Update!

Hello, folks!

Lots has happened in the time since I last posted. Last week was my birthday, which also, terrifyingly, fell on my A Level results day.

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Fortunately, everything went well and I had a fantastic 18th birthday, which was extra special because all my family was around to spend it with me. Plus, I now know I am definitely going to university- which I am super excited about!

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I think I mentioned before about my holiday in Syros, Greece, which was very chilled out (just what I needed in the run-up to results day!), but, if not, here are some photos!

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The photo below is from a trip we took to Tinnos, a neighbouring island. It is home to a large Greek Orthodox church, which pilgrims were travelling to- women were crawling on their hands and knees up this hill on the carpet to the church at the top. We spoke to a shop owner, and it seems to be a pilgrimage for healing, perhaps for fertility or childbirth since all the pilgrims we saw were women.

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This is a remote beach at the top of Syros, accessible only via boat. When we went there was only about 15 others on the beach, all from the same boat. The sailor that brought us came back with a floating crate and served everyone with drinks and melon- you’ve never had melon until you’ve eaten slices stood waist-high in cool sea water with the sun beating on your back and juice running down your hands, I’m telling you! The water was fantastically clear too, so the snorkelling was great.

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I’m not sure about August, but I don’t leave home until the end of September so I will definitely be able to blog more than I have been doing then. When I start uni I’m going to try and figure out a routine for blogging and writing in the mornings, but I guess it depends if I can haul myself out of bed! I’ve done lots of reading, so maybe I can coax one review out a day or something (I’m aware I promised a couple of bloggers a review- I will do them, it’s just a question of when, sorry!). I’ve not been in the mood for reviewing recently, and I don’t see the point of writing a rubbish review for the sake of it.

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m writing the first draft of my novel (it’s technically the second, but the actual first was short and abysmal) so once that’s done I’d quite like to do some posts about it. Maybe by Christmas?

To my lovely fanfiction readers, the next chapter of Of Snakes and Lions is done and dusted, but I’m waiting until the following chapter is complete before posting it because things are going to be a bit hectic as I prepare for uni and I don’t want to post a chapter when I’m not sure when the next one will be up. If that makes sense! To those on fanfiction.net, I’ve suggested a one-shot competition (see the last chapter of Of Snakes and Lions) and all the responses were positive, so full steam ahead with that, woo hoo! I’ll be extending the competition to Wattpad if it works out okay. Actually, I have an idea for a kind of compilation of Sevmione one-shots inspired by songs, but I’m going to be sensible and wait until I’ve finished Of Snakes and Lions before starting a new fic! I will jot ideas down though 🙂

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Much love,

Scribbley

Long time, no blog!

Hello, folks.

Well, my exams have been over about a month now (though it feels like years) and I suppose I should have posted some time before this. I have a half-excuse of being busy- I spent a week working at my mum’s place; passed my driving theory test (yay!); went to prom; spent a week at my grandparents… but, actually, the main reason I haven’t posted is because I haven’t felt like it. I didn’t have anything to say! I haven’t even written a single book review!

So, what have I been doing, when I’ve not been working/ doing tests/ going to prom/ visiting my grandparents? I’m proud to say I’ve been doing a lot of writing after a couple of months- probably more, actually- of not doing any (oh, you pesky exams!). I’ve written about 15,000 words of my fan-fiction, which will be updated tomorrow if any of my readers are here, as well as nearly 9,000 of my novel. I’m not sure whether to count what I’m currently writing as my first or second draft; I wrote a really pathetic draft in January, so I’m not sure if it counts as a draft at all! Regardless, I’m pleased with what I have written so far, and I’m aiming to have 60,000 words written by September-ish time. I’m writing with an ink pen in a notebook, and I’m sure I’ve never gone through so much ink cartridges at once!

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I’ve also been doing some drawing and painting. The painting above is one I did a week or so ago- one day I just attacked a piece of paper with colour! I’m quite pleased with it, though it’s not really my style. My brother has commissioned me to draw a car for him to stick up in his room, too- I’m getting paid in sweets, haha!

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I went to a nature reserve with my mum as well, and I really liked this photo I took of a butterfly so I thought I’d share it. Last weekend I went on a bike ride with my dad starting at the same reserve- note to all my readers, 21 mile rides after one or two years without cycling at all are a BAD IDEA. We both had fun, but I couldn’t walk for half the week afterwards!

Just realised that every single paragraph ends with an exclamation mark… I’m just a bit excited because we’re going on holiday tomorrow! Final things: I don’t know when I’ll next post, but I will… eventually; also, I have 800+ emails in my inbox and I’m slowly getting through them, so if you see me comment/ like/ whatever your post from March 1984 or something that’s why!

FINAL FINAL FINAL thing… today is my 1 year blog anniversary, which was a pleasant surprise when I logged on! Happy birthday to my blog, and thank you all for a brilliant year!

 

Trip to Bolton Abbey

Yesterday I visited Bolton Abbey, so I thought I would share my pictures with you. The priory ruins and surrounding area are very picturesque, and there are lots of spots perfect for picnics (we had ours at the brilliantly named Valley of Desolation!).

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I think the photo above is my favourite- very dramatic!

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My favourite place name ever. It sounds like one of Enid Blyton’s stories- I think there was a series with names like the Valley of Adventure etc

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Day out in London- Easter holiday 2015

First of all- Happy Easter, and sorry I haven’t posted in a while!

Last week, my brother and I went to visit our grandparents, and while there we visited London. I thought I’d share my photos, since the buildings we visited were pretty impressive.

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Temple Church

I’ve wanted to visit this for ages, since it’s mentioned in The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown). It was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century next to what is now Fleet Street. Despite this being a well known patch of London (and Monopoly!), the church itself is relatively hidden. It’s one of those places you find by accident- or, in our case, after consulting various maps.

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The round part of the church you see above was built in 1185 (won’t say anymore, since Robert Langdon explains it far better as the main character of The Da Vinci Code!); this bit below was built in 1240.

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The inside of the church wasn’t really to my taste, though the stained glass windows were fabulous and the church itself is photogenic. It seemed cold and impersonal, which is odd considering its wealth of history.

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This probably isn’t a technically “good” photo, but I like the faint colours of the stained glass shining on the knight. It makes him seem a little less lifeless, and more like someone who had a history.

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Again, technically not great. I like the streams of light coming through the window- I actually messed with the brightness on my camera to make them whiter. I think it gives an unearthly effect. I might try painting it sometime.

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Royal Courts of Justice

We were lucky with this one- the next day there was a fire in the area and the building had to be evacuated. Unfortunately, photography isn’t allowed inside the courts, so my only photos are from outside. We hadn’t thought visitors were permitted, though, so I suppose I can’t complain about being unable to take photos if I didn’t think I would be allowed in in the first place!

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Though not exactly welcoming, I think it’s an impressive building. I don’t know much about architecture (read: absolutely nothing), so this may be completely the wrong term, but I feel like “gothic” suits it quite well.


St Clement Danes Church

Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clement’s (if my memory serves me right)

The RAF’s church, St Clement Danes, is next door-ish to the Royal Courts. Despite being in the middle of a bustling street, it was very quiet when we visited. It was easily my favourite, because it was much more personal than Temple Church without losing its grandeur.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures- though I know there were a lot of them! The churches in particular were beautiful to look round, so if you’re into photography or if you like wandering round churches and old buildings like me I’d recommend visiting them if you are ever in London. They’re at least a bit different to the “usual” attractions- plus they don’t cost the earth!

Poppies at the Tower of London

I took these photos a few weeks ago when I was in London with a Fujifilm Finepix S2950 camera. In case you were unaware, the display is to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War I (for more information see: http://poppies.hrp.org.uk/)

I can only say that you couldn’t understand the scale of this display unless you visited, and the number of people there to pay their respects was awe inspiring.

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Catch-up

Hey, I haven’t posted in a while so I thought it was about time to catch up with you all!

Lots has happened since my last few posts: I’ve turned 17, picked up my AS results, gone on holiday, gone back to college (*sigh*).

I went on holiday on the day my results came out, which could’ve backfired horribly but somehow didn’t! I guess it’s hard to be mopey in the sun, right? We went to Kos, Greece- my 8th time in Greece now. I actually had a great time, except for nearly drowning when my paddle-board was whipped out to sea by the wind, with me still on it screaming at the top of my voice! (I got rescued by an Australian bloke in a speed boat, so it wasn’t all bad!). I’ve included some of my favourite photos here if you wanted a look; for any other amateur photographers, it’s a Nikon Coolpix S3300- awesome little camera there.

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Like I said in one of the posts I think I scheduled for over my holiday, I always get some weird and wonderful story ideas on holiday, and this year was no exception- well, except that this time they were actually related to my current writing project! I’ve only done a little bit of writing on my novel actually, I’m still trying to straighten out the idea in my head- if that makes sense. I have, however, done lots of work on my fanfic, whoop whoop! It’s a Severus/ Hermione fic from the Harry Potter fandom, and I’m really enjoying writing it right now. You can find it on:
Fanfiction.net https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8970844/1/Of-Snakes-and-Lions
Wattpad http://www.wattpad.com/story/6600334-of-snakes-and-lions

(But, please, no flames. I’d rather you commented constructively on my writing than made nasty comments about the pairing.)

So, that’s that. I’m planning on spending more time working on my novel, and you can expect some more writing posts up soon as well.

Byee!