The vast majority of the things that I like to write about over here tend to (obviously) concern books, but also usually are quite structured and not too personal. For so long now the ‘About’ page of my blog has languished derelict in the corner because I still haven’t quite figured out how to summarise myself in just a few paragraphs. Either way, I thought it might be nice, as I sit here in bed on a cold October morning, to just write a bit about what I’m up to at the moment, what I’m reading, and what I’m working on!
| UNI |
Naturally uni is the first thing for me to mention, because that is pretty much the thing that takes up 99% of my life when term is at its height. I’m currently in the second year of my English and History degree, and this year my modules have really began to start complementing each other. I’m so lucky this term in that I got to choose both of the modules that I’m taking (I only have one compulsory module this year!) and so I’m getting to really hone in on the periods that I want. I’m studying medieval literature, and the history of England from 1065-1307, so nothing too modern at all! I can live in my nice little cave of dragons and Arthurian legends for a little longer until spring term, when I’ll be picking up something only a touch more modern (and also something a lot less modern!) I recently submitted the first essay which will actually count towards my final degree classification, which is making everything feel a little bit more dauntingly real. Without a doubt my priority is study at the moment, because I have less than two years left of uni and judging by how quickly first year went – and how quickly second year is already going – I need to make sure that I’m getting every single bit out of it that I can.
| CURRENTLY READING |
- The History and Topography of Ireland by Gerald of Wales
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
- Circe by Madeline Miller
In the past year or so I’ve been getting better at not picking up too many books at once, but uni reading combined with recent releases has made that increasingly difficult… Gerald of Wales’s book is non-fiction (although there are definitely mythical creatures mentioned so I’m not sure how much faith to put in him), as is Stephen King’s On Writing, which I am absolutely adoring so far. The fact that I’ve been trying to read more creativity/spirituality-based books this year has genuinely revolutionised my reading; I feel so much more inspired and informed than I ever have before about topics which you don’t always cover in education. I know I keep mentioning On Writing, but when I’ve finished it I’m going to have to talk about it properly because I have so many thoughts! I’ve been reading Circe for a few weeks now and it has honestly put me so in the mood both to start my Greek and Latin literature module next term, and to read Percy Jackson again (although really I should focus on the books I haven’t yet read… oops.) Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning KINGDOM OF ASH. I’m so torn between racing through it and taking my time to savour every word. I guess we’ll find out what I decide in my November Reflection post!
| WHAT I’M WORKING ON |
I suppose the part about what I’m working on is the part where there is less that is concrete. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to run for a role on the student newspaper, which I did despite all of the anxiety that this would have caused in the past. I delivered a speech about why I wanted to be the features editor, but unfortunately I didn’t get it. Obviously this was disappointing to begin with, but I am mainly just proud that I actually did it. It will also give me more time to focus on my own projects and I still have the option to pitch articles whenever I want, so there’s a lot that still came out of it. I already have two article ideas that I really want to get started with, so that is definitely going to be something I’m working on in the next month or so.
Other than that, I’m also currently looking into internships for next summer and hoping that I can get something in the realm of arts or heritage. As always, I’m planning out blog posts for the future as well, plus looking into ideas for how I can start building the fiction story ideas I’ve got into something tangible. Pinterest boards are a goldmine for this! Nineteen is an exciting time and age, and I’ve got a lot of things that I’m hoping to do in the near future.
Thus concludes my little tour of things that I’m up to at the moment! It’s nice to check back in every so often and look at what you’ve achieved and what you’re aiming for. Tell me, are you studying at the moment? Do you have any projects that you’re working on?
Have a beautiful day,