Monday, 13 May 2013

Music Monday: 13th May 2013

This week's song is God Only Knows by The Beach Boys.

I picked it because this weekend I hit 10K on Holiday Romance and this album - Pet Sounds - was what I was listening to when I did it. Not only is this song on this album, but it is also one of my favourite love songs ever and it's on the playlist for this WIP. Surely, it should be obvious why I picked it, right?

Monday, 6 May 2013

Music Monday: 6th April 2013

This week's song is Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles.

I picked it because this weekend I was writing the scene where Audrey, the love interest Owain, and her parents travel to Rome, and this is the song that I was listening to all the way through writing it. Not only it is a total awesome 60s song, it is totally summery and really good to write to!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Music Monday: 29th April 2013

This week's song is I've Just Seen A Face by The Beatles, as sung by Jim Sturgess in the film Across The Universe.

I picked it because this week, I'm going to start a new WIP - code name #HolidayRomance - and this is the first song on the playlist. This playlist is going to be made up entirely of 60s songs - both orginals and covers - because that is the music that the FMC and narrator, Audrey, loves that period a ridiculous amount. This song is absolutely perfect for when she meets the MMC, Owain, both in terms of the lyrics and the mood of this version. 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Music Monday: 22nd April 2012

This week's song is Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson, as sung by YouTubers Alex Goot, Chad Sugg and Dave Days.

I picked because I'm currently plotting two projects, one of which is a music based novel called Lost in Stereo, and this song is first on the playlist! And the video is bloody brilliant. That is all.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Music Monday: 15th April 2013

This week's song is You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two from Oliver!

I picked it because this weekend, I wrote my version of this scene and I absolutely adore this song, so I was ridiculously happy to have an excuse to listen to it on repeat. It's as simple as that.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Music Monday: 8th April 2013


This week's song is Consider Yourself from the musical Oliver!

I picked it because I listened to that soundtrack a lot in the last week and this song is in the scene that I just finished in my version, Ollie. Plus, it's ridiculously fun to sing along to. :D

Monday, 1 April 2013

Music Monday: 1st April 2013


Firstly, a quick update on word count stuff: I'm aiming for 18,000 words on Ollie for Camp WriMo now, instead of 19,000, which is 600 words a day minimum.

Now to business.

This week's song is Lily's Theme by Alexandre Desplat from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 soundtrack.

I picked it because the album is my current writing music, and this piece is such a chilling and yet amazingly wonderful start to the movie and the album. And it's Harry Potter. Need I say more?

Saturday, 30 March 2013


Hello, guys.

So I was supposed to do this on Monday, but I forgot to do it until now.


First part of the update: Stupid Cupid

I finished it, and it is out in the world after an editor requested it thanks to a Twitter pitch contest. This is basically how I feel about it right now:

Now for my current project: Ollie, which is basically a Middle Grade retelling of Oliver Twist by the wonderful Charles Dickens. I'm doing it for April Camp WriMo and I'm currently aiming for 19,000 words. Which I think I can do, but we shall see. 

Monday, 18 March 2013

Music Monday: 18th March 2013

This week's song is Gotta Be You by One Direction.

I picked it because in the last week, I came up with a new ending for Stupid Cupid and as soon as I heard this the first time after that (while listening to Up All Night!), I realised that this song fitted a huge part of it so, so much that I put it on the playlist.

Also, there is a little something going on with this project which I shall not reveal just yet... You'll just have to wait.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Music Monday: 11th March 2013

This week's song is One Thing by One Direction.

I picked because this weekend the album that this song is from - Up All Night - was all I listened to the whole time that I was writing. It's also on the playlist for Stupid Cupid because it fits Nicky so damn well at the beginning and he loves these guys. And the song is so bouncy and fun and awesome that usually I'm like this when I listen to it:

Monday, 4 March 2013

Music Monday: 4th March 2013

Oops, I almost forgot to do this!

This week's song is Boyfriend by Big Time Rush.

I picked it because this weekend, I was working on a very pivotal, important scene that I knew from the very beginning this song fits. It fits it so well in fact that the whole way through that writing process, that was all I listened to. Insane really, isn't it?

Monday, 25 February 2013

Music Monday: 25th February 2013

This week's song is Dance Forever by Allstar Weekend.

I picked it because last night I hit 10K on Stupid Cupid, and this was the song that was playing when I hit it. It's also the playlist for the last chapter and a scene that I can't wait to write. It's such a fun, lively sing with lyrics that fit it so damn well and I bloody love it!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Music Monday: 18th February 2013

Firstly, I apologise for totally disappearing the last two weeks. I forgot and I was ill, which is not a good combination.

Secondly, I'm writing Stupid Cupid again, and Paragon Academy is going to be put on hold for a while, i.e. probably a month or so, and then I'm going to edit a huge amount of it. No, I haven't finished the first draft yet.

Now for the matter in hand.

This week's song is Love is Easy by McFly

I picked it because the Greatest Hits album it's on - Memory Lane - was some of my recent writing music, during loads of sprints using #writeclub on Twitter, during which I wrote loads and loads, and this song, which was recorded for this album, has got to be my favourite McFly song of all time. :D

Monday, 28 January 2013

Music Monday: 28th January 2013

This week's song is Our Song by Taylor Swift.

I picked it because it is on the same album that I mentioned last week, Fearless, which is still my writing music, and I love this song. It's so bubbly, fun, and puts a smile on my face! How can I not love it?

Monday, 21 January 2013

Music Monday: 21st January 2013

This week's song is You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift.

I picked it because the album it's on, Fearless, was my most recent writing music, and I utterly adore this song. Plus the video is totally adorable. Yes? Yes. 

Monday, 14 January 2013

Music Monday: 14th January 2013

This week's song is Fallin' For You by Colbie Calliat.

I picked it because it is pretty much Jenni's love theme for most of Paragon Academy - it fits her feelings for Ted extremely well.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Music Monday: 7th January 2013

Woo! It's the first Music Monday of 2013!

This week's song is If We Ever Meet Again by Timbaland feat. Katy Perry.

I picked it because it inspired my first short story in a music inspired collection, that I'm hoping to do ten of! Simple as that!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Happy New Year 2013!!!

So, we are still here and it is 2013. A year where hopefully totally awesome things will happen and hopefully less awesome things won't happen (two massacres in America? Really? Zero is more than enough when it comes to that sort of thing). This first post of the year is going to be about my writing goals for the next twelve months, but if you want to know about my general goals for 2013, you can find them here. So... here are the goals that I came up with on the last day of 2012, twelve to correspond with the number of months in a year.

  1. Finish the first draft of Paragon Academy [coursework] (13th of February)
  2. Finish the first draft of Stupid Cupid (31st of March)
  3. Do Camp WriMo (April)
  4. Submit Paragon Academy [coursework] (8th of May)
  5. Finish the second draft of Stupid Cupid (30th of June)
  6. Do Camp WriMo (July)
  7. Give Paragon Academy to beta readers (August)
  8. Edit April Camp WriMo (August)
  9. Edit July Camp WriMo (September)
  10. Prepare to do NaNoWriMo (October)
  11. Do NaNoWriMo (November)
  12. Send Stupid Cupid to beta readers (July - December)

I thought that now might also be a good time to tell you guys that between now and Valentine's Day, while Paragon Academy is primarely coursework, I'm going to be doing a little collection of short stories for myself . It will be ten of them and they will all be inspired by and/or based on songs.  It will be ten of them because that's how many songs I like to have in a playlist before I listen to it. Weird, I know, but that's the way I am. I decided to do this after a Twitter friend suggested it and it sounds like it could be a fun challenge, even though I pretty much hated doing them for uni.

And if you're wondering why I'm sort of taking a break from Paragon Academy, it's because it's been making me feel like this:

And this:

And this:

Oh, and this:

So... yeah.