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BJJ!

Published 09/11/2012 by Lily Crussell

Crazy week. Seriously mental. I restarted ballet again on Monday after an 11 year break. I clearly forgot how bad I was before I gave it up as I was appalling in class. I remembered NOTHING! I knew what the exercises were, but my body clearly didn’t want to do what my mind was telling it to. Worst part? The 75+yr old woman in the class who was kicking my butt. She was scary, and she’d only started as an adult! Oh the shame.

Then, as if I don’t have enough to keep me busy, I decided to take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Holy crap that was…an experience. Have you heard the saying ‘No sex please, we’re British’? Well this went against that in so many ways. I was the only girl in a class of pumped men. I’m 5ft 5 and 8 stone. They were all muscular and had been coming for years. I nearly died from the warm up (which involved grown men skipping in a circle heh heh). In my pole class, we do ten press ups and about 40-50 slowish crunches. In the WARM UP for BJJ I did 150 fast crunches and about 50 press ups. I could see all the boys were watching to see how I coped, and I was damned if I was going to be ‘the girl’ by failing. I was already knackered from running in circles and all that jazz, bu to then do the evil pressups etc? Wow.

The fun really began after that. A guy came over and introduced himself before essentially spending a large chunk of the class with his crotch in my face or pinning me to the ground, or wrapping his legs around me. I’m pretty closed off with physical contact. I don’t hug my family or friends, so to have a complete stranger be that close was…surprisingly ok. I kept waiting for my mind to catch up, freak out and have me run from the room, but it didn’t happen. Girls of the world, you NEED to learn BJJ. It will teach you how to get out of being held down, or pinned if you’re ever attacked, and none of it depends on size or weight. I know I already feel a little more confident about my personal safety and you can’t put a price on that!

I did encounter several problems when the guy chucking me around asked; ‘So what would you do now?’ Apparently saying ‘Go for the nuts’ is not acceptable or appropriate, but I was being serious. That’s what a girl is taught to do! That or pop the eye out, break the nose or go for the instep. None of these things were allowed. Trust me, if I’m ever in a dangerous situation, I won’t be worrying about BJJ ettiquette. Sean Patrick Flannery has a lot to answer to @seanflanery. The boy has been talking about BJJ so much, I had to see what the fuss was about!

In other news; just watched the newest ep of The Walking Dead. In the UK we get it the Fridy after the Sunday that America gets it on. That means the whole episode was completely ruined for me via FB and Twitter. Thanks guys! But did that stop me crying like a baby and snotting everywhere? Did it hell. Chandler Riggs and Laruen Cohan were amasing. I thought I was ok, the Andrew Lincoln decides I haven’t cried enough. No movie or TV show has ever made me cry before in my life. If I get this upset over characters I don’t care about, I pray they don’t kill Daryl off as I might have to be sedated!

In NaNo news, I haven’t written a single word in two days. I got a bit caught up in making bookmarks for the book’s launch on 22.12.12 and once I start doing that, I keep going until I run out of ink/paper/laminating sheets. I already have a billion to give away, but I’ve changed the design slightly to include different info so decided to make some more. I don’t remember what it’s like having a bedroom that actually looks like a bedroom. I have paper, bookmarks, swag and all sorts EVERYWHERE! It’s crazy!

Anyhoo, I should either go sleep (it’s 11.34pm) or eat something (bad idea) or write for NaNo (unlikely lol)

Love and Hugs,

Lily x

Also, I have had the same song on repeat for about two weeks now. I am so in love with it! Look up; ‘The Psychadelic Furs – Love My Way.’ x

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Remind me why….

Published 05/11/2012 by Lily Crussell

I thought NaNoWriMo was a good idea? Ok, so I’m up to 15,810 words, but they may very well be the worst 15,810 words I’ve ever written. I’m not kidding. I prepped for this like a demon, I read up, planned, sketched and outlined a book – and that’s probably why it all went to hell! Oh it was all so promising! I have more tha enough time to write, but am struggling to complete even a couple of paragraphs a day, and it’s all so disjointed it’s really starting to bug me. I know you’re not supposed to edit, and I haven’t, but I am tempted to scrap the whole thing. It sucks. It sucks big time.

If you’re insane enough to have signed up for it, add me; http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/lilycrussell  and we can all have a mutual btching session about how mental we all are to have entered into this! On the plus side, I have forced (katana to the throat) two friends to do it, and they now hate me lol.

That is my NaNo wall, the most prep I’ve ever done, and it has ultimately lead to failure! I will stick with it because I want to say I did it, but I’m really not happy with what I’m producing and doubt it can be reworked into anything useful! Grrr!

Sidenote; Yes I was looking at 9gag.com on my lappy when I took the photo, and yes, there are photos of @wwwbigbaldhead ‘s tatoos up there. I have a problem, I’m waiting for therapy ;p

It’s weird what can inspire you though. I am a little (read hell of a lot) obsessed with tattoos. I have none (solely because I’m so indecisive) and pretty much spend hours looking through tattoo sites. Mr. Reedus’ particularly interest me, not just because it’s him,  but because they’re demons. As I’m sure you know I have a thing for angels and demons and was looking to incorporate something along this theme into NaNo. I was lookign up Angelic Script/Enochian and Alchemic symbols as I’ve seen some amazing tattoos on the subject and intended to work them into my NaNo novel. Planning is the death of creativity it seems. Admittedly my walls look awesome covered in pictures of tattoos and obscure random languages, but it didn;t help me write this damn thing.

I’ve just made a count of all the unfinished novels on my harddrive that I should be working on rather than doing NaNo, and we’re up to 25. 25 half finished books! Jeez, I didn’t think it would be that bad! And that’s only the obvious ones, there could be tonnes more under obscure titles that I’ve forgotten about! :O   I’m too easily distracted! Some authors complain they don’t have ideas….I have too many, then get excited about something new and start doing that, abandoning the other story, then do it again, and again, and again! Grrrr! The problem is, with forcing myself to write for NaNo, I’m not excited about it. It feels like a chore and I’m starting to hate the story (and it’s only been 5 days!)

Anyhoo, whining over.

Ok, I lied, one more whine. I hate living in the UK this time of year! Bleeping fireworks! Grrrrrrrr!

Love and Hugs.

Here’s some Flandus to cheer you (Me!) up!;

On the subject of Nahman’s tats, you can just about make out the red ‘Mingus’ one on his arm. x

I HATE WORDPRESS!

Published 28/10/2012 by Lily Crussell

ImageAm I the only one having serious problems with this site? I have put up three posts and not one of them have shown up, so it looks like I haven’t posted in AGES!

In other news, I have a really rubbish cold, so stay well away! I feel utterly blergh! Hungry but can’t face food, nose hurts from blowing it etc etc ad infinitum.

I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo in Nov and am very excited. This is the most planning I have ever done for a novel. Usually I don’t like planning as I think it limits inspiration and I end up changing it anyway, but it might be easier to hit word targets if I have some idea of what’s going on!

As far as the print version of ‘Of Darkness and Light’ is concerned, 22nd Dec. I’m very excited about the cover as I think it’s gorgeous. The wonderful ‘Must Love Fangs’ on Facebook did it for me and I am in love! Also very jealous as I wouldn’t even know where to start!

Any experts on Enochian/Angelic script? Message me if you have a clue lol.

Lots of love

Lily x

BTW, The Prophecy gif yay! Go watch this movie if you haven’t seen it, it’s brilliant. Viggo Mortensen is perfect as Lucifer, and Christopher Walken is his usual awesome self!