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What I think

Hey Readers, it’s Alice here for another blog.

So, if you’ve read my last post you’ll know I’ve been feeling quite down, especially recently. Anyway, that isn’t what this post is about, it’s about ‘what I think’, and if you like it, maybe I’ll make it into a little series??

On with the blog:

My thoughts and moods recently have led to me being withdrawn, quiet and less sociable than usual (which, let’s be real, isn’t very sociable anyway). This has meant I’ve spent a lot of time in my head, almost unable to get away from my thoughts.

And yeah, some of the thoughts haven’t been so great, but like I said, that’s not what this is about. Those thoughts have made me realise some things, and that is good.

Pretty soon, April and I have some big decisions to make, that will potentially determine what we end up doing for the rest of our lives (logical, to make teenagers decide these things, I know). People have tried to help, and they’ve said how the choices really aren’t super important and I should choose what I enjoy, that I don’t need to worry about the future for now. I believe them, and understand the points they are making, but it’s still a hugely important decision for here and now, and it will influence what I do for the foreseeable future.

I don’t know what I’m going to choose (these are subject choices by the way for exams that will determine careers / university) and that terrifies me, as I have around a month, maybe even less, to make up my mind. And, on top of that stress, this year is also an important exam year, so there’s more pressure from that too.

Anyway, there’s the context, and here’s what I think:

All the time I’ve spent getting stressed and emotional and withdrawn and the like, has made me realise that I cannot do something just for the sake of it. The next years of my education will be for the most part, self driven and self motivated, so it’s important that I do things I want to do, and things I’ll enjoy. I’ve had no time to do the things I enjoy, and hardly done anything other than work. This is not good, and it is not healthy.

Sometimes, you have to know when to stop, and you have to leave things for the night, because if you just keep pushing and pushing, eventually you’ll fall over the edge and make things so, so much worse for yourself.

It might seem impossible, but if you’re anything like me and literally drowning in the sheer amount of stuff you have to do, too awkward, stressed and scared to miss a deadline or ask for help, please do. Just talk to someone, a teacher, a friend, a parent. If you can’t do the work, for goodness sake, ask for help instead of sitting at your desk and crying.

Yes, this first half term back at school has been as emotional, stressful, tiring and trying as it possibly could have been, and I didn’t deal with it in the right way at all, but I still got through. You need to make time for yourself, give yourself time to relax and actually enjoy your childhood (teenhood?) for once. This constant standing on the edge of disaster is not who I am, it’s not who I want to be, plus I can’t imagine it’s who you would want to be either.

So, what I think is that you shouldn’t let stress define you. You shouldn’t let work take over, and you should do things that you enjoy! I still have no idea who I am, who I want to be, or what decisions I will make when the time comes, but I know that I can’t keep going on the way I am without everything giving way beneath me. I’m going to make changes; I need to make changes. Yes, this time of my life is important for school, but it’s also important for spending time with friends and family and making memories. I don’t want to look back on my life and see myself as someone who never stepped out of their comfort zone, always put work ahead of happiness and only focused on school. No. I want to look back on this time as amazing. I am a teenager, and there is so much out there that I have yet to experience, and I’m not going to let my thoughts get in the way of that.

~ Alice

(thank you so much for reading, literally each and every view on here makes my day a little brighter. i’m always here to talk, as a friend or whatever, just send a dm to writeaweek on Instagram and one of us will reply as soon as we see the message (address it to one of us in particular if you want) hope you’re all doing okay and feeling good, bye!)

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Blog from Alice

Hello Readers, Alice here

Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve published something on here (thank you to April for being a reliable poster).

So, what’s new with me? Not a lot really; I do almost exactly the same thing every day: wake up, go to school, come home, do work, sit with my family for a little while, then sleep and repeat. I’m a person who likes routine, believe me when I tell you that, but recently, I’ve been getting really bogged down in everything – little things and big things. I can’t even think of an example as I’m writing this, which is annoying, but hopefully you will get what I mean.

Anyway, I’ve been feeling really strange. I can’t exactly put it into words, however it’s almost like I’m seperate from everything I’m doing. That doesn’t really properly explain it, but maybe my meaning will still come through. I don’t know. I kind of feel distanced from everything that’s happening and am either super emotional, or just completely devoid of any care. I’m probably just tired, and am incredibly ready for the coming up break from school (only a week to go!).

This year is an important time at school for April and I, and so the workload is just getting more and more, which is probably one of the reasons I’ve been feeling the way I have. I just feel completely exhausted, but when it’s time to sleep, there are always a million things I’d rather do instead? I don’t understand it, so I doubt anybody reading this will either 😂

Okay, sorry about that, I just had to try and put my thoughts into words in an attempt to get them out of my head..

I’ll write something more positive now..

I have lots of books I can’t wait to start reading (when I get time, hopefully over the school break) such as ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), ‘Indigo Donut’ by Patrick Lawrence (he wrote ‘Orangeboy’ which is also an amazing book), and ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ by Karen M McManus, which was featured in a picture I posted on Instagram earlier today (our username is writeaweek if you want to check it out).

I am happy with the wattpad story I’ve been writing (when I’ve had time and motivation), which I posted the first part of on here a couple of weeks ago, and if you’re interested, you can continue reading that on my wattpad account (its-only-me).

So, in summary, hopefully after the break I’ll be feeling better [sidenote: I got my very own kitten (partially to help deal with stressfulness) and she is curled up asleep now as I am writing this] and will get to spend some quality time with my kitten! Hope you’re all feeling good and are not too tired or stressed,

thank you for reading; bye.

~ Alice

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Blog Post #35 – Update

Hey readers!

So it’s been a little under a month since my last blog post, so I thought today I’d write this quick update post letting you know what’s been going on.

My last blog post was Blog Post #34 – Life is short and hard sometimes, in which I complained about being busier and going back to school. Since then, life has got even busier, so that’s great. Hooray for tests, amirite?

Anyway, even though it’s been a month since my last blog, it’s not like nothing has been happening. We’ve finally been managing to stick to our name and actually post something weekly. There’s been a post entitled “Doumo Arigatou” dedicated to someone important to me, a joint post about two awesome YouTubers, Dan and Phil, and then a collection of Bookstagram Photos which were never posted on Instagram because we moved onto a new theme. If any of them take your fancy, please do check them out! There’s not been much proper writing recently, but before my last blog post Alice posted the first part of a new story on here (the rest of which can be found on wattpad). The last piece of writing before that was a gothic horror short posted a looooong time ago. (oops)

And now for the rambly book update part of the blog post (I’ll try to keep it short). This week, I’ve been reading two books. The first is Generation One by Pittacus Lore, and the second is The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Generation One is a recent instalment in the Lorien Legacies series & collection of books that go along with them. Without giving too much away, it’s about what happens after the war. So far I’m enjoying it, however I’ve been reading it quite slowly, which is normally a sign that I don’t like the book. I guess I’m just finding it a bit hard to get into. I’ll keep reading and let you know my final judgment! The Sky is Everywhere is about a girl called Lennie who likes to play the clarinet and whose sister recently passed away. I picked this book up because the author also wrote one of my absolute favourite books of all time – I’ll Give You The Sun. So far I’m also enjoying this book, and I’m finding this one easier to get into too, although I will say between all those poems littered everywhere Lennie isn’t exactly helping to save the environment!

Sadly that’s all I have for this post today, as I have to go and write yet another essay then revise for yet another test, but there’ll be a new post coming next week and until then, you can always check our Instagram (where we’re most active). Recently we’ve begun using the polls feature on our story to ask what you guys want to see on our site and in or posts so we’re getting more feedback and (hopefully) adapting what we post to your wants! Our username is @writeaweek if you want to look us up 🙂 Thanks for reading

Bye!

~ April

 

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Bookstagram Photos

Hey readers!

So a little while ago, I decided I wanted to take some pretty photos to go on our Instagram page, so I gathered up all my blue books (we had a blue theme at the time) and a various assortment of blue items that could be in the photos and set to work.

I took over 100 photos so was rather pleased with myself, however, I could have probably done with taking these photos a bit earlier, as when I did take them we were only 3 photos away from moving on to a different theme. So what I’ve decided to do is put a few of my favourite ones into a blog post so people can still see them.

Also, because I’m a bit strange and like to explain my thought process behind literally anything I do or any decision I make, there is some writing explaining everything beneath the photos. Don’t worry – I won’t be offended if you ignore it. I probably would if I were you.

 

 

First of all, I laid out all the books in a flat grid and took some photos from different angles. I think my favourite of these (of which there are more than three, but I only included what I judged to be the better ones) was the photo from directly above the books. Although it wasn’t my intention to be highlighting any of the books when I first started taking the photos, this one ended up highlighting two in particular: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (which, by the way, are both very good books that I would recommend reading – there are also films of both of them which are worth a watch)

 

 

The next thing I did was pile all my books up into a big block, with a couple going in different directions to the others. I took quite a lot of photos of this set-up, but most of them didn’t turn out very well, hence the fact there are only two in this post. I tried taking all the photos from different angles to get some variety, but despite this they also all came out looking quite similar. So this probably wasn’t the best option for taking photos, but I had fun building it and actually taking the photos (trying to balance the stack so it didn’t fall over and/or collapse was a bit of a challenge!)

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This next one came to life because I noticed a few of the things I had contained both blue and red, so I thought I’d try and put them together and see what came out of it. The above photo is perhaps the only decent one – if you could call it that – out of many. The lighting was uneven/off, and the reflection off the CD case was being strange and awkward, so basically it just wasn’t working very well. Looking back on it, it also wasn’t a very good layout of the books and items. I was trying to do a grid photo where everything was neat and in place and followed the lines, but it just wasn’t working. However, I still thought I’d include it in this post, as it shows a couple of my favourite books, The Thief Lord (which I’ve already mentioned) and Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie.

 

 

These three photos are probably the ones I was most proud of out of this whole “photoshoot”. I actually posted one of them on Instagram, and the author of the book featured (Goldfish Boy, by Lisa Thompson) not only liked and commented but reposted as well! Honestly, that made my day. The reason why I took these photos was because I noticed the blue, orange and white on the cover of the book matched perfectly with my pins and paperclips – in exactly the same colours. After noticing that, I couldn’t resist! Before ending up with these photos I tried a few different variations of the setup, such as one which had an ink pen on the notebook and another which replaced the pencils in the bottom right corner with a pair of glasses, but neither of them seemed right, so I tried out this one and it turned out okay!

 

 

These last two I liked, but decided against using them anywhere for a number of different reasons. Firstly, the pencils in the first one are not lined up straight and I felt as though that ruined it slightly. Secondly, they didn’t really fit in with the blue theme of the account. And I know, I could post them when we have a different theme, but then comes the third, and biggest, reason, which is that they were almost directly copied from a blog post I was reading about how to style good flat lay photographs and I would feel bad about it! That post is linked a bit further down if you’re interested in seeing it – it’s a very good/helpful one too. But anyway, reasons for not posting them and credit aside, I do actually like these photos quite a bit. Like I said, the first one isn’t all that great because the pencils aren’t all lined up, but I like the second one (on the diagonal) especially. I also spent a very long time deciding which order the pencils were going to go in so the colours were in the most aesthetically pleasing order they could be in haha.

Anyway, that’s all the photos that I’m going to share with you today! There were a bunch more I took, both variations of these ones and different layouts too, but they were very bad and I’m slightly embarrassed by them too so they’ve not been included in here. If you enjoyed this post then do let me know, and in the future I might do some more “photoshoots” for our Instagram and put the un-posted ones here!

Like I mentioned above, I was reading and referring to a very helpful blog post on how to style a flat lay photo all the time while taking these photos, and I feel it’s only fair to give credit to that post, so here is a link to it! It’s a good post and very useful, so if you’re wanting to try out taking some photos for yourself I would definitely recommend reading it!

The last thing I’d like to put in this (already rather long) blog post is a list of the books that I used for these photos. I already mentioned a couple of them while talking about particular photos, but I thought a list of them all might be a good idea, especially as they’re all good books that I’d recommend reading! So, without further ado:

  • Paper Towns – John Green
  • The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
  • Blood Ties – Sophie McKenzie
  • The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling
  • The White Giraffe – Lauren St John
  • Year of the Rat – Clare Furniss
  • Unhooking the Moon – Gregory Hughes
  • iBoy – Kevin Brooks
  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  • Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson
  • Unwind – Neal Shusterman
  • Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
  • Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

Anyway, that’s all for today, so thanks for reading! Don’t forget you can check out all our social medias if you want to, and if you liked this post you can look at our Instagram for more bookstagram photos.

Bye!

~ April

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Dan and Phil

(This is a joint blog written by both of us, but it’s going to be in  slightly different format to our older collaborative posts. Also, just a quick note, it may be filled with a load of references you might not understand if you’re not a member of the phandom)

Hi. So, our names are [Alice] and [April]. Nice to meet you.

Hehe, we thought that was a fun little introduction, to start off with, which is also quite topical, as is brings us nicely onto the subject of this post: Dan and Phil.

It’s probably hard to be on the internet without even having heard of Daniel Howell and Phillip Lester, otherwise known as Dan and Phil, or danisnotonfire (rip)/Dani Snot On Fire and amazingphil.  They’re two highly influential YouTubers, currently with over 17.2M combined subscribers who have written two books and performed a world-wide stage tour (The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire, or TATINOF). We sound like we’re introducing them on stage before we welcome them on for an interview (honestly, we wish we were), but really, we’re just letting you know how big these two people are, and giving you some context so you’re not completely baffled as we now talk about how they’ve affected so many people across the globe – and why.

The first of their videos that Alice stumbled across was the ‘punk edits in real life video’, but she didn’t really think it was her thing, so moved on without watching anything else. Earlier this year (can’t quite believe it’s only been that long!), April asked Alice what she thought of them (having spotted things about them on the internet here and there – after all, who hasn’t?)  so she said as much, letting April know that only seen one video (unbeknownst to Alice, April then went home and binge-watched the entirety of the Sims Series, then continued regularly watching their videos from there). She’s not really sure why, but one day Alice sat down and watched the first episode of their Sims 4 series. And then the next and the next and the next. Now, we both eagerly await every new instalment of Dil Howlter’s life and everything else that involves Dan and Phil.

Now, we would both consider ourselves members of the phandom (shoutout to the og trash team!) – we watch every video, watch the livestreams, like the tweets (well, Alice does, April doesn’t have twitter. But she’s there in spirit – Alice sends her screenshots of the best ones). It’s strange what finding a YouTuber you really enjoy watching can do to you, and how big an impact they can have on your life.  

This next part is written by Alice, April editing into third person found it too hard so gave up: Daniel Howell and Phil Lester are unlike any other youtubers I have ever watched. I don’t quite know how to explain it, but the pair of them make me almost ridiculously happy. Watching their videos has stopped me crying and made me laugh so hard that I temporarily forget what was upsetting me. Take it from me, Dan and Phil are two extraordinary people and we should consider ourselves lucky to be able to share their journey with them.

If you haven’t heard of Dan and Phil as youtubers (do you even internet?) you might know them from the BBC Radio one show that they collaborated on, and the others they were involved in, starting in 2013 and ending just last year (in 2016). It’s a shame we missed it, as we both would have liked to have watched it (on the live video streams that went along with them), but hopefully with some hard-core internet scouring we’ll be able to find them uploaded somewhere. (Sidenote from Alice: I think I have!)

Currently, the two of us are playing a kind of game (kind of, not really) where we try and spot the Dan and Phil merch when we are together (the reason why it isn’t really a game is because the grand total is one, as it currently stands…)

We were going to try and end this post in a similar way to the end of Hello Internet (like the start of it was), but unfortunately it involves much flashy music and camera effects which we sadly can’t include, so see if you can get where this ending is from instead:

Oh, we’ve been talking for ages! We don’t really have anything else to say anyway, but have a good day if we don’t talk to you again, even though you’re not really talking to us… never mind; see you later!

~ Alice & April

(Quick update, this is Alice and I’m typing this just before I publish this post; I’ve literally finished watching TATINOF online right now and am just asdfghjkl-ing right now. Just thought I’d let you know that 🙂 okay, bye)

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Doumo Arigatou

Doumo Arigatou: it means Thank You, in Japanese! Now, if you were Japanese, it would be a very suitable way to let you know how grateful I am to have you in my life. But you’re not. Perhaps a more suitable way, then, would be to say… Grazie!!

For almost as long as I can remember, you’ve been there. You’ve been there through the good times, through the bad times.

As far as the good times go, well, some of my fondest memories have you in, and I will hold them close to my heart. Do you remember that time in the Italian restaurant when we were with some school friends? Or that time with my family while on holiday? There are countless times you’ve been there, and just brightened my day up.

For the bad times? Well, whenever I’ve needed you, you’ve always been there. You’ve always offered a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on, without even thinking about it. You’ve helped me get through things I might have not got through, if it weren’t for your help. You are undoubtedly the most benevolent being to have ever lived in this universe. I am so lucky to have had though there to help me through things.

What I love about you the most is how interesting you are. There’s always a new side of you to discover, a different fact to learn about you every day. It’s so interesting to see you act in so many different ways. You’re a surprise waiting to happen,  never really know what you’re going to do next, and it fills my life with so much excitement and interest. But still, whenever I need you to, you can go back to being the plain and simple friend I know and love, who is always there for me.

So this is my letter to you, to say thank you, to let you know how much I appreciate you being in my life. I am so grateful to have had you for all this time, and I look forward to the years we have together.

Thank you, Pasta, for everything.

(so this was originally for a competition where you had to write a letter entitled “Doumo Arigatou”, but I missed the deadline of because I was trying to write it seriously and put proper feeling into it. I’ve since given up on that as I was really struggling to write it, so I decided to write it as a funny jokey thing instead. I hope you enjoyed it – bye! ~April)

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Blog Post #34 – Life is short and hard sometimes

Hey readers!

Just a short post today because I don’t really have much time to write anything lengthy, but I guess that emphasizes the point of this post? In a way. Kind of. If you can be bothered to try and figure out what I mean, read on.

Basically, Alice and I have recently gone back to school, and now we don’t have much time. Over the summer I’d been enjoying myself doing what I want when I want, having lots of fun and not many time constraints. Now it’s the exact opposite. I have deadlines and limited amount of sleep, and writing this blog post is probably the only voluntary thing I’ve done all week. That’s not great, is it?

This year I’ve been trying to establish some good habits, such as making my bed in the morning, rather than leaving it in a crumbled mess as I try to get ready to leave last minute like I normally do, and getting enough sleep –  which I’ve got better at! – (also post semi-regularly on here) and I’ve realised how hard it is. I’ve written myself a short list of things I have to try and do every day and have been writing down when I do and don’t do them, and it sure is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Like I said, this is just down to the lack of time to do anything I actually want to do, which is great. So I guess what I’m saying is life is short and hard and not fun sometimes? Haha.

Anyway, longer post should be coming soon, but for now this is it as I have work I need to do yay. Thanks for reading, don’t forget you can contact us through a variety of social medias and stuff (here I am complaining about my lack of time, yet if you message us I’m sure we’ll both make time to get back to you – who needs sleep anyway?)

Bye!

~ April

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New Story – not sure yet (part one)

Hello Readers, Alice here. Below is a brief introduction to the latest story I am writing, and then underneath that is part one. Enjoy!

Alfie and Caleb are two boys who could not be more different at first glance. Alfie has been at the same school his entire life, he’s perfected the art of blending into the shadows. No one even sees him anymore, until one day, new boy Caleb steps into the school for the first time on a random day in the middle of the year and turns everything upside down.

Hood up, earbuds in, head down. Three rules to make you invisible. I’ve perfected the art of blending into the shadows. Nobody even sees me anymore, and that’s the way I like it. Having nearly reached the age of sixteen, all my experiences so far have taught me that friends are bad. Everyone I’ve ever trusted has either let me down, or completely crushed me. Life is much more simple when you are the only person you have to depend on.

My daze-like state is snapped in an instant as a hand claps down on my shoulder. The overbearing face of the school’s deputy head, Mr Struthers is staring at me intently.
“Hoodie off and headphones out, thank you, Mr Blacken.” I reluctantly wrap up the wires and pull off the oversized black jumper. The uniform policy is getting stricter by the day; I’ve only just stepped inside the school, and have already been reminded of the dress code.

It makes it harder to blend in, being more exposed like this, but I’ve had enough time over the years to get it just right. I fold the hoodie over my arm and make to leave. Mr Struthers stops me after a beat, decision pooling in his brown eyes.

“Actually, Alfie,” he frowns, steering me, confused, towards the office.

“Sir?” My voice croaks slightly, unused to conversing with somebody outside of my immediate family.

“There’s a new boy just arrived – Samuel Anderson was supposed to be showing him around, but his mother’s phoned in to say he is unwell. You wouldn’t do it instead would you?” I physically feel my face fall, appalled by the news. He can’t seriously expect me, the guy who doesn’t like having friends, to be a good tour guide for some random stranger? And what sort of person joins a new school on a random Wednesday in the GCSE year?

“Okay.” I say instead, too awkward to talk my way out of it.

“Great, he’s just arrived.” I smile unhappily, hoping for someone who will quickly mesh with the popular kids and leave me alone. We round the corner to the office, a tall figure folded into one of the blue swivel chairs outside. His uniform, from the back at least, looks pristine, and not a single one of his shiny jet black hairs is out of place.

“This is Caleb Pearson,” Mr Struthers says, but I hardly hear him, my stomach leaping with butterflies as the chair swings around and I see the boy’s face.

His skin is pale, but it almost glows like the moon, looking good on him in a way that wouldn’t suit anyone else. His eyes are a unique shade of startling green, and seem to be examining me, much like I am examining them. His nose is a little bigger than average, curved, but just right for his face, which is framed by his dead straight pin neat fringe, stylishly swept back. He. Is. Stunning.

I shake such ridiculous thoughts from my head, focusing instead on how much of an inconvenience he will be until I can find someone to offload him onto.
“Hello,” he unfolds his tall frame, standing up to greet me and the deputy-head. I smile nervously, croaking out a ‘hi.’

“Right then,” Mr Struthers pats me on the shoulder, “I’ll let you two get on with it.” We both smile a goodbye, mine pathetic and forced, but Caleb’s wide and genuine.

He’ll fit right in with the popular guys. He’ll get a girlfriend in an instant. I sigh, almost for a moment wishing it were so easy for me to make friends. But then I remember my history, and remind myself how toxic friendships can be.

“Err…” my voice falters, “you know where your locker is?” He unfolds one of the crisp sheets in his hand, scanning it for a moment.

“It says here that it’s in the East Wing corridor? Locker 401.” He raises his eyebrows slightly at the paper, frowning.

“Sure. I’ll show you where it is.”

“Thank you.” I don’t reply, not wanting to give him the wrong idea about any potential friendship between us. I ignore the itching urge to ask why he’s joining at such a weird time, where he came from, what subjects he’s taking. I remind myself that I don’t care about him, and that I don’t need anyone.

People are better off without me, and I need to remember that.

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Blog Post #33 – One Year.

So – a year of writeaweek! Well, technically it’s more than that, as our first post was made in December of 2015, but it’s been a year since we’ve begun posting ‘regularly’, so I’m going to count this as one year. Is that fair enough?

Over this one year, I don’t think we’ve really been true to our name – writeaweek implies there will be some sort of writing – whether that be blog post or a story – weekly, doesn’t it? And the fact that we’re on blog post 33, and the fact that there’s 52 weeks in a year, seems to say otherwise.

Ah well.

So, as I’m looking back on this last year, I’m thinking that I really don’t want to say anything soppy or cheesy.  So I’m not going to. What I am going to say though, is what I say at the end of most of my posts, but never seems to happen. Please please please please please, if you have any requests/ideas for blog posts or stories or anything else on our site really, please do send them to us! We’d love some input (and some affirmation that someone is reading these) and we’d be more than happy to hear your suggestions. You can contact us in the comments of any of our posts, via our email (writeaweek@gmail.com), instagram (@writeaweek) or tumblr (www.write-a-week-wordpress.com).

So that’s all for this post! It’s just been a short one today, but you can check out our last post here, or you can click here for a masterlist of all our blog post and here for a masterlist of all the writing we’ve put up.

So, if you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! And here’s to another year of semi-regular posting and lots of fun stuff! (man, I said I didn’t want to be cheesy, but here I am doing it now)

Bye!

~ April

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Blog Post #32 – Hugo

(quick note: this contains no spoilers, so it’s safe for all to read!)

Hey readers!

So recently I’ve finished reading a book called “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick, which is a fairly big book of approximately 530 pages, but was quite a quick read due to the format of it, which I’ll talk about in more detail in a few of paragraph’s time.

I actually watched the film adaptation of this book before reading it, a couple of months ago. At the time, I didn’t even know that it was based on a book, that was a surprise that came recently. The film – which is just called “Hugo” – is a very good one, which I really enjoyed watching. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese and has a multitude of awards for lots of different categories. If you enjoy films then you should definitely consider watching it!

Becuase I loved the film so much it was a very exciting moment for me when I caught sight of the spine of the book in my local library. The name “Hugo Cabret” rung a bell in my head, but I couldn’t quite remember where it came from, so I pulled it off the shelf, read the blurb, and realised it was the same plot. It did take me a moment to realise what film it was the same as, but once  had done there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to borrow it and read it.

Although it can often be problematic, I do enjoy both reading and watching the book and film of the same story. I tend to prefer to read the book first – as in many films lots is left out and you don’t gain the full experience – but this is one of the two adaptations where I’ve had a very good experience with watching the film first, the other being Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (which is a very different genre, I must say).

So, onto the format of the book. It is a very long book – over 500 pages, like I mentioned previously – but it’s not over 500 pages of writing. The book is actually a combination of writing and drawings, and it’s probably about a 50/50 split between the two of them. All the drawings are in black and white (and grey – I think they’re pencil drawings), although there are a few black and white photos mixed in too. To be honest, it’s quite cool! Before reading this book I’d never have thought that I would have enjoyed reading a book in this format, but it’s surprised me.

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I was lucky with this book-film adaptation in that the storyline stayed verily similar throughout the film (although, as always, there were minor differences), and it was a good one too. I said at the start there would be no spoilers and I’m staying true to my word so I won’t mention any specific details, but I really do love the story and I especially liked the ending. So, if you’re looking for a book to read or a film to watch, try this one!

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~ April