Harry Potter and My Birthday

So yesterday saw me go to London (well, the outskirts) for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour/The Making of Harry Potter as an early birthday treat. More about that later but TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!

Apologies for the all-capitals, but I’m a little excited. I can’t say much at the moment because I’m only halfway through the day! However, I can say that my birthday cake is awesome as it’s a Sherlock themed cake! Woohoo!

Nonetheless I know the rest of today is going to be awesome… Anyway, about Harry Potter!

So we set off to the Warner Bros. tour with Sub Focus’ album, Torus and Capital Cities’ debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery playing to pass the time. We arrived insanely early so we went for a quick car wash before arriving early. Oddly enough in the space it took to get park and eventually get in queue, it wasn’t long before we went in!

In the queue itself, there were little things to look at to pass the time. In particular, this quote by JK Rowling that was displayed seemed to make sense to a budding writer like myself…

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And then the tour itself started! I won’t go into too much detail (don’t want to spoil it for all those that want to go), but those who are celebrating their birthday get to open the doors of the Great Hall. I didn’t get to do this – it would have been a bit embarrassing anyway!

Throughout the tour I couldn’t help but marvel at the level of effort that had been put in to make the whole experience as believable and magical as possible. The effort was visible and made me appreciate how important those people on the credits really are.

The great day concluded with a Chinese takeaway. Overall a great end to a great day. Today should be just as awesome!

Liam

Weekly Update: Productivity and Birthday Preparations

I know productivity has been a recurring theme in quite a few Weekly Updates previously, but I’m currently trying to push through the last few pieces of coursework before exam preparation. At the moment, I have got two mode tasks to do before it’s exam preparation. So productivity is pretty common at the moment!

But aside from all that, it is my birthday on Monday (the 31st of March), so I’m excited for that and preparations are underway! More on that tomorrow!

So another good week! How was yours?

Liam

The Freedom of Novel-Writing

I can fairly say that writing a novel is a fairly unique task. Whilst other creative tasks have a set order in terms of creative production, the process of getting an idea, developing it, and writing a book about it, is almost entirely spontaneous.

Throughout the typical writing journey (planning, writing, editing) there are other options at each stage. You can either plan or not plan, write in or out of order, and rewrite or edit. There are no specific stages.

I’ve always liked to-do lists, it’s one of my favourite methods in terms of productivity. However, the only tasks I can put down in the process are:

1. Plan
2. Write
3. Edit

So writing in itself is mostly an individual task, and writers are very much left to their own devices. But it can also be said that this freedom in doing whatever you want so long as you write something, can be the sense of creative freedom that writers need to complete their work.

Liam

Book Progress: A Matter of Ideas

So it feels a while since I updated on my book. I am slowly getting there, in fact!

After getting character names and the character matrix sorted, I’m now in the process of getting sub-plots and the main plot, sorted!

What’s also great is that the book I’m writing is a crime novel, demanding suspense, thrills and most importantly, plot twists. When it comes to plot twists, I think I’m getting there!

However, now I need to collate ideas into a chapter plan, which may take some time. Writing may not happen just yet, but as always, I’ll keep you updated!

Liam

Thoughts on Land Poems

So in A-Level English Literature at the moment, and we are studying land. I kind of felt annoyed at first, thinking they would be as exciting to watch as a nature documentary (I’m not a fan), but I then found out that there are deeper, metaphorical meanings within the poem.

For example, we recently studied the works of John Keats, the poet behind the poem, Going, Going (I forgot his name) and Rudyard Kipling. All of them explore different aspects of life within the metaphor of land. In particular, some are written as eulogies to destructed land.

So thinking about that, I may write a poem in the future about the sea eroding my favourite beach in Cornwall – Porthcothan. Expect to see the poem in April as part of NaPoWriMo!

Liam

Nature : lover for the big world

I wrote a guest blog post for a good blogger friend of mine over at Loving Life in Wellies! Check it out!

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A guest post by Liam O’Dell

Note : a slightly more intelligent and articulate post than my writings. 😉 

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Nature itself has always been of fascination to human beings. As I’m currently learning in English Literature lessons, poets often use land and nature as themes for their poems – be it for metaphorical purposes or otherwise. But also, there are people who watch nature documentaries as well. So therefore, why do we like nature? Well that’s what I’m hoping to explore, and answer, in this blog post!

I suppose “nature” itself can be confusing to understand and define. You could say that it is predictable actions that animals perform that is what’s known as “nature” (for example, birds tweeting, flowers blossoming etc.). However, unpredictable actions by animals are also seen as nature – but this is probably because of the surprise element and the amazing phenomena itself.

OK…

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Candy Crush and Flappy Bird – Predicting Gaming Trends

In the news recently is that of Candy Crush floating in the US stock market. With the game itself predicted to make its creators, King, multi-millionaires, I thought I would use this, along with the previous rise and fall of Flappy Bird, to predict the games market. What can we expect next?

Firstly, both base themselves around simplistic aims and objectives. Flappy Bird is all about passing through pipes, and Candy Crush is to solve a puzzle or level. Both revolve around the concept that the aim is achievable, it just requires the user to tackle the puzzle at a particular angle.

Both made most of their success through smartphone and tablet applications/versions of the game (in this case, Flappy Bird was only available as a mobile app, whilst Candy Crush was also based on Facebook). So does this imply that mobile phone and tablet users will shape the gaming market more than games console users in the future?

That’s probably a question that will be found out over time, but I also think there are visual elements to a games’ success. For example, both gain money either through advertisements or in-app purchases, but don’t have a major effect on the visual experience – a main factor.

So in conclusion – make a game that is frustratingly simple to understand, but with somewhat difficult levels of thinking required. Plus, a little bit of money-making, however subtle that may be…

Do you play Candy Crush, or still own Flappy Bird? Comment below!

Liam