GOT7’S 7 for 7 | Album Review

GOT7’S album You Are was released on the 10th of October 2017. More accurately, it is an EP and aptly contains 7 songs. The album centres around the idea of GOT7 being forever 7 and their great strength and friendship together. 

In this post, I will be reviewing all 7 tracks.


Moon U is an incredibly relaxed and soft hip-hop song and is probably my favourite song on the whole album. It highlights the unique features of each of the members’ voices, especially in the case of JB and Youngjae. It’s soothing and trickles over you like a sweet, bubbling brook. 5/5.

Teenager is a relaxed dance song and, quite unusually for a K-Pop song, features a rap chorus. My favourite line is definitely “I can do anything if you tell me good boy”… iconic. Moving swiftly on, the song is generally fun and playful, as befitting the title, whilst retaining the general calmness of the entire album. 4/5.

You Are is an incredibly understated and subtle dance song (it is dance, but much more calming than anything you would typically associate with the genre). It has an airy, euphoric sound which never fails to make me feel happy. 4.5/5.

Firework is a smooth and calm electronica track. The occasional echoing and moments of silence in the music are particularly effective. It works beautifully bright celebrations into an otherwise sweet and soft song4/5

Remember You introduces a new genre to the album- R&B/Soul. It’s a very sweet, coffee-shop version of the genre, which again matches the overall feel of the album. That being said, this song has a bit of sensuality in it. 4/5.

To Me carries on with the R&B/Soul style of Remember You, but has a more youthful and upbeat twist, largely through the use of light staccato percussion. 4/5.

Face rounds the album off by returning to the soft, melodic hip-hop style of Moon U, but ends on a high note with a good build up to a catchy chorus. 3.5/5.


Overall, this was a transitional album from their Flight Log trilogy into their new, more mature style of music and it was perfect. It was not transitional in that the music was somewhere in between the two periods of their music, but in that it pioneered their growth as a group and as musicians, producers and artists. The tracks fit seamlessly together, whilst maintaining some of the variety which endears me so much to K-Pop; the music is calming yet exciting all at once, and the title track is not only catchy but also quality. 

CATEGORYSCORE (5)
Title Track4.5
Variety3.5
Cohesiveness5
My Music Taste4
Overall4.5

What do you think of the album? Happy listening, Keira x. 

Books I Want To Read Before The End of the Year

Hello everyone and welcome to day 5 of a Very Posty December… less than three weeks until Christmas!!! I’m taking a break from GOT7 week today to bring you a bookish post about the books I want to read before the end of the year (obviously, you read the title).

Woman at Point Zero is the book I need to finish by tomorrow for school, so yes, I hope that I have finished this one by the end of the year 😀 It tells the story of a woman sentenced to die during the space of a night. 

Perfume is a book I have been reading for quite some time and I hate having unfinished books when a new year starts, so hopefully I can finish this one when I finally have some time off of school! It’s about a boy with a wicked sense of smell. 

Selected Poems is a selection of poems by T.S. Eliot, including The Wasteland, which I had to read for school. As such I have partially read this book, but I want to finish reading the other poems before the end of the year. 

On a slightly lighter note, I’m in the middle of reading Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, so I would like to finish that before the end of the year as well. I’m currently part way through the second book. The series follows a woman, Diana, who is a witch, but has been suppressing her powers, and her forbidden romance with the vampire Matthew. 

So what books do you want to read before the end of the year? Happy reading, Keira x. 

GOT7’S PRESENT: YOU & Me | Album Review

GOT7’s newest album PRESENT: YOU & ME was released on the 3rd of December 2018 and is a repackage album, combining all of the songs from the previous album with new songs and previously unreleased songs.

As such, the album has a wide variety of music and also showcases the musical tastes of each member through unit songs and solos. I will be reviewing all of the the songs on this album!


THE REPACKAGE ALBUM 

Miracle is the title track of the repackage album. It’s a wintry pop-ballad with a touching music video. The song talks about feeling less lonely now that the listener is here. Instrumentally, the song features soft piano and gradually building and diminishing string sections. This, accompanied by the sweet vocals and the soft, musical rap creates a beautifully atmospheric, emotional and honeyed track. 4.5/5.

Take Me To You is an upbeat pop-ballad with soft rap featuring the whole group. It’s soothing, calming and understated. A pleasant track! 3.5/5.

Come On is the last of the songs on this repackage to feature all 7 members. It’s a chill hip-hop song that makes me wish my hip-hop dance skills were better! 3/5.

1:31AM is a duet by JB and Youngjae. It’s a gorgeous, slow ballad with a perfect balance of emotional rawness, vocal prowess and gentle instrumentation! 4.5/5.

Higher is a duet by Mark and Jinyoung. It’s a good dance performance song, but does little for me outside of that context and it’s very repetitive. 1/5.

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I Love It is barely over 1 minute long and the shortest song on the album. It features Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom in a chill hip-hop track. I quite like this genre, and whilst its not the best chill hip-hop song ever, it’s listenable and calming. 2.5/5.

WOLO  is a hip-hop song by Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom. I’m really not a fan of the beat drop in this song or the play on “YOLO” so I’ll have to give this song a pass, but their rapping is good as usual and mixes well with Yugyeom’s vocals. 1/5.

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King is duet by Jinyoung & BamBam. It’s a rap/hip-hop song, and I must say I prefer it as a performance song than a song I would generally listen to. 2/5.

Think About It is a song from JB, Mark and Youngjae. The R&B/pop-ballad fusion that is this track suits and showcases these members really well and just makes my ears happy! Soft, slightly sensual and splendid! 4/5.

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From Now is a Yugyeom solo and is also based on R&B/soul music. I especially like the slow section. An atmospheric piece to showcase Yugyeom’s vocals. 4/5.

Hunger is a Jackson solo and features his typical rap/Hip-Hop style of music. It’s an incredibly short song (less than 1 minute) and is designed as more of a performance song than anything else, so I’ll give it a general sort of 2.5/5.

Phoenix is a rap/hip-hop duet by Jackson and Yugyeom, but I’m really not a fan of the forceful rap style in this song. Yugyeom’s vocals are sweet, but I don’t particularly like the instrumentation. Good for those who like a harsher, less melodic rap though! 2/5.


THE ORIGINAL ALBUM

Lullaby was the title track off of the original PRESENT: YOU album and has a deep house influence. The chorus is incredibly catchy and I find myself singing it at random times. I especially love the ending where the vocals are really brought to the front as the instrumental becomes simpler, it highlights the pure vocals excellently. While not an emotional masterpiece, this is wonderful music for a pick-me-up or a random dance party. 4.5/5.

Enough is one of the b-side tracks featuring GOT7 as a group and, like the rest of these group tracks, is based on the dance/EDM genre. It’s a good dance song, but nothing particularly special. 2.5/5. 

Save You is a dance/EDM song with 90s influences and I’m not a massive fan, especially of the pre-chorus. 1.5/5.

No One Else is again a dance/EDM song, but is quite different to the previous two. It starts off slightly slower and has a really interesting percussion which I’m a little bit in love with. It’s a bit hypnotic, a lot of fun and great to dance to3.5/5.

I Am Me is the final of the group b-side tracks and is also a dance/EDM song. It has a more airy and open beginning than the other tracks, and generally has an almost euphoric sound, which fits nicely with the overall meaning of the song about accepting yourself. 3.5/5.

Sunrise is JB’s solo song and has a R&B sound reminiscent of the vocalist’s mixtapes. Featuring absolutely gorgeous falsetto, it’s sexy, seductive and sensual with an otherworldly atmosphere. 5/5.

OMW is Mark’s song, but features Jackson and Jackson helped to produce it along with Mark. The song is a sort of chill hip-hop and feels like a journey at a soft, steady pace. Mark is taking his time to move through the song and it suits his personality. That being said, there aren’t any parts which stand out as particularly good. It’s a good, relaxing song, but nothing special. 3/5.

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Made It is Jackson’s solo and is his typical sort of  rap/hip-hop that he does for his solo songs. For its genre, it’s a good song and Jackson’s rap is good, as always, but there is a high pitch sound in the background which hurts my head. All in all, not my style of music, but good for its genre2/5.

My Youth is Jinyoung’s solo. It has a very soft rock sound and talks about missing youth. The song is poignant and sad, yet hopeful, and for some reason makes me think of The Breakfast Club when I listen to it. 4.5/5

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Nobody Knows is Youngjae’s solo. It’s a sort of haunting pop-ballad and showcases the emotional intensity of his gorgeous, gorgeous voice. The song speaks of loneliness and dealing with suffering by oneself. It’s devastating, arresting and powerful5/5. 

Party is BamBam’s solo and is, well, a party song. The beat drop is decent and makes a good tune to dance too, but I feel that the song does not showcase BamBam’s talent, is quite disjointed and I’m not a fan of the autotune. Overall, BamBam has done better than this disjointed, half-there track. 1/5.

Fine is Yugyeom’s solo; it’s a slightly creepy R&B/Soul track which suits Yugyeom’s voice perfectly. It’s slow and steady, with a sensual movement throughout4/5.


Overall, I noticed a general trend: I love the R&B/soul based tracks and the ballad tracks, am generally okay with the dance/EDM tracks and then the rap/hip-hop tracks are fairly hit-or-miss. I found the title tracks of both the original album and the repackage to be excellent and I loved many of the members’ solo songs. The group b-sides were superior on the repackaged album, but generally speaking the b-sides from the original album were better as many of the b-sides from the repackage were originally designed as performance pieces and don’t work well for me outside of that context (with some notable exceptions of course). Overall, some of my favourite GOT7 songs to date have come out of these albums and I am thrilled to finally have a studio version of 1:31AM to watch… I’ve been waiting!

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CATEGORY SCORE (ORIGINAL) (5) SCORE (REPACKAGE) (5)
Title Track    4   4.5
Variety    4   2
Cohesiveness    3.5   3
My Music Taste    3.5   3   
Overall    4   3

So what did you think about these albums? Stay tuned for more reviews and a countdown of my favourite GOT7 songs later on in the week after a short break for some bookish goodness, and please show my Very Posty December lots of love! I also recommend checking back at the previous posts from this December… BOTH of them have featured GOT7! Happy listening, Keira x. 

an introduction to GOT7

Hey guys! So welcome to day 3 of A Very Posty December. If you don’t know what this is, I am basically posting something every day in December! So far I’ve posted an announcement which is probably quite boring, but also shared some of my favourite Christmas music which you probably haven’t heard of, so please go and check that out and be sure to stay tuned for the rest of the posts coming out this month.

Anyway, GOT7 just released a repackage album so I decided that I would do an artist spotlight week (I’ve previously done one for BTS and SEVENTEEN as well… check them out)! If you haven’t seen one of my spotlight weeks before, I basically introduce the group, review THREE of the group’s albums and end the week with a countdown of my favourite songs by the artist. So yeah, anyway, this is my introduction to GOT7. I’ll just do the usual basic intro stuff: members, songs etc. and then link you to some awesome videos to watch when you’re bored!

disclaimer: I’m not an expert so if I get something wrong, feel free to correct me!


Who are GOT7?


GOT7 are a 7 member boy group from South Korea. They are known for their dancing skills and their loud personalities, and increasingly for producing their own music and their musical talents.

The boys debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2014, with three rappers and four vocalists. Members JB and Jinyoung have been part of a duo called JJ Project since 2012.  GOT7 fans are called ‘IGOT7’ or ‘Aghase’, which means baby bird.


Meet the members of GOT7


JB

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JB (born: Im Jaebum) is the lead/main vocalist, lead dancer and leader of GOT7. He’s Korean and was one of the members of JJ Project. He has a background in b-boying and once lost his memory due to hurting his head whilst practicing. He often produces music for the group and his own mixtapes.

JB was born on the 6th of January 1994 and is known for  his “chic and sexy” persona, both on and off stage, and his impressive ability to turn everything he does into a meme. JB is currently a film major and has 5 cats.

Check out JB’s song “Rainy” from Hyena on the Keyboard!


Mark

Mark (born: Mark Yi En Tuan) is the main rapper, leader dancer, and visual of the group. He’s from LA, but of Taiwanese descent. Mark was known from debut for his impressive martial arts tricking.

Mark was born on the 4th of September 1993 and is the oldest member of GOT7. He is known for being either extremely quiet, or very loud (there’s no in between). Mark is the eldest, but has been known to hide behind the youngest and is (sometimes) the maknae at heart 🙂

Check out this clip from Mark’s recent solo song “OMW”!


Jackson

Jackson (born: Wang Jia Er) is the lead rapper and lead dancer of the group! He’s originally from Hong Kong and used to go to the American International School in Hong Kong (aka he is fluent in SO MANY LANGUAGES). Jackson also has a Chinese/English solo career, which I recommend you check out if you like hip-hop/rap!

Jackson was born on the 28th of March 1994. He’s a former member of the Hong Kong National Fencing Team and is often on variety shows. He’s one of the loudest members and is known for randomly pulling off hoodies and/or shirts, but is really thoughtful and caring.

Check out Jackson’s collab with Meng Jia, “MOOD”!


Jinyoung 

Jinyoung (born: Park Jinyoung, formerly known as: Jr.) is lead vocalist and lead dancer. In JJ Project he was the rapper! Jinyoung also has a healthy acting career, with appearances in several K-Dramas.

Jinyoung was born on the 22nd of September 1994 and is the youngest of the Hyung line. He is known for his princely features and savage sense of humour. Along with JB, he is considered a sort of “parent” in the group, and has previously called himself the mum.

Check out Jinyoung’s recent performance on the show “King of the Masked Singer”!


Youngjae

Youngjae (born: Choi Young Jae) is the main vocalist of the group. Youngjae is known for his unique and beautiful voice, and often produces under the name “ARS”, both for the group and just for fun!

Youngjae was born on the 17th of September 1996 and is an absolute ray of sunshine. He is currently majoring in modelling at Uni and owns a dog called Coco who even has an account of her own!

Check out Youngjae’s OST “At the usual time”!


BamBam

BamBam (born as: Kunpimook Bhuwakul Bambam) is the lead rapper and lead dancer of the group! He’s originally from Thailand and is now well-loved in his home country! He’s amazing at tapping in Thai and covering girl group dances. 

BamBam was born on the 2nd of May 1997 and is always found doing the latest internet trend. Although his family were kind of poor as he was growing up, they now own 50 restaurants in Thailand and BamBam has his own clothing line called “Double B”. He is interested in video editing.

Check out this clip from BamBam’s recent solo song “Party”!


Yugyeom

Yugyeom (born: Kim Yugyeom) is the main dancer, lead vocalist, rapper and maknae of the group. He specialises in street dancing and also enjoys playing the piano. He is an incredible dancer and won the dance competition “Hit the Stage”.

Yugyeom was born on the 17th of November 1997, and despite being the youngest member, he is also the tallest in the group. His mum got pregnant in Saudi Arabia, but he was born in Korea. He is a bratty maknae and we love him for it, because it’s hilarious.

Check out this clip from Yugyeom’s recent solo song “Fine”! 


GOT7’s Discography


So, what I’ve included in the discography amounts to: 

  • 1 single album and 1 EP from JJ Project
  • 3 mixtapes from JB (under the name Def.)
  • 5 singles from Jackson (under the name Jackson Wang)
  •  1 Japanese album, 2 Japanese EPs, 2 Japanese singles
  • 3 Korean albums, 1 Korean repackage album & 8 Korean EPs

That’s a lot of music, so I’m going to try and break it down  a little bit for you. Now, the way I do this differs a bit from artist to artist (e.g. for BTS I did it by era of music, for SEVENTEEN I did it by subsections of the group). After a very long time spent deciding this I decided to break it down into the following sections and focus only on the Korean releases of the full group.


THE DARK PAST (2014)

So this is not a dark era in terms of their music being bad, because why would I even say that?! No, this is the dark past in terms of their styling and the group themselves have horror stories from this era. But really, some of those hair styles were really questionable. 

As for their actual music, this was the beginning of their careers and was categorised by a fair amount of autotune, incredibly catchy songs and martial arts tricking in their choreographies.

The groups debut song.

Other music videos to check out from this era include: A, and Stop stop it.


THE MIDDLE (2015)

This is a section in between the early days of their career, but before the Flight Log series which saw a whole mixture of things, but straying away from previous hip-hop, martial arts and auto-tune styles and experimenting with cute concepts and emotional ones too! I would define this era as the start of their maturation as artists.

A darker, more emotional song-

Other music videos to check out from this era include: Just right and Confession Song.


FLIGHT LOG (2016-2017)

This was a period of continued maturation from the group’s 2015 releases, but what defines it as it’s own specific era is that the three music videos form a continuous, if slightly abstract, story line!

The beginning of the storyline..

Other music videos to check out from this era include: Hard Carry and Never Ever (in that order!!)


INITIATIVE (2017-present)

As of 2018, this is the most recent period in GOT7’s music. I would characterise it by a shift in which the members have more influence over the music, a more mature style (with softer tracks and retro house tracks) and an increase in solo activities for the members, both on group albums through solo tracks and sub-units, as well as outside of the group.

Upbeat with a sex-appeal and just generally great.

Other music videos to check out from this era include: You Are, Look, and Miracle.


SOME VIDEOS I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!

An in-depth guide 🙂

A gorgeous live performance is always a must!
If you have a dirty mind 😉
Enjoy their variety show talents (with English subtitles, of course).

And that’s it for today! Are you excited to get to know GOT7, or did you love them before? Let me know if you have any questions or if you just want to squeal a lot (or criticism, that’s okay too 😉 ). If you have any requests for artists you would like me to check out, K-Pop or not, please let me know!

Happy listening, Keira x. 

Add these three songs to your Christmas playlist!

Starting off this posty December with a quick and easy CHRISTMAS POST. I’m just going to link some of my favourite Christmas songs that you might not have heard before!

A sligtly jazzy, classy tune with vicious lyrics… and odd but excellent combination for a Christmas song!
A sweet love song with Christmas instrumentals… watch people confess their love!
A sad, yet happy and very sweet Christmas song (note that this MV is fan-made).

So have you heard of these before? If not have you added any of them to your Christmas playlist this year?

Happy listening, Keira x.

A Very Posty December

Hello everyone! December is FINALLY here and seeing as I have a couple weeks of holiday this month (and am currently doing my best to sort out a work-life balance) I thought I would challenge myself… I am going to post EVERY DAY IN DECEMBER (but I might take Christmas Day off…. or maybe I won’t?)

In any case, I really hope you guys will support me on this journey. The posts won’t all be Christmas-themed (but a few of them will) and towards the end of the month there’ll be a lot of wrap-up type videos where I talk about my fave books and music of the year, but apart from that there will be lots of the regular types of posts: tags, recommendations, reviews and anything else I happen to concoct (my plan is about a quarter finished at the moment). 

The idea is to post everyday at around 8-10 PM GMT (just incase I am running behind and need to finish my post in the morning… because I am sure this will happen to me) so hopefully I will see you there! Also, if you have any post ideas, I’d be more than happy to hear them, so please leave them below! 

Lots of love, 

Keira x. 

RECOMMENDING GIRL GROUP MUSIC Vol 1.0

Hi there! It’s been ages since I last posted (okay not that long but kind of). It’s also been a while since I did a music post, so today I thought I would recommend three songs by girl groups! Let me know if you like any of these songs 🙂


Wonder Girls- Why So Lonely

So my first pick comes from the wonderful realm of second generation K-Pop! It’s a fairly new song (from 2016), but new K-Pop fans do a have a habit of ignoring some amazing second generation groups, so this is a great one to give a listen! It’s catchy, but not particularly upbeat, more mid-tempo.


Red Velvet- Kingdom Come

So moving on from some legends of the second generation, we have a very underrated song from a popular group. Kingdom Come is from the b-side of Red Velvet’s Perfect Velvet album which was released in late 2017. It has a slow, sexy feel.


APRIL- Oh! my mistake

And now I wanted to showcase some music from a lesser-known group! Oh! my mistake was released recently and has a cute, retro 80s sound. It’s a great pick me up if you’re having a bad day 🙂


And that’s it! If you want to see a part 2 or some more general music recommendations please let me know (I could even maybe do ones fairly often). As always, let me know if you have any music for me to check out and please leave me lots of comments because I crave love and attention ❤

Keira x. 

Mini Reviews Volume 2

Sometimes I have some reviews to post but they’re not quite long enough to warrant a single post, so I collate them into mini review posts like this one! This is PART 2 of this series. Enjoy 🙂


DISCLAIMER: I received free copies of both of these books in return for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.


The Adventures of WilhelmThe Adventures of Wilhelm: A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter


Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose. (Goodreads.)

While I do often enjoy middle grade books, I tend to prefer middle grade books which are written in a less… simplistic fashion. By simplistic I do not mean that the writing in this book was bad because it certainly wasn’t, but the story was very obviously trying to communicate lessons through the story. And it did so by blatantly having the characters teach other characters the lessons which the author wants the reader to take from the book. This, to me, doesn’t feel like middle grade writing for 9-12 year olds, but more like older children’s fiction (5-8 years range).

I feel like books have the impact they do on people because they allow people to learn lessons more “naturally” by experiencing the emotions the book portrays. Anyone can tell you something, but only by really experiencing and understanding it can you fully believe it, which is where this story fell short.

Not only did it not have the impact it should, but the writing style left me feeling a little bit irritated and a lot like I was being either patronised or reading allowed to a younger sibling or child I was babysitting… except I was reading to myself during my lunch break at work.

That being said, if the writing style doesn’t bother you, the premise of the book is actually quite good and very thought-provoking. Although the writing style put me off enough that I could not finish the book, the actual plot of the book was fascinating and made me have some deep philosophical conversations with myself.

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As I did not finish this book, I can not give it a rating as per my rating policy.


 

WindswornWindsworn by Derek Alan Siddoway


When Eva discovers a young thief hiding in her woodshed with a stolen gryphon egg, the shy, timid girl is forced to leave everything she’s ever known to become Windsworn — elite warriors who ride fierce gryphons into battle…  (Goodreads.)”

Windsworn was comfortable to read. It was a good, familiar fantasy story, with some interesting world features, but generally fairly typical and familiar topics. This isn’t a bad thing, it just means the world wasn’t amazing but the book did use the familiar concepts well. It was fun and easy to read, perfect if you just want to relax for a little bit!

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This means I liked the book but it wasn’t anything particularly special! Check out my rating policy for more details.


So that was it!

Do you want to go and read either of these books now?

Happy reading, Keira x.

“Start, Just Start” | Interview With Sir Richard Alexander, Author of A Dance With Demons

Hello everyone! If you read my “Mini Reviews Vol. 1” post a couple of weeks back, you’ll have seen me review the book A Dance With Demons by Sir Richard Alexander. Today I’m bringing you an interview straight from the author, so I hope you enjoy!


INTRODUCE YOURSELF


I’m Alexander, from the wi town of Grantsville, Utah. As for what I do, I’m a writer and a life coach.


If you had to explain who you are to someone in one sentence, what would you say?


I’m the whole pie, not just a slice, because though I am definitely a fantasy buff, I enjoy far more than just reading and writing.


What/who is your hero?


Samwise_Gamgee_profileSamwise Gamgee (Sam Wise the Brave). I really look up to him, because he is so loyal, is so good, even when treated poorly. He really has many traits that I really like, but his loyalty is definitely something that sticks out to me. I want to be a friend like that. I want to be a friend a friend would want to have. A true friend.


How did you become an author? 


It’s interesting that I became an author because I didn’t even learn to read until I was about 8 and didn’t enjoy reading until I was around 12. Things changed when I came across a fantasy book. When I came across the fantasy genre, I was hooked and from there on out, I always wanted to be an author. It was my dream and the only career I wanted, that hasn’t changed since I was a young boy.

Being able to create my own world is such an exciting thing! I’m in charge of an entire world! Even if no one ever read my work, I would still write.


What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?


The advice could be applied to anything. It is a secret that was imparted to me some time ago. This secret is a trait that all successful people, writer or otherwise, share in this world. It’s not the most common trait like some you hear about, but it is shared by literally ever single success. When you hear it, you might want to pass it off, but it is very powerful, so don’t. The advice I was given, was: “Start, just start…” it is so obvious and so simply, but there is not one single successful man, or woman in this world that is not a starter. So, if you are dwelling on something and trying to plan everything out before the fact, you may never end up getting it done. I simply would give the same advice to anyone who has dreams in writing, or anything else. “Just start.”


If you had to summarise your book A Dance with Demons in three words, what would they be?


Good against Evil, or, A Heroic tale.


What is one thing you learned whilst writing this book?


Perfectionism_0I realized that perfectionism will stop you from completing anything if you let it. there were so many times that I was tempted to just go back and change things constantly and was tempted to think that it would never be good enough. But I realized that if I kept feeling like it had to be literally perfect, before I finished and published the book, then it would still be sitting on my computer. So to summarize, you are always going to feel that you want it to be perfect, but I realized I couldn’t let that hold me back.


Why or how did you decide to write this book?


I have been writing since I was about 12 and always wanted to write a book. I looked at the things I had written and never felt like any of it was good enough. I really did want to be published though, it was one of my life dreams after all. Unfortunately that is exactly what if felt like, just a dream.

After some time, I came across some self-help material and my idea of dreams being only things to wish for, was shattered. The self-improvement realm taught me that dreams shouldn’t just be dreams, but that you can make them a reality. When I came to this new way of thinking, I decided that I was going to write something that was going to mean something, a book of good against evil. So I began writing, and made the choice before I even put the first word down that this book was going to be the one I published, even if it was crap. I really decided to write this book, simply because I found out that dreams didn’t just have to be dreams and that gave me the motivation to move forward.


If people take one thing away from your book, what would you hope it would be?


That anyone can write a book. If someone like me, who couldn’t read until 8 and didn’t like it thereafter until I was 12, could write a book, then there is no reason anyone can’t.


Who would you recommend your book to and who would you caution against it (e.g. trigger warnings)?


Anyone who likes an adventure of good against evil, an adventure packed with action, underworld creatures, and characters that push forward despite all of the hardship. I would caution people against it that really don’t enjoy action packed stories and young children, because there are some scary creatures in this book. Over all however, I would recommend it to most people though, because I have had people in their 60s read it and enjoy it, as well as people in their teens.


Finally, where can people buy your book?


You can buy it on Amazon either in kindle format or a physical copy.


And that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed and talk to you again soon ❤

DISCLAIMER: THE CONTENT OF THE AUTHOR’S ANSWERS HAVE NOT BEEN EDITED EXCEPT FOR FORMATTING AND DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF ANYONE EXCEPT THE AUTHOR.

Blogs Have Writing Styles?! (aka I have an existential crisis)

Hi everyone!

A second before writing this post, I was reading Fadwa’s post on her favourite blogs and was suddenly struck by something. Blogs really have a writing style. Thinking about it… well, duh, of course they do.

If you’ve read many of my posts, or especially if you used to follow my blog, you’ve probably noticed that my blogging style is either quite informative or very chatty and to be honest I’m not in love with it?! If you’ve ever seen how I write when I write for the sake of writing (e.g. creative writing) then you wouldn’t think it was the same person at all.

When I write for the sake of writing or to tell a story, or even when writing poems, I favour more “flowery” language. I like to use imagery and create a world in my writing in which things seem a bit more abstract and magical. Think The Night Circus (except not half as good).

But could I translate that into a writing style for my blog? Probably not exactly, it would be silly. A blog isn’t a magical realism story. A piece of paper is just of a piece of paper, after all… but perhaps I could adapt it? Find a happy medium which I prefer to my current writing style?!

I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now and I started when I was only 14, so I’ve kind of been stuck writing very similarly to how I did then, and well, I’m almost 17 and I don’t write or talk the way I did when I was 14, so maybe it’s time to change how I blog as well.

Is it too early for an existential crisis? Maybe 🙂

Thanks for supporting me thus far and if you’re new to my blog… I hope you’ll stick with me a little bit longer.

Lots of love,

Keira x.