So, I signed up to do an MA in Literature this Sept which was a something of a cop out as I really want to study writing but I still have hangups about whether creativity can be taught but at the same time I don’t think I actually talented enough to get onto a high level writing course.
The Literature course was withdrawn this week as too many people had dropped out at the last minute. So the university offered me the opportunity to apply for the Creative and Professional Writing course. Oh, the irony! I am waiting to hear if my late application, complete with 4000 word writing portfolio, will be accepted on the course that I was too chickensh*t to apply for in the first place!!
I find myself making constant superficial judgements throughout the day and no longer wish to be bogged down with such negativity.
Well, if I’m going to emigrate to Canada then I’ll have to brush up on my French. I’ve spent so much time being self-conscious about holding a degree in French yet lacking the confidence to actually speak it.
So today I used the reward vouchers I get from work to buy the Rosetta Stone French system and I’m going to commit to at least 30 mins, 3 times a week and see how it goes.
A good friend once advised me not to cut off my relaxed hair and go natural because I’d be alienating my ‘market’. I remember her statement clearly because a year on from chopping all my hair off I’ve dated 3 great guys (currently dating the third, we’ll see how it goes :-D). The hair wasn’t the issue, the real issue was being the authentic me which in turn, attracts authentic guys. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.
I always used to think that creativity couldn’t be taught so I resisted the idea of doing a writing course because in my mind that was only for losers who couldn’t right. However, seeing as I was getting nowhere with just myself and my God-given talent, I decided to enrol on the Ways into Creative Writing course at the City Lit. Next week is the last session and I am totally gutted. I’ve loved this course. It’s showed me so much about different forms of writing and it’s helped my to understand my writing voice. The tutor is fantastic – very encouraging but very firm about the homework!! Feedback from the group and the tutor has convinced me like nothing else could that I have something worthwhile to say through my writing and now I feel better equipped with the means to express that.
I want to take the next course Furthering your creative writing in September but I’d’ve started my MA by then and I think that working part-time, studying full-time and an evening course might be a bit much.
at a financial services company today. Yay! First time I’ve worked for a big corporate like this and I’m looking forward to the opportunities that I’ll be exposed to.
Ok, so today my friend called me out on spending too much time with my ex. She said that the way I talk about him is as if he’s my current squeeze. Not easy to hear but I appreciate her honesty with me, she’s a good friend. And now in order to make room for a new man, I need to gain some distance from my ex.
Though not book related, it is writing. I’ve posted the first post on my blog, The Cross I Bear, Yippee! Whether the blog leads to an epic following and a book deal or just a few comments from the web’s lunatic fringe, I don’t care! Now that my non-fiction has a platform, I can focus on the fiction.
Ok, a lot has happened since the start of the year. A friend at work suggested becoming a tax advisor. At first, I wasn’t keen as Maths wasn’t my strong suit at school but she gave me some exercises from her ATT course and i was hooked. How totally random! Who knew that inside this creatve, writer type beat the heart of a tax collector!
Slight problem, though. The course costs two grand and I ain’t got it and the banks won’t give it. I’m still paying off my debts so I won’t even be able to begin saving until the end of the year which means I’ll miss the November exams. I ain’t out of the woods yet.
The website has changed since I was last on there and hopefully so has my attitude.
Being the most patient person in the world, I went for the Big Chop rather than go through the headache of the in-between stage. So now I have a cute TWA (Tweeny Weeny Afro)and I have literally gone back to my roots.
I’ve tried the corporate thing, thinking that a high-powered profession would fulfill me intellectually but that just left me hollow emotionally. I thought that it was what an educated woman should aim for but the more I tried, the more miserable I became. As long as I’m busy and get on with my colleagues, the size of the salary and the prestige of my job title doesn’t really matter.
The only things that I’m really passionate about in life are hair, cooking and writing. So this year I’m going to explore my passions and see where they take me. Maybe there’s a career at the end of this rainbow or maybe just enjoyable hobbies to make the 9to5 more bearable.
It took me ages because I was determined not to skip over the ‘boring’ stuff e.g. genealogies. However, now I know what’s actually in the Bible and what’s just in people’s heads.
This goal has fallen by the wayside recently. I got stuck in Numbers and never really got back into the habit. Must do better as I remember the difference it made to my outlook.
As an Invigilator, I have on average four hours each day stuck in a room with nothing to do except watch people taking their exams. So I’ve taken advantage of this ‘empty’ time to start writing not one but two novels! I write a little bit every day, I’m not focussed on the end product or publishing just writing.
After a long slog, finally got a housemate. Yippee!!
Said goodbye to the love of my life two years ago. Our feelings for each other were just as strong as ever but I was increasingly aware that we wanted different and we going in different directions. Two years on and now I’m ready to love again.
I haven’t got a book in me. I have an entire library. Writing is a necessity for me. I need to stay sane, focussed and on top of the millions of ideas that bubble up from my brain. It was such hard work. I filled every scrap of paper with notes convinced that I was talking utter jibberish and at best my work would be laughed, at worst; ignored.
But i perservered through no inspiration to too much information and back again. I published on Christmas Day. I got the reviews in the new year – “Genius, girl”, “definitely thought-provoking”. And I’ve been asked to write four follow-up articles.
It’s time that I put to the test the things that I hold to be true. But to do this I must know it (Read the Word, Write the Word), meditate upon it (Study the Word) and be inspired by it (Pray the Word). Every day!!!