I am failing, but I’ve decided that’s ok

Not in life, obviously. I wouldn’t be so calm about things if I was failing at life. No, I am referring to my very feeble attempt at the 30 Day Creative Writing Challenge for November. Look, what did you guys expect, I can’t even finish the cleanout to end all cleanouts in my room. But in my defence, I spent the first week of November graduating and participating in the general merriment that surrounds said event.

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CREATIVE WRITING CHALLENGE: Day 2 – Yes I know it’s late

Feeling in a sci-fi mood, my fanfiction challenge will be based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer after the final season. *May contain spoilers*

Day 2: Write a fanfiction

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“Kennedy can you get me some water?” Willow barely got the last word out before she landed on the ground of her and Kennedy’s apartment. She heard the rush of feet and knew Kennedy was already beside her. She could hear her voice too, but it was coming in and out.

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Book Review: You & I by Emily Gillmor Murphy

I recently dove head first into a mad fantasy craze for books. It can be really difficult for me to get back into reading after a long break but if I find something to latch onto, especially a series, I’ll end up doing what I did recently and fly through ten books in two months. But then I was worried it would be difficult for me to switch genre and be gripped as easily as I was before. Enter Emily Gillmor Murphy with her debut novel, You & I.

YOU_AND_I__2_You & I has been sitting in my wardrobe for a shameful amount of time among a pile of “I’ll get around to reading that” books. But since the clean out to end all cleanouts, I rediscovered it and, for the sake of the writer in me, I decided it must take priority.

When I read the blurb on the back of the book, which talks about the two main characters and a bet, I thought I had guessed the story. I thought the blurb revealed the bet that Tom would take on and the fact that Olive would eventually find out. Much like any romantic comedy you will ever watch, you already expect to have a couple who will fall out and eventually reunite at the end. But as I read beyond what was presented as the obvious plot, I started to realise what the book is really about.

It’s much darker than I expected to be, but in a good way. It explores dark themes and battles that students of that age deal. Among the light-hearted sex-crazed parties and getting dangerously hammered, there were very real inner demons that everyone in the book had to face, not just the main characters. The book was not really about the plot that was explored on the back of the book. It was about the characters themselves, their personal battles and development.

Some would argue that the plot is predictable, but I think only as predictable as any book. You might guess and hope for a particular ending and it’s often delivered. But you have no idea how you’re going to get there and if the so-called “predictable” ending wasn’t given to you, you would probably complain.

For sheer character development and a look into what’s really going on behind people’s masks and beyond closed doors, I couldn’t put this book down and I would say my reading dry spell is well and truly broken.

Blurb of You & I:

Each September, thousands of students walk through the doors of University College and Trinity College, Dublin. This year, Olive and Tom will be among them.

Eighteen-year-old Olive is fresh from the country, and her eyes are opened wide by the big-city goings on of her new friends. When she starts to be pursued by Tom, the scruffy maverick who’s seduced half the girls she’s met, she’s adamant he’s not for her. But when a tragedy befalls her family, it’s Tom who proves her best friend – until that is, she discovers his real motivations.

Tom has never thought further than the next party, the next girl, the next drink. But now, with his own broken family about to cast him off and his social habits spinning out of control, he seems to have destroyed his relationship with Olive. What started out as a stupid dare metamorphoses into something much more serious.

Set against the backdrop of youth on the brink of adulthood, and capturing the contrasts of the haves versus the have-nots, the worldly versus the innocent, Emily Gillmor Murphy’s You & I is an assured debut that will transport readers straight to the rollercoaster experience of growing up and falling in love.

CREATIVE WRITING CHALLENGE: Day 1

This is my first attempt and all of these short exercises are miles from my comfort zone so apologies if they’re not great.

Day 1: Re-write a classic fairy tale

Edwards_MansionOnce upon a time there was a little girl named Cindy. She lived alone with her dad in a big mansion but they were very happy, she didn’t remember her mother, as she died when Cindy was only two years old. Her dad ran his own company and so had the money to provide very well for Cindy. But when she hit puberty and started asking questions and having ‘women’s problems’, Cindy’s dad knew he needed to provide a motherly influence. So he went on a blind date and settled with the first girl he found, Christina. Christina had two daughters from a previous marriage, Beth and Belinda. Her ex-husband’s death was treated as suspicious at the time before the case was mysteriously dropped. She then jumped at the chance of marrying Cindy’s dad.

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Drive-by blog post: My November recommendation

Boy with a hatVincent Mars

Keeping with my current creative streak I have stumbled across this fantastic blog that appeals to the writer and story-lover in me. He has written countless short stories, posts about writing and has a book online of 50-word stories. A great blog for the literature junkie.

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This blog recommendation is also apt for this month because I’ve decided to take on the 30 day Creative Writing Challenge and post them all up here every day in November. As if I didn’t annoy you enough already. I will post the first one later today. Other blog posts not related to the challenge may also creep in, which means there may be multiple posts in a day. I apologise for anyone who is friends with me on social media who will, no doubt be plagued by my blog in their news feeds.

 

Drive-by blog post: My September/October blog recommendation

Ok, I know I seem to be making a habit out of doubling up on the months I do blog recommendations but what of it? They still get there in the end. So here’s my recommendations for September and October. Go check them out, they’re almost as cool as this one.

What to Know NowVicky Kavanagh

Everything from serious news and editorial content, to pictures of cats and funny fashion faux pas, this website is relatively new but there’s a constant flow of content with a journalism background to back it up. A good one to check out for information.

 

 

A t-shirt from a giveaway on thenongenue.com.

A t-shirt from a giveaway on thenongenue.com.

The NongenueKatie and Julie

While I try to seem like a crazy stalker girl, this blog is co-authored by a previous recommended blogger from the blog Sass & Balderdash. Although it is very new (it only launched at the end of September) I have faith in the writers and the posts that have gone up so far. Strong editorial comments on life and just a generally funny point of view.