Flashes of inspiration aplenty


I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to hear that after a couple of weeks utterly devoid of inspiration, I have, at long last, broken through the wall that is writer’s block, and I now have ideas! I’ve set about chasing up people for a grilling, and I have some ideas for more features to write. Hooray! Not only this, I also have a plan for a story I’d like to write. It’s in its early days so far, and I need to work on the ending, but I might let the characters sort that for me.

I’m immensely stressed about shorthand again. Now the hype of the 60wpm has died down (if I’ve passed), I’m suddenly realising that in less than two weeks, I will probably have to sit an 80wpm exam. I don’t feel AT ALL ready. Not even close. I have a hell of a lot of improving to do over the next ten days or so if I don’t want it to be a wasted attempt. We get three shorthand exam attempts included in the price of the course, and obviously I’ve used one for the 60wpm, and I now have two to use as I see fit, before I bankrupt myself in my 5,000 attempts at getting the 100wpm.

We have a Media Law mock on Wednesday, which I’d forgotten about until Friday. I think it’ll be fine, if the questions are similar to the ones we do in class. I like Law a lot anyway, so it’s not something I’ll mind about revising. The exams are disturbingly close. We’re about to start week 9 out of 15, and exams start properly in week 10, with two more in week 11. Really frightening, how fast this course has gone. Before I know it, I’ll be back at uni in October!

I’m trying to catch up with the people I’ve lost touch with over the past year or so for various reasons. It’s really nice actually, hearing from people again. Of course, in journalism, contacts are EVERYTHING, but also I’ve realised that I just want to patch up the friendships I’ve neglected for my own sake. I feel really bad for it, but I’ve finally managed to reprioritise everything in my head, and I love the people I know at the moment. I had a bit of an epiphany last night when I was out in Brighton, and I realised that I was quite content with all the people I know now. If anything I want to get to know y’all better. I want to spend more time with people I don’t know well enough, because getting to know people is my FAVOURITE thing to do. Fortunate, really, seeing as much of the journalistic lifestyle requires a lot of getting to know you, getting to know all about you…

Alright it’s past my bedtime (7:30pm, Coronation Street is a bit crass for me and I prefer to protect myself from the foul language) so I must sleep. I’d like to do more little interviews with people, so offer yourself up to me and I’ll make something gr8 out of it. I have to do my medical student piece soon, along with interviewing Edinburgh’s Korfball team (‘Edinburgh’s WHAT team?!’, I hear you cry!  I shall do my best to explain all shortly!), but aside from that I would love to get to know a bit more about you all. Help me out, my favourites!



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