New Years Resolutions

Woweeee I have not blogged in a very long time and that makes me incredibly sad. I’ve been super busy applying for university and trying to keep on top of all of the work I have to do. It’s been a struggle to balance everything since school began. However, I now have a handle on how I am going to manage my school work next year. I really want to start blogging again and I think the best way to do so would be to make some resolutions that I absolutely can’t break and therefore I will have to stick to them.

  1. Write (and publish) at least 2 blog posts a month.
  2. Take my own pictures for some of my blog posts.
  3. Write more about my life, don’t feel pressured to write about books. I struggle to read stuff that isn’t for school.
  4. Make some new blogging friends and hopefully rekindle some old friendships!

I’m going to force myself to comply to these resolutions and hopefully I will have something to be proud of by the end of next year!

Erin xx

 

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I Became a Journalist

So I’ve been gone for quite a while and when I do appear it is rather sporadic. That will still be the case for the next few weeks as my AS levels draw to a close and I can start reading ad scheduling posts again. In the mean time I’ll tell you about something really exciting that’s been happening to me recently.

So in January I applied to be part of Youth Journalism International, a non-profit online newspaper for young people. I was accepted and have recently been writing some awesome (not biased at all I swear) pieces for them.

I began my journey with a review of the new Cinderella film, and of course I couldn’t help having a rant about the lack of representation in the film. You can find that here.

Yesterday my newest article was posted. This was a commentary on getting the youth to vote during our general election, which is happening today. I am proud of this article and probably will write a follow up about the results of the election. You can find this here.

In other news I am featured in a couple of my friends vlogs, mostly from our exciting adventures down to Brighton. If you check them out then I’d be eternally grateful!

Erin xx

This Week I… #2

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Reading: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter. I’m reading TMT for my English Lit class, but it is really good and I will most likely review it later on next week. It’s such an odd book. As for Clockwork Price, I still haven’t gotten over the last few chapters.

Listening to: Clean Bandit for some reason. I really like the string instruments used on a couple of their tracks.

Watching: Arrow, yet again. I also watched Kid Criminals on Channel 4. If you’re interested in the American detention system, as I apparently am, then this is extremely interesting.

Enjoying: Othello. Yesterday I saw a production of it at the Globe Theatre in London. It was awesome and the tickets were free which was an added bonus!

Looking forward to: Finishing my English Coursework. I have worked so hard this week and still have’t gotten it done, maybe tomorrow will be the day.

Also, If you haven’t noticed my header image is of art. Yet again. Two art galleries in two weeks makes me seem quite cultured, doesn’t it?

Erin xx

Currently I am:

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Here’s an update of all the things that have been going on this week!

Reading: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It was recommended to me by a lovely man in Waterstones who fangirled to me about it for ages. I’m really enjoying it so far.

Listening to: 1989 by Taylor Swift. See my review here!

Watching: Criminal Minds. The new season just started in the UK and I’m obsessed again. Also on my currently watching list are Gotham and Agents of SHIELD.

Wearing: My second-hand knitted jumper that I got from a charity shop last week. I’ve literally worn it for 4 days oops.

Enjoying: My awesome Wonder Woman scrunchie that I bought from comic con! I keep getting compliments on it.

Looking forward to: Seeing Twenty One Pilots next week. They are one of my favourite bands so I am really excited.

My Bucket List

Hey Guys!

I love writing lists, I have them everywhere. I love using lists to plan my day and in this case, plan my future! Bucket Lists are one of my favourite things to do. They are really cool to look back on and see how many you actually ended up doing.

I’ve created a Tag post called the ‘Bucket List Tag’. Here are the rules:

  • Write the rules in your post
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Write ten things that you wish to do in the future
  • Tag 5 other bloggers to do this tag

And here are my 10 things to do in the future:

  1. Visit San Diego Comic Con
  2. Go to Africa
  3. Write a book
  4. Go to university
  5. Complete the whole of the A Song of Ice and Fire series
  6. Attend a blogging meet up
  7. Meet Fall Out Boy
  8. Keep a Pen Pal for a long time
  9. Own a polaroid camera
  10. Go on a road trip with my friends

I’m tagging

What are some of your things that you really want to do? Post links to your bucket lists in the comments and I’ll take a look!

Erin x

Dear Year 11

If you live in England then you will probably know that today was GCSE results day. I got to collect the results of tests that could determine my future, the results to tests that I have been working towards for 2 years. So, I am now the proud owner of 12 GCSEs and one AS, I thought I would leave some of the things I have learnt this year.

Dear Year 11,

This could potentially be your last year at school, so make it count.  Enjoy yourself, go to parties and make new friends. That’s a part of growing up and shouldn’t be put on hold just because the government says it’s time to determine what you do for the rest of your life.

Do not take school for granted. You will miss the ease of having everything laid out for you, the relaxation of having your immediate future planned. Trust me, when you have finished your exams everything will get a lot more real. I’m currently looking for a job and not looking forward to starting A levels.

However, it isn’t entirely scary either. Look forward to starting a new and exciting chapter of your life.

This year will be hard. Take time to relax. (Note: this is not the same as going to parties.) Make sure you have some down time scheduled in. Watch some TV or play a sport. It’s amazing how much better you will work if you give your brain some time to sleep.

Make sure you drink a lot of water. There’s nothing worse about waking up with an awful head ache and feeling like you can’t face revision. Eat food, don’t worry about being completely healthy, some times you just need some chocolate to give your brain a boost.

The most important thing is to sleep. I know tumblr is a lot more interesting, but lets face it, there will be plenty of time to blog about Tom Hiddleston and Felicia Day (I know this from experience) when you have an extra long summer holiday.

That being said, do not slack off on your work. People say that GCSE results don’t matter, but it still sucks to fail a test and at the end of the day, all qualifications are good qualifications.

Don’t expect the worst. If you try your best then you can always achieve something. If you don’t get what you hope for, then find another way. Retake the exam, join a college course or apply for an apprenticeship.

You are not rubbish at something just because you failed an exam. Peoples brains work differently, maybe you learn better working with practical activities.

 

The most important thing anyone could tell you is to believe in yourself. There are always people to ask for help, most of them would prefer it if you did. Teachers are there to help you and push you in the right direction, if you work with them then you will be unstoppable.

 

Good Luck,

Erin

 

 

Introducing Erin

Hi! I’m Erin, a 16 year old book enthusiast from England. I’ve been advised by many people in my family, especially my mother, to start a blog in order to improve my writing skills and actually do something worthwhile with my time. I don’t know how to write blog posts, but it seems like a new adventure and one that I am willing to take. I already own a vaguely successful Tumblr blog,  but that has left me lazy. No actual writing for me on that front.

erin

This is me in case you were wondering

I should probably say a little bit about myself. I am currently studying for my GCSEs (only 3 more weeks left) and will be moving on next year to sixth form. At sixth form I will be studying for A levels in History, Law, English Literature and Psychology. During that time I will also be working towards gaining a GCSE in Latin. In my spare time I like to raise money for charity, particularly the Sick Children’s Trust. Over the last few years I have helped to raise £10,000. To do this we partook in activities such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, during which we got lost on a mountain and had to be rescued.

Fall Out Boy

Favourite band of all time – Fall Out Boy

When I’m not climbing mountains or revising, I enjoy listening to music and reading. My favourite bands are Fall Out Boy and Pentatonix. I also enjoy listening to Paramore, Twenty One Pilots and Panic! at the Disco. I enjoy reading Dystopian Fiction and Fantasy novels. Harry Potter is a firm favourite of mine although I enjoy the ‘A Song Of Ice and Fire’ series and anything with a strong female lead.

I am hoping to use this blog to write about books I have enjoyed reading so that later in life I can look back and remember them.

Erin