Misc.

JFK once said:

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”

Although I partially agree with the former US president’s wisdom, I would like to amend that statement to this:

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the future are certain to miss the present.”

Of course it is important to aspire to be all that you can be, however, what is more important is that you don’t lose sight of who you are.

We only become the people we are meant to be by being who we are along the way. I know it sounds silly, but I think the quote should remind us that whatever happened in the past and whatever is to happen in the future should not be our main focus, the here and now should be.

I have experienced a lot of looking towards the future. As a recent graduate of teenage school for the last ten years people have been asking me: ‘well, what do you want to do?’ I am now lucky enough that I can give them an answer. Some people are not so lucky; not yet anyway.

That time of year has arrived when masses upon masses of teenagers will be sweating, panicking, stressing and frankly just ‘freakin’ out’ over the little sheets of paper in front of them as they are sitting their GCSE/A Level exams.

I say to all of you, don’t worry.

Two years ago I was sitting in a common room in sixth form with all my friends, everyone in my world. Three months later I went to Sheffield to study graphic design and my world completely changed. Everyone I knew went off to do their own things and we lost touch. I lost touch with all apart from around ten people. Then, just little over eight months ago now; I just up and moved to Perth, Australia with my brother leaving everything I had ever known behind me. Suffice it to say, my world completely changed. Again.

The message I want to convey is that change is indeed: ‘the law of life’.  We cannot stop it, so don’t even try. If you want to do something, do it; If you want to study, study; if you want to travel, travel; if you want to work, work.

Don’t leave any room for regrets in your life because they will take over and consume you.

The post which follows this post is a poem I wrote, which addresses similar themes to this article.

 

 

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ARCTIC MONKEYS

– (Opened by P.O.N.D from Perth, WA).

Last night the Arctic Monkeys came swinging into town and played at Perth Arena in Western Australia. Let it be said, once again, they were nothing short of spectacular.

They hold five chart topping albums, an astonishingly huge worldwide following and this frankly still very young band get better each time out.

Featuring a set-list predominantly pulling tracks from there latest best seller ‘AM’, they shook Perth to its core with their signature indie/alternative mantra. (more…)

Part 1 of Polly’s Self Publishing Professionally series: Editing Your Book

First couple of paragraphs made me cry laughing! Brilliant piece. Looking forward to reading rest in series.

Polly Courtney

‘But my grammar is excellent,’ protested a man in the audience at a recent conference on self-publishing. ‘And my wife proof-reads my books,’ he went on. ‘So why should I hire an editor?’

OK. Deep breath. Here’s the thing. Editing is about so much more than just grammar and typos.

You can get your spelling and punctuation perfect, but if you haven’t had a structural editor ruthlessly tearing your book apart, or a line editor getting it as tight as it possibly can be, you’ll just be polishing a turd. (Sorry.)

As I say in my video, there are four stages to editing and you should do them in this order, because there’s no point in getting the details right if you then go on to change the entire premise of the book.

01 - Editing pic

Structural editing is what most writers find the hardest, because it involves killing your darlings – you…

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Perennial Favorites: What’s Your Style?

Brilliant piece by Daryl L.L Houston, Courtesy of The Daily Post!

The Daily Post

Daryl L.L. Houston, former Daily Post oracle for all things grammar, hasn’t written here for a while but is far from forgotten. Here’s one of our favorite of his pieces, on writing style  — something many of us constantly play with as bloggers.

Style is the quality of a piece of writing that sets it apart from other pieces of writing that might otherwise be considered similar. Given the same subject matter and a directive to explain the same facts or tell a story whose details are substantively the same, different writers will set out to do the telling in different ways.

For example, one author might write very descriptively, using lots of imagery and adjectives. Another might favor a less ornate approach and simply convey the information. Often, authors for whom style is an important concern will adopt several styles. James Joyce wrote Ulysses in 18 very distinct styles. Another, perhaps…

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The rise of the E-Book!

-Can it gain true power?

 

With the years ticking by and technology sinking its teeth deeper into society with each passing year, the temptation to jump ship and become a digital consumer is more overwhelming than ever.

The rise to prominence of devices such as the Apple iPad, iPhone and Amazon Kindle as well as every Mac automatically being linked up to the Apple ibooks store, makes it hard for us not to want to be involved with digital media consumption. (more…)

A U.K Big One !

– BBC national short story contest one to watch out for.

The judges were announced a while ago for the 2014 BBC national short story contest in the U.K. The Chair and presenter Alan Yentob, is this year joined by:

  • Di Speirs, Editor, Books, BBC Radio
  • Adam Foulds,poet and novelist
  • Amit Chaudhuri, writer and musician
  • Laura Dockrill, writer, illustrator and performer

Entry is now closed, however still watch this one closely as it always produces some of the best quality out there.

The prize is also phenomenal at a tall £15,000 for the winner!

Have a listen to Jon McGregor as he reads last years runner up, Lucy Wood’s ‘Notes from the house spirits’:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2012/dec/31/jon-mcgregor-lucy-wood-house

Our job… Made so much easier!

Thank you Vurb. (Winner of TechCrunch NYC 2014)

This amazing little start-up company I have recently stumbled on has not yet released its software/service. However when it does I have a feeling it may gain a lot of momentum and quickly! (more…)