The Real Neat Blog Award

It’s Thursday and I’ve struggled to post all week, bar from my recent interview with Tell the Wolves.

Things are hectic at the moment – balancing college and my freelance graphics work (check out this survey!), I’ve also been trying to find myself a job, so my blog might be getting a little neglected. Alas, I’ll try my best to get things back up onto their feet within the next couple of days.

Something that kickstarted me to write a post this morning – apart from my late start at college – was the wonderful Sam (bellsiebooks) who volunteered me for The Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you Sam! ❤

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How it works:
1 ) Put the award logo on your blog.
2) Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you & create 7 new ones
3) Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blog.
4) Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5) Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.) Continue reading The Real Neat Blog Award

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15 Minutes of Fame

One of the coolest things about independent musicians is that they use the most innovative and engaging ideas to create, curate and share their music. From filming and recording their music wherever they can (or in sheds, like these Shed Sessions), to creating homemade music videos, some of the most authentic music – and indeed art – is created by independent musicians with the freedom and determination to do what they deem fit to promote their work.

11755739_916328261757161_6721612086923703958_nAngelique Rodrigues is a singer-songwriter and she is asking the public (that’s you!) to get involved with her most recent music video. Now, you don’t have to jump on a train to London or wear your Sunday best. Getting involved with this project simply consists of you sending pictures to Angelique of you and your partner or close friend and giving permission for these images to be used in her new music video.

Getting involved is simple. All you need to do is choose a couple of pictures (or videos) and send them to her via her Facebook. Alternatively, if you don’t have Facebook, you can email me them and I will forward them on.

If you don’t want to get involved, you can still help out (and it would be really appreciated) by sharing this post and the post from Angelique’s Facebook (displayed below) across social media and helping to get as many people involved as possible. Continue reading 15 Minutes of Fame

Trapped

By Sophie Crooks
By Sophie Crooks

How is it that I’m full of motivation but I can find nothing worthy to write of? How is it that I can feel the burning desire to translate my thoughts into words yet I cannot yet comprehend those thoughts? How is it that I itch to express my muse but I can find no way of doing so?

I have taken a paint brush to a canvas, splashing a concoction of paint and tea across my paper; I have attempted to sketch the insides of my soul; and I have played with the poetry of my mind, yet I still cannot fathom what is trying to escape from within me. I am growing worried that it’ll seep through my pores and crack through my ribs because this unknown energy is growing restless; trapped. Continue reading Trapped

The Creative Urge

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, background, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take organized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.

– Dieter F. Uchtdorf –

If you create anything at all (which is pretty much everyone, so, probably, you), then you most likely know of the creative urge.

For me, more often than not, I find that my muse is very much MIA and no amount of search parties can find it. Although, inspiration does strike me at the most bizarre (and often inconvenient) moments.

For example, after a bad day I’ll often feel the burning desire to paint or create something expressive. I’d suppose this is because my emotions are running high and the most therapeutic (and indeed healthiest) way of releasing them would be through creativity. Or, I’ll have a sudden spur of creative urge at two am, just as I’m about to settle down to sleep after a long day. Continue reading The Creative Urge