A New Month, A New Effort
As you know, last month was rubbish. But I’m fully geared for February. I have several ideas for articles along with the usual reviews so they’ll be new posts popping up. It is very likely that I’m going to write a Hayley Westenra marathon. I have written a review on Amazon for every single album she has realeased, but the majority of them were written when I was younger and quite illiterate, actually. If you ever check out my Amazon profile, be careful not to go any further back than 2006, otherwise you’ll be met with a young Nicola spelling opera as ‘oprah’ and playing pot luck with “its” and “it’s”; something that now makes me want to cringe and smash my head against things.
But yes, Hayley Westenra. Been following her career since 2002, it’s time I dedicate some blog space to her. And I’m going to try to be really nice, because Hayley’s a nice girl, you see. And you may get a concert review too, as I am seeing her live on the 15th of this month, and I won’t need to try to be nice then because I always love seeing her live. Jonathan Ansell will be there, too. Going back to Amazon, I used to write reviews about G4 and continiously say that the guy should go solo – what were the others there for? I didn’t know. I still don’t know. Where are they now? Nobody knows.
You’re also going to get some more lists. I must admit, I love writing my lists out. You know, the ‘top ten’ of things or ‘the best of this of all time’ kind of lists. They are so addictive. I could do a blog dedicated to those lists. Yes, I could.
I’m also setting a goal for myself this month. I have noticed a horrible pattern of mine is that I never review something that I find flawless. Seriously, I have not written a single word on my favourite albums or my favourite films. I’m okay with the lists, oh yes, they are my comfort zone, but a whole, critical review? No. I have many times started to write reviews on things I want to write a glowing review on but I can barely write more than two sentences. And since Amazon customers fucking only click on ‘Yes, I found this review helpful’ when they AGREE with you, not when they actually find it helpful, it is probably why I am not the in top 100 reviewers (I rank at 237 the last time I looked, it changes everyday). I never write glowing reviews. I write when I have something bad to say. How horrible is that? AND it has only just occurred to me that I write reviews for things on here, but never give them ratings? Am I on crack?! You can’t review without a rating!?
I will give things scores from now on, I promise! I might even go back and put scores in for my previous reviews.
Last but not least, I have finally picked up a book again. The Secret Diaries of Marie-Atoinette by Carolly Erickson. I picked it up earlier, and when I eventually looked up again, I found myself on page 150. So yeah, it looks like I reading it in earnest. And, oh. I’m still shit at the piano. I’ll be astonished if I make it to grade one.