Monthly Archives: December 2009

Twenty five songs for advent #14

Pizzicato Five – Week end

It’s J-Pop time here at Yorkshireman Displaced. To be fair I ended up looking up Pizzicato five as a result of recommendation by way of William Gibson’s twitter page (yes THAT William Gibson). Again nothing to do with Christmas but very happy music notwithstanding.


Twenty five songs for advent #13

Beastie Boys – Alive. I’ve had a hard time finding cheerful Christmas hip-hop. This isn’t exactly Christmassy but it is cheerful. The multicoloured pyjamas that they sport in the video add to the overall happy factor as do the little bikes they ride in the intro.


Twenty five songs for advent #12

Eels – Everythings going to be cool this Christmas.

Half way through Decemeber and I still haven’t lifted a finger to do any shopping. My adbusters/anticapitalist/Naomi Klein/Slacker side comes out at this time of year when I factor in the exhorbitant price of British public transport into my budget (seriously I could spend Christmas in the Mediterranean for less than the train fare home). This song goes out there for anyone else on a tight budget.


A short interlude

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, you might be experiencing some post novel writing blues. I cribbed Chris Baty’s suggestions for continued creative activity in 2010: – National Novel Finishing Month (December). Goal: 30,000 words.

FAWM – February Album Writing Month (February). Goal: Write 14 original songs in a month.

NaNoEdMo – National Novel Editing Month (March). Goal: Commit to 50 hours of novel editing.

Script Frenzy – NaNoWriMo’s sister challenge (April). Goal: Write a 100-page screenplay or stage play in April.

RePoWriMo – Refrigerator Poetry Writing Month (April). Goal: Write poetry using only refrigerator poetry magnets.

NEPMo – National Epic Poetry Month (May). Goal: Write 5,000 lines epic poem in May.

SoCNoC – Southern Cross Novel Challenge (June). Goal: Write 50,000 words of fiction.

WriDaNoJu – Write a Damn Novel in June (June). Goal: Write 50K in the 30 days of June. It’s perfectly situated six months from November so you have optimum time to prepare for WriDaNoJu and NaNoWriMo.

SoFoBoMo – Solo Photo Book Month (Between May first and June 31). Goal: Create a solo photo book within 31 days.

JulNoWriMo – July Novel Writing Month (July). Goal: 50,000 words for a new or unfinished manuscript.

24 Hour Comics Day – (Changes annually, lasts 24 hours). Goal: Draw a 24-page comic in one 24-hour period.

48 Hour Film Project – (Varies; operates via tours around the USA, lasts 48 hours). Goal: Create a short film in 48 hours.

Book in a Week – (Begins on the Monday of the first full week of each month, lasts one week). Goal: Write a novel.

April Fool’s – (April). Goal: Set a word-count goal for yourself and fulfill it by the end of the month.

AugNoWriMo – August Novel Writing Month (August). Goal: Write a novel in one month.

3-Day Novel Contest – (September). Goal: Write a novel in three days. They’ve been doing this since 1977. So cool!

SeptNoWriMo – September Novel Writing Month (September). Goal: Set a word-count goal and edit, write, or edit and write throughout the month of September!

NaPlWriMo – National Playwriting Month (November). Goal: Write a play in one month.

NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month (Year-Round). Goal: Post every day for a month.

WriYe – (Year-Round). Goal: Set a word-count goal for the year and work towards it between January 1 and December 31.

JanNoWriMo – Goal: Write either 50k or your own word-count goal in January.

Twenty five songs for advent #11

Foreign Slippers – It all starts now. I must confess I have a weakness for obscure Swedish indie music (particularly anything from Labrador Records). Unfortunately I couldn’t find a better recording of this song. The lyrics encapsulate the frosty northern feeling I got growing up in small town North Yorkshire (which I can imagine as being a bit like Sweden without the fjords, being as it was colonised by Vikings in the 10th century)

“Down your street and through the car park
Snow freezing the blood in your hands
The wind got tired of blowing us back in to town
Away from your old school
Names you couldn’t shake
Drifting from the old disasters
of hearts you couldn’t break”


Twenty five songs for advent #10

Winter – John Smith. OKay this list is turning a bit folky but I aim to shaky it up soon. I also aim to write more. You might get a christmas short story if I have the time. Thanks to all the regular readers of Yorkshireman Displaced for your patience and persistence