We all do it on Facebook… Don’t we?
I have today finally got around to watching Blackfish, and even though it did make me cry, it opened my narrow, naive and ignorant mind to it all.
I have been to SeaWorld three times. I thought that the Whales were all well looked after and very happy in captivity, I mean a lot of people believe that right? We’re all mistaken. They aren’t happy and are kept in poor conditions. Their lives are miserable. I feel dirty for ever going to SeaWorld, and I certainly won’t be going ever again!
Whether you have been to SeaWorld or not, you HAVE to watch Blackfish and conduct your own research to learn the harrowing and heartbreaking truths of Tilikum and SeaWorld’s ‘care’ for him. It’s completely shocking and inhumane. SeaWorld should be ashamed of themselves. I hope that they get shut down, and Tilikum can try to recover from his years of hurt and frustration.
Watch Blackfish and support the cause in anyway you can. There are many petitions, Facebook groups etc highlighting the appeal to free Tilikum, but the most important thing is to spread the word and open the mind of the millions of small minded and ignorant humans.
As human beings, lets do the right thing and do what is best for Tilikum!
After three years of writing fiction, screenplays, radio scripts, stage scripts, poetry, short fiction, flash fiction and studying the many theorists within the English Language, I have finally graduated Kingston University with a BA(Hons) degree in Creative Writing with English Language and Communications.
Education was very difficult for me at first; especially for a child who had speech therapy and attended extra classes for handwriting, spelling and mathematics.
I had a tough time learning throughout the school years of my education. I think a huge effect was that I was put down by a number of teachers along the way; always predicting me mediocre grades. I remember one teacher told me that I would be lucky to get a ‘D’ in English Language and completely doubted my ability to attend university to study English.
Well here I am, around 3 years after you told me I wouldn’t go to uni; with a mortarboard on my head, and a degree in Creative Writing with English Language & Communications added to my CV.
I am confident that I’ve proved you wrong, but I do have to thank you for spurring me on to do so.
From this post you can take the belief that no one should have the right to tell you that you can’t do something. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something. If you want to attend university, then you can do it!
Heres some advice to write a convincing and leading female character…
Karin Slaughter – Cop Town & Blindsighted
Blurb: Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD… – Goodreads
I did like this story. It was a solid detective novel which was hard to put down at times, however it didn’t blow me away. I had a lot of suspicions as I read the book, a lot of which turned out to be the sneaky twist inserted by Karin Slaughter.
An average read. 3/5.
Blurb: A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it’s only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer’s twisted work becomes clear.
A typical Karin Slaughter novel in all the right ways. This was much better than Cop Town in my opinion, but I thought that it was slightly too graphic and violent. The murder at the beginning of the book is certainly not a murder for the faint hearted to read. It did affect me in such a way that it had me thinking and imagining the feelings and the pain of the murder itself; I often thought about the circumstances and imagined how it would feel.
It was a good book with a good set of twists and turns and an element of difference throughout the book. I thought that it was a little too graphic at the beginning, but still had me wanting to read more. 4/5
Liz Jensen – The Rapture
Blurb: It is a June unlike any other before, with temperatures soaring to asphyxiating heights. All across the world, freak weather patterns—and the life-shattering catastrophes they entail—have become the norm. The twenty-first century has entered a new phase.
I liked the characterisation in this, and I enjoyed following the story of Gabrielle and Bethany; I liked the relationship between them too. Although not always pleasant, you could tell that Gabrielle did care about Bethany.
I feel that to enjoy this book you have to be in the right mind set. You need to be open minded and accepting of Bethany.
Overall it had many questions form as you progressed through the book, and it certainly got you contemplating throughout the book.
A decent read, I would give it a 3.5/5
I would probably recommend Blindsighted and The Rapture to friends, and potentially Cop Town if you’re a fan of detective kind of novels.
If you’ve read them, do not hesitate to let me know what you thought of them.
“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” – Tom Clancy