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17 Dec 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. Perfect for readers and writers who want to share what they've been up to on a weekly basis and right now the place to share your goals.


I've been re-reading some late childhood/early adolescent favourites.  When I was eleven I discovered Spooksville by Christopher Pike.  I had a few books but I gave them up after thinking I was much too old for them.  But then I saw that they had made a TV series loosely based on the books.  While it takes out two of the main characters, my favourites too, and creates new stories for the characters it rekindled how much I loved the series.  The books are quite cheap online so I bought some for my kindle and some paperback.  They're very short so I've been getting through them quite quickly.  Definitely remembering why it was one of my favourite series.  It sparked so much inspiration for writing when I was younger.

I also finished reading The Neverending Story on Monday after trekking through. Overall I enjoyed it and I loved the concept.  Got me just as hooked as the film did.  That being said I can see why the film only took aspects of the first part of the book.  It really does feel like two plots in one.  Full review to come.WHAT I'M WRITING (+ ONE WRITING GOAL)

Fiction-wise, nothing.  Although with it being Christmas I'm hoping I can use the holidays to get a lot of work and planning done and maybe, hopefully, squeeze in a bit of writing.  Reading Spooksville has sparked inspiration for the NA WiP I started working on this year.  The characters were all taken from an old series I used to write in the style of Spooksville.  I'm not planning on getting it finished, just to work on it a bit more.  Even if I only have time to write one more chapter.  I think that can be my writing goal.  Write a new chapter.

When I've got lectures, I've taken to getting in quite early.  I try to get there for about seven and do some work because it's nice and quiet for a couple of hours in the campus library.  I went there to do one essay after spending the whole weekend trudging through it and not getting many words done.  In the two hours I was in the library I finished the whole thing.  So, I'm gonna try it one time for my WiP.  See how productive it makes me then.  I get way too distracted at home.  I really need to start considering going to Costa or the library when I have a home day just for writing sessions. 

I finish semester one tomorrow! *Throws confetti around* Can't believe we're nearly halfway done with the course already. Think everyone is in need of a rest.  The girls on my course, and myself, are currently a plagued bunch.  Good news is our afternoon lectures have been cancelled tomorrow so we get to finish at 1 O'clock and hopefully we'll all be well enough to have our course meal together at Nandos.  

And my tattoo is all healed up. =D  I haven't got a current picture of it but I've got one from when it was freshly done.  I ended up with a much bigger one than I had intended to go for and got it on my left upper back.  I've already got another in mind but I'm not rushing into it.  If I still like this other idea in a year's time I'll get it done. 

Now I'm going to look forward to Christmas because it's my favourite time of the year.  The flat is decorated, I've wrapped a couple of presents already because the tree just doesn't feel complete without presents underneath and the Christmas baking has started.  

So... what's up, doc? :)

13 Dec 2014

So, What Did You Bring Me 2014?
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2014 has been a rollercoaster of a year.  It's started out with me being very productive in the writing sense until September came and that sometimes annoying thing called Real Life took absolute control of my time management.

I've ended up being completely absent in the blogosphere and while I'm studying I have no idea if I'm going to be around a lot until my course ends.  But I at least need to wrap up 2014 because it's been the most insane year I've ever experienced.

So... what has happened this year? A mix of good and bad really.  On the good side...
  • I was finally accepted onto a teacher training course.
  • I passed exams to start said teacher training course.
  • I got in touch again with old friends.
  • I met up with the best group of friends I've ever known.  Seriously, can't believe we've all known each other now for thirteen years.
  • I passed my driving test and got a car.
  • Got my first tattoo.
  • I got to experience beta reading and received some incredibly helpful feedback.
  • I passed my first teaching placement, getting 'good' overall with some outstanding aspects. 
On the bad side...
  • I didn't really read much this year because there was always something I had to give priority to. 
  • I had to stop writing once my course started.  So desperate to work on something.
  • My grandma passed away last month.  An experience I can only describe as upsetting and weird.
  • For my second teaching placement I've been given in a horrible school with poor behaviour management and a rude teacher.  So I've got to grin and bear it until mid-February.
Luckily more good than bad and I am seriously ready for the holidays just to sleep and rest.  Even though I've got a few assignments over the holidays and planning to do.  2015 will continue to be incredibly busy but I'm hoping I can deal with my time management better.  At least my bus journeys to uni are giving me a bit of reading time. And even if I can't blog as much, I should at least make sure I stay in touch with writing/blogging friends and comment on their blogs.

Hope everyone else's 2014 has been less chaotic! Let me know what 2014 has brought for you! Feel free to leave a link to your end-of-year posts! :)