“Hobbies”

Well hello again 🙂

I will skip the usual “sorry I have neglected you blog, etc etc etc”, and go straight to what is on my mind, k? k.

Am I the only one (I’m sure I am not. . please let me not be) that is utterly useless at maintaining a hobby. I think it is sadly safe to say, that this blog is the most consistent hobby I have ever had. . I say this in the full knowledge that I often disappear from the blogesphere, and when I do return, it is usually useless shit like this that I choose to splurge out.

I have been through the various phases of hobby; guitar, drums at one very distant point, exercise (lol), cycling – although to be fair I still am really keen to get involved in. But I refuse to own any type of bike that isn’t one with a little basket and a bell, and they are pricey. . what else, hmm. . oh yes, jewellery making, that was a thing once. Basically long story short, I have spent quite a decent amount of my money (and parents money in the younger years) over my life span on various interests that sooner or later, usually sooner, gather dust in a corner. My £££’s worth of jewellery making material hasn’t seen the light of day in a good few years!

My point? Well, I have spent the past hour searching Ebay for a ukelele and I sense one of these phases on the horizon. But this time, before I go buying, I want to find out how normal people with will power take up a new hobby, and then stick to it for a respected amount of time, enough for them then to be able to say, “Yes, I used to play the guitar” . . as at the minute, other than blogging, there really isn’t anything I can say that I “used” to do.

As usual WordPress, I am looking to you for advice =]

In other news, I have taken to the bedroom for my Saturday night, and I’m about to snuggle down watching Sweeney Todd! . . Is bed a hobby? I can definitely profess that,

“Yes, I often spend my free time in bed”

Im almost there!

So I have had this blog for about two years . . and for the majority of that time I haven’t been a frequent blogger, minimal effort has been dedicated to the cause. . . But whenever I do come back its because of reading other people’s posts, and just loving it. Then I will write one and find how much I enjoy it, even if I am not very good, or have nothing good to discuss.

 

The past week or so I have tried to write on here often and so far it has been a success! I find myself blathering on about nothing but I still find the process incredibly therapeutic 🙂 And so now, I’m almost at 100 followers!!  About 30 followers have emerged in the past two weeks and it makes the blogging all the more rewarding! 

2 more of you lovely bloggers away from 100 and Im incredibly happy 😀

I bloody knew all that procrastinating was worth while!

So a lovely fellow blogger, Rana has nominated me for an award!! Even if its not a super big deal I am pretty pleased as I haven’t been blogging properly for very long, and wasn’t even aware that anybody really paid much attention 🙂 So please go and check her out she is an awesome blogger!!

The award is either The Sunshine Award or The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. . I myself decided to go for the inspiring blogger award because it is more related to what I look for in other blogs, and what I like to try and achieve for others in my own 🙂 

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I have researched a couple of peoples posts who also won this award and have decided that I will use the same questions as Rana, because they seemed like good questions!! And Im feeling very unoriginal 😦  (I know not really a good advert for a blogger, but you know, Im writing a dissertation, let me off 🙂 ) 

The Questions

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

I decided to start blogging originally for the purpose of improving my writing for the creative writing course I did at university. It seemed like every other student in the class had at least one blog and I thought I need to get me some of the blogging action! However as it turns out I have used this blog rarely for that purpose, and mostly for daily ramblings.

2. What is your favourite blog that you like to read?

Id say this was one of the trickiest questions because I really enjoy reading all of the blogs that pop up in my reader, but I am still getting the hang of this blogging lark and I don’t follow 100’s of people yet! I think the person I have to mention is Seb from The Thought Buffet Not only is he honest and funny but a fellow university goer! Check him out =] 

3. What is your favourite colour?

Whilst being one of the more dull questions it was also one of the most easy ones! My favourite colour is orange. I couldn’t really tell you why. . .it used to pink (How stereotypical of me) but as i have gotten older orange has replaced my love of all things fuchsia!

4. What are your passions?

I would say that one of my main passions is literature, and I like to show my dedication by hoarding books like there is no tomorrow! (Really it is a problem because I can’t move for books) I have also studied English lit as a choice for all of my further education, and am currently doing a degree in it! I also have a passion for academia in general and aspire to be a teach of English at some point! Other passions would be animals, cheese, stationary and giraffes. (Im not sure if these last ones qualify for a passion or is simply me being weird. . ) 

5. What is your favourite animal?

It’s kind of been covered above, but I will reiterate it because I do love them so much! Giraffes are my favourite animal, as are dogs! Readers of my blog will know I love dogs and have two beautiful little shits of my own! My main reason for loving giraffes is nonsensical, but I just love their massive cute tongues! 

6. What is your dream job?

My dream job would be to become a teacher/lecturer/professor of English Literature in a university. Its a long time coming but I am pretty determined to get there eventually!! Just a couple more degrees and qualifications to go I guess!

7. How much time do you spend blogging?

I actually spend a lot more time blogging in 2013 than I ever did before! I am going to put reasoning down to it being a tough year so far, and I guess I like using my blog to vent my upset/anger. It turns out there are loads of awesome people on this thing too! Win win 🙂

8. Do you watch TV? If so, what are your favourite shows?

Hmm. . I don’t watch loads of television, mostly because once I get invested in a series the rest of my life fades to nothing until it is over, and then the rest of the world has to wait a month or two whilst I grieve the loss of my show! But ones that have gained my love are Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Skins, Peep Show, Black Books, 90210, Friends, Scrubs, How I met your mother, and I think that may be it! 

9. What is your favourite flower?

I think this is hard because Im not a massive flower lover, they are really quite a waste of money! But I do like pink roses, daisies and tulips . . you know, if I had to choose and someone reading ever wants to buy me flowers 😉

10. I think people think of their own question here. . ummm. . . Okay, what else am I currently doing with my life…other than wracking my brains for a simple question?

Well as you have probably gathered, I am a third year at university doing combined honours English lit and Creative writing – majoring in English. I also have a part time job at a pub, I have worked there for years and am pretty eager to move on but it could be worse! And I am currently struggling to write a dissertation that doesn’t read like a child has been let loose with a keyboard! I think that is everything at the minute (: 

Okay! Well done if you got this far!! The 10 people I would like to nominate for the Very Inspiring Blogger award are. . . 

1. The Thought Buffet

2. Fat Girl, PhD

3. macchina fotografica

4. Writing Glimmers

5. Ophelia Dagger

6. makinguseofmydegree

7. Words Form Windows

8. MY RIGHT TO BITCH

9. The Good Greatsby

10. igeekteenbooks

So there we have it!! If you would rather accept the Sunshine award then go for it!!! 😀 Or if your feeling super pleased with yourself why not take both 🙂 You deserve it after all!

If the 10 people I tagged fancy doing this for yourself the rules are as follows:

1) Display the award’s logo in your post or on your blog

2) Answer 10 questions about yourself.

3) Nominate 10 other bloggers.

4) Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know that they have been nominated.

5) Link the person (people) who nominated you.

 

 

One somewhat disappointing read and another surprisingly touching one.

Okay so I mentioned in my last post that I planned to read various books over the summer and listed the ones that I had in mind. So far things haven’t gone exactly to plan with those but in light of the books I have read I feel a new post was necessary.

First of all I will get the ‘somewhat disappointing’ book out of the way- this is one that I had really loved when I started it but it became decreasingly enjoyable and more of a chore to read than a pleasure. Unfortunately George Orwell’s The Road To Wigan Pier, did not keep my attention as I expected and I am ashamed to say I couldn’t even finish it, which is something I never do! This book started off very raw and Orwell’s descriptions where so good that it kept me enthralled for the first half, but gradually he included more and more pages of statistics which ultimately resulted in all the emotion I once had for what he was saying to diminish and the picture he had painted disappeared entirely. I would say that my biggest reason for not finishing this book was that I didn’t want it to give put me off reading any other book by Orwell, and as The Road To Wigan Pier was the first book by him I had read I know how easily and quickly assumptions can be made. Although the book was disappointing, his writing was not so I look forward to the next book of his that I read.

But moving on, there is a book that surprised me and that was Abandoned by Anya Peters. Now this wasn’t on the list that I put on my ‘Bucket List’ post but I have been meaning to read it for months now after a friend recommended it so much I ended up borrowing it off her. T

his is one of those inspirational but heart breaking real life stories written by the person themselves. I won’t give too much away, but this book was probably the most thought provoking one i have ever read, and whilst it didn’t bring me to tears as very little does, it did bring out a reaction in me that was unexpected when I picked it up. Anya Peters has her own blog in fact, which was the very thing that saved her in the end, so I thought it was very apt to mention it on here and a link to her blog will be included below. I definitely recommend this book, its well written, inspirational, thought provoking and more than anything else an absolutely addictive read, one in which I finished in two days, baring in mind its about 400 pages long.

 

Anya Peters blog: http://wanderingscribe.blogspot.co.uk/

 

I have also managed to complete the first Discworld book, The Colour Of Magic and this took me a long time to get through, mainly due to other responsibilities, but also because I just found it to be a bit difficult to read. However, once finished I did realize that I enjoyed it, especially the characters Death and Rincewind! But I am now a bit worried that I plan to do my whole dissertation on this series of books, or some of the ones out of it. So I have about 5 others purchased and ready to read, and I have high hopes for now.

Finally I am slowly making my way through Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice which is good, and humorous but is again slow moving, and a bit difficult to read for long sessions. I do like where the plot is going, and being one of the lucky few that hasn’t seen the film I am still totally clueless about what is coming, which is always a bonus!

Evidently I have read very little off the list I made up, but I have recently had a massive haul of new books and have been some what led astray. . I am sure I will be back here soon with lots to stay about completely unexpected books again, it is just so easy to get carried away!! 🙂

In other news: I need to build a book shelf!!!