Monday, 26 September 2011

1st day back to uni!!

And oh my goodness I am so tired! I forgot how much effort it is to walk the 40 minutes there, walk around campus all day and then walk 40 minutes back again. I should be losing a lot of weight very soon! So I'm a bit annoyed that they seem to have messed up one of my modules and put me on one for 3rd years??? But hopefully they will be able to change this for me and put me on the one that I wanted in the first place... anyway, I felt much better when I went to my first dramatic writing lecture of the year. My favourite module because, well, it's all about writing plays, which I love, and which I'm also rather good at. I would love for someone to like one of my plays enough to actually put it on... perhaps one day! Anyway that's kind of my point to this post. I'm actually incredibly excited about writing my assignment - I know right? What a freak! But once I've explained, it will make more sense! Basically, for my dramatic writing module this semester, the focus is entirely on radio plays. Plays that aren't acted out but that are spoken over the radio. Everyone's heard of the archers, right? I'm a bit daunted that I have to write an assignment in this format but also excited because the focus is entirely on needing really good, well written dialogue, which is my strong point apparently. At least that's what I was told last year! But the reaaally exciting part of all this is that once we have finished writing them, and handed them in to be graded, a select few of them will be picked out and actually produced. So this is not only a chance to put effort in and get a decent grade, but also to actually have the opportunity to have my work brought to life. It would definitely be a step up the writing ladder! So now I need to start thinking about what to write about and then crack on with trying to write it. There's some really good writers in my class, I just hope that what I come up with is good enough to contend!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Do we always mean what we say?

The simple answer is no. All it takes is to use one word that doesn't quite sound right and an entire sentence and even paragraph can be a lost cause. This is one of the reasons why I love writing so much; because if you make one simple mistake due to not thinking clearly, the atmosphere of the entire piece can be ruined. I don't feel like that is possible with most other creative processes, like painting for example. One wrong brush stroke isn't good news but it can be glossed over if need be. One wrong word can mean something else, completely, and you might not even realise it. This is why I have so much respect for writers who consistently write beautifully and coherently throughout their entire book(s), it makes a really good story completely come alive as each word rolls off another. It allows the reader to see how much love and effort has gone into making something that they truly believe in and care about.

But unfortunately we all make mistakes sometimes! Whether it's in writing, a conversation or, like what happened to me a couple of days ago, a status update. While it's important to be proud of those words that you put together that just simply work beautifully, I also believe it's important to have a laugh at our own mistakes. Luckily, after I read my status update back to myself, I realised how it sounded. Here's my example of not saying what I actually meant to:

Would love to hear anyone elses word faux pas to help brighten up this rather grey and dreary Monday morning!!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Cakes cakes cakes

So today I've been using my time to bake some chocolate chip cupcakes, one of my favourite hobbies even though I don't do it as much as I should! One of my favourite posessions is my beautiful cupcake maker. It does exactly the same things as an oven only it cooks the cupcakes more evenly and finishes off the top beautifully. Always a perfectly shaped dome every single time. Not only that but it does it in half the time.

It is basically a pink waffle iron only with cupcake holes in it instead. You simply put a cupcake case into the holes and then spoon in your cake mix, leave for 5-10 minutes and then remove. The lights on the top show you when it is ready to go. These are a really good idea for professional cupcake makers as you can literally half the time it would take to bake them in the oven and as I said, I find it much easier to get the perfect result by using this little beast! I got mine as a Christmas gift last year and absolutely love it.... this should be a must have for anyone who enjoys baking as much as I do. A lovely gift idea for a man not knowing what to buy the lady in his life. Afterall it is nearly Christmas....

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The Big White Dress

Sorry for anyone who likes reading my blog, I have been a bit quiet over the past week as it was one of my best friends wedding on Saturday which was really, really lovely. Everyone had a wonderful time and I would just like to say a big congratulations to Jo and Dave, the new Mr and Mrs Findlay.

Jo had been looking forward to her big day for quite literally years and I'm so pleased that everything turned out just how she wanted it to.

It got me thinking about weddings and how they're all so different, depending on what the couple (or lets face it, the woman) wants. Men are not as bothered by them, obviously it's still one of their biggest days of their lives as well but women quite literally dream about what theirs will be like for years until it finally happens. This is what makes me so happy to see everything run smoothly for my first friend to get married and I really can't wait until my next friend walks down the aisle, whether it's big or small.

Monday, 5 September 2011

It's September!

Which means all of the autumn/winter clothes and accessories are in stores and only a few weeks left until I get my student loans - a spend up just has to happen. I do love the summer but winter is definitely my favourite. Snuggling up with knitted jumpers, dresses with thick tights and my absolute favourite, comfy slouchy boots is just the best when the weather gets colder. Not to mention that I love knitting which only really feels right to do after the autumn starts. I don't feel quite so much of a hermit sitting at home knitting when its pouring with rain outside!

I've got my eyes on these shoe/boots to wear with leggings or a dress, a steal at 30 quid from new look
This long top to wear with leggings £19.99

and this absolute beauty! bit more expensive at £54.99 but it really is gorgeous!
Now I really do want my loans to hurry up! There's nothing better than a few lovely new season outfits!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Feeling inspired! & people going GAGA

So I have a few followers now and today I put some real effort into reading their blogs and looking at people who also follow my new followers! (there will be far too many uses of the word "follow" in this post.....) and oh my goodness there are 1. really lovely blogs around. Very nicely put together, thought out lovingly where people put down their inner thoughts and feelings... and 2. some really really good writers! It's amazing that some people put some of their work on their blogs where we can read and see what they're about and what they can produce and today I stumbled upon a lot of really lovely work and it has made me open up my documents folder and crack on with writing my story that I haven't touched for a few days. Definitely will be sitting at my desk writing over the weekend. Thanks to the people who put their work online, even if only snippets it's a really good way to inspire yourself by looking at what other people have produced. So yeah... will be continuing with my story for another 30 mins or so tonight and then some of the weekend :)

But if you know me at all you'll know this post isn't going to end there! I find something that annoys me almost daily and today it is peoples reaction to Lady Gaga who decided to dress up as a man for an awards ceremony. OK this isn't exactly normal behaviour for the average woman but since when has she been average? Never. I found lots of different blogs and reports online saying that she has finally gone "too far" by spending the whole evening pretending to be a man. I do not in any way understand why people are so shocked. In her new video for "You and I" (a really lovely song with a country kind of style that shows her vocal skills off very well) she dresses up in some weird outfits even including a mermaid... you know don't listen to me just watch it.

Listen to the song as well because it's really lovely! Anyway as you will see, she dresses up as many different characters through the whole video, one of them being a man. Gaga has also done some photoshoots dressed as this man... it is all just to promote her new video. Why are people so shocked by this? She clearly loves being able to dress up as and be whoever she wants to be and she has done this in every single one of her videos and not to mention when she wore a dress made out of meat to an awards ceremony... how is this more shocking than that? People on the internet have been saying she has taken it too far as dressing as a man is a bad role model for young girls. I would love these people to tell me when Lady Gaga has ever tried to appeal to young girls? Her albums are all about sex, fame and not to mention her videos that have come before like Telephone set in a women's prison. None of this cries out to me that she is trying to appeal to youngsters at all.

What Lady Gaga represents not just to me but also to loads of her fans is that you can wear and do whatever the hell you want as long as you feel happy with it and I do not understand how you can put a limit on this to be able to declare that "she has taken it too far". Something might not be right for you but that doesn't mean that others can't do it... We are afterall, individuals.