Well hasn't it been a while? This is the first time in a while I've felt like doing some writing, mainly due to the fact I have been super busy and tired, But here we are. Got lots to talk about but first, the title of this blog is a song title by Frank Turner and you can listen to it here.
Shall we crack on?
It's been a crazy few weeks. I've just started my Master's degree in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. It's been very scary, particularly going to a new campus, meeting lots of new people and having to get to grips with a whole different style of teaching. That being said, I am really enjoying it. My lecture yesterday really sparked some motivation in me to start writing again, I'm glad I made the change from Derby. As much as I loved the course and my lectures, I wasn't happy. It was time for a change and there's a part of me who still can't believe I managed it. But here we are, I will keep you updated more throughout this course. After all, Masters degrees are a whole different level from undergrad!
Alongside this, I also wanted to promote a book I've recently been reading. Pizza with Jimbob and Twofroks by Ashley Lloyd Smith isn't normally something I would read for myself although the genre of black comedy is something I love writing about, both professionally and for myself. The main plot revolves around the central character (literally named CC) as he pushes his wife off a bridge and tries to compensate for it by convincing people not to jump off the same bridge. There is a love story running through the novel as CC meets a new lover with the same scarred finger as himself.
I really liked the writing style within the first few chapters and could relate to it as it resembles my sense of humour. It does raise awareness of mental health issues in a very good way, again something I am a big advocate of. However, the light tone and comedic timing really shed light on such a dark subject which the writer has obviously taken time and effort to get right. There are also different forms of writing within the story such as poems and blocked texts which reminds me a lot of the type of questions you find in school workbooks. The overall tone and pace is exciting, there are times when I've burst out laughing at some of the text and thoroughly enjoyed the parts I've read so far. So if you're into gritty realism with extra lashing of dark comedy, definitely go and check this one out.
The other exciting thing that is happening exactly a week today is I am going down to London for a couple of days. I am shortlisted for the Nasen Young Person/Youth Achievement Award. I honestly had no idea this was going to happen but I am so excited to go. I've said many times in my blogs and to people, that I just like to get on with things, what I do isn't anything special but to know that I have made a difference in the world of disability is something I take pride in. After all, I always said that if I can at least make one person smile with my writing, then my job is done. Nevertheless, it is a great achievement and I'm very much looking forward to going to the awards. I love promoting disability and mental health issues as it is something I care about deeply, I think if we have a voice then we should use it for good, to help others understand what it's like to face problems everyday and overcome them. I'll be out of my comfort zone entirely but I will have Yashka and my guest, Emma with me to make sure it all runs smoothly. I will be sure to let you know how it goes so watch this space, wish me luck!
So I think that's about it for now. I am trying to get back into the swing of writing so expect some more blogs or creative writing soon.
For now, I'll leave you with some quotes,
Cause we’re all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honor who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next -13th Doctor, Doctor Who.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world - John Keating, Dead Poets Society.
Until the next time.