Tuesday, 27 October 2009

I amuse myself.

I really, really would like to put something in my story right now. I wrote it yesterday some time, and realised on the toilet just what I'd done.

(Aside: I realise alot of things in the toilet. Don't ask we why. Clearly the Force is strong in there.)

""Thanks a bunch," I said, taking a deep breath in as the group advanced forwards into the mouth of the tunnel, "I feel so much better now."
"Pleasure," said the boy distractedly, taking in the way ahead, "big, aint it?" "

The quick-minded amongst you will already have guessed the punchline, but anyway.

That's what she said.


Sunday, 4 October 2009

X Factorrrr :)

What, you didn't see an X Factor post coming sooner or later?
Anyway, the final 12 acts are announced and through, and for me...some of the decisions were good, some bad. More below.

Simon Cowell - Over-25s

Simon had easily the most talented category this year. Some really good acts had to get sent home, but I think he made the right decision. Although I liked TreyC Cohen, because she was from Brumtown like me :)

Danyl Johnson

Just amazing, deserves every chance he gets. Simon was right when he said his was the best first audition ever.

Jamie Afro

A legend in name and in hair. Quite similar to Danyl imo, I think Ethan should have gone through instead. But still a talent.

Olly Murs

My personal favourite. I love his moooves and his soul voice and just generally, I think he's awesome. I think he'll come 2nd.

Groups this year... weren't great. But really, they never are, are they? But my first and most HATEFUL point here.

John + Edward Grimes

HATE HATE HATE! Talentless, arrogant idiots without the brains to fill a teacup between them. If they get any further than the first week I'll cry. Hate hate hate.

Miss Frank

On the other hand, I think Miss Frank are ah-mazing! I love how they're all amazing singers in their own right, they have such a great thing and when Graziella does her little Spanish rap...WOW. I genuinely think they should win, they're my favourite and they're amazing.

Kandy Rain

Generic and won't get far. Yes, they're pretty, but limited talent. Out in the first or third week with any luck.
Firstly, I've totally warmed to Danni this series. She's so nice :)

Her girls are pretty good too. I'm sad Despina didn't get through, but the rest I think were the right decision.

Rachel Adeji

I don't like her hair, but that's a bit rude of me. Great voice, great personality.

Lucie Jones

Oh my gosh so pretty! I'm utterly jealous. Also has an amazing voice, she's not exactly different though is she? I'll be interested to see how she does with uptempo songs and dancing and things. Hopefully she'll pull it off.

Stacey Solomon

I'm withholding judgement until I see more of her. Sweet though.

Cheryl, in my humble opinion, made many BAD decisions. SEXY ETHAN?! What happened to him!? I loved him!

Daniel McElderry

Great voice, something of a personality. Might do well, but I'm not a massive fan.

Lloyd Daniels

Fit as, and only 16 which is shocking. Not as fit as Ethan, and his voice isn't very strong. Also, wearing his hat backwards?!

Anyway, I'm excited for the live series :):):)


First out: Kandy Rain
Winners: Miss Frank.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Artifical Intelligence

This isn't a science post, promise.
I hate science, I gave them ALL up for A-Level.

I'm talking about writing, the process of, the hobby of. I haven't mentioned it here before, but I do like to write. Purely for recreational purposes, just to get the characters out of my head and on to something permanent mostly. ANYHOW, I'm talking here about a subplot of a specific story (which I've pretty much abandoned) and how it completely changed.

My original plan was this - create a team that were sort of like Justice League America - people with different backgrounds who came together in a common cause. Originally, the protagonist Rosie was intended to fall in love with the first guy who comes to the team.

I named him Edward, temporarily, simply because he was the romantic interest for the lead, like Edward Cullen. Yes, I know. Gay. But like I say, it was a temporary name which didn't reflect his character at all.

Then, later in the book, I planned for these prodigiously clever twins to join up too, and be a part of the team. Finally, a fifth member called Claire was going to end up a part of them.

EITHERHOW, I started writing this story in the traditional way, starting at the beginning, and I tried to write in the first flutterings of relationship between Rosie and Gayboy Edward.

And it just wasn't working! No matter how hard I tried, in every scene I planned out the chemistry between them just didn't exist, they didn't manage conversations, basically they were rubbish.

And then in a eureka moment (I believe it happened in a Physics lesson in the end) I realised that not only would Rosie eventually end up with someone else, EDWARD WAS GAY. In a homosexual way.

Oh, you thought my choice of terminology was incidental? Naw. I mean, he's gay in a Dumbledore-like way, that you can't actually tell, but he is actually gay. I like him alot better now, he's alot less intimidating and fits in better with the little team dynamic I've tried to get going on.

So yeah, what was my point again? Oh yes, it was the moment I realised my characters were starting to chart their own destinies. Which meant they had personalities. Which meant they were practically real. Which meant I'd succeeded.