Assignment Time Again

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It’s assignment time again and this time around I’m feeling a little less fraught, a little less frantic that I was last month. I think I have more of a handle on it. I’ve prepared an essay plan, attended the tutorial and bemoaned the assignment with my fellow students.

Deadline is Monday but I think I should have it done and handed in tomorrow afternoon (all being well). I love that feeling the feeling of relief and freedom once you’ve handed in. You are free…until the next one! I suppose the good thing is that my module is assignment based so I don’t have to worry about exams…..I don’t have time for exams!

I wrote about the difficulties of being an adult learner sometime back. I really don’t know where I’d have time to fit exams into my schedule between work, social life and everything else.

That said though, education and learning are addictive. I may have joined the party late but I’ve been firmly bitten by the bug. I may moan and complain come assignment time but truth be told, I love it!

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Creative Writing Ink Prompt April 3rd (see my post yesterday)
Creative Writing Ink Prompt April 3rd (see my post yesterday)

I want to be here. I don’t want to be here. I belong here, as much as I don’t want to, I belong here. I try to ignore the icy tendrils of fear that grip my heart as I push open the rusty iron gates knowing that she is here waiting for me in the distance, past the treeline where the graveyard sits hidden from the road.

I won’t allow the dread to take hold. I can do this. I’m strong. I’m not that frightened little girl anymore. ‘I hope she’s late’. The thought creeps across my mind, unbidden. I know better, she is never later. Sure enough, there she is, leaning against the willow tree, long red talons the colour blood contrasting viciously with the pale trunk of the tree. She knows I’m there, this woman with the face of an angel but a heart so withered and blackened that it would make Satan himself weep.

‘Hello Lola’ says my Aunt ‘It’s time to go home’.

Creative Writing Ink – Writing Prompts

One of the major reasons I created this blog was to get over my writers block.  I wanted to write regularly to get back into the habit.  Once I did this, I reasoned, I’d be bitten by the writing bug again.  To be honest, the want to write has never gone away.  Life got in the way for a while and when I was in a position to write again, I found that I had writers block.

I took short creative writing class at the local adult education centre which was great.  I sculpted a story, some wonderful characters….then didn’t go to the final class where we had to read out our story.  I chickened out.  I was too afraid to share my story!  I’m smiling at the irony of this as I type it…a writer is too afraid to tell her story!

I sincerely believed that I would be engaged in a writing profession from an early age.  I planned on a career in journalism and that I’d write novels in my spare time.  I was always sensitive about my work and whether people would like it but it was the kind of thing that I wanted to read.  I had a story to tell.  I didn’t just have a story to tell.  I had dozens of stories in my head, buzzing around, vying for attention.  I had to keep a notebook with me so that I didn’t lose track of all those ideas.

I don’t know what happened to that notebook…

It’s funny how life turns out though isn’t it?  I didn’t become a journalist and I no longer write.  I used to miss it but I became used to it.  Sometimes I’d read a fantastic book and long to sculpt a story like that but I didn’t know how to write anymore…I’m still not sure I do.

I’ve been dabbling at it over the last few years, writing up the Roleplay sessions that I have with friends, developing the character that I developed until he or she became a living breathing thing.  Remind me to tell you the story of Rupert Lloyd Foxe one day!!

I think the time has come to get back in the saddle. 

I’ve discovered a website called Creative Writing Ink.  They have a prompt section on their website where they publish a picture and you write a story around that picture in your blog and post it to their site.

It will be a big thing for me to have people read what I’ve written but I think that’s the next step for me!

X-Men: Days of Future Past (SPOILERS)

I usually try to avoid spoilers in my reviews but I don’t think I will be able to do the movie justice if there aren’t any spoilers….so be warned:

SPOILER ALERT!!

Okay, you’ve got the idea that this review contains spoilers? Great!  Then read on…

Days of Future Past is essentially a clever reboot of the X-men movies because everybody died in the last one (and subsequent previous movies).

The premise is that Wolverine is sent back in time to prevent the future from happening, a future in which sentinels are destroying mutants.  This all stems from Mystique killing Dr Trask in 1973 to prevent his manufacture of these sentinels.  She succeeds but is caught and her DNA is used to create sentinels that can adapt and are virtually indestructible.

In 2023 mutants and the humans who help them are doomed.

Xavier decides to go back in time to change the future.  The pivotal moment was the point where Mystique kills Trask and is caught.  If Xavier can change this, then the future will be a whole lot different.  He seeks the help of Kitty Pryde who can send back a person’s consciousness into their past.  The problem with this is that she can send them back a few weeks at most, not decades.  Sending them back that far could harm them, or even kill them.  It is decided that Wolverine should be the one to go back because he can heal.

The movie focuses on Wolverine trying to persuade a young Xavier (Charles) and Magneto (Erik) to work together to fix the future.

Que 1973:

The cinema let out a sigh of delight when Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) stepped out of bed in 1973 and we got a delightful full naked back shot including his perfect posterior!  Worth going for that alone ladies?

Michael Fassbender plays a young Erik very well.  He convey’s Erik’s want to save the mutant species fantastically well and  is as passion and driven in his beliefs as he is in later life.  Does that make him a bad guy?  I suppose technically yes but I can understand his motivations and the want to protect his people.

That said, it is odd seeing Charles so broken and vulnerable.  I’m used to the calm, controlled character played so well by Patrick Stewart but everybody has a past, right?

Jennifer Lawerence as Mystique is gorgeous as ever but my favorite scene by far was one with Peter (Quicksilver).  Obviously in 1973, Peter is a teenager and that really comes across in his attitude!  I’m not going to give too much away but the scene where he breaks out Erik is fabulous, really well done and well thought out. I loved it and it even topped Hugh Jackman’s butt!

All in all, a pretty good movie. I am a bit of a Magneto/Xavier (Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellan) fan girl though so I was disappointed that we didn’t see more of them.

A lot of people were raving about Peter Dinklage as Dr Trask but I wasn’t bowled over.  Dinklage is fabulous as Tyrion in Game of Thrones but I found Trask quite a boring character, probably more to do with the character itself than Dinklage’s acting ability.

Also, the whole reboot ‘look we’ve gone back and changed the past’ thing felt a bit contrived.  It was a bit like that scene in Dallas where Pam wakes up and the whole previous series has been a dream.  I felt a bit hard done by, especially as Jean Grey is back.  Wolverine killed her!  I felt the pain of his loss!! but you know what, it’s all okay now because the future is different!!

Okay then….

That said, I did enjoy the movie and would definitely recommend that you go and see it.

 

Dirty Habit

I want to tell you about my Dirty Habit experience.  No not that kind of Dirty Habit!  The Dirty Habit.

The Dirty Habit is a gorgeous 11th century pub in the picturesque village of Hollingbourne

Inside, near the bar area
Inside, near the bar area

in Kent.  I’d had it recommended to me by a foodie friend and was dying to give it a go! 

The opportunity presented itself last Friday. The sun was shining, I had a day off work, what better way to spend the day…..so off we went!

I was enchanted with Hollingbourne itself.  It has a very olde worlde charm with glorious chocolate box cottages.  Hubby described it as a typical old Kent village and he was absolutely right.

The rest of the restaurant
The rest of the restaurant

I’m pleased to report that the Dirty Habit didn’t disappoint.  It is beautiful inside with lots of beams and a lovely beer garden.  We opted to sit indoors by the open door. The staff were friendly and attentive.  Not too much attention, just the right amount. I thought it was good value for money too.  3 courses each and a bill in the region of £70.  We only had soft drinks  but we had a couple each.

I was surprised to find that The Dirty Habit was part of a chain but that said, I can’t wait to try the rest of the pubs in the chain!  Watch this space!!

Fishcake starter with Hollandaise sauce.  If I was being picky, I'd say the fishcake had a little too much potato for my taste but that is just picking holes.  It was very good
Fishcake starter with Hollandaise sauce. If I was being picky, I’d say the fishcake had a little too much potato for my taste but that is just picking holes. It was very good
Hubby's pate starter
Hubby’s pate starter