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{October 20, 2011}   Self-Development and Graffiti

I thought that, seeing as the first year at University pretty much doesn’t matter academically, I should really try to talk advantage of all the extra-curricular activities available this year. <WARNING: BORING BIT AHEAD> Yesterday I went to a self-improvement event, looking at networking. We had to make a list of skills and then say what that means in a way that could make you hire-able. So for example; I can speak spanish, which means that I can work with a wider range of clients and work abroad. I think it would really help with CV writing too. <BORING OVER>

Today’s thing was a Graffiti class with the Art Society. We took taxis to another part of Cardiff and spent a couple of hours learning the basics of Graffiti art. After standing in the freezing cold spraying the word “Grapefruit” onto a very long board and getting fuzzy edges in some spots and dripping paint on others and so on, you really appreciate good graffiti more when you see it. It takes a lot of practice to get good at that as an art. That being said, we did a pretty good job on making ‘Grapefruit’ look jazzy. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so it might be a while before I can get photos of the finished work up. They’re doing a canvas session tomorrow (with free materials), so that’ll be tomorrow’s thing and Friday is the watch-Derren-Brown’s-new-tv-show day, so that’ll be good.

I’ve also been interested in fairy tales recently after watching Anastasia and Thumbelina for the first time since I was a kid, so I’ll be working on those kinds of stories too. I’m particularly interested in the older fairy tales, like where the fairies were called ‘fay’ and weren’t tiny winged people but beings with a normal0sized human appearance that may be demons, who lived in another world, who were mean and powerful, perhaps even psychotic, who are unable to lie but will use wording to confuse and mislead… I love those kind of, uncomfortable fiction. You know the kind of fiction that you’d think twice about calling ‘fantasy’.

Midnight. I’ve watched too many weird Youtube videos today. If anyone’s interested, you can find there an exclusive online clip for Derren Brown’s new series (creepy and interesting), Tim Minchin, Jimmy Carr and Eddie Izzard on ‘The Green Room with Paul Provenza’ (funny and rude) and the newest installation of ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series’ (random ‘lulz’).

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{October 17, 2011}   Back To The Blog!

According to the statistics section of my blog, two people found my blog by using this search: “6 year old kids drawing with teeth and interpretation”.

Huh.

I got curious and decided to try it out myself. I got as far as page 14 on a Google search and gave up. Whoever they were, they must have really cared out finding results to do with “6 year old kids drawing with teeth and interpretation”.

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Well, my 3 day weekend of no blogging had a lot of success and just a little fail. I did next to nada on Friday and Saturday, just a little writing and my laundry – my first time so I made a big deal out of it. Sunday on the other hand was almost my ideal image of my life at Uni. I got up late for a human, early for a student, and after I had my breakfast I spent the whole day staying strictly to a timetable I wrote over Shredded Wheat & banana slices (in my ideal image there are no timetables). This meant that I spent between 8 and 9 hours of that day actually doing things (in my ideal image someone adores me for this).

 

I worked out that the best way to organise it was to spend 1 hour on mental activities like reading, writing, brainstorming, and 45 minutes on more physical activities, like juggling and guitar, and alternate between the 2 kinds. This way, each new activity is taking a break from the last one. The only problem was that with writing I usually felt like I didn’t want to stop, but then an hour’s a long time to be writing, so it’s probably for the best overall..

 

Now that I’m back on the blog, I’m wondering whether I should keep at doing this daily, or whether I should cut down on my posting. I’ve realised that, with all these hobbies and my increasing workloads, the time I’m given never seems enough. My guitar’s good, but I still can’t do that solo. My writing’s good, but I haven’t finished my fairy tale or those exercises, and I want to do more. I did loads yesterday, even exercise, but I didn’t do any art, or spanish, and I didn’t actually produce anything (nothing I’m willing to share anyway). I think I will cut down the blogging. That way I’ll be able to be more interesting when I post and I’ll get more done. This all may not look like much, but thinking of it during the day, what to write, actually writing it, editing bits, phrasing things properly… it’s an art I’m not yet used to. I think that like all my hobbies, it just needs constant practice. But if practicing this is getting in the way of improving my other hobbies, then I’ll just have to cut it back.

 

Basic summary: I now blog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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It’s another lovely Cardiff night, but something’s not quite perfect… hold on, I have it…

 

I want a celebrity lullaby

Oh my god I love learning.



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