Wednesday, 4 June 2014

201st Post!

   This is the 201st post you guys. I really can't believe that I have that many! So yay! I have had this blog for three years and it makes me happy. This is a pretty good achievement that I have been doing this for a while and that I still enjoy it. So I am really happy about that.

   Two things that I am going to talk about. I have decided that this June I am going to make it my month of writing this fiction book that I have had on my computer for years. I got to 5,000 words and I hit a wall and have not touched it since.

   I don't write on a type writer but I do love that image of the vintage keys. I'd love to make a necklace out the them.

   So I decided that this month I am going to see if I can write this book, I think I am going to aim for about 60,000 words. I am writing 500 words roughly a day, I am happy that this is the fourth day of me doing this and I am still in the game. I don't think half of what I am writing is good to be honest, but I can't remember where I heard this quote but Nora Roberts has said I can edit a bad page, I can't edit a blank page. So this is where I am with it at the moment.

   I also want to say that I think psyched myself out of this a while back because I didn't know where this was going, and the words didn't come easily, or half of what this was didn't make any sense. Well it isn't about that anymore, I want to see if I can finish this and see of I can write fiction that I like, and get to my goal of about that length.

   I do need to figure out a lot of other stuff, but this is mainly getting the words, any words down and seeing if I can make something out of them. I am probably going to get to about 20,000 at the end of this month, so it's going to take another couple of months of me doing this. But I am happy to say I've got to 8.000 so it's a goal that I can reach eventually.

   I have also discovered that I am not a linear writer, I do it by scenes and then see if I can write them down. And as a side note this is really whether I can write every day, and for my own enjoyment. So far on that basic level I am enjoying it.

   The other thing that I want to talk about is I saw the documentary Searching for Sugarman. It was on the BBC and I saw it via the IPlayer. I liked some of it, and I would certainly recommend the music in it, that side of it was really great. There is something in this though about appropriation of culture that really made me uneasy. This is about the white people in South Africa taking on the music of Rodriguez to show that they were against the racist regime that they had. The people most effected by that wasn't not the white community, and an appropriation of culture made me uncomfortable watching this.

   Look up the music, it's really good. I found on YouTube the album Cold Fact and I really liked it. I think I just had a lot of trouble with appropriation of something that is not about your culture. I am glad I saw it for the music alone.

   Also for the month of June Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri is the book for Bossy Boots Bookclub. I have only just started to read and it's a collection of short stories. To be discussed on the last Friday of June (the 27th of June). As a side note, I really like that cover as well.

   This week I am going to recommend the song Chapel of Love by The Dixie Cups. I have been a long time fan of 60s girl groups, I have been listening to this all week for some reason. It's the melody that I love, plus the mix of voices that really works. You can find it here:

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Bookclub! Bitch is the New Black by Helena Andrews

   This is two days late so apologies, I picked Bitch is the New Black by Helena Andrews for the book for May.

    I liked this a lot, this is a memoir and it's formatted within sixteen essays. I find that I really have to hook onto the person's voice to enjoy a memoir and with this I did. I really like her sense of humour and there is a unflinching honesty in this that I really responded to.

   Overall I think this is my favourite of all the books that I have chosen this year.