Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bring Back The Letter

Handwriting is a curious thing. We're born humans with two arms, two legs, and such. We're made of the same ingredients - an egg cell, a sperm cell. Yet, we're all so vastly different. No one is quite alike. Twins can be identical in appearance but end up acquiring different tastes and likes. The ways we're nurtured, and our experiences and methods of learning affect our personalities and actions. 

Handwriting is curious to me because everyone's is different. So many styles of writing exist. You're not conscious of picking a writing style, it just flows. As a child when you're learning how to write letters and form words and sentences, how you write is how you write. We all learn how to write in the same ways yet the way you write is distinctive from anyone else. Children begin to learn to write in cursive, then when their writing develops it bounds off into another personal style. Some children stick with cursive. 

Handwriting has character, its own personality. 

It widely differs in size. I would say my own handwriting is on the larger side. My sister on the other hand, as I watch her write out revision notes, her writing is tiny. Her one page of writing would be 3-4 pages for me. 

It differs in style. People have various ways of writing letters. I write my 'A''s different to most other people, they often get mistaken for the number two. My sister does her 'Z's in such a peculiar way I can't understand the movement of a pen to make it.

Do you dot your 'i's? Do you cross your 'T's?  

Remember in school, when you were like 12 and every girl used to dot their 'i's with a heart?

The pressure placed on the pen creates a different style. Thicker, deeper, angrier letters. Whilst little pressure on the pen could denote a sensitive type. 

Whether you write pointed or rounded letters. Whether your writing is slanted. 

Can you tell I've studied the English Language deeply? I did it at A-Level. My interest in the English Language has stemmed from years of reading book after book and writing stories. 

It is fascinating to see how other people write, how their personality shines through. 

I like to look at handwritten letters. Wishing for writing letters to be a popular correspondence again. With the arrival of technology and social media, connecting with people has changed, we communicate via keyboard, instead of the traditional pen and paper. 

Being a writer, I like knowing how other writer's write. Their methods and tips etc. 

J.K Rowling's handwritten writing plans.

Sylvia Plath's draft of famous poem Ariel. 

Lewis Carroll's handwritten manuscript. 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Goals for The Rest of The Year

How is it September!!! How is my second year of university imminent!! 2017 has flown by. It's been hectic, productive, stressful and exciting. I've had a lot of wonderful opportunities and spent a lot of time with myself learning about how I manage to be alone. (Thanks to university and being thrown into the deep end of independence)

As a way of remaining in control of my life and keeping focus I've been setting myself goals. This summer spent at home I've had a lot of time to think about what I like doing, what I'm good at and learning new things. So for the remaining three or so months of 2017, here are some of my goals. 

  1. Keep up with running. I have been running 3 times a week and upping my mileage slowly. Got some serious half marathon goals for next Spring. 
  2. Blogging once a week. All summer I've been trying to update my blog weekly and I plan for it to continue when I start the new academic term.  
  3. I appear to have a lot of writing projects on the go. Writing makes me happy and calm. My main WIP is at 18k, the goal is to write every day even if it's 100 words or 1,000.
  4. Treat myself more. This doesn't mean dropping excessive amounts of money on self care and bath bombs. Relaxation in the form of a long hot bath, although going back to uni means showering... Ugh. Buying myself coffee or making my own face mask at home. 
  5. Buy more yarn so I continue with my knitting projects, learn new stitches and make everyone in my life a chunky scarf for Christmas. 
  6. Learn embroidery. I have the equipment and supplies. I have Youtube tutorials to help me. 
  7. Find a small part time job whilst studying. It has to fit around my timetable, which isn't hard considering I only have one day a week to start with. I've already been applying and have interviews lined up. 
  8. Join a sports based society/team at uni. Deciding between rugby and kickboxing. 
  9. Explore Bath more. Bath is a richly historic city with gorgeous buildings. There's so much to see and do. On my to-see list is the Jane Austen Centre, she spent a period of her life in Bath writing novels, bathing in the spas and socialising. Also making the list is The Holborne Museum, The Royal Crescent and a Bath Ghost Tour.
  10. Finish re-reading Harry Potter. I rarely re-read so I have taken it upon myself to try for this magical series. Currently reading Prisoner of Azkaban. The series is making me laugh, cry and feel like I'm actually a part of the Hogwarts adventure. (A girl can dream)
  11. To-do lists reduce my stress levels and it's almost thrilling to tick tasks off, especially when the academic year starts and I have to juggle assignments and reading.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017? 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fav Books Read This Year So Far

You should all know by now how much I read. There is always a book in my bag. No matter where I'm going or who I'm with, a book accompanies me. Who knows when the opportunity may arise for me to read a chapter? 

Somehow I've read a staggering 38 books this year, so far. With three months to go, I reckon I'll read a hell of a lot more, although bear in mind I will be returning to university this month which means more writing, more studying and less recreational reading. Saying that, studying creative writing means my course surrounds writing (Duh!) and reading. I remember during first year a lecturer telling us that if you're reading and someone questions your lack of studying, you can simply say reading is part of my course. 

A few of my favourites include 

Young adult: 

The Graces by Laura Eve - a thrilling young adult novel about witches, with stunning descriptions. The Graces are three siblings, Summer, Fenrin and Thalia and the story unfolds around secrets, rumours and superstitions. Need I say any more? 

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland - Written through the perspective of teenage boy Henry (Yay young adult, switching it up sometimes) as he falls in love for the first time. This was my favourite because you don't often see the other side, the males perspective of young love and heartbreak. Full review here

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Oh my goodness. This book!!! Starr unfortunately witnesses her best friend shot dead by a white policeman. I was gripped by its raw emotion and brutal honesty about the treatment of POC by the police. A very important read!

Non- Fiction

Running Free by Richard Askwith - I run, I love running. Running Free is an account of Askwith's experiences with running, all the different kinds, the downfalls, the highs and some excellent tips for fellow runners. An inspiring read.

Science Fiction 

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel - Jumping between now and then, before and after, of an apocalyptic world. The world as they know it ends after a Georgia Flu epidemic, a group of survivors name themselves The Travelling Symphony and travel their surrounding cities performing plays for other remaining survivors. A story of survival. It is hauntingly terrifying and surreal.    


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - A mystery well written. A travel journalist gets the opportunity to travel to Norway on a brand new luxury cruise liner, but when she hears a loud splash from the next cabin she suspects it was a body and it wasn't an accident. A thrilling story with many twists and turns that left me wanting to scream.