Wonder For Years

Turns out the pursuit to live a creative life is a constant struggle between managing fantastical expectation vs reality and the need to get some damn food in your stomach on a daily basis.

It’s also one that should see you take influence from everything you can draw from.

I’ve written before about the importance of being able to take that influence, that inspiration, from a number of different outlets. Limiting yourself to only one, in a world so rich and abundant with great stories, told in wonderfully engaging and, occasionally, dynamic ways is akin to blind stupidity. A tunnel-visioned idea that if you’re not writing, well, you should be reading, right?

There’s truth to that, make no mistake, but in a world where some of the best stories in the past decade have been told through not only novels but cinema, comic books, and video games, then actively depriving yourself of these experiences simply because of the form they are delivered in just highlights a pretentious refusal to accept their potential.

And this brings me, of all things, to one of my favourite bands, The Wonder Years.

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That’s it, Call It. 4:29PM.

Today, at 4:29PM GMT, in my humble South East London flat, and with The Wonder Years playing in the background as they have so many times as I was writing, I have officially put my money where my mouth is.


You see, today I have just sent the manuscript that is Temporary for a story edit with The Writer’s Workshop for a rather princely sum, though not as princely as was required with other services.

I know that in previous posts I have mentioned other services, but after some extensive research, coupled with thorough reads/rereads of each of their websites, and back and forths via e-mail, not to mention the sheer procrastination through fear/funds, as mentioned in my previous blog, I decided that The Writer’s Workshop was the right call for me.

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Those Roaring Twenties

Dan “Soupy” Campbell, lead singer from one of my favourite bands of all time, The Wonder Years, is releasing his first solo effort in the concept album ‘Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties.’ and I couldn’t be more excited for this endeavour.

Taken from their official Facebook page:

“Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is a character study conducted through music by Wonder Years’ frontman, Dan Campbell.”

The idea of crafting a concept album has always appealed to me and, given the raw, lyrical beauty that Dan Campbell brings to the ‘heart on his sleeve’/’open honesty’ approach of what he scribes for the ever relatable The Wonder Years, Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is a narrative idea that I look forward to listening to on repeat.

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