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#240: Cast the movie of your life.

Apologies for the lateness of this one… as you may have read on Wednesdays post, it was my brothers birthday yesterday and it was a seriously jam packed day, which involved a wedge of Choccywoccydoodah cake (of course!), an IMAX screening, dressing up as Astronauts/Red Arrow Pilots, eating too much and seeing a west end show. I will elaborate on our day very soon!

Hmm… Considering the majority of my life has been spent in education, it would be quite a boring film. So instead of a life movie, it would focus on my journey from Uni to the world of work. It would include my many adventures and opportunities experienced since entering the journalism world: – Heading to Iceland for the release of Ice Age 4 on DVD – Covering the European Premiere of Oz: The Great & Powerful – Being on the red carpet of the National Television Awards 2014, mingling with the stars – Interviewing a robotic Nigel from Rio 2, whilst the characters voice, Jemaine Clement, was in another room – Attending the World press conference of Thor: The Dark World – Attending a launch night of Nerf’s Zombie Strike range and making a short video to promote it.

Hopefully that wouldn’t be too boring!

Do-over

#99: Go back to a blog post you always thought could be better, or were unsatisfied with — now, fix it.

There are a few posts I’d like to improve but for today (since we’re on press week) I’m going to update my Nerf blog post, which I published a few days ago.

Yesterday, my feature was published on SPLAT! magazines website *victory dance* and I can now share my zombie video from the night, too!

Feedback, as always, is very much encouraged – I love hearing from fellow bloggers!

To read my feature, head to: http://splat-mag.com/nerf-night/

365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion: Nerf Zombie night!

As of this moment in time, I can’t choose a favourite blog in order to complete today’s prompt. So, instead, I thought I’d share my account of the mysterious event I went to, where I got to shoot zombies for a couple of hours! As a side note and to set the scene a little, as well as working for NG Kids, I also freelance for Souper Media who publish SPLAT!, the best interactive iPad magazine for boys. I hope you enjoy it and the video will be uploaded during the week!

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When SPLAT! was invited to an action-packed Nerf launch night, which involved a secret mission, live actors and lots of surprises… how could we say no!

The mystery night began when the SPLAT! team were driven across London, to a secret (and sinisterly quiet) location in pitch black darkness. We were instructed to suit up with our I.D. badges, bullet proof vests and fully loaded ammunition belts ready for the battle to begin at any time… except, at this point, we were still weaponless!

When we pulled up, the building we were heading towards seemed to be an unused, abandoned warehouse. Boy, were we wrong! As soon as we entered, we were greeted by an army major and had our unique I.D. numbers written on our arm in UV pen. We then progressed to a gated room, where we were covered in decontamination spray… it tasted weird! (*WARNING: keep mouth closed at all times during the decontamination process). Once we had passed the medical, we were led to the debriefing room. This is where we were given our mission.

“You are currently locked, *ahem* situated, in a secret medical facility. You do not know where you are and neither does anyone you know, so we are counting on you to succeed… no one else can do it for you. Unfortunately, some of our medical trials have gone slightly wrong and well, to put it bluntly – the zombies have managed to escape and we can’t let them run riot in London, as this would mean the end of the world as you know it! We’ve brought you here as the best of the best, to eradicate these breakouts, so get a move on before they get you.”

Hmmm. No pressure then!

First, we were introduced to some zombies who were still contained, just so we knew what we were up against. Once we’d been terrified by the task ahead, we began our intense training… foot stepping through tyres, climbing over huge walls, crawling in the mud under mesh nets. It wasn’t easy. Finally, it was time to bring out the weapons!

Throughout the event, whilst we tried to clear the facility of all zombie lifeforms, we were treated to a whole host of Nerf weaponry! We began with the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster, which allowed us to shoot five darts one after the other, avoiding having to constantly reload. In the next room, we collected our Nerf Zombie Strike Sledgefire Blasters, launching a powerful triple strike, firing three darts at the same time… this took zombies longer to recover, giving us more time to reload the canister ready for the second round! Progressing to the next floor, we were given Nerf Zombie Strike Sidestrike Blasters, which came with a handy holster that we could clip onto our belts. We had these whilst we manoeuvred through the zombie maze – they were everywhere, but we all made it through! Just when we thought we’d managed to get them all, we’d completely missed an entire floor. Heading back with caution, we grabbed our Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bows, jumped into action and saved the planet!

The Crossfire Bow was by far my favourite as I used to love participating in archery when I was a kid. When I got home, I even searched for venues in London where I could take up archery again. Alas, My search was unsuccessful. I’d never taken part in any sort of paintball/zombie shooting game before (except from obviously via games consoles), but I found the experience great fun and I even won a trophy!