I've written a few blog posts in the past where I've listed some songs I think are good and I thought it was about time I did another. Here are the first, second and third "Music Suggestions" posts. Enjoy!
Stephen King's list of published books is probably one of (if not the) longest lists in literary history. He's written in numerous genres and continues to put out new novels every year, so clearly he must know a thing or two about writing. On Writing is his own advice about writing for upcoming authors as well as being a kind of autobiography.
For me, the most interesting part was the auto-biographical half. Stephen King has a kind of 'rags to riches' story and, of course, he made his riches by becoming a successful writer. This is very inspiring to someone like me, who's a poor, so far unsuccessful writer! I'm sure any people who write will be able to appreciate it for the same reasons as me. He also talks about a serious car accident his was involved with and how that affected his writing output too, which was a good read (even if a little sad).
The half of it which was actually geared towards helping you to become a better writer, while good, didn't interest me as much. As somebody's who's done a three year long Creative Writing course I've received a lot of advice on how to improve as a writer; Stephen King's advice isn't all that much different to what I had heard before, but I guess it's important to refamiliarise yourself with those sorts of things. Plus, if you've never taken any Creative Writing classes this stuff will probably all be new to you and therefore very useful and important information!
Overall, this is definitely a book I'd recommend. The autobiographical segments mean that you'll be able to enjoy the book even if you don't plan on becoming a professional writer and, who knows? Maybe you'll read Stephen King and be so inspired by his story that you decide to take up writing yourself! Rating: 8.7/10
(I do not own the copyright of the cover image.)
(Don't miss today's Finger Puppet Show!)
I feel a little bad for, perhaps, having written a few too many politically oriented blog posts lately. If you don't like posts like that, I'm sorry and I will probably stop after the election has passed. As the election is coming up I keep coming across lots of political propaganda and I want to talk about political propaganda in general.
Most of the political media I've stumbled upon (and by that, I mean, most of the stuff I've seen without looking for it) has been pro-Conservative type stuff and the gist of most of it is "if you vote for Labour they'll ruin the country" which is rather childish, I think. If the only way to make yourself look good is by making somebody else look bad, perhaps you don't actually look that good after all? Of course, if you are trying to advocate your party, it's reasonable of you to bring up the flaws in the opposition's policies... But that isn't what happens.
I see the Conservatives doing it a lot but I don't want to suggest that they are the only ones to produce such substanceless propaganda, every group does it and, really, it's rather sad. None of the groups really, properly talk about what they're doing and it's all a rather pointless charade of lies and misrepresentation. For people with busy lives, working full time hours, they don't have much time to look into all the facts behind each party and it's pretty disappointing that all of the actual important issues are brushed aside in favour of worthless poitical rhetoric.
Funnily enough, somebody once actually placed a curse on me. It was a cold morning back in 2008 and there was a slight drizzle. I was standing around outside the school with some friends and waiting for the school day to begin. There was an air vent on the side of one of the more modern buildings and warm air always blew out of it which made it ideal for cold mornings.
While standing there, I noticed somebody walking along in my direction. This was somebody who, for some reason which I can't quite remember, never really liked me. I never thought of him negatively, but I did find certain ideas of his to be rather silly. One time I remember, for example, he had a camera in the class and he kept telling me specifically not to touch it, imagining I would break it or something and then, when he was out of the classroom doing something else, I had to touch his camera because it was in the way of what I was doing and he was furious.
Anyway, he didn't like me at all, but I kind of regarded him quite fondly. This morning, when I saw him coming along, he altered his walking path and started heading towards me. He often had these little lectures that he liked to give me, about behaviour standards that he thought I should adhere to.
"I'm going to put a curse on you," he said in, as books often put it, a very 'matter of fact" kind of way.
"Oh are you?" I said. "I've never been cursed before. What will it actually do?"
"It will mean that you're going to die young," he said and smiled rather maliciously.
"Well, that's not very nice," I said. "I don't suppose you could give me an exact date?"
"Don't ask such silly questions!" he said, and walked off.
So, I guess, if I end up dying while I could still be considered 'young' it might just be a case of fantastical homicide! Still, a good seven years have passed since then and I am still living. It's been the opposite of a curse, really, as all it's done is provide me with an interesting anecdote to share with friends!
(Don't miss today's Finger Puppet Show!)
New to this Site?
Click here for all the best posts.
I'm currently in the process of completely overhauling the archive system to make it more easy to use. Bear with me, it may look messy for a bit.
Funny & Silly Entries
Give me them here.