UniDiary Day 20: It’s Friday, Friday


Thanks for the advice, Rebecca. Friday’s wouldn’t be complete without a healthy, filling breakfast.

Crafting a character:

Creative writing was totally easy today. We discussed the short stories we read last week, explored the opening chapter of Matt Thorne’s ‘Cherry’, then made a character.

Yep, just off the top of our heads. We had a list of eleven questions, and we had to make a character by answering them. If you haven’t guessed by now, I WAS BEING SARCASTIC WHEN I SAID IT WAS EASY. It was the most baffling, mind-emptying exercise I’ve ever been set. There were so many possibilities, and not knowing what that character would then go on to do made it hard to know where to start.

I ended up crafting a pretty stereotypical teenage girl in distress. There were a couple of twists, and she has a lot of potential, but I don’t know whether I’ll be able to use her in this week’s exercise. We have to write a 500 word short story starting with a scream that our character hears. My character would probably be so absorbed in her own problems that she wouldn’t even register the scream.

I’m going to take this moment to make a brief complaint. Our lecturer keeps choosing amazing short stories and excerpts for us to work with, but NONE of the books are available via the local or university libraries. I’ve checked my library back home, and no dice there either. I haven’t spent a penny on books since moving to Hatfield. That’s going to change as soon as I get home. (Unless I have the world’s longest Christmas list, instead…).

Free books alert!:

I forgot to mention it last Friday, but there’s a free book shop inside the Galleria in Hatfield. Last week, I popped in and picked up an R.L. Stine book, but I decided to treat myself to a visit each Friday.

I’m so glad that I went in there today. Within moments, I spotted a gorgeous edition of the stories of the Brothers Grimm. It matches a Lewis Carroll collection that I have at home, so they’ll look beautiful together when I take it back! I also managed to grab the illustrated edition of ‘A Monster Calls’, which I’m planning on reading before Halloween, and a Karin Slaughter short story. I’m glad I can finally tick it off of my list, as I own most of her other books.

Free books
This week’s free book haul, along with last week’s find.
…And, relax:

I was planning on doing a lot of work this evening, but instead I’ve messaged my mum and my friends and read some books. To be honest, most of that reading is for university, so it counts as work… But it doesn’t feel like it! I’m just glad my reading slump is over, or I would be panicking about the course already.

I’ve cooked some pasta, done some blogging (obviously, you’re reading it now), and I’m going to try to read a chunk of ‘Frankenstein’ before bed. With an empty weekend stretching before me, I’m going to get ALL of my required reading for next week done. That includes ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘The Swimmer’, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ and ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ (which is a free eBook through our university library!). I’m going to do my creative writing assignment early and start my ‘The Imitation Game’ essay. I might even finish Sara Raasch’s ‘Frost Like Night’.

Or, the most likely option, I’ll snooze all weekend and then regret not using my time productively. Yeah, that sounds more like me. Gotta stay in character!