On A Levels

Hey hey guys!

So, you may be wondering why I haven’t updated in a full month (Or maybe not, considering my erratic posting schedule, so fair enough).

The short answer is: A Levels.

I have hit my second year, meaning that my workload is steadily increasing and I am working my socks off to stay afloat amidst deadlines galore.

Two of my subjects (Lit and Media) are essay based, and I’ve gotta be honest, I’m still wrapping my head around how to structure answers. I’ve improved since the beginning of Year 12, but it’s not something you can learn and then throw back onto a page.

Psychology, on the other hand, I seem to be able to do just that with. It is by far my best subject and I have no idea how, considering how close I come to falling asleep in some of the lessons. Honestly.

Coursework is the only way that I’m going to be able to drag my grade in the other two up, I’m afraid. Although, we get to choose whatever topic and texts we want, so there is that – mine seem to be based around children’s books and Disney, so I’m not sure what that says about me as a person.

I can also breathe a sigh of relief that I’ve dropped Drama. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but it took up so much time that I could’ve used to practice essay writing. It went well though!!! I’m so proud of our group!!

Mocks are in three weeks (and I got told this Tuesday, smh) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t go horrifically badly!

Of course, I will continue to update as and when; who knows, maybe I’ll even write some stuff about studying? (Or just write in general to be honest).

Holly xx

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I Write Like…

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Hey hey guys!

Yes, I am still alive. Shocker, I know.

Since I last updated a month ago, I figured that I should make a fun post, rather than my normal book reviews. I was browsing Pinterest earlier and found this website earlier called I Write Like – it basically takes your writing, analyses it and tells you which famous author that your writing style is the most like.

I ran everything through a couple of times, just to make sure that it doesn’t randomize a different answer every time, and it looks like we’re safe!

Now, since I’ve been writing a few years *cough* procrastinating *cough*, I decided to put in some of my writing and see how my style has changed over the years (or not – we’ll see)

Style One: Holly’s Story, age 12

Starting us off, I used a few paragraphs from a story I finished at about the age of 12 (since then, I have never gone back to it…a part of me thinks it’d be better off left buried in my files)

(I’m not showing the actual text that I put in because it’s so shocking…but here’s the result!)

Stephen King

 

So, apparently my writing style at age 12 was that of Stephen King.

SWEET.

Confession: I am yet to read a book of his, but I know that he wrote Under the Dome, which sounds like my kinda thing – I will check it out at some point, promise!

Style Two: Holly’s Fanfiction, age 14

A dark time I’d rather not get into if I’m being honest. I copied and pasted a chapter of the first fic I ever wrote (Yes, it’s still up. No, I’m not telling you what it is.)

Agatha Christie

(Sorry for the bad quality of this one, I had to screenshot it because the code wasn’t working)

Agatha Christie? Yes please!

Confession #2: I actually only read my first Christie book this summer! Of course, it was Murder on the Orient Express and I LOVED it. I also read Lord Edgware Dies – and loved that one even more.

Style Three: Holly’s Fanfiction, age 16

Heh…so maybe I still write the odd piece of Les Mis fanfic…

Anne Rice

I can honestly say, the name Anne Rice is only tickling the back of my mind because I recently watched the trailer for Interview With The Vampire for media.
Although, I think that I will be putting it on my to-read list!

Style Four: Holly’s Literature Essay, Age 16

Hey, essays are very different to prose fiction. I’m curious to see which author I’m channeling when I write essays for class…

Vladimir Nabokov

…fair enough.
(He wrote Lolita. Which I totally knew without having to look at the author bio. Totally.)

Style Five: Holly’s Blog Post, Age 17

do write differently whilst blogging, I must admit. This is from one that I posted quite recently…

David Foster Wallace

…I have genuinely never heard of this guy. He wrote The Infinite Jest and The Pale King, which I have a vague recollection of hearing about.

Fun fact: The Pale King was unfinished in Wallace’s lifetime, so was published posthumously in 2011!

IN CONCLUSION

My writing style has changed significantly over the years, mostly to suit different needs and platforms. It’s interesting to note that I have literally read none of these authors, yet my writing style seems to be like them.

Maybe the authors that I do read take inspiration from them? Who knows.

This wasn’t going to be a tag, but if you want to do it, then go ahead!

See you later with another post!
Have a great summer!!

Holly xx

An Update!

Hey guys!
As we all know, it’s exam season.

Which means that I am having to put it a lot of revision if I want to pass my exams (which I do!)

My exams are actually over the course of nine days, starting Monday next week, so I should be back to posting a little more regularly after that.

I do have a couple of reviews in the works (namely A Quiet Kind of Thunder) and, as always, a reading list a MILE LONG.

I’m actually halfway through a bunch of books (including Les Mis, which I started in March 2016, put down in October and haven’t picked up again – I will finish it, I swear!) so there will probably be a flood of reviews once I have time to just…sit and write them, I guess!

On that note, I’ll be back properly soon and thanks for your patience!

GOOD LUCK to anyone else sitting anything at this time of year!!! Let me know how you think your exams go!!

Holly xx

My Questionable Music Taste

So, I often have my phone on shuffle when I’m working, just for background noise and I don’t tend to click on anything in particular.
I was messing around this morning with making some playlists, and found my ‘Most Played’ list – that led to a bunch of other things, and the long and short of it is that I figured it’d be fun to explore my music taste with you guys!

(All songs are linked to YouTube music videos – as far as possible, I’ve tried to link to the artist’s own videos, but some of them don’t have videos for particular songs, so I’ve linked to a fan-made one)

Starting off:

Top 10 Most Played Songs on Holly’s Phone:
1) Angels Fall by Breaking Benjamin
2) Flares by The Script
3) Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
4) ABC Café/Red and Black by the Les Mis 2012 Film Cast
5) Lightning by The Wanted
6) Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
7) Top of the World by Greek Fire
8) The Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
9) Someone You Love by Arshad
10) The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy

Most Played Artist
Breaking Benjamin

Most Played Album
Phobia by Breaking Benjamin

Top 10 Recently Played
1) If Only by Dove Cameron
2) Stars (I have no idea which version this is, but it’s from Les Mis)
3) Empty Chairs at Empty Tables by Rob Houchen
4) Wake Me Up Inside by Evanescence
5) Angels Fall by Breaking Benjamin
6) Agony by Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen
7) Demons by Imagine Dragons
8) I Will Follow You Into The Dark by George Blagden
9) Viva la Vida by Coldplay
10) Had Enough by Breaking Benjamin

Most Added Genres
Alternative /Indie
Pop
Rock
R&B/Soul

Personal Favourite Songs on Phone
1) How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox Twenty
2) Arrival at Aslan’s How by Harry Gregson-Williams
3) Unknown Soldier by Breaking Benjamin
4) Lost Boy by Ruth B
5) Waterloo by ABBA
6) Over and Done With (Sunshine on Leith film version)
7) My Immortal by Evanescence
8) The Untitled Waltz by David Arnold
9) Right Place Right Time by Olly Murs
10) Impossible Opening from “Finding Neverland” by Paul Bateman and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

That’s all I’ve got for this post, feel free to take it as a tag if you like!

Does anyone share a similar music taste to me?

Holly xx