Saturday, 25 July 2015

BLOGLOVIN'

My cousin sent me the way of Bloglovin' today. I'd heard of it before but hadn't really looked into it. Well, today I decided to pull my finger out and get productive, if I want to get serious about blogging. So I signed up, added widgets to my blog and the app to my phone and followed blogs. Done, now what???

Humm, then I realised how long it had been since I wrote a post. Lately I just haven't had any inspiration to write. I've read lots but cannot think of a thing to write about book reviews, geek stuff or just in general.

It doesn't help that a friend of mine has shown me some beautiful writing they have been doing on the sly, I feel so intimidated by how talented they are and I am not! At the same time, I'm so honoured that they have shared this with me. I'm hoping they can inspire me to write!

I accompanied someone to a folk sing-a-round the other night. A group of people sat in a room taking it in turns to sing, play instruments or read poems. I wanted to join in and read some of my poems but that I'm just not confident enough in them yet, but I'm working on it!

I have an option to take a creative writing module in January, at Uni, but once again I'm feeling too intimidated. This module counts towards my final marks, and I just don't think I'm good enough to keep up among my standard 60-65% grades if it's reliant on my writing ability.

What I need to do is give myself a mental slap! Reading this blog post back, I'm obviously just having a pity party!

I'll get back to you when I've sorted myself out!! Hopefully tomorrow....

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Writing Again!


It's been a long time since I posted any of my writing on this blog. 


The original plan was that every Friday I would post short stories, poems and extracts from my novel attempts. 

However, life just got in the way, and my confidence took a nose dive but if I plan to take Creative Writing at Uni next semester, I'd better get used to criticism!

I warn you though, I am not brilliant at this so if you have a weak stomach for crappy writing, move along now!

I am also rubbish at grammar and quite frankly don't care either! 

I write as I think regardless of the sense it makes. 
Plus I love exclamation marks, a lot!


Today I'm posting a rewritten version of a poem I posted here back in March 2013.

I was inspired by articles and eyewitness accounts of life during the Great Dust Storm of 1935 in Texas.

BLACKNESS

blackness
dropping on you with a roar 
as if you have no right
to be alive

suffocating blackness
cloying foulness
enveloping all things

darkness bellowing out
ripping at your senses
all you can taste see feel smell hear
is dust


nothing but dust
filling your nose
your lungs

blinding you
choking you
blistering your skin
leaving you alone

all alone
yet still surrounded by others
somewhere maybe
a touch a hand takes yours

takes you away
darkness lightens
the thundering whimpers away
for now

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel




I have been too busy to follow the Tournament of Books this year but I thought I would at least catch up on who won. Having seen that 'Station Eleven' had won hands down over the 2015 Pulitzer winner, 'All The Light We Cannot See', I thought I'm going to have to check this book out. I ordered a copy from my local bookstore and dove straight into it as soon as I got home.



The premise seemed really interesting; a virus comes along and wipes out a vast majority of the world's population and those remaining, in North America at least, attempt to develop a brand new civilization.


The first thing I discovered was the structure is not as straight forward as you would expect. It jumps about between a number of different characters. They all seem to be connected to an actor, Arthur Leander, who dies in the first chapter. At least that is what I thought at first. On further reading, I realized they are all connected through his first wife, Miranda. Every character either met her or read her graphic novel, Station Eleven. The time also jumps back and forth between before and after the deadly virus. Oddly, this jumping about did not irritate me in anyway, it only made the book more intriguing. I was fascinated by each of the main characters and was always pleased to find out more little nuggets about each of them and to slowly watch their stories tie together.
The writing is fast paced and definitely not boring. I loved this book
.

Monday, 8 June 2015

The Paperback Summer reading challenge



I'm a bit slow on the uptake and I've only just discovered the Paperback Summer reading challenge.


This is run by Sophie and Suze, fellow book bloggers. Their challenge is for us to read as many paperbacks as we can in June, July and August (so, over the summer).


Now, I came back over to the UK a year ago with 3 books and have somehow managed to accumulate about 90 more in that time. Some of them are Uni books, more have been passed on or given away in that time but I have 54 left to read. And 8 graphic novels. And in July, my shipment of books should arrive from Australia. When I left I had around 500 books, of which I had 90 on my still TBR pile.


Somehow I can't see me making my way through 162 books in 3 months, so I'm going to settle for a far more easily obtainable number of 20. That might seem low to some people but trust me, try my job for a week and I challenge you be able to find the mental capacity to handle a book after one of my shifts! All you want to do is sleep!


So the books I plan to read are (and I am cheating by including the three books I'm reading at the moment as I started them in June!):-

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Obsession in Death by J D Robb

The State We are in by Adele Parks

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Celebrity at Home by Violet Hunt

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Truth About You by Susan Lewis

Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life by Chris Hadfield


I will probably chop and change this list though depending on my mood! That's what I do! I'm a fickle soul!

(Just nipped into Waterstones and picked up -

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


So make that 21 books on my list now!)

Friday, 29 May 2015

Uni summer break



I just handed in my last essay of this first year at Uni. I have to say I was a little disappointed that there were no cannons of glitter as I walked up to the box! Trust me, I deserved it, every student does! Maybe we should suggest it at the next student/faculty meeting.


I was up all night re-writing this essay as I felt it just wasn't going in a direction I was happy with. I came into Uni to print it off, decided to edit a couple of areas and then saved in cyberspace. I have no idea where it went. All that extra editing and I had to leave for work. You can imagine my relief when I remembered that I had printed off a copy! 15 minutes later to add in the edits again, discovering a few more things to edit along the way, a printed copy and as saved copy I can find. Uploaded on Learn and handed into to the ever efficient and unflappable Lucy!


My treat to myself for all this-in bed by 8pm!! Ha the life of a working student is soo exciting!