5 bloggers and writers who inspire me

5 bloggers and writers who inspire me
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Authenticity is a word that thrown around a lot, so much so that I’m not even sure what it means anymore. Yet, if you ask what attracts me to certain bloggers and writers ‘authenticity’ is the first thing that comes to mind.

I’m drawn to bloggers whose words never feel forced, even if press samples are being featured. I’m drawn to writers whose love of writing leaps off the page or screen. I’m drawn to writers who aren’t afraid to write what hurts, even when it still hurts. I’m drawn to writers, who use writing to explore what they think, who aren’t afraid to change their minds and admit when they’re wrong. Is that authenticity? I can’t think of a better way to describe it.

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5 blogs you should read

If you like writing that’s full of authenticity then here are 5 blogs you should read. No matter what these bloggers write about they come across as true to themselves. Their content never feels forced, even if press samples are being featured.

In the ever expanding world of blogging (particularly beauty blogging) people who write because they genuinely love it are always a breath of fresh air. That’s why I look forward to seeing these blogs appear in my Bloglovin’ feed.

5 Blogs You Should Read
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Rant, With Occasional Music – where writing and music combine

The world is full of blogs, on pretty much every topic you can possibly think of, I’m sure we’ve all got ones that we visit over and over as well as just dipping in and out of others as and when a particular post catches our eye.

One of my favourites is Derek Flynn’s Rant, with Occasional Music and it turned one last week. Now I realise that I’m a little late with this (time keeping has never been my strongest point) but I wanted to mark the occasion by sharing just some of the reasons why I love Derek’s blog.

1. New Music Monday – Mondays wouldn’t be complete without me checking in to see what song Derek has to offer this week. Some weeks it’s original material and other weeks it’s cover versions.

It takes a certain kind of voice to take on the likes of Waltzing Matilda, Martha, The Ship Song, Crazy In Love, Titanium and my personal favourite Lover, You Should’ve Come Over but Derek manages to make each one his own.

2. ‘Do You Dream At All?’ – April 2nd saw the release of Derek’s debut album ‘Do You Dream At All?’. You can read his thoughts on the whole experience here and here.

The album contains ten original songs which take you on a journey that manages to both hit you where it hurts and compel you to sing along (often at the same time). The two stand out tracks, for me, are ‘The Way We Lie’ and ‘Original Sin’

Here’s the official video for ‘Do You Dream At All?’, the first single from the album.

3. What Can Writers Learn From Songwriters? – I love this series of posts which examines the writing lessons that can be found in the songwriting skills of the greats such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

4. This post which made me full on sob while I was on the bus on the way to #dubtweetmas. Okay so it was actually a post that was linked to that set me off but Derek was the one who led me to it and it was the inclusion of the Leonard Cohen lyrics at the end of his round up that tipped me into full on sobbing territory. I’m pretty sure I called him all the names under the sun, to his face, when I arrived into the pub with puffy eyes and mascara streaming down my face. I meant them in the nicest possible way, of course.

I could go on but we’d be here all day at that rate so you’re just gonna have to go read his blog for yourself. No seriously if you’re into music, are a writer or an aspiring writer and/or just love reading then you’re bound to enjoy Derek’s unique blend of music and writing.
 
On a personal note, thanks to Twitter and the power that is the tweet up I now count Derek as a friend so to see both his writing and music going from strength to strength is brilliant and it’s richly deserved because apart from being talented he’s also one of life’s good guys.

He’s always on hand with an encouraging word or two when it’s needed and is a big part of the reason why, amongst other things, I’ve started entering short story competitions as opposed to just throwing a story aside and forgetting about it once I’ve written it.

This post is just my way of saying thank you Derek and wishing you every success for the future.

You’ll find Derek in the following places:

‘Do You Dream At All?’ available to buy – cdbaby and iTunes
Twitter – @derekf03
Facebook – Derek Flynn Music
YouTube – derekf03

Fiction: The Kiss

The world is spinning, her legs are trembling and she can feel her heart pounding so fiercely that it’s entirely possible it’ll explode any minute now.

She lets go of his hand and turns to walk away. Walking is proving difficult in her current giddy state, it takes all the concentration she can muster to put one foot in front of the other and actually move.

She can feel his eyes watching her as she totters toward the waiting taxi and she likes it. The very thought of him makes her stomach flip in ways she didn’t realise were possible so for fear of actually passing out she doesn’t turn back.

As the car pulls off she catches his eye and he flashes her a smile. Oh god, the smile! It was the smile that did it you know, led to the kiss. How could anyone resist a smile as captivating as that?

A wave of adrenaline rushes over her and she can feel his hands on her waist even though he’s nowhere near. Now she’s imagining what else he might do with his hands!

It’s been a long time since she felt like this…actually, she’s not even sure she’s ever felt like this before. Yes, she’s felt the rush of a first kiss but it was never this strong. Every inch of her body is still feeling this one!

How she managed to focus enough to give directions to her house is beyond her but here they are. Her legs wobble again as she steps out of the car and she can see from the driver’s expression that he thinks she’s completely wasted.

Closing the front door behind her, she lets out a sigh and runs her finger over her lips. The lips that not too long ago were in the middle of the most intense and exhilarating kiss of her life.

The type of kiss that she can’t wait to have again…

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Music: The Power of Orange Knickers by Tori Amos and Damien Rice

I’d completely forgotten about this song until I came across it on YouTube on Saturday night. That’s right, me, a huge Tori Amos fan forgot about one of her songs.

But this no ordinary song, The Power of Orange Knickers featuring Damien Rice is possibly the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard.

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Fiction: The Biggest Mistake of His Life?

Fiction: Very Short and Untitled

Just as the kettle boils the phone starts to ring, dropping the tea bag into a mug he reaches for the receiver knowing exactly who it is. Or rather he doesn’t because for the past month someone has dialled his number, at exactly 6.45pm, and not said a word.

Placing the receiver down, he reaches for the pen and jots down the date and time just like the police told him to three weeks ago.

Staring at the list he wonders, briefly, why he continues to answer but he knows that it’s in the hope of hearing a voice on the other end.

His mind is racing. Who keeps calling? Does he know them? Are they in some kind of trouble? Why the hell won’t they speak? Why is this happening to him?

Try as he might, he can’t stop thinking about it. He feels no fear about the situation, it’s not like his life is in danger, it is just a great big mystery that he can’t wait to solve.

But how to solve it is an entirely different matter, there are no clues. Zip, zilch, nothing and he’s tried everything to get them to say something.

The first few times he thought it was kids messing and yelled at them, when he realised it was something more he tried being polite and asking questions but nothing came of it. Now he simply stays silent and allows them to hang up when they’re ready.

He has no idea if they’ll ever talk but as long as his phone keeps ringing he’ll pick it up. There has to be a reason it’s happening, surely no one would keep it up this long of it was a joke, and he’s not going to miss finding out what it is.

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