Product Review: Chupa Chups Soft Drink (various flavours)

Chupa Chups is a band of lollipop and other confectionery produced by Perfetti Van Melle, an Italian company. Chupa Chups are sold in over 150 companies and in a variety of flavours. The brand was originally founded way back in 1958 by Enric Bernat, and it derives its name from the Spanish verb Chupar, which … Continue reading Product Review: Chupa Chups Soft Drink (various flavours)

Tips For Self-Editing

I will be the first to admit that editing is the area of the writing process where I could use the most improvement, I’m either too critical in which case I can turn ten pages of my own work into a few scared pieces of punctuation or I’m too forgiving because I like a particular … Continue reading Tips For Self-Editing

Single Review: Nōva – Heavy Hitters

Nōva is a classically trained violinist and singer/songwriter from Montreal, Canada and today I will be reviewing their single ‘Heavy Hitters’.  ‘Heavy Hitters’ has a static distortion quality to it, that evokes old style recording formats, I’m just old enough for that to trigger nostalgia. After that it explodes forward, with a fast paced, high … Continue reading Single Review: Nōva – Heavy Hitters

Single Review: Philip Brooks – Spend Some Time Alone Inside My Head

Philip Brooks is a 21 year old bleach-blonde dream pop artist and today I’ll be reviewing his track ‘Spend Some Time Alone Inside my Head’ which was released on 25th April 2019.  ‘Spend Some Time Alone Inside My Head’ opens with some thumping percussion that builds until the strings kick in, after which it falls … Continue reading Single Review: Philip Brooks – Spend Some Time Alone Inside My Head

Product Review: Irn Bru – Spiced Ginger (Crimbo Juice)

So before I get started, I have to say as much as I am a fan of Irn Bru and you can check out evidence of that here and here I am most decidedly not a fan of ginger, other than ginger nut biscuits I tend to avoid all things with ginger because I just … Continue reading Product Review: Irn Bru – Spiced Ginger (Crimbo Juice)

How To Finish That First Draft

So if you are like me it can feel like the hardest thing about writing is ironically, actually writing. So we put this list together of helpful tips for finishing that first draft. This list is by no means exhaustive, and if you have any tips feel free to comment on this post. Make a … Continue reading How To Finish That First Draft

Single Review: Swimming Pool – April/Quadrox

Swimming Pool are a shoegaze/dream noise band from Seville, Spain and today I’ll be reviewing their singles ‘April/Quadrox’ which was released March 2nd 2019. ‘April’ has quite a harsh intro, that flows through the thrashing guitar into, beautiful vocals, it’s quite an interesting effect, and it certainly grabbed me as a listener, I also like … Continue reading Single Review: Swimming Pool – April/Quadrox

Single Review: Rhett Repko – A Broken Song

Rhett Repko is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter from Annapolis, Maryland and today I’ll be reviewing his track ‘A Broken Song’. ‘A Broken Song’ opens with a building electric note, that breaks suddenly into the track, with some sweet percussion, and a simple but incredibly engaging guitar, that is all backed up by Rhett’s incredible vocals … Continue reading Single Review: Rhett Repko – A Broken Song

Product Review: Sunbites (various flavours)

Walkers is a British snack food manufacturer founded in 1948 in Leicester, where the company is still headquartered, by Henry Walker. Walkers was later, in 1989, acquired by Frito-Lay, Inc, a division of its parent company, PepsiCo, Inc. Walkers is also noted for their use of Gary Lineker, Leicester-born former England International footballer, as the … Continue reading Product Review: Sunbites (various flavours)

5 Character Tropes To Avoid

I’m going to start this post by saying that these tropes have been a part of literature for as long as man has been writing, there are no original ideas, only new ways of utilising old ones so don’t fret too much if you’re novel has a little too much of ‘a hero’s journey’ or … Continue reading 5 Character Tropes To Avoid

Single Review: Panic State – System Kings

Panic State are an Alt-Rock trio from London made up of Tom Horton on Vocals/Bass guitar, Scott Dunleavy on Guitar and Daniel Tweddle on Drums. Today I’ll be reviewing their latest release ‘System Kings’ which was released on 29th March 2019. ‘System Kings’ has a great hammering bass/guitar intro, it leads you into the track … Continue reading Single Review: Panic State – System Kings

Single Review: Painting Rockets – Boys

Painting Rockets are an Alternative rock duo from Edinburgh made up of Keli Thomson on Vocals and Stephen Christie on Guitar. I’ve previously reviewed Painting Rockets and you can check that out here, but today I’ll be reviewing their latest release ‘Boys’ which will be released on 19th April 2019. ‘Boys’ kicks off quite quickly, … Continue reading Single Review: Painting Rockets – Boys

Product Review: Red Bull (Tropical Fruits and Coconut & Berry)

Red Bull is an energy drink product of an Austrian company of the same name, it is notable for its slogan and advertising campaigns based around the idea that "Red Bull gives you wings". Today I’ll be reviewing two flavour variants to the original or classic Red Bull product. Tropical Fruits Unlike other drinks I’ve … Continue reading Product Review: Red Bull (Tropical Fruits and Coconut & Berry)

Creating An Outline For Your Novel

I was always kind of against this when I was younger, my thought process was that in planning out my novel I was firstly wasting time that I could be writing and secondly robbing the story of creativity by insisting on planning it rather than letting it form naturally. Now I’ll admit there may be … Continue reading Creating An Outline For Your Novel

Single Review: Railroads – Never Tried A Cigarette

Railroads are a four piece garage rock band based in Bradford/Leeds made up of Sam Da Silva on Vocals/guitar, James Rowland on Guitar, Adam Dunne on Bass and Jack Reavey on Drums. Today I’ll be reviewing their single ‘Never Tried A Cigarette’.  ‘Never Tried A Cigarette’ kicks off with a pretty complex intro, everything instantly … Continue reading Single Review: Railroads – Never Tried A Cigarette