time and it's totally worth downloading. You find it here.

Love you guys.
Love you mom.
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Etiketter: tip, tips, help, words, tool
Hey guys!
So I recently wrote that I was watching a show called The Last Kingdom, and when I wrote it, I had watched maybe like half an hour.
Usually I play computer games or write or just google around while watching tv, but I was completely unable to do that while watching this show. I closed the laptop lid and just watched. And then I saw another episode, then another episode.. I just got done with season 2, and season 3 is supposed to be released late 2018 so that feels pretty hard.

The show is about a man, Uthred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon), who gets kidnapped as a child, then later adopted, by the danes (viking), when they arrive in Northumbria, and is raised like a dane along with his adoptive sister Thyra and Ragnar the Younger. Before being adopted, he lived with his family in Bebbanburg, which is a castle/minor kingdom which his father ruled before being killed by the danes. Therefore, Uthred has a birthright to rule Bebbanburg, which is the main goal in the show, but to re-claim the castle from his uncle, who works together with a rivaling group of danes, he has to serve King Alfred, whose goal is to unite the seven separate kingdoms into one - England.
The series is set in late 9th century, before England was born, and is built around actual historical events so there's a lot to learn from it; how it was to live during that time, how society works and most importantly, how England came to be. Uthred, however, is ficitional.

The series is re-written for tv and based on the books by Bernard Cornwell, and they're called The Saxon Stories. So far there's 10 books released, and each tv season is built on two books. The books are each about 350-400 pages, so they are very slimmed down to be able to fit into four episodes per book, since there's only eight episodes per season. Each episode is about an hour. I would love to read the books as well, so that's definitely my next book-purchase goal.

Now, if you're not into blood, gore and some sexual violence, this show is not for you. There's a lot of fights and wars, and it reminds a lot of fantasy but without the actual fantasy parts.
I give this show 6 out of 5 stars and if you're into Game of Thrones or Vikings then this is the next show for you. It's honestly such a freaking good show.
If you're looking for further proof of how good it is, it scored a whopping 92% on Rotten Tomatoes!

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Hey guys!
So the tip of the week that I want to share with you is to have some kind of writing tool on your phone or your tablet.
We got two free Microsoft Office subscriptions when we bought our tablets a couple of years ago, and got access to the whole Office which now also includes Word for your phone or tablet. It's an amazing app, simple to use and whenever I'm out and I get an idea I just open up the app and write away. It works great with your OneDrive as well as OneNote so you can easily access your documents and notes anywhere you are. My free subscription ended this September, and it cost me about $76 to renew it for a year. If you're not into paying for a whole year, you can pay per month instead.

Whether you're into Office or you're more of an Apple fan (I know a lot of creators are), having a program that you can use on-the-go is an amazing tool and I highly suggest installing one.
If you don't want to pay at all, there are several other apps and programs that you can use instead that are also pretty great; JotterPad, Writer Plus, and Writer.

Love you guys
Love you mom
❤️

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Hey guys!
Right now I'm watching the series The Last Kingdom on Netflix. It's about a kid that's been kidnapped and raised by vikings, and his father was a lord before their fort was attacked, so he has the right to that title and then he has to go back now that he's an adult. Long story short; it's like Game of Thrones but a little nicer.
I've only seen 23 minutes so far but it looks promising.

So what's new? Weeeell, I started taking a new medication about a week ago, and it's an anti-depressant called Sertralin and these pats ~3 days have been pretty fucking great. I don't know if it's because of the pills or because life decided to give me a freaking break, but everything has been good and I've been happy. So right now it's like is this the way "normal" people feel all the time? That's amazing! But at the same time, my family is suffers a lot of bad luck, and it's always something new that it pretty minor, then when everything's fine for a couple of days, something big usually happens. So right now it's like will something bad happen or am I just feeling good because of my pills?
Both today and yesterday was spent cleaning and putting up Christmas decorations, and today I've also done some laundry and done the dishes, so that feels nice. I also haven't been sitting at my computer until now in the evening.

Just wanted to update you all on what I've been doing and now I'm gonna go back to my show.
Love you guys
Love you mom
❤️

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Hey guys!
When you're going to learn anything, ANYTHING, wikiHow is the way to go. If you're unfamiliar with the site; google anything you want to learn and a link to the page usually shows up. A good example is this link, that tells you everything basic about writing good stories, (and it's also where I borrowed the picture).
This page has five parts; Getting Inspired, Improving Your Story Writing Skills, Developing Your Story, Revising Your Story, and Sample Excerpts.

Now, the fun thing to do if you're not that into writing (either at all, or you're just not into it right now), go to the page, then under Explore you press Random Article. I got the article How to Plan and Birthday Party the first time, which is made up of THREE parts, including Getting Ready for the Party. There's also How to Eat Papaya Seeds, and How to Sleep with a Cold.

Hope you guys are great today, and don't forget to comment below if you find something fun or interesting on wikiHow!
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Etiketter: fun, useful, writing, help

Hey guys!
Yeah, so if you can't tell, this is a picture of me. Not a good one, I agree, but still.

I slept away the majority of the day again and then I went to Rebecca around 6.30 pm. We decided a couple of daysa go that we were gonna hang out a little, eat and talk since her fiancé was away on a work christamas dinner thing. We met up, bought pizza and went back to her place to watch a movie. Super nice and I've missed hanging out with her, since we usually only meet for like an hour once every other week and eat something quick in town before we both go our separate ways again. So today was pretty great.

I also got an early christmas present from her and her partner! We three went to the baptism last week together for our mutual friends baby, and then we had different choices of food afterwards and I chose hot dogs because I love it and I'm pretty basic. Afterwards they found this t-shirt with a hot dog on it and bought it for me. (And on the back is a brand logo for a company that mostly sell car parts, but they also serve hot dogs, which has now become their thing. And I don't know anything about cars, so this is perfect). I'm very happy for it because obviously they know me, and then I came home and showed my mom because I was so excited, and I asked her where she thought it was from and she said the company name right away. Because she and my brother bought the same t-shirt for me as a christmas present several weeks earlier and they've been trying to hide it because they didn't want me to find out. It's such a small thing but it really shows that the people I love and care about do the same for me, and it's such a specific t-shirt so it's amazing that they both bought it. So thankful for my real friends and family.

Hope everybody reading this has had a great saturday as well and now in a couple of minutes it's gonna be first advent sunday so we'll hopefully put up some christmas decorations tomorrow.

Love you guys
Love you mom, and thanks for the t-shirt
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Hey guys!
So today is friday, which means that another work week has past already, which is freaking insane. I haven't done much this week either; I've written a little, played some games and watched Alice Through the Looking Glass four times. I know, it's insane, but I can watch some movies over and over and over again, like just hit the play button right after it ends and re-watch it and still love it. It's like.. Something about the feeling that I get from certain movies that make me wanna re-live it again, or in this case, not leave Wonderland. (It is also pretty common for people with, among other, Aspergers to watch a movie over and over, although maybe not right after it ended, because it can give a sense of control and peace knowing what's going to happen when etc.).
I'm currently making lasagnette, which is lasagna but with butterfly shaped pasta instead of the big squares that are impossible to fit in the gratin dish.

On monday I'm thinking about starting to read one book per week. I want to start reading for fun again, because even though I constantly write about reading improving your writing, I don't read as much as I'd like. So come monday, you'll find me with my nose in a book. Then maybe I'll write about the book on sunday or monday after. We'll see how it goes.

And if you've read my blog before; I wrote about a court case some month ago and how it turned my life upside down, and that is finally settled now so I am allowed to write about it, which I probably will in the near future.

Now it's dinner time! Love you guys
Love you mom
❤️

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Welcome!

I'm a 24 year old woman born and living in Helsingborg, Sweden.
On this blog I focus a lot writing; writing my stories, helping you write your stories as well as some book-/movie reviews that I feel fit in here. Other than literature, I also write about my personal life, my opinions on news and pictures of my dog.
As someone struggling with Bipolar Disorder type 2, I also post about mental health.

I would describe myself as too honest, complains a lot, and write long posts.

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