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Destined for Bigger Things!

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I’ve often had the feeling that I haven’t quite reached my ultimate goal in life. I have been in the same career (which I can’t name) for about 14/15 years. During that time I had a 2 year break and went back to full-time education. I decided that I wanted to be a zoo keeper so I completed an Animal Management course and obtained various and valuable experience in this field. But much to my horror, at the end of the course I went back to the career that I originally wanted to get away from just to have some money coming in and now after much thought I’m not even sure if zoo keeping was actually for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with animals and I know I’ve got what it takes to be a zoo keeper but the only thing that puts me off is working outside in all weathers. I have never been that great with extreme temperatures… I hate being too cold or too hot.

After more consideration I have now come to the conclusion that something I have continuously been interested in has been staring me in the face all along… writing! and now that I think back, it makes perfect sense. Back at school, which seems like a very distant memory I suggested putting a magazine together to distribute to pupils who may have been interested in reading it. I rallied a small team together only to be turned down by the head teacher so I decided not to pursue it. Several years ago I wrote a children’s story aimed at Toddlers, I sent some copies out to many publishers but all I got back was rejection letters so I gave up. Not to say that I wasn’t going to attempt it again in the future… that’s something that may also be in the pipe-line. And of course, there has been blog writing and through that I have discovered my passion for writing reviews and short articles although I don’t do it very often.

Last night I looked around on-line for a course that could possibly suit me. Distance learning would be ideal so I could still work and earn money. So I found the London School of Journalism. Their Freelance and Feature Writing course sounds suitable for what I want to do so I’m going to take time to think about it to make sure that’s what I really want to do. I have started a distance learning course before on Avian Studies but after completing the first unit I lost interest which isn’t the best thing to do when it’s costing you money. So if anyone out there reading this has any tips or information about studying with the London School of Journalism then please, by all means leave a comment, I need all the help I can get.

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Being Human – The Big Change

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I’ve just finished watching series two of ‘Being Human’… I know I’m a late starter and there’s not really a valid excuse for it but as the saying goes; better late than never! and in this case that saying definitely sums it up. I mean, how can you beat such a great combination? A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost all living under the same roof. Its horror/fiction fans idea of heaven. So far my verdict is a big thumbs up. It has proved very addictive due to the superb story-lines and the original 3 amazing actors playing the main parts; all of which struggle with trying to be as normal as possible within their day-to-day lives. It doesn’t quite work out that way though.

Russell Tovey’s portrayal of a werewolf is beyond awesome. George is a sensitive soul but extremely comical, he’s had me in fits of laughter on many occasions throughout the first two series’. He’s struggling to come to terms with the fact that he may never be a part of a normal family. His ultimate dream is to have a wife and lots of kids. He expresses his emotions really well and will have you tearing up at the littlest things bless him. He’s the kind of character you just want to hug. He plays the part so well that he’ll have you convinced that he’s really turning into a werewolf; his display of pain and the scared expression on his face will make you cringe but I can’t say much for the werewolf itself… that’s not so convincing! they could have made it a little more realistic considering the technology they have these days. George is probably my favourite character.

Aidan Turner is very vampire like. They hit the nail on the head when they cast him, probably because they knew he was going to be popular with the ladies. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a little rugged… just what a vampire should look like! well in my eye’s anyway 🙂 Mitchell certainly adds a darker and more gorier side to the show. He too is longing for a more human life, but his attempts to go; how shall I put it… cold turkey (with feeding from humans) doesn’t really go so well.

Lenora Critchlow plays a very pretty ghost who was killed by her ex Fiance. After finding out the truth about what happened to her, Annie still can’t exit this world and leave her best friends George and Mitchell behind who have also become very attached to the slightly scatty apparition with an outstanding tea making ability. Annie adds vulnerability to the show but gets stronger with each venture she experiences. The friendship and loyalty of all three characters is rather heart-warming, excuse the pun.

Now here’s where someone sticks a pin in my bubble and bursts it! Having just found out that 3 of the now four main characters have been killed off,  its left me feeling somewhat… disappointed and disheartened. Obviously those of you who have been watching all along already know and is old news. Fortunately I’ve heard some good things about the new cast which is promising but it doesn’t help the way I feel about losing George and Mitchell even though I have to wait until series 4 to see the big change and I haven’t even seen series 3 yet. I just hope the new characters have some of the qualities which made George and Mitchell so appealing. Now I wait I suppose.

GeTtInG mY cReAtIvE hEaD oN

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It’s not very often I get a weekend to myself and since this was the case I managed to do a lot of thinking. I seemed to have abandoned my creative side after the last few hectic years of my life and seeing as things are not slowing down at all I might as well try to fit it in somewhere. It’s always something I have enjoyed doing since I was a small child. I was never any good at maths or anything technical at school… my brain just didn’t work that way; but give me a piece of paper and I would spend hours perfecting a sketch. I can’t sit back and watch my skills go to waste so once I have the materials I am going to begin painting again. I like to work with acrylic on canvas using bold colours in an alternative fashion.

Something else I haven’t tried my hand at since I was… a teenager (crikey! I didn’t think it was that long) is writing poetry and I started this yesterday. One I finished and another is on its way to completion. Again, this isn’t a style that some people would find appealing… I’m very much into my horror/fiction. I have already submitted my completed poem into an e-zine in hope that it will be published there but as its my first poem in such a long time I’m not sure whether it will be any good or not so fingers crossed.

I thought that it may be a good idea to create a separate blog for all things arty farty. But I shall update you about that nearer the time. Anyway I’m off to try and finish this poem which has presented me with writer’s block… toodle-pip!