Progress!!!

Hi guys! 

Hurrah! Some good news at last! 

The progress is tiny, but progress is progress. 

I’ve heard it said that sometimes when you’re struggling to figure something out its best to make it last priority. 

Well, over the last couple of weeks or so I did just that with my revising and on Thursday I had the breakthrough I’d been hoping for. 

I was busy doing housework when an idea struck me. Bam! Just. Like. That. 

What if I was to start with Pandora’s creation and receiving the gifts that the Gods and Goddesses gave her? 

The idea brought back that fizzle that had been missing. 

I took some time to think logically. I know as writers we’re supposed to go with it, but I’d done that so many times and had got lost. Would it be too obvious opening with Pandora and naming the book Pandora’s Kiss? 

The story world itself wouldn’t be the way without her (or Lamia, my minitagonist to be precise), so I guess it’s only right to open with her. 

I’ve started revising, putting it right at the front to see how it comes across and if it would work. 

Hopefully this might be the start of good things to come. 

Can a book title be too obvious? If so, is that ever a bad thing? 

Hope you all have a great week. 

Until next time, 

Blaze

With thanks to Anthony Delanoix  for the image via Unsplash.com 

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The Girl With All The Gifts: A Book Review

Hi guys! 

With just under a week to go until the movie hits UK cinemas what better time to talk about the book. 

The Girl With All The Gifts is about a 10-year old girl called Melanie who is kept in a cell and doesn’t think she’s any different than other kids her age. 

She’s not. 

She sits in a classroom and is taught by a different range of teachers, her favourite being Miss Justineau who treats her like a human being instead of a threat. 

Like her classmates she is a zombie, but she can think and has feelings. 

Some of the staff disagree, however. 

One of those is Dr. Caldwell whose job is to remove the brains of the children to find a cure for humanity. Her particular interest is in Melanie. 

The story is full of twists and turns as the base is infiltrated with hungries. They are forced to exist outside where it is dangerous and their only option is to head for Beacon. Question is do they make it out alive and will Dr. Caldwell get Melanie as her prize? 

I’m not going to reveal the ending. That would just be cruel. I personally love this. The relationship between Melanie and Miss Justineau is just heartwarming and adds a tenderness to the story. The mention of Pandora and Greek Myths was also a quick pathway to my interests. 

I cannot wait to see this although I have my doubts that it will live up to the book, but I’ll remain optimistic. 

If you haven’t read it I highly recommend you pick it up right now and read it. 

If you have read it what did you think? 

Let me know in the comments below! 

Until next week, 

Blaze

Writing Playlists: Oath to Order or Order to Chaos

Hi guys! 

Writing Playlists are always a topic of conversation amongst writers. Should you have one? Should you listen to anything while working on your WIP? How do you know what will compliment your genre? 

I can’t answer those questions. If you’re a writer the only person who can is you. Only you will know your preference and everybody likes different things. 

Ever since I started writing thirteen years ago I’ve never been able to write without music playing. I’d listen to whatever was played on the radio whether it be a sad song or 8O’s pop. I have always found it hard to write in silence. This has its downsides because I find myself getting distracted by lyrics or the rhythm of the song. Luckily it only happens on the odd occasion. 

It’s only recently that I’ve put a writing playlist together. I’ll share it with you. 

Within Temptation- And We Run

Moby –                           After

Within Temptation-   Mother Earth

Enya –                               Wild Child 

Evanescence-                 Hello

Within Temptation-     Shot In The Dark

Enya-                          Return to Innocence

Enya-                           The Cults

Within Temptation-   Faster

Within Temptation-    Our Farewell

We Are The Fallen-       I Am Only One 

These are just some of what I like to listen to while writing. There’s more to add at a later date which is always fun to do. 

As Pandora’s Kiss is a Dystopian Fantasy I find myself being drawn to gothic/alternative metal to write to the most. Q

I hope you enjoyed reading my playlist. 

Until next week, 

Blaze

With thanks to Álvaro Serrano for the image via Unsplash.com 

Writing Update. 


Hi guys! 

I hope you’ve all had a good week. Mine hasn’t been eventful, so I’ve been able to work on re- defining my outline for Pandora’s Kiss. 

I’m tying up a few loose ends before I make any concrete notes. 

I have mixed feelings about how it will all turn out. Feelings that I’ve not experienced in all the years I’ve been writing. Maybe it’s a lack of self-confidence or belief, I don’t know. I have no choice but to believe that this draft will be ‘the one.’ The other alternative is to give up on the story that’s so vivid in my head and I can’t do that. 

They say that if you can quit being a writer than quit, but if you can’t then that makes you a writer. 

It’s that easy and that hard. 

While I am rebuilding the foundations to Pandora’s Kiss I’m also collecting dribs and drabs of research  for the novel I’m writing for NaNoWriMo. 

 The idea is similar to that of my WIP, so I’m exploring options on how I can make it different. 

Wish me luck! 

That’s all I can say for this week. 

I’m always open for suggestions, so if there’s anything you’d like covered just shout out in the comments below. 

Hope you all have a good week! 

Until next time, 

Blaze

With thanks to Helloquence for the image via Unsplash.com