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Why I love Stardew Valley

Why I started playing Stardew Valley Games I enjoy playing the most are the ones that allow me to explore the virtual world, see new things, gather or find artefacts, build and craft things, but most of all a game that has a story element. However, there also needs to be a sense of continuity and progress as you complete a mission, craft things, or build relationships. I explained this to my brother-in-law once when we were talking about games and the aspects of games we enjoy the most. This is when he suggested I try playing Stardew Valley and...

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The art within Stardew Valley

Do you consider video games as a type of art? Video games are different from all forms of art because they are an amalgam of all the art forms. They exist out of illustration, narration, music, and so much more. By combining multiple art forms together, they create a platform that allows the audience to not only view the artist’s creation but to understand the deeper meaning embedded within the artwork through experiencing it. What is Stardew Valley? At first, Stardew Valley might seem like an average mundane game, but there are so many interesting story elements, beautifully composed music,...

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Challenged by South African Artist, Ros Koch.

Who is Ros Koch? Ros Koch is a South African artist. She was born in England, but moved to SA in 1998. Currently, she lives and works in Stellenbosch (Western Cape) with her family and various animals. She is a self-taught artist who is known for experimenting with different styles, mediums, genres and themes. According to Ros, this is all due to her unconventional route into the art world. Having spent many years in non-artistic environments, I still have a lot of exploring and experimenting yet to do. Ros Koch – Bristol24/7 She originally studied Law at Oxford University and...

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Discovering Dear Evan Hansen – Part 2

My journey with Dear Evan Hansen As I explained in Part 1 of this series, the first time I started listening to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack, I didn’t know much about the musical. I just happened to hear one of the musical’s songs on Youtube and that was the start of this journey… The music My first interaction with this musical was through an animatic on Youtube done by Linktoo based on the song; “If I could tell her”. I thought the song was sweet as it told a story of a girl’s dead brother and how he supposedly...

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Discovering Dear Evan Hansen – Part 1

Dear Evan Hansen is an original stage musical with music and lyrics by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, and screenplay by Steven Levenson. However, I didn’t know all of this the first time I heard one of the songs in the musical. My journey in discovering Dear Evan Hansen is a long and interesting one. A story I will elaborate on in Part 2 of the series: “Discovering Dear Evan Hansen“. In this article, I share what I’ve learned about the musical after listening to the musical’s soundtrack, countless interviews and after reading both the novel and screenplay. What is...

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Rising to the occasion with “Hair Love”

How I came to watch “Hair Love” I love animation short films because they always deliver a beautiful and fundamental truth or lesson about life. So, whenever I have some free time on my hands, I YouTube “short films” or “animated short films” to see whether there are any new ones that I have yet to watch. This is how I came to watch Hair Love. The first time I watched this short film was in 2019 – before it won Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars. What is it about? On my cellphone screen appeared this beautiful heartwarming...

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Finding your own light source with Kaleidoskoop

Kaleidoskoop is a South African band best known for their acoustic folk music, which mainly consists of original Afrikaans songs. However, they also released an Acoustic Cover album in 2014 featuring songs such as Zombie by the Cranberries, You can call me Al by Paul Simon, Billie Jean by Michael Jackson and a few others. The meaning behind their name; Kaleidoskoop Their band’s name is based on an old type of toy known as a kaleidoscope. A toy made out of a tube with mirrors and pieces of coloured glass and paper. This toy’s reflections produce colourful changing patterns when...

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Who is Novelist, Annie Barrows?

Why did I google Annie Barrows? Before this article, I didn’t know who Annie Barrows was. I only knew that she was a co-author, with her aunt Mary Ann Schaffer, of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. My absolute favourite novel! Annie Barrows helped Mary Ann finish her novel when she became very ill with cancer. Annie decided to embark on this project because it was a way she could do something for someone she loved. In a way, she was also working on something that became an embodiment of her aunt, since the book and the characters...

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Book Review: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

What is the novel about? Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008), provides insight into the lives of the Islanders who lived on The Guernsey Islands during the German occupation in the Second World War.  Stories about the occupation are made known to the reader when the main character of the novel, Juliet Ashton, receives a letter from a Guernsey Islander, Dawsey Adams.  We learn that Dawsey writes to Juliet to inquire about an author, Charles Lamb, and any other books that might have been written by this author. Dawsey obtained...

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Meeting Rachael Stephen; Novelist, YouTuber and Storycrafting Mentor.

Rachael Stephen is a Scottish writer, video maker and storytelling teacher, who currently lives in Yoker, Glasgow. She completed her MA in Philosophy in 2013 before embarking on her writing and storycrafting journey. Bullet Journaling I originally came across Youtuber, Rachael Stephen, when a friend of mine forwarded a link to one of her videos on bullet journaling. In this video, she goes through all the things she was doing wrong in her bullet journal and the changes she made to not just use it as a productivity tool, but to mainly using it as a means to declutter her...