Beautiful Blogger Award!

I’m popular these days, it would seem! A wonderful bloggette has nominated me for my third award on this blog, and i’m just so excited about it! I think you guys out there spoil me with all the love and attention. And so, as is par for the course with these things, there are rules to be followed.

The Rules

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.

2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.

3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.
The Questions: 
1. What is your favorite colour?
Red
2. What is your favorite animal?
Lion
3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Ginger Ale
4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter
5. What is your favorite pattern?
6. Do you prefer giving or getting presents?
Giving. Mostly. I’m only human. (;
7. What is your favorite number?
3
8. What is your favorite day of the week?
Friday
9. What is your favorite flower?
Tulip
10. What’s your passion?
Literature. Writing. Reading. Travel. Never make me choose!
My Nominees
1. www.thesecretsofanineteenyearoldstudent.wordpress.com – This lady’s writing is daring, adventurous, and rather brave, go have a look around!
2. www.mysexlifewithlola.com– I realise I’ve nominated H.H’s blog before, however I think that because the blog award is a ‘beautiful’ one, Lola and H.H deserve to be nominated again!
3. http://storyofalice.wordpress.com/– The same as above really. The layout of her blog, as well as her style of writing, is just fantastic!
4. http://becomingmadame.wordpress.com/– Is there such a beautiful place as Paris?
5. http://howtodateboys.wordpress.com/ – A completely hilarious account of a single woman in the 21st century.
6. http://snippetsandglimpses.wordpress.com/– A very, very brave account of life with a number of seemingly insurmountable challenges. A beautiful blogger because she is very, very brave.
Thank you so much for the award guys, and thank you for reading this rather mundane post! You’re all just the very best.
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Another Award; I’m Feeling Spoiled!

So, I was perusing my blogs, and one of my favourite bloggers HH, has nominated me for two awards; the Versatile Blogger Award, which has already been kindly bestowed upon me, and the Sunshine Blogger Award, which is a fantastic honour! The rules of the award are as follows.

1.Include the award logo in a post or somewhere on your blog.
2.Answer 10 questions about yourself.
3.Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.
4.Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.
5.Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

I would like to nominate my favourites, for the Sunshine Blogger Award, mainly because, as juvenile as this sounds, they all make me smile!

1. http://storyofalice.wordpress.com/

2. http://thesexpeditionsofladyj.com/

3. http://howtodateboys.wordpress.com/

4. http://pastaforone.wordpress.com/

5. http://quieterelephant.wordpress.com/

6. http://thoughtsofleigh.wordpress.com/

7. http://becomingmadame.wordpress.com/

8. http://justtalkingaboutmygeneration.wordpress.com/

The above are the blogs I read regularly, and enjoy the most!

I am horribly aware that lately, I’ve barely posted a word. I’m trying, I really am, except at the moment, I haven’t anything to say. I’m sure there’ll be something soon, when this block has passed me by; it’s just stuck. At the moment, I am a little stuck in my own illiterate vortex, but I promise I’ll do my best to write something vaguely engaging soon!

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On Coming Home

A very short note, to prove to all of you that I haven’t abandoned the blogging-sphere. I haven’t, really, I’ve just taken a small blogging hiatus, whilst I’m on a holiday of sorts, with one of my best friends. Anyway, the holiday is drawing to a very rapid close, and this time tomorrow, I will have skipped merrily across the country, back to my own house, and my own bed. I’m very excited.

I think my love of coming home stems from the fact that when I was younger, I couldn’t wait to move out; I thought it would be the best thing ever; you know the drill. Unlimited freedom, the power to go wherever I wanted, with whomever I wanted to. The part I managed to leave out of my perfect little fantasy, was that with unlimited freedom, comes unlimited responsibility. Money, bills, rent, and so on. All those things that just sort of weren’t there when you were fourteen, and designing grand houses that you would move into, as soon as you escaped from home. I realised however, this was the most preposterous thing I’ve ever done in my life. Ever.

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Anyway, the point is, that in twenty-four hours, I’ll be back at home with my parents and little sister, and all my teddy bears. I’m nineteen in a week, and I still cannot wait to go home, put on my onesie (they look ridiculous, but it’s like being in a bag of blanket), and cuddle up with my Mum. Whenever I tell people this, they either think it’s lovely, or that I’m somehow pathetic, and not independent; I think the two concepts are not the same. Loving home, and being independent, are not the same thing. There’s a distinction to be made, and I always feel as though people should realise the difference, and appreciate things they have, whilst they have them.

So to conclude: the rucksack is packed, the train tickets are ready to go. A spot of washing, and the making of packed lunch, and we’ll land back in the homeland before you know what’s hit you. Guess who’s back?

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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This is the first award that I have been nominated for on this website, so I’m really excited about it, with many thanks to Pete Denton. I started this blog as a way to get a little more creative writing in during my time at university, and to establish an outlet for some of my observations of life there. It’s given me every opportunity to do so, and I’ve had some brilliant feedback, so thank you to everyone who has commented here! (:

The Rules: 

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this award along 15 or 20.   

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

 

Seven Things About Me:

1. I love knitting, sewing, and making things generally. I just love a good project.

2. The first story I ever wrote was based on a Miss Marple story, and I gave it a title page and colour illustrations. I made all members of my immediate family read it too.

3. I like walking, especially in pretty places, early in the morning. There’s a degree of peacefulness there, and the air is always sort of clear, and fresh. Before all the events of the day clutter the world up. (:

4. Rice pudding is my favourite dessert of all time, and cheeses, especially Stilton, are my favourite food.

5. Unlike most people, I love having a job; I even like getting up early to get there because it makes me feel I have a sense of purpose; I feel as though I have some control over everything.

6. I have been submitting pieces of writing, both long and short, to magazines for a number of years, and I will continue to do so until I break one of them down, and make them publish the ramblings of just another student.

7. I completed not one, but two AQA Extended Project qualifications for A-Level. I only submitted one, but finished off both. One in History and one in English Literature, which can be found above.

 

The Blogs I’d Like to Nominate:

These are some of my favourite blogs, but it is really hard to narrow them all down. Thank you to everyone who has had a look around my little blog, and thank you again for all the encouraging feedback! I hope you’ll take some time to look at the blogs below, and submit your thoughts! They are in no particular order; they’re all fascinating.

  1. http://quieterelephant.wordpress.com/
  2. http://cassiebehle.wordpress.com/about/
  3. http://thoughtsoflaraleigh.wordpress.com/
  4. http://jethead.wordpress.com/
  5. http://thecreativejuicer.com/
  6. http://missdemurerestraint.wordpress.com/
  7. http://becomingmadame.wordpress.com/
  8. http://thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com/
  9. http://glitterglamourfun.wordpress.com/
  10. http://mereponderizations.wordpress.com/
  11. http://ivebecomemyparents.com/
  12. http://sillymonkeyphoto.com/
  13. http://alpinasquillpen.wordpress.com/
  14. http://roboticrhetoric.wordpress.com/
  15. http://writingthroughthefog.com/

It was tough to choose only a few, but I really do like the ones I chose, and I hope you’ll all stick around, and have a look at them! Thanks for the award guys, and come back soon.

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The Rejection of Rejection

For an aspiring writer, there is nothing so disheartening as rejection. When the letter or email comes through saying “you aren’t quite what we were looking for, for this issue,” you know that what they mean is that they simply didn’t like it. Or they didn’t think it was good enough. And this fairly soul-destroying mission, of despatching one’s work to publishers and magazines, only to have it rejected, is enough to make a person doubt their ability as a writer, and to wonder why you wasted twelve pence on a stamp in the first place.

This is where there should be a motivational speech, something like “of course it was fantastic, they clearly don’t know what they’re talking about…”. Except this isn’t true. These people have spent their lives in literature. Reading it, editing it, writing it. They might be heartless, but they do know what is good. They do know what they are doing. So instead of blindly burying your head in the sand, you have to take your work, and look through it, research where it might have gone awry, and maybe even rework it, and try again. You shouldn’t let your self-worth become directly proportional to how much an editor enjoyed your work, but simultaneously, you can’t let the essence of your work change. Remember that what you are doing is what you love, but sometimes you have to rethink how you write about these things that you love. But keep writing about them all the same.

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The same sort of thing applies when one tries to find work experience. Cover letters, curriculum vitae, and sample pieces leave your hopeful little hand, and instead land on a far less hopeful desk. This desk has probably seen hundreds, if not thousands of letters just like yours and so naturally may be a little weary of them. And then the automated rejection letter pops back into that same hopeful little hand, and you feel a little bit worthless once again. However; we’re writers. We want to do well. And writers in essence, write. So we go back and write another cover letter, and keep posting them until finally there’s an acceptance letter in your triumphant hand, which means the first hard bit is over. You just have to keep irritating these weary editors and agents until they are simply forced to accept you. Someone will, eventually, assuming you are willing to take criticism and use it constructively.

This constant rejection is why the blogger-sphere is so important; we need constant and positive feedback. It’s human nature to want to have people to review our work, look at it, and tell us what is good, what is bad, and keep reading our efforts. The blogging world keeps literary hope alive when the big scary corporate people want to squash us, purely so they have fewer letters to trawl through.

So, in conclusion: I shall keep writing little letters, building my CV, and writing on my blog as often as I can. I shall keep writing, because, like someone once said, “I’m in this for the long haul.” It’s a very tough journey, but it’s extremely rewarding. Keep plugging away. Something will come of it, I’m sure.

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Twittering Away

Twitter is a mode of technology I have consciously avoided, largely because I don’t understand it and secondly, it is about updating the world around you about what you are up to. However, my little sister decided to get twitter and so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon, if only to chat to her. Upon signing up, my suspicions were confirmed; an update service, circling around the most obscure elements of everyday life. But at the same time, celebrities seem to use it as a PR tool; a way to attract attention. And blogging, if nothing else, is about promoting yourself, and your abilities, as an artist, a writer or even a photographer. So tweeting seems like a good idea.

Tweeting seems as though it’s a constant status update, looking into every aspect of your life from what you had for your dinner, what time you got up and had a morning shower, to what your recent Asda shop consisted of. And a (very large) part of me can’t help but wonder why people want to know everything about everyone else; it’s as though human fascination, or a fascination in humanity as a species, has hit an exponential scale; the minute detail of everyday life is fascinating.

Twitter however feeds into the idea of self promotion in much the same way as blogging, hence the term “micro blogging”. Businesses feed into Twitter, updating everything from their staff roster to their current activities, and in this way, often use twitter to instantly promote themselves without having to go to the trouble of employing a PR company to do twice the work, for a gargantuan sum of money, without even half the effectiveness, as a simple Twitter post that can be accessed by millions. The instant nature of the Internet makes the world a smaller place, tied together with silicone strings; there is no such thing as the Atlantic distance, because it appears straight on your computer screen.

So, I’m going to give this twittering business a try, and see if I can make some more headway with my blog, and maybe one day I’ll be promoted to the “freshly pressed” section; attempting to promote yourself these days is sometimes easier than having to go through a business, or having to be signed up to agent. Your own little space on the Internet can be created, and so you have your own domain, and a place to begin building up your attempt for world domination, one follower at a time!

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Blogging is a Launchpad

In today’s world of instantaneous Internet access, where relationships can change in a second, it is vital, if you are serious about publishing and breaking into the media sphere, to be able to write a blog, and publish regularly. The instant changes that are possible via the Internet make publishing, editing, and writing the most competitive it has ever been; editors in publishing have to sift through innumerable manuscripts, picking out only the very best, and the most marketable.

Perhaps one of the hardest challenges for a writer is the ability to reconcile their true artistic will with the potential for it to sell to a wider market. Simply put, there is a choice to be made: whether one wants to make money, or whether one wants to maintain his artistic integrity. Being able to work inside a market whilst writing exactly as one wishes to is potentially impossible.

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Blogging today however allows amateur writers to publish their work independently, and attract readers through their own merit, and of course, a little Internet wizardry. Everyone who wishes to can be a part of this community, which has spread over the last few years with an almost viral intensity; businesses, individuals, authors, musicians and academics all have some form a blog; a way to keep in touch with the real people who are interested in their work; and to this end, blogging is perhaps the greatest tool available in the corporate world; the ability to “put themselves out there” without seeking the approval of an editor, agent, or authority. It allows them to publish what they wish, publish what they believe is good, and receive approval or constructive criticism based on a peer review system.

There does however seem to be a sort of blogging hierarchy; ranging from the experienced to the newest bloggers (like myself) who seek advice from one another. This creates an informal network, with constant information available to every user of the Internet. Whilst this is generally a positive experience, the struggle to be noticed, commented on, and reviewed by one’s own peers can be soul-destroying in itself, because you could feel as though you are simply confined to the silicone scrap pile.

At this point, it would be prudent to look at the dangers of the Internet; identity issues, comment spammers, and those who act in a predatory fashion. There will always be the issue of Internet privacy, however with a little common sense, and informational discretion, problems such as this can be avoided. The key here is discretion; as with everything else in writing, subtlety is often the best policy.

For anyone hoping to start blogging as a way into the wider world, and as a way to explore different mediums of communication, I’d say go ahead, and never be afraid of commenting, following and generally being involved in other user’s forums. Being involved means that others become curious about you; and being shy on a blog is a guaranteed way to avoid people reading your work. Be brave, be bright, and consider what you want to write before you published; discretion is probably a good rule of thumb.

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