Healthcare worker from Oxfordshire. Author of ten books including Drinking Poetry and Game of Mass Destruction. Travelled to over 20 countries.
The K-Pop Dictionary
Like it or not, South Korean entertainment has taken the world by storm. BTS is one of the most popular music groups in the world right now, and it’s something I could easily compare to Beatlemania back in the 1960s. Squid Game became one of the most watched shows on Netflix. Everybody is talking about romantic K-dramas that have similar plots to each other, and yet they all offer aesthetics and gripping soap-opera like storylines that keep people addicted. The reason why South Korean entertainment has gripped so many is because of the gruelling work that goes behind it. If you thought the training in Hollywood was intense, this is something else.
Pages For Her by Sylvia Brownrigg
After reading Carol by Patricia Highsmith, the next book on my priority list was Pages For Her by Sylvia Brownrigg. I came across this book by going through LGBTQ+ recommendation lists on YouTube and Goodreads. Along with Carol and Tell it to the Bees, this book was one that often came up. Work gave us all a £50 love2shop voucher as a thank you for all our hard work during the pandemic. The voucher worked with Waterstones, the only bookstore in Banbury, and I picked it up there. I had heard excellent things about this good, and I was hoping this would be an enjoyable read.
Carol by Patricia Highsmith
This book was originally published in 1952 under the title: The Price of Salt. Despite the author already being a household name, Harpers, her publisher did not want it because of the sapphic content. Instead, Patricia Highsmith went with Coward McCann, a small press under the pseudonym, Clare Morgan. At the time many referred to this book as the first lesbian novel with a happy ending. This might give readers the impression that Carol and Therese have a fairytale ending. Whilst the novel’s conclusion is not a whirlwind kiss and a honeymoon in the sunset, it felt like one.
Don Broco: My first post-lockdown gig
The original date for this gig was the 31st of August, but it got postponed to the 8th of November. Don Broco didn’t have much luck the last time they were due to perform at the O2 in Oxford. The toilets exploded and people were standing in human waste without even realising it. Must have been a bummer for the band. Oh well, shit happens... I liked how they had a sense of humour and thanked the 02 for fixing the toilets. I wasn't there when this infamous incident happened, but if I was there, I would have felt like I was back at work during a D&V outbreak.
Close to 50k reads, but finding hard to feel happy about it
I’ve been writing on Vocal since the summer of 2017. A lot has changed over the years. Some for the better and some for the worse. I’ve started to get to grips with Vocal, but I still struggle sometimes. I am really surprised and excited to see my total reads go up to this amount. I have a feeling it won’t be long till I reach 50,000 reads. Don’t know when and don’t know how, but I know it’s coming. Im not even sure how or what I will do to celebrate this. To be honest, I don’t really feel like celebrating at the moment.
How To Get A Top Story on Vocal
I have written on Vocal since 2017, and since top stories have been introduced, I have had four stories picked as a top story. The $5 bonus may not seem as much to many, but to many this is a big boost to their vocal earnings. If you get many top stories, not only does the bonus boosts add up, it also helps you get more exposure and more followers and be able to connect to others.
Changes to Game of Mass Destruction
My novel and 10th book, Game of Mass Destruction has had a few changes. The storyline and fate of the characters remain the same, but there has been some changes that were necessary. A One star review from a reader that only finished less than three chapters of the book, encouraged me to reach out for a professional editor.
Day out in Stratford-Upon-Avon
My Aunt and I wanted to go out for the day and we both decided we wanted to go to Stratford-Upon-Avon. Banbury has good transport links to many great places like London, Oxford,Birmingham, Warwick, Manchester and Newcastle. Most travelling to some of the major cities only need one bus or train journey and changing trains isn’t needed.