Saturday, 13 November 2010

In My Day

Here's a little something I found as I was archiving some of my older stuff on this site. Hope you enjoy :)



In my day, we kept ourselves occupied with networking sites, or computer games, with lag, that would sometimes just turn themselves off for no reason.

In my day, if the internet went off, you just got on with it, or you had to go all the way downstairs to turn it on again.

In my day, if you wanted to get somewhere you got in a car, with petrol that exploded, and you would sit in traffic jams for hours on end and everybody crashed.

In my day, bad weather would bring the whole country to a standstill, and everybody got a day off work.

In my day, news papers would twist the truth to sell more copies, and everyone was afraid of guns and drugs and teenagers.

In my day, we were afraid of terrorists and reliable energy and global warming.

In my day, the whole world was unstable and everyone was quarreling about everything.

In my day, things were simpler, better.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

BLacK NoIZe

Interesting things going on with the black project at the moment, finally managed to procure a mixing board from a very kind man from next door.

If you haven't already heard UD233 then you can HERE. It's the first song from the Black Noize project which when finished will probably contain around four or five tracks, all with a different specific feeling to them. At the moment I'm working on the second song, which has a far more airy and dreamy feeling about it, and am into my second version (basically the first one turned to pot, but I put it down to experience and am starting afresh with some of the better ideas from the original).

I'm using www.last.fm to host all of my music, and putting it all up on there for free download, I will also, however, be putting higher quality downloads up on megaupload, the links for which will be displayed on this website.

There's also a possibility of at some point releasing the tracks on CD, although this is far off in the future and the music will remain free to download. Big plans ahead, lets see how it goes :)

Other than that not much going on in the world of writing, just a whole load of boring uni work like book reports (Urgh). Had the family round yesterday which was nice, had a lovely meal and went to see a comedy act in the city. Anyways, now I have a printer so I can build up a pile of printed work (Yay).

Ps. I've had to change the original name from Black Noise to Black Noize for copyright reasons.
Pss. Also, hopefully soon we'll have some artwork designed for UD233 up soon, courtesy of David Pringle, a photographer whose work can be found Here.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

A little poem

Here's a little poem I just wrote and I thought you might enjoy:

Into existence, away from evil, the deftly eagle rises,

Her wings awry, as she writhes, against the golden sun,

A solemn shot, the animal shock, as the smoke it rises,

The bird she falls, her feathers ball, she thumps against the ground.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Writing new things!

Sorry about the lack of updates once again, I found I'd actually written a couple of paragraphs earlier on in the week, but proceeded unfortunately to get irrevocably and uncontrollably distracted, so that it was just left open on the screen when I came back to it. I considered salvaging it but it's now all completely out of date.

Good news for those of you who actually care about my work, I got bored of waiting for my course to start (not for another week still unfortunately) and actually got round to doing some writing. This piece is entitled, at the moment and for lack of better ideas, Graham Holland, and is to be sent of for (hopefully) publication in the local Derby newspaper 'The Derby Telegraph'. Which is all exciting stuff, if I can actually get round to bloody finishing it. And of course when it's all done I'll upload it to the blog for all you guys to read.

Other than that I seem to be feeling more and more at home here everyday. I still miss the people I love and care about a great deal (you know who you are) but no longer feel the nagging emptiness I used to. Well, not as much. I also seem to have gained an annoying tolerance to alcohol which means I can drink ludicrous amounts and not feel it, this may seem cool, but I'm not very rich and it's turning out to be expensive. Suppose it's all part of the student experience, as they say.

That's about it to be honest, I would delve into the details of all my exploits but I don't want to bore you, and I don't remember half of it anyway.

Favorites for listening to at the moment include the Dr Who soundtrack, performed by the unbelievably brilliant BBC National Orchestra Of Wales (currently playing, and making me feel like I'm on a bloody mission to finish this post) and Amnesiac by Radiohead.

Till next time...

Monday, 20 September 2010

Shits and giggles

But slightly less giggles.

Woke up this morning with what I assumed to be a hangover, even though my last nights escapades hadn't seemed too expansive. It soon occurred to me, however, that this was not entirely the case (although I'm sure it mixed in there somewhere) favoring my rather disgusting symptoms instead to food poisoning. I'm blaming it on some rushed rice I cooked the evening before, before heading off to a street party.

I'm not going to go into it a great deal as I'm sure your imagination can fill in the gaps, I can tell you however that it relates to this post's title. The illness left me flitting between my room and the toilet before I forced myself out of the dorm to catch a bus up to the campus. On the way up I met a rather nice young lady who just so happened to be doing the same course as me, which was a good thing, because I had no idea what time I was meant to be there (well, actually this is a lie, I vaguely remember a drunken conversation in which eleven o'clock came in somewhere), and had no idea what room I was meant to be in. Everyone on my course seems rather nice, and I had a chat with some people on the way down in which I met the aforesaid 11 o'clock guy.

Needless to say I am yet to eat, the fear of bringing it up again putting me in a rather useless position in which I'm hungry, have food, but cannot eat. As for the street party last night, I'm afraid I don't remember much of it and may well have made a considerable fool out of myself.

Anyway, to all those people I met and gave out cards to with this address on it, Hi, to everyone else, until next time...

Sunday, 19 September 2010

The university of Derby

It seems whenever I start one of these posts I'm apologising for not being frequent enough with my updates. This time my excuse is rather less noble than "I was too busy", because I've been filling my time instead with going out and getting idiotically drunk, either in the run up to going off to uni in order to efficiently say goodbye to my childhood friends, or while actually at uni in freshers week (or freshers fortnight in my case).

So far I've totted up half a day and one night in student halls and have managed in that time to meet rather alot of people through slightly tipsy escapades in which I've wondered around the city of derby with some people I'd never met before (and I'm sorry, were quite boring), got lost, and ended up grabbing a taxi to the main campus where I was told the party would be terrible. This however was not the case, and although queuing for half an hour to get a drink was rather frustrating, did sedate my crave for flashing lights and loud music.

In and amongst that I have managed in fact to do no writing whatsoever, my plans to finish off The Chase have been put on hold for the foreseeable future, or at least the foreseeable future in which alcohol and good company flow freely and are relatively within budget. Instead I've decided to update my blog with boring facts about my life more regularly, more for my own benefit than for that of others, as I can't seem to remember a great deal of what's happened during the past month or so (I'm sure this is in no small way accounted by for the aforementioned excessive consumption of poison) and I can hopefully use this as a reference point, or to look back and laugh at my own stupidity.

That's it for now folks, until next time.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Reading in Reading, Walking and Camping

Pretty much sums up what I've been up to for the past couple of days.

Reading was and excellent festival (the bits that I can remember) and apart from a rather disappointing example of bad showmanship from the pre-madonna Axl Rose, I found most of the bands to live up to my expectations. Didn't get much of a chance to write in between hangovers and drunken escapades, but took my note book nevertheless in the vain hope that some random strain of inspiration might come spinning into my head.

I then had around two days to recover before being whisked away by my father on a walk from my home in Hertfordshire all the way off to Southend. It was great fun, save the freezing cold nights in my microlight sleeping bag, curled up with every single piece of clothing I own wrapped about my person, and amounted to a rather impressive 45 miles in all.

Now I'm back in the home town and have finally managed to grab some time to myself to update this little blog of mine. As for actually doing any writing I'm afraid the since the last post I've been relatively unproductive, and by relatively I mean I've done nothing.

Hopefully get some stuff written up this afternoon, before I wonder off to Camden Town to perform my last ever gig with StereoTypical before we bugger off to Uni. Lets hope the bloody tube workers actually bother to do their job and don't go on strike.

Until then...

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Advancements in my life

So, I've been reminded a couple of times now about my neglecting of this blog, but not to fear, just because I haven't been posting too regularly doesn't mean there hasn't been lots of work going on behind the scenes ;)

At first, I suppose I should mention the fact that I got into Derby university (Whheeeyyy!) with an A and a B (and an e). I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who were there for me and without whom I would not have made it this far. These being my family, who did an excellent job of not nagging me (much) and in general staying out of my hair during the exam period, as well as just being there when I needed them.

And my beautiful girlfriend, with out whom I'm almost certain I would never have managed to get the grades I needed. The emotional support she provided, as well as tactical nagging and pointing out where I was in danger of falling, were absolutely instrumental in getting me through the last half a year of exams. without her I'm pretty sure I'd be without at least a quarter of my hair and wouldn't have much left to call finger nails. You are beautiful, and I love you.

Of course, I must also thank all of the others who have been there for me, namely my good friends, who were there to be nervous with me and go to the pub with me and drink nauseating amounts of alcohol with on the weekends (and week days...). It was you who I was able to make idiotic jokes with and laugh about such childish things as funny faces and, of course, farts. Without you guys I would have defiantly gone insane, and I will miss you all to no end (although of course we'll all be re-united when the holidays finally roll back around).

Right, now the soppy crap's over, here's some updates about my work...

At first, as you may have noticed, the tag "(UNDRAFTED)" has disappeared from The Escape, meaning that I've now spent some time actually going through the bloody thing and changing all the bad bits.

Also, you may have noticed that I've actually bothered to type up some of my previously hand written journal. You can find this under Euro-trip (WIP) on the right hand nav-bar, "(WIP)" stands for Work In Progress, I know, aren't I clever. This little baby's got a couple of nice pictures with it to keep the more easily bored of you entertained. On a side note, I'd be grateful if people could give me some feedback on the journal, it seems to me a little too long and boring to me.

That's it for now, until next time...


Friday, 13 August 2010

Updates

So, lots of interesting things going on with this little blog over the next couple of weeks.

First of all, I've uploaded two short stories (Which kinda inter-link), and you can find these on the nav bar to your right. These include A Beautiful Night, which I think I can safely say has been drafted and re-drafted enough times over the past couple of years to be worthy of your reading. And The Escape, which still needs a little more work done to it, as soon as I can be bothered I'll get down to it.

Secondly, I've been searching through all of my old works to find something worthy of showing to the world, and have managed to find a couple of bits that I'm going to snazz up a little and re-write, so they should be up here at some point for your reading enjoyment.

Thirdly and finally, my most recent project, a journal which I part wrote when I was in Europe, this I am planning on finishing and typing up as soon as possible. The journal is split up into about 16 days, so I'll be posting each day as I finish it, the first should be up soon, just need to get down to typing it up...

And that's all for now, just waiting on results for my uni place taking creative writing. Fingers crossed.


Monday, 9 August 2010

Good afternoon

It's a brilliantly warm summers day outside, and I've awoken (a little late) to the revelation that I should start a blog, so here it is.

Recently I've been meeting with people interested in my works, and I thought it would probably be a good idea to create some sort of website through which people could refer to, and easily take a look at, my productions. It's gonna take a while for me to get used to the site editor methinks, but as soon as I sort it out I'll hopefully be able to easily document and archive all of my works while having a platform through which I can update people as to future works, which is awesome.

So welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the swankiest, sexiest blog this side of the internet.