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Stieg Larsson, Millennium Trilogy!

 I haven't actually read the books: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest but would like too. The first two movies were amazing and I wonder if the books are as good. I'm not usually into crime novels or movies for that matter but i thoroughly enjoyed the first two movies and can't wait to see the third.

Writer's Block: Boldly going

Which fictional world would you choose to visit, and why?

The world of Harry Potter. Hogwartts and all that, would definitely be my first choice. Unfortunately there is a world (no pun intended) of choices. Pandora from the movie Avatar would be another choice of mine.  I'd like to go somewhere exciting, different and magic. That's why i write to escape to worlds bigger and better than one I live in!

Christchurch, New Zealand Earthauqke

 I live in the city Christchurch, which is located on the east coast of the South island of New Zealand. The major hubbub around this area recently has revolved around the 7.1 earthquake that struck us on Saturday the 4th of September 2010, centered close the small town of Darfield, which is located 35 kilometers west from the outskirts of Christchurch. 
Its now been three weeks, I've read in newspapers and on the news that heaps of people have either lost their homes or had to leave them because they are to unstable to live in, I've seen the damaged buildings in Christchurch's city center (mostly older brick buildings) and we are still feeling aftershocks at magnitudes of 2.0 to 4.5.
I've seen most people have been traumatized by this, feel terrified, panicky, anxious and having trouble sleeping especially with the on going aftershocks. Its understandable but i find that i'm more excited about the whole thing. 
I mean we have officially lived through a natural disaster, one of small caliber but still a pretty big for our small country. Luckily it struck at 4.35 in the morning, most people were at home, sleeping. This resulted in no deaths and only a few serious injuries. It is amazing, had it struck at another time (like during the day) there would definitely been multiple deaths and way more serious injuries.
Its funny, when your out about, all around you are still talking about (sharing with everyone - even strangers) what happened to them and how there were effected by it. The community certainly gets a major strengthening when something like this happens. its awesome to see in this day and age.
When the big one hit, I was already awake suffering from a cold. Never get a good sleep with a raging cold. As i shoot to my feet, finally realizing what was happening, being a mother my first instinct was to get to my daughter. I ran and reaching her bedroom on unsteady ground, i was almost thrown off my feet and into one of her dressers from the force of the grounds movement. She was awake a mask of sleepy confusion. I grabbed but held her on her bed. I hadn't thought of it at the time but it hadn't been a bad idea to stay there, had i tried to lift her up and carry her to the doorway, we might have actually fallen like i almost had, getting to her. It was scary at the time, while it was happening but afterwards my heart was racing through adrenaline and excitement. The only fear i felt afterwards was of any fear my daughter was feeling.
There have been some pretty decent aftershock since, they don't last as long as the first big one they are just shocking.
 I just hope the aftershocks stop altogether soon though, especially at night. I'm sick of bolting awake to my bed shaking, i need my beauty sleep.. 



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