Posted in Diary Entry, life update

Life Update: Cats, Clubbing and Hubba Bubba Bubbles.

Hey everyone,

lateeeeJust a little post before I finish some others in the line up. I have been super busy with uni work, work work and magazine writing. Yes, it sure has been chaotic at the moment but I have a spare moment and thought I would give you lot a little update on my life.

The title for this one is a tad weird and most of it is in regards today so lets get cracking!

I accidentally overslept today and ended up missing my 9am and I was particularly annoyed because it was on Chaucer- my favourite!

I will admit I have been feeling a little low of late, I have had a lot on my mind (personal stuffs) but I managed to pick myself up again today.

At around half twelve I strolled into uni, dodging open day crowds and being forced to wait in the longest SPAR line known to mankind- and all for a packet of crisps, a bottle of Dr Pepper and some bubble gum! Then I walked into the door trying to get into the Impact meeting (the uni magazine) and was immediately sated with fudge from Amy the head of the Arts department.

I say offered, she was pretty much shoving it at us because apparently her gran got her 50 hubba bubbaboxes of the stuff and she’s not the fondest of fudge. Not that I’m complaining, I have the sweetest tooth to mankind after all!

We then discussed Print ideas and I now have a long list of things I need to get done varying from a week- a months time. I have 2 book reviews, another short story and an interview with two booktubers to get done.

To be fair I am actually pretty excited and as we speak I am cracking on with my latest modern Shakespeare creative writing piece. After that we looked at the new layout for the mag (editor roles etc) got depressed and then realised that me and Dan were both late for Academic Community. Whoops!

Other than that I kept blowing hubba bubba bubbles on my walk home and made a fool out of myself (seriously when do I not?) when it backfired and got stuck all over my face. I also walked to uni with lipstick all over my teeth this morning- so that’s great too!

I got bacat.jpgck a while ago and have been chatting to people in the kitchen and mainly to Naveedh.
I also went into super ninja mode and snuck Albi the cat into my room for a fuss. Before Naveedh then insisted on shooing him out. Gawd I miss my Tango. Never mind hopefully I’ll see him over Easter.

I guess the only other thing worth mentioning would be that I went out a lot last week – this seems to be becoming a habit now which isn’t good! I considered fitting that into this post but I just realised my clubbing stories are something else and will probably need a post on their own.

Look out for that tomorrow then!

See you soon,

E xxx

 

Posted in Diary Entry, life update

Update: Adrenaline, Gloves and 1920’s Style Waitressing

Hey again,

I told you there were more things I needed to update you on so here I am. exercise

Todays been a bit of a hyper day for some odd reason, I have been feeling really energised and chirpy. I wander if it has anything to do with my new exercise regime.

I have been heading to the gym quite a lot lately and doing some running. At the moment I can do 40 minutes straight without stopping but I’m hoping to increase that soon.

Today I bumped into my future housemates and current friends at uni and we popped to Mooch the student bar for a while. One of their science buddies were there and as you can probably tell I basically talked his ear off.

Poor lad, getting stuck in a conversation with me is never ending. But oh well it was fun! I am also trying to convince Molly et al. to go to a karaoke bar! I may not be a very good singer but with a couple of drinks in me I would be more than willing to get up there and have some fun.

I have a few upcoming pieces for the uni magazine that I’m going to try and get done but that can wait a while. I just want to go out and partyyyy – damn I really am turning into a typical student, eh?

Oh well, what else can I update you guys on? My mum came down and visited me last weekend and that was really funny. We went into town and I took her to all my favourite charity/ vintage shops. We picked up some matching fingerless gloves, the type with faux fur on them.

But being us we did the most embarrassing thing as it turned out we were wearing them the wrong way round the entire day! We thought we were so cool with our new gloves when in fact we looked like complete plonkers! Someone told me when I got back and I cracked up and then had to ring my mum and tell her we had them on wrong.

“The girls at work were wondering, but I told them it was Nottingham fashion!” She exclaimed. Oh my, me and my mother really are identical!

lalaOther than that, I have a new job as a waitress- a different one due to hours. This one is at a heritage site though and is really lovely. I work in a really busy cafe on the Saturday but on the Sunday I’m a 1920s style waitress in a vintage tea shop in the main manor house.

I basically just set the tables, pop the record player on and take orders. It’s really fun and I get a cute 20s style pinny and I think we’re meant to have headbands too but they got lost last weekend.

It makes me feel like I’m in the Great Gatsby or something and even means I get to sneak bits of cake, yum!

But yeah, I’m going clubbing tomorrow night and to the student bar tonight and then this weekend it’s work and a visit from Alexerino.

Catch you up soon!

-E xxx

Posted in Diary Entry, life update

Life Update: Short Stories, St.David’s Day and Falling Over… A Lot.

Hey guys,

I have just gotten in from university and yes it has been a loooong time- but I have had a lot to keep me busy. I have been writing a lot for the university magazine Impact – I have awriting short story online as well as have just done a collab with Holly on a book horoscope piece.

So yeah life’s been going pretty well at the moment – which makes me pretty suspicious.

It was really funny earlier when I was in the kitchen because someone exclaimed, “Oh it’s St. Davids day!” and there was an audible pause in the room before Monty burst out laughing and said, “Of course it is!” and then we all looked at David at once.

I have one more little story before I head off (although I have some more from the past week that I will have to chat about tomorrow). Basically, I was skipping down the road yesterday feeling very happy – even though I was late for my seminar- when all of a sudden a man with a push chair came zooming around the corner.

pengBeing a polite lass, I went to slide out of his way, but then I went a little too fast and ended up doing a 360 twist before ending up looking like a turtle on its back, on the floor.

The worst thing is that I still had my earphones in and the guy was trying to ask if I was alright. But there’s always a silver lining to these incidents- as although my knees were skinned I didn’t rip my tights and I even ended up making a friend through it!

There was a girl behind me walking who stopped and helped me up. Her name was Boo and she was a fourth year philosophy student. We had a laugh about my clumsiness and walked together to our seminars. It was really weird actually because I mentioned that I wrote for the magazine and it turned out her boyfriend had read my Twelfth Night short story.

So yeah that’s just a snippet of the goings on over the last couple of days. I’m about to head out on a walk and then come back and crack on with some work.

Chat more tomorrow,

E xxx

Posted in Diary Entry, life update

Boxing Day; Cousins, Realisations and A Lot of Trivia

Hi guys, just thought I’d have a little check in to let you know how my day’s been. I mean technically it’s the 27th now but oh well we can pretend right.

I have had a dawning realisation since being home in this town and that’s that I’ve grownwho-cares out of a lot of things. The things that were important to me before are not anymore – not in a bad sense but just that they don’t mean life or death to me anymore as they used to.

I can live without a lot of things, I even find myself turning down social interactions just so I can crack on with my writing (you must have noticed that I’ve been a lot more active on this blog). I used to care about the number of likes and views on my blog, now I just care about the therapeutic nature of writing and having a place where I can store my life and memories.

So, what have I done today?

My Auntie and cousins came down from Coventry to visit us for boxing day and to be
honest I was a little apprehensive about the idea due to all the work I have had to do. In the end I really enjoyed going down and messing around with them all. It was a lot of fun meeting my cousins new boyfriend, chatting about anime and me lecturing them both on WW2 and literature.

(They’re both about to do their GCSE’s you see)

And joking around with my Aunt and Uncle, and chasing my little 7 year old cousin around the house- although the little sod did accidentally kick me in the throat. My friend Freya would have been impressed with his karate moves aha!

And then my parents friends Helen and Alex joined us too and we chatted about books and university life. It was incredibly fun, and then my cousins et al left and we all played trivia. Danny (brother) got peed off that he didn’t know any of the answers though and went upstairs sulkily.

Funny boy.

So yeah that’s howboxing-day my days been thus far. After that, I headed upstairs, danced to some Bowie and did some linguistic work. I was going to crack on with my Hero and Leander poem but to be honest I want a whole day to invest into researching and writing that up. And I was in the mood to get some work done whilst listening to music (something I can only do when writing notes and not when I actually have to be paying attention).

But yes, this has been my day. I could probably get through another workshop for linguistics but I’m knackered and would much rather watch some netflix and drift to sleep.

Also, I might as well document that my emotions have been a roller coaster of late and I stayed up till three am last night writing angrily in my journal and listening to The Clash.

I truly am a strange one…

-E

xxx

P.S. ^^^ This is pretty much the only thing that comes up on Google Images when you type in Boxing Day gif…

 

Posted in poetry

Poem: Buckfizz & Merriment

Christmas time, when all the children are grown up

And the parents are being spoilt for a change.

When you sleep through the stocking being placed in your room

Whereas years before you were up at the start of day.

When you walk downstairs

And smell the dinner cooking

The coffee brewing

And everyone in one room – for once.

And the dinner table, laid with white, gold and red.

The streams of alcohol, freely flowing

And your mother glowing with pride

At her perfectly crisp roasties.

The Christmas crackers, terrible jokes, bad trivia games

And much much more.

These are all a part of this time of year.

No matter how much older we all get-

We’ll always reunite here.

 

Posted in fiction, short stories

The Mage’s Tale ~ Part Two, The Ophelia Chronicles

2

“Is she awake? Oooh she’s got a pointy stick!” A young girls voice with a thick French accent said. 

“Josie, she’s a mage.” Said a more serious man as I came too, letting the world blur back into existence. 

“She’s awake!” Josie exclaimed in excitement and I put the faces to the voices. I rubbed my head and looked at the woman with long blue and silver hair and a dimpled smile. She was beautiful and obviously, an elf like me but of what ability I was uncertain of. Her aura was filled with charisma and energy and I could tell we were going to get on immediately.

The other guy was a lot more angsty looking. Like a member of a rock band. He had a deep Irish lilt to his voice and was admittedly very good looking with his untidy black hair and piercing blue eyes. 

The latter of which were looking at me very unimpressed. 

I scrambled to my feet and looked at the world they’d created, I had only world bounding had always been brief – I got travel sick easily.

“I like what you’ve done with the place,” I said as I took in the sunny sky and green grass outside the castle window. I then went on to ask the more obvious question, “But what’re you guys doing here? Especially at the bottom of an icy cave.” I raised an eyebrow at the two of them. 

Josie was about to answer but the guy clapped a hand over her mouth and I could tell from the look on his face that he was willing her to be quiet before telling me anything he hadn’t approved. He stepped forward and crossed his well-toned arms.

“More importantly, who are you and how did you find us. Did the Gladiators send you?” His tone was hostile and I couldn’t help but laugh at his obvious attempt to try and use tell-tale magic to get me to spill the beans. 

My laughter put him off his spell and the black tendrils abruptly dissipated as he registered my reaction. 

“No need for that, mate. I’ll tell you what you need to know. My name’s Ophelia and I’m an elemental mage- specialities water- ironic I know. And as for the Gladiators, as if they would send someone like me! Ha! In fact, I think I’m on their most wanted list at the moment.” I twirled a piece of hair around my finger thoughtfully as I walked towards the window and absent mindedly changed the time to evening and dotted stars in the sky with a mere motion of my hand.

“How did she do that?” Josie mumbled under her breath in awe. I turned and smirked at her.

“But you still haven’t said how you found us?” He challenged, raising an eyebrow at me. I twisted and glared at him.

“And you still haven’t told me what your name is. I know hers is Josie. And what class are you both?” Now it was my turn to raise an eyebrow, mocking his stern gaze. He growled a little and stayed stubborn, “Huh, sorry what was that I couldn’t make out those incoherent noises but if you’re going to be like that then I guess there’s nothing for it but for me to find out myself. Hmmmm is it Fred?” I teased him watching him shake his head. I tapped my temple and then tried again, “Then what about Dom? No, I can tell by your face you think that I’m never going to succeed-”

“Not in a million years will you guess my name, and there’s no way I would tell a girl I had known for a few minutes and who fell out of the sky.” He said haughtily, leaning against the wall nonchalantly. I could tell that Josie, his mild companion was getting bored of this entire thing and looking at him pleadingly.

“Constantine. And you’re a wizard, naturally. A black magic wielder but fighting for the good side for once. You’re on the run from the Gladiators and eh, you thought you’d use your magic to wake and tame a dragon to your command. But that didn’t quite work out did it now?” I smirked and watched as both of their mouths fell open in disbelief.

“No way.” He remarked, looking at me with a strange expression on his face. I circled him and sat down in the middle of the room, looking up at the both.

“Oh yes way, now it’s your fault I’m stuck in this situation. I was chased by your dragon friend and now you two are going to stop hiding in this place and help me.”

“Huh?” They said in unison, looking up at me with wide eyes. I smiled, I could tell this was going to be a story to tell the grand kids.

END OF PART TWO.

Posted in fiction, short stories

A Mage’s Tale ~ Part 1, The Ophelia Chronicles

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Picture this, you’re kindly minding your own business walking through the freezing cold in a famously barren and abandoned city when all of a sudden, a strange warmth surges up from under the glassy iced ground. 

At first you might be pleasantly surprised, as I was, at having your feet warmed in the sub-zero temperature. But then upon reflection, I realised that ice really shouldn’t be that hot. And that’s when I saw a dark shape shift from under the surface. 

“Crap!” I said as the ground started to splinter around me. I started to sprint away and that’s where I will freeze frame things for a second (no pun intended… well maybe a little).

My name is Ophelia, sorceress of the south and a very clumsy one at that. I was travelling through the Desolate Parts as a favour to a wizard to find some rare crystal only found in these parts. Of course, it would only be natural for something to go wrong. 

And that something just happened to be A MASSIVE DRAGON. 

And now let’s jump back to my present situation…. 

I sprinted across the sparse plain and squinted at a fast-approaching mountain ahead. I thought I could see a gap between two large boulders and taking my chances slid to my knees and into the small crevice. Lucky I did too, as at that precise moment the dragon smashed through its icy enclosure and out into the open. 

“Phew! I was nearly dinner!” I remarked casually as I wiped the sweat off my forehead. I wrapped my long black overcoat around me and ruffled my short brown hair feeling the braids frozen into place by the winter storm outside.

I looked around the dank space in front of me and saw the glimmer of a light in the background. I clicked my fingers and a blue flame summoned itself, alighting the path in front of me. 

The space was a lot bigger than it first gave away and as I walked through the cave I saw several different trails winding off into different directions- one of which the shimmering light was at the end of. 

“This better not be another bloody dragon,” I muttered to myself as I shifted my staff into enemy mode. I surrounded myself in a energy barrier and edged forward making no noise at all as my expert training came into play.

Now I could hear the din of voices as I got to the end and there was an abrupt drop down into the murky darkness, again with that singular glow lost amongst it. 

“Okay Ophelia, here’s the plan- we’re going to use a simple floating spell and-“

Yes, and then I fell. I did say I was known for my clumsiness. 

I let out a scream as I tumbled into the darkness and just prayed I wouldn’t be dead by the end of it. The orb was getting closer and closer now and the voices were rising in pitch. 

“What the….” I said aloud as I realised too late that it wasn’t a lantern that I was falling towards but rather a portal of some sorts. 

I tried to pull back up but it was too late. My staff was a lazy thing even on a good day and right now it really couldn’t be asked to get me out of a very very sticky situation. So instead I braced myself for wherever I would end up. 

END OF PART ONE.

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