This Month Should Be Easy (March Wrap-up & April Goals)

So, this past month, it’s been a bit give and take. A lot of bad, and a lot of good…

I did turn 24 though! Yesterday in fact! And, let’s just say it! I’m almost a quarter of a century old, and that just blows my mind a little!

But, lets just quickly get in to the things that were supposed to happen this birthday month, and the things that actually did…

March’s goals included the following:

  1. Finish and send Tales of Monsters to Beta-Readers – …
  2. Finish up Beta-Reading Survey – …
  3. Read some books from the TBR – 3 out of who knows?
  4. Go and see Fall Out Boy – Wos
  5. Do a little prep for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo – haha

So, if you’ve read my last couple of writing updates, you know all about the catastrophe that is my laptop – and for that reason, I’ll blame goal one and two not getting completed on that, and perhaps even goal five too – although, I have thought a bit more about DOACZK and if it all goes right, I will be starting the second draft sometime this month!

On to the others now!

I read three books from my TBR! The first was Paper Towns by John Green, meaning that my JG shelved TBR is now finished, and the second and third was book one and two of the Divergent series!

And then, to complete the goal list, I went to see Fall Out Boy! Which, I documented in this blog post because I couldn’t not!

And, I got to go back to Chester Zoo! And see african wild dog pups, which, with everything else, let me cross two things of my bucket list just this month…

See Fall Out Boy live✅

See African Wild Dog Pups at Chester Zoo ✅ (Even if they do look like mini adults)

I also got to spend some time with my best friends, and after eating all the food, at Nando’s, carvery and this desert place that made all the things happen inside my body, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat anything else!

If you’re ever in the Bolton area though, make sure you visit a place called Room Four and have an Oreo Cookie Dough Brownie! You will not be dissapointed!

And go in to whats called he Market Place and play mini golf with the dinosaurs!

For the month to come, all I really see is the prospects of a new laptop, some more beta-reading, some writing and some camp nanowrimoing!

Nothing elaborate, thank goodness.

I have work, hopefully not as much as last month, and it gives me that little extra time to chill and do the writing I want to do!

And, because of all this, I have nothing much more to say!

My goals for April include:

  1. Write
  2. Finish Beta-Reading
  3. Participate in the 25in5 readathon
  4. Read more books from my TBR shelf

What are your goals for April? What are you plans?

Until then though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade

The Last Of The Real Ones

So, last night, I got to experience something that I have been waiting years for..

I don’t even really have a good excuse as to why I waited so long… I guess I was just sort of scared of perhaps having to go on my own and thats why I haven’t experienced it until now.

And that experience, is seeing Fall Out Boy live…

(If you’re going to see them for the Mania tour, and don’t want their track-list ruined for yourself, I suggest you don’t read this! Come back and tell me all about it once you have though!)

So, last nights leg of the tour was hosted at the Manchester Arena!

And, towards the end, there was an even a small tribute (or acknowledgement) by Pete Wentz of the Manchester Bombings that happened last year – which obviously touched me, but touched my Mancquinian friends even more because they know of people affected by it.

It’s just nice to know that we’re all in this together sometimes, you know❤

So, now, let us start at the beginning…

My friend Molly. God bless her. The one who bought the tickets. Her life is full of drama, and, after living with her for three years during our university journey, there’s not much that can surprise me.

So, when she looked me dead in the face and said she couldn’t find the tickets. I believed her. I think that part of me wasn’t even shocked…

Obviously, we got there. We searched, we found nothing, and then, Molly’s mum came to the rescue (even though she’s the one who moved them and forgot about them – and we spent an hour trying to phone her and she never picked up).

Still, it was just a part of the experience, and, we still got there in enough time to get a good standing spot and watch the support acts!

For this part of the tour, they got supported by MAX (pictured above) – who was absolutely awesome! He got the crowd going and I’m already planning on going to his headline tour when it comes around!

He reminds me a little of Years and Years, and, if your a fan of them (or even if you’re not), listen to this here video! It’s his first song to be released in the UK! (And if it doesn’t at least get in to the top forty, there’s something wrong with the lot of us).

The second support act was Against the Current; who, if I’m honest, had a good bass and all, but, we could hardly hear the lead singer singing and it almost felt like we were watching a Paramore tribute band!

On closer inspection, their youtube video’s aren’t all that bad, but their still not someone I could really get behind! They didn’t even tells us their names either which irks me a lot..

Still, Max and his craziness (and his glitteryness) made it worth getting there early, and the fact that we were just a few metres away from the middle walkway made all the better!

(The photo above isn’t mine, but its my friend who was stood right next to me so you can sort of see how close we got to be)

To be honest though, after the support acts were done and we were all anticipating the first showing of Andy’s drum kit, I didn’t have a clue what to expect!

I didn’t expect Pete to sound the way he did though… I know their American and all, and no offence, but, he sounded like a hill-billy American. And I just didn’t expect him to sound like that at all, and I’ve watched him in interviews too and… Yeah…

However, Patrick sounded just like he does in the videos… Even better… And can I just say, his impression of Elton John in Save Rock ‘N’ Roll is pure greatness!

And that point just leads me on to something that I loved about the night! The boys played a load of their old songs like Immortals, Irresistable, Thanks for the Memories, Dance Dance, and even Uma Thurman, and with a Kill Bill montage playing in the background, it made the experience all that more better!

They sung Centuries too, which is actually the theme tune for my bad guy in my WIP and also one of my favourite songs aswell!

They also played a lot of the new ones from their album ‘Mania’ like the Last of the Real Ones, Wilson, Champion, Hold Me Tight (Or Don’t) and they even performed Church as well, which was bloody amazing!

And, ofcourse, they had llamas!

(T-shirt throwing llamas)

In all, it was a bloody awesome night, and it just felt like it was over too soon… Everything about it was great and I have no qualms at all, but I wish I could just go again… And again… And again…

And; it sort of made me realise something. I’ve only ever seen these guys online or on TV, and I think you forget that their real people sometimes. That their actually… I don’t know… I really don’t…

I think I might still be a little star struck…

If you’ve never experienced a concert before – of your favourite singer, or band – do it. It can be expensive, but, with enough planning, you can do anything!

And, you can say that you’ve been there and got the t-shirt (literally or not).

This post is late for a Friday, but I spent the morning eating chocolate and shopping, and now I’ve been sat writing this post whilst watching movies and eating more chocolate!

What can I say? I turn 24 tomorrow, and, this week hasn’t been half bad!

Have you ever been to a concert or gig before? Or is there someone you’d love to see one day? I’d love to know!

Until then though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Hayley Soon by Andrew Henley (Transgressive Fiction)

Andrew Henleys ‘sophomore’ novel ‘Hayley Soon’ follows the story of Korean-american trans girl – Hayley Soon – as she tries to decide what direction to take her life in.

Joined by a colourful cast of characters – Cleo, who does her best to keep Hayley grounded is my favourite’ – this is a book you won’t be able to put down until the very end!

Goodreads summary:
Hayley Soon is the tale of a Korean-American transgirl with a fractured mental health, obsession with pop culture, cosplay and a rapidly declining interest in her studies.
Featuring movies, music and a diverse cast all entangled in themes so dark you’ll need a flashlight, Hayley Soon puts the trans in transgressive fiction.

My rating: 5*

So, I had the honor of beta-reading Hayley Soon last year, and even in its raw state, I was able to see how much potential it had! Potential which Andrew was able to bring with the finished copy!

It’s definitely one of those books you won’t be able to stop yourself from thinking about when you finally put it down!

Even now I have moments where I see the world differently because of the things said in this book. It certainly opens your eyes in more ways than one!

Which, I think is because Hayley isn’t the sort of characters to wear any rose tinted glasses and she see’s the world as it is, along with all it’s flaws and injustice – just as much as she does with herself!

And that, in turn, makes Hayley a character you can relate too in the first two pages! She’s real, and I think it just makes what she goes through all that more painful and ‘real’ for the reader!

It’s a fun novel, especially with all the pop-culture references and cosplaying antics, but at its core, it looks at some pretty dark themes – dark enough you’ll need a flash-light – but with a cast of ‘grounded’ characters behind Hayley, it doesn’t feel as if all is lost.

This book made me cry, laugh, think and even get mad (in a good way)

What else could you want from a book?

And, at just 99p on amazon kindle, or at just £8.99 for the paperback, you can read this book too!

And, don’t forget, if you live in or near Newcastle, on the 2nd June 2018, Andrew is having a belated book launch at Newcastle City Library for Hayley Soon!

He’s currently looking for writers and authors to go on a panel, so, if your interested, make sure to get in contact with him through either his instagram or website!

But until then though guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Week 12/52 Writing Update: Or Life Update More Like

So, surprise, surprise, I haven’t done much writing this week…

And, if you read my last weeks writing update, you’d know that my laptop died a death and things got lost, and I was sad.

And, this last week, I’ve also had crazy shifts. Like, start at 4am, finish at 7pm, go home, have tea and go to bed…

(Me and my mum also saved an abandoned baby cactus! We’re hoping that he survives his transition in to a new pot at the moment! Fingers crossed)

I have been getting some reading in though!

I started reading the Divergent series! Book 1 was read in two days, and book 2 was read in two days as well, and I’ve just started reading book 3!

I’ve also beta-read some too! Perhaps not in the way I planned too – I usually like to add little comments as I go along, but neither my phone or tablet let that happen, so I’ve had to just write it out in an essay type form!

For this week to come, I don’t see much writing happening at all!

There will be some blog posts though! I’m going to Chester Zoo and a Fall Out Boy concert, so I’m bound to get some inspiration from them to write a few words for you guys. And, if not, I have some already prepared that I can throw out there if need be!

And, on Saturday, I’ll be turning twenty-four too! Let the birthday week commence!

What are you up to this week?

Until then though guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x


This is my newest aesthetics board for Tales of Monsters and I just thought I’d show it off here too cause I like it so much!

I’m Just Practicing…

So, I have this thing right. It’s kind of embarrassing, but no one see’s me when I’m sat on the toilet doing it, so it doesn’t matter.

I think most writers probably do this actually; whether your sat on the toilet, in the shower, in bed or looking at yourself in the mirror (or wherever you want really); and thats interview themselves (I hope other writes do this anyway, if not, just click off and act as if this post never exsisted) on the things they’ve written, whether fictional or not, and I do this all the time.

Perhaps it could be seen as self-indulgent, a bit over-dramatic, probably weird, and I should look as if my head is so big, it wouldn’t be able to get through the door.

But, isn’t that the dream?

As a writer, you want to be asked about your writing, your characters, your messages, your way of thinking, you want to be able to do something that no one else hasn’t.

And, what’s the harm in putting a bit of practice in?

And, again, just from telling my imaginary interviewer, being able to say the words out loud (or in a quiet mumbly sort of way because I’m sat in the toilets at work), I was able to think things through and even develop my plot that little bit more! I even figured out some finale details as I talked about how I felt about it all!

So, I guess, that really, what I’m asking is, does anyone else do this too?

Until then though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade

Unboxing: BookBoxClubs Into Dystopia

So, I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited for a box as I was for this one since I started receiving my Book Box Club boxes back in May 2017!

With fandoms like the hunger games, divergent and the handmaids tale used to make this box that much bookishly better, perhaps excited is an understatement!

Inside, I got:

Scrolled Invitation to the clubhouse meeting to chat about the featured book! Plus a mini interview with the author and her inspirations

Supplies to Stay Alive Pad by Bread & Jam which has a magnet on the back so you can stick it to your fridge!

Emergency Zesty Chocolate Orange Bar by Gnaw, which was eaten within an hour or so of opening the box – I needed chocolate and that’s an emergency

Handmaids Tale Cuff by Beautifully Bookish! Although a bit small for my wrist (I have fat hands, what can I say), this cuff is absolutely gorgeous, and is a BBC exclusive!

Arrow Pen by Book Box Club inspired by the Hunger Games! I can just imagine taking this in to an exam or test, and looking to the quote on it and laughing at myself!

Dauntless Tea by Craft Tea Company! I don’t like tea at all, but it’s still pretty – and I’m gonna make my dad try it!

Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw, whose first chapter reminds me of the game Little Nightmares a bit!

Goodreads Summary:
Set in an England in the near future, Outwalkers follows a gang of kids and their perilous journey to make it through a country where the government is tracking everyone and their every move is analyzed and controlled. They must live on their wits, and must work together to survive and escape

And, lastly, book promo from BBC’s publisher buddies over at Penguin Random House, Usborne Publishing and Golliancz.

It truly was an amazing box filled with some awesome stuff!

To join BBC, click here

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Has anyone read or heard of Out Walkers?

Over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to revamp any previous unboxing posts and continue this type of style for them! I’ll also be posting previous unboxings – which have just stayed in my drafts folder and never got posted!

On friday, I’m hoping to post a fun little blog about an embarrasing thing I do because I love to write! And how it helps put everything into perspective!

Until then though guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Week 11/52 Writing Update: Just Keep Writing

So, this week, it started off great! I got through writing a scene that was really hard to write – in the sense that it finally actually made sense – and then my laptop died, and I lost it all…

So, now, I have no laptop, no current draft, and I cried…

The worst thing was, I was essentially fine with Tales of Monsters – which won’t be going out to beta-readers this month now – because I knew I had some sort of old draft saved on a memory stick, and I do have the printed version before the current in a file in my bedroom, but damn, if I had actually lost my nanowrimo project from 2017, I would never be able to pull myself to write it ever again.

Melanie and Al would just be two characters that got lost in the inter webs and never seen again.

But, alas, the genius that I am – only sometimes (probably less than sometimes) decided that I would save it on my memory stick on the 19/11/2017. The day I actually finished writing it.

Although, for all I know, the file might be corrupted because my mums laptop won’t open it…

I’m hoping though, if anything, the place I’m gonna phone tomorrow will be able to save it – and the obvious hundreds of photos I might never see again…

So, yeah, great week, even had a nandos, even read John Greens Paper Towns, it even snowed again (yay), but yeah, it didn’t end too well.

So, this week will either include me rewriting said draft on this tablet I write on now or, continuing my current draft on my laptop which hopefully gets fixed some time this week; or I have to buy a new laptop and hope that if they can’t fix it, they can atleast save my hardrive.

I think, if anything, a new laptop is on the cards, but when that will happen, I don’t know.

If anything though, it has just assured me even more that this writing thing is definitely what I want do – because the doubts lately have been a bit too much – but now I’m sure.

Thankfully, I have some blog posts all ready to go! Their just bookish unboxings, but, their both fun and I might throw in this book review I’ve been meaning to finish and publish – which will go great with my little beta-reader series because it’s one I beta-read!

What kind of blog posts are you planning this week? I’d love to hear about them!

But, until then guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

P.S. Neither my phone or tablet tells me of my spelling mistakes so please forgive me if there are any!