Website Update Part Two

Hello all!

I have shifted all movie-related content to my pop culture blog NowShowingNZ. It’s now all up and running, and we have our very first podcast available on iTunes and Spotify.

So I am moving onto new and exciting things with my writing, and I’ve spent a lot of time over the last two weeks writing and editing content for the site and creating graphics and GIFs, etc. I am extremely dedicated to this pursuit and keen to get our website off the ground.

Doing the editing role again has really brought me home to the realisation that this is really my true hearts’ desire. Movies are in my blood.

I’ll be keeping this blog purely for writing-related pursuits and as an online hub for all of my writing projects.

If you’d like to keep in touch with me, you can follow me here on NowShowingNZ, here on Twitter or here on Letterboxd. If you’re into star wars and creativity, you might enjoy my content here on my Star Wars and creativity blog.

And finally, I’d like to say thank you for your continued support!

Until my next post, stay safe, keep writing, and I’ll catch you later


The Perfect Marriage of Sacrifice and Time

When you have all the time in world, you really don’t. And when you don’t learn the meaning of sacrifice, you will take things for granted.

Following up on the topic, I wrote about the other day, what price are you willing to pay to “make it?” What is the true meaning of sacrifice to you?

Have you ever imagined your life as the writer you want to be? I’m sure you have, it’s only natural to see yourself doing well and making the dream a reality. But do you ever think of what you’re willing to give up or sacrifice to get there?

Most people don’t. And that’s because it doesn’t fit into our “plan,” of what we see for ourselves. Nobody says, “oh I dreamed about how famous I will be when I write that book I keep promising to write. And… I saw myself struggling to make ends meet while I slaved over my computer day in and day out to write it,”.

The Problem with the “Big Picture”

The problem is the “bigger” picture is the one we need to focus on if we want to move ahead. You could apply this to anything in life. Nobody gets anywhere that’s worth it for free. There is always a price to pay, whether that be time with your friends or family, or not being able to buy what you want on a strict budget.

Sacrifice is part of the package, like it or not. And most people don’t like it, not at all.

That said, however, there are some rare occasions where sometimes you’re given a free pass. And that can present its own set of problems, such as getting too much of a good thing and taking it for granted. And that happened to me. I was offered a writing gig for doing nothing more than owning a blog. Yep, it happens. It’s rare, but it happens.

Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Disastrous

So what did I learn from that experience? Well, I learned that sometimes, you can become too big for your own boots. You can become selfish. You can become someone that thinks everything will be smooth sailing because you lucked out once.

And while I didn’t exactly squander that time away, I wasn’t looking any further ahead than the next hour in the day. And that was a mistake. I went with the flow and figured it’d last for a long time. I was wrong, and it didn’t, and I was unprepared for the fallout of my misjudgment.

It left me with no job, no prospects of getting another one, and I was down and out for a while.

And Herein Endeth the Lesson

When you think about your time, your future, your next step, it’s smart to plan for every situation, including the bad. If I had known better, I would have planned my way through that experience. I was young and naïve. I was happy until I wasn’t, and it sucked.

Try to capture the “good” of any situation for as long as you can but always be ready for the black clouds and the storm with a great umbrella.

When you have all the time in the world, you never think about it ending. And if you don’t learn the importance of sacrifice, you’ll take yourself, your situation and others for granted.

If or when you land that writing gig you’re chasing, be a smarter person than I was and you’ll (probably) do just fine.

If you have had similar experiences, let me know in the comments. I’m keen to read your stories of success and failure and everything in-between. Hit me up in the comments or drop me a line right here.

If you like my posts on writing, you can check out more of them here.

If you’d like to support this blog, you can do so by following me here and liking my content.



Welcome to My New Followers!

I’d like to welcome all my new followers to The Broken Quill and to give you a bit of a heads-up about the content I blog about here.

Not everyone is looking for a multi-topic blog, but I’ve found over the years that sticking to one topic, at least for me, doesn’t fit with my personality.

I like to mix things up a little, so I think it’s only fair you know precisely what type of content you’ll see from me.

Pop culture and entertainment writing are in my blood. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. After studying for my journalism qualification with the NZIB, I could turn my lifelong pursuit into a freelance career.
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I’ve written for many media outlets, including video game websites, gaming magazines, technology websites, comic book websites, you name it, I’ve probably done it!

This blog is what I call my “writing hub” where I write about writing itself, both non-fiction and fiction, movies, streaming TV shows, and just about anything else in writing or popular culture.

I am a huge movie nerd, a semi-serious bookworm and a lover of all things Star Wars. If you’re interested in my pursuits taking place in a galaxy far, far away, you can visit my Star Was blog here.

So thank you for visiting my humble little corner of the internet. I hope you’ll stay for the rest of the journey wherever the writing path may take us!


Blog Themes Can Be Quite the Challenge

Pro Tip: Make sure you test your blog’s features before you decide on a blog theme!

I’ve recently updated both of my blogs with different themes. I did this both for aesthetic and functionality reasons. My star wars creativity blog really needed a theme that was more aesthetic and pleasing on a visual level because I use a lot of images.

After more testing it looks like I have somehow broken the excerpt functionality in this theme.

I’ll have to have a think about it and see what I can do.

Do any of my readers have any suggestions for blog themes that cater to writing/review blog content? Please let me know in the comments if you do.

So off I go to look at themes and hopefully, find one that works!

Website Poll – Please Read!

I thought it might be an excellent idea to reach out to the people who read my content rather than “wing it” with a guess and hope for the best.


Hi everyone! I hope you are all staying safe and staying creative with your free time.
As mentioned yesterday, I’m doing a little social experiment regarding website content.

I thought it might be an excellent idea to reach out to the people who read my content rather than “wing it” with a guess and hope for the best.


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