What a BFF!

Just got back from coffee with my fabulous friend Janet who I met at Uni 4 years ago. We have been friends ever since, through thick and more thick, and a few thins!

She’s been a really good mate, we’ve sat sometimes, when I’ve been in a real mess, and talked it all through. She has a sensible head on intelligent and emotionally mature shoulders and has advice too. Although she is able to just listen and offer comfort without solutions. University is a tough place and everyday life is difficult sometimes. All through the last 4 yrs Janet’s been a solid rock, someone who is obtainable and ever present.

It’s not all one way though, I’ve had the opportunity to be a friend to her on occasions. Just as my life can be chaotic so sometimes can hers and I’ve been there to help pick up the pieces. I’ve always found it easy to want to help her, never getting that crappy feeling that I’ve wasted my time, but always left with the feeling that she was worth the effort, time  and whatever else has been offered.

But its not all doom and gloom, we laugh, I mean really laugh sometimes, well actually all the time. Our sense of humours are similar and we thrive off each others comedy, seeing things no one else can see, laughing sometimes uncontrollably.  I have gone home on many occasions with mascara running, still laughing in the car on the way home after we have left each other. We seem to have a knack of getting ourselves into scraps that end in hilarity.

A few weeks ago I felt so proud of janet too. She came second in a writing competition, her story won her a cash prize and a full double page spread in the newspaper. I hope this gives her the confidence to carry on writing because she certainly has a talent for it. Her story was intriguing, and all the stories I have read of Janet’s have been good. She can write a story which comes around in a full circle. Her endings are always good, with mystery and intrigue which takes some thinking about. This to me is a good writer, someone who can make you walk away thinking about what you have read.

Janet has been a really good friend for the last 4 years and I hope that there are many more years to come of laughter, emotional support and above all friendship.

Do you have a best friend who makes life that bit easier for you? Janet has been such an inspiring and courageous person, I admire her grit and determination to do the right thing.

Her motherhood has been hard but her son is a credit to her. He is matured into a fantastic man, intelligent, fun, kind, thoughtful, and hard-working. He is proud of his mum, it is obvious to see and I think the world of him.

Thanks Janet, for being my BFF…

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Happy Easter

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Happy Easter

I have had a few days off from work, so am trying to do as much uni work as possible. It’s hard when there are so many other (more exciting) things to do! But only about 6 weeks left.

I just wrote a poem, and it was inspired by one of the paintings on Pop My Mind.  The picture is of an American Indian sitting at a fire, its so serene..

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Ancestor’s fire

The body expires upwards, towards 

 the smokeless wastes 

the frozen fiords or deserts of states 

take expiry from anywhere to any place.

Solitary and alone red sky emits

mists from the soul which

ancestor’s permit.

Fires burning on, offering light 

  but no warmth.  

Warmth went awhile ago 

when bodies expire.

The spacing is a bit weird but otherwise this is my poem inspired by the above painting

what a great fun thing to do…

 

 

I’ve been Popped – and I love it!

I’ve spoken about Pop My Mind (PMP) before, but I’m so excited to say that I’ve been Popped!  This means essentially that I perused the PMP site where loads of artists have painted images, writers have written poems etc. etc.

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Pop My Mind Website

I was inspired by a painting called Shredded.  I thought it was intriguing and it inspired me to write a short poem, short and sweet…

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Shredded 

It’s also called Shredded 

Shredded and broken, lonely and sad

marked for breaking

like –

a silent nomad.

Red is blood, blue is bone

Yellow hurts their eyes

Shredded and alone…

And now someone else Anllelito has been inspired to draw some fantastic pictures.  They are really cool and I am so impressed by picture I just had to write about it.  The feeling that I have inspired another artist to create something is so cool.  I can’t express how exciting it feels.  I’m am beginning to feel a part of the artist and writers community.  I feel that my art and my creations of poems and prose is ‘real’!  I really am a blogger, a writer and a poet and wow, that feels awesome.

This is what they wrote:

Shredded Poem inspired me to do some sketches of a wandering soul. I think of the character as a renegade from a past time that was curse to wander for eternity for his crimes.

And this is what they created:

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The Renegade Wandering Soul

I mean really how cool is that.  This picture is blooming awesome (said that twice now!).

What has happened to you lately where you feel your creativity has inspired someone else?

A caveat

I also want to add…

I’ve been very lack on my “Liking” of friends, blog friends, etc. efforts  and am feeling guilty. 

I promise I’ll soon be finished and won’t know what to do with myself!

There’s just 2 research papers 3,000 words each, 2 15 minute presentations and a 13,000 word dissertation left. Now you see why I’m so bloody busy. 

Been a while!

I’ve been busy with uni (only 8 weeks to go) and am madly writing, typing and reading!

I’m also busy with my lovely new job.  It’s been a total blast working in ecommerce with my new colleagues. Don’t get me wrong I still see my old friends from my last office and often have lunch with them. So it’s all good there. 

I’ve bought a new blender which is still in its box! That’s how mad it’s been. Still I’ve got nearly half my dissertation and am working on a presentation about ‘identity mimicry’ for Intercultural Communication. Interesting!

I’m off to Cambridge tomorrow evening to take my son to band practice. It’s a long way to go but it’s a birthday thing! 

What have you been up to lately? As much excitement as me? Or more??  Woooo!  

 

Pop My Mind

Thought I would tell you about a great new concept website which helps artist to gain inspiration.  Pop My Mind is a Suffolk based website which offers artists a place to exhibit their work, and to help other artists to find inspiration for their art.

The site covers all mediums, from painting, to poetry and everything in between.   The other day I wrote a poem off the back of a piece of artwork titled ‘Shredded’.  My poem was short and needs a bit of tarting up but mainly it was really good fun.

You need to join and receive a code to include your own art, and I am not sure if there is a small joining fee, but why not check it out and have a go at creating something new from a ‘pop’ and see what happens!

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Pop My Mind Screenshot

 

 

 

 

 

W.H.Auden

This is my favourite poem – and I want to dedicate it to my lovely auntie who passed away last month at age 49. Forever in my thoughts and always in my heart. 

TWO SONGS FOR HEDLI ANDERSON

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Selected Poems of W.H. Auden 
by W. H. Auden

I
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public
doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

PWP Great Talks Today

Had a whole host of great mentors in to uni today.

Pop My Mind thank you Oliver for the great talk about Pop My Mind, it sound fantastic, I can’t wait to see the website, shame it went offline just at the wrong time.  As soon as it is up again I will be adding a link and joining in.

Aly Tipping from Flipside Festival came and gave an encouraging talk on getting where you want to be, I am happy to say I am doing  much of what she suggests and feel quite good about that!  Aly works at Wonderbeast which I need to find out about.

And last but by no means least Sam from Measured Brilliance who is always a pleasure to listen too.  I wish I had my voice memo on though because she has so much knowledge and information that it is difficult to keep up.

Thanks to our tutor Diana who has to organise all of this, and fit the learning in too.

 

 

PWP – From Ipswich To London

Getting to London from Ipswich is trying at the best of times so I suggest you plan your route.  Abellio Trains enables you to get there quickly and easily, but its expensive!

GoEuro provide cheap tickets by bus and by train, don’t just go to the first website you see.  You could end up spending more than you should have.

I have found it, the best way to get to London is by Scooter!

(This post is for an exercise in uni-I am not going bananas)

I have found it –The Worst Journey and going to London even by bicycle is easier than this!

 

Dissertation Presentation

Oh God I hate presentations!  They are so nerve-racking.  I used to be so confident but now I am a bag of nerves to even stand up in front of anyone.  This is something I really have to get over, by tomorrow!

My dissertation presentation is due tomorrow, it is not being marked but is a way for the tutors to know we are on the right track and know what we are doing for our dissertation.  I know it is necessary but that doesn’t stop me hating them.

I have typed out what I want to say and if I have my head in a bit of paper so be it…