Archive | January, 2012

Too tired.

28 Jan

I know I haven’t blogged in a few days…but I’m far too tired and thoughtless to write anything tonight.

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Beyond The Front Line

21 Jan

..is a book by Mike McRoberts. Mike has been the co-presenter of 3 News here in New Zealand.
His book covers some huge events in his career – from the Christchurch and Japan earthquake, to war in Iraq, and to making HUGE risks in order to get the story. It also shows us what it’s like being a journalist, the commitment, and how hard it is when you have a family. It’s fascinating reading all about what happens behind the story. Mike is luckily enough to travel overseas to major events to cover them, and his memoir tells us how it happens, what we don’t see on TV. The emotional moments, the VISA struggles, the shady hotels, the terrifying soliders, the violence and destruction they see.

It’s one memoir that I have been totally glued to, which is interesting because I’ve read a few. One part I found most interesting was how he worked for TVNZ, and had to struggle to resign from them when TV3 offered him a better opportunity.

I have nothing but respect and admiration for this man, whose career began in radio at a young age. His words have really reignited my passion to be a journalist, and couldn’t have come at a better time as I’m studying it this year.
I’ll admit that news has bored me recently. Our local paper, the Taranaki Daily News has seemed too light, fluffy and tryhard to excite me. TVNZ news seems bubble wrapped, and I just feel slightly uncomfortable watching/reading these sources. I don’t want to become a light and fluffy journalist, reporting on community events or the latest star in town. But I suppose you start somewhere.

Grrargh!

15 Jan

As you know, one of my new year’s resolutions was to read a number of books during the year.
It’s the 16th of January and I’ve already read two, being the final two books in “The Ellie Chronicles” trilogy, a series based after the events in “The Tomorrow Series”.

Anyway, I decided to attempt reading “The Passage”. It’s a book I brought sometime last year, and one of my good friends raved about about two years ago, plus it was on a ‘NZ Top 50 Books’ list. I had tried to read the book before but I lost interest.
I had blamed the fact I was busy dealing with other matters, moving houses and reading 3 other books at the same time.

So tonight I started on this mammoth novel again.
And failed.

It’s just not holding my attention, I get really bored by it and find myself struggling to keep focus. In the end, I retired the book to my shelf and there it shall stay until I am ready. That’s if I ever am.

So a little disappointed. My next book is by Ellen Degeneres and is just a silly book of her babble. I catch her tv show
Sometimes and it’s a great laugh. So I’ll zap though this comedic book and then hopefully launch into Mike McRoberts’ bio.

Rant over! 🙂

Empty World

14 Jan

I write this post knowing that no one is going to see it. Well, at least for awhile.
I made the decision to close my old blog, you know, the whaioraignition.wordpress.com one. If you’ve found this post and I haven’t shared the link with you, you must be clever, well done.
I’ve had that blog since I was 15, when my adventures with TVNZ, South Pacific Pictures and Shortland Street began. But like all good things, those adventures came to an end and I was out and about making my own film projects.

But I moved to Hamilton a few years later, and stopped blogging. But now that I’m back at home, feeling inspired by blogging, creative, and have something worth saying, I am here blogging once again. Because I didn’t know who my readers were anymore, and I felt a bit lost with the old blog, I decided to start fresh, so here I am!

Anyway, welcome. Thanks for wanting to read my tales and share my stories. I can’t promise they’ll be the most interesting,
but I’m going back to where the blog first began – my thoughts, adventures, no impressing others or tailing to specific people. And I love it 🙂

Inspirational Creativity

13 Jan

I’ve given myself the whole of January to decide my New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve never bothered with them before, but this year I want to make a real positive change after two years of meh.

One of my set goals is No Fast Food – and I’m only applying this to food chains like McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hutt, etc. I’m not ready to rule out Chinese, Fish & Chips, or the like because I don’t like having that sort of food often, and once every now and again it is fine by me. I’ve also decided to cheat a little and say this only applies in NZ – I’m going to Aussie soon and while I’ll make my best efforts to eat healthy food, I understand there will be some times where it’s not possible and starving myself is not something I am prepared to do.

Another goal is to join the Gym – now that I have set my roots in my hometown for the year, and I feel comfortable here, I am as keen as ever to join a Gym. I’ve even got a buddy! My best friend Mitch is also a member of Police Staff (we operate CBD cameras) and we get access to the police gym. He loves it, and I’m sure I will too.

I really want to build up my creativity in 2012 after being inspired by some people on Facebook and Pin-something. Reading is something I really enjoy, but I’ve often been turned off reading books by unknown authors of unknown genres – or put more simpily, I’ll read anything by JK Rowling but might stray away from Justin Cronin, just because he’s a stranger to me.
Well anyway, I want to read 30 books this year and I’m already onto my second. I’m reading reviews, choosing top 50 books and visiting bookstores to see what interests me. Im going to draw the line at the library though. I like to own my own books.

This year I begin my study towards being a real journalist. And it’s scary yet exciting, and I want to be in the best shape possible both mentally and physically for learning. So yay me 🙂