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


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.

NaPoWriMo Day Three

When I read the prompt “write a charm” I thought of the Irish blessing that has always adored the one wall of my Grandmother’s house.

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

I’m not especially religious, but the blessing has always stayed with me and I have always thought it a beautiful piece of writing. So I’m going to ignore the prompt somewhat, (as I have a tendency to do), and write my own blessing for university students.

May the all-nighters be worth it.

May your grades match your hopes.

May the hangovers last not quite as long

and the housemates’ voices shush.

And until the summer comes,

may you keep your marbles where they are.


I never understood the joy of being drunk,

until I was sat on the kitchen floor of my student flat,

head bruised,

from misjudging how far to lean back,

and how quick

a kitchen counter will jump out.

10 ways to break your uni leasing agreement. (Well, almost)

Switching onto Facebook this morning, I was reminded once again, that in less than a week I will be leaving home for a university dorm room. Yesterday my feeds were filled with friends, all leaving earlier than me, and boasting about leaving their home towns behind for greener Pasteur. This morning it is my article feeds that have thrown up the impending, life altering change that is charging towards me.

‘Ten tips on how to make your dorms feel more homely’. I’ve paraphrased but never mind. This was the article trending on my news feeds when I logged into Facebook, but an image of a bedroom at least twice the size of any dorm room that I’ve ever seen, running next to it.

Some of the tips that it’s lists are quite cool. For example, you can use the fluid in glow sticks to create brilliant bedside lights. Just crack them open and pour the fluid into a jar of water, hey presto, a not quite lava lamp. Just watch out, the stuff in glow sticks will stain and it’s also really not healthy to get on your skin or consume. The light they give out will probably not do all that much either, so really, it’s simply something pretty to look at, or something that will keep you awake until you throw the closest hoodie over the jar.

Other tips are slightly more useful, albeit, a little obvious. Adding scatter cushions to your room will certainly add a bit of comfort, and make it feel more homely. However, most of the advice is useless for students like myself who are staying in dorms such as the ones at Bath Spa.

Have any of you ever read a licencing agreement for a university dorm.

Candles, as many may already assume, are a big no go. As is anything that may be attached to the walls. No glue, cello tape, tacks, pins or nails are to be attached to or put in the walls of a dorm room at Bath Spa. This means that the suggestion of posters and other similar ideas are out of the window. I can understand the university’s reasoning. Blue tack stains plaster, cello tape can remove plaster if you’re not careful and tacks leave obvious little holes. All of which would be left down to the university to repair each year before the next lot of first years moved in.

My plans are sorted though, I have numerous scatter cushions, new duvet covers, blankets, funky coloured folders and notepads. Everything I could want to make my dorm room as ‘me’ as possible.

Oh, I also have Eleanor:


Named after Eleanor of Aquitaine. I may have mentioned that I’m a bit of a history nut.