Music Review: Nightwish – Élan

I have made no secret of the fact that I love Floor Jansen. She’s a perfect set of pipes in a giant Dutch body. I also really like Nightwish. Ok, so I was a huge fan of the Tarja-years Nightwish. I just could not get on board with the Anette-years Nightwish. Tarja was a classically…

Nervous Breakdowns: A How To Guide

Welcome to True Writes, a website where I, True, sometimes ramble on about shit that I love or hate for the simple catharsis that writing brings, especially when random strangers validate my feelings by liking or sharing my rants. Today I’m going to give you some hints and tips on how to really maximise your…

Death by Cretoxyrhina

The other day I nearly met my maker in the most embarassing of ways. Picture this: I am driving to work at 10:30 at night. I’ve just passed the Rex Lookout halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas and I have about 30km to go at this point. It’s a dark night, relatively cloudy but not…

Choc Raspberry and Coconut Protein Shake

I think I have died and gone to protein heaven! I find it very difficult to maintain my recommended levels of protein and fats. I operate on a 1.5g per pound of bodyweight ratio when I’m doing my strength training and without telling you my weight, that’s A LOT. I loathe bananas and avocados and…

Book and Movie Review: Gone Girl

If you haven’t heard of Gone Girl, you’ve been living under a rock. I also intend on making this post about as full of spoilers as you can get, so bugger off if you’re still under the rock and are comfy there. The book, as the cover states, is an “addictive no. 1 bestseller”, or…

Bill Bailey is Awesome…

Bill Bailey is awesome. This is a fact. Even though I’m predisposed to like him, he truly is hilarious. Why am I predisposed to like him? Well, he’s a larger than life clone of my uncle. They have the same look, although Bill has a bit more hair, they both fling their arms about when…

What’s Up?

OMG, sooo much stuff. I went to Oz Comic Con in Brisbane last month and it was amazing! I took Cailee and my mum and things like this happened… I met Joanne Kelly and immediately decided that she is my favourite person in the entirety of ever. We spoke about gender representation in television and…

Book Review: Top Secret Twenty-One

Gosh, I swear it only feels like yesterday I did the review for Takedown Twenty! Ok, looking back tells me it was in December, so it really wasn’t too long ago. Where to begin? Ok, this was definitely an improvement on the travesty that was Takedown Twenty but that’s kind of like saying that generic brand block…

GISHWHES 2014!

GISHWHES. Otherwise known as “The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen” or, that thing that Castiel from Supernatural keeps talking about. Do I really need to tell you what it is? I think the title is kind of self-explanatory. Misha Collins likes scavenger hunts and he decided to make one that can…

Japan and Unexpected Surprises

So, life got busy for a while. Now I’m living the dream.  Seriously. I got back from Japan a few days ago to discover that I got the job I wanted and that a suite of poems I wrote (you may remember I absolutely hate poetry) was actually highly commended and it was recommended I…