Sunday, 30 January 2011

Mirrors - Idlewild

The name of this blog is literally a song I was listening to tonight. It reminded me of an exercise last week in Uni where we had to come up with a poetic slur to write on a mirror. Some were rather witty and I had a pop at one or two myself. I took the simple idea that everything you see in a mirror is backwards and literally turned that on its head, some of them may be posted at a later date, we'll see.

The date is set for my work experience but my travel arrangements are still sporadic... There are a few ways to get where I need to go but I've also investigated the cost. It seems as though extra shifts at work (which I wanted to get anyway) are going to be necessary to fund transport which will, in total, cost me about £10 a day for 3 days a week... My current earnings of around £50 a week are not going to cut it. This also means that work itself has to pick up because it doesn't seem too likely that shifts are going to be flying my way.

I have a few months to work these things out so we'll just see how it goes. The weeks are ticking down to the end of the semester and my university 'experience'. It's been a learning curve, it's been a wobbly ride if i'm honest but I've made some amazing friends at the same time who I hope to still see on a regular basis! I realise we're only at the beginning of week 3 but it does seem to fly by!

it's 10;45pm and I'm quite tired out. Friday was a chill out with a film and Saturday was a hectic shift for the most part. It's strange how it can fluctuate between having nothing and then, suddenly, everything to do! Still, I managed to meet with a friend for BOTH my breaks which is a rarity in such a massive workplace! Mooching into an Irish bar in Manchester last night was interesting, especially when the live band we watched included a cousin of Rachel's.

We were back in Manchester again this afternoon, Tom's highlight of the day? Possibly buying his first ever iPod which is the same as mine in every way except that it has about 4 times as much space on it. This is a fact he is enjoying relaying on a regular basis, we'll see if the novelty has worn off at the end of this week...

Friday, 28 January 2011

I'm sorry but...

you may get fed up of me posting on here. I really want to get into the habit of writing a blog much more often than I have done in the last couple of years. I may treat it like a bit of a diary but without any of the soppy 'he loves me, he loves me not' rubbish which you might find in a teenage journal. I am 21 years of age and am feeling quite the grown up at the moment.

It's getting to the point now where I have to start looking for jobs which will keep me occupied after university as soon as possible. I've been advised many a time that I need work experience to be seriously considered for the type of work which I really want. I do think that I have a better idea of exactly what this is now.

On Monday, I emailed an editor whose address I had from ordering some chapbooks for university. The purpose of this email was to ask for a bit of advice about how to become an editor as this is the kind of work I'm after. The work experience response was expected, the offer of a volunteer placement was not! I had to quickly email a tutor, who Knives Forks and Spoons Press had published recently, asking for a reference! It was all quite a whirlwind chain of events but I had an interview on Wednesday on location and start in June. My next job is to figure out how to get there whilst carrying on searching for anything I can.

Before I went home on Tuesday, we had another careers talk in Creative Writing. To be honest, I didn't hold out much hope. Normally, the session consists of 'how difficult it is to get a job at the end of your particular degree' which begs the question why they do it if they can't help you get something out of it... but, I digress. They handed round a few sample job adverts which are circling at the moment and, from the description of one or two, it seems as if PR is a good path for me to follow. One of the jobs in particular was pretty much my dream position so now I know where to chase in the coming weeks which will help to shape the rest of my life!

Thursday, 27 January 2011


I plan to update my blog on a regular basis in the coming months. Currently I am keeping myself busy with uni work and, since I haven't updated since May (where on earth has that time gone???), I now have a boyfriend to balance alongside Uni, friends, family and my part time job.

It's tough keeping it all together and getting to see everyone. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel but where exactly it will take me I am not entirely sure. After this semester I will be plunged into the world of employment (hopefully!!) even if that means taking on any available extra hours at the job I already have. I will use the time, and there will probably be plenty of it, looking for work experience, projects to take part in and also, essentially, looking for a full time position. I'd like to think that I have worked my last Christmas in a supermarket but I won't know for sure until Christmas Eve THIS year. I will not leave the job I have held since 2006 until I know for sure that I can support myself without it.

I do know that in June this year, I have secured myself some work experience at an independent publishers on a voluntary basis. It will give me a real insight into the world of chapbooks - typesetting manuscripts and also being involved in the merchandising of them at readings etc! Travelling there is a horror to be discovered another day, considering that I cannot drive or afford to.... Trains seem to like the idea of sending me into Manchester to come back out again, which is a route I'd rather avoid early on a weekday morning. There WILL be a solution, I just need to find it!

Like anything... there will be a way! Do anything and everything to keep myself busy - that's my plan for the coming months and we'll just see what comes of it!