Monday, 13 January 2014

Cloud Hopping: A short summary

While I am currently curled up in a ball crying because if the third episode of Sherlock, I remembered that I needed to write a blog post.
And so, I present to you a sorry of vomit, cold McDonald's, tiny wooden seats and stripping, otherwise known as Cloud Hopping.

It was December 2012. In the cold back room of the back where I do drama, were me, Joseph, Chloe, Ana, Sian, Izz, Matt and Rakeem. We had finally vision a script for the next drama festival and were ready to pay for it and also see whether we were able to perform it.

Two weeks later and rehearsals had begun. They were okay, but we didn't seem to be progressing anywhere as Sian hadn't been to any rehearsals, meaning I was having to read in her party Gill, who I ended up playing as well as the doctor.

It continued like this for months until that fateful day in early Match, just two weeks before we were many to perform the play. I was coming home from school and I got a text from Joseph saying that today's rehearsal had been cancelled, with no explanation as to why. Then the bbm came. IEEE was asking for a boy, who within two weeks was willing to play a major part in a play. That's when it had hit me, Rakeem had left the cast.

I got home as quick as possible, and ran up to the hall with my mum where Chloe and Joseph sat calling people trying to get people to play this post on such a small notice.

Long story short, we got someone, Sam, to pay the part, and I took over the roll of Gill, his girlfriend, in time to perform it two weeks later at the festival, where it won and award.

This is only a quick post to make up for the lack of them recently, however, there are many anecdotes within this that deserve their own post, so I'll leave this story here.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My New Years Resolutions

Every year I aim to try and keep a certain amount of promises  that I make to myself, and every year I fail to keep these promises. However, this year I'm hoping to achieve keep these promises to myself. Of course these promises are just new years resolutions, which are infamous for not being kept, but this year I actually want to. And in order for me to do so, I am sharing them with you.

1. Procrastinate less. 
2014 is a very big year for me academically, as I am doing all my GCSEs and then stating my a levels. As I found out the hard way, I need to stop procrastinating otherwise I am not going to do well, hence this resolution.

2. Become fit. 
While this seems a very stereotypical resolution, it also has a personal side to it. I used to do ballet and since writing for years   ago, I have gained a lot of fast on my body, in comparison to how skinny and muscly I used to be, I also am not that for any more. My mum and I are doing this together as we are going to be doing the race for life this year as we know so many people who have been affected by cancer, from elderly family friends, grandparents, aunts and one of my close friends, one some of whom have made it through.

3. Become confident with singing. 
While this seems silly, it's quite important to me as this year my friend from my drama group will be leaving for university, making me the eldest girls under 25, which is the cut off point for the senior group. This means for the annual pantomime the society put on every year, there will be an opening for a girl this age to take the female lead role, which I am hoping, if my singing improves, I would be given this part.

These are only some of my resolutions, the rest being a lot more personal, so understandably I don't want to share them. This year I'm hoping that I will be able to fulfill these and unlike last year, it will be a lot happier and easier for all my friends and family.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Thirteen things that happened in 2013

It's nearly an hour into the new year for me and I've been remembering all the things that have happened last year and have come up with my to thirteen. This is only a quick list, but I felt like I had to share it. If any one wants the full stories to any thing, fear not, some of them are future posts.

13. I learned how to surf.
12. I read the whole of Les Miserables.
11. I met Lord Voldemort.
10. I saw Matilda in the West End.
9. I went to Bath on a school trip.
8. I went to my first concert.
7. I had a water fight with my friends at school.
6. I saw Les Miserables in the theatre and cinema.
5. I made so many new friends.
4. I finally stood up to people in my class.
3. After a long ordeal, my mum was fine.
2. Getting a B in my science GCSE.
1. Cloud Hopping and Bump.

I'm sorry if this seems a bit vague, but all will be revealed soon, I promise.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

2013- A Year In Review

With three days to go until 2014, I'm realising just how quickly this year has gone. Although it has not been a great year, I'm greatful for everything that has happened as it has made me who I am today.

The year began with a low as due to my own faults I began to fall behind with school work and was not doing as well in some subjects as I should be. With school reports and parents evening this became clear and I hit a rock bottom. It was also a very intensive time as my drama group had entered into the annual drama festival where we were entering a play, a mime and three improvisations. It was the day after the parents evening and nothing was going well. However, we ended up winning a lot of prizes, beating the other elitist drama group.

Midway through the year and things were going okay, I made my confirmation and was coming to the end of my first year of GCSEs. I took one GCSE in core science and was preparing for summer. Then everything went wrong. My mum had been going to the doctors a lot about her periods. She had been referred to the hospital and we were told she had  tumour that may or may not be cancerous which needed to be removed.

We were still able to go on holiday but days after my sister and I were taken to my grandparents cottage in Norfolk and my mum had her operation. She was in hospital for a while, long enough for us to go away again, this time with our cousins, while she went home. During then I got my GCSE results, where I got a B in my science which I was very happy about. I then celebrated my birthday and helped out at my drama groups 'Show In A Week'.

Then school stated again and I found year 11 heard asst first and struggled through September, before getting used to the routine. Parents evening came and went along with the first report, with mostly positive comments. Though there were hard moments, with a close family friend dying, most of the end has been good.

This year has been a year of self discovery, having to grow up and take responsibility for my actions. I've learnt a lot about myself and hope to continue to do so this coming year. The year has been full of many attempts to get experience in journalism, with many failed blog attempts and unemployed letters to local newspapers and magazines. But as one of my resolutions for next year is to get as much experience as possible to get where I aim to go later on in life.