A while ago I submitted my poem ‘Nutshell’ to The Student Wordsmith. And then yesterday came some wonderful words in my inbox …
I am writing to you to thank you for entering The Student Wordsmith’s debut creative writing competition,‘YOU’ is for University.It is with great pleasure that I inform you that your work has been successful, being selected for print in our first creative collection, due for release this October.
Something struck me the other day. I’ve been wondering for a while whether or not I would (ever) be classed as a Londoner. In the three years I lived there I’ve become quite adept at sussing out how to get around and can spot a tourist from a mile off. When I’m back in rural Sussex (which I am now) I sorely miss the conveniences I’ve become accustomed to, such as being able to spontaneously hop on a bus, or order in Japanese (or get it at all for that matter).
However I don’t think I’ll ever be a true Londoner–part of me will always be where I grew up. It was when I decided that that the phrase ‘permanent tourist’ came to me, and I think it rings true for what I was for three years (obviously slightly stretching the definition of ‘permanent’, but if you’d asked me even a year ago I’d have told you I was going to stay in London forever–or at least try to).
Of course, I’m not really permanent any more. I wish I had thought up the expression before moving away from London. Still, should I move back one day, I will certainly adopt it.
(Anyone who’s found their way here from my fanfiction might recognise the reference.)
Link of the week: 99 life hacks, great ideas for saving money, time, energy and the environment (not necessarily in that order). Includes lots of big images.
Pin of the week you’ll enjoy even if you’re not a geek like me (I think) (needs to be enlarged to read the sign):
Not my most imaginative title, I know. Apologies for the delay in posting another … er, post. It’s that time of year when I eat, sleep and dream deadlines, and a cold threatening to cripple my ability to study has not been helping. So I decided to keep this a quick and easy one with little text.
I just completed a mock cover for my short story Unseen Injustice as part of my Genre coursework (left).
Criticism welcome, as long as it’s polite and constructive criticism. I did consider a career in graphic design, though instead chose to pursue a career in writing. But I don’t think I’m too bad at it.
I’m doing this post during a short break between collecting images for my Aquila cover. I’ll put that one up here too when I’ve done it.
Having a very successful 1st of December. (Pinch punch to all readers and no return!) So far I have completed my second draft of my superhero story, “Aquila”–with punctuation no less–and my first draft of my next song for class, “Woodcutter”. Praise the Lord! I even have ten days left to edit the latter before it’s due for workshopping. And although the former needs cutting down by 700 words, that’s the easy bit. My target of having that module finished by the Christmas holidays is looking more likely!
I also hit my first 100 tweets by announcing my successes. What a day!
I’m going to move back to my “Nutshell” poem now, to try and get the revision in a decent state for my tutorial. And then after that, probably play with some fanfiction. After my achievements this morning alone, I think I deserve it.