Someone, PLEASE explain to me…

Would someone out there please please PLEASE be kind enough to tell me WHY this particular Blog post I wrote over 8 months ago gets hits every day?
I’m pretty sure it is just a rambly post.
People don’t really search showers that much…. Do they?

Would someone out there please please PLEASE be kind enough to tell me WHY this particular Blog post I wrote over 8 months ago gets hits every day? I’m pretty sure it is just a rambly post. People don’t really search showers that much…. Do they?


Libraries and Obstacles

Soooo today was a pretty hectic day. When I woke up my Mother informed me that I had an hour and a half to eat, have a shower, get both myself and my younger brother ready and have loads of pictures from a cousin’s wedding recently printed off. I was stumped, but managed to get everything done in time for when she came back from a walk with our dog, Shaggy.

Once we dropped my brother off at his friends house and after a two hour chat with his Mom, we finally made it to the library where I needed to relight my membership candle and rejoin, then borrow 6 books- all which need to be read before college starts on the 9th of September… Well one of those books is just for my own personal reading and not really for college… But my Mom doesn’t need to know that!

There were many obstacles between then and a party I had to go to for my cousin’s two year old, and finally I have just arrived home. I am not letting this get in between me and my writing though. I have just printed off the first draft of my short story and will be reading over it and making changes to it while I do, then the rewrite tomorrow.

After tomorrow I will have a better idea of how much longer it will take me to finish this short story and when will be an appropriate time to leave it for a new project, then come back to.

I think I know what my next writing project will be, but we’ll see how it goes. I’ll be writing a lot of book reviews this year it seems as I will be reading so much, but I sure you all won’t mind- hell they’re on college courses so they gotta be good!

I’ll check in again tomorrow and let you all know how the editing goes! Goodnight all!

Home and Damn Excited

While on holiday I got to have a proper chat with Mr. Cooke about where I am in the writing mind set at the moment. The answer is very unclear as I have no idea what novel I want to write. There are a few things going around in my head, making it very difficult to narrow down my decision.

Therefore I am starting with a short story that has been on my mind for quite a few weeks now. And it being a short story it should take no more than a week or two to get it exactly right. And with this one the writing has to be sneaky, descriptive and will be really fun and interesting to phrase. Short stories depend on the phrasing and how you depict the characters, and then how they actually are. Right?

I’m pretty sure that’s a good way to start with the writing of my short story, but we’ll have to see as I haven’t written a short story in a few years- not since my Leaving Certificate exams. And that was two years ago at least now.

I think once I have something finished, something I have written in front of me, it will give me incentive to start back at my writing and will help with the writer’s block I seem to have. I know they say ‘just write when you have writer’s block’, but what do you do when you have so many things you want to write that you can’t start any of them?

Well, this is my home-made antidote to writer’s block: short stories. Having something small, definite and finished will be a huge achievement when writing has become so difficult. I’ll let you all know how it goes tomorrow, I’m hoping for my past usual of 2,000 words a day at least from now onwards. We will see how that goes….

But lets have faith for now and hope that I stick to this… No… I KNOW I can stick to this daily goal. As I mentioned before I need to have a good portfolio for the Masters in Creative Writing I plan on getting. The portfolio building begins today, sure this may only be a small foundation, but at least it’s a start!

Wish me luck!

Ideas and Blocks

For a long time now I have been in between minds on at least 4 different projects that I want to write. Today, I am just as confused as I have been all summer. I started my time editing the first draft of the first book I have ever finished, but I just couldn’t get into it. It clearly wasn’t the right time to start editing.

I have about three novel ideas and one short story which I really want to write, but I’m still unsure about what to do! I am so confused. Thankfully I am going on holiday with Mr. Cooke and his family on Saturday for a week. As my boyfriend has already decided on what he’ll be writing, he has promised to let me rant about all my ideas and help me figure out what it is I want to write.

The best part is that we will be starting back at writing when we come back from holiday, and starting our daily word count competition again. This really helps the two of us to keep writing, no matter what mood we’re in. Especially as we are both such sore losers!

I’m sure by the end of next week I’ll have a super mega idea about where I’m going with my writing, and even if I don’t I’ll have to sit down and start writing!

This post is also one just to let you all know why I’ve disappeared for a week from Saturday onward!

Feelin’ Good After the Summer

Sooooo something I did not post about last time was how much everything has changed for me since I last posted regularly on this Blog. I feel it’s better to tell you all through one post instead of any of you who remember me being confused when I mention things I would never have mentioned before.

I have also managed to reach a few goals of mine in the process of the summer (not many, so don’t get your hopes up that this will be super inspirational!) which I may as well list here too.

1) I got a job and have kept it! That’s right I am officially moving up in the world of experience and work. Not much as I only get 4-9 hours a week, but it’s still something! My name is Charlotte, I have been working in a hotel as a waitress since May, and I have only broken one glass so far!

2) I have moved out. This one is pretty huge. I have been needing a place of my own for a very long time now (almost two years) and now I finally have one! Now, I will miss my Grandparents, whom I had been living with these past two years while I attended college, but they are only a short walk and a bus ride away so I’ll be seeing plenty of them!

3) I made it into my third year of college. I don’t know how, as one of the nights before the test I distinctly remember honestly never having heard the names of any of the authors I was to write an essay on the next day, but I managed!

4) I managed to hold onto Mr. Cooke. Some of you may remember my boyfriend from his constant reference in my Blog, and we have managed to stay together for a whole other summer despite living in two completely different counties (whoop!). I know it’s sappy, but this is the most important thing I’ve managed to do all summer!

5) I did not get fat off all my baking.

6) I’ve only gotten obsessed with one thing over the summer… and that being Farmville I am proud to say I have kicked the addiction.

7) …. Wow… I am an awful person… That’s all I’ve done this summer!

Well there ya have it, any updates which have taken place, they are all mentioned above!

Goals and Achievements Here I Come!

So after deciding to start back into my Blog today, it is literally all I have been able to think about since. I know, that is incredibly sad and at 20 years old I should really have more on my mind, but in fairness work today was dragged out hugely so all I had time to do was think.

I was also meant to start writing today, but got side tracked because when I got home my Step Dad asked me to help him do up a flyer for his counselling service. Obviously, I was gonna help him out. However, I still want to do something, so I’m going to draw out a Writing Map, and map out my progress for this month, what I hope to achieve in this one month and what I actually achieve.

Of course what you want to achieve and will actually achieve are two completely different things. I always under estimate myself to make sure that I hit an actual goal, though this isn’t always the best method because I get lazy and stick to the smaller goal when I can be reaching much higher.

Though, now that I am seriously trying to apply myself, and as there is an actual deadline for the applications for the masters I’m interested in I really have to be serious about my writing and stop slacking off and just forgetting about what I’m meant to be doing. I’ll have my map done out before the end of the day, and then I’ll know exactly where I’ll be starting with my writing over the next week.

I have a few side projects at the moment, some I can talk about and some I can’t, but they will also be keeping me busy both in the lead up to and during my next year of college. Between all of this I am just after moving out with my friend, Samantha.

It is going to be one amazing, hectic year!

Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Star-crossed lovers, the ones who are never meant to be yet can never stay away from one another; Romeo and Juliet, Edward and Bella, now Luce and Daniel. This book captures young adult fantasy reader’s hearts in an instant with the tragic love story of the two main characters.

However, while the storyline of the lovers is nail biting and interesting, the book falls in certain aspects, confusing the reader mainly. The book follows a young woman named Luce who has been sent to a Reform school because of some horrific event which ended in the death of her crush from her previous school.

Luce has a dark secret which prevents her from telling the full truth about what happened on the night her crush died, and so without a convincing story, but with little evidence to prove that Luce is a killer the reform school is the answer to her parents fears and the court’s problems.

Besides the secrets Luce holds from everyone she loves Luce is a normal enough girl, until she sees the fellow reform student, Daniel. She has a distinct feeling that she has met this boy before, that she knows him. However, as she quests to find out the truth about Daniel and their possible past together the future of the world could be in jeopardy, especially if she discovers the truth.

The author, Lauren Kate is an extremely talented woman, who has created a beautiful love story and an amazing world where mortals and immortals live side by side, unknowing to the humans.

This book is beautifully written and the characters Kate has created are interesting, funny and dramatic in all the right ways. The only flaw with this book is that it is told from the point of view of Luce, who doesn’t know what’s going on in her life, or even what or who the people around her are. Because of this the reader is left as confused as Luce for the most part of this book, and with the end of the book does not come as many revelations as you would have hoped, and any which do come about are skimmed over and not explained.

As this book is the first in a series of four books it is understandable that Kate wanted to keep a few secrets and revelations for the reader, though she hints at too much and not enough is given by the end of the book. However, I will sincerely looking forward to reading the second book, as much as I had been looking forward to reading this first book (which was a lot).

The second book in the series is called ‘Torment’, again with a girl in a beautiful dress on the cover. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the current trend of Young Adult Fantasy books.

The book is set to be released as a movie in 2014, which will send fans mad as the book has been a best seller. Check out the book trailer below, and definitely read the book!