How To Train Your Dragon is back!

On 7 June, DreamWorks released the first trailer for the third installment of the animated hit fantasy series, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

DR3_Tsr1Sheet_HiddenWorld_RGB_2SMIt’s been nine years since the first How To Train Your Dragon film flew into cinemas across the world. Two films have followed the adventures of young viking, Hiccup, and his unique dragon Toothless, as they protect the Isle of Berk and it’s people from multiple threats and it looks like it will be no different in the third and final film… well, except for Hiccup’s beard.

In 2014, I was lucky enough to be selected to travel to Norway to celebrate the release of HTTYD 2 for National Geographic Kids magazine. It was the most amazing experience, especially having not been to the country before.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the head of character animation, Simon Otto, in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, took part in a spot of dragon racing (thankfully whilst firmly on the ground) and even gave indoor skydiving a go to … all of which were caught on camera and published on the NG Kids YouTube channel!

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is due in cinemas next spring.



A whole new world: going freelance

I’m so excited to be back to blogging! Since becoming a full-time writer, my blog has sadly fell by the way side as I completely and wholeheartedly immersed and dedicated myself to perfecting my style of writing.

Screen Shot 2018-05-15 at 22.19.06For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to take on freelance projects. I believe freelancing will help me develop and broaden my knowledge and experience even further, and now just feels like the right time to branch out and begin my new chapter.

Without sounding like I’m blowing my own trumpet, I have a really exciting future ahead of me. I recently got engaged to someone who’s job entails a lot of travelling so I know that freelance writing would be the perfect fit. What with wedding planning in full swing and the prospect of taking on new challenges and projects, I’ve never felt happier.

Writing for a weekly current affairs magazine has shown me that I am capable of writing about any topic in any length, whether it be full page features or news stories told in just 45 words.

On the topic of freelance projects… yesterday I received an email confirming that I had been accepted as a Standard level writer on Copify! I had submitted my CV and a sample of work over the weekend, and was surprised to have been confirmed so quickly (the website said it could take up to seven days). So I’m looking forward to getting started and being able to sink my teeth into some copywriting projects.

I’ll of course be keeping my page updated with all the exciting ventures I begin and I look forward to seeing where this takes me.

Until next time…

A house divided

#213: Pick a divisive issue currently in the news. Write a two-part post in which you take on two personas and approach the topic from both sides. 

The first issue that came to mind was the rising violence between Israel and Gaza, but I don’t know enough about it to even be able to write one approach to this awful conflict. I don’t know the in’s and out’s of it but I know for a fact, that war is just wrong and pointless. All it ends with is devastating loss of life and everlasting damaged families. 

I would have taken the time to look into it, so that I could formulate a two sided approach, but we are on press week so it’s all a little hectic. 

From the collection of the artist

#205: It’s the year 2114. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2014. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?

The year 2014. Oh how they did things differently back then! Not that it wasn’t great… they had the triumphant 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the oh-so controversial Winter Olympics in Russia, the FIFA World Cup with Germany emerging as it’s victors and of course, the gorgeous Prince George’s first birthday, but to name a few.

There were however, incredibly devastating disasters such as the disappearance of Malaysian Flight MH370, the overwhelmingly tragic crash of MH17 a few months later, the terrible wars and conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, followed shortly by the violence between Israel and Hamas and then the insanely evil Boko Haram. As the Queen used back in 1992, this year was also in many peoples minds, an Annus Horribilis!

On a lighter note, that year the world was blessed with Disney’s epic film Frozen, people of all ages were obsessed with selfies, planking and loom bands, and most importantly, same-sex marriage became legal in sixteen countries! It really was the beginning of a new era, as you will find out from this new exhibition. Get ready to step back in time!

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#52: If you could un-invent something, what would it be? Discuss why, potential repercussions, or a possible alternative.

After giving it lots of thought, I’ve decided that I’d undo unpaid internships. After having done one myself for over a year, I now realise – even though short term ones can be incredibly useful – just how wrong they are. These work experience placements have had a lot of coverage in the news recently due to new laws being discussed, which will hopefully prevent situations similar to mine. Don’t get me wrong, I did learn a heck of a lot over that year and am very grateful that the organisation gave me such a sought after opportunity even though I didn’t have qualifications in that industry, but without realising it, after 5-6 months of the internship I was effectively “doing a job” with set duties and hours, so by law was entitled to minimum wage. Not knowing any different combined with the strong desire to stay a part of the team, I kept schtum through fear of losing this privilege. I guess it’s that age-old, never-ending, vicious circle – the fact that you can’t get a job without relevant experience, yet no-one seems to be willing to give you your first work experience placement, especially if you don’t have another job to support yourself financially.

My solution would be to only offer work experience placements for a maximum of two weeks and unless they are purely shadowing and not doing tasks for the company, then they must be paid minimum wage. I know that times are tough at the moment but they’re tough on everyone. If the company needs work to be done then they need to be prepared to pay for it to be done, otherwise the project should be dropped entirely. There’s a thin line between right and wrong when it comes to this, so why risk it?