Sunday, November 30, 2008

There's an ocean to drift in, Feel the tide shifting away from the spark. Yeah you gotta swim, don't let yourself sink.

So, I'm squeezing the rest of 'Swim' into one blog. I liked the idea of using song lyrics for a month of blog titles and personally the song 'Swim' has been incredibly relevant to my November. Its December tomorrow and I for one could not be more pleased about that. November is my most hated month of the year.

Friday was lovely though. Toni, Dan and I went out (a.k.a. had cups of tea in many places). I finally got to go back to Gemini (lasagna, mmm squee.) It was one of those days that just leaves you feeling warm and sleepy. Plus I talked more than I can remember doing in a long long time. It was just... great.
And I wrote something on the way home! I don't know if it's any good though. I was sat near these two brothers and they were fascinating. Plus one of them was totally reading what I was scribbling down in my day planner. So this is for Ben (the cute brother on the train) and my good mate Dan:

Huddersfield Hardened Your Heart (But Never Your Smile)
Hardship has galvanised your soul,
But the pursuit has made you whole.
I saw you like a naive brother,
But now we're equal with one another.

The words gush from your mouth,
You've held them back far too long
Thank God you didn't go down south,
And start to pronounce everything wrong.

Shaggy dark hair and bold panda eyes,
All student emblems, its the smile that's a surprise
It still reaches your eyes, lights up your face,
Some things cannot be taken by a new place.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

You gotta swim. Swim in the dark.


Bonsoir Princesses! I am Tamaki Suou and today I am blooming more proudly than anyone! Are you going to fall for me? Don't worry, I will protect you!
After all, I am the first man of my station to be courageous enough to taste instant coffee!
It's just so cruel... God sometimes creates perfect beings with perfect insides and outsides!
Ahem, Karen is working tirelessly on her psychology essay! So she instructed I, the lonely Prince, King of Beauty, to entertain you for this evening!
Behold my perfect face!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The currents will pull us away from our love. Just keep your head above.

Vic is home in less than two weeks. How weird is that? This whole semester just seems to have passed in a blur. And I for one will not miss it.

I feel saddened to admit that my penultimate semester has sucked. Majorly. There have been some bright spots, as distant as the stars in the black, black sky. I miss Hannah a lot, she used to condone my laziness and always, always make me feel better. I miss Gemini. I never even see Toni at Uni anymore. I miss sunlight. I miss my friends.

I miss my heroes.

I've clung to the good stuff. The amazing friends that are still here. Constant silliness at work. Writing my little story. Flapjacks at Coopers whilst a certain someone brags about his Paris class. Trains that pass through Deansgate. A warm place to come home to.

It really has only just occurred to me now how unhappy this semester has made me. How strange. Lets hope that I can make the ending a little better.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Swim for the lost politicians who don't see their greed as a flaw

So, I get these cravings. For romance. Call it a girl thing or whatever, but I don't crave chocolate, just dishy fae and slushy films. (My Twilight obsession explained???)

It was like 3am and I had to be up early on Monday morning. But I was craving Dawsons Creek. Of course, I didn't stick on the dvd since it was 3 am! But I was this close.

So, should I be concerned???

And does no one else miss Dawsons Creek??? All this One Tree Hill crap, its just cheaper, sexier rip offs of Dawsons. At least the creek had some elements of realism in it, for goodness sake!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Yeah You Gotta Swim For Wars Without Cause


(I'm at work right now.)

It stings, listening to Reuben. I miss them, miss the idea of them out their making more life-saving music. People have an idea how much I care about music, how utterly besotted I can be with it.

So consider me an addict. Reuben were my sweetest, most magical hit. I need them in my veins. I need that stab of the needle. I'm withering with these poor substitutes.

Never underestimate what music is to me. Honestly, its probably safer not to talk to me about it, because people who don't like music, don't understand music, don't know music... you make me angry. Sorry, I'm just weird that way.

And, like Owen, I will only try to enlighten you.

Music... its just so much more ethereal than other media. I mean, when do films save people's lives? What are films without music anyway?

Haven't you ever noticed? Silence is so freaking loud.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Swim For Your Families and Lovers and Brother and Sisters and Friends

Ooh, major photo blog for ya tonight!!! We went to the TRAFFORD CENTRE!
We got to see the beautiful Christmas tree...
...which sings. Kinda creepy actually.

Then it was off to get some food and go to the cinema.
Kyle's tee kinda amused me. Someone help me out here: is make it happen a euphemism or have I just totally made that up? One of you must know!
And, last but not least...

Okay, seriously, you guys have to stop Twilight bashing on my blog (Alee, you rock!). I have a reputation in the Twilight community to uphold. And Skinny, I didn't say you couldn't read it, I said I want you to wait until you've seen the film. And Cal, you're a boy, your opinion therefore is void when it comes to the matter of Twilight.

AND we saw the mini trailer at the cinema tonight and all three of my wonderful companions admitted that the film looks good. So go suck it haters!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

You Gotta Swim, For Nights That Won't End

I wrote you guys something. I was sat in the Lime Bar on Thursday waiting to be a total geek and all my reading was done and I made the most of a perfect (and fleeting) uni day. It's for you (yes, you!) whoever you are now reading this.

I suppose I'd like red hair. And bright green eyes. But I'm happy to live that dream vicariously. It would be nice to be skinny, or athletically gifted, but I can't think of much I'd sacrifice for that. I suppose we are deceived into being dissatisfied with our lot. But its just the consumer society we live in, they're the ones whispering in our ears at night.

No, the things I want can't be dictated to me. I really want a smidgen more self-discipline. And a boy that is perfectly imperfect instead of perfect for everyone else. And a finished story instead of vivid dreams without material foundation. Those would be nice.

But would I give up a thing I have for a thing I don't? How could I willingly sacrifice a component of my cosmopolitan life? Wouldn't everything else fall to pieces? Because it must be like a jigsaw or a machine, my life. If you subtract something, its not whole. It may function, but not as well as it did.


So thats why I'd never willingly let you go. I may seem dissatisfied, but that's the world, not me.


I love you. I need you. In all your splendid imperfection.




Friday, November 21, 2008

Choking on salt water. I'm not giving in. I Swim.

My Taybarns Review!

So, it was fun. The whole place was kinda dead cause of the England match. Plus I only went up once for savories and once for dessert, so I might have missed out a little. But what I did have was very noice. I think I got a little distracted by the chatting (and high school reminiscing). But I did have a great night (bar some minor incidents!).

I must resist having a rant, but you know what, this is my blog so I'll have my rant if I want it! In America Twilighters will be getting to watch the film for the first time today. Here in the UK we have to wait until the 19th December (they wanted us to wait till January!!! Yeah, right!). What irritates me about this is the double standards of it all. J.K. Rowling insisted that Harry Potter was released the same day worldwide (book and film). But everyone else in the world has to wait for the Twilight film.

I don't blame Ms. Meyer for this, it just irks me. Those damn yanks get Twilight before everyone else but whenever the good old UK comes up with something good, everyone gets it at the same time. How is that fair?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I Swim for Brighter Days Despite the Absense of Sun

Erm, everyone can stop freaking out now. I'm okay. The doc was right, it did hurt this morning (and when I sneezed last night, yowch!) but I'm okay. I mean, it coulda been worse, right?

And why did no one get excited about meh? Hello, can we have some perspective here???

I'm showing off my trimmed hair today. Yep, I'm cousin IT no longer.

I'm watching the NME chart (waiting for Paramore, never thought I'd say that). Its not been a good week so far, but we're off to Taybarns tomorrow night (I told my friend this and she got a totally dreamy look on her face, "Their apple pie is like an inch thick" she explained) and I'm eager to see if the rumours are true. Personally, carvery kinda stresses me out. Unless you go to a super nice one, its generally just full of fat people, rough people and kids. And I'm a total snob, heh heh.

Time for a list!

Top 10 Greatest Men In Fiction (Compiled by Karen and Norman)

10. Robyn Rath Rye (King of the Unseelie Court and our absolute fave fae hottie)

9. Dexter (of 'Truth Squad', scatty and sweet, and best of all, a commitment-a-holic!)

8. Cooper Cartwright (he's a private detective, brooding, dark and he likes his girls with curves)

7. Peter Pan (Norman objects to this addition)

6. Howl Jenkins (no explanation necessary)

5. William Landsman (there's a lot to be said for a loyal friend. Will isn't perfect, but he's feisty and dedicated and a lot of people are never lucky enough to find such a man.)

4. Michael Moscovitz (*sigggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh* Michael may be my ideal man. He's geeky, brilliant, sweet, romantic, bossy and downright adorable. Parfait!)

3. Edward Cullen (Oh he's fab, but not number 1! What I like about Edward is that he goes for brunettes. Smart vamp.)

2. Norman Carswell (oh Norman. He's sweet, he's shy, he's eccentric but best of all he's so genuine. Norman might not be every girl's idea of heaven, but remember the best boys come in unusual packages.)

1. OWEN ARMSTRONG (I'm clearly biased here since Owen is (possibly) the male version of moi. Opinionated, angry, good natured and music obsessed, Owen is my favourite of all favourites. Because the best fictional men are realistic and Owen is just wonderful enough to be realistic.)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cracking Me Open Yeah

Hey all. Well, today was eventful. I cracked a rib. (Does anyone else think today's song lyric is totally ironic? I guess I was kinda asking for it!)

Not from laughing (is that actually possible?). I slipped this morning down some steps at the train station (*cue onslaught of concerned builders*) and bashed my side as I was trying to grab hold of the rail. It kinda hurt, but I didn't think I'd done any real damage.


Yeah, but I'm okay. Really. I've been warned that it is gonna hurt in the morning and I should anticipate around 4 weeks of:

- no laughing
- no coughing
- no nintendo wii (I know!!!)
- many painkillers
- some rather cruel mornings

I guess thats what happens when you only get 3 hours sleep.

In much brighters news, today it was announced that one of my all time favourite words is being added to the dictionary: MEH!

I'm so happy. But I cannot sing either!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Memories Like Bullets They Fired At Me From A Gun


So, um, there's been some obsession in the air lately. I, of course, am more than a little infatuated with the 'Twilight' series and impending film. Skinny (and now others???) are crazy about Wicked. Yes, this is something I'd never heard of (except it was once mentioned on Ugly Betty, but by Henry, so that may or may not have distracted me) so now I must enlighten myself in order to form my own opinion (which, as you know, I do so like to do).
We are the defenders of Jazz Ballet! Hey folks it's the defenders of Jazz Ballet!
I would like to defend Jazz Ballet. But my voice won't go that high :(
(To all my fellow Anime Freaks, I thought I'd inform you that I'm currently watching Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy), which is just delightful! It has everything that an anime should: cute blonde gentleman, a heroine with green eyes, a talking cat, cutesy faeries and a Kelpie! Plus its set in England!!! Squee!
And, yes I finally cracked, and am oddly addicted to Vampire Knight! I don't know if I like it or not. Its moving so slowly and Zero is so boring. I'm only on Episode 7, but its nowhere near as good as Earl and Fairy.)
(This is a scheduled post. Right around now I should (*fingers crossed*) be putting the finishing touches to my History Essay.)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Begging To Tear Down The Door

Argh! It's halfway through November and I am nowhere near halfway through swim!!! Dammnit!

Yesterday was Mark's Birthday (and I totally forgot to text him! doh!) so todays blog is dedicated to one of my best friends who is now 19!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

(Meet Me Here On November 11th. Come Alone.)

We take a brief respite from my November 'Swim' theme, because November 11th is a sacred day and it only comes once a year (obviously).

November 11th is my big brother's birthday. It also holds many fond memories for me. Plus it is the topic of a beloved 'Incubus' song. It's a pretty special day. But mainly because it is Rememberance Day.

I spent mine hanging with Skinny.


Monday, November 10, 2008

I Found A Tidal Wave



I took you another photo. Of the platform where I waited for my train today.


Today was wonderful. Sometimes its so easy to forget, forget that theres things you love, things to get excited about, stuff to jump out of bed for.

I'm worried about Dan. Honestly, I worry about all my friends who are so far away. Vic, Alee, Skinny, Cal and Dan. I miss all of you at the strangest times. But the one that I always worry about is Danny. Because him and me are kind of similar. And I know he struggles being away from home. I wish he knew how often I've wanted to go to see him, but ultimately it wouldn't help.

Sometimes it hits me, how far away some of the best friends I have really are. I know you must get sick of me blogging about them all the time, but my friends really are my treasure in life. I don't know how I'd have made it through these few months without Toni, Markie and Kyle. Oh and my Uni homies ;)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Currents Will Pull You Away From Your Love

I spent the whole day at the university library. Frankly, it was a little creepy to be there on a Sunday. I took a photo for you! And it wasn't easy to get.


Monet is my favourite artist and Garden Path is one of my favourites. This print is somewhere in John Rylands Library (anyone who can tell me where gets a lollipop!) and every time I see it, it brightens up my day just a little bit.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

You Haven't Come This Far To Fall Off The Earth

When Karen is at work, her mind often wanders...

She is sometimes distracted...


Sometimes she likes to daydream...

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Whole World Is Watching

This post is dedicated to my good buddy Skinny (who guest blogged for Toni today, in case you're interested). Skinny will let me stay at hers whenever I want, she puts up with what she fondly refers to as my 'music nazism', she has a bizarre love of musicals and has not yet been deflowered by a vegetarian vampire (metaphorically, of course). Overall, she is a very tolerant friend. But I recently discovered one thing she struggled to tolerate:


My tea preference.

Best Conversation of the Week!

Marie (my Canadian Friend): This is just proof (referring to Robert Pattinson playing 'Edward Cullen' ((um, squee))) that English guys are way hot.
Moi: No its not.
Marie: Uh, yeah it is. He (*jabs finger at picture*) is about to become the biggest hearthrob on the face of the planet.
Moi: No, Edward is.
Marie: Whatever. I'm right.
Moi: Actually, you know, I have a real thing for French Canadian guys.
Marie: Vraiment? Savez-vous que la plupart d'eux ont unibrows?
Moi: That's a lie.
Marie: Actually, its not.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Swim When It Hurts

I guest blogged over on Toni's masterpiece today. You could check it out, if you want.


I've been sending gift shoe boxes via Samaritan's Purse for about three years now. Normally, I do two or three, but the belt is tight this year, so I can only send one. I love doing it, because I like the idea of sending a little bit of love to someone, somewhere. Once the box is sent, I never really give it a second thought. But somewhere, children (hopefully) have been made happy by my small contribution. That's pretty cool, right?

Of course, as a writer, I'm totally biased and always end up filling my box with pens, pencils and notebooks, just in case.

Samaritan's Purse also give Christian Childrens books to the kids. Its a really awesome cause and it only costs a couple of quid to cost a box. Here's the link: http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/ in case you're curious.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

You Gotta Swim

Way to go Obama!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Swim For The Music That Saves You

We interrupt this broadcast for an important announcement:

So Kirsty and I went to the cinema last night to watch Eagle Eye (not bad, not bad) and before the film the mini Twilight Trailer came on!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKK! I totally freaked out (which may have scared Kirsty a little bit). Then when we got out I proceeded to run round the cinema lounge snapping pics of the Twilight posters with my phone.


Of course, I've seen the trailer and the posters before, of course, but it was just seeing them in the cinema, it made it all seem real! The thing is, this is a big deal from a writers perspective. Just imagine, one morning a normal woman woke up with an awesome idea for a story. And she started to write. When her fingers hit the keyboard she had no idea, no fricking clue that all this would come of it.

It is every writers' dream. Me included. The success of the 'Twilight' saga gives hope to all us aspiring writers; hope that teens do still read and one person can make a massive difference.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Swim For Your Life

November will be photo month. As usual, I can't talk to you, but I can't abandon you completely. So enjoy my world in photos.


Saturday, November 01, 2008