I Did that Book Haul Thing Again!

I haven’t visited a bookshop in a while, neither have I bought a couple of books for a while. So when the opportunity arose yesterday, I had a look through my local Waterstones and bought these books!

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So the three books are: Wonder by R. J. Palacio, F in Spelling by Richard Benson, and The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom.

Wonder

This book has been compared to The Curious Incident… by Mark Haddon, which is one of my favourite books. So naturally I thought I’d pick this up. I got a few recommendations of the book too.

F in Spelling

I have a copy of F in Exams, which was hilarious – and this is the follow-up book! I look forward to reading this one…

The First Phone Call from Heaven

I have recently read two of Albom’s other works: The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Time Keeper. Both were really good books and got me turning the pages quickly. Albom’s writing style is pure brilliance.

Have you read any of these? Let me know! Or, if you have any recommendations, leave those too!

Liam

Developing the Idea…

So the current situation with my story is that I have the idea for it, along with the basics for a protagonist, but I have two different avenues. I also know how the story starts, but not how it ends.

In the past, I’ve often benefitted from writing the plot through a synopsis, but I need to know the ending for that! Unfortunately for now, I am torn between it being a stand-alone or a series…

But for now, I’m going to develop my protagonist, with the hope that the idea can develop itself over the next few days.

Liam

Review: “New Eyes” by Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit are to be admired for their brilliant merging of classical and electronic dance music. Their debut album, New Eyes, is the perfect album to showcase their unique talent.

Each track on the album sees professional and unique orchestral melodies that work well with the catchy electronic overlay created. Collaborations with the likes of Sharna Bass, Rae Morris and Jess Glynne add the perfect finish to each track, showcasing the skills of the featured vocalists.

Most tracks often have a strong electronic base, with slight additions from the cello and violin. Dust Clears begins with a slow tempo with synthesised vocals, before orchestral solos are introduced near the end. Another similar track to this is Up Again, but in the opposite order – starting with a soulful introduction by Morris, accompanied by the strings, before developing into a fast-paced dance track.

New Eyes is the perfect debut album for Clean Bandit, introducing listeners to brand new tracks, each with their own unique style.

Liam

Getting Back into Poetry…

I’ve had a look at my posts
and poems no longer appear.
So I thought why don’t I write one now
and just put it right here.
I don’t know why I stopped,
Maybe for a little break?
But I now I find, it easier to rhyme
As poems are easier to make.
I’ve always liked poetry,
The way it sounds like a song.
How I can group words together in rhyme
and see how well they go along.
I’ve never really considered writing more poetry,
I haven’t given it much thought.
I never thought about writing an anthology,
Or using my rhyming dictionary I bought.
I suppose this blog is the anthology,
A little poetry archive
Full of poems I’ve written in the past,
But the images are very much alive.

Liam

Thoughts on Clean Bandit

On Wednesday evening I was able to visit the O2 Academy in Birmingham to see the brilliant Clean Bandit live.

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The venue itself was surprisingly small, allowing for those on the ground level to see the band even from the back. We had little obstructions and could see well for the entire show.

The concert started with the support act, Years and Years. This band performed a good set, with the singer engaging a lot with the crowd. Then it wasn’t long before Clean Bandit were welcomed to the stage.

Throughout the performance Clean Bandit demonstrated what it is that makes them unique. They were accompanied on stage by orchestral music, and almost every song began with Neil and Grace showing the audience their talents with the violin and cello respectively.

Since Clean Bandit’s songs often feature collaborations, the band regularly bring in cover vocalists. On this occasion, Florence Rawlings and Elisabeth Troy do an excellent job of keeping the crowd entertained, as well as providing excellent versions of each song performed.

Another thing that makes the band unique, aside from their clever merge of classical and electronic music, is the fact that each song is different. The set ranged from the laid-back version of Dust Clears to club anthems such as Heart on Fire – which Elisabeth provides the vocals and does a great version of the song live.

The set came to a finish, but this was before the encore that they deserved. As they returned on stage, they delivered a clever cover of Show Me Love by Robin S. Of course this was then followed by their last song of the set, which had to be the number one single, Rather Be.

Overall, the set was pure brilliance, offering a whole new atmosphere and experience when it comes to seeing an act live – a must see! As well as that, I have since gone on to buy their debut album, which is good as well! The review will be up shortly…

Liam

Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo…

As the title suggests, I’m afraid that I will not be joining in for NaNoWriMo this year…

Don’t get me wrong, the idea is great, but there’s a lot of reasons why I think this year may not be a good one for me to participate in.

A primary reason is of course my education. I am in my final year before university so things are starting to get busy and so on. Therefore, it’s likely I’ll have a lot of work to do and at the end of the day, that comes first!

But as well as that, there are writing reasons that prevent me from participating, too. Although NaNo is supposed to bypass all feelings of doubt and uncertainty by forcing you to write regularly and carelessly, I find that when I did NaNo in previous years, the work feels rushed…

This is of course natural in the NaNo process – it is supposed to be a tough first draft that can be edited later. But unfortunately I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so rushing may not be so good for the ideas I have.

So I will be saving the idea I have at the moment for when I have that flicker of imagination. I find that moment to be better spontaneous, rather than forced. I’ll take it at my own pace, and then we’ll see.

Sorry to disappoint anyone, but this doesn’t mean that I won’t be cheering on anyone taking part! Good luck to those who are!

Liam