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The Holidays/Anniversary

Dear Saul,

Welp, it’s that time of year again, and my God has this year gone by quickly. Somehow though, I’ve managed to pack so much into this year, it doesn’t seem at all possible. I’ve been a part of a short film, I’ve been awarded the President’s award, and I’ve started writing one of my first ever novels, and continue to write it to this day.

But I suppose there’s another thing to be celebrating, apart from the birth of this kind of cute kid about 2000 years ago. You and I Saul have been doing this blogging shmuck for a whole year! One year, more than 100 followers, and 2000 views have given me pause to consider renaming “Christmas” to “Saulday” in celebration, but believe me, I couldn’t have gotten this far without the help of others. My amazingly talented blogger friends, Charlie and Evelyn, my amazingly talented filmmaker friends Oisin and Colm, and my amazingly talented not all that sane-in-the-head friends Francis, Anthony and Casey, not to mention Tara, Sorcha, Becky, Declan, Cian, Aaron, and the swathes of amazing people I am honoured to call my friends, practically my family . All of them have made this year one of the best so far.

A special thanks to Catherine-Ann, without whom I probably would have given up writing altogether. (You’re seriously one of the most amazing people I know, and I’m lucky to have someone like you around. Merry Christmas!)

Thank you too Saul. Without an imaginary muse like you, most of my stories would have fallen flat on their face!

Finally, thank you to YOU. Yes, YOU, reading this. I don’t care if you’ve been with me from the start, or just found this post by accident. The fact that you care enough to bother reading this is present enough for me, and I can’t thank you enough for everything ye have done.

Happy holidays Saul. Here’s to another amazing year.

Best Wishes,

-Fiachra

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Guess who’s back? And guess who’s late making another entry for the  Teens Can Write Too! blog chain?

If you answered Fiachra for those then you’re on a roll, but despite me being 3 days late (sorry about that), I’m gonna write this post, so help me God.

The topic for this month?

“How have both the people in your life and your own personal experiences impacted your writing? Do you ever base characters off of people you know?”

One thing that pretty much doesn’t need to be said is that you cannot get away with basing evil characters off of friends and family. If you say to someone ‘Oh, X is based off of you’, they probably won’t want to hear ‘Because is a prick, much like, yourself.’

Trust me, it doesn’t work.

I have based characters off of friends and family though, usually using quirks they have, or just using routines I notice that they have. No one feels upset, I get a more human character, every ones happy. If you want to be sweet, you can base a character off the better traits of  someone you know. How they smile, the way they walk (or strut), how they laugh, all the little things and the better larger ones not only provide a good frame for a realistic character, but also won’t get you slapped in the face. Now, if you’re really desperate for a girlfriend, or you just want to be a bit of a suck up, you can claim that the entire character is based off a person. Personally, I’ve never done this, because it either leads to awkward conversations as to why I did it, or it simply doesn’t work. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to make a complete copy of a real life person 3-dimensional.

A good way to get bad traits, rather than go after your friends, is to base them off of people you hate,  which I have done. Now, I don’t recommend doing this to a person you see regularly. They’ll find out eventually, and you don’t want a black eye just for a character, now do you? Try using old teachers you gritted your teeth upon seeing, bullies you hated, a politician you despise (if you’re feeling anarchical, just insert the name of the current world leaders at every opportunity 😉 ), etc. etc.

So how have the people in my life impacted my writing? Well, the most important aspect would be the fact that they got me writing in the first place. If I didn’t have the friends I had,  I may not have chosen to go to a just-started writing course in town.  wouldn’t have started a blog, and I wouldn’t have met all of ye. For that, I’m eternally grateful.

-Fiachra

 

Day 25, Saturday:Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)

Heh, I guess one thing I probably  won’t forget for a long time coming is when I chatting with friends of mine about asking someone out. The way I suggested prompted  several response (‘Okay, you fucking rock’ being one :)) but there’s one thing said that I found heartwarmiong, something I found pretty hilarious:

‘I’m not going to say “awh”, I need to think of better word, you deserve a better word than “awh”.’

It was just a very cute moment,  and the support it gave me was pretty amazing. So, thanks, friend. you fucking rock 😉

-Fiachra

 



Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends.

I’m lucky to have a ton of talented blogging friends, so this isn’t easy talking about only one. I have an entire page dedicate to talented friends, but I’d like to mention Catherine-Ann Minnock from 2013, unlucky for some as one of my favourite blogs, and a good friend of mine.

Catherine and I met were introduced to each other by Brook at a local Youth Theatre performance back in April, and since there aren’t really any other writers around that we know of, we’ve been close friends since. Her blog is really well written, focusing on school life, cooking and ‘good auld’ Irish teenage problems. She’s incredibly funny and  talented, and though I’ve known her for only a short time, but she really has made an impression on me. I would strongly recommend her work to you.

I’m pretty cool too, by the way. Not that this post is meant to be about me, but, y’know…

All joking aside, she is a wonderful person to talk to. Go be nice,check out her blog and say hi to her. She deserves it.



Fond Memories

Dear Saul,

When you get old, you’ll soon realise that your memories of anything below 1o years old start blurring together and turning to dust. That may sound nightmarish, but believe me, you’re shedding nothing but dead weight. You’ll be left with the best memories you can remember, and you’ll forget the crappy ones long before that. The memories of a favourite birthday, of your best childhood friend, those are the memories that will keep, and you’ll be glad you kept them.

An example? I’m 16 in June (Oh no, people on the internet know my age. What else would you like to know, my blood type?). I remember my life pretty well, but some really good times stick out. One of them being sitting at a friends house enjoying the hell out of NHL 2005. It was just one of those games that was fun to mess around in with friends when you’re young, and the soundtrack sticks out so much in my head:

 

I promise the name of this song is entirely coincidental, I promise. But in any case, any time this song, or any song from NHL 2005 (or Burnout Paradise, a game I love very dearly), I get a nostalgia high. It’s a nice thing to be able to have, something to remind yourself of better times. Some people have music, some a piece of jewellery, some just stick to thoughts of good days.

Try keeping those memories close, they might come in handy at some point. Don’t worry about losing the rest of them. I don’t think you wanna remember crappy school lunches or primary school bullies.

Regards,

-Fiachra

P.S I should probably try to cut down on the amount of times I said ‘memories’ in this post…

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