PSA

Well,

Hey everyone! I have some blog-related service announcements.

Firstly, I will be taking a short hiatus. Being online every day for three weeks has been more challenging than I anticipated, and I am kind of behind on my summer reading. Therefore, I’m going to be taking a week off and will be back online at the start of September.

Secondly, when I am back, I will not be online everyday, for obvious reasons. However, I will aim to be posting twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday evenings (GMT).

Thirdly, we were tasked with coming up with a feature. At first, I had no idea, but with your help I soon had too many ideas! So without further ado, I present to you… Feature Fridays! (Or FF for short). Every Friday, I will do one of three feature-themed blog-posts. Either:

Blogspiration- a blogpost dedicated to one of you lovely people! I will give someone a shoutout and tell you all why you should check them out.
FQA- Also known as ‘Friday’s Questions and Answers’ (see, it’s a play on FAQ. My creativity knows no bounds.) I will post a message the day before and you can ask questions on that post, or I’ll just answer questions left on any blogpost if that makes it easier.
Fangirl Fridays- the lovely Whitney helped me come up with this one! In this feature, I’ll take something that I’m ‘fangirling’ about, and share it with all of you!

And at the end of every month, I will do a ‘Monthly Madness’ review, in which I’ll ask for your feedback: what you liked, what you didn’t, what you’d like to see more or less of, or even if you have a cool idea you’d like to share!

I look forward to interacting with you all in the future. See you next week!
El x

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What do you want from me?!

Hi everyone,

Blogging101 is drawing to a close, and I cannot stress enough how amazing it has been meeting you all and learning so many new things! I must confess that I’ve found it difficult to be present on here every day, so my posting has lapsed somewhat. I feel like posting twice a week should be a feasible schedule to stick to, and if it’s not, I’ll make changes after I’ve tried it out. I’ll be posting every Wednesday and Friday evening (GMT). Now to today’s task: coming up with a feature for my blog. I’ve been brainstorming for a while but I really can’t think of any good ideas. I don’t do enough photography/cooking etc to do a regular feature like the ones suggested. I was thinking of maybe be doing a Q&A once a month? Is that something you’d like to see me do?

Please put your opinions in the comments: tell me what you’d like to see from this blog!

I have a few posts lined up for the next couple of weeks, so I’ll see you then! Ciao x

Community Service

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Community Service.”

Your entire community — however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues — is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. Got your attention? Good. On with the show.

This post is addressed to a particular audience: people at my school. This is a conundrum of sorts, seeing as I hope that no-one I know, least of all anyone from my school, will ever find my blog. But this is all hypothetical, so let’s hypothesise.

Dear people at my school, please stop believing that I care what you think. I never really have, and I definitely never will. I’m fortunate enough to be weird, not care about fitting in, and have an incredible support network of amazing friends. I’m not your average nerd- where in other schools, kids like me float around in groups of two or three, here we all gravitated towards each other, creating a small army. I noticed that the bigger the group got, the quieter the sniggers.

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Dear people at my school, I noticed how you are fine around me until Kittykat turns up, and then inexplicably you find it hard to be a decent human being. Why is that? Sure she’s a bit different, sure you’ve never liked her, but you know, you’re not all that great either, and I manage to put up with you most of the time. Grow up. This was fine when we were 11, but some of you are nearly 18 and you’re still behaving like idiots.

Dear people at my school, please stop spreading rumours that me and Kittykat are dating. It’s terribly unimaginative of you.

Dear people at my school, I hope you peak in high school. It’ll be funny to watch.

Dear girls who sat on the table next to me in year 11 and gossiped about me and my friends with my poor friend on your table, jokes on you. You all undermine each other. You all betray each other. You all belittle anyone and everyone to bolster your fragile egos. I hope you’re happy.

Dear other people at my school, thank you. Thanks for being at least less awful than people at other schools. Thanks for understanding exactly what I wanted- not necessarily a friend, just friendliness. Thanks for generally being accepting, cool people. I’m sorry that the minority of idiots are loud enough to take all of my attention. Drama family, I love y’all. You’re so cool. Thanks for being inclusive. I shouldn’t have to thank you for that, but I want to. Because it’s all I’ve ever wanted but never had. Dear friends, this should be a given, but you’re awesome. I’m honoured to have met such awesome people.

That’s all for now. Hopefully some of you will have matured over the summer. If not, thank god for A levels limiting my idiot intake. Also, hefty disclaimer, this doesn’t apply to a good 2/3 of you.

Bye!

Liebster award!

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Hey everyone!

So I just finished writing my premio Dardos award post, and after a minor family diversion I come back to find not one,

not two,

but THREE nominations for the Liebster award! I’m so flattered and completely bowled away by just how loving and supportive this community is! Thank you all so much to Rashmi, Ingrid and Krstn for the nominations! These three women all have amazing blogs that you should definitely check out!

Here’s how it works:

Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
Lastly, COPY these rules in your post.

Okay, so here are my answers to the questions on Mind and Life Matters:

  1. What is your dream vacation?- I would love to have a ‘drama world tour’, seeing all of the different kinds of theatre all over the world. If I could, I’d go to Bali, Australia, Russia, Cape Town, Broadway, and finishing up at London’s West End.
  2. Which is your all-time favorite book?- This is a really hard question, as I think each stage of your growth and development opens up a new literary style to you. I’d say my favourite book from childhood was ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. It’s a story about an orphan girl who travels to the Amazon. The location is exciting and exotic, the conspiracies are gripping, and even then the message about British colonialism and refusal of different cultures struck a chord with me, as well as the hypocrisy of ‘good breeding’.
  3. What’s your poison?- Pimms. My first alcoholic drink, my favourite, the one I convince all my friends to try. I have quite a sweet tooth, so it was originally the only thing I liked.
  4. If you could choose to change one thing about yourself, what would it be?- I think I would make myself handle rejection better. In the industry I’m going into, you’ve got to be tough as nails if you want to keep your spirit up. The other day, when I had got a B instead of an A in my drama practical, I ended up crying to my mum about it, which is just a bit pathetic.
  5. Blogging – Why?- I’ve always enjoyed writing, and when I was younger I thought I’d publish my diaries (which I now know is a terrible idea), so I was interested when I discovered blogging. I originally thought I’d start a blog at 16, but I never did. I was on the Daily Post when I saw the post about Blogging101, I thought ‘it’s now or never’. So I signed up, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
  6. If you knew that you had only 1 day left on earth and you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?- I’m not sure if this includes the laws of physics, because if it didn’t, I’d travel all over the world. Of course I couldn’t do that in a day. This is going to be super cheesy, but I think I’d spend the day with my family (all the extensions as well- grandparents, uncles, aunts, all fourteen of my cousins). And then I’d have a sleepover with all of my friends. We’d all just have one drink, so we’d be open and honest without having silly drunks. We’d sit out in the garden and look at the stars and talk about anything and everything.
  7. Who, according to you, is a Friend?- Haha, funny order of questions, guess who I was just talking about! A friend is…someone who can see you, as you are, and go “yep, this is the kind of person I want to associate myself with.” They are the family you choose, except in my opinion the best friends aren’t chosen. They are there through everything, and yet they are the least appreciated relationship in society. Above all, a friend is loyal.
  8. Favorite Pet – Dog or Cat?- Ooh. I’ve never had either. Kittykat will probably hate me for saying this, but both my parents had dogs who they loved. Also I’m slightly more allergic to cats.
  9. Your dream date would be with…?-….. No comment.
  10. What do you do just before sleeping at night?- I try to read a chapter of a book before I go to bed, but sometimes I don’t have time.
  11. Complete the sentence: “Love is….”- Love is…. unexpected, not necessarily in the shape you’d imagined it to be, and essentially, what we all strive for in some way, shape or form.

Okay, now for the questions asked on Ingrid on the Grid:

  1. What’s your favorite scent?- That’s a really difficult question. If I made a vial of amortentia, I suspect it would smell of melted chocolate, the sea, or a woodfire.
  2. What was the most valuable thing you bought online?- In terms of currency, the most expensive thing I’ve ever personally bought was a dress from America, about three years ago. It wasn’t an expensive dress, but the postage was extortionate. I really loved that dress, and brought it with me on a school trip to Berlin, which was my favourite school trip to date.
  3. What was the last book you read? Why did you read it?- The last book I read was the Diary of Anne Frank, because one of my audition monologues for drama school is taken from the 1959 production of the same name. I’d read it before, at age 11, when I hadn’t really absorbed it. Reading it again was really gratifying, and I think I could have done with reading it at 14. She’s a lot more intelligent than I was at 14, but she did have a lot of time on her hands. It also made me realise how much we romanticise her. Everyone paints her as this perfect angel, but she was ultimately a depressed, bisexual teenage girl who sometimes wrote horrible things about her parents and other residents of the Annexe. However, she was an extraordinary writer and amazingly brave and kind-hearted, to keep her faith and ideals in a time when everyone was abandoning theirs.
  4. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had the chance to do yet?- Have a speaking role on TV. I haven’t been on TV full stop yet, but I’d love a chance to act in front of camera. Aside from that, I’d say visit Bali and watch Balinese theatre.
  5. Do you have any lucky items or traditions?- Before any horribly nerve-wracking thing, I always listen to a few particular tracks on YouTube- Kill Your Heroes by AWOLNATION (simply for the lyric ‘Never let your fear decide your fate’ which is my life motto), Move by I Fight Dragons, Hero by I Fight Dragons, Smile by Mikky Ekko (I know the lyrics are a little morbid but it really calms me down for some reason), Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy, and Centuries by Fall Out Boy. i have a very eclectic music taste okay! I also say to myself “Can’t sing, can’t act, can dance a little’ (according to myth, this comment was made about Fred Astaire)!
  6.  Favorite movie quote (or book quote, if you want).- I’ll do both in one! “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”- AA Milne, Winnie the Pooh. I’ve thought of another- “Everything will be alright in the end, and if it is not alright, then it is not the end.”- The best exotic marigold hotel
  7. If you could invent something, what would you invent?- I’d invent some kind of anti-procrastination tool, or maybe something that makes you work faster and more efficiently. I’m hard-working, but when I don’t want to work, I can’t. it would help me out loads!

Finally, here were the questions posted on Beauty Marks:

  1. Tell me about your fondest childhood memory.- I’m not sure if it’s my fondest. but one of my favourite memories is when I found out I had got the part for the main character of a voice over I auditioned for. We were driving home from somewhere, and my dad asked little ten-year-old me “How do you feel?” “Gobsmacked!”
  2. What is your favorite holiday and why?- In terms of place, I went to South Africa for three weeks. That was my only time out of Europe and it was amazing. In terms of school holiday, Christmas. Although I love the summer for it’s length and the fact I can do stuff with my friends in the sun, the routine of Christmas is so comforting- I have had the same Christmas Day timetable all my life, and it’ll be weird when I can’t do that anymore.
  3. What prompted you start blogging? What made you continue blogging?- I answered the first half earlier in this post, but I intend to continue blogging because of the amazing feedback and support I’ve had from the community! Thank you all!
  4. If you could visit anywhere, at no expense, where would you go and why?- Probably somewhere kind of dangerous that i wouldn’t normally because of expense and risk, like Borneo, or the Amazon rainforest, or the Arctic.
  5. How would you spend your ideal day?- In a rehearsal, or filming/recording during the day, and a party with my friends in the evening.
  6. When you’re feeling down, what’s the best way to cheer you up?- Dancing around in my room, probably to Mika.
  7. Are you content with the way your life is right now? If not, what changes are you making?- I’m fairly content with my life. I’m trying to be more assertive with people who try to push me around, and I’m trying to have more self-belief (because if I go into drama doubting myself, I do badly, and then it’s a vicious cycle). I also want more work experience, so I’m getting headshots and setting up a Spotlight account.
  8. What is your definition of ‘bliss’?- The feeling of warmth that covers you like a blanket when you know, no matter what, everything will be okay.

My nominees are:

My questions are:

  1. What is your favourite ice-cream flavour?
  2. Would you rather live in the city or the country?
  3. If you could study anything for free, what would you study?
  4. What’s the most-listened to song on your iPod/music device?
  5. Why did you start blogging?
  6. Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  7. What is your Achilles heel?
  8. What’s your favourite film?
  9. If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be?
  10. Is there a film you’ve been meaning to see, or a book you’ve been meaning to read?
  11. What’s the future you envision for your blog?

That’s all for now. Happy blogging!

Double Whammy!

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Hello everyone. I came home, logged on, and what was the first thing I saw? A nomination for the premio Dardos award, by the lovely wordscoffeeandlacedresses. I am so honoured! I never thought I’d ever be nominated for an award, let alone so quickly after starting my blog! Please go and check her out, she’s an amazing writer and a lovely person! Partway through writing this post, I went out to the theatre (watch this space for a review) and came back to two nominations for the Liebster award! That’s for another post, though.

The rules of the award are as follows:

The Premio Dardos Award Rules:

1) Include the Premio Dardos Award Picture and the name of the person that nominated you (Include a link to their blog)

2) Nominate 15 other blogs and notify them!

3) Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog and link back.

So without further ado, here are 15 blogs that are my favourite! Please go and check them out as they’re lovely people who write good quality blogs. In no particular order:

  1. teacupandcake– My favourite part of this lovely persons blog is their book reviews. Their grasp of language and witty writing style makes even the reviews for bad books entertaining! They haven’t posted in about a month, but hopefully they will continue to produce quality reviews!
  2. Only 100 Words– Sonyca’s inventive stories makes this one of my favourite blogs. They give you just enough information to set the scene, but then leave the rest to your own imagination to develop. Dark and mysterious, Once Crossed is the first story I read, and I’ve been hooked ever since! I would also recommend you check out her top three stories of the month.
  3. Sarah’s Attic of Treasures– Sarah/Debbie Sue is an amazingly supportive blogger who writes lovely personal blogposts. She also reblogs loads of stuff she enjoys reading, which really engages with her audience.
  4. Meg Sorick: writes better than she dresses– Meg is super supportive and helpful, and is an active member of the blogging community. She’s also an author, which is cool beyond words, and you can buy her book on Amazon.
  5.  Beauty Marks– Krstn is a great blogger, she does a wide range of blogposts, for example advice or personal. The first post I read of hers was 5 things to do by yourself and I loved her writing style, and the way she lays out her blog.
  6. Unorganised Chaos– Laura is an incredibly intelligent, witty writer who has just started a new job (congrats!) Her personal anecdotes are always a joy to read and I feel she really deserves this award. My favourite posts include My Results Day and The Plant.
  7. James Proclaims– James is an incredibly funny and witty writer, with all the glowing praise and supportive nature you’d expect from a teacher! He has regular features, including James Complains, which is one of the few things left on the internet that actually makes me Laugh Out Loud.
  8. Backpackers Diary– Chris combines the different subjects of photography, writing, and travel with expertise, effortlessly blending them together to make a visually appealing blog. My favourite post is still The Purpose Driven Sunset, which combines beautiful photography with philosophy.
  9. Ingrid on the Grid– Ingrid blogs, ‘when no-one’s watching’. She’s an introvert with an amazing writing style, and a lovely spirit. One of my favourite posts is Bring on the Chips, Because This Post is About to get Cheesy.
  10. Cathy Lynn Brooks– Author of ‘Not my Story to Tell’, Cathy is dedicated to educating and improving the visibility and representation of people with mental illnesses, a very honourable cause. She writes touching personal posts.
  11. Randles Reviews– Jordan is not only a lovely person, but he also writes really thorough film reviews. He evaluates the story, direction, sound, and how it relates to the world around us and today’s society. When it comes to films, his word is gospel!
  12. They call me Sasha Fierce– Sasha is a new mum, and she writes a lot about the (steep) learning curve that is motherhood. Her anecdotes are sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and she’s a very versatile writer.
  13. blogging en pointe– This post wouldn’t be complete without a bit of sisterly love. Yes, I’m awarding my sister, but it’s not an empty gesture. Anna is an amazing writer who has a lot of potential, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her blog, hopefully her posting won’t be too infrequent!
  14. Aix Marks the Spot– Abbie is a really lovely and helpful blogger who is currently doing a year abroad in France. Topics she covers include travel, food, and books. One of my favourite posts is Quit Your Yearning, And Live Like The French, which details the culture clash of moving to a different country, and accepting a different way of life.
  15. Erratic Motivation– A blog all about a problem I think we can all relate to- procrastination, and the quick abandonment of a new skill when the going gets tough. I also love the more personal posts, for example The Record of Amy.

That’s all for now! I also have my Liebster award nominations, plus a theatre review, coming soon!

Days 8 and 9: Playing Catch-up

Hello everyone. Sorry for my incredible lack of presence on here over the last couple of days. Today was my Results Day, so I’ve been pretty tied up with all of that. I got my results at around ten past eleven this morning. A in drama, Bs in everything else (English literature, French, German). At first I was a little disappointed, because everyone had been convincing me I’d get straight A’s (like my best friend Kittykat, who is a genius). I got one mark off an A in the practical half of my drama exam, which annoyed me more than it should have. As you’ve seen before, I struggle with self-confidence in terms of my abilities in my favourite subject and future career choice, which isn’t exactly great, but I’m working on it. This fabulous day was all topped off with four of my friends deciding that they couldn’t be bothered to hang around with the rest of the group, so they wandered off, which was charming. Luckily, I have an amazing inner circle of friends who I can always count on to not ditch me, so we all had each other to hang out with.

Now, to today’s task: commenting on different blogs and making a post inspired/dedicated to one of the posts you read. I will put links to the posts that I left comments on at the end of this post, but the one I’ve decided to dedicate a post to is krstn‘s lovely post about things to do on your own. Now, in a little over twelve months, I will be moving out in some capacity, whether I go to uni, or drama school, or do a year abroad. Although I am a bit of a recluse by nature (I am the life and soul of the party but when it comes to my family I can’t seem to stop myself from shutting them out), I have only just realised what it will be like to live completely alone. I take for granted that, even though I can and do stay in my room all day, my mum will yell up and ask me if I want a cuppa tea, and we will sit and chat for an hour. Even in halls of residence, nothing quite beats talking to your mum.

As this is the case, here are some things I enjoy doing on my own! Please leave your own solitary hobbies in the comments below!

  • Take a walk. I live in the suburbs of a seaside town, and only now I’m leaving soon can I appreciate the complete and utter beauty of the place I’ve grown up in. Sometimes I will walk around with the worlds biggest grin on my face because the world is so amazingly beautiful and I’ve been blessed with the ability to see it all in technicolor (with the help of prescription glasses of course). It’s more pleasant to walk in sunnier months, but getting some fresh air, no matter how inner-city your neighbourhood is, is definitely good for the body and soul.

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  • Talk to yourself. As I explained in the comments of the original post, when left to my own devices I will pace up and down, glass of water in hand, spouting out a stream-of-consciousness at an increasingly high volume until I’m nearly shouting my inner monologue to the rooftops. It’s surprisingly therapeutic (unless someone walks in, that’s just awkward) and I think it’s helped me to gain confidence and have a better understanding of my speech (and writing) patterns.
  • Go to the theatre. I didn’t really enjoy going to the theatre on my own before, until I went to see the amazing ‘This is How we Die‘ by Christopher Brett Bailey. I went on my own and was really glad, because it was so freaking amazing I just needed to be left alone at the end. Also for any theatre nerds, you can take notes and only strangers will judge you.
  • Reach towards your phone. Okay, this is an Unpopular Opinion: I love spending time on my tech. I have an iPad and iPhone, and if I’m on my own they both provide me with endless entertainment. When left on my own, I can go on YouTube, dance to loud music in my room, write a blogpost or just some fiction, or just contact my friends. Many people with Facebook may have a groupchat or two they’re a part of: my list of active ones is too long to put here, but I can keep up with my group of friends who go to my school, and I can also talk to my group of drama friends, who are as far afield as Prague and Bahrain.
  • Exercise. I like exercise as much as the next person (which is, generally speaking, not a lot). However, when faced with the option of being judged at my terrible lack of fitness at the gym or exercising in the comfort of your own home, it’s a bit of a no-brainer for me. You can put on whatever music at full volume, take breaks when you want, and no-one will see when you fall flat on your face when trying to do yoga (it happens to the best of us).

Here are the other blogs I looked at, they’re all really good and you should check them out!

https://smilingpuffin.wordpress.com/about/

https://baguettesbuntingsandbidets.wordpress.com

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/five-quick-ways-to-improve-your-photography/

Till next time!