Photography Tips #21: Long Exposure

So, you have the basics of photography down and want to try something new. You’ve probably seen NatGeo photos with sweeping smooth landscapes, silky waterfalls, and busy light trails and want to try and capture it yourself. Well, you have come to the right place!*** Before I start on Long Exposure, we have to go back to the basics of what is exposure. Controlling exposure … Continue reading Photography Tips #21: Long Exposure

Photography Tips #20: Bokeh

The days are getting shorter, the nights colder and darker, to top it off, it is somehow still 2020. It’s getting to the festive season meaning that all the pretty lights are coming out both in the house and on the streets. It is always a treat to see, and more fun to capture! This post is to inform and help with getting that all aesthetic Bokeh effect and add a little more magical sparkle to your holiday pictures! Continue reading Photography Tips #20: Bokeh

Snapshots #25: Pointe Du Hoc

Before the exciting second lockdown, I was able to manage a couple of little coastal adventures. This one is Pointe du Hoc, outside of Criqueville-en-Bessin.

Pointe du Hoc for me is one of the reminders of the importance of the Normandy coastline in the 20th century. It is the littered ruins of structures both on and offshore alongside reels of barbed wire. It is pretty incredible how much history is in the ground here, yet it’s so easy to forget. Continue reading Snapshots #25: Pointe Du Hoc

Creating A Colour Palette

A while ago I wrote a post about colour harmony and the traditional colour schemes in media. Now I have the expertise to share how you can create your own custom palette by building on the basic colour harmony knowledge! Colour definition Within the realm of colour there are different ways of explaining in detail what you mean. Knowing the difference between a tone, tint … Continue reading Creating A Colour Palette

Book Review: Mime by Chrissey Harrison

Since my last review I have been busy working on projects and taking time to find indie authors (mainly on twitter) and I got such an overwhelming response! Thank you to everyone who linked me their books. My first read off this long list of the twitter writing community, is a supernatural, detective horror by Chrissey Harrison,  Mime.

About the Author

Chrissey Harrison describes herself as “a wearer of many hats. Metaphorical hats, that is, not so much real hats. Although sometimes real hats. At the moment I mostly wear my writer hat, my designer and my crafter hat.” This can be seen in her writing, especially in the characters. Chrissey is predominantly a writer of supernatural thrillers and other spec genre fiction. She is also the proud owner of an 18 year old goldfish called Ambition, something I am astounded by seeing as my goldfish never lasted more than 5. (RIP all my fishy friends).

The Review

From first glance at the cover, I was getting some serious “It” vibes with the creepy cover, but from reading the first few pages I was delighted to find a writing style that did not reflect my Stephen King preconceptions. (This is not a bad thing in anyway as I am not big fan of King’s writing style!) Books, like with films, I don’t watch trailers or read the blurb as I like to go into a book with no preconceptions. Trying to avoid the cover however is a problem, the same with film posters so I let myself have that one. I had no idea of the plot, characters or themes of the book when I started to read and I am so glad I made that decision.

Mime looks like it is going to be the first book of a killer series. I mean that in both terms of the word. Usually I am not a fan of a book flipping from different perspectives, but the way this is written with both characters being almost on the same plotline makes it more of an insight into each characters mind rather than a flip-flop about a complex world. The characters are very unique meaning that you can follow them with ease and get engrossed quickly. The story did not take long to start, something I love in a book. There is nothing worse than waiting around for 100 pages waiting for something of interest to happen. Straight in there with what’s happening and the weird. 

In terms of the  three “Cs” in the thriller genre: the contract, the clock, and the crucible, I feel this book checks all three. I want to go into more detail but I don’t want to give too many spoilers away, so if you don’t want spoilers, look away now!
The Contract

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