The Real Neat Blog Award

It’s Thursday and I’ve struggled to post all week, bar from my recent interview with Tell the Wolves.

Things are hectic at the moment – balancing college and my freelance graphics work (check out this survey!), I’ve also been trying to find myself a job, so my blog might be getting a little neglected. Alas, I’ll try my best to get things back up onto their feet within the next couple of days.

Something that kickstarted me to write a post this morning – apart from my late start at college – was the wonderful Sam (bellsiebooks) who volunteered me for The Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you Sam! ❤

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How it works:
1 ) Put the award logo on your blog.
2) Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you & create 7 new ones
3) Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blog.
4) Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5) Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.) Continue reading The Real Neat Blog Award

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Unwritten and Restricted


A limerick, described simply as “a humorous five-line poem with a rhyme scheme of aabaa“.

But, tell me, what’s so humorous about a writer who doesn’t possess the ability to condense their thoughts into five measly lines? I’m no Hemingway.

What is funny about a wordsmith who can’t smith words when the maths of calculating syllables is involved? I scraped a C in Maths, after all. Continue reading Unwritten and Restricted

Youth Opportunity

In such a competitive world where people’s judgement rule others minds, it can be difficult to find a place that you feel you comfortably fit in, let alone be proud of your own achievements. We are hurtled into an environment where, instantly, we are compared against others. We are growing up to believe that we should be comparing ourselves to others – because that’s all we’ve ever known. They say that competition is healthy, but at what point does it become damaging?

The job market is one that is being aimed at an increasingly younger generation – in the UK, you are expected at the age of thirteen to make decision that will affect the rest of your life, or at the very least your academic career. Likewise, it is a market that has gone global and is constantly becoming more and more competitive. In order to succeed in such a market, you need an array of things:

  • Qualifications. Whilst these aren’t essential, a huge focus is definitely put on them in this day and age and they are certainly useful.
  • Experience. Ironically, to get experience, experience must be had. This is one of the most controversial aspects of the current job market.
  • Nurture. Nurturing your skills is essential – ultimately, you have to be the best of the best to succeed in most fields and niches.

The Artemis Arts Centre

artemis black and whiteThe Artemis Arts Centre is a project started by a group of eleven 16 year olds (of which I am one). We see it as a real opportunity to create a community area to use which helps locals to reconnect with not only each other but the creative talent the community shelters. Encompassing all performing and creative arts in a relaxed, natural and safe environment, we aim to create a centre in nature, made by nature.

We have many ideas for this area already and the support we’ve been shown already is astounding. Within the first 36 hours of starting our project, we passed 200 likes on our Facebook page and this figure is still increasing. Continue reading Youth Opportunity

Snowflakes and people, alike

At night, the sky is a blank canvas made imperfect by the stars; but we find this awe inspiring. Paint is made imperfect by the pigments of other colours, yet it has the power to create works of wonder. Your skin is scattered with freckles; beautiful.

In the society we live in, perfection is something people all too often strive towards without comprehending that there isn’t a definition of perfection, and so it cannot be met; if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, perfection is defined in thousands of different ways. Likewise, one person’s personality will not be defined as perfect to a person who has different preferences whereas it might be to another. Continue reading Snowflakes and people, alike

Trapped

By Sophie Crooks
By Sophie Crooks

How is it that I’m full of motivation but I can find nothing worthy to write of? How is it that I can feel the burning desire to translate my thoughts into words yet I cannot yet comprehend those thoughts? How is it that I itch to express my muse but I can find no way of doing so?

I have taken a paint brush to a canvas, splashing a concoction of paint and tea across my paper; I have attempted to sketch the insides of my soul; and I have played with the poetry of my mind, yet I still cannot fathom what is trying to escape from within me. I am growing worried that it’ll seep through my pores and crack through my ribs because this unknown energy is growing restless; trapped. Continue reading Trapped

Poignancy, rules and metaphors

This blog has been vacant for quite some time. I can put that down to the fact that I feel everything I write here must be poignant and meaningful. I have many a draft building up in my files, somewhere, but I don’t seem to have the willpower or motivation to complete them. My problem is that I want each post to mean something; each post to be perfect. If it’s not insightful or inspirational, is there any point in it being published?

I’ve decided I am tired of the constant reminder that it has been over a month since I last wrote on this blog. For the past few weeks, I’ve only been putting off writing this post. I suppose it’s time I decorate my blog with at least some new material – however insignificant.

I was once told of three simple rules in life: if you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it; if you do not ask, the answer will always be no; if you do not step forward, you will always remain in the same place. One could say that this post acts as me adhering to the third rule. Continue reading Poignancy, rules and metaphors