Blog Every Day in May ~ An Update

I very nearly let today pass without a post; it’s currently 10.20pm, and very nearly time for me to go bed. My reasoning behind this was that I’ve already missed two days, so it doesn’t really matter if I miss a third, because I’ve already failed (if I’m going to look at it in terms of success and failure).

But then I decided to write something, and I decided it was going to be one of those rambling posts that might not be all that interesting to read, but is very enjoyable to write. I’ve just written something that absolutely wasn’t a stream of consciousness; it was structured and thought about, and though that’s enjoyable, this will be more so!

I’m trying not to consider BEDM a failure because I’ve missed a couple of days. I have done this in the past; I’ve got so stressed out about absolutely having to post every day that it has taken all of the fun out of the process! So when I realised last week that I wasn’t going to have the time to schedule posts for Saturday and Sunday, I tried to adopt a ‘que sera sera’ attitude to it – it really doesn’t matter all that much.

BEDM has already been a success for me, because it has given me fresh inspiration for my blog, and I have found a new blogging friend! Liz from Distract Me Now Please came along and asked if I wanted to collaborate on something for the ‘collaborate’ prompt of BEDM, and we’re working on something now! It’s probably going to be a bit later than the prompt suggests, but it’s going to happen and I’m excited about it!

I haven’t had a chance to read many blog posts at all in the last couple of weeks; as much as I love reading all the BEDM posts, I just haven’t had the time. I am hoping to have some more time next week, after another working weekend away, when I can spend some time catching up and seeing what I’ve missed.

Though, I have to say, even if I do have the chance to read the blogs, I almost definitely won’t get a chance to comment on them. I try really hard to comment on the blog posts that I love, but ultimately I just find commenting a really time consuming activity! I am going to try harder, because I know how gratifying it is to see a new comment notification. But when I inevitably fail, I’m going to try and at least say hi to the blogger on Twitter. This might be my new method for sharing some blog love!

So in short, there will be plenty more BEDM action on this here blog, but if it’s not every single day, don’t judge me. I’m trying!

33 Before 33 ~ A Books Update

It’s been a while since I provided any sort of update on my 33 Before 33 challenge, and frankly, it’s been a while since I actually did any work to cross anything off, But there’s been a few things that I haven’t blogged about, so I thought I’d do a little update.

Read ten novels on which films are based

This is one that I’ve made some tentative progress on, but almost by accident rather than design. There are quite a few books that I’ve read that I assume will be made into films in the not too distant future (The Sky is Everywhere and Station Eleven, to name but two), but only two that I’ve read since my birthday that already have.

Firstly, there’s Horns by Joe Hill, which I’ve actually already written about (I didn’t remember that when I started this sentence). I liked Horns a lot more than I would have expected to, once I got to the end of it, if that makes sense. I didn’t really know what to expect going in, then as I read more, I realised that it was exactly the sort of book that I don’t usually read. It was much more of a horror book than I expected, given that a) I didn’t know an awful lot about it going in, and b) I didn’t realise that Joe Hill is in fact the son of Stephen King. I still haven’t seen the film, and though it didn’t get the best of reviews, I’d like to, just to see how it adapts the story of the book.

The other one I’ve read is The Great Gatsby, and it wasn’t until I was about halfway through that I realised this would count as one of these 33 Before 33 books. Of course, the most recent adaptation is the most famous one, but there’s the 1974 one as well, and actually two earlier ones as well. I’ve seen none, but now that I have much fonder feelings towards the book, I might just give one or more of them a go.

Still some way to go with this challenge, but I shouldn’t have too much trouble completing it by my birthday. There are a lot of films based on books out there!

Two down, eight to go on number four of 33 Before 33 – read ten novels on which films are based

Read a graphic novel

One that I’ve actually crossed off, as I read Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel. I wrote briefly about it already, without doing a full review, and ultimately I’m still not entirely sure I feel about it. I have problem with the idea of a graphic novel; I really enjoyed reading it, and is wonderfully drawn and written. But I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I had hoped, and I think I probably need to read Fun Home to fall in love with Bechdel the way that others have. I also really want to read some more graphic novels, so please, if you have any recommendations, please let me have them!

15. Read a graphic novel

Read ten novels from the Guardian Top 100

Well this one is just a disaster. I’ve read nothing new from this list. I made a book jar to try and help with it, but so far I’ve got a few chapters through Dangerous Liaisons before giving up. I would like to say that I think I’ll manage it, but I honestly don’t think I will! I’m going to make a renewed effort though!

 

Walk to Work ~ Blog Every Day in May

I don’t walk to work. I can’t, because I live too far away, and I get a lift with my flatmate Hannah, so it’s not like I can get off the bus a stop early and walk some of the way. But since I started walking sometimes with my colleagues at lunchtime, I have been meaning to get Hannah to drop me off some distance from work, and walk the remaining distance. It wasn’t until today that I actually managed to do it, and all because I wanted something to write for today’s post!

In the end, I decided to make a video. Fair warning, it’s not the most interesting of videos, and it’s not the most well-shot of videos, because it’s just me walking, and holding my phone at a slightly annoying angle. And my talking to camera is, of course, a little awkward. But I just don’t care. This is a prime example of posting something for me to look back on, and if people find it interesting, that’s fine. If they don’t, that’s more than fine! It also allowed me to have a play with iMovie, which I downloaded onto my iPad and hadn’t used.

So if you have any interest in it, here is my ‘walk to work’, for this morning at least.

(The more I watch it, the more aware I am of just how boring it is,.Maybe it’s just a branch off of that craze for slow television.)

The Week That Was

Spreading the blog love 

♥ Janet wrote very eloquently about the ways you can protest if the general election didn’t go the way you were hoping.

♥ Charlotte is learning a new language, and making me want to as well! (This link is a bit older, because I’m way behind with my blog reading.)

♥ Jasmin provided seven handy tools to help improve your blog.

♥ Rachael posted about her London cross stitch, and as a result my finger is hovering over the buy button on the New York equivalent!

The rest of the web

♥ This video of a (albeit computer-generated) skeleton doing yoga reminds me how amazing our bodies are!

♥ Everything about the ocean terrifies me, but I’m trying to force myself to look at more photos and watch more documentaries about it, so I can be less scared. These photos of underwater creatures, by Jorge Cervera Hauser, are incredible, if daunting

Tweets I’ve liked this week

Three worders

Tuesday ~ Slow TV – really?

Wednesday ~ Entirely productive day

Thursday ~ Feels like Friday