Stop! Questionaire time!

Yes, I’m one of those people who likes filling out surveys and such.

Your friend LP

Yup, it’s questionaire time again! Do you have (no) strong opinions on (the usage of the) words “Dude” and “Bro”, or just enjoy filling in questionaires? Here’s your chance to help me, a 4th year student of English Language and Literature, gather data to be used in a presentation and a paper:


If anything is unclear or if you have any questions, you can contact me either by leaving a comment or by emailing me at, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your help!

ETA 6 January 2015: All data has been gathered and the questionaire is now closed.

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Why I Have Been a Bit Distracted

I have been a little distracted from the zine-ish things in my life (which is bound to happen sometimes). However, this is because I have been working on a project that is very, very close to my heart.

So while it’s not quite ready to be released into the wild (final proofing and whatnot), I am happy to scream from the roof announce sing while I tango say that it is complete! Anything from here on out will be tinkering.

If I have your interest, take a look after the more tag… (Not sure there is a more tag in feed readers…)

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Guilty Pleasures

In the lull between Christmas and New Year’s, I find myself wrapping up a few more projects on the craft side of things (mostly cards).

What does that have to do with guilty pleasure? Well, I like to listen (and watch a little, depending on exactly what I’m doing) people playing games I like to play. Haha. It’s like sports for gamers.

I’ll get back to zine-ish things sooner rather than later. 🙂


Starting DA3

Starting on Dear Anonymous 3

I’ve been trying to think about how to start this all morning. I suppose the only answer to that is to muddle through and hope for the best.

With recent events in Sydney and now today in Pakistan, I am feeling powerless. And useless. I don’t want to call myself ‘a sensitive soul’ because that sounds like a label only someone else can give you. All that’s left to say is that my heart is aching, my tears are falling, and I’m not sure what to do about it.

What you don’t see here is the paragraph I’d typed, shaming myself for things that I have no control over (like having social anxiety) and for not doing more. But I refuse to do that. Berating myself serves no purpose, and it certainly doesn’t honour those who have died because of violence. My feelings of helplessness? Powerlessness? That means they win – the people who love nothing more than to make people feel afraid and powerless. I’m too competitive to let anyone win and take away my strength.

To the victims of violence: I remember you. I mourn you. I find the strength to keep standing because of you. I do what I can to bring something positive to the world.

Rest in peace.

And Now for Something Completely Different


In another life, I am not The Author or Nyx – I am an author. (If you’re curious about that stuff, I have an author blog.) I try to keep my zine life and my author life somewhat separate for the sake of my sanity aka organisation. But there is a bit of crossover needed on some occasions.

This is one of those times.

My third novel, Dark Echoes, has been been nominated by AusRomToday for the Cover of the Year Award. I’m very excited to have made it through the nomination round to be one of the ten finalists in the category.

This final round of voting is now up to the public and will be determined by the cover that gets the greatest amount of likes. There’s no signing up for anything, needing to like a page – it’s looking at the ten contestants and giving a like to the cover you think is the best of the lot. If you click the graphic at the top of this post, it’ll take you to the album. Click on the cover you like and then give the one you like the best a like.

It’s that easy.

There are a lot of great covers there, so definitely check everyone out. I do think, though, that Dark Echoes is in with a chance.

If I do win, it won’t be me alone winning. The business I get my covers from – Cohesion – is a small, local business on the way up. The cover designer himself (who works with Cohesion) is from the UK (and is amazing).

If, for some reason, clicking on the image doesn’t work, here is the direct link to the album where you can like to vote:

Many, many thanks from a self-publisher who dreams of success.

Off Topic: Greens Senator To Tony Abbott: “We Want Our Country Back”

I’m just so proud of this that I have to share. This is how Australians verbally bitch slap each other. Context? We hate our prime minister, and we’re really pissed off about what he’d been doing.

“We’re a few weeks out from the Western Australian Senate election on April 5, a do-over after 1370 votes were lost from the September 7 poll.

“Greens Senator Scott Ludlam was one of the likely losers of the initial botched attempt, narrowly missing out on a seat – and yesterday he stood in front of Parliament under the guise of inviting Prime Minister Tony Abbott to visit his state, and gave the Coalition one of the roundest shellackings you’re likely to be treated to.

Read more at: Greens Senator To Tony Abbott: “We Want Our Country Back”

The Truth

Sometimes it’s just better to come out and say these things.

The truth is that I am dealing with a particularly harsh case of winter blues. Depression. SAD. To the point where I have looked into checking myself into a psychiatric unit. Not because I am suicidal, but because I am having a hard time handling life.

I say this not to garner sympathy or for any response, really. I mention it because SeaGreenZines is a project I care about, and leaving this blog bare is something I don’t like doing. But, as much as I love it, this blog has to come after things like showering and eating. Unfortunately.

I know my absence is hardly anything to note, but should someone come across it, they will at least see that I am thinking of it – even if I haven’t posted in a while.

Until sunnier days…