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Writing, Studying And Attempting To Have A Life Somewhere In Between

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I’ve pretty much stopped writing over the last month. Which is bad because I have a poetry reading coming up and so far my ten minute slot is occupied by silence. I am simply not arty enough to pull off ten minutes of silence people! What am I going to do?

The simple answer would be, of course, to write some flipping poetry. Except I’m already supposed to be writing my dissertation… and two research projects… and two 3,000 word essays…and I may also have a couple of posters to finish for final assessments.

I’m pretty much swamped.

I’ve been trying to take some time to myself. Eating out with the boyfriend, watching a little T.V, musing over random lines of poetry while driving in the hopes that something will click… but that’s about it.

My blog has sat gathering dust for almost a month, I realised that I’ve not done a single book review as far as I know, I realised I’ve not read any books front to back for almost three months, and I realised that in five weeks I finish university and I’m supposed to start a grown up life!

Someone find me a bed to crawl under so I can hide.

Anyway. Darkened Daughter is currently sat at around 10,000 words awaiting the 15th of May when my last deadline is finished and I can sweep her into my loving arms once more. I’m intending a flurry of C.V/flash fiction/novel writing for those few weeks. [C.V because I need a job. A proper, grown-up one that will pay for things like rent.]

So! A rough schedule For June! [Because I’m going to be on hiatus then so I can get all this uni work out of the way.]

June 1st: An Unusual Formation [The Expanded Short Story]

June 3rd: Friday Fictioneers

June 8th: Headquarters Update [Central Command]

June 10th: Friday Fictioneers

June 15th: Headquarters Update [Safe Haven]

June 17th: Friday Fictioneers

June 22nd: Darkened Daughter Update

June 24th: Friday Fictioneers

June 29th: Book Review

So this is my attempt to structure for June so that I don’t flounder when it comes back to blogging regularly.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on her first novel ‘Darkened Daughter’ and attempting to put together a collection of poetry in the hopes of submitting to publication in 2020. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers here on Writing and Works.

4 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t beat yourself up too much, ever since I’ve started uni (almost a year now), I’ve not done any creative writing! I’m really hoping to dedicate most of my summer to writing and catch up on lost time. Do you find yourself often sticking to the hours you set yourself to write?

    • I’m not really someone who sets themselves hours, though I try and make sure I take part in writing exercises such as Friday Fictioneers most weeks and when I sit down to write Darkened Daughter I always try to get somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 words down onto the paper.
      What are you studying at Uni?

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