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Have a punk rock Christmas with these gifts!

Christmas is a hard time for everyone, trying to decide which gifts to get for who. Take it from me, I spend most of the time worrying about getting it right and trying to imagine their reaction. It’s not an easy time of year, but for those looking to make yourself or a friend happy this Christmas by indulging in the mighty punk spirit, we’ve scoured the net to find some of our favourite (and most wanted) Christmas gift ideas to make your lives easier. There’s a little something in here for any music lover, but try not to get too jealous if you end up buying it for someone else.

The Used Complete ‘The Canyon’ Bundle.With the latest release of The Canyon, The Used have released the perfect bundle for Christmas. Consisting of a T Shirt, a sweater, a vinyl, CD and pin badge, this complete bundle kit is priced at £66.99 from kontraband – well worth the money for any lover of The Used.

This “Kool Santa” sweater or this “Sad Snowman” sweater from pop punk sad boys Real Friends might just be the final piece to someone’s (or your) Christmas wardrobe. It is a chilly winter, and priced at $14.99 from the official store, it’s a gift that’s going to warm your heart and compliment those honey knees of yours.

71jic1ruiil-_sl1228_Anyone can appreciate Blink 182, especially around Christmas time when there’s a bunch of family gathering so and your grandmother just doesn’t quite understand the beauty of penis jokes. The Blink 182 vinyl box set is a gift for any fan or vinyl collector. It’s the 10LP collection including the latest ‘California’ priced at a reasonable £123.94, and bound to look magical in anyone’s living room.

Small and mighty gifts are sometimes the best job, and if we start looking at albums that have come out this year, there’s a lot to fill up that stocking to the brim. Not only that but with the popularity of vinyl coming back into fashion makes for a quick and easy gift with most bands supplying them. Enter Shikari, Foo Fighters, Neck Deep and Queens of The Stone Age have all brought out albums this year that’s had high praise, and overall a great addition to anyone’s music collection.

Alternatively, there’s one gift that will go down well for anyone. And that’s a puppy.

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5 ways to motivate writing through procrastinating.

It’s no doubt that there are a lot of people in this world that enjoy the practise of writing. Journals, creative or even reality – writing comes in many ways and it’s always fun to explore the different ways to go about exploring your passion of writing. I’ve loved writing ever since I was little. I dreamed of being an author, then I wanted to be a journalist, and now, all I want to do is just write. But, it goes without saying that even the best writers get writers block. It’s horrible and it easily chips away at the pleasure of writing. I’m in my third year of a creative writing degree, and I’ve felt the pressures of writers block too many times. And, well, procrastination has actually been my best friend in those difficult times. These are five ways of procrastination in the most wonderful way that has helped me on my writing endeavors:

 

  • 1. Watch a film, documentary, tv series

Like I said, procrastination. But some of my favourite ideas have come from watching something. It’s best to find something related to your writing – if you’re writing about crime, then watch a crime documentary. If you’re writing fantasy, watch something sci-fi and fantasy related. Side note: it’s always easier when watching something new. That way, there’s something that will grip your attention, whether it be a character, the scenery or even a new language. Besides, it’s always fun watching a new film and expands your horizons in both ways.

  • 2. Listen to an entirely new band, artist or album.

Just like the last one, it’s always easier listening to a new band, artist or album rather than your favourites. Only because, we both know, that when your favourite comes on you’ll be screaming each word at the top of your lungs. With something you’ve never listened to before (whether it be a new album or an entirely new genre) then you’re listening to new sounds, new words and getting an entirely new emotional experience. Music can also help explore the mood of your writing. If your soundtrack is happy, then your words are going to be more upbeat and the reader will feel it. This does also depend on your mindset at the time too.

  • 3. Read other blogs.

This is for more than just creative writing. I know just how hard it can be to come up with new content for your readers. (Hello, by the way!) When you are forcing yourself to write, then it stops flowing and it’s easy to tell when someone is bored. AND it’s easy for it to happen, even to creative writers. Unfortunately for those wanting to make something of themselves in the writing world, the majority of media and journalists cover what people want to read. For those without up-to-date and unknown press releases that’s going to get us out there in the big wide world, we have to depend on making our own interesting content. Other blogs can be very helpful of this, especially those that are starting to break out into the bigger world. It’s an easy way to find out what people are reading and what people are writing and even a way to inspire yourself. For most around my age, it’s make-up and fashion, and I’m terrible at both. But by reaching out to other blogs and exploring further into the blogiverse, there’s still hope for me. People. Freakin’. Love. Lists. Hence this post!

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  • 4. Reddit writing prompts

Reddit is an interesting place, and recently my favourite place when I’m all out of ideas. Sometimes, it’s a lack of creativity rather than writers block. Especially in university when there’s a thousand other assignments to be done, my mind finds it increasingly difficult to keep coming up with fresh, new ideas. That’s where I’ve been using Reddit. It’s helped spark some minor ideas, but it’s also sparked my major ones. There’s some silly and fun prompts, but then there’s also the ones that will get you writing for days on end if you can actually get behind it.Not to mention, there’s a thousand other pieces, written by real people to read too, and that sparks creativity enough. Click here to be taken to the page and see what you can find!

  • 5. Take time away from writing.

If my tutor read this, he’d be reeling in his seat. But it’s true. This is my final year in university, and I’m doing a creative course that I should be writing for 90% of the time. But I don’t and I don’t plan to. Why? Because if I forced myself to write a section every day then it would be forced. The last emotion I want to feel when writing something I should be passionate about. Like I said, my final year means this should round up my best writing pieces, and if I hand in something that has boring sections, then whoever ends up grading it will be like “well, shit, she doesn’t really want to be writing this, does she?” I’ve spent most of this year away from my laptop, and that’s no word of a lie. Hell, the most I’ve spent on a computer is the time I’ve been bored out of my mind on a four hour uni break, and all I’ve done is watch YouTube videos. Not writing 100% of the time doesn’t make you a bad writer, keep that in mind. Your own exploration can be your biggest inspiration.

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Introducing a new beginning [2017]

It’s time to start afresh. It’s time to forget what I was, and what I made this platform of tangled words to be and begin again. A new sense of motivation and inspiration – whether it’ll last forever, or even a day – a fresh beginning will always help. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t just trashed all my old posts, they mean something and can be found here. There’s a couple of gems in there, that may or may not one day resurface, but for now, I’m happily locking them away whilst I take a deep breath.

Above: a select few things that make me incredibly happy.💖

I don’t know whether an introduction is necessary. Maybe you know me, or maybe you don’t. Either way, not much has changed. I’m a twenty-two, indecisive writer that has no idea in which direction I should be heading. Sometimes I loop, sometimes I sprint forward and sometimes I stay still while I sleep away my days. I’m still figuring it out, but all I know is that I am a writer, and I have a lot to say – doesn’t everyone who owns a blog?

I’ve no idea how to present myself on social media. I’ve never tried to appeal to the masses, and therefore, I mostly have no idea how to get my words into the big world where people can hear or read them. I have no desire for popularity – I’m the last person who would thrive in the glowing lights of fame. I would love to be a person that could – to be a person who influences, who motivates and who helps those who come across this page that’s more than likely lost in the blogisphere, but all I want, is to document my own journey. Perhaps through my own, I can support others. Perhaps through my own, others can see that there is a light at the other end of the tunnel.

So here it is, a fresh page entirely undocumented. Welcome to, well, my own definition of paradise.

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