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Sunday Roundup: October 6, 2013

Hello! Welcome to the very first Sunday Roundup, where I round up stuff I’ve been doing this week and share some cool stuff I’ve come across for your enjoyment.

First of all, a quick roundup of this week’s topics here on The Cheap Ferret. I talked about my new plans for the blog, excitedly told you all about my new favourite video game character and shared my theory on the Daily Mail after recent events. Next week I’ll be providing an introduction into why I feel I need to work harder a being an adult, and I’m not sure what I’m doing for the Wednesday and Friday posts yet, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

Meanwhile, over on SvTM, I reviewed Sunrise, a highly-acclaimed silent romantic movie, and The Last Battle, an early Luc Besson film a million shades weirder than his more well-known Leon: The Professional. I’m not going to reveal next week’s movies, but I will give you clues.

Both movies involve criminals, and both of them have colours as a central theme. Only one of them is reasonably well-known. Actor initials for Tuesday’s movie are TC and SP, while Thursday’s are HK and TR, and the director initials are SK and QT respectively. And that’s all you’re getting for now!

So, what do I have to share with you all? Well, this week I didn’t find much cool stuff and I need to make a better effort to find things next week. However, I do feel the need to share this first thing with you, even though I didn’t find it this week.

A while ago, I came across a rather awesome Gravity Rush mashup album. Gravity Rush, if you don’t know, is a game for the PlayStation Vita published by Sony, about a girl with the power to manipulate gravity. Well, some fellow from the Philippines decided to take the soundtrack to the game and mix it up with…well, whatever he could find. This was the result.

I downloaded the whole thing this week and I’ve been listening to it a lot. A lot of the samples are fairly obscure since many are taken from cult video games or anime or other fairly geeky sources, but there’s still plenty to enjoy there even if you’re not up on your Japanese pop culture.

One highlight is the remix of Douse Shinundakara, the theme song of Gravity Rush, which takes the near-gibberish vocals and sticks them to a disco mix of the Cantina Band music from Star Wars, and throws in the theme tune to Neon Genesis Evangelion for good measure.

Next week, I’ll search for a lot more. If you have any recommendations for cool stuff, let me know and I’ll take a look, and if I like it, I’ll give it some attention here. This includes your own stuff if you have something, so don’t be ashamed to self-promote!

And finally, here’s this week’s fiction excerpt. I’m currently on a later draft of a novel I’m working on, and this is somewhere around the middle, in chapter 9. I tried to pick a segment that could stand on its own, but if anyone needs some further explanation, I’m willing to answer questions.

I would love to know what people think of this segment, so leave your comments below, or even drop me an email (lhaydnprice@hotmail.co.uk) if you wish to give more in-depth criticism or if you don’t know how to use the WordPress comments system.

So here’s the segment, and I’ll see you tomorrow with the Monday Ramblings!

Venus marched up to her apartment block, her face frozen in a frown. She’d had a feeling Ben was going to get like this. She’d witnessed his work while she was in uniform, and although he was a decent person at heart, there were times when he would let things get to him, leading him to be frustrated and irritable. While she felt it was admirable that he had such a strong dedication to his job, the short temper it gave him was inexcusable.

As she walked in the front door, a man in a trench coat walked past her, bumping into her shoulder and knocking her off-balance.

“Hey,” she said. “Watch where you’re going!”

The man said nothing and just carried on walking. Venus shook her head in disgust, then found herself watching the man walk away. Something was very odd about the way he was dressed, and his face had been obscured. She began to suspect that he’d bumped into her deliberately.

She sighed, realising that she was stressed out and overthinking things, and began to head up the stairs towards her flat.

She fumbled with the door, which for some reason was taking longer to fumble with than usual. Normally a specific flick of the wrist would wiggle the door open, but not this time. Looking at the handle, it looked vaguely warped, which concerned her a little. When she finally got it open, she walked in, throwing her keys onto the usual place. Only this time they fell behind the table onto the floor.

“That’s odd,” she said. Last she checked, the table was pressed close to the wall, with no room to let anything drop through. She’d arranged it that way specifically because of her key-throwing habit.

She closed her door then pulled the table away from the wall to retrieve her keys. Ducking behind it to reach for them, she found something else. Black feathers.

She jerked her hand back out of fright. Looking around the hallway, a great feeling of unease crept over her.

“Is anyone in here?” she shouted. She went to grab the cricket bat she kept for protection. It was gone. She scrambled to her feet, and immediately pushed open all of the doors in her flat. No sign of anyone. She hesitantly looked around all the corners and checked behind all the doors, but there was nothing.

Someone had been in her flat. The feathers, the missing cricket bat, the even more awkward than usual door. A cold chill ran over her, and she checked her bedroom to confirm her sudden suspicions.

Sure enough, a note had been tucked under her pillow, part of it sticking out enough for her to notice it. She pulled it out and read it:

Good evening detective
You’re getting closer
Sorry to hear about the fight you had with your friend
Perhaps you need a shoulder to cry on?
I’d be happy to provide

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