My bicycle is finally finished!

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The worst part…

The worst part of writing is the editing, the re drafting, re working. For months you can merrily write away, enjoying your story and the characters, envisaging people reading it in a few months or years time. Then the editing starts. I have always known my grammar was terrible, but it never stopped me from writing because I knew that if I looked over my work a few times I could fix the bad grammar. (I know my grammar is awful in my posts, for that I apologise.)

Anyway, back to the point, when you edit you realise how bad some of your writing is. I have read a few parts and thought, did I really write that? Then again, sometimes I read my writing and think, did I actually write this? for all the good reasons. Sometimes I think it doesn’t actually sound like I have written it. That is only occasionally though.

I recently found a website called autocrit.com…It’s a really handy site for when you are in that editing stage, between smacking your head on the desk and tearing the pages to pieces and throwing them in the bin. You put a section of your work into a box, ask it to analyze your text and it tells you how many words you have repeated and how many of each word you need to delete. It highlights them in red. From using it for an hour or so last night my work has already improved so much! (I repeat words constantly!) It really is worth a try! The only downside is, people using it for free can only put 1500 words in each 24 hours. If you want to put more in and unlock more helpful tips you have to pay. Of course if you live in a house with lots of different computers it is great! I could use my dads work computer and be able to sift through 3000 words each 24 hours.

So I hope that helps you folks out there, if you find editing as stressful as I do then give it a try. It certainly made my writing a lot better!

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Sunny Side up!!

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I couldn’t believe that after a few weeks of blogging I was nominated for The Leibster Award. Now a few weeks later I have been nominated for The Sunshine Award by the lovely Rachel. Thank you so much for the nomination, it brightened my day, especially as it was misty murky day when you nominated me! Everyone please take a look at her blog. http://misswho.me/

 

My nominations: (nominate others and answer the questions below!)

http://tipprblog.com/

http://jcbhojoo.wordpress.com/

http://thehungerpangs.wordpress.com/

http://hikingbootsandheels.wordpress.com/

http://petedenton.wordpress.com/

http://cruisingthroughmylife.wordpress.com/about-me/

http://indietafe.wordpress.com/

http://crankycaregiver.wordpress.com/

 

What inspired you to start blogging?

I think it was just a desire to be heard, a place where people I don’t know can see my work and I can post anything I fancy whenever I fancy. It’s nice to have a blog that no one in my life knows about, it’s something special and secretive. It’s an appealing thought that it is completely cut off from my friends and family, I am myself and I am not shy about posting my work.

How did you come up with the name to your blog?

I couldn’t think of what to call it, I always get stuck with writers block so that’s what I decided it would be. I fiddled with the words and called it Writers Blog…imaginative I know.

What is your favorite blog that you like to read?

Oh, I’m not sure, probably my nominator, Rachael (http://misswho.me/). She was one of the first people to take an interest in my blog so I tend to find myself reading her blogs more often than most other. CHECK OUT HER BLOG!!

Tell about your dream job?

A novelist, I love writing. It’s what I look forward to most days. To be able to spend the rest of my life reading and writing truly would be a dream.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

It varies. Some days I am so positive and ready to face the world, other days I feel the opposite. Definitely more half full than half empty though, sometimes I have to give myself a shake and tell myself to stop being a moron.

If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?

Paris! I have always wanted to go there, It looks so beautiful and romantic.

What food can you absolutely not eat?

Oh dear, the killer question, I am a pain when it comes to food. I don’t like Chinese, tai, most curries, chilli. Most things interesting, I won’t like.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate all the way! My nominator mentioned Creme Eggs. Oh my, love them! Easter is the best time of year because you can gorge yourself on chocolate and no one is allowed to judge you!

How much time do you spend blogging?

To be honest, it varies, some weeks I will post hardly anything and others I can’t keep myself away!

Do you watch tv – if so, what are some of your favorite shows?

This could be embarrassing. I watch Eastenders (I don’t know why, it just appears on the TV in front of me and there is nothing I can do!) Home and Away, me and my Aussie friend watch it, she even bought me a special edition magazine when she went back out there, I just love River Boys. Misfits was great, I loved Nathan, when he left I lost interest, I always find when programmes introduce new characters who spontaneously get super powers it loses its umph. I love, love love, Call the Midwife, Ripper Street, The Paradise and Mr Selfridge. I should have been born into a time of pretty dresses and gorgeous hair. Merlin, anything 100 years ago and I will probably like it. I won’t bore you with any more!

 

Thanks again Rachel, it means a lot! x

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Just one more day…

I went back to my old secondary school on Wednesday. It was strange, a place I had hated so much and fought against for years had become a memory that I almost yearned for.

I wandered back through the old corridors, I worried that they had changed the layout and I wouldn’t be able to find my way. I saw faces that I didn’t recognise, teachers that I didn’t know. Everything seemed too different, so wrong. I should still be there, wandering around in my sixth form clothes, laughing with friends, enjoying our breaks on the field in the sunshine. I saw a few people I knew wearing the old kilts and blazers and I realised how young they are.

I found myself wishing, that for just one day, or one week, I could go back there. I missed my old teachers, the banter we had in class. I missed drama, being able to be completely outrageous yet completely accepted, I even missed history, the way everyone would laugh when the teacher chose me to answer a question I clearly didn’t know. I know that I was looking at a rose tinted version on Wednesday evening, I didn’t remember the stress of exams, the pompous teachers, the pupils who loved themselves, the tears over yet more awful marks in class. Those things were forgotten as I wished I could experience it again.

I almost laughed in the corridors as I remembered the nicknames for all of our teachers, they all seemed to ring the same…Lathy, Dunny, Mardy, Bridgey, Tucker and Coopsie. Now I look back and wonder where they all started, how did we feel so comfortable with our teachers that we could rename them all with something that certainly made us feel closer to them.

Perhaps I miss it so much because this gap year has seemed so wasted, and it also forced me to grow up too quickly, I  would never have thought that I would go through the things I did, I was young, naive and felt indestructible.

Now I look forward to university, making new friends, having those fun times again and enjoying the next step in my life.

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Class of ’05

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Sunlight Chaser

Today I have decided that I am definitely a sunlight chaser. I love the sunshine.

I woke up this morning and thought it was still the middle of the night. Outside of my window hung a dreary and murky fog, it had blocked out any sunlight and left everything looking gloomy. I love waking to beams of sunlight pouring through my window and everything looking rose tinted. If I had the money I would chase the sunshine, I would have a few weeks of winter and then for the rest of the year go from warm place to warm place until I felt satisfied.  I miss the feeling of sunshine on my skin, I want to wear pretty dresses and sandals, or shorts and blouses, I need sun! And we all know that this year our summer will be as awful as it was last year. English summers are so much better, April and May are summer here. 

Oh well, one day I might have the money to actually be a sunlight chaser, and when I am sick of the sunshine I will go to Whistler or Austria and enjoy some snow!

On a more happier note I have finally started redrafting! It isn’t as awful as I had first thought. Lets all pray that I can make my July deadline. Image

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Vintage Bicycle…

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I thought I would share my excitement and post a picture of my new bike for you all to see! I picked her up last night and can’t wait to get riding her!

My plan is to paint it red or a pale blue/green. Replace the basket and paint the mudguards, chain guards and bike rack cream. Then I will ride around Cambridge looking like Miss Gulch from The Wizard of Oz.

I hope you all get as excited as me!

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Spread my wings and touch the sky…

I love inspiring lyrics, or lyrics that can mean so much to you they always stay with you. Whenever I hear two certain songs they make my heart flutter and I remember the time that was important to me. It is quite sad that both the songs are from Disney films, but I will always love a good old Disney movie.

Tangled.

And at last I see the light
And it’s like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it’s like the sky is new
And it’s warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted…

This film was watched many times after my operations and treatment because it never failed to make me smile.

One day I re watched the film when I was feeling 100 times better and the last song made sense to me.  I felt like the last few months had not been me, I was surrounded by pitch black swirling mist that refused to clear. What I realised was that it wasn’t the fog that was the problem, it was me. If I picked up my feet and walked through the mist I would find a way out. I was just lost inside it.

When I watched it and listened to the lyrics I knew that I had moved out of that fog, it was just in the distance. I think it is present in everyone’s life, but some people don’t have the strength to walk out of it, while others can leave it partially behind and watch it from the distance, and others will walk out of it and never see it again.

Brave.

When cold wind is calling,and the sky is clear and bright
Misty mountains sing and beckon, lead me out into the light
I will ride, I will fly, chase the wind and touch the sky
I will fly, chase the wind and touch the sky.

This is probably one of my favourite songs at the moment. After five months of not being able to speak, let alone sing I was losing my patience. As someone who spends most of my day singing I missed it a lot more than most people would realise. Singing, to me, is a way to release my feelings, and if I was feeling miserable all I had to do was blare out a song and instantly I would feel better. So after those five months of frustration the day I sung my first song again was one of those days, where you really cannot explain how good it feels to finally do something.

This song was one of the first songs I sung, I had been wanting to sing it for months after seeing the film, so finally blasting it out in the shower felt wonderful.

 

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