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NaNoWriMo vs. Dissertation

Attention all creative writers

Walking Ledges

Round One! Fight!

Hello, December. Is it safe to come out yet?

November’s comparative blog quiet is owed to National Novel Writing Month (secondary sponsor: the passive voice). I spent the month writing (part of) a novel. I dutifully scraped together my 50,000 words despite having a conference paper to write and present, the holiday, and a rather ugly spat of job applications and rejections. NaNoWriMo.org gave me this fancy image as an award:

When I validated my novel, I couldn’t help comparing the certificate (there’s a certificate, too, that you can print out) with one I earned at about this time last year: the one that says ‘doctor of philosophy’ on it. The NaNo certificate is much more lively. The thought seemed worth developing, though. I present here a hasty compare-and-contrast of salient features of writing a dissertation and undertaking National Novel Writing Month. (Not included: the effects of…

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Weekend joys

Hi nice to be back once again from the hectic course of events I have had this weekend just gone. Well after a long hard afternoon recording down at the #radio station I came home full to the brim with new innovations and ideas for my radio show, I’d spent the Friday afternoon #recording with the #author Kevin Swarbrick, after setting up in studio 3 and doing #soundchecks on #microphones 1&2 we were ready to start #recording a show to be aired on the Saturday, firstly we devised a #playlist and finely selected a nice order for each tune to be played with subsequent breaks In between for #adverts and #jingles. Kevin initially came on the show to talk about his #promotion which included him telling the listeners about his #books that have been #published and then a short brief of what he is up to at the moment which includes a short conversation regarding Kevin’s “deliciously scandalous #blog tour” basically a local author who fell in love with #writing,he tells us in his story of his personal Knocks in life from childhood memoirs to the demons that tried to force him to stop being #imaginative and #creative, the book “Louie has landed” is a tale about Kevin’s life and love affairs that lead to him pouring his heart out onto pen and paper. I learnt a lot from Kevin and collaborated on some great #ideas for both #producing and #presenting future shows for air…….

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More Local TV work opportunities are coming #tvjob

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TV in the UK has always had regional programming, but those regions have been quite broad. With the digital switchover, a new opportunity for a network of truly local TV stations presented itself. Comux came up with a clever way of creating shared infrastructure and a financial model to maintain it, so the costs of being a broadcaster weren’t burdening the TV stations. They approached my company Napoleon Creative and asked us to make a whiteboard  animation to explain everything:

This will lead to much more localised production across the UK, opportunities for people to cut their teeth locally, before moving on to other production companies elsewhere. You’ll probably get more chance to do a bit of everything as well, getting a broader experience. If you’re looking for work, check if there are opportunities with your local TV station.

 

 

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First ever Blog

Well it’s like bloody Kansas here Im just waiting for the house to toss into the air and instead of ToTo I’ve got Slugga and Tiggy my teeny weeny chihuahuas I actually do feel snug as a bug wrapped in my feather down quilt, the Tv is just barely on in the corner of the bedroom and my WordPress is serving its purpose very well indeed on this cold windy December morning.

So what is the point of my first blog? Well mainly I’m thinking of writing at least one blog a week to help me with my writing skills and to gain as much experience as I can writing Blogs with a vision of writing weekly blogs for companies or people who basically don’t have time to sit down and write a blog at least once per week.

I am going to aim my blogs at the music industry writing for individuals and also for anything interesting going on in the media. I also work on the radio producing and presenting my own show on 94.4FM Saturday evenings 6Pm-7PM so hopefully my show will tie in with the writing side of things.

So that’s my intro, please stay tuned in with my Blog and my Radio show and feel free to interact with me on the show or hit me up on your Facebook,Twitter and Linked In accounts, catch you all soon have a blustery day I wouldn’t bother with an umbrella you will spend half your time battling against the 80mph gale force whistling wind!

That’s all folks catch you all later.

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