#AmWriting – NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s happened. I’m writing. I’m not sure how far I’ll get with this as I still have a full time job and university to contend with but…

I. AM. WRITING.

**KLAXON – CANNONS – CONFETTI**

So here’s a few things about my NaNo 2017 project to give you an idea of what’s going on in my head.

  1. It’s a Young Adult novel
  2. It’s set in some version of our future where the world has fallen due to deceit, dishonesty and blatant lies from those in power. They caused irreparable destruction, civil war and the end of the world as we know it. The people now in control are obsessed with honesty (to a dangerous level) and the new society of the ‘New Common Era’ is built with this virtue as its core pillar of strength.
  3. It follows my protagonist, Verity, who has been brought up by a kind neighbour, Mrs Andrews, after her father’s death. Mrs Andrews is the only family she has.
  4. Verity is a driven young woman who is working towards her dream job within the government and is just starting an apprenticeship in order to gain enough experience and earn enough money to be able to pay for her training.

That’s it. That’s all the information you’re getting until I get this published 😉 😂

 

Let me know below how you’re doing with your own NaNoWriMo projects and any words of encouragement would be much appreciated. 50,000 words is more than a marathon right now… We’ve got to have each other’s backs through this.

Good luck all and happy writing!!

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Juggling and the value of a part time job

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am an incredibly busy person. Maybe even dangerously so. My gran says I’m not afraid of hard work. Everyone else calls me a workaholic. I’m not sure what label I’d put on myself. I only know that my brain is simply not cut out for university, and only the work I do there, to be my sole purpose of getting up in the morning. I need something else to occupy part of my days. Education can’t be my everything. I’d go insane if it was.

Because of this drive (can I call it that…?) I have always had at least one part time job alongside my studies. At the age of fourteen I began my first weekend job and by the time I reached my Alevels when I was seventeen/eighteen I still had that job and had acquired a second part time job whilst working full time almost every evening at my local theatre. Every second I wasn’t in a class room was packed with work to gain experience and earn some money to plan for the future.

You’re probably thinking I’m insane, right? But honestly I feel like a much better and more rounded person for it. If you need, or want, to get a job alongside uni then this might help you decide what’s best for you. You don’t have to go as mad as I did, and thankfully now I just have the one (almost) full time job, but maybe you might benefit from mulling this over.

Here are my tips for mastering the art of juggling.

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The things they don’t tell you about university

*Disclaimer: all opinions are my own. Any calculations made are rough figures and for more accurate information you should search for the official information on the relevant websites*

University is a period of any young adult’s life that they greatly look forward to. This opportunity for further education presents itself as a way to find yourself and further define the rest of your life it terms of career and lifestyle expectations. For many people it is the first time they have moved away from home and we relish the freedom this will give us. Often it’s just one massive three year party alongside lectures whilst you’re essentially living out the weird social experiment that is university halls. However, as much as all of this appeals to us, there are plenty of things that are left out when you’re in the process of university. I may only be in my second year but I know that these overlooked details can make or break your university experience. Before you make the biggest investment/decision of your life, maybe have a little look at the things you should be prepared for that not a single UCAS event will mention.

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NaNoWriMo 2017

Well hello. This is different from my usual posts. Some of you may have noticed that I’ve had an empty space at the side of my blog for some time now – ‘Friday Fiction.’ As someone who has had aspirations of having a novel published since I knew what that meant, I set up this feature ready to share some of my writing journey.

It’s pretty self explanatory really. Every Friday, or at least as many Fridays as I can manage, I will post something for you to muse over. This may well be a short ‘episode’ (short story is pushing it a bit, but some kind of fictional scene perhaps), or a poem. Maybe even a writing update or some tips from one amateur wannabe author to the rest of us out there.

So, to kick this all off…I’m toying with the idea of partaking in NaNoWriMo 2017! For those of you who don’t know what that is, NaNo is an annual event – National Novel Writing Month. It’s a scheme set up to encourage people like us to complete a novel of around 50,000 words in 30 days. It happens every November and thousands of people around the world fulfil their novel writing dreams by whacking out a first draft.

I’ve wanted to do this for what feels like a million years but never quite felt it was the right time yet. However this year is different. I’m in a better head space, I’m flirting with a plot and characters I really believe in and I’m excited at the prospect of what I could achieve. At the moment I am spending time outlining and researching and planning so that, all being well, I can crack on properly in November. I’m not ready to fully commit just yet though because I’m just about to start my second year at university and November tends to be coursework season so we’ll see what happens.

This is however my public declaration and the voicing of my private promise to myself that one day I will get a book on the shelves of Waterstones. Right now I’m going to focus on building good habits and getting into the practice of writing every day until November to at least give myself a fighting chance against procrastination, illness and the will to give up when the going gets tough – which has bred several half-baked attempts at novels in the past.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. That’s all I have to say this week. At the moment, NaNo I’m coming to get you!

 

Belle Notre Dame 🇫🇷

When I visited Paris this June, mainly for a long-awaited first ever visit to Disneyland, I spent a day in the city and smashed all my deepest feelings of Wanderlust. I mapped out a crazy day of all the attractions I wished to visit and I planned it all for less than 10 hours. It was marvellous.

I’m a huge Disney fan and of course The Hunchback of Notre Dame holds a special place in my heart. I think it does with anyone who feels even slightly different or on the outside of a crowd. Naturally this means that Notre Dame Cathedral has been high on my list of things I would love to see in Paris for some time now.

So I went. And I lit a candle. It was everything and more.

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BBC Proms 2017 – Prom 65

This year I’ve decided to branch out my theatre habits.  Anyone who knows me well will have no trouble telling you just how much I like musical theatre and I am very good at clocking up some serious theatre hours in the West End.  However, I am less inclined go visit a play or other stagey event that differs from the jazz hands, tap breaks and power ballads that seem to bleed through my veins.  Since moving to London in the last year I am trying to make a conscious effort to change that and branch out my theatre interests. It is so important that all of the arts are supported equally and I cannot contain my love to just one corner of the stage.  So this weekend, I went to the PROMS!

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Victoria Aveyard at Waterstones Piccadilly!

Good morning!  Happy Monday (or not…we all have a grudge against this day of the week).  Today I’m going to give you some book-spiration by telling you about the exciting YA event I attended in central London last week.  It’s given me a couple of extras for my TBR (when doesn’t this happen…?) and hopefully you’ll see something you like too.  I have read some of the books I’m about to mention here, and I will post reviews as soon as I can. For those I haven’t read, I will read and review those as quickly as I can. Until then…let’s get on with it!

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Disneyland!! (For the first time!)

For as long as I can remember knowing the word ‘Disney’ I have wanted to visit Disneyland/world. The majority of my childhood was spent begging my parents to take me to Disney World Orlando to fulfil my dream of seeing that castle. The castle that bookended most of my dreams. Unfortunately that never happened. Until June this year.

It may have taken me almost 20 years but it finally happened. I still haven’t quite made it to America yet but I’ve found my way to a Disney site – Paris. In June 2017 I spent a magical week in Disneyland Paris and I’m going to share it with you. Although I would’ve loved to visit and experience the magic as a child, I still found it to be everything I’ve ever dreamed and more. For those of you who, like me, are waiting to visit Disney for the first ever time as an ‘adult’ (questionable term at best 😉) hopefully this will put you at ease.

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I’m back! Spring cleaning…

Public service announcement: I have crawled from my state of hibernation and I’m coming back into the social media sphere!

The last few months have been hectic… In the space of two weeks I moved house, changed jobs and at the same time was juggling my last few weeks of exams at uni. The second that was over, I went on a well deserved break to Paris (really I spent 95% of my time at Disneyland and only around 12 hours in central Paris 😂) and haven’t really sat down for a break since.

However, you’ll be pleased to know that I am now back and ready to hit the ground running. I have neglected this blog so much this year but as I’m back writing, it’s about time I put the effort in.

I’m going to start including a lot more content which I hope you’ll all enjoy. This will include my travels, university journey and dealing with life in London all whilst planning some kind of future in the turbulent world we live in. Books, theatre, films and tv shows will of course continue to be my focus as they are the key to maintaining sanity in 2017. I’m convinced imagination is key to our survival.

With that said, let’s get this show on the road!

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