Some upcoming changes.

This post is hard to write, but after something that happened yesterday, it’s something I have to do. Before I say anything else, I’d like to thank everyone for reading and sharing what I’ve written, it’s reassuring to know that my work has resonated with people. I’ve put a lot of work into this blog, and that work has led to some opportunities, and I hope it leads to more.

This blog is a labour of love, and I’ve met some great people as a result of my writing. I’m happy for people to share my work on social media (it’s why I have the sharing buttons), but some time in the next week I’m going to be putting a copyright notice on my blog, because this happened:

This tweet makes absolutely no sense. There is some sort of newspaper generator that allows people to create online newspapers made of other people’s work. I’ve gotten a couple of these in the past, but there’s always been a link to the website and the website will link back to my work. I spent some time last night on the UiTV website trying to find which story I ‘wrote’ for them, and I couldn’t. That’s not the point though. As far as I can tell, this website makes money off of advertising, and it republished my work without my permission for free. I wrote it for free, but that’s because I wanted to, and I was never asked for permission to republish.

This is why I’ve put a copyright notice in the sidebar. Feel free to share on social media, and by all means reblog on WordPress, that is absolutely fine. After looking at WordPress’ guide to preventing content theft, I realised that this blog still doesn’t have a real title. “Insert title here” was only ever meant to be temporary, and it’s been there for over two years now. The floor is open to suggestions, so please add them in the comments or contact me on social media.

Winter is coming, but here’s what’s hot on streaming services in April – CNET

 

Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper

 

School holidays, autumn weather, the Anzac Day long weekend — there are plenty of reasons to stay in and stream your entertainment in April, and the streaming services are delivering.

Source: Winter is coming, but here’s what’s hot on streaming services in April – CNET

As usual, I’m going to highlight the things that I think are worth consuming in April, but click on the link for the new list. Just a note: due to time differences, season 6 of Game of Thrones airs on Mondays on Foxtel, and this year it premieres on ANZAC Day! How will it go? Which will get more views, the football or Game of Thrones? (I know it’ll be the football, but I can dream, right?) I’ve updated this to include dates.

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The next month or so.

Now that I’m not writing every day, I’m finding myself writing three to four posts a week, which is about right. I’d like to be writing more, but there are other things I’d like to focus on for the next couple of months, and I’m going to be very busy with choir when it gets closer to Easter. I have three reviews in my drafts that have been there for a month now, and all I’ve written is the titles – I know, I should just accept that I’m not going to write them. I’m not going away completely, but there certainly aren’t going to be any shows that I’m going to add to my rotation. I’ll keep writing about Jane the Virgin and iZombie, and probably Better Call Saul. I want to keep writing about Australian television, I’m just not sure what form that will take at this point in time. I’m already thinking about what to do for MasterChef this year, and it will probably include guest bloggers in one form or another. I put a lot of work into building this up last year, and I’m proud of it, but I need to take a (small) step back for a while. When I say step back, it’s not entirely true, because I’m sure my Jane the Virgin reviews will still be over 1000 words. I’m glad I decided to write every day last year, but it took a lot out of me, and very few posts were prepared in advance or edited in any way. I’ll be around.

What’s new on Australian streaming services in February – CNET

You could curl up and binge-watch the “Vicar of Dibley” holiday specials, or you could grab your chainsaw, lower your standards and get ready for “Sharknado 3”. Either way, streaming has you covered this month.

Source: What’s new on Australian streaming services in February – CNET

CNET is your place to go to see what’s new on Australian streaming services each month. Presto has an abundance of new shows and films to watch, while Netflix and Stan are having a quiet one, at least according to CNET. As I do every day, I just checked Stan’s New Addition page, and they’ve dropped at least ten new films in addition to Lolita and The Golden Compass. My particular advice on that is to not watch The Golden Compass, it was not a great film.

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The pile of books next to my bed

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This isn’t a real post today, but now that I’m home from house sitting, I decided to upload the photo of the books I have started. That’s not even the whole pile, there are more over on another table. Here are the books I’m planning to read this year before I start anything new (I have not prioritised these in any way – the pile is the priority):

  • The Seventh Miss Hatfield, Anna Caltabiano
  • Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  • The hand that first held mine, Maggie O’Farrell
  • Perfect, Rachel Joyce
  • The Distance Between Us, Maggie O’Farrell
  • How to be Bad, E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle
  • Disruption, Jessica Shirvington
  • The Intention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  • Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey
  • Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  • Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (not pictured)

Pop culture (and blog) goals for 2016

Distil a whole year down into a day,
Act like we all start over with a pristine slate.

– Sara Bareilles, “December”

I don’t often do lyrics, but Sara Bareilles is one of my favourite artists, and these lyrics perfectly capture the absurdity of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s resolutions. I don’t do resolutions, because they’re made to be broken, I have goals, which I set out to achieve. My main pop culture goals for 2015 were: read at least 5 nonfiction books – I made it to 3, which is 3 more than I read in 2014, and go and see more films, which I definitely did, setting myself the monumental task of seeing every film that was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards last year, as well as seeing some classic films in the cinema. That was an interesting one, because I ended up liking the film I was least looking forward to seeing (American Sniper) more than the one I was most looking forward to seeing (Birdman). That may be a game of expectations, I don’t know. Expectations are a strange thing.

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