Hit the ground running

Blimey, what a way to start the year! Sorry I’ve not been blogging, been really busy.

New Year’s Eve, me and the parents went to Marsden Liberal Club to see JB Goode play live for the evening. It’s always a brilliant gig, and, as I’d been hoping, Ben Carter from Evile was there. (If you haven’t gathered that Evile and HIM are my two favourite bands by now, you haven’t been paying attention, have you?)

I am ludicrously lucky to be able to say that I am on first-name terms with the drummer of my favourite band. I am deeply honoured to be able to talk to him, Ben if you read this: sorry if I bend your ear off too much! To spend New Year drinking and talking with him for most of the evening was just totally awesome.

Asking him about the upcoming Third Album was met with a response along the lines of “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you!” Given that Ben is built like a brick outhouse and kicks ten bells of shit out of a drum kit the size of the New York city skyline for a living, you’d be forgiven for wondering if he is actually joking.

He did, however, give a few little hints about the coming year for Evile, and his excitement quietly palpable. I wish him and Evile every success this year. For it to go without a hitch would be extremely wishful thinking, but they have good scope for strong achievements in 2011.

This pic pretty much sums up the evening for me:

That’s Steffy-Lou, Ben’s elder sister and the bassist/co-vocalist of JB Goode. This was close on midnight, everyone was well gone, so she hoiked herself, and the double bass, up on the bench. Yes, it is scraping the ceiling. Yes, it is bigger than she is. Yes, this picture is awesome.

As for achievements, what am I intending to get under my belt this year? Honestly, I have no idea. I’ve hit the ground running, though, enrolling on Jeremy C Shipp’s Yard Gnome Army Writing Bootcamp for the first 8 weeks of the year. I have the first big assignment, a 3000 word short story in first draft due in tomorrow, and am already getting good (more importantly, useful!) feedback from him on the smaller assignments. This is turning into a fresh, invigorating way to start the year.

My resolution of blogging at least once a week has already failed, but at least for good reason this time. Hopefully, as I learn to time-manage better over the next few weeks, I’ll blog a lot more often.

For now, know that I am writing, enjoying myself, and looking forward to another really good year. 2010 had way more ups than downs, I’m glad to say, I hope this year will be the same.

Also, if you haven’t yet bought the soundtrack album from Series 5 of Doctor Who, composed by Murray Gold, why not? It is amazing, gives a good feel for the overall series. You don’t always appreciate the music in a TV series, this album might open your ears a little.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 117 posts. There were 21 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 10th with 278 views. The most popular post that day was RIP Jonny Havron.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, let-the-right-one-in.com, digg.com, and iphone5g.net.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jonny havron, synthetic dreads, johnny havron, coloured hair, and multi coloured hair.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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RIP Jonny Havron March 2010

2

Multi coloured hair July 2008
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3

Jonny Havron March 2010

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Contact March 2008
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My Work May 2008

2010: The Year in Review

January
Evile @ Leeds Rios

March
The sad death of fellow LitDenner Johnny Havron in York
Meeting Claire “Rocket Rabbit” Hack, at:
HIM at Manchester Academy 2, with Dommin supporting
World Horror Convention 2010, Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, which included meeting several amazing people, especially Stephen Jones and Neil Gaiman.

May
Big fire at Grosvenor Chemical works in Linthwaite
Trigger The Bloodshed @ The Parish, Huddersfield

July
It’s A Knockout competition for Kirkwood Hospice
Rebranding myself as AW Marsden

August
Getting an iPad
Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Park, including meeting all the current members of Evile (I see Ben on occasion, but had not met Matt, Ol or Joel before). Also seeing Stone Circle play live for the first time, and meeting Rambo and Joe from the band later that afternoon.

September
Holiday in Scarborough.
MammothFest in Brighton, including Stone Circle, Orange Goblin, Sylosis, and loads more bands.

October
My 30th Birthday

November
Paramore, Sheffield Arena

December
Taste of Chaos Tour, Manchester Central (Disturbed, Papa Roach, BuckCherry and Halestorm)

I’ve really enjoyed this 2010, despite the slow start for the first few months. Packed a lot of good stuff in, made several new friends, got some decent writing done, and started making progress in general. It has definitely been a better year than most recent ones, so I’m hoping 2011 follows the trend.

Happy New Year all!