blood_winged: (Default)
The current temperature in my room. That's about 82 F for those of you still using the imperial system. I have the window open, but unfortunately because of the direction that my bedroom window faces, I have to keep the curtains closed, which doesn't really help my situation.

Yesterday, I went to a PARSC meeting at my university. Basically I was wanted there as a representative for students currently on the MA course, and there was another girl there who had graduated the previous year. It wasn't as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be, thank god I had someone else in there with me, but I hate talking in front of large groups of people even if those people are perfectly nice and just want to hear my opinion. It didn't last long thankfully, but I hadn't slept the night before and was running on adrenaline and a can of Red Bull. Pretty much crashed when I got home and woke up four hours later to the sound of my step-dad being chased around the back garden by the neighbour's four year old son who had gotten hold of our hosepipe.

I very nearly ended up staying up all night again, but passed out at about 8AM. When I woke up I was practically melting. It's been so hot in here that the butter on the bread I had with my dinner was melting. I guess this might be our summer, though I wouldn't be surprised if it was raining tomorrow. I'm English, that's just the way it goes. [ profile] chairofbusby knows just what I'm talking about. o-e

Things are good otherwise. I went to see Gill James yesterday and got the first of likely several free books that I'll be given over the course of my internship, and we had a long chat about things that might be going on and she gave me an idea of the kinds of things I'll be doing. I have to say it makes me a little nervous to be given this kind of responsibility but hey, it had to happen some time and better now than never. Wish me luck :D Also, thanks to tumblr, my fanart folder has now exploded.


Oct. 21st, 2010 11:57 pm
blood_winged: (China Stressed)
Finally got all my university finance stuff over and done with.

Going to have an early night and hopefully sleep well with all that stress off my mind.

I know I'm missing the meme again - will do two tomorrow.

blood_winged: (America x England (C.S.))
As I type this my dog is snoring, resting against one of my feet.

My day was rather interesting yesterday - for me, at least. I got the bus to uni after I bought a new lip balm to break a tenner, and before I even got off I had someone asking me for directions. I headed down to the library to sort out my username/password problem, and on the way yet another person asked me for directions. Considering it's only the second week that students have been in the university it makes me wonder, is there something about me that makes me look like I know where I'm going?

Maybe it's the glasses.

I went to my class, and all went swimmingly and such, and afterwards Alice and I went to get our bus. We ended up going two stops because the bus wasn't stopping at the one after the closed one, and on the way this creepy drunk guy stopped us and I have no idea what he was doing, I think he was trying to pull us or something. I just put one arm around Alice and steered her away, since the best defence against that kind of man is to pretend you're with the girl you're walking with, and we were both rather glad that we weren't alone.

I also managed to get my finance problem sorted out. Well, almost. I now need to wait a week or two for the bursary I'm supposed to get to go onto my account. I suppose it's my own fault for not applying earlier. 8|

Today, I haven't done much except make my own dinner.

Now, I'm going to get back to filling the requests I got on my meme.
blood_winged: (Norway & Iceland)
I have a Japan Shimeji and an England Shimeji wandering around on my desktop. They keep sitting near each other. Even though they can't possibly be aware of each other.. it's almost like they are o.o

I shot an email off to the ESPaCH office and the ITS desk today, so hopefully the problems I mentioned in my last entry will be solved by the end of the week.

And now! If you made it this far, which I hope you did, I need to get my brain back in action, as I'm going to have to be doing a great deal of creative work over the next fifteen months, so I'm stealing this meme from [ profile] amael_elen 

    The Domesticity Meme:
    Give me a pairing, and then give me an everyday setting (coming home from work, waking up in the morning, going grocery shopping, etc.) and I'll write a short drabble involving said pairing in said situation. You can ask for pairings that have already been requested, and be as creative as you want with the situations!

blood_winged: (S.Italy)
As some of you know, I successfully applied for a Masters degree a few weeks ago. Last week, I went to registration, which was an ordeal in itself and could have been over a lot more quickly than it was. I couldn't pay my fees then, so I had to set up a direct debit in order to register. Today, I went in early to finally pay, and was told that the loyalty bursary that is supposed to be on my details (as I am a graduate of the university I get 20% off) isn't there, so I need to email my school and get them to do that for me. I also need to email someone in the library to get my login details for the student area of the Salford website.

Well, back to today, which was Really Long. I got up in the afternoon, which is pretty normal for me, except my waking up went something like...

Alarm goes off
Turn off alarm
Go back to sleep
Alarm goes off
Turn off alarm
Go back to sleep
Alarm goes off

and you see where this is going. When I finally did get up I felt so spaced out I thought I might be ill or something and I do wonder if it's due to the combination of antihistamine and ibuprofen I had taken the night before, though I've always had quite a strong tolerance for drugs to the point were even sleeping tablets don't put me out.

I managed to drag myself out of bed, stumbled around getting ready and went in to find out about that damn bursary thing (I could have spent an extra hour in bed!) and then I waited around for my class, then I went to it. As you do. It was a lot more informal than I thought it was going to be and it never really felt like a Masters degree... but then my Bachelors never felt like a degree either so I suppose that's not a surprise. We didn't get that much work done, although Scott (the prof) had this whole plan of a lot of stuff he wanted to get done. First lessons are always that way. There are only eight of us in the class but I do wonder how long it will be before someone drops out. Someone always drops out, eventually.

After class I went to get the bus with Alice, a girl I know from my degree enough to chat to but I wouldn't really call her my 'friend'. There's a load of roadworks going on outside the university until Christmas, and the stop I normally get my bus from was unexpectedly closed. We tried to make it to the next one, and the bastard bus driver didn't stop, even though he saw us and we were right near the stop. Git. I rang John up and he came to get me and took Alice home too. If it happens on Thursday we're going to be calling to complain.

I finally got home at a little past nine. I was hungry. I had food. I went to my room, and here I am. I will hopefully be able to get all my shit together before the end of the week.

My only concern with this degree is that my urge to write recently has been virtually non-existent. I have always enjoyed writing no matter what the context, and to not want to do it at all is a little disconcerting. Perhaps I need to read more.
blood_winged: (Pocky England)
Well, after my abominably late admission (four days before the course was due to start) I have been accepted onto the Masters Degree course at the University of Salford. Yay me. Now I have to go through all the boring registration stuff and the nerve-wracking part where I tell them that I don't have the money to pay them right now. D8 Hopefully the finance department get back to me about that before tomorrow 'cause I really don't want to have to hold up a line while I explain that.


I also have new trainers... which are exactly the same as my old ones, which were killed by Venice.

I like those trainers.
blood_winged: (Norway & Iceland)
If it's not one thing it's another.

My current addition? Pokémon. I don't care if that's dorky. At all. So nurr.

What can I say. Hrm. I haven't really written anything now in... a while, except something I wrote for [ profile] plextral which I don't think will ever see the light of day. I dunno why that is. Maybe my brain has decided it wants a hiatus. Probably.

I still need to apply for my university course, but they're having an open day in four days, so I'm taking that to mean I still have time. All I need to do is write my personal statement and I know for a fact I don't even need to try because I'm practically on the course already but eh, procrastinating. I'll make sure to get it done next week before I go away.

I also need to get my measurements and order my costume for next month, and get some riding boots - finally managed to find some cheap ones that will look good enough to pass. Kinda looking forward this one, especially since I know a couple of people from LJ who will be there! =3

Finally on the exciting news front, I am off to Venice in less than a week! I There will be so much picspam for you guys when I get back that your browsers will crash.

blood_winged: (Finland x Sweden)
Okay, so now I have all of my fun graduation gifts I'm going to show them off - I wanted to wait until I got the one off my dad because it is gorgeous.

Pics and stuff )

So~ I saw Toy Story 3 today, and oh my god, it has officially replaced UP as my favourite Pixar film. Unfortunately the beginning was a little spoiled by some noisy brats who'd snuck into the screen and wouldn't shut the hell up, but they got caught and moved out of the screen and it was much quieter after that.

I shan't talk too much about it for the sake of those who haven't seen it, but I would recommend it wholeheartedly. I nearly cried at the end and I didn't even cry at the end of Moulin Rouge, or The Green Mile. I have no soul (apparently).

It's my mum's 50th on Sunday, and my grandad's 70th on Monday. I'm not so concerned about mum - she keeps saying she's going to be really depressed over it but I don't think she will, she'll just get on with things because she's sensible and that's what she's like. My grandad, however, I am more concerned about. Like my nanna his health isn't the best and hasn't been for a long time. I don't really remember much of him from my childhood but I know that he wasn't always as thin as he is now, and a couple of months ago was the first time that my nanna said that she might not have that long left. I know she's right, she's nearly eighty and it's amazing she's gone on this long, but still, it was a bit of a shock to hear her say it. I suppose when you're young (yeah I'm not a kid anymore bit I'm only 21) you can sometimes forget, especially if you're lucky enough to have never lost a family member like I have been, that people do get old and die, and it's difficult to get my head around the fact that at some point, possibly very soon, either one or both of them isn't going to be around anymore.


I'm sure I had more to say here, but I can't remember any of it. Oh well!

blood_winged: (England Lazy)
Now, I'm going to write some porn.

See, the other night while RPing with [ profile] amael_elen , the issue of how many nations Arthur has slept with came up. The list came to twenty-six (including America)... so... I'm writing them. All of them. Some, you will expect. Some, you won't. Feel free to make guesses... xD

Also, here is a nice, dorky photo of me (and my mum). LOOK AT THE HAT.

blood_winged: (Poland Scared)

I won't say I'm not freaking out.

Because I am.

I'm keeping myself calm by planning a lot of porn. Anyone interested in reading a lot of England/World porn raise your hand? No? xD


So you get to see photos of me looking dorky in a funny hat.

-slinks awaaaaay-
blood_winged: (Norway & Iceland)
Hmm, well.

Yesterday, I went out with my dad (as I do every month) and he very much approved of the blu-ray films that he got for his father's day present. As for my step-dad, well, he didn't ask for anything, so he has no right to get pissy when he doesn't get anything. I felt kind of bad so I went with him to the shop and got him a bottle of cider. It was cheap but hey it's the thought that counts right? Yes. Back to the day... Saw my dad, and we went to a nice pub - I had grilled salmon, rather than the burger I was going to have, because Amy told me that we were going to have a barbeque when we got home.

Apparently my cousin Alex has destroyed yet another mobile phone, his fifth in the past two years. I don't know how he keeps doing it but if he were my kid I'd stop giving them to him. My other cousin, Sam, is on report at his school. While we were at my aunt Jo's (his mum), my aunt Janet (Alex's mum) was reading through his report book. Most of it is good, but at least once or twice a week it seems, he gets into trouble for not listening, for disrupting the class, and generally being a nuisance. Two things which stuck out most in my mind were one report of him and two others (I think) pushing another kid over and kicking him, and another of him filling all the sinks in the boy's toilets and locking all the cubicle doors.

Sam is five years old.

Though I can't say that it came as a surprise. He's frequently ignoring what his mum tells him to do, though personally I don't think she does enough to stop him from doing it. She'll make threats but he'll have to really push her to get them carried out. While we were at the pub having dinner he kept running a toy car off the table. He was told if he did it again he'd have it taken off him, so instead it came shooting toward me. I confiscated it. Granted I was pretty tired and he was being noisy enough for me to want to throttle him, but I won't tolerate that kind of behaviour. Quite frankly I wish I could do more to tell him off but he's not my kid so I don't really have that right. Eh.

When we got back we had a barbeque, though I didn't eat much because of the big meal I had at lunch. Apparently when my step-dad opened the barbeque there was a burger still in there from last year... and it was blue... I'm so glad I didn't see that or I might have had reservations about eating anything that was cooked on that thing no matter how much it'd been cleaned. Ben was freaking out over the smoke like he always does, though this time he was far worse than he'd ever been before. He wouldn't dare come outside, or even anywhere near the back door but he wanted the food that we had, so he kept barking. I don't understand him sometimes.

Then I had an early night, because I was bloody knackered, so I woke up at about half past nine and gave my parents the shock of seeing me up in the AM, before they and my sister buggered off to the gym. Me, I don't go to the gym. I'm too lazy and really, I can't afford to lose the weight.

While they were out I went into the garden, which kind of looks like a garden centre at the moment with how many flowers there are, and I took a few photos though there's only one that I really like.

This one )

Really love that.

Oh yes, I graduate soon. On the 15th of July, in fact. I get to wear a gown and mortar board (funky hat ;D). These are the colours for my school and degree...

Purteh )

Only bad thing there is just to rent the damn thing is £40. Ripoff, I say!

So now, here I am, after having reeled off a shortfic so fluffy it made my teeth hurt, sitting listening to Take That. I'll just be off now. -thumbsup-
blood_winged: (America Happy)
Came out with 64.4%, which is a decent 2:1 (upper second class) degree. For you guys who don't know how university grading works, we have a five-tier system.

First class (highest)
Upper second class (2:1)
Lower second class (2:2)
Third class

So yeah. =D
blood_winged: (Finland x Sweden)
And thanks to [ profile] spottacus2 I have several new ideas to work on on top of From Fire to Flame and the AU fic that people seem to want to see.

On top of that, I have a lot of university work due in - 3000 word creative piece + 1500 word essay.. thing. 4000 word project + another 1500 word essay thing, and a 2500 word essay. Fun stuff. I'm hopefully going to use some of the time that I have off to do work on these things because I have this feeling I'm going to be rather screwed if I don't. Ahaha.

But still, no doubt, my own writing will inevitably end up feeling more important than the stuff I ought to be doing for university. 

I slept until 7pm today. This is pretty shocking even for me. I wonder if I'll sleep tonight.


Mar. 2nd, 2010 10:20 pm
blood_winged: (Default)
I've been like, super happy the past few days for no reason (which has been good for all you guys, since I've been putting out fanfics/pics like crazy) but the only bad part is, good moods don't last forever and I'm not looking forward to the crash that comes from this one. Bleeeh~

Maybe I'll actually put in a full week of uni this week. =|

And to those who are keeping up with my fic-ing, chapter 17 is underway. Rejoice!
blood_winged: (S.Italy x Spain)
Well, I missed uni again today, but that was totally not my fault.

I actually haven't been to uni this week xD But I'm feeling miles better, I've had a good laugh over the past couple of days from what I've done rather than being in uni, so that's been a big help. I'm also writing again. For those who would want to know, I've decided that after chapter fifteen I'm going to start posting At The End solely on my journal, as I don't think I'll be able to justify posting it on the usxuk community without forcing some kind of usxuk-ness into every chapter, which would of course be detrimental to my writing quality.

So there you go. I'll post chapter fifteen up as soon as it's finished and put a very clear, shiny notice at the bottom to make sure anyone reading it knows about it, but if you're reading this, then you already know! I'll also be giving an option to be notified for new chapters, since I don't expect people to be checking my journal all the time.

In the meantime, here's a little preview of a fic I've started working on tonight. I'm not sure if I'll get it done, but here's hoping!

It isn’t as if I want to be in love with him. Stupid Spain. Can’t read an atmosphere to save his life, and heaven forbid he should notice when I’m blatantly staring at him from the other side of the room.

Not that I mean to do that. It just happens. I can’t help it. Like I said, it’s not as if I want to be in love with him.
blood_winged: (Japan x Korea)
Those of you interested enough to have been reading will no doubt know of how bad I've been feeling lately. I'm happy to report that that has now passed and I'm more or less back to my old self~

I got that assignment handed it, albeit a week late, though I didn't feel as bad about it when I ran into another person from my class and she was just on her way to hand it in as well. Yes, I felt much better because of that.

I have another week off, and my plans are as follows:-

I need to read If This Is A Man, possibly the most intriguing yet depressing book that I've read in a long time. It's about the experiences of an Italian Jew during the holocaust. Lovely stuff.

I'm going to get to work on chapter fifteen. I don't know how many people still read my stuff but hey, even if it's only one I'm going to keep writing it for them! I also need to do my sodding prompts. Now I'm in the writing mood I'm going to do them. They're all great and should occupy my time. I have, though, been terribly distracted by my acquisition of Sims 3 World Adventures. Oh how I love that game =D

That's all for now. Toodle-pip~
blood_winged: (Finland x Sweden)
When I first started university I had big plans about what I wanted to do, the things I wanted to achieve. I wanted to get a first class degree, and take a Masters, and maybe one day do a PhD. I wanted to go into teaching.

On Thursday night, I just resigned myself to handing an assignment in late because I put it off for too long, and was left with a choice. Rush it and get it in on time, but probably crap, or hand it in late and lose ten marks. Ten marks that could be the difference between my getting that first class degree or not. I've never handed something in late before. Strangely, I find that I don't care about this.

I'm twenty-one years old, but in my head I never moved past sixteen. I don't feel old enough or prepared enough for this kind of thing, for the idea of needing 'experience' to get a PGCE and for the idea of actually behaving like an adult. I have no doubt that I'm smart enough, and I could do it, if I put my mind to it, but not doing it is a much more comfortable place.

I just don't know what to do. I can't quit now, it would be a waste of three years of my life and a £10,000 debt. Everything I've done in the past five years has geared me towards becoming a teacher. It is what I want to do, I just no longer see myself as able to do it...

On another note, for those who care, I'm working on chapter fourteen and should hopefully have it done tonight. =)


Jan. 9th, 2010 05:41 pm
blood_winged: (Greece x Japan)
I swear, everyone in this house is in a bad mood today apart from me, especially my mother. I'm just waiting for the heating to come on properly so I can disappear upstairs and be out of the way of everyone.


I've been meaning to for a few days now, but I think tonight I'm going to finish off chapter 14 and then see if I can get some work done on my last assignment from last year. It's due next Thursday, and it's going to take some work but I know I can do it in four days, no problem. I just need a working idea for 'innovation and experiment'... I was thinking perhaps... stories from the point of view of someone who had never been recorded in history, but who had been present at, and had possibly influenced some of the major events in history? Maybe. It sounds like a fun idea and it would definitely be an interesting character.


So, I went to Bolton today with the family. Slush and snow all over the place, and I didn't get to spend my voucher for Waterstones because they didn't have anything that I wanted so I'll have to check out the website and see if there's anything on there...

You know, I've reached a point in my life now where I'm not sure where exactly I'm heading. So many people my age have all these plans and things like that, and I have ideas of what I want to do but then when I think about it, I'm not all that sure. I've wanted to be a teacher for years, and all my choices in my education have been geared towards that goal, but now I'm not certain. I don't know if I can hack it. It's worrying, because I'm fast approaching the time where I'll stop getting any money from my father but I'm going to still be in education, and you can't get grants for a Masters degree. There's always the option to pay in installments but that means getting a job, and job opportunities where I live are very limited for somebody who can't work full time.


I'm going to go and change my bedsheets later. I got a 15 tog duvet (for those of you who aren't British, 'tog' is the thickness of the duvet... and a duvet is a quilt) because the heating can't keep staying on all the time. It's going to be cold ._.


Dec. 17th, 2009 11:38 am
blood_winged: (Default)

I know, I fail so hard. I'm now... uh... seven prompts behind. I fail T^T I'll do them, though! I was up all night last night. Hahahahaha. That'll teach me to leave my university work to the last minute. Well, it won't, but you get the picture. I'm a terrible procrastinator... but I think this has to be a new record. Shockingly, I'm not tired. Not so tired as I could get to sleep in any case. More a sort of hyper tired, if you get my meaning. If this keeps up I might be able to rattle off all seven prompts and take a good crack at chapter fourteen (I'm sure that a certain someone would be very pleased to hear that. You know who you are).

Well, in ten minutes I shall be heading off out into the cold, into Salford, to hand in two assignments. After that, the next thing due is in January, and I have an exam then, but I'm not going to worry about that until after Christmas.

Oh lawd.

Nov. 30th, 2009 04:25 am
blood_winged: (Default)
Dragon Age: Origins is consuming my life. Everything else has been neglected, including university work, which isn't good. I've also been getting far too addicted to roleplaying with [ profile] amael_elen , because she does such a good Alfred Jones. I have to get up in five hours and I'm still lying here talking to her. Hah.

So yes, Dragon Age. I must have put about 60+ hours into that game already and I've only had it a week. I tell you, if I put as much effort into my uni work...

Speaking of uni work. I'm not looking forward to getting my Green Writing mark back.. I hated the essay, and I don't think I've got a very good mark if I've passed at all. Well, it only says something about the professors if the students are failing the class, right? I wasn't the only one to think that a 2500 word essay word 50% of the mark after only five lessons is too much to ask. I said as much to one of the teachers - David. Hell if I'm mentioning it to Sharon, though. That woman scares me.

I ought to be returning to writing soon. I've completed Dragon Age twice now so my obsessive playing of it should start wearing off. I'm sure all those who read my Hetalia fanfics will be pleased to hear that.

I haven't only been immersing myself in games, however! I did a fanart for the writer/artist of Return to Eden.

You can see a larger version of this here if you desire.

What else, what else.. I think that's it. I have so much damn writing to do. I have that Hetalia fic to finish and so many ideas for others and I still have to do the Christmas one for the Secret Santa thing~! Aaaaaaaah. And then I have to do the work for my Portfolio piece for Tuesday and I HAVE to turn something in this week 'cause the prof's putting a special double session on and... guh.

Must keep off Dragon Age tomorrow. Or at least write on the Goddamn bus.


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