Saturday, 21 March 2015

What I've Been Doing

Returning after a very extended hiatus seems strange! It's been interesting to have a look around on Blogger and see who is still here; I have checked blogs only sporadically over the last couple of years, although I've kept in touch with several people through Tumblr and Facebook. Amazing to see how everyone has grown and changed.

So what's been going on this last three years? Well, firstly, I have a new job at an alternative clothing and gift shop in my home town (in addition to my continued employment at a charity shop, where I spend many a happy hour curating a hoard of secondhand books and strange clothes), which I have been thoroughly enjoying, especially since I now waft home of an evening smelling strongly of incense.

My boyfriend Dan and I have been together, on and off, for almost eleven years now (our anniversary is in May). For my 22nd birthday we took a trip to Paris, which was my first ever trip abroad. Since then we have been saving up to manage at least one trip each year. Last year we went to Scotland - I now want to move there.

http://shemightbeafaerie.tumblr.com/post/101820841010/from-our-trip-to-scotland-and-the-lake-district
My personal style, last discussed yonder, is still continually in flux. I have simplified my look a lot out of sheer laziness, and can now get ready for work in under an hour, which would have been an impossibility in the days when I had to draw on a set of eyebrows to face the world (I have my own eyebrows now). I am finally getting the hang of sensible shopping (mostly), and can even imagine a day in the not-too-distant future when my clothes fit into my wardrobe instead of piling up on the floor around it. My main stumbling block, style-wise, is comparing myself to other people too much instead of having confidence in my own preferences, but I'm working on it.

I mentioned in my first post on this blog that I've been getting back into writing fiction. Since taking part in NaNoWriMo last year, I have been trying to sift through the word vomit I created with the hope of finding a few gems in the midst of the debris. I am, of course, a master of procrastination, and my NaNovel is a fine example of the half-baked, lame plotting scenarios that are dreamed up by a desperate brain under the influence of too much caffeine. Nevertheless I have been buying actual reference books, and quizzing people about some intriguing local legends, and I think I finally have an idea that I am happy with. Now for the hard part; the writing bit...

So that's what I've been doing during the time I've been away... what about you?

17 comments:

  1. I am jealous, I really want to go to The Lake District, and to Scotland! I definitely need to go back to Europe!

    Weirdly enough my 11 year anniversary will be a month and a day after yours!

    Your jobs sound great! Very jealous!

    My style is always changing back and forth! It can be tiring!

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    1. Scotland was fantastic, I wholeheartedly recommend a trip!
      Haha what a coincidence! :)
      Glad it's not just me, I often chop and change my style so I have to be careful only to buy things that really 'speak' to me so my wardrobe doesn't get out of hand again... :-s

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  2. Hello Amy! You don't know me - I discovered Stripy Tights just after you vanished but was impressed by you (or at least your personality that came across in your writing) - you may look back and cringe (I know for sure that when I look back at things I have written years ago there is plenty of cringing!) but I am incredibly excited to discover what new things you shall post.

    I don't know whether you're still a fan but partly thanks to you I have found two of my favourite bands - The Cruxshadows and TBM. So thank you dearly for that ;)

    Anyhow... beautiful photos. And I'm very impressed by your jobs! I, myself, have been searching for jobs but but after applying to a couple of charity shops and not receiving replies from either of them for... 4 months... I have stopped searching for the moment. How do you do it? ;)

    Great to have you back and, as I said before, looking forward to your future posts :) x

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    1. Thank you my lovely :) glad to have you aboard! I am still a huge fan of the Cruxshadows and TBM so I'm happy to hear that :)
      I was out of work for a couple of years before I found the jobs I have now, patience is definitely the key! I have been at my charity shop for five years now, I started as a volunteer, so don't lose hope.

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    2. Great to hear you're still a fan of the bands! Are you going to any of their gigs in the forthcoming months? Neither of them are coming up far enough North for me to be able to go, much to my disappointment... (the downside of living in the NE of England!)

      Patience is not my strongest virtue I'm afraid ;)

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    3. A friend did invite me to a tbm gig in London next month but I already had plans on the same night :-s typical!

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  3. so wait - that pictures were from last year? you look so different there ^^ - and all of that sounds like life is coming together guess thats a good thing!

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    1. Haha yeah only last October! I think it's my hair, every time I change it people I know walk straight past me in the street :-s
      Yeah I'm pretty happy with where I am at the moment :) thank you

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  4. Nice photos up above, Amy! Are they from Scotland? It really seems to be a neat place but a little cold for my liking.

    As for me, I'm working on self-publishing some fiction; a collection of short stories, actually. They've been done for quite a while, but my laptop was stolen last October and I had to re-format them from scratch. As it turned out, this meant re-formatting on a third word-processing system. Needless to say, there have been some problems. Still, I'm plugging away and hope to finish with this project soon. Then, I'll be able to get back to writing again; something I understand much better than technical issues.

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    1. They are! Mostly from around loch Lomond :)) I thought it would be freezing as we went in October but it was bearable.
      Can't believe your laptop was stolen! Are you going to be selling your finished work online? Do drop me a link :) good luck to you!

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    2. Actually Amy, my goal is to publish the collection in paperback. It will be available from Lulu Publishing, Amazon and Barns & Noble. At some point after that, I'll work on an official e-book. Right now, the stories and collection are available through my other blog, which can be found at http://www.romanceandhorror.com/ . They are available in a kind of e-book format but each story can be purchased separately.

      I have made some minor changes to the overall content since I created that blog and I intend to change the cover to a darker one (with the same models) but for the time being, that's my online offering. Thanks for inquiring!

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  5. It is great to see you doing so well. I remember following your blog in its last year and a half. I believe once in my first couple years of university I did a presentation on GOTH culture. And it is cringe worthy and you were nice enough to answer my questions through email, but hell -- It was a really cringe worthy presentation (Although at the time, I thought it went great!).

    At this point in time I am finishing up schooling still deciding whther or not I want to be a preschool teacher or own my own funeral home, or a daycare. There is no inbetween I either want to work with children or the deceased. Hahaha! Somethings just never budge. Well, good bye. Good luck! ❤

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    1. Thank you! I remember your email, I was IMMENSELY flattered, ohmigod. Glad you were happy with the result and pleased I could help, even if mutual cringing is presently occurring...
      Haha wow that is a decision and a half! Not sure I would be brave enough to attempt either career path personally, so best of luck to you too! Drop back sometime and let me know which path you take?

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  6. Good to see you again Amy. Don't be so hard on yourself. Your old blog was good and I beleive many young gothlings had someone to look up to. Your posts were always interesting and it was through your blog I found other goth bloggers, thanks to you :-)
    Oh Scotland! I have a special account for a Scotland trip. Whenever I will get the butt out to go there.

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    1. Thank you! It's good to see you again too. I didn't realise how much I missed everyone until I came back!

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  7. Scotland looks amazing! I love the scenery there but I am terrible with strong accents XD I'd love to move to Wales someday, not quite so daunting since living in North Somerset makes it a tad more local XD

    I know how you feel about the writing thing. I too am a terrible procrastinator and I've only just realised that while I have a good plot I have absolutely no world built other than it's set primarily on a hidden magic island somewhere in the ocean between the UK and USA but politics, healthcare, technology, native species etc, no clue at the moment.

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    1. Fair enough! I think I probably spent a lot of time going, "Pardon? Sorry?", especially in Glasgow >.<
      Ughhhh I have the opposite problem, I've got my setting and characters but I have plot holes big enough to throw my laptop into... XP

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