01:40

‘A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.’

Astrid Lindgren

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00:37

‘He knew why he wanted to kiss her. Because she was beautiful. And before that, because she was kind. And before that, because she was smart and funny. Because she was exactly the right kind of smart and funny. Because he could imagine taking a long trip with her without ever getting bored. Because whenever he saw something new and interesting, or new and ridiculous, he always wondered what she’d have to say about it – how many stars she’d give it and why.’

Rainbow Rowell – Attachments

00:14

I recently conducted my first interview with a participant for my Honours Project! The whole interview was recorded on an audio recorder and I just finished transcribing it. Listening to my own voice was a strange process of thoughts like, ‘Do I really sound like this?’ and feelings of intense embarrassment arose.

There are a few things I realised from conducting my interview and a few improvements I want to make for my next one.

  1. I ‘umm’ and ‘ahh’ quite a bit.
  2. I tend to lift the tone of the end of my sentences.
  3. I use the word ‘like’ as a filler word.
  1. The ‘umm-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ comes from a lack of rehearsal in my questions and the internal changing of formal wording into an informal one. Next time I want to be more practised in asking questions and know what I am talking about. Also I want to be able to come across as confident in asking questions.
  2. This is something which has been pointed out by another one of my university tutors. She said that (during my presentation) I made the end of my sentences higher in tone than the rest, which suggested I was questioning the fact. Of course when asking questions, it is supposed to sound like a question, so the lift at the end is perfectly okay. However, in other contexts it is not. I think that it links back to the lack of confidence and rehearsal in point 1. I subconsciously doubt myself and question it, which comes out in my speech. I aim to correct this by my next interview.
  3. This is one of my pet peeves yet I do it myself. Listening back to the audio recording was like torturing myself. In almost every pause or gap in speech, I inserted a ‘like’. It is so unnecessary and adds no value whatsoever. I tend to use it more when I am trying to explain something which is something I need to do in my interviews, so I need to stop this habit. My boyfriend advised me not to be scared of taking pauses in speech as it is not awkward if there is a gap in the middle of a sentence. I aim to cut out the use of the word ‘like’ as a filler, not just for the purposes of these interviews but for my speech in general.

23:42

I recently finished reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I think I started reading the book with too many expectations drawn from the media’s explosion over it because of the film adaptation. From many peoples’ reactions to the film I expected to cry and be sucked into the story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, but mostly I expected to cry.

As I always try and read the book before watching the film adaptation I did just that with TFIOS. I know that the film has been very popular since its release but I have yet to see it. The book I found to be a little disappointing and not up to the hype of the film. Maybe this was caused by the blown up ravings of a younger audience or my own level of expectations. I will say that it is well written and gives the reader a snippet into the life of a cancer battler. I feel like I should have enjoyed it more, nevertheless I am glad I read it.

Did I cry? No. I felt a certain sympathy for the characters involved but not to the point of tears. As a twenty-something, I feel the target audience of this book was not for me. I always thought I was connected with the youth culture of today however this book enabled me to see the disparities between me and my younger peers.

00:26

I like spontaneous days out and trying new things. As much as I like to have set plans and schedules, days of spontaneity also hold a place in my heart. I like to enter details into my phone calendar of where I was, who I was with, from what time to what time. My holidays in 2014 had itineraries that were meticulously planned. Whilst organisation makes me feel like I am in control, sometimes not knowing is a better choice.

23:22

Liebster Award

Hello! I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by a fellow blogger so this is my post answering questions and asking a few too. Nominees will be listed at the end of this post!

 Here are the Official Rules for accepting the Liebster Award:

  1. Put the Liebster Award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer the questions given and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominees.
  3. Nominate 8 other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post.
  4. No tag-backs.
  5. You must tell all the blogs that you have nominated them.

1) Last thing you think before you go to sleep?

I tend to think about a lot of things: what my plans are for the next day, what I’m going to wear, what food I’m craving and things I need to do.

2) What’s your favourite comfort food?

Apple pie with custard (especially if it’s homemade!)

3) Favourite book/film/TV show?

Book: As of right now, The Book Thief (Markus Zusak).

Film: The Lion King. I know it may be seen as childish but I can sit down and watch this any time, and yes the Hamlet storyline means I should probably be saying Hamlet but a meerkat and warthog doing the hula. Enough said.

TV show: Friends, because “a promise between friends means never having to give a reason.” And I recently bought a Central Perk t-shirt which has been my best decision already this year.

4) What do you hope to achieve with your blog?

I never really set out with an aim to this blog, it was always just a safe space where I could write down my thoughts and opinions. That led to book reviews and quotes and it has developed from there. I hope to be able to improve my writing techniques and to share with like-minded bloggers.

5) Is there a quote or phrase that resonates with you?

All of the quotes I post on my blog are relatable to me in some way, shape or form, however my memory sucks so I very rarely remember any of them fully.

6) Tea or coffee?

Tea! I feel like with the abundant number of cafes in Edinburgh I should drink coffee, but alas, it tastes bitter and horrible in my mouth. Tea without milk and no sugar, please.

7) Thing that never fails to make you smile?

Any Friends episode! One of my favourites is TOW The Embryos because “THAT’S NOT EVEN A WORD!” will always be funny.

8) 3 things you want to try and do this year?

Find a job (because I graduate from university in July and that is a scary thought).

Be more active in posting on my blog.

Leave the past in the past and find a future (this may be from a Simple Plan song, just maybe).

9) 3 words that you think other people use to describe you?

Sarcastic, shy and mature.

10) Favourite colour?

Navy blue.

My 10 questions are:

  1. What was the reason for starting your blog?
  2. If you could pick one fictional character to be your friend, who would it be and why?
  3. What is the best prank you have ever played on someone else?
  4. Where is the best holiday destination you have been to?
  5. Are you a day person or a night owl?
  6. When was the last time a stranger did something genuinely nice for you?
  7. What is your favourite home cooked meal?
  8. Do you still see yourself blogging in a years time?
  9. What is your proudest achievement?
  10. What is your favourite way to make someone’s day?

I nominate:

Miss Tutored

Salut, Rachel

Crumbles Away

Publishing Insights

Anna Bayes

My Thoughts Are Pollution

Refreshed

A Reader’s Thoughts