Day 30 β€” Whatever Tickles Your Fancy: ‘Torchwood: A Musical!’

Phew! We’ve finally arrived at the last day of the 30 Day Challenge… wow! Amazed that I didn’t get lazy and give up halfway through πŸ˜‰ Although, I do hate leaving things unfinished. Anyways, thought I’d do something fun today…

…and how could anything be more fun than a Torchwood Musical? πŸ˜€

While ‘Torchwood: A Musical!‘ may be familiar to some of you, I better give you all the back story, just in case. It was April 2011, and I was seriously considering taking part in my very first Script Frenzy – writing a 100 page script in the month of April. I was all hyped up from my first ever NaNoWriMo win the previous November, so I decided to give it a go – BUT, what on earth could I write about?

It’s a bit obvious to me, now! I love Torchwood, love musicals – and it was around April that I’d been discovering musicals I’d never heard of, so I was super enthusiastic about it all πŸ˜› So… why not take the plot and characters of Torchwood, and throw them on the stage?

I decided pretty early on that I’d use songs from other musicals, and just re-write the lyrics to suit my musical. This is because sadly, I have little musical talent in my bones, so would have NO chance of actually composing the music too! But this was a really fun way to go about it, because I could choose songs that suited the situations/feelings that my characters were going through at that time.

So here’s the track list for ‘Torchwood: A Musical!’ so far, for what is posted online… (so there will be more to come!)

  1. Day In The Life Of Torchwood: Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats (Cats)
  2. Better Butler: Sorting Hat Song (Harry Potter)
  3. Jones, Ianto Jones: I Know Him So Well (Chess)
  4. The Cybernetic Touch: The Phantom Of The Opera (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  5. Better Butler (Reprise): Sorting Hat Song (Harry Potter)
  6. 51st Century Pheromones: Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat (Cats)
  7. Betrayed Me: Angel Of Music (The Phantom of the Opera)
  8. I Don’t Know How To Love You: I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
  9. Betrayed Me (Reprise): Angel Of Music (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  10. Look At Me: Think Of Me (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  11. Back To Work: Girl Meets Boy (Reprise) (Sunset Boulevard)
  12. Part Of The Team: Go Go Go, Joseph! (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat)
  13. Look At Me (Reprise): Think Of Me (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  14. Darkness Of The Dead: Music Of The Night (The Phantom Of The Opera)
  15. I Feel Happy: I Feel Pretty (West Side Story)
  16. Love Changes Everything: Love Changes Everything (Aspects Of Love)

As you can see, I did tend to stick with Andrew Lloyd Webber at the beginning, because that’s when I was really getting into his work – but I promise you, I do branch out later on πŸ˜‰

And as for the Torchwood side of things, well – I had to be kinda of selective as to what I could include, because if I tried to incorporate all the wee subplots, the audience would be getting far too confused and would lose track of all the minor characters, while not being able to connect properly with the main characters. Plus, it would end up being a week-long musical! *faints* So I decided to centre it around Ianto, naturally, and Jack as the other focus. The rest of the team of course play important roles in their own right, and support Ianto and Jack. Although the obstacle of Lisa/Cyberwoman is definitely significant in the series, I think I emphasised that particular event, and made it more important. There’s also a second main obstacle, this time connected to Jack – but ahhhh, I won’t say, because that would be spoilery!! πŸ˜‰

*grins*

It’s amazing how much I’ve grown as a writer, too. I’ve learned to listen to the rhythm and the beat of words, and have depended on many online rhyming dictionaries! I now know how to format a script, at least in a basic beginner way. Most importantly, I’ve learned about the power of dialogue. Seeing as you must limit description, I found that I really had to put my characters’ feelings into their dialogue (as well as their personal stage directions, gestures, etc), so that was awesome! πŸ™‚

So, yes! So far I have ‘Act I’ posted online and am almost finished posting ‘Act II’… and then I’ll move on to the final Act, ‘Act III’! πŸ™‚ And truth be told, I haven’t actually finished writing it yet! During my rewriting of it, to post it online, I’ve changed some things round and added in whole new songs – and even whole new scenes! Some of my lovely reviewers have even made some song suggestions that I’ve decided to insert – which have fit in perfectly! I do love feedback by the way, so feel free to leave reviews πŸ™‚ The reception that ‘Torchwood: A Musical!’ has received is just amazing – I honestly expected it to be very unpopular, because it’s something new, and as far as I’m aware, it’s the only Torchwood musical in existence πŸ˜‰ Wheeeee! But I’m glad to have amused and entertained people with it, as I originally wrote it entirely for fun, and for myself! How selfish of me πŸ˜› heheee.

Sooo… that’s my thoughts about my first adventure into script/musical writing! I have a feeling it won’t be my last… I already have some vague ideas for a sequel!! I sure hope you all will stick around to help me finish ‘Torchwood: A Musical!’ off with a bang! πŸ™‚

And here ends the 30 Day Blog Challenge! Hope you had fun alongside me. I am 100% sure I won’t be posting every day from now on, but I will definitely try not to let this blog die – that would be incredibly tragic! I’ll definitely see you all soon.

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 29 β€” 10 Things On Your Bucket List

I actually do have a real bucket list, with about 70 odd things on it! I have done some of them, which is awesome, but still a lot to go… I’m in no rush πŸ™‚ Here’s a selection…

  1. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  2. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon (around 19 hours… *grins*)
  3. Eat a whole tub of icecream in one sitting (straight out of the tub, naturally!)
  4. Do nothing but write all day
  5. Send a message in a bottle
  6. Dye my hair purple (well, I’m thinking just streaks, or even the whole bottom part of my hair! :D)
  7. Get a book published
  8. See the Northern Lights
  9. Learn shorthand (would be handy, don’t you think?)
  10. Take a barista course (fun! Plus, I can be a coffee snob on occasion ;))

Joyyyy! πŸ™‚

Oooh, and guess what! We have another blogger taking up the 30 Day Challenge! Follow Nickel’s progress here πŸ™‚

Well, well… only one more day to go! It’s going to feel awfully weird not posting every day… πŸ˜‰

Be sure to tell me what you have on your bucket list – you might give me some ideas!

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 28 β€” 10 People You Admire

Without any preamble…

1. John Barrowman

*beams* So much lovely. Here is a man who is the perfect example of always looking at life’s positives, living it to the full, and following your dreams. John is such an inspiring role model, especially through the support he provides for LGBT and for musically-talented people. And playing a hero like Captain Jack – it’s natural that people look up to him! He’s a truly genuine person, which can easily be seen in his books. Actually, after reading them, I really did feel like John’s best friend πŸ˜€ Wonderful actor, stunning singer… a beautiful soul.

2. J.K. Rowling

Bet you guessed this one, right? πŸ˜‰ Good old J.K. is the perfect picture of writerly success. She never gave up, even though she had many publishing houses turn her down – how gutted they must be now! Slaved away, plotting and writing for years! Ooohh, and the whole image of her writing in a cafe… heheheee. A very romantic idea of a writer, love it! πŸ˜€ And, well – she gave the world Harry, and Hogwarts! How could we not admire her?

3. Billie Joe Armstrong

Aaaah! Too awesome. Love his lyrics, love his voice… he’s really an awesome rock musician. And the fact that Green Day have been together for over 20 years now, with only one band member change after their first album – so, aaaages ago! – wow… simply amazing! And hell, Billie Joe is just so darn good looking… πŸ˜‰ That eyeliner? His ties? Those beautiful green eyes? Mmmm, yes please! πŸ˜€

4. Stephen Fry

*smiles* And not just because he’s in Wellington at the moment, either. I first fell in love with him through ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ and the Harry Potter audio books, and of course, his Twitter!Β  But I’ve been discovering more and more about Stephen – and I just adore him!! His documentary about Manic Depression (Bi-Polar) is so interesting, and heartbreaking, and it’s such a good thing to increase understanding of people who have it. It displayed such a real side to him, what is really underneath his comedic appearance. I have bought his two autobiographies, and can’t wait til my trimester of uni is over so that I have time to dive into them!! I actually also have his ‘The Ode Less Travelled’ book about how to write poetry, which is awesome! He’s got such a brilliant writing voice, I’m definitely planning on reading more of his books. And that’s another thing – he is incredibly funny. His use of language – his voice! – oohhh and his adorable smile πŸ˜€ Loooove.

5. Ma’a Nonu

*drools* Ohhhh. What to say? Love the eyeliner, the dreads, the muscle, the tatts, the smile! And his rugby skills, of course! πŸ˜‰ He’s bloody brilliant – did you see that try he scored last night against the Wallabies?? Pure. Gold. The first time I saw him in person, I’m embarrassed to admit that I was literally too starstruck to ask for his autograph. He had suddenly appeared on the field after a rugby game, to sign along with the other players there, and he was coming through the crowd. He said “Excuse me” to ME!! in order to get past, and I just gazed up at him like the biggest fangirl in existence πŸ˜€ The second time I met him, I was much more collected, and managed to get his autograph AND a photo with him. I did, however, tell him that story about being too starstruck… I also may have let slip that it was on my Bucket List to meet him… *cough* What a stalker, hahaaa!

6. William Shakespeare

…the Master of Words! πŸ˜€ Seriously, even if I didn’t study English, I would have read as many plays as I have by Shakespeare, as he truly is brilliant with plots, with characters, with twists, with emotion! He’s got it all down, mannn. It’s hard to choose my favourite play, as I’ve not read all of them yet, but… I think it would be Richard III, actually! May sound like a weird one to love, but it’s more than a mere history play – Richard III is one of the most devious villains ever, it’s great!

Ohhh and something that everyone must know, because it annoys me when people get this wrong: you know that quote, “Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo?” Yeah, the “wherefore” actually means why! Which means that Juliet is actually asking “Why are you called/named Romeo?” , not “Where the bloody hell are you Romeo?” !! She’s brooding over his name because she just got told he’s a Montague, and therefore from the Capulet’s (her family) arch enemy’s family.

PLEASE pass this knowledge on. πŸ˜›

/end rant/

7. Andrew Lloyd Webber

From the Master of Words, we get the Master of Music! Such a fan – honestly, I WISH I had even a fraction of this man’s talent! He composes music that tells stories, makes you feel the same emotions as the characters, gives you chills… when I think of a song that give me chills, “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” immediately leaps to mind, after being lucky enough to see it sung live in a show celebrating the best songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. And ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is obviously fantastic πŸ™‚ However, I have a special love for ‘Cats’ because I grew up listening to the soundtrack, and remember rather vividly how I used to pretend to BE a cat, dancing around to the music. Can never say no to ‘Sunset Boulevard’ either, or a bit of ‘Joseph’s Amazing Techni-Colour Dreamcoat’. Oooohh and don’t forget his “flop” (insofar the “The Lord” can have a flop – it still got a DVD recording/release!!) ‘By Jeeves’!! πŸ˜€

8. Emma Watson

Awww, such a beautiful nature. She’s such a good role model – mostly πŸ˜‰ Emma didn’t go all crazy at being given fame at such a young age, which I guess would be easy to do, if you weren’t grounded. So, in that way, she’s really down to earth and genuine. The way she played Hermione was very fitting, and Hermione herself is someone to look up to too. I can’t help but love her accent… and she’s so pretty!!! πŸ˜›

9. Dr Matthew Trundle

To come back a little closer to home… here is one of my past lecturers, my idol! πŸ˜€ Ohhh man, I would go along to a lecture for a paper that I’m not even taking if it meant being able to listen to him lecture. He doesn’t need a microphone – he just booms it out, and he doesn’t have notes or anything – he just goes for it, off the top of his head! But he sounds perfectly articulate – like he just knows it, like the back of his hand. He lectures for Greek/Roman Classics, and has a book out, on Amazon! *gasp* πŸ˜› He even has his own VERB *giggles* Let me explain: One of my other Classics professors was lecturing when his microphone broke, and he was like “Oh well, guess I’ll have to Trundle it!” Teeheee. Love it.

10. My Mum!

Couldn’t leave my good old Mum out, could I? πŸ˜€ She’s the person I talk to the most, and the person that I know will always be there for me! She’s so strong, determined, and passionate about what she believes in. She’s still reaching for the stars, too – having just finished her first university degree a few years ago, which is something that I would be far too weak to do at such a time in my life!! πŸ˜› And she’s got dreams for her future, which I find truly inspiring πŸ™‚ It’s never too late to make a difference – thank you, Mum, for showing me that!

Awwww, soppy end to today’s post πŸ˜› Worth it though!

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 27 β€” 10 Places You Want To Travel To

*bounces* This is such an exciting topic!!

Seeing as I’m from New Zealand, I guess it’s logical that I want to see more of the world – by that, I mean we are quite far away, all the way down here in the Pacific Ocean, and so travelling to new places just has that extra sense of adventure πŸ™‚ I would love to be able to travel to every continent, different regions, different cultures, different people… it’s so exciting to think about! However, I do love New Zealand, and I do think that a piece of my heart will always be Kiwi πŸ˜›

So, in no particular order…

1. United Kingdom

Obvious decision! I was going to split up Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland into separate parts for this blog post, but honestly, I have too many other places I want to visit, so decided to lump them all under the UK. That said, I could easily fill a paragraph for each of these!

Most notably, I would love to visit:

  • any locations related to Harry Potter/Torchwood/Doctor Who/Sherlock (Cardiff Millenium Stadium, hell yes! Ianto’s shrine! 221b Baker Street! Squeeee!)
  • the beautiful castles and countryside of Scotland
  • all the famous museums, especially the British Museum
  • the EPIC book village ‘Hay-on-Wye‘ in Wales!
  • London’s West End, to drown myself in theatre!
  • Shakespeare’s magnificent Globe Theatre in London

But yeah… pretty much everywhere!!! I’d need a year or more, for the UK alone πŸ˜€ Oooh, and of course, I’d drag the wonderful Lucie around with me πŸ˜‰

2. South Africa

One of my uncles currently lives over there, and it sounds like an incredibly alive and vibrant country, and unique too. I think I’d love to see all the animals in the wildlife parks – it’d be like walking straight into ‘Lion King’! πŸ˜€ Also, there’s so much space out in the terrains, it would be rather awesome to see.

3. Italy/Greece

I put these two together too because I’d pretty much be going for the same reasons – to ogle all the lovely ancient Greek/Roman temples and architecture, and also all the pottery and scupltures in the museums over there. A definite place worth mentioning is Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy. Beautiful place – I made a pact with a friend to go there with her πŸ™‚ Oooh and Tuscany – I think I’d fall in love with all the villas, eeee! Sounds like a perfect place to write a novel, yes?

4. Egypt

Aha! This place has a wee bit of history for me. Apparently, my Mum tells me, when I was younger, I used to say that I’d been to the pyramids before πŸ˜€ Don’t ask me what I was on, I have no idea how I came up with that! Maybe I was a Pharoah in a past life… *shifty eyes* πŸ˜‰ But yes, I always been fascinated by Ancient Egyptians and all that, and I would just love to actually see the pyramids! Wouldn’t mind seeing some of the Nile either!

5. France

France just has to be on my list πŸ˜€ I’ve always loved the language, studied it for 5 years right through high school. And we were lucky enough to be able to go on a school trip to New Caledonia, which was just amazing! (The only time I’ve been out of NZ, in fact!) I got to practice my French, and see a mix of French and Pacific culture. Too epic. But yes, I definitely would love to go to France – the Louvre, the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, l’Arc de Triumpe, the Maison Carree… and, of course, the Eiffel Tower! I just hope that my brain hasn’t erased all the French that I’ve learnt… πŸ˜›

6. Argentina

A bit random, perhaps, but my Geography teacher way back in high school made me fall in love with Argentina’s Glaciers. Simply stunning. Pictures can’t do them justice, because it’s impossible to gain the same sense of sheer enormity… but to visit them… wow! I dunno, I think it would be a cool lil’ place to visit. Plus, I’d get an excuse to sing “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina!” when I leave… *grins*

7. Australia

A given, really! So close, pretty cheap to get there, so why not? I think I’d love to see Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, seeing as they’ve got plenty of things on offer. Oooh, wonder if I’d be able to time it so I got to see the Mardi Gras in Sydney? Sounds spectacular πŸ˜‰ They have some pretty good shows and stuff on there too – like their ‘Love Never Dies‘ musical production, apparently it’s even better than the West End version! πŸ˜‰ Guess I’d also have to go to the Gold Coast.Β Oh gosh, what a tan I’d get over there…! However, I’d love to see some of the Outback too – think of that desert, those rocks, in ‘Priscilla: Queen of the Desert’! Would just be awe-inspiring.

8. Peru

More South America! This time, it’s primarily because of Machu Picchu, the once lost site of the Incas! It’s one of the things on my bucket list, to climb the Inca Trail all the way up there – it’s apparently 2,430 metres above sea level!! The trail goes through the Andes, which is an amazing mountain range. Need to get much fitter before I even think of doing it though – people can get altitude sickness because of the thinning air and all that, which doesn’t sound fun πŸ˜› But gosh, it would be totally worth it! One day…?

9. Florida/New York

Funnily enough, I don’t really feel much of an urge to go to America – except for two places. Florida – 100% because of the Harry Potter Theme Park! Enough said! πŸ˜€ And New York, because of Broadway! Would be amazing to walk down… and obviously, I’d go to as many shows as I could. Just like at West End! (guess I better start saving now, right?)

10. Vietnam

I studied the Vietnam War in school, but that’s not the only reason I’d like to visit. Their culture just seems so interesting – all their temples would be well worth a visit. Ho Chi Minh City would definitely be on my list. But yeah, I’m not really sure exactly what attracts me – just something different! πŸ™‚

Awwww man! Now I’m all enthused about travelling… damn being a poor student! *grumbles* Ah well, I can dream for now.

How about you guys? Any special travel stories to share, any travel dreams?

Have fun!
Bri xx