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Punishing kids with parents on low-income…

So I saw this letter from last year doing its rounds on the internet and all I can think… is WHAT THE F*CK is wrong with this country and it’s education system. Seriously… I was in a good mood but now I’m in a ranting one…

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Lunch isolation… what even is that? A punishment for the less fortunate kids? Imagining punishing a child because of their families income… as a matter of fact… imagine punishing the family for that? They have no control over it. They earn what they earn and you should be building them up not tearing them down. Imagine how awful that poor child must feel now!

You are teaching schools that lower class pupils are worth less than their higher class friends. You are teaching them that being poor and poverty is a matter of behaviour and not circumstance, how will they ever learn to help those in need if you don’t have the kindness to do the same?

Get a grip British schools!

 

 

 

Check out this wattpad account…

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Adam Miles Christoper Bell was a friend of mine at school and soon after we left he became more active with his writing than ever before, especially on his wattpad account. He has often came to me for advice on titles and just writing in general after I recieved my publishing contract for Children of the Movement in 2014.

“I love writing stories and have been trying to write since I was 7 years old, which is when I came up with my first story idea. Ever since then I have been coming up with new ideas but have never got to writing them into an actual story. However, recently I started to get into it again and have started writing many stories. My two favorites being A World Reborn and A Demon Within.” – Adam’s Wattpad bio

Lately, his account has been gaining some heat with readers seeming to be pouring in for his novel “A World Reborn“. The novel has 4 parts so far and is still a working progress.

Synopsis and cover:

64686388-176-k456815“Nothing and no-one is safe anymore. This world is no longer our own and everyday we must hide from the dangers of the threat that now walks these lands.

Only one native dares to stand up against the Invasion. But he will not do it alone.

When the world is being taken from you, the only way to fight back is by breaking the rules, even your own personal ones. The world is being attacked by Invaders. However THESE invaders may just be a little more familiar than you may think…”

Follow @adambell97 on wattpad or like his facebook page.

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Journalism Ruined My Love Of Social Media!

As we are currently in the digital age, everyone seems to be more connected with each other through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter etc. Well, I for one have always been a social media addict as I feel disconnected from the world when I have a lack of internet and find it hard to not spend hours upon hours before bed scrolling through memes that come up on my newsfeed as I tell myself a constant lie that “I will go to bed soon”.

As everyone who reads this blog surely knows that I go to university to study Media and Communications: Journalism and that is where this all started…

Day 1 of Journalism in Practice seminars offered me a window into how it would ruin my whole social media experience…

“You are all using Twitter wrong” – Ross Hawkes

How can you use Twitter wrong? – That’s a good question and it’s the same naive question I asked myself when he said that.

Basically, we need to use lists on Twitter to find leads for stories and obviously with production days here and having two deadlines a week, you can best believe that I have monitored lists that’re attached to any news outlet in the west midlands and now… I can’t stop!

Every time I go on Twitter I automatically check for leads… I have become some sort of Journalist robot.

“You always need to have your Journalism brain switched on” – Ross Hawkes

Yes, this has been the best advice anyone has ever given me when getting through production days… but what happens when they’re over? How do I switch off and relax for a bit?

I can’t.

There are some people in the class who don’t seem to be as bothered about the leads and sometimes can’t seem to find any, whereas I have had a few occasions where I have had multiple events in one day and obviously I can’t cover them all.

It hurts my head.

I just want a good nights sleep. And a hot chocolate. Don’t skip out on the whipped cream either.

 

Writing Is My Life!

Writing.

Remember that one kid in English class who loved every assignment that had creative writing or article writing in the description? That kid was me.

I was taught to read and write stories by my Grandmother and Auntie Ada around the age of four and from then on nothing could stop me. It was my favorite hobby and I dreamed of becoming a writer as big a Jaqueline Wilson one day. I admire her and Rosemary-Clement Moore more than anyone in the world. Yes, that is strange for a child to admire writers but I did anyway.

I used to write short stories a lot. My Auntie would come over everytime there was a new one, just to read it. She kept them all.

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I began writing longer pieces and eventually novels when I started Kepier School. Unfortunately, my Auntie Ada passed away on the 11th February 2009 which meant she never got to see them.

My writing slowed down after her death, due to the fact that I didn’t think there was any point in continuing after that.

But… I remembered a promise I made to her whenever I wrote a story that she thought was great….

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“When you make it as a writer, you need to promise me and your Grandma that you won’t forget about us” – Ada Orrell

Of course, I would have never of forgotten about them.

In 2010 and 2011 I completed NaNoWriMo and where am I now?

It’s coming to the end of 2016 and I’ve got my novel Children Of The Movement released after I signed a publishing contract.

I am currently working on my new novel which will be released next year and I’m doing a number of rewrites of my old work.

I’m also studying Journalism at Birmingham City University so even my future career will include a lot of writing.

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I still have my Grandmother’s support and after Ada died she took possession of all my little stories.

I can’t wait to write more!

Keep track of all my work and updates on the following social networking accounts:

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