Blogging is hard!

I’m going to begin this post with what I’ve named it…Blogging is hard!!!

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I’ve always loved writing. Even as a ten year old and a Jacqueline Wilson fanatic I used to write my own versions of her stories. So when I decided to give blogging a go I thought it would be easy enough! How hard can writing a post every few days be??

Well…if you’re one of my 5 followers (thank you to you by the way) you’ll know that I haven’t written a post since the first week I started up my account :/ At least once a week I come on for a read and say to myself that I should really write something…I then close my WordPress tab and think “I’ll do it tomorrow”.

It’s hard to get motivated!…isn’t it? I’ve very little followers so who and what am I writing for? Myself? The few followers I do have? Just to write? To get stuff off my chest? I’m not even sure myself to be honest.

But today I thought…Yes. Blogging is hard. But you love to write (or type as it goes now), so do it. Who cares if no one reads it, who cares if it’s nonsense you’re just getting off your chest. If you want to be a writer then you have to write! At least that’s what J.K.Rowling says anyway and I’d be pretty confident taking her advice 🙂

Blogging is hard…but I can’t be the only one who think so…right?

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Counting coppers…

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There comes a time every year (or month) when I hit an all time financial low. I’m pretty confident I’m not the only person it happens to too. It’s a time when, as someone who gets paid by the hour, work is short, tips are terrible, all my bills arrive at once and I overspend on my cedit card and then immediately regret it!

Usually when this happens I have a sit down with myself, take out my notepad and try and do some damage control, a.k.a putting a plan together to “manage my money”. It entails me working out how much money I have to put away each week in order to pay back each bill, workout how much money I shouldn’t have spent in the last month (which results in me vowing not to do the same this month), convincing myself that I MUST have lent someone money along the way that I am now owed (very rare) and then last but not least…I count my coppers!

I pour out my one, two and five cent coins onto my bed and hope for some miracle to happen so that my three euro and forty seven cent actually adds up eight hundred and thirty two euro and solves all of my problems!

This obviously never happens!! In fact, in the time I spent counting out my hundred little tiny coins that make my hands smell bad I probably could have offered to walk my neighbors’ dog or do a strangers ironing and earn some money that would actually be helpful to me!

At least I can keep it in mind for next time 🙂

(No I won’t 😉 )

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Mad About Bridget

I would like to think that many bloggers love reading as much as they do writing. And if they do then I should fit right in. In relation to this, if you’re reading this post (which if just one person does, I’ll be happy), and you’re a blogger, reader, writer, critic or just ended up here by mistake, then I have a question for you.

Have you ever fallen in love…with a character from a book?

Or is that just me? (That’s two questions I know).

Several years ago I found a tattered old copy of Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary” in a box in my Dad’s shed. How it got there I’ll never know, but I’ll be forever grateful that it did.

I was still in my fanatical “Harry Potter” reading days so delving into Bridget’s world was definitely a big step for me. I went from fantasizing about being called to Hogwarts to wishing I could be best friends with a thirty year old mess who seemed to be a disaster in every conceivable way yet still managed to pull herself into a mini skirt and “Keep Buggering On”!

Looking back I feel that Bridget helped me though a teenage transition where everything seems to be a mess, doesn’t it? Whatever I was going through, Bridget ‘got me’. I came to love the character so much and thought to myself “I wish she were real”.

Several years later and I have been reunited with my best fictional character friend (BFCF for short) and this time was even better than before! The excitement of beginning this brand new book and hearing Bridget’s voice in my head probably brought me an unnatural happiness, but she didn’t let me down. I stereo-typically sat in a Starbucks and delved into my new read. I laughed out loud…people looked…I didn’t care. I cried at home, which brought quizzical looks from my family…I didn’t care. And when my kindle said that I was eighty-nine per cent of the way through the book, I slowed down my reading only to savor what could be my last moments with Bridget and…I did care…A LOT!

It is for reasons like this that, as I said in my first post, I am so happy to have regained my habit of reading. Stories can be so powerful. We can live through them and escape our realities, even if just for a short while. So my thanks today go to Helen Fielding for bringing me my BFCF and to Bridget for always giving me a laugh and teaching me to KBO!!

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P.S. None of that is to say I don’t still fantasize about being called to Hogwarts. We’ll leave that for another day.

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Return of the Bookworm

After a recent unpredictable foot injury I became bed bound for several weeks! However, on the other side of my recovery process, I’m now happy to say that, although the accident had the potential to make me miserable…it failed! The silver lining of this accident…? It enabled me to regain my “book worm” status!! 

For several months before my bed habitation I had been complaining that I’d lost the time to really get into a book and I really missed it! Reading has always been a part of me and what makes me relaxed and happy. However, the days when I used to inhale a story up in a day or two were gone 😦

Now there were jobs and studying taking up my time, dwindling friendships to concentrate on, countries to be explored and selves to be “found” and all of this ate into my reading time! But then, in the form of a broken metatarsal, crutches and a full leg cast, I was given the chance to make up for all of those stories my mind was missing and yearning to discover!

During my six weeks of house bound-ness and bed rest I did all of the things I had said were stopping me from reading, I worked and studied difficult plots, I caught up with old friends (dear old Bridget), I traveled and explored places of past and future and I found not myself but different selves in the form of new and extremely interesting writers! And it was far better than living a life where every evening consisted of robotic-ally watching a re-run of ‘Friends’.

Now I have found, that seeing as I enjoyed reading the books so much, I’d quite like to write about them too…

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