Thursday, 30 August 2012

Thirteen Thirtyfive

As I was perusing the internet yesterday I came across this song on YouTube, by a girl called Dillon. I thought I would share it with you all because it's kind of melancholy, a little peculiar, it has some cool imagery...seems like it would be good for inspiration purposes or to put on a writing playlist. In the comments people were comparing her to Lykke Li, but I also hear some Joanna Newsom and Alessi's Ark in there, so if you like those ladies you might enjoy this :)

I think whoever wrote the top comment got it right: "This song is like lying in a sea of pillows and getting covered under a cloud of whirling feathers." Yeah, I'll go with that.

Monday, 27 August 2012

YA Book Club: This Is Not A Test

[Created by Tracey above for more!]

All the feelings, you guys.

All the feelings.

THIS IS NOT A TEST is incredible. It's a zombie story, but it's not really about zombies. It's about what happens to people when they're put in a crazy, unbelievable, life-threatening situation.

Six kids are trapped in their high school, hiding out from all the dead people who keep coming back to life. Not all of them want to be there. Not all of them want to be stuck with the people in there with them. Sloane Price doesn't really care about anything but her sister and who even knows where she is?

Courtney Summers creates these characters who you want to like but you can't. Or you do, but you're not sure why. You start off liking them, or hating them; and then they do something to make you hate them, or like them; and repeat. And then you never know what they're going to do next: who's going to turn on who, who's going to go crazy(er). It will stay with you after you read it, take up a space in your brain, thinking what would you do? Trapped in a building, unable to go outside because, y'know, zombies; not knowing what's going to happen in the next day or week or year, wondering if maybe it wouldn't just be easier to die; doing things you never thought you were capable of because it's a different world now...

This book is tense, fast, sexy (don't ask me how that's even possible because I have no idea)...did I say tense? Parts literally had my heart pounding, wondering what was going to happen next, how everything was going to unfold. And can I just say how much I adore the ending? I adore the ending.

Courtney Summers makes me think that I can write whatever the fuck I want to but also that I should not write anything ever because I'll never be as good as Courtney Summers. Especially at zombies.

Have you read THIS IS NOT A TEST? What did you think?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012


Today is Road Trip Wednesday :-) RTW is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’scontributors post a weekly writing or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s topicInspired by Stephanie Perkins’ post on Natalie Whipple’s blog, what is your novel’s “Love List”?

So your "love list" is all the little things about your WIP that you, well, love. You can look back at it at all those points where you hate writing and hate everything you've ever written, and remember why you want to write this story :) or something like that...

Here's mine:
  • Red lipstick
  • Friends
  • Cute boys
  • Cowboy boots
  • Rockabilly
  • Sisters
  • Dancing
  • Jeans
  • Music
  • Cherry pie
  • Karaoke
  • Conversations
  • Quiet car rides
  • Warm nights
  • Small beds
Now to check out everyone else's loves...