Category Archives: Inspired

Introducing The Mummy Diaries!

So The Mummy Diaries is the name that I have decided to use for my posts about pregnancy and beyond, I feel like it is fitting as I will be a mummy very soon! and I wanted to distinguish these posts from my others, so there we have it, The Mummy Diaries is my new series! I was considering starting a whole new blog for this series but I struggle to keep up with this one sometimes so having two that I’m trying to post on would probably be a bit of a nightmare!

Anyway, keep an eye out, i will post an update on my pregnancy every two weeks and then there will be other random posts inbetween!

First up: Baby Haul coming March 1st!

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Global Games Jam Day 2: Origami Dragons & Sneak Peeks!!

Today has been a long and tiring day, we have however got a lot done, we now only have one level left to implement which hopefully will be done either late tonight or tomorrow morning nice and early!

I do have a sneak peek of our game for you guys though!


This is part of the first level of our game, Cooking With Cthulhu!

Let me know what you guys think! 😃

Also I mentioned the other day that I would be making an origami mascot… Well it’s taken me two days and about five attempts but here he is…. Mushu the origami dragon!

 

Mushu ❤️

 

Games Jam is a great but very tiring experience, if you’ve ever done it you will know that sleep deprivation kicks in pretty quick and when it comes to 5pm on the Sunday everyone is more than ready to go home, but like I said it is a ton of fun and definitely something to experience at least once!

Tomorrow is the last day and it’s tools down at 3pm so it’s going to be a very early start tomorrow, but, I cannot wait to see our game when it’s finished 😄

For now though it is goodnight and I shall see you all tomorrow!

Sarah

Global Games Jam Day 2: Pixel Art & Snacks

Today is day 2! 

All is going really well so far, hopefully I don’t jinx it by saying this but I reckon maybe we will be finished early, we have one level of three complete already and all the art is pretty much done, we just have to sort our menu, intro and get everything together in engine and we are done! Our scope has been much more appropriate this year as well so it has felt a lot more relaxed which is nice!

I’ve been working on a cauldron, it’s been a long time since I’ve done any 2D/Pixel Art but I’m pretty pleased with how it’s turned out 😄 

Original Cauldron!

It has taken me most of yesterday evening and about half of today to get to a point where I was completely happy with it, I also have a couple variations of it which are now all finished!  

Cauldrons finished!

I think it looks awesome! 

We have tons of other art assets that are now finished as well and they are all amazing! Can’t wait to see how this game looks when it’s finished! 

Anyway, I’m gunna go upload a sneak peek of our game to YouTube now and then I shall share it with you all!

Also incase any of you were wondering, our game is called Cooking With Cthulu! 

It’s gruesome and awesome! 

Anyway, I am actually going now, I’ll post again later! 😃

Sarah

How Do You Blog?

So my shitty internet connection recently has inspired this post.

I paid £40 for the privilege of using BT WiFi hotspots for the next month, cause my housemate cancelled our contract with Virgin seeing as he goes to Japan in like 5 days, and to say that the connection is bad would be an understatement, my desktop wont connect to it, my laptop which I’m currently using is temperamental with the connection, my iPad is really the only thing I have that can’t get a decent connection, but I guess it’s not meant to be used as a home connection so that’s why it’s not all that great….

However, the bad connection inspired this post, so lets roll with it, I wanna know what you guys blog on the most? and where is the strangest place you have blogged from? 😀

This should be fun!

Normally I just blog from my desktop in my bedroom, nothing special but it’s where I spend most of my time these days, sat at my PC playing games, watching YouTube and of course blogging 😀

Recently though I’ve been forced to blog from my iPad a lot, due to bad connection, I don’t like doing it from my iPad all that much, I’d rather do it from a PC if I had the choice, iPads are great and I love mine but blogging from it is a bit of a pain, mainly because if I wanna add a photo or something I have to save it to my iPad first, and that’s just annoying 😛

Occasionally I will blog from my laptop, in the lounge or from my bed…. cause yeah I’m lazy 😛 in fact I’m currently blogging from my bed!

Its comfy! don’t judge me 😛

And very, very rarely I will blog from my phone, I think I’ve done it like once or twice at most, and that brings me to the weirdest place I’ve ever blogged, it was on a train using my phone, this is the post “Kudos To Commuters” and I think I was on my way home from Stafford for a driving lesson 😛

So yeah, that’s how I blog! mostly using my desktop, but occasionally when my internet is bad or I’m not near a PC I use my iPad 😀

I will be blogging a lot from my iPad in Disney, unless the hotel has PCs that I can use 😛

How do you guys do it?

Also whats your preferred device and what inspires your posts the most?

So many questions I know, but I’m interested in you guys! 😀

Rough Week….

This week has been a pretty tough one for me, deadlines are looming and I have literally no motivation. It’s been an uphill struggle, trying to make myself do work, it just wasn’t working, I was close to just calling it quits, that’s how crap I’ve felt this week, add to that having an awful pain in my side that just won’t go away, its eased now but every now and then it comes back.

I think Friday was the worst of it, motivating myself to get out of bed has been hard all week but Friday I just couldn’t do it, so, I did the only thing I could, I stayed in bed all day sleeping and watching movies…. not very productive I know but it was breaking point, I think if I’d have gone into uni Friday it would probably have been a very bad decision, or, bad decisions would have been made.

Fortunately, Gilly came round and made me feel better in the evening, we watched movies together and chilled =) now I’m feeling so much better, I’m even motivated to do work! so I have some serious crunching to do, I have a week 6 check up that I’ve done no work for and a hand in, in 2 weeks, which I’ve also done no work for! should be fun =D

My mate sent me this today, it’s now set as my desktop background and shall remain there for a while!

It made me smile =) and it’s very true!

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So if any of you guys are having a bad day or feel completely unmotivated, remember that little quote =D

Think happy thoughts! That’s my advice for this week and I shall be doing it myself!

Life Is Gooood!

So last night I was lay in bed on my iPad reading other people’s blogs and I found one that got me thinking, thinking about how thankful I am for everything and everyone I have in my life at the minute =)

So where do I start? I guess a good place to start would be with the blog I was reading, so here it is, go check it out it might get you thinking too!
It’s called thoughtsunqualified and the post was about acceptance, mine isn’t quite the same but it’s around the same sort of topic =)

My family….. My family are amazing, don’t get me wrong sometimes they are annoying as hell but I wouldn’t change them for the world, my dad is hilarious and my mom, well sometimes we clash, especially when I was younger, were both very hot headed but not so much these days, I’ve learned to just sit back and ignore, learnt which battles should be fought and which I should let go, but all the same she is an amazing woman, I can talk to her about anything and she will help, she has always been there for me, as has my dad and they both have my best interests at heart, even if sometimes I can’t see it, I know they are usually right. My sister is awesome too, we used to fight a lot when were younger, but now we talk and hang out, get drunk together and have fun, I can tell my sister things I can’t tell anyone else, and she will always be there for me, as I will for her =)

My friends….. I have the best social group, like that’s not even an exaggeration, when I was going through my break up they were all there for me, even when I was constantly mopey and did nothing but moan or get depressed, they never told me to shut up and they were always giving me advice =) I also love how we rally around each other on deadline days, we keep each other motivated and I know if I run into a problem I can turn to them for help, I’m pretty sure I would have failed a lot of uni work by now if it wasn’t for them, life without them would be very boring, they make me happy and I couldn’t be without them =) it’s funny really, I came to uni with no intentions of making friends, I was here to get my degree and that was it, now here I am 3 years later talking about how amazing they all are! How times and attitudes change =)

My boyfriend….. Well what can I say, he is amazing, he makes me incredibly happy =) I can talk to him about literally anything and I know he won’t laugh at me or judge me, I know I can rely on him for anything, he’s kind, caring and funny and such a gentleman to me =) he’s amazing at cooking, like, he makes the best cumin chicken ever!! He’s there when I need someone to vent to or just to talk in general, I can share secrets with him that I’ve never told anyone and I know he will never break my trust =) we have a laugh together and we have a lot of fun together! I’m a lucky girl to have him in my life =) he’s also pretty damn sexy, in my opinion =P

My extended family….. Well these guys are the best, they make me laugh, our family get togethers are always a ton of fun and my one aunt on my moms side has kept me going many many a time and I am incredibly grateful for her help and just generally for all of them =)

Freedom….. I love my freedom, I love living away from home, not having to answer to anyone, being able to come and go as I please without having someone ring me up to see where I am, I enjoy my 2am walks to ASDA alone with my headphones blaring, I don’t do it often, usually when I find a situation overwhelming, it gives me space, space to think and get things in order before I confront said situation. I enjoy the freedom of being able to get stupidly drunk, knowing that I’m going home to my own house where I can spend the whole of the next day in bed feeling sorry for myself and I especially love the spontaneity that living away from home gives me, I can just invite people over whenever I want, or they can just drop in when they feel like it, cause it’s my house and I don’t need to ask permission!

So yeah, right now my life is pretty awesome I’m enjoying every minute of it, taking each day as it comes and hoping that it just keeps on getting better! I wouldn’t change it for the world!

And hey it’s Friday! That’s something else to be thankful for right cause tomorrow is the weekend!

Hope you guys are all having an awesome day =D

Sarah

The Top 5 FREE Apps To Get You More Productive At Uni

Just gunna put this here for any of you Students out there who are like me and find it impossible to not get distracted =P

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I love my gadgets – but when it comes to studying, technology can be a curse. If Netflix isn’t tempting you into a late-night Breaking Bad marathon, your phone’s buzzing because your BFF is having a boy crisis or your latest squeeze is getting a bit flirty on snapchat (don’t look so coy, you know what I mean). But it doesn’t have to be that way – there’s a ton of apps out there designed help you study and stay productive. And I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get…

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Zombie Apocalypse Dream Team…

Forget football dream teams, what about Zombie Apocalypse dream teams!

Its Jan 1st 2015, there’s an eerie feeling, you’re not sure why but you get up and look out your window, the streets are empty, you head downstairs and put the news on….. your family is gone, it’s just you and the parrot, all the news stations are off air, in fact you notice there are no programs scheduled for today…..

Things are starting to feel very weird now, you go grab the parrot and your pistol and head out to see if you can figure out whats going on, as you walk towards town you notice there are very few people around, those that you do see are packing things into their cars and leaving rather hastily…. you ask whats going on but everyone seems distracted, nobody stops to answer so you carry on into town, as you approach the edge of town you spot a group of people, they look drunk, stumbling around like they’ve been out all night, then you spot more, big crowds of drunks…. at least that’s what you think….. you notice a big plume of smoke in the distance, things are starting to feel really really strange now.

As you’re standing there you feel a hand on your shoulder, you turn startled, suddenly everything clicks into place, you’re staring at a zombie…. it can’t be, they said it was impossible….. you pull out your gun and shoot it, you realise those people you thought were drunks actually aren’t, the gunshot has attracted their attention as well as many many others…. time to go!

You get home pretty quickly, your street is still empty and seems relatively safe….for now… you take a couple of minutes to absorb whats going on, time to fortify your house, salvage what you can from the other empty houses and survive, hopefully you will meet other “survivors” along the way, cause strength in numbers right?!

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So with all that in mind, time to put together your Zombie Apocalypse dream team, you can have 6 members but they can be anyone you want, dead or alive, fictional or real, who would you have? and what role does each member have in your team?

My Zombie Apocalypse Dream Team:

1. Hannibal (Cook/Brains)

2. The Hulk (Muscle)

3. Iron Man (Weapons Expert)

4. Daryl Dixon (Archer)

5. Rick Grimes (Leader)

6. Hershel Greene (Medic)

With your dream team in mind, where would you pick as your base and why?

I think I would either pick an educational building e.g. school or university, mainly because these are usually pretty big buildings with doors that lock sections of it off from others, they have a lot of rooms and are usually more than one floor so would be pretty safe, if not one of them it would either be a supermarket or and underground station, supermarkets are big and full of food but I reckon that is where most people would head and underground stations are underground, you would probably be less likely to get found and infected hiding underground… I would hope anyway 😛

Or I would just lock down my house and raid my neighbours houses, grow food in my garden and the surrounding park land in the hope that I would survive!

What would you guys do?

Heres hoping 2015 doesn’t bring  zombie apocalypse, but if it does at least we will be prepared!!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this and I shall see you all tomorrow!
Sarah

Looking Back On Old Projects

Sup Guys!

Hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend =D I had a pretty good one, i’ve been dog sitting for my aunt along with Nick, they come home from their holiday today so then all of our dog sitting duties are complete! The weather has been pretty crappy here this bank holiday, I was kinda secretly wanting my parents to have a bank holiday BBQ but it hasn’t stopped raining all weekend =(

Anyway, today’s post is about looking back over old projects, mainly things that I did at college and one project in particular, it is one which I worked on as a group project, it never actually got finished which sucked but this was mainly due to there only being three of us in the group and probably biting off more than we could chew.
Yesterday I found the plans for this “game” I say game it was more a single level… but yeah, I found the sketches for it and thought it would be cool to come back to it, maybe not turn it into an actual game as I don’t single handedly have all the skills needed e.g. rigging, animation etc.

Here are the sketches for what the level looked like, the pics are hand drawn so aren’t exactly tidy but this is the first ever game I worked on =) and as part of my summer project thing I may go back to it and build it in UE4!!

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This was a basic plan that I drew, the idea was you were trapped on an abandoned underground platform of a train station, there’s a derailed train on the tracks and monsters, the end carriage is positioned underneath a hole in the roof of the underground station, the roof has collapsed and there is a hole in the roof of the carriage, to escape the platform you must first kill all of the monsters and then climb up through the hole, however, until all the monsters have been killed the last carriage is locked, this will obviously stop people from just running to the end and escaping without having killed any monsters. That was the basic idea we came up with as a group anyway, I may however go back and tweak it a bit to make it more interesting, e.g. when you climb through the hole you come out in the upstairs section of the station where more trouble awaits…… not sure yet but I shall keep you all up to date =) I also found some concept art that was drawn for us, her name was Zoe and she was another student at our college =D

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These are the concept art drafts for how the level will look and the concept art for the monsters that were going to be in the game, however I will more than likely change how they look in my version, I was now thinking maybe more zombies or something, I have a bit of a thing for apocalypse style games at the minute =P

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This was the final piece of concept art that she did for us, I think it sort of sets the atmosphere for the game but I also think that it was lacking a bit, but who am I to judge its better than anything I could ever do, it was also her first ever piece so it is pretty good, all things considered.

I will post more about what I have decided to do and will no doubt share the process with you guys, I have other bits of work from college that I would like to go back to at some point cause I think it would be fun to reflect on them now I have more experience and make them better =D

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this and as usual I shall see you all tomorrow!
Sarah

Hanging Out With The Family =D

Today has been a pretty relaxing and fun day, me and Nick spent the day hanging out with our awesome niece, she is a little ball of energy even when she hasn’t had much sleep, we spent most of the afternoon playing her version of hide and seek in the garden, chasing her around and having picnics with her plastic food, she also has the cutest laugh in the world and finds it hilarious when you chase her, so that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing today After she went to bed we had a few games of cards and I won about three games =D Now I’m here writing this =P

I have another driving lesson tomorrow which I’m really looking forward to, it’s at 11:10 and will be my 4th lesson! I’m learning in a nice red Ford Fiesta and am usually pretty fast at learning technical things so I’m hoping that it wont take me too long to get this down, however I’m not going to rush things cause then I will obviously fail and I don’t want to do that =P

I also want to share this wonderful page with you all, it’s called Stephens Story, it is a page created by Stephen Sutton who was 19 and had cancer, he passed away this morning and I have been following his page for the last few weeks, he has been doing a lot of fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust, he has raised over 3 million pounds and I am sure that number will continue to grow, but following his story has made me think about life, how precious it is and how things can take a turn for the worse at any minute, but also it made me thankful for being who I am and for having such an awesome family, life is for living and he definitely lived his life, although he wasn’t here for long he made a big impact on so many people and so many people’s lives and he raised a lot of money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Remember guys it is your life! Make sure you live it and make yourself happy!

Hope you all enjoyed this and I will see you all tomorrow!
Sarah