Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Experimenting...By Force

  It feels like ages since I lasted posted. (Well it's been a week, feels like forever) And it seems things are as hectic as ever. My brain seems to be all over the place. I can't seem to get it straight and focused.

 Besides all the stuff that's been going on with my family and friends, (some good, some bad. My friend's baby was christened, it was a short but sweet ceremony. Me and my friends were prepared to be in there hours.) I've been quite hectic at university.
 Any who read a previous post, I was meant to start reading Atonement for one of my classes. I'm happy to say I have, and that I'm actually quite into it.
  I love how the characters are so clear and vivid, and although the story may be a little slow and perhaps confusing (the confusion has come from the class discussions), I just love how real his characters are.
  I'm so glad I've finally found a reason to pick this up.

 In other reading I also finished the first two books in the Iron Fey series, they are everything I expected them to be. I'm currently reading My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece, I have to say at first I was wondering if I would enjoy it, but I'm hooked. It's very honest, and I find that extremely compelling.

  I have started working on my essays, the deadlines are looming! Eek. (And when I mean started...I have made bullet points.) And each week I also have to write a completely original piece of writing for my Prose class. I thought this might be easy, I have ideas and write all the time. 
 Then we were asked to write an essay. The question; Is it ok to eat animals? That was all we were given to work with. Eventually I managed to pull some ideas together, but my it was hard.
  I enjoyed the piece we had to write the week before. A memoir in third person.
 'Musical screams blasted from the state of the art speakers, repelling off the century old walls. Amie winced and stepped backwards from the vast moving lights, which were making nonsense patterns on the wall.

  She wondered what dear Albert and Victoria would say if they could hear this kind of music, not that she really felt it was music at all.'

 That's the start of my piece. It was fun to refer to myself in the third person, I don't know why, it just made me giggle.

  I've also had to start writing a ten page play. I have no idea what I'm doing with what I'm currently working on, although that isn't necessarily a surprise.

Charles: So it's true then? The old man, he's gone.
Rosa: Yes.
What are you doing here? I thought you were honeymooning in the Alps, or was it on a safari?
Charles: Hawaii actually, our flight was cancelled.
Rosa: Hawaii? There we are then, shows how much attention I pay when my brother blabbers on. Where is your new found wealth? Sorry, wife.

  That's the start. I'm sticking with this idea at the moment, but I've got a few weeks, so everything could change.

  (Also...all the above required writing is making me sad for my WIP. I have lots of revisions to be working on, and I know they are missing my attention, but me and my laptop have a deal. Work first, WIP later. It's working...sort of.)

  In other news today I met Cassandra Clare. *Excited Face* She is the author of the best selling the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices series. And author extraordinare. Also Sarah Rees Brennan was there! She is extremely funny, I'm looking forward to reading The Demon's Lexicon, and her other books.
  Cassandra did a Q & A, and Sarah was there to ask the questions pulled from the cauldron and make us all laugh.
  I got all my books signed, which made this week infinitely better.
  And I also may have a give-away occurring soon, to do with Cassandra Clare & the signing. Stay tuned.

Lastly, I was passed on this award by the wonder CD Meetens. Her blog (One Little Spark - A Writer's World) is such a great read, and I love this award. So cute. (I will be passing this on, just it's getting late now and I have rambled on for some time. =] )

Hope everyone's been well, I've been trying to keep up on blogs, if I've missed any let me know.


  1. I didn't like Atonement. What are you studying? I guessed philosophy but it also seems like English/creative writing! Congrats on the award :)

  2. Yes, you are quite busy. The courses sound exciting though. I miss college. We had a similiar week. My niece was baptized and I met an award winning author, too. Exciting stuff. Good luck with the deadlines.

  3. Sounds like an interesting week, glad your liking your course - although I bet it was strange writing about yourself in third person - looked fun though :)

    And so Jealous you got to meet Cassandra Clare! Honestly living in the north-east sucks! we get no author events here...*sigh* Anyway hope you have a good week :)

  4. I am so jealous you got to meet Cassandra Clare! SOOOOOOOO jealous! Sadly I didn't realise it was on until late last night, which would have been no good lol.

    Hope you catch up with work.

  5. Wow, sounds like you have a lot of work to do! I love the snippet from the play--so snarky! Good luck!

  6. Those snippets were both great! With the play, you really got a sense of the characters, their relationship, and what the sister thinks of her new sister-in-law - even though there was only a bit of writing there.

    And you deserve the award. I love reading your posts :).

  7. Hi Amie,
    I love the exerps you posted of your assignments in both cases I wanted to read more.
    It's a shame that you haven't been able to focus as much attention as you woulf like to your WIP but your uni work is important and only going to inform your other writing.
    If i'd realised that you were at Cassie's event I would have made the point of saying Hi in person. I'm really greatful to the support you have provided our blog!