All World Issues recently had a post titled My Addiction to Writing… In My Head, that I think is something a lot of writers think about – and general people, too (yeah, writers are a different kind of human!). I can only assume that everyone has some level of self-narration going on in their minds on a day-to-day basis, I assume because otherwise what do you have going on in there? Flying monkeys? Though, once I was thinking nothing but a sing-song tune along the lines of ‘a-hem a-ha a-hum hum hum he he he’ for around an hour because man, you get tired listening to this voice. I’ve been meaning to write about this, and AllWorldIssues’ post seemed like the perfect sign to hurry up, because my thought novels are something I think about a lot. Continue reading “The Internal Author-Log”
Adding 2013 sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Already the first month is over. Five books were demolished this month. Smashed through like a ball through a school window. Pulverized like an apple in a blender. Or, more accurately, read with interest while laying down spread eagle in a pair of cotton pajamas. Whichever you’d prefer. Continue reading “Kickass January Reads, 2013”
I recently had the pleasure of seeing the movie Life of Pi at the cinema in the 3D. Before I went in, however, I had a feeling that the viewing wasn’t going to be as pleasurable as it was. Judging from the trailer and poster, I thought the film looked boring and pointless, frankly. I went in with a smile though, as we were there for my boyfriend’s birthday choice of film. And I should have trusted him, because like always, he picked a great movie.
Life of Pi was beautiful.
I found this idea through Committed to Celluloid, who continued the trend from Mettel Ray Movie Blog. Of course, they did theirs with movies – being their passion – but writing being mine, I thought I would tweak it a little for us book lovers! I’ve used my favourite authors, stories, and parts of the writing world to make my list. Feel free to make your own!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman, my all-time favourite novel. Continue reading “My A-Z of Literature”
Recently, my boyfriend returned home from work with a certain pamphlet. I couldn’t help but immediately laugh at the childish looking pamphlet attempting to appeal to non-religious adults. The multi-coloured question marks and word art didn’t exactly exude ‘professional’ or ‘smart dude up-to-date with the modern world’.
Going back to those favourite cartoons you watched as a child normally leads to a lot of strange and confused realisations about that show. You may pick out now-obvious sexual innuendo (I’ll never forget the moment in Bee Movie when the grandpa bee shouts “I did it with a grasshopper once, her crazy legs had me up all night long!”), adult humour, jokes that reference something you’ve since seen / read / heard so can finally understand, and sometimes, the shows are downright creepy and you wonder how you ever sat through an episode at the age of 7 without crying. Continue reading “The Wild Thornberrys Revisited”
If you remember my post Books and I, you’ll know that I always wanted this award as an excuse to list my favourite books. Well, now thanks to patwoodblogging I can! Twice because of that other post. Plus, I get to nominate 5 other bloggers to hear about their favourite books, too – so be prepared to be nominated.
I just finished reading Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, (possibly the most quotable book of all time) it’s pretty much assumed that the reader will do their own list after finishing. So yeah, I’m lacking originality, but some things you just gotta do.
Side note: I always thought this book was called “High Fatality”; I assumed it was a crappy ’80s story about a serial killer. I saw the movie before I read the book, and after my boyfriend put the film on I honestly kept wondering when they were all going to die.
My Top 5 Desert Island Tracks: Continue reading “Desert Island Top 5 Tracks”
In case you’d noticed that I haven’t been on wordpress much of late, this is the book you can blame for my absence, World Without End. With it’s 7 parts, 92 chapters and over 1200 pages spanning 20 years, it’s taken a week to get through – but it’s been a pleasure. Here’s my ‘review’, of sorts.
This is the sequel to Pillars of the Earth, which I read a couple of years ago. Both are set in English town Kingsbridge, and centre around the building of a great cathedral, and how this impacts the lives of those involved, and subsequently in book 2, what the town and priory is like two centuries later. Both are packed with relationships (of all kinds) family, history, conflicts, drama and passion.
Why should I read these books (Pillars of the Earth and World Without End)?
- The characters are complex and very human. Those who are great are so great you love them, and share in their joys, triumphs and falls. Those characters that you hate, you wish painful deaths upon. Follet has the ability to connect the reader entirely to the characters; you’re not simply listening to somebody else’s story – you’re involved in it.
- The point of view jumps from character to character, and far from being annoying, this gives the stories a rounded, omniscient feel while still written in first person.
- There is enough sex, power struggles, murder, deceit, war, problems, drama and love affairs to keep you entertained – and none of it is forced or purposefully included to keep you turning, it’s all woven into the story for a reason and again, keeps the plot and characters very human and relatable, in a modern world to past centuries way.
- The stories are long, but once you’ve started you won’t be able to stop – the size is not off-putting once you begin – it’s reassuring that it’s not going to end soon!
- The length does not mean it’s a ‘hard’ book – you’ll find yourself remembering every character, no matter how small a role they play, and you’ll remember all the events without much worry.
- The length also betrays the speed at which the story often moves – the pace is mostly quick.
- I’m certain that anybody who reads this will groan in acknowledgement of this one; some characters are so hateful, and get everything they want so often, that you’ll be yelling at the book something like, “somebody kill this bastard already!”
- The length of the sequel “World Without End” is about 300 words too long, though I am unsure which part of the story could be removed to shorten it. You’ll keep reading, though.
- The length means they’re quite big, bulky books, so if you’re looking for something to read on public transport make sure you buy the kindle version (if you have one) otherwise save it for holidays. I hear you ask, “Why not just leave it at home instead of reading it on the train?” And I laugh knowingly, you won’t be able to put it down that long.
- If you’re not a fan of the church / Christianity to an extent that it would ruin a story for you, steer clear – most of the main characters in these are tied to the church in some way, in fact the building of a cathedral and then the running of it are at the centre of both novels, and there more monks and nuns than I can remember.
Who would these be suited to?
- Readers who love breadth, complexities and large time periods
- Those interested in the 1100’s and 1300’s – centuries the books are set in. Those interested in these medieval-esque dramas: knights, earls, kingdoms, monks, ladies, peasants, etc
- Anybody with a love for a fast moving story over a slower, undercurrent main goal(s)
- Readers who don’t want their novels to end too soon
- Women who like to read strong female characters
- Readers who like detail in the prose, without it being overwhelming
By the way, if for some reason you can’t begin with Pillars of the Earth, don’t sweat it! World Without End is set two centuries after the first, and the only ties to the first are the setting, and a few descendants of the original characters – both stories can stand alone, though it is nice to read them both in order.
Did anybody else either enjoy or dislike these novels? Let me know why!
Over the past few months of wordpressing, some questions have arisen that made me wonder if anybody else feels the same way, or if the same things happen to other bloggers.
- Who else feels like a fraud when you follow someone who has been Freshly Pressed? Like, the only reason you’re doing it is because they’ve been F.P’ed? I imagine the bloggers think this because I found them this way, but really, I just think you’re neat.
- So, do you guys feel bad for your earlier posts that don’t receive attention anymore, or just me? I kind of want to link mine in a new post and shove them in your face but at the same time I don’t see this working.
What a Way to Make a Livin’
Allergic to Good Writing
Whoops I slipped.
- When someone likes 8 of your posts in 20 seconds, are they the fastest readers in the world, or did they line up all the posts in individual tabs, read them all, then go back and click like like like? …Or are they just faking it in the hopes you’ll come check their blog out? Hmm. This happened to me once. Yeah man, I knew what you were up to! I win! The prize is the honour of being neurotic.
- Is it a good idea to have a header image? I am forever caught between thinking mine is lame, and thinking it’s alright. I feel like I should be a much more important person to have one.
- Do you ever approve comments while thinking ‘I’ll reply to this later’, but then never do? Sometimes I look back at posts and realise I have a whole bunch of comments – really nice comments no less – that I never replied to because of my awful memory for such things. I’m also that person who forgets to reply to your text messages for an hour. I promise when it comes to things like homework and jobs I’m better. Personal stuff? No. Trivia: I started writing this on October 4th but forgot about it until now.
- Do you feel too awkward to write back to comments you forgot about? This is part 2 of the above point. Is there a time frame? I feel like a creep or really stupid when I reply a month later; I don’t know what’s worse, late or not at all? Better late than never is what they say I guess!
- When you reblog someone’s post and people like it on your profile instead of on their’s. I feel like I’ve taken credit for someone else’s work, and want to say, “I can’t write stuff that interesting – it’s someone smarter than me!”
- There’s a line between ‘hey could you check this out?’ and ‘LOOK AT MY THING NOW’. Am I the only one scared of heavy self-promotion?
- Being Freshly Pressed seems impossible, you guys feel it to? I never thought it would happen to me, and didn’t start my blog for it – I was one of those clueless bloggers who were like, ‘hey what’s this tab?’ I am 100% certain I will never be Freshly Pressed no matter what I write about or how I write it. I just know it’s not happening for this blog, so I don’t worry about it – I just enjoy the posts that are Freshly Pressed.
- Have you ever checked the spam box only to discover it’s full of normal comments from nice people?
- Have you ever received a pingback on one of your posts but were never able to get to the website linking you? I can only assume that post of mine is now on a strange, virus infested website run by creeps…
- You’ve googled your blog to see how many pages it takes to come up haven’t you? I realised that my name is not original enough to be first up, damn kittens.
- In relation to the point above, this reminds me: people were finding my blog via googling ‘spanking mistress’. I googled that to see how it was coming up. It didn’t come up for 40 pages so I gave up. That means people are looking through that many pages+ of ‘spanking mistress’ related websites before reaching mine. They must have a lot of free time.
And I must have a lot of free time to have written this with such enjoyment. Excuse me, I need to go be constructive now.
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“We have to use less.”
“Nature is not a credit card we can endlessly draw on.”
Remember my post yesterday about over-population, and that we should be limiting how many children we each have? Not just us, but everyone? Well last night as some sort of icing on the cake I watched the documentary Surviving Progress and I become set in stone on my point.
I’m not one to push things on people. I don’t normally try to force people into doing something I’ve done because I’ve found when you push, people resist. But this, bloggers, this documentary was superb. An eye opener. You know people always talk about ‘eye openers’ and you’re like, pfft please, don’t be silly. Well, it was.
Stephen Hawking said we only have 2 centuries left unless we can avoid disaster.
And only if we ‘avoid’ disaster. Spending our lives avoiding disaster? Does that sound fun to any of you guys? Don’t turn away from this documentary of what we need to start doing as the entire population of Earth.
I know I know, I sound a bit nuts and unpleasant. I can’t help it right now. Trust me, you’ll sound just as ‘oh gosh’ after watching it as well (you have the internet, you’re surely able to watch it via here, no excuses) but you’ll also start becoming a better member of society.
If you’d like to see if there’s something you could try to help (consuming less doesn’t mean having a worse life) Click this and check it out, the man was in the documentary, and if he can do what he did in New York City, you can do it anywhere. (Also, I know you’re on your computer right now, haha duh, but let’s all switch it off and save some electricity after we finish up on wordpress. We’ll be like an electricity saving team. Except you need more than 1 reader to be a team… oh)
Stephen Hawking theoretical physicist
“We are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history.
But I’m an optimist.”
And don’t forget to click on the Surviving Progress website: http://survivingprogress.com/
Question: if you don’t allow a mean comment to be visible on your blog, are you hiding something or just looking out for yourself?
The thing about the internet, and having any sort of public platform on the internet, is that you’re going to attract a snarky remark at some point. It’s inevitable. There are too many people of differing viewpoints, experiences, feelings and knowledge for there to ever be perfect harmony. Which is a good thing, of course, I don’t need to rattle off the whole ‘because if we were all the same life would be boring” spiel again, do I? Continue reading “Mean Comments: Click Approve?”