Personal Updates and Tags.

It’s things like this that just brighten up my day:

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You guys are amazing, you really are. You have no idea how much I enjoy hearing from you, whether you’re helping me gain new knowledge about literature, stopping by to compare thoughts on a book, or even simply saying hi. I guess I just want to say thank you, you make blogging such a great experience, and I really do appreciate every comment. I have loved getting to know you all, and I hope it will continue and that I will get to know even more bloggers in the future. 🙂

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So as you may have noticed, I’m feeling happy, blessed, and a touch nostalgic.
Why you ask?




BECAUSE I GOT INTO UNIVERSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Happy dance!* I celebrated with a Lord of the Rings marathon. I know, I know, how bookish of me! But hey I was doing it with a friend, so at least I was being vaguely social. 😛 It turns out all those hours of soul crushing, brain numbing work paid off. It feels strange to be finally done with it all, it is something that I have been working towards for so long. It’s been a hard, long, and amazing journey, and it almost doesn’t feel real. I’m currently in the chaotic aftermath of paperwork, student fees and to do lists. Endlessly long to do lists. Or at least it seems that way.
I’m moving out! I ‘m leaving my friends! I have to start acting like an adult!
How terrifying.
But what an opportunity.
There is also one huge plus about the University I have chosen, it requires me to take a second subject for the first year. So not only will I be taking Psychology, I will also be taking Creative and Professional Writing! How exciting is that? But I’m completely terrified, maybe I won’t even like it. I mean, I have this horrible image of me sticking out like a sore thumb with my terrible spelling and the fact that I know absolutely nothing technical about writing. Words just form in my head, and I write them down. But hey, they are there to teach me right? :S

Ok, now this is turning into a random babble… I basically just wanted to spread the good news, and also make you guys aware that the blog may or may not suffer as I try to deal with all these changes and settle in. I’m sure you’ll do just fine without me though. 😛

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So in other news, I was tagged by thoughts on my bookshelf, she came up with some fun questions so I thought I would play along. 🙂

1. What fictional character (from books, tv, movies) would you say is most like you? One of my best friends says I remind her of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, and also the lead character from New Girl, but I’ve never actually watched the show. There is a girl in a book called The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen I can relate to a lot, and I also see aspects of myself in Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is probably why I like the show so much. (Not all of it though, for instance I don’t slay vampires in my spare time. I leave that up to Jeremy ;))
2. If you could live anywhere (real or fictional place), where would you live? Hmmm..that’s difficult! I want to live in so many. I would love to visit Middle Earth and meet the people of the Shire, especially Biblo and Sam. And of course while I was there I would have to visit a few other places too! Then of course there is Hogwarts, I have always dreamt of meeting hippogriffs and house elves. Although I could do without the giant snakes and spiders.
3. What are the last three books you read?
The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot which was a pretty fun and lighthearted book. (Review coming soon to a blog near you.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Inheritance by Christopher Paolini.
4. Worst movie you’ve ever seen? Step Up. I just really don’t get why people love the Step Up films, I think they’re terrible. I mean, apart from the presence of Channing Tatum. Sure the dance moves are cool I guess, but it always bugs me that they AREN’T IN TIME WITH THE MUSIC HALF THE TIME! It’s not off by much, but it’s enough to irritate me. I’m guessing it’s because the film has been overlaid in editing and the people doing it have no sense of rhythm. And don’t even get me started on the terrible acting and thin storyline…
5. Have you ever met a celebrity? (tell the story, you know you want to) Never met any. 😦 But I would like too! I did go and see the stage show Wicked a couple of weeks back and Matt Willis (member of the old band Busted) was in it! We had really close seats so I felt like I could reach out and touch him! I also went to a Hilary Duff concert when I was younger and managed to touch her hand, but that’s the best I can do I’m afraid.
6. What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? Read! Blog! Go to the rocks, climb to a place with a nice view and read some more! Guessing that was pretty obvious huh? 🙂
7. Why did you start blogging? You know, I’m not really sure. It was a pretty sudden decision. I just wanted an outlet to talk about books, a way to prolong the experience of reading a good novel a little longer, and possibly meet a few other people that would be willing to have discussions about them. I had no idea; I thought I would probably try it for a few weeks and give up, I never imagined I would love it this much!
8. What’s your favourite thing about writing a blog? The comments, without question. See above gushing for proof. And I don’t just like hearing from people that agree with me either, but also those that don’t. I like finding out other people’s perspectives on books and topics, it’s very interesting!
9. What was the last thing you did before writing this blog post? I watched the TV show Supernatural.
10. Do you love your job / why? Currently unemployed.
11. What’s the best advice someone ever gave you? Ok this is kind of cheating but:

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default. J.K. Rowling

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – J. R. R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)

My Questions:
1.) Which book do you think should be adapted into a film that hasn’t been already?
2.) Which classic are you too scared to read/keep putting off? (E.g. War and Peace.)
3.) Sam or Dean Winchester? (Show Supernatural)
4.) Do you think the paperback will become extinct and be fully replaced with the Kindle?
5.) Have you ever had an experience with the paranormal? E.g Ghosts, aliens etc.
6.) Your least favourite genre to read?
7.) Who’s biography would you consider reading?
8.) The best birthday present you’ve ever had?
9.) Your opinion on 50 Shades of Grey? (Whether you have read it or not.)
10.) Your favourite place to read?
11.) Which books from present day do you think has the potential to become a classic 50/100 years down the line?

The people I’m tagging:
NM’s Writer blog
Sleeping Thoughts
Bookloversity/Movie & Tv Show Reviews
The Postulating Engineer
Lost Inside The Covers
Yasmine in the World Wide Web
Reviews and Rants
Rocker Sophz27

It would be great if you decided to join in, but if you don’t want to that is also perfectly fine, I will not be offended. 🙂 I know not everyone is a fan of the tagging game. I enjoy them however because I have often found great new bloggers through them.

The Rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
3. Create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
4. Tag eleven people with a link to your post.
5. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

Have a great weekend! 🙂

52 thoughts on “Personal Updates and Tags.

  1. I will answer your questions! 😀 Congrats on getting into uni btw, I know for a fact you’ll enjoy it. (And if you’re moving out, but home still isn’t too far away you go home over weekends for home cooked food…trust me, it’s what you’ll miss the most :P) and nice advice, I especially like Gandalf’s quote 🙂

    • Yaaaaay! I look forward to reading them. 😀
      Thank you. 😀 I hope I do enjoy it. Ahh yes, the home cooking, I will definitely be making trips back hom for that!
      Glad you like it, it’s always been one of my favourite Lord of the Rings quotes, and it makes me feel better when I’m feeling hard done by. 😛

  2. Awwweeesooome SO nice that you got into university. Exciting! 🙂 You will have so much fun and you’ll do just fine.. don’t worry too much about it 😀

  3. Nice one, Becky!

    I actually skipped the university thing, and it didn’t do me any harm. Instead, I worked in a furniture shop, 7 days a week, learning at the university of life.

    And look where it got me! Working in an office, bored out of my mind all day. Yeah…

    Ahem. I reckon you’ll be fine with your writing course, to be honest. I’d have thought that most of your favourite writers didn’t do any proper studying like that, so fret ye not.

    When you get to uni, I fully expect you to act the part. If after six weeks there aren’t photos of you, stumbling around the road drunk, with a traffic cone on your head, I’ll be wanting some answers.

    No more of these Lord of the Rings marathons, please.

    • Thanks Michael. 😀

      Haha the University of life, I love that expression. A furniture shop, hmm what an unusual job! I bet you met a few funny customers doing that! Hey, don’t be too down about it, after all, if you wern’t working in that office you probably wouldn’t have started writing your books. 😉 Anyway, by the looks of things at the moment even if I get through Uni I’ll probably still be working in an office not even using my degree..

      Thanks. 🙂 I hope you’re right. Ohh sure totally, I’m going to go crazy. Its always the quiet ones.

      :O No more Lord of the Rings?! Why ever not?

  4. Congratulations! As a university professor, I can assure you that you will be just fine so no need to worry 🙂 Just like in school, there are strong teachers and weaker ones so don’t give up on a subject if you have a terrible experience as it may be because you didn’t connect with the prof for whatever reason. The first week will be overwhelming but fun. Don’t get behind in your work, but don’t spend all your time in the library studying either. After the first month, you’ll feel at home. There, that’s all the advice I have…. enjoy! (as I’ve enjoyed following your blog!)

    • Thank you. 😀 You’re a University professor, how interesting!
      That is great advice, I just hope I come across a lot of strong ones lol. I guess I can just imagine walking into a class of creative writing people and discovering they all took English lit and language and have perfect grammar. Whereas I don’t even know any of the rules! 😛
      Ohh gosh yeah, I’m dreading freshers week, which may sound strange as it’s supposed to be the fun part.
      Thank you for all the lovely advice and well wishes. 🙂 I will keep it in mind!

  5. Congratulations on getting into university! That’s really exciting; you’re going to have an amazing time. (Also, YAY for studying Psychology!)

    I’d love to go to Hogwarts too, haha. My friends and I used to joke that we already did, since we had the Houses and colours 😀

    • Thanks Jen! 😀 Haha yeah I love Psychology, I can’t wait to learn more about it and really get stuck in. I hope I do enjoy it, it’s certainly going to be an experience either way!

      Haha ohh really? That’s pretty cool. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the tag and for making me realise that I don’t actually know 11 other blogs to tag! I need to start virtually socialising more. Well done for getting into Uni, I can’t wait to go. I think you count as a grown-up now.

    • Haha, no problem. That’s alright, you don’t have to tag 11 really, just tag who you want to. 🙂 Hehe, socializing in the blogosphere is fun, it’s one of my favourite pass times.

      Thank you! 🙂

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    • Thanks mj! It’s reasonably close. Far enough away for me to be independent, but close enough for me to come home if I need to, especially for some nice home cooking. 😉

      Thank you, I hope so!

      I’m glad you liked the quotes. 🙂

  8. Congratualations on getting into the college you wanted! Also, thanks for tagging me. I want to answer the questions, but I’m too lazy to create a new post to answer them and tag other people. Would you mind if I answer them on this post in a comment?

    • Thank you! I’m very excited. 😀
      That’s ok, no problem. You can definitely answer here in the comments, I will be looking forward to your answers! I’m just glad you want to take part!

      • Thanks, here are my answers 🙂

        1. Looking for Alaska by John Green; if this book ever is made into a movie, I hope they get a good actress to play Alaska.
        2. Dracula by Bram Stoker. I’ve read a couple of reviews on WordPress saying the book is good, but today’s parnormal craze has made me fed up with anything vampire related.
        3. I pick Sam because I love his random moments of nerdiness
        4. Nope, not if the paperback book lovers can help it! Personally, I don’t mind either one of them.
        5. Yep, I’ve seen the ghost of my twin sister in my dreams once. I don’t really want to go into details though b/c its very personal for me.
        6. Mystery; it bores the crap out of me.
        7. David Bowie; I want to know what happened to him after he released his last album and disappeared from the public eye.
        8. A poetry book that I got from a mentor/teacher as a surprise gift; I didn’t get it exactly on my birthday but it was close to it.
        9. Awful; if it had vampires in it, it’d be Twilight for adults
        10. My room, lying on my bed
        11. The Harry Potter series

      • Some great answers!
        I haven’t read any John Green yet but readers everywhere seem to be going manic over him, and judging by his awesome Youtube video’s I’m not surprised he seems pretty awesome. Have you read any of his other books? If so would you recommend I start with a particular one?
        I’ve wanted to read Dracula for ages, I’m really looking forward to read about some vamps that don’t sparkle. 😛 Maybe if I review it some time in the future I can convince you. 😉
        Ohh no I’m that must be so painful, don’t worry I won’t press for specifics. Mystery, that’s an interesting one, I’m never totally sure as to what actually counts as mystery, it’s one of those genre’s that tends to overlap into others in y my mind. I don’t think I’ve read many….so not a fave genre of mine either!
        David Bowie, interesting choice! I think Harry Potter will become a classic too, at least, I really hope so.

  9. Ah this is awesome news! Congratulations! You’ll enjoy university soooooooo much! I’m glad your exams went well too! Don’t worry much about creative writing. all you need to know is how to string a sentence togther and you’ve got that mastered perfectly! And like you said, they’e tere to teach you!!! When do you start?

    • Thank you! 😀 I’m SO nervous though. Especially freshers week, eeep! Any tips? :S I’m not sure I’ll like it very much at first, but hopefully once I’m there for a little while I’ll start to.
      Hahaa, true, very true!
      I go up to the Uni on the 16th September, about two weeks. I keep switching from incredibly excited to terrified! 😛

      • Haha, I don’t blame you, it’s incredibly nervewracking! It’ll go by soooo fast as well, you’ll settle in in no time! My only tip is be yourself, it sounds very cheesey and whatnot but it’s also very true! Fresher’s week is great for making friend’s and meeting people and everyone is pretty kind, It’s not like school or college in that sense.

        Haha, fingers crossed she’s a bookworm! 😛

      • Thanks, that’s encouraging. 🙂 Lol, I guess I just have to remember that everyone else there is also worried and trying to make friends too.

        Hahaa touché! That would be the best! 😀

    • Thank you! 😀 Yeah I’m hoping it will be great, I don’t even really care what grade I get in it because if I’d picked a different Uni I wouldn’t be taking it at all so it’s an extra bonus. 🙂
      No problem!

  10. Heyy 🙂 congrats on getting into uni! I’m sure you’ll do fine, the first few months are a little difficult but once you get past that it’s really great! I felt the same when I went to uni. I actually started my blog as it was a requirement for one of our first year units, I just decided to keep going with it. And thanks for tagging me in this post 🙂 I wasn’t notified so I’m glad I saw it, though I don’t really know too many book bloggers but I’ll try! xxx

    • Thanks Soph! 🙂 Yeah, I’m definitely expecting the first few months to be difficult, I think I’m going to find it hard, but hopefully also enjoyable. You felt the same way? Phew, that’s a relief. Fingers crossed my time at Uni turns out as well as yours! Ohh really? What a great assignment, I’m glad you chose to carry it on. 🙂

      No problem, it twas my pleasure. 🙂 It’s okay, it doesn’t necessarily have to be book bloggers, I just chose to make mine book questions because I have a book blog. xx

  11. Creative and Professional Writing! OMG, how exciting! And don’t worry, if your blog is anything to go by, you will be at an advantage in your class. 🙂
    ANd I never heard that one from Rowling before, what an awesome quote! Might just stick that up on my wall…
    And thank you for tagging me. I’m actually glad you did. Given my state of bloggers block at the moment, at least I have something to blog about, he he… 😉

    Ps. I said this before but I say it again, I’m very proud of you. Life is about to get exciting, enjoy it!… ❤

    • Hehee yeah, I kind of kept it quiet untill now because I didn’t want to mention it in case I didn’t get in. I’m excited, but really nervous. Awwh thank you, I hope you’re right! 🙂 I only came across the quote this year actually, but as soon as I saw it I knew I had to write it down. You should definitely put it on your wall. 😉

      Haha that’s ok, glad I could help! I hope the bloggers block gets better soon though, I love your posts! I look forward to seeing your answers.

      Awwwwh, thank you Nisha, that means so much! 😀 XO

  12. Awesome news! Congratulations 🙂 You are in for the time of your life.
    I agree, comments are the best part…it is the interactions about reading – love it! Thanks for tagging me, I will get to my post later this week.
    All the best!!

    • Thank you! I sure hope so. 😀
      Ahh, I’m glad you agree, I’m happy if even one person comments, it still amazes me, especially as when I first started no-one commented! 😛

      No problem! I’ll look forward to your answers. All the best to you too. 🙂

  13. Congrats again about uni. 🙂
    At least you don’t have to cook while you’re there! I think it would be wise for you to start getting your mum to teach you while you are home during times like Christmas and Easter and definitely the Summer otherwise you won’t do too well in the second year unless you have enough money to buy ready-meals for every dinner
    Just had a though while reading your post! You should teach me what you learn in your creative writing classes, if you wouldn’t mind of course. Seeing as I’ve got the book that I’m writing and it currently isn’t really happening…. Haha

    • Haha thank you, congrats to you too! 😀 Does this mean you’re back from your holiday?
      Ohh god yeah, it’s such a relief I can’t even begin to express it. I’ve already started doing a bit more cooking lately, although I will still probably rely on ready meals quite a lot because I’m lazy. 😛 I can make a few things though. I just despise cooking, I really do. I’m so glad I wasn’t born back in the 40/50s when women were stuck in the kitchen!
      Haha yeah I can try! 🙂 I don’t know how complicated it will be, I might not even understand it. I think it’s going to be a steep learning curve. Have you written anything lately? You haven’t actually told me what the concept was for the new story. 😛

      • That’s ok 🙂
        Nope, we’re still away but I can get wifi on my laptop (the old one rather than new one, just in case). Admittedly I am sitting right next to the door into the apartment but still… Haha
        Haha, well sounds like a plan. You can always come and visit me and we can cook something together. Haha, Either that or skype tutorials!
        Cool, well we can learn together! 🙂
        Nope, not written anything lately. Don’t know when I will. Not even finished it. Really need to go through all of it and check it all and type it up and actually finish it all before I start thinking about it as a whole. I’ve got most of it but there are a couple of chapters I haven’t done yet and a couple I haven’t typed and some that I want to change.
        What do you mean, the concept for the new story?

      • Haha ohh right cool.
        Yeah that would be good! I’m glad to hear you’re planning on staying in touch with me anyway and that you haven’t got bored of me yet. 😉 Sounds like fun, I have no idea how to get to your Uni from where I am, but I’ll probably figure it out at some point. Ahh yeah Skype, thanks for the reminder I need to set that up, I haven’t done it yet. Shouldn’t take too long hopefully. 🙂
        Lol yeah that sounds like a good start. Don’t get too down about it though, I mean a lot of important stuff has been going on so I’m sure writing didn’t really feel like a top priority. I have an idea for a story but I still haven’t written any of it down. Figured I might as well wait until I start this course or I’d just have to do a tonne of redrafts.
        Well you said you started another one, quite a while back, different to the time turner one but you never told me what it was about.

    • Thanks Tony! 🙂 Yeah, it’s almost as if fate intervened to give me the exact perfect Uni course I could of only imagined in my wildest dreams. 😛 It will only be for a year, but what an exciting year it will be!

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