Sunday, 27 September 2009

Reunited Friends, Medieval Maiden and Story Submitting:

Well judging from the long gap between this update and the last journal entry you can only presume I've been very busy and in that presumption you will be correct.

I've lost count of the amount of Library Induction talks I've given and to be honest I think I got worse with each one I gave as I always came away from it realising only later I forgot to mention some small thing. Stumbling over my own words didn't help but it's hard to talk to a bunch of teenagers when they're all bigger than me, look my own age and clearly wonder what the hell I'm doing talking down to them.

But that's what happens when you're born 5 weeks prem and don't have a growth spurt and loose too much weight when you're 17 from having Glandula Fever and Tonsalitas at the same time. Well their my excuses anyway for my slim and tiny body. Althought my partner would disagree having witnessed my love of cheese in nearly every meal. Apart from breakfast of course.

Anyway I've been busy with Induction groups for the first time, gaining courage and confidence with the countless times I have had to tell teenagers to be quiet, put food away, no drinking in the library other than water, showing them where books are and a lot of other things.

And this is all with a cold during the last week which I still have a bit of in the form of a little cough which is something I don't often get. So I haven't really been up to updating any blog or doing much creative.

But then along came Milli! My Bestest Northern mate who finally returned my area after a year back in blessed North Yorkshire away on placement so I spent the past weekend catching up with her. I reckon we talked a lot longer than the film we somehow managed to watch without talking hehehe but we did have a years worth of stuff to catch upon because we've both been busy these past 12 months. It was thankfully with Milli that I managed to have enough strength for a shopping trip around Manchester Victoria where I discovered the huge Arndale Centre with the greatest shop ever inside - called Luvyababes! WHAT A NAME! And it was such a cool fancy dress shop and it is from there that I got my latest favourite clothing of all time - my medieval gown! You can see pics of me in along with my awesome viking inspired cloak in my profile and in gallery. I managed to wrangle my partner into photographing me so although they're not fantastic I think he managed to do me justice in my outfit.

Then having ended the weekend on the high I finally managed to complete a task I've been longing to do for a few weeks - submitt my little bit famous valkyrie story to the Interzone fantasy magazine. They do alot of stories with a modern, contemporary and unconventional or untypical twist in them and I figured my valkyrie story being set in modern times might fit quite well. So I followed their submission guidelines to the letter and sent it all off with bells on in the post last Monday (21st). Now it's the i'm-not-really-anxious-or-impatient-for-a-reply game that I must play or I will drive myself crazy with expectation everytime I open the letter box.

That is about all the news and events I have to report on so far other than I'm hoping to at least get some more reading done this weekend if not any writing because I haven't touch a good book for a while.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Me, story telling and Vikings! A little piece of my dreams come true!

The Dismorphia Viking Chronicle Newsletter has finally been released!

I did have a small problem getting into my inbox (mystery) but as I am on good terms with the Creative Director Michael Crampton he kindly sent to me the newsletter tester link so it's all the same just is addressed to 'insert name' hehehehe.

It not only features snippets of my little bit famous short story which has won the description of 'great' from Joanne Harris but it also displays some pictures of me and of the Vikings I photographed at this years Jorvik Festival in York.

Please follow this link and take a gander and may perhaps your heart be won over by the great tales of interest and wonder of our northern ancestors in what used to be the Danelaw.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Plum picking, Jam making and being brave!

This past weekend I have been out in the wind and sunshine rambling around blackberry bushes and wild plum trees - all thanks to my partner and his parents. We managed to have a bag full of plums and a sandwhich box full of blackberries. Although both mine and my future mother-in-law's fingers were died purple as some berries were a bit too ripe and exploded in colour at the slightest tug or squeeze. Upon arriving back at their place we de-seeded the plums (or do they have nuts - it was a matter of debate in the household) and put them all into a large pot to boil away with sugar and water to make a very tasty jam. From fruit to jam in a matter of hours! And all for free! Really did make me notice the price of jam in my local Co-op shop. One was a horrifying £9.99!!! A tenner! All simply because it had the words 'clover honey' and 'ten plus' and other nonesense health words to make it sound like a miracle jam for all ailments.
On another creative note I have recieved my 14 favourite picture prints and have now the horrible task of just selecting 4 to enter into the Countryfile Photographic competition - the deadline being this friday so I really have only today and tomorrow to choose. I'm just grateful I have some good work colleagues and work in a college with a photography department. I just hope one of their staff can visit me before it's too late!
I am also being brave and hopefull with my written work by entering my little bit famous Valkyrie story into the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition. With much relief I don't have to wait months to find out if I get anywhere with it as the over all winner is announced by the 19th of September so I'm told. So it's 18 days and counting on that score. *fingers crossed*.
So thats 2 things I have to keep my fingers crossed for. Plus I may be doing some free lance writing work the Dismorphia website I mentioned previously such as running a type of writing clinic on their forum once they have got one set up on their website as well as featuring my Valkyrie story there plus writing reviews or commentaries for any Viking/Angl0-saxon era events I attend. Which will be dominantly the Jorvik Festival in Febraury WOOOO!
So my name may be taking the first few steps in world domination by first appearing a lot in the big World Wide Web muwahahahahaha (only joking).

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