Thursday, 5 October 2017

A post because I haven't posted...

Hi everyone!

Sorry it's been a while...again... I haven't planned what to post, I just suddenly remembered I had a blog and should probably write on it, so this is just going to be a little update on my life.

If any of you have a bookstagram (an Instagram account all about books!) then let me know because I am loving it! I started my bookstagram over a year ago but recently I've just been going on it more and more and wanting to upload regularly (which as we know is pretty unusual for me!).

I am SUPER excited for Autumn, this is my favourite season and all though it's horrible and wet outside right now, I'm still loving it because that just means I get to wear a scarf and hat and drink lots of hot chocolate!

Currently I am on the second edit of my book, maybe one day it will be ready to send off but definitely not yet! The problem is I get very distracted when editing, for example I was editing and then decided to write this blog post as procrastination! I enjoy it, although sometimes it's not fun reading over a chapter and thinking 'this is awful, was I asleep when I wrote this?' but hey, that's what editing is for!

It's nearly time for Comic Con and I am going for the whole thing which is exciting! I went to one day of Comic Con when it was joined with YALC and it was one of my favourite days ever so I'm looking forward to the weekend. I want to dress up but struggling with ideas and having money to spend on costumes, so I'm thinking one day I might go as Spinelli from Recess (because who doesn't love Recess) and a Cheshire Cat inspired make up look another day. The remaining day I'll have to go as myself, probably the scariest one of all!

Anyway that's all for now, until next time!

Kell

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Play That Goes Wrong Review!

Hey Guys!

In January I had a birthday, woohoo go me, and as a treat my sister got me tickets to see The Play That Goes Wrong. I didn't know anything about it except that it was a comedy. I had the cheap tickets you can risk buying on the day so I was as far back as you can go, but apart from a bit of neck stretching, it didn't effect my experience much at all. Often when I get the seats further back I can see the tricks from backstage, but thankfully this wasn't the case with this show!

I expected the show to be good from what I'd heard from other people, especially when even the person selling us the tickets at the box office emphasised how good the show was. And then it went ahead and exceeded my already high expectations, it was so good!

So first of all I sat down in my extremely far away seat and took in the set, which was an old fashioned room (the play is set in the 1920s) consisting of a lounging chair, a fireplace with a mantelpiece (trust me the mantelpiece is important) and an upper section for a small study. I noticed someone messing with the door on the set and then as they walked away from it, the door opened and they returned to close it once more. After it happened again I realised how much of an idiot I was being, as it was clearly part of the show. When another 'stage manager' came on to fix the mantelpiece, using the aid of an audience member, it was confirmed.

From the moment I sat down to when the lights went up, I was entertained. The acting was brilliant, with great characters; there was the one who introduced the play (as it's a play about a play...get it?) and who acted in it as the inspector, his character was hilarious as he cared about it going well, so when it went wrong he got extremely frustrated. There was a character who loved the audience attention, and was a fan of 'over acting' then looking to the audience for applause. I don't want to give too much away but every actor played their part perfectly and with amazing comedic value.

However I cannot praise the people who worked on the set enough, it was truly a performance in itself! With objects falling from the walls, catching fire and basically the whole set just going to pieces, it was like another character leaving me in stitches. I loved that during the bows they brought the ones running around backstage making all the set failures happen on stage for their deserved applause.

Ingenious and hilarious. If it's on near you, give yourself a treat and go watch it! Worth every penny.

Until Next Time,

Kell

Friday, 6 January 2017

It's so bad it's good - another film chat

Often when someone says 'have you seen...' followed by a crap, more often than not, chick flick film title I respond with 'Yes I love it, it's such a good crap film!'

Why do I enjoy these films when I know they're bad?! Films like Clueless, Just My Luck, Slap Her She's French, they're really quite bad. I mean Clueless is so weird, it shows drink driving and smoking, and then she basically gets with her brother...sort of. I can't say too much about Just My Luck because McFly were in it, instantly making it amazing. But as someone who loves film, I can say that these films are bad, except I love them! So does it matter if the script or acting isn't amazing, as long as the film is enjoyable?


There's been a lot of criticism about Suicide Squad, which I understand because the plot was...non-existent, but I've got to say I still enjoyed the film. I guess as long as I'm laughing when I should, and it's entertaining enough, then I'm happy!

I recently watched The Duff on Netflix expecting it to be bad. I had seen the trailer and already judged it because DUFF stand for Designated Ugly Fat Friend, everything the main character wasn't, which annoyed me because I thought it was going to be another moment where an actor is meant to be seen as the 'fat' one but actually they're probably just a healthy weight. But I was in the mood for a crappy chick flick so I put it on, and actually, I really enjoyed it.

There were many jokes in the film I laughed at, I didn't cringe much at it, it perhaps got a little weird at times but overall I thought it was a pretty funny film. Would I say it was a good film? Yeah I suppose, it was a good bad film.


I think sometimes you just need a film where you don't have to think too much and you can just chill and watch it with no expectations, because then you can't be disappointed with it. The only problem is if I see a new film that I like then I usually watch it a couple more times that week, which is probably a waste of my time if the films aren't that great.

What are some of your guilty pleasures when it comes to good crap films?

Until next time,

Kell

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Excitement and spoilers!

I am not ashamed to say that I have been to the cinema three times to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and if someone asked me to go again I wouldn't hesitate to say yes. I absolutely LOVE this film!

I always knew JK Rowling was a genius, but she has outdone herself once again. Thank you for bringing more of the wizarding world into my life. I've got tickets for Cursed Child that I ordered in 2015 which is craaaazy! I'm so excited to see it in March although I still haven't read the play, or the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts, which is just shameful. Perhaps seeing the film three times already makes up for it.


First of all Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander was a brilliant casting choice, he brought the character to life and I think everyone just immediately adored him. As always Rowling manages to convey serious issues in the world through her writing and I thought Newt's love for animal protection was perfect. Newt is dorky and quite shy but when it's about his animals he becomes instantly confident and even fierce.

I also love his relationship with Tina - SPOILER - at the end I think in any other film the two characters probably would have kissed, but I loved that their shy characteristics aren't ignored and they have an awkward yet extremely sweet farewell to one another. They're both so darn cute!

I have to acknowledge Dan Fogler's acting as Jacob Kowalski because he was amazing! His laugh had me in tears; when Newt goes into the suitcase for the first time his laugh is brilliant and then there was the giggle water which I honestly think is one of the funniest pieces of comedy in film.  I love the giggle water, the first time at the cinema I swear I missed the next scene because I was still laughing! Jacob's character was amazing and he had me cry laughing, but also crying for real. SPOILER - The scene where Jacob is about to stand in the rain and be obliviated, I was so emotional. I don't know how Rowling manages to make me care so much about the characters but I definitely had a few tears when he stepped into the rain.


And then we have Queenie! Now I have had many arguments discussions with people about this part. Again SPOILER - When Queenie kisses Jacob under her magical umbrella, I am sorry but I swear she did some sort of magic love spell thing to make him remember. Everyone I have watched it with thinks Jacob doesn't remember but I think he does! After he opens his eyes and they're not there, he still looks for a while. Then when he gets the suitcase of silver eggshells from Newt he's like 'awesome, now I can open my bakery', plus he kind of shouts after Newt and then smiles. Already I'm thinking, look at him, he SO knows. Then Queenie enters the shop, the shop full of the fantastic creatures in 'bakery form', and BAM he lifts his hand up to the scar on his neck. Why does he do that? Maybe because he remembers everything, and seeing Queenie just proves it was all true.

Overall I love the film, in some ways I think it's better than some of the Harry Potter films. I love the creatures, I love the music in the film and that uplifting magical atmosphere you can only find in Harry Potter films. I'd say my favourite creature was Doogle, his eyes were too cute! But then I loved all the creatures so I'll probably change my mind tomorrow on which was my favourite. Fantastic Beasts was possibly my favourite film of 2016 and if you haven't seen it yet - are you crazy?! Go and see it!

On a different note, in my last post I made a joke that my cross stitch I have begun will take a month, well now I'm realising how much that statement is actually UNDER exaggerating. It is taking me so long to do guys! It's really relaxing and I am enjoying it, but it's such a slow process. I wish I had chosen a smaller design for my first one, but hopefully when I have finished it, and Pikachu looks all cute, I will be pleased with the bigger design.

I hope you've all had a great start to the new year!

Until next time,

Kell



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Resolutions and Pikachu Cross Stitch

Merry 2017? Is that what people say? Let's just stick to happy new year, so...HAPPY NEW YEAR!

My resolution this year was to make a to do list every day, or just make lists in general to become more organised. Well, so far I've made a total of 0 lists. But I've been ill and it's only the 3rd so I don't feel too guilty yet.

So today I thought I better do something other than feeling sorry for myself, so I decided to make a pillow. Realising my idea was too difficult to get sorted today I then moved on to cross stitch and I have had a lovely afternoon where I still managed to watch films, but if anyone asks, I can say I was productive by showing them my cross stitch. Sneaky.


What I didn't realise when I started my cute pikachu cross stitch, is that it's probably going to take me a month to complete! I have watched two films and this is how far I've gotten:


 Out of this:


I won't lie, it is really relaxing, but how is that all I've done? It could be because I've had a few knots that have taken LITERALLY FOREVER to undo. That part is stressful, but then I feel extremely pleased with myself when I do untangle the knot and can continue my relaxation. It's an odd process; 80% relaxation, 10% stress over knotted thread, 10% annoyance at how little I've done.

I would actually recommend giving it a go. It's fun once you get the hang of it, just remember to keep cross stitching the same way for every square or the world will end.

Doing arts and crafts is another one of my resolutions this year, I used to do lots of fun DIY projects and I want to make it a hobby again. I definitely have the time as I quit my job to focus on writing and photography, so I've also got the resolution to redraft my book until I'm happy with it.

What are your resolutions this year?

Until next time,

Kell