Learning to Play the Flute

Learning to Play the Flute - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI’ve decided I’m going to learn to play the flute. This may seem like it’s come out of nowhere, but I’ve always loved the sound of the flute and thought it would be quite nice if I could play it myself. I’ve placed a bid for one on eBay, second hand, and I so hope I win the item. I’ll just have to keep trying if I don’t win.

I did play the violin when I was a kid. I still have it at home, but the E string is missing, so it can’t be played at the moment. It’s also one size too small for me, so it would be a bit awkward to play anyway. I’m hoping that I’ll pick the flute up as easily as I did the violin. Especially the reading music part. I’m a bit rusty, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it again. If ten-year-old me could read sheet music, then I’m sure I can now. I hope. Continue reading “Learning to Play the Flute”

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Camberley International Festival – The Fire Stack

The Fire Stack by Brightlight Theatre Company - Guildford Fringe Festival - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSo, the Saturday just gone was our first performance of The Fire Stack since Woking Drama Festival in October 2018. It’s a one act play, with a duration of about 50 minutes (if all goes well), and there are three cast members. 50 minutes sounds like nothing, but when there’s only three of you, it’s a big task.

We were all a little nervous about this performance, as we hadn’t had a lot of time to rehearse for it. Although we were only refreshing the lines, not learning them for the first time, we still struggled in the lead up to the actual performance. If we hadn’t done a couple of line runs at the pub beforehand, the performance would have been terrible.

We weren’t expecting a big audience at all. We were expecting a handful of members from our group and that’s it, but we had an audience of 10 in the end, which wasn’t too bad. Some of them had come from the play reading beforehand and a few others turned up specifically for our performance. My mum and sister included. Continue reading “Camberley International Festival – The Fire Stack”

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 - Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe Incredibles 2 – 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of normal life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

As a member of Cineworld Unlimited, I occasionally get to see a film before its release date. It’s called Secret Cinema, so we book our seats, but don’t get to find out which film we’re watching until it begins. There was a lot of speculation about what the film might be, The Incredibles 2 being high up on the list due to its epilepsy warning. There were many cheers through the cinema when the title of the film came up on the screen. Though not everyone was excited. The couple in front of us definitely walked out within the first thirty seconds of the film! But anyway, back to the review. Continue reading “The Incredibles 2”

Mid-year Update – 2018

Brightlight Theatre Company - 5-Year Charity Spectacular - Lauren Mayhew Author
The main reason I’ve been too busy to blog!

Ever since the A-Z Blog Challenge finished, I’ve been a bit slow with the regular blog posts. It’s not because I’ve lost the taste for blogging, I just couldn’t find anything to blog about that you already didn’t know.

The blogging challenge is always so exhausting too, and it’s been nice to take a back seat and not have to worry about how many posts I have scheduled and how many blogs I need to comment on and read. I’m pretty sure this is what happened the last time I participated too. I got into a bit of a slump.

Anyway, there are other things that have been getting in my way. My theatre group would be the main one. Not only am I currently rehearsing for three different shows at once – yes, I did say three – I’m also the Promotions and Publicity Officer for the group, which basically means that I control the social media accounts. Continue reading “Mid-year Update – 2018”

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorDeadpool 2 – 3 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world.

There were two synopsis’ (synopsi?), so I had to put both of them in. As you can see, the second one bears no relevance to the actual plot of the film. It’s just the sort of thing that the Deadpool marketing team do. They do it well. Continue reading “Deadpool 2”

Sophie’s Different by Patrick Hodges

Sophie's Different by Patrick Hodges - Lauren Mayhew AuthorSophie’s Different – Patrick Hodges – 4 Stars

Blurb: Middle school is all about fitting in. It’s about not standing out. After all, kids can be cruel.

Sophie Devereaux doesn’t fit in. She and her two best friends, Marissa and Michelle, are seen as misfits. Things only get worse when Sophie runs afoul of Alexis, the most popular girl in school.

Ayden Saunders doesn’t fit in. Tragedies in his life have caused him to retreat into the shadows, where he watches his classmates from afar and fantasizes about being a superhero.

When Ayden overhears a plot to ruin Sophie’s life, he knows he can no longer sit on the sidelines. The two of them soon discover, to their amazement, that life is not about fitting in, it’s about being true to who you are.

What I like: Sophie’s Different was such a fantastic end to the trilogy. It tied up all the storylines for the majority of characters that we met in Joshua’s Island with a few heart-breaking twists along the way. Continue reading “Sophie’s Different by Patrick Hodges”

#AtoZChallenge: G is for guest post – Lauren Mayhew, on buried treasure

Check out this blog post I wrote for Eli’s A-Z Blog Challenge!

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I love reading about writing.

It’s how we get better, right? That, and eating vanilla wafers. (Science has yet to chime in on the wafers as of this publication date.) Today’s guest writer, Lauren Mayhew, writes a fantastic blog about writing.

She also managed to complete the A to Z Challenge and did this really cool theme about songs played on her iPod.

Today, she’s here to expand upon her recent 6-words answer to this prompt. (No, that post hasn’t published yet!) Lauren has an awesome imagination and invites us to chime in with our answers here, too.

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Vicky & Co. by John Pibworth – A New Play

Vicky and Co. Cover - John Pibworth - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis may look like a book review, but it isn’t. Of course, I will be telling you how amazing this play is, but I am completely biased as John is, in fact, a friend of mine. The play is amazing though…

John Pibworth is the set designer for my theatre group, Brightlight Theatre Company. I’ve known him for just over two years now, though we didn’t properly start talking until about a year ago when he found out about my books. I’ve heard that he’s a fantastic actor, though since I’ve been a part of the group, we’ve not managed to entice him onto the stage. Maybe if we perform his play, we might be able to get him back for one final time.

I’m not sure how long ago he wrote Vicky & Co.. It was about a year ago that he asked if I could help him make it available to the general public and I was more than happy to help, though it was delayed a lot because of my commitments within Brightlight. In the end, John’s sister offered to help by typing the play up onto Word so that I could then take over with the formatting. Continue reading “Vicky & Co. by John Pibworth – A New Play”

Ethan’s Secret by Patrick Hodges

Ethan's Secret by Patrick Hodges - Lauren Mayhew AuthorEthan’s Secret – Patrick Hodges – 5 Stars

Blurb: Kelsey Callahan is smart, tough and fiercely loyal to her friends. She wants nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps, and be a detective just like her hero, Sherlock Holmes.

A lover of mysteries, she finally gets the chance to solve something on her own when Ethan, a cute but mysterious loner appears in her class. Both fascinated and infatuated with him, Kelsey soon learns there are events at play in Ethan’s life that are both tragic and dangerous.

Events that, the deeper she digs, may end up threatening not only their relationship but their very lives.

What I like: I loved the first book in the James Madison trilogy, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading Ethan’s Secret. I’ll be reading Sophie’s Different, the final book in the series next. I really want to know what happens next, even though the characters may be slightly different. Continue reading “Ethan’s Secret by Patrick Hodges”

My Current WIP – Update 1

Cycles of War - My Current WIP - Lauren Mayhew AuthorNow that I’m no longer directing a play for my theatre group (which went really well), or writing blogs for the A-Z Challenge, I actually have a spare minute or two to go over Cycles of War (Working Title), my current WIP. You can catch up on all of my A-Z blogs here. If you haven’t read about Cycles of War yet, go here and here to see why it’s taking me so long to do anything and what I was up to last time I stopped procrastinating.

So, since my last post, I have managed to change the names of all the ships and I’ve even attempted to make them relevant to the country that the ships originated from. I don’t want to specify which countries are involved though. With this book it’s way too easy to offend people, so I’m avoiding being too specific, but a few vague hints are good enough. I’d love to know people’s thoughts when I finally finish it. I’ve also managed to change the majority of the names of the characters too, which I’m very happy about. I needed to get that done before I carried on with anything else. Continue reading “My Current WIP – Update 1”