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“One Day, When the Tonguin’ is Done, We’ll Take Our Leave and Go”

I have read a book, and will be writing a little review of that… well, I won’t say soon, because it all depends on when I can corral my brain into working for me. It’s like a flock of particularly dopey sheep being herded by a poorly German Shepherd who’s easily distracted by shiny hunting in Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee.

… that analogy may have gotten away from me somewhere.

My point is that I’m not here to write about a book, but about a problem I and many other people currently have: Wellerman Addiction.

Now I’m not on TikTok, but I am on Tumblr because 2020 was terrible enough to send me fleeing back to the comfort zone of my early twenties. And it was on there that some beautiful, blessed soul shared “The Wellerman”.

So you have this guy called Nathan Evans who made a video on TikTok of him singing a sea shanty called “The Wellerman”, which you can find here. This song is pretty bad-ass, but not bad-ass enough for Luke Taylor. This guy – who is nineteen, by the way, and yes, his speaking voice is that deep as well – decided to add a bassline to the song and… well. It sounds incredible.

Even better? Not only has Taylor done extra videos with him adding other voice parts (including tenor, so he is clearly one of those lads like Avi Kaplan or Tim Foust who have enviable vocal ranges), other people have now taken Taylor’s original version and added their voices to it. For example, here is a user called beccaleighz adding a rather lovely soprano to it.

But my utter favourite is one that adds not one, not two, but three more voices to Evans’s and Taylor’s: first Aaron Sloan, then Bobby Waters, and finally Jonny Stewart.

Folks. I cannot stop listening to this. So in the spirit of making everybody as hopelessly enraptured as I am, here’s the video.

@jonnystewartbass

#duet with @the.bobbybass SHANTY TIME once again! Adding a lower middle harmony 🙂 @nthnevnss @_luke.the.voice_ @apsloan01 #shantytok #wellerman

♬ original sound – N A T H A N E V A N S S

You’re welcome.

~ Penny

Related Post: So. I turn 30 this year.

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Edit: OKAY NO SOMEBODY MERGED TOGETHER A BUNCH OF AMAZING VERSIONS OF THIS SONG AND IT IS LITERALLY THE BEST THING EVER.

https://xonar-verse.tumblr.com/post/639956834467332096/

PEOPLE ARE AMAZING. SORRY I CAN’T LINK THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS THIS TIME, THERE’S TOO MANY, BUT OH MY LORD THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

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So. I turn 30 this year.

Remember a little less than a year ago when I said I’d be posting here more often?

Yeah. That was a fun little hope 😛 Then again, 2020. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Here’s the thing though: this year? I turn 30. And they say that when you reach the age of 30, you officially stop giving a single Technicolor fuck. So guess what I’m doing!

In celebration of my 30th year, I’ve planned 30 small and hopefully manageable challenges (as long as a few informal challenges I want to try to do), and one of those is to post here what I want, when I want, as part of Jenny Trout’s 2021: The Year of Chaotic Creation.

Let’s face it: writing-wise, things have stagnated here. I haven’t had anything published since 2017. I’m no longer on Twitter or Facebook because they were so damaging to my mental health. All attempts I made to create a “brand” for myself have fallen by the wayside.

Why not do what I want? Why not swear as much as I want? Write about my roleplaying characters? Post pictures of baking I’ve done? Talk about whatever I want?

So here we are. On the first day of the year. And the reason I’m writing this post is to talk about my book and film challenges. I have four official goals relating to books and movies:

  • Make a little review of every book I read or listen to on Audible, trying to read/listen to at least twelve.
  • Make a little review of every movie I see, trying to see at least twelve.
  • Watch a film released in the year I was born.
  • Read a book published in the year I was born.

But I also have two unofficial goals: I want to read every book listed under New Books on this Wikipedia page and see every film listed under 1991 Wide-release films on this one. I say this is unofficial because it’s very unlikely I will manage it. There are 79 fiction books on there alone, one of which is Book 14 of the Xanth series. I’d say I’d want to read the other 13 first to have context, but Ana Mardoll has written about the first three on his blog and hoooo boy.

But the reason I came here today and the reason I’m writing this post?

If I do watch every single film in the wide-release section, I will legit have to watch fucking “Citizen Kane” because it had a re-release 15 days before I was born. How cool is that?

Anyway. I’ll hopefully be back at some point, maybe after I’ve watched a film, maybe after I’ve read a book, maybe because I’ve baked something or done a cross-stitch or written something. Who knows? Not me! That’s the fun of it!

~ Penny

Related Post: I Ate’nt Dead

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I Ate’nt Dead

Hello everybody! It’s been… almost three years? Seriously? I haven’t updated this blog in THREE YEARS?

Image © jessica45 via Pixabay.

Oops!

So where the hell have I been? Long story short: having difficulties. Since the last update, I got a Distinction for my MA (which was nice) and had a bit of a breakdown (which was less so). I’m now diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and ADHD on top of being autistic, which has been helpful and stressful in equal measures, and my writing has been on the back burner.

But no more! New decade, new me! Or rather, new decade, returning to the old me who actually wrote things from time to time!

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I don’t have a dedicated update schedule for this blog – or, indeed, any idea of what I want to use it for other than promoting stuff I’ve written – but I will definitely be trying to create more interesting content for you in the future.

Thank you for your support! It’s great to be back!

~ Penny

Related Post: The End of the Thursday Review

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The Thursday Review: “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee

Warning: Triggers for rape, sexual assault and stalking.

Two weeks ago, I claimed that I had to read “Heart of Darkness” as my next uni book. Turns out I got that wrong: what I was meant to have read was this week’s review subject, “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee. This book won not only the Booker Prize, but also the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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And I hated it.

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The Thursday Review: “The Last Days of Leda Grey” by Essie Fox

Last year, my MA course attended an event in Canterbury where we got to hear Essie Fox talk about her latest work, “The Last Days of Leda Grey”. Unlike her three previous books (which I’m still to read), “Leda Grey” is Edwardian rather than Victorian, and its premise intrigued me enough that I had to give it a try.

I was not disappointed.

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The Thursday Review: “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad

As I may have mentioned before, I’m doing a part-time master’s degree in Creative Writing: Prose Fiction; one of my modules in second year is The Novel and myself and my classmates picked the books, such as “Cloud Atlas” (which is why I finished it despite not enjoying it).

Our first book of Term Two? “Heart of Darkness”.

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The Thursday Review: “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell

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Image © Hodder & Stoughton / the cover artist.

“Cloud Atlas” is a difficult book to write about. Rather than being a single continuous novel, it’s more like six short stories wrapped up inside each other like a Russian doll. As such, I will be skimming quite a bit so that I don’t bore you to death before this review is over.

I can sum it up in three words, though: this book sucks.

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Saturday 16th January 2016: A New Announcement

If you saw my micro-trailer, you’ll know that I promised you something today. And here it is:

I’m publishing a new poetry book!

Yep! Following on the heels of “Under the Tree” and “Dark Heart” comes a brand new book. I’ll release more details in a trailer coming 1st February 2016, but for now, here’s the title:

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

Come back on the 1st for the teaser trailer! I can’t wait for you to see it!

~ Penny

Related Post: Micro Trailer: 1st January 2016

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Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart

Collab: Personal is Political

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Micro Trailer: 1st January 2016

~ Penny

Related Post: 15/11/2015: Good News Comes In Threes

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Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright & Molly Penford.

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(Not Quite) Word Count Wednesday: 22nd January 2015

Hello and welcome back to Word Count Wednesday!

… what’s that?

It’s Thursday already?

Oh. Well. Oops. Looks like time got away from me, doesn’t it?

But that doesn’t matter. What’s important is that I’ve been writing!

But how much have I written?

3,158 words including my homework! Which is an average of about 451 words per day.

And you know what? That isn’t a bad start for a new year, especially when I’m so busy with university work.

It’s important to be gentle when getting back into the swing of things. And now I’m there, I can only write more.

~ Penny

Related Post: Word Count Wednesday: A New Beginning

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