Darkside Creative – Personal Post April 2022: Please Read

Hello, my Star Wars friends. It has been a while since I blogged last, but I can see people still find my blog helpful and informative, which is good, I guess. So, I have something significant to say today, which will explain why I haven’t been online in any actual capacity. You may be shocked by this news, but it has been a month or so since it happened, so I feel okay to write about it here (barely okay, that is).

Remember when I mentioned that my Mum was really sick in a previous post? Well, she actually died from that illness. Even writing these words for the first time is extremely difficult for me (as you can probably imagine). It hasn’t been very long since it happened, and I haven’t been back to work since either. Nothing can ever be this hard, and I’ve already lived through losing one parent. But my mum and I were exceptionally close.

I have this burning feeling in my gut telling me to use this experience and write about it. So I am considering starting another blog to vent and air my feelings and doubts about what happened. My goal is always to try and help people when I write. But it doesn’t always end up happening. As a writer, I know how these things can be nothing like what you planned. Writing has a way of getting away from you sometimes.

Anyway, that is my update or at least part of my update. I know that a lot has happened since I last blogged, such as an Obi-Wan trailer release. I wish I could feel happy about this stuff again, but I just can’t – at least not for now. It’s excruciating to write through what feels like a void in my heart and in my life right now. So I can’t promise when my next update will be. And that is the best I can do. I understand if you wish to unfollow. That is entirely your choice.

There is no image for this post. The words are too important.

Thanks for reading. If you’re a long-time follower, I appreciate your patience and understanding. If you’re new, I still welcome you to my blog but I’m not sure what the future looks like for me at this stage.

We’ll talk soon just not sure when but I’m still (kind of) around the site lurking here and there.

Thanks for reading.

Your Star Wars friend, Julie (AKA Darkside Creative).


Personal Update – Ugh :(

So to carry on from my last post about the long weekend, well, I did have a hectic long weekend that ended up with me having one of the worst migraine’s I’ve had in a long time. I sometimes get horrible migraine attacks where a migraine will disappear then return twice as bad as before. In the middle of that, I then had a tension headache which was even more painful, so as you can imagine, IT sucked 😰😧

To top off my awesome weekend, I went to the GP yesterday and was tested for hypertension (high blood pressure), and my doctor is now monitoring my blood pressure to make sure I don’t become really unwell. If you have high blood pressure, it can lead to strokes, heart attacks and death if not kept in check. There could be many reasons why my blood pressure measured unusually high as stress can trigger it (quite a few things can raise your blood pressure sometimes without you even realising, such as coffee, any drinks with caffeine in them, smoking, to name a couple). Hopefully, my blood pressure will be lower the next time I get checked by my GP…

So I am at home today when I should have returned to work feeling a little worried and concerned. The good news is that I can totally turn this around with help and advice from my doctor, which I totally intend to do!

I am about to do something very relaxing and not think about anything but taking it easy for now and chilling out. I will update you all on how things go once I’ve been back to my doctor for my next check up.

I hope you all had a much better weekend than I did (not that hard, lol), and I look forward to reading your updates! Hit me up in the comments, friends!

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The New Look Darkside Creative and Star Wars Creative on Tumblr

Hi everyone! Well, I am still home recovering from food poisoning I got on Sunday night, so I have a heap of spare time on my hands for writing and updating things.

I decided quite out of the blue that I wanted to change my blog aesthetic, so I made some updates to the front page yesterday. I am going VERY dark (true to the name of my blog, I guess), and I actually really like it.

I have a new banner that I made, and I changed all of the fonts and colour scheme, so it is very dark now (it might put some people off, but I like it).

The image was taken by Julie.

The banner looks kind of faded, but it’s much brighter when you’re on the blog than it looks in the image above. I got into the updating “bug” thanks to Tumblr changing my Tumblr theme without consulting me (I didn’t even know they could do that). But when I went onto my Tumblr the other day, I got a message saying that my theme had been removed due to “a strange code string” or something like that. I am guessing it’s a safety precaution on Tumblr’s behalf. I mean, I can’t think of any other reason why they’d have to force a theme update on someone unless it was required. It just gave me a bit of a shock to see my entire theme had changed…

They updated it to the default Tumblr theme, which I don’t like, so I updated it to something much better, and it turns out my new theme is way better than the one I had previously, so it all worked out!

Now it looks like this:

Julie’s Tumblr Blog

Everyone needs a change now and then, and aesthetics are pretty important if you want people to like what they see, and I definitely want that for my content!

Anywho, I am all caught up on The Bad Batch, and if anyone wants an excellent rundown on the season so far, Tina’s write-up of the first two episodes are awesome – you should check it out! Give her a follow if you aren’t already following her because she is one of my very best Star Wars friends on WordPress, and I think you’ll love her content.

Catch you in my next post, but I should be back to regular life again tomorrow 🙁

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Personal Update – WordPress Blues

Hello, my friends! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend, staying creative, and finding something you love to do 😉

Just wanted to run this by you all. Are you noticing strange things happening with WordPress? I know there is definitely something wrong with the notifications again. I checked my notifications several times today and cleared them to refresh the webpage with a notification alert again.

I have blogged about this before, but I just wanted to know if anyone has noticed notifications aren’t working? So if I miss your post and haven’t commented when I usually do, this is why. I just wanted everyone to know that my notifications are not updating correctly.

I haven’t really done any troubleshooting other than clearing my browser’s cache to make sure I am not viewing older, cached data. When I refreshed the page, the notification came back up again, so I know it’s not cached data. It’s extraordinary, to say the least, but I’ve had problems with this on and off for years. I’ve never complained officially because it eventually resolves itself, and I start receiving notifications correctly after a few days.

I guess we’ll see how it goes, but the notification alert is showing again as I write this. 😂😅

Anyway, let me know what you’ve been up to this weekend. I am excited to hear what you’ve all been doing with your time!

Catch you in my next post, which might be very soon as I am hoping to do some art today 🙂 maybe after this post!

Talk soon!

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Personal Update

Hi everyone. Just a quick update today to find out if everyone is doing okay and staying safe out there? I am doing fine, but I am really busy with my writing, and I guess it’s going to be this way for a bit.

Let me know how you’re getting on, what you’ve been doing over the long weekend. We are celebrating Easter in New Zealand, and it’s a much-needed four-day break for me. I can actually focus on things I want to do (write more) and read more which I never feel like I have time to do during the week.

Anyway, let me know how you’re getting on. I hope you’re having a lovely break if you get one!

Leave me a comment, and we’ll catch up!

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