O is for Open Road (AKA adventures in crop circles)

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I just love a road trip. Being out on the open road, Bruce Springsteen blaring from the speakers, windows rolled down, nothing to do except drive, eat candies and sing a long to Thunder Road. It’s so retro and magical! I’ve been on some pretty amazing road trips. I’ve done the east coast of Australia, the west coast of the USA, parts of the east coast of the USA, Canada and good chunk of the UK and Scotland. Driving across the entire USA has been on the bucket list for years now and I really must do that soon! The new addition this week to my bucket list is eating a deep fried Twinkie. I was doing some research about Twinkies for my book this week and found this amazing picture on Pinterest:

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But today I wanted to share with you guys one of my favourite kinds of road trips – the crop circle road trip! I only live a couple hours away from the epicentre of crop circles in the UK which is pretty awesome, and I’m just hanging out for the season to start again this year so I can go again. Last year I went with my bestie and it was one of the coolest days out ever!

We stopped on the way to the crop circles to get lunch at the coolest stone circle ever – Avebury. The pub is actually inside the stone circle which is AWESOME! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Stone circles are some kind of time machines, I’m sure of it.

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After taking about six hours to work out how to put co-ordinates into the Sat Nav we finally found the crop circles! This is really cool, people tie little ties to the crops to let you know this is where it is!

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So we walked in a little way and then… BOOM! You are in a crop circle!

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And then here’s little me lying in a crop circle. It was SO COOL! I wanted to stay there and wait for the aliens to come get me and take me home!

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Driving through the little English villages on the way back home we saw the most awesome thing – a phone box full of books! It was like some kind of community book swap. Amazing idea. I mean it even had a fire hydrant, just in case!

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So where are you going on your next adventure out on the open road?!

 

N is for No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen

This N post is really just an excuse to declare my love for the great Bruce Springsteen.

A couple of versions of this song below, and the lyrics so you can sing-a-long! Everyone loves a good Springsteen sing-a-long right?!

We busted out of class had to get away from those fools
We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school
Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
I can feel my heart begin to pound
You say you’re tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down

We made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
I’m ready to grow young again
And hear your sister’s voice calling us home across the open yards
Well maybe we could cut someplace of our own
With these drums and these guitars

Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
The walls of my room are closing in
There’s a war outside still raging
you say it ain’t ours anymore to win
I want to sleep beneath peaceful skies in my lover’s bed
with a wide open country in my eyes
and these romantic dreams in my head

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M is for Misfits

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Today I’d like to talk about plot holes. Huge gaping plot holes that make everything that happens afterwards in your story not make any sense at all.

Oh yeah, I apologise but this post contains Misfits spoilers for seasons 1-3. If you haven’t seen it, definitely go watch season 1 and 2 for free right now on 4OD and then come back! If you’ve already seen it, or probably can’t be bothered then you may continue…

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I LOVED season 1 of this show. Love love loved it. The writing was good, the characters were awesome, the plot was killer and everything was all peachy-keen. I was like chowing down on my dinner in front of the TV watching it every night.

The premise is that a bunch of kids are out on community service, doing their time for mostly petty crimes, oh hang on, trying to burn someone’s house down isn’t that petty, but anyway. Then there’s a freak storm and afterwards loads of people, including the ‘misfits’ have “powers”. Mostly the powers come in the form of something that you always wanted, or something you wanted at the time the storm hit. Awesome premise, I love it!

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Everything carries on just awesomely until we get to the bit about future Simon which creates the STUPIDEST PLOT HOLE you’ve ever heard of. Basically future Simon has been running around in a costume helping the misfits out. It’s pretty cool really, until it ALL GOES WRONG!

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Curtis has this cool time travelling power. AWESOME. he uses it at the end of episodes when everything has gone totally whack to basically clean up all the messes. This got annoying about the third episode they did this. It was like – oh well, doesn’t matter what happens, Curtis will just go back in time and fix everything.

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But then some SERIOUS messes happens and people die and it all goes nuts and SIMON puts on his hoodie and THIS MOMENT is the instigator for him turning into future Simon later. Except that Curtis takes everyone back in time…

SO ACTUALLY THIS NEVER HAPPENED except that it STILL becomes part of the story, even though it never happened because time travel erased it. I mean didn’t ONE person pick up on this? One of the writers, one of the actors? ANYBODY?! Hello?!

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I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

But there’s a valuable lesson to be learned here – CHECK YOUR PLOT HOLES especially when working with time travel!

But it is good, and I do highly recommend watching seasons 1-2. Season 3 got a bit lame, half the good characters left and that’s always a downer, so I stopped watching. But definitely watch season 1!

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L is for Laverne & Shirley

Laverne & Shirley was all about chics doing it for themselves, they were single women living alone and making it happen. It was totally 70s/80’s feminist chic-comedy. So empowering! Like actually way more empowering than shows like Sex and the City if you think about it. Yeah I just said that.

Watch an episode – there’s loads on YouTube and see what you think. They don’t spend hours upon hours moaning about failed relationships and rating their self worth by the price of their fancy footwear, they just get on with LIFE!

They just don’t make ’em like the used to.

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K is for Kylie

In the 80’s every girl in Australia wanted to walk down the aisle to Angry Anderson singing Suddenly. In that dress, and I’m pretty sure quite a few of us wanted to marry Jason Donovan too.

Call me crazy, but I’m still hoping that Kylie and Jason are going to end up together some day.
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I is for Icehouse

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Growing up in Australia these guys were basically the soundtrack to my childhood. They were also the soundtrack to a couple of years ago when I was living a little in limbo. I had Electric Blue on repeat on my iPod for about three months while I tried to work out what I was doing with my life. Icehouse therapy? I totally recommend.

Their music was, still is and always will be awesome, and so was Iva’s hair.

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I have so many favourite Icehouse songs that instead of posting one link here I had to post my top 5. Enjoy! x

The song that sorted my life out. Do you think this has anything to do with why I decided to devote my life to writing a YA novel about time travel? Lol! 😀 x

Indiana Jones eat your heart out!

You’ve gotta be crazy baby to want a guy with nicer hair than you.

This killer Aussie vid always makes me way more homesick than Men at Work’s Down Under.

And I nearly forgot, I can touch the fire!

G is for Ghost and the Goth

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It’s been a while since I read these books, but I highly recommend.

If you’re looking for literary fiction John Green style you may be a little disappointed.

But if you’re into annoying dead cheerleaders and dark brooding teenage medium dudes you might like these books. Easy to read, easy to like, easy to love!

And I just realised that my theme for this A to Z theme has headed straight in the direction of my writing influences. Cool I have a theme! Woo! Yay!

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F is for Futurecop!

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Futurecop! are another band that could totally be listed on the soundtrack to the movie based on the book by me.

Their Facebook page describes their music like this:

“Imagine riding a unicorn through the clouds, towards the Northern Lights whilst wielding a lightsaber and simultaneously transporting the listener directly to both their childhood past and their future! “

Like, hello. How awesome does that sound?! Also, their website is amazeballs. Yes I said amazeballs. I just want to crawl into all the gifs and go to sleep there for a couple of days.

And this video like, blows my mind with awesomeness.

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E is for Emmett

Emmett Brown. 

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What more can I say?

Nothing really. He’s amazing, and if you don’t know who he is you’ve missed out on life.

But I thought I might use this opportunity to discuss the mystery of the two DeLoreans

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In 1955 the Doc goes back to 1885 in a DeLorean, which I will refer to as DeLorean I. He puts DeLorean I in a cave so Marty can go back from 1955 to 1985, Marty gets DeLorean I out of said cave, and it appears to be working fine except for a chip in the circuits which needs replacing. DeLorean I goes back to 1885 instead of 1985 with fixed chip, but when it enters 1885 the gas tank gets crapped on by an arrow. No more gas. Thus ensues a whole movie based on fixing the DeLorean Marty brought back from 1955, but hang on… isn’t there still a DeLorean in the cave? The one Marty gets in 1955 would still technically be in the cave in 1885 right? Making Marty’s DeLorean DeLorean II. If there can be two Martys and two Docs, why can’t there be two DeLoreans? And, if there are two DeLoreans, why can’t they go check if there’s any gas left in the tank of the one in the cave? Or are we just meant to assume it was empty too?! Arrrrgh! I need to know! 

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