Dear Bex, How are you, lovely? I simply could not resist participating in your Write Me Free project (I love letters); so much so that here I am scrambling text onto a screen a mere thirty minutes after reading about the idea. Without sounding conceited, I think I could probably write about anything at length - … Continue reading A Letter to Bex
"When I read", writes Louise Chatters in a recent a post entitled 'The Power of Fiction,' "I forget about everything else around me." For Louise, reading is "an escape". I quite agree. For me, one way I forget my immediate surroundings is by escaping to memories. And where do I go to forget? The past. After all, reading, Matt Haig … Continue reading My First Reads
Since my very first post on Whatever Words back in August 2016, my experience in, and with, the world of blogging has been extremely exciting. I have made many fantastic friends and discovered a whole world of wonderful writing. Perhaps the most unexpected outcome, though, has been the entirely unexpected response the blog has received. I … Continue reading What’s New with Whatever Words?
LESS THAN JAKE HAVE A NEW ALBUM COMING OUT Caveat: Here is me meeting Less Than Jake on 2nd May 2016 before this gig: As regularly readers are probably getting beyond bored of me mentioning: I love Less Than Jake. On 30th December, their bassist, Roger, posted an image of (what I presume is) new … Continue reading Sound the Alarm!
In 2016, I fell in love; got engaged; prepared to emigrate; and conjured up dreams of a new life. In 2016, I had my heart broken; witnessed those aforementioned dreams fall apart; suffered an unprecedented emotional collapse - replete with the darkest of thoughts - and began taking Citalopram. 31 weeks into my prescription, having … Continue reading Looking Back on 2016
Back in 2013 when the UK experienced serious flooding from late December into January and (I think) February 2014,* my family and I awoke to a cold, unelectrified house on Christmas morning. It wasn't flooded, but local flooding of sorts had knocked out the power on our estate. Needless to say, this put something of a … Continue reading Dec 5th: The Christmas That Almost Never Was
I stumbled across this piece on my laptop whilst looking for something else I'd written on Hemingway. This piece was written on 7th December 2015, and is published here unchanged. *** Hemingway’s Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises means a lot to me, even though I’ve only read it once, back in 2009 (or thereabouts). When I wasn’t having … Continue reading Unplaced Memories of Ernest Hemingway
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The Top 3 1. Kokiri Forest - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) When it comes to my childhood and video games, this trumps even Emerald Hill Zone and Bob-omb Battlefield. Listen! 2. Hill Top Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive) The wailing sax and the colours of this level are perfect. … Continue reading My Top 3 Video Game Tunes… And 17 Others
What follows are fragments of scattered memories. So brief are these fragments, that they probably don't even qualify as vignettes. Nevertheless, I will update this post whenever more come to mind. I think it is both pleasing and satisfying to look back on those moments which, for whatever reason, remain vivid enough for us to … Continue reading Vignettes