November 14, 2012
You may remember way back when I wrote a blog post looking for one day projects to keep me occupied, well today I decided to go even smaller and start doing five minute photography projects. These projects will consist of running around the flat taking photos on a specific theme. The idea (obviously) isn’t to take amazing photos which will one day sell for millions, the idea is to get me being creative. These projects are something which (1) bring me happiness without completely draining my energy, which is good for my depression; (2) they keep my creativity alive, which is good for my writing; and (3) give me something to get out of bed and do outside of my degree work (I plan to continue them when I am well enough to begin working again) without taking much time away from my studies.
I was inspired to start these projects by two bloggers which I will write about in due course. For now, I just want to quickly share my very raw and unedited photos with you. For me, this blog is a fun way for me to showcase what I’ve been up to but the last thing I would want to do is put readers off if they’re not very exciting for you to look at, so if you would like me to share more photos pop a comment below or tweet me, and if I don’t get much response, I won’t share future projects on here. Sound good? Ok, here’s today’s photos:
Famous opening line of which novel? Ten points if you guessed ‘Pride & Prejudiced’.
- I LOVE Austen. What better way to read her novels than with her little face looking at you?
- Quick quiz- who wrote all of these books?
- K-K-K-Katie, K-K-K-Katie, you’re the only K-K-K-Katie I adore…
Smile for the camera!
This was sort of an accident, I didn’t mean for the Queen to be poking through an ‘m’ but sort of worked out quite well since she is your Majesty.
June 12, 2012
Just a few of the letters I need to reply to!
By the time you read this I probably won’t have internet connection at home anymore so no more Netflix, much of my entertainment when I’m in bed will have been removed. I can see the positive side to this though, it will give me more of a chance to work on my writing outside of blog posts, encourage me to spend more time reading, and spend more time with God. I’m not naive enough to think simply removing a distraction won’t result in my finding another but I plan to work hard on being disciplined enough to begin spending more time on these activities. I have been planning to cut down on my computer and internet use anyway, having to end a contract works well.
Another thing I’ve been meaning to do is get better at is letter writing. I have been neglecting my Post Crossing account (read about this here) since I’ve been writing this blog. And, one of the positive outcomes of this blog has been getting new pen pals (yay!). On a reader’s recommendation I joined the Letter Writers Alliance so I’m excited about all this new membership will open up for me.
I love the internet, and one of my favourite things about blogging is “meeting new people” through the comments box and Twitter (you can tweet me by clicking on the feed is the right hand panel). Writing letters feels like an even more intimate way to do that and there is the pure joy of getting handwritten letters in the mail.
The LWA mission statement reads:
In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wonderous item. The Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving this art form; neither long lines, nor late deliveries, nor increasing postal rates will keep us from our mission.
That’s why as much as I love the internet, I still have a special place in my heart for letter writing.I think you share more through a letter. I am particularly excited at being able to socialise in this way. I am a very sociable person but my illness clearly limits that. Thanks to Post Crossing I now have a new friend in America.
I’m hoping my body will cooperate with my plan to write spend more time writing letters and postcards. As my medication is being increased at the moment, I am beginning to get more time in the day to use my hands, so things are looking a little better.
Love Katie x