Monthly Archives: February 2012

Have you Discovered Goodreads?

I have.

Just the other day in fact. It’s pretty good. It’s a sort of social networking site based around the books you have read, will read and are reading at the moment.

You type the title in, or search by the name of the author and you put it into one of those three categories (or bookshelves). You can sort the bookshelves according to genre too, but I haven’t got round to that yet. In fact I’ve only just uploaded a profile picture. Continue reading

Adapting the Merchant’s Tale

I remember a few years ago in college one of my English teachers set us the task of taking a section from the Merchant’s tale and adapting it to a genre. I was given fantasy (or in reality I took fantasy), I wrote it up and had to read it out in class and I won the competition. Unfortunately I have since lost that piece for which I’m gutted. I’ve been searching for it and hopefully I’ll find it. But I thought it might be cool to adapt the whole story, you know, for fun. So Section by section I shall post the story until it’s complete along with the original. I’ll aim to do this every week if I remember.

But for now, here’s the first part: Continue reading

Shorthand: It’s Like a Whole New Language

I have no idea what this says...

I’m teaching myself shorthand. Continue reading

Robert Hardy: A Far Nicer Man than Fudge

At six this evening I picked up the phone and dialled a number. On the other end was Robert Hardy. A clock near wherever he was sitting chimed away every quarter of an hour.

50 minutes later, after a conversation full of C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, his time on the Harry Potter set and an impression of Alfonso Cuaron I was hanging up.   Continue reading

The BRIT Awards are Almost here, Will this Year’s Critic’s Choice Live up to the History?

On 21 February the BRIT awards will be taking place again. You might remember last year when Adele gave her first performance of Someone Like You, you know, the one that had everyone captivated and started her along the road of extraordinary success that she’s enjoyed this past year.

There’s one award that we know the result of before the ceremony airs on TV and that’s the Critic’s Choice Award. It has a habit of choosing the next big thing in British music. I mean look at its history: Florence and the Machine, Adele, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding (actually to be fair I’m not a fan of the last one).

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What does One Say to an Ex Minister of Magic?

This is just a very quick post about my major project again (I promise I’ll write about something else soon) but I just got off the phone with another agent/publicist (which believe me is a massive breakthrough, a year ago I would have been terrified of phoning a complete stranger).

This Friday I’m going to be interviewing Robert Hardy over the phone. He played Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter series but aside from the he’s a BAFTA winner and was awarded a CBE in 1981. To anyone not brought up in the Harry Potter generation he’s most well-known for his role as Winston Churchill or perhaps Siegfried Farnon in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small (yes I have just done a nifty bit of research).

I’m nervous, it’s not everyday you get to speak to the Minister of Magic, guess I could be a political correspondent after all!

Also, before I go I want to say how sad I am to hear about Whitney Houston. I’m not going to pretend that I listened to her music or was a massive fan, but she was still relatively young and she was talented and it’s a shame when anybody dies. R.I.P.

And one last thing. Happy Valentine’s Day!

On a Bit of a Roll

So, I’ve made some progress with my Major Project. Continue reading

Any One Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

You know, before I started reading this book, before I had even opened it and sniffed at the heavenly scent that wafted from its pages, I told myself that I would take my time reading it.

Well, the fact that I’m posting this a mere two days after announcing it you can probably tell that I didn’t listen.

You see, The Perks of Being a Wallflower undermined my resolve by mixing two quite lethal things when it comes to making a book last: firstly, it’s short and secondly it draws you in without you even noticing. Continue reading

Any One Book #5


I swear it feels a lot longer than a month since I announced the last one, but apparently it hasn’t been. Anyway, the book I am choosing this month appears on The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge and has a film adaptation, starring Emma Watson, that will be released later this year.

Yes, that’s right. This month’s Any One Book is Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’m ready to admit that I hadn’t even heard of it before I found out that Emma Watson had landed the role of Sam, but from talking to my boyfriend and other people I’ve been assured that this is a pretty good read.

I don’t know much about what happens, just a vague sense of it which is difficult to put into words but I’m looking forward to it.

As usual read along and I can’t wait to discuss it with you when it’s done!

My Final Major Project

Being in my last year of university this has to be the biggest cause of my stress, yet for once it’s stress that’s enjoyable. My major project is to be made up of 8,000 words worth of articles and, quite naturally since I’m me, I’ve decided to base my magazine around Harry Potter. Continue reading